11 Day Jewish Tour of Morocco

Day One: DEPARTURE

Depart the U.S.A. Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two:ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA

Arrive at Casablanca International Airport.
Welcome by your local guide and assistance with arrival formalities.
Begin with a panoramic tour of Casablanca and its diverse neighborhoods.
Visit the famous Mosque of Hassan II (the third largest Mosque in the world) (time permitting).
Lunch on own, en route.
The Glory of Moroccan Jewry: Guided visit through the Museum of the Jews of Morocco, for a glimpse into the rich and colorful world of Moroccan Jewry.
Check into the hotel. 
Dinner on own.

Overnight: Casablanca

Day Three: ROYAL RABAT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart for Rabat.
  • Begin your visit with a city tour that includes a drive around the walls of the Royal Palace and a visit to the Mausoleums of Mohammad V and Hassan II, two rulers who worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish community.
  • Take a guided walk through the Old Walled City and the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to the ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C.E., the town became an important outpost of the Roman Empire.
  • Depart for Fes, the most extensive medieval city in the Arab world, and the home of Jewish scholars and rabbis for hundreds of years.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Fes

Day Four: THE MYSTERIES OF FES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take in a panoramic view of the Medina of Fes from Borj Sud.
  • Enjoy a guided visit through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fes and visit the Ibn Danan Synagogue.
  • Visit the famous Fes Jewish cemetery, where some of the city's legendary rabbis are buried.
  • Continue on a guided walk through the Medina, where the renowned Jewish scholar Maimonides once lived. Our visit includes:
    • A glimpse of local craftsman at work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve and chisel today as they have done for centuries.
    • A tour of the Madrasa Bou Inania, founded in the years 1351-56. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors.
  • Lunch on own en route and continue with:
  • A visit to the Museum of Wooden Arts in the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop.
  • A look into the University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin, considered by the Guinness Book of Records, UNESCO and many historians as the oldest continuously operating, academic degree-granting university in the world. 
  • Visit the Tanneries of Fes, which give the Medina its unique flavor and smell.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Fes

Day Five: INTO THE DESERT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Fes, and drive through the fertile valley of Saiss, and through cedar forests, to Ifrane.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Saharan plateau. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Erfoud.

Day Six: EXPLORING THE DESERT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the city of Rissani and the ruins of the legendary caravan city of Sijilmassa.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Drive in rugged off-road (4X4) vehicles deep into the Sahara Desert.
  • Ride camels over the sand dunes of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara and arrive at your desert camp.
  • Traditional dinner at a camp under the stars.

Overnight: Desert Camp, Merzouga

Day Seven: THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS 

  • Early wake-up to enjoy a desert sunrise and get the adrenaline pumping with (optional)sand-boarding on the sand dunes.
  • Breakfast at the camp.
  • Depart the camp and begin the drive through the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Stop in Tineghir, a beautiful mountain oasis.
  • Walk along the Todra Gorge, home to a variety of rare plant and bird species.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs,” a region of fortresses.
  • Arrive in Ait Ben Haddou, one of Southern Morocco's most recognizable villages, often used as a location for fashion and film shoots.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ait Ben Haddou 

Day Eight: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO MARRAKECH

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Explore Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Drive to Marrakech through changing landscapes, including the 7,500-foot-high Tizi N'tichka Pass.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, including:
    • Bab Agnaou, one of the gates of the Medina.
    • The Saadian Tombs, built in the 16th century as a mausoleum for many Saadian rulers and entertainers.
    • The Slat alAzama Synagogue, the synagogue of the Mellah.
    • The 19th-century Bahia Palace.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Nine: THE WONDERS OF MARRAKECH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the famous Majorelle Garden, created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle.
  • Take part in a Moroccan home-cooking workshop.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore Marrakech's enormous marketplace.
  • Experience the Djemaa El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa, with its snake-charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortune-tellers and storytellers.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Ten: AT LEISURE IN MARRAKECH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day to explore Marrakech on your own - shop, enjoy one of the many spas or hamams in the city, or just relax.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Eleven: RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Casablanca International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
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