17 Days From Casablanca Grand Tour of Morocco
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Duration: 17 DAYS - 16 NIGHTS
Location: Casablanca

Day 1 : Casablanca airport – Hotel

Meet and greet at the Casablanca airport, then start discovering Morocco’s largest city and economic capital. On the way to the city center, you will be given a general introduction to the tour and a brief overview of Jewish history in Morocco. Begin with an outside tour of the splendid Hassan II mosque, one of the tallest mosques in the world, soaring over 210m. Continue to the Ain Diab Corniche for a relaxing stroll along the coast. Go on to the Habous charter, the oldest part of Casablanca, which houses the Royal palace. Overnight in Casablanca.

Day 2 : Casablanca – Rabat

After breakfast at your hotel, we will begin our day with a visit to the Jewish Museum in Casablanca, the first of its kind in the Arab world. Next, take a walk through the neighborhoods that were historically settled and shaped by Jewish populations. Make a stop at the cultural center before arriving at the Beth El synagogue. We will have lunch in one of the local, kosher restaurants before transferring to Rabat, the administrative and political capital of the country. Begin city tour with a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah, Rabat’s old square, or medina. Continue to the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the burial ground of the two late Alouite kings, Mohammed V and Hassan II which houses a collection of intricate mosaics. Overnight in Rabat.

Day 3 : Rabat – Tangier

After breakfast, explore the capital of Morocco by a walk around the entrance to the Royal palace, and its gardens, then Mohammed V and Hassan IIMausoleum, Hassan Tower, the land mark of Rabat and one of the oldest mosques of Morocco. Departure to Tangiers along the road you will pass by Kénitra centre interchange, before continuing north towards the Kénitra, then follows the coast past the fishing village of Moulay Bouselham. 30 km north of there is the town of Larache an important harbour town in the region Tanger-Tétouan in northern Morocco, then Sidi El Yamani, connecting to the road toTetouan. There is another town Asilah, is a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco, before reaching Tangier. Its ramparts and gateworks remain fully intact with 40 km remaining to Tanger. Dinner and overnight

Day 4 : Tangier – Chefchaouen

After breakfast departure to chefchaouer or (chaouen) a trip that will take about 3 hours, The roads wound around the valley edges as you travel along towards the Rif mountains. Stop in Tretuen for lunch , Tetouan is one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea. It lies a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar, and about 40 mi of Tangier, then continue to Chefchaouen. Afternoon visit of Chefcaouen. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : Exploring Chefchaouen.

You will spend your day exploring the charming town of Chefchaouen, situated in the Rif Mountains. It is famous with its bright blue-washed buildings. As you stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and walls of the medina, you will notice most of men wearing Djellabas made of wool and women wearing colourful straw hats. Lunch in a local restaurant. You will admire the panoramic view of the valley and village. In the main square of the medina, you will have time to explore the shops full of local handicrafts, such as wool garments and woven blankets. Spend the night at the hotel in Chefchaouen.

Day 6 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss – Meknes – Fes

The drive from Chefchaouen to Moulay Idriss near Volubilus is about three hours. Once in the region, we’ll be able to explore the Roman Ruins and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss. A walk around the impressive Roman city site, then you will have some time to see where Morocco’s first Arab conquerors settled, in the small, sacred town of Moulay Idriss. Then off to Meknes where you can explore an afternoon some of this Imperial city’s sights and continue to Fes. Dinner and overnight

Day 7 : Exploring Fes

We will begin our Fes tour by visiting, of course, the mellah, which is considerably older than the ones at Meknes and Rabat, having been built in the 15th century. At one time, it housed over 10,000 people, 40 synagogues, the Bet Din, communal ovens, ritual baths and schools. Follow with a visit to the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue – the oldest extant synagogue in Fes. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments of medieval Fes. Next, we will tour the vast Jewish cemetery opposite the gates of the Royal Palace and the nascent Jewish Museum at the Em HaBanim synagogue. Finish up with a walking tour stopping at various souks and tanneries, along with Medersa Attarine University and Foundouk Nejjarine, the shrine of Moulay Idriss II. Overnight in Fes.

Day 8 : Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Medilt – Desert Merzouga Erg Chebbi

Depart from Fes. You pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in Moroccan style built by the French in the 1930’s to resemble a Swiss village. You visit the cedars forest in Azrou where you will see the monkeys and you drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then you continue towards Merzouga. You will stop for panoramic views to see the a huge oasis of palm trees. In Rissani you will take the 4×4 to the desert where you reach Merzouga in the afternoon. Your guide and camels will be waiting for you and after a rest you will start a camel trekking across the sandy dunes of the Erg-Chebbi. Enjoy a camel trek across a desert landscape and enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel. After 2 hours you will reach to the desert camp to spend the night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a dinner, watch the starts.

Day 9 : Exploring Merzouga – Desert Tour 4×4

Wake early to watch the sunrise from the top of a 980-foot (300-meter) high dune overlooking the border with Algeria. Return to camp for a Berber breakfast, then ride your camel back to your hotel in Merzouga.
Unwind in the hotel swimming pool before a 3.5-hour jeep tour across the desert to admire the different faces of the dunes and black volcanic rocks. Pass through small villages, stopping for lunch with a Berber family. Drive the same road used in the famous Paris-Dakar Rally, reaching a cave where you will learn how the locals extract fossils from the heart of the earth.
Return to your hotel to relax before dinner. You can take an optional night walk through the dunes to hear the sound of silence and gaze at the stars.

Day 10 : Merzouga – Erfoud – Tinghir – Ouarzazate

After the breakfast driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tin- jdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Enjoy walking above the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains, then transfer to Kelaat M’Gouna along the Dades Valley. Kelaat M’Gouna is a large village, which is famous for cultivating roses, so expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Transfer to Ouarzazate, also known as “Morocco’s Hollywood,” for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 : Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Taroudant

After breakfast, begin city tour of Ouarzazate, including the Tourirt Kasbah, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, and Tifoultout Kasbah, which offers remarkable views of the valley below. Next, visit the cinema to graphic studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Continue on to Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular fortress village in the south of Morocco and the iconic landscape immortalized in such films as, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, The Sheltering Sky, Kundun, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Alexander. Transfer west through the Souss Valley to Taroudant for overnight.

Day 12 : Exploring Taroudant

In the morning, we will take a day-trip to the nearby village of Arazan to visit an exclusive site normally closed to the public. This tiny adobe synagogue is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. Hebrew prayers are painted on its earthen walls and its ark is adorned with Amazigh decorations. This little gem is one of the best-kept secrets in Morocco, a beautiful example of the coexistence between the Amazigh and Jewish populations, and a wonderful relic of a now-vanished world. We will explore this village to enjoy the rare opportunity to witness Morocco’s rural lifestyle first hand. Return to Taroudant and explore the bustling marketplace of the walled city. Also know as the “Grandmother of Marrakech,” Tardourant is a sightly village located in the Sous Valley. We will cross the city’s characteric ramparts and tour along narrow, winding streets before arriving at the souks, where some of Morocco’s most talented craftsmen tend their art. Overnight in Tardourant.

Day 13 : Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira

We will leave Taroudant through the very lovely coasts of the Atlantic Ocean towards Essaouira. On the way we will pass through Agadir where we will spend some time to discover the secrets of this great city. Agadir is one of the biggest cities in Morocco and it is very famous for its lovely beaches. Transfer to Essaouira along the Atlantic coast, passing through Agadir and Taghazoute. Overnight in Essaouira.

Day 14 : Exploring Essaouira

The relatively small, easily navigable city is ideal for a free day. Although originally Portuguese, Essaouira was fortified by a French-influenced architect named Vauban, and also formed the settling ground for a large Jewish population, so the city has an eclectic, multicultural feel. As a result of these influences, Essaouira has become the premiere destination for artists and intellectuals. The city’s stable microclimate gives it a mild winter and a cool summer, so you can make the most of the beaches year round. Don’t leave Essaouira without visiting the local artisans, who are known for their marquetry furniture intricate designs inlaid in the roots of cedar. Feel free to ask guide for city highlights. Overnight in Essaouira.

Day 15 : Essaouira – Marrakech

Late in the morning, we will transfer to Marrakech, the “Red City,” capital of the south, and most popular destination in Morocco. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 16 : Exploring Marrakech

After breakfast, we will have a full day city tour of Marrakech to learn about its rich Jewish Heritage while also viewing some of its famous historical monuments. The city tour will include the former and current synagogues within the mellah, the Jewish cemetery, and Jema El Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. We will also visit the Koutoubia Minaret, the Bahia Palace, and the Saadia Tombs before going to the medina to spend free time in the souks. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 17 : Marrakech – Casablanca airport

After breakfast, we will assist you to the Casablanca airport for your return flight.