CASABLANCA | MARRAKESH | FEZ | CHEFCHAOUEN
On arrival in Casablanca Mohamed V Airport & after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by your English-speaking guide just outside of the airport terminal.
Welcome to the economic capital of Morocco, founded during the 10th Century when Berber fishermen settled. Today you will have the evening free at leisure.
Dinner & overnight in the hotel. Kenzi Basma 4* or similar
You will be taken on an orientation tour of Casablanca, driving along the Corniche, where the locals take their evening stroll. Your guide will also point out Rick’s Café, with its memorabilia of the cult movie Casablanca, past the Anfa district then returning to the hustle and bustle of this busy city, via the League of Arab States Park, the Notre Dame de Lourdes church, and the United Nations Square.
Check out from your hotel in Chefchaouen , we leave for Fes via Ouezzane (Village of the Hill of Myrtles), standing on the slope of the Jebel Bou Hellal, planted with varieties of olive & fruit trees. It is an important religious centre, and pilgrimage to the descendants of the Prophet & also for Moroccan Jews, coming in their thousands each year to pay homage at the tomb of Rabbi Ba Amrane, an 18th century miracle worker (buried 7kms from the town).
The endless labyrinth of Fes El Bali’s dark, narrow streets, conceal as many as a thousand ‘derbs’ (blind alleys). In 1976 UNESCO declared the medina one of the world’s cultural treasures. The palaces, mosques, medersat, zaouias and fountains of Fes El Bali are among the most beautiful in Morocco. You will enter the Medersa Bou Inania, the largest Koranic school in Fes, and admire its splendid stucco work, bronze, marble & onyx decorations, all classic Merinide architectural features.
Marrakech, known as the “Pearl of the South” is an imperial city whose quality is to be found in the beauty of its monuments, its geographical location at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, in the good life of his palm, in excitement of the medina and the richness of its souks. Check in to your chic Boutique Hotel, located in near the Agdal gardens.
Have some time to freshen up, before joining the group for a pick up to the Jemaa Elfna square where you will enjoy a gastronomic Moroccan dinner that will be followed with a horse carriage city night tour that will end at your hotel for overnight. Palais Sebban 4* or similar
Into the souks, an intricate maze of narrow streets, protected from the sun by slatted awnings. Your guide will escort you through each and every souk, basketwork, dried fruit & spices, on to the clothes & brightly coloured materials – on to the Rahba Kedima square where a slave market used to be held until 1912 – here you will see the wooldyers and the Berber herbal apothecaries – selling every type of medicinal cure, as well as freshly ground spices. This souk leads into the Rabia souk, or Berber carpet souk. On through the El Kebir souk (leather goods), forking into the ironwork souk, leading to the jeweller’s souk and kissaria. You will visit a traditional baker, to marvel at how they bake the flatbread in the ovens in a hole in the wall! Then, a stop at the Ben Youssef Medersa, once the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb.
Stroll along the quays, where you can watch fishermen unloading their catch of the day and fishing boats coming back to shore, or enjoy the many good restaurants at the part and dine on fresh fish and seafood. Essaouira is a picturesque and divers town where you can explore the historic ramparts and visit the Medina full of local artists selling their crafts made of thuya wood. The ramparts will give you an insight in to how this old seaport village was armed against the threat of invasion. Parquetry remains a traditional speciality of Essaouira, and another beautiful attraction of the region is its tranquil beach, where you could easily spend a relaxing and peaceful afternoon.
Breakfast at the hotel & depending on the time of your flight, time to relax before being driven to Marrakech airport.