Imperial Cities and Moroccan Atlantic

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Casablanca

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Casablanca; El Jadida; Safi; Essaouira; Agadir; Marrakesh; Ouzoud; Fez; Volubilis; Moulay Idriss; Meknes; Rabat

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Morocco! Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Our guide will contact you at the end of the day. Dinner included.
Total distance: 260 km
Landscapes : from Atlantic plains of cultivated fields to more arid landscapes near Safi.
After breakfast, we include a visit with a local guide to get to know the largest city and economic center of Morocco. We will walk through its great avenues, the beautiful square of Mohamed V with its fountain, Moorish buildings, palm trees and the park of the Arab league. We will also visit little Medina. We include the entrance and visit to the huge mosque of Hassan II , the only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed to enter, located next to the sea, with its 210-meter-high minaret with laser lights on top pointing to Mecca. After that we have free time for lunch in the pleasant maritime area of "La Corniche".
14.30 hrs- Casablanca, after lunch we continue travelling, following the Atlantic Ocean, to the south of the country.
16.00 hrs- El Jadida, Arrival in this port town, its citadel (Mazagan) has been declared a World Heritage Site. It was built by the Portuguese in the early sixteenth century, and became the most important commercial and maritime center of the African coast. Its powerful walls overlooking the ocean made it impenetrable, its picturesque streets preserve numerous traces of the Portuguese era – such as the church of the Assumption in Manueline style. We will walk and include the entrance to the old cistern of the sixteenth century.
18.00 hrs- El Jadida, departure.
20.00 hrs- Safi, arrival, dinner included and accommodation.
Note: the old cistern of El Jadida is closed for restoration. It is expected to reopen throughout the season.
Total distance completed: 305 km
Landscapes: in some areas, great views over the ocean.
Note : If you wish, you can rest for a while on the beach of Essauira. Bring in this case what you will need with you.
08.30 hrs- In the morning, with our guide, we visit Safi , this city is known for its ceramic production, highly demanded throughout Morocco for its quality and bright colors. We will photograph the castle of the sea, the wall with its powerful fortress, we stroll through its attractive Medina and we will visit the "hill of the ceramists" with its many shops.
10.00 hrs- Safi, departure
12.00 hrs- Essauira , Arrival in this historic city of spectacular beaches, called the Blue Pearl of the Atlantic. Its walled Medina, facing the sea, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificently preserved city is chosen by artists and painters. We will have free time for lunch and stroll through its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and powerful walls lashed by the waves.
15.00 hrs- Essauira, we continue following the Atlantic coast, with magnificent landscapes in some places.
18.00 hrs- Taghazout, brief stop in this picturesque small town that lives off fishing and the surf tourism.
19.00 hrs- Taghazout.- We continue on.
19.30 hrs- Agadir, arrival in this Atlantic city where the Atlas mountain range reaches the sea, dinner and accommodation.
Total distance: 255 km.

Landscapes: Mountain landscapes as we traverse the Atlas Mountains.
Note: please, remember that you must check out of your hotel room before 12:00h.
Free morning in the most popular “beach tourism” destination of the country. You can enjoy its immense beaches, walk along the promenade or go shopping at some of its many shopping areas.
14.30h- Agadir, after lunch time, we resume our journey on the amazing highway which crosses the Atlas Mountains.
18.00h- Marrakesh . After arriving at the hotel, we include a calash ride to the famously lively Jemaa El Fna Square. Dinner included .
08:15 hrs. - We will have the city tour. Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We will get to know the great walls, the Jemaa Square, we will walk through the colorful Medina, see the Koutoubia Tower, as well as visit the Bahia Palace (ticket included). Lunch at the hotel and free time in the afternoon .
In the evening we recommend you the Fantasy dinner show, where you can experience the rich and varied Moroccan folklore.


Total distance: 540 km
Landscapes: Interesting landscapes, arid with oases, mountain following the Atlas, lands of nomads in some areas.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes for the visit of the Ouzud waterfall (easy access by stairs)
08.00 hrs- Marrakesh, departure. Our stage today, being longer, will allow us to see the contrasting landscapes of the country. Following the Atlantic slope of the Atlas Mountains we continue the first part of our route.
11.00 hrs.- Ouzoud Falls, surprising stop at this peaceful place that has the highest waterfalls in North Africa (110 meters), located in the Middle Atlas, in an area between spectacular gorges. We include a short boat trip and lunch in a restaurant with beautiful view of the waterfall, you can have fun watching the macaques (monkeys of Morocco) that inhabit this area.
13.30 hrs- Ouzoud, departure. We continue our route.
19.45 hrs- Arrival in Fez . Before going to the hotel, we will admire the view of the city from the Marinid tombs (according to sunlight it can be visited early the next day). Dinner included.
Total distance: 120 km.

Scenery: nice landscapes of farmlands.
Note: Fez is a very traditional city, and Mulay Idris is a holy city; therefore, we kindly request that you wear proper clothes and respect the local population. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes to visit the archeological site.
In the morning, we include a visit to Fez . We will cross through the Bronze Gates of the Royal Palace, we will visit the Jewish quarter, the lively souks, and the tanners’ quarter. Fez is the cultural capital of the country and home to the oldest university in the world. The city of Fez was established in the 9th century and is known for its breathtakingly beautiful Medina, whose Arab traditional atmosphere is the best preserved in the country. Towards the end of the visit, we will include the lunch in an old palace in the Medina.
15.00h- Fez- departure.
16.30h- Volubilis archeological site . Arrival at the probably best preserved Roman archeological site in the north of Africa, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C. as the capital of the Mauritania Tingitania province, Volubilis was a relevant military outpost of the Roman Empire where many beautiful monuments were erected. Admission is included .
17.30h- Volubilis- Departure. We resume our journey beside olive plantations.
17.45h- Mulay Idris - located on the top of a hill, we arrive at the principal holy city and pilgrimage destination for Muslims in Morocco. Mulay Idris, great-grandson of Mohamed and founder of the first royal dynasty of Morocco, is buried here. The city was closed to non-Muslims until 1912; until 2005, non-Muslims could not stay overnight here. Free time for walking around.
18.45h- Moulay Idriss- Departure.
19.30 h- Meknes . Arrival, dinner included and lodging.
Total distance: 240 km.
08.30 hrs- After breakfast, visit of Meknes , another fascinating city declared a World Heritage Site, founded for military purposes in the eleventh century by the Almoravids, and was the capital of the kingdom in times of Sultan Muley Ismail (1672-1727), founder of the Alaouite dynasty. This sovereign built an impressive city of Spanish-Moorish style, surrounding it with high walls marked by monumental doors. We will be surprised by the immense gate of Bab el Mansur and the activity in the square el Hedim (reminiscent of the D, Jemaa square of Marrakesh). We include admission to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail . Free time.
12.30 hrs- Meknes, departure. Continuation by highway, time for lunch in service area.
15.30 hrs- Rabat. Arrival and city tour of the capital of the Kingdom. We visit the powerful fortress of the Oudaia, the Hassan tower where the mausoleum of King Mohamed V is located, the walls of the Andalusians, the outer enclosure of the Royal Palace and the modern quarters of embassies. After our visit, free time.
18.30 hrs- Rabat, departure. We follow the shores of the Atlantic.
20.00 hrs- Casablanca -Arrival at the end of the day.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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