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Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona

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Girona, Spain
Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona

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Discover Catalonia’s Jewish heritage on a full-day tour of Girona and Besalú led by a private guide. Learn about the area’s rich history as you wander the winding streets and unique shops of Girona’s old Jewish quarter, visit the Museum of Jewish History, and explore Besalú’s unique cultural treasures including a Romanesque bridge, a 12th-century Mikveh, and the remains of a medieval synagogue.
  • Private Jewish history tour of Girona and Besalú
  • Explore two of Catalonia's most important Jewish heritage sites
  • Walk among medieval streets largely unchanged by time
  • Visit the Museum of Jewish History in Girona
  • Enter a 12th-century underground Mikveh in Besalú
  • Price is per group; tours can accommodate up to seven people
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup available from Girona
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Bottled water
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Free Pick up at Girona train station and Hotels in Girona city
Food and drinks
Entrance fees to the Museum of Jewish History of Girona (2€ per person) and the Micve of Besalú (3€)
Plaça de Sant Feliu , Plaça de Sant Feliu, 17004 Girona, Spain

Plaça Sant Feliu, beside The River Caffe, Girona old quarter

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Pass By:  
Girona Cathedral
The Cathedral of Santa Maria contains the widest Gothic Nave of the world.
Pass By:  
Girona Art Museum
Girona is very popular for its Medieval architecture.
Stop At:  
The Museum of Jewish History
Guided visit of the Museum of Jewish History of about 1 hour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Eiffel Bridge (Pont de les Peixateries Velles)
The most popular bridge of Girona was built by Gustave Eiffel ten years before than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Pass By:  
Passeig de la Muralla
Enjoy a walk along the old walls of Girona to see the city from the top.
Stop At:  
Patronat Call de Girona
The Jewish quarters in Catalonia are named "Calls". You will stroll around its narrow streets to feel transported to the middle ages.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Onyar River
The Onyar River passes through the city dividing the medieval part of the modern part.
Pass By:  
Bridge of Besalu
Amazing bridge, one of the most impressive bridge of the Medieval ages in Spain.
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Girona Experience, Private Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Fantastic Tour with Awesome Guide & Driver!
, Jun 2019
Our private tour with Carmen and Marc was fantastic! We saw so much and Marc even adjusted our tour when he heard we were Game of Thrones fans. We loved learning the Jewish History and the places we toured were amazing! What a fantastic day we had and our pictures are treasures! We made memories to last a lifetime! Very comfortable and safe ride with Carmen and Marc is very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, and professional. He made sure we enjoyed every minute of our tour. Our family loved the lunch of Tapas Marc suggested. It was great to see the clips of Game of Thrones on his iPad and then go to that exact location on our tour. We are so grateful we chose this tour and would highly recommend any tour with Carmen and Marc.
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Fantastic Tour Guide
Jill K
, Sep 2018
We cannot say enough about the phenomenal tour guides who showed us a perfectly wonderful day in Girona and Besalu. Marc and Carmen are extremely capable, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Don't consider seeing these beautiful medieval cities with any other guides than Marc & Carmen/Viator! You will be very happy & well cared for. Gorgeous cities!
Marc was an outstanding tour guide...
, Jun 2018
Marc was an outstanding tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the history and was able,to make sure we saw all of the important Jewish sites as well as other sites in Girona as well as Besalú. We were picked up in Barcelona by Carmen and Marc and the drive to Girona was also very informative. Marc gave us an excellent suggestion for lunch and Carmen was able,to make the reservation for us. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the Jewish history from this area.
Wonderful experience only wish we...
, Dec 2017
Wonderful experience only wish we hadn't stopped for lunch. The tour was enlightening with a passionate guide and good driver. Since the tour was from Barcelona and the ship docked later than we expected the guide was very flexible about switching our timewe needed a bit more time and had to skip the museum in Girona to see the beautiful and wonderful Bresalu. We were treated to a private look into an ancient Mikva there. Overall I would recommend the tour to anyone interested in Jewish history.
Marc and Carmen were incredibly...
Yaffa W
, Aug 2017
Marc and Carmen were incredibly knowledgeable about Girona and Besalu, as well as accommodating and friendly. I chose pickup from the Girona train station, and transportation was a comfortable new air conditioned van. The mikveh at Besalu is not to be missed.
Ramon and Carmen were excellent...
, May 2016
Ramon and Carmen were excellent educational content hosts. They were very hospitable as well. However, the climbing in Girona was too difficult for my husband to do. The Jewish Museum was very interesting. In retrospect, I would not have had them pick us up at the hotel as the amount of time and money for that equaled half the cost of the trip. We enjoyed the easier pace of Besalu.

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