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Greece and Turkey: The Heart of the Aegean
(with a Jewish-oriented focus)

Discover the most important classical sites of western civilization as we visit the birthplace of democracy and western culture. You'll experience the great treasures of Greece and Turkey, and visit such world treasures as the Acropolis in Athens, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and so much more. One of the first regions to "import" Judaism as early as the 4th Century BCE was the Greek mainland and her islands. The rich heritage of the Jewish community is still very much in evidence.

DAY 1- Depart USA for overnite flight to Greece

DAY 2- Arrive Athens. Overnight.

DAY 3- City tour including Acropolis, Beth Shalom synagogue and the Jewish museum.

DAY 4- AM flight to the island of Corfu with visit of the town, the synagogue and the Jewish quarter.

DAY 5- Cross by ferry to Igoumenitsa then drive to Ioannina for visit of the synagogue and the Jewish monument. Overnight Ioannina.

DAY 6- Full day drive to Thessaloniki. Overnight.

DAY 7- City tour including the synagogue, the Jewish museum and the holocaust monument. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 8- Drive back to Athens via Chalkis for visit of the synagogue and cemetery. Overnight in Athens.

DAY 9- Board the 3 day cruise sailing at 11am. To Mykonos (at leisure).

DAY 10- Full day in Rhodes (visit the synagogue).

DAY 11- AM Patmos. PM disembark in Kusadasi, visit of Ancient Ephesus. Overnight in Izmir.

DAY 12- AM drive to Sardis and visit among others the ancient synagogue. PM city tour of Izmir including synagogues of Beth Israel & Bikur Holim. PM flight to Istanbul.

DAY 13- AM visit of the old Jewish quarter Ballat, Ahrid synagogue, aged home, Jewish hospital. PM visit of Grand Bazaar.

DAY 14- AM cruise along Bosphorus and PM visit of TopKapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

DAY 15- Transfer to the airport. Welcome Home!


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