Jewish History & Culture of Greece
Join Real Greece founders, Carole and Basil Kezios, on a voyage through time, history and culture woven together with words, stories, and sites that touch the heart and excite the imagination.
In Athens, the birthplace of democracy, we'll visit the Acropolis and the ancient Synagogue in the Agora. We'll visit the modern day Synagogues, the Jewish museum and the Holocaust memorial.
No trip to Greece would be complete without island hopping. A 3 island cruise is just an introduction to the more than 6000 islands scattered throughout the Greek seas.
Chalkis, home to possibly the oldest Jewish settlement in Europe, is our next stop before Thermopylae were we learn why we can thank the 300 Spartans for their bravery in battle. We'll see Mount Olympus, home to the Greek gods as we make our way to Thessaloniki, or Salonica.
Museums, synagogues, mansions and above all, the warm Jewish community who will welcome us to Shabbat services and dinner, storytelling and song. We could spend years exploring Madre de Israel which until the 1940s was the largest Jewish community of Greece as well as the biggest Sephardic community in Europe.
Pella, the center of the world during Alexander's time, the royal tombs at Vergina, and Veroia's Jewish quarter and synagogue will fill the day that ends in the picturesque lakeside city of Ioannina.
Monasteries clinging to the rocks of Meteora, charming Arahova, the ""winter Mykonos"" are some of the places we will see before visiting Delphi. Unfortunately we won't be able to get the Oracle to give us his prediction about the future of the world, but we will see where Zeus decided the center, the "navel", of the world was.
We'll enjoy our farewell lunch overlooking the seaside by the magnificent cliffs of Sounion and the Temple of Apollo before we return to our hotel and prepare to leave from Greece tomorrow.
- Pre tour and post tour options & single supplement available (Contact us for pricing)
- Private customized trips can be created for your family or friends.