Jewish Heritage tour of Morocco

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.


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      10 Days and 9 Nights
    • Activity Level Moderate
      3/8
    • Private
    All about the 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


    Highlights:

    • Rabat : 1 Night
    • Fes: 2 Nights
    • Merzouga: 1 Night
    • Ouarzazate 2 Night
    • Marrakech 3 Nights

    Jewish Heritage Tour Map Itinerary
    Casablanca – Rabat – Fes – Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
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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 CASABLANCA / RABAT
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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.

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    2. DAY 2 RABAT / MEKNES / FES
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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.

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    3. DAY 3 FEZ FULL DAY
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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.

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    4. DAY 4 FES / MIDELT / 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.

      Gateway2Morocco offers both basic camp and luxury Camp options.

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    5. DAY 5 ERFOUD/ TINEGHIR / 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.

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    6. DAY 06 OUARZAZATE
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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.

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    7. DAY 7 MARRAKESH
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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.

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    8. DAY 8 MARRAKESH FREE DAY
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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.

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    9. DAY 9 MARRAKESH
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      Following breakfast, enjoy this day at leisure with your driver available to you. 

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

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    Tour Accommodation Options
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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)


    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 general inclusions
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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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    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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    We offer private tours to individuals, families, and groups. Our private tours include a wide range of activities from cultural explorations, archeology, honeymoon, to exhilarating outdoor adventures (Atlas Mountain Trekking, Camel riding, desert expeditions, and much more).

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    Our tours are simoply amazing, they are fully private, so you will be travelling only with your family, group or partner alond with our certified tour manager theoughout teh entire journey.

    You will have full flexibility throughout teh program and our team is very eager to exceed all your expectations.

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    Absolutely. Most of our private tours include a mix of Riads and hotels. It is important to keep in mind that Riads are much smaller than a regular hotel and therefore an early booking is strongly recommended. Riads sell out very quickly and if we are unable to secure availability, we will offer the next available Riad of the same quality standard if available.

    We have also carefully selected a list of our preferred partners and categorized them from Basic to luxury and can be found under Accommodation options tab.

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    You will have a certified English speaking group leader throughout the duration of the tour, commonly known as the tour guide, who will not only provide explanations of the various sites but who will also facilitate all communications with any other constituencies. In addition, all hotel staff speaks English.

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    Clearly, there are several advantages of choosing a guided tour. For many people, the fact that their trip is already planned represents a huge relief. We handle all the logistics of your tour from accommodations, ground transportation, sightseeing, meals, to greeting you at the airport with assistance with all the formalities. During the tour, we can also offer optional excursions to nearby points of interest by local guides, so that you may experience even more of what the region has to offer. In addition, our tours come in a variety of comfort levels and lengths to suit your preferred traveling style and budget. You can choose from a budget 4-star hotel to a world class residence known as a Riad. Another value of taking a guided tour is the cost. If you were to handle all the logistical details of your trip, you will most likely end up paying a lot more since we have preferred tariffs with our suppliers. Most people with little knowledge of the region see a great value in taking a guided tour.

    A private tour is an excellent option for you to explore the region at your own pace. Basically, you decide everything from choosing the length of your journey, selecting the hotel to opting for the type of cuisine of your choice. We have found that most of our travelers who opt for a private tour are quite knowledgeable of the region. Almost half of them have visited Morocco in the past and are back to explore a certain aspect of the country. A typical custom tour includes a private limousine with the assistance of one of our experienced English speaking driver/guide, sightseeing and accommodations. Typically, a private tour will cost you more than if you opt for a scheduled tour. Clearly, if you are very familiar with the region and don’t mind the extra bucks, a private tour may be the most ideal means to discover Morocco at your own pace.

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    Our tour leaders will always provide options for nightlife. These options vary from location to another. In other words, you will have different option in cities such as Casablanca, Marrakesh with casinos and disco entertainment sites. In remote locations such as the Moroccan Sahara, you will experience a more traditional entertainment nightlife with the Berber while enjoying a peaceful night under tents.

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    Morocco has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Moroccan people are known for their hospitality and they will make you feel very welcome.

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    No. Many women in Morocco dress just like they do in the States. You can wear anything you want. The only exception is on tours of the Mosques. To enter you will need to dress conservatively as you would to enter a church here Ð no shorts, tank tops, etc. As in any country, you should use discretion with your attire if you want to avoid unwanted attention.

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    Although not required, we recommend that our tour participants purchase a standard travel insurance policy through our partnership with Travelex Insurance Services. This is an affordable and comprehensive travel protection program that covers you for unexpected events that could cause you to cancel or interrupt your vacation, unexpected delays, medical assistance, loss of or damage to baggage.

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    No vaccinations are required. The tap water in the cities is safe to drink, but mineral water is recommended.

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    If you wish to use electric equipment purchased in the United States, you will need a converter and adapter. (Standard outlets are 220V, 50HZ though110V may be found in older constructions.)

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    The official written language is Arabic. The main spoken language is Moroccan Arabic, an Arabic dialect that often includes French and Spanish words. French is very widely spoken throughout the country and often used to conduct business. There are also three Berber languages: Tarifit, Tamazight, and Tashelhit.

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    That all depends on how many Moroccan treasures you wish to bring home. Remember that on all of our scheduled group tours, the cost of your trip includes round transportation, 2 meals a day (excluding alcohol beverages), hotel accommodations, and entries to all sightseeing. Typically, people bring anywhere from $500 on up.

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    Credit cards are preferred over traveler’s cheques. You can also withdraw cash from any ATM in all major cities.

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    In Morocco it is custom to barter for purchases. We’ve found that some people enjoy this intrinsic part of Moroccan way of life while others may not. The first step in this process is for you to explore what many merchants have to offer before grabbing the first rug that you like. Spend some time touring the medina and compare prices in order to make an informed decision. Many people have asked whether they should allow their tour guides to barter for them. Our tour guides are government certified and although you could be better off letting your tour guide barter for you knowing that he or she will earn a commission on the sale price, we recommend that you do not involve them in this process. Typically, the vast majority of our travelers handles this process by themselves or seek assistance from a friend or from another tour member.

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    Gateway2Morocco.com has earned a reputation of excellence since its inception as a leading US based tour operator dedicated to delivering outstanding tour packages to Morocco. At Gateway2Morocco.com, our commitment constitutes an integral part of our mission as a travel organization that values integrity and professionalism. We work hard to ensure that your memories of Morocco will be ones you will treasure for a lifetime.

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    Overall Rating
    5/5
    tom Gallagher
    Reviewed On 24/01/2017
    5/5

    I made the arrangements based on your web site and the itinerary that you provided of the sites that would be visited.The trip was just as advertised and was very enjoyable. I feel that I saw much of (the country), and its people and history. The hotels that we stayed in were very comfortable and pleasant. The facilities were clean, the food was good, and the guide that we had was very professional and knowledgeable. I would recommend the tour to anyoneTom

    Emily Gilbert
    Reviewed On 05/01/2017
    5/5

    We arrived and (were) greeted by our WONDERFUL driver, Ali. I think he is one of the most likable people I've ever met....my girls loved him too. He was an excellent guide and a pleasure to be with…Anyway, thank you for a wonderfully orchestrated trip. Everything was perfect. It was a delightful experience and I would recommend your services to anyone. I will be in touch as we are seriously considering a longer trip next time.Emily Gilbert

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