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  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • AVE (high-speed) train ticket from Madrid to Seville with separate luggage transfer
  • Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Granada to Barcelona (estimated rate)
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 4 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Thursday, April 20, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, April 21, 2017
ARRIVAL IN MADRID

  • Arrive at Madrid International Airport.
  • 1:00 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby to begin the program.
  • 1:30 p.m. LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish Life in Madrid Dialogue with David Hatchwell Altaras, President of the Madrid Jewish Community.
  • Walking tour in Madrid, including stops at:
    • Puerta Del Sol, the center of the city.
    • Plaza de España, which features a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
    • Plaza Mayor to bear witness to the many auto-da-fé's that took place here.
    • 3:30 p.m. The Royal Palace.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry: Shabbat dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Congregation Bet El, the Masorti congregation of Madrid.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid


Day Three: Saturday, April 22, 2017
TOLEDO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Toledo, which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
  • LaDa'at Focus Toledo - A City of 3 Religions and Cultures with your tour educator.
  • Tour the city, including the Jewish Quarter, the Samuel Halevi Abulafia Synagogue, which was turned into a church known as Nuestra Señora del Tránisito, the Sephardic Museum and the Santa Maria La Blanca Church (formerly the Grand Synagogue).
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • 5:00 p.m. Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid


Day Four: Sunday, April 23, 2017
SEGOVIA & EL ESCORIAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Segovia, a microcosm of the story of Jews in Iberia, from Roman times until the Expulsion.
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery on the slopes opposite Segovia.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 3:30 p.m. Visit El Escorial, a historical residence of the King of Spain. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school; the site has been recognized as UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Return to Madrid.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid


Day Five: Monday, April 24, 2017
SEVILLE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • 7:40 a.m. Transfer to the train station.
  • 9:00 a.m. Travel by AVE (high-speed) train to Seville, a city shaped by both Renaissance and Arabic influences. Ancient texts place Jews in Seville at the time of the destruction of the first Temple (586 B.C.E.).
  • Arrive in Seville.
  • Visit Plaza de España, an impressive plaza built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Tour the Alcazar Palace, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The palace was originally a Moorish fort and is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. The palace has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the Great Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus, and La Giralda, built in the 12th century, whose bell tower became the city's symbol.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 8:30 p.m. Dinner at Manolo Leon restaurant.

Overnight: Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville


Day Six: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
CORDOBA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Córdoba, the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus.
  • LaDa'at Focus Great Jewish Figures of Cordoba - Ibn Shaprut, Yehuda HaLevi and Maimonedes with your tour educator.
  • Visit Córdoba's famous Cathedral-Mosque with its 1,000 colored columns.
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter, including Plaza Tiberias and the Yehuda Halevi Square. Continue to the Statue of Maimonides and the small Moorish-styled building known as the Maimonides Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Special program at Casa de Sefarad, dedicated to the history of the Sephardic Jews in Córdoba and Spain prior to the Inquisition and the expulsion of 1492. Meet with the people responsible for the creation of this private historical venture in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to Seville.
  • 5:30 p.m. Participate in a flamenco workshop to learn the basics of this typical Andalusian art form.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
GRANADA

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • 8:00 a.m. Drive to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • LaDa'at Focus Christianity & Islam: A Dual Relationship and Mutual Influences with your tour educator.
  • 11:30 a.m. The Kaleidoscope that is Spain: Tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra is an Islamic palace and fortress complex originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, then renovated and rebuilt in the mid-11th century and finally converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, the Sultan of Granada. The palace exhibits Spain's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit to the Realejo, the former Jewish Quarter and the site of the original town bearing the name Garnata al-Yahud. Explore the meandering streets and traditional neighborhood, which have no tangible remains of the Jewish community, but a wealth of stories.
  • Visit the Albaycn, an old Moorish neighborhood, with cozy narrow streets and charming white houses full of local color (now a UNESCO world heritage site).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eurostars Gran Via, Granada


Day Eight: Thursday, April 27, 2017
INTRODUCTION TO BARCELONA

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Granada Airport for your flight to Barcelona.
  • 9:30 a.m. Depart Granada on Vueling flight #2011.
  • 10:55 a.m. Arrive to Barcelona.
  • Panoramic tour of the city, including:
    • Plaza España and the mountain of Montjuic, site of the Olympic Ring, the main stadium of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
    • Passeig Maritim with its Columbus monument, the world-famous Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's main avenue and its Modernist houses designed by Antoni Gaudí.
  • Lunch on own at the Boqueria Market, and continue with:
  • A walk through the Gothic Quarter. According to archaeological evidence, there was a sizable Jewish community in Catalonia as early as the beginning of the Common Era. For centuries thereafter, the Jews of Barcelona managed their own local affairs and lived relatively well in their own Quarter.
  • 2:30 p.m. Visit the Medieval Synagogue discovered in the Call Quarter.
  • 4:00 p.m. Conclude with a visit to Gaudí's unfinished monumental Church of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Renaissance, Barcelona


Day Nine: Friday, April 28, 2017
GIRONA & BESALU

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Girona's Place in Jewish History with your tour educator.
  • Depart the hotel for Girona, one of the most important Jewish historical sites in Spain.
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the 12th century.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the Jewish Museum.
  • Tour medieval Girona which was famous for its Kabbalists. It was also the home of the great sage Nachmanides, who defended the Jewish faith in the 13th-century Disputation of Barcelona.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Stop at Besalu, a picturesque medieval town that features one of the best preserved Mikvaot (ritual bath) in all of Europe.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services with Atid, a local Reform congregation, followed by Shabbat dinner with members of the community.

Overnight: Renaissance, Barcelona


Day Ten: Saturday, April 29, 2017
FREE DAY IN BARCELONA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit some of Gaudi's most unique architectural wonders, such as:
    • La Pedrera
    • Casa Batlló
    • Park Güell (especially in good weather!)
  • Visit the Barcelona Aquarium.
  • Visit the Joan Miro Foundation, highlighting the works of Joan Miro.
  • Visit the Picasso Museum, which focuses on the formative years of Pablo Picasso.
  • Walk down Paseo de Gracia, ideal for some shopping and also to see some of Barcelona's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
  • 8:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at Citrus restaurant.

Overnight: Renaissance, Barcelona


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 30, 2017
RETURN TO THE USA

  • 4:00 a.m. Early check-out of the hotel and transfer to Barcelona International Airport for participants departing on Delta Airlines flight #9678 at 6:00 a.m.
  • 4:40 a.m. Early check-out of the hotel and transfer to Barcelona International Airport for participants departing on British Airways flight #477 at 7:10 a.m.
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • 8:00 a.m. Transfer to Barcelona International Airport for participants departing on Delta Airlines flight #115 at 10:25, and participants departing on Lufthansa flight #1125 at 10:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. Transfer to Barcelona International Airport for participants departing on Delta Airlines flight #477 departing at 12:00 p.m., and participants departing on Delta Airlines flight #6767 at 12:05 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. Transfer to Barcelona International Airport for participants departing on KLM Airlines flight #1672 at 1:10 p.m., and participants departing on Delta Airlines flight 3479 departing at 1:55 p.m.
  • Departure flights to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Rates for 2017 are not yet guaranteed. Final rates will be advised 10 months prior to departure.
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • Final payment for the tour is due Jan. 6, 2017.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 105 days prior to departure: entail a cancellation fee of $400 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 105 and 61 days prior to departure: entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 60 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows: entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost
  • 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.
  • 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: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. 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:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 20 passengers and more: $8 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver.


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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  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
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