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MOROCCO JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS


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MOROCCO JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS / 12 days 11 nights

DAY 1: Arrival

Once arrived, you will find our driver and guide who will escort you to your hotel for check in. Casablanca known for 10 or more sinagogues scattered around the city, we will start by Beth-El, the main centre piece for a one upon a time known Jewish community. The stainless steel windows and the vibrant artistic expressions all over the synagogue is what attracts most of the Jewish tourists coming to Morocco. Depending on your flight schedule, we can also schedule a visit to two interesting temples in the city, EmHabarim and NeveChalom. Once the visits are over, we will be heading for a special dinner at an old world country club where the Jewish community hangs out. At any given time you will find a group of people different ages playing cards and socializing in one of the side rooms and the rest enjoying their favourite dishes.

DAY 2: CASABLANCA – RABAT

Waking up early for breakfast and a explorational day ahead, we will discover the Moroccan Jewish heritage of the country and what it has to offer. Our first stop is the Museum of Moroccan Judais in Casablanca where you will learn about the Jewish community in Morocco and how it started. Right after we will head to the Jewish cemetery to pray for the souls who passed away in this beautiful land and then we will head to shop at the Mellah for some souvenirs and have some conversations with the locals. After a delicious Moroccan lunch, we are off to Rabat for a dinner and overnight.

DAY3:  RABAT – FES (Via Meknes &Volubilis)

Waking up in Rabat, we will head first with your guide to the Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah where he explains the history of this ancient Kasbah. Then, we are off Meknes, we start by Morocco’s most preserved Roman town Volubilis .Which dates back to the 300 B.C therefore, it has been considered the oldest Moroccan cities according to the excavations discovered there, and is recognized a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The next stop in our expedition will be the nearby MoulayIsmael Mausoleum, the holiest site that holds a special value in the hearts of the Moroccan people, it was the place where MoulayIsmaelsettled after bringing the Religion of Islam from the east. Later on, we will move to Meknes, also called the “Moroccan Versailles” an imperial city with a Spanish-Moorish architecture, surrounded by huge stone walls with ancient historic doors. After lunch, we will head to the Granaries and the Royal stables, before we go for an educational visit of the Torah Synagogue and the Jewish quarter, we will also pass by the Jewish cemetery to pray for the passed away souls of this land, then we take route to the ancient city of Fes for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: FES SIGHTSEEING

Good morning, sip your coffe at your terasse overlooking the majestic medina walls and the atlas mountains, Then, you will visit the ancient Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, founded by a Muslim woman, the University opened its doors in 859. Fes is surrounded with a large wall from the medieval Marinid era, vibrant souks and medina streets almost like a labyrinth, you guide will take you to visit one of the biggest tanneries in the country, still using traditional methods, the rooftop of the tanneries offer a panoramic view of the Medina and the surrounding mountains. then off to discover the pottery factories onfoot; the souk, the square and the NejjarineFountain, and outdoor views of the Karaouyine Mosque in heart ofMedina. The narrow streets are busy and you’ll need to watch out for thedonkeys. Then, we will make our wat to the Mellah, then Maimonides cemetery to learn about the famous Jews who passed away in this ancient city and how much difference they made. After that, we will head to the Danan and Fes Synagogue to learn about the history of these sacred places.

DAY 5: FES – MERZOUGA

Leave Fes and its intricate cloud of roads means somehow regain orientation. It's off to the desert. And thejourney through the mountains of the Middle Atlas Western Australia, from which there is some of the mostbeautiful stretches of cedar and hazel born in Morocco and most important rivers. Landscapes chase inparticular in the area of Azrou, Ifrane, popular center for winter sports, known as "the Switzerland ofMorocco." It makes a stop in Midelt and then proceed to Merzouga. When you arrive in Erfoud, the desert is upon us. But it is with immense dunes of Erg Chebbi, near the oasis of Merzouga, the highest you'll ever

meet in Morocco that you feel arrived. It is the true desert, the one where the annual rainfall below 100 millimeters. This is the place where, oasis apart, nothing grows, nothing moves. Aside from the wind modelof continuous horizon. Leave the car at the end of the paved road, it will lead us to the camel to the bivouacfor the night. A field equipped and guarded, where you can dine in the light of the fire, you will not miss asecond of the spectacle of the starry sky. Sleeping in tents is almost a sin, to turn off the light on the most

beautiful starry night.

DAY6: MERZOUGA – OUERZAZATE

Wake up in sunrise like nomads, after breakfast, start your trip to a visit to Rissani, the old Sijilmassa,the economic capital of Morocco where the caravans used to depart through the desert and where itstill holds a market known in particular for the sale of medicines, donkeys and Berbers. Here you alsofind many traditional kasbahs and other buildings. For lunch, you will experience directly thehospitality of the locals. A Tuareg family opens the doors of his modest home for us to taste theBerber pizza with its 44 spices. Soon after, we will head back to Rissani, this time from a differentdirection from the first leg, passing through the village of N'Kob and the valley of the Draa. We willthen make a stop for tea and a visit to Agdez. After your tea break, we head in the direction of Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: OUERZAZATE - MARRAKECH

After breakfast, we will go see the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios if you haven’t had the time on day 2, the largest and mostfamous film studios in all of Africa. From here, you can stop at the oasis of Fint, a few kilometresfrom Ouarzazate. We then continue on the road of Tizin'Tichka stopping for lunch in a smallvillage. Then make our way through the valley of the roses to arrakech for a dinner and overnight.

DAY7: MARRAKECH MONUMENTS

Today after your first Moroccan breakfast, we will go back in time centuries back to discover the mysteries of this amazing red city. We will start at the Bahia palace, known for its incredible gardens, built in the 19th century, built to be one of the greatest palaces of its time from which derives the name Bahia: Brilliance. We will continue our time travel through the Medina walls in the direction of the highest building in Marrakech, The Kououbia Mosque, known as the mosque of the booksellers, follow your guide through the minarets while he explains to you the history of this marvel.

After your delicious launch getting a taste of Morocco, we will head to the koranic school Ben Youssef, named after the Almoravid Sultan who made Marrakech a known place worldwide, this school is the largest Madrassa in Morocco. Once done, we will head to the Jewish Mellah to shop for the best leather and pottery Morocco can offer. Later we head for tea at sunset to enjoy the golden views of the Jamaa El Fna Square.

DAY 8: MARRAKECH GARDENS:

Today stroll like a king and queen in your horse carriage around the city and visit the famous Majorelle gardens known internationally, walk around the cactus trees and visit the museum to discover the berber heritage of the country, once done, head for the Menara gardens and enjoy a first class lunch overlooking the Marrakchi city life. Head back to your hotel for a 5-star dinner and overnight.

DAY9: ESSAOUIRA

Wake up at your pace and enjoy the Marrakech sun, once your breakfast is done, we will head west in the direct of the coast of Morocco to the city Essaouira, this port city is protected by an 18th century wall named the Skala of the Kasbah and old brass cannons lining the calls, designer by the Portuguese and other European engineers to show the marvel of the Atlantic ocean. If wind surfing is your thing, Essaouira is known all over the world and holds international surfing competitions.

Many of Essaouira’s homes still have the star of David above the doorways of Jewsih homes. Each year religious Jews from around the world coes to Essaouira for an annual pilgrimage to visit the grave of Rabbi Haim Pinto who passed in the 1845. The Hiloula celebrating Rabbi Pinto is held each September. A generation ago there were Jewish Inhabitants in Essaouira, however today there is just one known family left called the Jacky Kadoch family and other descendants of other Jewish families who come seasonaly. Jacky Kadoch is the president of the Essaouira Jewish community.

DAY 10: MARRAKECH Rest today and enjoy the souks at your pace, it’s been a long journey, head to a Moroccan Hammam spa and get scrubbed with Moroccan oils and relax for a candle lit dinner at your hotel.

DAY 10: Departure

Seems like your holiday is over and we definitely will expect you again for another tour of our beautiful Morocco. Depending on your flight, we will escort you to the airport on time and wish you a safe flight back home.

  Included in your Package

-Stay accommodation
-Breakfasts & Dinners
-Transportaion by Van or 4X4 with fuel for entire journey equipped by an air-conditioning system.
-Desert experience by 4x4
-Camel Tours (sunset, sunrise)
-Mineral water in the car + wifi
-Sandboarding
 

  Not Included in your Package

-Alcoholic or soft drinks
-Lunches
-Personal purchase
-Tips
-Quad Bikes
-Entrance fees to the museums and historical monuments mentioned below (optional)