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Jewish Heritage

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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


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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco

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

Day 2: Rabat & Fez | Ancient Traditions, Rich Heritage

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

Day 3: Fez | Full day visit, Timeless Medieval City

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

Day 4: Fes | Ziz Valley | Merzouga

Hotel Option: Basic Berber Camp or Luxury camp|   Meals: D B 

Day 5: Merzouga | Tinghir | Ouarzazate

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

Day 6: Ouarzazate | Oasis of Fint

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

Day 7: Ouarzazate | Marrakech

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

Day 8: Marrakech | Exploring the red city

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

Day 9: Marrakech | Free Day

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

Day 10: Marrakech | Departure Day


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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
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  • Ground Luxury Transportation Throughout the Trip
  • Multilingual Guide/Driver throughout the Trip
  • Official Local Guide in Fes
  • Official Local Guide in Marrakech
  • Admissions to monuments and sightseen as Indicated on the program
  • Greeting, assistance and transfer to/from airports by Gateway2Morocco’s staff
  • Deluxe Sahara Desert Camp and Camel Trekking
  • Dinners as indicated on the program
  • Diners are always and only included in the following places : Ouarzazate, Merzouga, Erfoud, Zagora, Dades Gorge, Tinghir
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• 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

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  1. DAY 1 Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
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    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 

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  2. DAY 2 Rabat & Fez | Ancient Traditions, Rich Heritage
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    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 

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  3. DAY 3 Fez | Full day visit, Timeless Medieval City
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    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 

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  4. DAY 4 Fes | Ziz Valley | Merzouga
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    After an early breakfast, we will depart for Erfoud through the Mid-Atlas Mountains region. Stop in Azrou to visit a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Independent lunch and continuation to Midelt (an important mining center) and to the Ziz River through a series of fortified villages characterized by fascinating southern architecture. Upon arrival to Erfoud, we will continue to to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and Merzouga, estimate arrival 4pm. once there we will be off for 1hour and half of a camel ride to your chosen Berber Camp.

    Hotel Option: Basic Berber Camp or Luxury camp|   Meals: D B 

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  5. DAY 5 Merzouga | Tinghir | Ouarzazate
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    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: D B

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  6. DAY 06 Ouarzazate | Oasis of Fint
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    After breakfast, visit of the Taourirt and Tifoultout Kasbahs, ancient residences of Glaoui (The former Pacha of Marrakesh). The rest of the day is for relaxation by the swimming pool or for further exploration of the city. Overnight at hotel. Optional: Excursion to the Rabbi David Ou Mouchi tomb at Telouat by Land Rover.

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

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  7. DAY 7 Ouarzazate | Marrakech
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    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

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  8. DAY 8 Marrakech | Exploring the red city
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    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

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  9. DAY 9 Marrakech | Free Day
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    Following breakfast, enjoy this day at leisure with your driver available to you. 

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

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  10. DAY 10 Marrakech | Departure Day
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    Departure to Marrakesh Menara airport. Assistance for check-in and boarding formalities. End of our services.

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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
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BASIC ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 3* CATEGORY)


  • Casablanca:                             Dar Diafa
  • Rabat:                                       Riad Marco Andaluz
  • Chefchaoun:                            Riad Zaitouna Chaouen
  • Fes:                                           Riad Ahlam
  • Erfoud:                                    Hotel Xaluca
  • Merzouga:                               Basic Berber Camp
  • Dades Gorge:                          Auberge Babylon
  • Ouarzazate:                             Riad Dar Chamaa
  • Marrakech:                              Riad Samsli
  • Essaouira:                                Dar Sahil   

DELUXE ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 4* CATEGORY)


  • Casablanca:                            Novotel Casablanca
  • Rabat:                                      Riad Kelaa
  • Chefchaoun:                           Dar Echchaouen
  • Fes:                                           Riad La Perle De La Médina
  • Erfoud:                                    Hotel Xaluca
  • Merzouga:                               Deluxe Berber Camp
  • Dades Gorge:                          Hotel Xaluca Dades
  • Ouarzazate:                             Hotel Karam Palace
  • Marrakech:                              Riad Fleur d’Orient
  • Essaouira:                                Villa Quieta

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 5* CATEGORY)


  • Casablanca:                             Four Seasons Casablanca  
  • Rabat:                                       La Tour Hassan
  • Chefchaoun:                            Lina Ryad & Spa
  • Fes:                                           La Maison Bleue Batha
  • Erfoud:                                     Hotel Xaluca
  • Merzouga:                                Luxury Berber Private Camp
  • Dades Gorge:                          Hotel Xaluca Dades
  • Ouarzazate:                            Le Temple des Arts
  • Marrakech:                             Riad Kniza
  • Essaouira:                               Sofitel Essaouira
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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Tour Overnights and Accommodation
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  • Rabat : 1 Night
  • Fes: 2 Nights
  • Merzouga: 1 Night
  • Ouarzazate 2 Night
  • Marrakech 3 Nights
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Tour General Exclusions
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• 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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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