Morocco is a country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital is Rabat and the largest city is Casablanca. Morocco spans an area of 710,850 square kilometers and has a population of over 36 million, and by being a comparatively stable and prosperous nation by regional standards, it has become the fifth largest economy in Africa. The country wields significant influence in both Africa and the Arab world, and is considered a regional power. Morocco’s official currency is Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and Berber, the latter achieving official recognition in 2011, having been the native language of Morocco before the Muslim conquest in the seventh century C.E. The Moroccan dialect of Arabic, referred to as Darija, and French are also widely spoken. Moroccan culture is a blend of Berber, Arab, Sephardi Jews, West African and European influences.
The country's Mediterranean climate is similar to that of southern California, with lush forests in the north and mountain ranges at the center of the country, giving way to drier conditions and inland deserts further southeast.
Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Moroccan economy. It is well developed with a strong tourist industry focused on the country's coast, culture, and history. Morocco attracted more than 11 million tourists in 2017. Tourism is increasingly focused on Morocco's culture, such as its ancient cities. The modern tourist industry capitalizes on Morocco's ancient Roman and Islamic sites, and on its landscape and cultural history. 60% of Morocco's tourists visit for its culture and heritage.
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
You will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Tour in Marrakech
After breakfast, your excursion in Marrakech begins by a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque, which is one of the best examples of the Hispano-Moresque art, with its minaret rising 252 feet into the sky, it is certainly one of the most impressive sights in Marrakech. Then we will go to the Saadian Tombs which date back to the late 15th Century and were only discovered in 1917. After that, it’s time to pay a visit to the El Bahia Palace, Souks Market and last but not least, the Djema el-Fna square where real images and the charms of Moroccan folklore such as story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, and folkloric bands are present. You will have a drink in the terrace of café glacier.
Day 3: Tour in Marrakech
After breakfast, we will discover another part of Marrakech by horse drawn carriages. We will start with the Jardins Majorelle Gardens & its berber Musuem, which is one of the most delightful places in Marrakech – a small, meticulously planned botanical garden created in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. Here you will visit art exhibits that showcase North African carpets, pottery and furniture. Then it is time to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum; a museum entirely devoted to the work of the legendary fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent.
Day 4: Journey towards Agafay Desert
After breakfast, an excursion towards the Atlas Mountains begins with a drive to Imlil, hidden away around to the West. The views of Imlil and the terraces are beautiful from here. We will go through small Berber villages. Go for tea in a traditional Berber house in this fabulous and remote village before coming back on the same route. The views are fantastic, the village is magical and it is a real insight into the lives of the local people. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. After that we will move on towards the Agafay desert for dinner and an overnight stay at the White Camel Lodge.
Day 5: Journey towards Rabat
After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Rabat. After arriving in Rabat, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 6: Tour in Rabat & Journey towards Fes
After breakfast, your city tour in Rabat begins with the Mausoleum, which is of Mohammed V, completed in 1971, and contains the tombs of King Mohammed V and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture. After that we will visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, which is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River opposite Salé. Then the Botanical Gardens which existed since pre-Islamic times and houses complex of ancient Roman Mauretania Tingitana and medieval ruins, and after that we will visit the Royal Palace Gate. When the tour ends, we will end our road trip by continuing our journey towards the city of Fes, which is about three hours away.
Day 7: Excursion in Fes
After breakfast, our full day tour in Fes begins with the medina of Fez El Bali which is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world and the most interesting in Morocco. This is the religious capital of Morocco with ancient mosques in its old Medina. Then we will explore Fes J'did and the mellah (Jewish district). The mellah of Fes once had 40 synagogues. Our final visit will be Fez Jdid, the newest part of the city and its chic café-lined avenues that provide a jarring contrast; the modern flip side to the ancient city.
Day 8: Excursion in Meknes & Volubilis
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the city of Meknes, which is one of the four imperial cities in Morocco. Although it is the smallest one, it really deserves a visit. Nowadays Meknes is more an agricultural center of the region, but one day in history the city was supposed to host the biggest Royal Palace in the nation. We will visit its main square and Bab El Mansour gate. Then we will continue towards Volubilis, which is a city of Roman ruins dating back to the years 200 and 300. You can find traces of the entire city all the way up on a hill. We will return to Fes by 5pm.
Day 9: Journey toward Casablanca
Today, we will depart Fes for Casablanca. After arriving in Casablanca and hotel check-in, you will have an afternoon city tour in Casablanca which will include the big mosque of Hassan II. The minaret of this mosque is worth visiting. It is the tallest religious building in the world and a masterpiece of modern Muslim architecture. Then we will move on towards Anfa and Ain Diab. Anfa is a spectacular area of lavish villas with fabulous gardens, a golf course and tennis courts and is often described as Morocco’s Beverly Hills. It leads to the highly popular seaside resort of Aîn Diab which is famous for its beaches, terrace cafes, restaurants and nightlife. Finally, we will end this tour with a visit to the United Nations Square, which is famous for the neo Moorish monuments surrounding it and the musical fountain which splashes out multi colored water to the sounds of Strauss and Andalousian music. This is without a doubt Casablanca’s focal point, not to be missed.
Day 10: Leaving Morocco
After breakfast, you will go to Casablanca Airport for your flight back home.
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Tour Services Include:
• Large Deluxe Coach for transportation
• English Speaking Guide
• Entrance Fees
• Hotel taxes
• Daily Breakfast
• International Flights
• Personal Expenses