11 Days/ 10 Nights
DAY 1: CASABLANCA / RABAT
Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has
numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly
recommended kosher restaurants. Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport.
We start the sightseeing tour with the Habbous quarter, the United Nations
square and the Hassan II mosque, the second biggest mosque in the world;
then visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues
such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Shalom.
Departure to Rabat and Sale. We’ll start off with a visit to Chellah and
Kasbah of Oudayas next to the old Medina. Then Visit the Mellah, where
many Jewish families still live, with its narrow streets and lively courtyards.
Afterwards we visit Sale, where Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar , the
famous 18th century scholar and cabbalist was born. In the evening, head
back to Rabat for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: RABAT / MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / FES
After breakfast, departure to Meknes, a Moroccan imperial city known as the Moroccan Versailles.
Meknes was founded by Moulay Ismail at the
end of the 17th Century. The visit will include Bab El Mansour, the Hedim
square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail. In Meknes the Jewish heritage is
visible through Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era in addition to
Greek inscriptions still appear ing in local Synagogues. Meknes’ old Mellah
(the Jewish quarter) is known for its it’s historic Jewish street names and the
new Mellah is home to eleven Synagogues, eight of which are still in use.
Also not to be missed for a pilgrimage, the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan.
Head back to Fes via remains of the ancient roman city of Volubilis. At
arrival at Fes, check in, dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: FES
Fes is rich in medieval Jewish history, in fact, it was the home of one of the
all times most influential Talmudic scholars, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as
of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. The visit will include the Mellah
with its Synagogues, and also a visit to the cemetery of Safroud where Rabbi
Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried. Return to the
hotel in Fes for overnight stay.
DAY 4: FES / MIDELT / ERFOUD / MERZOUGA
After breakfast, depart to Erfoud via Azrou and Ifrane . It is said that Ifrane
was the capital of a Jewish Kingdom in the distant past. Visit the village's
only Synagogue and the cemetery, which for centuries have been of
pilgrimage Moroccan Jews. On to Midelt and then to Erfoud. Take a 4X4
ride to Merzouga for a sunset over the dunes, a berber dinner and overnight
in bivouac or return back to Erfoud for dinner and overnight at your comfy
DAY 5: MERZOUGA / ERFOUD / OUARZAZATE
Witness a magnificent sunrise over the Mezouga dunes, then return to
Erfoud for guided tour and visit the impressive Todra Gorges. We’ll head
over to Tineghir to visit its ancient and colorful Jewish quarter. Then we’ll
Depart to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa des M'Gouna and visit of Tiliit known as
the Ancient City of the Jews of the Dades. Afterwards, we’ll continue to
Ouarzazate, check-in and overnight stay.
DAY 6: OUARZAZATE
After breakfast, visit the Kasbahs of Taourirt and Tifoultout, ancient
residences of Glaoui (The former Pacha of Marrakesh). Relax the rest of the
day, continue your visit of the city or take an excursion ride to visit the
Rabbi David Ou Mouchi tomb at Telouat by 4X4. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 7: OUARZAZATE / MARRAKECH
After breakfast, get ready to head to Marrakesh via the Tiz-in-Tichka pass
(2260m) and Taddert. The tour of Marrakech will include the Saadian
tombs, a dynasty that made Marrakesh their capital, and converted the El
Badii Palace to a Mellah, which became a community of native and Spanish
Jews, and home to rabbinical schools and scholars. Visit the Rabbi Hanania
Hacohen cemetery, the burial place of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and
Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH
Today you’ll explore the second oldest imperial city known as the Pearl of
the South or “the Red City”. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace
and the Menara Garden. In the afternoon, go on an excursion to the Ourika
valley, the site of the famous tomb of Rabbi Salomon Bel Hen, relax by the hotel.
In the evening head over to theworld famous Djemaa El Fna place and enjoy this
lively square (storytellers, acrobats, snake-charmers, magicians, etc.).
DAY 9: MARRAKECH/ ESSAOUIRA
After breakfast, you will depart for the romantic seaside town of Essaouira.
After arrival and check-in, a sightseeing tour of the city will feature
Essaouira's typical Portuguese harbor portraying influences of both Moorish
and Portuguese design. Highlights will include the fishing harbor and the
Skala(the Battery) left by the pirates. Then we will visit the Jewish quarter
and Haim Pinto Synaguoge. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight at the Riad.
DAY 10: ESSAOUIRA/ CASABLANCA
After breakfast, the morning is free to spend at your leisure before departure
to Casablanca via El Jadida with a stop at El Oualidia where you will stop
for lunch. Continuation along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to reach El
Jadida where you will be given a quick orientation tour. After arrival in
Casablanca, you will check-in and spend the night at the hotel.
DAY 11: DEPARTURE
Transfer to the Mohamed V Airport after breakfast. Assistance for check-in
and boarding formalities. Have a nice trip!