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11 Day | Private Jewish Tour of Morocco

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  • 9 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English-speaking local tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3  lunches &  4 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Mineral water on the bus throughout

Day One: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday

  • Arrive at Casablanca International Airport.
  • Welcome by your local guide and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Begin with a panoramic tour of Casablanca and its diverse neighborhoods.
  • Visit the famous Mosque of Hassan II (the third largest Mosque in the world) (time permitting).
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own at the famous Rick's Café.

Overnight: Casablanca

Day Three: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart for Rabat.
  • Begin your visit with a city tour that includes a drive around the walls of the Royal Palace and a visit to the Mausoleums of Mohammad V and Hassan II, two rulers who worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish community.
  • Take a guided walk through the Old Walled City and the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to the ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C.E., the town became an important outpost of the Roman Empire.
  • Depart for Fes, the most extensive medieval city in the Arab world, and the home of Jewish scholars and rabbis for hundreds of years.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Fes

Day Four: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take in a panoramic view of the Medina of Fes from Borj Sud.
  • Enjoy a guided visit through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fes and visit the Ibn Danan Synagogue.
  • Visit the famous Fes Jewish cemetery, where some of the city's legendary rabbis are buried.
  • Continue on a guided walk through the Medina, where the renowned Jewish scholar Maimonides once lived. Our visit includes:
    • A glimpse of local craftsman at work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve and chisel today as they have done for centuries.
    • A tour of the Madrasa Bou Inania, founded in the years 1351-56. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors.
  • Lunch on own en route and continue with:
  • A visit to the Museum of Wooden Arts in the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop.
  • A look into the University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin, considered by the Guinness Book of Records, UNESCO and many historians as the oldest continuously operating, academic degree-granting university in the world.
  • Visit the Tanneries of Fes, which give the Medina its unique flavor and smell.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Fes

Day Five: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Fes, and drive through the fertile valley of Saiss, and through cedar forests, to Ifrane.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Saharan plateau.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Erfoud

Day Six: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the city of Rissani and the ruins of the legendary caravan city of Sijilmassa.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Drive in rugged off-road (4X4) vehicles deep into the Sahara Desert.
  • Ride camels over the sand dunes of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara and arrive at your desert camp.
  • Traditional dinner at a camp under the stars.

Overnight: Desert Camp, Merzouga

Day Seven: Saturday

  • Early wake-up to enjoy a desert sunrise and get the adrenaline pumping with (optional) sand-boarding on the sand dunes.
  • Breakfast at the camp.
  • Depart the camp and begin the drive through the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Stop in Tineghir, a beautiful mountain oasis.
  • Walk along the Todra Gorge, home to a variety of rare plant and bird species.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs,” a region of fortresses.
  • Arrive in Ait Ben Haddou, one of Southern Morocco's most recognizable villages, often used as a location for fashion and film shoots.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ait Ben Haddou

Day Eight: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Explore Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Drive to Marrakech through changing landscapes, including the 7,500-foot-high Tizi N'tichka Pass.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, including:
    • Bab Agnaou, one of the gates of the Medina.
    • The Saadian Tombs, built in the 16th century as a mausoleum for many Saadian rulers and entertainers.
    • The Slat alAzama Synagogue, the synagogue of the Mellah.
    • The 19th-century Bahia Palace.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Nine: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the famous Majorelle Garden, created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle.
  • Take part in a Moroccan home-cooking workshop.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore Marrakech's enormous marketplace.
  • Experience the Djemaa El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa, with its snake-charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortune-tellers and storytellers.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Ten: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day to explore Marrakech on your own - shop, enjoy one of the many spas or hamams in the city, or just relax.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day Eleven: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Casablanca International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Need to Know

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 4 full paying participants. 
  • 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 educator are included.  
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • 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.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a 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 the 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. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).                
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 4-9 passengers in a mini-van with a separate driver:
      $100 per day for the guide & $50 per day for the driver
    • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the guide & $5 per participant per day for the driver

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.
  • 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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