Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain
Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain
with Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel
June 26 – July 7, 2016
June 26, Sunday
Day of departure on an overnight flight to Spain.
June 27, Monday
Madrid arrive AM
Transfer to your hotel, check in for a short rest.
We will start our Panoramic city overview with Lunch on your own at Plaza Mayor which is the heart of the city. Return to hotel for Welcome dinner.
Overnight Madrid Melia Galgos Hotel(D)
June 28, Tuesday
Madrid- Cordoba- Breakfast at hotel
Drive to Cordoba through the beautiful land of Andalusia to the former home of many Jewish scholars and poets. Lunch along the way. Arrive to Cordoba, the capital of Moorish Spain for 300 years, once the biggest city in all of Europe. Start our visit with a walk along the street leading up to the Juderia, with its whitewashed houses, colorful courtyards and shops. Though not Jewish in its current expression, a few signs hint at the Golden Age of Jewish life, The gem-like synagogue, visit Casa Sefarad( Sefaradic House) as well as the statue of the great court doctor and Torah sage, Maimonides -Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon.
Dinner in town or your own ( recommendations will be provided) .
Overnight Cordoba Conquistador Hotel (B, L)
June 29, Wednesday
Cordoba – Granada
Breakfast at hotel, Cordoba thrived and expanded with its unique blend of cultures. These are beautifully expressed with a visit to Mezquita, the most significant Muslim. Lunch in town on your own before we embark on our bus for a drive to Granada, afternoon city tour and Dinner in town on your own. (Recommendations will be provided)
Overnight Granada Melia Hotel (B)
June 30, Thursday
Granada – Seville: Breakfast at hotel
We will start the day with a visit to Alhambra, the Moorish palace and fortress with unique architecture and beautiful gardens. This complex is basically a cluster of four different sites perched side by side on top of a hill
Lunch on your own. Nasrid Palace, an exquisite combination of rooms and courtyards (the famous Courtyard of the Lyons is one of them) where the Muslim rulers lived; Generalife Gardens the beautifully manicured gardens planted in the 1930s; Charles V‛s Palace, Spain‛s most impressive Renaissance building; Alcabaza an empty fortress with panoramic views. Travel to Sevilla via a scenic drive
Flamenco Show and Dinner in town.
Overnight Melia Lebreros Sevilla (B,D)
July 1, Friday
Seville – Barcelona – Breakfast at the hotel
Explore the mixture of past and present that is Seville. The Cathedral – one of the largest in the world, the resting place of Spanish Kings and Queens, as well as the impressive sepulcher of Christopher Columbus. Lunch on your own. Alcazar Palace- still used as a residence for the Spanish Royal Family, Grand Plaza Espana – site of the pavilion of the great 1929 exhibition. Jewish Seville in Barrio de Santa Cruz – the former Jewish Quarter, today it is one of Seville’s most charming areas. Flight late afternoon to Barcelona. Services and Shabbat Dinner with the community.
Overnight Barcelona Hesperia Presidente Hotel (B,D)
July 2, Shabbat
Breakfast at hotel. Shabbat services followed by lunch. Afternoon Paseo de Garcia & Gothic walking tour Barrio Gótico -Old Gothic Quarter, is the center of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, the old Jewish Quarter. Ramblas -La Rambla is a street in center Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight Barcelona Hesperia Presidente Hotel (B,L)
July 3, Sunday
Barcelona- Girona – Figueres– Besalu– Barcelona
Girona- home to an important Jewish community since the 11th century and to various learned men, including Najmanides. Gerona has one of the most interesting medieval Jewish quarters (the Calle), with homes of exquisite architecture visit the Museu Dels Jueus. Highlights of the quarter include the cultural center of Isaac the Blind, the center for Sephardic studies, and the remains of the synagogue. Lunch on your own. Figueres Dalí-visit one of the most complete Salvador Dalía unique Museum in Figueres. Besalú ́s Mikva. An important historic and artistic center on the banks of the Fluviá River and former capital of an ancient county. Of particular interest is Besalú’s Mikva that dates to the 11th-12th centuries. Return to Barcelona, VisitCasa Batlló ,
Casa Milà ( La Pedrera) Dinner (TBA)
Overnight Barcelona Hesperia Presidente Hotel(B,D)
July 4, Monday
Barcelona – Gaudi‛s City – Madrid.
Breakfast at hotel. Barcelona is the capital of the modern style of architecture and the place where the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi lived and worked. Montjuich (‘Hill of the Jews‛) the cemetery houses the last remains of some of the most notable members of the pre-expulsion Spanish Jewish community and is officially a city park. ParcGüell a large public park and another example of Gaudi‛s creative genius. Sagrada Familia- the unfinished cathedral of the Holy Family (started in 1882) Fast train to Madrid (dinner on the road) Transfer to your hotel in Madrid.
Overnight Madrid Melia Galgos Hotel (B,L)
July 5, Tuesday
Toledo – Breakfast at hotel
Travel to Toledo which had one of the largest Jewish populations in Spain, as a result Toledo is a great place to see the old Jewish quarter which stretches from Calle Taller Del Moro as far as the city walls at the Puerta Del Cambrón. Two of the city‛s ten synagogues still exist, even after they were converted into churches following the expulsion of the Jews. Sinagoga Del Tránsito and Sinagoga Santa Maria la Blanca, both popular sites in Jewish Toledo.
Overnight Madrid Melia Galgos Hotel (B)
July 6, Wednesday
Madrid – Breakfast at hotel
Visit to the Prado Museum with its priceless collections, admire magnificent Spanish Art by Velasquez, El Greco and Goya. Also enjoy famous Dutch and Italian masters such as Bosch, Rubens, Rafael and many more.
Lunch on your own at Plaza Mayor which is the heart of the city. Visit to the Royal Palace and last minute shopping.
Farewell dinner at Escudilla kosher restaurant.
Overnight Madrid Melia Galgos Hotel (B,D)
Transfer to the airport.
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Land Package $3395 (Per Person in a double room)
Single room supplement $750
Air & Land Package $4845 Air is subject to confirmation
Added to the above cost are tips for guide, driver and restaurants $180
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