Throughout this tour you will get to discover more about the ancient Jewish culture and what is still standing from it until nowadays, and that is by touring the important sights and cities which are still standing still and playing the role of a live witness for this culture.
Morocco has a rich and treasured Jewish history dating back to ancient times; including legends that say Jews got themselves established in the country before the obliteration of the First Temple. The Jewish population of Morocco stands at approximately 2,500 people.
You will have ten days with our companionship to discover the most possible about Morocco and especially a rich touring of the Jewish cities as well as the imperial ones.
A one of a kind exotic and spiritual experience awaits you by the end of your trip and makes us thrilled to share it with you.
You will learn more about it by going through the detailed itinerary we have here for you.
We assure you the most experienced, friendly and multi languages speaking drivers and guides throughout the entire tour.
We also assure you the most comfortable vehicles you can find in the market to ensure your total comfort and safety.
All meals served throughout this whole tour can be 100% kosher. Please let us know in advance so we can arrange that for you and thank you for your trust.
Your tour will include the following sightseeing:
(Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fes – Sefrou – Marrakech– Essaouira)
Upon your arrival to Casablanca your driver will pick you up and be taking you on a tour to the Hassan ll mosque which is considered to be the largest religious monument in Morocco and the 7th in the world with the tallest minaret at 210 meters.
Once your tour is over we will be heading to your place of residence in Casablanca where you will be having dinner and spending the night.
CASABLANCA JEWISH HERTIAGE SITESEEING TOUR – RABAT
After your breakfast at your riad or hotel your driver will be taking you on a guided tour to the Jewish museum which covers an area of 700 square meters, and considered to be the first of its kind in the Arab world.
Located south of “El Maarif” and housed in a beautiful villa surrounded by lush gardens it’s the only Jewish museum in the Islamic world.
It relates the history of the once-prosperous Jewish community and its influence on modern Moroccan society.
This museum is the richest taking in consideration the fact that it contains more than 1500 historical artifacts including documents, traditional clothing, ceremonial items and a vast collection of photographs.
Once this tour is over with your driver will take you to “The Temple Beth-El” which is a Jewish synagogue in Casablanca and often considered the core of a once lively Jewish society.
Its tainted glass windows and other artistic elements, is what attracts tourists to this synagogue.
Afterwards we will be heading to the Jewish Mellah where once a year locals celebrate a “hiloula” which is a prayer festival, at the tomb of the Jewish “Saint Eliahou”.
The Mellah is not really that old comparing the other mellahs in Morocco since it only dates about 100 years but a visit of this sight is always worth the time since we will be passing by the Jewish cemetery which is open and quiet with its well-reserved white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish.
After this tour you will be heading back to your hotel or riad so you can rest then we take the road to Rabat where you will be sending the night and having dinner.
RABAT – MEKNES ( VOLUBILIS) -FES
After breakfast your guide will pick you up from your hotel or riad to take you on a guided tour of the fascinating sites of Rabat that includes its spacious avenues, the Kasbah of Oudaya, the Royal palace, the Hassan Tower majestically overlooking the Bou Regrag River, the historical minarets, the breathtaking domes, as well as the countless green spaces.
Once your guided tour is finished you will be taken back to your hotel so you can get your luggage, then take the road to Meknes which considered to be the achievements of one of the supreme Sultans in the history of Morocco, “Moulay Ismail”.
Through this visit you will be getting the chance to discover all what this imperial city has to offer with its several tall minarets, massive extension of walls and monumental gates passing through Bab el Khemis and the old medina to get to the Islamic cemetery.
You will be getting an extended visit of the “Jewish Quarter” situated right after the entrance of the Mellah.
we will be stopping by one of the most important and beautiful gateway of the city which is Bab el Mansour right before we leave this imperial city.
Before we arrive to Fes we will be stopping by the Roman ruins of Volubilis or as it’s referred to it now by “Oualili”.
It was recently recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site for its breathtaking archeological sites standing still and proving the greatness of the Roman Empire ornamented with stunning mosaics and colorful strips.
Dinner will be served in your hotel or riad in Fes.
FES PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR (JEWISH HERITAGE)
Today after breakfast in your hotel or riad you will have your private guide taking you on a guided tour connecting both Jewish and Muslim dynasties in this beautiful city of Fes founded by Idriss the first in the eight century and considered one of the greatest recognized cities in the medieval Jewish history, it was once the home of one of the most powerful Talmudic scholars of all times.
You will be given a whole historical idea concerning the Jewish empire that has lived in this imperial city starting since the 14th century and more specifically since the year of 1438 when the first Mellah was officially established.
This Jewish quarter it is officially the first Jewish district in Morocco and its fortified walls are standing still until now a days.
Once our Jewish quarter presentation is over we will be heading to the Jewish cemetery where the tomb of the saint Solica who was killed for refusing to convert to Islam remains still.
This burial ground contains more Jewish saints’ tombs than any other cemetery in Morocco; then we will head to visit TheI Ibn Danan Synagogue which is one of the oldest and most intact synagogues in Morocco.
Our Jewish cultural journey will only gets more fascinating since we will be taking you to visit one of the most relevant figures of the Jewish dynasty in the whole world and it is still remaining here in this imperial city of fez thanks to the great efforts done and still active by the Moroccan community, we are talking about “Moshe Ben Maimone” or like it is mostly refer to as “Maimonides”.
Like it was said, until today you still can find traces of this archaic Jewish time in an old part of the medina of Fez including the home of Maimonides who lived here from 1159 to 1165.
He was strained to flee the Moroccan land suffering from the persecutions of the Almohad dynasty.
Some of the Moroccans efforts that were made to conserve the traces of this immense figure of the Jewish culture and course in the imperial city of Fez is the organization of a kosher restaurant and a modern synagogue in the premises.
Once this tour is over you will head back to your hotel or riad where you will have dinner and spend the night.
FES EXTENDED VISIT OF THE OLD PART OF THE MEDINA
Today after breakfast you will have a private guide taking you on a an extended tour of the old part of the medina but this time it will be more about the fascinating old medina of Fes.
Our first stop will be the Tanneries after we cross the fruits and vegetables outdoor market while witnessing the locals buying their daily needs for their delicious cooking then we take you to the Quaraouine University which is the Oldest existing, Continually operating and the first degree Awarding educational institution in the world according to the UNESCO and Guinness World Records, after words we head to The Moulay Idriss Mausoleum then to the Nejarine Square.
Our exploration of the old part of the medina of Fes doesn’t stop here so we will take you through the Attarine streets where you will be captivated by the diversity of the scents of oils and spices, you will also get the chance to witness a demonstration of the making of modern and traditional carpets and scarves in a local carpet manufacturing before we take you to The Madrasa Bou Inania widely acknowledged as a great example of the Merinid architecture.
After lunch time and maybe even a tea break we will be expanding our visit to the imperial city of Fes through the Batha Museum located in a magnificent 19th-century summer palace and rehabilitated to a museum in 1916, the Batha Museum houses a great collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts, historical and artistic artifacts which include fine woodcarving, zellij and sculpted plaster.
It also has some fine embroidery representing the Fassi culture, colorful Berber carpets and antique instruments.
Afterwards we will be heading to the Jnan Sbil Garden as a break before we take you back to your Riad or hotel.
Dinner will be served in your riad or hotel in Fes.
FES – SEFROU
Today after breakfast we will be heading to another destination where the Jewish culture had its strong weight back in the days.
This destination is Sefrou, a small Berber town, just 30 km southeast of Fez.
A charming place situated on the border of the Middle Atlas.
It has a small but appealing medina that was nominated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2013.
The walls of this medina have been restored and some funds are being rebuilt.
Sefrou used to host one of Morocco’s largest Jewish communities and used to be a cultural junction where Jews and Muslims, Berbers and Arabs peacefully coexisted for centuries.
By the time of Moroccan independence in 1956, Jews still composed a third of Sefrou’s population living in the small Mellah.
The Jewish Mellah is now inhabited by Muslims and the property left behind is taken care of by them.
You will also get the opportunity to visit what is left of the orphanage’s synagogue, which is well preserved and contains a small library of Hebrew prayer books (Sidurim) as well as some books in French with its pastel colored walls and decorations hint at the identity of its original residents.
Once your tour is over, we will be heading back to fez where you will have your dinner at your riad or hotel.
FEZ – MARRAKECH
After breakfast in your hotel or riad we will be heading to our next destination which is Marrakech where you will be having dinner and spending the night but of course before we get there we will add a unique charm to this journey by passing through the Middle Atlas by stopping at Ifran which considered being the Little Switzerland of Morocco, we will be making a quick stop at the cedar forest or the home of the monkeys where you will get the opportunity to take some amazing pictures and have a pretty charming experience.
We have two options concerning the place we will be having lunch, one of them is Zaouit Cheikh or Beni mellal, both of them offers a great view over the Atlas Mountains and you will enjoy very much stopping by and getting to breathe the fresh air coming out of those high endless mountains.
Dinner is served at your riad or hotelin Marrakech.
MARRAKECH GUIDED VISIT
After having your breakfast in your hotel or riad you will have your guide picking you up and taking you on one amazing historical tour of Marrakech which includes the Majorelle Gardens, El Koutoubia Mosque, the Jewish Mellah or quarter, and The Saadians Tomb to end your tour with.
So like it was mentioned above, your tour will start by the Majorelle Garden which is one of the most visited sites in Morocco.
It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this delightful garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
In 1947 he opened his gardens to the public and, through this period he also painted a glorious ceiling at The Mamounia hotel.
Afterwards we will be heading to The Koutoubia Mosque which is the largest one in Marrakesh; the mosque is ornamented with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, and decorative arches with a large plaza overflowing with magnificent gardens.
Once we finish with this historical mosque we will head to the Jewish quarter or Mellah Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, your guide will be walking you through this entire district and giving you a full resume concerning the history of this area personifying the Jewish culture and presence in Morocco.
Your tour will continue on to the Saadian Tomb which dates back to the Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603) and which were only discovered in 1917.
Once discovered they were restored by the Beaux-Arts service and because of the beauty of their decoration, they have been a major attraction for visitors in Marrakech.
Once your tour is over you will head back to your Riad or Hotel and have the rest of the day free to wonder around the streets of Marrakech or just relax.
ESSAOUIRA & JEWISH HERITAGE
After enjoying your breakfast at your hotel or riad you will live one amazing experience by heading to Essaouira Once called Mogador by sailors and traders.
It is well known for its Gnaoua festival held around the month of June.
It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city.
The modern name means “the little rampart” as a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city.
Essaouira is at once familiar and exotic with its fortified walls, fishing harbor and seagulls soaring and screaming over the town.
At first it seems as though this could be a town in Brittany or France due to its Portuguese style.
During your tour you will get the chance to enjoy this charming artist colony around its lovely white-washed and blue shuttered houses, numerous galleries all around the hidden streets of the old part of the city and thuya wood workshops.
Your tour will take you through the sunlit pedestrian main square as well where you can enjoy a coffee or a mint tea then through the Skala.
You will also get to enjoy the fishing port of the city which offers a breathtaking view of the Portuguese ramparts.
Fresh fish and mouth watering seafood is always available in case you want a taste of it.
You won’t be disappointed if you are after local musician instruments because Essaouira is just full of them, as well as unique and exotic jewelry markets.
Like it was mentioned above, the city of Essaouira has played and still playing an important role in the Jewish community and the town has a large Jewish cemetery.
For you who didn’t know, in fact Mohammed ben Abdallah encouraged Moroccan Jews to settle in the town, at one time Jews once constituted 40% of the population, and the Jewish quarter or mellah contained many old synagogues.
One of the most important figures of the history of Essaouira is Rabbi Ḥaim Pinto (1748–1845) who was the leading rabbi in the seaport city of Essaouira.
Annually, on the anniversary of Rabbi Pinto’s death, (26 Elloul 5605, in the Jewish calendar) Jews from around the world come on pilgrimage to pray at the rabbi’s grave in the Jewish Cemetery of Essaouira.
Rabbi Pinto is remembered as a man whose prayers were received in heaven in such a way that miracles resulted.
The Ḥaim Pinto Synagogue, the building that was Rabbi Pinto’s home, office and synagogue is preserved as an historic site.
Once your tour is over we will head back to Marrakech where you will spend the night and get ready for your next and final destination for this tour.
MARRAKECH (CASABLANCA AIRPORT)
After your breakfast at your riad or hotel your driver will be picking you up and driving you to the airport.
We hope you enjoyed our companionship and we hope we will get to see you again.