Sufi Culture Festival of Fez

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The Sufi Culture Festival of Fez is guided and escorted by a Sufi scholar. Our Festival tour is specially designed to include 5 days of the Fez Sacred Music Festival while exploring the depth of the Moroccan culture in the holy city of Fez. After the festival, we will embark on our Sufi retreat exploring notable spiritual and natural sites of Northern Morocco Rif Mountains.

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Fez Festival of the Sufi Culture is 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 hearts of people 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 faiths and cultures. Fez Festival of Sufi Culture 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. Join us in the spirit of sharing and contributing to the world of intellect and spirituality. Sufism is a purification of the heart and nourishment of the Soul. Travel to make a difference and enrich your self-growth.

Sufism is the mystical side of Islam, an esoteric spiritual path of love and peace. Sufism's message of universality has crossed all borders. From the east as far as Malaysia, India, Persia, and Turkey east to Egypt, Morocco, and Andalusia west, Sufism is a source of inspiration for stoics, mystics, thinkers, poets and a way of amelioration for disciples. This quest of divine love is the keyword of all time, Sufi orders seek to nourish themselves with this divine light by meditation, contemplation, and ecstasy. Rooted in all these parts of the world, Sufism, strong with its universality, is shaped in multiple spiritual, cultural and artistic forms. (architecture, music, art, and way of life). The teachings of Naqshabandi Order principally in far East, the dervishes in Anatolia and Baltic Europe, the Qadiri and Shadhuli dominant in North Africa and the Middle East, the Tijani order in the heart of Africa, illustrate the cultural and spiritual richness of Sufism and the divine reality of Islam. Due to the teachings of spiritual masters, disciples of divers’ Sufi paths have aspired the Excellency of this behavior. From the early age of Sufism, we can document treaties of chivalry, notably in the case of artists, craftsmen, and thinkers who strive always to put to practice in the world, the teaching they received deep in heart.

It is said: “if the Middle East is the land of prophets, then the Maghreb is the land of Saints” Sufism in this country has existed since the dawn of Islam. Its influence has traveled east to Egypt, north to Muslim Spain and south to the Sahara and the heart of West Africa. Since the 9th century, renowned masters considered to be universal in the spiritual teaching have taken their origin from Morocco. Mentioning, for example, some names of those who shaped the backbone in the body of Moroccan Sufism.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Oct 16: Arrive to Casablanca and transfer to Fez

You will find your host waiting for you upon your arrival at 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 birthplace 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.

Oct 17: Fez City Tour

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 Shahrazad Palace for festival grand opening.

Oct 18: Fez

After breakfast, our small group to Sufi Culture Festival will go to the Festival workshop at the BouAnania 14th Century School of JUrisprudence in the morning. Break for lunch in the Medina, then gather to be part of Sufi Festival concerts.

Oct 19: Fez Sufi Festival concerts

Visits Sufi Maqams in the morning with a spiritual guide, share some prayers and invocations, then gather for the afternoon activities and concerts offered by the festival organizers for today.

Oct 20: Fez

The morning will be at leisure to relax, however, the guide will be at your disposal should you wish to return to the Medina and visit more of it historic and spiritual sites. Festival events in the afternoon and evening concerts.

Oct 21: Day excursion to Mount Zalagh

Your morning will be spent on an excursion to the Rif Mountains in the vicinity of Fez, where you will visit the Sidi Ahmed al Barnoussi shrine and enjoy a traditional couscous lunch over the red hills of Mount Zalagh sharing moments with Sufi musicians who will entertain you in a most natural and authentic fashion. Share a meal with local scribes and musicians under thousand years old Darar trees this Sufi sanctuary is known for. 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, We will gather for collective prayer, then walk down the hills to meet the van that will take us back to Fez for the Sufi festival events. After Dinner dinner, we will all enjoy a Samaa ceremony with Ouazzania Tarika Sufi Order.

Oct 22: Fez

Wer will have the full day devoted to the Sufi Festival events and activities in the afternoon and evening. We will list the program as soon as it is confirmed by the festival Committee

Oct 23: Travel to Marrakesh from Fez

You will spend your day en route to Marrakech, traveling through Azrou, across the Middle Atlas Mountains, and pausing for lunch on the road 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.

Oct 24: Marrakesh guided tour

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.

Oct 25: Marrakesh - Casablanca Airport

You will depart to Casablanca Airport. There you will catch a flight connecting you to Casablanca, where you will board your flight back home with a lifetime worth of memories packed neatly into your suitcase.

What is included:

  • 9 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Services of local guides
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Transportation in Deluxe vehicles

Hotels Used:

  • Fez: Hotel L’Escale, 7 nights
  • Marrakesh: Hotel El Andalous, 2 nights
DEPARTING FINISHING SEATS TOTAL IN USD
Sat 17 Oct 2020 Thu 29 Oct 2020 Available $2485 INQUIRY

Cost per person: $2485 USD

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