Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat : Your Intrepid Morocco driver will meet you at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may go directly to your hotel to check in or you may start the tour of Casablanca immediately. During the city tour, you’ll see the bustling city centre with its Art Deco architecture and lovely seaside neighbourhoods. You’ll also tour the magnificent Hassan II mosque, which is the second largest mosque in the world and one of the few open to non-Muslims. You Will return to your hotel. Overnight will be in a Hotel in Rabat.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Fes: Depart for Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, and once there, see the outside of the royal palace and tour the mausoleum of the late King Mohammed V, which is always guarded by royal cavalry. You will also see the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, which sits high above the Bou Regreg River opposite Sale, the historic home of the Barbary pirates. From Rabat, you’ll continue to Meknes, where you’ll have lunch in this former imperial capital city, built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century. You’ll see the ruins of the royal stables, which once housed 12,000 horses, and experience the austere beauty of the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Other sights in Meknes include the ancient House of Water reservoir and the magnificent city gate, Bab El Mansour. Continue to Volubulis, the ruins of the largest Roman Settlement in Morocco. Arrive in Fes during the afternoon. Overnight will be in a Hotel or Raid in Fes.
Day 3: Fes – Fes : You will spend the entire day on a guided tour of Fes, which was founded 1,000 years ago by Moulay Idriss. During your walking tour of the labyrinthine old city (this is a day for comfortable shoes), you will see the outside of the 13th century raouine mosque, tour the Bou Inaniya madrassa, and visit the souq to learn about Moroccan crafts. After lunch in the medina, you will see the newer city, including the potter’s district, which is home to Fes’ famous blue pottery. You may have dinner at your hotel or in the medina. Overnight will be in a Hotel or Raid in Fes.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Beni Mellal – Marrakech : The drive from Fes to Marrakech is a long one, but in crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains, you will see some lovely scenery. You will pass through Ifrane, home to a ski resort and Morocco’s prestigious private Al-Akhawayn university, on the way to Azrou and the Tadla Valley before having lunch in Beni Mellal. Your drive will take you through some of Morocco’s richest agricultural before you arrive in Marrakech. Overnight will be in a Hotel or Raid in Marrakech.
Day 5: Marrakech – Marrakech : Enjoy a full day exploring Marrakech with a local guide. You will see the historic Koutoubia Mosque, known for it’s four distinct faces, and the Saadian tombs and Bahia palace, which showcase the finest examples of design elements such as decorative tile, painted wood, carved plaster, and calligraphy. You will tour the souks and end your day in Jama’a el-Fna, which is a UNESCO heritage site. In Jama’a el-Fna, you will see snake charmers, story-tellers, henna artists, and dancers. This square has been the heart of the medina since the 12th century, and is home for performers, travelers, and snake oil sellers. Stop for a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. Overnight will be in a Hotel or Raid in Marrakech.
Day 6: Marrakech : You have the option to spend the day exploring Marrakech on your own or relaxing at your hotel. Your driver can take you to see other sights such as the Majorelle garden,which features a collection of exotic plants, or the ruins of the Badia palace, still magnificent in their arrested decay. Alternately, take a round trip to lovely Ouarika valley in the mountains or to Essaouira, the former Portuguese garrison town on the coast.
Day 7: Marrakech – Departure : The tour ends at the airport. Your driver will take you to the airport for your return home.