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Jewish Heritage of Curacao

Curacao, Caribbean
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Discover Curacao’s rich Jewish heritage and learn the history of the island’s Jewish community on this half-day tour. Visit important sites such as Beth Haim Jewish cemetery and Mikveh Israel Emanuel synagogue, explore the old Jewish district of Scharloo in Willemstad, and tour the Rooi Catootje and Chobolobo plantation houses.
  • Magnificent views and photo opportunities in Willemstad
  • Visit the Mikveh Israel Emanuel synagogue and Scharloo district
  • Learn about Curacao’s Jewish history and heritage from your guide
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Curacao hotel


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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jun 2019
Guide was not Jewish, and it showed. (He didn't pretend to be.) His knowledge was superficial and piecemeal. There were far.more knowledgeable guides available. We know because we heard them. Guide also spent long time arguing with museum attendant. We will not use Viator again.
Curacao Jewish Heritage
, Mar 2019
Disappointed: Guide was engrossed in directing the driver (in Spanish) who did not know the route. She stifled most questions to facilitate her prepared presentations. She made no consideration for one of the tourists who was legally blind. This was not equal to Viator's high standards!🙁
Jewish Heritage of Curaçao
, Mar 2019
On a 9 day cruise I was most excited about taking this tour. A similar tour was NOT offered by the cruise line so I happily booked this tour with Viator. My husband and I (in our early 60's) were both disappointed. There was a driver, the tour guide and 4 couples on the tour and we were picked up in an twelve passenger van. The arrangement was the driver and one additional seat in the front. The next row held 3 people. The third row held three but only had a guest and the guide sitting by the window/door. The fourth row had three people and the last row was one seat occupied by my husband. The windows on the van are not large so it was virtually impossible to look out the opposite window and see anything other than whatever was at ground level. You needed to bend over and hope you saw something. For instance at the wedding cake house you could only see the front stairs and not the entire house.The sites we visited were definitely places we wanted to see but the tour was lacking. The bus driver was just that a driver. Several times the guide had to instruct him where to go which was fine. The guide herself was a very nice older woman who was NOT Jewish but grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and seemed to feel that gave her credibility. She had apparently been conducting Jewish tours for a long time. When we got to the temple all she did was point out a few items in the sanctuary that were already obvious to us. There was brief information given about the history of the temple. Most of the information that was gleaned during the entire tour came from questions the participants asked. These common questions should have already been part of the narrative we received. We were asked to hold all questions to the end of the tour so she would not forget what she wanted to tell us. I don't know if it was her age or something else but she was not as informative as she should have been although she was very pleasant. We went back to the temple later on that day by ourselves. While we were there we realized Purim began at sundown. We asked if we could attend services and were told absolutely. This was information the tour guide could and should have passed on to us but she was likely unaware of the holiday. Perhaps a younger tour guide from the actual Jewish community who is knowledgeable about the history would be a better option for a guide. The sites were interesting but we would have liked a more informative experience.
Great trip for anyone interested in...
Mark P
, Mar 2018
Great trip for anyone interested in learning about the history of Curacao especially the significant role of the Jewish community. Our tour guide Peny and our driver Aida were terrific in explaining what we were seeing. We booked the tour through Viator and everything was as promised. Highly recommended.
We learned about the rich history of...
Mira S
, Jan 2018
We learned about the rich history of Curaçao. The guide was amazing, very knowledgeable. We visited more Jewish sites than expected and heard about the future projects. Well done. This tour is a must

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