The image of the pomegranate brings the phantom scent of fresh citrus and the 613 seeds that have always connected the fruit to Jewish heritage. Pomegranate trees flush the Spanish countryside and decorate historic architecture, bridging the country’s history with the rich Jewish culture that once flourished there. On this 10-day tour you will find the beauty of ancient neighborhoods and the persistence of a people. Discover the desired flavors of an ever-evolving cuisine and the depths of stunning...
Madrid – The Capital and the Past
Madrid is a modern city with a vibrant history. The streets are endlessly filled with effervescent life, from overflowing cafes to luxury stores. The flavors and aromas of the San Miguel Market offer the traditional tastes of Spanish cuisine with a modern, elegant twist. Your private transfer is waiting for you at the airport. They escort you to your luxurious accommodation in the historic center of Spain’s capital city. Plaza Mayor was the centerpiece of Madrid for hundreds of years. The square is surrounded by regal architecture that dates back to the 17th century.
The colonnade surrounds the plaza on three sides. In the archways you find cafes overflowing with people enjoying a glass of wine, sangria, or a cup of coffee in the afternoon warmth. The ochre colors of the buildings create an inviting atmosphere behind the wrought-iron balconies. The history of the square isn’t just in the beauty of the buildings but is also told in pictures through the carvings you can find on the circular seats beneath the lampposts. Spain’s river of history runs deep and you have just begun to dip your toes in the water.
Madrid – Diving into the Past
Toledo – The Collective Cultures
Cordoba – The Old Quarters
Seville – The Southern Capital
Seville – Fruit of the Vine
Granada – The Moorish Legacy
Barcelona – In Touch Heritage
- Enjoy a private walking tour of Madrid, the capital city of Spain, to view the incredible Royal Palace and Prado Museum
- Discover the tremendous medieval Jewish cultural history in Toledo amidst the sensational gothic architecture
- Witness the Maimonides synagogue in Cordoba and the celebrated Mezquita that dates back to the 8th century
- Traverse the remarkable Jewish Quarter of Seville
- Explore the tremendous Alhambra, a complex of Moorish of palaces in Granada
- Visit the recently discovered synagogue in Barcelona that was once hidden for almost a millennium
The history of Spain is entwined in the treasures of Jewish culture. This tour will take you through the wealth of ancient and medieval Jewish quarters and repurposed synagogues. You will discover charming plazas hidden to the world. Explore the exceptional connection between modern culture and historic traditions. From the cathedral in Toledo to the staggering palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, regional cuisines to archeological museums, you will experience the history of Spain’s Jewish heritage through the indelible persistence of the past.
Your discovery of Jewish heritage in Spain begins in Madrid. Modern and historic grandeur fill the city’s divided neighborhoods, torn between the new and the old. Exuberant décor sweeps through the Royal Palace and artistic integrity drapes the walls of the Prado Museum. A full-day tour in Toledo offers you the chance to visit the Spanish synagogues and the Sephardic museum. Journey to Cordoba and take a private tour of the old Jewish quarter, including a visit to the Maimonides’ synagogue.
Once in Seville you will have two days to meander through the Jewish Quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz. The city’s architecture is charming and a leisurely day in the city will eventually lead you to the celebrated chocolaterias. Transfer to Granada, home to the stunning Alhambra palace-fortress. The city is a historic maze that blends the North African influence of its past with the Arabic traditions of its present. You have the option of adding on two enlightening days in Barcelona.
A new congregation was established in the late 1990s and an ancient synagogue was discovered in 2001. The gothic architecture presses against modernist buildings and the entire city overflows with a unique spirit. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel on your final day in Barcelona and escort you to the airport. You may be leaving Spain but you are taking the enriching history and vibrant heritage home with you.
$1,915 per person (excluding international flights)
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