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AACI Opera & Venice   

07 August 2018 - 15 August 2018
Locations: Ferara, Modena, Padua, Trieste, Venice, Verona
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Kosher Verona Opera and Venice

Verona, besides setting the scene for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is also home to the “Arena di Verona” where we will enjoy two world famous opera:  The Barber of Seville and Carmen performed in the magnificent ancient Roman Amphitheater. The ambiance of the arena and the sheer joy of experiencing these great performances will make your heart soar and take you to new heights in the world of opera.  Equally as exciting is the legendary Venice. We are lucky to be able to enjoy a Shabbat and several days in Venice, where we will awaken to the gondoliers singing “O Sole Mio.”

The surrounding towns and cities are not without their magic and amazing Jewish history. We visit Padua, Modena, Ferara, Trieste and more!

Day 1: Tuesday Aug 7. Flight from Tel Aviv to Venice- 5:50-8:45.  Upon arrival transfer to Verona and orient ourselves to this beautiful city. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city include the river, panoramic drive along the river Adige and up the hills overlooking Verona. The tour continues along the river. On the way some of the most beautiful monuments of Verona can be seen: the Roman Bridge, the Roman Theater and the monumental 16th century walls and gates. Afternoon check in at our hotel and kosher catered dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Verona

Day 2: Wednesday Aug 8. Spend the day touring  beautiful Verona. Start the day off with a visit to the ghetto area and synagogue, and reflect on the community that once thrived here. After that, as the theme of the trip is opera, pay a visit to the Arena Muse Opera (Opera Museum), dedicated to Italian opera. Later in the afternoon visit the famous Juliet’s balcony, the city’s lovely Piazza delle Erbe, and the great Castelvecchio (from the outside) and leave some time for shopping and strolling. Return to hotel for kosher catered dinner. Evening at the Arena Opera- Barber of Seville.
Overnight in Verona

Day 3: Thursday Aug 9. After a late morning wake up, drive to Modena for a guided visit to the city, including  the artisans shops, the ghetto, the synagogue, and the renowned Estense Library which features a collection of illuminated Jewish manuscripts. In Modena we will have the opportunity to visit the shops of ceramists and silversmiths who use traditional techniques.  Visit to a kosher balsamic vinegar factory.  Return to Verona.  Evening at the Arena Opera- Carmen
Overnight in Verona

Day 4: Friday Aug 10. Drive to Padua for a guided tour of the Jewish district with its narrow streets, which once was surrounded by 4 doors, and visit the only synagogue preserved, the Italian rite one. During the visit you will also admire the other main features of the city, such as Piazza delle Erbe and the incomparable Scrovegni Chapel. Continue to Venice to prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat dinner with Jewish Community.
Overnight in Venice

Day 5: Shabbat Aug 11. Relaxing Shabbat in Venice. After tefillah, partake in a festive Shabbat lunch. After a well deserved rest, we enjoy a walking tour of the city. Return for Seudah Shlishit.
Overnight in Venice

Day 6: Sunday Aug 12. Begin the day with a tour of the four synagogues of Venice, the German, Italian, Spanish and Levantine synagogues. Visit the Jewish Museum of the community. Continue from the ghetto via boat to Lido to visit the Jewish cemetery. The Venice community was given land in 1386 near San in Lido, turning it into a graveyard because of its easy access from the lagoon for gondolas that transported the deceased. The cemetery is lush with vegetation and has been subject to destruction over the years, but still serves as a historical symbol of the ancient Jewish families that came from many lands. After the visit, transfer by boat to San Marco to view the world famous square and its pigeons. Evening Gondola night tour of Venice.
Overnight in Venice

Day 7: Monday Aug 13. In the morning we leave for the neighboring city of Ferrara. After a panoramic tour of the city, visit the Ghetto to see the small streets where the Jewish community once flourished. Visitors can appreciate the countless landmarks that pay tribute to this heritage firsthand.  The Ghetto area has remained intact both in look and layout throughout various restorations and is now a pedestrian area complete with historical markers and boutiques.  The area where the Jewish population once lived has never lost the commercial character it had since its inception and remains a pleasant place to meet up, look around, learn, and shop. Continue to Castelo Estense. Complete with moat and drawbridge, Ferrara’s towering castle was commissioned by Nicolò II d’Este in 1385. Although sections are now used as government offices, a few rooms, including the royal suites, are open for viewing.

In the afternoon visit the National Museum of Italian Heritage and the Shoah, where the more than bi-millennial Jewish presence in Italy is fully recognized and celebrated. Return to Venice for dinner.
Overnight in Venice

Day 9: Tuesday Aug 14. In the morning venture out of Venice towards and drive to Trieste. Orientation tour of Trieste including the Piazza del Unita d’Italia, one of the largest public squares in Europe, the Roman ruins of Trieste, and the Grand Canal. Visit the Jewish Ghetto including the synagogue and Jewish Museum.

Leave the city and stop to experience a very dark side of Italian history, the WWII and the Holocaust. Visit and tour Risiera De San Sabba, the only concentration camp in Italy. A former rice husking facility, this camp held many Jews on their final journey to concentration camps in Poland and Germany.  Return to Venice for dinner.
Overnight in Venice

Day 9: Wednesday Aug 15. Bid farewell to Italy and take a short ride to the airport. Return flight to Tel Aviv at 10:05 landing at 14:35

Price: AACI members 3,890 Euro per person in a double
Non- AACI member-3940 Euro per person in a double

Single supplement 690 Euro

 Price includes:

  • Flights on El AL from Israel
  • 3 nights Verona area four star hotel & 5 nights Venice four star hotel
  • Barber of Seville, Carmen (2 operas) in good centered numbered seats
  • Day Tours to Modena, Padua, Trieste, Ferara
  • Shabbat in Venice
  • Full board (sandwiches for lunch)
  • Transportation in air conditioned coach
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits
  • Tour leader
  • Porterage at hotels and tips for drivers and guides
  • AACI staff escort

Price Does Not Include

  • Any items of personal nature
  • Insurance

Minimum number of participants required. Itinerary is subject to change without notice.  Please note that there are no refunds for unused services or meals.
Please note this tour requires participants to walk distances and climb stairs independently.

Land only options available

PAYMENT: Deposit of euro 200 per person at time of reservation.
                        Final payment due May 7, 2018

CANCELLATION:

  • Cancellation from time of registration until May 7, 2018: Euro 200 per person
  • Cancellation between May 7 – June 7 : Euro 1000 per person
  • Cancellation between Jun 7- July 15: Euro 2700 per person
  • Cancellation between July 15 – day of departure: 100%

Opera at the Verona Arena:
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Tickets included in the price: Central Numbered Seats on the Steps. These are on the lower half of the Arena steps in the center of the Arena (orange in below picture). They have a fairly direct view of the stage, with a view of the whole arena, good acoustics and a seat which is a specific reserved place and plastic seat. Cushions are available at the door for a fee, and highly recommended for additional comfort.

Verona Registration Form 2018

Please contact us for upgraded Arena seat options.

FOR INFORMATION: Carole, 02-560-0910
FOR RESERVATIONS: JERUSALEM: 03-526-9424, HENRIETTE_H@OPHIRTOURS.CO.IL
NETANYA: 03-526-1714, SHARON_BE@OPHIRTOURS.CO.IL
RAANANA: 09-777-7100 , MARCELLE_K@CWT.CO.IL, LIA_H@OPHIRTOURS.CO.IL