10 Days - Jewish Heritage tour to Greece

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10 Days - Thessalonica, Veria, Ioannina, Meteora, Kalambaka, Volos & Athens


Day 1

Day 1

Thessalonica

Upon arrival you will be met with IBMT Tours Europe representative who will give you an overview of the city and its Jewish history on the way to our hotel. Check in and leisure time until dinner.
Overnight in Thessaloniki.(Dinner)


Day 2

Day 2

Thessalonica

Breakfast at hotel. Walking city tour - visiting the Square of Jewish Martyrs and the ceremonial Synagogue followed by a presentation at the Jewish Museum where we learn about a community that once had 50 synagogues and was called Mother of Israel, home to famous Jewish mystics, legalists, poets and rabbis. Our coach takes us to quarters of the city that were once wholly Jewish and to archaeological sites going back to Roman and Hellenic times, villas once inhabited by prominent Jewish residents and the new Holocaust Memorial on the site of the cemetery destroyed by the Nazis, now the Aristotle University campus. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.(Breakfast, Dinner).


Day 3

Day 3

Thessalonica

After breakfast we visit the Archaeological Museum and the famous landmark, the Rotunda, close to each other and the wonderful promenade from which you can take a boat trip if you wish at the end of the tour. Dinner at Local Taverna with traditional Greek music.
(Brekfast, Dinner)


Day 4

Day 4

Thessalonica | Veria

Breakfast at hotel, In this day we head for Vergina where the unearthing in 1977 of the richly extravagant tombs of King Phillip 11, father of Alexander the Great, became as famous as the Dead Sea Scrolls. We continue to Veria where the Jewish community existed in this Macedonian town as early as the first century. That was the case for the following two millennia, albeit with interruptions until 1943, when the Holocaust brought Jewish life in Veria to an abrupt end. Barbouta, the Jewish quarter of Veria we hear about the town’s rich Christian heritage and absorb its Jewish quarter with its unique setting and the atmosphere that still prevails at the natural river Mikva. Today there are no Jews in Veria, a town of some 66.000 residents, but the quarter where they lived -Barbouta- still stands, and at his heart a synagogue that draws a small but steady stream of visitors.  Dinner and overnight in Veria.(Breakfast, Dinner)

 


Day 5

Day 5

Veria | Ioannina

After breakfast, we leave Veria for Ioannina where we have a group lunch under the grand arches of the Stoa Louli restaurant, once a trade centre for Jewish leather merchants. Inside the castle we stroll through the ancient cobbled streets of the former Jewish Kastro quarter and visit the Romaniot Kal Kadosh Yashan Synagogue where we are shown its unique artefacts. Our guide will show us around the medieval Jewish cemetery which is in a forest. We also have time to walk around the city’s beautiful lake or take a coffee at the lakeside before driving to the hotel for dinner and overnight.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 6

Day 6

Ioannina | Meteora | Kalambaka

Afte breakfast at hotel we take a picturesque drive to Meteora site of the famous 14th century Byzantine monasteries, suspended on granite rocks. As well as marvelling at the views we visit two of the monasteries. We stop for lunch at Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 7

Day 7

Kalambaka | Volos

After breakfast We set off for Volos which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and looks out on a charming bay. We have a group lunch at an excellent restaurant on the promenade and have time to stroll by the water’s edge. We then walk to a Holocaust memorial and through the Jewish neighborhood to the Synagogue and community center and learn about a community that date back to the 6th century and still has weekly services. We dine and spend the night in Volos.(Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 8

Day 8

Volos | Athens

We leave Volos to head for Athens. We arrive late afternoon for a tour of the Acropolis. There is also time for our bus to tour the other remarkable sites of the city, Constitution Square with its picturesque guards, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Theatre of Dionysus and the Olympic stadium. Check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight.(Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 9

Day 9

Athens

After breakfast, we see the Beth Shalom Sephardic Synagogue and the Romaniot Synagogue just opposite. Then we visit the Jewish Museum. Our tour guide will lead us through their excellent exhibits, enhancing our understanding of Greek Jewish history. After this, we will visit the Ancient Greek Agora, the place where was the ancient synagogue of Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.(Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 10

Day 10

Athens

Breakfast. According to the schedule of your flight you will be transferred to Athens Airport.(Breakfast)


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Dates & Rates


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03 May 2020 04 May 2020 13 May 2020 $2813 $3254 $2813 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
04 Oct 2020 05 Oct 2020 14 Oct 2020 $2813 $3254 $2813 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


Included service:

  • 9 nights hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe and Modern A/C Bus for Tours & Transfers as per itinerary with Wi Fi Service (Free of Charge)
  • English Speaking Professional Tour Guide/Assistant for tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Rotonda (Thessaloniki), Vergina, Meteora (2 Monasteries), Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Greek Agora of Athens & Jewish Museum of Athens.
  • Daily breakfast 
  • One lunch in Ioannina at Stoa Louli & 1 lunch at sea side restaurant in Volos
  • Daily dinners (1 Dinner at Local tavern with live music in Thessaloniki)
  • Headsets for the tours
  • Porterage Service at the hotels
  • Accommodation Tax
  • 1 Bottle 0.5 lt of water per person per day 
     

Not included services:

  • International flights
  • Any personal expenses
  • Anything that is not mentioned “Package Includes”
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guide/Driver/Assistant


HOTELS 4/5 Stars:

Thessaloniki: 4* Hotel Capsis or Similar on HB Basis.
Veria: 4* Hotel Aiges Melathron or Similar on HB Basis.
Ioannina: 5* Hotel Du Lac or Similar on HB Basis.
Kalambaka: 4* Hotel Divani Kalambaka or Similar on HB Basis.
Volos: 4* Hotel Domotel Xenia Volos or Similar on HB Basis.
Athens: 4* Hotel Tiatania or Similar on HB Basis.

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Craig Savage,

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

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I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   

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Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened ...

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