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The Jewish Heritage Tour takes you through the breathtaking countryside of Morocco while you
learn about the Jewish history throughout Morocco. The Jewish Heritage Tour can begin and finish in
Casablanca. From Casablanca to Rabat and then onto Fes, you will travel from the big cities to small authentic villages. During the tour you will pass through unique areas of Morocco and see the contrast between each place. Over the 12 days and 11 nights, you will experience an incredible Moroccan experience of a lifetime.
Included In Jewish Heritage Tour of 12 Days
- Transport in a private air-conditioned 4-wheel drive Toyota Prado TX or deluxe minivan or minibus
- Transfer from and to the airport
- Pick-up and drop- off at your hotel or riad
- Experienced local English / French / Spanish / speaking driver guide
- Accommodations in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
- Breakfasts at each accommodation
- Dinners In Merzouga / Desert Camp/ Dades Valley / Ouarzazate
- Opportunities to stop when and where you wish
- Entrance fees and local guides in Volubilis / Fes / Skoura / Essaouira / Marrakech
- Camel ride with turbans in Merzouga, Erg Chebbi
- Overnight in Erg Chebbi at a Luxury Camp with private toilet and shower
- Mineral water
Not Included in the Jewish Heritage Tour of 12 Days
- Travel Insurance ~ Required
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- Duration: 12 Days ~ 11 Nights
- Each travel day begins around 9:00 AM (except the arrival and the departure days).
- The tour may start and end in Casablanca or your arrival and departure cities.
- The tour can accommodate any number of travelers.
- This tour can be personally customized before you leave.
- You can also consult with your driver about skipping certain spots in a day to spend more time elsewhere.
- The tour cost is dependent upon the number of people in the tour and which Hotel options you have chosen.
- Contact us for tour price estimates.
Terms for Camel Trekking:
Camel riding in the desert is not always a comfortable activity for everyone, but it is a beautiful once in a lifetime experience. Therefore, we have recommendations to consider as it may not be a suitable activity for all our clients.
- Those 70 years or older
- Pregnant women
- Those who have had surgery or broken bones
- Those with a serious illness
For clients who want to skip the camel ride, you still will be able to experience a night in the desert by taking a 4-wheel drive to and from the desert camp. It is a safe way to travel and experience the joy of crossing the sand dunes.
For the ones riding the camels, the journey to the camp takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours. You will be provided with a large bottle of mineral water plus a turban which is useful to wear for the sun and sometimes the sand dust. Also, bring along a pair of shoes that are suitable for walking on the sand dunes.
Terms And Conditions:
Booking And Deposit:
- After confirming your itinerary and dates we require a 30 % deposit of the total price to reserve your tour with us.
- The deposit must be made 2 weeks before your tour departure date.
- The balance is payable upon arrival in Morocco.
- We accept Payment through PAYPAL / Bank Transfers / Credit Cards (not American Express).
- We also accept Cash ~ either Euros, USD, GPB or MAD (Moroccan Dirhams).
- We charge 50 % for children under 12 years old and children under 5 are free of charge.
Terms Of Cancelations:
- We accept cancelations of the tour according to the following conditions:
- A written confirmation about the cancellations is to be sent to our email address.
- Cancellations 2 weeks or more prior to the tour are 100% refundable.
- Cancellations 1 week prior to the tour are 30 % refundable.
- Cancellations made less than a week are NOT refundable.
Changes to Tour:
We accept changes to your booked Jewish Heritage Tour up to 2 weeks before the start of your Moroccan Tour.
Things To Know Before You Go: Jewish Heritage Tour 12 Days
Is the drinking water safe in Morocco?
Usually, the water is safe in Morocco, but we recommend using the bottled mineral water for drinking, brushing your teeth, or washing fruit. This avoids any issues that might affect your holiday. The tap water is fine for all other uses.
What will the weather be like?
Morocco is a land of contrasts, and the climate follows suit. Moroccan weather is typically sunny and warm but can be cooler in the mountains. As mornings and nights are also cooler, we suggest bringing layers of clothing. Be prepared!
Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons for travel. Check the weather at www.weather.com.
What kind of clothing is appropriate for Women and Men?
Women visitors are not expected to cover their hair, arms, or legs. However, we suggest avoiding spaghetti straps, tight or revealing clothing and short skirts or shorts. Men may feel more comfortable in long pants as shorts are worn by young Moroccan men.
Is Morocco a safe country?
Morocco is a safe place to visit. As tourism is one of the main industries in the country the Moroccan government has done much to make the country safe for tourists from all over the world. Occasionally, you may encounter pickpockets but you’re unlikely to be assaulted or seriously hurt. Remember, always be a safe and savvy traveler and you will encounter many wonderful people in Morocco.
Tipping customs in Morocco:
Moroccans depend on tips for the services they provide. The amount depends on the service. Below are some guidelines for tipping.
- Driver: between 30 to 40 USD per day
- Guide: around 30 USD per day
- Camel man: around 20 USD per day
- Waiters and similar services 3 to 5 USD
- The Moroccan currency is Moroccan Dirhams MAD. Use www.xe.com for currency conversions.
Travel Safe During COVID-19
A note from Morocco Meta Adventures:
– All our tours have been, throughout the history of our company, Private and Luxurious with VIP Services.
– We do care about the safety of our guests and us.
– What you can expect during your Luxury Moroccan Tour:
- Regular temperature checks for staff.
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
- Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival.
- Guides are required to regularly wash hands.
- Hand sanitizer is available to travelers and staff.
- Transportation vehicles are regularly sanitized
Moroccan Jews constitute an ancient community of the country. Before the founding of Israel in 1948, there were 250,000 to 350,000 Jewish inhabitants and Morocco had the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. But by 2017 only 2,000 or so remained in Morocco.
This 12-day tour will cover the highlights of Morocco, including its Jewish history. Our Jewish Heritage Grand Tour can either begin in Casablanca, Marrakech or Tangier depending upon your arrival city. This tour can also be customized to meet your specific travel period and financial budget.
The Jewish Heritage Tour of 12 days and 11 nights is for travellers that are interested in Moroccan history and culture. This tour is full of many fascinating aspects of Morocco including its Jewish history.
While learning about the Jewish history you will also enjoy the diverse landscape of the country. You will travel over the High and Middle Atlas Mountains, walk in the Todra Gorges and the Dadès Valley and visit the cedar forest near Ifrane. Also, you will see the highlights and learn the history of Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes and the ‘pearl of the south’, Marrakech.
You will spend a glorious night under bright stars in the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga. Other exciting places will be Ouarzazte, Äit Ben Haddou kasar, and the charming seaside town of Essaouira. You will be continually amazed at the beauty of the country and its fascinating history. And every day you will also enjoy the different flavours of Moroccan cuisine. This will be an amazing experience you will never forget.
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- DAY 02
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Day 01: Casablanca
Upon arrival at the Casablanca airport, our driver will be there with a personalized sign to welcome you. This bustling port city, on the Atlantic Ocean, is the commercial hub of western Morocco. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 02: Casablanca / Rabat
After breakfast, you will first visit the Temple Beth-El, the Em Habbanim School and the Neve Shalom Synagogue. From there we will go to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Our final stop in Casablanca will be the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest functioning mosque in Africa, and the 7th largest in the world. We will drive to see the famous Rick's Cafe from the movie 'Casablanca' before heading north to Rabat. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 03: Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes
Today you will start exploring Rabat, where the ancient and modern collide in the tree-fringed boulevards of this European-flavored, administrative capital of Morocco. Your tour will include a visit to the Jewish mellah, where a few Jewish families still live. Among other sights to be seen will be the Kasbah des Oudayas with its beautiful Andalusian gardens located at the mouth of the river Abu Regrag. The Kasbah was originally built in the 12th century by the al Mohades dynasty. A highlight of the day will the Hassan Tower, another UNESCO site in Rabat, which is part of an incomplete mosque also built by the same dynasty in the 12th century. At the same location is the mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II with its own amazing architecture. While at this site you will also walk to have a view of the stunning performing arts center. Following the visit in Rabat, we will continue to Meknes, the Ismaili capital in the 17th century with its immense arched and mosaic tiled gate of Bab Mansour which leads into the former Imperial City. Meknes, with the old and the new mellahs, had a Jewish community with Spanish origins. Its prominent rabbis included Raphael Berdugo and Daniel Toledano, and David Benn Imdan, ‘the patron of Meknes’. You will also see a granary and the Sahrij Souani, used for irrigation and planting. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing, for half an hour, to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. On your visit to this historical site, you be accompanied by a local guide. Volubilis was a part of the Roman Empire and dates to 225 BC. Here, from the same period, are the most beautiful mosaics in Morocco. Your guided tour will increase your knowledge of the Roman Empire. We will then continue the drive to Fes through the beautiful foothills of the Rif mountains. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 04: Exploring Fes
After breakfast, our local informative guide will take you on an adventure through Fes (or Fez) the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual capital of Morocco. Fes is primarily known for the Fes El Bali, or walled medina, another UNESCO site, with its medieval architecture, vibrant souks, and old-world atmosphere. Fes was equally renowned in the Middle Ages for its Talmudic studies and its eminent Rabbis, including the great Maimonides. The numerous synagogues testify to the importance of the Jewish community in Fes. We will visit the old mellah, the first Jewish quarter built in the country, as well as the well-kept Jewish cemetery with its engraved tombs and the renovated Ibn Danan Synagogue. Afterwards, we will start outside the medina to see the Royal Palace Gate before entering the medina to experience the sensory stimulating souks. Exotic spices, vibrant materials and beautiful metal works are just some of the sights you will experience. As well as spending the morning wandering by the souks, you will visit sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Medrasa Bouanania, the Karaouine Mosque and the oldest university in the world (built by a woman). You will also visit the famous tanneries and the Najjarine Fountain. After a Moroccan lunch, at a local restaurant in the heart of the medina, you will be driven to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the entire medina. From there we will visit a pottery cooperative. Time permitting, we will take a drive through modern Fes to experience a different atmosphere. Overnight accommodation at your hotel or riad. BB
Day 05: Fes / Midelt / Merzouga
We will begin our journey from Fes, traveling southeast towards Merzouga via Midelt and Ziz. The first stop will be at the town of Ifrane, referred to as the “Switzerland of Morocco” with its alpine style architecture and nearby slopes and forests. The second stop will be at the cedar forest in Azrou to see Barbary apes. Our drive towards Erfoud and Rissani will continue. There will be several stops to take beautiful photographs and one for lunch at your discretion. We will also stop at a welcoming traditional Berber village where you can interact with local inhabitants. Throughout the day, you will be amazed by the stunning contrast and diversity of the countryside. As we continue south, the scenery becomes even more stunning and beautiful where the Ziz Valley meets the High Atlas Mountains and creates a breathtaking gorge. We will arrive in Merzouga in the late afternoon. Overnight accommodation in a hotel. BDB
Day 06: Merzouga and the Camel Trek
After breakfast in your hotel, we will drive to Erfoud to visit the Jewish cemetery and the Shrine of Shmuel Abu Hatzeira. On the return to the Merzouga area we may stop and visit the souk in Rissani which occurs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Locals come to trade necessary items such as fruits, vegetables, meat, dates, nuts, crafts, spices and even donkeys, sheep, and goats. This fascinating souk is also a social meeting place where the local communities come to meet each other and hear news of the area. Seven kilometers south of Merzouga is the village of Khamliya. These inhabitants are direct descendants of the slaves that had been brought from Sudan. You will spend time enjoying their Gnawa music. Nearby is Dayet Srij, a seasonal salt lake. It is often dry in summer, but when full, it attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds, including desert warblers and flamingos. This area attracts photographers from all over the world when the birds are present. Lunch will be at one of the local restaurants in the area. In the afternoon, you will start the guided camel ride, led by an experienced camel driver. He will lead you across the sand sea of Erg Chebbi and make sure you watch the best sunset of your lifetime. Overnight accommodation at a luxury desert camp equipped with flush toilets and hot showers. Dinner and Berber drumming entertainment are included at the camp. BDB
Day 07: Merzouga / Todra Gorges / Dadès Valley
Today your camel driver will wake you up to watch a beautiful sunrise. You will see the sun cover the golden sand dunes of Merzouga and the rocky barren Sahara Desert. After your breakfast at the camp, you will return to Merzouga by camel, or opt for a 4-wheel drive return trip. From Merzouga we will drive to the Dadès Valley for another excellent day. We will first visit the Todra Gorges, the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. You may have an opportunity to hike for an hour in the area. We will continue to Tingher to visit its mellah and colourful Jewish quarter. After lunch, the drive continues to the Dadès Valley. You will be amazed at the rock formations known as “monkey toes” or “monkey fingers” and sandcastles found in the area. Overnight accommodation in a hotel. BDB
Day 08: Dadès Valley / Skoura / Ouarzazate
After breakfast we will drive to Ouarzazate crossing the Dadès Valley. We will pass through interesting Berber villages, including Kalaa Mgouna. It is called the “rose town” as it is famous for the cultivation of rose petals. One of our main stops will be the Skoura oasis. Here amongst the palm trees are found numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins. You will visit the famous Amridil Kasbah, a historic fortified residence. Built during the 17th century, it is considered one the most impressive kasbahs in Morocco. It is also renowned for the filming of the movies ‘Ali Baba and 40 Thieves” and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. We will then continue onto Ouarzazate, the “Hollywood of Africa’’ – whose geography and beautiful landscape have attracted many world class movie producers. After lunch, if time permits, we will visit the Taourirt Kasbah, Ouarzazate’s main landmark. This impressive 19th century fortress has approximately three hundred rooms and twenty riads, or traditional houses built around a courtyard. Close to this kasbah is a movie studio, said to be the biggest in the world. The movies ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Body of Lies’ and ‘Star Wars’ were filmed here. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 09: Ouarzazate / Äit Ben Haddou / Marrakech
Today we are travelling to Marrakech. But first we will stop at the Ksar of Äit Ben Haddou, twenty-five kilometers from Ouarzazate. This spectacular fortified village, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Today, this ksar has also become an attractive location for movie producers. We will then travel across the High Atlas Mountains with stunning vistas and over the famous Tizi n’Tichka Pass, with views of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. There will be opportunities to take pictures along the way. We will stop for lunch in the village of Taddart before arriving in Marrakech in the late afternoon. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 10: Explore Marrakech
After your breakfast you will be met by our informative local guide to begin your exciting day tour. Marrakech, a former Imperial City, is now a major economic center and home to Mosques, Palaces, and Gardens. This densely packed walled medieval city dates from the Berber Empire in the 12th century. In 1558, the mellah of Marrakesh, the second oldest in the country, was established outside the walls of El Badi Palace. It became a thriving commercial community in the 16th and 17th centuries. Your local guide will ensure that you see the sites with historical and cultural interest, including the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen Cemetery, the burial place of Rabbi Mordechai Ben Attar and Kabbalist Hananiah Ha-Cohen, known as the ‘’patron saint of Marrakech’’. You will also visit the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Ben Youssef koranic School, and the Koutoubia Mosque. And of course, you will walk through the famous Jemaa el Fnaa Square. Lunch will be in a recommended restaurant before we drive through the new city to visit the beautiful gardens of Majorelle. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB
Day 11: Marrakech / Essaouira Day Trip
Today we will drive approximately 3 hours to the charming coastal town of Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador. Essaouira is rated by UNESCO as the most beautiful city in Morocco. Also, the beaches surrounding Essaouira are rated as ‘Blue Flag’ meaning they have met high environmental and quality standards. During the drive we will pass through Argan forests, stop, and see goats in trees and visit one of the women’s cooperatives which produce argan oil for cosmetic, medical, and culinary use. After arriving in Essaouira you will be met by our knowledgeable local guide for a wonderful tour of the town. Essaouira was established in the mid eighteenth century by Sultan Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah on the site of a sixteenth century Portuguese fortress. It quickly became a major trading post between Africa and Europe. During that period, the Jewish Quarter or mellah was established to extend the Sultans protection to the Jewish inhabitants allowing Jews and Muslims to coexist in a peaceful community. The Jewish community was an integral part of Moroccan society and had a significant role in Essaouira’s economic development. Your tour will take you through the mellah, visit the recently re-opened Simon Attias Synagogue and the Jewish cemeteries. From there you will visit the Skala fortress, see the magnificent canons and watch falcons, and gulls hover above the nature reserve on the Purpuraires Islands. To the north of the Skala you may see surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers all taming the waves. Be sure to ask your guide to show you the many places in Essaouira immortalized in film. Your guide will take you to the fishing port with its bustling fish market and through the medina where you will learn more of the town’s fascinating history and see many artisans at work including the Thuya (a local wood) carvers. In the late afternoon, we will return to Marrakech. Overnight accommodation in a hotel or riad. BB.
Day 12: Departure
After your breakfast and depending upon your departure time, we will drive you to the airport in time for your flight. Here we say goodbye and your tour ends.