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Temple Beth Shalom of Vero Beach | Tour to Spain 2019

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  • Optional flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 11 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1.5 days of walking tours with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Land-only cost includes a one-way flight from Barcelona to Granada (estimated rate)
  • AVE (high-speed) train from Seville to Madrid, with separate luggage transfer
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 3 dinners 
  • Portage at the hotels

 

Day One: Friday, December 20, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 7:10 p.m. Depart Miami International Airport on Iberia flight #6124.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Saturday, December 21, 2019
ARRIVAL IN SPAIN

  • 9:40 a.m. Arrive Madrid.
  • 11:30 a.m. Depart on Iberia flight #930.
  • 12:45 a.m. Arrive at Barcelona International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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.
  • Visit Gaudí's unfinished monumental Church of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Visit Park Guell, a park designed by Gaudi. The park contains stone structures, stunning tiling, and interesting buildings and is an excellent example of Gaudi's unique style.
  • Check into the hotel and freshen up before dinner.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look at Spanish Culture: Welcome Dinner an orientation with your tour educator at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Barcelona


Day Three: Sunday, December 22, 2019
JEWISH LIFE, AGAINST ALL ODDS IN GIRONA & ART IN FIGUERAS

  • 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.
  • Continue to Figueras, the home town of Salvador Dali.
  • Visit the Teatre Museu Dali, where the best and most complete collection of works by this great artist are presented.
  • Return to Barcelona.
  • LaDa'at Focus Building a Community Dialogue with leaders of a local Reform congregation.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona


Day Four: Monday, December 23, 2019
BARCELONA & ITS ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Explore the Medieval Synagogue discovered in the Fall Quarter.
  • Lunch on own at the Boqueria Market.
  • The remainder of the afternoon 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
    • Explore the Boqueria Market.
    • Visit the Barcelona Aquarium.
    • Visit the Picasso Museum, which focuses on the formative years of Pablo Picasso (Museum is open until 5:00 p.m)
    • Walk down Paseo de Gracia, ideal for some shopping and also to see some of Barcelona's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
      • Visit the Camp Nou Soccer Stadium, which has been the home of Futbol Club Barcelona since 1957.
      • Walk along the world-famous Las Ramblas, the wide central promenade, with all its wonders, stalls and artists.
    • Explore the Boqueria Market and the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Barcelona


Day Five: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 | Christmas Eve
THE KALEIDOSCOPE THAT IS SPAIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Barcelona Airport.
  • 10:30 a.m. Board your flight to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • 12:00 p.m. Arrive in Granada and transfer to the city.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Granada


Day Six: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | Christmas Day
‘GRANADA OF THE JEW' THROUGH 1492

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Rest of the afternoon to explore Granada on own (due to the Christmas holiday, most museums, shops and other sites will be closed).
  • Dinner on own

Overnight: Granada


Day Seven: Thursday, December 26, 2019
CORDOBA - MY HEART IS IN THE EAST AND WE ARE HERE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Cordoba, the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus.
  • 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 pass by the small Moorish-styled building known as the Maimonides Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Depart for an authentic Flamenco Show in a typical cave followed by a night tour of Sacromonte Mountains and the gypsy quarter.

Overnight: Cordoba


Day Eight: Friday, December 27, 2019
INTRODUCTION TO SEVILLE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive 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.).
  • Visit Plaza de España, an impressive plaza built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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 The palace has been recognized as a UNESCOWorld 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Check into the hotel and freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Rambam, Andalusia's young Progressive congregation.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Seville


Day Nine: Saturday, December 28, 2019
SEVILLE - JEWS OF FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free afternoon to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Explore Parque María Luisa, which was built for the 1929 Iber-Americano World's Fair and now is landscaped with attractive monuments and museums such as the Archaeological Museum and Art & Customs Museum.
    • Visit the Royal Bullring, considered to be one of the finest in Spain and one of the oldest and most important in the world. Explore the museum housed inside the building, which traces the sport's history from the 18th century to the present day. 
    • Visit the Fine Arts Museum, considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the fifteen exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century.
    • Visit the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), which was built in the 13th century during the Almohad dynasty as a military watchtower meant to control traffic on the Guadalquivir River. Today the tower is home to the Naval Museum and boasts great views if you climb to the top.
    • View the Metropol Parasol, a controversial wooden structure located at La Encarnación square.
    • Visit Casa de Pilatos, a beautiful mansion with a mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles. 
    • Visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum), which offers an experience for all the senses with ambient music, videos, touch-screens and artifacts in an 18th Century building at the heart of the historical Barrio Santa Cruz.
    • Visit the Seville Aquarium, which offers the visitor a tour displaying the flora and fauna that Magellan encountered during his two-year journey back in 1519 when he was pursuing an alternative route to reach the Spice Islands. The visitor's own journey follows a 700-meter path and it lasts about an hour and a half. The main attraction is one of the biggest tanks of sharks in Europe, which contains two million liters of water and a 9-meter deep cascade.
    • Visit Triana, Formerly known as Seville's gypsy neighborhood, Triana has evolved into a lively idiosyncratic area packed with charming paved streets, ceramic shops, pretty churches, and atmospheric tapas bars.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Seville


Day Ten: Sunday, December 29, 2019
WELCOME TO MADRID          

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the train station.
  • Travel by AVE (high-speed) train to Madrid.
  • 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.
    • The San Miguel Market, famous for its sumptuous tapas dishes, with lunch on your own.
    • 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.
  • Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.
  • LaDa'at Focus Dialogue with members of the local Jewish community of Madrid.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Madrid


Day Eleven: Monday, December 30, 2019
TOLEDO AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CONQUEST AND CULTURE

  • 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.
  • 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 own.
  • Visit the Grand Toledo Cathedral.
  • Time permitting: Visit the El Greco Museum, dedicated to the painter and the influence his work and personality had on early 17th-century Toledo.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Madrid


Day Twelve: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | New Year's Eve
EXPLORING MADRID

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore 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 Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center, which houses Madrid's best collection of modern art, including masterpieces by Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky, Dalí, Bacon, and more. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Madrid on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Walk around Barrio Salamanca, an upscale residential neighborhood, for great shopping, food, and people-watching.
    • Relax in El Retiro Park, a beautiful park in the center of the city with a pond, tree-lined walks, fountains and monuments such as those to Alfonso XII and the statue of the Fallen Angel of Madrid.
    • Visit the famous Thyssen Museum. (The museum will only be open from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.)
      Please note that due to the New Year holiday, many museums, shops, and other sites will be closed or open for limited hours on this day.
  • Festive farewell dinner celebrating the New Year.

Overnight: Madrid


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Madrid International Airport.
  • 12:20 p.m. Depart on Iberia flight #6123.
  • 4:35 p.m. Arrive Miami.
 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 21 August 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. 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.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Final payment is due 106 days before the scheduled trip begins (Sep. 6, 2019), or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 106 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 105 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 59 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

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 Sep 01, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Sep 01, 2019 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 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 trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

are included as specified in the itinerary.

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 at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


 
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