A fascinating and adventurous tour of the vast Atlanta coast and inland. Visit all ancient cities and enjoy the natural beauty of the sea.
9 days – 8 nights
Start and end in Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech
Arrival in Marrakech – a warm welcome awaiting you at the Menara airport. Transfer to the hotel. Before time to explore the city which Winston Churchill called, “The Last Paradise on Earth”. You will visit the ancient ramparts, Menara Pavillion, Koutoubia Minaret, Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the Royal Garden. The bazaars are unbelievable with their brass, copper, silver, textiles, pottery, and leather. Marrakesh is a crossroads of people who comprise the Moroccan Nation – Berber, Arab, Sudanese, Jewish and European. In the main square, just like 500 years ago, you will see the snake charmers, acrobats, storytellers and vendors of magic potions. Fantasia Dinner at Chez Ali (optional).
Day 2: Marrakech – Essaouira
Morning devoted to touring Marrakech, the capital of the south: Koutoubia (12th century), the Bahia Palace with its delicate and exquisitely delicate architecture and beautiful gardens; a visit to the souks in the medina, and the place Djemaa El Fna. After lunch, departure for Essaouira. Visit ex-Mogador, its fishing port, ramparts and unusual open medina where you will discover craftsmen specializing in the highly prized wood crafts of thuja. Lodging at hotel.
Day 3: Essaouira – Safi – Oualidia – El Jadida – Casablanca
We will follow the road that parallels the Atlantic Coast. We will make a stop at Safi, city which was Portuguese and later the residence of the French Consul in Morocco. Today it is a fishing port and a city known for its ceramics. In this city you will be able to see a castle on the sea, a fortress of the 16th century, a vault, Kechla a white palace of the 18th century or seat of Makhzen. Continuation by the Coastal road and its splendid sights. Lunch at Oualidia. Then we will pause in El Jadida which is famous for its beach. This city keeps the print of its Portuguese roots (to be seen particularly in its cistern). Arrival in Casablanca. Night at our hotel.
Day 4: Casablanca
In the morning visit the place of the United Nations (district of the administrations), the Boulevard Mohamed V, the residential district of Anfa, and the large mosque Hassan II.
Day 5: Casablanca – Meknes – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss – Meknès
Depart for Meknès. Visit the city (e.g., doors, Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, the place El Hedim, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismaïl). Lunch at the restaurant and later a visit to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Afterwards, continue towards Moulay Idriss, Holy City, astonishing site built on two rock pitons. Lodging in hotel at Meknès.
Day 6: Fes
Fes is an important metropolis of Morocco because of its religious, intellectual and artistic history. You will discover Fès El Bali, the old city “intramurally”, the medersa Attarine, the Karaouine mosque, the Nejjarine Fountain and various souks. Lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant in the medina. In the afternoon we will go to the entrance of the “new city” or Fès El Jedid to see its monumental door. Return to the hotel.
Day 7: Fes – Ifran – Beni Mellal – Marrakech
Return to Marrakech, while passing by Ifrane, a idyllic health resort on the road through the Middle Atlas. Stop for lunch in Beni-Mellal, then visit the source of Aïn Asserdoun. Arrival at Marrakech. Check-in at our hotel.
Day 8: Marrakech-Cascade d’Ouzoud
Today you make an excursion heading to the south via a winding route that takes you through the pine forests of the Middle Atlas to Beni Mellal, the center of a huge agricultural area. Then a spectacular mountain road takes you to Cascade d’Ouzoud, a three-tiered water fall dropping 110m to the river. Overnight back in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech
Transfer to Marrakech airport.
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