Sefardi Jewish Heritage: Spain & Portugal

Get ready for the ultimate Mediterranean getaway! See for yourself what is drawing tourists to this destination more than any other Western European region!
Location:
Dates:
15-25 August 2022
Price:
$6950 per person

Spain & Portugal

Sunny Spain and Portugal boast sensational landscapes and balmy Mediterranean climates, drawing more tourists than any other Western European region. Home to a number of important Sephardic Jewish heritage sites, this is your chance to tour synagogues in both Spain and Portugal, including Barcelona’s Ancient Synagogue - the oldest in Europe - and the birthplace of Solomon ibn Gabirol in Malaga. Explore Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon, where you’ll be treated to exquisite classical European and Moorish-influenced architecture. Visit smaller towns off the beaten path, including Besalu and Tomar, where we’ll be immersed in medieval castles and picturesque hillside villages.

Get ready to savor the finest kosher Iberian cuisine and enjoy wine tasting at a local kosher vineyard. Enjoy the ultimate Mediterranean getaway and make memories to last a lifetime.

With Kosher Travelers it's not just a vacation - it's a lifelong experience

At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.

Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!

Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.

Day
Date
Location
Departure / Arrival Time 
Sunday
July 25
Barcelona
Monday
July 26
Barcelona
Tuesday
July 27
Basalo – Gerona – Figueres
Wednesday
July 28
Barcelona – Granada
Thursday
July 29
Malaga
Friday
July 30
Gibraltar
Saturday
July 31
Malaga
Sunday
August 1
Seville
Monday
August 2
Cordoba And Toledo
Tuesday
August 3
Toledp - Madrid
Wednesday
August 4
Avila Belmonte
Thrusday
August 5
Trancoso And The Duero Valley
Friday
August 6
Porto Tomar And Lisbon
Saturday
August 7
Lisbon – Jewish Walking Tour
Sunday
August 8
Time To Say Goodbye
Itinerary

MONDAY AUGUST 15TH: LISBON

Overnight: 5 ★ Lisbon Hotel

Welcome to Lisbon, the Capital city of Portugal. We will be Starting our day with a great walking tour of the Jewish heritage sites, and strolling in the streets of the Chiado neighbourhood, Visiting the Shaare Tikvah Synagogue, and plaza Comercial, in the afternoon we will enjoy some free time in the shopping district of the city.

We will check in our 5* hotel, before a gala welcome dinner.

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TUESDAY AUGUST 16TH: SINTRA AND LISBON

Overnight: 5 ★ Lisbon Hotel

After breakfast a short drive will bring us to the town of Sintra, a beautiful and Romantic town,you will explore the city centre and visit the amazing Palacio de la Pena. After lunch we will make our way to Cascais, we will visit the city centre of the village and enjoy this luxurious cosmopolitan port village.

Before returning to our hotel we will visit the Belem district with its famous monuments. Dinner in our hotel

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17TH: OBIDOS, COIMBRA AND ARRIVING EVENING TO PORTO

Overnight: 5 ★ Porto Hotel

You will start the day with a short visit to the beautiful Village of Obidos, where you will have time to explore the city centre and ancient walls surrounding the town, feel the amazing atmosphere in Obidos, then we will continue to Coimbra. Coimbra the University city, with its famous Library – that is considered one of the nicest libraries in the world, We will learn about the Jewish connection to this city. We will stroll down the narrow alleys of the city, and visit and hear the story of the old Mikveh accidentally found in the city centre. Before heading to Porto where we will be staying the next 4 nights.

THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH: THE NORTHERN COAST OF PORTUGAL

Overnight: 5 ★ Porto Hotel

Today we will visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, we will visit this paradise park and enjoy some activities, after our picnic lunch we will visit the charming Valença do Minho, dominated by a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vauban style, in Portugal.

Back to our Hotel for Dinner

FRIDAY AUGUST 19TH: FULL DAY PORTO

Overnight: 5 ★ Porto Hotel

Porto is a fascinating city, Today we will start with the Jewish heritage of porto, we will visit the museum and the old jewish Quarter, Then visit the centre of town and will have some free time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or shopping or even another visit to the the river banks to see the beautiful and colourful city.

Afternoon, back to hotel for Shabbat Preparations, Candlelight and Maariv in Porto Synagogue

Shabbat Dinner in our hotel

SHABBAT AUGUST 20TH: PORTO

Overnight: 5 ★ Porto Hotel

Relaxing day in our Hotel, Morning Tefila in Synagogue, Kiddush and Seuda at the hotel. Afternoon walking tour Optional, After havdalah and dinner we will go to a Fado Show in Town.

SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST: DUERO VALLEY, BELMONTE

Overnight:– Belmonte

This morning after breakfast we will check out of our hotel and start driving towards the eastern border of Portugal. We will drive through and enjoy the fascinating views of the Douro River on our way to Belmonte. In this mountain village situated in the north of Portugal, we will find the last remaining community of conversos, also known as Belmonte Jews. They have been secretly practising their faith for over five hundred years, until their discovery in 1917. During the tour, we will get to meet some of the members of the Jewish community and visit the synagogue, as well as the Jewish Museum. Afternoon we will enjoy our beautiful hotel and Sunset, before Dinner.

MONDAY AUGUST 22ND: AVILA AND MADRID

Overnight: 5 ★ Madrid Hotel

After breakfast we will check out and begin our journey to the magical town of Ávila in Spain, known for its majestic Medieval walls that surround the town. We will visit the remains of the Jewish cemetery that was discovered only a few years ago. After this important visit we will start our drive to Madrid (1.5 hr) – Spain’s majestic Capital since 1561. Arriving at the Busy Capital is always fun. We will have a panoramic tour of the city before exploring by foot the centre of town, we will visit and learn about the important monuments, before driving to our Hotel, which is in one of the most Aristocratic neighbourhoods in Madrid.

Dinner in a local Kosher Restaurant.

TUESDAY AUGUST 23RD: TOLEDO AND MADRID

Overnight: 5 ★ Madrid Hotel

This morning we will drive 45 minutes to the magical city of Toledo – “Jerusalem of the West”, one of the main centres of Sephardic Jewry in the Middle Ages and described as an open-air museum of Spanish history. Our walking tour will concentrate on sightseeing around the old Juderia. See El-Greco’s house which used to be the home of Don Shmuel Halevy Abulafia (14th century), the king’s Pedro el-Cruel wealthy treasurer. We will also visit the two ancient synagogues, today a museum: El-Transito and Shmuel Halevy’s Mudejar synagogue (1356) considered to be the best-preserved Jewish monument of the pre-Inquisition period.

Afternoon we will drive back to Madrid and enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Prado Museum.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24TH: HOT AIR BALLOON OVER SEGOVIA, SEGOVIA AND MADRID

Overnight: 5 ★ Madrid Hotel

Today we will have an early rise, as we have to arrive and catch our Hot Air Balloon ride over Segovia. Following our exciting ride , we will have a picnic Breakfast and continue to visit this magical city. Segovia is a World Heritage City, with unique sights: the Aquaduct, the old Jewish quarter, grand mansions, outstanding views and a green belt which is ideal for a pleasant stroll in the sunshine. We will have a guided tour before going back to Madrid, our last afternoon in the capital, will have some free time for Shopping, visit the Retiro park or visit any other of the amazing museums the city has to offer.

Dinner in a local kosher restaurant.

THURSDAY AUGUST 25TH: Madrid – Time to say goodbye

After breakfast, you will transfer to Madrid airport, according to your flight schedule.

What's included?
  • Three delicious kosher meals per day, including packed lunches for day tours
  • On-site mashgiach
  • Complete touring itinerary with local English-speaking guide
  • Luxury, air-conditioned coach bus
  • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive program and a complete Shabbat program (see itinerary below for details)
  • Price includes Flights between Barcelona and Granada and all entrance fees for sites on the tour itinerary.
  • 5-star rated accommodations

What's not included?

  • International flights - please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972505314500 roni@ambassadortours.co.il
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory
  • Tips for local guides and service providers, $10 per person/per day 
  • Entry visa if required 
Kashrut information

Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision. For this tour, all meals are freshly prepared by our on-site mashgiach/chef.


Flight information & insurance
  • Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance for your Travel, Health, Luggage & COVID-19 insurance needs. You may contact Tali +972-2-622-7999 ext. 125 or 052-769-9406 or tali@egertcohen.co.il. You may also sign up for insurance online at https://www.egertcohen.co.il/travel/signup-kosher-travel.asp.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation and medical emergencies is mandatory at the time of reservation.
  • The arrangements and cost of International flights to get to the tour are not included with your reservation. Please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

What kind of crowd should I expect?

The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.

Join Us on an Enchanting Tour of Spain & Portugal!

Enchanting Architecture

This trip is a treat for lovers of architecture. The classical European and ancient Moorish architecture is a true feast for the eyes!

Jewish Heritage

Explore the rich Jewish history of Spain, Gibraltar, and Portugal. Visit beautiful synagogues and ancient Jewish landmarks.

Authentic Kosher Cuisine

Savor the finest kosher Iberian cuisine and enjoy wine tasting at a local kosher vineyard.

Pricing

Accommodations

All tours include comfortable, 5-star rated accommodations.
Pricing
$6,950 per person based on Twin-share/double occupancy. Single Supplement: $2050.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $500 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund. Please see our full terms & conditions page for more details.

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