Imperial cities and Sahara
DAY 1, CASABLANCA / RABAT
Morning arrival and assistance by your host at Mohammed V Airport. Tour of Casablanca. "Principal city in Morocco and capital in all but administration" Casablanca is now the largest port of the Maghreb - busier even than Marseille seaport, the city on which it was modeled by the French. Your visit will include the central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the Hassan II Mosque. Optional sea food lunch at the Corniche in Ain Diab (coast line). Afternoon departure to Rabat, the capital of the nation. This city in many ways is what you would expect: elegant in its spacious European in self conscious in Its very civilized modern ways. Our visit begins in the Medina with the Kasbah of the Oudayas. Visit the venerated Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the Mosque, and the ramparts and walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace. Dinner and overnight at your scheduled hotel.
DAY 2, RABAT / FES
via Volubilis and Moulay Idris. This excursion embodies much of Morocco's
early history - Volubilis as Its Roman provincial capital, Moulay Idris in
the creation of the country's first Arab dynasty then continue to Fez .
DAY 3, FES.
After breakfast, full-day tour of the city of Fes, The Holy City of Fes is a jewel of Spanish-Arabic civilization. Fes does not reveal its secrets easily. Secretive, shadowy, they need to be discovered little by little, with reverence. Only in this way can the splendors of Medrsa architecture be fully appreciated. Only in this way will the call of the medina tempt you. Bustling with artisans and merchants, its captivating sounds, fragrances and colors mesmerize the visitor with a constant swirl of activity. The city of Moulay Idriss 1st, sanctuary of human and moral sciences.
The great ņ Karaouiyne University bas for eleven centuries been a religions and intellectual center whose influence bas spread far beyond the Kingdom's boundaries. In 789, a pick-axe of silver and gold -"fas" in Arabic - was presented to Idriss 1st to use in tracing the outlines of the city. Hence the name of the city, which lies at the far eastern end of the plain of SaÔss, bordered to the south by the hills outlying the Atlas Mountains. Cradle of religions, cultural and artistic traditions, Fes, the double city, is the kingdom's spiritual capital. The Andalusia mosque, dating from the 9th century, and further embellished by successive rulers, is accessed through a mighty door of sculpted cedar. An imposing minaret decorated with green faiences crowns the Rsif Mosque. The Medersas around the Karaouiyne Mosque, former lodging houses for students coming from outside the city, attest the importance of its thousand years of history. In the Medina, a labyrinth of sloping, winding alleyways are crammed full of stalls and workshops. This is the famed Kissaria -the commercial center. A multitude of locally produced goods are on sale in this incredible maze-cotton fabric, silk, brocade work, slippers, and many more.
The craftsmen of the El Attarine souks offer the visitor a non-stop spectacle. For hundreds of years such work bas been regulated by traditional guilds, ensuring that its quality is worthy of the city. Each district has its own specialty : cobalt blue enameled pottery, carpets, wrought iron ... one looks on as the dyer stirs his yarns, steeped in their multitude of colors, as the tanner tramples his skins under an open sky -skins that the leather-worker will eventually adorn with fine gilt for book-binding . Leaving the souks through the Boujeloud gate with its decoration of green and blue faiences, the riches contained in the wonderful Museum of Moroccan Art await one Optional lunch at the Medina and shopping in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel . Dinner and over night at the hotel.
DAY 4, FES / AZROU / MIDELT / ERFOUD.
After breakfast In the morning an enjoyable drive across The atlas maintains, the first hills you see of the Middle Atlas seem surprisingly un-Moroccan. There are evergreen pines. tall cedar trees on the peaks and poplars on the foot hills. The road across is almost ceremonial.
Azrou, the first real town of the Middle Atlas stands at a major junction of routes. It is an important market center, and has long held a strategic role in controlling the Berbers of the mountains.
Midelt: you have left the Middle Atlas behind. Suddenly, through the haze, appear the much greater peaks of the High Atlas rising sheer behind the town to a massive range, the Dgebel Ayashi at over 12000ft. The drama of that sight, tremendous in the clear, cool noon, is the most compelling reason to stop over for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Erfoud.
DAY 5, ERFOUD / MARZOUGA.
Morning at leisure, then depart to Marzouga, one of the most pleasing of all southern routes, a dry, red band of desert, and then suddenly, a drop into the valley filled with date palm trees. Check in with the Touarge host, lunch and dinner and over night under nomad tents.
DAY 6, MARZOUGA / OUARZAZATE.
An early wake up calls for sunrise excursion to Dunes. An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun as it rises from the top of the golden dunes, a spectacular view of the Sahara, which no words can describe. Back to the tent for special Breakfast with the Touargees people, then continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani by your 4X4 Land Rover. Early afternoon depart to Tinghir; The highest and the narrowest gorges in the region are Todra's, only 15 km from Tinghir. Traveling through the Dades valley in spring you will find the bloom of thousands of Persian roses - cultivated as hedgerows dividing the plots. Thousands of Kasbahs scattered along the Dades river through El Kalaa Del Mgouna and Boumaine. Lunch at a local restaurant located at the feet of cayons. Continuation to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ouarzazate.
DAY 7, OUARZAZATE / ZAGORA / OUARZAZATE
1/After early breakfast
Todayís adventures include a day trip into Zagora and surrounding regions
you will have the chance to view the 12th century vellum copies of the
Koran and historical documents at one of the oldest library in Morocco.
Optional lunch in Tamgroute. Return to Ouarzazate for the rest of the
2/ After a relaxing breakfast, visit to the carefully TAOURIRT KASBAH, where outstanding views of the fortified town and valley can be seen from the terrace. Dinner and over night at the hotel
DAY 8, OUARZAZATE/ MARRAKECH
After breakfast, tour of Ouarzazate. Continue on to Marrakech with a visit to AIT BENHADDOU. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech.
DAY 9, MARRAKECH
After breakfast, full-day tour of Marrakech. Historic visit of Marrakech
will include the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowers,
reflecting the image of a beautiful Moorish construction built in 1866 for
the dignitaries. See glorious sunsets with the Atlas mountains as a
backdrop. Also, the pool is a functional irrigation system to the
surrounding areas. The tour will see several impressive sights: The
Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain), the
Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The
tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century,
were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917.
Day 10, MARRAKECH.
Morning devoted to discovering the rest of historical sights. Shopping Dinner and over night at the Hotel.
DAY 11, MARRAKECH / AIRPORT: End of 11 days tour
After breakfast depart to airport for your scheduled flight back home with a memorable trip of a life time
14 days tour continues ...
DAY 11, MARRAKECH / OURIKA / MARRAKECH:
Excursion to the Ourika Valley where we will visit Berber souks and Jewish Shrines. Lunch, then an afternoon of shopping. Return to Marrakech for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12, MARRAKECH / ESSAOUIRA:
Departure to Essaouira (Mogador), a part from the immediate impact of sea air and the friendly animation of the town, the predominant images of Essaouira are of the Atlantic - of the rugged coast and offshore islands, the vast expense of empty sands trailing back along the promontory to the south, and the almost gothic scenery of the eighteen century fortifications. Lunch at Chalet de la Mer. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 13, ESSAOUIRA / EL JADIDA / CASABLANCA:
After breakfast departure to Casablanca via El Jadida / stop at El Oualidia. Relay and seafood lunch. Departure along the coastline to El Jadida - visit of the citadel. Vestige of the Portuguese occupation during the 11th century. Continuation to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 14, CASABLANCA / AIRPORT MOHAMMED V:
Morning departure to Mohammed V Airport with a memorable trip of a life time.
Our services unless if stated other ways:
a/ Accommodation in and hotels according to the program.
Rabat, Safir Hotel
Fes, Mirage hotel.
Erfoud, Ati Hotel
Marzouga under Nomad tent
Ouarzazate, Belere hotel.
Marrakech, Tikida Garden or similar
Essaouira, Riad Al Madina
Casablanca, Idou Anfa hotel.
a/ Transportation by deluxe car with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide, for 02 people.
b/ Siat mini Van (06
seats) with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide, for 03 -
c/ Mercedes van 308 ( 09 seats bus) with A/C and professional English speaking driver as a guide, 06 - 08 people
d/Ford transit ( 12 seats) with A/ C and a professional English speaking driver as a guide for 9 to 10 people.
f/ 4X4 drive for the sunrise in Marzouga
a/local guides in each major city .b/ Entrance fee to monuments.
Tips for luggage handling:
a/ Only at the airport and hotels
a/ Half board; breakfast and choice in between lunch and dinner at the hotels, according to you program.
b/ Lunch in Casablanca. Midelt, and Tinghir.
c/Hassanís complimentary fantasia show dinner under tent at "chez Ali " in Marrakech
d/Full board , breakfast, lunch and dinner under tent in Marzouga
5/ Our full assistance :
Complimentary Cell phone with 30 minutes local out going calls and unlimited international incoming calls.
6/ All applicable taxes
Not included unless if stated other ways"
1/ Discounted Air fares: from all major cities in USA to Casablanca and beyond are available by request
2/ Insurance: CTT strongly recommends its clients to buy an insurance.
3 / Tips : tips to guides, drivers, laundry, phone calls , room service charges, and all other charges beyond our tour package.
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