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Jewish heritage tour from Casablanca to Marrakech

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  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Private Tour
  • Casablanca
  • Free Cancelation
  • English French & Spanish
  • Marrakesh or Casablanca: Airport
What to Expect

The cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco reflects its historic vantage point as a gateway to Europe and the world. Morocco’s Jewish Heritage offers visitors an encounter with ancient historic traditions, customs, architecture, monuments and sites that have permeated Moroccan society for centuries. Travel Exploration’s Jewish Heritage Morocco Tour is tailored for the cultured and sophisticated traveler. Visits to historic synagogues, cemeteries, architectural sites, and natural surroundings of the region along with options to attend Jewish Shabbat services and to enjoy dinner at the home of a Rabbi are just a few of the highlights of this tour.

  • Visit Temple Beth- El Synagogue, Em Habanim & Neve Chalom in Casablanca
  • Up Close Meeting with Local Jewish Community in Morocco
  • Historic Sites of Jewish Heritage in Fez, Meknes, Seffrou and Marrakesh
  • Explore Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca
  • Visit Mellah area at Marrakech and city of Fez
  • Dinner at Kosher Restaurant
Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1  Airport transfer Casablanca
Day 2  Casablanca Jewish heritage sightseeing tour, night in Rabat Rabat
Day 3  Rabat Sightseeing, head to Fez Fez
Day 4  Cultural & Jewish heritage sites city tour of Fez Fez
Day 5   Sefrou day trip Fez
Day 6  Onwards to Marrakech through Ifrane and Beni Mellal Marrakech
Day 7  Historical guided city tour of Marrakech Marrakech
Day 8  Free day to discover other sites of the red city Marrakech
Day 9  Day trip to Essaouira to explore its Jewish heritage Marrakech
Day 10  Airport departure   

Departure Time

The arrival time of your flight

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Drop off at the Airports
  • Private transport with A/C vehicle
  • English speaking Driver
  • Offcial guide in Fez & Marrakech
  • Fuel during the whole tour
  • Accommodation taxes

Price Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Guide
  • Monuments entrance fees

Itinerary: Jewish heritage tour from Casablanca to Marrakech

Day 1:Airport transfer

Arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport. Dinner at Kosher Restaurant in Casablanca.

If your flight lands early morning Visit Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Synagogue in Casablanca. Beth-El, is considered the centerpiece of a once vibrant Jewish community. Its stained glass windows and other artistic elements, is what attracts tourists to this synagogue. Option to visit Temple Em Habanim and Neve Chalom as time allows.

Overnight at the Hotel in Casablanca.

Day 2: Casablanca Jewish heritage sightseeing tour, night in Rabat

Visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca. The Jewish Museum in Casablanca covers an area of 700 square meters, and is the first of its kind in the Arab world. The Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca is a museum of history and ethnography, created by the Jewish Community of Casablanca in 1997 with the support of the Foundation of Jewish-Moroccan Cultural Heritage. The Jewish Museum in Casablanca is tucked into a residential neighborhood and holds a treasure trove with it being the Arab region’s only Jewish Museum. It uses world-class standards of conservation for its national and international collections. The Museum of Moroccan Judaism presents religious, ethnographic and artistic objects that demonstrate the history, religion, traditions and daily life of Jews in the context of Moroccan civilization.
Visit Casablanca’s Jewish Cemetery and Mellah

Visit the Mosque of Hassan II’s promontory offers lovely views overlooking Casa in the residential Afna quarter. After touring the Mosque, head over to the New Town of Casablanca also designed by the French architect Henri Prost.
Overnight at the Hotel in Rabat.

Day 3:Visit Rabat, Volubilis and Spend the night in Fez

Visit Rabat, and then take the road to visit Meknes and the Roman Ruins of Volubilis.

Visit the Royal Palace, the Hassan tower which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg. It is a gigantic mosque, emblematic of Rabat and famous for its unfinished minaret where storks nest. Next door, visit the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammed V decorated with stained glass windows, white marble and a wrought-iron entryway with a stairway leading to an impressive dome. Visit the Jewish Mellah which today is now the home of very few Jewish families.

Explore the gardens nearby and visit the Palace of Rabat and visit the Necropolis at Chellah/ Kasbah of Chellah and Kasbah Oudaya.

Take the road to visit the Imperial City of Meknes: “the Moroccan Versailles” and the Roman Ruins of Volubilis “Walili.”

Panoramic View of Meknes – Begin the visit with a panoramic view of Meknes, which offers a splendid look at the old Islamic Medina with its numerous tall and soaring minarets. Other sites explored include Bab El Mansour, the Meknes Stables, Hedim Square, the Thursday Gate and mosque of Moulay Ismail.

Visit the Jewish Quarter on arrival in Meknes. Explore the Jewish Mellah, with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards. The presence of Jewish history is evident in the Hebraic epitaphs that date back to the Christian era. These epitaphs along with Greek inscriptions can be seen on the Meknes Jewish zaouia, a place of pilgrimage where the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan still resides.

Take the road to the Roman City of Volubilis:

Begin your visit by discovering the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. The ruins are spread out across several acres and what remains visible are several fragments of wall, parts of massive columns, the capitol, the basilica and a triumphal arch. The ruins reveal how the Roman Empire transformed the original Carthaginian settlement into a typical Roman city complete with mansions, a town center, a triumphal arch and temples devoted to the Roman gods. Commence your visit in Volubilis, and then take the road to Fez.

Overnight at the Hotel in Fez.

Day 4: Cultural & Jewish heritage sites city tour of Fez

Unmarked on their exteriors – dating from the 17th century: among the most unique in the world. The Mellah of Fez once had 40 synagogues. See the vast and picturesque whitewashed Jewish cemetery adjacent to the gates to the Royal Palace and the nascent Jewish Museum at the Em HaBanim synagogue. Visit the University of Al-Karaouine

Overnight at the Hotel in Fez

Day 5:Sefrou day trip

Sefrou was once a major center for Morocco’s Jews and its walled white pedestrian medina is still characterized by their houses with wooden balconies.

Visit Seffrou, the capital of cherries. Sefrou, south of Fes, was known as Little Jerusalem due to its high percentage of Jews and its well-developed religious life. Upon Morocco’s independence, a rabbi from Sefrou was elected to Parliament. Sefrou’s mellah makes up half of the old city.

Overnight in Fez.

Day 6:Onwards to Marrakech through Ifrane and Beni Mellal

Take the road to Marrakech.
En route stop to see the view of Ifrane University and go for a short walk around the garden. Ifrane is nick named “Little Switzerland” of Morocco for its architecture, cedar forest and winter ski resort options. Developed by the French during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climat, this Moroccan town has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer.
Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in Ifrane at an outdoor cafe.
Make a short stop in Zaouia Cheikh. This is one of the 30 damns that are scheduled to be built in Morocco by 2030. The idea originating with Hassan II to build one dam a year to irrigate the country is being carried on by the current King Mohammed VI.
Lunch at Hotel Paris in Beni Mellal.
Overnight at a Boutique Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.

Day 7:Historical Jewish heritage guided city tour of Marrakech

After savoring a typical breakfast. You will start exploring Marrakech. Our official tour guide will ensure that you discover the most important parts of historical and cultural interests, including: the Synagogue, Mellah, El Bahia Palace, The Koutoubia mosque, The market and the Jemaa El Fna square. Lunch will be at a typical restaurant in the new city. Afternoon, with the car you will explore the new part of the city and the gardens of Majorelle. Dinner at Kosher Restaurant  (optional).

Jamaa El Fna Square place

Day 8:Free day to discover other sites of the red city

La Mamounia Gardens
Built in 1929 this famous historical landmark hotel and gardens in the center of Marrakech is cared for by 40 gardeners who two times a year plant 60,000 annuals to enhance the grounds as well as maintain the immaculately mowed grass under the citrus and olive orchards, desert garden, rose garden and tropical garden as well as the many fountains. The 200 year-old avenue of olive trees leads one to the garden pavilion where you can soak in the peace and solitude with a cup of Moroccan mint tea.
Abderrazzak Benchaabane’s Palmeraie Gardens & Museum
Abderrazzak Benchaabane is a Marrakech legend. Quiet and soft spoken, this renowned Garden Designer, Ethno botanist, Perfumer, Teacher, Photographer, Writer and publisher Within the converted stables and piste buildings on the property Benchaabane houses his private collection of Moroccan modern and contemporary art.
Overnight at a Boutique Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.

Day 9:Day trip to Essaouira to explore its Jewish heritage

Depart for Seaside Essaouira, a seaside fishing town known for its Portuguese and Jewish History along with hand painted charming blue, white and yellow painted houses, fresh seafood and artist community.

Essaouira’s charming artist colony that boasts lovely whitewashed and blue-shuttered houses, colonnades, thuya wood workshops, art galleries and mouth watering seafood. Once called Mogador by European sailors and traders, Essaouira is known for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts 300,000+ people in June. It also has an expansive beach for surfing called Plage de Safi.

Many of Essaouira’s painted houses still have the Star of David above the doorways of Jewish homes. Each year religious Jews from around the world come to Essaouira for an annual pilgrimage to visit the grave of Rabbi Haim Pinto who passed on in 1845. The hiloula celebrating Rabbi Haim Pinto is held each September.

Today the home of Rabbi Haim Pinto and the synagogue have been preserved as a historic and religious site. The building is an active synagogue, used when pilgrims or Jewish tour groups visit the city.

A generation ago there were Jewish inhabitants in Essaouira however today there is just one family left called the Jacky Kadoch family and descendants of other Jewish families. Jacky Kadoch is the president of Essaouira’s Jewish community.

Overnight in Marrakech.

Essaouira Day Trip

Day 10:Airport departure 

Departure from Casablanca or Marrakech’s airport.

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What types of vehicles are used?

We use off-road vehicles or minibuses for couples, friends or family from 2 to 6 people. From 7 people minibuses. All our vehicles are modern and air-conditioned.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

  • Low season: Free up to 48 hours before the start of the excursion
  • Mid season (long weekends, September, October, March, April and May): Free 7 days before the start of the excursion
  • High season (Christmas , New Year’s Eve, Easter) : Free 15 days before the start of the excursion

What is the meeting point to start the excursion?

The meeting point of this excursion is your accommodation (Hotel, Riad or Hostel) if it is an airbnb it is in front of the door.

If you have questions or have changed accommodation once in the destination, please contact with us on WhatsApp or by email.

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