Until the 15th century the community of Portuguese Jews are one of the most important part of our society; their support to our kings and the various contributions to the science and culture will remain, as the villages, temples and museums as an open book of that time.
1st day – Lisbon
Transfer from airport to a chosen hotel. Dinner and accommodation
( for the meals we may provide all kind of facilities)
2nd day –FB - Lisbon / Tomar / Castelo de Vide
After breakfast we will start our visit for the most important sites and places where we can find the Jewish heritage. Driving to Tomar, founded by templars chevaliers. We will visit the synagogue and jewish museum, of that important community that lived in the center of Portugal. Their support with money and science to the discoveries were very significant. Continue to the Christ Convent and visit the templars castle.
Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Castelo de Vide to visit the 15th century former Jewish district and its tiny synagogue, the oldest in Portugal, in the Jewish quarter and in the village we can also remark as many influences left in the local people costumes of Castelo de Vide. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
3rd day –FB - Castelo de Vide / Valencia de Alcantara / Belmonte
Breakfast at hotel .Driving north we continue along the border with Spain , to visit a small town in Spain , Valencia de Alcantara, where many Jewish, in 1496, after the Edict of Expulsion of the Jewish issued by the Spanish Catholic Monarchs were escaped before enter to Portugal.
There we have another jewish quarter and a restored synagogue, return to our country to Belmonte, where Pedro Álvares Cabral, who discovered Brazil, was born. On the way to Belmonte, Sortelha, another of Portugal´s Historical Villages, is worth visiting. In Belmonte we have lunch in a local restaurant .I
n the afternoon we will visit the Museum of Jewish and Sephardic culture of Iberia. The community of Jewish lived hidden for more then 5 century’s keeping their costumes and religion, and that’s an example of resistance , they maintain a new synagogue are well integrated now in the society.
Dinner and overnight.
4th day –FB - Belmonte / Guarda /Trancoso
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Guarda, the highest town in Portugal on the beautiful range of Serra da Estrela. There we will have a small Jewish quarter, made with granite and the typical old town. Continue to Trancoso, a walled town also in the border with Spain with a nice and restored jewish quarter too,numerous signs and the inscriptions of that time can still be seen carved on the palaces of the ancient Jewish areas. Dinner and overnight.
5th day –HB – Trancoso / Coimbra / Lisboa
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Coimbra. Visit of the city, with one of the oldest universities of Europe; the library, the honor chapel and the class rooms are part of the important remains that show us the importance till today of that university. Lunch. Continue to Lisbon. Dinner free. Overnight.
6th day –BB – Lisbon
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit of Lisbon. In the morning we follow the traces of the Jewish in town, the first settlement of the community the places where the remembrance are so vivid and the local of the tragedy against them, until the locals like cafes and restaurants where during the second world war the refugees have those meetings, ending at modern synagogue of Lisbon.
Lunch free. In the afternoon, visit of the historical area of Belem with the most important monuments like the Belem Tower, and monastery oh Hieronymus, symbols of the discoveries period. Return to Hotel or transfer to airport .