Departure from Bordeaux
All year except December 25th, January 1st, May 1st and Jewish holidays (Synagogue will be closed for visits)
1: From 09:30 to 12:30 / 2: From 14:30 to 17:30
1: 03:00 / 2: 03:00
During this 3 hour guided walking tour, not only will you learn about
the history of the Jewish community in Bordeaux, but you will also
discover and visit the most important sites linked to the presence of
the Jewish community including the Synagogue, one of the largest in
Written sources confirm the presence of a small Jewish community in Bordeaux from the start of the 6th century AD. In the Middle Ages, under the English Kings, the small number of Jews in Bordeaux, set up home outside the town, near the Saint-Seurin area. At the end of the 15th century, Louis XI granted privileges to foreigners wanting to settle in Bordeaux. Many Jewish families (Gradis, Peixotto, Saportas, Péreire), were chased from Spain and Portugal and found refuge in Bordeaux.
In the following century they founded businesses and prosperous banks. In 1810, the Prefect of Gironde authorized the construction of a synagogue Rue Causserouge by the architect Corcelles (1765-1843). This first synagogue was ravaged by fire on June 27th 1873. The decision was very quickly taken to build another one. The new synagogue was inaugurated on September 5th, 1882, the 21st day of the month of Elul 5642 according to the Hebrew calendar, by the Chief Rabbi of France. In spite of the restricted space and the narrowness of the access road, the synagogue, designed by the architect Durand, is one of the most monumental and largest in France. In January 1944, it was turned into a prison. Jewish families were rounded up and locked inside before being transferred to Drancy. The interior was then devastated and all of the religious furniture was destroyed. On May 15th 1949, the Memorial for Martyrs of the Community, victims of Nazi barbarism, was inaugurated on the western wall, facing the square. Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has undergone much repair to its roof, floor and paintings, as well as restoration of the stained glass windows and cleaning of the façade.
Follow your guide as you cross through the Saint Seurin neighborhood, rue des Argentiers, rue Causserouge and end the tour by a visit of the Synagogue (depending on availability).
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. Pick up and return at ship
2. 3 hour Guided walking tour
3. Personal English speaking guide
1. Personal insurance and expenses
2. Meals and drinks
3. Entrance fees
5. Gratuities for the guide
Pick up at Cruise ship
Pick up information
Pick up at ship
Return at ship
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Long walking distances during the tour
- Visit of the Synagogue depends on days and availability.
- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per group maximum 15 persons
- Currency is in Euro
Possible languages: English, Español, Français