Hanukkah tour is one special way to spend time in Morocco over this festive period. Hanukkah in Morocco is a time of celebration.
For this year, to make you experience an amazing Hanukkah holidays, we created a special tour trip program through 11 must visit Moroccan cities.
Monday 23th December 2019 :
Mazagan Azemmour – EL Jadida
Two nights in El Jadida city Distance 18KM Arrival to Casablanca, your transport will wait for you to take the road to your luxury hotel Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort where you will settle and rest before enjoying a delicious kosher lunch. In the afternoon, you will begin your adventure by discovering the Jewish heritage in the city of Azemmour, a guided visit to the tomb of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss which also serves synagogue. We cross it when we go down the alleys of the medina towards the pedestrian path that runs along the wadi Oum Rbia. It is a rocky crevice inside which are arranged some benches, beautiful inscriptions on stone. A stone’s throw from the walls of the same medina and through the ancient alleys of the Mellah, the gravestones of the old Jewish cemetery offer the spectacle of highly interesting engravings, the serene and optimistic cemetery near the river Oum Errabiaa speaks of a Jewish community deeply rooted in the city and the mark it left behind.
Continue your visit by discovering the city of El Jadida 3km from Azemmour, the Portuguese city, the main wealth of the city because it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site on June 30, 2004, and its ramparts with its famous and sublime cistern which served as filming place for many films. Then stop at the Jewish cemetery of El Jadida this marine cemetery is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, near the Portuguese city. It clearly dates from the beginnings of the 19th century when the city was created, it was rehabilitated and inaugurated by the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco (CCIM) on August 1st, 2019, more than two hundred people from the Jewish community in Morocco. Have attended. At the same time, the Hiloula festival was celebrated by community members in honor of Saint Rabbi Ihya Chaim Assouline who died more than 162 years ago at the age of 33 and whose grave is a place of pilgrimage for the community. Return to the hotel for a wonderful treat and a good night’s rest.
Tuesday 24th December 2019
Mazagan – Safi
Two nights in El Jadida city Distance 165KM
Early morning breakfast before your departure to the city of Safi located at 150Km, it is the main fishing port for the country and its industry, and exports phosphate, textile and ceramics. The city has a rich historical heritage. Its Medina, surrounded by an intact wall of Portuguese influence, hides some monuments of rare beauty. Explore the ramparts and the Portuguese church, a beautiful discovery of this vestige of the Portuguese occupation in the 16th century, with a vaulted space where we can guess a religious building now “drowned” in the medina. The city is also famous for its ceramics and pottery. From generation to generation, Safi craftsmen pass on their ancestral know-how, we can still see kilns and craftsmen’s workshops that have made the reputation of the pottery of Safi and to realize the importance of this Activity, you will go on the hill of the potters, which shelters dozens of workshops or you can follow the various stages of the know-how of the potters of the city, whose precision and the exactitude of the movement will captivate you. On a cliff facing the sea, a small stop to experience an unusual nature and culinary experience and enjoy a delicious Mediterranean lunch with the sea close and the mountain in the background. Discover the jewish cemetery of Safi, this shrine is a site that covers 8,000 square meters. The set includes an ancient door, a synagogue and a space gathering the 7 saints (the father and his 6 children).
Beside, the tombs of the Seven Saints Ouled Ben Zmirou, called ulad Ben-Zmirrou buried in Safi, would be according to tradition seven brothers buried together belonging to a family of expelled from Spain influential in the governmental circles and among the Jews , testify to the agreement that has prevailed for centuries between the two communities. The whole sanctuary includes a hall, a synagogue, a space gathering the 7 saints. In this space, 27 memorials have been placed. Each representing a Jewish saint. Even members of the Muslim community come to collect themselves on their tombs. On the epitaphs of their tombs, the following names have been found: o Rabbi Abraham SULTAN o Rabbi Youssef DALILI o Rabbi Messod MIMOUNA o Rabbi Mimoun BENOUAICH.
Wednesday 25th December 2019
Mazagan – Essaouira -Marrakech
Two nights in Marrakech city Distance 480KM
After your breakfast, departure to explore the cultural and artistic diversity of the city of Essaouira. A visit of the old medina, its doors, its scala ramparts, its municipal market, and its artisanal complex. At the ancient mellah of the medina is the Synagogue Simon Attia – Bayt Al Dakira which was built in 1882 The whole building was renovated and named “Bat Al Dakira”, the House of Memory, bringing together a center of international research dedicated to the inter-religious dialogue between Jews and Muslims as well as that of the Moroccan Mogador Rabbi Ḥaim Pinto the chief rabbi of the port city of Essaouira, Rabbi Chaim Pinto’s synagogue was his home. Although there is no Jewish community in Essaouira, the building is an active synagogue, used during visits by pilgrims or Jewish tourist groups in the city. The synagogue is on the second floor of a three-storey building with a courtyard inside the walls of the old city that also housed Rabbi Pinto’s house and office. Haim belongs to the illustrious Pinto family who gave birth to many saints. He is usually called R. Haim Pinto the Great, to distinguish him from his grandson who bears the same name. Born in Agadir, he lived since the age of ten in Essaouira, where he died on 26 Ellul 5605 (1845). His erudition and thaumaturgy earned him fame during his lifetime.
Rabbi Haim Pinto is famous throughout Morocco and his praises have already been published in two collections in Judaeo-Arab (Mazal-Tarim, Sefer Shebah Hayyim, Casablanca, 1961). Hilloula Rabbi Haim Pinto reminds those who might have ignored the importance of the Jewish community in the history of the city of Essaouira and its involvement in its development and construction over the centuries. Once arrived on the red city and installed at the hotel, it’s time to enjoy a delicious kosher dinner to end your day with a visit to the enchanting destination, the place Jamaa El Fna, living heart of the city that tells through storytellers, dancers, water sellers and snake charmers, the history of Morocco yesterday and today while subjugating its visitors with its charm that begins in the morning and does not find its height until evening. Return to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
Thursday 26th December 2019
Day devoted to the visit of the ancient imperial city, The discovery of the majestic Koutoubia, the Saadian tombs, and the Bahia palace, Continuation by the place Jamaa El Fna, living heart of the city, the souk of dyers, leather and spices passing through the synagogue Salat Al Azama which is a synagogue built in 1492 in Marrakech, by Jews expelled from Spain. Beautiful size, it was built around a central courtyard, a traditional architectural model. It is only recently that modifications have been made: its eastern wall has been furnished with a gallery for women (erzat nachim) and Slat la ‘Jama built in the years 1930/1940, Slat La’jama, “the “Foreigners’ Synagogue”, was a place of prayer and “Hebrew School”, a real Talmud Torah with several classrooms. Each class was entrusted to a master. The establishment also included in the upper wing of its building a yeshhiba which nowadays contains chairs and benches: this is the only concession it has made to progress. Not to mention the revered Saint Rabbi Cohen.
Friday 27th December 2019
Marrakech – Rabat
Two nights in Rabat city Distance 320KM
Before leaving the city, a visit to the Majorelle Gardens is required. Road to the administrative city, Rabat, and installation in the rooms of the hotel on arrival. Then leave for the synagogue office Quidouche and meet with the Jewish community of Rabat to return to the hotel and begin the preparations for Shabbat with ignition of candles, MINHA, followed D’ARVIT to finish with a sumptuous dinner.
Saturday 28th December 2019
Morning breakfast, lighting candles before your departure for the Shabbat synagogue office where our visit on foot will begin with the mausoleum, the Hassan tower, a light lunch break to continue the visit with the discovery of the medina, the old mellah, the Oudayas, downtown and the MINHA office to return to the hotel where a fabulous and lively dinner will be waiting for you upon your return.
Sunday 29 th December 2019
Two nights in Fes city
Distance 220KM Rabat- Meknes -Fes
Enjoy your last breakfast on the city of Rabat before taking the road to the city of Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities and the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco. The city of Meknes, on the way, is to be visited, was founded in 711 by the Amazigh tribe of the Meknassas, which gave it its name. It bears other nicknames such as “the Versailles of Morocco”, or “little Paris” or “little Jerusalem”, highlighting the beauty of the city, which earned him its title of the most beautiful imperial city of the kingdom. Explore the city of Sultan Moulay Ismail, the medina, the El Hedim square and the discovery of the many synagogues, The synagogue “Ohel Moshe in the old mellah which is now the invitation to a world disappeared and already regretted, there was 2 mellahs for lack of space in the first, there were also two cemeteries, the old one located between the two quarters and the new one that is beyond the new mellah.An incredible number of synagogues in a limited area, 19 synagogues in the old mellah and 17 in the new one . Arrival on Athens from Africa, destination the hotel for your check-in and recovery of your prestigious rooms.
After your lunch at the hotel, a visit of the medina of Fez, surrounded by an imposing wall, the souks with medieval charm with narrow lanes and numerous tombs and synagogues in the center of the mellah, Synagogue of Aben Danan and THE ROBEN BENSADOUN Synagogue which is still in use and is perfectly maintained. A rabbi celebrates the main Sabbath and Jewish holiday services for the small community of local worshipers who regularly fill it with their songs and prayers. A delicious dinner will be waiting for you when you return to the hotel.
Monday 30 th December 2019
After breakfast at the hotel, full day spent visiting the oldest of the imperial cities. Fez is located in the plain of Sais, The city is full of minarets, remarkable monuments and old houses sumptuous. Start your visit on foot through the cobbled streets of the medina, you will pass historical sites like the Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri and the oldest university in the world in activity. You will see the elegant Nejjarine fountain and the Batha Palace, which is now a museum of arts and culture, with its peaceful Andalusian garden. Afternoon visit of Volubilus and its Roman remains located near Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. The ruins of Volubilis are the most beautiful Roman ruins of Morocco. They are also among the main Roman ruins in Africa. Back to the hotel for a lively arty-chic evening with a refined dinner.
Tuesday 31th December 2019
One night in Tangier city Distance 390KM
Your last breakfast in a moment of privileged sweetness to subtly awaken your senses before starting the day. Next destination, the city of Tangier, a walk in Tangier la Blanche. Stroll along the streets bordered by lime-laden houses and, like Matisse before you, like Delacroix too, let yourself be carried away by the dreamy air that emanates from the city. Lose yourself in the alleys of the grand Socco; At the foot of the high walls of the Kasbah, admire the fortress that dominates the medina, alone, formerly had seventeen synagogues. There are only seven of them, including the Suiri, Bengio, Nahon and Chaar Raphael synagogues. A short stop before the return to the hotel for a tasty dinner.
Tuesday 01st January 2020
Tanger – Larache – Casablanca
Two nights in Casablanca city Distance 330KM
After an early breakfast you will have the opportunity to discover the cave of Herculis and Cape Spartle before your adventure comes to an end. On the way back you will stop on Larache, where Jews and Muslims shared a common sanctuary. In the maze of alleys, the story of a warrior city scrolls through white-washed walls and shutters in the blue of the ocean. Larache claims his story. The living together between Jews and Muslims is jealously preserved inside a tiny sanctuary. The medina tells a story. His history. The “calle” Ibn Sina is a stone’s throw from the “calle” Sidi Mohamed Chrif. Muslim women come to light a candle. And Jews of Spanish or Lachute origin have long celebrated Hiloula, there are no tombs just a short walk to light candles and inscriptions in Arabic and Hebrew on the four walls. It is the only sanctuary in Morocco, perhaps even in the world, shared by Muslims and Jews. This is due to the story of Larache where the two communities did not live together but lived together. In this sanctuary, Muslims invoke Sidi Mohamed Chrif whose street which houses the marabout bears the name. As for the Jews, they raise prayers to the glory of Rabbi Gbibate, the legend says that Sidi Mohamed Chrif Rissouni protected Jews from the city and continues to do so until his death. a lunch break to enjoy a good Mediterranean meal with chouwaya and fried fish to finally join your transport, final destination Casablanca.
Arrived in Casablanca, go to your hotel in the city center to settle in your prestigious rooms and visit the economic capital of the country. City tour, including the residential district of Anfa, the seqala, built in 1205 AH, during the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohammed III – it was intended to face the attempts to occupy the city by sea and to deter foreign vessels along the Atlantic coast, the former mellah of Casablanca, an integral part of the Old Medina and its historic districts. It was the Jewish initiates of Rabat who built the “Rebatiyinnes” synagogue, a jewel of traditional architecture, and the Stytegui and Suiriyine synagogue which were the most important of the old medina.
The Jewish community is still frequenting the house of Rabbi Chaim Pinto and his tomb in the Jewish cemetery, located outside the walls, in the west, near Bab Marrakech and finally the Jewish Museum, created and managed by the Cultural Heritage Foundation Judeo-Moroccan and opened in 1997, considered the first museum of the city of Casablanca, and the only Jewish museum in the Arab region. Continue your visit with the discovery of the United Nations Square, the Palace of Justice, the Corniche Ain Diab and Haddous: neighborhood built by the French in an Arab-Andalusian style. You will be able to visit the sumptuous Hassan II mosque built facing the sea. Then return to the hotel to finish the day and enjoy a sumptuous kosher dinner.
Tour trip base 20 persons for € 2 950 per person
- Assistance on arrival at the airport
- Transfer to the hotel
- Your accommodation in 5 * hotels
- Your luxury tourist transport (luxury coach)
- Your guide
- Full board: breakfast, meal box during visits and dinners
- Private dining room
- Dinner and Shabbat lunch
- Soft drinks during all meals and wine offered for Shabbat meals
- Right of entry to the sites
- Under the HACHGAHA of Ben Dein Casablanca and Rav Pinto Yoshiyau and Rav Kessous Gabriel
Offer do not includes
- The extras
- Visas if necessary,
- Travel insurance,
- Assistance and repatriation,
- Excursions and activities: Buggy, Carting, Quad, Horse / Camel, Mountain Biking
- Tips and tips
The hotel names will be given as an indication : you may be accommodated in another hotel of the same category subject to availability
Good to know
Guaranteed departures The tourist tax is payable locally: $ 5 per adult per night For reasons of logistics organization or kosher or security imperative, the course of the itinerary can be modified Program not suitable for people with reduced mobility CONDITIONS OF CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE FOR YOUR TRIP This program is subject to special cancellation conditions.