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).
Tangier is on the Northern most tip of Morocco, with beaches both on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. A very continental town, its enigma is derived from its former status as an international City where the glittering rich, the playfully adventurous and the blatantly curious swarmed in to escape the humdrum realities of their lives in the USA and Europe. As the last saxophones of the Jazz age faded, Artists, writers, aristocrats and scoundrels haunted the bars on the Grand Socco.
Echo's of that ambience still remain in the steep cobbled roads that wind up from the harbour to the Grand Mosque, and the Medina is still the same maze of twisting lanes washed by the smells of mint, mimosa, fish and kiff. Tangier (or Tanger) boasts two main beaches in the town and several secluded coves and beaches within easy reach by car or taxi.
Day 1 :APT / CASABLANCA 35 km40'
Arrival at CASABLANCA Mohamed V airport, meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel. Check in, dinner and accommodation.
CASABLANCA : the "white house" in Arabic Dar El Beida : there were only white houses facing the ocean in the Anfa district. This name was given by the Spanish and Portuguese seamen or sailors who stopped there before the city was built.
Casablanca is today the economic centre and the gateway to the African and European continents, it has attracted many inhabitants and has now the most important population in Morocco. Casablanca is making a "lifting" with a new corniche and new avenues with a new design...
Day 2 : CASABLANCA / RABAT 100 km 1 :30 / TANGIER 280 km 3:00
After breakfast, 8.45 sightseeing tour of CASABLANCA the business capital of the kingdom.
Private sightseeing tour of Casablanca with optional entrance to the fantastic Hassan II mosque representing the best of the Moroccan architectural handicraft designs
Mohamed V Square, United Nations Square, Arab League Park : drive by
The Habbous district : walk there (if not seen the day before)
Hassan II Mosque optional 12 eur per pax outside view included
The Corniche Boulevard : stop there at AinDiabCorniche lined with swimming pools and gastronomic restaurants
Anfa : drive there through the most luxurious villas in Casablanca, it was in one of these hilltop houses in 1943, that Churchill and Roosevelt met to plan the Allied landings in Normandy.
Then drive to Rabat, short sightseeing tour: visit of the main monuments
At present capital of the kingdom of Morocco, this city was built by orthodox Muslim Arabs who came from Spain and decided to settle near the Chellah necropolis whose origins stretch back to the Phoenician and Roman era. It was developed and enhanced under the reign of the Almohade king Yacoub El Mansour, who had elected Rabat to become its capital.
Rabat is a garden city with distinctive trees; its elegance combines ancient history with modern culture. We'll start the city tour with:
Dar El Makhzen (Royal Palace) outside view
Hassan Tower walk there by its esplanade
Mohamed V Mausoleum interior visit
Garden of the Oudayaswalk in its garden
Then lunch at a local restaurant in Rabat
Then continue the drive to Tangier via Larache and Asilah
Then check-in at the riad dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : TANGIER
Once an international city, Tangier has a special character that sets it apart from other Moroccan cities. It has drawn artists and writers, from Henri Matisse to Paul Bowles and writers of the Beat generation. Tangier's port, dominated by the medina, is the main link between Africa and Europe.
This city is becoming more and more beautiful with its flowers… The history of Tangier has been shaped by the sea and by its strategic location on the Straits of Gibraltar.
After breakfast, sightseeing of this mythic city Tangier
Departure towards Cape Spartel, where the Mediterranean sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Free time to enjoy the fabulous view at the farthest Northwest point of Africa.
Continuing to the Caves of Hercules and visit.
Drive back to downtown
Lunch at a local restaurant by the Kasbah for a beautiful view of the whole city
Then visit of the Mendoubia gardens, then onto the Medina (old town) for a walk ending at the Gran Socco (big market)
Back to the hotel. Dinner & overnight
Day 4 : TANGIER / CHAOUEN / FES 303 km 4:30
Transfer to Fes
Drive to Fez via Chaouena charmant small city all white and blue
Lunch there at a local restaurant.
End pm arrive at Fes, Check in at your hotel. Dinner & overnight
Day 5 : 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 labor in the age-old oriental tradition.
Discovery of this interesting medina, old city with its well organized handicrafts offering attractive souks and the main monuments that remember the story of this intellectual city where Islam begun.
The Mellah (Jewish quarter) walk there on pm end of the visit
The Medina interesting walk there and possibility to make shopping
Medersa Bou Inaniainteriorvisit
The Karaouyine Mosque non muslims are not admited outside view
The Palaces of Fez El Bali
The modern city drive by
Lunch at an Arab Palace. Continue sightseeing in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight
Day 6 : FES / MARRAKECH 470 km 6 :30 Breakfast, departure for MARRAKESH 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 at BENI MELLAL, then continuation to Marrakesh.
Arrival end pm, check-in, and dinner and overnight.
Day 7 : MARRAKECH
Breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to MARRAKESH's sighseeing, 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.
09.00 Sightseeing tour of Marrakech: the monuments in the morning and Jemaa El Fna square in the afternoon
Monuments: Menara, Koutoubia, Bahia Palace interior visit and the Saadian Tombs interior
After lunch at hotel HB, continue with sightseeing the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square.
Dinner at leisure at an Arab palace in the medina
Day 8 : MARRAKECH - AIRPORT CASABLANCA 250 km 3 :00
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your return flight.
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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.