This is an educational tour customized for travelers who are of interest to explore the Jewish heritage sights and Jewish communties in Morocco where the diversity of culture, coexistence and rich patrimony. You will spend time exploring many interesting landmarks like the ancient synagogues, colorful souks, amazing landscapes, tombs, and many more. If you’re Jewish, this tour might be an opportunity to discover where your ancestors might have lived. It will surely feel like home in many of the landmarks.
One week Moroccan Jewish heritage tour from Tangier has more to offer than just a pretty sight. A great learning opportunity matched with an enriched serving of Moroccan Jewish heritage on the side. World famous sites, landmarks, and picture-perfect attractions. Experience wonders that appeal to more than just the eye. Not just this, but taste the famous Moroccan Jewish cuisine by opting for Shabbat services or Kosher food options.
Welcome to the gate of Africa Tangier where you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Tangier, the north capital of Morocco. Tangier is a city of historical strategic importance, guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. The city also marked the entryway to Africa for those coming over from Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar. Begin sightseeing in colorful Tangier with a visit to its bustling Medina, Grand and Petit Socco, and Synagogues Street – whose very name attests to the rich Jewish presence here. Lunch is served during the tour. Next, visit Kasbah Square – which offers gorgeous views overlooking the ocean and Spanish coasts. Finally, experience the spectacular Hercules Caves at Cape Spartel. Check in at the hotel or Riad for the overnight with dinner.
Meals: Dinner included
After breakfast, we leave Rabat towards the town of Tetouan deemed as a center for Jewish community originating from the time of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, was for many centuries the intellectual and religious center of the North of Morocco. The city has a well kept Mellah built in the traditional Andalusian style in 1808. The Mellah quarter enjoys the distinction of being the only one that still houses a majority of the resident community, who faithfully maintain their Judeo-Spanish language, traditions and customs. The city’s large and preserved cemetery comprises another historical landmark of great interest, most particularly the Castilian section, the burial ground for the earliest settlers from Spain. In the Mellah are three active Synagogues. Among these, the Synagogue Rabbi Isaac Ben Oualid, on the ground floor of the Rabbi’s home, is the most historic, and its interior the most picturesque, and many legends surround this building. Tetouan is the site of the first Alliance Israelite Universal School, established in 1862 after Morocco regained control of the city from the Spanish. We continue the Jewish heritage tour towards the blue washed town of Chefchaouen for the overnight with dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included
Today you will explore Chefchaouen, Morocco's enchanting city beneath the striking peaks of the Rif Mountains. Whitewashed homes with red tile roofs line narrow, winding laneways, their walls painted in brilliant shades of blue. Then continue onto the holy city of Ouazzane to visit the sanctuary of a Jewish Saint venerated by both Muslims and Jews Rabbi Amram Ben Diwan. The Hiloulah takes place in Ouezzane and is considered the largest pilgrimage gathering for Moroccan Jews. The Jewish heritage tour continues to Meknes “the Moroccan Versailles” where the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local Synagogues and a place of pilgrimage where the tomb of Rabbi’ David Benmidan, “The Patron of Meknes” is located. After lunch, you will tour Meknes starting from the ornamented gate of Bab Al Mansour to the old and new Mellah to see the past and new life conveyed through the historic Jewish names retained by many of the streets. We leave Meknes towards Fez with a stop at Volubilis, a well-preserved Roman city, where archaeologists found the first traces of Jewish settlement in Morocco. We send the overnight with dinner at the hotel or Riad in Fez.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included
Today is devoted to a guided tour of the ancient Fez Medina, fascinating old religious Morocco’s capital surrounded by nine miles of ramparts, strategically positioned on the old caravan trading crossroads which once connected the Saharan empires with Europe. Start your guided tour from the impressive Royal Palace with its magnificent seven glorious bronze gates. From here you walk to the Mellah with its intense atmosphere and fine Mauro-Hispanic architecture, continue to the nearby Jewish cemetery and the Ibn Danan well-kept synagogue, which testifies the importance of the Jewish community Fez. You will head south to enjoy the panoramic view of the old Medina. The next visit is the ceramics quarter where you learn about the unique local pottery handicraft and see the old kilns. The amazing part is to start your walking tour of the bustling labyrinth of the ancient Fez Medina, visit the colorful tanneries and explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, beautiful brassware, and Jewish-originated silverware, traditional and modern Jewelry. Visit El-Attarine, El Bou Inania Medersas, and the marvelous Karaouine university-mosque. Stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina, nearby the delightful Nejjarine Square famous with its fountain and caravanserai. We end up the sightseeing tour in the blue gate “Bab Boujloud”. You will be back to your hotel for the overnight with breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast included
Today you will have a day time out not far from the medieval city Fez so the force won't be too long and that would supply you more time to experience our destination which is Sefrou, the capital of cherries. This city was recognized as the Little Jerusalem due to its high percentage of Jews and its well developed non secular life. En route to Sefrou, we will make a short stop in Bhalil to visit the cemetery where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried. This village is exclusive for its specific cave homes located in the ancient phase of the town, and for its blend of colored homes, linked collectively by way of a network of bridges. Some of the cave homes in Bhalil are routinely open to travelers to visit; however, these homes are swiftly disappearing as the village modernizes. We arrive to Sefrou which was as a main core of Morocco's Jews and its walled white pedestrian medina is still characterized by using their homes with balconies. We continue to Ifrane city (known as “Moroccan Switzerland”) where you will go for a short walk around the garden. Developed by the French during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climate, this Moroccan town has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer. We drive through the Berber town of Azrou (Great Rock), which takes its name from the outcropping marking the town’s boundary. We stop for lunch in Beni Mellal before we reach the beautiful lake of Bin Ouidane. It’s hard to imagine getting closer to nature than sleeping on a lake. You will enjoy a night with dinner staying in a quiet luxury hotel with incredible views when you can’t tell where the lake ends and the sky begins.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included
Today you get outdoors in the fresh air for your breakfast is the escape you will need to rejuvenate and start your day with full energy and positive vibes to embark in the next chapter of your tour in Morocco. You will have some time at leisure to enjoy the lake and an optional boat tour in the lake. The impressive 133-meter-long, 285-meter-long ridge allows for a nostalgic view of the surroundings of the dam. From there you will be on your way to the Ouzoud Waterfalls they are natural wonders that must be earned. Ouzoud Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in North Africa; about 110 meters high, its waters bounce on several levels and project fine droplets into the air. The cascades are almost always highlighted by a beautiful rainbow and monkeys; it is like a little piece of paradise. You will have lunch in a local restaurant looking at the pretty waters of the falls, before heading to Marrakech where you will spend the night.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included
Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Marrakech, a home of a thriving strong community of native Jews, specialized in commerce and handicrafts, famed for their rabbinical schools and scholars. We will visit the Mellah with its synagogues, The Negidim synagogue built at the end of the 19th century, the other synagogue of the is the Salat el Alzama, built at the turn of the century. Then you will see the cemetery where Rabbi Hanania Ha-Cohen, the Lion of Marrakesh and Rabbi Pinhas Cohen are buried. Your guided tour continues on to the 19th Century Bahia Palace, and the 16th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic School to appreciate the exquisite Zellij, the carved cedar ceilings, and calligraphy. Wander around the labyrinth of narrow alleyways to indulge your senses and explore the colorful bustling souks of Marrakech. Then move next to the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque and the lavishly-decorated 500-year old Saadian Tombs. From here drive to explore the Majorelle Gardens - one of the must-see attractions in Marrakech, famous for its botanical growing plants and trees from around the world. We finish your guided tour in the Djemaâ El Fnaâ Square before heading to the hotel for the overnight with breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast included
Depending on when your flight is scheduled, transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca international airport for your return flight home with a good an amazing experience and best memories about Jewish Heritage Tour in Morocco.
* These are sample Jewish Heritage itineraries, customizable for each customer, prices are on request and depend on dates, accommodations level and activities Optional kosher meals can be arranged in Casablanca and Marrakech.
Discover Tangier Jewish Heritage and the city’s Jewish community during your tour to the old Mellah and the flagship synagogue of the city.
The pearl of the north Chefchaouen was once home to a sizeable Jewish population credited with starting the tradition of painting the blue-hued structures which still line the narrow streets.
Explore hundreds of years of history as you tour the important imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh and Meknes.
Discover the oldest existing synagogue, the Ibn Danan Synagogue, in the medieval city of Fes.
Have a unique sensory experience in Fes, watching the dyeing skills of tanners on display as they use age old techniques to soak and dye skins.
Explore the village of Sefrou recognized as the Little Jerusalem.
Visit the cemetery where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elba in Bhalil.
Explore the Jewish quarter Mellah of Marrakech, home to an exceptional spice bazaar and gold trade.
Feel the unique pulse of Africa in the mythical Djemaa el Fna square of Marrakesh where snake charmers, acrobats and story tellers breathe in the sweet aromas of spices wafting through the air.
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We were booked and had paid a deposit for a trip late March of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Said, the owner of MD, went to extraordinary lengths to refund the deposits for our travel group of six from the U.S. Apparently the Moroccan banking system is not "user friendly" when it comes to wire transfers for reasons unclear to me. Nevertheless, Said managed to refund all our money using a very creative approach. We would DEFINITELY travel with MD in the future given this level of honesty and effort; but we do hope that MD will accept credit cards rather than wires in the future. Thank You Said & Morocco Discovery!
Three of use booked a 19-day with Moroccan Discovery Holidays for March, 2020 and paid a 50% deposit. When Morocco closed its borders due to Covid. Initially we put our trip on hold and asked Said to hold our deposit. Said agreed to this. When it appeared holiday travel would likely go on for many months we asked for a refund. Said again agreed but the Moroccan banks, being what they are, refused to release all of our deposit. With some pressure on the bank from us and Said's help we did receive 100% of our deposit.
We planned our April-May 2020 trip to Morocco in the late fall of 2019 and worked with Said at Morocco Discovery. We were taking our adult children and their partners and Said was patient and added everything we wanted and more. One month prior to travel we were surprised by the pandemic, with flights cancelled, borders closed and no idea when we could travel again. Said remained as diligent, helpful and honest throughout the arduous process of refunding our downpayment. We were thrilled with Said, and his company's commitment to customer service and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone travelling to Morocco. As soon as it is safe again it is our intent to rebook with them!
From their already outstanding reviews when I started working with Sayd, this was an amazing experience. I got prompt friendly responses to every question I had and as this was our first trip to Africa I had a lot of questions. The price was incredibly reasonable - I don’t know how they can put the trip together on this budget. We stayed at amazing Riads in every city with excellent food every evening and great breakfasts - our driver was AMAZING- he was always ready wherever we were 1 minute before we needed him. The prearranged guides were the best. If you are going to Morocco - you want to go with Morocco Discovery and you definitely want a driver.
I have to admit, when I first started looking at using a local Moroccan tour company for our trip I was very nervous. After having toured Morocco for 11 days with Morocco Discovery Holidays, I would HIGHLY recommend them without any hesitation. Said worked with me for over a year to come up with a customized trip that included everything we (2 couples) wanted to see and more. Every change I made to the itinerary was completed within hours of my request.. and I made many. Said is very prompt at responding to e-mails and questions. Having a private driver was definitely the ideal way to see Morocco. Our driver, Mohamed was amazing. From the minute he met us at the airport (with sweets to welcome us) until he dropped us off at the port for our journey to Spain, Mohamed could not do enough for us. Mohamed is funny, engaging, very knowledgeable and was totally flexible and I felt very safe at all times, even on the curvy, narrow road. If I wanted him to turn around so I could take a picture, he would…and Did!! LOL Our Riads were beautiful and the meals that were included were some of the best meals we had in Morocco. I cannot say enough about the 5* service and attention we received from Morocco Discovery Holidays and Mohamed during our trip.
Mr Said provided us with a very pleasant and safe driver (Mustafa) as well as a new van, so we had a very enjoyable round trip Casablanca-Rabat-Fes- Marrakech-Casablanca. Local guides accompanied us in Fes and Marrakech, and we could have had other tours but we opted to spend more time walking around the towns. The Riads selected for us were very satisfactory and service all round was great. No hesitation at all in recommending Morocco Discovery.
Said arranged an excellent holiday for us. We began with one of the standard trips as our starting point and adapted it to better suit our needs with an added night here and there and starting in Marrakesh rather than Casablanca. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish.The choice of the Riads in which we stayed was great, as were the guides that were arranged for us. Abdoul proved to be a first rate driver - safe, dependable, friendly and very professional. We felt very comfortable being driven by him and we enjoyed his company.