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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Paris & Provence

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  • As per itinerary

 

Trip Includes


  • Seven nights' accommodation in excellent 4 star hotels:
    • Les Jardins du Marais, Paris
    • Le Grand Hotel, Avignon
  • Breakfast daily & three dinners
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Paris - Avignon - Paris
  • Taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • Da'at Encounterswith local Jewish communities
  • Tour education and escort by Renee Goutmann
  • 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: Wednesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Thursday
WELCOME TO PARIS
  • Arrive at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Introduction with the tour educator at a Parisian coffee shop.
  • Dinner on your own and evening walking tour.

Overnight: Paris


DAY THREE: Friday
PARISIAN JEWISH ROOTS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour Le Marais - the old Jewish neighborhood, also called the Pletzel (originally known as the Juiverie), which dates from the year 1198, when Jews were readmitted to Paris after their first expulsion in 1182.
  • Walk through the Rue des Rosiers, heart of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Synagogue Rue De La Pavee, also known as Agoudas Hakehelos Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Shoah Memorial and Museum and view the permanent exhibition, which offers a chronological and thematic tour depicting the history of Jews in France during the Holocaust. Stop at the Wall of Names, engraved with 76,000 names of the Jewish men, women and children deported from France between 1942 and 1945. Lastly, the Wall of Righteous pays tribute to those who risked their lives in France to rescue persecuted Jews.
  • Visit the Carnavalet Museum, housed in the former home of Madame de Sevigne. Two rooms in the museum are dedicated to Jewish personalities prominent in the city's history: Rachel, a famous 19th century Jewish actress, and Marcel Proust, a French novelist, critic, and essayist.
  • Free time to explore the various coffee shops in the neighborhood.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Da'at EncounterShabbat Dinner and dialogue with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Paris


DAY FOUR: Saturday
A SWEET SHABBAT IN PARIS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Morning at leisure.

OR

  • Guided walking tour of the Luxemburg Gardens, one of the largest public parks in Paris and a quintessential Parisian space. Continue to Saint Germain des Pres, home to a number of famous cafés, such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Da'at EncounterChocolate Tour: Learn the history of chocolate and discover why Paris became the capital of dark chocolate. The tour will include visits to various “chocolatiers” with a mix of anecdotal history and chocolate tastings.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Evening walking tour to Ile de la Cite.

Overnight: Paris


DAY FIVE: Sunday
AN INSIDE LOOK AT PARIS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Delve inside the history of Paris on a tour through the largest antique flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas).
  • Guided visit to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, one of Paris' most beautiful and intriguing cemeteries, and the resting place of many famous people.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Nissim de Camondo Museum and learn about the tragic story of a wealthy Jewish family that was expelled from Spain in 1492 and whose desperate search for freedom and safe haven took them to Turkey, Italy and finally to France in 1868. Their descendants, the last of the Camondos, were deported from France during the raids and murdered at Auschwitz.
  • Free time.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant on your own.

Overnight: Paris


DAY SIX: Monday
FROM PARIS TO AVIGNON
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Drive to the Gare de Lyon railway station and board the TGV speed train to Avigon.
  • Arrive in Avigon and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel.

Overnight: Avignon


DAY SEVEN: Tuesday
AN INSIDE LOOK AT PROVENCE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for Carpentras, where the streets are bathed in coolness and light; it was once home to numerous Jews, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Possible visit to a local market.
  • Visit the Synagogue that was constructed from 1741-1743. The structure contains part of a 14th century building and is a French historic landmark. Although it's quite plain, it conceals an ornate Rococo sanctuary similar to Italian synagogues of the same period.
  • Visit the medieval Jewish Cemetery of Carpentras, which was destroyed in 1322. The grave markers were used to build the town's ramparts. The earliest stones date back to the 18th century since papal edict forbade tombstones in Jewish cemeteries.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Avignon


DAY EIGHT: Wednesday
CAVAILLON, ST. REMI DE PROVENCE & LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Cavaillon, situated under the Colline St. Jacques, on a hillside that offers magnificent views of the Alpilles Mountain Range and the Valle de la Durance. The Jewish community flourished here despite occasional attacks from Papal Rome.
  • Da'at Encounter Walk through the Jewish Quarter and see the restored synagogue overlooking the old carriere. The synagogue is now a national historic monument. The museum in the synagogue's basement is separate from the synagogue and once housed a Matzah bakery. Today it depicts the community's history and contains Torah scrolls, ritual objects, and historical documents. Meet with Jewish locals.
  • Visit the charming village of St. Remi de Provence for a visit to the Jewish cemetery, which dates back to the Middle Ages, with tombstones from before 1400.
  • Continue to Les Baux de Provence for time at leisure and a stroll along the medieval streets of this perched village.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Avignon


DAY NINE: Thursday
DEPARTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Avignon, where the Jewish community has roots as far back as the 1st century after the destruction of the Second Temple (70 CE).
  • Tour the Jewish Quarter, or Carriere, which originally faced the Pope's Palace. By the early 13th century the Carriere was moved to where the present-day synagogue stands. The tiny area was home to over 1,000 people.
  • Afternoon tour of the Pope's Palace.
  • Free time and concluding session with drinks.
  • Transfer to the train station and board a train to Paris.
  • Transfer to the Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TEN: Friday
ARRIVE IN THE USA
  • Arrive in the U.S.A
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • 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: 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 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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