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Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion trip to Morocco

Dec 22, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019

Journey to Morocco
Led by Rabbi Max Weiss
Sunday, 22 December, 2019
  • Depart the United States for Casablanca, Morocco
Overnight: Flight
Day 1
Monday, 23 December, 2019
  • Arrive at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca.
  • Drive into Casablanca.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Visit the Beth El synagogue, often considered the centerpiece of a once-vibrant Jewish community, with its stained glass windows and other artistic elements.
  • Take a panoramic viewpoints tour of the city.
  • Festive welcome dinner with leaders of the Casablanca Jewish community.
Overnight: Kenzi Tower, Casablanca
Day 2
Tuesday, 24 December, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Glory of Jewish Morocco, an introduction to Jewish Morocco, yesterday and today, with the country director of the JDC.
  • Guided visit through the recently-renovated Museum of Moroccan Judaism.
  • Visit the Casablanca Mellah,
  • Lunch at the Casablanca Jewish Club.
  • Guided visit to the Hassan II Mosque, inaugurated in 1994 and one of the largest in the world outside of Mecca.
  • Free time for personal exploration.
  • Dinner on own, with an optional traditional Moroccan cultural event.
Overnight: Kenzi Tower, Casablanca
Day 3
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Rabat.
  • Guided visit through Rabat, the capital of Morocco, and visit the Jewish Quarter, the Oudayas Gardens, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower.
  • Lunch at a Rabat restaurant with members of the Moroccan Jewish community.
  • Depart Rabat for Meknes to visit the Bab Monsour Gate and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Continue to Fes.
  • Arrive in Fes with a short viewpoints tour.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own in Fes.
Overnight: Les Merindes, Fes
Day 4
Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day at the Fes Jewish cemetery and the graves of Rabbi Yehuda Ben Attar and Solika the Righteous.
  • Continue to the Fes Mellah, the once-Jewish Quarter, including the Ibn Danan 17th century synagogue and a view of the Kings Palace.
  • Guided visit through the Medina, including visits to Maimonides House, with special focus on Maimonides the physician.
  • Lunch on own in the Medina.
  • Embark on a guided visit through the Fes Medina and the largest Medieval Souq (market) in Africa, with its exotic architecture, carpet shops and artisans.
  • Visit the only active Fes synagogue, followed by dinner with members of the Jewish community.
  • Free evening to explore Fes by night.
Overnight: Les Merindes, Fes
Day 5
Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Marrakech via the Central Atlas Mountains.
  • Lunch on own en route in Ibeni Mellal.
  • Arrive in Marrakech and continue to the Medina (Old City) and Melah (former Jewish Quarter). Visit the Lazama Synagogue, the remnants of Jewish communal buildings and the Bahaia Palace.
  • Drive by the Djemaa El-Fna, the bustling central square in the medina for a brief introduction.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Time for Shabbat preparation.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Marrakech synagogue and festive Shabbat dinner with the Haliwa family.
Overnight: Les Jardins de L’agdal, Marrakech
Day 6
Saturday, December 28, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Afternoon guided walk through Marrakech, including a more in-depth visit to the Djemaa El-Fna and the Saadian Tombs.
  • Free time for personal exploration.
  • Havdallah, followed by the Palais Jbilet with Fantasia show and dinner.
Overnight: Les Jardins de L’agdal, Marrakech
Day 7
Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains with a visit to the grave of the Tzaddik Rabbi Shlomo ben Hensh, and hear the story of Hananiyah Elfassie, one of the last Berber Jews.
  • Continue through the lush Ourika Valley and visit one of the Berber villages of Setti Fatma, with an opportunity for a short mountain walk and view of the waterfalls, with lunch on own.
  • Return to Marrakech.
  • Visit the Majorelle Garden, constructed over a period of 40 years by French artist Jacques Majorelle.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Les Jardins de L’agdal, Marrakech
Day 8
Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Board 4×4 vehicles to depart the city.
  • Drive to Lalla Takerkoust dam, with a tea stop on the way with local residents.
  • Lunch on own at Relais du lac.
  • Continue to Agafay Desert with magnificent views over the desert and the Atlas Mountains, with cocktails.
  • Return to Marrakech.
  • Free to time for rest and relaxation.
  • Festive farewell dinner in heart of the Marrakech Medina.
Overnight: Les Jardins de L’agdal, Marrakech
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Transfer to the Marrakech Airport return flight to the United States.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights


2 nights Kenzi Tower, Casablanca
2 nights Les Merindes, Fez
4 nights Les Jardins de L’agdal, Marrakech


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Mohammad V Airport for one group flight
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Mohammad V Airport
  • Licensed English-speaking Tour Educator – 8 days
  • All group Transportation on a private luxury bus – 8 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches
      • Casablanca Jewish Club
      • Rabat restaurant
    • 5 dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Dinner in Fes
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Dinner at Chez Ali in Marrakesh with Fantasia show
      • Farewell dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day

Not Included:

  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • International Flights


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

August 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

November 1, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before August 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 15 and November 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between November 1 and December 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after December 1, 2019 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin at robin@igt.co.il


Travel Insurance:
We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

There are no organized group flights for this tour.