We are joining Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel on Temple Etz Chaim’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco November 3 – 13 , 2019
Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel you are invited to join Temple Etz Chaim a fascinating and exotic Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco.
Day 1: Sunday, November 3
Departure LAX 3:30PM on Air France overnight flight to Morocco .
Day 2: Monday, November 4
Arrival aboard Air France Airlines flight at Casablanca's Mohammed V Airport • VIP airport services include being met upon arrival, expedited through passport control and escorted to meet your guide & driver • You will be escorted to town to check-in at the Four Seasons Hotel • Rest & Refresh at your Hotel • Explore Casablanca, visit of the Habous Quarter & the new Mellah • Visit the French-built Quartier Habous. The Habbous is a mix of shops and parks just outside the city center • Visit the “New Mellah” – home to most of Morocco's current Jewish community. Visit the cultural center and the stained glass of the Bet El Synagogue • Dinner reservations at le Soc Restaurant • Overnight at The Four Seasons – Casablanca
Day 3: Tuesday, November 5
Breakfast at the hotel • Check-out from the hotel • Start your day by exploring Casablanca, the Mosque Hassan II and the Jewish Museum • Visit the of the massive Mosque Hassan II – Completed in 1993.
Day 4: Wednesday, November 6
After Breakfast, enter the Medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the scents and sounds of Morocco's spiritual capital • Learn about the Jewish History of Fes. You will visit the following historical sites: The Blue Gate of Fes, Al Fassiyeen Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery, with time to walk in the Mellah. Visit the Ibn Danan Synagogue – the oldest existing synagogue in Fes. Its restoration a UNESCO project. • Lunch • Visit The Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts. & Crafts – Museum is in a wonderfully restored fondouq (rooming house) – a caravanserai for travelling merchants. The stunning building gives the well presented exhibits a run for their money. • Tour Chouara Tannery – Chouara Tannery is one of the three tanneries in the city of Fez. Built in the 11th century, it is the largest tannery in the city. Head up to the balconies of one of the shops that will welcome you with a sprig of mint and a memorable view
• Dinner at Mimonit Restaurant • Overnight at Palais Faraj Suites and Spa-Fes
Day 5: Thursday, November 7
After breakfast Visit the Medersa Bou Inania the only medersa in Fes with a minaret –The medersa (school) functioned as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque, like a private boarding school of today • Visit the University of al-Qarawiyyin – also written Al Quaraouiyine or Al-Karaouine, the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree-awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records • Head to Marrakech • Lunch on route on your own • Check in at Hotel Barrière Le Naoura, Marrakech • Rest & Refresh at hotel • Dinner reservations at Al fassia Agdal • Overnight at Hotel Barrière Le Naoura - Marrakech.
Day 6: Friday, November 8
Breakfast at the hotel then begin exploring Marrakech • Head to Dar el Bacha Confluences Museum, located in Marrakech Palace Pacha Glaoui, which is one of the most beautiful palaces of the red city. • Continue to the famous square Djemaa El Fenna, one of the city's top attractions. Experience its storytellers, dancers, water sellers, and snake charmers • Explore the souks of Marrakech. Each trade and specialty clusters together. Colorful spice souks, weavers, and metalworkers are clanging away • Lunch reservations at Dar Zellij • After lunch, wander through the Dar Si Said Museum of traditional crafts, housed in a 19th century palace and visit the ruins of the vast Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, a monument of the country’s cultural heritage and one of the main places of tourism in Morocco • Relax at hotel and get ready for Shabbat • Meet in the lobby to go to the Shabbat Services at Bet- El Synagogue. Shabbat Hospitality at Hazzan and Mrs. Ohayon's Home. Dinner with Members of the local Jewish Community • Overnight at Hotel Barrière Le Naoura – Marrakech
Day 7: Saturday, November 9
Breakfast at the hotel • Optional Shabbat Morning service • Shabbat lunch • Afternoon at leisure • Visit the architectural Secret Garden, a restored complex showcasing Islamic art and architecture. The garden and adjacent buildings date back 400 years. • Rest & Refresh at your hotel • Dinner at leisure • Overnight at Hotel Barrière Le Naoura – Marrakech
Day 8: Sunday, November 10
Breakfast at the hotel • Visit the Jardin Majorelle – The garden, a gift to Marrakech from Yves-Saint Laurent was purchased from the painter Jacque Majorelle • Continue to the Yves-Saint Laurent Museum, opened in October, 2017. It highlights the life work of the designer, his works and his connection to Marrakech • Lunch at DarIma, which promises a Moroccan Kosher Experience
• After Lunch, get away from the hustle bustle of Marrakech and head to the Atlas Mountains with its plush, green fields, and peaceful Berber villages • Visit the famous Saint's gravesite, the well-known miracle worker, Rabbi Solomon Bal Hench, the master of the snake, meet locals and learn their culture and lifestyle • Rest & Refresh at your hotel • Dinner at leisure • Overnight at Hotel Barrière Le Naoura – Marrakech
Day 9: Monday, November 11
After breakfast head inland to Essaouira, a former Portuguese town that has become something of an artists' colony. The enchanting streets of this fortified town were the setting for Orson Welles' 1952 Othello and was the location for several episodes of the Game of Thrones series • Check in at Sofitel Golf & Spa • Explore the picturesque street of the thuya woodworkers, the Oceanside ramparts, and the numerous art galleries and boutiques scattered about....For centuries Essaouira was home to a large Jewish community and has two Jewish cemeteries with 2,400 graves • Lunch at Chalet de la Plage Restaurant located on the seafront overlooking the beach, the menu is devoted to a typically Mediterranean Sea food cuisine. An exceptional dinner spot • After lunch, visit the Jewish cemetery and the grave of Rabbi Haim Pinto • Essaouira is the site of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Pinto, who died in 1845. His home and synagogue are preserved as an historic and religious site. • Overnight at Sofitel Golf & Spa – Essaouira
Day 10: Tuesday, November 12
Breakfast at the hotel • Departure to Casablanca city through Safi, a historical city that preserves all its historical sites where you lose yourself between the past and the present. Safi offers its visitors the advantage of being at once a historical city, as well as a modern. Stop at Oualidia via the picturesque coastal road, lunch at a local restaurant in Oualidia (on your own) with view of its superb bay • Continuation to El Jadida and to Azmour, to learn their history • Check in at the Hotel Le Casablanca, a beautifully recreated art Deco style hotel in the exclusive Anfa residential district of Casablanca. Rest and refresh at the hotel. If you are feeling up to it, your guide and driver will give you an introductory tour of the city • Rest & Refresh • Dinner at Cercle de l'union – Casablanca • Overnight at Le Casablanca Hotel – Casablanca
Day 11: Wednesday, November 13 Breakfast at the hotel • You will be escorted to Casablanca's Mohamed V Airport • VIP airport services includes help checking in, being expedited through passport control and use of the VIP lounge • Departure aboard Air France Airlines from Casablanca's Mohammed V Airport 8:10AM Arrive LAX Same Day 4:10PM