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First of all, The Kingdom of Morocco has always been a land of tolerance and coexistence. Even more, the 500 year old Moroccan Jewish neighborhood has a powerful and little-known historical past and a tradition rooted in Africa and the Muslim world.
From the Ocean to the Sahara…Morocco jewish tour takes you on a journey to take a look at Morocco’s pure, historic and Jewish highlights. You’ll get a style of the unique charms of the wild Atlas Mountains with their snow capped peaks, lush oases, camel caravans, nice Imperial cities with their Kasbahs and the old Jewish Quarters. For those who want to uncover the good Jewish tradition and take a sneak peek again into past times, then this is the perfect tour to discover Moroccan Jewish culture and to experience the wealthy Jewish and Arab cultures together with Berber, Spanish, Roman and different influences.

Day 01
Casablanca

Upon arrival to the Casablanca airport, your first step will be a panoramic drive through the town of Casablanca. Then, you will view the Royal Palace, the structure of Place Mohamed V, Anfa, the residential space and the Marabout of Sidi Abderrahman (a holy shrine constructed on a rocky outcropping within the Atlantic ocean to which ladies journey from all around Morocco seeking miracles) and discover the romantic beachfront with its world well-known retailers, eating places and nightclubs.

We will go to the well-known Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the world outside of Mecca. Then we’ll go to the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues reminiscent of Beth-El, the biggest synagogue and an essential neighborhood building, The Jewish cemetery within the Mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Then we visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca which is the primary Jewish Museum in any Arab nation. It presents religious, ethnographic and creative objects that reveal the historical past, faith, traditions and every day lifetime of Jews within the context of Moroccan civilization.

Overnight

Day 02
Rabat

After breakfast we depart to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. We take a look at the bustling Medina, then we visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the unfinished Hassan Tower ; it’s the counterpart of Marrakech’s Koutoubia Mosque and the Giralda Cathedral in Seville, Spain, all of which have been constructed by the Almohad Dynasty and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum (Mohamed VI. Revered by Muslims and Jews alike, Mohamed V was capable of saving Moroccan Jews from the ugly fate of their European counterparts because of the Vichy regime’s occupation in World war II). Also, we’ll go to the Jewish neighborhood with its slim lanes and vibrant courtyards, the near-by Mellah has a wonderful synagogue located inside its gates, where as the primary synagogue can be found a number of blocks onward within the New city.

You’ll drive through the ramparts and the partitions of Mechouar that include the Royal Palace. In the Exterior town partitions of Rabat, we’ll go to one other walled city, the traditional ruins of Chellah, the place Jews are believed to have lived through the time of the Phoenicians. Then we’ll go to the Kasbah of Oudayas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with magnificent views.

Overnight

Day 03
Rabat − Volubilis − Meknes − Fez

After Breakfast, departure for Meknes for a Journey via lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of historic olive groves and vineyards which await you within the Ismalian capital of Meknes. Often known as Moroccan Versailles” which was built in the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail, the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs writings from the Christian period in addition to Greek inscriptions that also are visible in native Synagogues. You could want to go to the ageing Talmud Torah within the Jewish Quarter and the brand new Mellah (Meknes had two of them: the unique one and the 20th-century new Mellah). Go to the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan, who was the “Big Boss of Meknes” and is one other pilgrimage shrine. Within the new Mellah there are 11 synagogues of which eight are sadly not used nowadays.
After a sightseeing tour of the town, your journey will proceed until you attain Moulay Idriss. You can also journey to Moulay Idriss shrine, the holiest Muslim site in all of Morocco. Afterwards, you’ll go to the ruins at Volubilis, which was the Roman capital of North-western Africa, which is an archeological site and is among the most well known in the world. After some free time in the evening, you will arrive at Fez within the night.

Overnight

Day 04
Fez

Breakfast at your resort. The entire day will likely be dedicated to the sightseeing of Fez, the oldest cultural and religious imperial city of Morocco. Spend a memorable morning taking a particular look at the Jewish historical past and tradition of conventional Morocco. Discover the Mellah (Jewish district) of Fez, built in 1438 and was for a long time a residence to tens of thousands of Jews, 40 synagogues, the Wager Din, communal ovens, ritual baths and colleges. Go to the huge Jewish cemetery in front of the gates of the Royal Palace and the nascent Jewish Museum on the Em HaBanim synagogue. Go to the just lately restored Ibn Danan synagogue – the oldest extant synagogue in Fez.

Within the afternoon we are going to discover Medieval Medina, the Medersas, the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II the founding father of Fez within the ninth century who inspired the Jews to maneuver to Fez and the splendid Najjarin fountain, Then we are going to go to numerous souks and the well-known tanneries to watch numerous craftsmen perform their work paying homage to various historical methods.

Overnight

Day 05
Fez − Ifran − Midelt − Erfoud − Merzouga

After breakfast, we’ll go out of Fez and its magnificent historical past heading to the magical south of Morocco. In some small villages within the south, we’ll come by Jewish Heritage as fairly good numbers of the Jews used to stay everywhere in the south of Morocco in co-existence with the native Berbers of the realm. We are going to go via the scenic Center Atlas Mountains and charming cities of Ifran and Azrou. The latter could be very well-known for its craftsmanship.

Have lunch in the small city of Midelt, we’ll proceed south alongside the Ziz River until it lastly dies out within the Sahara desert and also you arrive at Erfoud, This city was the main Jewish hold in the middle of Tafilelt, the place where Jews lived and financed the caravan commerce with Sub-Saharian Africa from the eighth century. Jews labored as retailers and artisans as late as the 20 th century.

Highlights of the trip will also include additionally the Jewish cemetery; it’s sandy however well-preserved….We take the road to the streets of Merzouga then we take you to discover the dunes of Erg Chebbi that are the most massive in norther Africa. It’s actual shifting sculptures within the form of draperies which colors differ in accordance with the depth of sunshine is an absolute spectacle not to miss.

Overnight (under Nomadic tents)

Day 06
Erfoud − Tinghir − Mgouna − Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we’ll begin the town tour of Tinghir the place where a wide variety of Jews used to reside throughout the 20th century. We’ll go to the Jewish part of the city, the place where Jews used to reside in co-existence of the native Berbers, and also where is located the Jewish Cemetery. After time we’ll take pleasure for a while during a stroll alongside the very lovely valley and on the banks of the river to understand the fantastic thing about a really lengthy oasis of greater than 40 km filled with palm bushes and plenty of fruits.

After Tinghir, we’ll head to Ouarzazate through the road of the one thousand and one Kasbahs. Then, we’ll move through the Dades Valley, one of many longest valleys in Morocco, and El Kelaa M’Gouna. The latter is legendary for cultivating roses, and yearly, there’s a huge competition celebrating this lovely crop. The competition all the time attended by thousands of individuals from all components of the world and yearly, the native folks elect essentially the most lovely woman of the realm and crown her. In Kelaa Mgouna additionally, many merchandise extracted from roes are to be anticipated. We’ll proceed our tour to Morocco’s Hollywood Ouarzazate.

Overnight

Day 07
Ouarzazate − Ait-ben Haddou − Marrakech

Depart for Marrakech and visit the “seat” of pacha Glaoui, the Kasbah of Taourirt, thought-about as one of the crucial stunning kasbahs in Morocco. Proceed the journey to the great fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, essentially the most spectacular fortress village within the south of Morocco and the movie making village where many nice movies have been shot. Proceed to Marrakech by way of the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m) the very best panoramic view over the Atlas Mountains.

Day 08
Marrakech

After breakfast, we can have a full day city tour of Marrakech. We discover its wealthy Jewish Heritage together with another historical monuments of the town. Our city tour will embrace the previous and present synagogues throughout the Mellah close to which we may also discover an authentic Jewish cemetery, a number of centuries old. The cemetery is now beneath ground-level, fully lined, and hidden by a second “era” (stage) of graves.

The present cemetery, at floor stage, dates again about 200 to 300 years back. Although the cemetery remains to be in use, it can be very full and has just one small space remaining for future burials. There aren’t any divisions for Orthodox or different branches of Judaism, however just for Jewish burials. Our city tour of Marrakesh may also embrace the defining landmark of the town, the 12th century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia. After that you can visit the Saadian tombs and Menara backyard. Later we’ll take pleasure in a stroll across the well-known Jamaa El Fna sq. with its snake charmers, fortune tellers and arrays of meals.

Day 09
Marrakech − Essaouira − Marrakech

You’ll go on a full day tour of Essaouira to settle down and relax in this splendid small city. Essaouira is famous for its annual competition of “Gnaoua music festival”. The town is a really welcoming and engaging city with a stupendous old Medina which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site that by no means ceases to seduce its guests. The attractiveness of Essaouira is mirrored in its stunning structure, cultural treasures, curved sandy seashores, and gorgeous mixture of ocean view. Essaouira’s highlights include: the Moulay El Hassan square, The Skala, the old Portuguese harbour, the ramparts, the Jewish district and its known cemetery.

Day 10
Marrakech / Casablanca airport

After breakfast, private transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca airport for your departing flight.

PLEASE NOTE
  • You can modify the itinerary according to your specific budget, dates, interests or cities of arrival or departure
  • The tour can be shortened, extended or modified to end wherever as the guests wish
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private English speaking driver for the entire trip
  • First class accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & some dinners
  • 4 wheels drive to Merzouga dunes
  • Camel trek
  • Certified tour guide in Marrakech, Essaouira, Agadir
  • Entrance fees to historical sites / museums
  • Departure transfer
  • International air fare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches / drinks
  • Personal spending
Night
City
Class
Hotels & Riads
1 Night
Casablanca
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L

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1 Night
Rabat
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L
2 Nights
Fez
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L
1 Night
Merzouga
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L
1 Night
Ouarzazate
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L
2 Nights
Marrakech
3* / 4* / 5*/ 5*L
  • Single supplements & Group discount are available upon request
  • Children fare ( please see our terms & conditions )

In the multifaceted history of Morocco, Jews have lived alongside Arabs and Berbers for centuries, while retaining ancient traditions, customs, and culture. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Moroccan Jewish community, which has always been, and still is, one of the largest in the Arab world. This journey takes you through a melding of Jewish and Arab cultures along with Berber, Spanish, Roman, and other influences.

Morocco’s Jewish history dates back to 1492, when upwards of three million European Muslims and Jews emigrated to or through Morocco after being driven out of Catholic Spain. Today there are approximately 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin living in Israel, and around 30,000 Jews still in Morocco. Strong ties between Morocco and Israel enable Morocco to maintain a unique position in Arab-Israeli relations, as Morocco’s kings have brokered peace and welcomed Israeli leaders on official visits.

Casablanca and Rabat Heritage tour

Your window to the rich heritage of Morocco opens with a welcome by your private driver upon your arrival at Casablanca. After a brief tour of the highlights of Casablanca, home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco.  Travel to Rabat, Morocco’s present-day capital and principal royal residence. Then, tour the narrow lanes and colorful courtyards of the mellah (Jewish Quarter). Recuperate from your travels amid the trees and flowers of the city’s tranquil gardens. In the morning, depart for Meknes, a former capital whose medina walls are adorned with exquisite gates considered among the best preserved in the Islamic world, and active and historic synagogues feature Hebraic and Greek inscriptions.

Fez Heritage tour

Then on to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of the nation, for a few days of exploration. Tour Fez el-Bali (“Fez the Old”) and its medieval medina (old town), a UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, tiny squares, and artisan workshops. Visit centuries-old mosques, synagogues, and universities. See the multi-colored vats of the open-air tanneries. Shop for traditional wares made from copper, ceramics, and leather. Also visit Fez el-Djedid (“Fez the New”), built in the 13th century, and home of Morocco’s first mellah, in the shadow of the Royal Palace.

A highlight of the mellah is the fascinating Jewish Cemetery and Habarim Synagogue, now a museum with detailed genealogical records. Excursions to the countryside reveal the near-perfectly preserved ruins of Volubilis, a thriving Roman settlement until the 4th century. Just beyond Volubilis lies the holy city of Moulay Idriss, a scenic whitewashed town where the first Arab dynasty was founded in 787 AD.

Middle Atlas Mountains tour

Next head over the Middle Atlas Mountains, traveling through fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms, and sienna mud-brick Berber villages. Lunch in Midelt, a sleepy village bursting with colorful minerals and fossils on display by roadside vendors. As you approach central Morocco, and the dramatic escarpments, plunging ravines and palm-filled gorges of Ziz Valley, you pass through the oasis region of Erfoud, a desert outpost where hand-loomed Berber rugs are bargained for over mint tea. Nearby Merzouga is the point of departure for your Sahara Desert immersion.

Morocco Sahara Jewish heritage tour

Explore the mystical landscape as you ride on camelback, led by a Bedouin guide robed in the flowing blue garb of the Tuareg people, through the stunning sands. As night falls, delight in a Moroccan feast cooked in the elements. Even more, sleep in a nomad tent beneath the innumerable stars of the clear desert sky, or in a comfortable hotel in searing summer months.

Awake with the sunrise to watch the colors of the desert change before your eyes. Then, continue your journey through the Dadès Valley. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. Furthermore, Stop in the Todra Gorge to marvel at the natural force that carved this quiet Berber oasis and rock-climbing haven. Overnight in Ouarzazate, a thriving trading post and Morocco’s modern-day Hollywood. Next, traverse the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in Africa. Stop en route at the fortified village of Ait ben Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Marrakech Jewish Heritage Tour

Continue to Marrakesh, an ancient oasis city of weathered pink buildings and orange groves. Then, tour the fascinating local souks (markets), stunning palaces, lush gardens, and historic monuments. Tour Marrakesh’s mellah, established in the 16th century, once the home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews; the Palais de la Bahia; the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts; and the beautiful Jardin Menara, with its reflecting pools surrounded by a large grove of olive trees. Witness the carnivalesque public square Djemaa el-Fna as water sellers, snake charmers, magicians, and storytellers compete for an audience. Finally, Celebrate the conclusion of your journey by dining at a centuries-old former palace.

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