(10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira
This private luxury tour focuses on Morocco’s centuries-old Jewish heritage during in-depth touring of the cultural highlights of Fez, Marrakesh and other top destinations. It also includes unique interactions with the Jewish community in Morocco, such as a private Jewish-Moroccan cooking class and a meal with a Jewish family.
Begin with a night in Casablanca, home to Morocco’s largest Jewish population. During private touring, discover the Museum of Moroccan Judaism—the only Jewish museum in the Arab world—and see other highlights of this lively coastal city.
Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. Explore Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”) and its medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops. Also tour Fez el-Djedid (“New Fez”) to see the Royal Palace, explore the mellah, the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco, and see the Jewish cemetery. One day, take a private excursion to tour major Roman ruins at Volubilis and explore the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Next, visit Rabat, Morocco’s sophisticated seaside capital, to stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary.
Continue to Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks (markets), and upscale shops and restaurants. Accompanied by a leader of the local Jewish community, tour the city’s Jewish quarter, and see centuries-old synagogues and other sites of interest. Also share a meal with his family, and learn about their experience as Jews in modern Morocco.
During other private touring in Marrakesh, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. See important historic monuments and districts, including the Koutoubia Mosque and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. If desired, also visit museums such as Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Art, or take an insider tour of the massive souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favorite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses).
One day, take a private cooking class focusing on Jewish-Moroccan cuisine. Another day, take a private excursion to Essaouira, a whitewashed port and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Atlantic coast that once had a significant Jewish population. During private touring, visit the Jewish quarter and the Jewish cemetery. Perhaps also opt to visit the High Atlas Mountains to tour the local highlights, see the tomb of an important Jewish religious leader, and enjoy a lunch reservation at luxurious Kasbah Tamadot.