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May 15, 2019 - May 27, 2019
Jewish Tradition in Andalusia and Catalonia
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
DEPARTURE
Overnight: In Flight
Day 1
Thursday, May 16, 2019
ARRIVAL IN SPAIN
  • Arrive at Madrid International Airport.
  • Group transfer to the hotel.
  • Chance to rest and get settled; meet in the hotel lobby at 4pm.
  • Gentle stroll around Madrid, a chance to get your bearings.
  • Festive Welcome Dinner and Trip Orientation.
Overnight: Hotel Catalonia Atocha
Day 2
Friday, May 17, 2019
THE GLORY OF MADRID
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Prado to explore the masterpieces of artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Bosch, Rubens, Titian, and other great European painters, and the Green Wall, right across from the Prado.
  • Group Lunch at one of the many restaurants near the Plaza Mayor.
  • Visit the 17th-century Plaza Mayor, the center of historic Madrid and sight of festivals and bullfights, and also the place where Jewish history marks the great trauma of the many auto-da-fes (ritual of public penance, followed by burning at the stake).
  • Walk through Madrid, visiting:
    • Plaza de España, with an inspiring monument to Poet, Novelist, and Playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
    • Royal Palace, a short walk from the Plaza and the official residence of the King of Spain.
  • Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid, followed by Shabbat dinner with them. (In case they are not meeting this week, arrangements would be made with Beth Yaacov or Bet El for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner.)
Overnight: Hotel Catalonia Atocha
Day 3
Shabbat (Saturday), May 18, 2019
SHABBAT IN MADRID
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional visit to one of Madrid’s synagogues.
  • Explore Madrid by foot.
  • Stroll the main streets of Madrid’s oldest quarter, the original site of Madrid, called “Austrias,” with its small plazas and narrow streets.
  • Visit the Plaza de la Villa, home to City Hall and the 15th-century Tower of Los Lujanes, the site of the original Arab shuk of Madrid.
  • Shabbat Lunch
  • Late Afternoon Discussion: The Meaning of 1492 and the Relationship Between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, with Tour Educator.
  • Free time to rest, followed by Havdallah and a free evening.
Overnight: Hotel Catalonia Atocha
Day 4
Sunday, May 19, 2019
TOLEDO
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Toledo.
  • Guided visit of the Old City of Toledo and capture a sense of the glory that was built on a convergence of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, taking in the Jewish Quarter, the Shmuel Halevi statue and El Transito, the Shmuel Halevi Abulafia synagogue, which was turned into a church, known as Nuestra Senora del Transito, the Sephardic Museum, and the Santa Maria La Blanca Church, formerly the Grand Synagogue.
  • Group lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit the El Greco Museum, dedicated to the famous painter, who influenced 17th-century Toledo.
  • Visit the grand Toledo Cathedral.
  • Group dinner together at a restaurant in Toledo, followed by a free evening.
Overnight: Hotel Parador
Day 5
Monday, May 20, 2019
SEVILLE’S JEWISH PAST
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Seville, with a group lunch at one of Seville’s restaurants upon arrival.
  • Visit the Santa Cruz neighborhood, formerly Seville’s Jewish Quarter, once known as La Juderia, with its winding alleyways and remnants of Jewish life found within the contemporary city, including a Jewish Heritage Walking Tour with Moises Hassan.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour the beautiful Alcázar Palace, followed by visits to the Seville Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus, and La Giralda, a 12th-century bell tower that became a symbol of the city. Your Tour Educator will share some thoughts about the role of Jews in the development of navigation cartography and astronomy.
  • Dinner on your own and free evening in Seville, with a possible opportunity to check out the views from Las Setas (time permitting).
  • Evening stroll on the Triana Bridge.
Overnight: Hotel Las Casas de La Judería
Day 6
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
CORDOBA: RAMBAM’S HOME TOWN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Cordoba, home town of Moses Maimonides (Rambam) and the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus.
  • Group Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter, inhabited by Jews since the year 840, including the Yehuda Halevi Square and Plaza Tiberiades, where the statue of Maimonides sits, with a peak at the nearby Moorish-styled building known as the Maimonides Synagogue.
  • Special Program at Casa de Sefarad, dedicated to the history of the Sephardic Jews in Cordoba and Spain prior to the Inquisition and the Expulsion of 1492, and meet with the people responsible for the creation of this private historical project in the Jewish Quarter, with a special workshop focused on Ladino
  • Meet Rabbi Haim Casas, the first native-born Spanish rabbi since 1492, sharing his vision for the Jews of Spain, and join him for dinner at Casa Mazal, with traditional Andalusian Jewish food and music.
Overnight: Hotel NH Amistad
Day 7
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
CORDOBA THROUGH THE AGES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Cordoba’s famous Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita), dating from 785, with its 1,000 colored columns.
  • Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
  • Stroll through the restored heart of Cordoba, one of the largest medieval quarters in Europe.
  • Free afternoon to rest or explore Cordoba on your own, especially Cordoba’s famous craft scene—pottery, jewelry, leather goods, and embroidery works—or some of Cordoba’s patios/courtyards, secret treasures tucked away that beckon the curious.
  • Masterclass in Andalusian Music
  • Group Dinner at a local restaurant and free evening.
Overnight: Hotel NH Amistad
Day 8
Thursday, May 23, 2019
LEGENDS AND DANCERS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Cordoba and drive to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
  • Visit the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Explore Albaicín, the old Moorish neighborhood which has no remains of the Jewish community but a host of legends, with its narrow streets and beautiful white houses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided visit of the Barrio Realejo, the former Jewish Quarter and the site of the original town bearing the name Garnata al-Yahud, continuing to the statue of Samuel ben Judah ibn Tibbon, translator of the Kuzari and the Guide for the Perplexed.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Attend a Flamenco performance, followed by a Flamenco workshop with the musicians and dancers.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel NH Collection Granada Victoria
Day 9
Friday, May 24, 2019
BARCELONA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport for the flight to Barcelona (except for those stepping off of the trip).
  • Arrive in Barcelona and start with a panoramic bus tour of the city beginning at Montjuic (The Mountain of the Jews), including a view over the whole city.
  • Meander through the city’s streets and avenues to Sagrada Familia for a guided visit of Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, considered one of the world’s awe-inspiring, unique places of worship.
  • Continue to other Barcelona landmarks, such as the Plaça de Catalunya, the plaza which marks the beginning of the Passeig de Gracia, the most stylish street in Barcelona, where one can see Antoni Gaudi’s extraordinary buildings, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on own
  • Visit Park Güell, located on Carmel Hill (time permitting).
  • Continue to the Old Port of Barcelona for a Sailing Experience aboard a Turkish Wooden Gulet for a unique voyage with sights along the Barcelona coastline.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Stephen Berkowitz, of the Liberal community in Barcelona, and members of the Jewish community.
Overnight: Hotel El Avenida Palace
Day 10
Shabbat (Saturday), May 25, 2019
SHABBAT IN BARCELONA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a walk along La Rambla, Barcelona’s historic promenade.
  • Just off La Rambla, encounter La Boqueria, the world-famous market of Barcelona.
  • Continue with a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter and then the ancient Jewish Quarter, with a synagogue that may date to the third century.
  • Picasso in Barcelona, visit the Picasso Museum, followed by a visit to some of Picasso’s favorite haunts.
  • Free time in Barcelona, with lunch on own.
  • In the late afternoon, optional visit to the Barceloneta Beach, including a possible Bike Ride.
  • Havdallah together and dinner on own.
Overnight: Hotel El Avenida Palace
Day 11
Sunday, May 26, 2019
GIRONA AND BESALÚ
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive for a morning tour to Girona and Besalú.
  • Walk through the restored Call, what was once Girona’s old Jewish neighborhood, and continue to the Bonastruc ca Porta, a center of Jewish life and culture, for a special program on the synthesis of Jewish mystical traditions and the Jewish music of Spain.
  • Drive to the medieval city of Besalú and visit the Medieval Mikveh, ritual bath, which has become one of Spain’s most significant sites of Jewish heritage.
  • Return to Barcelona; lunch en route or in Barcelona.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping and personal exploration.
  • Processing Discussion and festive Concluding Dinner.
Overnight: Hotel El Avenida Palace
Monday, May 27, 2019
ARRIVE BACK IN THE UNITED STATES
  • Transfer to Barcelona Airport for the return to the U.S.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

$4,999
Per Person Cost (based on double occupancy, including Barcelona)
$1,280
Single Supplement (including Barcelona)
$3,999
Per Person Cost (based on double occupancy, without Barcelona)
$920
Single Supplement (without Barcelona)
$150
Non-Makom members, payable to Makom

* Prices do not include international flights

Hotels:

3 nights, Hotel Catalonia Atocha, Madrid

1 night, Hotel Parador, Toledo
1 night, Hotel Las Casas de La Judería, Seville

2 nights, Hotel NH Amistad, Cordoba

1 night, Hotel NH Collection Granada Victoria, Granada
(3 nights, Hotel El Avenida Palace, Barcelona)

 

Land Price Includes:

  • Airport Assistance at all airports
  • Group Transfers from and to all airports
  • All group Transportation in Spain on a private luxury bus
  • Flight from Grenada to Barcelona (for the Barcelona option)
  • Licensed Spanish guides throughout
  • Makor Educator/Field Representative
  • Deluxe Hotel Accommodations per above
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • Dinners
      • Barcelona Option: 8 dinners
      • Without Barcelona Option: 6 dinners
    • Lunches
      • Both Options: 4 lunches
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Not Included:

  • Meals on Own and out of pocket expenses
  • Individual Travel and Medical Insurance

 

Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant (including a $36 non-refundable fee per person).

February 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

April 3, 2019 — Full Payment

 

Refund Schedule

Cancel before February 15, 2019 — Full Refund (excluding a $36 non-refundable fee per person).

Cancel between February 15 and April 3, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between April 3 and May 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after May 1, 2019 — No Refund

 

For more information, please contact Keren at keren@igt.co.il

 

Travel Insurance:
We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

Group Flights*

Flight to Spain
Flight to USA

Depart Los Angeles on May 15 at 3:30 pm on flight BA 282 to London Heathrow.  Arrive in London Heathrow at 10:10 am on May 16.

Depart London Heathrow on May 16 at 1:20 pm on flight BA 460 to Madrid.

Arrive in Madrid on 16 May at 4:45 pm.

Depart Barcelona on May 27 at 11:40 am on flight BA 479 to London Heathrow.

Depart London Heathrow on May 27 at 1:05 pm on flight BA 269 to Los Angeles.

Arrive in Los Angeles on May 27 at 7:20 pm.

$1,047 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between February 7th and April 8th will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after April 8th will not be refunded.

Those choosing the non-Barcelona option must purchase their own tickets, or may contact Anjie Huffman at Ayelet Travel for individual ticket purchase, at 800-237-1517, ext 340.

Flight to USA

Depart Barcelona on May 27 at 11:40 am on flight BA 479 to London Heathrow.

Depart London Heathrow on May 27 at 1:05 pm on flight BA 269 to Los Angeles.

Arrive in Los Angeles on May 27 at 7:20 pm.

$1,047 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between February 7th and April 8th will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after April 8th will not be refunded.

Those choosing the non-Barcelona option must purchase their own tickets, or may contact Anjie Huffman at Ayelet Travel for individual ticket purchase, at 800-237-1517, ext 340.