Breakfast daily, Lunch and Dinners as specified
2 nights in Fes: Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace (or similar)
3 nights in Marrakech: LA Maison Arabe (or similar)
Early morning arrival to Casablanca Airport. Meeting and assistance by your local guide in the arrival hall (outside of airport’s customs area).
Your first treat is a visit to the famous Hassan II Mosque (TBC). Recently built, it is the largest in the world outside Mecca. Situated on the edge of the Atlantic in the easternmost point of Morocco the mosque is truly an architectural masterpiece.
Drive to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca – this is the first Jewish Museum in an Arab country. It displays collections of religious books, costumes, artifacts reflecting the role that the Jewish community has had in Morocco.
Enjoy a panoramic drive through the city of Casablanca to view the Royal Palace, the architecture of Place Mohamed V, Anfa, the residential area. Then you will visit the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, the largest synagogue and an important community center. The Jewish cemetery in the Mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish.
Lunch in a local restaurant, followed by transfer to Fes via highway.
Hotel check-in & Welcome Dinner at your hotel (L, D).
After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to the sightseeing of Fez, the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city of Morocco, which was founded in 790 B.C by Moulay Idriss II. Spend a memorable morning taking a special look at the Jewish history and culture of traditional Morocco. Fez is among the best-known cities in medieval Jewish history. It was 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 its Synagogues. Visit the cemetery of Safroud where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried. The Mellah of Fez is over 650 years old. This picturesque neighborhood adjoins the Royal Palace, noted for its recently constructed bright brass doors. Jews took shelter in this palace during the 1912 pogrom. The nearby cemetery contains the tombs of more Jewish saints than any other cemetery in Morocco. One of the more important saints is Lalla Solica. The Synagogue of Roben Ben Sadou, built in the 1920’s, is decorated with exquisite plaster carving reminiscent of the decoration of traditional mosques and Medersas. Visit the recently restored Iben Danan synagogue.
Lunch in the Medina.
In the afternoon, explore Medieval Medina, the Medersas, the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II – the founder of Fez in the 9th century, who encouraged the Jews to move to Fez and the sumptuous Nejjarin fountain.
Visit countless souks and the famous tanneries. Dinner with entertainment in a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel (B, L, D).
After breakfast, depart to Marrakech via the Berber villages and towns namely Immouzer and Ifrane, a delightful ski resort well known for its woodcarving (or travel via highway).
Reach Beni Mellal through the mountain regions. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the area of the tomb of Rabbi Shlomo Amar. Pass by Demnat, visit the tombs of Rabbi David Draa. Continue to Marrakech. Hotel check-in, dinner & overnight at your hotel (B, L, D).
After breakfast, depart on a full day city tour of Marrakech to discover its rich Jewish Heritage along with some other historical monuments of the city. Our city tour will include the former and current synagogues within the Mellah near which we will also find an original Jewish cemetery several centuries old. The cemetery is now below ground level, completely covered, and hidden by a second “generation” (level) of graves. The current cemetery, at ground level, dates back about 200 to 300 years.
The city tour of Marrakech will also include the defining landmark of the city, the 12th century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia. Next to it, the Saadian tombs and Menara garden; and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyards and fountains built by Sultans amidst a two acre garden.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Transfer for the Magic medina by visiting the legendary souks, craft markets, wool-dyer’s quarters and legendary Djemaa-El-Fna Square the beating heart of the city. Dive deep into the soup of fantastic sights and smells of a Moroccan folklore! Day and night, the excitement is palpable. Here comes the snake-charmers, storytellers, fortune-tellers, potion vendors, Gnaoua musicians, henna artists, monkey performers, acrobats, and more…
Optional mint tea on the terrace overlooking the place admiring the sunset.
Dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel. (B, L)
After breakfast, depart to Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador, the quaint fishing village with Portuguese influence. Visit an Argan Oil Factory. Immense piles of argan shells, which are eventually burned when the oil is toasted. The Argan Tree is an amazing tree which only grows in the southern Morocco, and no where else in the world! This oil that has caused a huge demand from the all over the World, mainly from the beauty and health industry as a multi-purpose beauty product. Argan Oil is used also as culinary product for many famous Moroccan dishes such as couscous, salads and amlou spread (argan oil, almond paste and honey).
Upon arrival at Essaouira, time for lunch on your own. Visit the bustling fish market, the ramparts and bastions, which served as the location for the Orson Welles film version of Othello. In addition, the fortifications and the excellent factories, which sell locally carved and polished thuya wood products. Today, the town is considered a resort area and is known for windsurfing. But a generation ago there were thousands of Jewish inhabitants in the town. Even though today there are only a few families left, you can visit the Mellah where you can see the blue and white painted houses with the Stars of David above the doorways of former Jewish homes. Essaouira is the site of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Haïm Pinto, died 1845. His home and synagogue, situated in the Mellah, are preserved as an historic and religious site.
Return to Marrakech. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner in a local restaurant with entertainment. (B, D)
Breakfast at hotel (B) Transfer to Marrakech airport International Assistance and flight back home with tones of memories.
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