DAY 1 : CASABLANCA – RABAT
As soon as you arrive in Casablanca. The economic capital city of Morocco, you will be welcomed and assisted at the airport and driven to your hotel in Rabat, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on the time, you could choose to have a visit to the Medina (old city), where you will find stone and white washed buildings , dark-wood studded doors, the Great Mosque, entirely rebuilt in the late 19th century; the Hassan Tower, dominating the skyline with its intricate stonework; the Mohamed V Mausoleum housing the onyx tomb of the late king; and the ramparts of Mechouar encircling the Royal Palace and back for the night in a hotel.
DAYS 2-3 : RABAT – MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – MOULAY IDRISS – FES
Morning departure for Meknes, the Imperial City of Sultan Moulay Ismail, including visits to its Medina, or old city, and Bab El Mansour, the monumental gateway and main entrance to this 17th century city. Next day, stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis , the finest archaeological site in Morocco with its mosaics, temples and triumphal arch, on your way to the village of Moulay Idress. Which is the holy founder of the first indigenous Islamic kingdom of Morocco. Continue to Fes for check-in at your hotel.
DAY 4: FES – GUIDED TOUR
Entire day sightseeing in Fes, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, founded in 790 A.D. Visit the medieval Medina; the Karaouiyne Mosque, whose central aisle is embellished with elaborate floral and Kufic script carved into the plaster; and the colorfully tiled Nejjarine Fountain. Don’t miss the fascinating Islamic universities, including the Abou Anania and the Attarine. Finally, browse the souks (markets) of Fes, the most fascinating in all of Morocco.
DAY 5 : FES
A citadel of magnificence. This old city is irresistible as it unfolds in every narrow alley, wide street, old or new medina, palatial houses or hillsides– the story of a whole civilization’s treasure, similar to Florence or Athens. From being Morocco’s first capital in 808 AD to becoming the Imperial of all Imperial cities, Fes is a spiritual and cultural center with many facets. Your two day stay in this unmatched splendor will take you back in time while including visiting the oldest university in the world (before Oxford or the Sorbonne).
DAY 6 : FES – ATLAS – MIDELT – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA
Morning departure from Fes to Midelt affording dramatic views of the High Atlas Mountains and modern, urban Errachidia on your way to Erfoud for afternoon check-in at your hotel. The remainder of your day is free. Or if you prefer, live for one night like the Bedouins, in a tent on the dunes of Merzouga, with thousands of stars filling the sky .
DAY 7 : MERZOUGA – ERFOUD – TINEGHIR – BOUMALNE – OUARZAZATE
we wake up before dawn to see and take some photos of the incomparable magic of a desert sunrise over the Merzouga dunes . Morning sightseeing in Erfoud includes the hilltop Bordj East Fort for a panoramic view of the town and the vast Sahara. Depart Erfoud for stops at Tineghir to view the spectacular pink Todra Gorge, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon,” and at rose-perfumed Kelaat M’Gouna and Boumalne. Evening arrival at Ouarzazate, gateway to the Sahara. Check-in at your hotel.
DAY 8 : OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH
Morning sightseeing in Ouarzazate including a visit to the Kasbah of Tifoultoute, then to the School of Handicrafts, with its stone carvings, pottery, carpets and silver jewelry on display. Before we continue to your hotel in Marrakech, we will stop on the way at Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a picturesque Kasbah (fortified stronghold), appearing like a sandcastle amid a field of almond trees.
DAY 9 : MARRAKECH
Entire day sightseeing in fascinating and beautiful Marrakesh, a city blending Berber traditions with Arab renaissance and Western influences. We will find the Tombs of the Saadien Kings, the Dar Si Said Museum, housed in a 19th century palace, the Agdal, Menara Gardens, and the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, towering above the city. Also explore the Bahia and Bedii Palaces, and the tanners’ and dyers quarters. The visit to Marrakech will be complete after a stop at the Djemma El Fna Square, home to spice sellers, storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters, acrobats, musicians and more… Dinner and night in your hotel.
DAY 10 : MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH
After breakfast, depart to Essaouira. The main entrance to this splendid city’s harbor was built in 1184 and called the Porte de la Marine and it is truly an architectural marvel. Sit back, relax and let the beauty of the sandy bay that sweeps to the south of this enchanting town and the wooded hills which dominate the eastern skyline captivate you.
Return to Marrakech for dinner and night in your Hotel .
DAY 11 : MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA AIRPORT
After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport for your departure home, hoping you are taking the best memories of Morocco with you.