In-depth look at the rich Jewish heritage of Provence
Labyrinthine streets of the Jewish quarter of Avignon
Remarkable synagogues in Marseilles, Avignon & Cavaillon
Historical background & insightful info from an expert guide
Roundtrip transportation in a private luxury car
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Marseille, Avignon, and Cavaillon
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Cannes hotel
What you can expect
Provence is home to some of the oldest Jewish heritage sites in France. Visit the Grand Synagogue in Marseille and gather at the Wall of Names. Tour the old Jewish quarter of Avignon, and discover the 18th century rococo synagogue in Cavaillon's medieval ghetto.
During the 14th century, Jews exiled from other countries migrated to Provence, where they worked as scholars, merchants, craftsmen, and brokers. Your tour begins in Marseille, where you can admire the lavish interior of the Grande Synagogue, built on the orders of Napoleon III. Move on to the Wall of Names, which commemorates the victims of a wave of arrests that took place in the city during the dark days of World War II. Approximately 2,000 people were deported from Marseille to Nazi concentration camps between 1943 and 1944.
Make your way to Avignon, where you can step into a synagogue first built in 1221. See its 13th-century oven, used to bake unleavened bread for Passover. Explore the narrow alleys of the old ghetto, a very tiny district that was home to more than 1,000 people. At the time, Jews were forbidden by law from living outside the ghetto.
Your last stop is in the small town of Cavaillon. See the remarkable 18th-century synagogue and admire its blue, pink and gold rococo interior, beautifully carved balcony, and 2 spiral staircases. Stroll through the area that was the ghetto in medieval times and see an old Jewish bakery and an ancient ritual bath.