10-Day Private Trip to Jewish Heritage in Portugal from Lisbon

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Lisbon Portela Airport to Returns to original departure point

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Enjoy this 10-day trip in Portugal and discover the most important places in the country, from north to south, where there is Jewish heritage. The itinerary includes visits to Lisbon historic center (quarter Belem, Monastery of Jerónimos), Évora and Elvas, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Belmonte (the most Jewish town in Portugal), Amarante to discover the only winery in Portugal producing Kosher Table Wine Grinalda, Porto (the home of Port Wine), Tomar, to visit the Templar Castle and Convent of the Knights of Christ , a unique monument in the history of western world, and Óbidos to discover the former synagogue as well the Jewish artisans street (Rua Nova) and Porta Santiago (Gate of St.James). Enjoy on this private amazing circuit, the transport by air-conditioned minivan, accommodation with breakfast and wine tasting. This tour operates with a professional art historian guide any day of the week.
Discover Lisbon and the most important places in Portugal, were there is Jewish heritage, with this amazing circuit.ItineraryDay 1: Transfer to Hotel Lisbon - A panoramic sightseeing tour through Lisbon, walking tour in Lisbon historic center, Lisbon's Synagogue Shaare Tikva. Day 2: Lisbon City Tour - Visit: Quarter Belem (UNESCO), Monastery of Jerónimos (UNESCO), tasting of traditional milk custard tarts of Belém, Pasteis de Belém (19th century), Maritime Museum and Chiado District. Day 3: Alentejo - Visit: City of Évora and Elvas, the public library (Almaach Perpetuum by Abraham Zacuto), and finish the day in a historic pousada hotel in Crato.Day 4: - Castelo de Vide - Visit: Castelo de Vide is known for the large Jewish quarter which existed in the middle ages. Discover Marvão, medieval walled town, and its castle.  Day 5: - Visit Belmonte: the most Jewish town of Portugal. Belmonte is in the 20th century the last peninsular (Portugal and Spain) community of Crypto-Jews. This present community has its own synagogue, rabbi, and cemetery. Trancoso, was where Jewish merchants first settled in the 12th century.Day 6: From the Highlands to the Atlantic Coast: Amarante, a place that will not leave you indifferent. The Winery Quinta da Aveleda, the only winery in Portugal producing Kosher Table Wine Grinalda, Aveleda, is at the heart of the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region. Day 7: Porto: The Home of Port Wine - Visit: capital and gateway to the north of Portugal. The historic center of Porto was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. Visit the most important sites of this old city and guided tour the Port Wine Old Cellars and taste a kosher port wine. The Synagogue Kadoorie Mekor Haim is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula. Day 8: Near the end of the circuit along the paths where the prevailing Jewish heritage, dedicate the last day to two stunning locations in the center of the country: Tomar and Óbidos. In both stops, you will find traces of the presence of the Jews and its remarkable culture. Tomar (UNESCO), awarded the classification of world heritage to the Templar Castle and the Convent of the Knights of Christ in Tomar (12th century), a unique monument in the history of the western world. The Synagogue built between 1430 and 1460 by order of Prince Henry, the synagogue of Tomar, witness the importance that the Jewish community has been in the city since the 14th century. Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. The former synagogue is still standing, however not possible to visit inside. Explore also the Rua Nova (Jewish artisans street) and Porta Santiago (Gate of St James).Day 9: Transfer from Hotel to Lisbon Airport

What’s included

  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Wine tasting
  • Private tour
  • Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - Castle of the Knights Templar
  • Entry/Admission - Convent of Christ
  • Entry/Admission - Castelo de Marvao
  • Entry/Admission - A Novena Porta
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Airport transfer
  • Breakfast included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Hotel Lisbon - A panoramic sightseeing tour through Lisbon, walking tour in Lisbon historic center, Lisbon's Synagogue Shaare Tikva. Day 2: Lisbon City Tour - Visit: Quarter Belem (UNESCO), Monastery of Jerónimos (UNESCO), tasting of traditional milk custard tarts of Belém, Pasteis de Belém (19th century), Maritime Museum and Chiado District. 
Day 3: Alentejo - Visit: City of Évora and Elvas, the public library (Almaach Perpetuum by Abraham Zacuto), and finish the day in a historic pousada hotel in Crato.
Day 4: - Castelo de Vide - Visit: Castelo de Vide is known for the large Jewish quarter which existed in the middle ages. Discover Marvão, medieval walled town, and its castle. 
Day 5: - Visit Belmonte: the most Jewish town of Portugal. Belmonte is in the 20th century the last peninsular (Portugal and Spain) community of Crypto-Jews. This present community has its own synagogue, rabbi, and cemetery. Trancoso, was where Jewish merchants first settled in the 12th century.
Day 6: From the Highlands to the Atlantic Coast: Amarante, a place that will not leave you indifferent. The Winery Quinta da Aveleda, the only winery in Portugal producing Kosher Table Wine Grinalda, Aveleda, is at the heart of the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region.
Day 7: Porto: The Home of Port Wine - Visit: capital and gateway to the north of Portugal. The historic center of Porto was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. Visit the most important sites of this old city and guided tour the Port Wine Old Cellars and taste a kosher port wine. The Synagogue Kadoorie Mekor Haim is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula.
Day 8: Near the end of the circuit along the paths where the prevailing Jewish heritage, dedicate the last day to two stunning locations in the center of the country: Tomar and Óbidos. In both stops, you will find traces of the presence of the Jews and its remarkable culture. Tomar (UNESCO), awarded the classification of world heritage to the Templar Castle and the Convent of the Knights of Christ in Tomar (12th century), a unique monument in the history of the western world. The Synagogue built between 1430 and 1460 by order of Prince Henry, the synagogue of Tomar, witness the importance that the Jewish community has been in the city since the 14th century. Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. The former synagogue is still standing, however not possible to visit inside. Explore also the Rua Nova (Jewish artisans street) and Porta Santiago (Gate of St James).
Day 9: Transfer from Hotel to Lisbon Airport
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