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From Casablanca 10-Day Jewish Tour

£500.00

Morocco has a wonderful atmosphere, splendid landscapes picturesque markets, and a Jewish community with strong sites. When travelling to Morocco for a Jewish heritage Tour sightseeing, you have a valuable opportunity to discover the old Jews quarters (Mellah), and their Andalusian architecture, the Jewish cemeteries, the Synagogues and Jewish families’ anties.

All Jewish heritage sites in Morocco are either UNESCO World Heritage or protected by the government.
Exotic Lines Travels invites you to experience this an enriching 10-Day tour by a modern and air-conditioned 4*4 or minivan with a knowledgeable driver/guide.
Here are the places that we are going to explore to retrace the steps walked by Moroccan Jews many centuries ago (Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Volubilis, Chefchaouen and Essaouira).

Description

Day-1 : Casablanca – Rabat.

Your driver will either meet you at the airport in Casablanca or meet you at your hotel. Your driver will give you a detailed resume of the tour. You will start with an interior visit of the famous mosque “Hassan the Second” and an exterior exploration of the Royal Palace. Next, we continue to visit the Jewish quarter (Mellah) and its temples and synagogues such as Bet-EL Habanim and Steve Shalom then go through the Jewish heritage Musume to see a rich and colourful world of Moroccan Jewry. Then a stroll on the beach plus enjoy the sandy views and love the sunshine while relaxing on the beach. Afternoon, departure to Rabat to explore the top Attractions and Jewish top sights. Overnight and dinner in a hotel.

Day-2: Rabat – Tangier.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will start the tour to explore the administrative capital of Morocco “Rabat”, we visit the Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas located next to the Medina within the ramparts of the old city. Nowadays, Rabat is the home of a few Jewish families. After lunch, we keep on to the Sale city as the birthplace of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar, the well-known 18th-century scholar and kabbalist, in the evening, departure north to the beautiful town of Tangier. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day-3: Tangier – Chefchaouen.

After breakfast in a hotel, your driver/guide will meet you for a day tour of Tangier, which is a crossroad between Europe and Africa. Then start to visit top-visited parts in this beautiful city including the Kasbah, one of the city’s main top sights. The grand and petit Rocco, the old American legation, Mendoubia gardens. The tour also includes The Jewish quarter “Mellah”- Nahon Synagogue dating from the 17th century and Shaam Rafael. After lunch, departure to Chefchaouen. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day-4:  Chefchaouen – Meknes – Fez.

After breakfast at your hotel, you will explore the charming and truly unique town. Spend the day wandering the blue-washed narrow alleys of the friendly Medina. Visit the Kasbah contains wonderful gardens and visit the Musume and art gallery, which give the rich culture of the Rif-Mountains. Admire the stunning views from the rooftop of the kasbah. After you explored the blue and whitewashed buildings, go for a walk in the nearby hillsides to explore the beautiful waterfalls.
The blue buildings in Chefchaouen are a remnant of the Jewish religions of waving prayer shawls with Tekheler. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day-5: Fez – Erfoud – Merzouga Desert.

After breakfast in your hotel, you go for a tour to explore Fez, which has been considered as one of the best-known cities in Medieval Jewish history, Rabbi Isaac Alfassi, and Maimonides in the years of 1160 to 1156 was the influential Talmudic scholars of this time. Next visit the Mellah with its Synagogue. While visiting Fez, the tour will take you back in time, especially visiting AL-Quaraouiyin University, the oldest university in the world. Drive to visit the medieval Medina with its Bou-Anania Madrasa and The Najjarine fountain, Afterwards, continue to explore the narrow alleys house and see artisans selling a range of products. In the afternoon, we will start driving to Merzouga desert. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day-6: Erfoud – Merzouga 6 Essaouira.

Your day starts with an early wake-up to see and enjoy a picturesque sunrise by camels before you savour your breakfast. Head back to Merzouga to continue the tour to Todra gorges, known for its impressive bare escarpment. Next, drive to Tinghir to visit and explore its Mellah gateway and the ancient colourful Jewish quarter. Then continue the adventure to Ouarzazate via Kalaa Mgouna and visit the Tiliit, which is an ancient city of Jews of the Dades, from the end of the 15th century. Jewish family of Perez were in this place until the reign of Moulay Ismail in 1672. Continue to the Hollywood of Africa Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight under the stars.

Day-7: Ouarzazate – Essaouira.

After breakfast and sunrise wonderful views. Explore Ait Benhaddou Kasbah where many famous films were shot such as “Gladiator, The Lawrance of Arabia, The Mummy, and Alexander the Great”. Then enjoy lunch under palm trees shade opposite to the famous Kasbah. Next, drive through the Tizi-n-Tichka famous pass end and Explorer the Better Bureau villages and admire the Atlas Mountains. Continue our Adventure to Essaouira along the Atlantic coast. Overnight and dinner in a hotel.

Day8: Essaouira – Marrakech.

After breakfast at your hotel, start exploring this beautiful city easy to navigate and ideal for a free day.
You will explore some building from the Portuguese time. In addition, Essaouira formed the settling ground for a large Jewish population. Nowadays, Essaouira became the first destination for artist and intellectuals. You will have a chance to explore this beautiful city, for example, see the port in the western side of the town where the anglers sell and cook the fresh fish and serve in a small-scale local restaurant. Then you will have a free visit afternoon to see the Sidi Ben Abdellah Museum in the medina.
This town once was over than 30 per cent Jewish and contained over 30 Synagogues. Some dating back to Rabbi Chaim Pinto. In the evening, drive toward Marrakech. On our way, we will see many goats climbing Argan trees and have a chance to visit Argan cooperative run by local women.

Day-9: Marrakech City Tour.

Your tour starts with a pick up from your hotel/riad in Marrakech. Then begin to explore one of Morocco’s imperial cities. The tour starts at 10:00 am, heading to visit Majorelle garden, which began cultivating in 1923, wander among the blue landscape’s features. See a wonderful collection of cacti and more. Then switch to YSL Saint Laurant Musume, this place highlights the artistry and culture of the Amazigh people (Berbers). Next, we drive through the Hevernage, Teatre Royal and Train Station. Then a stop at Kotoubia built by Almoravid architects in the 12th centuries. Moreover, explore its located behind the mosque.

Next, we hope on our car to a peaceful Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs dated back to the 16th century of Sultan Ahmed Al-Mansour, Admire the pure architectural delicate decorations of cedar woods.

Later, drive to the 19th Bahia Palace, built-in 7 years by thousands of artisans from Fez. This Palace is one of the, largest and the most beautiful building of the Western Muslim World. Stroll to visit Badiaa palace where many festivals take place. Then visit the Menara Gardens through the palm groves of Marrakech.
Transfer back to Jamaa El-Fna square to see the famous world heritage site, take pictures with snakes and with water-sellers besides listening to the storytellers and more.

In the afternoon, enjoy the Jewish tour starting with “Mellah” built-in 1492. Mellah is a resident of origin Jews. It is a place surrounded by high walls to separate them from Christians and Muslims. Then the synagogue includes an interior courtyard, a popular Moroccan architectural design and displays photographs and artefacts of Jewish life in Morocco. Lunch at Kosher Restaurant.

Day- 10: Marrakech – Casablanca.

After breakfast, enjoy Marrakech healthy sun. Either relax in the pool of your hotel or experience Spa and Hammam. Later savour the real Marrakshi lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Casablanca international airport or drop-off at your accommodation.

This tour can be modified/customized depending on your requirements; budget and we are ready to prepare your own Morocco tour.
If you are interested in this tour! Do not hesitate to contact us for any question or contact us directly to book your tour. Promise, you will not regret it.

Your comfort is our priority.

Additional information

About the activity:

-Private 10-Day Tour.
-Instant Confirmation
-Pick-up and drop-off service are included.

Inclusions:

-Nine nights’ accommodation
-Bottled Water.
-Breakfast is included.
-Transportation in private modern vehicle.
-English-speaking driver/guide.
-All applicable taxes.
-Fuel.
*Gratuities
*Lunch & Diners
*Extra drinks

What to expect:

-Discover all the key historical sites related to Morocco’s thriving Jewish community
-The tour also covers non-Jewish highlights, like a sunset Berber dinner overlooking sand dunes.
-A comprehensive tour of Morocco’s Jewish heritage.
Covering several different locations.
-Learn about medieval Morocco’s thriving Jewish community—and the traditions that live on.
-Visit out-of-the-way desert graves, an ancient Jewish city, and the homes of Talmudic scholars.
-Cover all the highlights, from desert to mountains, including non-Jewish sites, like mosques, Palaces and gardens

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