A Taste of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech – 7 Days
Explore the highlights of Morocco on this fast-paced 7-day trip from Casablanca to Marrakech. Visit the 4 imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech. Travel along the ancient caravan route in the desert, camp in the Sahara dunes, and listen to traditional Berber music. Explore the ancient fortresses and hidden oasis before climbing up the Atlas Mountains into the bustling Marrakech.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque and the world’s tallest minaret in Casablanca
Stroll along the quiet blue streets of Chefchaouen
Explore the souks, tanneries and artisan workshops of Medieval Fez
Explore the sand dunes, oasis, hidden valleys and ancient castles in the desert
Experience a night at Jemaa el-Fna, the busiest square in Africa
|Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca – Chefchaouen||Chefchaouen|
|Day 2 Chefchaouen – Meknes – Fes||Fes|
|Day 3 Exploring Fes||Fes|
Day 4 Fes – Midalt – Erg Chebbi
|Day 5 – Erg Chebbi – Ouarzazate||Ouarzazate|
|Day 6 Ouarzazate – Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 7 Explore Marrakech ;Depart From Marrakech||Depart|
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca – Chefchaouen
Welcome to Morocco! Welcome to the modern seaside city of Casablanca. The main attraction of Casablanca is the relatively modern and monumental Hassan II Mosque. It was completed in 1993 and sits on an outcrop that extends into the Atlantic Ocean and offers magnificent views. It has a minaret measuring 690 feet (210 meters)-the tallest building in Morocco and the tallest minaret in the world. The unique feature of this mosque is that it is one of the few mosques in the country that allows non-Muslims to enter. Take a guided tour and admire exquisite examples of Moroccan and Islamic craftsmanship.
Head north to the blue streets of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, stopping along the way in what is today’s capital Rabat. Explore the medieval fortifications of Chellah Cemetery and stroll through its Roman and Islamic ruins. Visit the Bab Oudaias gate and the Kasbah des Oudaias, a fortification built during the reign of Almohad in the 12th century. Next, visit Hassan Tower, which is an incomplete mosque and the minaret of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
Continue north to Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen is named after the two peaks on the hillside town, which translates to “two corners”. Stroll the steep cobblestone streets and admire the picturesque blue buildings. Relax with mint tea at Place Outa el Hammam, then browse the colorful products in the many shops. Visit nearby castles (fortresses or fortifications) and explore 15th century fortresses and dungeons. When the day is about to end, go up the mountain to the abandoned White Spanish Mosque and enjoy the last view of Chefchaouen at sunset.
Day 2 Chefchaouen – Meknes – Fes
Before leaving Chefchaouen, get up early and take a stroll on a quiet street to get the best opportunity to take unobstructed photos. Head to Fes and take a short detour to explore the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis. Volubilis, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a huge complex of buildings worth a stroll. It was built in the 3rd century BC, was abandoned in the 11th century, and is still well preserved. Marvel at the industry and the heating system, temples, and almost intact in-situ color mosaics, including the labor of Hercules.
Stop in Meknes on the way to Fez. As a smaller version of Fes, Meknes offers a calmer Medina, and dealer owners are not in a hurry to sell. Although Meknes is quite large, the two main areas of interest are the Imperial City (Prince) and the manageable Medina.
Continue to Fes and sail through the impressively large and complex medina that stretches along the hillside. Before entering the medina, take a moment to visit the ruins of Merenide’s tomb and enjoy the panoramic view of Laozi District. Overnight in the riad of Medina (with inner courtyard garden).
Day 3 Exploring Fes
Fes is the oldest prince in Morocco (Meknes, Marrakech and Rabat are other sub-cities). Its medina is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is also one of the largest urban car-free zones in the world. It is worth exploring every minute. It is generally considered the cultural capital of the country and consists of two ancient Medina districts, namely Fes el Bali and Fes el Jdid, as well as modern new sons built during the French colonial era (1912-1956). As you walk through the winding and narrow streets of Medina, meet your guide and spend half a day learning about history and culture.
Roam Fes el Bali (built in 789 ACE) and learn how refugees from Spain and Tunisia affected the architecture of Medina. Browse the many open-air markets (markets) that offer the local area and watch the artisans. Visit the Chouara Tannery (11th century) and find a leather store nearby. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of many round stone wells filled with dyes and staff. Visit the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (859 ACE) and catch a glimpse of the decorated (non-Muslim, can’t (non-Muslim, enter (non-Muslim, enter (non-Muslim, can’t). Its university is the most still operating in the world. Ancient university! Immerse yourself in Al Attarine Madrasa and marvel at the fine tiles and wooden Him.
Day 4 Fes – Midalt – Erg Chebbi
Start your day early and head south to Merzouga. Along the way, you will climb 7,146 feet (2,178 m) above sea level, over the Col du Zad pass, and through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Before heading to Middelt (“Apple City”) for lunch, admire the local Barbary macaques and admire the nearby Muluya River. Continue through the Tizi n’Talremt mountain pass and enter the Ziz Valley, famous for its hidden oasis and palm trees. Along the road, you will see many sturdy houses called ksars, which were built to protect valuables, including gold, salt, and spices. Continue to Erfoud, famous for dating festivals and fossil mining.
Here you can visit the local collective to learn more about the process and meet some local craftsmen. Continue to Erg Chebbi, a vast sea of sand dunes covering an area of 13.5 square miles (35 square kilometers). Never stand still, huge sand dunes will move and move as the wind changes! After reaching Merzouga, change gears and ride a camel through the dunes to the camp that has been prepared for you. Climb up the nearby sand dunes to watch the sunset, then return to the campsite for a delicious dinner and relax by the campfire.
Day 5 Erg Chebbi – Ouarzazate
Catch the sunrise before renting a sandboarding to test your skills. Leave the sand dunes and head to KHamalia to experience a traditional Sahari village that people originally came from Sudan. Continue west through a striking gate to enter Rissani. The market town of Rissani holds livestock auctions, and there is also a “donkey parking lot”, a place worthy of (listening) and experiencing! Proceed to the desert town of Tinghir, and then to the 984 feet (300 m) deep Todra Gorge. You will have time to explore the Todra Gorge and relax inside cool and enjoy the fresh water of the shallow Todra River.
Through the ancient castle valley. Although many castles are now in disrepair, some of them are still inhabited by local families. You may even encounter herders herding their animals. Head west to Kela’a M’gouna. Famous for its Rose Festival, here you can see extensively planted farmland, surrounded by fragrant rose bushes. Continue west to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, which is popular because of the film industry. Take a studio tour and learn how the nearby desert landscape appears in many movies.
Day 6 Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Go to nearby Aït Benhaddou. Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is believed to date back to the 11th century, when it occupied an important place on the trans-Saharan trade route between Marrakech, Ouarzazate and the southern desert. Walk along the narrow street until you reach the granary and admire the surrounding scenery. From there, ascend the High Atlas Mountains, looking for the highest peak of Mount Toubkal (13,671 feet or 4,167 m). Stop near the top of the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (7,415 feet or 2,260 m) to enjoy the view of the mountains.
When you descend to the High Atlas Mountains, you will notice a dramatic change in climate and landscape. Soon, you will be part of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. After a long day on the road, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish.In the evening, the main square — and the busiest square in Africa — Jamaa al-Fna square is full of musicians, artists, snake charms, game and food and entertainment stalls.. If you want to admire the spectacle from a distance, please choose one of the many cafes around the square and enjoy the food.
Day 7 Explore Marrakech
Unlike Fes, Marrakech has Berber ancestry and history rather than Arabs. It was once an important trading capital for the Atlas tribes and is still a major economic center today. Go to Jemaa el-Fna Square: To the north is the open-air market, to the west is the Koutoubia Mosque and gardens, and to the south is the old castle area with the Saadi Dynasty Mausoleum, Bahia Palace and Badi Palace. Xinxin will discover the Marjorel Garden. Meet your guide and start exploring the lively Marrakech
Take time to browse the stalls of Souk el-Attarin (Spices), Souk Haddadine (Blacksmith) and Souk Smata (Slippers). When you stroll, please pay attention to the large open spaces and courtyards. These Fondouks or Caravanserai used to be everyone and everyone. Please pay attention to the strolling-type hotel. They slept on the upper floor and their animals lived on the ground floor. End your afternoon at Jemaa el-Fna Square, where musicians and storytellers, acrobats and dancers, and even snake charmers will come alive. As the sun sets, many platoons begin to appear, serving everything from dinner to fruit juice drinks and dried dates. For a more relaxing experience, you can enjoy a bite of fresh tea at one of the many cafes above the square and enjoy the wonders below.Head to the airport in the evening for your departure flight.
- include Private tour
- Daily breakfast Hotel accommodation and all transportation in Casablanca
- Airport Full transportation with air-conditioning,
- crossing the Rif Mountains of Morocco
- gas and driver English speaking guide and driver Overnight in Chefchaouen, Fes Sahara Desert, ouarzazate & Marrakech
- Tour Guide in & Marrakech
- including breakfast
- Daily including breakfast, free time to explore scenic spots, take photos, etc.
- Customized and flexible stops
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets to monuments
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