Present in Morocco as early as the 7th century, the jewish community was reinforced in 1492 : with the fall of the Kingdom of Granada, reconquered by the » Catholic Kings », Isabel of Castilla and Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Sephardi Jews of Spain are obliged to convert or have to flee, and they flee to… Morocco, to join the communities already existing.
This 12 days tour will lead you to this part of your History, covering of the highlights of the Jewish presence in Morocco and the sanctuaries of celebrated rabbis.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
  • Day 1 : Casablanca

    Arrival to Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport, welcome and assistance by our English speaking guide and transfer by air conditioned Motor coach. Arrive to the hotel, private and personalised welcome. Check in and set in the room.

    Depend on arrival time, visit of the sea side road of la Corniche with the momentous Hassan II Mosque, and the United Nations square.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 2 : Casablanca - Rabat - Fes

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Begin your day with a visit of the neighbourhood that is home to most of Morocco’s Jewish Community.  Stop by the cultural centre and the Bet El synagogue. Drive to Rabat (Rabat, the current political capital of Morocco, and neighbouring Salé that was once notorious as a haven to the feared Barbary pirates.)

    With short visit of Rabat including : the necropolis of Chellah and the picturesque Kasbah des Oudaias, the majestic Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. It was Mohamed V who brought independence to Morocco in 1956. Revered by both Muslim and Jew alike, his bravery in the face of the occupying Vichy regime during WW2 saved Moroccan Jews from the fate of their European brethren.  His son, Hassan II, who ruled Morocco for 38 years, was buried here in 1999.

    Optional Lunch at local restaurant in Rabat.

    After lunch departure to Fes via the ruins at Volubilis, nearby Moulay Idriss and Imperial Meknes : Meknes was once home to a thriving Jewish Community.  You may wish to visit the old Talmud Torah in the Jewish Quarter and the new mellah (Meknes had two of them: the original one and the 20th-century new mellah).

    Continue to the Middle Atlas Mountains and Morocco’s spiritual capital, Fes. Scholars, architects, historians and artists travel from all over the world to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes – an entire city which functions largely as it did in the middle ages.

    Upon arrival in Fes, check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 3 : Fes

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Step back six centuries into the medieval world of Fes, whose narrow and cobbled streets are filled with ancient mosques and towering green-glazed minarets. Highlights of your private walking tour of Fes include the Attarine Medersa (koranic university), Foundouk Nejjarine, a XVIth century merchandise storage place for wholesalers now Museum of Wood Crafts, the shrine of Moulay Idriss II, countless souks and the famous tanneries.

    Spend a memorable afternoon taking a special look at the Jewish history and culture of traditional Morocco. Explore the mellah (Jewish district) of Fes, founded in 1438 and once home to tens of thousands of Jews, 40 synagogues, the Bet Din, communal ovens, ritual baths and schools.

    Visit the vast Jewish cemetery opposite the gates of the Royal Palace and the nascent Jewish Museum at the EmHaBanim synagogue.

    Optional dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 4 : Fes

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue – the oldest synagogue in Fes. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments and fabric of medieval Fes. Its rededication in February 1999 was attended by over 400 people from all over the world.

    Optional lunch at local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, enjoy the coulourful souks of Fes for shopping and visit of the new city of Fes.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 5 : Fes - Erfoud

    Early morning departure from Fes Down to the southern part of Morocco, first through the Middle Atlas mountain range and its cedar forests, crossed at Ifrane and Azrou, then down to Khenifra, Midelt, the Oued Ziz Valley, before reaching Erfoud by the end of the afternoon for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

    Change of scenery and beautiful landscapes guaranteed all the way down!

    Arrive to Kasbah Chergui hotel meet with 4×4 and transfer to the cemetery for the visit of the tomb of Rabbi Shmuel AbuHatzeira. He is the grandson of the legendary Moroccan rabbi known as the Abir Yaakov and the first-cousin of the Moroccan-Israeli iconic rabbi the Baba Sali.

    Return to Erfoud and check in your hotel or possible option of Bivouac in the desert (on request).

    Dinner and overnight at in hotel.

  • Day 6 : Erfoud - Ouarzazate

    We continue our drive to Ouarzazate, one of the most beautiful itinerary of the whole Morocco, called “ The 1000 Kasbahs Valley”.

    Up to Tinejdad, the landscape is still very dry and punctured by the mounds of the old irrigation system of the “khettaras”. Then after Tinerhir, a former military outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove, and gateway to the awesome Todra Gorge with its 300 m high cliffs, the desert and palm trees turn to flowers and orchards, first at El Kelaa des Mgouna where the specialty is the growing of the Damascus roses. The perfume PARIS, by Yves Saint Laurent, is made from the extract of these roses.

    Stop for rose products such as rose water, body milk and dried petals… Then to Boulmane du Dades, a large town and local administration centre at the foot of the Dades Wadi gorge. The entire road is scattered with the remnants of huge kasbahs.

    Arrive to Ouarzazate by the end of the day, dinner and overnight in your hotel.

  • Day 7 : Ouarzazate - Marrakech

    After breakfast, short visit of Ouarzazate including the Taourirt kasbah, owned by Pacha Glaoui then leave to Marrakech, visit the Ait Ben Addous Kasbah, a huge fortified village, where 6 families are still leaving and that served as natural decor to the shooting of many film productions the latest being “the Mummy” and “Gladiator”.

    Then across the splendid landscapes of the High Atlas Mountain range down to Marrakech, the “Pink City”.

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 8 : Marrakech

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In the morning, sightseeing tour of Marrakech where the Jewish community increased in 1603. The Saadian dynasty made Marrakesh their capital and converted the El Badii Palace as a Mellah which became home of a thriving community of native Spanish Jews, famed for their rabbinical schools and scholars. Visit the Rabbi Hininia cemetery, which is also the burial place of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough (known as the Patron of Marrakesh). Lunch at the hotel.

    In the afternoon, visit the souks and the fascinating décor of their winding narrow alleys, bustling with colours. There anything can be found and traded for, from a thread of red silk to a bucket of «Khlii» the famous meat preserve… Also tour the famous Place Djemma el Fna with its non stop entertainment that turn at night into a huge open air fooding place!

    You’ll find there storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and more and later in the evening rows of food stall presenting all the moroccan delicacies from CousCous to boiled snails, from lamb’s head to grilled fish…

    Your own dinner will be at the famous “Chez Ali” restaurant where you will enjoy a typical Moroccan meal under the Chieftain’s tents and enjoy their Fantasia performance including camel and horse shows, folkloric and belly dancers.

    Return to the hotel and overnight.

  • Day 9 : Ourika Valley

    After breakfast, depart to the picturesque valley of Ourika located at the foot of the famous Oukaimden ski resort. Visit the tomb of Rabbi Solomon Bel Hensh. It is known that a Jewish curator keeps the sacred Jewish inscriptions here.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 10 : Marrakesh - Essaouira

    Morning departure to Essaouira which holds an important part of the Moroccan Jewish history since the 19th century and harboured the wealthiest and most cultured Jewish community.

    Visit the tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto, which neighbours two Mellahs and two cemeteries.

    Check-in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 11 : Essaouira - El Jadida - Casablanca

    After breakfast, return to Casablanca with a stop in Safi, home of the influential Jewish Benzamero family.

    Visit the Mellah located north of the Medina. Continue to El Jadida where Jews were expelled during the Portuguese inquisition and who returned in 1769. Visit the Mellah dating from 1821 and situated in the old Portuguese quarter of the city.

    Arrive in Casablanca, check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 12 : Casablanca

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Casablanca Airport in time for your return flight.

    Assistance and departure.

MAP OF ITINERARY

Please note that all timings and mileage are given for a return trip, based on Google Maps data and itinerary availabilities. Trek itineraries are also not displayed as exactly as planned by us, because Google Map does not provide this type of information yet; you should then refer to the “day by day” program for accurate details.