The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of Western culture, is blessed with an abundance of beautiful cities, antiquities, archaeological sites and amazing beaches. The countries that border the Mediterranean have different characteristics, diverse nationalities, varied languages, and plenty port cities. If we add to all this perfect weather and a pampering cruise liner so there’s no need to change hotels as the tour proceeds, we arrive at the best possible vacation trip. Welcome Aboard!
Arrival to Rome airport. we’ll travel to the port and board our luxury ship – a 5-star floating hotel, that will serve as our deluxe floating home for the next 8 days.READ MORE
The views are wonderful, the service is fantastic, and there’s a wealth of shows, interesting lectures, casino, coffee shops, library, swimming pools, sports facilities and everything the MS VEENDAM offers for a very enjoyable holiday and recreation. Anchors away is at 17:00.
The MS VEENDAM is one of Holland America Lines’ most luxurious ships. Here are some details about it:
* 12 guest decks
* Swimming pool and sun terraces
* Restaurants and lounges with wonderful panoramic views
* Elegant boutique
* Cinema – movies every day
* Spaces for music, musicians and singers
* Elegant bar area
* Spaces for exercise and walking (spa and paid treatments) Auditorium
* Especially for us – our own room for prayer and lectures
* A sumptuous dining room – including our own section, with rich, fresh and abundant catering
* Spacious and elegant staterooms with sea-view windows (private balconies at an extra cost)
* TV and DVD – it is possible and even recommended to bring interesting films from home
In addition, aboard ship you’ll find: luxurious halls for performances, musical ensembles and singers, a casino, bars, an entertainment team. And plenty activities every day.
Today we’ll spend long and joyful day in Livorno, starting at the Jewish Museum. We’ll see the new synagogue and the neighborhood of the Jewish community, which includes Italian Jews, Sephardim and Ashkenazim.READ MORE
We’ll hear the story of the community of local merchants, rabbis and writers who contributed to our Jewish heritage throughout the ages. From there we will continue to Florence. This too is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and Europe, which served as home to some of the greatest names in the world of culture – Michelangelo, Dante and Machiavelli. Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, with a rich cultural and artistic past and present, which are milestones in world history. We’ll tour the Duomo square. We’ll also see the Signoria Square, an “open museum” of statues of famous artists and beautiful buildings. We’ll cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River, after which we’ll visit the magnificent, grand synagogue in Florence, one of the most beautiful in Europe. From Florence we’ll continue to Pisa, famous its leaning tower.Close this
Today we dock at the port of Monte Carlo in Monaco, the world’s smallest principality. We’ll be able to look out over the beautiful bay with its many, many yachts and explore the bustling alleys of the Old City.READ MORE
We’ll take a look at the royal palace and stop at the most famous casino square in the world. After the tour we will visit Nice, the jewel in the crown of the French Riviera. We’ll tour the Old City and admire the colorful beauty of the city. Then we’ll continue to the prestigious promenade which is the city’s most prominent symbol.Close this
Today, our ship will drop anchor in the port of Barcelona, Spain, the capital of the province of Catalonia. We’ll take a tour of another one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.READ MORE
We’ll see the most famous work of the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, “Sagrada Familia”, a major symbol of the city. Gaudi did not have time to see it finished – it’s hasn’t been completed yet! During the tour we’ll be impressed by Gaudi’s other buildings, which are scattered throughout the city. We’ll see the Columbus monument located near the port, erected in honor of the continental explorer, Christopher Columbus, who sailed from Spain. We’ll also take a stroll through the famous and vibrant Ramblas Avenue to Catalonia Square, the city’s renowned main square.Close this
An opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along the Mediterranean Sea. Today we’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers.
Today the ship will dock in Malaga. We’ll remain on board to enjoy Shabbat services and Shabbat meals, as well as lectures and shiurim in the best tradition of Shai Bar-Ilan, and be able to enjoy the ship’s wonderful, pampering facilities.
We’ll dock in the harbor this morning. We will visit this outpost of British Colonialism, known as “The Cliff”. Gibraltar is the abbreviation of Jabel al-Tariq – named for the Berber conqueror from North Africa who invaded Spain and brought about 800 years of Muslim rule in Iberia.READ MORE
We will see the Monkey Colony, walk through the city streets and absorb some of the British atmosphere that pervades the colony.Close this
Our luxury cruise comes to an end this morning. We will disembark at the port of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. From Lisbon we’ll drive to the charming town of Sintra, which offers fascinating architecture and a number of interesting museums, beautiful gardens and impressive palaces.READ MORE
Sintra means pink, and indeed this little town is all pink. Originally it was built as a summer palace for the kings of Portugal. We’ll see the unique palace with the huge chimneys that protrude above its kitchen. From there we’ll continue along the coast to the westernmost point of Europe, Cabo de Rocca, and from there to Cascais, the most prestigious resort town in Portugal where we’ll see the “Devil’s Throat.” Then it’s on to the resort town of Astoril, a town with a casino, hotels and luxurious villas inhabited by the world’s rich and famous, as well as some exiled kings. At the end of this very full day, we’ll return to our hotel in Lisbon.Close this
On our last day we’ll get to know the capital and heart of Portugal. The city, like Rome, spans seven hills. The most famous of these is the Elfama on which the ancient quarter is built, and where the Jewish Quarter of the city was also located.READ MORE
We will visit the district of Belem (an abbreviation for Bethlehem), built on the waterfront and where the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama is buried. We’ll see the Tower of Belem and the monument to the Portuguese explorers. We’ll then climb to the heights of St. George’s Castle overlooking the city. Our way down will be through the winding alleys of the ancient Alfa quarter, which also includes the Juderia region (the Jewish quarter).Close this
Today we’ll make our way to the airport in Lisbon and fly back home.
Air-conditioned tourist coach
8-day cruise on the MS VEENDAM
Kosher half-board for all the tour including supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
Kosher full board during the cruise
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Kashrut and Logistics supervisor on the cruise
Tips for local service providers
Tips for Ship’s staff – $108 per person, and $120 per person for guests in suites, to be paid directly to the ship
Travel, baggage and health insurance
Personal expenses and services
Shows and evening entertainment not included in the above itinerary
Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
At Shai Bar Ilan we give you an extra benefit – a basic health & baggage insurance policy. This policy covers you as healthy people up to the age of 75. If you take any medication on a regular basis, suffer from any chronic illness, have been hospitalized in the past six months or have recently undergone a change in your health, you are required to extend the policy to be covered in your condition. The extension of the policy is at your own risk and needs to be done by you directly with the insurance company.
In the event of expansion of the insurance, the cost of the extension only will be paid by you directly to the insurance company.
The policy (basic / extended as applicable) covers you with cancellation fees (as detailed in the Cancellation Conditions section) even if you are required to cancel your participation in the trip for medical reasons as detailed in the policy terms.
This benefit is not convertible to any monetary value or to credit.
We wish you good health! And remember – never to travel abroad without the appropriate insurance!
The kosher meals on other cruise lines are provided by each Cruise Lines’ kosher meal supplier. All kosher meal suppliers are under recognized rabbinical kashrut supervision.
On board the ship we have our own separated section of the kitchen in which all the kosher meals are prepared. Furthermore, we obtain brand new sets of flatware (meat and milk) for each and every cruise.
Hashgacha aboard ship is performed by our specially trained tour guides, and for large groups, there is a logistics and kashrut supervisor aboard as well.
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.
Terms of Payment:
* Registration fee is $ 500 per person
* Up to 90 days before the trip, supplementing 30% of the cost of the trip
* Up to 45 days before the trip, supplementing 100% of the cost of the trip
Terms of cancellation
* When canceling for any reason from the time of registration and up to 90 working days before departure, the passenger will be charged $ 97 only
* Cancellation for any reason from 89 working days to 30 working days before the trip the passenger will be charged $ 1500 + $ 47
* Canceled for any reason from 29 working days to 14 working days before the trip the passenger will be charged $ 2500 + $ 47
* If canceled for any reason from 13 working days before the trip until the date of departure the passenger will be charged the full cost of the trip including all the accompanying costs.
* If visas are issued to the countries of destination and / or flights, the prices will be added to the specified cancellation fees
* Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not counted as a working day count.
* If any air tickets are issued or additional services such as a visa are purchased, etc., their prices will be added to the cancellation fees specified above.
* In case of change, cancellation or malfunction related to flights, cruise or transportation, the responsibility lies with the airline or transportation company.
* There may be changes in the itinerary due to changes in internal flight times and other objective reasons.
* The performance of the trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the website
* Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return
• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.