Morocco – Tentative Itinerary

October 24 – November 3, 2022

* This itinerary is subject to change

 

Day 1 (Sunday, October 23): New York – Casablanca

  • Group flight departs the US – Royal Air Maroc AT201 from JFK to Casablanca

 

Day 2 (Monday, October 24): Casablanca – Meknes – Fes

  • Arrive in Casablanca
  • Drive to Meknes
  • Visit the Mellah (old Jewish Quarter)
  • See the magnificent Bab Mansour Gate
  • Drive to Fes
  • Dinner at local Kosher provider
  • Overnight: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes (or similar)

 

Day 3 (Tuesday, October 25): Fes

  • Tour the Jewish Mellah, cemetery and Ibn Danan synagogue
  • See the Royal Palace plaza
  • Explore the winding alleyways of the Medina
  • Learn about the traditional crafts of the city and visit some artisans
  • Enjoy a panoramic viewpoint of the city from Borj Sud fortress
  • Dinner at local Kosher provider
  • Overnight: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes (or similar)

 

Day 4 (Wednesday, October 26): Fes – Ifrane – Erfoud

  • Travel South, crossing the mid-Atlas mountain range
  • Visit the Alpine town of Ifrane – Morocco’s “little Switzerland”
  • Follow the canyon of the Ziz river into the desert
  • Continue to the district of Tafilalt – origin of the Abuhatzeira family
  • Arrive in Erfoud, on the edge of the Sahara Desert
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud (or similar)

 

Day 5 (Thursday, October 27): Erfoud – Todgha Gorge – Ouarzazate

  • Jeep ride into the Sahara Desert, watch the sunrise over the Merzouga dunes
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery of Erfoud
  • Walk along the Todgha Gorge with its majestic cliffs and rock formations
  • Drive to Ouarzazate
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Berber Palace, Ouarzazate (or similar)

 

Day 6 (Friday, October 28): Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

  • Visit the picturesque Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou
  • Cross the Atlas mountain range via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Arrive in Marrakesh and get organized for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Gueliz synagogue with the Jewish community
  • Dinner at local Kosher provider
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Carré Eden, Marrakesh (or similar)

 

Day 7 (Saturday, October 29): Shabbat in Marrakesh

  • Shabbat services at the Gueliz synagogue with the Jewish community
  • Lunch at local Kosher provider
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner at local Kosher provider
  • Explore the night market at Jemaa el Fnaa square
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Carré Eden, Marrakesh (or similar)

 

Day 8 (Sunday, October 30): Marrakesh

  • View the Koutoubia Mosque from its surrounding gardens
  • Tour the Jewish Mellah and Al Azama synagogue
  • Visit the ornate Bahia Palace
  • Explore the many alleyways and shops in the Souk
  • Dinner at local Kosher provider
  • Optional traditional folklore show
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Carré Eden, Marrakesh (or similar)

 

Day 9 (Monday, October 31): Marrakesh – Essaouira

  • Visit an Argan oil cooperative
  • Drive to the seaside town of Essaouira
  • Tour the Mellah and local synagogues
  • Explore the Medina and the Port
  • Enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Le Medina Thalassa Sea & Spa, Essaouira (or similar)

 

Day 10 (Tuesday, November 1): Essaouira – Safi – El Jadida – Casablanca

  • Drive north along the Atlantic coast
  • Tour Safi – visit the Medina and tomb of Ouled Ben Zmirou, and explore the pottery workshops
  • Tour El Jadida – visit the Portuguese Fort and Cisterns
  • Drive to Casablanca
  • Visit the Beth El Synagogue
  • Dinner at local Kosher restaurant
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca (or similar)

 

Day 11 (Wednesday, November 2): Casablanca – Rabat – Casablanca

  • Tour the magnificent Hassan II Mosque
  • Drive to Rabat
  • Tour the Mellah
  • Visit the mausoleum of the modern Moroccan kings and see the huge unfinished Hassan Tower
  • See the King’s Palace
  • Explore the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas
  • Return to Casablanca
  • Dinner at local Kosher restaurant
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca (or similar)

 

Day 12 (Thursday, November 3): Casablanca – New York

  • Visit the Neve Shalom school and synagogue
  • Tour the Museum of Moroccan Judaism
  • Drive to the airport
  • Depart Morocco – Royal Air Maroc AT200 from Casablanca to JFK

 

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