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Private tour of the Jewish heritage in Provence

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 8 hours
Language: English, French
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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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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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

Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above

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)

Location

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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.

When

  • Please refer to calendar for updated starting times and availability

Provider

Provence Amazing Tours

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • 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