Shalom Morocco – Jewish Heritage Tour 8 Days / 7 Nights
Casablanca | Rabat | Meknes | Volubilis | Fez | Marrakech
- See historic Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues
- Visit The Museum of Moroccan Judaism, a private museum of history and ethnography
- Explore the Medina of Marrakech, full of unique craft markets
- Marvel at the Menara and Majorelle Gardens of Marrakech
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Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport. Visit The Museum of Moroccan Judaism, a private museum of history and ethnography, created by the Jewish Community of Casablanca in 1977. Continue to the great Hassan II Mosque (outside), a real masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. It is the second-largest religious edifice in the world (after Mecca) and has the tallest minaret at 689 feet.
Transfer to Rabat. Visit the Jewish quarter with its narrow lanes, colorful courtyards and synagogues. Visit the private Belghazi Museum., with its vast collection of traditional Moroccan pieces, consisting of Andalusia, Jewish, and Islamic arts and crafts. Continue with a city tour along the broad tree-lined avenues and landscaped parks. See the Kasbah of the Oudayas and visit the unfinished Hassan Tower and Mosque, and the distinctive and elegant Mausoleum of Mohammed V, revered former King and grandfather of the present King Mohammed VI. (B).
Transfer to Fes via the Imperial City of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, founded at the end of the 17th century. Known as “Moroccan Versailles,” its Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local synagogues. You may wish to visit the aging Talmud Torah in the Jewish Quarter and the new Mellah. Visit the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan, who was the “Patron of Meknes.” In the new Mellah, there are 11 synagogues of which eight are still in use today. Stop at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B)
Full-day sightseeing tour of Fes, Morocco’s first capital, today the kingdom’s intellectual, religious and cultural center. The university here is one of the oldest in the world, the handmade crafts are admirable and the street life in the medina may be the most memorable you’ll ever experience. Visit the Mellah with all its synagogues. This picturesque neighborhood adjoins the Royal Palace, where Jews took shelter in this palace during the 1912 pogrom. The nearby cemetery contains the tombs of more Jewish saints than any other cemetery in Morocco. Visit the recently restored Iben Danan synagogue then continue to the monuments and historical sites of the ancient medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the afternoon visit the various markets of the souks and the tanneries with time for shopping. (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Marrakech, via Berber villages and through the mountain regions. (B)
Discover the rich Jewish heritage of Marrakech on your full-day city tour. Visit former and current synagogues within the Mellah near which is a centuries-old Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is now below ground level, completely covered, and hidden by a second “generation” of graves which date back about 200 to 300 years. The city tour of Marrakech includes the defining landmark of the city, the 12th-century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia, which dominates the ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the 19th-Century Bahia Palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans. Explore Djemaa-El-Fna, the square which is the beating heart of the city with its permanent display of folklore, magicians, and storytellers. (B)
Visit Menara Gardens and Majorelle Gardens in a horse-drawn carriage. The tranquil Menara Gardens are one of the most famous images of Marrakech and the Majorelle Gardens has a huge variety of cacti and other flora. Afternoon at leisure to discover the red city on your own. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)