Private luxury tours in Jewish & Religious Heritage Travel

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Luxury Jewish & Heritage Tours

Jewish Tour of Portugal & Spain
(15 Days)
Porto & Douro Valley, Lisbon with Sintra & Evora, Seville & Cordoba, Madrid & Toledo, Barcelona & Girona

Jewish Heritage: Italy
(12 Days)
Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome

Jewish Tour of Central Europe
(12 Days)
Warsaw, Auschwitz, Krakow, Budapest, Prague

Jewish Tour of Budapest
(5 Days)

Jewish Tour of Israel
(10 days)
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Jewish Tour of Amsterdam
(4 Days)

Jewish Tour of Sicily
(10 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina

Jewish Tour of Morocco
(10 Days)
Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira

Christian Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Nazareth, Tel Aviv

Jewish Tour of Germany
(10 Days)
Munich & Dachau, Nuremberg, Dresden, Berlin & Potsdam



Jewish Tour of Sicily

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina

This private luxury tour of Sicily focuses on the legacy of the island's Jewish population. It includes in-depth private cultural touring that emphasizes Jewish influences on Sicilian art, architecture, cuisine and history, as well as accommodation at the top luxury hotels and resorts on the island.

Begin with two nights in Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital. During private touring, explore lively local markets, the old Arab quarter, and unique UNESCO-listed Arab-Norman architecture. Learn about local Jewish history at the site of the city's synagogue, and see remnants of Jewish culture at Zisa Palace and other sites with Jewish significance. Also, take a private excursion to the stunning Cathedral of Monreale, a masterpiece of Arab, Norman and Byzantine art.

Next, transfer to Sciacca with touring en route. Visit Segesta to see its ancient hillside amphitheater and well-preserved Doric temple. Also tour Erice, a medieval hilltop village that's filled with cobblestone streets, flowering vines and the aroma of almond pastries, a local specialty.

Continue to Sciacca, a luxurious resort destination on the Mediterranean Sea, for three nights. While there, visit the local village, known for its ceramics and coral studios, and enjoy the resort's extensive leisure facilities and excellent restaurants. Also, visit a local winery, and enjoy lunch and wine tastings while learning about Sicilian winemaking traditions and the area's terroir.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to ancient Agrigento, where a sizeable Jewish community lived from the first century A.D. until the late 15th century, when Jews were expelled from Sicily. Visit the town's historic Jewish quarter, and see the sites of its synagogue and mikvah (ritual bath). Also enjoy tasting Sicilian pastries at a favorite local shop. Continue to the Valley of the Temples, an outstanding collection of Hellenistic ruins and early Christian site that's one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Next, visit the hill town of Agira to see the stone arch of a medieval aron hakodesh (Torah ark), a unique treasure that recalls the town's Jewish community. Also visit Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world. Continue to Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town filled with Baroque architecture, for two nights.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to Syracuse, a powerful city in antiquity. Learn about the area's Jewish history, walk through the former Giudecca (Jewish quarter) on the island of Ortygia, visit Europe's oldest mikvah and see a collection of medieval Jewish tombstones from the Jewish cemetery. Time permitting, also visit other cultural highlights of Syracuse such as the Greek theater, Roman amphitheater and the cave known as the Ear of Dionysius.

Then, transfer to Taormina with touring en route. In Catania, visit the cathedral and the Castello Ursino, both of which have inscriptions related to local Jews. On Mount Etna, an active volcano and Sicily landmark, enjoy wine tasting at a renowned local winery, and learn how the volcanic soil benefits the mountain's farms and vineyards.

Continue to Taormina, a historic clifftop town overlooking the sea, for two nights. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Messina to see its ancient Jewish quarter, as well as Jewish artifacts at Palazzo Penso and the Archaeological Museum. Also, tour Taormina's historic Jewish quarter, beautiful gardens and Greek theater.

This tour can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Palermo
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2

Palermo & Monreale

Full-day private tour including Jewish highlights
Day 3

Palermo – Segesta & Erice – Sciacca
Private transfer to resort for 3 nights with touring of Segesta and Erice en route

Day 4

Sciacca

Private half-day excursion including winery tour and wine tasting
Day 5

Sciacca, Agrigento & Valley of the Temples

Full-day private excursion to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples
Day 6

Sciacca – Agira & Piazza Armerina– Noto

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring of Agira and Villa Romana del Casale en route
Day 7

Noto & Syracuse

Morning private excursion to Syracuse. Afternoon private touring in Noto
Day 8

Noto – Catania – Mount Etna – Taormina

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring of Catania and Mount Etna winery en route
Day 9

Taormina & Messina

Morning private excursion to Messina. Afternoon private touring in Taormina
Day 10 Depart Taormina
Private transfer to Catania’s airport

Hotels
Palermo:

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Sciacca: Verdura Resort
Noto: Seven Rooms Villadorata
Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo

Cost
$11,060 Per person (double occupancy)