Morocco Jewish Heritage Tour 12D

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Tour Overview

The 12 days Morocco Jewish heritage tour is delighted by the reconciliation and the resumption of official relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and its brotherly Jewish people. Morocco’jewish Heritage offers visitors an encounter with ancient historic traditions, customs, architecture, monuments, and sites that have permeated Moroccan society for centuries. Agoudal Travel’s Morocco Jewish Heritage Tour is tailored for the cultured and sophisticated traveler. Visits to historic synagogues, cemeteries, architectural sites, and natural surroundings of the region along, our guides will be happy to reveal to you the most beautiful secrets of the multicultural and multi-religious history of Morocco, rich in its Jewish heritage, Berber , Andalusian, Roman and Arab influences.

Tour Itinerary

You will be arriving at the airport in Morocco on the first day of your Jewish Heritage tour. Home to over 30 synagogues, Casablanca is a great base to kick off our travel itinerary in Morocco. Make sure to get some rest, as tomorrow we are taking you to see some of Casablanca’s most famous Jewish sites ranging from temples and synagogues to kosher restaurants and museums.You will be arriving at the airport in Morocco on the first day of your Jewish Heritage tour. Home to over 30 synagogues, Casablanca is a great base to kick off our travel itinerary in Morocco. Make sure to get some rest, as tomorrow we are taking you to see some of Casablanca’s most famous Jewish sites ranging from temples and synagogues to kosher restaurants and museums.

After breakfast in Casablanca, we will visit the interior of the Hassan II Great Mosque, one of the Islamic world's greatest monuments, followed by a visit to Casablanca Jewish Museum and the United Nations Square, and the  Temple Beth-El Synagogue. After Casablanca, we will continue departure to the administrative capital of Morocco. We will visit the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, the Hassan Tower.

Today after breakfast in Rabat, set off through the Moroccan countryside on your way to Meknes. A cultural center for more than ten centuries, Meknes boasts a fascinating medina (old city) and maze of streets filled with colorful stalls and architectural delights such as the intricately carved Bab el-Mansour. Continue to Moulay Idriss, Morocco’s holiest city, and then onto the Roman ruins at Volubilis to see the Triumphal Arch and exquisite mosaics. Late this afternoon, arrive in Fes.

Today is reserved for the lovely city of Fes. Considered the spiritual capital of the country, Fes is one of the oldest imperial cities in the world, with a mellah that dates back to the 15th century. In the company of our local guide, visit the Jewish cemetery where prominent Jews like Rabbis such as Yehuda Ben Attar, Monsengo, and Rabbi Isaac Alfasi are buried. Don’t forget to check out the souks which specialize in everything from tanneries and carpets to ceramic and pottery. Fes used to be home to more than 40 synagogues. Nowadays, the most famous synagogue is the Danan Synagogue which is one of the rare survivors.

Our departure South East in the direction of Erfoud through Ifrane city and the cedar Forest. Ifrane was once the capital of a Jewish kingdom a lengthy time ago. Before we take you to admire the natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, let’s stop at the lovely town of Midelt, which is surrounded by the majestic Ayachi Mountain. Here, you will have an opportunity to see the lovely synagogue of Midelt and check out the nearby Kasbah Myriem, which is a Christian monastery. In the evening, we are heading out to see the famous Sahara Desert, Overnight under tent

Today, spend most of the day admiring the dunes and head to explore various nomadic villages surrounding the Sahara Desert. Visit mainly the town of Khamlia, known as a formerly enslaved person's village from the sub-Sahara and known for Gnawa's spiritual music. Later the day, ride camels across the dunes of Erg Chebbi to the Sahara Stars luxury camp for dinner and overnight.

 

If you wake up early enough, you can watch the fabulize sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. On the way to Todra gorges, we will stop in the water channels(khattarat), which you can descend into to admire the architecture and genius behind this form of irrigation to prevents evaporation in the summer heat.

The itinerary continue to Dades valley, in which we will have the opportunity to visit a Jewish cemetery dated back to 15th century. Later,  we continue toward the Rose valley before we reach Ouarzazate for overnight.

 

Our first stop in this journey is the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a well-known preserved Kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Morocco. Once in Ait ben Haddou, we will have a guided visit to the kasbah. Then we drive to Taznakht, famous for its Berber Rugs, where you can see the ancient art of Berber rug and carpet making. Lunch at one of the Restaurants. We continue west towards Taliouine. This is the heart of Morocco's Saffron-growing, and we can stop in one of the cooperatives before we hit the road to reach Taroudant, overnight in an authentic Riad.

Our journey starts with a visit to the Medina known as "little Marrakech", which is remarkable for its massive ramparts and vibrant markets.

The Jewish community in t has played a significant part in the town's history and well-being. It has a Jewish Mellah and a Jewish cemetery where the saint, David ben Baruk Cohen Azog is buried. Here, you will have the chance to visit one of the adobe synagogues in the world. This unique 700-year-old adobe-built Synagogues in Azran have Hebrew prayers painted on its walls and an ark with Berber writing.

After Taroudant, our journey continues to Agadir where we will stop for lunch then along the Atlantic coast we reach Essaouira for an Overnight in nice Riad.

 

After breakfast, meet with our official licensed guide to exploring the Medina of Essaouira and Jewish heritage sites on this half-day walking tour. Discover stories of Essaouira's Jewish Mellah, the Synagogues of Essaouira, the Jewish Cemetery, and the Historic Medina and Ramparts. After lunch, we continue our day toward Marrakech for overnight in an authentic Riad located in the heart of the Medina.

Marrakech is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and also one of the world's top-rated and popular destinations. on this jewish Heritage tour of Marrakech, you will walk throught the Jewish mellah, explore Lazama synagogue and discover Marrakech sights of interest.

Your guided visit includes The Jewish Mellah, cemetery, and synagogue Bet-el then the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, as well as the beautiful Bahia Palace. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Djemaa el Fna Square, afternoon, according to time and inclination you will visit the Majorelle gardens.

 

Depending on which city you fly back home from, we will arrange the transfer to catch your flight one time, marking the end of the Morocco Jewish Heritage tour.

Tour Inclusions

  • 12 days and 11 nights accommodation in selected option with breakfast daily
  • 5 dinners ( Erfoud / Merzouga, Ouarzazate and Taroudante)
  • Accessible transportation including fuel
  • An English-trusted driver throughout the trip
  • Guided visit of the great Hassan II interior mosque
  • Licensed local guides in Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Volubilis, Essaouira and Marrakech including entrance fees

  • Drinks
  • Meals not specified under inclusions
  • Flights

Accommodation options:

On private tours, you can choose the category of your accommodations, On shared tours, it is always Silver option

    Day 1 :
    • SILVER
      • Val D'anfa
      • Idou Anfa
      • Kenzi Bassma
    • GOLD
      • Novotel
      • Kenzi Tower
      • Mariott
    • DIAMOND
      • Barcelo Anfa
      • Four Seasons
      • Hayat Regency
    Day 2 :
    • SILVER
      • Riad Kalaa
      • Riad Zyo
      • Riad Kalaa2
    • GOLD
      • Euphoriad
      • Tour Hassan Hotel
      • Mariott Rabat
    • DIAMOND
      • Sofitel Jardins Rose
      • Villa Mandarine
    Day 3 :
    • SILVER
      • Riad Toyour
      • Riad El Yacout
      • Riad Mazar
    • GOLD
      • Riad le Calif
      • Mariott Fes
      • Riad Salam
    • DIAMOND
      • Palais Faraj
      • Hotel Sahrai
      • Riad Fes
    Day 4 :
    • SILVER
      • Riad Toyour
      • Riad El Yacout
      • Riad Mazar
    • GOLD
      • Riad le Calif
      • Mariott Fes
      • Riad Salam
    • DIAMOND
      • Palais Faraj
      • Hotel Sahrai
      • Riad Fes
    Day 5 :
    • GOLD
      • Sahara stars Camp
    Day 6 :
    • GOLD
      • Sahara stars Camp
    Day 7 :
    • SILVER
      • Le petit Riad
      • Dar Amoudou
      • Riad Tama
    • GOLD
      • OZ Palace
      • Temple Des Arts
      • La sultana Royal Golf
    • DIAMOND
      • Berber Palace
    Day 8 :
    • SILVER
      • Riad Tafilag
      • Riad Taroudante
    • GOLD
      • Riad Zitoune
    Day 9 :
    • GOLD
      • Mgallery by sofitel
      • Villa Maroc
      • Villa Noraya
    • SILVER
      • Riad Kafila
      • Riad Lucia
      • Riad Mimouna
    • DIAMOND
      • Sofitel Essaouira
      • L'heure bleue
    Day 10 :
    • DIAMOND
      • Palais Salman
      • Royal Mansour Marrakech
      • Four Seasons Resort
    • SILVER
      • Riad Hart Essoura
      • Riad El Rimal
    • GOLD
      • Riad Kser Anika
      • Art Place Ryad
      • La Maison Arabe
    Day 11 :
    • DIAMOND
      • Palais Salman
      • Royal Mansour Marrakech
      • Four Seasons Resort
    • SILVER
      • Riad Hart Essoura
      • Riad El Rimal
    • GOLD
      • Riad Kser Anika
      • Art Place Ryad
      • La Maison Arabe

Private vs Shared options

Certainty :

With a private tour, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with certainty – your tour is confirmed, and the departure is guaranteed right from the start. Unlike shared tours, which require a minimum number of participants (usually half the seats) before being confirmed, so if you create a new shared tour, it will require other people to join you and meet the minum required before your tour is confirmed. private tours give you the assurance of a confirmed adventure tailored just for you.
If you join an already confirmed group tour, then you have the same certainty of departure as a private tour.

Flexibility :

Flexibility is another key advantage of private tours. When you choose a private tour, you get to customize your experience. Spend more time at your favorite attractions, explore hidden gems, and shape the itinerary to match your unique interests. In contrast, shared tours follow a more structured format, needing alignment with the entire group, which can limit the freedom to explore at your own pace in some occasions.

Accommodations :

While you can choose your accommodation category on a Private tour (Silver, Gold, Diamonad) whenever available, the category is fixed for group tours and will always be Silver options, this is to make sure the tour organization is more efficient and the group won't be staying in separate and distant places which create confusion and wastes precious tour time, It also makes handling emergency cases easier.

8pax vs 16pax Groups :

We have 2 kinds of group tours, small (8 people) and large (16 people), the latter is more economical however requires 8 people to join to be confirmed, while the first only requires 4 to depart.

You can inquire about any of the options to get more in-depth details specific to your needs

Important notice (Valid for private option only):

The tour can be reversed, shortened, extended or altered in any way to suite your specific needs and schedule ! Don't hesitate to contact us and ask for other combinations

Frequently Asked Questions

With the rise in interest in vegan and vegetarian food, all our partners are now accommodating this need and offer completely vegan and vegetarian meals. However, this needs to be communicated in advance, either when booking or when meeting your driver for early preparation purposes.

A frequent and definitely good question, if you are not well-prepared, you might not enjoy your time fully in the desert due to the extreme weather conditions. Deserts get super hot in summer, in Morocco, August is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching 50 °C—122ºF, you can literally cook eggs on the asphalt (great for a TikTok clip). With this said, if you can't take that much heat, please avoid visiting the deserts during July and August. If you are okay with this kind of temperatures; it is still highly recommended to come prepared with good sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide hat, light but covering pieces of clothing and some insect repellent, you can also purchase all these items in Morocco. And let's not forget winter days, starry nights are freezing. The mountainous parts of the roads are usually snowy, but all our vehicles are equipped with A/C for that matter, so make sure to bring warm clothes if you take this tour during December-January.

Arriving at the edge of the dunes, there is a meeting point where camels from different camps in the area are waiting for us, we will get out of the car, put on a scarf if you have one (the cameleer or your driver can help you properly install it) and then you will be introduced to your camel. Once your caravane is ready and onboard, you can take pictures or stories to memorize the moment, then take off and travel on the golden sands to see the sunset on high dune before continuing to the camp. Next morning, you can take the camels again on your way back to the meeting point or take a 4x4 . If a member doesn't want or cannot take the camel ride, the camp is accessible by 4x4 vehicle and it will get you there.

This once was a hustle indeed but no more, all camps nowadays have dedicated 4x4 vehicles that can transport your luggage from your tour car to the camp directly, so you don't have to carry anything during the camel ride. However, we highly recommend you only pack the things you will need for the desert night and transport it to the camp, while leaving the rest of the luggage with your driver.

Yes, you will have your own private hotel rooms and camp tents in all our tours, you can choose between different combinations of twin/triple/quadruple (separate beds) or double (single large bed) rooms and tents depending on your number and preferences but you will never share them with other travelers. All rooms/tents are equipped with private bathrooms and showers with hot water.

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