Touring Date


14 Jun 2020  - 28 Jun 2020

General

Spain is considered the world‘s leading country in foreign tourism (about 60 million foreign tourists annually) – blessed with people who come to visit its famous sites or relax on the golden beaches of the Costa Brava or the Costa del Sol. To us, Spain is important for other reasons: the rich Jewish history of Catalonia, Andalusia and the city of Toledo is firmly planted in our national psyche – mainly because of the Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century. We will visit the main sites connected to the Jewish history of Spain, as well as some of the primary sites that attract tourists from all over the world.

Gibraltar is a small peninsula, but it’s huge in history, geology and Jewish warmth. A British crown colony located in the southern Iberian Peninsula, it’s the entrance gate to both the Mediterranean basin as well as a bridge between Europe and Africa. At the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar, one can find a population of about 30,000 people from 16 different faiths, including a warm and close-knit Jewish presence. We visit Gibraltar on Shabbat, which we spend together with the local community, in all its synagogues.

Portugal stands somewhat alone in Europe separated from everyone by its border with Spain. It‘s a small country, but it offer so much: a spectacular Atlantic coastline, dotted with classic and historic fishing villages such as Nazare; majestic mountain ranges and dense forests; and vineyards as far as the eye can see alongside quaint, picturesque hamlets in the Doro Valley. History, monumental architecture, religious and secular art, all finds expression in churches and monasteries both ancient and modern. Combine all this with an entire population that is discovering its Jewish roots, and renewing Jewish life in this beautiful land. Then add warm hospitality, fine wine and great food – and you‘ll discover a Portugal you never knew existed.

Available departures

This tour is repeated every weekday (working day).

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: SUNDAY JUNE 14 – BARCELONA

Meeting at 13:00 Barcelona Airport- Barcelona, where we will have a group transfer to our central location Hotel. You will have time to relax, freshen up and enjoy the lively streets around our Hotel on your own until our first group dinner in a local restaurant. 

O/N Barcelona 5* - https://www.hotelclaris.com/

DAY 2: MONDAY JUNE 15 – BARCELONA

We will start with a panoramic tour of Barcelona, taking in all the important buildings and monuments; you will be overwhelmed by the architecture and beauty of this Northern Spanish city. We will visit the Montjuic, and the Mirador where we will have one of the best views over Barcelona, as well as a visit to the famous Park Guell, designed by the famous Gaudi. A walking tour of the old Jewish quarter will follow, where we will learn about the Jewish History of Barcelona. You will get to see the house of the great scholar Rabbi Shlomo ibn Aderet (Rashba), as well as the ancient synagogue of Barcelona, the oldest in Europe. The day will be filled with historical and Jewish sites, a real magical and educational tour. Our dinner will be in one of Barcelona’s Kosher Restaurant.

O/N Barcelona 5* - https://www.hotelclaris.com/

DAY 3: TUESDAY JUNE 16 – BASALO - GERONA – FIGUERES

GIRONA, BESALU & FIGUERES: After breakfast we will drive (About 1 hr) towards the north of Barcelona and start by visiting the romantic city of Girona with its old Jewish Quarter. The Jewish History Museum contains the most accurate information about medieval Jewish communities in Spain. We will continue with a tour of the medieval town of Besalú, including a visit to the old Mikveh dating back to the 15th century. Finally, in Figueres we will discover the fascinating and imaginative world of the famous artist Salvador Dalí. The Theatre - Museum Dalí is the largest eponymous structure of its kind in the world. Dinner in a Kosher Local Restaurant.

O/N Barcelona 5* - https://www.hotelclaris.com/

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 - BARCELONA - GRANADA

Alhambra Palace, Albaisin Quarter, Jewish Quarter-This morning we'll catch our flight (10:25am) to the Andalusia town of Granada, (1 hr) a city that was nicknamed "Grant el Yahud" - "Grande of the Jews". After landing we will take a tour of the city. We will visit one of the most famous sites in Spain, the Alhambra Palace. We will see the Ambassadors' Hall where the expulsion order of Spanish Jewry was signed by the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. It was also from here that Columbus was sent to discover the "New World". We will admire the Lions' courtyard and the Hadasim courtyard, and we will mention them in the amazing context of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol and Shmuel Hanagid, who was an army minister and the chief minister in the court of the ruler. Our visit to the palace will end with an enjoyable walk in the Generalife, a garden area attached to the Alhambra which became a place of recreation and rest for the Granada Muslim kings when they wanted to flee the tedium of official life in the Palace. In the afternoon we will visit Granada’s fascinating Albaicin neighborhood and its old town where the Jewish quarter used to be. We will then make our way back to our hotel (1- 2 hr Drive), Dinner at our Hotel 

O/N Malaga 5* - https://en.vincciposadadelpatio.com/

DAY 5: THURSDAY JUNE 18 – MALAGA

Our day will start with an amazing Hike in the Caminito del Rey. El Caminito del Rey hike is a spectacular hike all along, it is about an 8 Km, 3-4 hrs. walk.  After lunch we will continue to the most famous of all the white villages in Andalusia, "Ronda", which has become one of the oldest white cities in Spain. The bullfighting tradition was born here. Generations of bullfighters from the local Romero family have created a legacy of martial arts and styles, which to this day are accepted throughout Spain. Ronda is famous for its steep cliffs and where Ernest Hemingway was inspired to write his book "For Whom the Bells Toll" about the terrible civil war in Spain. A 1.15hr drive will bring us back to our hotel in the coastal city of Malaga. Dinner at the Hotel. 

O/N Malaga 5*- https://en.vincciposadadelpatio.com/

DAY 6: FRIDAY JUNE 19 - GIBRALTAR

After breakfast we will begin our 90 minutes’ drive towards Gibraltar, the British enclave known as "the Rock”. Gibraltar is the abbreviation of Jabel al-Tariq - after the Berber conqueror from North Africa who invaded Spain and brought about the beginning of Muslim rule for 800 years. We will visit the famous Monkey Colony up the rock, walk through the city streets and soak in the British atmosphere that dominates the colony. During the tour we will experience the unique Jewish aspect of the place and visit one of the four beautiful Synagogues, we will discuss the harmony between the different religions. We ‘ll continue back to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

Candle lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat at our Hotel

O/N Malaga 5*- https://en.vincciposadadelpatio.com/

DAY 7: SHABBAT JUNE 20 - MALAGA

After Shabbat services we’ll take a leisurely walking tour in the harbour town of Malaga, birthplace of Solomon ben Yehuda Ibn Gvirol as well as that of Spain's most famous painter, Pablo Picasso. We will walk in the Old town, and the Jewish quarter, we will have a chance to visit the Picasso Museum before our Shabbat Lunch. After Shabbat we will go for a drink on the Promenade.

O/N Malaga 5*- https://en.vincciposadadelpatio.com/

DAY 8: SUNDAY JUNE 21 – SEVILLE

Today we will bid farewell to Malaga and travel to Seville, the capital of Andalusia.( 2.15hr) Upon arrival, We will continue to the magnificent “Plaza de Espana” and see the Spanish Pavilions of South America built for the exhibition planned for the late 1920s. We will continue with a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, the "Juderia", now called the Santa Cruz District, and will discuss the city's Jewish roots and history. We will depart to Cordoba where we will check into our hotel where dinner will be served.

O/N Cordoba 5*- https://www.eurostarshotels.co.uk/eurostars-palace.html

DAY 9: MONDAY JUNE 22 – CORDOBA AND TOLEDO

After breakfast we will visit the city of Maimonides, Yehudah HaLevi and other great Spanish Jewish sages, and the central symbol of the Golden Age of Judaism in Spain, visit the Old City, which is a testimony of the glorious Jewish community that existed here during the period of Moorish rule. We will visit the squares and streets that still bear names reminiscent of the Land of Israel, such as Tiberias Square and Yehuda Halevy Square. We will see the statue of the Rambam, erected by the city's leaders in memory of the “Great Eagle” we will stroll along the picturesque alleyways and visit the Mezquita outskirts once the great mosque of Cordoba that now serves as the local cathedral. After the visit in Cordoba we will Depart to 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 both ancient synagogues. today museums: El-Transito, Shmuel Halevy’s Mudejar synagogue (1356) considered to be the best-preserved Jewish monument of the pre-Inquisition period, and Santa Maria la Blanca, Ibn Shoshan’s synagogue. After the visit we will depart to Madrid (1 hr) – Spain’s majestic Capital since 1561. Dinner at the local Kosher Restaurant

O/N Madrid 5* - https://www.hospes.com/en/puerta-alcala/

 

DAY 10: TUESDAY 23 JUNE - TOLEDO, MADRID

Today we will enjoy the Capital city tour, we will have a guided tour of the Prado museum, visit the Retiro Park and a walking tour of the old city of Madrid, and its historical treasures. We will then continue to the Royal Palace Garden, Plaza de España, with its majestic monument of Cervantes, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, then Neptune and Cibeles fountains, the major avenues of La Gran Via, Castellana and the Retiro Baroque park, that are so enjoyable to stroll. We will provide couple of hours for free time where you can choose to spend it how you like; from shopping in the main street to sitting in a traditional Spanish coffee place. Dinner at the local Kosher Restaurant

 O/N Madrid 5* - https://www.hospes.com/en/puerta-alcala/

DAYS 11: WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE -- AVILA BELMONTE

We will begin our journey to Portugal with a stop in the magical town of Ávila (1.5 hr drive), known for its majestic medieval wall that surrounds the town. We will visit the remains of the Jewish cemetery that was discovered only a few years ago. And then we will make our way to Belmonte/Portugal (3 hr). 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 practicing 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.  Dinner at our Hotel. 

 O/N Belmonte – 4* Convento de Belmonte http://www.conventodebelmonte.pt/en/

DAY 12- THURSDAY 25 JUNE – TRANCOSO AND THE DUERO VALLEY

On this unforgettable day, we will have the opportunity to visit Trancoso, together  with one of the only Jewish locals still living here, “Senor Jose Levi Dominguez” His family has lived in the area for hundreds of years and he will kindly take us on an incredible journey through this amazing village. Trancoso still preserves the walls and doors of the medieval castle. Then on our way back to Porto we will visit one of Portugal’s Kosher wineries. We will drive along the Duero River where you will see the most magnificent views of Portugal. Kabbalat Shabbat in our Hotel

O/N Porto - https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oposi-sheraton-porto-hotel-and-spa/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

DAY 13- FRIDAY 26 JUNE – PORTO TOMAR AND LISBON

we will explore this beautiful City, its Jewish Quarter and the impressive “Kaduri Synagogue”. we will continue to Tomar where we will visit the Synagogue of Abraham Zacut and hear the special History of this interesting and unique place.

 O/N Lisbon - https://www.dom-pedro-palace-lisbon.com/

DAY 14 SHABBAT 27 JUNE – LISBON – JEWISH WALKING TOUR

Today we will enjoy a Shabbat service at the local synagogue of Lisbon. Kiddush and Lunch will be served at our Hotel; followed by some relaxing time. In the afternoon we will enjoy a lovely Jewish Heritage walking tour of Lisbon. We will complete the day with a Seuda Shelishit at our Hotel. In Motsei Shabbat we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, where we will visit the photogenic unique monuments of Lisbon.

O/N Lisbon - https://www.dom-pedro-palace-lisbon.com/

DAY 15 SUNDAY 28 JUNE – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

After breakfast, we will provide transfers to the airport according to the time of leaving.

Recommendation Flights from Israel & USA:

Israel: EL AL - 14 JUNE: TLV TO BARCELONA - 09:00 - ARRIVING 12:35 

TAP – 28 JUNE: LISBON TO TLV -14:20 - ARRIVING 21:30

New York: AIR FRANCE - 13 JUNE: JFK TO BARCELONA - 23:55 - ARRIVING 17:10 (ON THE 14 JUNE) 

TAP - 28 JUNE: LISBON TO JFK - 17:10 - ARRIVING 20:00

Pricing

Spain & Portugal Tour  
Price Land Only $6,950
Price with flights from Tel Aviv TBA
Single Supplement $2050
Pre/Post night $180 per person twin share BB
Arrival/departure transfers $50 per person
Tour Guide  

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation costs as stated or alike
  • Kosher with on Site Mashgiach
  • Breakfasts, light lunches, and full evening meals with wines
  • National Flight between Barcelona and Granada
  • All land transport costs including group airport transfers
  • Entrance fee to the monuments that are in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • 5-star Hotels (apart from Porto and Duero Valley) 

Price Excludes:

  • International flights are excluded in the price
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses are not included in the itinerary
  • Tips for local service providers $180
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security etc

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 days prior to departure: 50% of total per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we can not stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when travelling. It is crucial to purchase the travel insurance within 14 days from the 1st payment that you make for this trip (flights/cruise/tour etc). Your payment is made directly to the insurance company.

We highly recommend the ‘cancel for any reason’ upgrade option.

Our preferred policies are Travel Safe (USA & Canadian residents), Travel Select (USA residents) and Global Trip Protection Elite (All other Nationalities).

For an obligation free quote and further details email Yonah yonah@travelinsuranceisrael.com