Day 1 : Casablanca – Arrive in Morocco’s Most Contemporary City
You will be arriving at the airport in Morocco on the first day of your Jewish Heritage tour. Home to over 30 synagogues, Casablanca is a great base to kick-off our travel itinerary in Morocco. Make sure to get some rest, as tomorrow we are taking you to see some of Casablanca’s most famous Jewish sites ranging from temples and synagogues to kosher restaurants and museums.
Day 2 : Casablanca – A Full Day Tour of Morocco’s Current Jewish Neighborhood – Rabat
After you have breakfast in your hotel, our experienced guides are taking you on a full-day tour of Morocco’s Current Jewish Neighborhood in Casablanca. You will be visiting sites such as the Mohamed V square, United Nations square, Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the world’s largest mosques. Get ready to discover the Jewish Museum that is dedicated to the Jewish community. The highlight of our travel adventure in Casablanca is definitely a visit to Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Synagogue in Casablanca. Not more than a century old, the mellah in Casablanca is a great place to discover traces of the Jewish heritage in Casablanca. Here, you will also find the Jewish cemetery.
Day 3 : Rabat - See the 17th-Century Capital at Meknes and Ruins at Volubilis
Our next stop is the city of Rabat where attractions like the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower are just waiting to be explored. Decorated with stained glass and white marble, the famous Mausoleum of Mohammed V is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. This place is actually one of Morocco’s pilgrimage sites for Jews who come here every year to show respect for Mohammed V who protected their ancestors from the anti-Semitic policies of the French Vichy Government. In Meknes, explore historic sites such as Bab El Mansour, the Meknes Stables, Hedim Square, the Thursday Gate and mosque of Moulay Ismail. With its colorful courtyards, the medina in Meknes houses many Hebraic epitaphs, which means that the presence of Jewish history is more than evident. In the afternoon, discover the fascinating Roman ruins in Volubilis.
Day 4 : Fes – Visit the Historical Jewish Neighborhood and Restored Synagogue
Day 4 of our Morocco tour is reserved for the lovely city of Fes. Considered as the spiritual capital of the country, Fes is one of the oldest imperial cities in the world with a mellah that dates back to the 15th century. In the company of our local guide, visit the Jewish cemetery where prominent Jews like Rabbis such as Yehuda Ben Attar, Monsengo, and Rabbi Isaac Alfasi are buried. Don’t forget to check out the souks which specialize in everything from tanneries and carpets to ceramic and pottery. Fes used to be home to more than 40 synagogues. Nowadays, the most famous synagogue is the Danan Synagogue which is one of the rare survivors.
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Day 5 : Fes – Sahara Desert – See the Synagogue of Midelt and an Evening in the Desert
Before we take you to admire the natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, let’s stop at the lovely town of Midelt which is surrounded by the majestic Ayachi Mountain. Here, you will have an opportunity to see the lovely synagogue of Midelt and check out the nearby Kasbah Myriem which is a Christian monastery. In the evening, we are heading out to see the famous Sahara Desert.
Day 6 : Sahara Desert exploration
No trip to Sahara is complete without paying a visit to the spectacular Sahara Desert. With its otherworldly beauty, the dessert is the highlight of many tours here in Morocco. From a vast collection of seemingly eternal dunes to camel rides, there is plenty to look forward to when visiting the mighty Sahara Desert in Morocco.
Day 7 : Sahara – Explore the Dadès Gorge, the Ancient City of Jews and Rose Valley
On day 7, our professional guides are taking you to witness some of the most spectacular scenery in Morocco. Welcome to Dades Gorge, a dramatic landscape dotted with mauve mountains and fertile valleys. Stretching for 100 miles, Dades Gorge has many beautiful sections and one of them is the charming Rose Valley.
Day 8 : Skoura – Ouarzazate - Atlas Mountains to Marrakech
Our travel adventure continues with a visit to Skoura and Ouarzazate. Founded in the 12th century, Skoura is famous for its century Amerhidl Kasbah. There are also other kasbahs here worth visiting such as Ben Amar and Ait Ben Haddou Kasbahs. Often called “Door of the Desert”, Ouarzazate is a popular destination for visitors traveling from south of Morocco to the south of the country. You may recognize the area, as it was featured in many major movies and television series like the Game of Thrones and the Gladiator. It comes as no surprise that this place has another nickname, Ouallywood.
Day 9 : Marrakech – Be Guided through the Old Jewish Neighborhoods of the City
Welcome to Marrakech, one of the most beautiful and most popular destinations in Morocco. A city that once had a strong Jewish community, Marrakesh is home to many Jewish sites and attractions. Visit the Medina and its narrow streets, admire the beauty of Bahia Palace, and explore the fabulous Menara Garden. Souks and handicraft quarters are located at the Djemaa El Fna square which is constantly buzzing with entertainment. Other places of interest include Marrakech Lazama Synagogue in the old medina, Synagogue Bet-El, and The Saadian Tombs. In case you wish to purchase spices like saffron and cumin, make sure to stop by the colorful Old Spice Market in Marrakesh.
Day 10 : Marrakech – Jewish and Portuguese Roots of Seaside Village Essaouira
Our journey continues with a visit to the charming seaside fishing town of Essaouira. The town is well-known for its Jewish and Portuguese history and boasts cute blue and white-washed houses, art galleries, and wood workshops. Many of these houses are marked with the Star of David above the doors of Jewish homes. Two of the main attractions here include the synagogue and the home of the famous Rabbi Haim Pinto.
Day 11 : Marrakech - Depart for Home
You will be spending the last morning of the tour in Marrakech where you can go for a walk down the city’s colorful streets. We will say our goodbyes and organize your transport to the airport.
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