12 Days Tour From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Desert
12 Days Tour From Casablanca To Marrakech Via Desert
DAY 1 : CASABLANCA
A driver and a professional tourist guide will waiting for you at the international airport Mohamed 5th Casablanca to pick you up. At the riad you will staying at, you will have a nice dinner and a comfortable accommodation.
DAY 2: CASABLANCA - RABAT
The following step after having a Moroccan breakfast, you will be taken to visit one of the famous mosques in Africa and the world in genaral. Masjid ( mosque) Hassan 2 which holds the name of the of the moroccan king Hassan 2 ( 1929- 1999) who started ruling in 1969 until he died in 1999. This mosque, which took 6 years to be built ( 1987_1993) is considered the largest mosque in Africa and the third in the world. It has the capacity to contain 25.000 worshippers covering 24,000 square. Beside being a place of praying, a culture centre with a library, museum and a Koranic school are parts of the giant building, too. It will be fascinating to see such work in which the amazing handicraft is clear. One of the places you will visit in this interesting city is the Boulvard de la Corniche. while you are exploring the Corniche you will notice the beaches, cafes, swiming, and restaurants that go in a consecutive way along with it. The next place you will be visiting is Mohamed V square.
The current capital city of Morocco , Rabat, will be your next destination. The city which is surrounded by walls. They were built to defend this historical city from enemies. When we finish visiting Mohammed VI Museum (a contemporary and modern art museum and one the important museums created by the National Foundation of Museums of Morocco), we will move to see The Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This Mausoleum is composed of the Moroccan king’s ,Mohammed V, tombs and his two sons ( The previous king Hassan II and Prince Abdallah).
Hassan II tower is an interesting monument you will vist. Hassan tower is a 12th century still-standing monument. The intention was building the largest minaret along with the mosque in the world but, unfortunately, it was left as an incomplete Masjid (mosque) because of the Yaqub Al Mansour’s death in 1199. He was the founder of Hassan tower. The trip includes also Visting the Royal Palace which still remains since 1864.
A nice dinner and accommodation will be provided by the hotel you will be checking in.
DAY 3: RABAT - VOLUBILIS - MEKNES – FES
In your third day in Morocco, you will head to Volubilis. This interesting and ancient site had been once the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania before it became southernmost cities of the Roman Empire. Volubilis is the prominent ruins of the Roman in Morocco. The fasciating mosaics give a unique decoration to the city. Visiting volubilis makes you go back centuries while you are observing the Forum, Basilica,Temple of Jupiter and many other things. Meknes city, one of the Imperial cities of Morocco, will be the following destination.
When you arrive Meknes, you will visit the famous gate Bab Mansour which is considered the entrance of the Medina. The iconic Bab Mansour was built in 1732 known for its marble columns and geometric ornamentation. Exploring Lahdim Square ( Saht Lahdim), where people used to gather to discuss the political, cultural and religious issues, is the next thing we will do.
Having dinner will be, at the hotel, when you are in Fez city by the afternoon.
DAY 4: FEZ - UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
The sixth day is a free day. You will have breakfast. Fez is a mysetrious city included among the four Imperial Moroccan cities. You can visit many places that feature the city in this day.
The Royale palace which contains seven gates. the Royale palace ( wasbuilt in the 14th century) is considered an astonishing model of modern restoration.
Walking through the small alleyways that are over nine thousands will make uou able to enjoy Fez’s handicrafts, the wonderful mosaics, hear tales, and pottery making.
Al Madrassa Al Boaananiya. Sultan Faris Abu Inan established in 1351 . It was mainly used to teach the holly Quran.
University Al Karouine. To the record, this universty is the first established university in the world according to Guiness record, UNESCO and many other scholars.
The Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II (where the Moilay Idriss II ‘s tomb exist),Nejjarine Fountains, and Tanneries which were built in 17th century are one of Fez’s facinating insights. One of the famous Tennaries in Fez is Chouara Tannery.
Bab Boujloud which is the entrance of the fascinating and old Medina.
Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel.
DAY 5: FES - MIDELT - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA
In the fifth day of the trip, the destination will travelling to Midelt through Ifrane city.Ifrane city is known for its special clean and green environement ( it is called the Switzerland of Morocco) . In winter it is the direction of many moroccan people to enjoy the snow, and in summer, it is a home for those who look for a fresh weather. The famous Akhaouine university is located there.
The next destination is Cèdre Gouraud Forest. It is woodland area in the Middle Atlas Mountain. It was named for the French general Henri Gouraud. Cèdre Gouraud Forest exists between Azrou and Ifrane. In this place, you will be able to see trees climbed by the berber apes.
Azrou is where we will stop next. This town is encircled by hills. While you are discovering this small town, you many enjoy the handicraf local carpets weaved by men and women.
Having lunch will be at a local restaurant in Midelt. the luxuriant Ziz Valley is what you will be travelling through after your tour is resumed. In Ziz valley, you can enjoy the wonderful gorges. You may would love to take some photos of this valley. It is known of the palm groves, and the variety of crops.t is considered an Alouite dynasty which still rules Morocco.
In the middle of the afternoon, you will be in Merzouga’s fascinating sand dunes having a nice Moroccan mint tea after a warm welcoming. When you are done enjoying your tea, you will check in at a ariad where you will have dinner.
DAY 6: MERZOUGA - ERG CHEBBI - MERZOUGA
Exploring the desert is what you will do in your sixth day after having breakfast at the riad. You will cross one of the famous paths of Paris-Dakar Rally. In our way, we will travel through the wel known mines of Mfis where French extracted Barite mineral.
We will stop in Tissardmine Oasis . In this oasis, you will be able to see ancient sedimentary rocks (The fossils of plants and animals that were alived there once still until nowadays ).
When you are back at your accomadation, you will have lunch and take a short break. By a professional guide, you will ride the camel to discover Merzouga sand sea. The night will spent in a tent surounded by the beautiful Western Sahara sand. This activity will make you able to discover, expolore and enjoy the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg Chebbi (the largest sand desert in Morocco). In a traditional saharian tent, you will spend an unforgotten night under a sky full of stars.
DAY 7: MERZOUGA - RISSANI - ERFOUD - TODRA GORGE - DADES VALLEY
After the special night in Merzouga, . In the early morning, you will ride camels going back to Ouarzazate and enjoying the beautiful sun rise in the desert at the same time. ). In Merzouga, you will have a nice breakfast and take a shower which will make you feel ready to experience more. After you finish doing that, you will visit Rissani. It is one of The Alaouite dynasty which still governs Morocco. The kingdom is represented in the king Mohamed 6. You will notice that that most people still wear the interesting traditional saharian dress. We will alsi visit Todgha gorges which are series of limestone river canyons. Most vistors enjoy hiking and passing by the nomad who come down to the gorge to get water.
A nice a dinner and accommodation will be guaranted in Dades Valley.
The last place we will visit is Dades Valley. The Dadès Gorge are series of rugged wadi gorges carved out by the Dadès River in Morocco. The river originates in the High Atlas range of the Atlas mountains. The majestic sand castles and monkey toes (a fascinating rock formation) in Ddaes valley are a point of attraction for the visitors.
A nice a dinner and accommodation will be guaranted in Dades Valley.
DAY 8: DADES VALLEY - BOUTAGHAR - VALLEY OF THE ROSES - SKOURA - OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH
In the day eight from the trip, you will continue exploring the DADES VALLEY . The Dadès Gorge are series of rugged wadi gorges carved out by the Dadès River in Morocco. The river originates in the High Atlas range of the Atlas mountains. The majestic sand castles and monkey toes (a fascinating rock formation) in Ddaes valley are a point of attraction for the visitors. The next step will be travelling through Boutaghar. It is a small town reveals the simple humbe life the population live there. Children are always, who speak foreign languages, are usually brave to make conversations with tourists asking them about their home and other things. The valley of Roses is where you will have lunch. There,you will enjoy the beautiful flowers and see the spots from where they distilate them.
You will have dinner and accommodation at a hotel in Ourzazate (the next destination will reach).
DAY 9: VISITING MARRAKECH WITH LOCAL GUIDE
In your day number 9 ,a local guide will be your company. The plan will be making you able to see the beauty of Marrakech city. You will be also guided to have an idea about the interesting monuments of the city.
Bahia Palace is the first you will visit. It is a 19th century monument. Later on, you will head to the saadian tombs whih return to the 17th century.
School Ben Youssef, which remained for four centuries as a home for students whi had the will to learn different sciences such as theology, will be also visited. It consisted of 132 rooms for non-Marrakech students and could accommodate up to 900 students ,and the Koutobia mosque ( One of the largest mosques in Morocco) will be the next places. Both of them were built in the 12th century.
You will also visit the famous Souks where you may want to have something as a memory or as a present for someone special. Actually, you will have even enough time to enjoy a Moroccan mint tea or a cup of coffee at a restaurant or a cafe with a beautiful panoramic view of Jemaa el Fnaa square. It is a large square place in Marrakesh’s medina. I tis also a market in which you can find many interesting products and a variety of delecious local meals. Local people and tourists share this place for entertainment. They can, for example, enjoy watching Gnoua dancers, listen to the story tellers, pass by water sellers.
DAY 10: MARRAKECH - ESSAOUIRA
After having breakfast, the trip will be resumed to vist Essaouira( a coastal cit). After a drive of 2 hours and half, tou will be exploring Essaouira through its alleys. You will discover the Skala Fortress which was built by a French architect in 1765 . His name is Théodore Cornut.
Watching the a plenty of handicrafts will be an amusement. Essouira is one of the best direction of surfers because of its unstoppable wind during the year. Essouirra was a home of many civilizations. The portuguese’s architecture is revealed in the historical buildings of the city like the blue doors. “Jewel of the Atlabtic” is what Essouira considered as.
Another interesting place you will go to see is where Rgan oil is produced. Argan oil can be used to eat or as a cosmetic after it is exported to specialized companies. The hard wood of Argan’s tree may be also used to construct houses. In order extract the kernels, the argan fruit should be dried in the open air and remove the fleshy pulp after that. Beside Argan’s production, fishing is another source of source of living for people .The commoddation and dinner will be at the Riad.
DAY 11: ESSAOUIRA - CASABLANCA
In your way to casablanca, which is the destination, you will travel through Oualidia (surrounded by lagoons and being located in the shores of the Atlantic Ocean make the city special). While you are stopping there, you may enjoy the astonishing sand’s spectacle.
Aljadida is another city you will pass through. Visiting the atttractive Vestiges of the Portuguese, in El Jadida, will be in the trip’s plan. Dinner and accommodation will be at a hotel/rial in Casablanca.
DAY 12: CASABLANCA
After having breakfast, we will drve to the inernational airport Mohamed 5.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED :
- Pick up & drop off at your accommodation
- Transport in A/C Comfortable Vehicle
- English speaking driver / Guide
- Accommodation in Hotels/riads with breakfasts
- Dinners during the tour as mentioned in the itinerary
- Camel Trekking in the desert Tours a camel for each person.
- 1 night at the camp in the middle of the desert.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED :
- Entry Fees for Monuments
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