Morocco : The Realm of Contrasts

Day 1: Arrival at Tangier.

Meet with our tour escort at the port of tangier.
Start the exploration of the gateway to africa : Tangier.
As the name suggests, Tangier probably originates from the greek legend when tinge, Antaeus’ Widow, became Hercule’s partner. But historical evidence alludes to Tangier as the one of the first phaenician settlements of urban sites in Morocco besides the introduction of a written language used by the local berbers afterwards.

Tangiers became a highly contested prading port, made the capital city after the incorporation of the berber kingdom of mauretania into the roman empire where they appointed as a representative Juba II, a berber prince enducated in Rome.

Tangier lived a long and tumultuous period between the 8th and the 20th century when it became the object of rivalery between Omayads and idrissids regained Morocco under Moulay Ismail’s rule when the english abandonned the city after using it as part of Catherine Braganza’s dowry.

At the begining of the 20th century between europeen powers until the Algeciras treaty in 1906 wich gave the city the status of an international zone.

Tangier become the centre of interest to artists like Paul Bowles, Tenessee Williams , Jacques Majorelle, Jean Genet & others. The city became thanks to its standing at a cultural and commercial cross roads a symbol of artistic freedom in parrallel to its role as an earthly economic paradise.

  1. The touring starts with the Mendoubia old residence of the representative of the king transformed into a Kasbah, including the Grand Socco, the Petit Socco considered as the two main market places
  2. Grottoes of Hercules and Cap Spartel overlooking the meeting point between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean
  3. 60 Km : Head to Tetouan, where you will explore the Moulay Ismail’s remparts which harmonionsly maches with the style of architecture dating back to the spanish period.
  4. The different influences on the city of the impregnable Rif berbers, the Spanish and the hispano moorish population who took refuge in Tetouan as a result of the christian reconquest made of it the enblem of multicultural agglomeration.
  5. Visit the old Medina and join the bus near Bab El Oukla.
  6. Stop for lunch
  7. Continue to Chaouen (60 km)
  8. Once you reach the former battle field of the famous rebellian movement led by Abdelkim Khattabi against the spanish and the frensh presence. You may wish to visit the authentic medina. The tour ends at the exquisite market place of Uta Hammam.

Day 2 : Chaouen / Ouazzane / Volubilis / Meknes / Fes (280 Km)

After breakfast, drive through the scenic landscape of the rif mountain which inspired EUGENE DE LA CROIX of the rural natural beauty and generosity of the local berbers.
Head to Ouazzane where you can make a short break.
Continue to volubilis :

Guided tour of the UNESCO world heritage site. Through the basilica, the forum, the documanus maximus; hercule’ deeds, orphus house which can put you in direct contact with the roman urban tissue. This tour offers overwhelming views of the holy village of Moulay Idriss ( the king who founded Morocco as an Arabo-Islamic country twelve centuries ago) in the distance.

Meknes: The contemporary capital to versaille. Upon arrival discover the magnificent gates of the victorious BAB AL MANSOUR and BAB AL KHAMIS (Thursday) then go for a walking tour inside the stables and the granaries. The tour continues with a visit of the mausoleum of the founder of the imperial city Moulay Ismail.

Day 3: Sightseeing of Fez

Founded at the end of the 8th century, fez offers the best example of a well preserved medieval medina through the labyrinth of alleyways where the form of transport are still donkeys and mules; the Medersas, Fondouks (served both as warehouses, INNS and stables in the ancient times), souks are another touch of the Hispano- Moorish style of architecture.See the ATTARINE MEDRASA, NEJJARINE FONDOUK, the overwhelming tanneries and the shrine of the founder of the city Moulay Idriss II. Take a look at the KARAOUIYINE mosque where the pope Sylvester the II made his studies of the Arabic numerals (especially the zero) and where famous scholars have taught their disciplines namely the great jewish doctor and philosopher Maimonides and the great mathmaticians AL JABER (ALJEBRA) and AL KHAWARISMI (ALGORITHM).

The afternoon is devoted to the rempart tour including the MELLAH (Jewish quarter) with its 17th century BEN DANANAN synagogue;The nearby the oldest king’s palace in the country and the exploration of the blue gate and the potery centre outside the walls encompassing the medina.

Day 4: Fez / Erfoud (430 Km)

Today’s trip will enable you to discover the important ceader forest embracing Ifrane, the distinguished sky resort with its ornate mansions and swiss looking chalets. The berber village is located at 1650m of altitude and was founded by the frensh around 1929 and home to picturesque water falls and natural lakes.

Continue your crossing of the middle Atlas through Tamahdite, Zaida and reach Midelt famous city for hosting the apple mousem.

After lunch stop, start your discovery of the high Atlas before reaching Foum Zaabal tunnel and the city of Errachidia. Enjoy the panoramic view over Zouala Palmeraie and proceed to Erfoud.

Day 5: Erfoud / Merzouga / Rissani / Erfoud

Like Ifrane, Midelt and Ouarzazate, Erfoud Was built by the frensh as a military outpost near the borderline with Algeria.

The city is located within the Tafilalet Valley irrigated by ZIZ River known for its divastating floods.

Erfoud is a perfect starting point for excursions to Merzouga (part of Paris – Dakar Itinerary) and to Rissani, home to the mausoleum of the Alaouite dynasty.

This city is renowned for the celebration of the dates festival.

Start with landrover excursion to Rissani, fossil mines and reach Merzouga, watch the sun set and retreat back to Erfoud.(part of the tour may be done by bus.if not the landrover is optional)

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Erfoud / Ouarzazate (330 Km)

On your way to the spectacular todra gorges, you will be impressed by the 10th century Khattara System based on underground water chanel carrying watrer of melted snow of the high Atlas towards the consequently created oasises of the great Kasbah road.

Take a short break at Tinejdad and continue to Tineghir. You will enjoy the different facets of the Palmeraie with its Lucerne green parcels, olive and almond trees set in the midst of plam groves.

Discover the breath taking gorges.

A nearby truck roads leads to the impressive dades gorges.

After lunch,have panoramic view over Dades Valley and continue to El Kelaa des Mgouna hosting the rose festival. Then cross Sekoura valley famous for its picturesque Kasbahs.

Arrive at Ouarzazate, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Ouarzazate / Ait Ben Haddou / Marrakech (220 Km)

Having driven along the lush valleys through the way between the high and anti- atlas.Todays drive will be en exceptional experience of the hairpin bends of Tizintichka pass at an altitude of 2260m.

Thanks to the geographic location the exquisite Kasbahs and nestled villages in the out skirts. The city of Ouarzazate became the best starting point for culturally interesting excursions and made of it the Moroccan hollywood (Gladiator, Lowrence of Arabia, Shattering sky….)

Visit the famous ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.

Continue your route through Tichka to reach Marrakech

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Marrakech

For these who were fascinated by the wonderful grand BAZAR of IstanbulL and ones entranced by Cairo’s KHAN AL KHALIL market, Marrakech offers an overwhelming spell through its Charming and colourful souks which are like a conservatory of arts and crafts, its exquisite Riads and Palaces, its lush gardens and museums but when it comes to romantic facets, JAMAA EL FNA square , the folklorique heartbeat of Morocco, enables the visitor to experience the ambiance where visions and reality are intermingled.

Visit the koutoubia tower and mosque (outside); the 19th century palace: EL BAHIA, the saadien tombs unvailed through an aerial photograh taken at the beginning of the last century, Dar SI SAID museum of Moroccan art, the old jewish quarter, Ben Youssef medersa and the museum of Marrakesh.

The tour ends at the incomparable UNESCO world heritage site Jamaa EL FNA square where you can explore meandaringly the mise en scème of the story tellers, boxers, fortune tellers, saltimbanque, snake charmers and the attractive food stalls.

Day 9: continue your exploration of rak

Day 10: Marrakech / Rabat (350 Km)
After breakfast, drive a along way to Casablanca.

Arrival and start a guided tour of Casablanca. The exploration starts off with the 20th century port called AL HABOUS famous for its Art- deco architecture and the famous 1952’s law court transformed into the governor’s office. Then visit Hassan II mosque magnificent both by its location on the Atlantic Ocean and by the splendid aspect of the hispano-moorish its offers to the visitor. After lunch, discover the prost and morrast’s designs of architecture of Med the Mohamed V square including the lyautey’s statue (forshading the French protectorate between 1912 and 1956) and the united nations area with a view of the old medina and the nearby Jewish quarter.

Continue to Rabat, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Rabat / Tangier (230 Km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive along the Atlantic coast-line heading towards RABAT. A pure contemplation of the Almohade (12th c) architectural style embodied in both the necropolis of Chellah and the Oudaya Kasbah (famous for its Moorish café). Then go for a harmonious juxtaposition of the Med V mausoleum located within the walls surrounding the impressive Hassan tower and mosque.

Continue to Tanger, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: departure

Breakfast at the hotel, departure for the port of tangier.
Including hotels en Half board system.

Not included:

- Excursions not mentioned in the schedule
- Through Guide
- Lunch meals
- Drinks
- Entrances to the monuments
- Tips and ports
- Suggested optional tours: Merzouga land rover, dinner show en Fes, Fantasia show en Marrakech.
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