Casablanca – Rabat (87Km, 1 Hrs 30 Min)
After breakfast , we procede to the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, with its temples and synagogues. We will visit the most famous Temple Beth El, decorated walls and inscribed with gilded quotes from the Bible. Continue on to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism displaying collections of religious books, costumes and artifacts documenting the rich past of the Jewish people.
After lunch we will depart for Rabat, Unesco World Heritage Imperial City. We visit Hassan Tower, and the nearby mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the founder of modern Morocco and protector of the Moroccan Jewish community during World War II.
We will also visit the Mellah with its narrow streets, colorful courtyards and beautiful synagogue.
Overnight in Rabat.
Rabat – Meknes (151 Km, 1 Hrs 45 Min) – Volubilis (30 Km, 40 Min) – Fes (65Km, 1 Hrs 25 min)
After a delicious breakfast we depart to Meknes, another Unesco World Heritage Imperial Cities Series, which is also once inhabited by a large Jewish community. See the city’s impressive monuments: Bab Mansour gateway, one of the finest great gates of Morocco, the Granaries and the Royal Stables.
Visit the Jewish quarter and its old cemetery facing the former Hebraic Thalmud-Thora school. There are Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era and Greek inscriptions still appearing in the local Synagogues. There are 11 synagogues in the new Jewish quarter of which 8 are still functioning today.
After lunch, we will make a short drive to Volubilis, Unesco Heritage Sites of the ruin from the Roman Empire founded in the 3rd BC. Volubilis is the capital of Idrisid dynasty, the great grand son of Phophet Muhammad who is buried nearby Moulay Idriss town.
Arrive in Fes in the evening.
Overnight in Fes.
Exploring The Ancient City Of Fes
Discover the secrets of the medieval medina-city of Fes El Bali (old Fes), founded in the 9th century. See the Karaouine, one of the oldest still functioning universities, the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, the Najjarine Square and its beautiful fountain and the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserail), now converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medina tour are all conducted by walking. We too will enjoy watching the old leather making at the tannaries which survive until today and Bab Boujloud the ancient Blue Gate of Fes.
In the afternoon, visit the Mellah, the Jewish quarter built in the 14th century, once home of most influential Talmudic scholars of all times such as Rabbi Isaac Alfasi and Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. See the cemetery where the Rabbis and the Saints of the Jewish community are buried. Some of the tombs are over 1600 years old. Walk in the Mellah to admire the beautiful Hispano-Moorish building style brought by the Jews from Andalucia and visit the Ibn Danan synagogue (17th century). The old Jewish quarter provides an interesting insight into the typical local Jewish architecture.
Before dinner, we will take a drive to Borj Nord and Merenid Tombs for the beautiful scenic town of ancient Fes on top of the hill.
Overnight in Fes.
Fes – Marrakech (530 Km, 6 Hrs 50 Min)
After breakfast, we will journey into the cedar forested Middle Atlas, North Africa’s greatest mountain range. We will be crossing Berber villages of Azrou and Khenifra en route to Beni Mellal situated in the heart of the fertile Tadla Plain. This is one of the most incredible scenic drive in Morocco. Guests can stop to take beautiful pictures of the layered of mountain range, tiny little Berber`s houses and amazing changes of landscape as we decent the mountain range.
Overnight in Marrakech
After a great breakfast, we visit the beautiful Majorelle Garden by YSL and then to discover the city’s architectural attractions situated inside the Medina: the Koutoubia mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech with the oldest Almohad minarets still remaining today of 11th century. A 19th century architecture, Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs a 16th century tomb where the buried ground for 66 of Saadian dynasty members with beautiful encased tomb.
In the afternoon, stroll through the 16th century Jewish quarter and visit the Miara Cemetary, largest Jewish cemetary in Morocco where the Kabbalist Rabbi Hanania Hacohen, Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar, Rabbi Pinhas Hacohel and Raphael Perez were burried here. We will visit the labyrinthine souks in the old town to explore colorful alleys and small squares, home to stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts. In the early evening, we will head to Djemaa El Fna, the city’s main square and the beating heart of Marrakech and enjoy a amazing horse carriage ride through the city.
Overnight in Marrakech.
Marrakech – Essouirra (191 Km, 2 Hrs 50 Min)
Today we will depart early to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. Visit the city of Mogador, once one third Jewish and now known as Essaouira. See the Jewish cemetery in the Mellah, place of annual pilgrimage to the grave of the venerated Rabbi Haim Pinto, whose home and synagogue are preserved as a historic and religious site.
We will also visit the city’s fortifications and Scala, a mixture of Berber and Portuguese architecture and the 18th century Medina with its carpentry cedar and thuya wood ateliers, before returning to Marrakech.
Overnight in Marrakech.
Departure (Marrakech or Casablanca)
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Marrakech airport for your onward flight.
Note: If you departure city is Casablanca we will then overnight in Casablanca instead after the visit to Essouirra.