Splendors of Morocco tour

Per person

9,900 Mad

9 days – 8 nights

Casablanca – Rabat– Fez – Erfoud – Merzouga –Marrakech – Casablanca

Modernity & Authenticity – Culture & Nature

 

1st day: Casablanca – (D)

Arrival in Casablanca Mohamed V international airport, welcomed by our tour guide and Terratour agent

Transfer to your hotel for check-in

Departure with your guide for a half-day visit of the city. Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco.

You will start by a visit to the Central Market. The Habbousis a part of the city that was built in the 1930s by the French.  So it is no surprise that it features a unique and harmonious mix of French Art Deco and Moroccan-inspired architecture…

The Royal Palaceis a masterpiece of Islamic architecture, built in the middle of picturesque orange groves and elaborate water features, perfectly befitting a king. Located in the Habbous district of the city’s new medina, it is the King of Morocco’s main residence in Casablanca. Every year, a number of important events, receptions and royal activities take place in the palace.

Return to the hotel

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel

 

2ndDay: Casablanca – Rabat (100 km / 1h15) – (B) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Departure with your guide for a visit of the Mohamed V Square, the Anfa Residential district, the Ain Diab water front, also called “Corniche”.

The exterior of the Hassan II Grand Mosque. This uniquely flamboyant building was erected at enormous expense to commemorate the former king of Morocco’s 60th birthday. Set on an outcrop jutting over the Atlantic Ocean with a 210 meter high minaret, it has become the city’s inescapable landmark.  With its endless array of hand-carved stones and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings and exquisite mosaics of zellij, it is the magnificent showcase of the very best artisanship that Morocco can produce

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Free time for lunch

Free time in the Morocco Mall, the second largest shopping centre in Africa for shopping

https://www.moroccomall.ma/

Departure to Rabat

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Rabat

 

3rd day: Visit of Rabat – (B) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Full day city tour in Rabat, your guide will take you for a discovery of the Capital city of Morocco

First to Chellah, where the Romans settled after their conquest of North Africa. It is a necropolis and a complex which comprises of ancient roman as well as medieval ruins overlooking the Bou Regreg River at the outskirts of Rabat. It is the most ancient human settlement near the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. It was abandoned in 1154 and laid deserted until the 14th century, when a Merenid Sultan built a necropolis on top on the Roman site and built a defensive wall all around it to fend off attackers. The walls are still standing today.

Visit the Hassan Toweris the proud minaret of an uncompleted mosque. The construction of this architectural treasure began in 1195, during the reign of the Almohade leader, Yacoub El Mansour.  The tower was intended to be the tallest minaret in the world, along with the adjoining mosque. However, at the death of Yacoub El Mansour the construction work stopped, and the site remained unfinished.

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Mohamed Y Mausoleumis a more recent historical building.  It houses the tomb of King of Morocco, Mohamed V and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdallah.  The building is viewed as a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty’s architecture.

Free time for lunch

After lunch, visit of the Kasbah des Oudayas. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. It was built in the twelfth century by the Almohade. Originally, this Kasbah was intended for military defense of the settlement. Later on, the Kasbah gave its name to the whole city, within the walls. Kasbah des Oudayas is a city within the city with winding, narrow streets and houses nestled inside the protective rampart it is part of the larger city of Rabat. In 2012, it has been designated by UNESCO as part of the world’s heritage, along with other sites in the city.

Moroccan green mint tea ceremony, with authentic Moroccan pastries in the café, with an exceptional view of the Bou Regreg River.

Then, off for a visit of the Rue des Consuls, the street where ambassadors and other representatives of foreign governments were obliged to live until 1912.

Following by avisit of the ancient medina, surrounded by more ramparts, accessible through huge handcrafted gates. Countless handmade crafts shops can be found and more unique souvenirs can be found.

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel

 

4th day: Rabat – Fez (240 km / 3h00) – (B) (L) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Visit of the Medersa Bou Anania, a name meaning « school ». This is an Islamic university. The Marinid sultan Marinid Abou Inane commissioned it in 1350. The Medersa is one of the buildings dedicated to teaching Islamic Sciences.

Visit of the Medersa el-Attarine built in 1320, of modest size, to accommodate approximately 60 students at a time, known as the most ornate in the city.

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Lunch at the restaurant”Dar Saada”

And visit of the Qarawiyyin Mosque, built in 859, one of the oldest universities in the world. Its limited dimensions, coupled with its artistic architecture give it a feel of being a true gem, sculpted in the finest of detail

Visit of the Foundouk Nejjarine, built in the eighteenth century during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Originally, this magnificent building was designed as a warehouse of goods and trading. The foundouk also used as a warehouse for the valuables belonging to the Makhzen.

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel

 

5th day: Fez – Erfoud (450 km / 6h30) – (B) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Departure to Midelt through the mountains and cedar forests of the Mid-Atlas.

Journey through Azrou, a notable artisan center specializing in cedar work, and Ifrane, a lovely ski resort.

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Arrival in Midelt for a free time for lunch

In the afternoon, passage through Er-Rachidia to Erfoud, cutting through the Ziz valley, scenery dotted with palm trees

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Erfoud

 

6th day: Erfoud – Merzouga (60 km / 1h30)-(B) (L) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Depart by Jeep for a day of excursion through the path of the famous Paris-Dakar Rally. Visit of the marine fossil banks (dated more than 360 million years).

Arrival at the Tisserdmine Oasis, barbecue lunch on-site, under the shade of palm trees in the desert.

Continue the Jeep trek to the Erg Chebbi dunes; visit the Khamliya village in which the locals are of Malian origin, and will offer us tea while we enjoy a show of their traditional dancing.

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Camel ride at sunset

Dinner and overnight stay in the open air, bivouacs on-site.

Potentially experience an unforgettable sunset on camel’s back.

 

7thday: Merzouga – Marrakesh (600 km / 9h00)-(B) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Departure to Rissani city (Tafilalet capital of the former sultans Alawites and seat of the Alawite dynasty). Then resumed the road to Alnif, Oasis Tazzarine and Kob.
Continuation to Ouarzazate by the Drâa valley and Berber village of Agdz and passing the Col Ait Saoune to 1660 meters.

Free time for lunch throughout the day in Ouarzazate

Continuation of the road to Marrakech crossing Berber villages of the High -Atlas...

Continuation to Marrakesh via the Tichka Pass

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Marrakesh

 

8thday: Visit of Marrakesh – (B) (D)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel,

Departure to visit the city of Marrakech, also named the ochre city, with stops at the Menara and its gardens, the Koutoubia, the Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs.

Visit the Majorelle Gardens, conceived by the painter Jacques Majorelle in 1917. He created this garden around his workshop. This is a living work of art, full of exotic and rare plants: cacti, lilipads, varieties of jasmins, bougainvilleas, palms, coconut and banana trees, etc.

Visit the Yves Saint Laurent museum, located near the gardens. The museum houses part of the « Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent » collection, which includes high fashion clothes and accessories, as well as designs and various objects, prominently displayed as an exhibit.

The Saadien tombsdate from the end of the 16th century. The gardens are accessible through a narrow corridor, at the end of which you will find a beautiful garden with over 100 tombs, all adorned with beautiful mosaics. It is the site where servants and warriors from the Saadien dynasty are buried.

The Bahia Palace is one of the most important architectural works of Marrakech. It was built in the late nineteenth century and was designed to be the most impressive palace of all times.

Visit El Badi Palace is a ruined palace located in Marrakesh, Morocco. It was commissioned by the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur of the Saadian dynasty sometime shortly after his accession in 1578. The palace’s construction was funded by a substantial ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings.

The garden of Menara is an extensive garden planted with olive trees, built during the Almohade dynasty. In the center of the garden a basin was built adjacent to a pavilion. It was designed as a reservoir to irrigate nearby agricultural lands and olive and orange groves.

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Free time for lunch

The afternoon is dedicated to the visit of the ancient medina and the Jmaa El Fna square which is a bustling hub in the heart of Marrakech.  There to your delight, you will see live snake charmers, monkey trainers, storytellers, musicians and numerous forms of arts, such as games, henna tattooing, etc… In 2001, “the cultural space of Jmaa El Fna” was designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, a meeting point for people of the desert and mountains.

Return to the hotel

Departure for dinner and a fantasia show in the restaurant “Chez Ali”

Overnight stay in your hotel

 

9th day: Marrakesh – Airport – (B)

Breakfast buffet in the hotel

Transfer to the Mohammed V Casablanca airport for your flight

 

The price and hotels:

Hotel (4 stars) Number of nights Per person in double room Single room
Casablanca : KENZI BASMA 4* 1 night 9.900 MAD /

942 EUR  / 1.100 USD

12.700 MAD /

1.209 EUR / 1.411 USD

Rabat : RIHAB 4* 2 nights
Fez : L’escale  4* 1 nights
Erfoud : Kasbah Tizimi 4* 1 night
Merzouga : la belle étoile bivouac 1 night
Marrakesh : Atlas Asni 4* 2 nights

Minimum group of 10 to 15 people rates

 

Hotel (5 stars) Number of nights Per person in double room Single room
Casablanca : LE PALACE D’ANFA 5* 1 night 12.900 MAD /

1.228 EUR / 1.433 USD

15.950 MAD /

1.519 EUR / 1.772 USD

Rabat : FARAH 5* 2 nights
Fez : LES MERINIDES 5* 1 nights
Erfoud : XALUCA 4* 1 night
Merzouga : LA BELLE ETOILE bivouac 1 night
Marrakesh : ADAM PARK & SPA  5* 2nights

Minimum group of 10 to 15 people rates

 

The price includes:

  • Transportation in a touristic minibus with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and TV
  • 8 night’s accommodation in hotels mentioned or similar on half board basis
  • Tisserdmine Oasis, barbecue lunch
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Entries fee to the monuments in the main cities
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip.

 

The price does not include:

  • Flight tickets
  • Drinks
  • Meals mentioned free in the program
  • Tips

 

Please note:

  • The fees are subject to availability at time of confirmation
  • Other activities may be suggested on demand or on-site at time of arrival

 

NB/      B = Breakfast           /           L = Lunch         /       D = Dinner

 

 


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