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France

JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS: Celebrated Jews on the French Riviera. In Nice, we will take you to the wonderful Chagall Museum, known for its stunning mosaics, stained glass windows and series of paintings illustrating Old Testament subjects, including the Song of Songs. Also on the tour is the Museum of Contemporary Art, where you'll discover such famous contemporary Jewish artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Arman and Ben, to name a few.

If you want to discover the life of the Jewish "jet-set" before their were jets, then head with European Jewish Tours to the exquisite Cap Ferrat, where you'll discover two of the most breathtaking mansions on the Riviera: the Villa Kerylos, a striking reproduction of a 5th century B.C. Athenian villa built in 1908 by the noted Jewish Hellenist Theodore Reinach, and the pink Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, built by the flamboyant Beatrice Rothschild, who never went anywhere without her trunk of 50 wigs, and who greeted guests at parties dressed as Marie-Antoinette.

Jewish Provence: In the 14th century, the countryside of Provence became the home of many Jews after they were exiled from the Kingdom of France by Philip the Fair and Charles VI. When Provence became part of France in 1481, the Jews found refuge in the enclave formed by Papal possessions in Provence in both Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin.

With European Jewish tours, discover the old Jewish quarter in Avignon along with Palace of the Popes and the vineyards of nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which produces kosher, as well as non-kosher vintages. Then drive to Isle sur la Sorgue to evocate the medieval Jewish history in the old "Carrière", the Jewish ghetto (Place de la Juiverie)

Visit Carpentras, site of the oldest Jewish synagogue in France (1741-1743), and Cavaillon, whose 18th-century synagogue is a splendid example of the Rocaille style, and its former Jewish bakery, now a fascinating Judeo-Comtadin museum.

Les Milles (close to Aix en Provence), visit the French Internment camp, founded in September 1939 where Novelist Lion Feuchtwanger was an inmate. Surrealist artists Hans Bellmer and Max Ernst were imprisoned together with other Jews. 

In Aix-en-Provence, our walking tour will take you to the Medieval Jewish dwellings in Rue Verrerie and the Lapidary Museum, with its fine collection of Judaica.

Marseille has very active Jewish community. You will be introduced to these different Jewish communities, which originated in North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) with their ancient rites (Sephardic), sacred traditions and culture. City tour on the steps of the Jewish heritage: Maison Diamantée built in 1570 by Spanish Jews, Square of 23rd January 1943, to remember of the arrested Jews of Marseilles. About 4,000 were deported to Nazi concentration camps. Jewish property was seized and transferred to "Aryan" owners. At the end of WW II there were only about 10,000 Jews left in Marseilles.
Continue to  the synagogue Keter Tora, the only synagogue built in a church and shared the building.

Cavaillon, whose 18th-century synagogue is an exceptional example of the Rocaille style, see also its former Jewish bakery, now changed into Judeo-Comtadin museum.

Languedoc : Montpellier and Lunel.
Morning in Montpellier "the Jerusalem of Languedoc" to visit the ritual mikve dating from the end of the 1100. The close by synagogue is currently in restoration (headquarters of the Maimonides Institute) and the medieval Jewish district Rue Barralerie.
Afternoon Visit of the Synagogue of Lunel dating back to the 13th Century: only two rooms and the crypt are left. This synagogue is at the origin of the Medical University of Montpellier. 
End of the day in Vauvert: the village used to be named Pospuière and was once the center of the most famous Talmud school during the middle ages:  see the Rue aux juifs, des Bonnets carrés, and a column of the synagogue.


 

This is a suggested itinerary. We create customized itineraries for individuals and groups, or for cruise passengers. It depends on how much time do you have and what are your interests and energy level. A tour like this can take 7 days and start in Riviera, continues in Provence and ends at Languedoc Rossilion. Fly to Nice, and back from Marseilles or Montpellier. We have special rates at wonderful accommodations from budget to luxury.

Prices are on request, please email number of people, hotels category preferred, dates and we will provide you a quote.

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