14 Day Jewish Heritage of Portugal & Spain

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Tour Overview

Tour operates with a minimum of 12 people travelling

Day 1

Day 1


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

Day 2


The day is yours to explore Lisbon

Day 3


Breakfast at the hotel. Depart on a full day tour of Lisbon with your local guide learning 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 the Shaarey Tikva synagogue in Lisbon. In the afternoon, we head towards the district of Belém where the monuments alluding to the time of the Maritime Discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries were built. Free time for lunch. We will stop at the Belém Tower (classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO), the 15th century fortress and departure point of caravels. The Discoveries Monument marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. We will visit the Museum of the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon. (Breakfast)


Day 4

Day 4


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We set off for 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 important 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 momentoes of decisive moments in the history of the western world. Overnight in Porto.(Breakfast).

Day 5


Breakfast at the hotel. Discover 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 establishment 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 today is 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 built between 1929 and 1937. In the afternoon enjoy a 50-minute cruise along the Douro before heading back to the hotel. Overnight in Porto.

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, today a museum. The synagogue was transformed into a small museum that outlines the 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, a 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 Caceres.(Breakfast).

Day 7


Breakfast at the hotel. 
Cáceres declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO (1986) is a fascinating historic stone walled old town, where an important Jewish community thrived. We will visit the well-preserved Jewish quarter known today as the “Barrio de Sant Antonio”, the “Hermita de San Antonio” where the ancient synagogue was located as well as the “Nueva Juderia” (New Jewry) among others. 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 walking tour which includes 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 its tiny cobblestone streets and magnificent indoor gardens hidden behind sumptuous house 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. 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 still here? Overnight in Seville.(Breakfast).

Optional Flamenco show at additional cost

Day 9

Day 9


Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning check-out from the hotel and transfer to Cordoba, the former home of many Jewish scholars and poets. Once the biggest city in all of Europe, Cordoba 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 with whitewashed houses, colorful courtyards and shops. A tranfer by coach takes you to Granada. Check-in at your hotel with the evening free.(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 three 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 the center for Jewish Spain with a rich, creative heritage. You will feel the atmosphere as you stroll along its narrow alleys in the historic section, the true center of Spain. 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 sightseeing tour of Madrid including the Salamanca district and the Bull Ring Arena, the second largest in the world with stops 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 the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral. After that, a walking tour hrough 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 on your own. In the afternoon the bus will transfer you back to the hotel.(Breakfast).

Day 13


After breakfast journey 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 into the 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 & dinner).

Day 14


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




Day 1


Transfer by fast tourist class fast train from Madrid to Barcelona.  Enjoy a panoramic tour of Barcelona the 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, continue on a walking tour through the centuries-old streets and alleys of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. You tour will include you to the 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, expanding and prospering until the Spanish Inquisition forced them into exile in 1492 – a span of 600 years! Walk through the “Call” (Jewish Quarter) which still evokes this precious Jewish culture, an important part of the Golden Age of Spain. The spirit of our ancestors has never vanished. Visit the Archeological and Jewish Museums during your tour. Lunch, then 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 15 Nov,2019 and save $400 per couple

Departure dateStart DateEnd DateStarting AtDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
15 May 2020 16 May 2020 29 May 2020 $4168
$3968 (before Nov 15)
$5209 (before Nov 15)
$3968 (before Nov 15)
16 Oct 2020 17 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 $4168 $5409 $4168 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD



  • Meet and assistance at the airport by an IBMT representative 
  • Transfer from airport to hotel / airport  (based on arrival time from 10-11am in Lisbon)
  • English speaking tour coordinator escorting the group
  • Local guides in each site
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned on itinerary 
  • 13 nights accommodation based on double occupancy at 4 star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner


  • Airfare to Lisbon and return from Madrid / Barcelona
  • Departure taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned 
  • The city tax in Lisbon of € 2,00 per person per night (subject to current rate).
  • The city tax in Porto of € 2,00 per person per night (subject to current rate).
  • Porterage  
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips not included - 
    - Tip for the bus driver 3€ per day/per person.
    - Tip for the National Tour Guide 5€ per day/per person.
    - Tip for local guides 4€ per visit/per person.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.

Seville optional visit: Flamenco show; Entrance €50.


A National Tour Guide will accompany the tour through out.


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.



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-



(BASED ON 10/12 & 13/16 PASSENGERS).

3 Nights accomodation based on double occupancy
3 breakfasts included
Transfer from Madrid hotel to train station and departure by tourist class fast train to Barcelona 
Transfer from Barcleona hotel to the airport  


  • 29 seater coach
  • Trunk capacity 1 luggage + 1 back pack per person
  • Professional local guide for all the entier stay in Barcelona

BARCELONA – Pestana Arena


• 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 tour, a local guide will accompany the group. 


  • 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  
  • 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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