Casablanca city tour
Casablanca is the largest city and economic centre of Morocco, tour inside the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the world that can hold 25,000 people. Afterwards, we will include lunch at ‘Ricks Café’ immortalised in the movie ‘Casablanca’ with the famed line ‘of all the bars in all the world…'The city tour will then continue, including stops at Place Mohammed V, Boulevard Mohammed V the city’s chic shopping street with its French Renaissance style architecture as well the Central Market and Habbous souk area.
Rabat and Kasbah OudaiasThe Moroccan capital enjoys a picturesque position overlooking the where the Bou Regreg River opens out to the Atlantic Ocean. Visits will include the Hassan Tower, Royal Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Royal Palace and one of Rabat’s most evocative sights, the Merenid necropolis of Chellah built on the site of a Roman fortification and surrounded with towers and a defensive wall. Also you will see Kasbah Oudaias along with its gardens.
MeknesThe imperial city of Meknes, founded during the Alawite dynasty by Moulay Ismail made Meknes his capital for 55 years. He surrounded the city with imposing walls and monumental gates such as the Bab el Mansour that lead to the Place el Hedim, old medina and its covered markets, the Palace of Dar Jamai Museum with its collection of Beaux Arts and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail are not to be missed.
Fez MedinaYou will be guided through this twisting and fascinating maze with a pause for morning tea/coffee before further exploring sites in the medina such as the Kairaouine Mosque &University, Medersa el Attarine and Nejjarine Fountain. You will enjoy lunch in one of the ornate palaces within the medina.
Volubilis and Moulay IdrissVolubilis was the Roman capital of Morocco, and the site, excavated during the French occupation, covers several acres that are strewn with monuments and broken sculptures. The two preserved grand archways tell of the grandeur of the old city. Moulay Idriss is considered the holiest town in Morocco named after the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, the country's most revered saint. Spread amidst olive groves in the Zerhoun hills, you will also have lunch here and enjoy time to explore this picturesque small town.
Middle Atlas Mountains
A fabulous scenic drive, witnessing different Moroccan landscapes. In the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane at 5,460 ft. Developed by the French to escape the summer heat, the architecture resembles a French mountain resort. The high plains, with a baron, moon-like landscape and the snow covered peaks of the High Atlas Mountains in the distance make for a wonderful setting.
RissaniMorning excursion to Rissani, the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between north and south gave the city a certain importance in previous times. A former major desert caravan centre, Rissani remains a major commercial centre in the region, with a large souk, and numerous crumbling Kasbahs.
Sunset over the SaharaVenture in 4 x 4 vehicles into the Sahara to catch a magnificent sunset over the rolling golden red dunes. Truly memorable!
Todra Gorge, Dades Valley and trail of the Kasbah’sThe Todra Gorge is recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons and here you will have a leisurely lunch while enjoying the dramatic setting, with cliffs over 500ft tall on either side. After lunch you will drive the Dades Valley, passing numerous Kasbahs, en route to Kelaa M’Gouna famous for its Rose Water production, before continuing to Skoura where you will visit the ornate Kasbah Almredil.
Ait Ben Haddou & the High Atlas MountainsThe UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou, a fortified town and castle amidst almond trees has been used as the setting for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Indiana Jones’ ‘Gladiator’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and many more movies. Afterwards you will continue on a breathtaking drive across the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass, which ascends to over 8,000ft, with great views over the Souss Valley.
Horse & Carriage (Caleche) ride in MarrakechFrom the famous Jemaa el Fna square take a scenic Caleche (horse and carriage ride) to view the walls and squares of the Medina in relaxed comfort.
MarrakechMost of the city’s ‘unmissable’ sights are found within the city walls where mud brick homes nestle alongside classic French colonial buildings, and today you will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, sumptuous Bahia Place and the Merdersa Ben Youssef, which is a jewel of Moroccan architecture. After lunch in a Medina palace you will then take a walk through the artisan souks, watching craftsman work as they have done for hundreds of years, before finishing in the bustling Jemaa el Fna square.
Majorelle GardensVisit to the painter Jacque Majorelle’s famous garden laid out in 1931 with exotic plant life, bougainvillea, cactus and ornate fountains. He painted the walls of his art deco villa a vibrant ultramarine to match the Marrakech skies. Today the property now belongs to Yves Saint Laurent and houses a museum of Islamic art.