Morocco Imperial Cities Tour
Day 1 : Casablanca Airport
You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes
Sightseeing includes the big Mosque which is the famous sight in Casablanca . Orientation tour of Rabat includes Minarets, Mosques and ancient architecture. Then on the way to Meknes .
Day 3 : Meknes - Volubilis - Chefchaouen
Discover one of Morocco's four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom .
Visit the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts.
Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex. In the afternoon drive to Chefchaouen.
Day 4 : Chefchaouen - Fes
After breakfast you will have half day to explore Chefchaouen, the largest town in Morocco's Rif region, is an excellent place to get away from the hubbub of Morocco's imperial cities and enjoy an unhurried day or two. Located in northern Morocco, the town is referred to simply as " Chaouen " by the locals and is known for its picturesque medina, access to the mountains and an abundance of kif. These factors have made Chefchaouen a popular stop on the backpacker itinerary, but all types of tourists come to the town to explore its architecture, learn about Berber culture and take pleasure in its natural setting.
Day 5 : Guided visit of Fes
I- A TOUR OUTSIDE OLD MEDINA
In the Fez Walking tour, our professional Guide will pick you up from your Hotel/ Riad and drive you in an air-conditioned vehicle towards the imperial Fez city. The first part of our tour will be outside the Medina, starting by the wonderful Royal Palace with its seven gates that are made of copper, adorned with marble and Mosaic. Then, we will visit the old Jewish Quarter - goes back to 17th Century- and the charming Sbil garden so as to benefit from the fresh air there. After that, our guide will lead you to discover the most beautiful panoramic views of the Marinid tower from where you will see the whole old medina of Fez city. And finally, we will finish the outside tour by visiting the apprentice school of Fez pottery and mosaic.
I- WALKING TOUR INSIDE THE OLD MEDINA
Fez Walking Tour is going to be headed directly inside the old Medina. Starting with the largest and oldest Tannery in Africa, where workers use merely natural colors to produce high quality of leathers which will be turned later on to wonderful goods made by professional craftsmen.
Then, you will explore some Islamic schools like Al-Qarawiyyin University; the first School/Mosque built in Morocco. It has a special prestige and incredible influence On Fez development. Then, we will move to other schools like Medersa Bouanania (founded in AD 1351-56 by Sultan Abu Inan Faris) that is widely known as an excellent example of superb Marinid architecture and finally Medersa Al-Attarine which was created by Sultan Uthman II Abu Said.
Day 6 : Fes - Ifrane - Middle atlas - Marrakech
Depart Fes to head for Marrakech. En route, stop in Ifrane and in Beni Mellal, a town surrounded by orange and olive groves. The nearby Bin-el-Ouidane Dam keeps the groves and other cultivated crops like Beetroot and sugarcane well watered. Enjoy a traditional Berber lunch in Beni Mellal. Located at the foot of the Middle Atlas Moutains, Beni Mellal is on the edge of the great Tadla Plain where cereals are cultivated. The town has an interesting history of also being called Day and Kasba Belkouche and was inhabited by the Berbers and Jews before the arrival of Islam. In the 13th century Beni Mellal stood on the border between the kingdoms of Fes and Marrakech, which were the objects of dispute between the Merinid and Almohad dynasties.
Day 7 : Marrakech Guided visit
In the morning, visit to Marrakech, founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century. We highlight: the minaret of the koutoubia, symbol of the city and authentic jewel of Almohad art, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Medina and the famous Jemaa el Fna square, where a crowd of vendors, acrobats and Storytellers Free afternoon.
Day 8 : Excursion to Essaouira
Departure at 8 am. After about 3 hours, we reach the ancient port of Mogador, built by the Portuguese in a narrow peninsula with a huge sand crescent. Perfectly sheltered by stunning French-built walls of the eighteenth century, the city is largely pedestrian and is divided into various districts for design in grid form. From the top of Skala you can see the colorful fishing port and Spanish fortresses and guns.
Essaouira is also famous for its fine handicrafts, especially wooden objects (tuya) perfectly interspersed with lemon wood, ebony, nacre or copper or silver threads. If you like fish, enjoy a meal in the port. Evening return to Marrakech.
Day 9 : Marrakech Airport
Transfer to the airport to depart on the return flight from Marrakech. End of our services.
Included in the Tour :
- Transportation in 4x4 vehicles
- Vehicle fuels.
- Accommodation on half board (dinner and breakfast) in hotel.
- Camel ride and night in berber tents
Not Included :
Drinks at meals.