Welcome to the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization, a land of sea and sunshine, a home for artistic wonders and culinary delights. This is Greece! Discover the breathtaking history of this ancient country and its history of Jewish life across centuries. With 6,000 active members spread across its numerous communities – plus gorgeous synagogues and unique Jewish history-related destinations throughout – there will be no shortage of sights to see on this Greek adventure.
As your premier organizer for Jewish heritage tours across Europe and beyond, Milk & Honey Tours offers the unique combination of know-how and experience to provide you with the trip of a lifetime. Accompanied by our hand-picked local guide and by renowned scholar Prof. Eyal Ginio (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) along the way, you too can explore the rise and fall of empires in this home of Jewish life, art, and cultural exchange.
Arrival in Athens and transfer on own to the hotel
Athens is a magnificent city steeped in ancient history. There has been a Jewish presence in Greece for over 2,000 years, with evidence of synagogues in the capital dating back to the 2nd century BCE.
Flavius Josephus mentions a Jewish settlement in Chalkis in his book Antiquities of the Jews, written in the first century. Jews played an important role in the economic life of the city, trading with both Ottoman and Venetian merchants. Before the outbreak of World War II, the Jewish community counted about 325 Jews. Today there is a community of about 20 families in Chalkis.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia. It was the home of a major Jewish community, mostly of Sephardic origin, until the middle of the Second World War. It is the only known example of a city of this size in the Jewish Diaspora that retained a Jewish majority for centuries.
The ancient city of Veria, first mentioned in the writings of Thucydides in 432 BCE, shows evidence that it was populated as early as 1000 BCE. The first evidence of a Jewish community in this city can be found in the New Testament, where the Apostle Paul’s visit to the synagogue of Veria is described.
Jews first settled in Rhodes some time during the 2nd century BCE. The intensely learned, dedicated community would grow to become an important center of Sephardic culture – but was decimated during the Holocaust, with only 200 of its 1,900 members managing to survive. About 30 Jews live in Rhodes today.
The land portion of the program is entirely handled by Milk & Honey Tours GmbH.
For booking and flights please contact Rita Karp at email@example.com
3,150.00 EUR pp (Dbl), Single supplement 550.00 EUR
Minimum of participants 25 - maximum 35.
Booking is possible until July 28th. Minimum of participants is 25.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary in case of unforeseeable circumstances.
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