22 Jan Imperial Cities Tour Colours of Morocco – Morocco – 5 Nights
Day 1: Casablanca
Arrival at Marrakech airport, meeting and assistance provided by our representative. Transfer from airport to the hotel & check in at hotel.
Afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca includes a visit to the port, the old medina, place Mohammed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s, United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast, the league of Arab states Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and café with shady terraces, and the impressive and newly built Hassan II mosque, the second largest mosque in the world . An hour and a half guided inside tour of the mosque allows guests to see the inside of one of very few mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes & Volubilis – Fes
After breakfast drive to Rabat for a guided sightseeing tour of this capital city of Morocco, including the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty; the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah which were built by the Merinides in the 12th and 13th centuries; the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father; the front of the Royal Palace; and the government district.
Lunch at leisure
Afternoon drive to Meknes, a city founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former Imperial City of Morocco includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin which was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favourite concubines; the Moulay Ismail royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar el Ma) which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses; Bab el Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, one of the very few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims.
Visit of Volubilis & Meknes
Drive to the nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis. Visit to Volubilis to see the impressive and well –preserved Roman ruins, including approximately 30 mosaic floors dating from 25 BC. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Fes
After breakfast enjoy a full day cultural sightseeing tour of Fes, the religious capital of Morocco, shows visitors the old and new medinas including visits to the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. The impressive labyrinth of souks have been declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. The tour also allows photo stops at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful front entrance of the Royal Palace.
Lunch at leisure & overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Fes… Marrakech
Enjoy a beautiful long road to Marrakech first through the mountainous landscape of the Middle Atlas with a stop at the mountain resort of Ifrane, the “little Switzerland Moroccan”. Continuation towards BeniMellal one of the agricultural centers of Morrocco via Imouzzer dominating the Plain of river Sebou, through Azrou a Berber village known for its old Kasbah and handicraft center.
Lunch at leisure in BeniMellal
Afternoon continuing to Marrakech while passing by a big forest of olives-trees and cedarn of the middle Atlas mountain. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Marrakech
Morning at and lunch at Leisure. Our special half-day guided tour of the old medina of Marrakech begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakech. Here we’ll stroll along labyrinthine alleyways, catching glimpses of mosques, hammams, traditional public bakeries, fondouks (old lodging houses used by the caravans) and fountains carved in wood and decorated with kuffic inscriptions. We will visit the principle attractions, beginning with the 14th century Ben Youssef Medrassa which used to be a koranic school and is noted for its extraordinary latticework interior decor. We continue to visit the nearby 19th century Menebhi palace, owned by a Moroccan vizier and built in the pure Moroccan urban style of architecture of the period. Today it houses the Musée de Marrakech, a private museum with rotating displays of Moroccan art. We continue on foot through the colourful souks which are organised according to goods sold and where craftsmen can be seen practicing their traditional handwork. After a stroll through this maze of narrow streets, protected from the sun by a high trellis cover, we emerge onto the famous Djemma el Fna Square, where throughout the ages local people and African caravans have gathered for entertainment, celebrations, gossip and business.
Come to see a grand folklore show, featuring tribesmen and women from different parts of the country. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner such as harrira soup, roasted meat with prunes, couscous with fresh vegetables, and a platter of fresh fruit served under traditional Caidal tents. The concluding highlight of the evening features a show of Arabian horses mounted by acrobats and cavaliers who simultaneously fire their rifles and demonstrate traditional forms of military combat.
Day 6: Marrakech – Casablanca Airport
After breakfast transfer to Casablanca Airport for your flight back home.