ROOTS OF SEFARAD

Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Our Tours


Introduction and General Information

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OUR TOURS HAVE ASPECTS THAT ARE PERSONALIZED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH GROUP.

 

Our Itineraries

All our itineraries are based on visits to places of Jewish interest which have been thoroughly researched both in historical documents and on the ground. Because Jewish history in Spain and Portugal took place within the larger context of the three cultures, some especially important and interesting non-Jewish sites have also been included in order to make your in-depth tour a rich and all-encompassing experience.

Since quality and your enjoyment and comfort are of utmost importance to us, our tours are available upon demand for private groups of up to twenty people, and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.   

Customized tours

Does your group have special interests or needs?  Would you prefer a longer or shorter tour, one that moves more slowly or involves less walking?  Perhaps combine cities from two or more of our standard itineraries?  We can help you design your own customized tour from our ample list of Jewish sites.

Sepharad + Israel

For a more complete Jewish Heritage experience, we can offer you a customized tour of Spain and/or Portugal combined with a tour of Israel.

Introductory Seminars

For interested groups, we also offer an optional one-day seminar in Iberian Jewish history and culture, followed by the tour of your choice.

 

HOTELS

We offer three- , four-, or five-star hotels, whichever your group prefers.  Within each category we have chosen the best available, taking into consideration comfort, location and character. 

 

MEALS

Breakfasts are included daily with your hotel stays. They are normally buffet-style meals. All our itineraries include welcome and farewell dinners.  You may also choose to have all other dinners in your hotels.

KASHRUT:  Hotels and most restaurants used are not kosher. Whenever a pre-set meal is included in the itinerary we insure that pork and shellfish will not be served.  All restaurants serve fish, and vegetarian dishes are also available.  

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

All our tours include:

--Our experienced and knowledgeable tour leader Ami Barr, who is a specialist in Jewish and Iberian history and culture and fluent in English and Spanish

--Local guides who are experts in their town’s Jewish history and sites

--Lectures on related topics

--Transportation in luxury air-conditioned coaches, including transfer to and from airports

--Top-quality hotels, including breakfast

--Welcome and farewell dinners

--Entrance fees

--Taxes

--A specially-prepared dossier containing ample information about the country, food, free-time recommendations and trip specifics

Not included are:

--Flights

--Meals not specified

--Tips and gratuities for guide and driver

--Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

--Personal expenses such as hotel telephone, minibar, etc.

 

BAGGAGE:Travelers are limited to one large suitcase per person on all of our tours, plus a carry-on.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY DO ONE TOUR AT A TIME, SO WE URGE YOU TO RESERVE YOUR TRIP WELL IN ADVANCE, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF YOUR PREFERRED DATES.  WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BOOK AT LEAST THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE.

 

NOTE: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details.