Travel Dates: 
June 22, 2015 to July 1, 2015
Destination: 
Spain
Leaders & Speakers: 
Dr. Marc Shapiro

Join Torah in Motion for a unique and intellectually inspiring trip to Spain designed by Dr. Marc Shapiro.

Last year's trip sold out, so we recommend you book early.

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:

• 5 Star luxury hotels in prime locations;

• strictly kosher food; and

• expert local tour guides for sites of general interest.

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Click on these other Torah in Motion 2015 trips for more information:

 

Here's what previous participants had to say about this trip:

"It was a distinct pleasure for me to be part of the wonderful group of people who made up the "Torah in Motion" group on this very special tour of Spain. It truly was an outstanding and memorable experience. With wishes for besurot tovot, and kindest regards." --Esther Konig

"I’m still on a high from the amazing trip. Yasher kochachem!  It was an added bonus to have all the trip creators (i.e., you and Ilana in addition to Marc) participating with us." --Ellen Warner, Toronto, ON

"Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was amazing--I think it is my favorite of the three trips I've been on with Torah in Motion, though I loved the other two as well." --Eudice Greenfield, Skokie, IL

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn about the  Jewish history of Sfarad in the company of such extraordinary people. I think it is important for Ashkenazim to explore Sephardi history in order to understand where our fellow Jews are coming from.  It was truly elucidating. Somehow one can read about it all day long, but to be there is something else, something much deeper." --Ellen Jaffe
 

This tour will not be visiting any churches.

Please do not make independent travel arrangements until all details of this trip are finalized. The current itineraries are subject to change.

Tentative Itinerary, subject to change:

Monday, June 22 - Depart for Madrid

Tuesday, June 23  – Madrid

The tour begins at 1:00 pm with a tour of the famous Prado Museum. The Prado collection, with around 9,000 paintings, is one of the world's most important and boasts names such as Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, and Goya.

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, and the Royal Opera House. We will also learn about the Jewish past of the city of Madrid.

 
Wednesday, June 24 -  Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba
 

In the morning, we will travel to 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 the shops that sell swords, sabres, and daggers, a craft that Toledo was famous for in medieval times.

After the tour,  we drive to Cordoba, at times travelling on sections of what is known as the Don Quixote route. On the way, we will visit the Windmills in Consuegra, made famous by Cervantes.

 

 

<p><u>Tentative Itinerary, continued:</u></p>

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<p><strong>Thursday, June 25 - Cordoba - Seville - Gibraltar</strong></p>
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<p>We start in the morning with a walking tour in Cordoba. This city was the capital of the Al Andalus kingdom, when Spain was ruled by the Muslims. Cordoba 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 that has recently been established, where we will have the chance to hear a Ladino music show.&nbsp;We will also visit the beautiful mosque.</p>

<p>After lunch, we will continue our journey to Seville, a beautiful city with an old history &ndash; Judah Halevi lived here &nbsp;&ndash; 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.&nbsp;</p>

<p>After our tour, we will travel to Gibraltar.</p>

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<p><a href="http://www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar/hotel/">Sunborn Hotel</a>&nbsp;(5 star)</p>
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<p><strong>Friday, June 26 - &nbsp;Gibraltar&nbsp;(Shabbat dinner)</strong></p>
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<p><span style="letter-spacing: normal;">Today we will have a wonderful tour of Gibraltar, a British enclave in Spain, which has had a strong Jewish community for hundreds of years. We will visit the rock of Gibraltar, see&nbsp;the famous monkeys, and then move on to the Great Siege Tunnels, St. Michael&rsquo;s Cave, the Pillars of Hercules, and other fascinating sites. After some time to relax, we head to the synagogue to welcome Shabbat.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p>

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<p><a href="http://www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar/hotel/">Sunborn Hotel</a>&nbsp;(5 star)</p>
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<p><strong>Saturday, 27 June - Gibraltar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<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. After 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.</p>

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<p><a href="http://www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar/hotel/">Sunborn Hotel</a>&nbsp;(5 star)</p>
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<p><strong>Sunday, 28 June - Gibraltar, Malaga, Granada</strong></p>
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<p><span style="letter-spacing: 0.01em;">In the morning, we will travel to Granada. On the way, we will make a quick stop in Malaga. Malaga is the birthplace of Ibn Gabirol the poet and Picasso the painter. After a panoramic tour of the city, we will visit the Picasso Museum.</span></p>

<p>Afterwards, we will head to Granada.</p>

<p>Granada was an important Jewish city in medieval times, home to many outstanding figures, including R. Samuel ha-Nagid. We will visit 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.&nbsp;</p>

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<p><a href="http://eng.fontecruzhoteles.com/hotel-granada-fontecruz/">Hotel Fontecruz</a>&nbsp;(5 star).&nbsp;</p>
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<p><strong>Monday, 29 June - Barcelona</strong></p>
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<p>After breakfast, we take a short flight to Barcelona, one of the two major centers of Jewish life in Spain.</p>

<p>Today is devoted to touring the beautiful city of Barcelona, both its general and Jewish sites (including a medieval synagogue). We will start our tour visiting Gaudi&rsquo;s La Pedrera. After lunch, we will enjoy a walking tour that includes a walk through the Gothic Quarter and the Jewish Quarter.</p>

<p>Barcelona was a center of Jewish life. The city is famous in Jewish history&nbsp;as the location of the disputation between Nahmanides and Pablo Christiani, among other things;&nbsp;and as part of our walking tour of the old city center, we shall see where this took place.</p>

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<p><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>&nbsp;(5 star)</p>
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<p><strong>Tuesday, 30 June - Barcelona, Gerona, Besalu</strong></p>
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<p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Today our first stop is&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.222222328186px; letter-spacing: 0.119999997317791px;">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. In the afternoon we will travel to</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.119999997317791px;">&nbsp;Besalu, not far from the French border. There we will see the twelfth-century mikveh only discovered in the twentieth century.&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><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>&nbsp;(5 star).</p>

<p><strong>Wednesday, July 1 &ndash; Barcelona</strong></p>

<p>Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure flight</p>

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Testimonials

"I’m still on a high from the amazing trip. Yasher kochachem!  It was an added bonus to have all the trip creators (i.e., you and Ilana in addition to Marc) participating with us."

- Ellen Warner, Toronto, ON

"It was a distinct pleasure for me to be part of the wonderful group of people who made up the "Torah in Motion" group on this very special tour of Spain. It truly was an outstanding and memorable experience. With wishes for besurot tovot, and kindest regards."

- Esther Konig

"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