Jewish Morocco Tour: Discover Jewish Heritage in Morocco – 12 days
Jewish Morocco Tour: Discover Jewish Heritage in Morocco – 12 days
Get on a captivating 12 days Jewish Morocco Tour and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Jewish heritage, culture, and history. Begin your journey with Morocco Best Sahara Tours agency in the vibrant city of Casablanca, where you’ll visit iconic Jewish landmarks.
Travel to the capital city of Rabat and the historical sites of Meknes before arriving in Fes, one of the world’s oldest imperial cities. Explore the Jewish quarter and the stunning Ibn Danan Synagogue.
Discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and wander through the enchanting blue streets of Chefchaouen. Visit Tangier’s Jewish cemetery and experience the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere. Journey to Ouarzazate and Skoura, exploring the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas Mountains.
Marvel at the Todra Gorges before venturing into the Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Take a camel trek and spend a night under the starry desert sky. Conclude your tour with visits to Rissani and Erfoud before bidding farewell to Morocco.
This immersive tour offers a perfect blend of Jewish heritage, cultural exploration, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience of Morocco’s captivating Jewish legacy.
Jewish Morocco Tour – highlight
- Visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
- Explore Casablanca’s Mellah and visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism.
- Discover the Beth-El synagogues, Temple Em Habanim, and Temple Neve Shalom.
- Explore the historic Jewish Mellah of Fez, its synagogues and cemeteries.
- Discover the unique Jewish heritage of Seffrou and its Mellah.
- Pass through picturesque Berber villages, the Ziz valley and fortified kasbahs.
- Ride a camel and stay in a luxury desert camp in Merzouga.
- Explore the magnificent Dades Valley and visit rose-based cosmetics cooperatives.
- Discover the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Visit Taroudant’s fortified medina and ancient adobe synagogue.
- Explore the recently opened synagogues, museums and Jewish cemeteries in Essaouira.
- Discover the lively city of Marrakech, including the Djemaa El Fna, El Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens.
- Visit the recently restored Jewish souks, explore Marrakech’s Mellah and visit the Lazama synagogue.
- The tour ends with a transfer to the airport, marking the end of your memorable Jewish trip to Morocco.
What is included in this Jewish Morocco Tour:
- Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota Prado Tx or deluxe van and fuel
- Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel or riad and transfer from and to the airport
- Experienced local English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
- Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
- One night in a luxury camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower, lamps, plenty of space, and handcrafted furnishings
- Camel rides of about an hour – an hour & a half with a guide, and free sandboarding, if desired – just ask the camp staff
- Option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
- Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
- Berber drumming and music
- Free time to explore the sites such as Mellah, Ait Ben Haddou, for walks, photos, and tea/coffee breaks
- The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
- Entrance fees (except in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech)
- Local guides in the relevant places
- Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert
What is not included:
- Lunch and dinner in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira, or the journeys between the cities
- Entrance fees in Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Marrakech, or the journeys between the cities
Tips & Extras
Important Information for Jewish Trips in Morocco:
- Visiting the Hassan II mosque is not possible on Fridays or religious holidays.
- Additional activities such as day trips, cooking classes, or visits to the Roman ruins of Volubilis can be added to the tour.
- Kosher food is available in major cities like Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, and Rabat.
- If you prefer a shorter tour focused on Jewish heritage, please visit the provided link.
- The tour can be customized according to your specific interests.
- You can discuss itinerary adjustments with your driver to allocate more time to preferred locations.
- A 30% deposit is required to book the car, and the remaining balance is payable to the driver.
- Children under 12 years old receive a 25% reduction, while children under 5 are not charged.
- Prices are subject to fluctuation based on the current exchange rate.
- Prices may increase during the Christmas and New Year period.
- Fuel prices may affect the quotation provided during different seasons.
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca
Upon your arrival at the airport, our friendly driver will warmly welcome you and accompany you to the vibrant city of Casablanca. As you make your way through the Moroccan countryside, you’ll be treated to picturesque views. Once you arrive at your hotel and have checked in, we’ll embark on a visit to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.
This awe-inspiring mosque holds the distinction of being the largest in Africa, featuring the world’s highest minaret. Its unique location above the ocean adds to its grandeur. Admire the intricate tile work and marvel at the impeccable Moroccan craftsmanship that adorns this architectural masterpiece.
In the evening, savor a kosher dinner at one of Casablanca’s exclusive restaurants. Spend the night in a cozy hotel or riad.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat
Discover the rich Jewish heritage of Casablanca on this captivating Jewish heritage tour. Visit Casablanca’s prominent historic synagogues, including Temple Beth-El, Temple Em Habanim, and Temple Neve Shalom.
Explore the Museum of Moroccan Judaism and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Casablanca. Stroll through the Jewish Mellah and explore its narrow streets, where you can still find kosher butchers and visit the well-maintained Jewish cemetery.
Marvel at the architectural beauty of Temple Beth-El, adorned with stained glass windows, gilded biblical inscriptions, and exquisite crystal chandeliers. Delve into the history of the Mellah synagogues, including the restored Temple Neve Chalom.
Conclude your tour with a visit to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, a unique institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the Jewish heritage in the Arab world.
Day 3: Rabat – Fes
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your riad, followed by a fascinating exploration of the Jewish Mellah in Rabat. Wander through the narrow alleyways, soaking in the atmosphere of this historic neighborhood that is home to a small number of Jewish families. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and traditions that have shaped this community.
Continue your journey by visiting the Necropolis at Chellah, where you’ll discover its significant Jewish connections. Learn about the historical importance and discover the stories that lie within this ancient site. After a day filled with exploration, retire to a beautiful riad, where you can unwind and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 4: Fes Sightseeing, Fes Guided Jewish Heritage Tour
Explore the captivating city of Fes, renowned for its rich Jewish heritage. Discover the ancient Mellah neighborhood, once home to over 40 synagogues. Visit the historic Danan synagogue, one of the oldest in Morocco. Immerse yourself in the vibrant medina and its colorful shops. Optionally, explore the renowned University of Al-Kairaouine. Experience the essence of Fes and its deep Jewish roots on this unforgettable journey.
Day 5: Fes Guided Excursion to Jewish Seffrou – Merzouga
After breakfast, take off on a remarkable journey into the Sahara Desert from your riad. Pass through Ifrane, known as the “Switzerland of Morocco”, and explore the synagogues and cemeteries that hold centuries of Jewish pilgrimage history. En route to Seffrou, visit the Bhalil cemetery and stroll through the Mellah, witness to the harmonious coexistence of Muslims and Jews.
Continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains, stopping for lunch in Midelt, the apple capital. Descend into the palm-filled Ziz Valley, passing through charming villages with intact walls. Explore the mining town of Er Rachidia and Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils.
Travel to Rissani and finally reach the iconic red dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Take a camel ride or opt for a 4×4 transfer to your luxurious desert camp. Savor a delicious dinner, enjoy enchanting music and spend the night in a private, well-equipped tent.
Day 6: Merzouga – Ouarzazate
Witness the breathtaking spectacle of the sunrise over the Sahara Desert, as the dunes come alive with vibrant colors and captivating shadows. After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the camp, we depart for Tinghir. Along the way, marvel at the intricate water channels known as “khettarat,” a brilliant irrigation system that preserves water in the desert heat.
Our journey continues to the Dades Valley, where we’ll visit the stunning Dades Gorges and take a short walk amidst nature’s beauty. Explore the enchanting Valley of the Roses, renowned for its Damascene Rose Festival in May, and discover the aromatic organic cosmetic products crafted in the cooperatives of Klaat Mgouna.
In Skoura, immerse yourself in the rich Berber heritage with a visit to Kasbah Amredhil, offering a fascinating glimpse into the traditional way of life spanning generations.
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Taroudant
After a delightful breakfast, embark on a 30-minute drive to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest and most iconic Kasbah in Morocco. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, delve into the intriguing history of this remarkable fortress.
Our journey continues westward to Taznakht, a renowned hub for Berber rugs, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the ancient art of Berber rug and carpet making. Enjoy a delectable lunch in this charming town. We then venture further west, crossing the scenic Tizi-n-Ikhsane and Tizi-n-Tighatine mountain passes, before arriving in Taliouine.
Immerse yourself in the heart of Morocco’s saffron-growing region and explore a captivating government-run museum dedicated to saffron horticulture. Our road leads us to Taroudant, where an authentic and beautiful riad awaits, offering a delightful dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
Day 8: Taroudant – Essaouira
In the morning, we will explore the charming town often referred to as “the little Marrakech.” Taroudant is renowned for its imposing ramparts and bustling local markets, where you can find exquisite jewellery and authentic Berber rugs. Unlike Marrakech, Taroudant’s ancient ramparts remain intact, adding to its allure.
The Jewish community has left an indelible mark on the town’s history, and you will have the opportunity to visit one of the world’s few adobe synagogues. Located in Azran, this 700-year-old synagogue features Hebrew prayers painted on its walls and a unique ark adorned with Berber inscriptions.
Continuing our journey, we travel along the picturesque Souss river valley, surrounded by thousands of argan trees, as well as lush banana and orange plantations. After a delightful lunch in Agadir, we head north along the coast, passing through the surfer’s paradise of Taghazout and enjoying scenic views of the Anti-Atlas Mountains against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Upon reaching Essaouira, your driver will accompany you to your riad for some rest and relaxation. In the evening, you can indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the town center, savoring the delights of cozy cafes and local charm.
Day 9: Essaouira Jewish Heritage Sightseeing
Explore Essaouira, a captivating coastal town with Portuguese and Jewish history. After breakfast, wander through the medina’s winding alleys and photograph its fortifications.
Visit the seaport, known for its blue boats and fresh seafood, and select your lunch. Discover Essaouira’s Jewish heritage on a guided tour, including the recently opened Simon Attias Synagogue and the town’s Jewish cemeteries. Rest and rejuvenate in a beautiful riad at the heart of Essaouira.
Day 10: Essaouira – Marrakech – Free Half a day in Marrakech
After breakfast, we drive to Marrakech as part of our Jewish Morocco tour. En route, we pass Berber villages and may stop at an argan cooperative for high-quality argan products.
Keep an eye out for goats climbing argan trees, a unique sight to photograph. In Marrakech, spend the afternoon exploring the lively old medina and its vibrant souks. Enjoy a peaceful moment with a traditional mint tea on a rooftop terrace overlooking Djemaa El Fna. For dinner, indulge in the culinary delights of one of Marrakech’s beautiful Kosher restaurants.
Day 11: Marrakech Sightseeing Tour – Jewish Tour Guide in Morocco, Marrakech
In Marrakech, a renowned Imperial City, our Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the Jewish Mellah, established in 1558. While the community is now smaller, the Mellah and its restored Jewish souks offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s history.
Next, explore the Lazama Synagogue, an important gathering place for Marrakech’s Jews. Depending on time and preferences, you can also visit notable attractions such as the Majorelle Gardens, owned by Yves St Laurent, the Yves St Laurent Museum, El Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, the Quranic School (Ben Youssef Medersa), and the Saadian Tombs. Enjoy the evening at your beautiful riad in Marrakech.
Day 12: Airport Transfer
On the final day of your Morocco Jewish tour, your driver will ensure your timely transfer to the airport for your departure, marking the conclusion of your memorable journey.
The day’s activities will be arranged based on your flight’s schedule, ensuring a smooth and convenient end to your exploration of Jewish heritage in Morocco.