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Group members met at airport and transferred to hotel in Casablanca. This afternoon, group departure for sightseeing tour of Casablanca including : Central Market , United Nations & Mohamed V Squares , the Habous Quarter, The Royal palace (from outside), visit of Hassan II Mosque (visit inside) -- the second largest mosque in the world , tour by the cornice Aïn Diab. Sightseeing ends back at the hotel. Dinner can be arranged at Rick’s Cafe Restaurant – price not included.
Breakfast at hotel, then departure for Rabat the capital of the kingdom. Our Rabat visit include outside view of the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and Mohamed V Mausoleum (a real jewel of the Moroccan architecture ), and Oudaya Kasbah. On arrival in Meknes, we have sightseeing of Meknes with its 25 miles of walls surrounding the city. See the Gate of Bab Mansour and the ancient Jewish quarter, and the Moulay Ismail Granaries. Next stop is Volubillis, visiting the Roman ruins there before we head to Fes.
Sightseeing of Fez which is the spiritual, cultural & religious center of the kingdome. Our full day of sightseeing includes the medieval Medina, the University, the Karaouine Mosque (outside) with its roof of emerald green tiles, and the magnificent Nejjarine Fountain, Attarine and Abou Inania Medrassa. We will then continue to the Jewish quarter called Mellah. This afternoon, wander the winding cobblestone streets in search of bargains. We’ll visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant colour.
This morning we leave our hotel for the day drive to Erfoud. We’ll travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and the mud–brick Berber villages in Azrou known for its wood-carved handicrafts and expert carpet weaving. We stop in Midelt - a sleepy village flanked by the beauty of both the Middle and the snow-covered High Atlas Mountains. We continue to Erfoud. On arrival to Erfoud, then to Merzouga for excursion by camel to the sand dunes & possibility to see sunset.
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Erfoud. Then we’ll drive by bus through to Tinghir & dense palm groves to the Todra Gorge. This afternoon, we continue along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and the Dades River Valley where everything is calm, beautiful and fresh, the perfect image of an area where time has stood still for centuries. We end at Ouarzazate.
We start with a brief sightseeing tour of Ourazazate city. Originally built by the French in the 1920’s, Ouarzazate has become a center of the film industry because of its proximity to desert and snow covered mountains. We visit Kasbah Taourirt, used as a hotel for the cast of “Laurence of Arabia” while the movie was being shot. Departure to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou village to visit the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. Drive to Taroudant via Taznakht and continue via the route of saffron to Taliouine and Taroudant.
With its majestic gold, pink and orange tinted ramparts, Taroudant is half citadel, half oasis. It is a town of great charm, called “the little Marrakech”. The walls, the souks and the stark backdrop of the High Atlas are the town's main attractions. The souks are not large but they are varied and much of the works here is of upstanding quality. Next, drive to Agadir for a city tour and a bit of time before continuing to Essaouira. The coast route offer a wonderful scenery of the Atlantic Ocean.
We have a guided tour of Essaouira. Protected by the tradewinds and surrounded by flowers, Essaouira "la Blanche" is the centre of the cabinet makers craft. Master craftsmen produce delicate pieces in lemon, cedar and sandalwood, preserving the character and aroma of these fine woods. Our visit includes la Skala , la porte Marina & Medina. This afternoon, depart for Marrakech.
We have a full day tour of Marrakech. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is Morocco’s second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. We’ll visit the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, the royal Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret , Menara Garden, souks , Medina. This afternoon, we continue our visit of Jemaa El Fna Square.
Today we will take you on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains - it is a long day - we set off at 08:30 and will only be back by 23:30. We start by crossing the 1300 hectare Palmeraie, a genuine oasis and head on to the foothills of the Atlas. We head on through the High Atlas, taking in valleys and seeing Berber villages along the way.
Our service today ends after breakfast.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...