Dear potential Grecians,
Think Tel-Aviv without the beach then you have Thessaloniki once 75% Jewish, labelled the ‘mother of Jerusalem’, now a vibrant sophisticated youthful harbour city. We are staying at the best 2 Hotels in town [plus 3* Astoria kosher] overlooking main pedestrianised square / harbour promenade full of cafes restaurants and opposite sea. The Hotels are a delight to behold and a real treat so I hope you decide to come ……
Join us on this on this amazing combination of Greek Odyssey, Jewish Heritage staying in 5* hotels with choice of extended trip to the beautiful Halkidiki coast for rest and relaxation.
If you have trouble downloading booking form you can download same from the left hand margin of our website www.jewishheritagetours.co.uk or call me and I will take all the details I need from you and take your deposit by credit card.
The trip is already confirmed with over 20 bookings so you can proceed to book the RyanAir flights from Stansted…with programme as follows….
A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF JEWISH HERITAGE and ANCIENT GREECE
Thursday 12th September 2019 extended from Monday 16th to Halkidiki for beach rest for additional 4 days
Our tour will discover the architectural gems of ancient Greece and facets of the 2,300-year Jewish existence within Greek culture. The tour begins in Thessaloniki, a port that is not usually on the tourist map but which visitors find fascinating. The city was once 75% Jewish. The tour continues through beautiful scenery, stopping to see the wonderfully preserved tombs of Alexander the Great’s family in Vergina, Synagogue and Jewish quarter in Veria, before we exit the city on Monday allowing those who want to opt to extend trip to the beautiful peninsular of Halkidiki for rest and relaxation.
What made our previous tours memorable was our incredible guide Rania, who is as well-versed in the Jewish history of Greece as she is in its general history, as well as in current politics and culture. She is also a caring and attentive organiser. We are delighted that she will be leading and guiding our day trip on Sunday 15th September whilst on Friday we have local Jewish guide Hella Matalon whose family dates back 500 years to this city so we benefit from her family history of this fascinating city
Thursday 12th September Arrival at 10pm (Ryan Air leaving 4.55pm from Stansted) at Thessaloniki airport where we meet with guide Rania who on the way to our hotel gives an overview of the city and its Jewish history. We check in to the Hotel 5* Electra Palace and Boutique Daios on Harbour walk, The Electra Palace is in central position in the heart of the main square opposite the sea. Awash with smart cafes bars, very good restaurants surrounding hotel open late if you wish to eat.
Friday 13th September In the morning Hella leads a Jewish walking tour, visiting the Square of Jewish Martyrs and the ceremonial Synagogue Lezikaron followed by a presentation at the Jewish Museum where we learn about a community that once had 50 synagogues and was called Mother of Israel, home to famous Jewish mystics, legalists, poets and rabbis.
Our coach takes us to various quarters of the city that were once wholly Jewish and to archaeological sites going back to Roman and Hellenic times, villas once inhabited by prominent Jewish residents and the new Holocaust Memorial on the site of the cemetery destroyed by the Nazis, now the Aristotle University campus. We return to our hotel in time to freshen up and, for those who wish, to walk to the Monastiriot Synagogue for Shabbat prayers. Then we enjoy a Shabbat kosher meal, hosted by the entertaining Rabbi Joel Kaplan at the nearby Astoria Hotel.
Saturday 14th September Optional synagogue service followed by a sit-down Kiddush with the rabbi. Others might like to wander along the promenade of the port, just across the pedestrian square from our hotel, or along the shopping streets nearby, or visit the very good Museum of Contemporary Art close to the Museum of Byzantine Culture, where a light lunch can be bought in a courtyard cafe. Or indeed you can visit to the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the famous landmark, the Rotunda, all close to each other, following the history of Macedonia from its earliest times. Boats leave regularly from close to the Rotunda on the harbour for brief tour of the city harbour, only requiring purchase of drink
Those of you requiring kosher lunch on Shabbat at the Astoria Hotel need to pre-book with us.
Sunday 15th September 9.00am We head by coach for the day first to Vergina where the unearthing in 1977 of the richly extravagant tombs of King Phillip 11, father of Alexander the Great, became as famous as the Dead Sea Scrolls. We continue to Veria where we hear about the town’s rich Christian heritage but mainly absorb its Jewish quarter with its unique setting and the atmosphere that still prevails at the natural river mikva.
We spend time learning about the community of 900 who perished from caretaker Evi Meska in a beautifully preserved renovated synagogue that she looks after with consuming passion. We aim to visit a winery, for wine tasting and buffet lunch before we continue visiting Veria
Monday 16th September We leave our Electra Palace Hotel at 10.00am by coach to our Hotel in Halkidiki for a minimum stay of 3 days where we have options for Standard or Superior rooms with half board bookings made for a further 4 days and 3 nights with a coach returning us to the airport Thursday afternoon with a stop on route to an interesting attraction
Those staying in Thessaloniki then transports will come to take you back to the airport for flights home to UK later in the day - Extra nights in Thessaloniki upon request
Extending Your Stay to the beautiful Peninsular of Halkidiki
Those who wish to continue trip and stay in the beautiful peninsular of Halkidiki from Monday then we have been recommended to the Athena Pallas Hotel 5* where 3 extra nights is obligatory as a minimum with options on Standard and Superior rooms. The Resort is on second Penisular of Sithonia with Peninsular of Mount Athos on one side and Kassandra on the other side amongst pine forests on beautiful beaches with details of choices as follows :-Standard room choice https://www.acrotel.gr/hotel/athena-pallas-village/room/double-room/
Superior room choice https://www.acrotel.gr/hotel/athena-pallas-village/room/superior-room/ Below I send you a link concerning our restaurants.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRVW0ubPhLM
The cost of the 5-day tour to Thessaloniki is now £745.00 per person sharing a double or twin room at 5* Electra Palace [single supplement is £360]. This price includes 4 nights classic room at 5* Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki B & B all transport, guides and museum fees on organised tours and Shabbat meal – we have 12 rooms only
Alternatively 8 rooms have been booked at stunning Boutique luxury living hotel Daios in Thessaloniki on the actual harbour [designed like a cruise ship] where 4 comfort rooms reserved will mean total trip per person is now £595 pp or sharing 2 Superior rooms at £625 pp or 2 Junior suites with side sea view rooms £695 and finally 2 Executive Sea view rooms at a cost pp at £725 pp
There is a 3rd choice in Thessaloniki The 3* Astoria Hotel [kosher available] where sharing a double reduces trip costs to £520 per person and a single to £695 includes a single supplement
The extended 3 night and 4 day cost to Athena Pallas 5* Lilyann Beach Resort is basically £106 per night for a double / twin standard room on half board so 3 nights is £318 – Single £94 x 3 makes £282 – Superior Rooms are charged at £134 pn double x 3 makes £402. Please make it clear what type of room you want when booking
Excludes flights and travel Insurance which is vital. Deposit per person of £175 required to secure booking.
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