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  • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator and local tour escort accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
ARRIVAL IN, AND FIRST STEPS THROUGH MADRID

  • Arrive at Madrid International Airport.
  • Individual group transfers.
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 p.m. Meet with your Tour Escort Mike Hollander at hotel for departure with your local guide, Gaetan Navarro.
  • Welcome yourselves to the beauty of Madrid with a panoramic tour of the city, including stops at:
    • Puerta Del Sol, the center of the city.
    • Plaza de España,which features a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
    • Plaza Mayor, site of multiple ‘acts of faith'- the infamous ‘auto-da-fé' of the Spanish inquisition.
    • The San Miguel Market, famous for its sumptuous tapas dishes, with lunch on your own.
  • 4:00 p.m. Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator at the Taberna del Alabardero Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel, Madrid

Day Three: Thursday, February 14, 2019
TOLEDO AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CONQUEST AND CULTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart for Toledo, which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
  • Tour the city, including the Jewish Quarter, the Samuel Halevi Abulafia Synagogue, which was turned into a church known as Nuestra Señora del Tránisito, the Sephardic Museum and the Santa Maria La Blanca Church (formerly the Grand Synagogue).
  • Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, which was constructed on the site of an 11th century mosque.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish Life in Madrid Dialogue with a leader of the Madrid Jewish Community.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel, Madrid

Day Four: Friday, February 15, 2019
SEGOVIA - ALCAZAR, AQUEDUCTS AND ANCIENT LEGENDS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit El Escorial, a historical residence of the King of Spain. It is one of the Spanish Royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school; the site has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Jews and Spain, one and the same: Visit Segovia, a microcosm of the story of Jews in Iberia, from Roman times until the Expulsion.
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery on the slopes opposite Segovia.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Depart for services.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner with a local Progressive congregation.
  • Drive back to hotel.

Overnight: Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel, Madrid

Day Five: Saturday, February 16, 2019
INTRODUCTION TO SEVILLE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.( separate luggage truck for luggage)
  • 8:00 a.m. Transfer to the train station.
  • 9:00 a.m. Travel by AVE (high-speed) train to Seville, a city shaped by both Renaissance and Arabic influences. Ancient texts place Jews in Seville at the time of the destruction of the first Temple (586 B.C.E.).
  • 11:35 a.m. arrive in Seville & meet with your local guide, Fatima Tato.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Plaza de España, an impressive plaza built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
  • 4:00 p.m. Snapping and stepping: Participate in a flamenco workshop to learn the basics of this typical Andalusian art form, at the Museo del Falmenco.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Melia Colon hotel, Seville

Day Six: Sunday, February 17, 2019
JEWISH SEVILLE & ONWARDS TO CORDOBA

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart for the day with your local guide.
  • Tour the Alcazar Palace, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The palace was originally a Moorish fort and is one of the best remaining examples of mudejar. The palace has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the Great Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus, and La Giralda, built in the 12th century, whose bell tower became the city's symbol.
  • Visit the Santa Cruz neighborhood, formerly Seville's Jewish Quarter, once known as La Juderia, with its winding alleyways and remnants of Jewish life found within the contemporary city.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 3:00 p.m. Depart for Córdoba, the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus.
  • Visit the Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla, a small private initiative created to preserve the memory and heritage of the Sephardic people of Seville.
  • Visit the parking lot where ancient Jewish graves were discovered.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Hospes Palacio Del Bailio hotel, Cordoba

Day Seven: Monday, February 18, 2019
CORDOBA - MY HEART IS IN THE EAST AND WE ARE HERE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 depart or the day & Meet with local guide Isabel Martinez.
  • Visit Córdoba's famous Cathedral-Mosque with its 1,000 colored columns.
  • LaDa'at Focus Great Jewish Figures of Cordoba - Ibn Shaprut, Yehuda HaLevi and Maimonedes with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter, including Plaza Tiberias and the Yehuda Halevi Square. Continue to the Statue of Maimonides and the small Moorish-styled building known as the Maimonides Synagogue.
  • Special program and ladino concert at Casa de Sefarad, dedicated to the history of the Sephardic Jews in Córdoba and Spain prior to the Inquisition and the expulsion of 1492. Meet with the people responsible for the creation of this private historical venture in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 3:00 p.m. Drive to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hospes Palacio De Los Patos hotel, Granada

Day Eight: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
‘GRANADA OF THE JEW' THROUGH 1492

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart hotel with local guide, Robert Bartlett.
  • Visit the Albaycn, an old Moorish neighborhood, with cozy narrow streets and charming white houses full of local color (now a UNESCO world heritage site).
  • 10:30 a.m. The Kaleidoscope that is Spain: Tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra is an Islamic palace and fortress complex originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, then renovated and rebuilt in the mid-11th century and finally converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, the Sultan of Granada. The palace exhibits Spain's most significant and well known Islamic architechture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Jewish History in the Shadows: Guided visit to the Realejo, the former Jewish Quarter and the site of the original town bearing the name Garnata al-Yahud. Explore the meandering streets and traditional neighborhood, which have no tangible remains of the Jewish community, but a wealth of stories.
  • Visit the Palace of the Forgotten, a newly-opened museum aimed at educating on the Jewish history of Granada.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Final Thoughts and Feeling: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Hospes Palacio De Los Patos hotel Granada

Day Nine: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
RETURN HOME

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 5:00 a.m. Transfer to Granada International Airport. (individual transfer later on in the day)
  • Departure flight IB 639 to Madrid, connecting to flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • The initial deposit for this tour is $500 per person. This deposit is non-refundable.
  • Final payment for this tour is due October 30, 2018.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 105 days prior to departure (i.e. until October 30, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of $500 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 104 and 46 days prior to departure (i.e. from October 31, 2018 to December 28, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 45 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of December 29, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

 

Not Included

 

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 20 passengers and more: ARZA World tour educator $8, local tour escort $6, local guide $5, driver $3 - per participant per day

 

Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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