Imperial Cities Tour from Casablanca 12 days through the famous imperial cities and old Portuguese coastal cities of Morocco, start from Casablanca to Rabat and city of Meknes including the landmarks of the city, as well as the old Medina of Fes and its medieval Old Medina,. From fes continue to the desert of Merzouga for a camel ride and an overnight in desert camp. Through the amazing Gorges in Toudra and Dades we will reach Ouarzazate and its unesco Kasbahs ait ben haddu and cinema studios, and then Marrakech the red city and the pearl of the south, and its wonderful landmarks including; bahia palace, saaian tombs, koutoubia mosque, the djamaa lafna square. From Marrakech the trip continue to Portuguese cities in Essaouira and eljadida the, back to Casablanca
1 Day: Casablanca
Your driver-guide will meet you at your arrival time and transfer to your hotel, about 40 minutes drive to the modern city, depending on the arrival time, it is possible to make first visits, and the biggest attraction in Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque, which you will visit the next day.
2 Day: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
After breakfast, you will visit the highlights of the metropolis of Morocco and even the beach, the Hassan II Mosque, the Habbous and Mohamed 5 Square, then continue to the capital of Morocco; Rabat, where you can visit after lunch the following sites: the Royal Palace (outside) and the famous Hassan Tower, the landmark of the city, the mausoleum of Mohammed V and the tomb of Sultans Mérinides, Then continue our journey towards the city of Meknes (about 160 km, the highway) an important agricultural region of Morocco, and which is known by its long wall of 40 km with magnificent doors. Night in an authentic Riad.
3 Day: Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
Today you will explore one of the best imperial cities of morocco !! Through the Jewish Quarter takes you to the old past time and remains of a huge attic of the 17th century and the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. On a walk to the old medina we will go through the old square “El Hedim Square” and the famous gate of Morocco the Bab Mansour. After the guided city tour of meknes we will continue to old Roman city Volubilis, here, we will go through the two central streets integrated into each Roman castorum, Cardo and Decumanus, the cardo is the north-south boulevard and the decumanus is east-west. The intersection of the two is the heart of every Roman city. You will find the ruins of the old forum. Jump forward in time to the venerated citadel of Moulay Idriss. This citadel is considered both the cradle of Sufism in Moroccan society, as well as the first Islamic capital for the Arab dynasty. The city was created primarily for the indigenous population who migrated with Moulay Idriss from the Middle East. After the visit of two monuments we will continue to Fes, by the evening you will be already seen the 3 big imperial cities. Arrival at Fez by the afternoon and check in to your accommodation.
4 Day: Fes Guded Sightseeing Tour of The City
Fez stimulates the senses with its haunting yet beautiful senses, visual splendor, and evocative smells. The oldest of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez recalls a city suspended in time, imperturbable by the ever-changing exteriors of the world of its walls. Fez owes nothing to the Western world.
The time spent in Fez will reveal a lot about the sophistication of Moroccan craftsmanship, offering a unique learning experience to those who cross its path. Your will spent visiting the old Medina. Our specialized guide will take you to discover the historical sites of the city of Fes; from King’s Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates. As well as, the medersas and tanners.
Then you will explore the Jewish Quarter, 15 century citadel with all its Moorish labyrinth architecture and medieval glory. Visits to synagogues and mausoleums of holy Sephardi rabbis will be the highlights of this part of the city. You will return to your hotel for dinner and other establishments.
5 Day: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt
Today, you will leave Fes to join the “Switzerland” of Morocco: Ifrane (ski region) and go through Berber cedar forests to meet wild Barbary monkeys in Azrou, then arrive at Midelt stop for lunch and check in to your hotel or Kasbah where yu will spend the night. Optional in the afternoon you can enjoy a walk in the fields, in the mountains or in the city.
6 Day: Midelt – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
After breakfast, departure to Merzouga through “Ziz gorges”, a big canyon with oasis and date palms, during the day we will stop for many photos of the changing landscapes while heading to the desert sahara, we will stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue through the longest palm grove in morocco over 180KM. once in Rissani we will make a short visit to the ancient capital of Tafilalt: Sijilmassa (Rissani). After Rissani continue to Merzouga, the desert oasis, these are the edges of the largest sand dunes, after the dunes of Chegaga, and integrated with lush palm groves, surrounded by the reddish sand dunes of gold Erg Chebbi. At the arrival you will be welcomed by a Moroccan mint tea, then you start a nez adventure riding camel to reach the desert camp in nowhere. Enjoy the peace and space of the fantastic dunes and the romantic sunset on one of the huge dune peaks; dinner and overnight in a typical desert environment. (Night in a nomad tent).
7 Day: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges
If you wish to witness the magical sunrise, then get up early today. After breakfast and under the mild morning sun you will enjoy a stroll through the sand dunes, then return to the Kasbah hotel where you can prepare for the trip. departure by crossing the oasis of Erfoud where you will visit a local marble factory. Then you will find a wonderful landscape through the big villages and the Berber Oases in Tineghir where the Todra Valley begins. Spent the night in a host.
8 Day: Todra Gorges – Boumalne Dades – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben haddou
You will travel west to the valley and the Todra Gorge, which lies to the right between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Only 15 kilometers from Tinghir in the Todra Valley, you will find the highest and narrowest gorges in the region. Then you will travel through the Dades Valley, where the springs, thousands of Persian roses bloom in the hedges, filling the air with their heavenly scent at Kalaa Mgouna. Continue to Skoura, the 1000 Kasbah road scattered along the road, majestic sandcastles with a visually appealing, timeless beauty. Arriving in Ouarzazate the Moroccan Hollywood visited the Kasbah of Taourirt and the movie studios. After lunch we will continue through Morocco’s highest pass, the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, at an altitude of 2260 feet. You will arrive in Marrakech, a city of pleasure for visitors and locals, where southern tribes and Berber villagers bring their products to the market and find a variety of entertainment. For tourists, the city is a feast for the imagination, full of incomparable beauty, located in front of the imposing mountains that offer an exciting backdrop. After a visit to the lively Jemaa El Fna square, dinner and overnight in a riad
9 Day: Marrakech Guided City Tour
After breakfast in your accommodation ze will start an explorative guided city tour to explore and discover the city of Marrakech the old capital of many empires and dynasties. We will start from the Koutoubia mosque to discover the amazing architecture of the mosque, and then we will continue not far to the Saadian tombs where the founders of Saady dynasty meet, then continue to Bahia Palace, residence of the former vizier; our journey continue to visit the berber markets (souks) to explore the artisans workshops and finish in the famous Jamaa el F’na square, in the morning a great souk, and in the night a magical spectacle. Dinner and accommodation in Riad.
10 Day: Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast we will drive to discover one of the oldest harbors in morocco dates to 8BC when it’s discovered by the Phoenicians. Essaouira (Mogador), a picturesque city with a rich history, and fascinating antiquity, Essaouira was occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, provided essential violet dyes to the Romans, absorbed the sophisticated Jewish arts goldsmith, and centuries past as a Portuguese enclave. Despite the obvious influence of these civilizations, Essaouira has managed to remain a small town, authentic Berber. Living with the breath of fresh air provided by the Atlantic, Essaouira is a jewel nestled in the ragged coastline, with a vast expanse of empty sand trailing back along the promontory to the south. You will conclude your day with a dinner in your riad.
11 Day: Essaouira – Casablanca
Today we will leave essaouira after two days there and drive towards Casablanca through the coastal road, stop at El Oualidia for a seafood lunch. Then, we will continue ahead to El Jadida, where you will be able to visit the citadel, proof of the Portuguese occupation of the 11th century. Finally, you will arrive in Casablanca, having completed a journey that has led you through immeasurable antiquity. You will end your day with a farewell dinner and spend the night at the hotel.
12 Day: Casablanca – Airport
In the morning, your driver will meet you at your hotel to help you with your luggage and transport you to the airport Mohammed V. Your driver will help you in your check out.
Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned modern vehicle or luxury minivan
Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodations and airport transfers
Berber driver guide Experienced in English
Overnights in accommodations with air-conditioned rooms/suites
Two Overnights in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes, with ensuite-bathrooms
Breakfasts and dinners (except in Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Essaouira) with vegetarian and vegan options available
Camel rides for an hour to an hour and a half and free sand-boarding
Berber music and drumming around fire camp under the starlit sky
The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish