Morocco Jewish Heritage

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Morocco Jewish Heritage is private tours to Morocco, you’ll explore Morocco’s world-famous Imperial Cities and Ourika (High Atlas Mountains) Berber Jewish Villages, Sahara Desert Morocco Trip, the charming Jewish city of Essaouira, including the Jewish economic Capital of Morocco, Casablanca, as well as all Morocco’s hidden paths.

This journey lasts 10 days and can be customized with a private car or luxury van and English speaking driver based on your travel dates.
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Day 1 – Casablanca
Beth El Synagogue Casablanca



Jewish Cemetery


Upon arriving in Casablanca, Your tour leader will greet you and transfer you to your charming hotel Hyatt in Casablanca city center.
Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly recommended kosher restaurants.

Begin your day with a visit to the newly opened Jewish Museum in Casablanca. Although its collection is still quite formative, this is the first Jewish Museum in an Arab country. Visit the neighborhood that is home to most of Morocco’s Jewish Community. Stop by the cultural center and the Beth El synagogue.

You may wish to have lunch at some of the small kosher restaurants or wherever you may wish on your own.

Dinner at restaurant Rick’s cafe’ from the movie Casablanca.

Meals included: Dinner

Sites to Visit:

*Ride along the corniche (coastline)
* Royal Palace,
* Mohammed V square
* Jewish Museum +
synagogue
+ Hassan II mosque
Day 2: Volubilis / Meknes / Fez
You’ll travel past centuries-old olive groves and vineyards near Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famous for its 25-mile-long walls – not to mention excellent wine. Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years and explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics.

The short drive to Meknes, Unesco’s world heritage list. After a pleasant lunch at the holy city of Moulay Idriss with the locals on your own.

Afternoon to explore Meknes, an imperial city known as the Moroccan Versailles is where the Jewish heritage is visible through Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era in addition to Greek inscriptions that still appear in local synagogues. Meknes’ old Mellah (the Jewish quarter) is known for its historic Jewish street names, and the new Mellah is home to eleven synagogues.

A late afternoon short drive to Fez.

Dinner & overnight at your charming hotel at the ancient city in Fez.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Sites to Visit:

* Volubilis – Ancient Roman Ruins / Mosaics
* Bab El Mansour
* Dar El Makhzen palace
* Sidi Sand mosque,
* All Jewish heritage
* Kouba El Khayatine
Volubilis





Beth El Synagogue Casablanca
Day 3: Fez
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Fez Day Tour
A best surviving example of an ancient city, the spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam resting alongside ancient Jewish quarters. The Vibrant Jewish heritage in the Mellah, where artisan craft, antique Jewish goods, and handcrafted jewelry is sold. Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue, one of the oldest and most important synagogues in North Africa. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments and fabric of medieval Fez.

Lunch at the restaurant in the ancient city of Fez

Dinner wherever you may wish on your own.

Overnight and breakfast at your charming hotel in Fez
B&B at your charming riad in Fez.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sites to Visit:

* Royal Palace
* Mellah (Jewish Quarter)
* Jewish Synagogue(not always open to the public)
* Ramparts of Fes
* Potter’s Cooperative
* Al-Qayrawan mosque
* Medersa Bou Inania
* Weavers Cooperative
* Berber Carpet Demonstration
* Tanneries
* Dyers Market
* Najjarine Wood Museum
* Museum Batha
Day 4: Fez – Rabat
Morning couple of hours drive to the splendid capital of Morocco and one of the spectacular historic Imperial cities. The history and culture of Moroccan Jews, a 2,500-year history, a peaceable Jewish -Muslim coexistence. Explore Rabat’s Jewish cemeteries and sites, the Royal Palace, and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, who saved Moroccan Jews from the occupying Vichy regime during World War II.

a special visit the Jewish quarter with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, the nearby Mellah has a beautiful synagogue just inside its gates, while the main synagogue is found a few blocks onward in the New City. Outside the city walls of Rabat, we will visit another walled city, The ancient ruins of Chellah, where Jews are believed to have lived during the time of the Phoenicians. Then we will visit the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean you’ll find magnificent views. Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local Synagogues and a place of pilgrimage where the tomb of Rabbi’ David Benmidan is located.

Lunch at Fish restaurant

Dinner wherever you may wish on your own at many restaurants in the city center by walking distance.

Accommodation and breakfast at your charming riad in Rabat ancient city.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sites to Visit:

* Mohamed V Mausoleum
* La Tour Hassan
* Royal Palace
* Chellah
* Jewish Quarter & synagogue
* Ancient Medina
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Morocco Jewish Heritage Tour
Day 5: Rabat – Ourika Valley / High Atlas
Trekking the High Atlas MountainsMorning drive through Morocco countryside, and through the Ourika Valley that rises gently up to the preliminary hills of the High Atlas where small typical villages have nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only ” disturbed ” by birds singing, water streams, and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals, and crystal.

Afternoon to enjoy your charming Kasbah and to tour the old Jewish Berber village Anrar where your Kasbah is located. a special visit for a cup of tea with a Berber family.

You will visit one of the artisans in the village to teach you how to make some Berber pottery.

Dinner and overnight stay at your charming Kasbah Omar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6: Explore the Valley and Berber Villages
If it is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, you will visit the bustling weekly souk of at the Valley where all the locals meet to trade and do their weekly shopping still, just like the old days.

A visit to the aromatic garden of the valley.

A visit to the Jewish shrine at souk Lakhmis or the one near souk Lathnine.
A couple of hours trekking to explore some of the hidden Berber villages or to visit one of the hidden waterfalls of the valley. (optional)

a late afternoon Moroccan Culinary workshop at the Kasbah to learn how to make the Moroccan soup (Harira) and the famous Couscous with 7 vegetables.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at the village of Anrar.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Berber People
Day 7 & 8 – Marrakech
Marrakech Jewish heritage Tour








Marrakech Day Tour
A full day sightseeing and enjoy a peck into the world of Jewish Marrakesh. We will visit the Mellah with its synagogues, The Negidim synagogue built at the end of the 19th century, the other synagogue of the mellah is the Salat el Alzama, built at the turn of the century, there is a local legend that the synagogue was built during the Second Temple period by Jews who had never lived in Eretz-Israel and had not witnessed the destruction of the Temple… Then the cemetery where Rabbi Hanania Ha-Cohen, the Lion of Marrakesh, and Rabbi Pinhas Cohen are buried. We then proceed to the Palais el Bahia where our guided tour takes us to several grand halls, gardens, and the harem quarter.
Lunch at many restaurants with the locals on your own.

The night beats in the heart of the old city’s famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in the bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers, and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama unfolding as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians, and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

1st-night, dinner at a Jewish restaurant (Kosher food is available)

2nd night, You’ll cap off our journey at the dinner event of Fantasia as we bear witness to a splendid dramatic display of Arabian Nights filled with belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore.

Accommodation at your luxury hotel or riad in Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Suggested Sites:
* Djemaa El-Fna (large square)
* Saadian Tombs
* Bahia Palace
* Koutoubia Mosque
*Jewish quarter & Heritage
* Majorelle Gardens
* Menara Gardens
* Souk
* Spice / Perfumes / Natural Medicine Pharmacy (fun for a family)
Day 9 – Essaouira – Marrakech
A day trip to explore Essaouira Jewish Heritage

The 60’s music legends Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones were drawn to Essaouira’s idyllic charm, which continues today to lure musicians and artists alike to the sparkling whitewashed fishing village trimmed with the brilliant azure of its skies. A former Portuguese settlement in the 18th century, its stone ramparts overlook an emerald sea where dolphins sometimes frolic near the fringe of the silvery beach, and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Dream on the beach, stroll through serene squares, browse artisan shops or the fish market, bursting with a plethora of fruit of the sea to be grilled to a succulent finish before your eyes. Top it your repast with the national drink of Moroccan mint tea and savor delectable French pastries at one of Essaouira’s many charming cafes. A full day will be spent at Essaouira… and do not forget to take your horse riding at the beach before return to Marrakech.

Essaouira’s historic seaside medieval town boasts a Jewish History that is captivating for Jewish and non-Jewish travelers.

Visit Jewish Essaouira: Synagogue & Mellah: Jacky Kadoch is the president of Essaouira’s Jewish community. Rabbi Chaim Pinto, the synagogue of the revered Pinto is located in Essaouira’s medina within the Jewish Mellah. Former inhabitants of Essaouira, most of them Jewish, formed a committee to rehabilitate the town. An important member of the committee is King Mohammed VI’s Economic Advisor.

Visit the Essaouira Jewish Cemetery: The monolithic tombstones are carved out of marine sandstone. This kind of tombstone can be found in other Moroccan towns located mainly on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

Lunch at a rooftop restaurant with an ocean view of the charming Riad Mimouna.

A late afternoon drive back to Marrakech for some downtime at your charming hotel
Dinner on your own.
B&B at your charming hotel in Marrakech

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Essaouira Jewish Heritage







Essaouira Tourism
Day 10: Casablanca or Marrakech
Morning, 20 min transfer to Marrakech airport
or
2h & ½ transfer to Casablanca airport

Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost:
USD 2250 per person based on double occupancy
USD 4500 for 2Pax

Note: If you wish to upgrade to 5* accommodation, please let us know.

What’s Included:
* Charming 4* hotel lodging
* Charming Kasbah at the edge of the dunes / Sahara Desert
* Breakfast daily
* 4 Dinners & 2 Lunches
* Private Luxury transportation, Gas, Tolls & English tour leader for the entire trip
* Transfers to and from the airport
* Knowledgeable at the imperial cities & Essaouira for a half-day
* Museum fees
* All taxes

Not included in package price:
* Airfare
* Meals not included in the program
* Drinks
* Travel Insurance
* Tips