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11 Day | Private Jewish Tour of Paris & Provence

price per person from $5450

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9 nights' accommodation at select hotels

5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle + 1 day walking tour with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

1st class train ticket from Paris to Avignon and from Avignon to Paris, with accompanying transfers to and from the train stations

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

Meals: daily breakfast

Day One: Tuesday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday

  • Arrive at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
  • Welcome by your driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the streets of Paris on your own and see some of the city's most iconic sites, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph and the Champs Elysées.

Overnight: Paris

Day Three: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for introductions and orientation.
  • Guided tour of the Marais, the main old Jewish neighborhood, also called the Pletzel (and originally known as the Juiverie). The quarter dates back to the year 1198, when Jews were re-admitted to Paris after the expulsion of 1182. 
  • Walk through the Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Synagogue Rue De La Pavee, also known as Agoudas Hakehelos Synagogue.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Communal memory in a Foreign Land: Visit the Shoah Memorial and Museum. The permanent exhibition offers a chronological and thematic tour, composed of twelve sequences depicting the history of Jews in France during the Holocaust. Stop at the Wall of Names engraved with the names of 76,000 Jewish men, women and children deported from France between 1942 and 1945. As a glimmer of light in the dark history of the Holocaust, the Wall of the Righteous pays tribute to those non-Jews, who risked their lives in France to rescue persecuted Jews.
  • Free time in Le Marais to explore on your own.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Four: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Depart Paris for a guided tour of the spectacular Palace of Versailles, built by King Louis XIV. Take time to explore the beautiful gardens.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Return to Paris and visit the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité. This Catholic cathedral is among the largest and most famous churches in the world.
  • Walk through the steep cobbled streets of Montmartre, one of the city's most historic and interesting neighborhoods, and home to the city's intellectual and artistic community since the 19th century.  
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Five: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to visit:
    • The Luxemburg Gardens, one of the largest public parks in Paris and a quintessential Parisian space.
    • Mona Lisa Smile: The famous Louvre Museum, exhibiting objects from pre-history to the 21st century. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace and is a central landmark of the city, as well as the world's most visited museum. 
  • Lunch on own.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Shabbat ShaSweet - Afternoon chocolate walking tour: Discover the history of chocolate and why Paris became the capital of dark chocolate. The tour will include visits to various “chocolatiers,” mixing anecdotal history with chocolate-tasting and meeting with the chocolate-makers.
  • Continue to Saint Germain des Pres, home to a number of famous cafés including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. Saint Germain-des-Prés area was the center of the existentialist movement, associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Today it is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Paris.
  • Free time in Saint Germain des Pres.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Six: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore Paris on your own, or take an optional tour as follows:
    • Explore the city's largest and most famous antique flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). 
    • Visit the famous Cemetery of Pere Lachaise, one of Paris' most beautiful and intriguing cemeteries, reveals the resting place of famous figures.
    • Visit the Nissim de Camondo Museum and learn about the tragic story of a wealthy Jewish family who were expelled from Spain in 1492. Their desperate search for freedom and a safe haven took them to Turkey, Italy and finally France in 1868. Their descendants, the last of the Camondos, were deported from France in World War II and murdered at Auschwitz.
    • Visit Le Musee d'Art d'Histoire du Judaisme, located in Le Marais. Located in the Marais district, in one of the most beautiful mansions in Paris, the Museum retraces the historical evolution of the Jewish community through their cultural heritage and traditions. It is specifically dedicated to the history of Jews in France, while at the same time presenting the European and North African communities, which have shaped present-day Judaism in France. As well as cultural art pieces, textiles, and manuscripts, the museum showcases unique documents on intellectual movements, art, and history, including the archives of the Dreyfus Affair. The presence of Judaism in the 20th century is illustrated through works by Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine, and Kikoïne.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Paris

Day Seven: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Gare de Lyon Railway Station and board the TGV speed train to Avignon.
  • Arrive in Avignon, transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Eight: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Depart the hotel for Carpentras, where the streets are bathed in coolness and light. It was once home to a substantial Jewish community, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Possible visit to a local market.
  • Visit the Synagogue, circa 1741-1743. The structure contains part of a 14th century building and is now a historic landmark. Although outwardly quite plain, it conceals an ornate Rococo sanctuary similar to Italian synagogues of the same period.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the medieval Jewish Cemetery of Carpentras, which was destroyed in 1322; the grave markers were used to build the town's ramparts. The earliest stones date back to the 18th century since papal edict forbade tombstones in Jewish cemeteries.
  • Return to Avignon.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Nine: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Depart for Cavaillon, situated under the Colline Saint-Jacques on a hillside that offers magnificent views of the Alpilles mountain range and the Valle de la Durance. The Jewish community flourished here despite occasional attacks from Papal Rome.
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter and see the restored Synagogue overlooking the old carriere (quarter); the synagogue is now a national historic monument. The museum in the basement of the synagogue is separate from the synagogue and once housed a matzah bakery. Today its displays depict the community's history, and contain Torah scrolls, ritual objects and historical documents.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the charming village of St. Remi de Provence and its medieval Jewish cemetery, with tombstones dated from before 1400.
  • Continue to Les Baux de Provence for time at leisure and a stroll along the medieval streets of this mountaintop village.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Ten: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Tour Avignon where the Jewish community has had roots as far back as the first century, following the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.). Visit the Jewish Quarter, or carriere, which originally faced the Pope's Palace. By the early 13th century the carriere was moved to where the present-day synagogue stands. The tiny area was home to over 1,000 people.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit The Palace of the Popes, the biggest Gothic fortress in the world. Enter the world of the Popes in the 1300's and discover their daily life and the splendour of their world.
  • Walk along Avignon's legendary bridge, known the world over, thanks to the beloved children's song it inspired (“Sur le Pont d'Avignon”). The bridge is a major part of the history of the city.
  • Free time for last-minute packing, shopping or to explore on your own.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avignon

Day Eleven: Friday
DEPARTURE | no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, transfer to the train station and board a train to Paris.
  • Transfer to the Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Les Jardins du Marais

The hotel is located in the historical part of Paris just a few steps away from Place des Vosges, Opéra Bastille and the Picasso Museum.

Avignon Grand Hotel Image

Avignon Grand Hotel

Avignon Grand Hotel, with 122 rooms, is ideally located at the foot of the city's ramparts, which date from the Middle Ages, and just a stone's throw from the Palais des Papes [Popes' Palace]. Perfect for relaxing or for business trips, its style combines modernity and Provencal tradition.

  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 4 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 4-9 passengers in a mini-van with a separate driver:
      $100 per day for the tour guide & $50 per day for the driver
    • For a group of 10 – 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour guide & $5 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.