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Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona provided by Girona Experience

Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona

Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona
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Immerse yourself in Jewish history during this 7-hour private tour of Girona and Besalu. Both are traditional Spanish Jewish communities that have a long history and rich culture. In Girona, wander the Jewish quarter of ‘the Call’ one of the most well preserved of Europe and learn about the important area’s medieval history, including Nahmanides, one of the greatest Kabbalah scholars. The Museum of Jewish History is a stop not to be missed, you will have a guided visit there. Enter the small city of Besalú via the famous medieval bridge and wander through the medieval and Jewish quarter. Have an exclusive guided visit a 13th-century Micveh a jewel of the Jewish Comunity of this area before being returned back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Begin the day with hotel pickup, available from Girona, in a private vehicle. First, explore Girona’s old Jewish quarter, also known as the ‘Call’ and considered one of the best-preserved of its kind in Europe, remaining much as it was up until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander winding medieval streets, poke around in unique shops, and take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). Also visit the town’s Museum of Jewish History (admission included) to learn about the area’s past and notable former residents, including prominent kabbalist and Jewish scholar Nahmanides. In the afternoon, continue on to the town of Besalú, crossing the Fluvià River by way of a distinctive Romanesque bridge. Hear about Besalú’s long Jewish heritage, traces of which are still being uncovered today, and learn why the town was named a site of great cultural and artistic importance in 1966. See the remnants of a 13th-century synagogue and visit the town’s most esteemed cultural treasure—an underground Mikveh (ceremonial bath) that dates back to the 12th century. Imagine what life was like during medieval times with a stroll through the picturesque narrow streets marked by stone steps and archways, and browse handcrafted goods at small local shops. The full-day discovery tour concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point in the afternoon.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Begin the day with hotel pickup, available from Girona, in a private vehicle. First, explore Girona’s old Jewish quarter, also known as the ‘Call’ and considered one of the best-preserved of its kind in Europe, remaining much as it was up until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander winding medieval streets, poke around in unique shops, and take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). Also visit the town’s Museum of Jewish History (admission included) to learn about the area’s past and notable former residents, including prominent kabbalist and Jewish scholar Nahmanides. In the afternoon, continue on to the town of Besalú, crossing the Fluvià River by way of a distinctive Romanesque bridge. Hear about Besalú’s long Jewish heritage, traces of which are still being uncovered today, and learn why the town was named a site of great cultural and artistic importance in 1966. See the remnants of a 13th-century synagogue and visit the town’s most esteemed cultural treasure—an underground Mikveh (ceremonial bath) that dates back to the 12th century. Imagine what life was like during medieval times with a stroll through the picturesque narrow streets marked by stone steps and archways, and browse handcrafted goods at small local shops. The full-day discovery tour concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point in the afternoon.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8444P6
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Free Pick up at Girona train station and Hotels in Girona city
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum of Jewish History
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to the Museum of Jewish History of Girona (2€ per person) and the Micve of Besalú (3€)
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Plaça de Sant Feliu, 17004 Girona, Spain Plaça Sant Feliu, beside The River Caffe, Girona old quarter
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Free Pick up at Girona train station and Hotels in Girona city
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum of Jewish History
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to the Museum of Jewish History of Girona (2€ per person) and the Micve of Besalú (3€)
Departure details
  • Plaça de Sant Feliu, 17004 Girona, Spain Plaça Sant Feliu, beside The River Caffe, Girona old quarter
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Donald W
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
Private tour of Girona
Aug 2019
We had a private tour of the old city of Girona, Spain and had a great time. Our tour guide, Mark was excellent. He provided a tremendous amount of history which gave us a greater appreciation for the beautiful city. Mark was able to give us the insight to the sites in the city that were filmed in the Game of Thrones which we all enjoyed. We were fortunate to have met Mark early in the morning so our tour was not croweded and we were able to get many beautiful pictures withour a lot of tourists. We would recommend taking the private tour and highly recommend asking for Mark.
Written 11 August 2019
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Simcliff19
New York City, NY2 contributions
Wonderful experience! We would definitely recommend this tour.
Feb 2019 • Couples
Full day with a knowledgeable tour guide - Mark. He was extremely kind, interesting and professional. Our seven hours with him went by so quickly. We enjoyed every minute of this tour.
Written 13 February 2019
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate that you enjoyed our Girona and Besalú tour. Both places are full of history and both were very relevant for the Jewish History of this region and Western Mediterranean during the Middle Ages All the best, Marc .
Written 14 March 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MDVITS
Jerusalem, Israel11 contributions
Great tour with knowledgeable and delightful guide
Apr 2018 • Couples
We were in Barcelona for a three day holiday and decided to spend one day in Girona. It was a day well spent: an easy commute by train to beautiful Girona and Besalu.
Marc met us at the train, and spent the day with us, taking us to the Jewish (and non-Jewish) sites. Girona is a city not to be missed, especially for anyone interested in Jewish history. It was the Ramban's hometown, and at its peak had 1,000 Jews. Besalu was even more of a hidden gem, since it has one of the oldest Mikveh's in Europe, hidden away in a picture book town.
THank you Marc for a great experience. You met our every need and taught us so much about Girona and Catalonia.
Written 4 May 2018
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Thank you so much for this kind review :) Anyone interested in jewish history should come to Girona and to Besalú. You described very well the reasons why both places are so important when it comes to Medieval Judaism in Spain. Best regards, Marc
Written 11 May 2018
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Ken G
Toronto, Canada30 contributions
A great custom tour experience
Sep 2017 • Couples
Last September we took an Azamara cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona. Among the ports we were to stop at was one called Palamos, Spain, a town we had never heard of. On further research, I determined that Palamos itself did not offer much of interest but it was close to Girona which was a medieval center of Jewish culture which is interesting to both my wife and I. On further investigation, I also discovered that Girona was a filming site for Game of Thrones, another of our interests. I determined to find a tour company that would a) pick us up and return us to our ship and b) offer a combined Jewish and GOT tour. This was not an easy task. After two weeks of failure, an agent at Viator suggested that I get in touch with a small tour company, Girona Experience.

My contact with Girona Experience was excellent. Not only did they pick us up and return us to the ship on time but the tour was tremendous and combined items of the Jewish history and culture of the Girona and Besalu area with a tour of the filming sites of Game of Thrones. Our guide, Ted, even had screen shots from the show to illustrate how the buildings etc. had been used and altered with CGI techniques to create the effects for the show.

Two extra pluses with Girona Experience. Being somewhat foodies, my wife and I did not want to have the usual quick, touristy lunch while in Girona. Carme at Girona Experience sent me a list of suggested restaurants for our lunch before we even left home. I was able to review them on line and picked one, Arros I Peix, for our lunch. Carme made the reservation for us and we had a wonderful lunch at one of Girona's best restaurants.

Second. Toward the end of the day our energy was failing and we were ready to return to our ship. However, there was one more prime sight, the medieval Jewish mikvah or ritual bath in Besalu, remaining to be seen. Since this sight is locked, Carme had arranged to get the keys at 4 p.m. but, at our request, she made a special trip to obtain the keys early so that we could see the sight and then return to the ship.

All in all, both my wife and I were extremely pleased with GIrona Experience and we highly recommend them for their service and knowledge.
Written 21 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Ken, thank you so much for your beautiful words. We are so happy to know that you and your wife had such a great time with us. Since we are a really small company we are always opened to personalize the tours as much as the customer wants. As you could see in one day, Girona is a beautiful city. The city was founded by the Romans more than 2000 years ago and we still preserve some of their buildings. Even if the Romans founded the town, Girona became important during the Middle Age, and in my opinion that's the most beautiful part of the city, the Medieval Girona. In Girona we had one of the most important Jewish communities around the Mediterranean before the year 1492. We have streets in the Old Jewish Quarter that have been preserved for more than 500 years now. If you mix culture, history, Game of Thrones and excelent cuisine you get Girona :D What I like the most about the province of Girona is that is still quite unknown and there's always that will surprise you. The largest natural lake in Catalonia, medievall villages that make you travel on time, the largest volcanic region in the Iberian Peninsula, picturesque fishing villages in Costa Brava, the museum of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí in his hometown, Figueres... As a local guide I really enjoy taking people to all these places and share our Girona Experience with them :) I hope to see you again soon and once again thank you for sharing your experience :) PD: By the way my name is Marc, not Ted haha :'D
Written 25 February 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Tour Girona and the walls
In our small group, 4 persons, we had an nice view of de city. Our guidid was friendly and good knowledge.
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Was a pleasure
Every moment of that was special and I was very happy to discover s lot of things thanks de guide Sara
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Brilliant GOT
Loved every minute well worth it very informative about Game of thrones and everything about Girona our guild was
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Memorable time in Girona
We had a wonderful walking tour of Girona and specifically the Jewish Quarter which was our interest. Our guide wa
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Girona is great - and even better with a guide!
It was great to walk through Girona with a guide. I’m sure we would have missed out on quite a few highlights it w
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Nice day
We were luky to be the only one for that day. So we had a privéd tour. The places they let you see are amazing! The
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Great time
The tour guide and his coworker were both very friendly and very knowledgeable about the their city. They made the
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Our Most Memorable Tour
During our vacation in Barcelona, we traveled by train to Girona for the day to take this tour. Marc was our incre
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We visited Girona in February. Our tour guide was Marc. He was waiting for us at the train station and walked with
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Fun tour for GOT fans!
I booked this tour as a day excursion from Barcelona because my husband loves GOT. Marc was our guide and did a fab
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Amazing day trip from Barcelona
Girona a.k.a. Kings Landing!!! Many people think of Girona as the place that cheap Ryanair flights fly out from. B
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Hidden gems
What i really enjoyed about this tour was being taken to so those ’just off the beaten path’ parts of the city. Mar
Miguel G
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A great day in Girona!!
Susanna was our tour guide and was great. She took us to a variety of spots to see where different scenes of Game
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First class tour
Marc was a superb guide. Imparting a wealth of knowledge and keeping it interesting and engaging is a real skill. I
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Our guide Susanna was great. She related all the stories and legends of this quaint city north of Barcelona. The to
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