JHTee TOURS – Lag B Omer and Shabbat with Jewish community in Djerba
TUNISIA FROM 22nd May to the 29th May 2016 with historian Dr Saul Zadka
SUNDAY 22nd May 2016 : TUNIS:
Arrival with Tunis Air flight from Gatwick to Tunis Airport at 14.50 local time. Meet and great by our guide. Transfer to hotel Tunisia Palace 4* or similar in Tunis. Check in dinner and Overnight.
MONDAY 23rd May : TUNIS – CARTHAGE - SIDI BOU SAID TUNIS:
Breakfast. Departure for the Great Synagogue of Tunis
The Synagogue was built at the end of the 1940s to replace the former Great Synagogue which was demolished as part of the Jewish redevelopment area, the Hara.
Continue to Carthage for visit: Which refers both to an ancient city in present-day Tunisia and to the civilization that developed within the city's sphere of influence.
The city of Carthage is located on the eastern side of LakeTunis across from the center of Tunis. According to legend it was founded by Phoenician colonists under the leadership of Elissa(Queen Dido). It became a large and rich city and thus a major power of the Mediterranean until its destruction in the Third Punic War in 146 BC.
Although the center of the Punic culture was destroyed, it continued into Roman times. Rome also refunded Carthage, which became one of the three most important cities of the Empire, a position that
lasted until the Muslim conquest when it was destroyed a second time in 698. Since 1979 the Roman site of Carthage is recorded on the list of world patrimony established by the UNESCO and it is also protected by a law of national classification.
Optional kosher lunch. Food for the trip will be permissible fish / vegetarian at other times
Continue to visit the village of Sidi Bou Said: The town got its name from a Muslim religious figure that lived there, Abou Said Ibn Khalef Ibn Yahia Ettaminiel Beji. The town is also known for the extensive use of blue and white color.
Drive back to Tunisia Palace 4* or similar dinner & overnight.
TUESDAY 24th May : TUNIS – BARDO - MEDINA - KAIROUAN
Breakfast . Drive to the Bardo Museum for the visit:
It was the ancient residence of the Beys, (dynasty ruling Tunisia from 1705to 1957), the Palace of Bardo is hosting since 1888 a structured archaeological which is the first mosaic museum in the world with a thousand of masterpieces.
Continue to Tunis Medina and visit of its souks.
From the pier you will make the short drive into Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The impressive colonial-style boulevards eventually lead to the narrow streets of the Medina, the ancient heat of the city. Savour the sounds, sights and smells of the electric markets here - the explosion of colour and texture is riveting.
Drive to Kairouan check in dinner & overnight at hotel La Kasbah 5*
WEDNESDAY 25th May: KAIROUAN - El JEM - GABES-DJERBA :
Breakfast. Departure to Kairouan and visit of its monument.
The large Mosque: The oldest mosque in North Africa and one of the world's oldest minarets, there are 414 columns in the Great Mosque.
Almost all were take from Roman ruins.
The Mosque of the Barber: place of burial of the one of the companions of the Mohammed Prophet. This mosque presents a harmonious architectural unit Basins of Aghlabites: left open sky tanks Continuation to visit the amphitheatre of El Jem
El Jem: The Thysdrus antique considered by its colized of elliptic form being 149 m long on 124 m broad and 26 m height comprises 3 stages galleries and can contain 30.000 spectators, it comes in 6th position after those of Rome, Capone, Podzols, Vérone and Carthage being in the excellent state of conservation especially after its restoration, UNESCO, considered it worthy to be registered with its site on the list of the world inheritance.
Proceed to Gabes .Lunch .visit of the Spices Market “Souk El Jara”.
Gabes was an integral city in the territory of Carthage. Following the Second Punic War in the 2nd century BC Gabès came under Roman control with a new name Tacape. Gabès is one of the biggest industrial cities in Tunisia. The town is famous for its traditional Souqs in Jaraa; it is known also for its attractive beach and the unusual seaside oasis (Gabes is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea). Gabès has a unique feature in the world, in this city you find the mountain, the sea, the oasis and the desert.
Continue to Djerba in time to join the festivities that take place over 2 and join the community for its Lag B’ Omer celebrations as befitting the great Rabonim and 1,900 years of Jewish presence on the island making it the oldest Synagogue in Africa dating back to 586 BC
Check in dinner & overnight at hotel Park in Ulysses 5* or similar.
THURSDAY 26th May : DJERBA
Breakfast island Tour – Following morning visiting various Synagogues for annual Lag B Omer festival celebrations Houmt Souk Houmt Souk, meaning literally: "The Market neighbourhood", is the main town of the island of Djerba. A popular tourist destination, it is best-known for its traditional souk (market) and the Aghlabid fortress. It is located at approximately 20 kilometers from Ajim and 22 kilometers from El Kantara by the Roman road. It is also the chief town and a municipality comprising of 64,892 inhabitants. The city itself shelters a population of 44,555 inhabitants as of 2004. The city developed on the old site of a Roman city called Gerba or Girba which had the honor of giving birth to two Roman Emperors, Trebonianus Gallus and his son Volusianus.
Ghriba Synagogue: The ancient El Ghriba Synagogue, also known as the Djerba Synagogue, is located in Djerba. It is situated in the former Jewish village of Hara Seghira, (currently known as Er-Riadh), several kilometres southwest of Houmt Souk, the capital of Djerba. It currently houses the world's oldest Sefer Torah. The synagogue is the destination of an annual pilgrimage of many Tunisian Jews for the holiday of Lag B'Omer, which takes place after the celebration of Passover.
Guellala Village: The story says that when Muslims came to the Island in 648, they found a village where people made Pottery and especially Jars. In literary Arabic, Jar is said " Qoulla " , the one who makes jar is called " Qallal ", in the plural " qallala " what became Gallala in South-Eastern pronunciation . This story seems logical, especially when we know that before the arrival of Muslims, the village, under Roman dominion was called "Haribus" what already means "making of jar" Therefore, the Arabic name of the village is only a translation of the Roman name which has the same meaning. Guellala is situated in the South of Djerba, in front of the gulf of Boughrara, with a surface of 5649 hectares and it contains the highest point of the island situated on the hill of Âdloun. Guellala is a big village consisted of districts. Every district i s divided into families with the deepest sense of the word, regrouping all persons having the same family name. Guellala is the only village of the island completely Berber. It is famous for its potteries for several centuries’ even millenniums.
Overnight at hotel Park in Ulysses 5* or similar
FRIDAY 27th May 2016: DJERBA :
Breakfast. Day at leisure or optional excursion to join the continued processions and Lag B Omer celebrations at the El Ghriba Synagogue
Optional kosher lunch.
Overnight at hotel Park in Ulysse 5*or similar and overnight.
SATURDAY: 28th May :DJERBA (Day at leisure Shabbat)
Breakfast. Day at leisure at hotel Ulysse Park inn 5* or similar and overnight.
SUNDAY : 29th May 2016: DJERBA- APT DJERBA :
Transfer to Djerba Airport. Check in for internal flight to TUNIS with connection
For TUNIS AIR return flight to UK Gatwick airport.
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Prices and conditions
Per person in double or twin room: at £995 per person sharing a double or twin room
Single Supplement £195 – To reserve place deposit required of £125 per person
- Transportation with air conditioned Bus from day 1 to day 8 (end of services at Djerba Airport).
- The services of an English official guide from day 1 to day 8 li
- Full board during the course of the trip with sandwiches when travelling with vegetarian and permissible fish meals when kosher options not available
- Internal flight Djerba to Tunis to catch return flight back to the UK
- Entrance fees to the following sites:
- Carthage Roman site.
- Bardo Museum.
- Kairouan Sites.
- El Jem.
- Optional excursion
- Personal expenses.
- Tips to guide, local guide & driver.
- Return flights to Tunis in Tunisia
- Travel Insurance is vital - Exit airport Stamp.
TRIP PROCEEDS WITH 20 bookings
Deposits required by West End Travel of £125 per person to reserve place