We've created an unforgettable experience for the traveler who is interested in digging deeper in to the Sephardic history of Andalusia. Our tour will show you the important contributions of the Sephardic community on art, culture and Spanish traditions as well as the consequences of their expulsion by Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand in 1492. A few years ago the Spanish government started an initiative to save and preserve the physical remains of the Judeo-Spanish legacy. We want to refresh and recover this part of history so that the memory of the Sephardic minority is not forgotten. While on this tour, you will not only learn of the contributions of Sephardic philosophers and writers but also from the stories that the walls, streets, and synagogues tell us.
Expert Talks (inquire for prices)
We can also organize expert talks about various aspects of Sephardic history. Some of the topics include: Jews, Christians and Muslims during the Middle Ages, Sephardic Spain, Ladino, the Jewish language of Sephardic Spain, the inquisition and forced conversion, Sephardic music, the poet and philosopher Maimonides and the role of women in Sephardic society.
THE SHORT SEPHARDIC ROUTE
From $1550 per person (there is a single room supplement)
Day 1: Arrive at Malaga's airport. This first day is to rest and begin to get acclimated. Our travelers can take advantage of this time to visit the beautiful city of Malaga, the Alcazaba, the Roman theater, the old quarter of the city center, walk along the beachside boulevard or take a horse driven buggy ride.
Day 2 and 3: Sevilla
Continue on to Seville where we will visit the Jewish Quarter, the breathtaking Moorish Giralda and Cathedral, and the stunning Alcazar and gardens. We will also see the la Plaza de España and the Maria Luisa Park which was created for the World's Fair in 1992.
Day 4 and 5: Córdoba
Visit the Synagogue, explore the Jewish Quarter, the monument to the great Jewish doctor and philosopher, Maimonides. See the Roman bridge and the Moorish mosque; one of the finest works of Spanish Caliphate art. If you visit in the Fall, make sure, your visit coincides with the Sephardic Fall Festival (Otoño Sefardí), a week dedicated to foster Sephardic art and traditions.
-From Córdoba, there is the possibility to add one more day to your trip and visit Lucena, once called the Jew´s City as it was almost exclusively inhabited by Jews between the 9th and 12th century. A fascinating discovery was made in 2007 when a Jewish cemetery dating back to the 10th century was uncovered during construction excavation and over 340 tombs were found.
Day 6: Return to Málaga
A free day to enjoy the city, the beach and shopping for last minute gifts.
THE LONG SEPHARDIC ROUTE
From $2050 per person (there is a single room supplement)
In this itinerary, we’ll see the same things as in the first itinerary, adding at the end of the trip two days in the amazing city of Granada.
Day 1: Arrival in Málaga.
Day 2 and 3: Sevilla
Day 4 and 5: Córdoba
1. Either: Visit Lucena in the morning and arrive to Granada in the evening
2. OR: Travel directly to Granada for the travelers who don’t want to stop in Lucena
Day 6 and 7: Granada
Enjoy the unmistakable Moorish essence of Granada, the last city to be re-conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. Fountains, viewpoints and ‘Cármenes’, typical local houses surrounded by gardens, create unforgettable nooks in the city. It is no surprise that one of its old neighborhoods, the Albaicín, has been designated at World Heritage Site, together with the Alhambra and Generalife.
Day 8: Return to Málaga
ANDALUSIA PLUS TOLEDO AND SEGOVIA
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There is an option to add 4 days to your itinerary, which include two days in Toledo and two days in Segovia. If this option interests you please contact us and we will send you an itinerary that suits your needs.
Toledo was the capital of Spain, just before the Expulsion, when the city was one of the leading centers of Jewry in Spain. At the end of the 14th century, after the Jews were expelled, eight of the city’s ten synagogues and its five Talmudic schools were destroyed. The remaining synagogues that survived were converted into churches. Visit one of the remaining synagogues, the Transito Synagogue, and Santa Maria La Blanca, another synagogue that now sits idle. Other interesting sights in Toledo include the Hermitage of Christ of the Light; a mosque built around 1000 AD and the Gothic cathedral that was begun in 1227. See also the Mudejar churches from 13th and 14th centuries and "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz", El Greco's masterpiece, which is in the Church of Santo Tomé.
Although it's most well know for its impressive aqueduct, the landmark of the city, Segovia is another important stop along the Sephardic Way. In the throne Room of the Alcazar, Ferdinand and Isabel signed the infamous expulsion order in March 1492. Discover the Church of Corpus Christi, which was once the main synagogue in Segovia. We'll also visit the Didactic Center of the Jewish quarter, located in Abraham Senior's house and San Andres Gate, in the medieval walls of Segovia, from where we can see magnificent views of the Jewish cemetery.