Morocco Registration

The Morocco trip is full! To add your name to the wait list email Lia at lmandelbaum@tbala.org

March 3 -13, 2019

Ground cost per person, double occupancy: $2,599

Single supplements available (approx. cost $800 additional per person, email lmandelbaum@tbala.org for final cost info)

Included: Hotels, tour guide, tips, transportation while in Morocco, entrance fees, minimum 2 meals per day, all meals on Shabbat

International flights are not included. Recommended outbound flight is Air France 65 departing from LAX, with connecting flight AF 1458 in Paris, departing for Rabat for arrival on Monday, March 4. Trip will conclude in Marrakesh on Wednesday morning, March 13.

Flight option for those not extending to Portugal (with Lia): overnight layover in Amsterdam (with Rabbi Kligfeld). Transavia flight HV 5754 departing at 10:40am on Wednesday, March 13, arriving in Amsterdam at 3:40pm. Departing the next day on KLM flight KL 601 at 9:55am and arriving at LAX at 12:55pm. Please let us know if you plan to take this flight. You are responsible for all arrangements.

*Optional extension: Touring Jewish Portugal, March 13-18, 2019

Deposit to hold your space: $1,000
Balance due ($1599) by October 15, 2018

Refund policy:
75% of payment will be refunded for cancellations prior to October 15, 2018.
50% of payment will be refunded for cancellations between October 15 – December 15, 2018.
Cancellations after December 15, 2018 are non-refundable.

All participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to purchase travel insurance with 14 days after making any deposit.
There are many options for this, one that has been suggested to us is TravelGuard.com. Be sure to read the full policy and indicate any pre-existing conditions when you enroll.

Draft Itinerary

(subject to change)

Sunday, March 3, 2019: Departure from LAX to Rabat Airport (RBA)

Day 1 (Monday, 3/4): Arrive in capital of Morocco, Rabat, the white imperial city. Visit of the administrative capital of Morocco with the Hassan Tower, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of Oudayas. Possibility to visit a synagogue. Dinner and relaxation. Overnight: Rabat

Day 2 (Tuesday, 3/5) :
Depart in Morning from Rabat to Fes (with a stop midway in Meknes)
After breakfast, departure to Fez with visit of the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Ist. Continue to Meknes and visit of this city known as the Moroccan Versailles. The sightseeing of Meknes will include the Jewish quarter called also the Mellah which is of special interest because of the idea it gives of the past life there conveyed through the historic Jewish names retained by many of the streets. Historically speaking, Jewish settlement in the region of Meknes is truly ancient, as demonstrated by the Hebrew epitaph believed to date from the third century C.E. and a Greek inscription relating to the local Synagogue, both discovered at Volubilis (very well preserved roman city). Continuation of the visit with Bab Mansour; the most preserved gate in Morocco, Hari Souani. Arrival to Fez, dinner. Overnight: Fez

Day 3 & 4 (Wednesday, 3/6 and Thursday, 3/7):
After breakfast, the whole day is devoted to the sightseeing of Fez; the most ancient cultural and spiritual city of Morocco. Visit of the medieval medina, the Medersas, the Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine fountain. Fez is among the best known cities in medieval Jewish history, it was one of the world’s great centres of Jewish learning. Fez El Bali was the home of one of the most influential talmudic scholars of all times, the eleventh-century sage, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. Fez Mellah with all its Synagogues clustered together in a relatively small quarter is a landmark. Their wooden arks and furnishings are priceless. After lunch a continuation of the visit through the old medina where the clients will see different craftsmen still operating in the old oriental tradition. Dinners at hotel or on own in town.
Overnight: Fez

Day 5 (Friday, 3/8):
Leave early after breakfast from Fez to Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco, to spend Shabbat. Visit a synagogue and the Jewish museum. Casablanca the hub of Morocco’s Jewish community is a must for anyone interested in observing the life of Moroccan Jewry. Containing the majority of the country’s Jews, it indeed has the largest Jewish community of any city in the entire Arab World. The vigorous community of Casablanca has numerous congregations, active communal institutions. Visit the exterior of the great Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V square, the United Nations place and the residential area of Anfa before strolling along the Aïn Diab coast dotted with swimming pools and restaurant. Possibility to visit a synagogue. Late in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel. Welcome in Shabbat; group dinner. Overnight: Casablanca

Day 6 (Saturday, 3/9):
Free day in Casablanca. Plans are currently being mapped out in partnership with the Council of Israelite Communities of Morocco for possibility of spending Shabbat with locals. Group Shabbat Lunch. Overnight: Casablanca

Day 7 (Sunday, 3/10):
After breakfast depart from Casablanca to Marrakesh.
Lunch in Marrakesh. Visit the souks, the winding little streets and the Djemaâ El Fna place with its various and non-stop entertainment: storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and more. Check into hotel; dinner. Overnight: Marrakesh

Day 8 (Monday, 3/11):
The entire day will be spent visiting Marrakesh, the second oldest imperial city known as the Pearl of the South with the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia, the Bahia Palace and the Menara gardens. A Jewish community grew up in Marrakech within the first century of its founding in 1603. The Saâdian dynasty, which made Marrakech their capital, designated a large area adjoining the El Badii Palace as a Mellah. It became the home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jew, famed for its rabbinical schools and scholars. Not to be missed: Adjacent to the Mellah and surrounded by a high white-washed wall lies the large cemetery. Its vast place is the burial place of the venerated Rabbi Hanania Hacohen known as the Patron of Marrakech. Dinner, possible outing to see nightlife. Overnight: Marrakesh

Day 9 (Tuesday, 3/12):
Day trip from Marrakesh to Ourika Valley (High Atlas Mountains).
Excursion by bus to Ourika Valley. Situated at the foot of the famous skiing station Oukaimden, the luxuriant Ourika Valley slowly rises up to the first hills of the high Atlas where typical villages have nestled. It is a pure wonderful place the silence which of, is disturbed only by the birds singing and the stream’s murmur. Ourika is famous for local pottery and examples of mineral and crystals. Possible opportunities to visit Berber Villages and hiking. Back to Marrakech for final dinner. Overnight: Marrakesh

Day 10 (Wednesday, 3/13):
Check out of hotel for return flights to LAX, Portugal or other destination of choice.

Questions? Contact Lia Mandelbaum lmandelbaum@tbala.org