Sephardic Portugal

Best of Portuguese Jewish Heritage in 7 days

 

Our neighbour country, Portugal, offers endless possibilities to the visitor:

Rich culture, exquisite gastronomy, stunning archaeological remains, Jewish Heritage sites, impressive seaside and beautiful interior villages.

From Travel Nexus we offer group tours in Portugal only or combined with Spain.

All programs are tailor-made to your needs and wants to make the best trip ever.

 

Destination

Portugal

Dates

All year round

Type

Jewish Heritage Tour

Profile

Special interest groups

Accomodations

Rec 4* or 5*

Destination

Portugal

Dates

All year round

Type

Jewish Heritage Tour

Profile

Special interest groups

Accomodations

Rec 4* or 5*

Program.

Day

1

- Arrival in Lisbon
- The Portuguese capital has been for the last 900 years, the peninsular Sephardic city that probably most concentrated Jewish history over the centuries. The characteristic Alfama district which incorporated one of the three existing Jewish Quarters still maintains the same route of the old winding streets.
A walking tour through the city centre will comprise all these highlights
- Overnight at hotel in Lisbon

 

 

 

 

Day

2

- Breakfast at hotel

- Transfer to Belem

- In the morning we will head into the Belem, one of the most historical and lavish districts of Lisbon, to see its Tower and the imposing Monastery of the Jeronimos
- Transfer to Tomar via Obidos. Possibly the only Portuguese medieval Synagogue still standing and built between 1430- 1460, the synagogue of Tomar shows the importance that the Jewish community had in the city since the 14th century. It was designated a National Monument in 1921 and the Luso-Hebraic Museum was installed there

- Overnight at hotel in Tomar

 

 

 

 

Day

3

- Breakfast at hotel
- Transfer to Aveiro. Discover this peculiar town via a beautiful "moliceiro" boat ride along the local rias.
- Transfer to Porto. We will visit the modern day Porto Synagogue and learn more about this active community.
- In the evening will taste Oporto wine and enjoy a Fado show at a local venue in the area of Gaia
- Overnight at hotel in Porto

 

 

 

 

 

Day

4

- Breakfast at hotel
- Oporto is a truly fascinating city: it originally contained several Jewish Quarters; our walking town will highlight its main square, the train station, the central market, the Llelo Bookstore, etc.
- Transfer to Guimaraes. For some, this is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal; an intact Old Town awaits, together with the majestic Palace of Braganca.
- Transfer to Trancoso
- Overnight at hotel in Trancoso

 

 

 

 

 

Day

5

- Breakfast at hotel
- Trancoso's Jewish legacy still lives in the written documents, local traditions and some buildings and has contributed to build the Isaac Cardoso's Jewish Cultural Center and Bandarra House.
- Transfer to Guarda. Visit the area of the former and once dynamic Jewish Quarter
- Transfer to Belmonte. Belmonte has now a mystical meaning in international Sephardic history as it was the only place in the Iberian Peninsula where, for centuries, a community-based organizational identity remained without an overall assimilation by Christianity, also recognized by the Grand Rabbinate of Israel.
- Overnight at hotel in Belmonte

A meeting with the Belmonte Jewish community might be arranged

 

 

 

 

 

Day

6

- Breakfast at hotel
- Transfer to Castelo Branco. Capital of the Beira Baixa, near the Spanish border and the Tajo river, this town has a medieval well-defined intra-walls zone with a remarkable set of building traces mainly resulting from the XV C.
- Transfer to Castelo de Vide. This is one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal; in Castelo de Vide we will visit the Museum of the former Synagogue, discovered by chance during some excavations.
- Overnight at hotel in Castelo de Vide

 

 

 

 

 

Day

7

- Breakfast at hotel
- Transfer to Lisbon
- Departure from Lisbon airport

Included

Standard general conditions (subject to change as per your tailor-made quote)

 

• Deluxe air-conditioned bus.
• Acommodation in good tourist class hotels depending on specific quote, in double room and at half board basis: dinner and breakfast. Single rooms available at a supplement.
• Expert English speaking guide throughout.
• Entrance fees and activities as per itinerary.

 

Not included

Standard general conditions (subject to change as per your tailor-made quote)

 

• Flights
• Personal expenses
• Personal/medical insurance
• Tips for local service providers or guide

 

 

 

 

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