The Moroccan Grand Tour
Our grand tour is an opportunity to appease your gratifying needs for uncovering the beauty of Morocco in 21days and 20nights.
Throughout this tour you will familiarize yourself with the history, culture and the prosperous customs of Moroccan people by visiting Berber families in their home towns and villages.
Day 1: coming to Casablanca city.
From the airport you will be transmitted to your booked accommodation by our company’s guide driver.
Our first stop by will be The greatest Hassan the 2nd mosque .
N.B / ( The visits are going to last about 5 hours a day.)
It is located in the promontory of the Atlantic ocean. It’s a two hundred and ten – meter minaret makes it the seventh largest tower.
The tower is 60 stories high topped by a laser light directed towards Mecca.
Next we are going to call in the “Parc de la Ligue Arab”: an enormous green space with a range set of trees and plants forming a terrific scenery.
By making a move to the north of the city, we will pass by the “Place Mohammed V” as well as the “Place des nations Unis”, one of the most known locations of Casablanca town centre.
Most of the buildings all long the Mohammed V Palace depict the French architecture.
In the same area you can do some shopping for about an hour.
Dispersing south and north of the Place “des nations Unis” you will uncover the former administrative constructions and modern hotels bringing together both of Hispano-Mauresque and Art Deco design .
Moving towards the old medina through the Avenue “des Fares Royal” , your guide will accompany you , going through the tight streets of the old Medina.
We also recommend visiting Restaurant “Rick’s café” whose designer are the famous Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. They restored it for filming Casablanca , the most classic film of the 20th century .
You will settle comfortably in a majestic residence built against the walls of the old Medina.
the overnight in Casablanca will be in Casablanca
Day 2 : From Casablanca to Rabat
Our second station in this grand tour is going to be Rabat city.
The city is pinpointed on the Atlantic Ocean coastline, at Bou Regreg river passage.
During this day expedition you will learn more about the history of the city’s towers, castles as well as its contemporary side.
In the antiquated part there is Hassan Mosque and the Almohad gates and bulwark, the only surviving part of the project for a great capital city of Almohad .
With a professional guided visit you will explore the outstanding Almohads walls of the Udayays Kasabah.
Bab Oudaïa, a majestic gate of Almohad dynasty is another characteristics of the Almohad’s impressive architecture.
Not to mention the Udayays museum before proceeding to the medina, relaxing for a while in the Moorish fashion garden.
After lunch time, we will move to the significant historical and tourist complex of Rabat: Hassan Tower.The mosque is located on the Wadi Bou Regreg with a hill overview.
Nearby we will see the Mausoleum of Mohammed V with a mixture decoration of stained glass windows, white marble and a cast-iron portal with a stairway leading up to a breathtaking dome.
Now let’s shift to Chella, the Necropolis site founded on antique area.
From there to the Majestic Royal Palace distinguished by an amazing Islamic design.
Our guests are legally allowed to visit Al Mechoaur where the king led the religious feasts.
In front of the Royal palace, you find the private mosque of the king.
Its erection dates back to 1864 and is surrounded by a wall with three gates well protected access.
You will also discover the town centre which is characterized by its large avenues, ornamented with well shaped gardens. In the middle of the avenue, there is a huge construction of the Bank of Morocco and “ Musée de la Poste” and the cathedral Saint-Pierre.
You will spend the night in Rabat
Day 3: from Rabat to Chefchaouen
The leave-taking point is going to be from Rabat city to the blue city of the north.
As you enter the Rif Mountainous chain, the attractive white and blue walls and construction of Chefchaouen appear in front of you. It is really a noteworthy urbain panorama.
To get familiar with the mystery of the city, a guided expedition will make your visit more interesting.
The museum of the kasabah is going to be our first stop by. It was built in 1471.
At the time being the kasabah has been categorized as a momentous building reflecting the immense bulwark of that time.
The museum’s roof remains an appropriate location for taking pictures of the Hispanic flavored town with its white and blue houses, little balconies, tiled roofs and porches garnished with citrus trees.
Plaza Uta el-Hammam is a historical site known by the impressive 15th century Grand Mosque.
Spend the first night in Chefchaouen.
Day 4 : Free day in Chefchaouen
Today a great number of activities will be offered. For instance,Walking, horse, mules or donkey riding, mountain biking and many others.
Second overnight in Chefchaouen .
Day 5 : From Chefchaouen to Meknes , Volubilis and Fez
Traversing again RIF Mountains we will leave for Meknes and Volubilis.
You will be driven via a beautiful landscape pass way to discover the archaeological remains of the Roman civilization of Volubilis. A city established in the 3rd century BC. After we will stop by the amazing view of Oulad Shaker reservoir.
The site was fundamentally recognized as that of old city of Volubilis until the end of the 19th century.
At the time of French colonization over Morocco, about half of the site was excavated, bringing to light fine mosaics. Simultaneously, some of its high-status buildings were restored.
It has become among the most ratified World Heritage of UNISCO.
Now we are proceeding to Moulay Driss Zerhoune city, where the Tomb of Moulay Driss the first( the father of Idriss the second, the Fez city establisher) was founded
After a short drive, we are going to call in Meknes city.
Our first scheduled station is Bab Lekhmiss which is the main pass way to El Mellah (Jewish quarter).
Secondly, we will shift to Hri Souani : One of Meknes memorials, pinpointed about 500 m south of the Royal Palace and the place Mechoua.
It depicts Moulay Ismail epoch in the early eighteenth century.
The unshakable walls were well-built to keep the constant temperature that guarantee the food freshness .
Dar El MA (water house) was operated thanks to the deep wells, using a system of Norias generated by animals.
Afterwards, we will see the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. For more information, non-Muslim visitors are allowed to call in the mausoleum.
This mausoleum was constructed in 1703, demonstrating a cedar painted ceiling mosaics with figment Koranic scriptures.
Place EL Hidem (square of Ruins) which adjoins the medina and the Kasabah will be our following place.
The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).
Not to mention the city’s grand gate, named after the designer El- Mansour, a Christain apostate who adapted Islam.
By the end of the day we will arrive in Fez for the overnight.
Day 6 : A guided visit in Fez city (including Fez el-Bali and Fez el-Jedid)
Just after breakfast, you will start the day’s expedition with your guide.
The first station is going to be the Royal Palace besides some nearby worth-visiting quarters among which Moulay Abedallah Quarter , the Mellah(Jewish Quarter).
onward you will go to see Fez el –jadid, a monumental Kasabah which was considered as a governmental centre until 1912.
moving in the direction of the southern Tower to have a look at including The “Musée des Armes”, a fortress that is used to shelter Fez city .
From Fez el-Jadid to Fez el-Bali, marked as a sequenced blocks of rooftops with minarets and domes. Cars can not go through its streets because of their narrowness. The reason why merchants and porters use donkeys and mules.
Upon along with your guide, you will enter Rue Talaa Kebira, the main street leading to the old legendary medina.
Reaching the old medina, you will see the Karaouiyne mosque. One of the oldish mosques in the world which had operated as a great university of the kingdom.
Dar el-Magana is another site deserving a stop by. It is a fourteenth century water clock. Around the area you can see the tomb of Ahmed el Tijani in the interior of Zeouia Tijaniya. He is the establisher of the doctrine “Tariqqa el-Tijaniya (The Way) throughout Morocco.
Following this, you will also stop by the Ech Cherabliyine Mosque (Mosque of the Slipper makers) then have a short visit to the souks presenting a great deal of products as: henna, slippers, caftans, silks, spices and jewelries .
Next, we will stop by Fondouk El Najjarine identified as a UNISCO locality.
To watch a large assortment of pottery leather-products, wood arts we recommend visiting visit Dar el-Batha Musée.
The second overnight in Fez
Day 7: includes an offered excursion to Bhalil and Sefrou
For the third day of our schedule in Fez, it would be our pleasure to offer you a day trip to explore some nearby towns and villages .
Discover the two little middle Atlas cities: Lbhalil & Sefrou- about 25 km away from Fez .
It is a miniature village at the entrance of Sefrou
Primordially speaking, This village contains a great deal of cave dwellings which were built in the mountain sides. The reason why its inhabitants are a denotation of troglodyte dwellers .the village depicts the pre-Islamic epoch.
it is a small town situated at the base of the Atlas mountains. It was traversed by Oeud Agay river.
It was known as a favorite Jewish living quarter who used to gather in EL mellah neighborhood. The area stands for the Jewish architecture. as far as the old medina is concerned, it always guards its outstanding touches particularly while marching through .
Sefrou locality makes it to an agricultural area where the Cherry Festival takes place every June.
Returning back to Fez for the third overnight.
Day 8 Free day activities in Fez
Today feel free to do any wished activity.
We may for example recommend a cooking class service in which you will enjoy experiencing some of the most widespread dishes of Moroccan cuisine.
Just a few miles from Fez, you can see some natural and healthier water sources as well. For more information let’s name these amazing resorts:
Sidi Hrassem: is one of two spas in Fez region. It is located 10 KM from Fez to the east. It features a hot spring magnesium 35°.This mineral source is considered as therapeutic water, particularly for some kidney diseases.
Moulay Yaakoub: alike the previous source, this one is a few Km to the north of Fez. It has also got some curative characteristics not as a drinking water but as a bathing hot water. Thanks to this source many both of skin diseases and rheumatism have been cured.
Last overnight in Fez before carrying on our grand tour via Merzouga next morning.
Day 9 : Fez to Erfoud through the Middle Atlas
Our tour is going to take another direction traversing the middle Atlas regions which you will certainly rouse your keenness to find out the region’s mystery.
On our way you will explore the acclivity of the middle Atlas mountains especially those of Immouzer and Ifrane. we will make a brief stop by the top of the cedar forest of Azrou where you will watch the homeland of Barber apes ( Moroccan Makak).
Lunch time will be in Midelt.
Onward and by the end of the day we will continue towards the amazing scenic Ziz Valley and Efous Oasis stationing in Erfoud. It is an oasis town in the Sahara desert. thanks to its proximity to Merzouga desert village in the Erg Chebbi Dunes, Erfoud has developed tourist infrastructures such as hotels and restaurants.
The overnight will be in Erfoud.
Day 10 : Erfoud To Merzouga via Rissani village
On the way we will stop in Rissani for taking some photos. Here we are going to visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif.
If you wish we can have a short visit to Rissani local souk containing many different kinds of traditional products.
It is also advisable to try the local pizza, called ( El Madfouna) as a lunch meal.
Reaching Merzouga village late in the afternoon, you will be received with a herbal hot tea.
Later, and on a camel ride you will watch the fabulous panorama of the desert sunset before being transferred to your accommodation for the overnight.
Day 11 : From Merzouga to Ourzazate throughout Todra Gorge.
This morning, we will leave Merzouga and head for Todra gorges, a very popular area for climbers since their walls are up to 300 meters.
By visiting Dades valley, you will undoubtedly enjoy some panoramic views.
Kelaat Mgouna is going to be our next stop. This marvelous city has long been an economic, commercial and social place for the population living in the area.
Kelaat Mgouna is nationally celebrated by the yearly festival of roses. After we suggest seeing the valley Soukora, a palm grove of 25 km², it is one of the few groves of countries still inhabited and cultivated classified as international heritage of UNESCO.
Reaching Ouarzazate late for the overnight.
Day 12 : From Ouarzazate includes a day excursion to Valley Nomad passing by Bou-tghrar.
After breakfast a four wheel vehicle will take you via an off-road to have a look over the every day life of the nomads as cave-dwellers, passing across Bou-teghrar
In Today’s expedition you live an everlasting experience with the life style of the nomad Berbers.
For instance, you can try their style of dressing, their cooking manners, and even their farming-like activities as baking, milking, tiding the cave and so forth.
By the end of the day, we will come back to Ouarzazate for the overnight.
Day 13 : From Ouarzazate, Ait Benhadou viaTelouet kasabah-Tichka Pass then Marrakech
In the morning you will be driven comfortably on a full option (4x4) car towards Ait Ben hadou without missing the stop by Telouet.
Arriving in Ouarzazate, our first visit is going to concern the international Studio of Atlas.
We will move to Ait Benhaddou – a world Heritage village by UNISCO.
Back in the past Ait Benhadou used to be a traditional interjection of caravans linking Marrakech with the southern Sahara. Traders used to do business not only in goods but also in slaves.
About an hour drive from Ait Ben Haddou village we will stop by Telouet Kasabah.
Telouet is a kasabah all the way along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara desert through the high Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.
This monumental site is worth-visiting. Five years ago, this kasabah knew a restoration process.
Making our way across Tichka pass of the High Mountains where the submerged mountain hillsides are assembled with muddy-made houses of Berber families.
Once ending up in Marrakech, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will get your dinner and spend the night.
Day 14 : inner visit of Marrakech city
Just after breakfast, we will start uncovering the comeliness of this international imperial city including its most attractive memorials.
Firstly, we will call inThe twelfth-century Koutoubia Mosque.
Then your local guide is going to escort you throughout the Djemma Lfna paths, the very celebrated public quarter in the south west of the medina. This area appeals to visitors of Morocco-about A million visitors a year. Here you will take pleasure from the aromatic smell of Marrakechy food .
By getting into the souks, you will find a huge number of Berber carpets, silver
jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes and tanneries are displayed.
Heading for the Lower Medina you will find out the extremely amazing mosque Al Mansour, the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with its basic towers. Besides, we will stop by El Badhi palace as well as the Mellah (the Jewish quarter).
Now by moving to the northern part of the Mellah, we will be the guest of 19th century Bahia palace, originally built for Si Moussa, a previous slave who became King Moulay Hassan’s chamberlain.
The palace contains Riads garnished with sculptured stuccowork ,reflecting Arabic architecture.
Day 15: A Day trip to Ourika Valley
With your private driver in a luxurious 4×4 auto car, you will leave the busy day in Marrakech behind and set out we to see Ourika Valley, situated at the lower slope of Atlas Mountain.
Due to its many waterfalls and several attractions, it has become a very popular day-trip destination.
The region is inhabited by Berber people who stick to a traditional way of life.
It will be an opportunity to visit herb gardens and taste mint tea.
Also it is a sweet-tempered landscape for some activities as: Hiking, donkey and mule riding.
Up to the head of the valley, encircled by the peaks of the High Atlas, is Setti Fatma, a village which has been restored after being damaged due to severe flooding in 1995. The village is a relatively quiet typical Berber village. Walking around the village, there are some median-sized waterfalls to be watched.
After an entertaining day, we will be back to Marrakech for a relaxing overnight.
Day 16 : Free day in Marrakech or going on an expedition to Ouzoud waterfalls.
Today’s schedule is optional.
You can feel at ease doing any wished activity as: cooking, shopping, having a traditional Turkish bath and so forth.
You can enjoy a day-trip to Ouzoud falls with 110 M high .They are located near Tanaghmeilt- a grand Atlas village in the province of Azilal, 150 km northeast of Marrakech.
In Berber the word Ouzoud stands for “grinding the grain”.
Walking through olive trees, we can gain access to the bottom of the falls.
At the peak point of the falls, there are a dozen old small mills that are still operating.
By the end of the day we return back to Marrakech for our last night before departing to Troudante.
Day 17/ from Marrakech to Taroudante.
In the morning your (4×4) auto car will be transmitting you on another fabulous trip to Taroudante.
Passing by the high Atlas you will take pleasure from watching some terrific scenery points throughout the way long.
There’s also time for some visit embracing a pleasant outlook over the Souss plain from Tizi n’Test.
Its Valleys and Berber villages on your way down to the Souss Valley and Taroudant. The small city is located in the south west of Marrakech with 250 KM away. This fertile area is traversed by Oued Souss with its awesome mixture of gold, orange colored walls.
Its walls, Souks, and the straightforward environment makes it very tempting resort for its visitors.
The overnight in Taroudante.
Day 18: From Taroudante to Agadir
On a very comfortable(4×4) vehicule we will live Taorudante and head to Agadir city traversing Tafraoute. On the way we will pass by the Anti Atlas Mountains exploring an incredible scenery which well worth a stop by.
Tafraoute is an oasis eclipsed by the background of shaped ordinary rock arrangements. This is a marvelous site for taking some pictures.
If you wish you could have lunch in Tafraoute. Then in the afternoon we will go on driving to Agadir city, “the Miami of Morocco”. The trip to Agadir takes about two hours.
The city is situated on the shore of Atlantic Ocean.
Its seaside is dynamic and lively. The tourist area consists of the boulevard of 20 August. Its sea shore remains the most celebrated tourist resort almost the whole year thanks to the average temperature and climate.
After having a shower and relaxing in your hotel, you can enjoy Agadir specific nightlife around the long walkway of the beach where you can either enjoy strolling. You will also find a lot of clubs and casinos attached to the hotels presenting a diverse means of entertainments.
Overnight in Agadir.
Day 19 : From Agadir to Essaouira.
Set out from “Miami of Morocco” in a full option car with your private driver for a sightseeing tour of Essaouira, a 3000 years old city.
On the way you will see and take photos of Argan trees.
A visit to a women’s Argan oil co-operative will be a great idea.
By mid-day we will Reach Essaouira for a well-detailed guided visit.
A souk outing, calling in the handicraft center and get acquainted with Moroccan crafts in the medina discovering the fabulous Moroccan craftsmanship.
Visit the Skala du Port, a terrific harbor which is distinguished by its tremendous canons facing the Atlantic Ocean.
There are a lot of delectable seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious lunch .
The Main Square, Across from the port you find yourself within the Main square of Essaouira. It is a lively hub of cafes, restaurants and bakeries.
Dinner and overnight in Essaouira
Day 20 : from Essaouira to EL walideya and El jadida back to Casa blanca
This is our closing day tour. In the morning we will set out to Oualidia, a well worth village to visit.
It is pinpointed between El jadida and Safi. Also the area is considered a summer resort.
Back in history , the city was a shield against outer enemies, particularly throughout Saadian Dynasty.
You will find out a very old kasabah, established in 1634.
The terminal of our grand tour is going to be in El jadida, another marked as a world Heritage by UNISCO in 2004 . Afterwards, we will ultimately shift to Casablanca so that you can be transferred to your home country.
Day 21 : Transfer to the airport for going back home.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Casablanca for return flight and assistance with the boarding formalities.