The Jewish Glories of Spain & Morocco

May 6-16, 2018 — Join us for a stunning experience that will take us deep into the rich Jewish heritage of Spain and Morocco, where we will immerse ourselves in a remarkable Jewish saga dating back thousands of years. Together, we will retrace the journey of Sephardic Jews across two continents, and we will explore it with a unique and luxurious cultural and gastronomic twist.

Itinerary: May 6-16, 2018


SUNDAY, MAY 6

Depart Canada.


MONDAY, MAY 7

We begin our journey at Madrid airport, from where we will make our way to our luxurious, central hotel for a welcome breakfast and a chance to freshen up. Our day begins with a tour of Madrid, including the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, the gardens of the Royal Palace, the old city, Plaza Mayor and San Miguel Market. Spain is a nation with a rich and vibrant culinary tradition, and this evening we celebrate the tastes of Spain with a gastronomical welcome gala dinner.

OVERNIGHT: GRAN MELIA FENIX HOTEL, MADRID


TUESDAY, MAY 8

Following breakfast at our hotel, we will check out and travel to Toledo. In Toledo, known as the Spanish Jerusalem, we will immerse ourselves in the deep Jewish heritage of the city. We will visit the Jewish museum, stroll along the alleys of the ancient city, and take in its magnificent views. After our traditional lunch, we head to Cordoba, birthplace of Maimonides, where we will enjoy an introductory tour of the city. We end our day with a fabulous meal, typical of the region and its Jewish influences.

OVERNIGHT: PALACIO BAILIO HOTEL, CORDOBA


WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Breakfast at hotel. This morning we explore the very best of Cordoba, starting with a visit to the Mesquita, a UNESCO world heritage monument. Our visit to the Juderia, with its tiny, gem-like synagogue, the statue of the great court doctor and Torah sage, Maimonides, culminates at Casa Sfarad, an eclectic institution of Jewish culture. In Lucena, formerly home to a major yeshiva, we will visit the site where archeologists unearthed a Jewish cemetery with more than 300 tombs dating back to the 10th Century.

Following some time to stroll and lunch on our own, we head to Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors before the city fell to Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. On our guided tour of the Realejo, the former Jewish Quarter, we will explore the site of the original town bearing the name Garnata al-Yahud. Here, we will visit the statue of Samuel ben Yehudah ibn Tibon, translator of ‘Kuzari’ and ‘Guide for the Perplexed’. We will explore the streets of this historic and traditional neighborhood, the site of Shmuel HaNagid’s yeshiva, where only a remnant of the. Jewish community can be seen, but where a host of legends endures. This evening, we will enjoy a Flamenco performance, with dinner on your own.

OVERNIGHT: PALACIO PATOS HOTEL, GRANADA


THURSDAY, MAY 10

Breakfast at hotel. Our time in Spain will conclude with our visit to Granada’s famous Moorish palace, the Alhambra, an architectural masterpiece and a great wonder of the world. As part of our tour of Alhambra, we will also visit Granada’s remarkable Albayzin neighborhood, the old Moorish section of the city, with its narrow streets and beautiful white houses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will enjoy lunch together en route to Malaga and our flight to Morocco, where, upon arrival, our private coach will transfer us from Casablanca to Marrakech.

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL TIGMIZA, MARRAKECH


FRIDAY, MAY 11

Breakfast at hotel. Marrakech is two cities in one: Its distinctive Medina (Old City), comprised of intertwining narrow passageways and charming shops, the Melah (former Jewish Quarter), Lazama Synagogue, and the remnants of Jewish communal buildings and Bahaia Palace; and Ville Nouvelle, or new city, with its modern and cosmopolitan European flair. We enjoy lunch in the Medina before heading back to our hotel to rest and prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat Dinner in the home of the Haliwa Family.

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL TIGMIZA, MARRAKECH


SATURDAY, MAY 12

SHABBAT SHALOM!

Breakfast at hotel. Morning Options: Shabbat Services, followed by lunch with a Marrakech Jewish family; or guided exploration of the hidden corners of the medina, lunch on own. Free time for leisure and personal exploration. Shavuah tov! Havdalah, followed by a visit to the unforgettable Djemaa el Fna, the city’s bustling central square since the 11th century, with its many merchants, hawkers, and entertainers. Our spectacular evening concludes with our visit to the magnificent Palais des Jbilates, with Fantasia Show and a delicious Moroccan dinner.

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL TIGMIZA, MARRAKECH


SUNDAY, MAY 13

Following breakfast at our hotel, we head north to Fez, stopping along the way in the picturesque city of Beni Mellal, nestled at the foot of Jbel Tassemit, where we will enjoy a traditional lunch. Time-permitting, after our lunch, we will hike to the spectacular Cascade d’Ouzud. As the sun sets, we arrive in Fez, whose Jewish community enjoyed a Golden Age that lasted from the 9th to 11th centuries, and where, this evening, we enjoy an evening and dinner on our own.

OVERNIGHT: PALAIS FARAJ HOTEL, FEZ


MONDAY, MAY 14

Breakfast at hotel. From a community of more than 22,000 in 1947, there are fewer than 100 Jews in Fez today, but it is a city rich in Jewish memories, synagogues, and a Jewish cemetery. There is a great deal to experience in Fez, and our tour will include some of the special and unusual sites this remarkable city has to offer, including marketplaces, spice stores, and more! We will visit the shuk, with its exceptional stores specializing in local crafts and beautiful silk fabrics made before your eyes by craftsmen. A gourmet tagine and couscous dinner will sum up this special day.

OVERNIGHT: PALAIS FARAJ HOTEL, FEZ


TUESDAY, MAY 15

Breakfast at hotel. This morning we head to Meknes, a Moroccan imperial city known as "the Moroccan Versailles". Our visit will include Bab el Mansour, as well as the old synagogue. We continue on to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco, where our visit will begin with the Kasbah Oudayas, and conclude in the Medina (old city), where we will enjoy lunch at a local, Jewish-owned restaurant before continuing our journey to Casablanca. In Casablanca, we will visit Neve Shalom Jewish School, followed by a guided tour of the recently-renovated Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Our panoramic tour will conclude with a visit to the courtyard of the largest mosque in Morocco. This evening we will reflect on our amazing adventure, and enjoying a traditional, Jewish-Moroccan farewell dinner at a local kosher restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: SOFITEL TOUR BLANCHE HOTEL, CASABLANCA


WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

This morning, we enjoy our final breakfast together, and perhaps a stroll, before checking out of our hotel for transfer to the airport. Return flight to Canada. Welcome home!


PLEASE NOTE ITINERARY AND HOTELS SUBJECT TO CHANGE and CANCELLATION

LAND ONLY PRICE (INCLUDES INTERNAL FLIGHTS)
US$6,499 PER PERSON | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$1,199 PER PERSON

APPLICATION & DEPOSIT OF NON-REFUNDABLE US$500 PER PERSON
DUE DECEMBER 15, 2017


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For more information, dates and pricing on this tour, please contact: Dov Saitowitz


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You will visit the following 4 places:

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid, Spain's elegant capital, is beautifully located on the Manzanares River. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of major Spanish companies, such as Telefónica, Iberia and Repsol. Madrid is considered the 17th most livable city in the world and as one of the world's major global cities.

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. In addition to a rich multicultural history, the Alhambra (a grand, sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompassing royal palaces) and other monuments, a student-driven nightlife, and skiing and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a break from the summer heat of other Andalusian cities such as Córdoba or Seville.

Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain

Córdoba, also called Cordova, is a city in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia. It was conquered by invading Islamic armies in the eighth century, and then became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a centre for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the many medical schools and universities which existed at this time. During these centuries Córdoba became a predominantly Muslim society with minorities living in a restricted second-class status. It returned to Christian rule in 1236, during the Reconquista. Today it is a moderately sized modern city. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Marrakesh

Marrakesh

Marrakech or Marrakesh, known as the "Red City", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means "Land of God". It is the third largest city in Morocco and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco.

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