Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Fes & Marrakech – 6 Days | Tours from Casablanca
Explore the historical and modern cities of Morocco on a 6-day tour from casablanca of the Moroccan city center. You will feel the evolution of Morocco over the centuries, from the Roman ruins of Volubilis to its modern commercial capital, Casablanca. You will also visit the magnificent views of Rabat’s waterfront-showing the influence of French colonial heritage-and the gorgeous imperial city of Meknes. Finally, you will be immersed in the “Red City” Marrakech, where you will enjoy delicious cuisine, bustling metropolis and great architecture.
- Visit the Hassan II Mosque and the large tallest minaret in Casablanca
- Explore the Roman ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis
- Get lost in the 1,000-year-old medina of Fez
- Watch the Jemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech come back to life in afternoon
|Day 1 arrive in Casablanca, Evening in Rabat||Rabat|
|Day 2 Rabat -Roman Volubilis-Meknes and Fes||Fes|
Day 3 Exploring Fes
|Day 4 Fes to Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 5 explore Marrakech||Merrakech|
|Day 6 : Marrakech; Depart||airport|
Day 1 arrive in Casablanca, Evening in Rabat
Casablanca is the modern commercial capital of Morocco. Compared with the imperial cities of Fez and Marrakech, there are relatively few tourist attractions. Before heading further afield, you may only need a morning to quickly browse the highlights here.
If you only visit one place in Casablanca, let it be the Hassan II Mosque, which is located by the picturesque sea. Its 200-meters minaret was finish in 1993 and is the tallest building in Moroccan country and the tallest tower in the world. It is estimated that the courtyard can accommodate 80,000 believers, and the interior can accommodate another 25,000.
Although the exterior and surrounding area are impressive-the luxurious interior is decorated with wood, marble, stone carvings, and gilded ceilings-this is the characteristic of this mosque even more unique is one of the few places in the country that is open to non-Muslim visitors . A one-hour guided tour is provided between 9 am and 2 pm, including a visit to the Turkish bath in the basement.
Some other attractions worth exploring include:
- Hobous is the “new medina” of Casablanca, built by the French in the 1930s. Here, you can experience Art Deco architecture while looking for crafts and olive, vegetable and spice markets.
- Boulevard de la Corniche, the beach promenade area (often called the “Miami” of Morocco). Take a leisurely stroll here and see other nearby attractions.If your main attraction to Casablanca is to follow in the footsteps of Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, then
- Rick’s Café is worth a visit; this restaurant recreates the famous Bogie cafe from the legendary movie. Sip a cocktail while Sam plays again!
Then, you will venture north to the imperial city and the current capital of Rabat, a bustling metropolis with a long history and several attractions worth seeing. Explore the medieval fortifications of the Chellah Cemetery in the heart of Rabat, and stroll through Roman and Islamic ruins. Go back in time to the original city center of Rabat and enter through the gate of Kasbah des Oudaias. Today it is mainly a residential area, strolling quietly on the quiet white and blue streets.
From there, visit the Andalusian gardens of the 20th century and enjoy a peaceful space away from the crowds. Explore the Hassan Tower, which is the incomplete mosque and the minaret of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This project was abandoned in the 12th century, and today there are only 200 pillars and a 145-foot (44 m) red sandstone tower.
Total driving time: 1.5-2 hours (including the time from the airport to the center of Casablanca)
Day 2 Rabat -Roman Volubilis-Meknes and Fes
Today you will travel to Fes, first stop in two wonderful cities rich in culture, tradition and history. Since your schedule is flexible today, you can choose how long to stay at each location, and whether you want to explore these towns with the help of a local guide, or prefer to set your own pace and preferences.
Your first stop today is Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. This small town used to be one of the most remote areas of the Roman Empire, but after 200 years of rule, the Romans left and focused on other areas of the empire. They planted and exported large amounts of wheat for the rest of the empire, and sent many wild animals to the capital for feasts, celebrations and sacrifices.
From Volubilis, you will drive to Meknes, a beautiful city with a medina that is smaller and less busy than Fes. Visit saherij es Souani and Agdal water basin. In the Imperial City zone, you can explore gardens, palaces, the magnificent Bab el-Mansour gate, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the Royal Palace.. The indoor market in Place El Hedim is also worth it.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Fez, which was established shortly after the Arabs expanded to North Africa. Fez is often referred to as the “spiritual capital of Morocco” and was once one of the most important academic centers in the world. The city can be neatly divided into three different parts: Fes el-Bali (the center of the Medina); Fes el-Jdid (the seat of the Jewish Quarter and the Royal Palace); and the New City.
After staying overnight, stroll around the city, admire its vibrant sights, sounds and smells, and then head to the restaurant for a delicious traditional dinner. Your experts will be happy to advise on their favorite attractions.
Day 3 Exploring Fes
Fes is the oldest prince in Morocco (Marrakech and Rabat are the other two), and perhaps the most interesting exploration. As a UNESCO-protected site, this sub-city has not experienced much colonial development, allowing you to experience its medieval charm. Fes consists of two old Medina districts, Fes el Bali (where you will spend most of your time) and Fes el Jdid (the newer part of the city), and the New Town designed by France in the early 20th century. Meet with your guide to help you navigate the narrow and maze-like old streets of the Medina, starting from Fes el Bali (789 AD).
When you pass through the provision of spices and leather products, please pay attention to the buildings influenced by Spain and Tunisia. Known for its tannery and the pungent smell associated with it, visit the popular Chouara tannery and then climb to the roof of a nearby house to better observe what is happening. Visit the 14th-century Al Attarine Madrasa and admire zellij tiles. Then visit one of the oldest and still operating universities in the world, Al-Qarawiyyin University (859 AD). Find Mellah (Old Jewish Quarter) in Fes el Jdid and admire the city from another angle.
Day 4 Fes to Marrakech
After having breakfast in Fes this morning, you will depart for Marrakech; along the way, you can decide whether you want to take the time to return to Meknes, Rabat and Casablanca.
When you arrive in Marrakech this afternoon, check into your riad and relax, then venture out to take a relaxing stroll in the gardens near the stunning Koutoubia Mosque. Be sure to check out the beautifully renovated 16th-century Medersa Ben Youssef (Quran school), which was once the residence of students at the nearby Ben Youssef Mosque. Inside, you can admire cedar sculptures, plaster and zellige tiles in the central courtyard, stroll through the old dormitory where up to 900 students once lived, and visit the prayer hall.
Along the many alleys, you will notice large open spaces and courtyards. These Fondouks were once hotels used by visiting merchants and merchants. They slept upstairs, while their animals lived on the ground floor. Today, some have been converted into residential areas, while others are large shopping areas and workshops that you can explore.
As the sky gets darker, Jemaa el Fna Square will become more lively with musicians, performers and food stalls. Strolling on the grounds of the square, its roots as a trade fair can be traced back centuries. Or, if you prefer, you can watch the show from above while dining in the cafe above the square. For a more relaxing experience, look for one of the many cafes located above the square and enjoy a meal or tea while watching the show below. You can also take the Caliche Horse Carriage to explore the surrounding areas in a stylish way.
Day 5 explore Marrakech
After breakfast, you will meet with a local expert guide and visit the stunning ancient medina of Marrakech, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll through the lively open-air market, you will be shocked by the display of djellabas, colorful pastel babouches, intricately perforated lanterns, exotic conical spice piles and the hustle and bustle of life in the matrix of alleys. Your guide will also tell you the history and stories of the medina, the souks and the Meira district within the city’s rose pink walls. Be sure to ask your guide for suggestions on where to eat lunch today!
In the afternoon, you will continue your private tour of the city, in places such as the Bahia Palace, the 17th century Badi Palace, Majorelle Gardens and Tombeaux Saadiens. These secret tombs from the 16th century were hidden for many years and were not “discovered” by French authorities until the 1930s. Enter through a very narrow passage and find a small garden, tomb and three main pavilions. When you peek inside, you will notice the meticulous craftsmanship and beauty.
When dawn falls in the city, head to Jemaa el Fna Square. The main square is full of musicians, performers, snake charmers, games, food stalls, etc. Stroll through the bustling square, taste your own flavors at the street food stalls, or taste everything from a distance: there are many cafes around the square, where you can sit and enjoy the food while watching the show. No matter what you choose to dine tonight, know that you will definitely eat something extraordinary; Marrakech is known as the hedonic capital of Morocco and the home of the top chefs working for the royal family. Food is a source of pride, so enjoy it!
Day 6 : Marrakech; Depart
Depending on your flight time, you may have time in the morning to explore more before setting off.
If you are interested in returning to the souks, consider exploring Souk el Attarin (spices), Souk Haddadine (blacksmith) and Souk Smata (slippers). An open-air market not to be missed is the Souk des Teinturiers, the open-air market of dyers. Here you can see the dead fabrics and yarns that people hang on the street to dry in the afternoon. You can also find many shops selling carpets and leather goods nearby.
If you are looking for off the beaten track, here are some other ideas:
- Almoravid Kouba, the only Almoravid building intact
- The Marrakech Museum-located in the Dar Mnebbi Palace in the 19th century-houses a collection of sculptures and various other Moroccan artThe Moroccan Arts and Crafts Museum, featuring stunning woodwork, including traditional wedding sedan chairs used to transport the bride
When the time is up, you will be transferred to Marrakech Menara Airport and take 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 chefchaouen, Fes , Casablanca & Marrakech
- Tour Guide in Fes & 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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