Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by our driver / guide. Depending on arrival time, you can visit the city of Casablanca ("the white city"). Begin with an orientation tour through its broad avenues, stroll through the narrow streets of the medina, the United Nations Square, the Place Mohammed V, the Central Market District Endowment, Boulevard of the Corniche, and Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world. It contains many beautiful works of art, and it is one of the rare mosques that is opened to non-Muslims. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.
After Casablanca, we drive to Rabat to discover the AlMouahidine civilization by visiting Challah, Hassan Tower, and Kasbah Oudayas without forgetting the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum Mohamed V. After lunch in Rabat, we drive to Meknes (Morocco's capital in 17th century). Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a Riad or Hotel.
In the morning, we start our visit in this imperial city (Meknes) with Heri Essouani, the granaries of Moulay Ismail, designed to store feed for 12,000 horses for up to 21 years; the Bassin De L'agdal, a water reservoir built to supply water not only to the palace but to the entire city as well. Habs Qara, a section of Moulay Ismail, was used as an underground prison for Christian sailors captured by pirates and used as forced labor for many of Moulay Ismail's grandiose projects. The sultan mausoleum is a calm sanctuary with beautiful curved archways and Zellige tile work. Currently, Meknes is home to the Haras de Meknes, one of the largest national stud ranches and stables. After lunch, depart to Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun to enjoy the wonderful nature of the region that is known for agriculture and farms of olive trees and grapes. Stop by the Roman ruins of Volubilis (UNESCO-listed world heritage site). Then we continue our journey to Fez, where you can enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a Riad or Hotel.
In the morning, your guide and driver will take you on a tour of the medina ramparts (2 hours). First, you will visit Fes El Jadid (14th century section), the Jewish quarter (Mellah), and the famous tour of the royal palace. Then, we continue to the Borj Nord for a panoramic view and end your outside tour in the pottery section, where you will visit the artisans making mosaics and tiles. Later, you can explore, with an expert, the old medina called Fes El Bali (9th century section). You will visit one of the famous Madrassa (Quranic school) of the 14th century, the tanneries, the Najjarine (Carpenters) Souk, the Nejjarine Fountain and Fondouk, and the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II, the founder of Fez. Enjoy lunch in a Moroccan restaurant.
The tour starts with an early departure from Fez to Merzouga via the Middle Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a nice drive through Berber villages. Stop in the beautiful city of Ifrane (known as "Moroccan Switzerland "), continue to Azrou, the famous cedar forest where you can see the monkeys, and pause in Midelt city, where you can have lunch. After lunch, we continue to Arfoud through Ziz Valley (a nice panoramic view with scenery of the oasis). On the drive from Arfoud to the dunes, you will see some nomadic Berber tribes. Arrive in Merzouga, where the camels are waiting for you for an adventurous ride to see and admire the magical moment of the sunset. You will enjoy your dinner with Berber folklore in the open air and you will sleep in a traditional Berber tent.
Early in the morning, wake up to enjoy the sunrise, then we will return to the Auberge. Visit the village of Khamlia and its surrounding area, then we hit the road, seeing the spectacular Todra Gorges. We will have lunch there and take a walk through the Gorge and explore the area. We will stay overnight in the Auberge.
In the morning, we depart towards Ouarzazate via Kalaat M'gouna City, where the Festival of Roses takes place every year. Have lunch in this area, then continue to Ouarzazate through the Dades Valley, the Valley of Roses, and Skoura. Stop in to visit the Kasbah Ameridil. Afterwards, you go to visit the largest Kasbah Taourirt, inside Ouarzazate. Have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel or a traditional kasbah.
Today your visit begins by the Moroccan gardens of Yves Saint Laurent, further exploring Koutoubia, historic sites, monuments, and the medina and its lively souks. Visit the Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, which bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in France in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated art nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947, the son opened his gardens to the public and, during this time, also painted a magnificent ceiling at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with exquisite gardens, and where Alfred Hitchcock wrote “The Birds”.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque and gardens, as well as the Jewish Mellah, founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdellah. The Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech. Shop in the old Spice market.
Visit Bahia palace and the Saadian tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the Sultan Ahmed al Mansour (1578-1603). The tombs were only recently discovered in 1917 and were restored by the beaux-arts service.
You will be departing Morocco today. We hope you had a magical time with us and thank you for choosing Fuma Tour Travel to assist you during your visit to our beautiful country!
The prices are dependent upon the accommodations
|Duration:||9 Day / 8 Night|
|lOCATION:||Casablanca - Marrakech - Fez - Meknes - Merzouga - Todgha Gorges|