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CCAR | Leadership Trip to Morocco - FAM

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Tour Highlights

  • Comprehensive touring of Morocco and his cities
  • Meet the Jewish community of Fez, Casablanca and Marrakesh
  • Meet the US Ambassador to Morocco
  • Meet a Moroccan Government minister


Trip Includes


  • 7 nights' accommodation in 5 star hotels (1 night in Casablanca, 1 night in Rabat, 2 nights in Fez and 3 nights in Marrakesh)
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned van/minibus with licensed, English speaking tour guide and driver or tour guide/driver
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary

 

DAY ONE: Sunday, July 8, 2012
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. on individual flights.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday, July 9, 2012
ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA
  • Individual arrivals to the Casablanca International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel (on own) for check-in.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby near the front desk. 
  • Welcome Dinner with Raphael Elmaleh, a local tour guide and member of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Royal Mansour Hotel, Casablanca


DAY THREE: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
CASABLANCA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the famous Hasan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world and the largest in Africa, followed by a visit to the Habbous Quarter and the gates of the Royal Palace.
  • The Glory of Moroccan Jewry: Tour Jewish Casablanca with Raphael Elmaleh.
  • Meet with some of the leadership of the Casablanca Jewish Community at the Beth El Synagogue.
  • A Glimpse at the Past and a Look Toward the Future: Guided visit through the Museum of the Jews of Morocco for a glimpse into the rich and colorful world of Moroccan Jewry.
  • Drive to Rabat.
  • Guided visit around the walls of the Royal Palace and the Mausoleums of Mohammad V and Hassan I, two kings who worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish Community.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sofitel Rabat Jardins des Roses Hotel, Rabat


DAY FOUR: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
THE LEGACY OF MOROCCAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart towards Fez.
  • Stop en route for a visit to the Roman Ruins at Volubulis and Imperial Meknes.
  • Buildings Talk: Guided walk through Jewish Meknes, the Mullah, once one of Morocco's thriving communities, with its synagogues and study houses still intact.
  • Continue to Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Palais Jamai Hotel, Fez
 


DAY FIVE: Thursday, July 12, 2012
THE MYSTERIES OF FEZ
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jews and Moslems: Learning, Working and Living Together in the Imperial City of Fez: Introduction to Fez by the tour educator.
  • Depart for an overview of Fez, overlooking the labyrinth of alleyways in the famous Medina.
  • Guided walk through the Medina, in the footsteps of the famous Jewish scholar Maimonides, including visits to:
  • The Museum of Wooden Arts in the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop, with its intricate carved woodwork and the Nejjarine Fountain outside.
  • The Madrases of the Medina, Houses of Muslim study.
  • The numerous Tanneries, which give the Medina its unique flavor.
  • The Arts and Crafts Market and the Nejjarine Souk, where carpenters still chisel and carve cedar wood.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Guided visit through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fez with visits to some of the buildings that once housed synagogues.
  • Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan Synagogue.
  • Visit the famous Fez Jewish Cemetery, where some of Morocco's legendary rabbis are buried.
  • Dinner at the Maison Blanche.

Overnight: Palais Jamai Hotel, Fez
 


DAY SIX: Friday, July 13, 2012
THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Fez and drive to Marrakesh via the Central Atlas Mountains, through the Royal Ifrane ski resort and the Berber town of Azrou.
  • Lunch in the village of Beni Mallal on own.
  • Arrive in Marrakesh and enjoy a panoramic city tour of the city.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Time to freshen up.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Beth Ell Synagogue.
  • Shabbat Dinner with the local community in Marrakesh.

Overnight: Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel , Marrakesh


DAY SEVEN: Saturday, July 14, 2012
THE WONDERS OF MARRAKESH
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services at the Melach Synagogue.
  • Guided tour of Marrakesh, including:
  • The Medina Gates
  • The Bahia Palace
  • The Dar is Said Museum
  • The Saadian Tombs
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon tour through Marrakesh's enormous Marketplace.
  • Experience the Djma El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa with its snake charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortunetellers and storytellers.
  • Dinner at a Moroccan Palace, including a performance by a belly-dancer.

Overnight: Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel, Marrakesh


DAY EIGHT: Sunday, July 15, 2012
OURIKA VALLEY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Full day tour to the Ourika Valley including:
  • A dialogue with Hananiyah Elfassie, caretaker of the grave of Rabbi Shlomo ben Hanch, one of the Moroccan Jewish community's most revered leaders.
  • Visits to a myriad of sites of natural beauty including mountains, canyons, waterfalls and other secrets of nature.
  • Return to Casablanca.
  • Farewell Dinner at the hotel, followed by a round-up discussion.

Overnight: Royal Mansour Hotel, Casablanca


DAY NINE: Monday, July 16, 2012
RETURN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Individual transfers to the international airport (on own).
  • Individual departure flights to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / 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 are included.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.

 

Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.

 

 

Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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