Morocco is a northern African country rich in enormous heritage sites. This country has various Jewish cultural sites, an ancient Mellah district, and remarkable synagogues. Upcoming Passover, plan your vacations in this country. Traverse this country from the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert to the city of Medinas of Jewish heritage. If you want to take your family to Morocco during the upcoming Passover, you should contact the tour operators who organize Passover programs. Here, in this blog post, we are going to describe 8 Days heritage tour in Morocco.
DAY 1: Casablanca
After arriving in this county, you should first move to your hotel situated in the port city of Casablanca. It is the largest city in Morocco and this place is home to the Jewish community in Morocco. You should stay at the hotel and take a rest so that you get ready to start your tour to heritage sites in Morocco. You can explore different Passover resorts and hotels in Morocco as per your prefrences.
DAY 2: Rabat
The next day, you should get ready to visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque. This sculpture is the main highlight in Casablanca. After this, you should visit the ancient Mellah district. Here, you will see the Jewish quarters, temples, and synagogues. Next, you should continue the tour to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. At this museum, you will see a collection of religious books, artifacts, and costumes. It will reflect the rich past of Jewish culture.
You can easily finish this tour by noon. You should move to Rabat through the main highway. The main highway is connecting two major cities of Morocco: Casablanca and Rabat. At Rabat, you will witness the cultural highlights of this country such as the Hassan Tower, beautiful Mauresque style, a mausoleum dedicated to Mohammed V. Mohammed V is the protector of the Moroccan Jewish community during the time of World War II.
You should spend your night in Rabat.
DAY 3: Rabat To Meknes To Fes
Get up early in the morning and start traveling to Meknes. This place is known as the imperial capital of Morocco. This place was resided by a large community of Jews. You should visit the stunning monuments in Meknes like Bab Mansour gateway, the Royal Stables, and the Granaries. After this, you should continue the tour to the visit Jewish quarter and old cemetery which is facing towards the old Hebraic Thalmud-Thora school. In the new Jewish quarter, there are 11 synagogues and eight of them are still open and functioning. After that, you should depart Meknes in the early afternoon and start moving to Fes.
DAY 4: Fes
After arriving Fes, you will observe the secrets of the medieval medina city of Fes. This city was founded in the 9th century. History buffs will happy by visiting this place. After this, visit Karaouine, the oldest and functioning university. There is one jewel of Hispano-Moorish culture- the Attarine Medersa. Do not forget to visit Najjarine Square and Fondouq (Caravanserail). During the afternoon time, you should visit the Jewish quarter that was constructed in the 14th century. Also, visit the cemetery where Rabbis are buried. The Jewish quarter will give you a deep insight into Jewish culture and its architecture.
DAY 5: Fez To Marrakech
Get up early in the morning, take your kosher meal and move to Marrakech. During this journey, you will see Cedar forested Middle Atlas. It is the greatest mountain range in North Africa. Also, you will pass the Berber village of Azrou on this journey. You will also see the Beni Mellal situated in the heart of the fertile Tadla Plain. Here, you will witness the road descend from Atlas mountain. Finally, you will reach Marrakech. This journey to Marrakech is itself a destination because you will witness beautiful views.
DAY 6: Marrakech
At Marrakech, you will observe the architectural attraction of this city. You will observe the perfect Islamic religious sculpture the Koutoubia minaret. After that, you should visit the Saadian Mausoleum and the Bahia Palace. The Saadian Mausoleum depicting the traditional style stucco and Granada-style carving. On the other hand, the Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of morocco architecture. During the afternoon time, you should visit the 16th-century Jewish quarter and Rabbi Hanania Hacohen cemetery. After that, you should visit labyrinthine souks in the old town.
DAY 7: Marrakech To Essaouira To Marrakech
Now, it is time to leave Marrakech and start moving to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. Here, you will see the Jewish cemetery in Mellah. After that, you should visit the city’s fortification and Scala. This place will display the architecture of both Berber and Portuguese and Medina of the 18th century. In this Median, you will observe the carpentry cedar and wood ateliers. You should spend your night in Marrakech.
DAY 8: Marrakech To Home
Early in the morning, you should have your kosher meal and it is time to move back to your home.