Benjamin ben Jonah, a rabbi from Tudela in Spain, began his long series of travels around 1160. His travels outside Europe took place from 1166 to 1171. After travelling through Europe he journeyed to Greece, Constantinople, the Holy Land and Egypt. He divided his work into what he saw and what he heard. Benjamin provided the fullest account of the state of the Jews in the 12th century and he furnished the best materials for a history of the commerce of Asia, Africa and Europe at the time of the Crusades.
[Hebrew letter: Masa’ot Shel Rabi Binyamin ...] Itinerarivm D. Beniaminis, Cum Versione & Notis Constantini L’Emperevr ab Oppyck, S.T.D. & S.L.P. in Acad. Lugd. Batava. Lvgd. Batavorvm, Ex Officinâ Elzeviriana. M D CXXXIII.