MOROCCO IMPERIAL CITIES / 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA AIRPORT
Depending on your flight schedule, our driver will be waiting for you at the gates. You will be transported to your hotel, and enjoy mint tea before we set off to discover Casablanca - the economical hub of Morocco. Unlike the movie, Casablanca is a modern city with a blend of Moorish and European décor and architecture. We visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque located right on the Atlantic. We lunch at Rick’s Café and then walk around the malls to discover some contemporary Moroccan products and deisgns. Dinner and overnight at your hotel or Riad.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA – RABAT
After breakfast, we explore RABAT, learning about its history and enjoying its majestic domes, minarets, the green parks and long funky boulevards. Follow your guide to the Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. The kasbah was built by the reign of the Almohad's Dynasty to protect the city. Visit Bab Oudaïa, a majestic gate that gives you a taste of the Almohad's architecture. After lunch in a hip Rabati restaurant, we discover the Musee de Oudaïa, MoulayIsmaïl’s Palace - exhibiting collections of Moroccan folk art, and then make our way to the Medina of the Capital. Dinner and overnight at your hotel or Riad.
DAY 3 Rabat – FES
Today we head to the ancient city of Fes. After checkin at your Riad, we start by an outdoor visit of the Royal Palace, and also the Jewish Quarter with houses with forged, unique iron balconies. Then, we visit the magnificient Bab Boujeloud and Mellah. We'll lunch at a typical Fessi restaurant to discover the cuisine of the region. After, we head back for a typical Moroccan spa treatment to relax and take life at your own pace before decovering more of Fes tomorrow.
DAY 4 FES SIGHTSEEING
Sip your coffee on your terrace overlooking the majestic Medina walls and the Atlas Mountains in the distance. After breakfast, you'll visit the ancient Al-Qarawiyyin University. Once a mosque, the building has a rich history and commanding architectural presence. The story of Al Karawiyyin University dates back to the 9th century when a wealthy family who left their original city Al kairouan (Tunisia) settled in Fez. After the death of the family’s father, Mohamed Ben Abdullah Al Fihri - a successful merchant, his only two daughters Meriam and Fatima inherited his gigantic fortune. Fatima - known as Ummou Al Banin, meaning mothers of sons, dedicated her wealth with the approval of the Idrissi King Yahya I to build the mosque for her community. Fez is surrounded with a large wall from the medieval Marinid era, vibrant souks and medina streets almost like a labyrinth. Your guide will take you to visit one of the biggest tanneries in the country, still using traditional methods. The rooftop of the tanneries offers a panoramic view of the Medina and the surrounding mountains. We escape the hustle and discover the pottery factories; the souk, the Square and the NejjarineFountain, and outdoor views of the Karaouyine Mosque in heart of the Medina. The narrow streets are a maze of every imaginable craft and food stall. You'll need to watch out for the donkeys. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
DAY 5 MEKNES & VOLUBULIS
Today for our excursion we head to Morocco’s most preserved Roman town, Volubilis, dating back to the 300 B.C and considered the oldest Moroccan city according to excavations. The city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Our next stop is the nearby MoulayIsmael Mausoleum - the holiest site that holds a special value in the hearts of the Moroccan people. It was the place where MoulayIsmael settled after bringing the Religion of Islam from the east. Later, we travel to Meknes, also called the “Moroccan Versailles”. It is an imperial city with Spanish-Moorish architecture, surrounded by huge stone walls with ancient historic doors. We head back to Fez for your dinner and hotel.
DAY 6 MARRAKECH – FES
Today, a big drive ahead of us, we travel throught the Atlas Mountains to reach the Red City. A favorite road trip for many, we travel the most scenic roads of Morocco. Enjoy the views and stop by a local village to discover handmade products and taste some typical Moroccan cuisine before reaching Marrakech late for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 Marrakech Monuments
After breakfast, we go back in time to discover the mysteries of Marrakech. We begin at the Bahia Palace, known for its incredible gardens. Built in the 19th century to be one of the greatest palaces of its time, it derives its name from a word meaning brilliance. Meandering the Medina we set off in the direction of the highest building in Marrakech - the Koutoubia Mosque, known as the mosque of the booksellers. Follow your guide through the minarets while he explains to you the history of this marvel. Later we take mint tea at sunset to enjoy the golden views of the Jamaa El Fna Square. Next, its off to the Ben Youssef Madrassa Koranic School, named after the Almoravid Sultan who made Marrakech a well-known place worldwide. Once done, we will head to the Jewish Mellah to shop for the best leather and pottery Morocco can offer.
DAY 8 MARRAKECH GARDENS
Of course you can stroll easily around the streets of old and modern Marrakech or go back in time riding like a king and queen in a horse drawn buggy. Visit the famous Majorelle Gardens. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. The new owners decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and they undertook the restoration of the garden in order to make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of original owner Jacques Majorelle. Walk around the cactus trees and visit the new museum to discover the berber heritage of the country. Once done, head for the Menara gardens and enjoy a first class lunch overlooking the Marrakech city life. Head back to your hotel for a 5-star dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 DEPARTURE
We hope you have enjoyed your stay in our extraordinary country, and that one day you will return. .Depending on your flight, we will escort you to the airport and wish you a safe flight home.
Included in your Trip
-Transportaion by Van or 4X4 with fuel for entire journey equipped by an air-conditioning system
-Mineral water in the car
Not Included in your Trip
-Alcoholic or soft drinks
-Entrance fees to the museums and historical monuments mentioned below (optional)