August 6-16, 2018 — Taking in four countries and two continents this superb guided tour will offer you the experience of a lifetime combining a unique Jewish heritage experience with superb kosher cuisine, rich in culture and history, which satisfies the mind, body and soul. We pride ourselves in ensuring and succeeding in making sure that your luxury vacation will be everything you desire and expect.
Itinerary: August 6-16, 2018
DAY 1 MONDAY AUGUST 6TH – GRANADA
Our journey will begin at Granada, once known as “Granada of the Jews,” due to being the site of Shmuel HaNagid’s Yeshiva. Granada is most known for its famous Moorish Palace, the Alhambra, and a great wonder of the world. During our tour we will visit Granada’s established Albaicin neighbourhood and its old town. We will then arrive in our chosen hotel for a fabulous and spectacular welcome dinner.
Overnight stay: Marbella Hotel
DAY 2 TUESDAY AUGUST 7TH – GIBRALTAR
Today we will visit the British Colony of Gibraltar. Known as “The Rock,” Gibraltar is home to a thriving Jewish community as well as the only apes on mainland Europe. Gibraltar may only be 2.3 square miles in size but it has an incredible and fascinating history. We will take a trip up the rock to meet the apes and take in the stunning views, enjoy a visit to the Synagogues and meet local Jewish representatives. In the afternoon we will arrive at Ronda, where the white-painted villages are on every hilltop, the gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Overnight stay: Marbella Hotel
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8TH – TANGIERS, MOROCCO
In this day we will reach the Northern coast of Africa and magical Morocco. Our ferry will whisk us through the straits of Gibraltar where the Atlantic ocean meets the Mediterranean sea, before reaching the port of Tangiers. A panoramic tour will give us an overview of the vibrant and bustling city, followed by a walking tour of the Kasbah and Medina, which will evoke centuries of history. The discovery of the only remaining old synagogue will follow. Our local experts will tell us stories of the history of the Jews in Tangiers.
Overnight stay: Seville Hotel
DAY 4 THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH – SEVILLE AND CORDOBA
After breakfast we have the day to discover the wonderful city of Seville, situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Seville was originally founded as a Roman city and is now home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour will include the mystical Barrio de Santa Cruz area – the former Jewish Quarter. After lunch the tour will continue in the famous city of Maimonides, Cordoba. The famous city was once the biggest in all of Europe and is still rich in Jewish Heritage. This UNESCO World Heritage site, with its magnificent monuments and treasured Jewish quarter, was for many hundreds of years a place where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative peace. In the evening we will embark in an authentic Spanish Flamenco show.
Overnight stay: Seville Hotel
DAY 5 FRIDAY AUGUST 10TH – PORTUGAL, EVORA & LISBON
After breakfast we make our way to Portugal and our first stop will be Évora, which is the capital of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region. In the city’s historic centre stands the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana). Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure that begun to be built in the 12th century. We will learn about the latest discovery of the Jews and the city. In the afternoon we will arrive in our hotel in Lisbon, where our Shabbat preparation will embark.
Overnight stay: Lisbon Hotel
DAY 6 SHABBAT AUGUST 11TH – LISBON
After the Shabbat services and Kiddush, we will take a walking tour to the many important sites, allowing us to understand and experience the history of the Jews in this region. Lisbon is home to a synagogue originally founded by a Gibraltarian Jew.
Overnight stay: Lisbon Hotel
DAY 7 SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH – SINTRA, OBIDOS AND TOMAR
Sintra near the capital of Lisbon, a long-time royal sanctuary is placed. Its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The tour will then continue in Obidos, one of the most picturesque towns of Portugal. The compact town centre is filled with cobbled streets and traditional painted houses, while the entire town is encircled by the solid city walls. There is no better example of a traditional Portuguese town than Obidos. Our last visit of the day will be in the ancient Synagogue of Tomar. Its Synagogue appears to have been built in the 15th century, sometime between 1430 and 1460, when the local Jewish community acquired some prominence. The synagogue was situated in the middle of the Judearia (Jewish quarter), on what was later known as “Rua nova que foi judaria” (“the New street that was the Jewish quarter”).
Overnight stay: Coimbra Hotel
DAY 8 MONDAY AUGUST 13TH – COIMBRA
Most of the day will be spent in Coimbra where we will visit a recent discovered Mikve. Coimbra has an ancient University and we will visit its stunning baroque library with over 250,000 volumes. In the afternoon we will embark on a tour to Conimbriga, which is one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in Portugal, and was classified as a National Monument in 1910. Following our dinner we will enjoy a traditional Fado show.
Overnight stay: Coimbra Hotel
DAY 9 TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH – TRANCOSO, BELMONTE
Trancoso, a city which still preserves the walls and doors of the medieval castle. Jews from Aragon and Castile established themselves here in the 14th century. We will have the honour of meeting with Senor Jose Levy Domingez, who is a Jewish journalist. His family have lived in the area for hundreds of years and he will share with us his first hand experience of the local culture, history and the families who have lived here. The tour will continue to the famous town of Belmonte, which was home to many hidden Jews who secretly preserved their faith in spite of the Inquisition in 1496 and their society has survived to the present day. A visit to the Synagogue will follow, including an introduction by one of the senior Jews of the community.
Overnight stay: Coimbra Hotel
DAY 10 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15TH – PORTO
Rich in Jewish Heritage and famous for giving the world the sweet sherry called “Port”. Jews were at the centre of the development of Porto from the middle ages. We will visit the famous Kadoorie Synagogue in Porto where the story of the Jews will be told. We will be able to enjoy views of the Douro and explore the beautiful city of Porto. This will continue with some time to do some last minute shopping before we make our way to our Gala dinner.
Overnight stay: Porto Hotel
DAY 11 THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH
After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Price per person based on double occupancy: US$5950
Single Supplement: US$1800
A minimum of 10 travellers must sign up in order for this tour to occur.
The price includes:
- 5-star Hotels as per itinerary
- Glatt kosher, Shomer Shabbat tour, with a SHOMER on board
- Breakfasts, light lunches, and full evening meals with wine
- All land transport costs including group airport transfers
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- A professional Tour Escort will accompany this tour
- Professional English-speaking local guides
- International Flights
- Travel & Health Insurance (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED – ask for details)
- Personal expenses and items not listed in the inclusions
- Tips for local service providers US$220 will be collected at the beginning of the trip
- Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
- Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security etc
All clients should be aware that while all efforts are made to avoid any problems before, during or after your trip, our supplier carries no insurance for your health or luggage. While using the services only of registered suppliers, we recommend that you purchase fully comprehensive travel insurance, to include cancellation, as the suppliers cannot be held liable for any mishaps during your stay.
For more information, dates and pricing on this tour, please contact: Dov Saitowitz
You will visit the following 9 places:
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory on the south coast of Spain known for the Rock of Gibraltar (a major landmark of the region), a 426m limestone ridge at its centre. It is a very unique place for the curious traveller. You can take the time to explore the caves and tunnels. The inside of the rock is an absolute labyrinth with secret internal roads and tunnels four times longer than those on the surface. Military presence and security in this otherwise deserted area is strong but almost invisible. Also, at the Apes' Den (Queen's Gate) and in the area of the Great Siege Tunnels there is the rare opportunity to see semi-wild primates at close quarters. If you let them, the monkeys will be their captivating selves and behave in their everyday natural manner.
Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses, following the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. The tapas scene is one of the main cultural attractions of the city: people go from one bar to another, enjoying small dishes called tapas (literally "lids" or "covers" in Spanish, referring to their probable origin as snacks served on small plates used to cover drinks). Local specialities include fried and grilled seafood (including squid, choco (cuttlefish), swordfish, marinated dogfish, and ortiguillas), grilled and stewed meat, spinach with chickpeas, Jamón ibérico, lamb kidneys in sherry sauce, snails, caldo de puchero, and gazpacho. A sandwich known as a serranito is the typical and popular version of fast food.
Évora is a city and a municipality in Portugal. In the city's historic center stands the ancient Roman Temple of Évora (also called the Temple of Diana). Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Évora is ranked number two in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso. It was ranked first in a study concerning competitiveness of the 18 Portuguese district capitals, according to a 2006 study made by Minho University economic researchers.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travellers with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination.
Tangier or Tangiers is a city in northern Morocco. It lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. It is the capital of the Tangier-Tétouan Region and of the Tangier-Assilah Prefecture within that region. The history of Tangier is very rich due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC.
Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better-known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which, established in 1290, is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. Apart from attracting many European and international students, the university is visited by many tourists for its monuments and history. Its historical buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2013: "Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages."
Porto (also known as Oporto in English), is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.4 million (2011) in an area of 389 km2 (150 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine. In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
Córdoba, also called Cordova, is a city in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia. It was conquered by invading Islamic armies in the eighth century, and then became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a centre for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the many medical schools and universities which existed at this time. During these centuries Córdoba became a predominantly Muslim society with minorities living in a restricted second-class status. It returned to Christian rule in 1236, during the Reconquista. Today it is a moderately sized modern city. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sintra is a town and a municipality in the Grande Lisboa subregion (Lisbon Region) of Portugal, considered part of the Portuguese Riviera. IT is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference in Portuguese culture. It has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the capital Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted with royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.