FABULOUS FORTNIGHT Casablanca to Casablanca

15 Days/14 Nights

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Highlights:

* Take in Casablanca Hassan II mosque

* Visit Morocco’s capital – Rabat

* View the Roman ruins of Volubilis

* Visit the Medina of Meknes

* Explore the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen (previously a Portuguese Colony)

* Enjoy the coastal city of Essaouira.

* Indulge in the vibrant city of Marrakech

* Marvel at the beautiful medieval city of Fez.

* Discover the Thousand Kasbahs of the scenic south and learn about the Berber culture of Morocco

* Explore the Sahara Desert at sunrise with the nomads.

* Take a camel trek through the golden dunes of Erg Cheb

* Experience one night sleeping in a luxury nomad tent in the middle of the dunes under the beautiful sky of the Sahara Desert.

* Participate in drum circles.


ITINERARY:

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen

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After Breakfast, we will begin our tour of Casablanca, the heart of Commerce and Industry in Morocco. We will visit the Hassan II mosque, the biggest mosque outside of Mecca, built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean and the Cornish before heading to Rabat. In Rabat, we will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler. After lunch, we will begin our drive to Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains. We will explore the simply beautiful city of Chefchaouen where everything is set dramatically climbing up the mountains. Load up your cameras! Its blue-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, and mountainous backdrop create a tranquil and photographic setting.

Day 3: Exploring Chefchaouen

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After breakfast in your riad or hotel at 9am,we will explore Chefchaouen (known as the Blue City of Morocco). Located at the footstep of two higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful and unique city with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain and Portugal. Therefore, there is much influence from the Spanish and Moorish architecture. this is your chance to meet up with local people, walk around the markets and feel the charm of this unique city.

Day 4: Chefchaouan-Volubilis-Meknes-Fez 

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After breakfast at 9am, we will depart to Volubilis and explore the ruins of this Roman city. You will visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss (a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans). After, we will continue to Meknes where you will explore the Medina of Meknes with its beautiful Tomb of Moulay Ismail, The Granary, The Square of Lehdim, and the Gate of Bab al Mansour. You will have the opportunity to explore the souks and relax in one of the Square’s cafés. In the afternoon, we will head to the city of Fez where you will discover one of most important royal cities of Morocco and stay the evening.

Day 5: Explore Fes

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After breakfast at 9am, we will visit the most breathtaking places in Fez. This will include the medina (the old city), its ramparts, and alleys. We will view the famous medieval tanneries and tour the Karaouine Mosque, which was founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri. This Mosque is considered the most magnificent and historic religious attraction in the city. After lunch, we will see the Merenid tomb that is in the rim of the valley. We will explore the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa and other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Neijarin Fountain. We will also view the Fondouks (the place where the donkeys and their owners meet) and visit the souks (markets) where handcrafted merchandise and edible goods, as well as copperware and pottery are sold.

Day 6: Fez-Midelt-Ziz valley-Erfoud-Merzouga

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After breakfast in your riad, we will leave Fez traveling towards the south of Morocco via the high and middle atlas mountains passing by beautiful small Berber villages like village of Ifran, a beautiful mountain village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco.” Next, we will also stop at the cedar forest, considered the largest forest in Morocco, where you can see and hand feed Barbary apes (Berber monkeys). After the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. You will be traveling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia. Here we will have lunch and enjoy Berber hospitality. Afterwards, we will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud (the fossils and dates City) where you may want to visit a local fossil shop. Then we will continue to Merzouga dunes (also known as Erg Chebbi dunes). 

Day 7: Tour of the dunes and Camel Trek. Desert Overnight 

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After breakfast we’ll start exploring the area, firstly visiting the Gnawa people – originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s also the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. Afterwards you’ll leave for Rissani – once called Sijilmassa and the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, smelling the spices, vegetables and cloths all for local sale. After a pizza lunch in Rissani, we’ll travel back to your Riad where your camel awaits you. After a glass of mint tea, and guided by an experienced camel man, you’ll begin your camel safari exploring within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you’ll spend the night.

Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Tinjdad – Tinghir – Dades 

The camel trekker will wake us up at dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the desert, then we will return to the camp to have our breakfast. After breakfast, the camel trekker will us back to the Auberge to have a shower and refresh our body. Next, we will drive to Rissani for lunch via the Ksours and kasbahs of Tafilalet. We will visit the Zaouia of moulay, Ali El-Charif, the mausoleum of the dynasty Glaoui founder, and enjoy a walk to discover the local market and traditional souks in Rissani. Then we will drive to Tinghir, passing by Erfoud and Tinjdad. After, we will continue toward Tinghir where you can walk/hike between the gorgeous oasis palm trees.  Overnight in Dades valley.

Day 9:Dades Gorge – Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah – Marrakech 

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Today, we will drive through Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities for photos. Our first stop will be at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to see products made of rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Then to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa.” Here you have the option to visit the studios to see props used in some movies you might have watched, such as “Gladiator,” “Jewel of the Nile,” “the Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Sahara.” Then we move on towards the Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site since 1997. The kasbah was built during the 18th century by Berber Chieftains named as Thami El Glaoui. Today, only few Glaoui people still live there. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.

Day 10: Explore Marrakech

After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.

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After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.

Day 11 : Marrakech – Essaouira 

After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.

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After breakfast, we will travel to Essaouira. On our way there, we will stop to vist a women’s Co-Operative where they make Argan oil. Here they extract the oil that you can use for cosmetic and medical purposes. You will also have a chance to see the goats climbing Argan trees to get fruit. Once we get to Essaouira we will visit the Skala Fortress, see Thuya wood carved by artisans, wander through the alleys of the medina, and view hundreds of handcrafts. The “windy city” attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations, including the Portuguese occupation, which inspired much of its architecture. However, it remains a small seaside village with a rich historical background. It is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic.”We will visit the Mellah (the Jewish headquarters) and the beach. Lunch will be in the square of the Medina. Overnight in an authentic riad in Essaouira.

Day 12:  Essaouira – Marrakech 

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the riad and drive you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Morocco, located in a small seaside village called Sidi Kawki. We will enjoy swimming for a half day before we drive back to Marrakech. In the afternoon, you can explore more of Marrakech if you wish. Overnight in a local riad.

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After breakfast, we will pick you up from the riad and drive you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Morocco, located in a small seaside village called Sidi Kawki. We will enjoy swimming for a half day before we drive back to Marrakech. In the afternoon, you can explore more of Marrakech if you wish. Overnight in a local riad.

Day 13: Cooking class 

After breakfast in your riad around 10:00 in the morning , you will start your cooking school where you will join your cooking class to discover the taste and secret of Moroccan cuisine and spices. You will have a choice to choose your menu that you will cook and learn how to create Moroccan salads, Couscous, Tagines,...or Pastia... in your riad.

Day 14: Free Day in Marrakech

Today is all yours. You might want to see more of Marrakech by yourself, do shopping or go for a Hammam Spa with Massage so that you can relax and get your energy back before flying home.

Day 15: Return home

We will pick you up from your riad after your breakfast, and drive you to the airport in Marrakech or in Casablanca for your flights. Tour ends.

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NOTE: Our tours prices vary, depending on the number of people in your party; adults, kids or days, itinerary, package, season and the accommodations you choose. While all our prices are reasonable in comparison to the quality of services we offer.


What is included and not included in our tours pricing ?


Included:

• 15 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.

• 14 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.

• All breakfasts, and few dinners

• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.

• English - speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.

• Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.

• All Other Taxes.


Not Included:

• Lunches.

• Dinners in places like Fes,Marrakech,Chefchaouen,Casablanca, and Marrakech

• Airfare (Flight Ticket).

• Beverages (Drinks).

• Tips for guide, drivers.

• Travel insurance.



Please, name the tour that you are interested in or just tell us how many days you want to travel with us, and we will send you the best quote for you.
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