Splendors of Morocco: 9 nights-10-days tour
group of 2 people
group of 4 to 5 people
Family & friends
group of 6 to 8 people
group of 9 people & up
DAY 0 to DAY 1: USA / CASABLANCA / RABAT
After your well-assisted 7-hour flight (on average) from the USA, you will arrive at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. You will be welcomed and assisted by our tour operator who will take you on a tour around Casablanca which will include central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa, the and outside of the Hassan II Mosque. Enjoy an optional seafood lunch at the Corniche in Ain Diab (coastline of Casablanca). In the afternoon, depart to Rabat, the capital of the nation, and check in at your hotel.
DAY 2: RABAT / CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast, depart to Tangier, then visit the harbour, the Grand Socco, the Petit Socco, and the Kasbah, including the Dar El Makhzen, formerly known as the sultan’s palace which is now converted into a museum. Continue on to Chefchaouen for dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
DAY 3: CHEFCHAOUEN
Nestled in the Rif Mountains of Northern Morocco, you will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the delightfully picturesque town of Chefchaouen. The town was able to retain its medieval character, rivaling Morocco’s larger cities, and is renowned as one of the most charming towns in the country.
As if you are entranced, you will wander within the soft blue labyrinth created by the tinted whitewash of the town’s homes and streets. Local artisans contentedly show their skills in carpet weaving, leather goods, pottery, copperware, and woodworking. At the heart of the medina is a 17th-century mosque that fronts a picturesque square dotted with mulberry trees and inviting restaurants that serve delicious Moroccan-Spanish fusion cuisine. A lot of family-run inns are there, ready to delight with their hospitality, architecture, and décor. The ambiance captures the free spirit of Morocco during the 1960s. The effect of all this is dreamlike, making Chefchaouen an extremely tranquil and romantic place to rest for a night or longer.
Some more ideas for travel in Chefchaouen:
- Visit the gardens of the Kashba and their small museum that has a modest collection of old arms as well as instruments, textiles, and some historical photos of the city lodges; also, there is a gallery of art within the walls.
- Head to the newer part of the city on Monday or Thursday to see the market where the people of the mountain with their traditional dresses offer their products.
- Explore small mosque of Jemaa Bouzafar from Ras el-Maa to see the setting of the sun – or its rise from the mountain directly; we recommend going in the morning with guide to enjoy the view of the magnificent nature.
DAY 4: CHEFCHAOUEN / FES
After breakfast, leave the blue city behind as you head to the holy city of Fes. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Fes.
DAY 5: FES
After breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day tour in The Holy City of Fes, a jewel of Spanish-Arabic civilization. Fes does not reveal its secrets easily. Secretive and shadowy, they need to be discovered little by little and 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 is the first sanctuary of human and moral sciences.
The great ÀL Karaouiyne University has been a religious and intellectual center for eleven centuries; its influence has spread far beyond the Kingdom’s boundaries. As a 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 was further embellished by successive rulers, is accessed through a mighty door of sculpted cedar. An imposing minaret decorated with green faiences crowns is 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 is cramped and full of stalls and workshops. This is the famed Kissaria – the commercial center. A multitude of locally produced goods is on sale in this incredible maze. There are 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 has been regulated by traditional guilds, ensuring that its quality is worthy of the city. Each district has its own specialty such as cobalt blue enameled pottery, carpets, wrought iron, etc. 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 you. Enjoy an optional lunch at the Medina and shopping in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 6: FES / MEKNES / AFOURER / (300 KM)
Via the holy city of Moulay Idriss and the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, depart to Meknes, the former Ismalian capital, famous for its 40 km long walls. Visit the Bab Mansour, the royal stables, and the Jewish quarter. After lunch, head to the Beni Mellal, passing by the Berber villages of Immouzer du Kandar and Ifrane and the cedar woods of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at your hotel in Afourer.
DAY 7: AFOURER / MARRAKECH (275 KM)
After breakfast, start a full-day tour of Marrakech. A historic visit in 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 such as the Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain) and 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 and 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 will be at the hotel, then you can have 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. There will be an optional dinner at “Chez Ali” under Berber tents with a Fantasia show (is not included in the package and needs a reservation). Stay overnight at your scheduled hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH / OURIKA / MARRAKECH
Enjoy an excursion to the Ourika Valley where we will visit the Berber souks and Jewish Shrines. Have lunch, then spend the afternoon leisurely; you can have optional shopping at the Souks. Afterward, return to Marrakech for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 9: MARRAKECH / ESSAOUIRA / EL JADIDA / CASABLANCA
Depart to Essaouira (Mogador). Apart from the immediate impact of sea air and the friendly animation of the town, the predominant images of Essaouira are of the Atlantic — picture a 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 eighteenth-century fortifications. You can have optional lunch at Chalet de la Mer in Essaouira and enjoy a camel ride along the beach. In the afternoon, you will depart to Casablanca via El Jadida and stop at El Oualidia. Relax and enjoy a seafood lunch. Stop along the coastline to El Jadida and visit the citadel. Witness the Vestige of the Portuguese occupation during the 11th century. Continue to Casablanca where you will stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: CASABLANCA / AIRPORT MOHAMMED V
In the morning, head to the Mohammed V Airport to catch your flight back to your home after having a memorable trip that you will cherish for a lifetime!
Our Services Include:
- Welcome and assistance at the Casablanca Airport
- Transportation (according to the number of participants) with an air-conditioned vehicle
- Local guides in each major city
- Monuments entrance fees as indicated in the program
- Portage of luggage only at the airports and hotels
- Assistance from our local office in Casablanca
1. Cities and Accommodations
a. Accommodation in 4-Star Hotels on HB: Daily breakfast and lunch or dinner of your choice at the hotels
b. 5-star hotels and Riads (Typical Moroccan House) are available by request
a. Half-Board (HB; only in 4-star hotels): Daily breakfast and snacks of your choice in between lunch or dinner at the indicated hotels
b. Meals in most 5-star hotels and Riads are on BB (Bed & Breakfast) only.
3. Our Full Assistance: Our local office in Casablanca is at your service as needed.
4. All applicable taxes are included.
Not included unless stated otherwise:
1. Discounted Air Fares: from all major cities in the USA to Casablanca and beyond are available by request
2. Insurance: we highly recommend for our clients to purchase an individual travel insurance; if you need assistance, please feel free to call us for more information.
3. Tips: tips to guides, drivers, laundry, phone calls, room service are beyond our package