Tour of 8 Days from Casablanca

This journey takes us to discover the footprint of the glorious days of Morocco in its great historic Cities: Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Volubulus, Chefchaouen and Tangier The geographic position of Morocco made it a focus of all the great powers that governed the Mediterranean. The Romans, Ancient Amazigh Empires, Ancient Egyptians, Arabs, and the French Colonial power all tried to seize this land.

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca.

Our professional driver will pick you up from the airport/ train station/ bus station at an already appointed time. After checking-in our Hotel, we will proceed our journey to discover the industrial and economic capital or Morocco. Casablanca is the biggest city in the Kingdom. Our visits include The Hassan II Mosque. Opened in 1993, the Hassan II mosque is biggest mosque in Morocco and the second after Mecca. It is a true symbol of spirituality in Morocco and its traditional artisanship. Built on the ocean, it features a mighty retractable roof to let in sunlight and the sea breeze. This is one of the few mosques in Morocco where tourists are allowed to enter. A certified tourist guide will guide our visit to the mosque. Our next stop is Downtown Casablanca. It is designed and developed during the French Protectorate. It features many historic French avant-garde buildings. We will navigate in its busy wide streets and arrive at the monumental Arab League Park, Mohamed V Square, and the United Nations Palace. Our recommended lunch place is Rick’s Café and Restaurant. We may also stop for dinner or a drink in this vibrant Café. It also encloses a bar made famous by the characters Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the classic film Casablanca. Our journey finishes when our professional driver drops us in our Hotel for overnight.

Day 2: From Casablanca to Rabat

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will drive to It is a sprawling modern city. Upon our arrival in Rabat, our car will be easier to drive in this city’s wide and modern streets to make the most of our time. Depending on how early we start, we can spend more time visiting certain sights than others. Our time journey will begin with a visit to the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohamed V. A veritable complex of Moroccan royalty and history. They will give us a glimpse of Morocco’s past and bright future. In 1199, the Almowahad king Jacob al-Mansour constructed the Hassan Mosque. After a massive earthquake the Hassan Tower and its 200 persist. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the site is a symbol of royalty and power in Morocco for over 800 years. Our next site is the ornately decorated Mausoleum of Mohamed V. He is the grandfather of the present king and the founder of modern Morocco. We will drive to the Oudaya Kasbah. This fortified neighbourhood has sat perched over the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the invading canons coming from the Iberian Peninsula since its completion in 1269. Its maze-like small streets and ancient stone houses gives an atmosphere of the Mediterranean. The picturesque doors, views over the Atlantic Ocean and the sky-blue houses entrances the Oudaya Kasbah in a Mediterranean psychedelic vibe lost in the Atlantic shore. Its UNESCO status as a world heritage is not merely merited by its rich history, but also by its calm beauty. Lunch will be in a local restaurant with a menu stuffed with varieties from all over the world. Our next stop will be in Challah. It is an ancient Roman port city and a Moorish outpost witnessing the glorious days of both Empires. Later it became a fortified necropolis enclosing corsairs from all over the world. It was a fortified centre for a strong rebel navy once invaded Iceland for two years. Challah is now a destination for all those fascinated by the history of human kind in this region. Its winding, ruins, streets, unkempt assembly of houses, and gardens makes it a strong attraction for families of white storks. We will give the Royal Palace an opportunity to fascinate us with its luxurious vibes taking us into its mesmerising corridors. Leaving the Royal Palace, we will proceed to discover Rabat’s new town where Morocco meets the modern world. Once built by French architects during the protectorate (1912-1956), Rabat’s new town features many remarkable sights. A sleek brand-new tram system connects all of them. Rabat encloses the Central Bank of Morocco, the Postal Museum, and the Saint Peter Cathedral. Rabat’s old city lays not far from these sites. It was built over centuries on top of a Roman settlement. Its streets are the straightest and most orderly of any old city in Morocco. We will enjoy exploring the vibrant markets and the stately Street of Consuls. For flexibility purposes, we have the option of uncovering the mystical vibes of these sites with a local guide or by our own. Our time travel ends when we check-in our cosy hotel for an overnight and dinner.

Day 3: From Rabat to Meknes then Fez

Early in a blue-skied morning we will head to Fez spending the day in it is young sibling: Meknes. Our first stop will be at the ruined Roman city of Volubilis. French archaeologists began excavating Volubilis in the early 20th century. However, half of the immense city remains beneath centuries of topsoil. We will plunge into the famous wonders of the Basilica, the Triumph Arc, and many other palaces with their exquisite mosaics. We can chose to have the tour of Volubilis either with or without a local guide. Afterward, we will make a quick stop in the adjacent small town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. Hovering atop a hill overlooking Volubilis, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun houses the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I (745-791), the first Muslim king of Morocco. During our stop in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, we will go to a panoramic viewpoint to get a glimpse on the fascinating natural scenery joint with the centuries old houses. Then, we will hit downtown for lunch. Our last stop will be in the great ancient capital of Morocco: Meknes. Smaller in comparison to the other Moroccan Imperial Cities, Meknes held the status of capital of Morocco for only 55 years during the reign of the famous Sultan Moulay Ismail (1634-1727). This sultan is recorded as one of the few who reigned over Morocco with an iron fist. His capital was the strongest walled city in his time. The walls are more than 1.5m thick to sustain the canons of the rebellious tribes and foreign powers trying to seize power in Morocco. Meknes’s old city offers a trove of sights for curious visitors: Moulay Ismail’s massive stables, the capacious granary, and the cavernous underground prison. Foreign captive corsairs built most of these sites. They were a part of the European raid attacking the sultan navy on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during the 17th century. We will also visit Moulay Ismail’s mausoleum. It is one of the only mosques in Morocco open to tourists. The monumental Mansour Gate is also a part of our journey. A Portuguese architect designed it as a price for his freedom. He was arrested in the shores of Morocco on the Atlantic heading toward one of the Moroccan colonised coastal cities at that time. We will also visit the covered food market, and the El Hedim Square. At the end of our drive, we will take the highway back to Fez. We will drop you off at your hotel in the late afternoon/evening.

Day 4: Tour of Fez

After a night in one of the cosy Fez Riads, we will wake up in the morning ready to start a journey in uncovering the mystics that surround this saint city. It is the spiritual and intellectual capital of Morocco. It is the pumping heart of Moroccan civilization. As the biggest urban car-free zone in the world, the UNESCO considers it a world heritage. Its Ancient medina is a massive labyrinth of dusty alleys dating back to the 8th century. The sumptuous houses and palaces that cuddle inside its surrounding walls gives an unforgettable time journey that surpasses space. The hectic markets offers a variety of shopping options that once were carried across the desert from India. The medieval urban maze of its ancient medina offers a strong proof of what humanity can achieve collectively. We will discover the recently restored leather tanneries with is century old techniques of making leather. The Foundouk Nejjarine and wood working museum and the Dar el-Magana water clock are the sites that once made fez an industrial capital during its glory times. The hilltop Merinid Tombs gives a surreal panoramic view over the whole medina. The serene Bou Inania Koranic School and the Qaraouine University, the oldest university in the world, are the major schools that make Fez an intellectual capital alongside the modern Universities in the new city. The Moulay Idriss II Mausoleum is the pumping heart of Moroccan spirituality. As the centre of the Moroccan handicraft industry, Fez is also the perfect place to do some souvenir shopping. Scarves, leather goods, carpets, spices, metal goods, pottery, etc., Fez has it all as it did for over a millennia now. At the end our tour guide he takes you to your accommodations in Fez where you will spend overnight.

Day 5: Fez to Chefchaouen visiting Volubilis

Early in a blue-skied morning, our professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in fez at an appointed time. Then, we will hit the road heading west as a start of our journey to uncover the mystics that surround the history of Morocco. For flexibility purposes, we will have a chance to decide, if we have any preferences, which route we take: the highway, or the scenic route. The latter is highly recommended for its panoramic views of Oulad Shaker reservoir and the surrounding rolling countryside. They are dotted with wheat fields, olive groves, fruit trees, and vineyards. Our first stop will be at the ruined Roman city of Volubilis. French archaeologists began excavating Volubilis in the early 20th century. However, half of the immense city remains beneath centuries of topsoil. We will plunge into the famous wonders of the Basilica, the Triumph Arc, and many other palaces with their exquisite mosaics. We can chose to have the tour of Volubilis either with or without a local guide. Afterward, we will head north to Chefchaouen before sunset to witness a show of Mother Nature setting the sun and concluding the day. Overnight and dinner in Chefchaouen.

Day 6: tour in Chefchaouen.

On the second day of our journey exploring the mystics of the north of Morocco, we will explore the beautiful, blue town of Chefchaouen. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a fascinating panoramic view over the city. Nestled in a green mountain valley at 600m above sea level, a local chieftain built it as a hidden outpost. Its name remained a mystery for foreign intruders as it literally means in Tamazight language (Berber) “look at the horns”. Its strategic position on the foot of two horn-like mountains, Megou and Tisouka, helped push back the increasing incursions of European powers into Morocco in the 15th and 16th centuries. After the Reconquista and fall of Islamic rule in Spain, Muslim Andalusian refugees flocked to Chefchaouen to begin new lives on the African continent. Until the middle of the 20th century as Spanish rule of northern Morocco began, Chefchaouen had held a strong reputation for being impossible for non-Muslims to enter. The clean and fresh air of Chefchaouen marks the simple walking in its blue narrow streets a healthy benefit. Its fountains are pouring some of the best quality mineral water in all of North Africa. As it is much calmer and cosier than Fez, it is an escape from the overwhelmingly busy street of Fez’ old Medina. Its most strikng feature is its old city’s picturesque sky blue painted walls and streets ornamenting the two horn-like Mountains with beautiful tidy houses. Among the major sights in Chefchaouen are the Kasbah (fortress), and the Ras El Ma River Valley. For flexibility purposes, we can chose to explore the village either with or without a local guide. Overnight in one of its cosy hotels.

Day 7: Chefchaouen to Tangier

We will leave Chefchaouen early in the morning at an already appointed time. Then, we will hit the road north towards Tangier. We will have few stops to explore its surrounding sites. Cape Spartel and the Caves of Hercules will be amongst our short stops. Our drive will take us north, over the mountains for a glimpse of the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. We will also drive by the UNESCO’s protected old medina of Tetouan with the possibility of a short visit. Before our arrival in Tangier at noon, we will make a stop at the scenic Cape Spartel. This site overlooks the Mediterranean. On a blue-skied day, we can catch a glimpse of British Gibraltar and the European continent in the distance. Cape Spartel is one of the northernmost points in Africa. It is the point where Hercules separated the two continent with his massive hands. The mystery of the lost continent of Atlantis that sank into the Atlantic Ocean is not far from Cape Spartel. Going down from the Cape, we will visit the majestic Caves of Hercules. Both nature and man carved them over the past centuries. In ancient times, it was thought that Hercules slept in this cave before completing his 11 labour tasks. Our day ends by checking into our hotel in Tangier and have the rest of the day to explore Tangier’s historic old medina. Some of the famous sites we will visit in the old medina are the Kasbah fortress and the American Legation. The latter was one of the first American diplomatic posts overseas. Nowadays, it houses a cultural centre and museum. Overnight and dinner in a cosy hotel in Tangier.

Day 8: Tangier to our departure point (Fez/Rabat/Casablanca)

On the last day of our exciting tour in unveiling the northern mystics of the beautiful kingdom of Morocco, we will meet our professional driver at an already appointed time. He will drive you to your accommodation/ Airport anywhere in the North of Morocco (Fez/Rabat/Casablanca).

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