After breakfast, we will head to the ancient city of Sardis, an important religious and commercial center in ancient times. Here, we will explore the partially restored synagogue, ruins of temples and churches, and the Acropolis. We will also visit the ruins of the Temple of the Goddess Cybele (Magna Mater), which had a worship style similar to that of Diana of Ephesus.
During the tour, we will visit the Pactalos River, where, according to legend, King Midas divested himself of the golden touch by washing himself in its waters. We will also see the Persian Royal Road, an ancient highway built to ease communication in the region.
We will then visit Sardis Synagogue, one of the largest ancient synagogues excavated, which came into use in the 3rd century AD. Finally, we will tour the ruins of the gymnasium and a bathhouse built in the 2nd century AD, located in the center of the lower city.
The day ends with a drive to Izmir for dinner and an overnight stay.