Jewish Heritage Journey – 12 Days - 11 Nights – From Casablanca
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- 12 Days
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Day 1: Arrival to Casablanca
Arrival to Casablanca airport. Meet your private driver and escorted for the check in at the hotel. Dinne rat Rick’s Cafe. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat
Today you will have an orientation tour of Casablanca, home to Morocco’s largest Jewish community. During private touring, discover the Museum of Moroccan Judaism—the only Jewish museum in the Arab world—and see other highlights of this lively coastal city. You will explore the exterior of royal palace and the internal visit of Hassan II Mosque. Visit the Jewish quarter (Mellah) with its temples and synagogues such as Bet-El, Em Habanim and Neve Shalom. Depart to Rabat to visit the Kasbah of Oudayas located next to the Medina within the ramparts of the old city. The Mellah, with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, now the home of few Jewish families.” Overnight with dinner in Rabat.
Day 3: Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fes
The tour will continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. We will stop at the former imperial city of Mekens where the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaph dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local synagogues where the tomb of Rabbi David Ben imdan, “the patron of Meknes” is located. There is also the new Mellah (Jewish ghetto) which harbors eleven synagogues, eight of which are still in use. The tour will include a visit to Bab El Mansour, the Hedim Square and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fes via Volubilis, a very preserved Roman city. Overnight with dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Fes Sightseeing Tour
Explore the medieval city of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops. Fes was home to one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times, Rabbi Isaac Alfassi, as well as Maimonides in the years of 1160 to 1165. Visit the Mellah with its synagogue. Fez is a spiritual and cultural center with many facets. The tour will take you back in time while visiting Al Quaraouiyine University, the oldest university in the world (before even Oxford or the Sorbonne). We will also visit the medieval Medina with its Bou Anania Medersa, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. Overnight with breakfast at your hotel.
Day 5: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzuga Desert
After the breakfast we will start you day driving towards the gorgeous Sahara Desert of Merzouga, passing through the beautifuk town of Ifrane to arrive to the cedar forest of Azrou where the Barbary monkeys are located. It will be good opportunity to take photos of wilderness in Morocco. Optional lunch break on the way. We continue the way through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Medilt to arrive to the small town of Rich,Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet. And then continue to Merzouga where you will enjoy ridding camels towards the luxury desert camp for the overnight with dinner.
Day 6: Merzuga Desert - Todra Gorges - Rose valley - Ouarzazate
Enjoy a picturesque sunrise before breakfast, ride camels back to Merzouga to continue the tour to Todra Gorges known for its impressive bare escarpments. Continue to Tinghir and visit its Mellah gateway and the ancient colorful Jewish quarter. We continue the journey to Ouarzazate via Kellat M’gouna and visit of Tiliit (5 miles from Kellat M’gouna), known as the ancient city of Jews of the Dades. The fortresds of Tiliit has been the center of Jewish region ruled by the Spanish – Jewish family of Perez from the end of the 15th century until the reign of Moulay Ismail in 1672. Continue to the hollywood of Africa Ouarzazate, check in at hotel and overnight with dinner.
Day 7: Ouarzazate- Ait benhadou - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
Today you start to explore Ouarzazate, as a destination that attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios where some of the famous movies were filmed such as The Mummy and Gladiator. You will have time to explore the Jewish Quarter "Mellah" We will pass by Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah as a UNESCO heritage site and, the most spectacular fortress village in the south of Morocco and the iconic landscape immortalized in such films as, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, The Sheltering Sky, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Alexander the great. After that, we will begin to cross the high Atlas Mountains with many panoramic views and attractive Berber villages to reach Marrakech. Overnight with dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Marrakech Sightseeing Tour
Today you will take a sightseeing tour of Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings. You will tour the city’s Jewish quarter, and see centuries-old synagogues and other sites of interest. Also share a meal with a Jewish home family, and learn about their experience as Jews in modern Morocco. Visit the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen Cemetery which is also the burial place of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough known as the “patron of Marrakech.” The city tour will include the former and current synagogues. You will visit the Bahia Palace. On the afternoon, strolling through the narrow streets of the old medina of Marrakech discovering artisans still working in the old-age traditional way. End up at Djemaa El Fna Square, considered to be the most famous and popular place in Marrakech. Overnight with breakfast at the hotel.
Day 9: Berber Life Experience
Today you will have a day trip out of the blusting Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot, one of Morocco’s most acclaimed luxury resorts. Designed like a traditional Moroccan fort, the hillside resort has beautiful grounds and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Depending on the day of the trip you can explore the local Market of Asni. You will also enjoy private visits to local Berber villages, Take a workshop with a master potter to learn how Morocco’s distinctive conical tagine cookware and earthenware serving dishes are created. On the afternoon, you will be back to Marrakech city for the overnight.
Day 10: Marrakech - Essaouira
We drive out of Marrakech towards the coastal of Essaouira. The town was fortified by a French-influenced architect named Vauban, and a former the settling ground for a large Jewish population, so the city has an eclectic, multicultural feel of Jewish heritage. As a result of these influences, Essaouira has become the premiere destination for artists and intellectuals. The city’s stable microclimate gives it a mild winter and a cool summer, so you can make the most of the beaches year round. Don’t leave Essaouira without visiting the local artisans, who are known for their marquetry furniture intricate designs inlaid in the roots of cedar. Check in and overnight with dinner at the hotel.
Day 11: Essaouira - Safi - El Jadida
Today you will drive on the side of the Atlantic bay. You will arrive to Safi, you visit the Portuguese Sea Castle, the Pottery's hill, the Jewish synagogue and Tombs of Ullad Zmirou. Then, to El Jadida, the 18th century Portuguese citadel later served as the Jewish quarter. It is possible to climb the bastions, where a Star of David can be seen on an abandoned synagogue, which was converted from a Portuguese court house. Next to the Portuguese city is a large Jewish cemetery. The tomb stones of Jewish translators and employees of foreign consuls demonstrate the Jewish role in 19th century trade with Europe. Overnight with dinner at the hotel.
Day 12: El Jadida- Back to Casablanca airport
Transfer from El Jadida to Casablanca Mohammed V International airport for your return flight with of remarkable memories.
- * Private air conditioned transportation at disposal.
- * Private driver.
- * 11 nights' accommodation in the hotel chosen.
- * Daily breakfast.
- * Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary.
- * Camel treks, where applicable, with the services of a local camel guide.
- * Sightseeing by English Speaking local guides as per itinerary.
- * Entrance fees to the monuments & Museums.
- * Hotel Taxes.
- * Air fare travel.
- * Insurance.
- * Lunches.
- * Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary.
- * Drinks.