Join Torah in Motion for a unique and intellectually inspiring trip to Spain designed by Dr. Marc Shapiro.
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We'll be visiting Madrid, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Grenada, Barcelona, Gerona, and many other sites off the beaten track. This trip promises to be an unforgettable Spanish experience, with a focus on places of Jewish interest. A central feature of the tour will be Dr. Shapiro's expert discussions of the many places we will visit, making the trip nothing less than a travelling classroom. In addition, we will be joined by expert local guides who will provide their own angle.
And of course, in addition to the special Torah in Motion educational and spiritual nourishment, the Journey Through Jewish History in Spain will feature:
• luxury hotels in prime locations;
• strictly kosher food; and
• expert local tour guides for sites of general interest.
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Here's what previous participants had to say about other Journey Through Jewish History trips:
"Magnificent sites and thorough explanations from our past heritage given by an excellent and knowledgeable Marc Shapiro."--Hanna Zehnwirth
"Kudos to Marc – he made the trip a truly memorable and enjoyable experience." --Steve and Mali Schwartz
"The trip was outstanding – very, very powerful in so many ways. Marc’s leadership, pedagogy, commitment, organization and sensitivity to the needs of different types of people was extraordinary." --Michael Sone
"What better advertisement can there be than that we went on the Italy trip, followed up with the Central Europe trip, and are looking forward to going to Spain next year?" --Beryl Niewood
"Marc's depth of knowledge is awesome and his enthusiasm is incomparable. He brought Jewish history alive and introduced us to so many great Jewish scholars!" --Eudice Greenfield
"It was great to meet Marc and he was a fantastic guide. The trip was like a living Seforim blog post (I follow his posts religiously)." --Marc Glickman
"It is truly a fantastic experience. Marc's attitude, knowledge, and mentschlichkeit...makes the trip something special and unusual." --Esther and Joseph Schubin
This tour will not be visiting any churches.
Itinerary (subject to change):
Monday, June 30 - Depart for Spain
Tuesday July 1 – Madrid
The tour begins at 1pm with a tour of the city including the beautiful Royal Palace, residence of the Spanish kings since the 18th century. Following this we will have a walking tour around the heart of the old city through the Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, the former City Hall, the Royal Palace and the Royal Opera House. Hotel Villa Real (5 stars).
Wednesday July 2 – Madrid, Toledo
In the morning we will tour Toledo, which in medieval times was the most important city in Spain, as well as the home of great rabbis such as R. Asher ben Jehiel. Two important synagogues survive in the old Jewish quarter. We will also visit a manufacturer of swords, sabres and daggers, a craft that Toledo was famous for in medieval times. After lunch we return to Madrid for a tour of the famous Prado Museum. The Prado collection, with around 9,000 paintings, is one of the world most important and boasts names such as Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, and Goya. Hotel Villa Real (5 stars).
<p><u>Itinerary, continued (subject to change):</u></p>
<p><strong>Thursday July 3</strong> <strong>– Cordoba</strong></p>
<p>Today we drive to Cordoba, at times travelling on sections of what is known as the Don Quixote route. Cordoba was an important city when Spain was ruled by the Muslims and is famous as the birthplace of Maimonides (commemorated here by a statue), and was also one of the places R. Abraham Ibn Ezra lived. We will visit the old Jewish quarter and synagogue, as well the museum recently established, where we will have the chance to hear a Ladino music show. <a href="http://www.eurostarshotels.co.uk/eurostars-palace.html">Hotel Eurostar Palace</a> (5 star).</p>
<p><strong>Friday July 4</strong> <strong>– Seville, Gibraltar </strong> </p>
<p>In the morning we journey to Seville, a beautiful city with an old history – Judah Halevi lived here – and a tiny Jewish community. We will tour the Santa Cruz quarter which is part of the old Jewish city, and visit the Alcazar, the royal palace. It was in Seville that the infamous Inquisition first began its operations in 1481. After lunch we travel to Gibraltar, a British enclave in Spain which has had a strong Jewish community for hundreds of years. After some time to relax, we head to the synagogue to welcome Shabbat. <a href="http://www.eliotthotel.com">Hotel Eliott</a> (4 star).</p>
<p><strong>Shabbat, July 5 </strong> <strong>– Gibraltar </strong> </p>
<p>Shabbat in Gibraltar is something to remember. With around 30,000 people, the Jewish community of 700 plays an important part in the life of this British outpost. Following tefillah there will be time to rest, followed by a class by Dr. Shapiro on a Torah subject relevant to Spain. We will also have a walking tour in the center of Gibraltar. <a href="http://www.eliotthotel.com">Hotel Eliott</a> (4 star).</p>
<p><strong>Sunday, July 6 – Gibraltar, Ronda, Granada</strong></p>
<p>In the morning we will go up the rock of Gibraltar, seeing the famous monkeys, and then onto the Great Siege Tunnels and St. Michael’s Cave. After lunch we head to Granada, stopping along the way at Ronda for a short walking tour, where we will take in the unbelievable views. <a href="http://eng.fontecruzhoteles.com/hotel-granada-fontecruz/">Hotel Fontecruz</a> (5 star). </p>
<p><strong>Monday, July 7 – Granada</strong></p>
<p>Granada was an important Jewish city in medieval times, home to many outstanding figures, including R. Samuel ha-Nagid. The morning is devoted to visiting the magnificent Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built by the Muslim rulers in the fourteenth century. It was also the site where Ferdinand and Isabella signed the Expulsion decree in 1492. After lunch, and seeing some more local sites, we take a short flight to Barcelona, one of the two major centers of Jewish life in Spain. <a href="http://www.almabarcelona.com/en/five-star-hotel-barcelona/">R</a><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bcndm-renaissance-barcelona-hotel/... Barcelona</a> (5 star).</p>
<p><strong>Tuesday, July 8 – Barcelona, Besalu, Gerona</strong></p>
<p>Today our first stop is Besalu, not far from the French border. There we will see the twelfth-century mikveh only discovered in the twentieth century. In the afternoon we will tour Gerona, famous in Jewish history as the city of Nahmanides and the center of medieval Jewish mysticism. This beautiful city has one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Spain and a museum devoted to Jewish life in Gerona. <a href="http://www.almabarcelona.com/en/five-star-hotel-barcelona/">R</a><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bcndm-renaissance-barcelona-hotel/... Barcelona</a> (5 star).</p>
<p><strong>Wednesday, July 9 – Barcelona</strong></p>
<p>Today is devoted to touring the beautiful city of Barcelona, both its general and Jewish sites (including a medieval synagogue). We will walk through the Gothic Quarter and visit Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Park Güell, and the Picasso Museum. Long a center of Jewish life, the city is famous in Jewish history, among other things, as the location of the disputation between Nahmanides and Pablo Christiani, and as part of our walking tour of the old city center we shall see where this took place. <a href="http://www.almabarcelona.com/en/five-star-hotel-barcelona/">R</a><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bcndm-renaissance-barcelona-hotel/... Barcelona</a> (5 star)</p>
<p><strong>Thursday July 10 – Barcelona</strong></p>
<p>Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure flight</p>