Sepharad: the Jewish Experience in Spain
Since the beginning of its history, the Iberian Peninsula has been invaded by a succession of peoples such as the Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, etc. The first Jews are believed to have arrived at the same time as the Romans between the 2nd century B.C and the 2nd century A.C, and gradually began to be assimilated into the society of the time. With the Moorish invasion, the Jewish culture in Spain reached its height of splendor. During this period, Jews, Arabs and Christians alike lived peacefully in principal cities such as Toledo, Segovia, Caceres, Tudela, Cordoba and Girona; many of these cities still preserve their Jewish District, Synagogues, etc . The Sephardic Museum of Toledo is located in a 12th century building and has one of the most important collections of the Jewish culture of Spain.
Day 1. Madrid Arrival in Madrid. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel of choice.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight. Optional tour: Walking Tour of Old Madrid, with stops in some of the best taverns to sample wine and "tapas".
Day 2. Madrid-Toledo-Madrid Breakfast. Pick up at hotel for trip to Toledo by private car with English-speaking guide. Visits to Cathedral, Tansito synagogues (Sefardi Museum and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue), and the Greco Museum. Return to Madrid after lunch. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay in Madrid.Full day excursion to Toledo in private car with English-speaking guide with paid entry to the principal Jewish monuments, the Cathedral and the Greco Museum.
Day 3. Madrid-Segovia & La Granja-Madrid Breakfast. Pick up at hotel for trip to Segovia by private car with English-speaking guide. Visit to the ancient Jewish Quarter and its synagogue, as well as the Cathedral, the Alcazar (palace/fortress), and the Roman Aqueduct. Return during the first hours of the afternoon to Madrid. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay in Madrid.Full day excursion to Segovia in private car with English-speaking guide with paid entry to the principal Jewish monuments, the Cathedral and the Alcazar.
Day 4. Madrid-Cordoba Breakfast and transfer by private car to Atocha station to take the AVE (high velocity train) to Cordoba. Upon arrival at the station, you will meet your guide and with a small group visit the Mezquita and the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue. The tour will end at your hotel. Overnight stay in Cordoba.Optional private visit to Cordoba focusing on the Jewish history of the city with visits to the Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Optional extension to Seville with visit to its Jewish Quarter and the Santa Cruz Quarter.
Day 5. Cordoba-Barcelona Breakfast and transfer to the Cordoba train station to train to Barcelona. Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Barcelona.
Day 6. Barcelona-Girona-Barcelona Breakfast. Pick up at hotel for trip to Girona by private car with English-speaking guide. Upon arrival, a walking tour of the Old City, including the Jewish Quarter before continuing on to the village of Besalú. Visit to the ancient Jewish baths and return after late lunch to Barcelona. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay in Barcelona
Optional Tour: Panoramic tour of the city in private car, visiting important historical and modernistic sites: Paseo de Gracia, Ramblas, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Parque Guell, etc.
Day 7. Barcelona Breakfast and walking tour with a private guide through the Medieval Quarter of Barcelona including the Picasso Museum. Afternoon and night free. Overnight stay in Barcelona.Trip extensions to other cities, extra nights in Barcelona and the Costa Brava, and Fly- and-Drive Programs for the Costa Brava and Pyrenees.
Day 8. Barcelona Breakfast. You will be met at the hotel for your departure transfer to the Barcelona airport .
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Optional extensions to other cities, Balearic Islands, Costa Brava or Costa del Sol.
Includes 3 nights in Madrid, hotel of choice with daily buffet breakfast, private guides, train tickets.
This program is ideal for couples, families and small groups. This is a suggested itinerary. All our trips are customizable. Please email your dates, number of people, what hotels do you like and we will provide you a quote