Casablanca is the commercial and industrial 'capital' of Morocco, and is often referred to as the "United States of Morocco". It is one of Africa’s largest cities with almost 4 million inhabitants, and its port is one of the largest artificial ports in the world, and the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.
Although possibly the first place many people think of when speaking of Morocco, it is not terribly interesting for tourists. The Old Medina (the part of town that pre-dates the French protectorate – or what is left of it!) is very small and attracts fewer tourists than other cities such as Fes and Marrakech, even though it has had some restoration in recent years, including the western walls, its 'skala', or bastion, and its colonial period clock tower.
Many have a romantic notion of going so they can have a drink in "Rick's Cafe", but contrary to popular belief and a fact that disappoints many - not one inch of the film 'Casablanca' was actually shot in Casablanca...
Rabat may well be Morocco's most civilized city, yet most travelers pass it by. Once a fearsome pirates' den, Rabat looks at first suspiciously clean, yet it proved on exploring to be authentically mazelike, with crowded bazaars, eerily empty alleyways, a cliff-top castle by the ocean, and a postcard-perfect cove down below in the estuary of the Bouregreg River, where fishermen spread their twitching, glistening prizes on a crescent-shaped beach. Like all Moroccan cities, Rabat also has an adjacent ville nouvelle, laid out when the country was a French protectorate.
The most precious of all Morocco's treasures, Fès is also one of the Great Cities of Islam. Fès can justifiably claim to be the most complete medieval city in existence, with its beehive of busy streets a working model of the way life was lived when the world was still young. Fès may no longer be the capital, but is decidedly one of humanity's heirlooms and it remains the very heart and pulse of a Morocco that was.
Fès el-Bali the ancient walled city is the main attraction. A masterpiece of magnificent palaces and green-roofed holy places, its jungle of narrow alleyways as intricate as Fès's own filigree work demand a guide should you want to penetrate the marvels that Fès has to show you.
But first, to get your bearings you could take a stroll up to the Merenid tombs which overlook the walled city. At its heart you will see the Karaouine Mosque, and appreciate then that in Fès, the awe-inspiring lives side by side with the ordinary. Humble workshops and tenements hem in the noble Karaouine whilst the river of teeming humanity washes through the narrow, twisting derbs (streets).
Erfoud is a town in the desert, about 6 hours to the east of Ouarzazate. It has dusty red buildings and a ghost town atmosphere but is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Morocco. It is a place that many tourists stay in when visiting the dunes at Merzouga, or to visit Rissani – the last oasis village with an interesting palace.
The road to Er-Rachidia has some of the most spectacular scenery of the area, with ancient Berber fortress set in palm groves for as far as the eye can see.
Erfoud is a popular destination for filmmakers, with beautiful views of the Sahara and sand dunes on its doorstep. Films such as March or Die (1977 directed by Dick Richards), The Mummy (1999 directed by Stephen Sommers) and Dick Richards more recent Prince of Persia (2010) were all filmed in this area.
Tineghir is at the eastern end of the Dades Valley, with the High Atlas Mountains rising up behind it to the North, and the Jbel Sarhro Mountains spread out at its feet to the South. Originally just the name for the town, the area now known as Tineghir has expanded over time to include all the villages in one of the most beautiful Oases of Southern Morocco.
The main city of Tineghir (Baladia Tineghir) has 36 000 inhabitants, but the oasis as a whole totalled 86 500 inhabitants according to the 2004 Census. Tineghir, as with the region of Ouarzazate, is populated by the Amazighs (Berber people), and is at the centre of the Oasis. The lush palm grove covers a stretch of about 30 miles, varying in width between 500 to 1500 metres along the River Todra.
Designed by a French hostage in 1760, Essaouira (pronounced Essa-wira) is one of the most relaxed towns in Morocco, popular with independent travellers and for those who love the heat but can live without the haggling - a western fantasy in an oriental setting.
Located 109 miles west of Marrakech on a sandy bay, freshened by southwesterly breezes, Essaouira makes for a welcome break on Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, away from the oppressive African heat felt further inland - even in the height of summer. Shallow clean water makes it an ideal spot for families, and in the summer wind and kite surfers flood the beaches of the aptly nicknamed "windy city". It is also a favourite location for surfers to Morocco, with some fantastic surf spots in and around Essaouira.
A town of whitewashed houses with blue shutters where Orson Welles filmed much of his Othello, and more recently, Oliver stone's 'Alexander the Great' with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie, where scenes for the Temple of Pallas Athena, Mieza and the Macedonian horse market were filmed. However, (staying on the 'celeb' theme a little longer) despite common misconception, Jimi Hendrix did not visit Essaouira until two years after he wrote the song "Castles made of sand
Day 1 :Airport Mohammed V / Casablanca
Arrival at Mohamed V airport of Casablanca.
Meet and greet by your driver. Clients will be directed to the assigned A/C vehicle according to the number of guests and transfer to your hotel in city centre.
Check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca/ Rabat
Morning, Enjoy a city tour of Casablanca the economic capital with the external
Visit of the great Hassan II Mosque before strolling along the Ain Diab Corniche and passing by the residential area of Anfa.
Afternoon, departure for Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco.
Sightseeing of the "Imperial Garden City" with its main monuments: Oudayas garden, Hassan Tower and Mausoleum. You'll also see the ramparts and walls of the Mechouar which surround the Royal Palace. Late afternoon arrival at hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Rabat / Meknes/ Fes
After breakfast, drive to Meknes, then start your sightseeing of Meknes. The "Moroccan Versailles" which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail, a contemporary of LOUIS XIV. Additional sightseeing includes Bab El Mansour, considered as the finest gateway in Morocco.
The Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum
As well as the mosque and his tomb, Lunch Free.
Afternoon visit of the ruins of Volubilis:
At the foot of Jebel Zerhoun, lie the Roman ruins of Volubilis. The remains of Volubilis, identified by Tissot in 1874, bear witness to the grandeur of the former residence of King Juba II. After, short visit of Moulay Idriss, a sacred Islamic town.
Transfer to Fes. Dinner & overnight at hotel in Fes.
Day 4 : Fes
After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, which is well known for its spiritual and educational contributions to the Moroccan culture.
Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labour in the age-old oriental tradition. Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon, Visit of the new city “Fes Jdid”. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Fes / Midelt/ Erfoud 485 km
Early wake up and breakfast, departure for Erfoud via Immouzer du Kandar, a Berber village, Ifrane, a delightful ski resort, and Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative filled with wood carving and carpet weaving.
Lunch free at a Kasbah in Midelt.
Then continuation via the Ziz canyons a spectacular route
Offering wonderful scenery of the Atlas.
Continuations to Erfoud, at arrival check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Erfoud/ Merzouga
Breakfast at hotel
Morning at leisure to relax
Then depart to Merzouga by 4X4 for a night bivouac and admire the sunset and sunrise on the sand dunes if wished.
Dinner and overnight
Day 7 : Merzouga / Erfoud/ Tinghir
After breakfast departure to Tinghir, the highest and the narrowest gorges in the region are Todra's, only 15 km from Tinghir
• The Todrha Canyons just near Tinghir The road through the Todrha Gorges follows the right bank of the river, which is covered with palm trees. Farther east is the narrowest and most spectacular section of the gorges, where for a distance of 110 yards the narrow corridor between the sheer, towering walls of rock (985 feet high) is only 65 feet wide.
Lunch at leisure and Free time to walk around the "gorges", enjoy the river and the fabulous views.
Then go to the hotel at Tinghir, dinner and overnight
Day 8 : Tinghir / Boumalne / Ouarzazate
Breakfast at hotel and departure to visit the Dades Gorges.
The Dades Valley is a great location for walking. In the Dades Valley the vividness of the colors will stop you every few steps for a picture, so be sure to bring extra film! The soil is a deep earthy red that rubs off on the hands and leaves the scent of the earth.
Then drive to Ouarzazate via Boumalne and Kelaa M’Gouna & Skoura.
Arrival to Ouarzazate and visit of its mains Kasbahs.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 9 : Ouarzazate / Marrakech
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Ait Benhadou Kasbah 30 km far from Ouarzazate. It is the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco, used as decors for many films like the "Lawrence of Arabia".
• Aït Benhaddou
The fortified village of Aït Benhaddou has been classified by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures. It is studded with crenulated towers and its buildings decorated with geometrical motifs and considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of this kind in Morocco. A program of restoration work is currently under way to encourage the repopulation of the village which is at present inhabited by just five families. Then departure to Marrakech via a long mountainous road and the Tizin tichka Pass, the highest pass in Morocco. Arrive; check in, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Marrakech
Breakfast at hotel and full day city tour of Marrakech the second oldest Imperial City and definitely the "Pearl of the South". Founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century, Marrakesh sits in a lush oasis nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. You will visit the famous Bahia Palace, Menara Gardens, Koutoubia mosque from outside,-
Free lunch, continue with sightseeing the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
OPTIONAL: Evening, transfer to "Chez Ali" local restaurant for a dinner animated by different folkloric troops and a show of Fantasia at the end of the dinner or at an Arab palace with belly dance.
Day 11 : Marrakech/ Essaouira 180 km
Breakfast and departure to Essaouira:
Essaouira, or Old Mogador, is a city that reminds us of the times when Spain, Portugal and England fought to maintain control over its coasts.
It is a typically Portuguese harbor with beautiful samples of the Moorish and Portuguese arts.
Essaouira is known for its artists who work on thuja wood, its silver market, the art gallery, the harbor, the islands ... It was also in Essaouira where Orson Welles shot his film Othello.
You will visit the ramparts of Skala, the sea-port and the Medina.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Essaouira / Safi/ El Jadida/ Casablanca 400 km
After breakfast you depart for Safi, one of the oldest African ports beyond Gibraltar. You will also visit the remains of the Portuguese Sea Castle, the Pottery's hill (the ideal place to buy superb pottery pieces) before continuing to the seaside resort of Oualidia, famous for its oyster farming. Here you have the option of free lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue to the stunning and popular beach resort of El Jadida (once called “Mazagan” by the Portuguese) for a short visit, before driving to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight.
Day 13 : Casablanca/ Mohamed v airport
After breakfast, transfer to Mohamed V airport for your return flight.
Assistance for boarding.
Package starts from Euro 950 per person Your package price includes the following:
Hotel accommodation as per itinerary in select 4 star hotels.
Daily breakfast & Dinner.
Good comfortable coach adapted to the number of clients.
Meeting & assistance by our local office representative upon arrival & departure.
Services of an English speaking guide during excursions.
The sightseeing with entrance to the main monuments as per our detailed program except Internal visit of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
The carrying of luggage at airport and hotels
Tips for meals
Package cost does not include airfare.
Package cost does not include GST @ 3.09%
Package price is valid for minimum of 4 adults travelling together.