Jewish Tour Lisbon

Our private Jewish sightseeing tour takes you to three of the four old Jewish quarters in Lisbon. We start out in the Alfama Jewish quarter, where you will discover the most ancient and traditional neighborhood in all of Lisbon. Wander with us through the narrow streets and local small squares – truly an experience not to be missed.

Next, we visit the quarter known as Old Jewry, where you will see the majestic Manueline door of the Old Conception Church and learn about the rich history of the ancient Palace Square.

From there, we head to the heart of Lisbon, where we will see many shops, cafes, and artists. We walk on one of the most beautiful streets in Lisbon – Augusta Street – and see Rossio Square, with its famous Theater D. Maria II, previously known as the Palace of Estaus – the Inquistion Headquarters. Here you will visit the Jewish Memorial, known as Largo de Sao Domingos. This memorial to the victims of the 1506 Jewish Massacre was erected on April 19, 2006, the 500th anniversary of their slaughter. Then, we will enjoy Lisbon’s official drink, a ginjinha, a cherry liquer.

Our afternoon begins with a tour of the Lisbon Synagogue, Shaare Tikva (opened in 1904), the first synagogue to be built since the destruction of Portuguese Jewry in 1497, and the only synagogue left in Lisbon. We are now in the third and final Jewish quarter on our tour, the Judiaria da Pedreira, located in the Largo do Carmo Square in the Barrio Alto. The narrow streets and lively squares of the Barrio Alto make it one of Lisbon’s most famous neighborhoods.

Next, it’s off to the Belem quarter to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries.

Our day ends with an internationally known delicacy – the “pastel de Belem,” Lisbon’s delicious custard pastry, and our thanks for visiting Jewish Lisbon.

Sephardic Jewish Tour of Portugal

Discover the Jewish Portugal as we travel through the memory of a Jewish past. Uncover the riches of that time in history. Let us guide you 8 days travelling through the heart of soul of Jewish Portugal searching for the Jewish roots.
Has we take in many of the highlights of this region of Portugal, we will base our tour and cultural visits on Beiras Jewish heritage. How this has been the meeting place of three great cultures and religions: Judaim, Christianity and Islam.
From the end of the 15th century persecutions, convictions and forced conversions destroyed this Jewish communities. They become “New Christians” continued, in the secrecy of their homes, to honor their religion and to orally pass on, the prayers resisting to assimilation.
This trip is a close look at to an heritage of great value, not always visible, because it has been subjected to multiple destructions and pressures, but that we are gradually discovering.
But we want also to extend your experience about the local culture, history and gastronomy. So this will be a tour where you will get to know the locals and it’s culture in this North/Center area of Portugal. For that we have prepared for you unique experiences all along the way.

Jerusalem Day Tour

Join our Jerusalem Day Tour for the easiest, most comprehensive, and best value way to discover this magical city. You will explore ancient Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as the modern, vibrant, metropolis of today. Our Jerusalem Day Tour visits the highlights within the walls of the Old City, including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It also takes you to the hot spots of modern Jerusalem such as the scenic lookout point on the Haas Promenade, where you’ll be able to see all of Jerusalem’s iconic skyline, The Knesset’s (Israeli Parliament) Rose Gardens, the First Station cultural complex, and much more. Finally, you’ll visit the bustling, world-famous Machane Yehuda Market, where locals and tourists all come together to soak up the flavors and scents of everything this famous market has to offer.  – Description and images by Tourist Israel

Yuval De-Joannes

My Name is Yuval De-Joannes. I live in Moshav Tzafririm in the Ella Valley and I lead tours throughout the country for over twelve years.
My passion for traveling began in my early school days, when I’ve joined the school of environmental studies in the Negev desert. Upon completing my military service as a paratrooper, and traveling the world for a couple of years, I’ve joined Ben-Gurion University and started my academic life.
First, I’ve achieved a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral sciences, and then through Haifa university, a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology. My fieldwork took place in Ireland, on one of the Islands off the west coast, where I stayed for nearly two years.
Upon my return, I tried to put into practice the knowledge of people and history I’ve gained and completed an International tour guiding course, conducted by the Open University, and another tour guiding course conducted by the ministry of tourism. A third course I’ve completed was conducted by the ministry of education. Through the years I’ve received special expertise certificates, from the ministry of tourism in Christianity, Zionism, desert tourism and wine tourism.
From here the road was open to a new career. I’ve decided to focus on Israel, and to put all my energy in exploring it in depth. For me guiding is a passion, if not a call. Every tour I take is different for me. Even if the sites might repeat themselves, they are always fresh for me, cause every time I see them through different eyes, the eyes of those I travel with.
When I’m not guiding I enjoy hiking in Israel and around the world, mountain biking and reading. I guide families and individuals in Hebrew, English and Italian, and offer a wide range of focal points – theological, archaeological, historical, botanical, geological and more. It could be a day tour or a full package tour, all customized to your needs and desires. I use a luxurious Mercedes van, so you can be sure to travel in comfort and safety.

Quba Region Jewish Tour

Travel with an expert! Come join me on an exploration of the Jewish history in the region of the famous Jewish village. As a researcher of Mountain Jewish history and a native English (וגם עברית) speaker, you won’t find a high-quality, more in-depth tour of Quba than with me and my company Moreshet Adventures.
A variety of tour opportunities exist: just the village, the village + region (culture and Jewish history), with options for continuing into the local mountains and Shabbat experiences in the village.

Baku City Absheron Tour

This tour is great if you have limited time in Baku, but want to see all of the main sites and learn about Baku’s rich history. You will stop and visit the Baku Boulevard, old town, upland park, Heydar Aliyev cultural center, Fire Temple, and the Burning Mountain.

JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS- Izmir

Jewish heritage of Izmir exhibits a unique character with its Sephardic traditions of religion and worship, along with the architectural styles of the synagogues that existed in medieval Spain.

Stephen Burstin

Before working as a tour guide, Stephen worked as a journalist with multiple national newspapers. Stephen worked for three years as an independent guide in Rome where he lead tours in the Jewish Ghetto, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Ostia Antica. He was born in the East End of London, and at eight years old began researching his Jewish roots in London. This early interest in his Jewish roots has led Stephen to where he is today, as he continues to conduct several Jewish-themed tours in London.

Leading tours is not just his livelihood, but also his passion. Stephen leads tours for families exploring Jewish London, schools whose students are learning about different cultures and religions, and even social clubs who might want to take an educational outing to the Old Jewish Quarter. 

For the fifth year in a row, Stephen was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and TripAdvisor has welcomed him and his tours into their own Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. Stephen also won the title, Cultural Tour Guide of the Year, by the Luxury Travel Guides in 2017. He is excited to share his knowledge and enthusiasm about the fascinating history and rich Jewish heritage of London during his explorations with you.

Jewish Ghetto Food Tour

The Jewish Ghetto Food Tour allows you to explore one of the most charming areas of Venice while visiting more than six local eateries. You will visit an old coffee roaster, the Rabbi’s house, historic synagogues, and an old traditional bakery where you will be served specialty biscuits and cakes. You will visit several other restaurants where you will taste tradition Jewish-Venetian dishes like Artichoke Bottoms and Sarde al Saor with kosher wine, and specialty pasta dishes. This tour is a fun and tasty way to experience the history, art, and culture of Venice.

Terezin Tour

Wittmann Tours is the most experienced Jewish tour guide service in Central Europe and not only provides tours in Prague and the Czech Republic, but neighboring European countries as well. The Terezin Tour is for those who want to learn more about the history of the Jewish people in the Czech Republic during WWII. As a concentration camp, Terezin has many stories of both courage and human resilience as well as tragedy and sorrow. During this tour you will see the Terezin Museum, the Hidden Synagogue, the Magdeburg Barracks, and the Small Fortress.

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