Jewish Heritage Grand Tour of Spain

Trip Duration

13 Days / 11 Nights

Price From

$ 9,760

Highlights

Madrid | Granada | Seville | Barcelona | Gibraltar
Highlights:

  • Inclusive Dining: 15 MEALS including Buffet Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch & 4 Dinners including Shabbat & Farewell Dinners
  • Gratuities to local guides & drivers
  • Briefing on Spanish Jewry
  • Visit the Prado Museum – Tour ancient Toledo – See the Alhambra –– Tour Granada, Córdoba & Seville – Stay in Barcelona, Europe’s “hottest” city.
  • Gratuities are included for  local guides, drivers, waitpersons for included meals, as well as wine at Welcome, Shabbat & Farewell dinner.

A millennium ago, Spain was the center of the Jewish world, a Muslim land where Jews were at the pinnacle of commerce, finance, the arts and diplomacy. Our tour is flavored with memories of that Golden Age of Sephardic Jewry, and you’ll encounter glimpses of that historic presence in Toledo, Granada, Córdoba and Seville.But Spain is not only the ancient. It’s a vibrant and ultra-modern European country that has somehow managed to retain the charming aura of a more leisured era. Spain is the art of Goya, El Greco and Velazquez. The land of paella, Jose Carreras, Julio Iglesias and Antonio Banderas. Spain’s capital, Madrid, is imposing and high-tech. Barcelona is a truly grand European city. And Toledo, Granada, Córdoba and Seville are utterly exquisite. You’ll see the vast Spanish landscape too, visit oh-so British Gibraltar, and visit the Costa del Sol.Ask our Destination Experts about great pricing on airfare.

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrival in Lisbon

You will be welcomed at the
airport by your English-speaking driver and transferred by car to your hotel.
Enjoy leisure time to rest from the long trip, or to venture out on your own
and start exploring. In the early evening, meet your tour manager and fellow
travelers in the hotel lobby for a welcome event followed by dinner at a
typical Portuguese restaurant while enjoying a Fado performance. (D

Sunday: Lisbon

We begin our day with a tour of Lisbon that uncovers the history and
culture of this colorful city. Our first stop is in the historic quarter
where you will see the Torre de Belém, symbol of the capital, dedicated to
the rich age of the great maritime discoveries. Next we will visit the famous
Jerónimos Monastery, a World Heritage site and the best example of Portuguese
manueline style and Vasco da Gama’s resting place. We continue to the Avenue
of Liberdade to see the city’s Eduardo XII central park, and reach the Baixa
district with the Sé Cathedral and Rossio Square. We pass through the elegant
Chiado and Estrela neighborhoods and reach the impressive Comercio Square.
Later, we’ll explore the medieval Alfama quarter and visit the Castle of St.
George to enjoy the most breathtaking views of the city. Your afternoon is
free to explore on your own. Take the funicular to the hills overlooking
Lisbon, or sit down in one of the cozy restaurants that offer the lovely
Portuguese “petiscos.” (B)

Monday: Lisbon Countryside

Today we will visit a cork farm in the charming town of Evora. We will
learn about the organic production of cork and take part in a workshop,
followed by lunch in a traditional restaurant that serves fresh food from
this farm. After lunch we’ll explore the picturesque Evora, a fascinating
UNESCO World Heritage site, walking through the historic center and hearing
the stories of daily life and culture during the Golden Age of Portugal. We
will visit the Church of St. Francis and its famous Chapel of the Bones, then
continue to Giraldo Square to learn about the Inquisition and the institution
that was headquartered right here. We will also explore the ancient Roman
temple built in the first century A.D. and get a glimpse of the 12th-century
cathedral. We will return to Lisbon in late afternoon with time at leisure.
(B, L)


Tuesday: Lisbon | Cabo da Roca | Sintra | Tomar 

We bid farewell to Lisbon today and head to the place “where the land ends
and the sea begins” as described by the famous poet Camões. This site is located
near Sintra on the westernmost point of continental Europe. We will then
continue to Sintra, another UNESCO World Heritage site and the first center
of European Romantic architecture. We will visit the amazing Palacio Nacional
da Pena, the Romanticist castle that was the dream home of Prince Ferdinand,
and admire the medieval town palace with its 108-foot-high chimneys. There
will be some free time to explore more or just relax, have lunch, and enjoy
the atmosphere. Later on, we will continue to Tomar, the former seat of the
Templar knights. Tomar is an exceptionally beautiful city of great charm with
a delightful historic center, ancient churches and pretty cobbled streets.
The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy this historic town at your
own pace. (B)


Wednesday: Tomar | Fatima  | Coimbra | Tomar

We will start our day with a tour of Fatima beginning at the pristine
Basilica to see the tombs of Jacinta and Francisco, and a visit to the Shrine
Our Lady of Fatima.  Our next stop will be Coimbra, a riverfront city
and former capital in the central part of the country. Here we will enjoy a
walking tour and visit the University of Coimbra, dating from the 13th
century and built on the ruins of a former palace. The most impressive site
here is the beautiful Baroque Joanina Library. In town, you will have some
time to spend on your own before we head back to Tomar. In Tomar we will see
the monumental work of the Convent of Christ, the Templar chapel built in the
12th century and inspired by the fortifications of the Holy Land. The rest of
the day is free. (B)


Thursday: Tomar | Sao Pedro Do Sul | Regua (Duoro Valley)

This morning we will turn inland and head to Sao Pedro Do Sul, a city
famous for its thermal water springs. We will enjoy a short tour and some
free time before continuing on our way into the Duoro Valley, also known as
‘the enchanted valley.’ We will arrive at the Quinta da Pacheca estate and
after we get comfortable in our wine-barrel suites, we will gather for a
guided tour of the estate followed by a wine tasting and a tasty home-cooked
dinner. (B, D)


Friday: Duoro Valley | Porto

We will awaken in one of the most peaceful places—in the middle of a
vineyard set in one of the most famous wine regions in the world! A truly
unique experience. Later on, we will visit the small picturesque town of
Pinhão in the heart of port wine county. Here we will board a boat and enjoy
a cruise between Pinhão and Tua. The next stop will be Quinta do Tedo, a
250-year-old winery where we will have the most memorable lunch and wine
tasting. In the afternoon we will find our way to Porto, the northwest city
known for its many bridges and of course, for the world-renowned, sweet port
wine that carries its name. Tonight is free to explore Porto’s cobbled
streets, browse in the artisan shops, and enjoy the many cafes and bars in
this lively city. (B, L)


Saturday: Discover Porto

Today is dedicated to discovering the secrets and tales of Porto. We will
enjoy a walking tour of the historical city to see the São Bento Station
decorated with Portuguese tiles called ‘azulejos,’ the Stock Exchange Palace,
and the Church of St. Francis. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse
yourself in the city and really enjoy it on your own. In the evening we will
gather for an amazing dinner together. (B, D)


Sunday: Porto | Aviero | Obidos | Lisbon

Today, on our way back to Lisbon, our first stop is in Aviero, a city set
along a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro. The landscape is carved with canals and
you will delight at the sight of colorful boats called ‘barcos moliceiros.’
Afterward, we will board one of these gondola-like painted boats and cruise
along the canals, enjoying the scenery while we sample a delicious local
dessert called ‘ovos moles.’ Later on, we will visit the Aveiro salt pans, a
unique place where we will meet a salt worker (“marnoto”) who will tell us
the beautiful story about this incredibly special place. We will have some
free time for a delicious lunch in the area, and then continue to Óbidos, one
of the nicest and impeccably preserved towns in Portugal. We will navigate
the maze of narrow streets and marvel at the beautiful white houses. We will
arrive at our hotel in Lisbon in the evening. (B)


Monday: Depart Lisbon

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Lisbon
International Airport for your home bound flight. (B)
Or, enjoy the available, exclusive extensions: Algarve, the magical
coastline Madeira, the sunniest island of Europe