Visit the largest synagogue on the Iberian peninsula and discover Porto and its Jewish heritage.
The city has remains of what was once a typical Jewish Quarter in the Middle Ages: steps, narrow streets and balconied houses.
You will learn about Jewish heritage not only in Porto but throughout Portugal from Sepharad, the Middle Age Jews and the terrible times of the Inquisition, the Modern Age New Christians and the Jewish Renaissance 20th century.
You will visit the largest synagogue on the Iberian Peninsula "Kandoorie Mekor Haim" founded by Captain Arthur Barros Bastos in 1938 where the "Work of Rescue" began.
We will walk through the narrow streets and UNESCO centre from the Sé Cathedral, where the first synagogue was built, to Montes dos Olivais where the Jewish Quarter was situated, witnessing other highlights of the city as well.
Cross the Douro River to a famous port wine cellar for a tour & tasting to appreciate not only the port wine but its influence on this region.
I can create a customized tour for you should you have any special requests or if you are more than 4 guests.
Pick up at the port or location as requested by guest.
Visit the synagogue for a guided tour inside.
Drive to the city centre, passing highlights along the way.
Walk through UNESCO historic centre visiting the old Jewish quarter, monuments and sites.
Drive to local fishing village for lunch.
Visit a boutique wine cellar for a tour and tasting.
Return to port or other choice location.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup at the port, hotel or requested location.
End location: Drop off at the port, hotel or requested location.
Duration: 6 hours
Note: The synagogue is closed for tours on Saturdays. Guests can attend service at 9:00h if they would like.
Tour can be customized based on guests' requests. Tour subject to change based on weather, holidays and traffic conditions. The order of sites visited may vary based on guide's discretion. This tour involves some walking, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes.
Guests will be driven in a private spacious air conditioned Mercedes tour vehicle.
Professional guiding service.
Private transportation in modern spacious air conditioned Mercedes tour vehicle.
All mandatory insurance required by the Tourism of Portugal Organization.
Free Wi-Fi on board.
Complimentary bottled water.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 € - Lunch, entrance fee to the synagogue and visit to a port wine cellar.
Optional: Lello Bookstore (4€/person)
Lunch, entrance fee to the synagogue, port wine cellar, Lello Bookstore (optional) and any personal expenses (souvenirs, etc).
I have a licensed tour company nº247/2012 by Tourism Portugal. I am not an official guide and will not be able to guide guests inside of certain historical monuments.
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Extremely knowledgeable and very helpfu. A great guide and a nice person.