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12 Day | Jewish Group Tour of Spain

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  • 10 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (in Seville) with local tour escort and licensed, English- speaking local tour guides as needed  
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Land-only package includes domestic flight from Barcelona to Granada
  • Meals:daily breakfast & 3 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Thursday

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday

  • Arrive at the Barcelona International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry: Shabbat dinner with welcome and orientation dialogue with your tour educator at a restaurant.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Three: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Conclude with a visit to Gaudí's unfinished monumental Church of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Four: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Girona's Place in Jewish History with your tour educator.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit Figueras, the home town of Salvador Dali, and the Teatre Museu Dali, where the best and most complete collection of works by this great artist are presented.
  • Return to Barcelona.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona

Day Five: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport and check in for the flight to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • Upon arrival in Granada stop for lunch on your own.
  • LaDa'at Focus Christianity & Islam: A Dual Relationship and Mutual Influences with your tour educator.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Attend a Flamenco performance.
  • Dinner on own

Overnight: Granada

Day Six: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The Kaleidoscope that is Spain: Tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Depart Granada for 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.).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Seville

Day Seven: Wednesday
SEVILLE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the Alcazar Palace, followed by a visit to 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.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Free time to explore Seville on your own.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Seville

Day Eight: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and 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 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Late afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Córdoba

Day Nine: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Madrid.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Madrid with your tour educator.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Begin the visit in Madrid with a panoramic city tour, including stops to see:
    • Puerta de Alcala, "Alcala Gate," a monument in the Plaza de la Independencia, "Independence Square."
    • Plaza Colón, known for its unique statues celebrating the voyages of Columbus; view the magnificent fountains of Poseidon and Cibeles.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beth Yaacov Synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Ten: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour in Madrid, including stops at:
    • Plaza de España, which features a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
    • The Royal Palace.
    • Plaza Mayor to bear witness to the many auto-da-fé's that took place here.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Eleven: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Toledo - A City of 3 Religions and Cultures with your tour educator.
  • Depart for Toledo, which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
  • Guided visit to the Old City of Toledo, 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 own, en route.
  • Time permitting: Visit the El Greco Museum, dedicated to the painter and the influence his work and personality had on early 17th-century Toledo.
  • View the Grand Toledo Cathedral.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Madrid

Day Twelve: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Madrid International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Need to Know

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants.   
  • 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 educator are included.  
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • 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.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a 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 the 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.
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).             
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local tour escort, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local tour escort, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

    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.
    • 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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