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Itinerary: Jewish Highlights of Morocco & Desert Tour

Jewish Highlights of Morocco & Desert Tour

Discover the majesty of Morocco’s stunning ancient Imperial Cities, the Sahara and the high Atlas Mountains including the Jewish heritage of ancient empires that hold today’s power and royal palaces.

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Jewish Highlights of Morocco & Desert Tour
Jewish Highlights of Morocco & Desert Tour
Jewish Highlights of Morocco & Desert Tour

After your arrival to Casablanca, you will be escorted to your luxury hotel in Casablanca.

Day 1 - Casablanca
Begin your day with a visit to the newly opened Jewish Museum in Casablanca. Although its collection is still quite formative, this is the first Jewish Museum in an Arab country. Visit the neighborhood that is home to most of Moroccoís Jewish Community. Stop by the cultural center and the Bet El synagogue.
You may wish to have lunch at one of the small kosher restaurants in this part town.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury hotel in Casablanca.

Day 2 - Meknes – Volubilis - Fes
Then as we travel past centuries-old olive groves andvineyards we near Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famousfor its 25-mile-long walls - and, not to mention excellent wine - where we'll stop for a sumptuous lunch in a grand palace. Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years and explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics. Sumptuous dinner and lodging at a four-star riad or hotel in Fez.

Day 3 - Fez
Best surviving example of an ancient city, the spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam resting alongside ancient Jewish quarters. The Vibrant Jewish heritage in the Mellah, where artisan craft, antique Jewish goods and handcrafted jewelry is sold. Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue ñ the oldest extant synagogue in Fez. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments and fabric of medieval Fez.

Dinner at la Maison Bleu.
Accommodation at your luxury riad or hotel in Fez.

Day 4 - Merzouga
Explore the mystical Saharan landscape as you ride by camel over the stunning sugar-fine sands of Merzouga as the red sun sinks. As night falls, listen to the heady intoxicating beat of Berber drum music and song during the traditional pouring of mint tea. Watch bread being baked in the sand, and delight in a Moroccan feast of harira soup, a savory tagine (stew with meat and vegetables), couscous, fresh fruit and exquisite Moroccan pastries.

At nightfall, we’ll sleep under a nomad tarp beneath flickering stars in the clear desert sky. Experience a sense of timelessness in the still, silent desert unchanged since caravans loaded with spices, gold and indigo crossed long ago. (Lodging is also available at Todra’s local auberge at the edge of the dunes.) Good walking shoes are recommended.

Day 5 - Merzouga – Tinghir-Boumalne du Dades – Kelaa M’Gouna – Ourzazate
After a special Berber breakfast, we’ll depart for Ouarzazate , traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route.This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky.We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments and plunging gorges via Tinerhir. We’ll stop for a barbecue lunch at a local village and after a refreshing swim at the four-star Hotel where you'll be lodging, there will be a free afternoon to bike, explore the village, or simply relax by the pool under the cool palms and the warm North African sun.

Day 6 - Marrakech
In Marrakesh, we’ll spend a full day exploring this majestic Imperial City. Thrill in the bewitchery of the night that beats in the heart of the famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds.Then wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. we’ll cap off our journey at the dinner event of Fantasia as we bear witness to a splendid dramatic display of Arabian Nights filled with belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore.

Accommodation at your luxury four stars hotel in Marrakech.

Day 7 - Marrakech – Essaouira - Marrakech
The 60’s music legends Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones were drawn to Essaouira’s idyllic charm, which continues today to lure musicians and artists alike to the sparkling whitewashed fishing village trimmed with the brilliant azure of its skies. A former Portuguese settlement in the 18th century, its stone ramparts overlook an emerald sea where dolphins sometimes frolic near the fringe of silvery beach, and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Dream on the beach, stroll through serene squares, browse artisan shops or the fish market, bursting with a plethora of fruit of the sea to be grilled to a succulent finish before your eyes. Top it your repast with the national drink of Moroccan mint tea and savor delectable French pastries at one Essaouira’s many charming cafes. A full day will be spent at Essaouira.......and do not forget to take your horse riding or camel ride at the beach before return to Marrakech.

You’ll cap off your journey at a spectacular dinner event, the Fantasia at the desert of Marrakech, where You’ll bear witness to a splendid drama of Arabian Nights filled with belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore…….. and that would be your final desert for your vacation.

Accommodation at your luxury four stars hotel in Marrakech.


Day 8 - Marrakech
Transfer to Marrakech airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights.

Cost:

$1850.00 per person based on double or triple occupancy
$3700.00 for 2Pax

2 years and under are free of charge
2 – 6 years old 75% off
7-11 years old 50% off
12 years old & up full cost


What's Included:
Breakfast and dinner daily
Four-star hotel & riad lodging
4x4 in and out of Merzouga
Nomad guide
Camel ride in Sahara
Nomad tent in Sahara
Transfers to and from airport
Private Car, Gas, Tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
Knowledgeable certified guides at the imperial cities
Mountain guide at the high atlas
Museums fee
All taxes

Not included in package price:
International Airfare
lunch
Drinks
Travel Insurance

Note:- Private guided tour---Not a group tour.
- If it is over your budget-----Hotels can be changed for lower budgets.
- Upgrade to 5* or 5* deluxe accommodation is available.
- Group Discounts Available.

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