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By walking in the footsteps of your ancestors, and learning the ancient traditions of Jewish life in Portugal, you will discover the Jewish history of Portugal and therefore, it’s communities by our Jewish heritage tour of Portugal.

The Expulsion Edict of 1496

Jewish history in Portugal was about to be transformed! Until their expulsion in the Edict of 1496, Jews had been an integrated and valued part of the culture in the Portuguese society. As a result the Catholic Monarchs gave them two choices; leave or convert. Jews, rich and poor were made equal and forced to either adopt Catholic tradition or find a new home. This was the end of most of Jewish communities in Portugal and off course to be alble to be a Jew.

Consequently most travelled over the North Europe and America; others travelled to Constantinople, Netherlands, Brasil, United States, or Greece. So they left behind their possessions and property, their beloved towns, cities and villages.

Exploring the Jewish roots

In this tour we travel through the memory of a Jewish past and uncover the riches of that time in history. Let us guide you in a 6 days travelling through the heart of soul of Jewish Portugal searching for the Jewish roots.

Has we take in many of the highlights of this region of Portugal, we will base our tour and cultural visits on Beiras Jewish heritage. And how this has been the meeting place of three great cultures and religions: Judaim, Christianity and Islam.

From the end of the 15th century persecutions, convictions and forced conversions destroyed this Jewish communities. However, many of those who were then nicknamed “New Christians” continued, in the secrecy of their homes, to honor their religion and to orally pass on, the prayers resisting to assimilation.

This trip is a close look at to an heritage of great value, not always visible, because it has been subjected to multiple destructions and pressures, but that we are gradually discovering.

But we want also to extend your experience of the local culture, history and gastronomy. So this will be a tour where you will get to know the locals and it’s culture in this North/Center area of Portugal. For that we have prepared for you unique experiences all along the way.

 

About this tour:

Private

Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).

Custom-made

The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences and the tour length.

Tour Length

Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).

Accommodation not included

Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Overnight in Lisbon

Time : 9:00 am

Lisbon

Welcome talk and tour the Jewish Lisbon to include Synagogue, Old Jewish Quarters and the Jewish history of the city. Also the highlights of Lisbon city to include Alfama, Bairro Alto, Belem.

Day 2 - Overnight in Coimbra

Time : 8:30 am

Obidos, Nazare, Tomar, Coimbra

Morning city tour of OBIDOS and it´s Jewish quarter. City tour of NAZARE to the Northen beach, Sitio and lunch in a local restaurant. City tour of TOMAR to include Synagogue, museum and Convent of Christ, Templar Knights Castle.

Day 3 - Overnight in Porto

Time : 9:00 am

Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto

City tour of COIMBRA to include the University and Historical Center and former Jewish quarter. Lunch in Aveiro. City tour of AVEIRO to include a typical boat ride in the canals. And visit to the historical center.

Day 4 - Overnight in Porto

Time : 9:00 am

Porto

City tour of Porto and it's highlights. To include Synagogue, Jewish quarter, Port wine cellars and 1 hour boat ride in Douro River. Lunch by the river Douro.

Day 5 - Overnight in Douro Valley

Time : 9:00 am

Peso da Regua, Pinhao

City tour of Douro Valley to include Peso da Regua and Pinhao. Also to include a visit to Quinta da Pachea winery with visit and wine tasting.

Day 6 - Overnight in Belmonte

Time : 9:00 am

Trancoso, Belmonte

City tour of TRANCOSO to include Jewish quarter. And continue our trip to BELMONTE with city tour to include Synagogue, Jewish museum, and Jewish quarter.

Day 7 -Overnight in Lisbon

Time : 9:00 am

On the way to Lisbon

Stop at Portas de Rodao, one of the most scenic areas of central Portugal to include a spectacular boat ride in the river Tejo with lunch. After we coninue our trip to Lisbon to end our tour

Day 8 - Drop Off in Lisbon airport

Lisbon Airport

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Bottled water
  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
  • Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
  • Wifi on board
  • Public liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Boat cruise in Aveiro, Porto, Portas de Rodao
  • Tickets Coimbra University
  • Tickets Synagogues: Lisbon, Tomar, Porto, Belmonte
  • Tickets Jewish museum in Belmonte
  • Visit to Burmester cellars in Porto
  • Visit to winery in Douro Valley
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches or dinners
  • Hotels

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