Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

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Porto Jewish Heritage Walking Tour
from USD $30.65
Start this tour in the original core of the city of Porto, next to the pilory in front of the Cathedral. Follow the directions of the expansion of the city, getting to know the places marked by the jewish presence and the contribution of this community to the development of this mercantile city in the first centuries of the country foundation. From Pena Ventosa till Ribeira, imagine yourself in the medieval city, whilst you walk through the oldest streets and see what is left of the city walls and other medieval buildings. Find out also the role that the
jews took during the discoveries and how three centuries of inquisition tried to erase theirpresence. Know the places of the old jewish quarters and how these are still imprinted in the city nowadays.
End up this tour appreciating a nice view to the river.
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In Brief

Location:
Porto, Portugal
Country:
Portugal
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:

Daily

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Itinerary
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Pass By: Pelourinho Se Catedral Porto, Terreiro Se 3, Porto 4050-573 Portugal

Meeting point

Stop At: Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), Terreiro Se, Porto 4050-573 Portugal

Visit the wonderfull cathedral

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ribeira Square, Praca Ribeira 1, Porto 4050-513 Portugal

Now more about the old jewish quarter

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mosteiro de Sao Bento da Vitoria, R. de Sao Bento da Vitoria 45, 4050-139 Porto, Porto 4050-139 Portugal

Learn more abour the memorial

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Postigo do Carvao, Cais Estiva, Porto 4050-243 Portugal

Witness medieval Porto

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitoria, R. de Sao Bento da Vitoria 2A, Porto 4050-633 Portugal

Learn more abour the memorial

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Passeio das Virtudes, Porto 4050-629 Portugal

Glimpse the view from this pont

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chafariz da Porta do Olival, Rua Sao Bento da Vitoria 88, Porto 4050-542 Portugal

Witness history

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Miradouro da Vitoria, Rua Sao Bento da Vitoria 11, Porto 4050-543 Portugal

Discover this hidden gem

Duration: 10 minutes

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Porto Cathedral, Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Returns To

Ribeira Square, Praça Ribeira, Porto, Portugal

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.72 out of 5 based on the last 18 recent reviews

Ana was an excellent tour leader. She explained about the Jewish history of Porto extremely comprehensively. She was always open to questions. The tour was carried out at an easy pace, with plenty of stops to explain about anything that we were being shown. We would highly recommend her.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
This is very good tour for people interested in the Jewish history of Porto. Our tour guide Marianna has very good knowledge of this subject and presented it both in verbal and visual way. She truly deserves our highest marks.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Ana was an excellent guide! As a descendant of the Jewish people in Portugal, I was fascinated by the history and plan to follow up with some reading on my own.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were very pleased we chose this tour. There was only one other couple, so we had very personal attention.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
We spent a great 3 hours with Mariana Carvallo. She was our guide for the Jewish Porto your. She was extremely knowledgeable and really gave us a bit of a city tour as well as focusing on Jewish History of Porto Highly recommend this experience
• Submitted 09 May 2019
Our tour guide Jose was wonderful! He was full of knowledge with a sense of humor. He made our 3 hours feel like only a “ taste “ of history leaving us with wanting much more. I highly recommend this tour to get a full history of the Jews past in Portugal.
• Submitted 17 Oct 2018
We loved this tour. Our guide Jose was an expert in the subject, and is committed to sharing his knowledge. He showed us the five distinct Jewish neighborhoods from various time periods, from pre Roman to 18th century. And we learned of recent discoveries, uncovered during building renovations, that have added to current understanding of the Jewish community in Porto, both pre- and post inquisition. Porto has a complex history of various ethnic and religious groups living together, and Jose was able to explain it all clearly. We highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in history and culture.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
This was exceptional - one of the highlights of our trip. Jose Francisco Chaves was a superb guide. His great love of Porto and history and his enthusiasm for sharing it made this tour a really unforgettable experience . Exploring the city in such detail made me feel like I really knew it. I can't recommend this tour strongly enough. You won't find this information in any tour books.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2018
Jose was a really great tour guide. He was knowledgeable and very friendly. Even though the tour was suppose to Jewish centric in nature, he was wiling to talk about the history of Porto too. If you're interested in learning about the Jewish history of Porto you can't go wrong with this tour.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2018
If your interest is in the Jewish Heritage in Porto and Portugal, TAKE THIS TOUR. Our tour guide, Steve, was extremely well-versed, fun, exciting, and full of great little stories of Jewish life and history in Porto and Portugal. THIS was a fabulous tour, one that we didn't want to end. Go. Enjoy. You'll be glad you did!
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
There is not much of a Jewish presence left in Porto and we knew this before booking this tour. So our expectation was a nice walking tour of the old city streets of Porto with some occasional Jewish insights. We got all of that and more. Our guide led us through a very pleasant and informative walk especially in some of the neighborhoods that were purportedly Jewish. We got a real neighborhood feel. But a real highlight was when she knocked on the door of a senior citizen home run by a church group and led us into their dining room between meals, of course where a medieval ark for the torah was found and preserved during a building renovation. It was a surprise and amazing find. Their it was with a plaque and dedication preserved for those to see who ate there everyday. Obviously not a site that is generally opened to the public but we got to see it. As a side note, the other couple with us are not Jewish but very much enjoyed this walking tour of old Porto.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
Very good tour with knowledgeable guide, Steve Williams, in August 2017. He took us to parts of Porto that we would not otherwisw have seen.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
This tour was informative. The tour guide Marius really knew the area and history. Visiting the Choral Temple was a highlight. And Marius made very good dining suggestions!
• Submitted 15 Jul 2017
As we were interested in our Jewish Heritage this tour was exactly what we were looking for. Our tour guide Sergio was excellent, Knowledgable, fluent in English and it is obvious he loves his job. It was an eye opening experience to hear the details about the Jewish community in Porto, once flurishing and today almost non existant. We highly recommend Sergio and the tour!!! An additional way to get to know the past in Porto.
• Submitted 22 May 2017
Our guide was great and after our tour was over he arranged for us to visit the synagogue and he even drove us there!!!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2016
Our tour guide Anna was very personable and knowledgeable on the subject. Although there is very little remaining of the rich history of the Jews of Portugal, Anna did her best to show us what had been and make it come alive. The highlight was the discovery of the remnant of an ancient synagogue in a current aged care home.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
Excellent tour guide, and excellent walking tour of central Porto, though Jewish heritage artifacts are minimal.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2017
terrible tour a waiste of time , We could find all the info provide by Youtube for much less money. Please hire a jewish person who knows a little bit of the jewish history in Portugal .
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017