6 Days
Duration
Lisboa
Location

This itinerary is perfect for those who want to really know and understand the importance of the Jewish heritage in Portugal and in the Portuguese, from the roots of the country to the present day, especially in the Medieval period.

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Total Price 1680€ 1750€ 1870€ 1930€ 2080€ 21300€ 2280€

PLACE OF DEPARTURE Hotel / Apartment, Lisbon
TIME OF DEPARTURE Days start at approximately 9:00 AM
RETURN TIME The days end at approximately 6:00 PM
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guide

Surprise in every day (visit or tasting)

Guide Meals and Sleep

Free Waters

Free Wifi

Extremely comfortable car

NOT INCLUDED
Meals

Airline tickets

Flights

Tickets to monuments

When Portugal was born in 1143, this minority was already widespread in some important localities, such as Santarém, which had the oldest synagogue with a growth of the Jewish population, favored by the need to populate the land conquered by the Moors, the synagogue being the seat of the Government of the commune. In the fourteenth century each commune had one or more Jewish settlements, the rabbi had delegated his so-called ombudsmen to the principal Jewish centers of the country: OPorto (Entre Douro and Minho Region); Tower of Moncorvo (Trás-os-Montes); Viseu (Beira); Covilhã (Beira / Serra da Estrela); Santarém (Extremadura); Évora (Alentejo) and Faro (Algarve), the ombudsmen exercised real jurisdiction over all national Jewish communities. The synagogue was as important a place from the religious point of view (as it was the church for Christians) and civilian; Was a place of assembly and assembly of the members of the commune.

1ºDay

Lisbon

 Our Jewish route will start in Lisbon, where we’ll visit the old Jewish Quarter in Alfama, the square of Santo Domingo, the synagogue and other places of interest related with the Jewish presence in the history of the city. See the highlights of Lisbon. Belem Pastel Overnight in Lisbon
2ºDay

Lisbon - Tomar - Castelo Branco - Covilhã

 Leaving Lisbon towards Tomar where we will visit the century-old synagogue, coeval of the few Jewish temples built during the jewish presence in Portugal’s early times followed by the expulsion to which they were subjected by King Manuel I. The synagogue, built between 1430 and 1460, is a quadrangular building, with 9.50 meters deep by 8.25 meters wide. Continuing our route we reach Castelo Branco. Here we find references to the existence of a Jewish community and its Jewish quarter going back to the end of the fourteenth century. Arrival in Covilha. Innumerous men of Jewish heritage born here in Covilha, were linked to the epic of sea discoveries and Portuguese expansion in the world, such was the case of Pero da Covilha, explorer and architect of the future sea route to India, or Joao Ramalho first pioneer in Brazil. Entrances to the convent of Christ in Tomar Overnight in Covilhã
3ºDay

Covilhã - Belmonte - Guarda - Trancoso

 We begin this third day of our Jewish route in Portugal on our way to Belmonte. This important village holds one of the oldest and most important communities of Portuguese Sephardic Jews. When the Church of St. Francis was tore down, in Largo Antonio Jose de Almeida, in 1910, a stone of the first synagogue of Belmonte dated 1297 was found. This fact allowed us to conclude that at the time the Jewish community had indeed a strong presence. Visit to the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. Continuing our Jewish route in Portugal we will reach the city of Guarda where again the Jewish community was over long periods one of the most important in the country and also considered to be one of the oldest. Tickets at the Jewish Museum Overnight in Guarda
4ºDay

Lamego - Vale Do Douro - Amarante - OPorto

 We start our day visiting Lamego. Since the 14th century the jews inhabited this commercially active (at the time) city of Lamego. They lived in the area between the castle and the church of Saint Mary of Almacave. In the 15th century there were already two Jewish neighborhoods. The oldest (the old Jewish quarter), was located near the Gate of the Sun. We will visit this area. This day of our Jewish Route in Portugal, also brings us to visit one of the major tourist attractions in the country, the Douro valley, where you can get acquainted with one of the most important Portuguese products: the Port wine. Here we will visit wineries and taste some wines. Leaving the Douro Valley, via Amarante, where in the early nineteenth century, Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops, during the French invasions, were held, during the heroic episode of Defense Amarante Bridge, delaying them enough time, for the city of Oporto prepare better its defense. After this episode, plans for reconstruction of the village were made, since the French had almost burned down all the houses. Visit and tasting at Quinta Produtora Overnight in OPorto
5º Day

OPorto

 The city of Porto (Oporto in English), which since the beginning of the Portuguese nationality had many Jewish quarters, saw John I, king of Portugal, in 1386, order the concentration the Jewish in the neighborhood of Olival, within the medieval walls. The synagogue was located at the site of the current convent of S. Bento da Vitoria. In Porto we will visit the above mentioned area and its beautiful synagogue, along with all the highlights of the city. Boat Trip in the Douro Overnight in OPorto
6ºDay

OPorto - Aveiro - Nazaré - Óbidos - Lisbon

 Leaving Oporto to the Portuguese Venice !!! … AVEIRO, with its beautiful canals. Here we will do a Moliceiro ride (typical boats which conducted the transportation of seaweed used as manure in agriculture fields). Time now for tasting the famous “Ovos Moles”, a delicious local pastry. We will also visit the salt mines, which continue to be the main source of income for many local families. We will stop for lunch (time permitting) at one of the most typical fishing villages in Portugal, Nazare. This beautiful town has been famous for its fresh seafood restaurants, for the “ladies of the seven skirts” and nowadays for its giant beach waves. We follow route in direction of Obidos one of the most charming walled cities in Europe. Ginja of Óbidos Overnight in Lisbon
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Transfer to the airport

Tour Reviews

21 August, 2017

“Agency of excellent quality”

I traveled with my mother and I did a 3 day itinerary and the 2 transfers with the Walkborder Tour. In the 3-day tour we know: 1 day tour Lisbon, 2 days- Sintra, Cascais and Estoril and 3 days- Fatima, Nazaré and Óbidos). There were wonderful tours with the guide Rodrigo, always very attentive, helpful and with a great knowledge about the places. Hugo is also always very helpful and concerned about the quality of services provided by his company to customers. Both Rodrigo and Hugo left me with a great impression of Portugal and made our stay in the country wonderful. Highly recommend to everyone at Walkborder Tours, well worth it !!

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