8 Private Days journey exploring the Imperial Cities


Casablanca

Min group size:
1
Max group size:
17

Duration:
8 Days
Age range:
1 to 90





Itinerary


Start and end in Casablanca! With the Explorer tour 8 Private Days journey exploring the Imperial Cities, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Casablanca, Morocco and 10 other destinations in Morocco. 8 Private Days journey exploring the Imperial Cities includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.


Upon your arrival or pickup from your hotel in Casablanca, we will commence our journey with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque, an iconic landmark of Casablanca and the only mosque open to non-Muslims. Built by King Hassan II between 1987-1993, this mosque serves as a splendid introduction to Moorish influences in Morocco. Accommodating over 25 thousand worshippers indoors and 80 thousand outdoors in the mosque's expansive square, it stands as a testament to architectural grandeur. We then travel to Rabat, where we will explore historical sites such as Chellah, a picturesque location showcasing a captivating blend of Roman and Merinid remnants. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the unfinished Mosque Tower Hassan and the exquisite mausoleum of Mohamed 5th. Following our tour of Rabat, we proceed to the next city, Meknes, renowned for its splendid gates, mosques, and madrasas, all built under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismael in the 18th century. Enjoy an overnight stay in Meknes.

The following morning, after a delightful breakfast, our exploration of Meknes begins with a visit to the granary Sahrij Swani, originally constructed to store food and water for the "black Army" of Sultan Moulay Ismael. We will have the opportunity to visit the mausoleum of the sultan, showcasing splendid Arab-Andalusian architecture. Our journey continues as we marvel at the impressive Bab Mansour gate. Just 30 kilometers from Meknes lies Volubilis, an exceptionally well-preserved archaeological Roman site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Here, we will encounter remains of astonishing mosaics, hundreds of Latin inscriptions, and various artistic artifacts. Our excursion for the day concludes as we head to Fes.

Following breakfast, you will rendezvous with our local guide of Fes to embark on an exploration of the old medieval medina, the first imperial city, and a veritable labyrinth comprising more than 9000 alleyways. Fes holds the esteemed title of being the intellectual and cultural capital of the kingdom, where you'll immerse yourselves in the vibrant tapestry of life alongside the local Fasi people. Witness the bustling streets adorned with an array of articles and colors, with donkeys gracefully carrying goods through the narrow passages. Fes boasts a rich tradition of craftsmanship, with artisans meticulously crafting items using age-old techniques and materials. A visit to the renowned tanneries, where locals work on skins of various animals in small pits, is among the highlights of the tour. Indulge in the unique flavors of Fes cuisine, savoring special dishes that showcase the city's culinary heritage. Enjoy a panoramic view from the southern tower of Fes and visit a pottery cooperative where exquisite tiles and Moroccan mosaics are crafted. Alternatively, opt for an entertaining dinner show featuring belly dancers to culminate your tour of Fes.

Departing from medieval Fes, our journey takes us through the majestic Middle Atlas Mountains. Along the way, we pause for a brief respite in Ifrane, often referred to as the "small Switzerland" due to its picturesque landscapes and status as Morocco's first ski resort. Here, amidst breathtaking mountain vistas and sprawling plains, we encounter the unique Maggot monkeys, a native species residing in the cedar woods of Azrou. Continuing our journey, we stop for lunch in Midelt, a town renowned for its annual apple festival. As we traverse through the Ziz Valley, we witness a striking contrast in landscapes, culminating in our arrival at Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara, and onwards to Merzouga.

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Sahara and journey towards the ancient irrigation system still in use in the oasis of Eljerf. Along the way, we take a break in Tinjidad. Lunch awaits us in the scenic Toudra Valley, renowned for its historical significance as one of Morocco's oldest valleys for caravan trading and the production of the first Moroccan currency made from silver. Stretching over 15 kilometers and lined with date palms, the valley culminates in spectacular gorges, ideal for rock climbing and picnics. Our adventure continues as we venture into the Dades Valley, characterized by astonishing rock formations sculpted over millions of years by erosion. We then traverse the enchanting Rose Valley, the sole region in Morocco where the prized Damascus rose is cultivated, yielding products such as rose water and rose oil renowned for their skincare benefits. Our day concludes with an overnight stay in Ouarzazate.

The following morning, we explore the cinematographic city of Ouarzazate, starting with a visit to the Taourirte Kasbah, an architectural masterpiece embodying traditional Berber construction techniques using clay and straw. We also tour the cinema studio, which has served as the backdrop for numerous iconic films. Upon arriving at Ait Ben Haddou village, we embark on a leisurely stroll through its ancient streets. This historic village has served as the setting for a myriad of acclaimed films, including "Lawrence of Arabia," "Jesus of Nazareth," and "Gladiator," and holds UNESCO World Heritage status since 1987. Continuing our journey, we make our way to the imposing Telouet Kasbah, a fortress built by Thami Pasha, the lord of the Atlas Mountains, and once a bustling trading hub for caravans. Our route then leads us northward through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N'Tichka pass, a scenic route showcasing stunning red mountainscapes and charming Berber villages, ultimately concluding our adventure in Marrakech.

During the city tour of Marrakech, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Your itinerary includes a visit to the Bahia Palace, commissioned by Bahmad, the Grand Vizier of Marrakech, renowned for its exquisite mosaics and stucco work, along with intriguing stories about its history involving four wives and twenty-four concubines. You'll also explore the extraordinary architecture of the Saadian Tombs, a royal necropolis dating back to the 17th century. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Marrakech's famous souks, where you'll be captivated by the array of scents, colors, and items on offer. Take a tranquil stroll through the enchanting Majorelle Garden, featuring botanic and exotic plants from around the globe, accented by its iconic indigo blue hues. Conclude your tour at the lively Jamaa El Fna square, bustling with snake charmers, monkeys, food stalls, and musicians, making it the most animated square in Marrakech.

When you are prepared to conclude your journey, a transfer will be arranged to either the Marrakech or Casablanca airport, marking the conclusion of your 8-day exploration of the imperial cities in Morocco.



What's Included


Hotel 4 stars or similar.

English and French-speaking driver

Breakfast is provided daily, dinner in Merzouga and Ouarzazate

This tour offers Jain, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options on request. Simply let Morocco Magic Trip know the food option that you prefer.

Private AC Vehicle





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