Jewish Heritage Tour

Jewish Heritage Tour 18 Days

Prices from £2563 per person based on 4 People
Including International and Domestic Flights, Ground Transfers, Activities and 4* & 5* Hotel Accommodations


ITINERARY

D1: UK –Delhi

D2: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi. You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to hotel.
Check in at Hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

D3: Delhi (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy “Old Delhi Food Walk” tour.
A food walk through crowded markets of Old Delhi, this food walk will help you taste the best street food available in Delhi from some of the oldest food places in the city. During this food walk, you will visit 7-8 different Vegetarian Street food joints, each one of which is in business for decades, some being as old as 120 years. You will walk through some landmark markets, lively markets, ride rickshaws, walk a bit and stuff with delicious street food of Old Delhi.
Drive past Red Fort (once the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire) to visit Raj Ghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of Nation), Jama Mosque “Jama Masjid” (the largest mosque in India).
Overnight in Delhi.

D4: Delhi (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for guided city tour of Old and New Delhi. Later drive past through Parliament House, President House, photo-stop at India Gate and visit the Qutub Minar.
In the afternoon, visit the Judah Hyam Hall, a centre established in 1956 for Jewish and interfaith studies, and the house of Mr. Baruch B. Benjamin, the first President of the Jewish Welfare Association New Delhi.
Overnight in Delhi.

D5: Delhi - Agra (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel.Leave for Agra. Arrive Agra and you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, start your city tour of Agra – Visit the Taj Mahal, The Greatest Love Story ever told! On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Shahjehan built her this memorial. It took 22 years to build this monument. Then visit Agra Fort - behind its forbidding red sandstone Battlements palace that tell the story of the Moghul Empire.
Overnight in Agra.

D6: Agra - Jaipur (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart by road to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri.
West of Agra lies the ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri – an epic poem in red Sandstone, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and deserted 14 Years later because its water supply failed.
Arrive Jaipur and check-in at the hotel.
In the evening, explore the colourful bazaar on own.
Overnight in Jaipur.

D7: Jaipur (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
You will start your half day excursion to Amber Fort – 7 miles north of Jaipur is Amber with it’s a honey- coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills which can be mounted by the elephant. It has been described as “the sleeping beauty of Rajasthan”.
In the afternoon, enjoy the city tour of Jaipur – Photo stop at ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of Winds). Visit - Jai Singh’s Observatory, built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who was a prince, as well as a soldier, astronomer, and builder. Visit- City Palace, a part is now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armoury, old carpets, and even amazingly embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis.
Overnight in Jaipur.

D8: Jaipur - Mumbai (B/-/-)

In the early morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Check in at Hotel
Afternoon, proceed for Mumbai City tour visiting Gateway of India, the landmark of Mumbai, then drive to Marine Drive, The Sea – Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace. Drive past the Tower of Silence and visit Mani Bhawan. Before returning to Hotel take a photo stop at the Dhobhi Ghat another unique feature of Mumbai, the laundryman collects dirty linen, washes it and returns it neatly ironed to your doorstep.
Overnight in Mumbai.

D9: Mumbai (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Proceed to visit Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid established in 1796. The street on which the Synagogue stands was named Samaji Street in His Honor and are at present known as Samuel street. The Synagogue celebrated its centenary in the year 1896 and then renamed Shaar-Ha-Rahamim.
Visit the Jewish Cemetery where you can trace your ancestry.
ORT - founded in 1960, ORT India which has been carrying out sterling work amongst the local communities in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country. Visit the bakery where kosher meals are prepared.
In the evening, visit the Magen David Synagogue for evening service. (This has to be a Friday). Also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue, established in 1884 by Mr. Jacob Sasson in memory of his faith Erected in 1864, the synagogue was constructed by David Sassoon in Victorian style for the growing population of Baghdadi Jews who had fled from persecution by the governor and Wali of Baghdad Dawud Pasha.
A Kosher meal after the service.
Overnight in Mumbai.

D10: Mumbai (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Start the excursion to Alibagh - to visit Rocky outcrop where the legend of Ben Israel or “Shabbath Oil Pressers” Started. You will take a boat from Gateway Jetty to Mandwa a 1 hours 30 minutes by boat.
Visit the original landing site at Navgaon, see the historic monument, visit a Bene Israel village and meet the remaining Bene Israel Jews.
Interact with the few remaining local Jews.
Vegetarian lunch will be provided at a local hotel.
Return back to Mumbai.
Overnight in Mumbai.

D11: Mumbai - Cochin (B/-/-)

In the early morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cochin.
On arrival in Cochin, you will be met by our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day is free for individual activities.
Overnight in Cochin.

D12: Mumbai - Cochin (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for guided city tour. Visit Jew Town and the Pardesi Synagogue. This Synagogue was built by Samuel Castiel, David Belila, Ephrahim Sala and Joseph Levi. It stands on the grounds of the Maharaja of Cochin's residence. It is the first Synagogue which came into existence in the Commonwealth and is one of the oldest in the world.
Visit a cloth embroidery shop run by a Jewish lady where you can have an interaction session.
Also visit Mattancherry Palace (built in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663, it contains 17th-century murals of the Ramayana), St. Francis Church, the oldest in India and the famous Chinese fishing nets (introduced by a trader from Kubla Khan's China).
Enjoy classical dance-drama ‘Kaleidoscope’ redefines the intangibly elusive aesthetics of bliss as it evokes the eternally alluring charm of this many-splendor land and it's infinitely enriching cultural ethos.
Overnight in Cochin.

D13: Cochin (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a Muzris tour. Muziris is reputed to be the ancient world’s greatest trading centre in the East. As the focal point of commerce for over 2500 years, this bustling seaport traded in everything from spices to precious stones with the Greeks, Romans and the rest of the world. The tour will start with St Thomas Church and from there by walk we will be visiting a vegetable market and Parvur Synagogue - Found on the erstwhile Jewish street in Paravur, this Synagogue was built in 1615. It is among the largest surviving synagogues in Kerala and Chendamangalam Synagogue – Situated, North Paravur is one of the biggest, which was built some 175 years ago.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

D14: Cochin (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning excursion to Kumbalangi Village. A 30 minutes drive by coach takes you to the Kumbalangi village. Arrive at the village and board the traditional country boats for a short boat cruise through the serene backwaters, one gets an opportunity to view various local activities such as Veeshu Vala (fishing with conical nets), Padal (fish trapping in coconut tree leaves) etc.
Disembark and take a walk through the village and witness crab catching, fish flipping, clam meat processing, coir making, mat making, net making etc.
Stop for a refreshment stop- Fresh Coconut water.
Yet another experience awaits you before you return to the hotel - a rickshaw ride ‘Tuk Tuk’ through narrow village lanes to the coach parking area. Before you start your journey back, make a brief stop at the church of St. George.
Return back to the hotel. Overnight in Cochin.

D15: Cochin - Marari (B/-/-)

Transfer from Cochin to Marari by road.
On arrival Marari, check in to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure. You may want to relax and enjoy the sea breeze, or perhaps spend the afternoon on the beach.
Overnight in Marari.

D16: Marari (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities.
Overnight in Marari.

D17: Marari (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities.
Overnight in Marari.

D18: Marari - UK (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the Cochin airport for your flight back to the UK.

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TOUR PRICE

Price per person based on 2paxPrice per person based on 4 to 6paxPrice per person based on 7 to 10paxSingle Supplement Half Board Supplement
01 April - 31 September 2018 From £2700.00 From £2563.00 From £2468.00 £688.00 £323.00
01 October 2018 - 31 March 2019 From £3276.00 From £3109.00 From £3011.00 £1100.00 £350.00

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

• Return to International and Domestic flights.
• 16 night’s accommodation on twin sharing in Standard/base category of room at all places.
• Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis at all place and the below-mentioned meals.
Vegetarian Snacks during Old Delhi Food Walk
01 Kosher Dinner on Day 10 after the service in Mumbai
01 Lunch on Day 11 in Alibagh – Mumbai
01 Lunch (Indo-Jewish Cuisine) on Day 13 in Cochin.
Light refreshments at Kumbalanghi Village on Day 15 in Cochin
• All transport by air-conditioned vehicles as under:
02 Pax – Sedan Car
04- 06 Pax – Micro Van
07-10 Pax – Mini Coach
• Elephant ride to Amber Fort, return will be by jeeps.
• Return catamaran tickets in an air-conditioned boat from Gateway Jetty to Mandawa Jetty.
• Local English speaking step-on guide for all transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
• Entrance fees and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) fees to all monuments mentioned in the itinerary.
• Services of an English speaking representative in each city on arrival/departure
• All taxes as on date. All future levies will be charged extra.

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

• Half-board supplement for 16 buffet Dinners quoted as a Supplement
• Travel & personal insurance.
• Photography fees
• Any expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bar or drinks during meals, tips to driver, guide, helper, etc.
• Any other meal/ details not mentioned in the itinerary.
• Visa charges to India

HOTELS (4* & 5*)

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