10-day Jewish Heritage Tour
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Arrive at the airport of Mohammed 5 in Casablanca. Casablanca, Morocco’s economic hub, is the focus of this orientation tour. We’ll go to the Habbous area Casablanca’s Habous Quarter, otherwise known as New Medina, is an area of the city built in the 1930s by the French, so it is no surprise that it features a wonderful mix of French and Moroccan inspired architecture, complete with numerous things to see and do. Read on to discover the area’s most unmissable sights and activities. the United Nations historical Square, the Royal Palace’s exterior, and the Hassan 2 mosque’s interior, the mosque that is considered as one of the most beautiful and impressive structures in the Islamic world. Casablanca contains Morocco’s biggest Jewish community, with multiple synagogues, the communal active institutions, and a plethora of highly regarded kosher special restaurants. Then pay a Visit to the Mellah which is the name that locals call the Jewish Quarter, which includes the famous Beth-El temple, the synagogue of Em Habanim, and the another synagogue Neve Shalom.
Day 2: Casablanca – rabat- Chafchawon
Departure for the capital Rabat and just near it Sale after breakfast. Visit the Oudayas Chellah and its Kasbah, they are located within the old city’s ramparts just near the old Medina. There have been Jews in Morocco for over 3,000 years, longer than there have been Arabs in the area. A few Jewish families now live in the Mellah, which has narrow interesting lanes with some colorful beautiful courtyards. Continuing the city on the other side of the river Sale, Rabat’s twin city and the city where Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar was born, the famous scholar from the 18th century, and the kabbalist that is best known for the “Or Ha-Hayyim” which is his Bible commentary. Dinner and an overnight stay in Rabat are planned.
Day 3: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
We will be departing for Meknes which is known as Morocco’s Versailles, the city of Moulay Ismael, is one of the only cities in Morocco where the mellah does not adjoin the royal palace. It is also the only city where Jews decided to create a new mellah after the French Protectorate was installed. The European city houses several synagogues as well as a community center. The new mellah is still the home for some of Meknes’s 100 Jews, and one can visit a beautiful synagogue, the El Krief, nearby the new cemetery.
On the other side of the new mellah and adjoining the old mellah is the old Jewish cemetery. Several saints are found in the two cemeteries, including Haim Messas, David Boussidan, and Raphael Berdugo. In the Royal city of Meknes, the tomb of Moulay Ismael memorializes the Alaouite Sultan who protected the Jews while securing control of the Moroccan empire. The grave of Rabbi David Benmidan which used to be called the Patron of Meknes, is situated here, making it a pilgrimage site. Not to be missed is the bustling old Mellah, which is noted for its traditional Jewish alleys names. There’s the new Mellah also that contains a lot of Synagogues, eleven to be exact, eight of them are active and still used. Bab El-Mansour, Hedim historic Square along with Moulay Ismail’s mosque will all be highlighted. Continuing the journey into Fes through the remains of Volubilis, which has well-preserved Roman ruins. Upon arrival to the spiritual capital Fes, you’ll be check in to the hotel where the night we’ll be spent.
Day 4: Fes guided Tour of The Medina
In medieval Jewish history, Fes is one of the most well-known cities. Indeed, from 1160 to 1165, it was the residence of Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, one of the Talmudic scholars that has the most influential of all time, and also the Maimonides. Jews were among the first settlers of the town at the end of the 8th century. The Jewish Community rapidly became influential and commanded great respect. They lived in their quarter (Al-Funduk Al-Yahudi). Fez became a cultural and commercial Centre of prime importance, largely as a result of the Jews’ presence. All the Synagogues of the Mellah, will be another highlight. Optional travel to Bhalil, which includes a visit to the Safroud Cemetery, which is home to the two famous Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz along with Rabbi Lahou Harroch. For the night, you’ll be returning to Fes hotel.
Day 5: Fes – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
You’ll be departing to Erfoud after having breakfast via the beautiful cities of Ifran and the city of Azrou. Ifrane was formerly the virtual capital to the Jewish people kingdom, according to what locals say. Ifran is a village and commune in southern Morocco populated by some 12,000 inhabitants (most of them speak Tashlhit). The town, its arid valley, oasis, and surrounding mountains attract some tourism, from hikers and Jewish pilgrims. Ifrane Aṭlas-Mẓẓin was also known by the former local Jewish community as Oufrane. Not to be missed: for generations, the village’s solitary Synagogue and cemetery was and still a site that Moroccan Jews visit for pilgrimage. Continue to Erfoud after stopping at Midelt. There meeting a driver that will pick you up in a 4×4 vehicle and will transport you to Merzouga dunes to watch and unforgettable sunset while enjoying a bivouac. Dinner with the Berbers, then spend the night in a camp site tents or go back to the city of Erfoud for a hotel accommodation.
Day 6 : Merzouga – Erfoud – Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate
We’ll be returning to the city of Erfoud to have an orientation trip and then continuing to the Todra tall Gorges, which are noted for their spectacular naked escarpments, after another breathtaking sunrise. After that heading to the city of Tineghir, where you can see the Mellah gate and the old Jewish colorful district. Depart towards Ouarzazate passing through the city of Kelaat M’Gouna, with a stop in Tilsit (5 kilometers from the city of Kalaat M’gouna), the historic city where the Dades Jews were located. Starting From the last years of 15th century till the era of Moulay Ismail that was ruling the kingdom in 1672, the castle of Tilsit was the seat of a Jewish territory governed by the Spanish-Jewish dynasty of Perez. Continuing to the famous city Ouarzazate, where you’ll check-in in your hotel and spend the night.
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Departure for Marrakech after breakfast through Taddert and the 2260 m of height mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. Sightseeing trip of Marrakech in the afternoon. The city that was once the capital of the country in Saadian Dynasty, and El Badii beautiful palace was turned into a local Mellah, that became the home to a vibrant the Spanish and some natives making a community of Jews, known for its Torah schools and intellectuals. Visit the cemetery of Rabbi Hanania Hacohen, where the famous Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and the other well known Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough, that used to be called ‘’Marrakech’s Patron’’ are buried. Going back to the lodgings or hotel where you’ll remain the night.
Day 8: Marrakech guided tour of the Medina
This whole day is dedicated to be spent touring Marrakech, the oldest imperial city after Fes among the four imperial cities of Morocco, and the home of the lefts of Saadian tombs, also the Koutoubia historic Mosque, and the Bahia beautiful Palace, along with the Menara fascinating Gardens, Marrakech is often known as the “Pearl of the South.” Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the time of the afternoon you’ll be exploring and discovering the old souks and for sure the worldwide famous Jamaa el Fana square, which has a lot of entertainers such as magicians and some joyful story tellers along with the snake charmers and other forms of entertainment. You will also have an optional chose if you want to pay a visit to the Valley Of Ourika in the late afternoon, which is home to Rabbi Salomon Bel Hens’ famed tomb.
Day 9: Marrakech
Day 9 is the day you’ll be free to do whatever you want and revisit places that gained your attention.
Day 10: Marrakech
You will be departing either to Marrakech international Menara airport or the Casablanca International airport depending on your choice.
The price of this Morocco tour depends on the number of travelers, please fill in the booking form or contact us to get the pricing for your tour.
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