Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca includes a visit to the port, the old medina, Place Mohamed 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 cafés with shady terraces, and a view of the impressive and newly built Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world.
Remainder of the day free at leisure.Overnight at the hotel.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Marrakechby high way.
Transfer to your hotel for the overnight.
There’s only one world to define it: magical… There are a thousand legends which describe its history, which began in 1070 when the Saharan Almoravid Abu Baker, the leader of a powerful army, encamped in the plain of Haouz, at the base of the upper Atlas mountains. Marrakech, the capital of the south, has a mysterious and seductive air. Marrakech, a name with a magical sound that evokes palm groves and caravans, oriental markets and international spies, and duels to the death in an oasis of peace. Many are the roads which lead to Marrakech which make it a cross road from north to south and from east to west. ///
The Ramparts ( City Walls ) : The city walls of Marrakech, built in the XII century and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt, is about 15 kilometres long, reddish in colour and two meters thick. It has powerful ancient ramparts, various styles and many monumental doors, among which the Bab Aguenaou stands out for its magnificence. It dates back to the era of the Almoravids and leads to the quarter of the Kasbah. ///
The Koutoubia Mosque: The Koutoubia is one of the biggest mosques in the Western Muslim world. Its Hispano-Moorish style is of an apparent simplicity combined with discreet luxury. This masterpiece was built by the Almohads in one of its imperial cities. Today, it’s a starting point that’s not to be missed before heading out to explore the medina. ///
The minaret of the Koutoubia : It’s a square tower made of rose-colored sandstone ( 67.50 meters high, 12.50 meters wide ) adorned with a delicate sculptured decoration that seems just like lacework on stone. The minaret is topped by a lantern, decorated and square, as well as a ribbed cupola. The close proportion between the width and height of the minaret of the mosque bestows a perfect harmony to this masterpiece of Hispano-Moorish art which was taken as a model for the Giralda in Seville. According to a legend, the three orbs of golden copper which crown the cupola were made from the melted down jewellery of Yacoub-el-Mansour’s wife. Yacoub-el-Mansour completed the construction of the tower began by the sultan Abdel-Moumen. Another legend about the orbs says that they are guarded by genies (jin) and that terrible misfortunes will plague those who try to steal them. Koutoubia in Arabic means “the mosque of booksellers” because once, the surrounding shops were mostly dedicated to the sale of books and antique manuscripts ( XII -XIII centuries.). The first mosque, erected after 1147, was later destroyed because its orientation towards Mecca wasn’t correct. The foundation of the first mosque is still visible today. The construction of the current mosque, built according to the instructions of Abd el-Moumen, was completed in the same year construction started, in 1158, and ordered by Yacoub el-Mansour. This splendid work of art is subdivided into 16naves and a wider middle nave. Here, the luxurious almoravide ornamentation and the décor of Andalusian inspiration exalt the simplicity and pureness of its lines. The 11 stalactite cupolas, capitals and molded structures make the Koutoubia one of the finest examples of Almohade art.///
Break for lunch. (Optional)
This tour includes a visit to the aristocratic Bahia Palace (former home of a 19th century grand Vizir), The 14th century Medersa Ben Youssef and finally, a stroll through the souks of the Medina.
The Souks (Bazaars)…: The souk of Marrakech is the vital heart of the medina, the old part of the city which dates back to the XII century. It is the place where age-old customs and traditions have been coming together since ancient times. Originally, souks were divided into various specific sectors with defined boundaries and with names that reflected the activities which took place there, but over time these boundaries gradually disappeared. The souk is a magical and fascinating place where it is customary to accept the tea that the vendor offers, just as how bargaining the price of any item for sale is all part of the game; a place where losing your way is a fun, yet never dangerous experience.///
Breakfast at the hotel.
The pride and joy of Marrakech are its gardens which are taken care of with an age-old passion that dates back to the days of the Almoravids. The truth is that there wouldn’t even be a palm tree in Marrakech if these sovereigns hadn’t started planting them. Since then, the number of parks has multiplied and no one here finds it strange that a garden, like a building, can boast antique origins. This is the case of the Aguedal o Agdal, a word that means garden, created in the XII century by the AlmohadAbd el-Moumen. Much smaller and cozier, the garden of the Menara has a pavilion surrounded by cypresses which seems to have been the place where the sultan met his mistresses. As for Marrakech’s famous palm grove, which has an area of 13,000 hectares, it has no less than 100,000 trees. The Majorelle gardens, located north-east of Gueliz. Created in the ’20s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, these unique gardens are home to bougainvilleas, coconut, banana and palm trees as well as rare and exotic plants, some of which have strange and menacing forms.
Afternoon free at Leisure.
Late afternoon, an orientation visit of:
Djamaa El-Fna Square : It’s a large open space or rather, a big stage, vaguely triangular in shape, where you can see countless shows performed by jugglers, snake charmers, dancers and acrobats every day. Each one marks off his “halqa”, an imaginary circle blessed by a holy man, and presents his show. It’s a large square where fruit and spice merchants, basket-sellers and trinket vendors gather. The name Djemaa el-Fna has something morbid about it. In fact, it means “gathering of the dead” due to the fact that public executions took place there in the past.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Marrakech for Taroudant, the city that enclosed by an enormous rectangle of golden ochre battlement walls, threaded with fortified towers. These walls are some of the best preserved in Morocco and add to the Architectural glory of the town. Olive and orange groves spread out in every direction from the foot of the walls. The great period of the city’s history began in 1510 when the first Saadian Mohamed Al Quaim became master of Taroudant. He proceeded to embellish the City which was not foolish the region was rich in Sugar, Cotton and Gold. The seeds of the destruction of Taroudant were rooted in resolute support for Sultan Ishmael’s chief rival. Dinner & overnight at the hotel .
Breakfast at your hotel.
Taroudant sightseeing: Our explorations in Taroudant will include a visit to the ramparts as well as the souk, where one can buy incense, spices and dried roses. It is a most interesting market where artisans craft exceptional grey marble animal carvings.
Take the road to Ouarzazate/Skoura for the dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel in Ouarzazate.
Your morning guided sightseeing city tour of Ouarzazate, a city with typical kasbah-style architecture which, with so many films regularly being made here, has become a little Hollywood. Visit Taourirt Kasbah, the great Glaouikasbah that used to lord it over the southern caravan routes. An enormous domain, it once housed the numerous sons & relatives of the Glaoui (he never lived there himself) and their hundreds of servants, builders and craftsmen. Since independence, the massive edifice has fallen into decline, but it remains a fine example of a local kasbah. Take a little drive (22kms) to see the ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th century structure & one of the most spectacular sights in Morocco, ranged like tiers of milk, declared by UNESCO to be a historical treasure. Dinner & overnight are at the hotel.
Breakfast at leisure at the hotel.
Take a picturesque drive along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, passing palm grove oasis and kasbah dwellings, through the Dades Valley. Drive into the spectacular Gorges of Todra for a visit and stroll along the small stream. Continue to Erfoud, situated amongst the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. Erfoud is one of the largest oases in Morocco.
Dinner & overnight are at the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel.
Orientation visit of Erfoud.
Take a drive across the cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains to Fes. Continue to Fes, the religious capital of Morocco.
Arrive at your hotel for the overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
The oldest of the imperial cities, FEZ is arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco. Founded shortly after the Arab swept across North Africa and Spain, it quickly became the religious and cultural centre of Morocco. Even on those periods when it was not the official capital of the whole country, Fez could not be ignored and never really ceased to be considered the northern capital. The Medina of Fez el-Bali (Old Fez) is the largest living medieval cities in the world and the most interesting in Morocco. With the exception of Marrakech, Cairo and Damascus, there is nothing remotely comparable anywhere else in the Arab world. The narrow winding alleys and covered bazaars are crammed with every conceivable sort of craft workshop, restaurant, meat, fruit and vegetable market, mosque and medersas, as well as extensive dye pits and tanneries – a veritable assault on the senses as you squeeze past recalcitrant donkeys and submit to the sounds and smells of this jostling city. During the tour, you will see the :
Qarawiyin Mosque/Medersa, the oldest university of the world, founded In 859 by Fatima Fihriya (a noble lady from an intellectual family of Fez ).
BorjNord : built in 1582, this was the second of the Saadian fortresses designed as much to cover the city with a threatening field of fire as protect it. In 1964 it became a museum for arms and weapons.
The Mellah :The old Jewish quarters. There are few Jews left, but a legacy of jewellers’, brocade, balconies, small windows with their tracery of iron grille work, and an air of business gives the quarter something of its old distinctive atmosphere.
Bab Smarines : Restored in 1924, you pass through the glittering displays of the jewellers’ souk.
The Bab Smarine used to separate the mellah from the Muslim quarters, and before that marked the southern entrance of the city.
Bab Boujloud : The Bab Boujloud is the main point of entry to Fez-el-Bali. For 500 years this area was a wasteland, caught between the cities of Fez Jdid and Fez-el-Bali, until it was developed in the 19th century by the Sultan Moulay Hassan into the three gardeng of Dar Batha, Boujloud and Dar Beida.
Dar BethaMuseum : Through Bab Boujloud, and approximately 100 meters walk the palace of Dar Batha, a 19th century Hispano-Moorish set in lovely gardens and now a museum of Moroccan Arts and Handicrafts.
ZaouiaMoulayIdrissII : Which holds the tomb of the saint MoulayIdriss II the founder of Fez, was rebuilt in 1437 ( outside view only).
Back to your hotel for the overnight.
Breakfast at your hotel In Fes.
This full day excursion will began with a short drive to Volubilis, imposing Roman ruins, capital of Roman Province of Mauritania and home of Sylene, daughter of Antony and Cleopatra who married the Berber King Juba II, visit the Olive press, the House of Orpheus, the Basilica, the Baths of Gallienus, the Forum, the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, the House of Venus. Continue via MoulayIdriss, Holly City, founded in the 8th century by MoulayIdriss I, who brought the Islamic religion to Morocco, center of pilgrimage, no foreigner or non-believer is permitted to spend the night in the holy city, to arrive Meknes. Time for lunch in Meknes.
Afternoon city tour of Meknes, third of the Imperial Cities, built by the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismael, contemporary of Louis XIV of France, whose grandiose building schemes he imitated. Visit the monumental Bab El Mansour gateway, the Place LallaAdoua, the prison of the Christian slaves, the palace-tomb of Moulay Ismael (The only mosque in Morocco, after the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca which non-Muslims are allowed to enter), the ruins of the AgoudalBusin that was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite 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.
Back to Fes for the overnight at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel in Fes.
Morning drive to Chefchaouene, its name in Berber means, “look at the mountain horns”, it is a picture-postcard town of extraordinary light and colour. Its houses are a rustic fusion of Hispano-Moorish architecture, painted white or blue. Many have small balconies and tiny patios planted with oranges, roses and a mulberry tree. Chefchaouene was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali IbnRachid, and in the late fifteenth century was settled by Muslim refugees from Granada. Fortified, with its gates locked against dissident Djeballa tribesmen, over the centuries the city grew increasingly isolated and xenophobic. Visit the place Mohamed V, a former Andalusian Garden in the heart of the Spanish-built new Town, you will pass the kasbah on the way to the medina, Chefchaouene is also one of the best crafts centers in Morocco.
Overnight at the hotel .
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning drive to Tangier, the gateway to Europe and Africa, is a very ancient city, which has served as a key strategic port for many civilizations. Occupied over time by the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Arabs, Berbers and Portuguese, Tangier today shows visitors a fascinating blend of cultures and traditions. Afternoon guided tour through the market and then visit Cap Spartel and the Grottoes of Hircules.
Cap Spartel, known as the Cape of Vines to the third-century Romans who occupied this land, is located on the north-western most tip of Africa. The Cap’s lighthouse overlooks the strait where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Situated nearby, you will also see the natural limestone caves known as the Grottoes of Hercules, so named because classical mythology tells of hercules resting in these grottoes. Notice how the cave’s opening to sea resembles an inverted map of the African continent. Prehistoric remains were discovered here and circular engraving can be seen on the cave walls today.
A welcome dinner at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Tangier’s port for ferry to Spain.
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