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Crystal Cruises Expands Jewish Heritage Excursions

Crystal Cruises is expanding its spiritual offerings ashore in 2014 following continued interested in the lines Jewish Heritage excursions.

Crystal Serenity
will offer a brand new Crystal Adventure ashore in Istanbul, Turkey, where guests can explore the city’s storied Jewish history and some of the most enduring spiritual landmarks, including:
  • Centuries-old Jewish heritage, visiting Ahrida Synagogue – Istanbul’s oldest, dating back to the early 1400’s – boasting a refreshed splendor since its 1992 refurbishment;
  • Ashkenazi heritage, with visits to Eskenazi, the last remaining active synagogue of its kind in Istanbul; and the “Tailors Synagogue,” founded by a group of Ashkenazi Austrian clothiers in 1900 and now serving their traditions as a fashion art gallery and research center;
  • The city’s Jewish quarters, then and now, exploring the Balat quarter (pictured), where the Jewish culture began to thrive during the Ottoman Empire, and the Galata district, where a modern bustling Jewish community has increased since the 1950’s.
  • The juxtaposition of Turkey’s Jewish and Muslim cultures, with a visit to the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Jewish odyssey from Spain to Turkey, along with exhibits of the country’s corresponding Muslim history.

The above experience is available on the following Crystal Serenity sailings:

Beyond Byzantium departing May 7th 2014 for 11-nights

Itinerary: Istanbul, Turkey (overnight in port) | Cruising the Dardanelles | Kusadasi, Turkey | Santorini, Greece | Cruising the Ionian Sea | Corfu, Greece | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Korcula, Croatia | Koper, Slovenia | Venice, Italy (overnight in port before disembarkation)

Echoes of Ancient Civilisations departing June 22nd 2014 for 12-nights

Itinerary: Istanbul, Turkey (overnight in port) | Cruising the Dardanelles | Kusadasi, Turkey | Mykonos, Greece | Santorini, Greece | Monemvasia, Greece | Cruising the Ionian Sea | Valletta, Malta | Taormina, Sicily | Sorrento, Italy (overnight in port) | Civitavecchia, Italy (for disembarkation)

In addition to the new excursion in Istanbul, five other thoughtfully crafted tours explore Jewish history in Europe, aboard several 2014 Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailings, such as:

• An intimate glimpse inside the lives and stories of a Jewish family in St. Petersburg;
• Otto Weidt’s broom factory in Berlin, where many disabled Jews were employed and protected from deportation;
• The Amsterdam house where Anne Frank hid and penned her famous memoirs;
• Stockholm’s memorial to 8,500 Swedish Holocaust victims; and
• One of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe, from Palamós, Spain.

Several excursions elsewhere in Europe also explore Christian heritage via exclusive experiences.

For more information of Crystal Cruises Jewish Heritage excursions or other Crystal Adventures then please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677