Reviewer: Bernard Horowitz
This was an excellent tour. Jude, the guide and a native of Curacao, was very well informed about Jewish history on the island and able to convey the information clearly and with enthusiasm. While the trip to the synagogue was the centerpiece of the tour, we also visited the Jewish cemetery (dating back to the 16th century) and had an opportunity to walk around. As well, we visited a Jewish winery and a Jewish cultural center. (I could have skipped this center.) All along the route, Jude pointed out places of Jewish interest, highlighting the Jewish influence on the culture of the island.
The excursions offered by the cruise line were similar on most of the Islands - all sounded boring. We heard about the Jewish Heritage tour about 2 weeks before the cruise and signed up for it immediately. There were just the two of us and the tour was via taxi. The driver/guide, Ralph was excellent. He was able to answer all of our questions. A large oil refinery is located next to the old cemetery and has causes a lot of erosion but you can still read dates from the 1700's. The new cemetery is in much better shape and goes back to the early 1800s. It was nice to do the Liqueur company as part of a private tour rather than part of a bus load. We didn't realize that Curacao Liqueur is Kosher. The highlight of the tour was the old museum where they had a Torah written in 1320 in Spain and smuggled out just before Isabella came to power. We would definitely recommend this tour
Reviewer: Stephanie Whitson
We very much enjoyed this view of Curacao, which gave a look at life for Jews hoping to find a safe haven. The guide and driver were very kind and informative, and we particularly loved the beautiful Sephardic synagogue with the sand floor. Also enjoyed the testing of blue Curacao liquor.
Reviewer: Dianne Kliebl
Our Jewish Heritage tour was delightful. Our guide provided us with a wealth of information and was a very pleasant person to converse with. His taxi was very clean and comfortable and he provided ice cold water and a lot of historical information about the Island. We would be happy to recommend this tour to others.
Reviewer: Len Saffren
Speaking as someone who has had the opportunity to do lot of leisure travel, I would say that this was one of the best tours I've ever taken. The tour guide, Julius, was extremely knowledgeable and respectful of the Jewish traditions. Learning the influence that Jews had on this island was fascinating. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Caren Walter
We began our tour experience on the dock when Rosie, our very able and friendly driver, met us at the pier. We were joined by Julius who is a fantastic guide and extremely personable and knowledgeable about the Jewish History of the island. We began by visiting a distillery with a definite Jewish background and continued on to the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Western Hemisphere. We continued on to the Jewish Library, the newer Jewish cemetery and ended our tour at Mikve Israel Synagogue and museum. We were taken back to the pier. We were a group of six on the tour and the small group made our experience very enjoyable. All questions were answered and Julius was a wealth of knowledge. The tour was well organized and I would happily book it again. Visited February 2017