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CCAR Leadership Travel Series
A Jewish Roots & Diplomacy Trip to Morocco

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  • As per itinerary

Trip Includes

    • Flights to and from Casablanca as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes are not included).
    • 6 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) using selected hotels
    • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide    
    • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport in Morocco
    • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group in Morocco from arrival to departure
    • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
    • Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunches and 3 dinners
    • Portage at the airport and hotels

    Day One: Sunday, May 11, 2014

    • 7:15 p.m. Depart JFK airport onboard Royal Air Maroc flight #201.

    Overnight: Flight

    Day Two: Monday, May 12, 2014
    • 7:40 a.m. Arrive at Casablanca International Airport.
    • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
    • 10:00 a.m. Visit the famous Mosque of Hassan II (the third largest Mosque in the world).
    • Panoramic tour of Casablanca and its diverse neighborhoods.
    • The Glory of Moroccan Jewry: Guided visit through the Museum of the Jews of Morocco, for a glimpse into the rich and colorful world of Moroccan Jewry.
    • Lunch on your own, en route.
    • 2:30 p.m. Visit the OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants) clinic, which provides general and emergency medical care and medicines to the poor, elderly and those who cannot afford private medical care within the Jewish community.
    • Visit the Jewish home for the aged that that provides full residential care, medical care, dental care and social facilities to some of the community's most impoverished and isolated people.
    • Visit the Beth - El Synagogue, which is considered the "main" synagogue of Casablanca and is still very active.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Relax, unpack and settle in.
    • An Inside Look into the Moroccan Jewish Community - Past, Present, Future Opening dinner with staff of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Overnight: Sofitel Tour Blanche, Casablanca

    Day Three: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
    • Depart Casablanca and drive to Rabat.
    • Guided walk through the Old Walled City and the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas.
    • Lunch on your own, en route.
    • Depart for Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, founded in the 3rd century B.C., which became an important outpost of the Roman Empire.
    • Continue to Fes, the most extensive medieval city in the Arab world and the place where Jewish scholars and Rabbi's walked the streets for hundreds of years.
    • Check into your hotel.
    • Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Sofitel Palais Jamai, Fes

    Day Four: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Panoramic view of the Medina of Fes from Borj Sud.
    • Guided visit through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fes and visit the Iben Danan Synagogue and the El Fassiyin Synagogue, two ancient synagogues that have been restored.
    • Visit the famous Fes Jewish cemetery, where some of Fes's legendary rabbis are buried.
    • Continue for a guided walk through the Medina, where the famous Jewish scholar Maimonides once lived, our visit will include:
    • A glimpse of local craftsman at work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve and chisel today as they have done for centuries.
    • Tour the Madrasa Bou Inania, founded in AD 1351-56. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible for non-Islamic visitors.
    • Lunch in the Medina.
    • Visit the Museum of Wooden Arts in the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop.
    • Peak into the University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin considered by the Guinness book, UNESCO and many historians as the oldest continuously operating academic degree-granting university in the world.
    • Discover the Tanneries of Fes, which give the Medina its unique flavor and smell.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Sofitel Palasi Jamai, Fes 

    Day Five: Thursday, May 15, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
    • Depart Fes for Meknes, located on a fertile plain north of the Middle Atlas and the former residence of the Sultan.
    • Upon arrival in Meknes, meet with the caretaker of the Old Jewish Synagogue for an introduction to what was and what remains of Jewish Life.
    • Visit the Royal Stables.
    • Enter the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes his capital during his reign from 1672-1727.
    • Lunch on your own, en route.
    • Depart for Rabat.
    • Upon arrival in Rabat, tour the city, including a drive around the walls of the Royal Palace and the Mausoleums of Mohammad V and Hassan II, two kings who worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish Community.
    • Continue to your hotel for check-in.
    • Meet with Matt Lussenhop, the acting U.S. Embassy Deputy Charge of Missions in Morocco.
    • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Sofitel Jardin des Roses, Rabat

    Day Six: Friday, May 16, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
    • Drive to Marrakech.
    • Upon arrival in Marrakech, panoramic tour of the city.
    • Lunch on your own, en route.
    • Guided tour in the Medina of Marrakech, including:
    • The Bahia Palace, dating from the 19th century.
    • The Slat El Azama Synagogue, the synagogue of the Mellah.
    • Visit the Majorelle Garden, the famous garden created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Time to freshen up and prepare for Shabbat.
    • Shabbat services at the Bet-El Synagogue.
    • Home hospitality dinner in the home of Isaac Ohayon, the Chazan of the Bet-El Synagogue.

    Overnight: Sofitel, Marrakech

    Day Seven: Saturday, May 17, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Guided tour in the Medina of Marrakech, including visits to:
    • Bab Agnaou, one of the gates of the Medina.
    • The Saadian Tombs, built in the 16th century as a mausoleum to bury many Saadian rulers and entertainers. 
    • The Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts.
    • Explore Marrakech's enormous marketplace.
    • Experience the Djma El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa with its snake charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortunetellers and storytellers.
    • Free afternoon to wander through Marrakech's marketplace on your own.
    • Farewell Dinner at Dar Moha restaurant, offering a modern interpretation of traditional Moroccan cuisine

    Overnight: Sofitel, Marrakech

    Day Eight: Sunday, May 18, 2014

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel.
    • Transfer to Casablanca International Airport.
    • 2:00 p.m. Depart onboard Royal Air Maroc flight #200, arriving to JFK airport at 5:15 p.m.

    Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
    • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
    • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
      Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
    • Air and land packages are open for registration until Feb 01, 2014 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 01, 2014(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
    • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
    • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
    • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
    • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


    Not Included


    • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
    • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
    • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
      In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
      • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
      • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day


    Additional Information


    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at
    • www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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