MOROCCO IMPERIAL CITIES & SAHARA TOURS
This custom tour features your private guide, driver and deluxe vehicle. Discover the culture and cuisine of the city of Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and the Sahara desert including Erfoud , Merzouga, and Ouarzazate.
DAY 1, CASABLANCA / RABAT (70 Km)
Morning arrival and assistance by your host at Mohammed V Airport. transfer to the hotel then 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. 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. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Rabat
DAY 2, RABAT / MEKNES / FES. ( 180 Km )
After breakfast, Departure to Meknes via Volubilis and Moulay Idris. his 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 Fes . Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Fes.
DAY 3, FES.
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. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Fes
DAY 4, FES / AZROU / MIDELT / ERFOUD. ( 421 Km)
After breakfast In the morning an enjoyable drive across The atlas maintains, the first hills you see of the Middle Atlas seem surprisingly un-Moroccan. There are evergreen pines. tall cedar trees on the peaks and poplars on the foot hills. The road across is almost ceremonial.
Azrou, the first real town of the Middle Atlas stands at a major junction of routes. It is an important market center, and has long held a strategic role in controlling the Berbers of the mountains.
Midelt: you have left the Middle Atlas behind. Suddenly, through the haze, appear the much greater peaks of the High Atlas rising sheer behind the town to a massive range, the Dgebel Ayashi at over 12000ft. The drama of that sight, tremendous in the clear, cool noon, is the most compelling reason to stop over for lunch. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Erfoud.
DAY 5, ERFOUD / MERZOUGA. ( 55 Km)
Morning at leisure, then depart to Merzouga, one of the most pleasing of all southern routes, a dry, red band of desert, and then suddenly, a drop into the valley filled with date palm trees. Check in with the Touarge host, lunch and dinner and over night under nomad tents.
DAY 6, MERZOUGA / OUARZAZATE ( 143 Km)
An early wake up call for sunrise excursion to Dunes. An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun as it rises from the top of the golden dunes, a spectacular view of the Sahara which no words can describe. Back to the tent for special Breakfast with the Touargees people, then continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani by your 4X4 Land Rover. Early afternoon depart to Tinghir ,The highest and the narrowest gorges in the region are Todra's, only 15 km from Tinghir. Traveling through the Dades valley in spring you will find the bloom of thousands of Persian roses - cultivated as hedgerows dividing the plots. Thousands of Kasbahs scattered along the Dades river through El Kalaa Del Mgouna and Boumaine. Lunch at a local restaurant located at the feet of cayons. Continuation to Ouarzazate. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Ouarzazate.
DAY 7, OUARZAZATE / ZAGORA / OUARZAZATE ( 171 Km)
1/ After early breakfast Today’s adventures include a day trip into Zagora and surrounding regions you will have the chance to view the 12th century vellum copies of the Koran and historical documents at one of the oldest library in Morocco. Optional lunch in Tamgroute. Return to Ouarzazate for the rest of the evening.
2/ After a relaxing breakfast, visit to the carefully TAOURIRT KASBAH, where outstanding views of the fortified town and valley can be seen from the terrace. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Ouarzazate.
DAY 8, OUARZAZATE/ MARRAKECH ( 204 Km)
After breakfast, tour of Ouarzazate. Continue on to Marrakech with a visit to AIT BENHADDOU. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 9, 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. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 10, MARRAKECH.
Morning devoted to discovering the rest of historical sights. Shopping Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 11, MARRAKECH / AIRPORT :
End of 11 days tour: after breakfast depart to airport for your scheduled flight back home with a memorable trip of a life time
Imperial cities and Sahara tour 14 days continues ...
DAY 11, MARRAKECH / OURIKA / MARRAKECH ( 50 Km)
Excursion to the Ourika Valley where we will visit Berber souks and Jewish Shrines. Lunch, then an afternoon of shopping. Return to Marrakech for overnight at your scheduled hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 12, MARRAKECH / ESSAOUIRA: ( 176 Km)
Departure to Essaouira (Mogador), a part from the immediate impact of sea air and the friendly animation of the town, the predominant images of Essaouira are of the Atlantic - of the rugged coast and offshore islands, the vast expense of empty sands trailing back along the promontory to the south, and the almost gothic scenery of the eighteen century fortifications. Lunch at Chalet de la Mer. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Essaouira.
DAY 13, ESSAOUIRA / EL JADIDA / CASABLANCA : (359 Km)
After breakfast departure to Casablanca via El Jadida stop at El Oualidia. Relay and seafood lunch . Departure along the coastline to El Jadida - visit of the citadel. vestige of the Portuguese occupation during the 11th century. Continuation to Casablanca. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Casablanca.
DAY 14, CASABLANCA / AIRPORT MOHAMMED V :
Morning departure to Mohammed V Airport with a memorable trip of a life time
a/ Accommodation in 4 * or 5* hotel hotels according to interest in travel.
by deluxe private Cars with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide: for :02 people.
b/ Transportation by a Siat mini Van or similar (06 seats) with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide, for : 03 - 05 people.
c/Transportation by Mercedes van 308 ( 09 seats bus) with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide, - for : 06 - 08 people
d/Transportation By Ford transit ( 12 seats) with A/ C and a professional English speaking driver as a guide for: 9 to 10 people.
e/Camel trek f/ 4X4 drive for the sunrise in Merzouga
a/local guides in each major city .
b/ Entrance fee to all monuments.
Tips for luggage handling:
a/ at the airport and hotels
a/ Half board; daily breakfast and choice in between lunch and dinner at the hotels, according to you program.
d/Full board , breakfast, lunch and dinner under tent in Merzouga.
Our full assistance :
All applicable taxes
" Not included unless if stated other ways"
1/ Air fare: Discounted air fares from all major cities in USA to Casablanca and beyond are available by request
2/ travel insurance
3 / Tips : tips to guides and drivers, laundry, phone calls from the hotel, room service charges, and all other charges beyond our tour package.