Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta | Mission to Morocco 2019

price per person from $4075

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Optional flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (Shabbat) with licensed, English speaking local tour guide

Da’at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 5 lunches & 6 dinners

Mineral water on the bus throughout

Portage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday, September 1, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 7:55 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #689.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, September 2, 2019
ARRIVAL

  • 10:25 a.m. Arrive Paris.
  • 12:25 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #1596.
  • 2:35 p.m. Arrival at Casablanca International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Depart for Rabat, Morocco's capital city.
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the Old Walled City and the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look at Moroccan Culture: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Rabat


Day Three: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
ROYAL CITIES & ANCIENT RUINS - ON THE ROAD TO FES               

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Friends in High Places: Begin your visit with a city tour that includes a drive around the walls of the Royal Palace and a visit to the Mausoleums of Mohammad V and Hassan II, two rulers who worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish community.
  • Depart for Meknes, located on a fertile plain north of the Middle Atlas, and the former residence of the Sultan.
  • LaDa'at Focus Finding Life where Life can be Found: Urban versus Rural with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Meknes, once the home of the Sultan of Morocco, and meet with the caretaker of the Old Jewish Synagogue for an introduction to what was and what remains of Jewish Life.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, who established his royal capital here during his long reign from the final decades of the 17th century through the first few decades of the 18th Moulay Ismail was a sultan who was particularly known as being a ruthless, megalomaniac leader, which always leaves room for good sites left behind.
  • Continue with a visit to the Royal Stables. These stables were massive, built to hold 12,000 horses. While today, evidence of the great earthquake of the 18th century, that ruined much of the stables, is clear. What is also clear is that the Sultan Ismail sure loved his horses. Each one was waited on, hand and foot (or rather hoof and hoof), each with their own groom and slave.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Continue to the ruins of Volubilis, a city whose archeological remains bare testimony to the ten centuries of human existence here. First established in the 3rd century BCE as a Phoenician town, it was during the early Roman period that the city really began to make its mark. Walking through this southwestern ancient outpost of the Roman Empire, one can absorb the many cultural and historical layers that break through the surface.
  • Depart for Fes, once the capital of Morocco, the most extensive medieval city in the Arab world, and the home of Jewish scholars and rabbis for hundreds of years.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Fes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
THE MYSTERIES OF FES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take in a panoramic view of the Medina of Fes from Borj Sud.
  • Enjoy a guided visit through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fes and visit the Ibn Danan Synagogue and the El Fassiyin Synagogue, two ancient synagogues that have been restored.
  • Visit the famous Fes Jewish cemetery, where some of the city's legendary rabbis are buried.
  • Continue on a guided walk through the Medina, where the famous Jewish scholar Maimonides once lived. Our visit includes:
    • A glimpse of the local craftsman at work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve and chisel today as they have done for centuries.
    • A tour of the Madrasa Bou Inania, founded in the years 1351-56. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors.
  • Lunch at a restaurant en route and continue with:
    • A visit to the Museum of Wooden Arts in the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop.
    • A look into the University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin, considered by the Guinness Book of Records, UNESCO, and many historians as the oldest continuously operating, an academic degree-granting university in the world.
  • Visit the Tanneries of Fes, which give the Medina its unique flavor and smell.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Fes


Day Five: Thursday, September 5, 2019
CASABLANCA & THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY TODAY

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart for Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and home to the largest Jewish community in the country.
  • Begin your journey with a panoramic tour of the city, its diverse neighborhoods, markets, and alleyways.
  • Lunch at a Jewish club with Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) staff.
  • Visit the OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants) clinic, which provides general and emergency medical care and medicines to the poor, elderly and those who cannot afford private medical care within the Jewish community.
  • Visit the Jewish home for the aged that that provides full residential care, medical care, dental care, and social facilities to some of the community's most impoverished and isolated people.
  • Continue to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Casablanca


Day Six: Friday, September 6, 2019
THE ROAD TO MARRAKECH - ONE SENSE AT A TIME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the famous Mosque of Hassan II, one of the largest Mosques in the world. With hand-carved marble walls, retractable roof, room for 100,000 worshipers and the tallest minaret in the world, at almost 700-feet, this mosque is an incredible example of devotion and construction.
  • The Glory of Moroccan Jewry: Guided visit through the Museum of the Jews of Morocco, for a glimpse into the rich and colorful world of Moroccan Jewry.
  • Possible additional visits with the local Jewish community.
  • Lunch at Le Soc Jewish Club.
  • Drive to Marrakech.
  • LaDa'at Focus Marrakech - An Oasis with your tour educator.
  • Tantalize the Senses with Sights, Sounds, and Smells: Begin your visit to Marrakech with a panoramic tour of the city.
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat services at the Bet-El Synagogue.
  • Shabbat home hospitality dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Marrakech


Day Seven: Saturday, September 7, 2019
SHABBAT IN MARRAKECH | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at Slat el Azama Synagogue, the synagogue of the Mellah.
  • Shabbat lunch in the Medina of Marrakech.
  • Continue with a walking tour in the Medina (old city) of Marrakech, including
    • Bab Agnaou, one of the gates of the Medina.
    • The 19th-century Bahia Palace.
    • Visit the Saadian Tombs, built in the 16th century as a mausoleum for many Saadian rulers and entertainers.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Marrakech


Day Eight: Sunday, September 8, 2019
MOROCCAN CULTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the famous Majorelle Garden, created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle, and the Berber Museum housed inside the garden. This mystical garden took 40 years to create, and all one needs is to walk along its paths, in the shade of the trees, and exotic plants, in sight of the lotus and Lilly, by the sparkling pools and springs, to understand why it took so long.
  • Continue to the Yves St. Laurent Museum. It showcases the haute couture culture and accessories of this legendary French fashion designer, who lived for many years in Marrakech.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore Marrakech's enormous marketplace and experience the Djemaa El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa, with its snake-charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortune-tellers and storytellers.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping, packing or relaxation.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection

Overnight: Marrakech

 

Day Nine: Monday, September 9, 2019
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Casablanca International Airport for your return flight to the USA.
  • 10:05 a.m. Depart on Air France flight #1897.
  • 2:00 p.m. Arrive in Paris.
  • 3:40 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #8984.
  • 7:06 p.m. Arrive Atlanta.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Please note that the group flight is not upgradable!

PRICES:

Main Trip to Morocco prices (per person):
Double occupancy - $4,075
Single occupancy - $5,520

Main Trip to Morocco + Atlas Mountains Extension Prices (per person):
Double occupancy - $5,825
Single occupancy - $7,480
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2019 Land Only Air & Land Status  
Sep 01 $4075 $5575 On sale

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



La Tour Hassan Image

La Tour Hassan
Rabat

The Tour Hassan is ideally located in the heart of the Moroccan Kindom's capital, close to the district of ministries and embassies, but also to the principal monuments: the Mausoleum Mohammed V and the Tour Hassan.

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Sahrai Hotel
Fes

Perched on a hill with spectacular views of the Medina and its surroundings Hotel Sahrai is set to redefine the Fez boutique experience with its fresh approach and stylish design.

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Hyatt Regency
Casablanca

The Hyatt Regency is an urban oasis in Morocco's most vibrant metropolis city. Located in the center of the legendary city of Casablanca. Located just a brief stroll from the seafront promenade, the hotel is the ideal location from which to tour this urban legend.

Four Seasons Marrakech Image

Four Seasons Marrakech
Marrakech

Four Seasons is a 3 minute drive from the Menara Gardens. It features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and lounge chairs, a rooftop terrace and 4 restaurants.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 01 May 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in US 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.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $1,000 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due May 21, 2019 (103 days before the scheduled trip begins), or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.

Cancellation fees:

  • 103 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 102 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 59 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time. 
Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants. 
Air and land packages are open for registration until May 01, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after May 01, 2019 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 

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.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

are included as specified in the itinerary.

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 at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Credit card fees
  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor