We are repeating this special trip as my group that did this in March stated that the magnificent restoration of the water Synagogue was more impressive than the unsurpassed Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba
This 6 day trip includes visits to Lorca, which we have added as we will be visiting this important Synagogue find with Jewish quarter together with Ubeda, Lucena and Cordoba.
To be able to confirm trip I must have 8 bookings. Granada is actually my favourite city in Spain and two recently inaugurated Jewish museums.
Lucena and Cordoba will be visited on Monday with possible extensions can be organised to Seville from Monday instead of returning to Granada we can drop you off early evening 6.30pm for train to Seville and book a hotel and guide for following morning guided walk of the Jewish quarter. Two night is recommended in Seville as it’s a tremendous city.
FLIGHTS - EASYJET has flights on Thursday to Murcia Airport and we return from Granada back to Gatwick on Tuesday so trip is 5 nights and 6 full days, so hope you join us
Please access bottom right home page of my website…to see how the local news in Spain reported on our first group visit to Granada probably the first Shabbat minyan there in over 500 years. Link here
Attached booking form and below itinerary for the trip which will proceed once 8 people confirm. Please do not book flights till trip is confirmed.
Your deposit per person of £100 will be refunded if trip does not proceed
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Jewish Espana - GRANADA
From Thursday 16th November 2017 - Lorca to Andalucía Spain 5 nights 6 day trip that includes visits to Ubeda Lucena and Cordoba
Sefarad actually means Spain - In 711 the forces of Islam crossed into Spain and conquered the whole Iberian Peninsula. It ushered in one of the greatest periods of Jewish Diaspora history, known as the golden age until the inquisition, which changed our history forever. This deep Sephardic Jewish heritage of Spain is still firmly implanted in our national psyche that mixes both glory, betrayal, peace, prosperity and pain. It is a rich history that goes back 1,500 years in Spain, from this exotic land emerged great sages and Kabbalistic mystics epitomized by key figures like Maimonides, Ibn Ezra and Yehuda Halevi, in which they worked and lived harmoniously with Muslims and Christians.
Victor Hugo once wrote : Alhambra Alhambra palace which a genii have adorned like a dream flowing with harmonies
Join us as we travel to the heart of the medieval Jewish experience and visit the main sites connected to the rich and illustrious sites of the beautiful city of Granada. You will understand why this area of Spain has become the most visited area by tourists in the world today, a land that vibrates with the colourful passions of swirling flamenco and guitars; you will find its deep beauty unforgettable. Enjoy a blend of Moorish, European and Jewish influences as we travel in luxury through the legendary land of Cortes and Ponce de Leon. A delight for the senses and for the soul !
INDEED Granada was the last province in Spain which both the Moors and Jews were admonished in 1492 and legend says Moorish Chieftain Boabdil on leaving his beloved Alhambra Palace turned in retreat for one last look and wept to be admonished by his mother with the infamous words: ‘do not weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man’ See the famous decree that sealed the fate of Spain’s Jews banishment from Spain in 1492 Queen Isabella is buried apparently in Granada’s Cathedral. The infamous Decree ...............
You will discover why GRANADA was once called GARNATHA AL YEHUD known City of the Jews
Our Hotel Hesperia in central Granada is 4* is rather special has been selected for up to 5 nights because it is on the edge of Realejo the former Jewish quarter see here - Address is Plaza Gamboa s/n 18009 Granada and is situated in a perfect position on a pedestrian area near the town hall close to shops and main town restaurants
EASYJET have just started flying to Granada from Gatwick twice per week but only once per week in winter £80 return flight [as of 19/4/17] with outward flight from Gatwick to Murcia Airport departing at 6.40am landing at 10.10 with return flight from Granada airport on Tuesday 21st November 2017 departing at 17.05 landing Gatwick 18.45
Our guide Fredirico Abvril Hello, My Name is Federico and I will be the guide conducting your Granada tour :-
I have been focusing on the Jewish heritage in Granada for some years. The recently inaugurated "Palacio de los Olvidados" (Palace of the Forgotten) could probably be considered the best permanent exhibition of Sephardic culture you can find in Andalusia. As a guide who has always been interested in the Sephardic oriented visits in my city, this cultural space is unique, containing an original inquisition chair and table, where we can view the original documents about inquisition, within the museum find elements of the Kabbalah and see the Tree of Life with its Sephirot, a set of Teffillin from Sefarad, the museum was set up by the same people that discovered the unrivalled Water Synagogue that you will see in Ubeda where some of the artefacts on display has come from
Agenda for organised 4 or 6 day trip Itinerary :-
Day 1 - Thursday 16th November 2017 - Met at airport by Marcel with Minibus – Landing from Gatwick on EasyJet flight at 10.10 am where we leave for Lorca [1 hour] just off main Motorway south from the Province of Murcia to Andalucía. What occurred in Lorca was on top of the hill where a castle overlooking the city was the main tourist attraction a new Parador was being built government 5* Hotels when a devastating earthquake hit the city in 2011 unearthing a middle ages Jewish quarter a large Synagogue by the castle gates which have been beautifully restored under the new hotel. We will be exploring this castle area perched upon imposing hill overlooking town and considering how the Jews of must have lived here protected by the nobles in the golden years of Spain. This is an important find with the Chief Rabbi of Israel visiting the site last year, we will also be visiting the towns museum and historic quarter as well as having lunch in the Parador.
Following the afternoon tour of Lorca city centre we board our coach and head for Granada [2 hours] and our Hesperia 4 * Hotel town centre Granada 3pm Guided walk with Fredirico from our Hotel of the atmospheric and former Jewish quarter of Realejo once so important it was known as Granada of the Jews.
Day 2 Friday 17th November - 9.00 Early start to beat the crowds visiting the Alhambra - Guided tour with Fredirico all morning together with the Alhambra Palace we visit Generalife Gardens, the unequalled Moorish gem of Spain today and most visited site in all of the country. Afternoon free till we leave Hotel for the new Jewish Museum in the Realejo for lighting candles and Shabbat services together with KIddish. This new Jewish Museum only opened in April 2013 by Gabriel & Beatrice see www.museosefardidegranada.es/ where we will holdd Shabbat services in their Museum inviting the few Jewish families in the town to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat & Kiddush services . Evening meal pre-booked a selection of vegetarian and permissible fish dishes including Dorado served and included with wine and Cholla brought with from the UK in Demasqueros Restaurant near the Jewish museum
Day 3 Saturday 18th November – 9.00 walking tour from our hotel where we visit the main sites of the city centre We also visit Museums of the Forgotten Palacio de los Olvidados opened January 2014 see here an English lady called Molly writes a blog about the Jewish quarter and its 2 Jewish museums. This second Jewish museum we visit is in the foot of the Albacein former moorish quarter of the city that overlooks the unequalled Alhambra Palace and Gardens with its magnificent walls and backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains Spain’s highest mountain. We will climb the lovely Albacein quarter taking in the magnificent views off the Alhambra. Molly will take those interested pm on a tapas crawl of the city
Afternoon free day to visit museums and places of choice such as Manuel De Falla composers house here in Granada - need to know if a pre-booked lunch is required - Evening group booking of Flamenco show
Day 4 Sunday 19th November 2017 – Coach leaves at 9.00 for day trip north of Granada as we visit delightful town of Ubeda and the magnificent water Synagogue discovered recently and its Mikva in the heart of the city. . We will visit other interesting sites on the way including the city of Baeza nearby.
Day 5 Monday 20th November 2017 – Coach day tour to Lucena [11th century Jewish cemetery unearthed in 2013 when building a new bypass round town] once upon a time a totally Jewish city in the 11th Century but dates back to Nebuchadnezzar time and then travel to the delightful city that is Codoba and visit the medieval Synagogue and the historic Jewish quarter and the famous Mezquita. Possible extension can be organised for 2 extra nights if interest to Seville by train [55 minutes] dropping off at Station in Cordoba for train to Seville to allow our guide in Seville to look after you Tuesday morning staying at the Seville Macarena Hotel 4*
Day 6 Tuesday 21st November 2017 – Free Morning - Coach leaves hotel for airport at 14.30am to catch EasyJet flight home at 17.05 landing Gatwick at 18.45
Cost £795 pp sharing a twin/double for 5 nights - Single supplement £295 Covers Hotel B & B for 5 nights - All guided walks as part of programme plus all museum fees - Guided Alhambra Visit & Mezquita visit plus guided walks and museum fees in Ubeda Lucena & Cordoba and Lorca plus Saturday night flamenco show plus all transport in Spain - two meals other than breakfast included which are Friday night special 4 coarse meal in Damasqueros restaurant and Parador lunch in Lorca on the first day. If sufficient number are interested in kosher food throughout this can be arranged at additional cost which will be dependent on the numbers requiring kosher.
Excludes flights and travel insurance which is vital
The trip will only proceed once 8 people book so to reserve a place a deposit of £100 per person [refunded if trip does not proceed] is required to be sent to West End Travel and once we achieve necessary number we will only then confirm trip proceeds and direct you to book flights.
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