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Great Combination of Jewish and Secular Sites in Montevideo

 

We took a 6 hour tour of Montevideo which combined visits to Jewish and secular sites. Our tour guide was Fanny. It was a really great tour. We visited a holocaust memorial, a combined school and recreational center and drove through a number of interesting areas in the city. We also drove and walked through several secular sites. I really did not know much about Uruguay before taking the tour. Now I have some appreciation of what makes Uruguay an unusual and special country in South America and how she deals with being a small country sandwiched between 2 big countries. If you visit Uruguay, I recommend taking this tour.

 

Donald S,

Jerusalén, Israel

Visited Febrruary 2020

 


Very enjoyable tour

 

We booked this tour as a private excursion from our cruise ship. There were 3 other couples from the ship who joined us. I found Fanny very engaging and knowledgeable about the city's history. Her detailed explanation of the symbolism of the Holocaust memorial was great. I don't think a general city tour would have included any Jewish sites. The combination of general and Jewish highlights made this a perfect combination for us.

 

susiebEdmonton

Edmonton, Canadá

Visited Febrruary 2020

 


Excellent tour

 

A group of 12 of us toured with Fanny Margolis throughout Montevideo. She was fabulous and took us to amazing places. The Holocaust memorial was very meaningful and she did a great job explaining its origin and its symbolism. If you are interested in learning about Montevideo and the Jewish culture there, she is terrific.

 

Jill S

Pacific Palisades CA

Visited January 2020

 

 


Great Tour of Jewish and General Montevideo


My wife and I took the 4-hour tour of Montevideo with our excellent guide, Fanny Margolis. We saw the Holocaust Memorial, the day school/Jewish Center and other sites. Fanny also showed us Montevideo in general. She is very knowledgeable and made our short time in Montevideo a memorable one. Highly recommended.


David,

Jerusalén, Israel

Visited November 2019



Wonderful tour

 

Had a fantastic 4 hr tour of Montevideo and the Jewish heritage with Fanny Margolis. She is knowledgeable, interesting and professional. Most important, she is a delight to spend time with. Highlight was the Holocaust memorial. Should not be missed!

 

Montreal, Canadá

December, 2019

 


Jewish tour of Montevideo

 

We had a wonderful experience with Fanny Margolis. We very much enjoyed the places she took us, especially the Holocaust monument area, and also the Jewish day school called Yavneh. We liked learning about and understanding her place within the community as well as how the Jewish community there has evolved. And she allowed us to sign up at the very last minute and we got a private tour, so that was so nice of her. Thanks, Fanny.

 

Newton, Massachusetts

Visited June 2019

 


Wonderful Jewish tour with Fanny Margolis


We had a day from the ship to do a tour of Montevideo including Jewish sites. Fanny was friendly and knowledgable . She made our time very special. As well as seeing general points of interest we saw and heard about Jewish life in Montevideo now and in the past.
We highly recommend Fanny.


London

Visited March 2019



Unexpected and Excellent,


We took Celebrity’s half day Jewish Heritage tour. Beatriz, our guide, was excellent . . . a Jewish grandmother and university professor.

Considering this was just a half day tour we learned a lot and had a terrific time. Beatrix was an excellent guide. A very worthwhile experience. Too bad we didn’t do something similar in Buenos Aires.


Susan M,

Hollywood, Florida

Visited March 2019



Dear Fanny,

 

We have just arrived home after a wonderful holiday and just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful tour of Montevideo with Jewish highlights. It was s great way to start an amazing holiday and your experience and knowledge of Montevideo was extremely enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable.

 

Kind regards,

Rhoda Rosen

Visited March 2019

 


Dear Fanny,

 

After months of planning it was finally nice to meet you and to see your lovely city. We have just returned from our fabulous tour of Antartica and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the lovely tour of the Jewish Highlights of Montevideo. Your insights and knowledge of life in Montevideo made this a very memorable day. I will certainly recommend you and your company if anyone I know is planning a trip to Uruguay.

 

All the best,

Arlene Esgar

Visited Febrruary 2019


Must do if a Jew!

 

We try to visit Jewish places when we travel. This was an amazing tour. Very informative, easy to understand. We found this through cruise critic where cruisers arrange private small group tours at the ports of call and save on the ship based tours. I mention this so fellow cruisers can find or arrange this tour. We had a small comfortable bus with plenty of room. The group was manageable - I hate groups of 60, it takes so much time off and on and you can never get close to hear the guide. This tour was great she was very accessible and engaging. Definitely recommend this as a private tour or a small group. Contact her she may be able to add you to a group she is doing. .

 

Janice N

Stamford, Connecticut

Visited February 2019


Outstanding and Comprehensive Tour


It is clear that Fanny loves Montevideo, Uruguay, and her Heritage. It is evident in the way she engages her tour guests on the tour. She is not merely a guide who points out sites and photo opportunities, both non secular and secular, but provides historical perspective bringing each place to life. Among the many highlights of the 6 hour tour, two stood out for me. The first was the opportunity to participate at a local synagogue and their welcoming congregation at the end of services on Shabbat. The second was the Holocaust Memorial on the Rambla. Fanny's descriptions of each part of the large installation made it all the more meaningful and moving. Overall, this was one tour I did not wish to end.


IMLady_Marion

Estados Unidos

Visited February 2019


Outstanding Day with Fanny Margolis

 

We spent a FANTASTIC day with Fanny Margolis and this was the highlight of our trip. Fanny is absolutely terrific - we have travelled all over the world and she ranks in the top 1% of all tour guides we have ever had. She is knowledgeable, personable, very organized, and just a wonderful person. We spent the day visiting Jewish sites as well as doing an overview city tour of Montevideo. It could not have been any better!

 

Hyagoda

Visited February 2019


Excellent tour

 

Very interesting tour of Montevideo with emphasis on Jewish heritage. Highlight was definitely the outdoor Holocaust Memorial. Fanny Margolis gave a superb and comprehensive explanation of the very touching memorial.

 

Pam D

Highland Park, Illinois

Visited February 2019


What a marvelous day!

 

Fanny led 8 of us on a magical adventure touring the city of Montevideo and its Jewish history. Her personal knowledge of the area and the stories that coincided with each stop made us more of a part of this rich city. Three cheers as well for the bus driver!

 

Leslie H

Visited January 2019


Montevideo


Excellent tour of Jewish sights and of the history of the city. Ms. Margolis is very knowledgeable. She is also personable and easy to talk to. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.


tengel1201

Denver, Colorado

Visited January 2019


Jewish Tour

 

Fanny Margolis made our trip to Montivideo come alive. In her 6 hour Jewish tour, we learned about the city's Jewish Community through her eyes and saw all the major Jewish sites as well as a comprehensive look at the city sites. Ms. Margolis is so knowledgeable, speaks fluent English and is very dedicated to making your experience with her a memorable one. A day with Fanny is the best way to experience Montivideo.

 

Gbdrexler

Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Visited January 2019


An interesting day

 

A must to gain an overall impression of Montevideo and to see how Jews live and are respected in the country. Fanny Margolis is wonderful and without Fanny we would never have seen Montevideo in the way we did.

 

 

Visited December 2018


Montevideo City

 

Fanny is the most delightful tour guide who showed a variety of Jewish Montevideo together with many other places of interest.
We cannot recommend her highly enough.

 

Steven Astaire

London, UK

Visited July 2018


We had a WONDERFUL time in Montevideo and really enjoyed our tour with you! You are so knowledgeable about your hometown and clearly so proud of its history. It was truly a pleasure to tour Montevideo with you and see the city through your eyes. Thank you also for your research on our relative Moris Katz. I'm going to follow up as you suggested.


Wishing you and your family a very happy Passover.


Hannah F.

New York, US

Visited 15 March 2018


Our cruise stop on Princess Emerald in Montevideo

 

Wonderful tour by Fanny. Our group of 6 will treasure our lovely day in Montevideo.After much research we decided to book Fanny Margolis because her tour included a city tour of Montevideo with Jewish heritage. We were not disappointed, her knowledge of her home city is amazing and shares it all in a most engaging way.The visit to the synagogue and Jewish school was most uplifting and the whole day will stay in our memories fondly for many years.We would certainly recommend Fanny to anyone who has a short time to visit Montevideo.

 

Susan B.

Essex, UK

Visited March 2018

 


Fantastic time with Fanny

 

My wife was fortunate to hear about Fanny and we booked a tour with Fanny the day our cruise ship arrived. Fanny met us at the port exactly at the time/place she told us to be. She had an air-conditioned vehicle and her driver was excellent.

Fanny showed us and educated us (and the two other couples) as to the history of Jewish people in Montevideo.

Having travelled quite a bit in my time, I truly appreciated her attention to detail and every word that came out of her mouth. She was so darn knowledgeable

Whatever you do, if you want to know about the Jewish way of life in Uruguay, get in touch with Fanny.............you'll be glad you did!!

 

 

Martín O.

US

Visited February 2018

 


Informative and fun!

 

Fanny is a wonderful lady thoroughly committed and passionate about her home, her heritage, her country and her career. Time well worth the cost and a beautiful cultural experience. Fanny is extremely well organised and thorough in her reservations and pick up plans. Montevideo is a lovely city, the tour is well worth this fun and informative experience.

 

Enlightening morning!

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Fanny because of the professional, yet friendly and personal way she explained the history and present situation of Jews in Uruguay. Fanny was able to answer all of our questions. The highlight of the trip, beside the Jewish Uruguayan history was the Holocaust Memorial. At first glance, it looks like a scattered bunch of stones and slabs. But Fanny's explanation brought this powerful memorial to clarity. it was wonderful and will remain in my memory forever!

 

Andrea D.

California, US

Visited January 2018


Fabulous tour of Montevideo!


My husband and I have just returned from an amazing South American cruise. One of the highlights of our trip was a wonderful private tour for four of Montevideo, which was led by Fanny Margolis of Montevideo Jewish Tours. Fanny’s expertise, knowledge, and warmth, along with her apparent love for her country, made for a thorough, informative, and enjoyable journey through the most notable and important sites of the city, with an emphasis on Jewish history and culture. Our six hours with Fanny were packed with information and memorable experiences, provided by an excellent guide that made us feel connected to her as well as to her beloved city. This was one of our favorite tours and tour guides and we highly recommend it!


Anat E.

California, US

Visited January 2018


A very enjoyable and informative tour of Jewish Montevideo


We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which included both general sights (the old city center) and Jewish sites, especially the very moving Holocaust memorial. Ms. Margolis is an excellent guide and knows the city and the Jewish community very well. I highly recommend this tour.


Alex From Jerusalem

Visited December 2017


Fanny Was Terrific!


Six of us traveling on the Celebrity Infinity engaged Fanny Margolis and we were not disappointed. We spent six hours with Fanny, learning about the history and culture of Montevideo and Uruguay with an emphasis on the migration and settlement of Jews in the region. Fanny also arranged a similar tour for us in Punta del Este, though there was not nearly as much religion based history in this beautiful city and its surrounding areas. If I know the name of the tour group Fanny hired, I would give them a great review, as we hit all the high points and really enjoyed the half day we spent there.


Weston, Florida, United States

Visited March 2017



A Meaningful Day in Montevideo


My husband and I joined a group of 5 from the Oceania ship for a wonderful Jewish tour of Montevideo. Fanny Margolis was great. Prior to arriving, we had been in touch with her and got specific directions to meet her once we left the ship. Not only did we see interesting things, we learned about the Jews in Uruguay, past and present. I would highly recommend this tour.


San Diego, California

Visited March 2017


Fantastic


Our stop in Montevideo from our cruise ship was made so wonderful thanks to Fanny Margolis. She was waiting for us at the peer and we felt an immediate connection with her. We spent 4 hrs with her touring the city. She most definitely knows her city and is extremely knowledgeable of the Jewish History of Montevideo. She answered each and every question asked by the group. I would highly recommend taking her tour, you will not regret it. It will be money well spent. After the tour she pointed us to the harbor side where we ate a nice meal in the market place.


Cgalow
New York City

Visited February 2017


Excellent way to learn about Montevideo and the Uruguayan Jewish community


We, with five other friends, were on a cruise that stopped in Montevideo Uruguay and we had booked a private tour with Fanny Margolis rather than take one of the ship's tours. We added another couple from the ship, making nine people altogether. Fanny was very accommodating, even changing the time of the tour, from afternoon to morning, because our ship came in earlier than expected. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Uruguay and the Jewish community and her English is excellent (she is/was an English teacher).


She is very proud of her country and of her Judaism and is able to discuss almost any topic that we thought to raise. She answered all our questions clearly and with honesty. We saw all the sights that would be of interest on a city tour of Montevideo, but she also was able to show us where the Jewish community first started and where the community now lives. We were lucky enough to be able to enter the Sephardic synagogue in the old town as well as go into Yavne, the communal compound that houses the smaller of the Jewish schools - from kindergarten to high school, a synagogue, a kosher bakery, gift shop and various other communal organisations. Her explanation and subsequent walk through of the Holocaust memorial was excellent. We had an wonderful four hours and even though we went slightly over the time, due to our slowness at times in returning to the comfortable van, there was no thought of asking for extra payment. We would not only recommend Fanny Margolis as a tour guide, we would say that if you are interested in Jewish Uruguay, taking a tour with Fanny is an absolute must.


Rose
Sydney, Australia

Visited January 2017


Fanny is the very best!


In short, Fanny made us fall in love with Montevideo. We strongly recommend using her as a tour guide. We consider ourselves so fortunate to have spent the morning with this smart, warm and knowledgable lady. An outstanding tour guide, Fanny weaves pieces of her own family's story with the history of Montevideo, Uruguay and the country's Jewish community. We will always remember sharing biscochos with the wonderful Fanny Margolis.


Rawendy
Mercer Island, Washington

Visited March 2016


Great city and Jewish tour of Montevideo


Two other couples and husband and myself went with Fanny Margolis (info@jewishtours.com.uy) as a private tour from a cruise. We had a very comfortable mini van and wonderful driver, Victoria. The tour was excellent, as was Fanny; Fanny is an outstanding guide, who wants to show you her city and the Jewish sites as well. She is very knowledgeable about the country and in Jewish matters as well. She was able to answer all questions about the country-political, economic, educational, etc. She also gives you her family history which is a part of the history of Montevideo as well as the jewish immigration into Uruguay. It was a wonderful tour and very reasonable. I would certainly recommend Fanny and this tour.


Helen
Chicago

Visited February 2016


Great tour


We joined others from our cruise for this tour and were pleased that we did. We enjoyed Fanny and found her to be knowledgable and having an excellent ability at conveying useful and interesting information. I highly recommend her for a tour of Jewish Montevideo.


Sheila
Los Angeles, California

Visited February 2016


Fanny was great!


I booked a tour for a group from our cruise line. Fanny was easy to find and her tour was great. She covered the history of the city, the history of the Jewish community and took us to several important sites. We toured the old synagogue which is under renovation It is awesome and very large - a testament to the size and prosperity of the original community. We went to the Bouza winery for a great tasting . Their wines were very good and we bought to take on the ship. The owner of the winery has an amazing antique car collection which added to the visit, We ended the day with a tour of the newer neighborhood of Montevideo, the public Holocaust monument (amazing for the country of Uruguay) and a Jewish school and community center. The tour covered more than we hoped and Fanny was charming and enagaging, Well worth her fee.


Chadds Ford, PA

Visited February 2016

Reviewed February 15, 2016


Punta del Este City & Jewish Tour


Fanny, I wish to thank you for arranging our private tour in Punta del Estes. Our local guide was very accommodating and informative. He also provided the opportunity to visit the beautiful Synagogue. Iwould be happy to to recommend your services.


Thanks Again, Jerry B.


Meeting you and having your Tour


Hi Fanny:  We were on your tour last Saturday, January 30th.  We arrived in Montevideo aboard the Star Princess and were privileged to have you show us around your beautiful city as well as the Jewish tour.  We learned so much from you and enjoyed the tour immensely.  You have a wealth of knowledge and present everything in a most informative and pleasant way.  Thank  you for providing us with a different insight as to the Jewish community in a lovely South American city.  You made that day of our trip very special and we thank  you. Perhaps some day in the future our paths will cross again.  Until then, many thanks. Shalom.


Carolyn and Chuck G.
Sharon, Massachusetts


Excellent half day tour


An excellent half day tour of both the Jewish and other parts of the city of Montevideo. Saw great sites and very informative. Our guide Fanny was very relaxed and easy to talk to.


Sídney, Australia

Visited December 2015


Dear Fanny


We wanted to thank you for the wonderful and informative Jewish and city tour. The CD will be a very useful memory of the information you provided.  We really enjoyed meeting you!  Please be sure to let us know if you are coming to the Washington area.
Have a happy and healthy New Year.


Fondly,
Carl, Ellen, Joel and Carol.

January 2015