time 16 Days / 14 Nights


The history of the Jews in Portugal: between the 5th and 15th centuries the Sephardic Jewish community, or Iberian Peninsula Jews, settled in the territory that is now Portugal contributing in the most diverse ways to Portuguese culture. Protected by the Kings, many of its members, amongst were philosophers, humanists, scientists and merchants,  also tradesmen, such as cobblers, tailors and weavers, participated actively in various significant moments of Portuguese history, in particular the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the settlement of the land, and later contributed financially and scientifically to the Age of the Discoveries. An important figure was the great 16th century mathematician and cosmographer, Pedro Nunes, who invented the nonius, a navigational aid. In their Diaspora, the Jews also disseminated the Portuguese language and culture. During World War II, Portugal welcomed many thousands of Jews escaping Nazi persecution. Their existence has been legal in Portugal since 1912, and today the Jewish community has synagogues in Lisbon, Porto, Trancoso and Belmonte.

The history of the Jews in Spain stretches back to Biblical times according to Jewish history. Spanish Jews once constituted one of the largest and most prosperous Jewish communities in the world. Spain was the unquestioned leader of world Jewry: scientific and philological study of the Hebrew Bible began, secular poetry was written in Hebrew for the first time, and for the only time between Biblical times and the origins of the modern state of Israel, a Jew (Samuel ha-Nagid) commanded a Jewish army. This period ended definitively with the anti-Jewish riots of 1391 and the Alhambra Decree of 1492, as a result of which the majority of Jews in Spain (around 300,000) converted to Catholicism and those who continued to practice Judaism (between 40,000 and 80,000) were forced into exile, although many thousands returned in the years following the expulsion.

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  • Round-trip air USA – Lisbon / Barcelona-USA
  • Meet and Assist by your Perillo Tours representative
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach
  • English speaking Jewish guide
  • Choice of 3,4 or 5 star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • 2 Night accommodations in Lisbon
  • 2 Night accommodations in Porto
  • 2 Night accommodations in Castelo Branco
  • 3 Night accommodations in Cordoba
  • 3 Night accommodations in Barcelona
  • 13 Days of sightseeing tours per itinerary
  • Shabbat services and dinner available, calculated by day of arrival
  • All entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes and service fees
  • Porterage of 1 suitcase per person
  • USTOA 1 Million Dollar Travelers Assistance Program

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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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