Original Travels | 2024
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Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn | Days: 8 | Level: easy
Explore Northern Morocco's most vibrant and historical cities including Tangier, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Rabat, and Casablanca. Immerse yourself in the local culture, sample traditional cuisine, and visit famous landmarks such as the Hassan II Mosque and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Each city offers its own unique charm, from the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen to the bustling medina of Fes.
Upon arrival in Tangier, you will be welcomed by your driver and begin your North Morocco adventure. After check-in, if your flight schedule allows, you may have the opportunity to embark on a short tour of Tangier. Visit the bustling medina, explore the famous Kasbah Museum, and take a break at the legendary Café Hafa. Highlights of the medina include the Grand Socco, a lively square with the Grand Mosque, numerous cafes, and restaurants. Stroll through the winding streets and visit landmarks such as the Kasbah Museum, Dar el Makhzen palace, and the Hafa café, a popular hangout spot for artists and writers.
Your driver-guide will take you on a scenic drive to Chefchaouen, a charming blue-washed city nestled in the Rif Mountains. You'll pass through picturesque villages and stunning landscapes along the way, with opportunities to stop and take photos. In Chefchaouen, your guide will show you around the narrow streets and blue-painted buildings, taking you to historic landmarks like the Grand Mosque and Andalusian Gardens. You'll explore the old medina, with its stunning views and unique architecture, and sample the local cuisine. After a day of sightseeing, you'll have time to relax and soak up the city's atmosphere before heading back to your accommodation for the night.
Enjoy a picturesque drive through the Rif Mountains, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Stop at Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can explore the ancient city and marvel at the well-preserved mosaics and ruins of public buildings, temples, and private mansions dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Next, visit Meknes, a former capital of Morocco known for its grand monuments and impressive gates. Explore the historic medina, visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and admire the impressive Bab Mansour gate. Then, continue to the holy town of Moulay Idriss, nestled in the Zerhoun mountains, a place of pilgrimage and an important spiritual site for the Moroccan people. Visit the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I, the founder of the Idrisid dynasty. Finally, arrive in Fes, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in Morocco.
Explore the heart of Fez with a local guide, who will take you through the winding alleys of the medina, one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval cities in the world. Visit the famous tanneries, where leather has been produced for centuries using traditional methods. Marvel at the intricate mosaics and tilework of the Bou Inania Medersa, one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Morocco. Admire the historic architecture of the Bab Boujloud gate and the Dar Batha Museum, which showcases traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. Visit the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859 and considered the oldest continuously operating university in the world. And of course, no visit to Fez would be complete without a visit to the bustling souks, where you can browse for handmade crafts, textiles, spices, and more. With the help of your local guide, you'll gain insight into the history, culture, and daily life of one of Morocco's most fascinating cities.
Your Fez day trip to the Atlas Mountains will take you on a scenic drive through the countryside to the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you can admire the stunning natural landscapes and traditional Berber villages. You will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque town of Ifrane, known for its European-style architecture and beautiful parks, as well as the cedar forests of Azrou, where you can spot Barbary macaques in their natural habitat. Your local guide will take you to meet with Berber families and experience their hospitality, culture, and way of life. You can enjoy a traditional lunch in a Berber village and visit a women's cooperative to learn about the production of local rugs and handicrafts. Along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, and to take photos of the stunning natural scenery. Back to your accommodation Fez in the late afternoon.
Travel on to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a former royal city, Rabat is home to many impressive landmarks and historic sites. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent mausoleum of Mohammed V, with its elaborate mosaics, gold leaf decorations, and marble sarcophagus. Opposite the tomb, the iconic Hassan Tower rises almost 44 meters into the sky, standing as the landmark of Rabat. You will also have the chance to explore the Kasbah of the Oudaia, a charming and historic neighborhood with narrow alleys, colorful houses, and stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Take a break and enjoy a cup of tea in a local café, and soak up the special atmosphere of this unique corner of Morocco. Later in the afternoon, your driver will take you to Casablanca, where you can check into your accommodation and relax after a day of sightseeing.
Explore Casablanca's iconic sights, including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, and the imposing Art Deco architecture of the Casablanca Cathedral, which dates back to the French colonial era. Stroll along the Corniche, a scenic coastal promenade, and visit the Central Market, a bustling marketplace where you can sample traditional Moroccan foods and shop for souvenirs. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the medina, with its narrow streets, vibrant colors, and lively atmosphere. Finally, take some time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Casablanca's modern cafes and restaurants, with their fusion of traditional and contemporary styles.
As your journey comes to a close, your driver will transfer you to the airport in Casablanca for your departure flight, filled with cherished memories and experiences to carry with you for a lifetime.