World Sacred Music Festival of Fez

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World Sacred Music Festival is one of the best music gatherings in the world. Fez is just the right place as a world spiritual center to host this world-class festival. Sacred Musicians of all faiths and traditions meet yearly to celebrate the best of each nation and culture and its religious practices.

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The World Sacred Music Festival is a sustainable program to help Fez, one of the world's spiritual and sacred sites. This UNESCO World Heritage site hosts the World Sacred Music Festival yearly, where over 25 nations participate with the best of its holy music tradition. Since 1994 t, his festival has never ceased to amaze the world's holy Mumusicnthusiasts, topics, and world spiritual leaders. Around this global sharing of love and sacredness by the bias of the Fez festival, Sarah Discoveries offer a tour package to all travelers from around the world to travel and enjoy ten days of world music from all faiths and traditions. Our tour package to Fez Festival features the best of ancient history and breathtaking landscapes in Morocco. On this tour package to Morocco, you will visit Rabat, the capital of Morocco, Volubilis' ancient Roman site from 300 BC, and Moulay Idriss Zerhoune, the first Islamic town in Morocco from the seventh century AD. You will spend ten days in Fez exploring the spiritual sites of this ancient Islamic center of the intellect, spirituality, and arts in Morocco, North Africa, and the Middle East. You will also explore on this tour package the ancient history and landscapes around Fez by visiting the Atlas Mountains, Sefrou, 3000 years of Jewish Heritage, and the ancient center of the sub-Saharan caravan trade, B'Halil as a troglodyte village dating from Neolithic time. You will visit venerated sanctuaries for Muslims and Jews and Sufi centers and be in direct contact with traditional Moroccan and sacred music in homes and Sufi centers. If you are a world music lover, spiritual seeker, self-growth searcher, or world traveler, this Music festival is for you. Join our world's sacred music festival on this journey to share moments you will treasure for a lifetime. This is a small group tour package to Morocco at everyone's budget for 2024 and 2025.


May 22: Casablanca to Rabat

Upon arriving at Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca with your group to Morocco, your tour leader will meet you at your arrival gate to take you immediately to check in to your Rabat (Capital of Morocco) hotel. This is a beautiful short drive of about 45 miles through the lush farms and exotic plants. You will spend your day discovering the delights that Rabat has to offer. Your Rabat local guide will take you on a historical and lively tour of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah in the Heart of the city, starting at Place Sidi Makhlouf. The 12-century ramparts are best seen from this landmark. Walk up to Bab Chellah in the medina and cross Sidi Fateh St. This will lead you to the traditional Souk Laghzel (Yarn market). Your guide will introduce you to the importance of this guild in the textile role in Moroccan society. Once the tour ends, we will return to the hotel for dinner with your group. Your tour leader will give a briefing about your next day tour to the world sacred Music Festival of Fez

May 23: Travel to Fez visiting Volubilis, Moulay Idris and Meknes

After breakfast, we will travel as a group to Fez. The first stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis was a critical city in the imperial Roman department of Mauritania (modern-day Morocco and Western Sahara) during the reign of Caracalla. Jumping forward in time and just a few minutes away is the venerated sacred citadel of Moulay Idris, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar, grandson of the Prophet Mohamed (s.a.w.s). This citadel is considered the cradle of Sufism in Morocco and the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty of Morocco.

We will break for lunch at the imperial city of Meknes. Meknes is a 17th-century city built by Moulay Ismail to rival the city of Fez. It is also considered to be the Versailles of Morocco. Finally, you have reached your destination, the ninth-century city of Fez. You will taste the greatest of Morocco's Imperial Cities in the evening. Our local guide of Fez will meet the group and take you on a panoramic visit to the city of Fez outside the ancient Medina. You will visit the sights outside the ancient walled city, including the ramparts, the gates, and the Borjs Moorish Forts. After this introductory aperitif to Fez, you will dine in your hotel and prepare for day three: The city of Fez! Your guide will brief you about tomorrow's activities, visiting Fez-Medina and the world's sacred music festival program.

May 24: Guided tour of Historic Fez

The most ancient of the imperial capitals of Morocco and the whole medieval city of the Islamic world, the city of Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outside its walls. Time spent with your local guide to the town of Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path. Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina on a group tour. Our specialized guide will take you on a historic discovery of Fez, starting at the King's Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates.

Next, you will explore with your guide the Jewish quarter, a 15th-century citadel with all its Moorish maze architecture and medieval glory in Morocco. Visits to Sephardic synagogues and mausoleums of holy Rabbis will be the highlights of this part of town. Then, we will drive to Merinides Hill to visit their necropolis over the Northern hills of Fez. Here, you will stop for a photo opportunity and enjoy the best panoramic view of the old walled Medina (the largest in Morocco). It is brimful with its countless minarets to call for prayers in a city that has responded to these calls for 12 centuries. Drive down the hills to the gate of Bab Guissa to leave your vehicle and enter the ancient world of Morocco. The city of Fez has preserved its Medina as it was centuries ago. Not even a bicycle can be used as a tool for transportation. Only donkeys, mules, and horses can help move all the city produces and needs as supplies.

Your group tour of Fez will continue exploring the medieval alleys and blind turns of the Medina of Fez. The first guilds you will immediately encounter are the cobblers, the saddlers, and blacksmiths, interlaced by some caravansaries for tribespeople who come from the surrounding areas to trade and supply their needs. Down the hill to Juteya, you will encounter all sorts of crafts, but noticeably carpenters and leather workers as one of the traditional tanneries is not far. With its various activities, this walk will lead you to El Ashabine Square. From there, you will wind your way to the Sgha square, which will lead you to Attarine (spices merchants ST), then Souk el Henna and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the founder of the city Fez. Next to it, you will visit the Nejjarine square with its famous fountain, its guild of carpentry, and the museum of folk arts at the Fondouk.

You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great Mosque university of Al Quarrawiyyine, passing by Shemma'ine, the market of dried fruits. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of bookbinders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passersby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch and then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouan, and the shrine of Sidi Ahmed Tijani. You will end your walk at Foundouk Lihoudi, where a local Fez family will host you for traditional mint tea in their home. After dinner, your guide will briefly discuss the world's sacred Music Festival of Fez and tomorrow's tour activities. Later, take ride your tour bus to Bab Makina Royal Court to enjoy the Fez Festival Grand Opening

May 25: excursion from Fez to Moulay Yacoub Hot Springs

Today is a day to explore nature, Morocco's culture from the insider perspective, and the spiritual healing of Sufi Saints' landmarks. You will travel to the Hot springs of Moulay Yacob in the morning. A sacred hot spring is so popular all over Morocco. Located in a small, charming Berber village at the foothills of the Rif Mountains, the springs are famous for their healing powers. Legend affirms that Moulay Yacob was a Sufi master with the power to heal different diseases, especially muscular and skin disorders. The sanctuary is in the heart of this hilly village, where herbalists and traditional healers still curing locals and visitors as the tradition holds. In their small workshops and even in the streets around the sanctuary, these healers are still selling herbs and pouches of compounds in the same manner as medieval times.

Across the valley from the village, you can spot a mausoleum crowning the hill called Lalla Shafia (meaning literally "The Healer Lady"). It was indeed her name as a saintly healer who was handed this secret healing power from her father, Moulay Yacob. Even today, many women come from remote areas in North Africa seeking her Baraka (blessings). It is a revered area and a spa for the poor and the wealthy. The traditional baths are down the hill, where these hot springs pump 138-degree hot water from as deep as 470 feet below. There is another spa bath with all modern amenities, where you can enjoy all kinds of treatments or bathe in an indoor domed pool, which gets hot water straight from natural springs. After a picnic lunch, you will return to Fez for the afternoon concerts, dinner at your hotel, and the Sacred Music Festival's evening events.

May 26: Excursion to Mount Zalagh from Fez

In the morning, our group tour will ride to Mount Zalagh to explore the natural surroundings of the hills surrounding the City of Fez. We will hike to Mount Zalagh for an hour before reaching our camp under the shady millennium-old Dardar trees near Sidi Ahmed Bernoussi shrine. Today, we will have a taste of Sufism in Morocco. Your morning will be spent on an excursion to the Rif Mountains, where you will visit the Sidi Ahmed al Barnoussi shrine. You will enjoy a typical couscous picnic lunch over the red poppy fields with local scribes. Traditionally, this couscous lunch is considered a Sadaka, an offering to feed the scribes, the guests, and the passersby. Upon your arrival at the shrine in the peaks of Mount Zalagh, you will be met by the Jajouka musicians and dancers of Morocco, who will enchant you with the haunting melodies of their oboes and drums – a ceremony that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Sidi Ahmed El Bernoussi (Zerrouq), a renowned Sufi Scholar, was born in Fez in 1482 and died in 1534 AD. He took from many scholars and sheiks of his time, mainly in the Quarawiyyine School of Thoughts, especially Sidi Abdellah Fekhar and Lalla Oum Hani Abdoussia. He traveled on a Sufi journey to Mekkah, where he studied. Then, he traveled to Cairo to learn from many sheiks. He was a master in Tafsir, numerology, and alchemy. He contributed to the Moroccan intellect a vast number of books and essays. His best work is the foundation of Tassawuf and the meanings of the attributes of Allah. Many of his disciples have followed in his footsteps and become eminent sheiks, such as Sidi Al Hattab al Kabir, Imam Shaarani, and the Quotb Abul Hassan Bekri. He was a scholar, an imam, a mufti, a poet, a sheik, a stoic, and a faquir (well venerated in Morocco). At the end of his life, he left Fez for Sabrata, west of Tripolis, where his burial site and graveyard were located. A scholar will speak to our group about this great personality in the sacred history of Morocco, Islamic Jurisprudence, and Sufi teaching.

His school and retreat sanctuary still function on the outskirts of Mount Zalagh overlooking the Old city of Fez. His Mureeds are still holding on to the tradition faithful to his Wadhifa up to our days. No sheik in this tariqa has ever claimed his Sirr. So, even now, Sidi Ahmed El Bernoussi remains the sheik of his followers (Mureeds). After our festive group lunch, you will have a tea ceremony and close with blissful prayers. You will return to Fez for the afternoon festival activities, dinner, and the evening's sacred Music Festival events.

May 27: Fez

Today is devoted to taking a leisurely break from the busy pace of the tour activities. You will have the entire morning at your leisure, free to do whatever you please in the city or to relax in your hotel to reflect on this marvelous experience. You will attend the afternoon concerts in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Festival's evening events. Later on, for those who feel resilient and wish to explore more, a Sufi master will open the doors of his home to share with you a Sufi gathering for dhikr and chants Harraki Order way. This Sufi gathering is only for this Morocco Discoveries Tour group, as it is not open to the public. This brotherhood dates back to Sidi Abu Lhassan Chadhuli, who was born in Morocco but buried in the Idab desert in Egypt. He was a disciple of Cheikh Abdeslam Ben Mashiach. The current Cheikh, who is responsible for the renaissance of the brotherhood, is Imam Sidi Nour El Houda Ibrahimi Andalouissi Shadhuli. Afterward, you will enjoy dinner at the hotel. Then, you will experience the evening Concerts of the sacred music festival.

May 28: Fez - Sufi Aissaoua Drumming Night

The morning will be spent at your leisure, and after lunch, you will journey to the afternoon concert at Dar Batha. The evening concerts will be at Bab Makina. After the concert, Morocco Discoveries will offer a night of Issawa healing music. Experience the Hadra circle dance to heal the world with the Sufi drummers of Issawa Tariqa. The Aissaoui Order has the most exciting drumming with invocations to Allah praising all prophets and saints. Their slogan states: "Come to visit Moulay Al Hadi Sidi Ben Aissa, warrantor of his visitor's wishes." The adepts of this order use the key phrase in their private and public meetings: "God is eternal." "Allah Da'em." A circle of drumming Hadra will take place exclusively for our group tour of the Fez Sacred Music Festival.

May 29: Day Excursion to Sidi Harazaem Spa

An excursion to a sacred site of Sidi Harazem thermal springs is offered for the whole group tour in the afternoon. Sidi Harazem is a thermal spring known to all Moroccans for its leaver and kidney cleansing power, and its water is bottled to be sold throughout Morocco. We will visit the village and the spa, then return to Fez. The sacred music festival concert will be at Bab Makina in the evening. It is a relaxing day.

May 30: Excursion to Sefrou and B'Halil from Fez

Our Sacred Music Festival tour continues on its quest to explore marvelous Berber towns and villages near Fez. In the early morning, you will enjoy a sunrise Sufi ceremony offered over the Merinides dynasty necropolis, looking East for a dramatic sunrise over the sleeping giant of the 9th-century Medina. Return to the hotel for breakfast and relax. Your day will include an optional day trip to the ancient Jewish city of Sefrou. Predating Fez by a thousand years, Sefrou once played a vital role as the last stop for the sub-Saharan caravans transporting goods to the European markets. There, you will visit the shrine of Sidi Lahcen Al Yussi, a revered Sufi master considered the guardian of Sefrou. In addition, you will visit the mausoleums of other Rabbis and the city's synagogues. On your return trip to Fez, you will visit the ancient Christian village of B'Halil, known for its distinctive troglodyte dwellings. Upon your arrival at Fez, you will attend the Fez Festival's evening music events.

May 31: Relaxing Day in Fez

After breakfast, Our group will meet at the hotel for a round table debriefing and reflecting on this beautiful World Sacred Music gathering in Fez. You will attend a lecture in the morning, followed by the Festival's afternoon events at the Dar Batha Museum. Dinner will be at the hotel, followed by the evening Festival sacred music events at Bab Makina, the court of the King's palace.

June 1: Fez

You will spend your morning visiting the Andalucian part of the Medina on the eastern side of the river, where you will learn the history of the settler Moors, who arrived from Spain during the 13th century. Learn about their lifestyle, which is still intact today. Shop for musical instruments and other artifacts of your interest, as the Andalusian market is known for these artifacts. The Festival's afternoon concerts will occur at Dar Batha, followed by dinner at the hotel and, afterward, the Festival's closing ceremony.

June 2: Travel from Fez to Marrakech

You will spend your day discovering the rural vistas of the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, wards, and nomadic encampments. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Then, passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou.

Azrou is an important market center for Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Next, your driver will take a little detour in the cedar forest of Ain Louh to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Barbary apes. It may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family at its temporary encampment. Berber Nomads are very hospitable; whenever we encounter them, we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents. Later, you will take a detour in El Hajeb to the Highway towards Marrakech. This will save you some time instead of the mountain road to Marrakech. Finally, you will conclude your day with dinner at your hotel.

June 3: Marrakech Guided Tour

Your guide and driver will assist you in exploring the marvelous city of Marrakech. You will visit the historic Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flower beds, with your group on this fantastic tour to Morocco, which reflects the image of a beautiful Moorish edifice. The construction was built in 1866 so the dignitaries might enjoy the country’s glorious sunsets, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing an ethereal backdrop. The pool is an innovative, functional irrigation system built in an architectural style adapted to desert life. Your tour will also include visits to several notorious monuments, including the Koutoubia Minaret (identical to the la Giralda tower in Sevilla, Spain) and the Saadian tombs, representing Moorish architecture at its finest. The graves, which include several sixteenth-century mausoleums, lay undiscovered behind walls until 1917. You will conclude your day with a drink at sunset, overlooking the bustling Jamaa El Fna square.

June 4: Transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca Airport

We will depart in the morning, riding our bus tour with our small group, achieving a memorable time in Morocco, ending at Casablanca Airport. You will catch your flight at Casablanca Airport, accompanied by memories that will last you a lifetime.

What is included:

  • 13 Nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily
  • Transportation in Deluxe vehicles
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Festival Pass for all concerts
  • Excursions to notable sites
  • Sufi drumming night in the Medina of Fez
  • Couscous Sufi Lunch in Mount Zalagh
  • All Excursions to notable places mentioned

Hotels Used:

  • Rabat: Hotel Oudaya, 1 night
  • Marrakesh: Hotel El Andalous, 2 nights
  • Fez: Hotel L'Escale or Riad Ghita, 9 nights

Cost per person: $2885 USD

Single supplement: $485 USD


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