Join Rabbi David Cohen for this once in a lifetime experience

APRIL 8 – 15, 2018

OPTIONAL BARCELONA EXTENSION: APRIL 15 – 18, 2018

ITINERARY (subject to change)

Day One: Sunday, April 8, 2018 | DEPARTURE
• 12:10 p.m. Depart Milwaukee Airport on American Airlines flight #4222.
• 3:15 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia.
• 6:30 p.m. Depart on American Airlines flight #740. Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, April 9, 2018 ARRIVAL IN, AND FIRST STEPS THROUGH MADRID
• 8:05 a.m. Arrive at Madrid International Airport.
• Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
• Welcome tour to Madrid, including:
      • Puerta Del Sol, the center of the city.
       • Plaza de España, which features a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
       • Plaza Mayor to bear witness to the many auto-da-fé's that took place here.
       • The San Miguel Market, famous for its sumptuous tapas dishes, with lunch on your own. The Palacio Real (Royal Palace), widely considered as one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid, not only for its location overlooking the river valley but also for its architecture and the artistic treasures to be found in its rooms.
       • Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.
       • Check into the hotel.
       • LaDa'at Focus The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator at a restaurant.

• Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid

Day Three: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 TOLEDO AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CONQUEST AND CULTURE
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Depart for Toledo, which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
• LaDa'at Focus Toledo - A City of 3 Religions and Cultures with your tour educator.
• Tour the city, including the Jewish Quarter, the Samuel Halevi Abulafia Synagogue, which was turned into a church known as Nuestra Señora del Tránisito, the Sephardic Museum and the Santa Maria La Blanca Church (formerly the Grand Synagogue).
• Lunch on your own, en route.
• Return to Madrid.
• Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
• Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid

Day Four: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 SEGOVIA - ALCAZAR, AQUEDUCTS AND ANCIENT LEGENDS
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish Life in Madrid Dialogue with David Hatchwell Altaras, President of the Madrid Jewish Community.
• Visit Segovia, a microcosm of the story of Jews in Iberia, from Roman times until the Expulsion.
• Visit the Jewish cemetery on the slopes opposite Segovia.
• Lunch on your own, en route.
• Visit El Escorial, a historical residence of the King of Spain. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school; the site has been recognized as UNESCO world heritage site.
• Return to Madrid.
• Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
• Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid

Day Five: Thursday, April 12, 2018 SEVILLE - JEWS OF FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD
• Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
• Transfer to the train station.
• Travel by AVE (high-speed) train to Seville, a city shaped by both Renaissance and Arabic influences. Ancient texts place Jews in Seville at the time of the destruction of the first Temple (586 B.C.E.).
• Arrive in Seville.
• Visit Plaza de España, an impressive plaza built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
• Lunch on your own, en route.
• Tour the Alcazar Palace, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The palace was originally a Moorish fort and is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. The palace has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Visit the Great Cathedral, the burial place of Christopher Columbus, and La Giralda, built in the 12th century, whose bell tower became the city's symbol.
• Check into the hotel.
• Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
• Overnight: Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville

Day Six: Friday, April 13, 2018 CORDOBA - MY HEART IS IN THE EAST AND WE ARE HERE
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Drive to Córdoba, the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus.
• LaDa'at Focus Great Jewish Figures of Cordoba - Ibn Shaprut, Yehuda HaLevi and Maimonides with your tour educator.
• Visit Córdoba's famous Cathedral-Mosque with its 1,000 colored columns.
• Visit the Jewish Quarter, including Plaza Tiberias and the Yehuda Halevi Square. Continue to the Statue of Maimonides and the small Moorish-styled building known as the Maimonides Synagogue.
• Lunch on your own en route.
• Special program at Casa de Sefarad, dedicated to the history of the Sephardic Jews in Córdoba and Spain prior to the Inquisition and the expulsion of 1492. Meet with the people responsible for the creation of this private historical venture in the Jewish Quarter.
• Return to Seville with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
• Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Rambam, Andalusia's young Progressive congregation.
• Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.
• Overnight: Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville

Day Seven: Saturday, April 14, 2018 ‘GRANADA OF THE JEW' THROUGH 1492
• Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
• Drive to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before it fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492.
• LaDa'at Focus Christianity & Islam: A Dual Relationship and Mutual Influences with your tour educator.
• The Kaleidoscope that is Spain: Tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra is an Islamic palace and fortress complex originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, then renovated and rebuilt in the mid-11th century and finally converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, the Sultan of Granada. The palace exhibits Spain's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Lunch on your own, en route.
• Jewish History in the Shadows: Guided visit to the Realejo, the former Jewish Quarter and the site of the original town bearing the name Garnata al-Yahud. Explore the meandering streets and traditional neighborhood, which have no tangible remains of the Jewish community, but a wealth of stories.
• Visit the Albaycn, an old Moorish neighborhood, with cozy narrow streets and charming white houses full of local color (now a UNESCO world heritage site).
• Check into the hotel.
• Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.
• Overnight: Alhambra Palace Hotel, Granada

Day Eight: Sunday, April 15, 2018 RETURN HOME OR CONTINUE TO BARCELONA
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Granada International Airport.
• 7:00 a.m. Depart Granada International Airport on Iberia flight #545.
• 8:00 a.m. Arrive Madrid.
• 1:10 p.m. Depart on American Airlines flight #741.
• 3:45 p.m. Arrive Philadelphia.
• 5:50 p.m. Depart on American Airlines flight #4238.
• 7:02 p.m. Arrive Milwaukee.

~~~OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO BARCELONA~~~

Day One: Sunday, April 15, 2018 WELCOME TO BARCELONA
• Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
• Transfer to the Granada Airport for your flight to Barcelona.
• Upon arrival in Barcelona begin with a panoramic tour of the city, including:
      • Plaza España and the mountain of Montjuic, site of the Olympic Ring, the main stadium of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
      • Passeig Maritim with its Columbus monument, the world-famous Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's main avenue and its Modernist houses designed by Antoni Gaudí.
      • Lunch on own at the Boqueria Market and continue with:
      • 2000 Years of Jewish Life: A walk through the Gothic Quarter. According to archaeological evidence, there was a sizable Jewish community in Catalonia as early as the beginning of the Common Era. For centuries thereafter, the Jews of Barcelona managed their own local affairs and lived relatively well in their own Quarter.
      • Visit the Medieval Synagogue discovered in the Call Quarter.
      • Conclude with a visit to Gaudí's unfinished monumental Church of the Sagrada Familia.
      • Check into the hotel.
      • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
      • Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Barcelona

Day Two: Monday, April 16, 2018 JEWISH LIFE AGAINST ALL ODDS IN GIRONA & BESALU
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Depart the hotel for Girona, one of the most important Jewish historical sites in Spain. Visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the 12th century.
• Tour medieval Girona which was famous for its Kabbalists. It was also the home of the great sage Nachmanides, who defended the Jewish faith in the 13th-century Disputation of Barcelona.
• Visit the Jewish Museum.
• Lunch on your own en route.
• Stop at Besalu, a picturesque medieval town that features one of the best preserved Mikvaot (ritual bath) in all of Europe.
• Return to the hotel.
• Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
• Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Barcelona

Day Three: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 FREE DAY IN BARCELONA
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Day at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
      • Visit some of Gaudi's most unique architectural wonders, such as:
      • La Pedrera o Casa Batlló o Park Güell (especially in good weather!)
      • Visit the Barcelona Aquarium.
      • Visit the Joan Miro Foundation, highlighting the works of Joan Miro.
      • Visit the Picasso Museum, which focuses on the formative years of Pablo Picasso.
      • Walk down Paseo de Gracia, ideal for some shopping and also to see some of Barcelona's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
• Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.
• Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Barcelona

Day Four: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 RETURN HOME
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Check out of the hotel.
• Transfer to Barcelona International Airport.
• Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Trip includes:

• 6 nights' accommodation at select hotels

• 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with
licensed, English speaking local tour guides

• ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group
from arrival to departure

• 1 group transfer from the Madrid Airport and to the
Granada Airport and to/from train stations

• AVE (high-speed) train ticket from Madrid to Seville,
with separate luggage transfer

• All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

• Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners

• Porterage at the hotels

Pricing for land only

April 8-15, 2018: 

  • $3115 - Price per person sharing a Double
  • $3685 - Price for a single occupant

April 15-18, 2018: Optional Barcelona Extension:

  • $1899 - Price per person sharing a double room
  • $2359 - Price for single occupant

Note: If you are a single traveler, please let us know if you are interested in sharing a room with someone on the trip.

There are 4 ways to register for the trip:

  1. Over the phone by calling the ARZA World Customer Service Center at 888-811-2812 x 1, open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm EST
  2. Contact Jody Schmidt,  our ARZA World Sales Manager, by email at jodyls@arzaworld.com or call 888-510-4415 x 7 or 847-274-2823.
  3. Click here for the direct link to register online. You can also visit www.arzaworld.com.  Search for Congregation Sinai using the search bar at the top right hand side of the homepage and then select the specific trip3

    Once on the trip's website, click the "Register Now" button to finalize the booking online.

In order to finalize registration participants will be asked to pay a $500 per person, non-refundable deposit.  Final payment for all participants is due December 25, 2017.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you have any questions for Congregation Sinai, please contact Jen Friedman 414-352-2970.

For logistical questions, please contact ARZA World's Customer Service Center  at 881-881-8812 or Jody Schmidt may be reached by calling directly 847-274-2822 or by toll-free 888-510-4415 x 7 as well as by email at jodyls@arzaworld.com.