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Menorahs of Portugal
10 day Jewish heritage tour

Tour Description

This private driving tour covers the most interesting parts of Portugal's Jewish heritage in a 10 day adventure that includes the assistance of private drivers and local guides in featured locations illustrating the story of the Jewish people and their legacy. This  package provides an opportunity to experience  Portugal's major Jewish highlights along with all of the natural beauty and history it has to offer. Our carefully planned itinerary will feature a nice balance between sightseeing, history, food and wine, walks and museums.  As this is a private tour, we can be a little flexible, so let us know if you have a specific request and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We will organize all of the details so you can relax and enjoy your time in Portugal. You will marvel in  the diversity of regions containing some of the most important Jewish sites and towns where the Sephardic communities lived, worked and flourished in their day. This itinerary offers top destinations including Lisboa, Estremoz, Evora, Marvaõ, Belmonte, Porto, and more.  The days are divided to maximize your time in each location. The chosen hotels are a combination of Pousadas, beautiful old estates, modern hotels and more classic hotels with charm.
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Included

  • 10 days /9 nights accommodations in charming, centrally-located 4 star hotels and/or historic inns in the country side
  • All Breakfasts
  • Transfer into Lisbon airport and out of Porto airport
  • Transportation within Portugal by private drivers
  • Private Local guides in Lisbon, Oporto, Evora, Castelo Vide, Belmonte
  • Orientation meeting via skype prior to go over your itinerary
  • Reservations in selected restaurants and Fado to enhance the trip

    Our exclusive service:
  • Full planning of the entire trip. 
  • Itinerary and Documents (Day to Day, Hotel List, List of reserved services, Tips for a better trip) with reservation numbers and tickets for all transportation, hotels, etc.
  • Communication with our company via email during the process of planning the tour.
  • 24h Telephone Support of Letango Tours for any emergency or problem that may arise while in Portugal
    • Visit the three famous neighbourhoods of Lisbon (Alfama, Baixa, Bairro Alto) exploring the legacy of the Jews in Lisbon
    • Meet active members of the Synagogue in Lisbon to learn about the Jewish legacy as well as current Jewish life.
    • Fado music show in Lisbon
    • Visit some of the best preserved Jewish villages of Portugal (Castelo de Vide, Marvâo, Belmonte, Trancoso)
    • Explore the Synagogue of Castelo Vide and the Jewish museum of Belmonte
    • Visit, time permitting, the Roman ruins of Ammaia, where a Jewish ring from the second century was found.
    • Explore Porto's Jewish past and its vast history linked to wine transported via the Douro river
    • Taste Porto wines in Oporto. 

      Minimum 2 people to book this tour.
      Best day to start this tour is Friday
      Optional for this tour:
      Adding on additional days and sites to cover more destinations in Portugal.  
      Great sunset cruise via sailboat in Lisbon
      Hippotrip amphibious tour by road and water in Lisbon (ideal for kids and family)
      Pottery making
      Please inquire about the different options when you book the tour

      This package can be enhanced with added optional packages
      3 to 4 nights in the Algarve
      1 day Sintra or Cascais private driving trip 
      1 day Braga and Guimaraes private driving trip
      1 day to the Douro river to experience the fabulous wine and scenery from Porto.

      Other information
      We will contact you after you place the order to check everything is correct and to start the booking process. Remember we can make manual changes to your order later on. Please refer to our terms and conditions for cancellation policies. If you are unclear on how to book, please contact us via phone or email. Thank you.

      Trip Summary- Please note where indicated trip changes based on size of group*  

      Day 1: Arrival, private transfer from airport. Check in.  Suggestions for a walk around hotel to get acquainted with the city. Recommendations for dinner. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 2: Local guide meets you at Synagogue for intro on Jewish life and history of Lisbon. Go over map and questions before starting your walking tour of the three famous neighborhoods of Lisbon, Baixa, Alfama, and Barrio Alto with covering the Jewish story of Lisbon.  Lunch on own. Afternoon free to explore sites such as Estrella Basilica and gardens, Gulbenkian foundation, Antique Art Museum, and Tile Museum. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 3: On your own today.  Recommended to see neighborhood of Belem with the Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries, Monastery and possibly the Maritime museum. Break for coffee at  Pastels de Belem, famous in Portugal.  Consider a sunset cruise and dinner at the stylish Mercado de Ribiera on the return to your hotel. Another option is to take a side trip to Sintra and Cascais today. Sleep in Lisbon.

      Day 4: Check out, Pick up at hotel, drive to Evora, visit Jewish quarter and best preserved Roman temple in Portugal, possible stop in Arraiolos, famous for its colorful and high quality artisanal blankets, arrive in Estremoz.  Sleep in the historic Pousada of Estremoz.

      Day 5: The next day is your chance to discover the area by visiting Elvas for some shopping of Portuguese artisanal fabrics or visit Adega Maior, the impressive winery designed by Pritzker winner architect Alvaro Siza.  Great dinner options near your hotel tonight. Sleep in Estremoz.

      Days 6:  Pick up and drive in am to visit the picturesque hill town of Marvao with its Jewish tombs, Torre Portagem with its Romanesque bridge, crossed by flocks of Jews fleeing Spain in the 1490's. Time permitting we can stop at Ammaia roman ruins to see the interesting Jewish ring dating from the second century. We will also visit Castelo de Vide, probably the best preserved Jewish town in Portugal with time to explore its old quarter and its Synagogue. Sleep in Belmonte.

      Day 7:  Today you have a free day to explore Belmonte with its castle, the chapel where the conquistador Alvarez Cabral, founder of Brazil, is buried, the Jewish museum and yet another very interesting museum dedicated to the discoveries of Portugal. Sleep in Belmonte.

      Day 8:  Pick up to drive to the medieval Jewish town of Trancoso for a visit before we head to our final destination, Porto. Upon arrival we will do a drive by different areas of the city to give you a good overview. Free time to explore. Sleep in Porto.

      Day 9: On your last day, we cover the walking tour of Jewish Porto, with some stops such as the escadas, the site of the old synagogue and also other famous landmarks such as Lello bookstore, Clerigos tower, etc. Free afternoon to explore more areas, based on the guides recommendations. Sleep in Porto.

      Day 10:  Tour over after breakfast. 

      From Oporto there are 2 different add ons that you can choose, one is a two day visit to the Douro wine country sleeping in Pinhao and tasting wine in a couple places with a river cruise and the other is a one day driving tour to the historic towns of Guimarães and Braga.

      This is a 10 day summarized itinerary and it is fully private. Some places may be added based on time.
      As this package contains private tours, there is some flexibility about the places visited. 

      Once a very powerful seafaring Empire, Portugal´s domination of a number of territories and merchant routes from Africa, Asia and the America´s earned this country one of the most important reputations in Europe. Originating from its important exploration period, Portugal´s vast influences are, to this day, reflected in the culturally rich monuments and fascinating historic sites from the Algarve to the Duero River in Oporto . The diversity of people immigrating from the various colonies ruled over the centuries reflect colourful celebrations and culinary traditions one can experience during their visit.  The Jewish people and their heritage is not an exception. This itinerary celebrates the rich Jewish culture that flourished in many cities of Portugal for centuries, their customs and traditions. 

      While the Portuguese Jews experienced a different fate than their Spanish neighbours, there were many exiled Jews who fled Spain and tried to make Portugal their home.  Eventually, however, following the Catholic monarchs, the Jewish community would eventually face the same persecution in Portugal and would  be forced into conversion or expulsion from their beloved land. 

      Some of the most influential towns of the Jewish populations were Lisbon, Estremoz, Evora, Castelo de Vide, Marvaõ, Belmonte, and Porto.  You will have a chance to explore all of these with the expertise of our guides telling you the story of the Jewish people in Portugal and their sometimes very sad fate that followed them.

      We have designed a trip offering a great balance to divide your time and cater to different interests in your group.  Guided visits in sites, driving tours to out of the way destinations and free time to explore will be part of the adventure. 

      Price per Person
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      Group Size:
      $3,526.00

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