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9 Day Spain Jewish Tour

Tour Description

 Dating from the medieval period, Spanish Jews once made up one of the largest and most prosperous populations in Spain. Throughout the country, there are cities, like Girona, Toledo and Cordoba that flourished and grew and to this day, hold gems of history worth visiting.  Our 9 day Spain Jewish Tour offers a unique opportunity to discover Sepharad as we provide an in depth look at the traditions, the culture, the heritage and the legacy the Jewish communities contributed in Iberia before their expulsion in 1492. Many argue, Spain would not be the rich country it is today without the important footprint the Jewish people left in terms of their art, music, and intellectual achievements. Our tour will expose you to the interesting connections in each city where they lived, worked, worshipped and celebrated. 

Our 9 day Spain Jewish Tour will provide an insight to their story, their journey, and their  final and difficult heartbreak between conversion of faith or fleeing the country and the only home they knew. You will experience each cities´  highlights with the help of informative expert guides in Jewish history in each location while staying in comfortable hotels within walking distance to all of the sites.

  • 9 days/8 nights accommodations in charming, centrally-located 4 star hotels
  • All Breakfasts
  • Transportation in Spain (no city transfers except for the airport arrival and departure to Spain) This is an option if you would like to add.
  • High Speed Trains- Barcelona to Girona and back, Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid to Segovia round trip, Mad to Toledo round trip, Madrid to Cordoba
  • Private Expert Jewish guides in Barcelona, Girona, Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, Lucena  and private guide in Madrid
  • Orientation meeting via skype prior to your trip to go over your itinerary
  • Flamenco show reservations (you pay at the door)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure, two in total (does not include multiple arrivals and groups)

Here are some highlights for our 9 Day Spain Jewish Tour:

  • Besalu well preserved Micve
  • Girona Jewish Museum and quarter
  • Historic Jewish Past of Barcelona
  • 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct in Segovia and Synagogue now Corpus Christi
  • Introduction in Madrid of Delicious Tapas
  • Two famous synagogues of Toledo
  • Cordoba House of Sepharad, Synagogue and famous Mosque
  • Lucena Jewish cemetery, castle and old quarter
  • Amazing Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona 
  • Sizzling Flamenco dance as you never imagined it!

Minimum 2 people to book this tour

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We will contact you after you place the order to check everything is correct and to continue the 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.

Optional: Go straight to Toledo from Barcelona (change in Madrid) to spend one night in Toledo. On 9th day, add on a side trip to Sevilla.

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

Day 1: Welcome. Private pick up airport to hotel. Meet guide for orientation walk and intro to Jewish history, culture, people and food. Sleep in Barcelona.
Day 2: Catch Train from Barcelona to Girona for Jewish guided visit. We will arrange transportation to Besalu to go visit the Micve. Sleep in Barcelona.
Day 3: Free day in Barcelona to visit Gaudi Sites or spend time on Gothic quarter, Picasso Museum or go to Montserrat. Sleep in Barcelona. 
Day 4: AVE Fast speed train to Madrid. Arrival and check in.  Meet local guide for orientation and tapa tour to learn about culinary traditions and history of Madrid.  Sleep in Madrid.
Day 5: Morning AVE Train to Toledo. Arrival, meet expert guide for a taxi panoramic and visit to the two main Synagogues along with the Jewish Qt.  Return and sleep in Madrid.
Day 6: Morning AVE train to Segovia.  Arrival and meet guide for introduction to the former synagogue and Jewish Qt. in Segovia.  Time for lunch and to explore on own. Return to Madrid and sleep in Madrid. 
Day 7: Morning AVE Train to Cordoba.  Arrival, check in and lunch on own. Meet guide for a visit to the Synagogue, Jewish Qt. and house of Sepharad Jewish museum. Afternoon free.
Day 8: Morning pick up and day trip to visit Lucena, the pearl of Sepharad. 
Day 9: Check out and private pick up for transfer to the airport or train Station. Optional- extension to visit to Seville. 

In terms of tolerance between the cultures of the Sephardic Jews, the Muslims and the Christians, many scholars would argue their peaceful cohabitance during the period when the Jews resided in Spain. From the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians, their peace depended on who was ruling at the time and how much independence they were granted. Following 912, during the rule of Abd-ar-Rahman III and his son, the Jewish people saw prosperity in their culture and work and were granted freedoms to excel and develop.  Some important figures even held posts in the Caliphate of Cordoba. It is known that the Jews were able to work and worship with relative peace.  This period saw philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, poets and scholars who excelled in their fields and composed scholarly works on Jewish Philosophy. 

The community enjoyed economic expansion and autonomy unheard of in Europe during these times. In Toledo, a school of Translators was begun and important translation of Arabic texts to Romance languages.  A surge of hebrew poetry and literature from some of the influencial  leaders like Yehudah HaLevi who became known as one of the great poets and Mehanhen ben Saruq who compiled the first ever Hebrew dictionary are some examples. By comparison of the rest of Europe, during Islam rule, Jews were fairly integrated into the Political and economic systems even practicing their own legal system. 

Some scholars might even say Spain´s decline began when the Jews were forced to leave. The influence the Jewish communities had in commerce, building wealth, practicing medicine, astronomy and other areas created a void that was difficult to fill.  

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We love to share our culture, provide you with unforgettable travel experiences and bring you closer to the locals. Our tours mix history, exquisite food and natural beauty, seeking the uncommon and connecting you with local culture.

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As former guides of Rick Steves Europe through the back door, Jennifer and Carlos pride themselves on years of experience taking groups around Spain and Portugal. While still guiding, Carlos Galvin who was born in Madrid, started ¨Letango Tours¨, specializing in Luxury Travel and Guiding services in both countries. Jennifer, his wife, who is from Seattle Washington, has been guiding and organizing tours and itineraries around Spain and Portugal for more than 15 years.

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Thank you and Happy Happy Travels!

Carlos and Jennifer Galvin
Cofounders of Letango Tours

Come and visit Spain and Portugal, away from the crowds and large groups, by choosing one of our Spain private travel packages. For the savvy and more discerning traveler including families, small groups of friends and special interest groups who want to visit Spain,  maintaining independence but with Letango handling all of the details.  We aim to take the hassle out of your travel and provide you with memorable experiences enjoying  private guides with lots of  flexibility.

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