time 10 Days / 8 Nights


When did the Greeks themselves come in contact with the Jewish people for the very first time? Legend has it that the first meeting between the two communities was peaceful and courteous. Alexander the Great, on his way to conquer Persia, is supposed to have bowed down before the high priest in Jaddua in Jerusalem. Jews have lived in Greece for millennia; their presence in antiquity is attested to by the excavated remains of several ancient synagogues or buildings thought to be synagogues (such as in Athens, Delos and Aegina) and ancient Jewish grave markers (such as near Volos) as well as extensive documentary evidence. This ancient community follows the Romaniote rite. There is also an important Sephardi presence, with its origins in the expulsion of Jews from Iberia in 1492, when Greece was under Ottoman rule; influence from the Jewish communities of Italy has also been strong in some areas. Before the Holocaust, Greece had a Jewish population of some 75-80,000 people. The centers of Romaniote culture lay in the Greek islands, the Peloponnesus and parts of northern Greece, while Sephardi communities were dominant in Thrace and Macedonia, with the largest center at Thessaloniki (Salonika). Greece was partitioned by the Axis powers in 1941; by the end of World War II more than 85 percent of the country’s Jews had been murdered. The current Jewish population is estimated at approximately 5,000 out of a total population of 10 million, 3,000 of whom live in Athens. Only a few of the country’s many former synagogues are still standing.


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  • Round-trip air USA – ATHENS –USA
  • Meet and Assist upon arrival by your Perillo Tours representative
  • Deluxe Private air-conditioned motor coach with an English speaking guide(s)
  • Choice of 3, 4 or 5 star deluxe hotels throughout
  • 2 Night accommodations in Thessaloniki
  • 2 Night accommodations in Ioannina
  • 1 Night accommodation in Volos
  • 2 Night accommodations in Athens
  • 7 Days of private sightseeing tours as described
  • Daily breakfast and 8 Dinners
  • Sabbat services and dinner available
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Hotel taxed and service charges
  • Porterage of 1 suitcase at hotels
  • All transfers
  • USTOA 1 Million Dollar Travelers Assistance Program


  • Transfer Hotel – Piraeus (port of Athens) – Airport
  • Choice of 3 or 4 day cruise with Celestyal cruises
  • Choice of inside, outside cabins or balcony cabins or suites
  • All meals on board
  • Shore excursions included
  • Port taxes, fuels surcharges and all gratuities on board included
  • Alcohol and non-alcohol drinks included  

This itinerary may be modified to the requirements of your group

Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited. 

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