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Jewish Heritage

from $2275(Land Only) $3475(Air & Land)

Escorted Package Includes

- Roundtrip airfare New York/Casablanca

- Meeting and assistance upon arrival

- All transfers during trip

- 8 nights at Four Star Hotel

- All Tours Escorted by English Speaking Knowledgeable Guide

- 3 Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

- 1 Dinner with family in Fez

- 1 Dinner at Chez Ali Fantasia Dinner in Marrakech

- Fuel Charges & Airport Taxes

- Kosher meals / wine on request

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NEW YORK/CASABLANCA

Depart this evening on your transatlantic flight on Royal Air Maroc's non-stop direct service to Casablanca.



CASABLANCA/RABAT

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a represntative of our local Oussaden Tours office. your first treat is a panoramic drive through the city of Casablanca to view the Royal Palace, the Central Market, Anfa, the residential area and the romantic beach front with its world famous shops, restaurants and nifgtclubs,. Here resides the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. A 60 mile drive brings you to Rabat, (the capital of Morocco). Excavations of the Roman settlments of Sala Colonia have produced evidence of a Jewish community. in the el Bhira, or Mellah section there is evidence of a Jewish community dating back to 1492. your journey continues to Sale, the twin sister of Rabat and the birthplace of Rabbi Hayim Ben Moses Attar, a great 18th century scholar and cabbalist. your drive continues to your overnight accommodations in Rabat. (D)



RABAT/OUAZZANE/FEZ

Another 18th century landmark of Jewish history awaits you today in Azjen where is found the tomb of Rabbi Amran ben Diouane who lived in Quazzane, his tomb was known around the world as a pilgrimage destinations. you will also have a chance to visit the synagogues and shrines before continuing to Fez. Fez' Jewish history dates back to the middle ages when it was known as the center of Jewish learning. (B/D)



FEZ/MEKNES/VOLUBILIS/FEZ

Volubis is the archeological site of Roman ruins and where a community of 15000 Jewish resided in 1950. you can sense the Jewish history here, visit the Mellah and see the many streets labled with Jewish names. visit the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan, who was the "Patron of Meknes" another pilgrimage shrine. in the new Mellah there are 11 synagogues of which eight are still in use today. your return to Fez will bring you to the Medina where Rabbi Isaac al Fasi, a great Talmud scholar, lived in the 12th century. return to your hotel this evening for a special Sabbath dinner. (B/D)



FEZ

After breakfast you may attend services at one of the local synagogues. after services you will be hosted by the local Fezian community for some traditional Moroccan mint tea and dates. enjoy a leisurely stroll through the town with your new friends before this evening's dinner and show with entertainment. (B/.D)



OPTIONAL TOUR AVAILABLE

Today's journey brings you to the mystical south to experience its pre-Islamic history in Sefrou. this gateway to the Sahara is an old walled city where, through the early 1950's, there lived a mostly Jewish community. although many were later converted during the Marinid Dynasty many Jews contiued to settle here. a stop will also be made in B'halil, another pre-Islamic Jewish community.



FEZ/MARRAKESH

Depart early this morningf and travel through the Middle Atlas Region of Imouzer Kender, through Berber village to the delightful ski resort of Ifrane. continue to Azrou, a local Berber village known for its handicrafts and carpet weaving. travwling through wooded and mountainous scenery brings you to Beni Mellal for optional lunch. travel on to Marrakesh, known as "the Pearl of the south"- a lush tropical resort. (B/D)



MARRAKESH

Here, in 70 A.D. , it was reported there were indications of a Jewish community was before the actual settlement of Marrakesh in 1603. in the Jewish quarter there are synagogues and schools and a Jewish cemetery where Rabbi Hanania Ha-cohen, the "Lion of Marrakesh" is buried . Also, buried here is Rabbi Pinchas Cohen. (B/D)



MARRAKESH/OURIKA VALLEY/MARRAKESH

The rural Jewish lifestyle is experienced today. In Ourika you will visit the shrine of the famous Rabbi Salamon Bel Hensh. (B/D)



MARRAKESH/CASABLANCA

Depart this morning for Essaouira, a picturesque fighting port of an 800 year old city which shows traces of Iberian influence in its forts and towers. we suggest you have lunch outdoors at Chalet de la Place - their seafood dishes are highly recommended. continue back to Casablanca to your hotel for overnight. (B/D)



CASABLANCA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with customs for your return flight home, arriving in New York the same day (B)

    Hotel: Tour Hassan

    City: Rabat

    Nights: 1
    Hotel: Merinide Hotel

    City: Fez

    Nights: 3

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    Hotel: Sofitel hotel

    City: Marrakesh

    Nights: 3
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    Hotel: Anfa palace

    City: Casablanca

    Nights: 1

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CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CLIMATE

A moderate climate prevails in most of the country.

CLOTHING

Dress is casual throughout the country, although jackets and ties are expected in the finer hotels, like La Mamounia, for dinner. In the winter months visitors should pack a light coat or raincoat. In the spring and summer lightweight clothes should be worn. Shorts, except for beach resorts, are not encouraged.

CUISINE/FOOD VEGETARIAN

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TIPPING

Tips for the hotel and restaurants are not included in your itinerary. For any restaurants not included it is recommended to leave the waiter an extra 10 Dirhams per person, as there is usually a service tax on the bill. Taxi cab drivers do not expect a tip, but please be sure to ask how much the trip will Cost before you get into the cab. For each person wishing to photogragh camel drivers, snake charmers, water carriers, etc, expect to tip 5 dirhams each. Be sure to keep change handy for unexpected photo opportunities . Hotel porters should be given 5 dirhams per bag. Please check the inclusions listed on your Itinerary to see exactly what is included, but don't hesitate to give an extra few Dirhams for good service. The small amount of money is more beneficial to them. Your guide can advice you in these situations. Tips to your guide and driver are expected , if you are satisfied with their services, They are already included in your tour. Please check "inclusions" on your itinerary. A good amount to Tip is $7 per day per person for the guide and $7 per day per person for the the driver, sometimes There is a driver's assistant, who keeps the bus clean and guards your valuables while you are out On walks, etc. He can be tipped $4 per day. These people are a very important part of your trip and should be considered. Please don't hesitate to give an extra few dirhams for good service anywhere, It is much appreciated.

HOIEIS&SERVICE

The government rates hotels according to the "star system, the four star hotels listed in this brochure are among the best quality available in the cities visited. Visitors should be aware however, that facilities and service provided in Morocco, as in many developing countries, might not be equivalent to U.S. Or Western European standard.

ENTERTNNMENT

Casino gambling is found in Marrakesh and Tangier, and ultra-modern discos abound in all major cities and resorts. Traditional Moroccan Folklore shows and belly dancing can also be found in all major cities and resort areas.

SHOPPING

Morocco has an abundance of fine handicrafts at bargain prices: some of which included rugs, leather ware, brass, copper, silver, spices and old markets known as souks.

RELIGION

Morocco is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country with small Jewish and Christian minorities. The culture of Morocco has been strongly influenced by Berbers, Arabs, Moors, Jews and the French, and is tolerant of differences. While Moroccans are hospitable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, most Islamic religious monuments are closed to non-Muslims. There are, however, notable exceptions to this custom, enabling visitors to enter some of Morocco's most formidable shrines such as the newly-built Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Festivities marking the seasons and the various types of harvests are held throughout Morocco. Those held in honor of holy men are known as moussems. Participating in traditional celebrations is an excellent way to experience local customs and culture. The celebration may include fantasias, where horsemen demonstrate their skills, as well as dancing, singing and feasting. Many of the most religious holidays are combined with feasting and fireworks and other entertainment. The most holy religious holiday is Ramadan, the month set aside for fasting to commemorate God's revelation of the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. The month is welcomed with fasting during the day, but rejoicing in the streets at night. Cafes stay open in the major cities until 3:00am.

HOLIDAYS

During certain local or national holidays some restaurants, museums, and other attractions may be limited. If you feel your enjoyment might be diminished ,we suggest you contact the Moroccan Tourist Board at (212) 557-2520 or (407) 827-5337 for further information and guidance.

ELECTRICITY

European style outlets. Visitors should bring an adapter.

SPORTS

There are golf courses in Marrakech and Tangier.

REGIONS

Geographically, the county divides into five basic zones: the coast, Mediterranean and Atlantic; the great cities of the plains; the Rif and Atlas Mountains; and the oases and desert of the Sahara. The three ranges of the atlas, with the Rif a kind of extension in the north, cut right across the interior, physical and historical barriers, and inhabited for the most part by the indigenous Moroccan Berbers.

HEALTH

Morocco is a healthy country however, a certain number of minimal precautions should be taken, particularly in the south. Avoid water from Wadis and water sellers. Drink bottled water only and be sure when in a restaurant that when you order water, that the bottle is opened in front of you. Take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. Bring bug repellent and sunscreen. No inoculations are required; however, we suggest that you speak to your physician.

LANGUAGE

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CURRENCY

The official language of Morocco is Arabic. The everyday language is a dialectal Arabic, as well as Berber are spoken in the Atlas and Rif regions. Most Moroccans speak French.

PASSPORTS

Travelers to Morocco must have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your day of travel. Visas are not required for American tourists traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. . For further information on entry/exit requirements for Morocco, please contact the Embassy of Morocco at 1601 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, telephone (202) 462-7979 to 82, fax 202-462-7643, or the Moroccan Consulate General in New York at 10 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016, telephone (212) 758-2625, fax 212-779-7441. It is a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport, carried separately, in case of any emergency.

BANK

There's a wide range of banks available for changing money and cashing traveler's checks and credit cards. Generally, it's quick and easy with rates varying little from bank to bank. Probably the best of the banks is the Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE). ATM's are available throughout Morocco and perhaps your best way of exchanging money. Each ATM machine will charge about 1.5% of your withdrawal. It is suggested that you carry a small amount of USD and make large purchases with your credit card.

Guides Per Day

Guides Per Day: $5.00 - $7.00

Motor Coach Drivers Per Day: $2.00 - $3.00

Portage (although already included): $1.00 per bag

PACKING

Dress in Morocco is casual. Light, cotton or linen pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, and long sleeve shirts will help ensure you have a pleasant travel experience. It's also a good idea to pack such items as a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, backup medical prescriptions, a Swiss Army knife, earplugs, and a good book (English-language books can be difficult to find in Morocco.)Many travelers bring a few colored pens, or hard candies, to give to children who may lead you through a village or otherwise approach you.

CASABLANCA

The principal city of Morocco, Casablanca is a metropolitan city with a European flavor as it was designed by the French during their occupation to resemble Marseilles. One of the most wonderful sites of Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque which is stark white and sits besides the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In some areas the floor is made of glass and reveals the blue ocean. It is the second largest mosque after Meca.

WATER & ALCOHOL

Excellent bottled mineral water is available everywhere. Alcohol is available to buy in Super Marches (super markets) and a few bars and lounges are sprinkled around the big cities of Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca. Morocco also produces it's own beer and wine.