time 9 Days / 7 Nights


The history of the Jews in Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Yahudileri; Hebrew: יהודים טורקים‎ Yehudim Turkim, Ladino: Djudios Turkos) covers the 2400 years that Jews have lived in what is now Turkey. There have been Jewish communities in Anatolia since at least the fifth century BCE and many Spanish and Portuguese Jews expelled from Spain by the Alhambra Decree were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire in the late 15th century, including regions now part of Turkey, centuries later, forming the bulk of the Ottoman Jews. Today, the vast majority of Turkish Jews live in Israel, while modern-day Turkey continues to host a modest Jewish population. By the time the Ottoman Empire rose to power in the 14th and 15th centuries, there had been Jewish communities established throughout the region. The Ottoman Empire lasted from the early 14th century until the end of World War I and covered parts of Southeastern Europe, Anatolia, and much of the Middle East. The experience of Jews in the Ottoman Empire is particularly significant because the region "provided a principal place of refuge for Jews driven out of western Europe by massacres and persecution". At the time of the Ottoman conquests, Anatolia had already been home to communities of Hellenistic and Byzantine Jews. The Ottoman Empire became a safe haven for Iberian Jews fleeing persecution. The First and Second Aliyah brought an increased Jewish presence to Ottoman Palestine. The Ottoman successor state of modern Turkey continues to be home to a small Jewish population today.

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  • Round-trip air USA – Istanbul – USA 

  • Meet and Assist upon arrival by your Perillo Tours representative 

  • Private Air-conditioned motor coach throughout  

  • Jewish English speaking guide 

  • Domestic air within Turkey 

  • Choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotel 

  • 2 Night accommodations in Instabul 

  • 1 Night accommodation in Malatya 

  • 1 Night accommodation in Adiyaman 

  • 2 Night accommodations in Urfa 

  • 1 Night accommodation in Gaziantep 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner daily 

  • 6 Days of sightseeing tours 

  • Hotel taxes and service charges 

  • All entrance fees 

  • Porterage of 1 suitcase per person 

  • All Transfers 

  • USTOA 1 Million Dollar Travelers Assistance Program 

This itinerary may be modified to the requirements of your group

Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited. 

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