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

Free cancellation
Language: English , French
Availability: Monday to Friday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 8 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Pick-up and drop-off service from/to your hotel
    • Transportation by a/c minivan with WiFi
    • Professional tour guide
    • Private tour of the Jewish sites in Avignon, Carpentras, Cavaillon and Aix-en-Provence
    • Local taxes, fuel surcharge, insurance
    What's 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 directly with the local operator.

    What to remember
    • Please confirm the pick-up place and time as well as the language of the tour directly with the local operator. You can find the contact information on the voucher after booking
    • Private tour available for up to 8 people
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    When
    • From Monday to Friday at 9.00am
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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 7 days before the activity begins. If you cancel up to 2 days before, you can still receive a 50% refund.

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