Our Jewish Culture and History tour takes you to sites of major cultural and historical importance to Morocco’s
Jewish community, whose rich history in North Africa stretches back two thousand years. In the course of the tour, you will visit all of Morocco’s ancient capital cities and see the most interesting highlights of these “Imperial Cities.” This seven-day, six-night itinerary is detailed below:
This tour includes visits to:
– Essaouira or Ourika Valley.
7 Days / 6 Nights
1 Night in Casablanca or Rabat
2 Nights in Fes
3 Nights in Marrakech
Day 1 – Casablanca
Your driver will meet you at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may go directly to your hotel to check in or you may start the tour of Casablanca immediately. During the city tour, you’ll see the bustling city center with its Art Deco architecture and lovely seaside neighborhoods. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, which features artifacts of Jewish cultural life in Morocco, including clothing, ancient texts, and ritual objects. You’ll also tour the Jewish neighborhood and its active synagogue. Visit the Hassan II mosque, which is the second largest mosque in the world and one of the few open to non-Muslims. You’ll return to your hotel in time for a leisurely dinner.
Day 2 – Rabat, Meknes, Fes
Depart for Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, and once there, see the outside of the royal palace and tour the mausoleum of the late King Mohammed V, which is always guarded by royal cavalry. You will also see the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, which sits high above the Bou Regreg River opposite Sale, the historic home of the Barbary pirates. From Rabat, you’ll continue to Meknes, where you’ll have lunch in this former imperial capital city, built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century. You’ll see the ruins of the royal stables, which once housed 12,000 horses, and experience the austere beauty of the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Other sights in Meknes include a Jewish neighborhood with a cemetery and school. Continue to Volubulis, the ruins of the largest Roman settlement in Morocco. Arrive in Fes for dinner in your hotel or riad.
Day 3 – Fes
You will spend the entire day on a guided tour of Fes, which was founded 1,000 years ago by Moulay Idriss. During your walking tour of the labyrinthine old city (this is a day for comfortable shoes), you will start in the Jewish neighborhood, where you will visit an ancient synagogue and see the Royal Palace. From there, you will see the outside of the 13th century Karaouine mosque, tour the Bou Inaniya madrassa, and visit the souq to learn about Moroccan crafts. After lunch in the medina, you’ll see the newer city, including the potter’s district, which is home to Fes’ famous blue pottery. You may have dinner at your hotel or in the medina.
Day 4 – Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Marrakech
The drive from Fes to Marrakech is a long one, but in crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains, you’ll see some lovely scenery. You will go through Ifrane, home to a ski resort and Morocco’s prestigious private Al-Akhawayn university, on the way to Azrou and the Tadla Valley before having lunch in Beni Mellal. Your drive will take you through some of Morocco’s richest agricultural land before you arrive in Marrakech for dinner at your hotel or riad.
Day 5 – Marrakech
Enjoy a full day exploring Marrakech with a local guide. You’ll see the historic Koutoubia Mosque, known for its four distinct faces, and the Saadian tombs, crossing the Jewish neighborhood on the way to the Bahia palace, which showcases the finest examples of design elements such as decorative tile, painted, wood, carved plaster, and calligraphy. You will tour the souks and end your day in Jama’a el-Fna, which is a UNESCO heritage site. In Jama’a el-Fna, you’ll see snake charmers, story-tellers, henna artists, and dancers. This square has been the heart of the medina since the 12th century, a home for performers, travelers, and snake oil sellers. Stop for a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. If you’re feeling brave, sample a sheep’s head (or have dinner at your hotel /riad).
Day 6 – Marrakech
You have the option to spend the day exploring Marrakech on your own or relaxing at your hotel. Your driver can take you to see other sights such as the Majorelle garden, which features a collection of exotic plants, or the ruins of the Badia palace, still magnificent in their arrested decay. Alternately, take a round trip to lovely Ourika valley in the mountains or to Essaouira, the former Portuguese garrison town on the coast.
Day 7 – Departure
Your driver will take you to the airport for your departure.
What’s included in your tour:
Six nights of accommodation, including breakfast at your hotel
Private air-conditioned minivan for the entire tour, including transfers
to and from the airport and fuel.
A nationally-certified English-speaking guide in the Imperial cities
Entrance fees for museums, sites, and monuments
What’s not included:
Lunches and dinners
Price per person:
$1895 based on double occupancy in 4 star hotels or riads*
$2195 based on single occupancy in 4 star hotels or riads*
Children age two and under are free
Children age 2-6 years old receive a 75% discount
Children age 7-11 years old receive a 50% discount
*These prices are based on rates for four-star hotels. If you prefer to stay in five-star hotels, we will arrange your accommodations accordingly and adjust the tour price as required to reflect the higher hotel rates. Similarly, if you would prefer to stay in three-star hotels, we will be more than happy to book you accordingly and adjust the tour price downward.
Please note that travel costs, particularly accommodations, may rise if you are traveling around Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Prices are subject to change without notice.
To hold your reservation, a deposit of 30% of the tour cost is due at the time of booking. The balance of the tour cost is due 45 days prior to departure.
Morocco is a very special place, and our goal is to share our love of this fascinating country with you. We want your travel experience to be fun, exciting, interesting, and memorable. Our tours will introduce you to Morocco’s people, culture, and history – not as a tourist, but as an honored guest in our (home).