A visit to Greece is the opportunity to see one of the oldest places in Western civilization and also discover fascinating things of Jewish interest. After the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, the first Jews came to settle in Greek territory where they established strong communities. After the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal, Sephardic Jews settled in the Balkan Region, mostly in northern Greece. In addition, some Ashkenazi Jews arrived to Greece in the 19th Century and with this mixture the population of the Jews before WWII was of 80,000. During WWII Greece suffered one of the highest percentage of losses – and only 10,000 Jews survived the war. We will also discover Peloponnese, the land of ancient Sparta, home of olive grove and the birthplace of the Olympic games.
Flight to Thessaloniki
Upon arrival to Thessaloniki we’ll meet our Tour escort and depart for an orientation tour of the city. We’ll see the Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the tens of thousands of Jews from Thessaloniki who were murdered by the Nazis.READ MORE
We’ll continue to the Synagogue and visit the Jewish Museum, which is housed in one of the rare Jewish structures that survived the fire of 1917 .The Library of the Museum houses important texts that were printed in Thessaloniki from the 16th to the 20th Century, covering all aspects of Jewish life.
Transfer to hotel – overnight in Thessaloniki for the next 3 nights.
After breakfast we’ll depart for a full day tour to Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meteora means “suspended in Air” and it is one of the most striking architectural sites in Greece.READ MORE
Here we’ll see first-hand the dramatic landscape and the hilltop cloisters built at 1,300 feet among the immense monolithic pillars of the Pindos Mountains. On the way back to Thessaloniki we’ll stop for a short sightseeing tour of the town of Kalambaka.Close this
Today we’ll head out for a full day tour to Ioannina, capital of Romaniote Jewry (Greek speaking Jews). From Medieval times until the Holocaust, the Jewish Community of Ioannina was one of the leading Jewish centers in Greece and was an important factor in the local economy.READ MORE
We’ll visit the Synagogue within the Citadel and the Jewish Cemetery, followed by a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. We’ll call in at Kastro and walk the cobblestone streets where for centuries, the Jewish community of Ioannina lived. We’ll see former Jewish homes and the still present Hebrew inscriptions on some of the buildings.
In the evening we’ll return to Thessaloniki.
This morning we’ll transfer to the Airport and fly to Athens. Upon arrival we’ll immediately travel to the town of Diakopto, where we’ll board the Odontotos train built in the 19h Century to Kalavryta.READ MORE
The little train fits so well into the natural environment that is seems like it always has been there. As the train passes through the muddy Canyon of Vouraikos, the magic of the nature is felt all the way. Kalavryta is a small mountainous town on the northern side of Peloponnese, surrounded by beautiful landscape. Upon arrival, we’ll to our kosher hotel, the Kalavryta Canyon Hotel and Spa. Overnight in Kalavryta for the next 4 nights.Close this
This morning we’ll visit the Holocaust Museum of Kalavryta. Located inside an old schoolhouse, the museum houses the history and the memory of the 1943 drama in Kalavryta during the WWII.READ MORE
Afterwards, we’ll travel to Lake Doxa (located at Feneo) – an artificial Lake 1,100 m above sea level. The Lake is surrounded by Mountains and we’ll enjoy a nice walk and revel in the silence and the calmness of the view. We’ll return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.Close this
After Shabbat Services and lunch will enjoy a walking tour of the town.
Our trip today will take us to the village of Kastria to visit the famous “Caves of Lakes.” This is a rare creation of nature. Apart from its labyrinthine corridors, mysterious galleries and strange stalactite formations, the Caves of Lakes has something exclusively which does not exist in other well- known caves.READ MORE
Inside the cave there is a string of cascading lakes forming three different levels which makes it unique in the world. On return to Kalavryta will stop at the village of Planitero to visit a lovely fish farm.Close this
After breakfast we’ll leave Kalavryta to the Corinth Canal- one of the world’s smallest canals designed to link two bodies of water and save sailing time for ships.READ MORE
Will then explore the ruins of Ancient Corinth, once an influential Greek and Roman center. Before arriving to Athens we’ll stop in the seaside town of Kehreai. Transfer to our hotel in Athens. Overnight in Athens for the next 3 nights.Close this
Athens, one of the world’s most celebrated cities, has always been the ancient capital of Greece. We’ll start our tour from the bustling center of Athens – Syntagma Square – where the Parliament stands.READ MORE
We’ll see the National Gardens, the Presidential Palace and the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place.
From downtown Athens we’ll head up to the city’s highlight: the Acropolis and its monuments: the architectural chef-d’oeuvre Parthenon and the Erechtheieon, the columns of women. We’ll see the Theater of Herode Atticus, where shows still take place every summer and the ancient theater of Dionysos, the most ancient theater in Greece.
In the evening we’ll go out to a show of Greek dance and music.
Today we’ll visit the Jewish Museum and learn about the ancient history of the local Jewish Community. Walk through the Plaka neighborhood, continue through picturesque commercial Pandrossou Street and also lively Monastiraki Square and its flea Market.READ MORE
We’ll see the ancient Agora, which was the center of political and commercial life in Ancient Greece. Also on our schedule is a visit to the two Synagogues: the old Synagogue Etz Hayyim and the newer and larger Beth Shalom Sephardic Synagogue and the Holocaust Monument. At sunset time will ascend by cable car to the top of Lykavettus Hill to watch the magnificent panorama of Athens.Close this
Transfer to he Airport for your flight home.
* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
Round trip air fare from New York
First Class hotels.
Kosher Meals daily. (For details see General Conditions).
Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.
* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in air fare
Airport and security tax.
Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions).
Gratuities to local service providers and Tour Escort.
Any item not mentioned under “included in price”.
There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
A $500 deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm the reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure.
A minimum number of participants are required in order to operate a tour date.
If the minimum number has not be reached and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee
• 59- 30 working days prior to departure: 25% cancelation charges per passenger
• 29-15 working days prior to departure: 50% cancelation charges per passengers
• Less than 14 days prior to departure: 100% cancelation charges- no refund