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Sefarad, Then and Now - Sample Itinerary

A Journey of Heart and Mind
 

Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes

 

  • 7 nights accommodation in Spain
  • 5 days touring in luxury air conditioned bus
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches & 4 dinners  
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


 

The "SEFARAD: Then and Now" seminar, beginning in Madrid and ending in Jerusalem, is open
to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including Melton students and graduates.

DAY ONE: Monday
"…AND THE EXILE OF JERUSALEM THAT IS IN SEFARAD..."

2:00 p.m. Program begins at our Madrid hotel with introductions to the program and to each other

Depart for the city center: Ground Zero!

Explore Early Madrid and post-Expulsion Madrid

Evening 
Opening dinner and meeting with a member of the Madrid Jewish Community.

Overnight: Madrid


DAY TWO: Tuesday
TOLEDO: JERUSALEM OF SPAIN

Morning
Depart for Toledo

Toledo as a symbol of Jewish success

Visit the Santa Maria la Blanca and El Transito synagogues

Lunch

Afternoon
What is a Jew?
Meeting with a member of the Order of Maria Estrella

Who was a Jew? Who is a Jew?
Group discussion on way to Cordoba

Evening
A Truly Golden Age…
Dinner with musical accompaniment at Casa Mazal, in the old Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

Overnight: Cordoba

DAY THREE: Wednesday
CORDOBA: MOORISH WONDER CITY; CITY OF JEWISH LEARNING

Morning
Free until 10:00 a.m. to explore the Great Mosque - La Mesquita  -  on own

Explore Cordoba's Juderia - birthplace of Maimonides

Of History and Culture:
Two study sessions at Casa Sefarad

Lunch and free time to explore

Afternoon
Travel to Seville

Seville: Sometime Capital of all of Spain 

Introduction alongside Guadalquivir River

Expo and Identity: Visit Plaza de España

Evening
Dinner on own and free evening (enjoy Seville's famed night entertainment, including Flamenco clubs)

Overnight: Seville


DAY FOUR: Thursday
SEVILLE: POINTS OF DEPARTURE, FORCED AND UNFORCED

Morning
Seville, Scourge of Jews and Center of Imperial Power
Visit the Alcazar of Seville
Study session in Gardens of the Alcazar

1391: The beginning of the end
Explore the Santa Cruz neighborhood

Go West? Go East? Futures Unknown
Visit the cathedral, including the tomb of Christopher Columbus

Lunch break and free time in Santa Cruz

Afternoon

Summary study session

Travel to Granada via Lucena, "The Jewish City" (Time permitting)

Brief Introduction and overview of Granada on arrival

Evening
Dinner on own and free evening

Overnight: Granada

DAY FIVE: Friday
GRANADA, LAST HOLD OF THE MOORS; SYMBOL OF EXPULSION

Morning
"…A Tradition… that they are descendants of Judah and Benjamin"
Study session

Visit to the Alhambra, jewel in the crown; site of signing of the Edict of Expulsion 
Study session in the Gardens of Alhambra

Lunch

Afternoon
Drive to Madrid

Evening
EREV SHABBAT
Prepare for Shabbat, including optional Kabbalat Shabbat services
Special Shabbat meal at the synagogue with members of the Kehilla and other guests.

Overnight: Madrid


DAY SIX:  Saturday
SHABBAT

Shabbat at leisure (no programming until late afternoon)

Late afternoon
Seudah Shlisheet (snacks) and study session at our hotel

Closing Discussion

Evening
Havdalah

Dinner on own and free time

Overnight: Madrid


DAY SEVEN: Sunday
TRANSITIONS

Morning
Depart for the airport 

Flight to Israel
(not part of land package and to be purchased individually; please book the morning El Al flight or the comparable Iberia flight, departing around 10-11 a.m.)

Afternoon
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport around 4:00 p.m. 

Transfer to Tiberias

Evening
Dinner at hotel 

Overnight: Tiberias


DAY EIGHT: Monday
FROM EXILE TO EXILE

Morning
The Great Eagle: Maimonides
Go up to the Rambam's grave and study session

An Unlikely Story: The Greatest Jew of Her Time
Visit Casa Donna Gracia and study session

Lunch

Afternoon
Between Exile and Redemption
Visit Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's grave complex and study session

Travel to Tsfat

Bringing about Tikkun after the Expulsion
Study session overlooking the Old Cemetery

Evening
Dinner at Ilan Roberg's family gourmet restaurant at Moshav Livnim

Overnight: Tiberias


DAY NINE: Tuesday
CONVIVENCIA: IS THERE AN ISRAELI MODEL?

Morning
Visit Kfar Kassem
Majority/Minority: How Does It Feel?

Meet with a leading member of the Southern Islamic Movement

Lunch

Afternoon
Visit Beit Hatefutsot

  • The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry: An Examination of Contrasting Narratives
    Tour of sections of the exhibition
  • The First Hebrew Language Revival
    Text Study

Evening
Arrive in Jerusalem in time for group dinner

Overnight:  Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Wednesday
JERUSALEM OF SEFARDIM

Morning
Between Jews and Others in Medieval Jewish Thought
Study session with Dr. Zohar Raviv

Enter the Old City Walls

Jerusalem of Sephardim: Inside the walls
(… following the Sephardi storyline over four hundred years)

The Four Sephardic Synagogues and Their Story

Lunch in the Jewish Quarter

Afternoon
An Invitation to Piyut: The Songs of Spanish Jewry

(with light refreshments at private home)

Evening
At leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
JERUSALEM OF SEPHARDIM: BEYOND THE WALLS

Morning
In Search of Things Past: From Yemin Moshe to Nahlaot

Lunch break in the market

Afternoon
A new Jewish Golden Age?
Walk through the Rehavia neighborhood

Between Jews and Jews and Between Jews and Others: Sefarad and Modern Israeli Society
A discussion with distinquished Israeli thinker

Summary session

Evening
Festive farewell dinner at Darna, a Berber restaurant

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 14 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. In travel beyond Israel, all group meals are kosher. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.

Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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