First of all, The Kingdom of Morocco has always been a land of tolerance and coexistence. Even more, the 500 year old Moroccan Jewish neighborhood has a powerful and little-known historical past and a tradition rooted in Africa and the Muslim world.
From the Ocean to the Sahara Morocco Jewish Tour takes you on a journey to take a look at Morocco’s pure, historic and Jewish highlights. You’ll get a style of the unique charms of the wild Atlas Mountains with their snow capped peaks, lush oases, camel caravans, nice Imperial cities with their Kasbahs and the old Jewish Quarters. For those who want to uncover the good Jewish tradition and take a sneak peek again into past times, then this is the perfect tour to discover Moroccan Jewish culture and to experience the wealthy Jewish and Arab cultures together with Berber, Spanish, Roman and different influences.
Tour Itinerary :
DAY 01 CASABLANCA
Upon arrival to the Casablanca airport, your first step will be a panoramic drive through the town of Casablanca. Then, you will view the Royal Palace, the structure of Place Mohamed V, Anfa, the residential space and the Marabout of Sidi Abderrahman (a holy shrine constructed on a rocky outcropping within the Atlantic ocean to which ladies journey from all around Morocco seeking miracles) and discover the romantic beachfront with its world well-known retailers, eating places and nightclubs.
We will go to the well-known Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the world outside of Mecca. Then we’ll go to the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues reminiscent of Beth-El, the biggest synagogue and an essential neighborhood building, The Jewish cemetery within the Mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Then we visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca which is the primary Jewish Museum in any Arab nation. It presents religious, ethnographic and creative objects that reveal the historical past, faith, traditions and every day lifetime of Jews within the context of Moroccan civilization.
DAY 02 RABAT
After breakfast we depart to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. We take a look at the bustling Medina, then we visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the unfinished Hassan Tower ; it’s the counterpart of Marrakech’s Koutoubia Mosque and the Giralda Cathedral in Seville, Spain, all of which have been constructed by the Almohad Dynasty and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum (Mohamed VI. Revered by Muslims and Jews alike, Mohamed V was capable of saving Moroccan Jews from the ugly fate of their European counterparts because of the Vichy regime’s occupation in World war II). Also, we’ll go to the Jewish neighborhood with its slim lanes and vibrant courtyards, the near-by Mellah has a wonderful synagogue located inside its gates, where as the primary synagogue can be found a number of blocks onward within the New city.
You’ll drive through the ramparts and the partitions of Mechouar that include the Royal Palace. In the Exterior town partitions of Rabat, we’ll go to one other walled city, the traditional ruins of Chellah, the place Jews are believed to have lived through the time of the Phoenicians. Then we’ll go to the Kasbah of Oudayas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with magnificent views.
DAY 03 RABAT − VOLUBILIS − MEKNES − FEZ
After Breakfast, departure for Meknes for a Journey via lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of historic olive groves and vineyards which await you within the Ismalian capital of Meknes. Often known as Moroccan Versailles” which was built in the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail, the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs writings from the Christian period in addition to Greek inscriptions that also are visible in native Synagogues. You could want to go to the ageing Talmud Torah within the Jewish Quarter and the brand new Mellah (Meknes had two of them: the unique one and the 20th-century new Mellah). Go to the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan, who was the “Big Boss of Meknes” and is one other pilgrimage shrine. Within the new Mellah there are 11 synagogues of which eight are sadly not used nowadays.
After a sightseeing tour of the town, your journey will proceed until you attain Moulay Idriss. You can also journey to Moulay Idriss shrine, the holiest Muslim site in all of Morocco. Afterwards, you’ll go to the ruins at Volubilis, which was the Roman capital of North-western Africa, which is an archeological site and is among the most well known in the world. After some free time in the evening, you will arrive at Fez within the night.
DAY 04 FEZ – FEZ
Breakfast at your resort. The entire day will likely be dedicated to the sightseeing of Fez, the oldest cultural and religious imperial city of Morocco. Spend a memorable morning taking a particular look at the Jewish historical past and tradition of conventional Morocco. Discover the Mellah (Jewish district) of Fez, built in 1438 and was for a long time a residence to tens of thousands of Jews, 40 synagogues, the Wager Din, communal ovens, ritual baths and colleges. Go to the huge Jewish cemetery in front of the gates of the Royal Palace and the nascent Jewish Museum on the Em HaBanim synagogue. Go to the just lately restored Ibn Danan synagogue – the oldest extant synagogue in Fez.
Within the afternoon we are going to discover Medieval Medina, the Medersas, the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II the founding father of Fez within the ninth century who inspired the Jews to maneuver to Fez and the splendid Najjarin fountain, Then we are going to go to numerous souks and the well-known tanneries to watch numerous craftsmen perform their work paying homage to various historical methods.
DAY 05 FEZ − IFRAN − MIDELT − ERFOUD − MERZOUGA
After breakfast, we’ll go out of Fez and its magnificent historical past heading to the magical south of Morocco. In some small villages within the south, we’ll come by Jewish Heritage as fairly good numbers of the Jews used to stay everywhere in the south of Morocco in co-existence with the native Berbers of the realm. We are going to go via the scenic Center Atlas Mountains and charming cities of Ifran and Azrou. The latter could be very well-known for its craftsmanship.
Have lunch in the small city of Midelt, we’ll proceed south alongside the Ziz River until it lastly dies out within the Sahara desert and also you arrive at Erfoud, This city was the main Jewish hold in the middle of Tafilelt, the place where Jews lived and financed the caravan commerce with Sub-Saharian Africa from the eighth century. Jews labored as retailers and artisans as late as the 20 th century.
Highlights of the trip will also include additionally the Jewish cemetery; it’s sandy however well-preserved….We take the road to the streets of Merzouga then we take you to discover the dunes of Erg Chebbi that are the most massive in norther Africa. It’s actual shifting sculptures within the form of draperies which colors differ in accordance with the depth of sunshine is an absolute spectacle not to miss.
Overnight (under Nomadic tents)
DAY 06 ERFOUD − TINGHIR − MGOUNA − OUARZAZATE
After breakfast, we’ll begin the town tour of Tinghir the place where a wide variety of Jews used to reside throughout the 20th century. We’ll go to the Jewish part of the city, the place where Jews used to reside in co-existence of the native Berbers, and also where is located the Jewish Cemetery. After time we’ll take pleasure for a while during a stroll alongside the very lovely valley and on the banks of the river to understand the fantastic thing about a really lengthy oasis of greater than 40 km filled with palm bushes and plenty of fruits.
After Tinghir, we’ll head to Ouarzazate through the road of the one thousand and one Kasbahs. Then, we’ll move through the Dades Valley, one of many longest valleys in Morocco, and El Kelaa M’Gouna. The latter is legendary for cultivating roses, and yearly, there’s a huge competition celebrating this lovely crop. The competition all the time attended by thousands of individuals from all components of the world and yearly, the native folks elect essentially the most lovely woman of the realm and crown her. In Kelaa Mgouna additionally, many merchandise extracted from roes are to be anticipated. We’ll proceed our tour to Morocco’s Hollywood Ouarzazate.
DAY 07 OUARZAZATE − AIT-BEN HADDOU − MARRAKECH
Depart for Marrakech and visit the “seat” of pacha Glaoui, the Kasbah of Taourirt, thought-about as one of the crucial stunning kasbahs in Morocco. Proceed the journey to the great fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, essentially the most spectacular fortress village within the south of Morocco and the movie making village where many nice movies have been shot. Proceed to Marrakech by way of the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m) the very best panoramic view over the Atlas Mountains.
DAY 08 MARRAKECH
After breakfast, we can have a full day city tour of Marrakech. We discover its wealthy Jewish Heritage together with another historical monuments of the town. Our city tour will embrace the previous and present synagogues throughout the Mellah close to which we may also discover an authentic Jewish cemetery, a number of centuries old. The cemetery is now beneath ground-level, fully lined, and hidden by a second “era” (stage) of graves.
The present cemetery, at floor stage, dates again about 200 to 300 years back. Although the cemetery remains to be in use, it can be very full and has just one small space remaining for future burials. There aren’t any divisions for Orthodox or different branches of Judaism, however just for Jewish burials. Our city tour of Marrakesh may also embrace the defining landmark of the town, the 12th century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia. After that you can visit the Saadian tombs and Menara backyard. Later we’ll take pleasure in a stroll across the well-known Jamaa El Fna sq. with its snake charmers, fortune tellers and arrays of meals.
DAY 09 MARRAKECH − ESSAOUIRA − MARRAKECH
You’ll go on a full day tour of Essaouira to settle down and relax in this splendid small city. Essaouira is famous for its annual competition of “Gnaoua music festival”. The town is a really welcoming and engaging city with a stupendous old Medina which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site that by no means ceases to seduce its guests. The attractiveness of Essaouira is mirrored in its stunning structure, cultural treasures, curved sandy seashores, and gorgeous mixture of ocean view. Essaouira’s highlights include: the Moulay El Hassan square, The Skala, the old Portuguese harbour, the ramparts, the Jewish district and its known cemetery.
DAY 10 MARRAKECH / CASABLANCA AIRPORT
After breakfast, private transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca airport for your departing fligh
WHAT IS INCLUDED :
Private air conditioned vehicle at disposal.
Private English Speaking Guide.
Accommodation depending on tour Hotel or Riads BB
WHAT IS EXCLUDED :
Entrances fees to all monuments
⇒ The price for the tours will be dependent on numbers, the higher the number of people in your party the lower the cost per person.
⇒ All accommodation will be private, you will only share vehicles, if applicable.
⇒ We are not liable for personal injury or loss of your own property. You should take reasonable care with your belongings at all times.
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