1. Curaçao
  2. Willemstad

3-Hour Jewish Heritage of Curacao

Product ID: 143031
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Curacao has a fascinating Jewish history and the oldest synagogue in the Americas. Join an experienced guide who will explain in detail about the Jewish community on the island and visit its historical sites.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

For your hotel pick-up, please be in the lobby 15 minutes before your pick-up. Cruise ships dock at 3 piers in Curacao. If you are docked at the Mega Pier 1: Upon debarkation, please proceed to the white tents, where you will find the online reservation sign. If you are docked at the Mega Pier 2 Tula: Upon debarkation, you will be directed to the pier next door, Mega Pier 1. Head for the white tents, where you will find the online reservation sign. This will be an approximately 10 minute walk from the ship. If you are docked at Mathey Wharf: Upon debarkation, proceed towards the information stand at the port. Near the information stand, you will see the online reservation sign. The local representative will be waiting for you with a sign that says "Curacao Tour and Taxi Sightseeing and Private Tours." Please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 15 minutes before the departure time listed.

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  • Visit the oldest cemetery in the Western Hemisphere
  • Take a tour of the Rooi Catootje Plantation House
  • Enjoy samples of famous local products
  • Drive through an old Jewish neighborhood
  • Stop at the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue
Full description
Your first stop on this tour will be the Jewish cemetery Beth Haim. Consecrated in 1659, it is the oldest Caucasian cemetery on the island and in the Western Hemisphere. The site is also a Curacao National Monument. Then, you will visit another historic site also created as a peaceful sanctuary, the Rooi Catootje Plantation House. It dates to about 1820 and was originally known as “Rust en Vrede,” which translates to “Rest and Peace.” The house was the property of the Maduro family since 1853, when S.E.L. Maduro brought it as a gift to his wife Rebecca Curiel from her parent’s estate. The house has now been preserved as a museum.

Continue to the 17th century plantation house Chobolobo, owned by a Jewish family, where Curacao liquor is produced. Tour the house and learn more about the family name and history. Before leaving, take the opportunity to enjoy samples of this famous local product. Next, continue with a drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Scharloo. Stop at the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue, or the Snoa as it is affectionately known locally, which rests on exceptionally hallowed ground.

The Jewish faith has been practiced here without interruption since 1732. The congregation itself is even older, having been established in 1651. It was just this fear of persecution that drove many of Curacao’s earliest Jewish residents to relocate to the island in the first place. They were rightfully more than a little guarded about their beliefs, even upon founding their congregation and building their synagogue nearly a century later. That’s one of the main reasons why you’ll find a sand floor in the Snoa today. The floor pays homage to those earliest Jewish settlers in Curacao who had to muffle the sounds of their footsteps and prayers when meeting in secret during the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/ port pick-up and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• A small amount of walking will be involved
• May be operated by a multilingual guide
• Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
• Hotel pick-up will not be available for Banda Bou Hotels and the Santa Barbara Resort
• At least 4 persons will be required for this activity to take place
• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
• You should bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen and a camera
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Product ID: 143031