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Morocco Revealed

Enchanting walled cities. Spectacular views. Magnificent royal palaces and citadels. These are just a few of the gems waiting for you in Morocco, a country drenched in color and brimming with mystery. The minute your feet touch Moroccan soil, you will breathe in a slower, wonderfully relaxed, pace of life. Yet in just one day, thanks to its diverse geography (and our three-day desert extension!), you can experience ancient ruins, snow-capped mountains, and the sand dunes of the Sahara. In a small  group setting, you will be led by an expert educator who will not only take you on an incredible journey through Morocco’s four imperial cities, but will also give you fascinating insight into the long and rich history of Arab-Jewish co-existence in Morocco and a visit to the only Jewish museum in the Arab world. Whether you choose to spend ten or fourteen days in Morocco, you will be guaranteed an authentic, mystical, and passionate experience.

The Best of Morocco

  • Visit the Arab world’s only Jewish museum
  • Mosques, medieval cities, and markets
  • See the university where Maimonides studied
  • Shabbat with local Jews in Marrakech
  • Savor flavors and spices of Moroccan cuisine
  • Three spectacular days in the desert

THE DA'AT DIFFERENCE

  • Small & intimate group
  • Guided by an expert educator and a local guide
  • Behind-the-scenes exploration of the human stories
  • Access to lesser-known sites
  • Backed by a company you can count on
  • Superb lodgings & attention to detail

DAY BY DAY

  • Depart the US and get ready to enjoy magical Morocco.

Overnight: Flight

  • Welcome to Morocco! After arriving at Casablanca International Airport, you will check into the hotel and freshen up. Get to know your expert educator and your new traveling companions.
  • Your first traditional Moroccan dinner will be enjoyed at the home of a local family where you will get to connect with new friends.

Meals Included: Dinner
Overnight: Casablanca

  • After breakfast, your exploration of Casablanca will begin at the third largest mosque in the world, Mosque of Hassan II. Overlooking the ocean, this stunning and magnificent mosque houses over 100,000 worshippers.
  • Next up: the Jewish Museum of Morocco, the Arab world’s only Jewish museum.
  • It’s time to move on. Goodbye Casablanca, hello Volubilis. A Roman town in Morocco – who would have thought?
  • From Volubilis, you will continue to Fes, one of the great cities of the medieval world. Tomorrow, you’ll encounter the kings, communities, and creativity of this wonderful city but right now, it’s time to eat!
  • Morocco’s food is fabulous, from couscous (a Moroccan invention) and delicious dishes slow cooked in Tagine pots (a Moroccan obsession) to stuffed sardines and spicy chermoula sauces. It’s also a country that knows how to have a good time. You’ll head to a local restaurant for dinner and a night of Moroccan music and entertainment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Fes

  • Today you will experience (and inevitably get lost in) Fes’s medina (walled city), a dense maze of alleyways and streets and the largest car-free pedestrian zone in the world. Don’t worry, your educator knows the way. Enjoy spectacular views of Fes from on high as you look down upon its medina from the Borj Sud
  • What does a thousand years of Jewish life in Fes look like? You will check out two synagogues that were both recently restored and the Fes Jewish Cemetery, where we’ll hear stories of the Jewish leaders buried here.
  • Watch the local craftsmen in action in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve, and chisel using ancient techniques.
  • You will have access to Madrasa Bou Inania, an Islamic religious college which is one of the few Islamic sites in Morocco that allows non-Muslim visitors to enter.
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, the adventure continues. If you appreciate carpentry, architecture, and craftsmanship, you are going to love the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts which was once an inn for the travelers and traders coming to Fes.
  • How many people can say they have seen the university where the Rambam studied? After today, when you will see the University of Al-Karaouine (from the outside – non-Muslims cannot enter), that is exactly what you will able to say.
  • If you have ever wondered what is involved in making your favorite purse or leather jacket, Chouara Tannery, supposedly the oldest tannery of its kind, will be an eye-opener.
  • Enjoy a free evening sampling more of vibrant and gorgeous Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Fes

  • It’s been incredible in Fes. It’s time now to move on to
  • Meknes was made famous by Moulay Ismail (1634-1727), the king who turned it into a royal city. You’re going to check out his finely decorated Mausoleum and the Royal Stables where he kept 12,000 horses, each with its own individual groom-slave.
  • You will meet the caretaker of a now-empty synagogue and discuss how the Jewish community in Morocco has dramatically dwindled. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before heading to
  • In Rabat, you will get a real sense of the pivotal role that the King plays in Moroccan life. You’ll walk around the walls of Rabat’s Royal Palace, the primary residence of the current king Mohammad VI, and visit the magnificent mausoleum of Mohammad V, Morocco’s king during World War II. It is said that he helped stop Nazi plans to deport Morocco’s Jews to the death camps of Europe.
  • Sitting high above the river and the Atlantic Ocean, the Kasbah des Udayas citadel features gorgeously decorated gates, blue and whitewashed homes, and French-influenced gardens.
  • You’ll eat dinner with members of Association Mimouna, an organization of Muslim students who honor the country’s Jewish heritage and promote Jewish-Muslim friendship. Hear about their activities, which range from kosher cooking workshops to organizing one of the Islamic world’s first conferences commemorating victims of the Holocaust.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Rabat

  • Onward to Marrakech, where you will enjoy a panoramic tour and explore its mellah (the Jewish quarter which interestingly comes from the Arab word for salt). Your tour will include the Slat el Azama Synagogue (the Synagogue of the Expelled), still active today, and Marrakech’s Jewish cemetery, where you’ll see monuments and graves commemorating children who perished during the epidemics that ravished the city’s crowded Jewish quarter in the 17th
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up and prepare for Shabbat.
  • (Optional) Experience the customs and traditions of Moroccan synagogue life with Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Beit-El Synagogue. A Marrakech Jewish family will be your hosts for Shabbat dinner. This will be a special chance to talk with local Jews about their lives and find out why they continue to call Morocco home despite so many of their relatives and friends leaving for other lands.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech

  • You get to explore Marrakech on your own this morning. We recommend you treat yourself to a visit to one of Marrakech’s many The heated public bath and spa is a blissful feature of Moroccan life and culture.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll tour the Medina of Marrakech, AKA the Red City for the red walls that surround it. Highlights of the tour include Bab Agnaou, a huge, superbly decorated gate allowing entrance into the royal city; the Saadian Tombs, which provide lavish insights into the wealth and power structure of the Saadian dynasty that ruled Morocco from 1549 to 1659; and the Bahia Palace, considered to be the finest palace built anywhere in the world during this time.
  • Unwind and spend a relaxing evening at the hotel or if you are feeling adventurous, check out some of the trendy bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Overnight: Marrakech

  • Thanks to a Moroccan scholar, you will get to talk to a local Muslim leader (imam) about Islam in the country.
  • You’ll spend time in the French Quarter and visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden of the French painter and botanist Jacques Majorelle. Sparkling pools shaded by gorgeous trees and plants from around the world….bliss. The Berber Museum, also housed in the garden, is a tribute to the Berber tribes and people who have lived in North Africa for thousands of years.
  • You’ll continue to the Yves St. Laurent Museum. That’s right, the legendary French fashion designer lived in Marrakech for many years.
  • The Djemaa El Fna Square, an enormous marketplace teeming with life, features snake-charmers, street vendors, musicians, storytellers, and acrobats.
  • Free time to shop, pack, and to continue exploring Marrakech’s enormous market on your own.
  • Savor the flavors, spices, and foods of Morocco in a cooking workshop where you will create your own Moroccan meal under the expert eye of a local chef. Over dinner, share the experiences and discoveries that have inspired you as you get ready to say wadaeaan (goodbye) and see you soon to Morocco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech

  • Transfer to Casablanca Airport and check in for your return flight to the US. We are so thrilled to have shared this journey with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hyatt Regency
Casablanca
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Riad
Fes
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La Tour Hassan Palace
Rabat
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Le Naoura Barriere
Marrakech
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DESERT OPTIONAL EXTENSION

  • Say goodbye to Marrakech and drive through possibly the most beautiful route in Morocco with amazing views of the Atlas Mountains where camels would once transport goods and people between North African ports. You’ll eat lunch on the way. 
  • Arrive at Ait Ben Haddou, one of Southern Morocco’s most recognizable villages, often used as a location for fashion and film shoots and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk up to the old village and visit some of the Berber families still living there.  
  • Continue to Ouarzazate, the filmmaking town built at the foot of the snowcapped High Atlas Mountains. 
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
OvernightOuarzazate 

  • Check out of the hotel and drive south with stunning views toward the Saharan mountain ranges of the Anti-Atlas. You’ll notice, as you descend the High-Atlas, that the scenery will slowly change, becoming more barren with interesting geological formations and canyons. That’s when you’ll know you’ve reached the beginning of the Sahara Desert.  
  • Drive along the Route of a Thousand Kasbahs, a region of fortresses. Walk along the Todra Gorge, carved by ancient rivers, leaving behind high cliffs of up to 500 feet on either side of a basin, which at times is no wider than 33 feet.  
  • Eat lunch at a local restaurant.  
  • Stop in Tineghir, a beautiful 20milelong oasis, wedged between two majestic mountain ranges. Continue to the edge of the Reg Desert in Merzouga, where the Saharan sand dunes begin.  
  • Explore the magnificence of the Saharan Desert from behind the wheel of an off-road (4×4) vehicle. 
  • Ride camels over the sand dunes of Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara and arrive at your desert camp where you will enjoy a spectacular sunset. 
  • Enjoy a traditional Berber dinner at the desert camp under the stars, accompanied by local entertainers. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Overnight: Desert Camp, Merzouga 

  • It’s worth waking up early when you have a desert sunrise and sandboarding on the dunes to look forward to. 
  • Now your adrenalin is pumping, time to take a deep breath and meditate on the sand dunes.  
  • You are going to drive deeper into the desert once again in your 4×4 jeep 
  • Return to the desert camp for lunch. 
  • Drive to the city of Rissani and explore the ruins of the legendary caravan city of Sijilmassa. This town was a central hub of the very busy camel caravan trains in the region. 
  • Take part in an awesome pottery workshop, for which Rissani is known. 
  • Continue to Erfoudcheck into the hotel, and enjoy dinner. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Overnight: Erfoud 

  • Check out of the hotel. 
  • Transfer to Errachidia Airport for your flight to Casablanca. 
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco, with its diverse neighborhoods, markets, and alleyways. You might choose to stop for lunch on the Corniche, a long boulevard facing the ocean.  
  • Check into the hotel and get ready for a fun and intimate farewell dinner at a restaurant. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Casablanca 

Transfer to Casablanca Airport for your return flight to the US. We’re so happy you decided to spend three days with us in the astonishing desert. Where are we going next? 

Meals Included: Breakfast

DESERT Optional extension ACCOMMODATIONS

Berbere Palace
Ouarzazate
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Luxury Desert Camp
Merzouga
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Le Palais Du Désert
Erfoud
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Hyatt Regency
Casablanca
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Why You Should Join me: Message From YISHAY SHAVIT

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I invite you to join me on a journey to an exotic and mystical land filled with co-existence, diversity, and color. You’ll see immediately that everything in Morocco has flair and passion, from colorful alleyways to red mountain backgrounds to whitewashed seaside towns to rainbow-colored spices. Even religious practices are colorful and diverse; Morocco is the only country in the Arab world where Jews and Muslims lived peacefully together for thousands of years.

I have always been fascinated by Jewish life in Morocco with its vastly different traditions, customs, and cuisine. From the rich history of Berber Jews to Jewish mysticism, I can’t wait to share with you all my deep knowledge of and love for Moroccan Jewish culture that has been alive for over two thousand years, and whose unique flavor can be felt strongly throughout the Jewish world – especially in Israel – today.

Don’t take our word for it…

Main tour:

  • 7 nights’ accommodations at select hotel.
  • 6 touring days with English-speaking local tour guides.
  • Da’at tour educator accompanying the group throughout.
  • 6 Days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Transfer from/to the airport.
  • Portage at the hotels.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Water on the bus throughout
     

Extension:

  • 4 nights’ accommodations at select hotels.
  • 4 touring days with English-speaking local tour guides.
  • Da’at tour educator accompanying the group throughout.
  • 4 Days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Domestic flight from Errachidia to Casablanca.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels.
  • Water on the bus throughout
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    • Group of 20 participants and more: Da’at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 – per participant per day
    • Group of 10-15 participants: Da’at Tour Educator: $10 | Local Guide: $6 | Driver: $3 – per participant per day
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 3, 2020
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • PAYMENT POLICY: Da’at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip.
  • Final payment is due: June 28, 2020
  • CANCELATION POLICY: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees:
    • 105 days or more prior to departure (until June 28, 2020): the deposit
    • From June 9, 2020 until August 26, 2020 (104 to 46 days prior to departure): 50% of the total trip cost
    • From August 27, 2020 (45 days prior to departure) to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost
  • Cancelation fees may also include:
    • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
    • Group airfare penalty fee.
  • Da’at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.
  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
    • The trip price includes hotel accommodations. 
    • Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
    • We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for differences between hotel prices.
    • The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
    • Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel’s management on a run-of-house basis. 
    • All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Da’at Educational Expeditions and its suppliers. 
    • Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.
  • MEALS: Are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • GRATUITIES INCLUDED: All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.