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11 Day | Jewish Group Tour of Paris & Provence
 
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  • 9 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English-speaking local tour guides
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1st class train ticket from Paris to Avignon and from Avignon to Paris
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Tuesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday
ARRIVAL IN PARIS

  • Arrive at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby for an introduction to the tour.
  • Sounds, Smells and Lights of Paris: Evening walking tour with your tour educator to get to know your surroundings, including La Bastille Square, the Marais neighborhood and the Saint Martin Canal.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Three: Thursday
PARISIAN JEWISH ROUTES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Jewish Paris, An Ancient Story with your tour educator.
  • Guided tour of the Marais, the main old Jewish neighborhood, also called the Pletzel (and originally known as the Juiverie). The quarter dates back to the year 1198, when Jews were re-admitted to Paris after the expulsion of 1182. 
  • Walk through the Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Synagogue de la rue Pavee, also known as Agoudas Hakehelos Synagogue.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Shoah Memorial and Museum and meet with one its curators. The permanent exhibition offers a chronological and thematic tour, composed of twelve sequences depicting the history of Jews in France during the Holocaust. Stop at the Wall of Names, engraved with the names of 76,000 Jewish men, women and children deported from France between 1942 and 1945. As a glimmer of light in the dark history of the Holocaust, the Wall of the Righteous pays tribute to those who risked their lives in France to rescue persecuted Jews.
  • Free time in Le Marais to explore on your own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Four: Friday
ARCHITECTURE & CULTURE
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Paris for a guided tour of the spectacular Palace of Versailles, built by King Louis XIV. Take time to explore the beautiful gardens.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Return to Paris and visit the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité. This Catholic cathedral is among the largest and most famous churches in the world.
  • Walk through the steep cobbled streets of Montmartre, one of the city's most historic and interesting neighborhoods, and home to the city's intellectual and artistic community since the 19th century.  
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Paris

Day Five: Saturday
A SWEET SHABBAT IN PARIS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • LaDa'at Focus Famous Jewish Philosophers and French Culture with your tour educator.
  • Visit the famous Louvre Museum, exhibiting objects from pre-history to the 21st century. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace and is a central landmark of the city, as well as the world's most visited museum. 
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Chocolate walking tour: Discover the history of chocolate and why Paris became the capital of dark chocolate. The tour will include visits to various “chocolatiers,” mixing anecdotal history with chocolate-tasting and meeting with the chocolate-makers.
  • Walking tour of the Luxembourg Gardens, one of the largest public parks in Paris and a quintessential Parisian space. Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, are split into French and English gardens.
  • Continue to Saint Germain des Pres, home to a number of famous cafés including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. Saint Germain-des-Prés area was the center of the existentialist movement, associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Today it is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Paris.
  • Free time in Saint Germain des Pres.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Six: Sunday
AN INSIDE LOOK AT PARIS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Delve into the history of Paris through a tour of its largest and most famous antique flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). 
  • A guided visit to the famous Cemetery of Pere Lachaise, one of Paris' most beautiful and intriguing cemeteries, reveals the resting place of famous figures.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Nissim de Camondo Museum and learn about the tragic story of a wealthy Jewish family, expelled from Spain in 1492. Their desperate search for freedom and a safe haven took them to Turkey, Italy and finally France in 1868. Their descendants, the last of the Camondos, were deported from France during World War II and murdered at Auschwitz.

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  • Visit Le Musee d'Art d'Histoire du Judaisme, located in Le Marais. Located in the Marais district, in one of the most beautiful mansions in Paris, the Museum retraces the historical evolution of the Jewish community through their cultural heritage and traditions. It is specifically dedicated to the history of Jews in France, while at the same time presenting the European and North African communities, which have shaped present-day Judaism in France. As well as cultural art pieces, textiles, and manuscripts, the museum showcases unique documents on intellectual movements, art, and history, including the archives of the Dreyfus Affair. The presence of Judaism in the 20th century is illustrated through works by Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine, and Kikoïne.
  • Free time to explore Paris on your own, and possibly take a bike ride through the city (on your own).
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Seven: Monday
FROM PARIS TO AVIGNON

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Check out of the hotel, transfer to the Gare de Lyon Railway Station and board the TGV speed train to Avignon.
  • LaDa'at Focus From Paris to the Periphery: Cultural & Social Differences with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Avignon, transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Eight: Tuesday
AN INSIDE LOOK AT PROVENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Presence of the Popes' Jews in the Avignon Region with your tour educator.
  • Depart the hotel for Carpentras, where the streets are bathed in coolness and light. It was once home to a substantial Jewish community, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Possible visit to a local market.
  • Visit the Synagogue, circa 1741-1743. The structure contains part of a 14th-century building and is now a historic landmark. Although outwardly quite plain, it conceals an ornate Rococo sanctuary similar to Italian synagogues of the same period.
  • Visit the medieval Jewish Cemetery of Carpentras, which was destroyed in 1322; the grave markers were used to build the town's ramparts. The earliest stones date back to the 18th century since papal edict forbade tombstones in Jewish cemeteries.
  • Return to Avignon.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Nine: Wednesday
CAVAILLON, ST. REMI DE PROVENCE & LES BAUX DE PROVENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Cavaillon, situated under the Colline Saint-Jacques on a hillside that offers magnificent views of the Alpilles mountain range and the Valle de la Durance. The Jewish community flourished here despite occasional attacks from Papal Rome.
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter and see the restored Synagogue overlooking the old carriere (quarter). The synagogue is now a national historic monument. The museum in the basement of the synagogue is separate from the synagogue and once housed a matzah bakery. Today its displays depict the community's history, and contain Torah scrolls, ritual objects and historical documents. Meet with Jews from the area.
  • Visit the charming village of St. Remi de Provence and its medieval Jewish cemetery, with tombstones dated from before 1400.
  • Continue to Les Baux de Provence for time at leisure and a stroll along the medieval streets of this mountaintop village.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Ten: Thursday
EXPLORING AVIGNON

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour Avignon where the Jewish community has had roots as far back as the first century, following the destruction of the Second Temple (70 CE).
  • Visit The Palace of The Popes, the biggest Gothic fortress in the world. Enter the world of the Popes in the 1300's and discover their daily life and the splendour of their world.
  • Walk along Avignon's legendary bridge, known the world over, thanks to the beloved children's song it inspired (“Sur le Pont d'Avignon”). The bridge is a major part of the history of the city.
  • LaDa'at Focus Concluding lunch and group reflection at a restaurant.
  • Transfer to the train station and board a train to Paris.
  • Evening arrival in Paris, transfer to your hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Eleven: Friday
DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to the Charles De Gaulle International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers and the tour educator are included.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin (not full- or queen-size) beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach. Please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.



Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).             
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
         


    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S., you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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