10 Day 9 Night
You will be met upon arrival in the commercial capital of Morocco and start your tour with an orientation tour of the city of Casablanca and the resplendent Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque outside of Saudi Arabia. Dinner and overnight in your Casablanca hotel
Leaving Casablanca for a full day in Marrakech with the historical sites in the morning. Lunch in a local restaurant and then afternoon in the Souks and the Djmâa El Fna square, perhaps the highlight of the whole day with its myriad of street performers. Dinner in your Marrakech hotel.
After breakfast you will be met by your guide for a half day city tour of the Red City, visiting the 16th century Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace and external views of the Koutoubia Mosque. After a light lunch you will set off over the Tizi n Tichka mountain pass, with several photo stops to arrive in the old Foreign Legion Town of Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Leaving Ouarzazate on a scenic drive eastwards you journey on past the palmeraie of Skoura where you will glimpse the Kasbahs of Skoura and Amerhidl, before arriving at Qlaat M’Gouna where thousands of small pink roses are grown to make the famous Rose Water ‘Eau de Rose’ so beloved of the Berbers. After a photo stop in Boumalne you continue to enter the small town of Tineghir, located at the mouth of the fabulous Todra Gorges and overlooked by a Glaoui Kasbah. You then travel along a pleasant route for about 15km until you reach the deepest, narrowest and most spectacular part of these Gorges. Leaving your vehicle, you stroll along the gorges, taking a light lunch in a restaurant tucked up tightly against the sheer rock face. You then rejoin the vehicle to continue on your route to the Sahara. On arrival in Erfoud check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
You will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the best moment of the Merzouga desert. After breakfast, you will travel to Fes by passing through the Ziz Valley Gorge and Midelt, an impressive mountain city with traditional buildings similar to those in southern Morocco. Located at 1,488m in altitude, it is well situated just at the foot of Jbel Ayachi (3,737m). Your journey continues via Azrou and the cedar forests where colony of monkeys will keep you amused. Drop off at your Riad/Hotel in the evening.
Today depart Chefchaouen for the Roman archaeological site of Volubilis discover ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns which give a real sense of Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent medieval Berber town. The site boasts the Mansion containing the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and Baths of Forum with their fragmentary mosaics; the House of Orpheus and its Dolphin mosaic and Orpheus Myth; the Cortege of its bath house and pooled courtyards; the House of the Wild Beast, the House of Nymphs, the House of the Seasons, the House of Flavius Germanus, the Knights House with an incomplete mosaic of Dionysus Discovering Ariadne Asleep, the triumphal Arch, the Capitol and the House of Ephebus with its pictorial mosaics, especially that of Bacchus being drawn in a Chariot by Panthers. Leave Volubilis behind to drive alongside the outlaying ridges of the Zerhoun Hills to stop for a visit of the town of Moulay Idriss, the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. Arriving at the elongated square we see above us the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia with its two conical quarters on both side and stroll amidst the labyrinth of alleyways before leaving for the Imperial City rebuilt by Moulay Ismail. On now to the Imperial City of Meknes (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here walk around the small city and visit the easily most beautiful Bab, or gateway, in all of the Maghreb -the Bab Mansour. From here to the El Heri es-Souani - the granary of huge vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers next to a pool fed by underground channels that brought fresh water all the way from the distant Middle Atlas Mountains; the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the Place el-Hedim to see the famous State-owned stallion stables of Haras where these Arabo-Berber horses are bred. We make for the impressive Dar el Makhzen and a 15 minute stop at the Royal Palace with its magnificent seven bronze gates. From here we walk to and through the Mellah (old Jewish quarter) with its intense atmosphere and fine examples of Mauro-Hispanic architecture. Following this we drive to the Borj Sud, here to take in the panoramic view of the Medina. the drama, scope and beauty of our visit forever indelibly imprinted in our memory. Leaving Meknes drive to The Blue City of Chefchaouen.
Today’s programme is full of discovering the White City of Tetouan. The city hung in one side of the Rif , is all white. In its garden, it brings together Arab and Andalusian cultures. A walk in Tetouan, dominated the green valley of the Martil River. A town with seven magnificently carved doors to choose where to go, follow the walls and enter the Medina. Observe the ceramic decorating buildings. Some elements of the balconies of the white houses are typical Spanish. It’s not surprising, since Tetouan is famous for its Hispano- Moorish architecture. You finish your day in Tangier for dinner & overnight.
Today sees you finishing the visit of Tangier, which located on the Strait of Gibraltar where Africa meets Europe, Tangier has long held strategic importance. Ruled through the centuries by waves of conquerors including Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs and Portuguese, the city is more than two and a half millennia old, making it one of North Africa's most ancient. Then you hide down to Rabat for Dinner & overnight.
Meet your driver for a full day in Rabat the Imperial capital, where you will learn Rabat’s history and enjoy its beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues and green spaces. Your guide will escort you on a walk around thepicturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. The kasbah was built by the reign of the Almohads from 1121-1269 to protect the city and is enclosed by ramparts dating from the Almohad period. Visit Bab Oudaïa, a monumental gate and example of Almohad military architecture. See the Musee de Oudaïa, Moulay Ismaïl’s palace exhibiting collections of Moroccan folk art. Before moving on to city medina, relax in the Moorish style Andalusian garden. In the medina, your guide will take you through the labyrinth of souks and artisan shops. Visit Place Souk el- Ghezel (the Wool Market Square) where Christian prisoners were once sold as slaves. On Thursdays there is a carpet auction. Take note of the ornamental motifs and moldings arranged on the doors of the residential area. Walk the famous and lively Rue des Consuls where foreign consuls were once obliged to live. Browse shops selling clothes, shoes, food and other crafts. South of the Rue Souk visit the Mellah, the Jewish quarter.
Next, continue to the Hassan tower, which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg. It is a gigantic mosque, emblematic of Rabat and famous for its unfinished minaret where storks nest. Also on the list is Ville Nouvelle.
You will have the day at leisure today until your private transfer from your accommodation to Casablanca airport.
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