Explore Northern Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Rabat, Casablanca – 7 Days
This 7-day itinerary will take you through the vast cities, markets and gardens of northern Morocco. First stroll through the blue streets of the port cities of Tangier and Chefchaouen, and then head to Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco. Before heading to Rabat to admire its iconic white buildings, visit the historic Medina. Depart for Marrakech, stop in Casablanca in the afternoon, and end your journey in the noisy streets.
Relax in the peaceful blue city of Chefchaouen
Tour the historic old town of Fes Medina
Admire the height of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Feel the hustle and bustle of the Marrakech market
|Day 1 Arrival in Tangier & Explore Tangier||Tangier|
|Day 2 Tangier – Chefchaouen||Chefchaouen|
|Day 3 Chefchaouen to Fes via Meknes||Fes|
Day 4 Tour of Fes Medina & Transfer to Rabat
|Day 5 Rabat – Marrakech via Casablanca||Marrakech|
|Day 6 Explore Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 7 Depart From Marrakech||Depart|
Day 1 Arrival in Tangier & Explore Tangier
Welcome to the historic and vibrant city of Tangier, which is the gateway between Europe and Africa. Tangier stretches along the Maghreb coast at the western entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar, offering a unique cultural combination.. Over the centuries, the city has received multiple influences, attracting artists, spies and eccentric foreigners.
Although not always a tourist center, Tangier has been transformed. Its new dock area (a great place for a quick stroll) and the renewed old town are now attracting tourists from all over the world.
Start in the country (Old Town) and explore the maze of its commercial and residential alleys. Wander around Petit Socco Square, famous for its lively markets, craft shops and cafes. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat or watch the crowds. To enjoy the magnificent view of the city, visit the cannons at Faro Square and enjoy the view of the Medina, the harbour and the Bay of Tangier.
The 15th-century Portuguese Tangier Castle (fortified castle) is small and compact, suitable for self-guided walking. Go through Bab Hafa (a historic gate with sea views) and enter Place du Mechouar. If you want, you can pay a tour guide to lead you around.
Finally, stroll along the shopping street of Rue de la Liberté until you reach Place de France. This busy square is the center of modern Tangier, with the famous Parisian café and El Minzah Hotel. Once upon a time, you could find artists and writers like Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Mohamed Assad, Truman Capote, and William S. Burroughs here.
In the late afternoon, take a stroll (stroll) with the locals along the Corniche de Tanger, a palm-lined seaside promenade. Or, if you want to explore outside the city, you can visit Cap Spartel and the Cave of Hercules. Plan for at least an hour to consider the time to pick up and enjoy the sights. Interestingly, when seen on the Atlantic horizon, the outline of the cave is thought to resemble the shape of the African continent.
Day 2 Tangier – Chefchaouen
Enjoy a comfortable private transfer service from Tangier to Chefchaouen accommodation, which takes about two and a half hours. As the flat plains and green hills in spring transform into the rugged landscape of the Reeve Mountains, enjoy a scenic drive.
Once you have established your accommodation, set out to visit the beautufil city of Chefchaouen, or “chaoeun” as the locals call it. Walk through the city’s medina and its winding and picturesque streets while admiring the relaxed atmosphere.
Chefchaouen is beautifully located under the pristine peaks of Rif. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Morocco. It is a blue mountain village full of art, which feels like its own world.It was established in 1471 by Idrissi Shurfa, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, as a stronghold against the Portuguese. However, with the arrival of Muslim and refugees from Granada in 1494, the city expanded and they built whitewashed houses with small balconies, tiled roofs and courtyards.. This history gives the town a unique Spanish flavor.
The ancient medina is full of Moroccan and Andalusian influences, with red-tiled roofs, bright blue buildings and narrow alleys converging on the busy Uta el-Hammam square and its restored castle. Read the nearby open-air market (market) carefully or go to the Great Mosque and the Old Fort. Although non-Muslims cannot enter the mosque, anyone can admire its structure and visit the gardens, museums and old prison cells of the castle.
To enjoy the unique view of the city, walk through the city walls and through its historic gates to the Hotel Atlas. Then, if you have time, continue walking along the path for 30 minutes to enjoy the sunset over the Spanish Mosque.
Day 3 Chefchaouen to Fes via Meknes
Enjoy a comfortable private transfer service from Chefchaouen to your accommodation in Fes, which takes approximately four and a half hours. Along the way, your driver will stop at the Roman ruins in the imperial cities of Meknes and Volubilis. To make the most of your morning, stroll through the quiet streets of Chefchaouen and finally see the “Blue City”.
After bidding farewell to the scenic Rif Mountains, your first stop is Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Wander through the huge complex of buildings and explore large commercial houses with visible heating systems, temples and many colorful mosaics. This town was one of the most remote areas of the Roman Empire. The Romans ruled for about 200 years and left in 285 AD.
Next, continue the way to Meknes, the imperial city of Moulay Ismail. During the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672 to 1727 AD), Meknes developed from a small town into a magnificent capital. Enjoy a stroll in the compact medina, which is not as busy as other cities and has a more laid-back atmosphere. In addition to the scattered souks (markets), you can also visit the 14th-century Medersa Bou Inania’s Marinide-era architecture and the impressive 19th-century Dar Jamaï palace.In the Ville Impériale area, explore the gardens, palaces, the impressive Bab al-Mansour Gate, the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the royal stables.
Your last stop is Fes. Before checking into your accommodation, drive to the Mausoleum of Marinide, where you can enjoy a charming panoramic view of the old town. On the hillside below, you might see the leather drying in the sun.
Day 4 Tour of Fes Medina & Transfer to Rabat
With the help of locals, explore the vibrant and sturdy Medina of Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco. Your private guide will meet you in the morning and lead you through winding cobblestone streets as you pass markets, shops, mosques, etc. You will explore the lively open-air market, learn about the medieval Marinide architecture, and visit historical monuments while absorbing the old-fashioned charm of Fes.
Go through the Blue Gate (Bab Boujloud), a Moorish gate with three arches that serves as the main entrance to the old town, and stroll through the bustling open-air market (market). You will find unique handmade products in alleys, streets and piazzas. Enjoy colorful carpets, jewellery and leather products, or indulge in spices, dried fruits and delicacies.
Admire the ancient walls of the city, and then walk to the Mausoleum of Marinide, a hilltop archaeological site with two 14th-century tombs (also a good place to return to the sunset). You can’t miss the famous Chouara tannery, which has a wide variety of colored leather dyes and traditional techniques from centuries ago. Next, head to the 9th century Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, which is the oldest continuously operating university in the world.
You will also stop at Bou Inania Madrasa or Al Attarine Madrasa, two 14th century schools with beautiful Marinide and Moroccan architecture and zellij tiles. Then stroll to some of the other sights of Fez, such as Mellah (Jewish Quarter and Cemetery) and the Royal Palace of Fez (Dar el Makhzen), the official residence of the King of Morocco was built on the basis of a 13th-century castle based on the Marinide dynasty. Or visit a museum, such as Borj Nord, which has a collection of weapons and armors from many eras and incredible rooftop views.
After the tour, you will head to Rabat, which takes approximately two and a half hours. Upon arrival, take some time to relax before heading to the city.
Spend the afternoon and evening exploring Rabat, the bustling city of Morocco’s capital since 1956. As the second largest city in the country, it tends to attract fewer tourists than other Moroccan centers. But because of its iconic white buildings, Rabat was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012, and the city has a lot to see.
Start with the medieval fortifications of Rabat’s Royal Palace and Chela Cemetery, where you can stroll through Roman and Islamic ruins. Wander through the Medina (Old City) and find Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This abandoned 12th century project features the minaret of an incomplete mosque and approximately 200 pillars.
Spend some time exploring the historic Medina and strolling through the charming streets. Stop at the open-air market (market) and savor local handicrafts and commodities, such as carpets, spices, slippers, jewelry, leather, etc. Remember, bartering is part of the fun!
Next, visit the Andalusian gardens of the 20th century and enjoy a peaceful space away from the crowds. The lush terraces are filled with trails, exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees, reminiscent of the famous gardens of the Alhambra in southern Spain. This is the ideal place to relax and escape the afternoon heat.
End your tour at the gate of Kasbah des Oudaïas, the gate of the old city center of Rabat. Kasbah des Oudaïas is home to the city’s oldest mosque and Musée des Oudaïas handicraft museum. Take some time to admire the white and blue buildings nearby and learn about traditional regional handicrafts.
Day 5 Casablanca– Marrakech
If you only visit one place in Morocco, then call it Hassan II Mosque. This 690-foot (210-meter) minaret sits on the picturesque sea. It is the tallest building in Morocco and the tallest minaret in the world. Although the appearance and surrounding area are impressive, what makes this mosque even more unique is that it is one of the few mosques and miracles in the country that allows non-Muslims to enter, as well as sophisticated brigade: hand-carved stone and wood , Intricate marble floor details and gilded ceilings.
Afterwards, read carefully the Hobous Medina’s built by everyone in the 1930s. It is a great area to experience Art Deco architecture, and you can also visit the olive, vegetable and spice market. From there, take a leisurely stroll along the AIN DIAB Corniche, which stretches along the Atlantic coast and is sometimes called the Miami of Morocco. Movie lovers may wish to check out Rick’s Café, a restaurant, bar and coffee shop that aims to recreate the famous bar in the movie classic Casablanca. Leave the coast and head south (three hours) to Marrakech Red.
Day 6 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.
Day 6 Marrakech; Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to Morocco! Enjoy the last delicious breakfast and feel the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may have time to go sightseeing or shopping at the last minute before heading to Marrakech Menara Airport for a flight home.
- include Private tour
- Daily breakfast Hotel accommodation and all transportation in Tangier
- Airport Full transportation with air-conditioning,
- crossing the Rif Mountains of Morocco
- gas and driver English speaking guide and driver Overnight in Tangier Chefchaouen, Fes & Marrakech
- Tour Guide in Fes & Marrakech
- including breakfast
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- Customized and flexible stops
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets to monuments
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