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.
Day 1 :Casablanca / 40 Km 45'
Arrival at Mohamed V airport, meet and greet by our local representative/guide.
Transfer to the hotel in Casablanca.
Check in at hotel dinner and overnight.
Day 2 : Casablanca / Rabat 100 km 1:30
After breakfast, short orientation tours of Casablanca the business capital of
the kingdom. From your coach you'll see the Medina, Mohammed V square, United Nations place, the Habbous quarter, the Royal Palace, the residential area of Anfa. (The magnificent Hassan II Mosque will be seen the last day).
Then departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. Sightseeing of the "Imperial Garden City" with its main monuments Oudayas garden and Hassan Tower and its Mausoleum,
Check in at hotel, dinner and overnight
Day 3 : Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis /Fez 250 km
After breakfast, drive to Meknes and a quick tour of this "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 and Moulay Ismail.
Lunch at leisure
Afternoon drive 25 km to 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. Drive direct 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 with its medersaBouAnania, Nejjarine fountain. You will also explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labor in the age-old oriental tradition.Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon,Visit of the new city "Fes Jdid" with the Mellah. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Fes / Midelt/ Erfoud 490 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 at leisure in Midelt.
Then continuation via the Ziz canyons a spectacular route offering wonderful scenery of the Atlas.
Continuation to Erfoud, at arrival check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Optional excursion by 4X4 jeeps with drivers to Erg Chebbi to witness the sun rise on the sandy dunes of Merzouga.
Day 6 : Erfoud/Tineghir / Ouarzazate335 km
Breakfast at the hotel, then Departure to Tineghir with numerous stops to take pictures of the wonderful and unique landscapes.
Lunch at leisure in Tineghir
Then, continue to Ouarzazate by Todra Canyon, the valley of Dadès called "the valley of roses and thousand of Kasbahs"
Check in at hotel in Ouarzazate. Dinner & and overnight.
Day 7 : Ouarzazate /Marrakech 200 km 4:00 drive
Breakfast and city tour of Ouarzazate including the main Kasbahs:
• Kasbah Taourirtin the city
This former Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town, on the road to ErRachidia, is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs of Morocco. It consists of a maze of luxury apartments, simple clay houses and crenelated towers which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs. Part of the fortified village is open to the public.
Then continuation 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".
The fortified village of AïtBenhaddou has been classified by UNESCO as one of the world's cultural treasures. It is studded with crenelated 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 Drive to Marrakesh via TizinTichka Pass the highest pass in Morocco Mountain spectacular route offering wonderful scenery of the Atlas and the Taddert
Lunch at leisure either at Benhaddou or in Marrakech
Check in at hotel dinner and overnight at hotel in Marrakech
Day 8 : Marrakech
Breakfast at hotel and 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.
In the morning, you will visit the Menara Gardens, Koutoubia mosque from outside,-and the famous Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs
Lunch at hotel (Breakfast & Dinner)
Afternoon, visit of the souks and the famous JemaaFna Place
The Souks: It is a riot of color, noise and activity, a wealthy storehouse of all the treasures of this vast and varied country. They are grouped in corporations. Thus you will find all the silver merchants in one corner, all the gold merchants in another, and rows of stalls selling exclusively leatherwork or copper goods or jewelry. The real fascination is to watch the craftsmen at work, gilding on leather, or inlaying with enamel the sheaths of ornate silver daggers, hammering out copper, embroidering silks or smoothing out the surface of a cedar wood table.
The great square of Jemaa El Fna is the centre of medina life both day and night. By day, it is a market and gathering place with stalls selling fresh orange juice, nuts and dried fruit lining half the massive square. From lunchtime onwards, there is a scattering of entertainers and sales people but it is at dusk that it really comes into its own. At 1700, a clatter of carts announces the arrival of the food stalls, which cook up every variety of vegetables, fish and meat. It is now that performers of every kind, including snake charmers, singers, musicians, story tellers and acrobats, fill the square. They are joined by the healers and fakirs with pots of herbs ready to dispense cures for any ailment imaginable. The crowds are mainly Moroccans; this is not a spectacle just for the tourists. It offers a glimpse of medina life that has changed little since medieval times. Visitors should take plenty of loose change to the Jemaa El Fna, as the performers do expect some material expression of appreciation in addition to applause.
Dinner at leisure and Overnight at hotel
Day 9 : Marrakech / airport 6 km 15' drive
Transfer to airport Menara for your return flight
Assistance to boarding formalities.
End of our services.
Package starts from Euro 595 per person Your package price includes the following:
Hotel accommodation as per itinerary in select 4 star hotels.
Daily breakfast & Dinner.
Meeting & assistance by our local office representative upon arrival & departure.
A national qualified guide accompanying the group since their arrival to their departure
The sightseeing with entrance to the main monuments
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.