A country of sun and flavors, Morocco radiates a rich and diverse heritage. At all times, the Judeo-Moroccan cultural heritage is considered one of the oldest in the Kingdom. Through its cultural, artistic, and culinary expressions, the Judeo-Moroccan heritage testifies to a prevalent and centuries-old history and transmits a gift whose value is inestimable and characterized the Morocco of our ancestors. He thus contributed to the formation of Moroccan identity.
PerfectHolidays offers you an exceptional luxury private tour that perfectly combines a visit to the Imperial Cities and the discovery of the rich and glorious heritage of Moroccan Jews.
This trip with a qualified and experienced guide/driver will allow you to travel with peace of mind at your own pace and according to your wishes. However, we have selected luxury and charming addresses to ensure you enjoy this Moroccan journey in the best comfort conditions. Each home is different, but all are of character.
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- Itinerary can be customized to suit your interest and budget. In addition, you can lengthen or shorten the trip.
-Departure every day all year round on a personal basis.
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-The trip can be modified according to your budget.
An English-speaking formula with a private driver and English-speaking guide for your comfort
Stays in the best hotels in Morocco
Discovery of the splendors of Morocco
Explore the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca
Visit Temple Beth- El and the synagogue, EmHabanim&NeveChalom in Casablanca
Historic sites of Jewish heritage in Fez, Meknes, Essaouira, Sefrou and Marrakech
Dinner at a kosher restaurant
You will be greeted by your guide/driver, who will be at your disposal throughout the tour. Transfer to your hotel. Suppose time permits visit the Beth-El temple, the Jewish synagogue in Casablanca. Beth-El is considered a place of worship and meeting of a once vibrant Jewish community. Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has many congregations and active community institutions.
Optional dinner at one of the many highly recommended kosher restaurants in Casablanca. Our accommodation suggestions in Casablanca:
HOTEL HYATT REGENCY CASABLANCA
HOTELFOUR SEASONS CASABLANCA
THE CASABLANCA HOTEL
After breakfast, guided tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of the Kingdom. The Museum of Judaism, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), with temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, EmHabanim, and Neve Shalom. Without forgetting the Hassan II Mosque, the thirdlargest mosque in the world… Mohamed V, and United Nations Square, the famous central market, the Habbous district. The visit will end on the magnificent Corniched‘AinDiab dotted with swimming pools and gourmet restaurants.
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism
Founded in 1997 in Casablanca, the Musée du JudaïseMarocain is the only one of its kind in the Arab world. Exceptional, historical, and cultural, this museum is worth the detour. It is housed in an elegant villa built-in 1948 in the Oasis district of Casablanca. Spread over 600 square meters, the Museum of Moroccan Judaism presents various objects such as oil lamps, costumes, photos, jewelry, paintings. All from the crafts and Judeo-Moroccan art. The ethnographic museum also consists of a library, a photo library, a video library, and several multipurpose rooms where exhibitions are held. Two rooms of the villa are also devoted to the presentation of the synagogues. After lunch by the sea, departure to Rabat for a visit of the charming administrative capital which will begin with the Medina, teeming with life, then you will see the mosque, the Hassan Tower, and the splendid mausoleum of Mohamed V. The Kasbah of 'Oudayas considered to be the nucleus of the old Medina, and the Jewish quarter (the Mellah), with its narrow streets and bustling courtyards. Next, we visit Sale, the hometown of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar, a famous 18th-century scholar, and cabalist. Dinner and overnight in Rabat.
Our accommodation suggestions in Rabat:
SOFITEL JARDIN DES ROSES RABAT
After breakfast, departure to Meknes. We cross the Maamoura forest, the largest cork oak forest in Morocco. Visit Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nicknamed "the Versailles of Morocco." Enclosed in a triple enclosure of 40 km of walls and bastions, Meknes is famous for its medina, which contains the most beautiful gate of Morocco, Bab El Mansour. We will visit the Mellah and the Synagogue. Without forgetting the Jewish cemetery, where the famous Rabbi David Benmidan rests
Then continue to Fez. Arrival, installation at the hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.
Arrival in Fez, installation, dinner, and overnight.
Our accommodation suggestions in Fes:
Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
The full-day is dedicated to the ancient city of Fez, the oldest of the Imperial cities. Fez is known for its vast and splendid medina, the city's historic heart, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its labyrinthine alleys lead to a multitude of historical wonders. Fez is considered one of the best-known towns in medieval Jewish history. It was home to one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all time, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, and Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. At the heart of the Mellah is the historic synagogue that bears his name.
During your visit to the many Jewish and Muslim heritage sites, your guide will offer you links of connections between Jewish and Muslim Morocco.
The Jewish quarter of Fez is the oldest Jewish quarter in Morocco. It is located right next to the Royal Palace and the Jewish cemetery. The Jewish cemetery in the Mellah is the oldest in Morocco and contains the graves of more Jewish saints than any other cemetery in Morocco.
Maimonides :Moses Maimonides (in Hebrew Moshe ben Maimon) is a Jewish philosopher and physician born in Cordoba in 1138 and died in Fostat (Cairo) in 1204. By his theological and philosophical works, he is extremely famous and influential both in the Jewish community, Islam's land, and the Christian West.
The house of Maimonides, But if today "the house" symbolizes the Jewish history of Fez and Morocco, it is above all because the main living room is full of religious rooms from the great synagogue of Fez, local Jewish schools, individuals. Chandelier, mezuzah, bench with names of the faithful, Torah. All forget pieces from more than 500 years of history. The community center, "Maimonides," is one of the most well organized in Morocco, with a kosher restaurant and a modern synagogue. Danan synagogue: the oldest synagogue in Fez
Founded in the 17th century, the synagogue, the oldest in Fez, has seen many ups and downs. Used as a prison in the 18th century, it was then rehabilitated as a place of prayer and became one of the important places of the Jewish community of Fez, which numbered nearly 250,000 people in the first half of the 20th century and still represents the largest Jewish community in North Africa. Classified as World Universal Heritage by UNESCO (along with three other places of worship in Fez), the AbenDanan synagogue is the first to be restored because its role was preponderant in Hebrew culture and religion throughout the Maghreb as well as in the advent of reforms.
Sefrou, the Moroccan "Little Jerusalem"
Like a plural Morocco with its cities where Muslims, Jews, and Christians rubbed shoulders, the city of Sefrou, about thirty kilometers from the capital Fez, had for centuries hosted a community of Moroccans of the Jewish faith. The Jews have lived in Sefrou since they arrived in Morocco in AD 70, after destroying their second temple in Jerusalem by the Romans. As a result, it had the highest concentration of Jews per square meter globally, which earned it the nickname "Little Jerusalem." This solid Jewish community consisted of native Berber speakers or Tafilat, Arabic-speaking
Jews of Fassi origin (from Fez), and even descendants of the exiles from Spain in 1492. This is notably the case with the El-Baz family.
El-Baz was a family of scholars and rabbis with an Arabic name meaning "the hawk," as the Mellah platform in Fez assures us, who cite several personalities who have marked JudeoMoroccan history. They are, among others, MaimonElbaz, rabbi in the 17th century, author of a cabalistic commentary on prayer rituals, Shmuel El-Baz (rabbi, 17th century), member of the Rabbinical Tribunal and author of Talmudic writings or Amram El-Baz, rabbi-judge and codifier who lived in the 18th century.
The tomb of Rabbi Raphaël Moshe El-Baz, the saint with multiple caps in the Jewish cemetery of Sefrouest, is considered a primary Jewish pilgrimage site in Morocco, visited annually by thousands of the faithful and the curious. In this twenty-first episode, the story of Rabbi Raphael Moshe El-Baz, the most famous descendant of a family of scholars and rabbis.
Rabbi Raphaël Moshe El Baz's grave in the Jewish cemetery of Sefrou.
Rabbi RaphaëlMoshé El-Baz died in 1896 in Sefrou, his hometown, buried in the city's Jewish cemetery. His hiloula is celebrated during LagBaomer, the Jewish feast of a rabbinical institution.
The Old Medina is full of places to visit with its ramparts, forts (borjs) and historic gates, Jewish homes with wooden balconies, zaouias, mosques, bridges, and caravanserais.
Afternoon Garden and Palace option in Fez:
JNANE SBIL GARDEN
BATHA MUSEUM AND ANDALUSIAN GARDEN
BOU INANIA MEDERSA Night in Fez
Nuit à Fès.
Breakfast, then departure for Bin Louidane. Crossing of the Middle Atlas region via Imouzzer duKandar, a small Berber town. Discovery of Ifrane, a charming ski resort in the heart of a magnificent cedar forest, nicknamed "the little Moroccan Switzerland."
Your hotel for today is the Widiane Suites & Spa, a true haven of peace., Amidst the majestic peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the lake and its surrounding nature invite you to dream
Our accommodation suggestion in BinLouidane:
Widiane Suites & Spa Resort
Savor a hearty breakfast, then start your day with a boat trip on the lake that will take you to the fascinating Bin-El-Ouidane gorges. Then departure to Marrakech via the Ouzoud Falls, one of the most incredible natural spectacles in the country.
The waterfalls are considered the most beautiful and height of 110 meters as the highest in Morocco. After direction to Marrakech. Dinner and accommodation in your hotel.
Our accommodation suggestions in Marrakech
Royal Mansour Marrakech
Dar Rhizlane Hotel
After breakfast, a guided tour of Marrakech, The Pearl of the South located at the crossroads of the desert, the mountain and the Atlantic plains offers many gems:
Jewish heritage of Marrakech
The story of the Jewish people in Morocco is a story of respect and friendship. A guided tour of the Jewish Quarter includes a visit to the synagogue and a walk through the Mellah, which has become home to a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews, famous for their rabbinical schools and academics. The Negidim synagogue was built at the end of the 19th century; the other mellah synagogue is the Salat el Alzama, built at the beginning of the century; there is a local legend that the synagogue was built during the Second Temple period by Jews who had never lived in Eretz-Israel and had not witnessed the destruction of the Temple… Finally, you will visit the cemetery of Rabbi HananiaHacohen, which is also the burial place of Rabbi Hanania Ha-Cohen, and Rabbi PinhasHacohenAzough says the “boss of Marrakech”. “
Visit of the Jewish Mellah
Discover the recently renovated Mellah, a fantastic district in the heart of Marrakech. The creation of the Mellah of Marrakech, or Jewish quarter, dates back to the 16th century, under the reign of the Saadian Sultan MoulayAbdallah. Established to ensure the safety of the Jewish population who fled Spain and worked for the Sultan, this area has been renovated and is worth looking for when staying in Marrakech. Located very close to Bahia Palace and el-Badi Palace, it is protected by high walls, and gates provide access. La Lazama synagogue is located in the mellah of the medina, a stone's throw from the Bahia Palace and the Place des Ferblantiers. History of the synagogue: Rabbi Yitzhak Delouya, who lived in Spain, arrived in Marrakech following the expulsion of the Jews by Queen Isabella and King Fernando in 1492. He served in Marrakech as president of the rabbinical court and president of the expelled community and founded the "Laazaama," the "expelled." Optional dinner at the rabbi's house or the kosher restaurant. Meet the Jewish community of Marrakech (Friday evening).
The Majorelle Garden and the Berber Museum
The Majorelle Gardens, formerly the JardinBouSaf, owes its name to its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the expatriate French artist born in Nancy, France, in 1886. In 1947, he opened his gardens to the public and painted a magnificent ceiling at the hotel La Mamounia. French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent later bought the gardens. Today, the Majorelle Gardens are home to a unique collection of flora and fauna and the Berber Museum.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech
Located a few steps from the famous JardinMarjorelle, the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum displays raw and contemporary volumes designed from terracotta, concrete, and terrazzo. The link between the talented designer and the red city. A great tribute to the creator's work spread over an area of more than 4000m2 and composed of an exhibition hall, a library, an auditorium, a bookstore, and a café. By visiting this new cultural temple, visitors will also have the opportunity to discover the 5,000 pieces of clothing and 100,000 sketches by Yves Saint Laurent, kept by the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.
Night in a Boutique Hotel or Riad in Marrakech.
The Mamounia gardens
Hotel La Mamounia is a five-star hotel in Morocco. It faces the Atlas Mountains and is located in the heart of the old town of Marrakech. The hotel was built in 1929 by Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio on the 15-hectare palace and garden that Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah gave to his son MoulayMamoun in the 18th century.
The gardens are the very essence of La Mamounia. Over eight hectares around the palace stretch orange trees, olive trees, palm trees, and bougainvillea, pampered by a team of 70 gardeners. Fruits, flowers, and leaves form a harmonious Garden of Eden, decorated with sculptures according to the various artists' exhibitions.
The Anima Garden
Austrian universal artist André Heller offers a new and magnificent curiosity near the city of Marrakech. We have located 27 km outside the city, in the Ourika Valley, and the shadow of the mighty Atlas.
The world-famous multimedia artist created the garden as a botanical staging. Between exotic palm trees, fragrant flowers, and thorny cacti, works of art of all kinds have been integrated into the landscape. Shaded paths lead you through the ANIMA garden, passing aromatic lavender and rosemary hedges. You can rest on benches or even in hammocks and listen to the wind and the birds.
Mentioned as one of the most beautiful and enameled with fantasy in the world, this garden of more than two hectares is a clever mix of art and botany. In fact, in addition to the beauty of its vegetation, the Jardin Anima is also made up of three exhibition rooms dedicated to culture and art, highlighting young talents in contemporary art.
Night in a Boutique Hotel in Marrakech.
Departure for Essaouira is a seaside town known for its Portuguese and Jewish history and charming houses painted by hand in blue, white.
Essaouira, also known as "Old Mogador," is one of the most famous cities travelers to Morocco who are interested in Morocco's Jewish heritage and want to explore the historic Atlantic coast. Every year, religious Jews from all over the world come to Essaouira for an annual pilgrimage to visit the tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto, who died in 1845. The hiloula celebrating Rabbi Haim Pinto takes place every year in September.
Today, Rabbi Haim Pinto's house and synagogue have been preserved as a historical and religious site. The building is an active synagogue used when pilgrims or Jewish tour groups visit the city.
Essaouira old port of Toumbouktou
Compared to the other medinas of North Africa, its relatively late foundation was the Alawite Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah (1757-1790), who wanted to make this small city of the Atlantic a royal port and capital of Moroccan trade with the outside world. Long known as the Port of Timbuktu, Essaouira became one of the centerpieces of Atlantic trade between Africa and Europe at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. The city also offers a multicultural center as evidenced by the coexistence, from its conception, of various ethnic groups such as Amazighs, Arabs, Africans, and Europeans, and multi-faith (Muslims, Christians, and Jews). Furthermore, inseparable from the medina, the Mogador archipelago includes many cultural properties and natural sites of Outstanding Universal Value.
Overnight in Essaouira.
Our accommodation suggestions in Essaouira:
Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
L’HeureBleue, Boutique Hotel
Le Medina EssaouiraThalassa Sea & Spa Hotel
End of the program and departure transfer to Casablanca or Marrakech airport.
✓ 09 nights in hotels of the selected category in BB ✓ Excellent qualified English-speaking guide/driver throughout the tour. ✓ Very comfortable transport with 1 bottle of daily water ✓ Local guides in Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes Volubilis, Fez, Marrakech ✓ Entrances to monuments according to the program ✓ Concierge services (restaurants and activities) ✓ 24/24 assistance