Spain: Art, History and Jewish Life
DateOctober 04 - 14, 2018
Duration11 days / 10 nights
HighlightsMadrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Barcelona
NotesLand Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,000
This tour can be booked privately
Spain has a rich history when it comes to Judaism. However, this country has much more than that to offer. That is why, this program will combine art, architecture, history, cuisine and yes…Jewish life.
We will visit synagogues and tour Jewish Quarters, but we will also go to cathedrals, mosques and museums. Our English-speaking guides will take us to UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as to local restaurants.
The experience we have from sending multiple groups to Spain yearly, combined with the knowledge of our licensed guides has as a result this unforgettable trip.
What can you expect as part of your tour?
- Tours/Meals as listed in the itinerary
- Flight from Seville to Barcelona
- English speaking guides
- Deluxe motor coach
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Friday, October 05, 2018
Madrid - Toledo
Upon arrival, we will start touring the Jewish Quarter, including two churches which used to be synagogues and the Sephardic Museum.
Lunch will be on own, and then we will proceed to El Greco Museum, dedicated to the famous Greek painter. This museum opened in 1911 and houses many of his paintings.
Return to Madrid.
We will have our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight:Madrid (B, D).
Saturday, October 06, 2018
In the afternoon, we will visit the Prado Museum. The Prado collection, with around 9,000 paintings, is one of the world most important and boasts names such as Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, Goya and Madrazo.
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Madrid - Granada
Our first stop will be Consuegra. This city, is along with its windmills, became famous in the 16th century, when Don Quixote was first published.
We will proceed to Jaén and tour the Jewish Quarter. In the beginning of the fourteenth century the position of Jews became precarious throughout Spain as anti-Semitism increased. In 1366, 300 Jewish families from Jaén were taken prisoners to Granada.
Continue to Granada. Visit the Fine Arts Museum and the Albaycin. The Albaycin has a strong Muslim influence. It was the place where the first Siri court was built in the eleventh century.
Monday, October 08, 2018
We will tour the beautiful gardens and Palace. After enjoying our time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the afternoon will be on own.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Proceed to “La Judería” (The Jewry), Cordoba’s Jewish quarter. Jews lived in Cordoba until their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Maimonides, the author of the Mishne Torah, was born in Cordoba in 1125. We will visit the Statue of Maimonides, located in Tiberiadus Square.
After lunch we will visit Casa de Sefarad, which is a small museum devoted to Sephardic-Judaic-Spanish tradition and a house where Jews once lived.
Continue to Seville
Arrival and check in.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
We will then tour the colorful Santa Cruz neighborhood, Seville’s old Jewish Quarter and home of the Cathedral of Seville. In 1391, Jews were expelled from their houses, which were handed over to Christians, and synagogues were converted into churches.
Proceed to the Cathedral, which stands on the site of the Great Mosque of the 12th century. The remains of Christopher Columbus lie in the cathedral.
Return to hotel
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Seville - Barcelona
Upon arrival, we will visit Montjuic, referred to as "Jewish Mountain" in mediaeval Latin and Catalan documents. The remains of a mediaeval Jewish graveyard have been found there.
Proceed to the Sagrada Familia church, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi worked on the church for 43 years, until his death in 1926 (for the last 12 years, Sagrada Familia was his sole project).
For dinner, we will go to the local restaurant “Tablao de Carmen” which includes a Flamenco show.
Overnight:Barcelona (B, D).
Friday, October 12, 2018
We will continue to the Miro Museum, Fundacio Joan Miró. Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893 and died in 1983. The museum, created by Miró himself, opened in 1975 and shows his art as well as the work from contemporary artists.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Can Framis Museum which houses a collection of 300 paintings and exhibitions by contemporary Catalonian artists.
Directions will be provided for those who wish to attend Shabbat Services.
We will all go together for Shabbat dinner.
Overnight:Barcelona (B, D).
Saturday, October 13, 2018
We will then go to the Gothic quarter and visit the Picasso Museum, which houses over 4,000 from Pablo Picasso. This museum opened in 1963 and it consists of five different buildings.
We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the rest of the afternoon is on own.
This evening, we will have our farewell dinner at another local restaurant.
Overnight:Barcelona (B, L, D).
Sunday, October 14, 2018