Private tour of the Jewish heritage in Provence
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Private tour of the Jewish heritage in Provence

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Language: English , French
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: up to 8 hours
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  • Discover the Jewish heritage in four cities of Provence
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the Jews in the region
  • Visit ghettoes, cemeteries, healing wells and synagogues
What to expect

Uncover the Jewish heritage of Provence by visiting four villages and cities including Avignon, Carpentras, Cavaillon and Aix-en-Provence. Learn about the fascinating history of the Jews in the region as you discover marvelous cemeteries and synagogues with a private guide: the synagogue of Avignon, built in 1689, the ancient synagogue in Carpentras, the jewel of Provence dating back to 1367, and the 15th-century synagogue and the remains of the ghetto and mikvé (ritual bath) in Cavaillon.

Jewish communities have had a strong presence in France since the fall of Masada (73 AD) in Roman-Gaul times. They contributed to the cultural life in Provence in a range of fields: science, medicine, philosophy, mysticism and music, until they were expelled by the French crown in the 14th century and a hundred years later from the rest of Provence.

Jews were protected and able to practice their religion in two fiefs under papal sovereignty, the Comtat Venaissin and Avignon, both in the Vaucluse department. Nevertheless, they lived under a pervasive and enduring atmosphere of antisemitism and were forced to wear distinctive signs such as yellow pins or hats.

In the Middle Ages, they were authorized to work as doctors, masons and tailors, but in the 16th century, they were excluded from most work fields except for money lending, which was forbidden to Christians, and the selling of used goods. Over time, Jews were forced to live in districts known as "Carriéres", separated from Christians. Space was limited and overcrowded on these narrow streets flanked by tall buildings; life was difficult until the French Revolution freed them and scattered their communities.

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What's included
  • check Pick-up and drop-off service from/to your hotel
  • check Transportation by a/c minivan with WiFi
  • check Professional tour guide
  • check Private tour of the Jewish sites in Avignon, Carpentras, Cavaillon and Aix-en-Provence
  • check Local taxes, fuel surcharge, insurance
What's not included
  • x_not_included Lunch (available on request)
Where
Meeting point:
Pick-up and drop-off service from/to your accommodation, cruise ship port, or any other agreed meeting point in Provence. Please confirm the pick-up place and time at checkout.
What to remember
  • The indicated price is for your private group of up to 8 people
  • Please indicate your preferred pickup location at checkout
  • If you'd like to request a different starting time, please specify it at checkout
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Provider
Provence Amazing Tours
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

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  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - August 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Laurent was a great guide, and a knowledgeable and pleasant companion for the day. I saw parts of France I had no idea were there, and learned a lot a ...

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