AACI Kosher Barcelona Getaway
04 November 2019 - 07 November 2019
Locations: Barcelona, Figueras, Girona
You’d be hard-pressed to find a European city that offers more to please as many disparate tastes as Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia, a northern province of Spain, Barcelona has two mountains, eclectic museums and a medieval Gothic quarter that may be the most fascinating in Europe. Mind-blowing Modernista architecture of the iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi dots it like jewels.
Added to this is a day trip to the province of Girona, the perfect complement to Barcelona. Girona caps an experience that reflects Spain’s wide variety of moods and destinations. The artist Salvador Dalí grew up here, in Figueres, and lived much of his life near the fishing village of Port Lligat
Day 1, Nov 04 Monday Israel to Barcelona
Early meeting at Ben Gurion Airport for our EL AL flight departing at 06:30 and arriving in Barcelona at 10:20. We will be met at the airport and whisked off for our panoramic tour of Barcelona, including a cable car ride to the top of Montjuich which grants fantastic views of the city and provides a great introduction to Barcelona.
Time to take a break for lunch, followed by checking into our hotel. This afternoon, following a short rest after our busy day, we enjoy dinner and then see Barcelona by night.
Day 2, Nov 05- Tuesday Full day Girona and Figueras
After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to Girona, a Medieval Catalan city, visiting one of the oldest and most intact Jewish quarters in all of Europe, 100 kilometers north of Barcelona. The “Call” – Girona’s Jewish Community- existed from the 9th century to the latter years of the 15th century. Moreover, it was one of the most important centers of Kabbalistic learning in all of Europe.
Our walking tour through the narrow cobblestone lanes, high stonewalls and step streets of the Call de Girona, allows visitors entrée to private courtyards and gardens. The tour starts at Bonastruc ça Porta, an institute of Jewish learning built around the old Synagogue on Carrer de la Força, the main artery of the medieval quarter, which has remained amazingly intact over the centuries.
Next we will visit the Museu d’Història dels Jueus (Jewish History Museum), which has developed a map of the maze-like streets and hosts small exhibits on Carrer de la Força. Containing the most accurate information about medieval Jewish communities in Spain, particularly those in Catalonia, the museum’s exhibits provide a picture of daily life in the quarter, Jewish traditions and the region’s most influential “calls”. The Hebrew lapidary (tombstone) collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world.
We continue on to Figueras and the Dali Museum. The Dalí Theater Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theater, a 19th-century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum.
Day 3, Nov 06: Wednesday Full-day tour of Barcelona
After breakfast at our hotel we will set off on a visit to the Gothic Quarter. A stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines “the heart of Barcelona”: a neighborhood where the splendor of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
The center of the Roman city, today’s Gothic Quarter, was marked by the point where the two main streets, the Cardo and Decumanus, converged. Today the Carrer del Bisbe and Carrer Llibreteria stand on this site. Nearby, we can still see the remains of the Roman temple of Augustus. Its maze of narrow streets and squares is steeped in the city’s past and present. Here, in the Gothic Quarter, we find the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government and the Palau de la Generalitat. Right in the middle of this Barcelona neighborhood, is the old Jewish Quarter, the Call Jueu, with its endless narrow streets, where some remains of the ancient synagogue still survive.
In the late afternoon we visit the Picasso Museum. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,249 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.
After dinner this evening, we will enjoy a Flamenco Show.
Day 4, Nov 7: Thursday Full day tour Barcelona
After breakfast we visit the Poble Espanol, Spanish Village, which is a selection of full-scale replicas of buildings from different parts of the Peninsula. It was conceived for visitors to enjoy an open-air Spanish architectural museum while strolling around its squares, streets and gardens. The Poble Espanol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition as the pavilion dedicated to art. Right from the start, it was conceived as a real “village” in the heart of a city. The aim was to give an idea of what might be an “ideal model” of an Iberian village that would bring together all the characteristics of all peninsular villages.
After lunch we will view Sagrada Familia from the outside, the best-known symbol of the city and the architect Antoni Gaudi’s (1852–1926) most ambitious project, considered to be unique in the world. Part of this structure has been declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Afterwards we will proceed to Güell Park, one of the magical spots in the city where Gaudi let his imagination runs wild. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage, it has also been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Interest. In the afternoon we will have a chance to see the Casa Milà, from the outside, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’, which is a most unusual building, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Gaudi and declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural center that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organizes and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.
After farewell dinner we will say “Adios” to beautiful Barcelona as we take our EL AL flight home to Israel, departing at 20:55 and arriving in Ben Gurion at 02:05 Nov 8th.
|Price: AACI members €1955 per person in a double Currency Converter
Non- AACI members €2030 per person in a double
Single supplement €265
- International flights
- 3 night’s at 4-star hotel accommodation in the city center (quotation based on Barcelona Exe Cristal Palace or similar)
- Gesher Tours tour leader
- Tips for driver, local guides, waiters
- Kosher Meals: Daily breakfasts and provisions for lunch packs + 4 kosher dinners in a restaurant
- Transportation in air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
- Local guides in Girona/Figueras 1 full day, Barcelona (1 full day+1 half day)
- Entrance fees
- Water in the bus
- Montjuich Cable Car
- Picasso Museum
- Flamenco Show
- Poble Espanyol
- Park Guell
- Drinks during the meals
- Any other item not mentioned in “Included”
BARCELONA Registration Form 2019