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Congregation Sinai | Exploring Spain Through a Jewish Lens
Led by Rabbi David Cohen

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  • Optional group flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 6 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer from the Madrid Airport and to the Granada Airport and to/from train stations
  • AVE (high-speed) train ticket from Madrid to Seville, with separate luggage transfer
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels

Optional Extension to Barcelona:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 1 way flight Granada-Barcelona (estimated rate)
  • 2 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • 1 group transfer to the Granada Airport, from/to the Barcelona Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Portage at the hotel

Day One: Sunday, April 8, 2018

  • 12:10 p.m. Depart Milwaukee Airport on American Airline flight #4222.
  • 3:15 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia.
  • 6:30 p.m. Depart on American Airline flight #740.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, April 9, 2018

  • 8:05 a.m. Arrive at Madrid International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Welcome tour to Madrid, including:
    • 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 to bear witness to the many auto-da-fé's that took place here.
    • The San Miguel Market, famous for its sumptuous tapas dishes, with lunch on your own.
    • The Palacio Real (Royal Palace), widely considered as one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid, not only for its location overlooking the river valley but also for its architecture and the artistic treasures to be found in its rooms.
  • 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 a restaurant.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Three: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Toledo, which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
  • LaDa'at Focus Toledo - A City of 3 Religions and Cultures with your tour educator.
  • 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).
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Four: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish Life in Madrid Dialogue with David Hatchwell Altaras, President of the Madrid Jewish Community.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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 UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Five: Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the train station.
  • 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.).
  • Arrive in Seville.
  • Visit Plaza de España, an impressive plaza built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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 mudéjar architecture. 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Seville

Day Six: Friday, April 13, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Córdoba, the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus..
  • LaDa'at Focus Great Jewish Figures of Cordoba - Ibn Shaprut, Yehuda HaLevi and Maimonedes with your tour educator.
  • Visit Córdoba's famous Cathedral-Mosque with its 1,000 colored columns.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Special program 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.
  • Return to Seville with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Rambam, Andalusia's young Progressive congregation.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Seville

Day Seven: Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • LaDa'at Focus Christianity & Islam: A Dual Relationship and Mutual Influences with your tour educator.
  • 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 architecture, 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 Albaycn, an old Moorish neighborhood, with cozy narrow streets and charming white houses full of local color (now a UNESCO world heritage site).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Granada

Day Eight: Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Granada International Airport.
  • 7:00 a.m. Depart Granada International Airport on Iberia flight #545.
  • 8:00 a.m. Arrive Madrid.
  • 1:10 p.m. Depart on American Airline flight #741.
  • 3:45 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia.
  • 5:50 p.m. Depart on American Airline flight #4238.
  • 7:02 p.m. Arrive Milwaukee.


Day One: Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the Granada Airport for your flight to Barcelona.
  • Upon arrival in Barcelona begin with a panoramic tour of the city, including:
    • Plaza España and the mountain of Montjuic, site of the Olympic Ring, the main stadium of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
    • Passeig Maritim with its Columbus monument, the world-famous Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's main avenue and its Modernist houses designed by Antoni Gaudí.
  • Lunch on own at the Boqueria Market and continue with:
  • 2000 Years of Jewish Life: A walk through the Gothic Quarter. According to archaeological evidence, there was a sizable Jewish community in Catalonia as early as the beginning of the Common Era. For centuries thereafter, the Jews of Barcelona managed their own local affairs and lived relatively well in their own Quarter.
  • Visit the Medieval Synagogue discovered in the Call Quarter.
  • Conclude with a visit to Gaudí's unfinished monumental Church of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Two: Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for Girona, one of the most important Jewish historical sites in Spain. Visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the 12th century.
  • Tour medieval Girona which was famous for its Kabbalists. It was also the home of the great sage Nachmanides, who defended the Jewish faith in the 13th-century Disputation of Barcelona.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Stop at Besalu, a picturesque medieval town that features one of the best preserved Mikvaot (ritual bath) in all of Europe.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Three: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit some of Gaudi's most unique architectural wonders, such as:
    • La Pedrera
    • Casa Batlló
    • Park Güell (especially in good weather!)
    • Visit the Barcelona Aquarium.
    • Visit the Joan Miro Foundation, highlighting the works of Joan Miro.
    • Visit the Picasso Museum, which focuses on the formative years of Pablo Picasso.
    • Walk down Paseo de Gracia, ideal for some shopping and also to see some of Barcelona's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Four: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Barcelona International Airport.
  • 1:00 p.m. Depart on American Airlines flight #7435.
  • 3:50 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia.
  • 5:50 p.m. Depart on American Airlines flight #2385.
  • 7:02 p.m. Arrive Milwaukee. 


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 December 25, 2017.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 104 days prior to departure (ie, until December 25, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of $500 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 103 and 46 days prior to departure (ie, from December 26, 2017 to February 21, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 45 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (ie, as of February 22, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until Dec 25, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Dec 25, 2017 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $150 per ticket.
  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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: Tour educator $8, 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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Important to Know
  • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
  • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
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