19 November 2018 - 27 November 2018
Locations: Afourer, Casablanca, Fes, Ifrane, Marrakech, Meknes, Rabat
Experience the exotic and little-known kingdom of Morocco. Populated by the fierce and indigenous Berbers and conquered by the Arabs 1300 years ago, Morocco is the bridge between Europe and Africa, the gate to sub-Saharan Africa, a country with a rich Jewish history where Jews and Muslims have flourished side by side. Travel through time in Morocco’s ancient cities and experience its modern sensibilities and exotic atmosphere. Let the magic mesmerize you!
Day 1 –Monday November 19 Israel – Casablanca
Morning departure with Turkish Airlines from Israel. After short stopover in Istanbul arrive in Casablanca Mohammed V airport in the early afternoon. Upon arrival to Rabat, we will enjoy an orientation tour.
Kosher dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Rabat.
Day 2 –Tuesday November 20 Rabat / Meknès / Fès
After breakfast, begin our tour in Rabat. Visit to the Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas located next to the Medina within the ramparts of the old city. The Mellah (Jewish Quarter), with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, is now home to only a few Jewish families. Visit the beautiful Mausoleum where Mohammed V and Hassan II are buried. Continue to Fès. Check-in at the hotel for our two night stay.
Fresh Kosher dinner at hotel and overnight in Fes.
Day 3 –Wednesday November 21 Fès
Fès is among the best known cities in medieval Jewish history. Indeed, it was once the home of one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. Our day in the city starts with the Medina, which is separated according to “guilds”, tanners, goldsmiths, tailors and more. Highlights will also include the Mellah with all its Synagogues and old Jewish Cemetery.
Fresh Kosher dinner at hotel and overnight in Fes.
Day 4 –Thursday November 22 Fès / Ifrane / Afourer
Bid farewell to Fes and depart to Ifran (1.5 hour drive). As foreign tourists head to the cities, Moroccan tourists flock to places such as Ifrane. Neat, ordered and modern, it is like Switzerland relocated to North Africa. Its clean air, scrubbed streets and leafy outlook make it popular with tour groups. Visit the town, and depart to Afourer (4 hrs).
Fresh Kosher dinner at hotel and overnight in Afourer.
Day 5 –Friday November 23 Marrakech
Morning visit to the famous Ouzoud Falls. Admire one of Morocco’s natural wonders via travel into the Atlas Mountains, and witness the stunning, 360-foot (110-meter) waterfalls as they plunge down rugged cliffs.
Continue to Marrakech (3 hrs). The Saadian dynasty made Marrakech their capital and converted the El Badii Palace to a Mellah, which became home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews, famed for their rabbinical schools and scholars. This day will be devoted to the sightseeing of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city known as the “Pearl of the South” and home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Garden. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the world’s famous Djamaa El Fna place, which offers various entertainments such as storytellers, acrobats, snake-charmers and magicians. Prepare to welcome in Shabbat
Shabbat dinner at overnight in Marrakech
Day 6 –Shabbat November 24 Marrakech
This morning we will gather together for Shabbat services and festive lunch. In the afternoon take a guided tour through the city.
After Shabbat is out, travel to a picturesque palm grove and settle inside a cushion-strewn Berber tent to enjoy a singers, musicians and belly dancers. Afterward, sit around a sand arena to watch electrifying displays of tribal horsemanship, fire-eaters, acrobats and dancers, all culminating in a breathtaking flying carpet act.
Overnight in Marrakech
Day 7 –Sunday November 25 Marrakech
Day trip with Jeep to the Ourika valley, set in the beautiful Atlas mountains! Stop in picturesque Berber villages, see beautiful mountain vistas which only jeeps can reach, and most importantly stop at the site of the famous tomb of Rabbi Salomon Bel Hens.
Dinner with community and overnight in Marrakesh
Day 8 –Monday November 26 Casablanca
After breakfast return to Casablanca. Today we will get to know the modern city and economic center of Morocco. Tour the famous sites of the city, to view the impressive sites of the 1930s, including the “Pigeon Square” also known and Mohammed V square. Continue to the wonderful beach front promenade, and venture out to the affluent neighborhoods of Ain Diab and Anafa. Tour the King Hassan’s Mosque, an impressive building which preserves classic Eastern architecture
Dinner with Jewish community and overnight in Casablanca
Day 9 –Tuesday November 27 Casablanca Israel
After breakfast and check out of hotel, continue our touring of Casablanca. Continue to the Jewish quarter, and visit the Beit El Synagogue. To round up our trip, visit the only Jewish museum in the Islamic world! It tells the history of the once-thriving Jewish community (two thirds of whom live in Casablanca) and its influence on modern Moroccan society.
After dinner continue to the airport for our afternoon flight home through Istanbul.
Itinerary Subject to Change
|Price: AACI members $3,099 per person in a double currency converter
$3,149 non members
single supplement $420
This deluxe trip includes:
- Accommodations at 4 and 5 star hotels
- Entrance Fees to all sites with guide
- Shabbat in Marrakech
- Visit to Ouzod Falls
- Kosher Full Board with packed lunches
- International Flight with Turkish Airlines
- Water on bus (2 per day)
- Tips to driver/guide, hotel and restaurant staff
- AACI Staff Escort
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Any activity not included in above itinerary
- Visa (not required for US, UK and EU citizens-required for Israelis)
- Medical Insurance
- Deposit of $400 due at time of registration, final payment due September 18, 2018
- Cancellation from time of registration until September 18, 2018: $300 per person
- Cancellation between September 18-October 28, 2018: $1200 per person
- Cancellation from October 28 to day of departure: 100%
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