Jewish Heritage 10 Days Tour


The Moroccan Jewish Community has always been, and still is, one of the largest in the Arab World. Its heritage and history are little known abroad although every part of the Kingdom records an important Jewish legend. We are rediscovering this Jewish heritage, thereby learning more about the many sided history of Morocco. Jews have been here for hundreds of years, they have lost nothing of their ancient traditions, special customs and culture. Moroccan kings protected Jews from harm and helped some of them develop the wealth that sustained the monarchy for many years.

This is an excellent tour to discover the Jewish heritage in Morocco and some of the highlights include the Jewish museum in Casablanca and the synagogues in Fes.

 


TOUR INCLUSIONS OVERVIEW:

  • 10 Days and 9 Nights
  • Private Luxury Suv with Fuel
  • English Driver / Guide Throughout the trip
  • Airport arrival and Departures transfer
  • Service of a local English guide in Fes & Marrakech
  • Meals as outlined in the Itinerary Details
  • Entrance fees in Fes and Marrakech
All about the Jewish Heritage 10 Days Tour.

Jewish Tour of Morocco Map DAY 1 CASABLANCA / RABAT

  • Arrival to Casablanca, Greeting by a Gateway2Morocco Tour manager
  • Visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter)
  • Visit the Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad Kelaa (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Sofitel Rabat (Breakfast)


Hassan II Mosque MoroccoDAY 2 RABAT / MEKNES / FES 

  • Orientation visit of Rabat including the mausoleum  Mohamed V and challah
  • Drive to the Roman ruin of volubilis
  • Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail.
  • Visit of Meknes and continue to Fes for the overnight

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad La Perle de La Medina (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Riad Fes or Palais Faraj or Hotel Sahrai (Breakfast)


Volubilis Roman Ruins FesDAY 3 FES / FULL DAY TOUR

  • Full day visit of Fes with a certified English local guide
  • The visit will include the old Medina and most of the monument of the city
  • Free afternoon

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad La Perle de La Medina (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Riad Fes or Palais Faraj or Hotel Sahrai (Breakfast)


Moroccan HandicraftsDAY 4 FES / ZIZ VALLEY / ERFOUD

  • Drive from Fes to Erfoud via the Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Stop in Azrou in our way to see the Atlas Monkeys
  • See the Ziz Valley and Check in to Erfoud

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Hotel Xaluca (Dinner & Breakfast)

4 Stars: Palm Hotel Club (Dinner & Breakfast)


Luxury Berber Camp MerzougaDAY 5 ERFOUD / MERZOUGA

  • Morning at your leisure
  • Drive to Explore the dozen fossil mines between Erfoud and Merzouga
  • Arrive to Merzouga and prepare for an hour camel ride
  • See the sunset at the top of the golden dunes and overnight in Berber Camp

Accommodation Options:

3 Stars: Basic Berber Camp (Dinner & Breakfast)

5 Stars: Luxury Berber Camp (Dinner & Breakfast)


Ait Ben Haddou KasbahDAY 6 MERZOUGA / TODGHA GORGE / OUARZAZATE

  • Sunrise in Merzouga
  • Drive to Todgha Gorge and visit the valley
  • Drive through the city of Kelaa Megouna and Skoura
  • Continue to Ouarzazate for the overnight.

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad Dar Chamaa (Dinner & Breakfast)

5 Stars: Riad Le Temple des Arts (Dinner & Breakfast)


Marrakech Jemaa El Fna PlaceDAY 7 OUARZAZATE / AIT BEN HADDOU / MARRAKECH

  • After breakfast, Visit of Oasis of Fint
  • Visit the Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate
  • Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Cross the Peak of Tizi-n-Tichka and arrive to Marrakech

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad Anya (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Hotel MovenPick (Breakfast)


Moroccan Poofs MarrakechDAY 8 MARRAKECH / FULL DAY TOUR

  • Orinetation visit of Marrakech with a Certified Englsih local guide
  • Free afternoon
  • suggested dinner chez Ali for a live show, music and Fantasia

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad Anya (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Hotel MovenPick (Breakfast)


Marrakech carpet shopDAY 9 MARRAKECH / FREE DAY

  • Free day to Relax and Explore on your own

Accommodation Options:

4 Stars: Riad Anya (Breakfast)

5 Stars: Hotel MovenPick (Breakfast)


Place take offDAY 10 MARRAKECH / MENARA AIRPORT / DEPARTURE

  • Depend on your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport
  • End of the tour

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – Daily activities, length, hotels and destinations.
  1. DAY 1 CASABLANCA / RABAT

    Arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V airport. Welcome, assistance and transfer to Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. Welcome and assistance. Orientation tour of Casablanca, including the Habbous quarter, the United Nations square, the exterior of the Royal Palace and an interior visit of the Hassan II mosque, one of the Islamic world’s stunning monuments. Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly recommended kosher restaurants. Visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Chalom. Departure to Rabat and Sale.

    Visit the Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas located next to the Medina within the ramparts of the old city. The Mellah, with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, is now the home of a few Jewish families. Continue on to Sale, the twin city of Rabat and the birthplace of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar, the famous 18th century scholar and cabbalist, known throughout the Jewish world for his bible commentary, the ”Or Ha-Hayyim”. Return to Rabat for dinner and overnight stay.

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  2. DAY 2 RABAT / VOLUBILIS / MEKNES / FES

    Departure to Meknes, ”the Moroccan Versailles” which was founded at the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail, where the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local Synagogues and a place of pilgrimage where the tomb of Rabbi’ David Benmidan, ”The Patron of Meknes” is located. The crowded old Mellah, known for its historic Jewish street names is not to be missed. There is also the new Mellah (Jewish quarter), which harbors eleven Synagogues, eight of which are still in use. Highlights will also include Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fez via Volubilis, a well-preserved remains of a Roman city. Check-in at the hotel and overnight stay.

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  3. DAY 3 FES / FULL DAY TOUR

    Fes is among the best known cities in medieval Jewish history. Indeed, it was one the home of one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. Highlights will also include the Mellah with all its Synagogues. Optional visit of Bhalil featuring the cemetery of Safroud where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried.

    Return to the hotel in Fes for overnight stay.

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  4. DAY 4 FES / ZIZ VALLEY / ERFOUD

    Today we will depart for Erfoud via the mountains and the cedar woods of the middle Atlas mountain range. We will pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicrafts center. On our way, we will make a stop in Midelt for lunch. We will continue to Erfoud via Errachidia and the Ziz valley dotted with palm trees and also known for the annual Feztival of Dates. We will check in to Erfoud toward late afternoon Overnight at the hotel.

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  5. DAY 5 ERFOUD / MERZOUGA

    After breakfast in Erfoud, we will then depart to the beautiful Merzouga dunes, On way we will be exploring the fossil mines that scattered around Erfoud and enjoy this archeological heaven before we arrive to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi for lunch, toward the afternoon we will prepare for a camel trip of about 1 hours to our Berber Camp for the overnight. In Merzouga, we offer basic Camp and a Luxurious camp which is highly recommend and comes with Caidal tents, private bathrooms and showers. We will mention also that you will be able to see the sunset and sunrise at the top of the dunes and we offer the option of our SUV for those who are not comfortable trying a Camel trip Overnight at selected accommodation. (B, D)

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  6. DAY 06 MERZOUGA / TINGHIR / OUARZAZATE

    With an early morning to see the beautiful sunrise, a delicious breakfast in the middle of the dunes, followed by a camel ride back to the hotel, we will depart  to Tineghir via the holy city of Rissani, a site where the ancestors of the Alaouite Dynasty are buried in the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif. Visit of the ruins of Ksar Abbar, a Kasbah that dates from the 17th century. Continuation through the Tinjdad road full of sumptuous Kasbahs and palm groves. Independent lunch followed by a visit to the Todra Gorges with their impressive bare escarpments. We then continue to Ouarzazate via El Kella M’Gouna and the Dades Valley. overnight stay in Ouarzazate

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  7. DAY 7 OUARZAZATE / AIT BEN HADDOU / MARRAKECH

    After breakfast, departure for Marrakesh via the Tiz-in-Tichka pass (2260m) and Taddert. In the afternoon, sightseeing tour of Marrakesh. The Saadian dynasty, made Marrakesh their capital, and converted the El Badii Palace to a Mellah, which became home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews, famed for their rabbinical schools and scholars. Visit the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen cemetery, which is also the burial place of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough known as the ”Patron of Marrakesh”. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  8. DAY 8 MARRAKECH / FULL DAY TOUR

    The day will be devoted to sightseeing of Marrakesh, the second oldest imperial city known as the ”Pearl of the South ” and home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Garden. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the world’s famous Djemaa El Fna place which offers various entertainments (story tellers, acrobats, snake-charmers, magicians, etc.). Optional: In the afternoon, excursion to the Ourika valley, the site of the famous tomb of Rabbi Salomon Bel Hens.

    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  9. DAY 9 MARRAKECH FREE DAY

    Following breakfast, enjoy this day at leisure with your driver available to you. 
    Hotel Option: 3 – 4 and 5 Stars |   Meals: B 

  10. DAY 10 MARRAKECH / AIRPORT

    Departure to Marrakesh Menara airport. Assistance for check-in and boarding formalities. End of our services.

morocco-fes-mellah-jewish-cemetery

Moroccan Jews (יהודים מרוקאים‎‎ ) are the Jews who live or lived in the area of North Africa known as Morocco. The first Jews migrated to this area after the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and settled among the Berbers. They were later met by a second wave of migration from the Iberian peninsula in the period immediately preceding and following the 1492 Alhambra Decree, when the Jews were expelled from kingdoms of Spain, and soon afterwards, from Portugal as well. This second immigration wave deeply modified Moroccan jewry, who largely embraced the Andalusian Sephardic liturgy, making the Moroccan Jews switch to a mostly Sephardic identity.

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Fes, Morocco

Fes is a northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. It’s primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere. The medina is home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, both decorated with elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work.

Tour Accommodation

BASIC ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 3* CATEGORY)


DELUXE ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 4* CATEGORY)


LUXURY ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 5* CATEGORY)


The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Tour Overnights and Accommodation
  • Rabat : 1 Night
  • Fes: 2 Nights
  • Merzouga: 1 Night
  • Ouarzazate 2 Night
  • Marrakech 3 Nights
Tour General Exclusions

• Extra stay pre/post tour
• Tips and Gratuities
• All drinks
• Flight from and to Morocco
• Lunches except if indicated otherwise
• Dinners other than indicated on the program

Yes, Absolutely, we do suggest a carefully selected boutique hotels and amazing Riads that we know very well and we are confident they will exceed all your expectation, if however you have a specific hotel in mind that you rather stay in, we will be very happy to include it

Unfortunately, we do not provide group tours anymore. In the past we has small group tours and what we found is that everyone has his or her own reasons for travelling and to offer the best experience possible, we only operate private, customized Morocco tours.

Yes, our tours run throughout the year and we can accommodate your exact travel dates, travel interest, accommodation style and budget.

Of course, this is your trip and we run it the exact way you want, when travelling with us, you are in full control, we can stop whenever you want, have lunch whenever you prefer and be on you own as much as you want.

We are a flexible team of travel experts and we know Morocco more than anyone else, we grew up in Morocco and we operated many tours throughout the country, we will offer advice in where and what to visit and avoid and all the decision will be yours.

Not at all, we are very transparent and we provide a comprehensive itinerary of what is exactly included and excluded on your Morocco tour.

We can include all meals if you prefer or we can exclude them or even the best option is that we can include some melas and exclude the others to give you more chances to experience different foods throughout the country.

Usually, we include all breakfasts, we also include dinners in Merzouga desert, Ouarzazate and in Dades Gorge as in this places, the best option is to dine where we stay.

We also exclude in may of our tours lunches to give you that freedom to choose where we can stop when travelling from a city to another.

Gateway2Morocco Travel uses only certified luxury SUV’s equipped with all safety features and amenities for your comfort.

All our guides have been chosen based on their integrity, language level, passion of travel and their enthusiasm to share their knowledge of the country with all our guests. Our team will be certainly one of the highlight of your morocco experience.

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