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Yaya Jewish Tours 2021, Summer Vacation in Marseille, France

DAY 1

MONDAY AUGUST 16TH
ARRIVAL TO MARSEILLE

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Welcome to Marseille! After meeting at Marseille airport, we will have a beautiful kosher French lunch in one of the famous Kosher restaurants in the city. We will then make our way to the Grand Synagogue of Marseille where we will learn about the Jews of this historic community. Our experienced guide will now take us on a panoramic tour of the city to give us an overall experience of Marseille. In the early afternoon we will check-in into our lavish Hotel and get ready for our Gala welcome Dinner.

DAY 2

TUESDAY AUGUST 17TH
AIX EN PROVENCE

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Following a wonderful French Breakfast overlooking the Marina, we will drive to Aix en Provence, the town of water and art. Aix is a small, affluent, and classically Provencal town; famous for being home to Paul Cezanne, the 19th century Post-Impressionist painter who inspired a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Although very small, Aix is charming with narrow streets lined with 17th century buildings, paved plazas, and tempting stores.

The first reference to the presence of Jews in Aix-en-Provence dates from about 1283. We will have a chance to walk around a real Provencal Market and enjoy a magical Provence Atmosphere. We will be back at our hotel for Dinner.

DAY 3

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18TH
SAINT REMY AND LES BAUX DE
 PROVENCE

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Today we spend our morning in Saint Rémy de Provence. This is Vincent Van Gogh territory; he produced over 150 paintings of the surrounding countryside. As it is Wednesday, we cannot miss the local farmers market, renowned for the quality and freshness of the produce and a real culinary experience. We will visit an olive oil mill and discover the art of oil extraction before reaching Les Baux de Provence. This village is situated in the Alpilles Mountains offering wonderful views across the plains of Provence. And then a real treat as we uncover the secluded Kosher winery of David where we will meet the owner Frederique. He will give us a unique insight into Kosher wines, and of course we will taste his wines accompanied by local cheeses. With our bellies full and a little light-headed a memorable day draws to a close.

DAY 4

THURSDAY AUGUST 19TH
CAVILLON, CARPENTRA, AVIGNON

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Today we will feed our spiritual sides visiting the most remarkable synagogues in Provence. The first, the Cavaillon Synagogue, was built in 1774 and is home to a Judeo-Comtadin Museum. The second Synagogue we visit is in Carpentras, built in 1367 and the oldest active synagogue in France being a very visited Jewish Heritage site. In the 12th century Carpentras was known for the Jewish scholars and doctors who lived in this picturesque village. We will also visit the town of Avignon famous for its bridges on the river Rhone, the Pope’s Palace, and the petite Jewish community with its beautiful synagogue. In the 14th Century France expelled all the Jews, but the Pope offered refuge in Provence. Consequently the Jews of Provence became known as the “Pope’s Jews” and there they lived in relative freedom, enjoying the Pope’s protection.

DAY 5

FRIDAY AUGUST 20TH
CASSIS

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Our day begins with a visit to Cassis, a little gem of a fishing village, we will explore by boat the Massif des Calanques, otherwise known as the French fjords before returning to Marseille where you will have some free time for shopping before Shabbat Preparations. Kabbalat Shabbat at the Grand Synagogue of Marseilles followed by dinner in our hotel.

DAY 6

SHABBAT AUGUST 21ST
MARSEILLE

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Mezonot breakfast before Shachrit followed by Kidush. After our Buffet Shabat lunch we will have time to relax before we take a walking tour of the old town of Marseille. We will visit much of the historic Marseille, including the promenade to enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 7

SUNDAY AUGUST 22ND
L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE, FONTAIN-DE VAUCLUSE, GORDES AND ROUSSILLON

Overnight: 5 ★ Hotel Intercontinental, Marseille

Today starts with a trip to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and its amazing Sunday flea market spread across the village famous for its antiques. This region, known as The Luberon, is home to many exceptional mountain villages set amongst rolling fields of lavender famous for its therapeutic virtues. We then visit the romantic village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse named after its gigantic spring water falls from which 630 million cubic meters of water flow every year. We will also visit Roussillon that holds one of the world’s biggest ochre deposits, finally thevillage of Gordes which has a worldwide reputation due to Peter Mayle’s book: “A Year in Provence”.

DAY 8

MONDAY AUGUST 23RD
CANNES AND NICE

Overnight: 5 ★ Boscolo Nice

Time to say goodbye to Provence and commence our visit in the French Riviera. Our visit will begin with a walking tour of Cannes and enjoy the town of the rich and famous. We will walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette, with its lined sandy beaches. Visit the main Plazas and beautiful the City center.

Nice will be our next destination. The capital of the French Riviera. Climb up to the Castle Hill, where we will have amazing panoramic view of the bay and the old town, then a visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery and walk down to the old city. Visit the Synagogue and visit the Matisse Museum. Check-in to our lavish central Hotel, freshen up before dinner in one of the Kosher Restaurant of the City.

DAY 9

TUESDAY AUGUST 24TH
MONACO

Overnight: 5 ★ Boscolo Nice

After a great French breakfast, we will depart to Monaco.  The second-smallest independent state in the world. It is a playground for tourists and a haven for the wealthy, the former drawn by its climate and the beauty of its setting and the latter by its advantageous tax regime. Here, we will visit the palace and explore the old town, tour the famous Casino Square, the Grand Casino, Luxury Boutiques and have a coffee in the famous Cafe de Paris. After lunch, we will depart back to Nice for a luxurious and tasty French Cuisine Gala Dinner.

DAY 10

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25TH
SAYING OUR GOODBYES 

After a French Breakfast we will be transferred to the airport to get our flights.

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