The Best of Morocco
Day 1 : Arrival in Casablanca. Arrival and Begin your trip with a visit to the Mosque Hassan II (interiors closed on Fridays), dramatically situated at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The mosque was built by the late King Hassan II at the end of his 40 year reign. This outstanding edifice is larger than Saint Peter’s in Rome and capable of holding 80,000 worshippers. Other highlights of your tour of Casablanca include the monumental colonial architecture of Place Mohamed V, the French-built Quartier of Habbous, the gates of Royal Palace, and the Marabout of SidiAbderrahman (a holy shrine built on a rocky outcropping in the Atlantic Ocean that draws women from all over Morocco in search of miracles). Check in and overnight in Casablanca
Day 2 :Casablanca - Essaouira Casablanca - Essaouira (375 km). Breakfast. When you are ready, you will head on to Essaouira. the coastal city, a picturesque fishing town, lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south, Essaouira has become one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home. Lunch will be served in one of the restaurants in the medina. Check in in Essaouira and overnight.
Day 3: Essaouira – Marrakech (Marrakech city tour) Essaouira – Marrakech (191 Km). Breakfast. Head to the red city, Marrakech. Enjoy a full-day tour with your expert guide, private driver and vehicle. Marrakech is recognized as one of the world’s great cities. With the design flair of Paris, the ethnic diversity of New York, and a history to rival any city in Europe, Marrakech is above all a city of heart and soul – a city of sunlight on rough pink walls, of fragrant, richly-hued spices, and of rose petals floating in slowly trickling fountains. Begin your exploration by the defining landmark of Marrakech is the 12th century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia mosque, the ideal place to begin your journey into this entrancing city. From here, you will begin to explore the ancient pink-walled medina. Visit the medieval Medersa ben Youssef (Koranic university) – one of the finest Islamic monuments in North Africa. Architecture aficionados will enjoy the delicate dome of the 12th century Koubba. Explore the colorful souks (marketplaces) of Marrakech. Each trade −spices, carpets, jewelry, enamel, copper brass, and cedar −is situated in its unique quarter. You might see villagers bringing in their hand-made rugs to sell to the merchants, or you may observe artisans hand-tooling crafts the way it has been done for centuries. Check in and overnight in Marrakech
Day 4: Marrakech Day at Leisure or for other activity (extra)
Day 5: Marrakech – Ouarzazate Marrakech – Ouarzazate (193 Km). After a delicious breakfast, you’ll depart for Ouarzazate, visiting the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. You will stop in ait ben haddou. You can visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia.
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Merzouga Ouarzazate – Merzouga (373 Km). After Breakfast, head to Merzouga desert. Upon arrival, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. You will be welcomed with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel. Enjoy the staring sky. Check-in in luxury tent and overnight in Merzouga
Day 7: Merzouga – Fes (467 km) Breakfast. Pick up from you hotel and departure to Fes . Pass through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages. Continue through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to look like a Swiss village. Check in and overnight in Fes
Day 8: Fez city tour After your breakfast. Your driver will pick you up and you will start your sightseeing in the amazing Fes city. Today you will step back in time to the 8th century when you visit Fes EL Bali, The largest living medieval medina with more than 80 thousand houses (shops) and also the cultural heart of Morocco. It believed to be the biggest car-free urban area in the world and this medieval medina also known as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the neighboring building is the AttarineMedersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th Century. Your sightseeing also includes a visit to the Nejjarine Square, Fondouq (Caravanserai), Dar Batha and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. Continue your visit to Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built in the 13th Century. Here you will see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas (schools), souks and the city wall
Day 9: Fez – Meknes – Rabat Fez – Meknes (70 km). Meknes – Rabat (152 km)
Breakfast. When you are ready, you will head on to the imperial Meknes (about 1h from Fez). Its spectacular city gates are among the finest in the Arab world. Here, also, is the tomb of the once-feared Moulay Ismail, who modeled his capital of Meknes in the image of Versailles. Other sites of interest are the underground granaries and the vast imperial stables, which once held 12,000 horses.
After lunch, you will continue to Rabat. Your tour begins at the ancient necropolis of Chellah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A thriving city for nearly 1,000 years, Chellah’s ruins date from the Roman through the Islamic periods. They are a special favorite of bird-watchers. Visit the picturesque, labyrinthine Kasbah des Oudayas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the lovely gardens outside the Kasbah. If time allows, visit the compound of the Royal Palace – assuming that King Mohamed VI is not in residence. End your visit, at the majestic Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Check-in in Rabat and overnight.
Day 10: Departure Day Rabat – CMN Airport (117 Km) Breakfast and head to CMN airport for your flight.