Imperial cities

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Casablanca Travel and Tours
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Duration: 8 days
Group size: 2 - 25
Imperial cities
Morocco

Casablanca Travel and Tours
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Duration: 8 days
Group size: 2 - 25

About this trip

            

DAY 1, CASABLANCA / RABAT: 90 Km

Morning arrival and assistance by your host at Mohammed V Airport. We start our journey by a sightseeing 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. Check in at your hotel, optional Rabat by night over night at the hotel


Day 2, RABAT / MEKNES / FES: 180 Km

After breakfast, quick visit the national capital, this city in many ways is what you would expect: elegant in its spacious European in self conscious in it’s 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. Departure to Meknes via Volubilis and Moulay Idriss. 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 Fes. Overnight at your scheduled hotel in Fes.


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 ÀL Karaouiyne University has been for eleven centuries a religious and intellectual center whose influence has 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 Saïss, 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 to the importance of its thousand years of history. In the Medina, a labyrinth of sloping, winding alleyways is 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…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. Overnight at the hotel

Day 4: FES / BENI MELLAL / MARRAKECH (485 km) 

After breakfast, depart to Marrakech passing by the ski resort of Ifrane, the village of Azrou, Famous for its handicraft and the Cedar Woods of the Middle Atlas. Lunch in Beni Mellal, This famous Berber city is one of the Agricultural centers of Morocco. Arrival to Marrakech in the late afternoon, check-in at the hotel. Optional dinner outside of the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel in Marrakech.

DAY 5, MARRAKECH 

After breakfast, a full-day tour of Marrakech. The 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.

Other sites include the museum of Dar Si Said with the best display of Berber arts and crafts to be found; the remains of the Badii Palace, a historical monument chosen to host the annual National Festival of Popular Art, beginning the second Friday in June. The Bahia Palace still hosts dignitaries in the heart of the Mellah (Jewish quarter) today. Lunch at the hotel then a walk through the colorful souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Conclude the day with a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square. Optional dinner at "Chez Ali" under Berber tents with a fantasia show. Overnight at the hotel in Marrakech. 

DAY 6, MARRAKECH / OURIKA /MARRAKECH 

Excursion to the Ourika Valley where we will visit Berber souks and Jewish Shrines. Lunch, then an afternoon of shopping or at leisure. Return to Marrakech for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 DAY 7, MARRAKECH / CASABLANCA

After breakfast at hotel, the morning will be at leisure for a personal exploration with lunch (not included in the package). In the afternoon, departure to Casablanca. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
 

DAY 8, CASABLANCA/ AIRPORT:

After breakfast at hotel transfer to Mohammed V airport for flight departure. Assistance from our staff for departure formalities.

Morocco, Imperial cities tour

What’s included

  • 1/Transportation:
    Deluxe Van
  • Accommodations
    1st Class hotels
  • Transportation
    Deluxe Van
  • Guides
    Englisg speaking guide in Each major cities
  • Meals
  • Full assistance
    By our office in Casablanca & Marrakech
  • All taxes

What’s not included

  • 1/ Discounted Air fares:
  • Tips
    Tips: Tips to guides, drivers, laundry, phone calls and room service charges are beyond our package.
  • Travel insurance
    CTT strongly recommends its clients to buy travel insurance

Available Packages

Trip Price
$1,560
Deposit: $500

Itinerary

Day 1
Casablanca & Rabat

            

Morning arrival and assistance by your host at Mohammed V Airport. We start our journey with a sightseeing 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 seafood lunch at the Corniche in Ain Diab (coastline). Afternoon departure to Rabat, the capital of the nation. Check-in at your hotel, optional Rabat by night overnight at the hotel

Your Organizer


CT
Casablanca Travel and Tours
Hassan Samrhouni is currently President& CEO of Casablanca Travel & Tours, a travel firm that specializes in thematic and study tours to Morocco, which he founded in 1994. His main objectives have been to promote Morocco as a unique cultural, historic, and spiritual destination, but also to actively engage the Moroccan-American community in highlighting and maintaining Morocco’s historic relationship with the United States.