MOROCCO IMPERIAL CITIES TOUR
An interesting tour with private guide, and deluxe vehicle with English speaking driver. Explore the Imperial cities Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech As important centers of trade and culture in the Middle Ages, Fes, Meknes, Marrakesh, and Rabat played decisive roles in the Imperial expansion, first of the Arabs, coming from Middle East, and later from Almohades and Berbers first inhabitants of Morocc.
DAY 1, CASABLANCA
Morning arrival and assistance by your host at Mohammed V Airport. transfer to the hotel, dinner and over night.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA / RABAT: 90 Km
After breakfast , sightseeing tour of Casablanca. "Principal city in Morocco and capital in all but administration" Casablanca is now the largest port of the Maghreb - busier even than Marseille seaport, the city on which it was modeled by the French. Your visit will include the central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the Hassan II Mosque. Optional sea food lunch at the Corniche in Ain Diab (coast line).
Afternoon departure to Rabat, the capital of the nation. Check in at your hotel, optional Rabat by night, dinner and over night at the hotel
Day 3, RABAT / MEKNES / FES: 180 Km
After breakfast, quick visit the national capital, This city in many ways is what you would expect: elegant in its spacious European in self conscious in Its very civilized modern ways. Our visit begins in the Medina with the Kasbah of the Oudayas. Visit the venerated Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the Mosque, and the ramparts and walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace. Departure to Meknes via Volubilis and Moulay Idris. This excursion embodies much of Morocco's early history - Volubilis as Its Roman provincial capital, Moulay Idris in the creation of the country's first Arab dynasty then continue to Fez . Dinner and overnight at your scheduled hotel.
DAY 4, FES:
After breakfast, full-day tour of the city of Fes, The Holy City of Fes is a jewel of Spanish-Arabic civilization. Fes does not reveal its secrets easily. Secretive, shadowy, they need to be discovered little by little, with reverence. Only in this way can the splendors of Medrsa architecture be fully appreciated. Only in this way will the call of the medina tempt you. Bustling with artisans and merchants, its captivating sounds, fragrances and colors mesmerize the visitor with a constant swirl of activity. The city of Moulay Idriss 1st, sanctuary of human and moral sciences. The great À Karaouiyne University bas for eleven centuries been a religions and intellectual center whose influence bas spread far beyond the Kingdom's boundaries. In 789, a pick-axe of silver and gold -"fas" in Arabic - was presented to Idriss 1st to use in tracing the outlines of the city. Hence the name of the city, which lies at the far eastern end of the plain of Saïss, bordered to the south by the hills outlying the Atlas Mountains. Cradle of religions, cultural and artistic traditions, Fes, the double city, is the kingdom's spiritual capital. The Andalusia mosque, dating from the 9th century, and further embellished by successive rulers, is accessed through a mighty door of sculpted cedar. An imposing minaret decorated with green faiences crowns the Rsif Mosque. The Medersas around the Karaouiyne Mosque, former lodging houses for students coming from outside the city, attest the importance of its thousand years of history. In the Medina, a labyrinth of sloping, winding alleyways are crammed full of stalls and workshops. This is the famed Kissaria -the commercial center. A multitude of locally produced goods are on sale in this incredible maze-cotton fabric, silk, brocade work, slippers, and many more.
The craftsmen of the El Attarine souks offer the visitor a non-stop spectacle. For hundreds of years such work bas been regulated by traditional guilds, ensuring that its quality is worthy of the city. Each district has its own specialty : cobalt blue enameled pottery, carpets, wrought iron ... one looks on as the dyer stirs his yarns, steeped in their multitude of colors, as the tanner tramples his skins under an open sky -skins that the leather-worker will eventually adorn with fine gilt for book-binding . Leaving the souks through the Boujeloud gate with its decoration of green and blue faiences, the riches contained in the wonderful Museum of Moroccan Art await one Optional lunch at the Medina and shopping in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 5: FES / BENI MELLAL / MARRAKECH (485 km)
After breakfast, departure to Marrakech passing by the ski resort of Ifrane, the village of Azrou, Famous for its handy-craft and the Cedar Woods of the Middle Atlas. Lunch in Beni Mellal, This famous Berber city is one of the Agricultural centres of Morocco. Arrival to Marrakech in the late afternoon, check-in at the hotel. Optional dinner at a Typical Moroccan restaurant with orient show. Accommodation at the hotel.
DAY 6, MARRAKECH
After breakfast, full-day tour of Marrakech. Historic visit of Marrakech will include the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowers, reflecting the image of a beautiful Moorish construction built in 1866 for the dignitaries. See glorious sunsets with the Atlas mountains as a backdrop. Also, the pool is a functional irrigation system to the surrounding areas. The tour will see several impressive sights: The Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain), the Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century, were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917. Other sites include: the museum of Dar Si Said with the best display of Berber arts and crafts to be found; the remains of the Badii Palace, a historical monument chosen to host the annual National Festival of Popular Art, beginning the second Friday in June. The Bahia Palace still hosts dignitaries in the heart of the Mellah (Jewish quarter) today. Lunch at the hotel then a walk through the colorful souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Conclude the day with a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square. Optional dinner at "Chez Ali" under Berber tents with fantasia show. Over night at the hotel.
DAY 7, MARRAKECH / CASABLANCA:
After breakfast, Morning at leisure, depart to Casablanca, Dinner and over night at your hotel
Day 8 Casablanca/ Airport
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home with a memorable trip of life time
1/ Accommodation at first class hotels
a/ Transportation by deluxe vehicle with A/C according to the number of people traveling
A/local guides in each major city.
b/ Entrance fee to monuments.|
Tips for luggage handling:
a/ Only at the airport and hotels
a/ Daily; breakfast and choice in-between lunch or dinner.
5/ our full assistance:
6/ all applicable taxes
Not included unless if stated other ways"
1/ Discounted Air fares: Available by request
CTT strongly recommends its clients to buy insurance.
b / Tips to guides, drivers, laundry, phone calls , room service