Festival of Sufi Culture in Fez Morocco

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Welcome to our spiritual Morocco tours. Enjoy a ten days Fez festival of Sufi culture inviting spiritual speakers from around the world to share the beauty of the approach of Sufism in universal inclusiveness and co-existence. A great festival portraying the Sufi Islamic Philosophy of fraternity and tolerance. Join our Fez Sufi retreats and spiritual Morocco tours.


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Sufism, this venue of education and spiritual teaching, considered to be the heart of the faith of Islam, was first defused informally before it was progressively structured around the 11th century.

Historically, the transmission of this teaching is done, from the 13th century down through spiritual centers that earned by merit to preserve the norms of culture, sociability, and spirituality proper to Islam in an era of dislocation of the Muslim world, particularly under the impact of Mongol invasions. These centers in fact have known how to preserve a message of universal spirituality that has nourished the Islamic culture and not only enhanced its artistic and literary expressions but also its social and economic advancements. For centuries Sufism has inspired simultaneously the organization, and the ethical and spiritual charters of guilds of crafts throughout the Muslim world.

In Morocco, for example, guilds and special trades have traditionally allied themselves with Sufi orders. The relationship that has been established between spirituality and social and human development has marked naturally the cultural and historical identity of Morocco.

These Sufi Orders of Morocco have known through time international beaming by establishing their zawiyas in different countries. The case of the Zawiya Quadiriya and Zawiya Tijania in this regard is an eloquent illustration. The roles of these Sufi orders of teaching and civic and spiritual education at the same time engagement of human development and mediation for peace, in a profound and creative effect, are what constitute the Moroccan culture.

The festival of the Sufi Culture has not only the gift to identify a spiritual and artistic patrimony of exceptional wealth, but also to open the thought on what could be the benefit of this patrimony on the heart of the Moroccan society today. Sufism can also inspire on a global level, some new approaches for concrete maneuvers of peace mediations and for development of mutual dialogues between religions and cultures. This festival can contribute as well as promote and diffuse throughout the world, particularly in a troubled era, the message of peace, universality and spirituality registered in the heart of Islam.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel to Casablanca Morocco from New York

Your journey begins with a non-stop flight on the national carrier Royal Air Maroc, from John F. Kennedy Airport, in New York, to Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Day 2: Travel from Casablanca to Fez

You will find your host waiting for you upon your arrival in Casablanca airport. From there, you will travel to Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco and the City of Islam as we call it. Your day will culminate with your arrival in Fez, traveling through the Roman capital of Northwestern Africa, Volubilis. In addition, you will pay a visit to Moulay Idris, a venerated citadel founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar, grandson of the Prophet Mohamed (s.a.w.s). It is considered both the cradle of Sufism to Moroccan society, as well as the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty. Created primarily for the indigenous population, Moulay Idris has become a central destination for those who cannot afford to make the pilgrimage to Mekkah for the Hajj duty. It is also considered the birth place of Sufism in Morocco Your day will conclude with sightseeing in Fez, including the ramparts, the gates and the Borjes (Moorish Forts), and finally, a dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Guided Tour of Fez

You will spend your day exploring the majestic city of Fez, beginning with visits to the Mellah, the King’s palace, and the Bat’ha museum of Moroccan Arts. The remainder of your morning will be spent on a walking tour of the Medina, a walled city with a maze of medieval twisting alleys, blind turns, mosques, shrines, fountains, workshops, and numerous markets. You will break for lunch at a typical Moroccan Halal restaurant, and will continue to explore and shop for the remainder of the afternoon, ending with dinner at your hotel. Later you will be transferred to Shehrazad Palace for festival grand opening.

Day 4: visiting Fez

Festival activities are at Medersa Bouanania in the heart of the Medina.

Day 5: Sufi Festival of Fez

Festival activities will be at Medersa Bouanania.

Day 6: Sufism conference of Fez

Festival activities are at Museum Dar Batha. With an evening Samaa with the Ensemble Ibn Arabi and Flamenco spiritual at Batha Museum.

Day 7: Sufi Music of Fez

Festival activities are Medersa. An evening of Samaa and chants is with Boutshishya /and Shadhilia Tarikas.

Day 8: Excursion from Fez Mount Zalagh

Your morning will be spent on an excursion to the Rif Mountains, where you will visit the Sidi Ahmed al Barnoussi shrine and enjoy a picnic lunch over the red poppy fields with local scribes and a typical couscous meal. The Jajouka musicians and dancers will enchant you with haunting sounds of their oboes and drums – a ceremony that you will treasure for the rest of your life. After lunch, you will return to Fez for the afternoon Festival activities, dinner, and evening events. Samaa and dance will be with Ouazzania Tarika.

Day 9: Sufism in Fez

Festival activities are during the day. In the evening there will be a closing ceremony with concerts of Sufi dance and chants.

Day 10: Fez

Festival activities and closing ceremony.

Day 11: Travel from Fez to Marrakech

You will spend your day en route to Marrakech, traveling through Azrou, across the middle Atlas Mountains, and pausing for lunch in Khenifra before descending the foothills overlooking the magnificent oasis of Marrakech Alhamra, a city that captivates the imagination and provides satisfaction for every possible taste. Detours will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets, and you will conclude your day with dinner at your hotel.

Day 12: Visiting Marrakech with your Guide

You will spend your day exploring the majesties and wonders of Marrakech, including a visit to the historic Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, which reflects the image of a beautiful Moorish edifice. The construction, built in 1866, was designed for the dignitaries, so that they could enjoy glorious sunsets with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing an ethereal backdrop. The pool is also an innovative, functional irrigation system belonging to an ancient architectural style adapted to the desert lifestyle. In addition, you will visit several impressive sights, including the Koutoubia Minaret (identical to la Giralda, a tower located in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadian tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its greatest. The tombs, a collection of sixteenth century mausoleums, were hidden behind walls until their discovery in 1917. Lunch will take place at your hotel, and the afternoon will consist of a tour of the colorful souks (markets) of Marrakech. After a drink at sunset, overlooking the bustling Jamaa El Fna Square, you will conclude your day with dinner at a typical Moroccan restaurant including local entertainment.

Day 13: flight from Marrakech back to New York

You will take an early morning flight from Marrakech Airport to Casablanca, and will fly directly from there to John F. Kennedy Airport, in New York.

What is included:

  • Round trip airplane tickets on Royal Air Maroc flights from New York to Cassablanca
  • Ten nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in chauffeured vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking guides and tour leaders
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges

Hotels Used:

  • Fez: Riad Dar Tafilelt, 7 nights
  • Marrakech: Hotel El Andalous, two nights
DEPARTING FINISHING SEATS TOTAL IN USD
Fri 15 Oct 2021 Thu 28 Oct 2021 Available $2485 INQUIRY

Cost per person: $2485 USD

Single supplement: $465 USD

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