DAY 1 : ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer from airport to the hotel. Check in to the hotel. After a break, welcome cocktail with a briefing about Turkey. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 : ISTANBUL (B)
Visit the local synagogues, Neve Shalom and the Ahrida Synagogue. After lunch, visit the Hippodrome, a 3rd century site, where chariots raced during the Roman period. Visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Visit St. Sophia, a world heritage site built in the 6th century.
DAY 3 : ISTANBUL (B )
Morning visit to a Jewish neighborhood, Galata. You will see the Galata tower built by the Genoese in 1303. Visit the Topkapi Palace, its priceless collection of jewels, and the Grand Covered Bazaar.
DAY 4: ISTANBUL (B )
You may walk to the synagogue to attend morning Shabbat services. The day is at leisure.
DAY 5 : HOME ( B )
Transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport for homebound flight.