10 day tour – Imperial Cities & Northern Morocco
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO Tangier AND TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION:
Upon your arrival at Tangier, either by ferry or airplane, we meet you, and pick you up to the hotel you will be staying at.
In the evening a friendly tour is scheduled for you to explore this magnificent city, that has for centuries been Europe’s gateway to Africa. With its blend of cultures and influences is unique in Morocco .
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Tangier – Tetouan – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen :
After breakfast, we will leave Tangier to start our wonderful tour , towards our first destination Tetouan passing by Ceuta or ( Sebta to the locals) , there are some magnificent views to the sea right there. Once arriving at Tetouan a jewel of a town in a striking location at the foot of the Rif Mountains, The ancient Medina, a Unesco World Heritage site, looks like it has not changed in several centuries ; you will enjoy a traditional lunch among local people, before continuing our tour passing by the small fishing port of Capo Negro.
Eventually we will arrive at Chefchaouen Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. with its old Medina, a delight of Moroccan and Andalusian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta El Hammam and its restored Kasbah.
Overnight at a Riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen – Rif Mountains – Fes :
After breakfast in the Riad, we are going to leave the unforgettable Chefchaouen towards a special destination, The city of Fes, also known as the scientific city of Morocco, because in its heyday, Fes attracted scholars and philosophers, mathematicians and lawyers, astronomers and theologians. Craftsmen built them houses and palaces, kings endowed mosques and medersas (religious schools). On the way we are going to have the opportunity to explore the remote Rif mountains with its hidden valleys, where we will be able to relax and enjoy lunch in front of some breath-taking views.
Eventually we will arrive at Fes, where you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: Fes sightseeing escorted by an official local guide :
After Breakfast, you are going to explore, the historical ramparts of the Medina of fes. See the historical “Marinid tombs “, visiting the 14th century “ the Madrasa Bou inania “,and its excellent museum, with its rich collection of illuminated manuscripts, and ceramics.
Enjoying lunch in the Medina
Then you are going to resume exploring the fascinating cobbled lanes of the Medina, and the richly decorated Attarin’s Madrasa, Also the Funduq of Nejarin, and the medieval tannery, the infinite variety of handicrafts, copperplate and pottery.
Eventually, after an entertaining day, you are going to spend the night in a Riad.
Day 5: Fes – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss – Meknes – Rabat :
After a traditional breakfast in the Riad, we are going to resume our tour towards, a special destination, a historical place from the 25 BC “volubilis” , the site of Romans ruins. Next and not far from this current location, staying in the historical mood we are going to visit the city of Moulay driss, the oldest city in Morocco, where the founder of Islam in north Africa is buried, we will enjoy lunch in this beautiful city, then we are going to continue towards a city known as, the Ismaili capital of Morocco ,the city of Meknes. Where you are going to see the famous historical gate of “Bab Mansour El Alaaj “, Also the second known plaza in Morocco after the plaza of Jamaa El_Fna in Marrakech, the plaza of “Lehdim “, next you are going to see the Basin of “Sahrij Souani “, and explore the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.
After Meknes, we finish to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, where we will visit the famous Mohammed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower and enjoy a short break at the pretty walled Kasbah of Oudaia.
Overnight in Rabat
Day 6: Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakech :
After breakfast, we are going to resume our tour for special a destination on this journey, “Casablanca “, the commercial capital, and the largest city in Morocco. A blend of Moorish style, and a European art decoration. Where you are going to visit, the 5th largest mosque in the world, with its world’s tallest minaret. Standing partly over the water.
Afterwards we are going we finish our tour toward Marrakech, the red city of Morocco.
After arriving, you will check up in the Riad, then you will enjoy the special ambiance of ” Jamaa El_Fna ‘s plaza ” by night, where fortune tellers, snake charmers, musicians will compete for your attention.
Overnight at the Riad.
Day 7: Marrakech sightseeing guided by an official local guide :
After breakfast at your accommodation, we will prepare for an exciting experience of exploring the magnificent city of Marrakech, our guide will make sure to show you every important places, starting with :
The Majorelle Gardens & Berber Museum, also The Rahba Kedima is a colourful market filled with a wide collection of spices from Cumin, Cinnamon, Saffron, Dried Pepper and more. You will inhale different perfumes while walking through the market ; The Jewish Mellah, the bahia palace, the magnificent mosque of Koutoubia, also El Minara, and finally the Saadin tombs.
Overnight at the Riad.
Day 8: FROM Marrakech TO Essaouira CITY:
From Marrakech we will move to Essaouira, a seaside fishing town known for it’s Portuguese and Jewish history along with hand painted charming blue, white and yellow painted houses, fresh seafood and artist community.
You are going to start exploring the great historical sides of Essaouira, starting by Scala the kasbah the copy of the french coastal town saint-Malo, build by the French architecture “Théodore Cornut”. Next you are going to walk through the old Medina and enjoy the rich handicraft products that the city provides, and the antique traditional coloured houses in the Medina.
Essaouira is known for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts 300,000+ people in June. It also has an expansive beach for surfing called Plage de Safi. Also you will discover the Jewish headquarter in the old medina.
Overnight in a Riad.
Day 9: Drive back from Essaouira to Marrakech :
Today is free to explore the winding streets and coastal ramparts of Essaouira, before driving back to Marrakech, around midday leaving time for you to do whatever you want in Marrakech. Other activities include a Calèche ride (horse drawn carriage) to the peaceful Majorelle Gardens and, a small Museum of Islamic Art. A final treat may simply be to try a Hammam ( public bath) , a traditional Moroccan steam bath – a nice reward for our busy Moroccan experience.
Overnight in Marrakech .
Day 10: Marrakech at leisure – Transfer to the airport :
Today we will try to benefit our time as much as we can, maybe wander around Marrakech souks to get some souvenirs for friends…, then transfer to Marrakech’s international airport based on your flight schedule, where unfortunately our unforgettable experience will end.
Included in this tour:
✓ Private tour in a comfortable A/C vehicle.
✓ Private driver/guide during the trip.
✓ Local guides of Fes and Marrakech.
✓ Pick up / drop off from Airport/Hotel/Riad.
✓ Accommodation in hotels during the tour.
✓ All breakfasts.
Not Included in this tour:
✗ Plane ticket to, and from Morocco.
✗ Lunches, dinners, and drinks during the tour.
✗ Entrance fee to museums, and attractions.