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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Italy

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  • As per itinerary


Trip Includes

  • Seven nights accommodation in excellent 4 star hotels:
    • Splendid, Venice
    • Michelangelo, Firenze
    • The Metropole, Rome
  • Breakfast daily and one Shabbat Dinner
  • Taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • Da'at Encounteswith local communities
  • Tour education and escort by Dr. Marcella Simoni
  • Extensive sightseeing as per the itinerary, including entrance fees where applicable
  • Deluxe motor coach
  • Comprehensive tour educational kit
  • Tipping for hotel and airport porterage

DAY ONE: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S.A. for Venice.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Monday
  • Arrive at the Marco Polo International Airport in Venice.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Orientation tour with the tour educator.

Overnight: Venice

DAY THREE: Tuesday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour through Venice's alleys, bridges, and canals, as an introduction to Italy and this unique city and an orientation to the Jewish journey.
  • Visit St. Mark's Square.
  • View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and visit the Doges Palace.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Da'at Encounter Experience the legacy of the Jewish Ghetto, which was the physical and spiritual home of the Jews from 1515 to 1848. The Nuovo Ghetto will also provide the opportunity to visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Museum.
  • Visit the Island of Murano and tour one of the many glass-making businesses on the Island; if time permits, also visit the colorful Island of Burano, noted for its lace work and colorfully painted houses.
  • Explore the Secrets of Venice with the tour educator.
  • Dinner on own

Overnight:  Venice

DAY FOUR: Wednesday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and travel through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany.
    Discuss Jewish Life in the region, which flourished from the 13th to the 15th century, as well as later periods, when Jews hid during the Holocaust.
  • Da'at Encounter Visit a local Tuscan farm for wine tasting with local specialists and a dialogue about Italian culture.
  • Visit Ferrara, established almost 1,000 years ago, its history was indelibly entwined with that of the Jewish community. Over the centuries, migrating Jews from Rome, Spain, and Germany gathered here, built ten synagogues and had a population of 2000. The Jewish community of Ferrara was one of the most flourishing and important in Italy.
  • Da'at Encounter Presentation on Italian Jewish Cooking.
  • Continue south towards Florence.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Florence on your own.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Florence

DAY FIVE: Thursday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the tour of Florence with a close look at the Jewish world that was once centered here. The stories that emanate from the late 14th century ghetto to the Moorish style architecture of the synagogue built in 1882 will be enhanced with a visit to the Museo Ebraica (Jewish Museum).
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit the Academia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed.
  • Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti.
  • Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, or the "Old Bridge.”
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and time to explore the streets of Florence by night.

Overnight: Florence

DAY SIX: Friday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Florence and drive south towards Rome.
  • Stop along the way in Pitigiliano, once known as “La Piccola Gerusalemme”/ “Little Jerusalem” because of its once thriving Jewish community. Though the community is no longer, one can walk through the restored synagogue, mikva, kosher butcher and even enjoy a glass of kosher wine.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to Rome.
  • Enter the ‘Eternal City' and take a panoramic tour of Rome and its vistas.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Great Synagogue.
  • Da'at Encounter Shabbat Dinner with local Jewish residents.

Overnight: Rome

DAY SEVEN: Saturday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional morning services.
  • Embark on a tour (possibly on carriages) to some of Rome's most beautiful landmarks, including the Spanish Steps, Europe's longest and widest staircase, which climbs a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti; the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city; Piazza Navona (Navona Square) and more.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Special VIP visit to the Vatican Museum to view some of the seldom revealed, Jewish historic relics found there. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, followed by a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City.

Overnight: Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter Tour the Jewish Ghetto created in 1556, with a local historian. This was the site of Jewish concentration at the hands of Pope Paul IV. The medieval streets wind their way towards the Deportation Square from where Jews were sent off during the Holocaust.
  • Continue to the Great Synagogue, built in 1904, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage housed inside the synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Tour Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and other monuments left as a sign of Rome's great historic past, including the Arch of Titus, a monument to a past less deserving of praise and a symbol of Jewish historic lows.
  • Da'at Encounter Special meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican.
  • Dinner on own and free time to roam around Rome

Overnight: Rome

DAY NINE: Monday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport for departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Need to Know

  • 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 Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • 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 Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • 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:
    • 20 passengers and more: Tour educator / Tour escort $6 , local guide $4, driver $3 - per participant per day. 


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 atwww.tsa.govto obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • 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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