14 Day Jewish Heritage of Portugal & Spain | May 2020

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Tour Overview

Tour operates with a minimum of 12 people travelling

Day 1


Overnight flight to Lisbon. Meals served on board

Day 2

Day 2


Arrival in Lisbon and private transfer to the hotel where you will enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Lisbon.(Dinner)

Day 3


Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for a full day tour of Lisbon with your local guide, finding all about the Jewish legacy in
the Portuguese capital. It is known that until 1496 there were three Jewish Quarters in Lisbon. Besides strolling through
Alfama, we will visit Shaarey Tikva synagogue in Lisbon. In the afternoon, we leave towards the district of Belém, where
were built the monuments alluding to the time of the Maritime Discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Free time to
lunch. We will stop at the Belém Tower (classified as World Heritage by UNESCO), the 15th century fortress and
departure point of caravels, and at the Discoveries Monument to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the
Navigator. We will visit the Museum Calouste Gulbenkian.
Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon. (Breakfast)


Day 4

Day 4


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We set off to Tomar where your local guide will show you the Synagogue and Luso-Hebrew Museum of Abraham Zacuto. A very rare example of a medieval Jewish temple and of pre-Renaissance Portuguese art, the Tomar Synagogue is the only one of its kind from this period to have been fully preserved in Portugal. Before leaving, it is mandatory to visit the Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a unique monument in the history of the western world, awarded the classification of world heritage by UNESCO. Built on a site that was originally used for Roman worship, this vast monumental complex illustrates seven centuries of Portugal's history and contains several important mementoes of decisive moments in the history of the western world. Overnight in Porto.(Breakfast).

Day 5


Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the Jewish Porto and walk along the streets where a community was born and developed, a community that is supposed to have appeared just before the foundation of Portugal. The Jewish quarter of the city was situated deep in the heart of the village, which, in the 12th century, was located near the Cathedral, in the area that is today defined by the ruins of the Convent of Monchique, by the Torre dos Clérigos, Sé, Alfândega do Porto and the square and tunnel of Ribeira – and where some Jewish altars still survive in private estates. Walk towards the area of the old Mercado Ferreira Borges and visit the Palácio da Bolsa. This is where another Jewish quarter once stood, with a synagogue in its center, in what is today known as Rua do Comercio do Porto. In the Boavista area, the hub of Jewish life in the 17th and 18th centuries, visitors can see the Kadoorie synagogue, the largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula Jewish temple built between 1929 and 1937. In the afternoon, you will take a 50-minutes cruise through the Douro before heading back to the hotel. Overnight in Porto.(Breakfast).

Day 6

Day 6


Breakfast at the hotel. We set off to Castelo de Vide located at the bottom of a double hill crowned by a Medieval castle and the São Roque Fortress. Also, there’s a small “Judiaria” and a Synagogue, nowadays a museum that you will visit. The synagogue was transformed into a small museum that tells about customs, persecutions and the expulsion of Jews in the Iberian Peninsula between the 15th and 16th centuries. A jewel of synagogue preserved over the centuries, located in a Jewish quarter with a lot of charm.
After lunch, a short drive will take you to Mãrvao, this pleasant and peaceful town that offers exceptional panoramic views of the plain and the Sierra de São Mamede.
Its streets are narrow, and the houses have picturesque roofs. The town is full of colorful flowers where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the mountains and Spanish frontiers.
Overnight in Mérida.(Breakfast).

Day 7


Breakfast at the hotel. Merida was the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania and it became one of the most flourishing cities of the empire. You will visit the archaeological site of Merida, including the Roman Theater and Amphitheater so as the part of the roman wall and other remains of the Roman legacy. This is one of the major archaeological sites in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Transfer and overnight in Seville, the colorful capital of Andalucia.(Breakfast).

Day 8

Day 8


Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the vibrant and modern city of Seville on a panoramic and walking tour who will include the grand Plaza de España, site of the pavilion of the great 1992 exhibition. Next visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz – the former Jewish Quarter with tiny cobble stone streets and magnificent indoor gardens hidden behind some sumptuous house’s façades. Continue towards the Alcazar Palace, still used as a residence for the Spanish Royal Family, and the Cathedral, said to be one of the largest in the world, that you will both visit. Here, you can find the resting place of Spanish Kings and Queens, as well as the impressive sepulcher of Christopher Columbus – but are his remains there?
Overnight in Seville.(Breakfast).

Day 9

Day 9


Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning check-out from the hotel and transfer to Cordova, the former home of many Jewish scholars and poets. Once the biggest city in all of Europe, Cordova thrived and expanded with its unique blend of cultures. These are beautifully expressed with a visit to the Mosque-Cathedral, the most significant Muslim architectural achievement in the Western world. Walk through the streets leading up to the Jewish quarter that have been preserved whit whitewashed houses and colorful courtyards and shops. And transfer to take your coach to Granada.
Check-in at your hotel and evening at your own pace.(Breakfast).

Day 10


After breakfast at the hotel, the local guide of the Alhambra will show you one of the Wonders of the World, the Moorish Palace of Alhambra and the Generalife. (Located on a hilltop with the Sierra Nevada as background, Alhambra’s exquisite design and layout have few rivals. Be filled with a sense of mystique as you are guided past graceful courtyards, splashing fountains and lavish rooms. After lunch, transfer to Toledo, the Jewel of the 3 cultures.(Breakfast).

Day 11

Day 11


After breakfast. This day is devoted to Toledo, perched high on a hill by the Tagus River. With its naturally fortified location, Toledo was once was also the center for Jewish Spain, with a rich, creativ heritage. You will feel this atmosphere as you stroll the narrow alleys in its historic section, the true center of Spain, and is widely considered a “pearl” in terms of its subtle beauty. You will visit El Greco’s house, formerly the palace of the prominent Samuel Halevy (treasurer of King Pedro I, and architect of the El Transito Synagogue). Continue to Synagogue de Santa Maria La Blanca, later converted to a church, and to the Synagogue del Transito, which today houses the Sephardic Museum, both remarkable heritage of the Jewish culture. Continue to Madrid in the afternoon and enjoy time at leisure. Check-in at the hotel.(Breakfast).

Day 12


Breakfast at the hotel. Take a site seen tour of Madrid including the Salamanca district and the Bull Ring Arena, the second largest in the world. Then you will stop at the Torre Picasso and the soccer stadium Bernabeu. Continue with a walking tour towards the Royal Palace, a monumental construction of the seventeenth century, a mixture of baroque and classicism. See also the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral. After that, walking through the “Madrid de los Austrias” and the impressive Plaza Mayor, one of the most popular and typical corners in Spain, where you will have free time for lunch. Enjoy the evening at your own. The bus will transfer you during the afternoon back to the hotel.(Breakfast).

Day 13


After breakfast leave to Segovia, located in Castilla- León, one the 17 Provinces in Spain. Though only few traces tell the story of a glorious past, Segovia stills stands as a remarkable monument to its past. In a walking tour, discover the historic legacy of the Jews. Witness the imposing Roman Aqueduct and enter in heart of the ancient Jewish Quarter. Visit the Alcazar of Segovia, one of the most famous fortresses in Spain. Return to Madrid in the afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Madrid.(Breakfast).

Day 14


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Private transfer to Madrid airport.(Breakfast).


3 Nights Barcelona Extension


Day 1


Transfer by fast train from Madrid to Barcelona | ticket in Tourist category. After a panoramic tour of the most exciting city, Spain can offer Barcelona, capital of the Catalonian province. Begin with a visit to one of Spain’s landmarks: the incomplete architectural masterpiece of Antonio Gaudi, known as the Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family).Overnight Barcelona.

Day 2


After breakfast next, continue on a walking tour through the centuries-old streets and alleys of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. You tour will include an introduction to this former Jewish area in Barcelona. Visit the oldest Synagogue in Barcelona, which has recently been restored. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Barcelona.(Breakfast).

Day 3


Breakfast. Today, drive northward to visit Girona, which stands today not only as a charming example of Spain’s quaint early-Medieval ambience, but also as a reminder of the days when Jewish traditions bloomed. Girona was once a link between the first Kabbalists of Provence and the poets and writers of Cordoba and Toledo — also major Kabbalah Centers. Jewish settlers came to Girona at the end of the 9th century, growing and prospering until the Spanish Inquisition forced them into exile in 1492 – a span of 600 years! Walking through the “Call” (Jewish Quarter) still
evokes this precious Jewish culture, an important part of the Golden Age of Spain. The spirit of our ancestors, you will sense, has never vanished. Visit the Archeological and Jewish Museums during your tour. Lunch. Later, continue to Besalu, to see the remains of the pre-Inquisition Mikveh. Return to Barcelona in the afternoon. Overnight in Barcelona.(Breakfast).

Day 4


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Private transfer to Barcelona airport.(Breakfast).


Dates & Rates

Tour operates with a minimum of 12 people travelling
Book before 30 Sep,2019 and save $400 per couple

Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
16 May 2020 17 May 2020 29 May 2020 $3978
$3778 (before Sep 30)
$5090 (before Sep 30)
$3778 (before Sep 30)

* All prices in USD



  • Meet and assistance at the airport by IBMT representative 
  • Transfer from airport to hotel / airport*  (ask for details - includes when arrival time anywhere from 10-11am in Lisbon)
  • Tour cordinator escorting the group
  • Local guides in each site
  • All Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned on itinerary that are included
  • 12 nights accomodation at 4 star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Lot's of good times..


  • Airfare from your departure destination
  • Departure taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned on itinerary
  • The city tax in Lisbon of € 2,00 per person per night (subject to legal changes).
  • The city tax in Porto of € 2,00 per person per night (subject to legal changes).
  • Porterage service.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips not included - 
    - Suggestions: Tip for the bus driver 3€ per day/per person.
    - Suggestions: Tip for the National Tour Guide 5€ per day/per person.
    - Suggestions: Tip for local guides 4€ per visit/per person.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.


There will be a National Tour Guide who will be with the clients all tour. He is also authorized to do all monuments and sites in Portugal.


The local guides are professional guide accredited. Only those are allowed to do the visit at National Patrimony monuments and cities.
LISBON: National tour guide - Entrance at the Monastery of the Jerónimos.
- TOMAR: National tour guide - Entrance at the Convent of Christ, Entrance at the Synagogue.
- PORTO: National tour guide - Entrance at “Bolsa” Palace, Cruise Douro.
- MERIDA: Entrance at the Amphitheatre and Theatre.
- SEVILLA: Local guide Half day ( 4 hours) - Entrance at the Alcazar, Entrance at the Cathedral.
- CÓRDOBA: Local guide Half day ( 4 hours) - Entrance at the Synagogue, Entrance at the Mosque-Cathedral.
- GRANADA: Local guide for the Alhambra (2 hours) - Entrance at the Alhambra (upon availability).
- TOLEDO: Local guide Full day (8 hours) - Entrance at the El Greco’s House, Entrance at the Synagogue “Santa María la Blanca", Entrance at the Transit Synagogue.
- MADRID: Local guide Half day (4 hours).
- SEGOVIA: Local guide Full day (8 hours) - Entrance at the Cathedral, Entrance at the Alcazar.


Seville optional visit: Flamenco show; Entrance €50.


LISBON Hotel Fénix Lisboa www.hfhotels.com/hotels-en/hf-fenix-lisboa-en/
PORTO Hotel Ipanema Porto https://www.hfhotels.com/hotels-en/hf-ipanema-porto-en/
MÉRIDA Tryp Medea www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/merida/tryp-merida-medea-hotel/index.htm
SEVILLE Exe Sevilla Macarena https://www.exehotels.co.uk/exe-sevilla-macarena.
GRANADE Abba Granada https://www.abbagranadahotel.com/es/home.html
TOLEDO Hacienda El Cardenal www.haciendadelcardenal.com/
MADRID Tryp Atocha Madrid https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/madrid/tryp-madrid-atocha-




(10/12 & 13/16 PASSENGERS).

3 Nights accomodation
3 breakfasts included
Transfer from Madrid to Barcelona by Spain fast train – Ticket in Tourist category
Transfer from the hotel to the airport end of tour


  • 29 seats bus
  • Trunk capacity 1 luggage + 1 back pack.
  • Professional local guide for all the tour

BARCELONA – Pestana Arena


• Local Tour guide : During all tour
• Entrances included :
§ Entrance at the Sagrada Familia. Barcelone.
§ Entrance at the Synagogue Mayor. Barcelone.
§ Entrance at the Archeological Museum. Girona.
§ Entrance at the Jewish Museum. Girona.
§ Entrance at Mikvé. Besalú (Girona)

For the Barcelona’s tour, a local guide will be whith the group, who is able to do all the visits included in the program. The local guide will meet
the group at the hotel, after breakfast and will be with them until it is necessary. He will only leave the clients once their needs will be all
supplied. The guide doesn’t sleep at the hotel.


  • Local Tour guide : During all tour
  • Entrances included :
    - Entrance at the Sagrada Familia. Barcelone.
    - Entrance at the Synagogue Mayor. Barcelone.
    - Entrance at the Archeological Museum. Girona.
    - Entrance at the Jewish Museum. Girona.
    - Entrance at Mikvé. Besalú (Girona)


  • Meals and beverages, except the breakfasts
  • Entrances at museums/monuments, except when mentioned in the program
  • The city tax in Barcelona of € 1.21
  • Porterage service
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the local guides, bus drivers and tour guide in Barcelona:
    - Suggestions: Tip for the bus driver 3€ per day/per person
    - Suggestions: Tip for the local guides 5€ per day/per person
  • Other services not mentioned in the program

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