10-day Jewish Heritage Tour
With your private driver, you will get to explore the real Jewish heritage in Morocco, which highlights the best of the country, including Fez, Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert.
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport. You will be greeted and assisted. Then, start off your tour by visiting the Habbous Quarter, the United Nations Square, the exterior of the Royal Palace, and the interior of Hassan II Mosque.
The Jewish community of Casablanca contributed to its construction. It has become one of the Islamic world’s greatest landmark monuments. Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, holds the largest Jewish community in Morocco. It embodies sacred sites, synagogues, cemeteries, as well as, monuments, communal institutions, and highly recommended restaurants that offer kosher food.
Visit the Jewish Quarter, Mellah, as well as its surroundings. Visit its temples and synagogues, such as Beth-El, the centerpiece of the Jewish community, Em Habanim, and Neve Shalom.
Departure to Rabat and Sale. Visit the Chellah and Kasbah of the Udayas. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, opposite Sale. Visit the Mellah and wander through its narrow passageways. Enjoy the view of its colorful courtyards. Continue on to Sale, the fascinating twin city to the Moroccan capital of Rabat, lying just across the river of Bou Regreg, and the birthplace of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar; the renowned Talmudist and Kabbalist of the early 18th-century. Also known by the title of his Biblical commentary, the “Or Ha-Hayyim” throughout the Jewish world.
Return to Rabat for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
Departure to Meknes, the Moroccan Versailles. It was created in the late 17th century by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. It contains the remnants of the Medina, the Greek inscriptions, exhibited in local Synagogue. And the Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era. Meknes is a place of Pilgrimage and contains the tombs of several well-known people, including Rabbi David Benmidan; The Patron of Meknes.
Visit the old Mellah, a must-see populous quarter known for its historic Jewish street names. The new Mellah, which harbors eleven Synagogues, eight of which are still active. Also, Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail.
Continue to Fes via Volubilis, one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins, located between Fes and Meknes. Check-in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 3: Fes guided Tour of The Medina
Fes, where the first Mellah was established, is known for its long medieval Jewish history. It was once the home of some of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times; Rabbi Isaac Alfasi and Maimonides (1160 to 1165).
Highlights include the Mellah with all its Synagogues. Also, an optional visit to Bhalil featuring the cemetery of Safroud, where the burial of Rabbis Lahou Harroch and Raphael Moshe Elbaz located.
Return to the hotel in Fes for the overnight.
Day 4: Fes – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
After breakfast, departure to Erfoud via Azrou and Ifrane. It was reputed to be the capital of a Jewish Kingdom around 500 BCE. It’s highlighted by the village’s only Synagogue and the cemetery, which have been the center of Jewish Pilgrims for centuries. Next stop is in Midelt, then to Erfoud. From there, you will be transported in a Land Rover to observe the sunset. Also, you will enjoy a bivouac at Merzouga dunes and have Berber dinner. Overnight stay in tents or back at the hotel in Erfoud.
Day 5: Merzouga – Erfoud – Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate
After another beautiful view of the sunrise, we return to Erfoud for an orientation tour, then travel through the Todra Gorges, known for their dramatic escarpments. Continue to Tineghir, believed to contain one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Morocco, and visit its Mellah gateway, as well as the ancient and colorful Jewish quarter.
Departure to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa Des M’Gouna, then continue for 5 miles to visit Tiliit. Known as the ancient city of Jewish of Dades. The fortress of Tiliit. The centerpiece of a Jewish region ruled by the Spanish-Jewish family of Perez from the late 15th century until Sultan Moulay Ismail held reign in 1972. Continue to Ouarzazate, check-in and overnight stay.
Day 6: Ouarzazate
Breakfast, then a visit to Taourirt and Tifoultout Kasbahs, ancient residences of Glaoui, the former Pacha of Marrakech. The rest of the day is for rest and relaxation by the swimming pool, or further exploration of the city. If desired, there is an optional excursion to the Rabbi David Ou Mouchi tomb at Telouat by Land Rover. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Departure to Marrakech, after breakfast, via the Tiz-in-Tichka pass (2260m) and Taddert. Sightseeing tour of Marrakech in the afternoon.
Visit the Saadian dynast, ruled from 1549 to 1659. Made Marrakech their capital city and converted the El Badii Palace to a Mellah. It eventually became home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews. Renowned for their rabbinical schools and scholars. Visit the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen cemetery. Also, the burial place site of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough. Known as the “Patron of Marrakech”.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 8: Marrakech guided tour of the Medina
Further sightseeing of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city in Morocco. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ and home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the Bahia Palace, as well as the Menara Garden. Return to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, exploration of the city continues. You will visit the souks and the world’s famous Djemaa El Fna. Predominantly occupied by magicians, acrobats, snake charmers, storytellers, and peddlers of traditional medicines.
There is an optional excursion to the Ourika valley. The site of the famous tomb of Rabbi Salomon Bel Hens.
Day 9: Marrakech
This is your free day of leisure.
Day 10: Marrakesh – Airport
Departure to Marrakech Menara airport.
- Full-time Air-conditioned Transportation
- Gasoline, road tolls, parking fee, language support.
- Full-time Professional English Speaking Driver
- Driver’s meals + taxes
- Pick up from your Hotel/riad + drop off at your hotel/riad
- lunch + local guide
- Personal Spendings
- Travel Insurance