DAY 1: MARRAKECH
►Arrival to Marrakech airport, meet & greet by your English speaking guide/assistant /driver and transfer to your hotel.►Overnight in Marrakech Hotel.
DAY 2: MARRAKECH
►Breakfast at the hotel. Full day devoted to Marrakech city tour
►Your introduction to Marrakech will begin in the Medina, the old quarter of Marrakech. From here we will explore this historically charming area by foot. In Djemma el Fna square, you will visit the famous 12th century Koutoubia Mosque and minaret.Marrakech is a city of underground channels built by the architects from Cordoba, Spain to provide water for the town and Palmery. We will drive to the Lower Medina to explore more of Marrakesh’s secrets: the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with stark towers, the ruined 16th century El Badhi palace, and the Mellah the Jewish quarter. Lunch at Leisure
►Your guide will lead you through the labyrinth streets and pathway of the Djemma el Fna. Enjoy aromatic smells, taste fresh squeezed orange juice a specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes and tanneries.►Overnight in Marrakech hotel.
DAY 3: MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA – RABAT
►After breakfast start your tour driving to Rabat via CasablancaShort orientation tour in Casablanca the business capital of the kingdom. From your transportation, you’ll see the Medina, Mohammed V square, United Nations place, the Habbous quarter, the Royal Palace, the residential area of Anfa. Punctuated by a stop on the esplanade of the mosque Hassan II new (inside visit of the mosque in option and must be scheduled in advance – closing Friday, Sunday afternoon and holidays – last visit at 13:45). Lunch at Leisure Then departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco.
►In Rabat you will see the Hassan tower, which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bouregreg. It is a gigantic mosque, emblematic of Rabat and famous for its unfinished minaret where storks nest. Next door, visit the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammed V decorated with stained glass windows, white marble and a wrought-iron entryway with a stairway leading to an impressive dome. Also on the list of New town has wide boulevards, open green spaces and avenues lined with residential blocks, a railroad, the Bank of Morocco, Museum of the Poste and the cathédrale Saint -Pierre.
►Next, your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. The kasbah was built by MoulayIsmaïl from 1672-1727 to protect of the city, and is enclosed by ramparts dating from the Almohad period. Visit Bab Oudaïa, a monumental gate and example of Almohad military architecture. Before moving out from the medina, relax in the Moorish styleAndalusian garden.
(The visit depends on your arrival time to( Casablanca & Rabat) ►Overnight in Rabat Hotel.
DAY 4: RABAT – MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FEZ
►After breakfast take way to Fez.
On your way to Fez stops to discover the fabulous VolubilisExplore the breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis (Walili: original name in Arabic). Once occupied by the Romans, Volubilis has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and gained international acclaim when Martin Scorsese made it as feature location for his film, The Last Temptation of Christ.
►Begin your visit by discovering the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. The ruins are spread out across several acres and what remains visible is several fragments of wall, parts of massive columns, the capital, the basilica and a triumphal arch. The ruins reveal how the Roman Empire transformed the original Carthaginian settlement into a typical Roman city complete with mansions, a town center, a triumphal arc and temples devoted to the Roman gods.
Continue to Meknes…
► Arrival in Meknes and begin your tour of Meknes at Bab Mansour. First we will pass through the triumphal arch. Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the medina and the kasbah. The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).
►You will stop and visit the Museum Dar Jamaï, a museum showing modern Moroccan arts, woodwork, ceramics, carpets, costumes, jewelry and metalwork. The sophisticated building was once a palace incorporating a mosque, Menzah (pavilion), courtyard, kitchen and hammam.
►Next we will visit the Bouanania Medersa to explore the beautiful Koranic school established by the Merinids in the 14th century. Opposite of the Medersa, see the Grand Mosque.
►Browse Rue de Souks, a street filled with hardware merchants (akarir), corn chandlers (bezzazine) and metalsmiths (haddadin). Next visit the En-Nejjarine Mosque, a 12th century Almohad built structure. Before moving on ,to see the square towers and zellijtilework of Bab el-Berdaïne gateway, catch the action of Ed-DlalaKissaria.
Drive to Fez, Check in and stay to your hotel. ►Overnight in Fez Hotel.
DAY 5: FEZ
►Breakfast at the hotel then proceed with a full day tour of Fez.Start with the Fez el- Bali through the symmetrical horse shoe arches at Bab Boujeloud (The Blue Gate). Fès -el Bali, best characterized as a sea of rooftops embellished with minarets and domes, is too narrow for cars. Aside from walking, donkeys and mules are still the best way to travel within the cities old walls.
►Upon entering to the main street of the medina named TalaaKebira, you will see lines of shops covered by canopies. Make your way to the Karaouiyine Mosque. Located in the Karaouiyine quarter, the mosque is one of the oldest in the world and functioned as the first university in Morocco. After your visit, continue along the streets which will lead you to some of Fes’ most important buildings including Dar el- Magana, a fourteenth century water clock and Zaouia el Tijaniya, containing the tomb of Ahmed el Tijani, who spread his infamous doctrine Tariqq el- Tijaniya (The Way) throughout Morocco.
►We will also stop to visit the Ech Cherabliyine Masjid (Mosque of the Slipper makers) then browse the souks selling henna, slippers, caftans, silks, jewelry and spices. ►Next onto the UNESCO recognized site, Fondouk el- Najjarine. Within the foundouk’s three floors is the Wood Museum , which displays carved doors from the Bouaanania Medersa.
►After lunch (not included) you will visit the Museum Dar el- Batha to view the great collection of pottery, leather-work, wood, books and manuscripts from the nineteenth century.
►Next, enter Bab el Ftouh, the “Gateway of the Aperture” to explore the Andalusia quarter, a residential part of the medina full of monuments. Our last part of the tour will take you into the Fez el Jedid, a kasbah which functioned as Morocco’s administrative center until 1912. Explore the royal palace and many interesting quarters including the Moulay Abdalllah Quarter, the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and a little farther down south lies Ville Nouvelle (The New quarter).
►Overnight in Fez hotel.
Day 6: FES -IFRANE – BENI MELLAL
►After breakfast. Departure for a long step towards Marrakech through the mountain landscapes of the Middle Atlas from Ifrane, nice small mountain town located in the heart of a forest of cedars and surrounded by rivers, and winter Lunch at Leisure. Continuation on Azrou then Beni Mellal. You will visit the source Ain Asserdoun in Beni Mellal..
►Dinner & Overnight in Bine el ouidane hotel.
Day 7: BENI MELLAL- BINE EL OUIDANE -MARRAKECH
►After Breakfast. Departure to Marrakech .
►In option: Tour of the magnificent site of the waterfalls of Ouzoud, largest waterfalls of Morocco surrounded by forests of olive trees. It is not uncommon to see the monkeys of the Atlas in the morning. Visit to a mill: 25€/pax lunch at Leisure.
After arrival to Marrakech you can choose one the of the options below. otherways reste of the day at leisure.
►Optional on-site in Marrakech: carriage ride in the Palm Grove – 20 Euro per pax ►Optional on-site dinner Fantasia Chez Ali – 45 Euros / pax.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH …DEPARTURE
►Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Marrakech airport for your departure flight. (Pick up time according your flight details)
This ends your Morocco travel experience.
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