Morocco Historic Tour Package
Group Tours of Morocco 2017
Morocco is one of North Africa most rewarding geographically, culturally, and social diversity. Morocco possesses some of the highest mountains laced with fertile plateaus and plains giving way to the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is also home to the rare red cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains and Argan trees in the Anti Atlas, which are unique to Morocco. All are included in this cultural tour of Morocco.
This amalgamation of cultures, including African, Berber, Jewish, Islamic, and European, is added to the influences of the early Egyptians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans, making the history and culture of Morocco undeniably fascinating and remarkably exceptional.
Our visitors will enjoy this Morocco historic Tour incorporating some of the most distinctive and diverse areas, studying the history, art, and crafts with the most qualified, well-known indigenous experts and guides. Trips to private palaces, homes, and art collections will be combined with major cultural attractions, as well as the opportunity to study and purchase Moroccan crafts, which have been famous for their diversity and good quality for centuries.
Join us in this Morocco group tour package 2017 as we venture amongst the mosaics of the Roman City Volubilis, the exotic Mellah, the Medina of Fez, and the romantic, scented gardens of Marrakech. Morocco is a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and cultures. Visiting Morocco is an experience not to be missed.
Day 1: Arriving in Casablanca - Transfer to Rabat
Our guide will be waiting for you in Casablanca Airport at your arrival gate to take you immediately to check-in to your hotel in Rabat. This is a wonderful short drive of about 45 miles through the lush farms and nurseries of exotic plants.
You will reach Rabat the capital of Morocco, a city styled in a spaciously elegant European grid, yet slightly aware of its modernity. Rabat and its twin city Sala Colonia are separated by only a river but are historically worlds apart. They have an ancient legacy that spans hundreds of generations. Each civilization that has inhabited each of the cities has left its imprints, resulting in a wide variety in architectural styles, from the Phoenician and Roman eras to the art deco and modern edifices.
Your guide will take on a historical and lively tour visiting Jewish quarter, the Mellah in the Heart of the city starting at Place Sidi Makhlouf. The 12 century ramparts are best seen from this landmark. Walk up to Bab Chellah in the medina and cross Sidi Fateh St. This will lead you to the traditional Souk Laghzel (Yarn market). He will introduce you to the importance of this traditional guild on textile role in the Moroccan society.
Proceeding on your guided visit of Rabat, you will cross to the citadel of the Oudaya Kasbah entering from its 12th century main gate to explore an extraordinary Medieval Moorish marvel overlooking the delta of Bourgreg River. You will have the opportunity to visit the old-fashioned Moorish gardens, stop in a traditional coffee house for mint tea, and in between explore the Oudaya museum of tribal arts and crafts where you will discover the beauty of traditional Berber Textiles.
You will continue your quest exiting the Oudaya Kasbah and up the hill to visit the Hassan Tower and Mohamed the V Mausoleum, an emblem of Moroccan architectural arts and crafts at its finest. You will reach the Royal Palace and the Necropolis of Chellah at the end of your tour. At the end of touring Rabat, you will return to the hotel for dinner and accommodations.
Day 2: Travel to Fez exploring Volubilis and Meknes
Your excursion for the day traveling east in the hinterland, will cover most of ancient history highlights. The first stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis was a critical city in the imperial Roman department of Mauritania (modern day Morocco, and the Western Sahara) during the reign of Caracalla. Volubilis is impressively well preserved and the genius of Roman urbanism is still intact. The two central integral streets in every Roman castrum, the Cardo and Decumanus, are prominent. The cardo is the boulevard which runs north-south and the Decumanus, east-west. The intersection of the two is the heart of every roman city. There you will find the ruins of the ancient forum.
In the neighboring hills of the vicinity the holy citadel of Moulay Idris is nestled. Founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar, grandson of the Prophet Mohamed (s.a.w.s), this citadel is considered to be both the cradle of Sufism to Moroccan society as well as the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty. The city was created primarily for the indigenous population that migrated with Moulay Idris from the Middle East.
You will drive around 15 miles to the next stop, the imperial city of Meknes. Meknes is a 17th Century city built by Moulay Ismail to rival the ancient Moorish city of Fez. Theogh the monumental grandiose of Meknes and the Power of its founder King Moulay Ismail Meknes lived always in the shadow of Fez. Meknes is a royal metropolis considered to be the Versailles of Morocco.
Eventually, you have reached your destination, the ninth century city of Fez. In the evening, you will get a taste of the greatest of the Imperial Cities. You will visit the sights on the outside of ancient walled city, including the ramparts, the gates, and the Borjs (Moorish Forts). After this introductory aperitif to Fez, you will dine in your hotel and prepare for day three: Fez!
Day 3: Historic Guided Tour of Fez
The full day will devoted to historic visit of Fez. Extremely enthralling, Fez is feast for the senses with its haunting yet beautiful sounds, visual splendor, and evocative smells. Fez is most ancient of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world. Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outsides of its walls. Fez owes nothing to the world of today, but electricity.
Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path. Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina. Our specialized guide will take you on a historic discovery of the city of Fez starting at the King's Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates.
Then, we will drive to the Merinides hill to visit their necropolis. Here you will enjoy the best panoramic view on the old walled Medina, brimful with its countless minarets to call for the prayers in a city that has responded to these calls for 12 centuries. Drive down the hills to the gate of Bab Guissa where you will leave your vehicle and walk to enter an ancient world. Fez has preserved its Medina as it was centuries ago. Not even a bicycle is able to be used as tool of transportation. Only donkeys, mules and horses are able to help moving all what the city produces and needs as supplies.
The first guilds you will immediately encounter are the cobblers, the saddlers and black smiths interlaced by some caravansaries for tribesmen who come from the surrounding areas to trade and supply their needs. Down the hill to Juteya you will encounter all sorts of crafts but noticeably carpenters and leather workers as one of the traditional tanneries is not far. This walk will lead you to El Ashabine square with its variety of activities. From there, you will wind your way to the Sgha square which will lead you to Attarine then Souk el Henna and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the founder of Fez. Next to it, you will visit the Nejjarine square with its famous fountain, its guild of carpentry and the museum of folk arts at the Fondouk.
You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great Mosque university of Al Quarrawiyyine, passing by Shemma'ine, the market of dried fruits. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of book binders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passerby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouani and the shrine of Sidi Ahmed Tijani. You will end your walking tour and retreat to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.
Day 4: Cross the Atlas Mountains to Afourar
You will spend your day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains Berber villages, wards, and nomadic settlements. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou.
Azrou is an important market center for the region Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Your driver will take a little detour in a cedar forest to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Barbary apes. This may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family at its temporary encampment. As nomads are very hospitable people, whenever we encounter them we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents.
At Khenifra, the Middle Atlas ranges give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. After lunch, you will descend the Atlas Mountains finally arriving in the foothills which overlook the magnificent oasis city of Marrakech Alhamra. Some of the aforementioned stops will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.
Day 5: transfer from Afourar - Visiting Marrakech
After breakfast, you will descend the Atlas Mountains finally arriving in the foothills which overlook the magnificent oasis city of Marrakech Alhamra. Some of the aforementioned stops will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets.
You will devote your afternoon to the exploration of Marrakech many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert.
Your walking tour of Marrakech will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.
Day 6: Day Excursion from Marrakech to Telouat
In the morning, you will venture into the High-Atlas Mountains, to visit the Telouat fortress. The fortress is what remains of a stronghold belonging to the Berber chieftain El Glaoui (the Lord of the Atlas). You will stop for lunch in Taddert, eating at the highest pass in Morocco, Tizi n'Tishka. In the afternoon, you will return to Marrakech to visit the private art and craft collection of Riad El Fenn. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.
Day 7 : Art Tour of Marrakech
You will spend your morning visiting the renown Art galleries and private collections with a shopping opportunities in the colorful souks of Marrakech. You will have the afternoon to yourself. After sundown you will have the opportunity to enjoy the overwhelming beauty of Marrakech by night in a Renaissance horse carriage. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.
Day 8: Travel from Marrakech - Visiting Essaouira
You will begin your day by traveling to Essaouira (Mogador), a picturesque city with a rich history. With a fascinating antiquity, Essaouira was occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, supplied essential purple dyes to the Romans, absorbed the sophisticated Jewish arts of silversmith, and spent centuries as a Portuguese enclave.
Despite the obvious influence of these civilizations, Essaouira has managed to remain a small, authentic Berber town. Alive with the breath of fresh air provided by the Atlantic, Essaouira is a jewel nestled in the ragged coast, with a vast expanse of empty sands trailing back along the promontory towards the South. After an introductory tour of Essaouira, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.
Day 9: Travel from Essaouira to Taroudant
In the morning, you will travel to Taroudant, where you will feast on a typical Berber tagine lunch, seated high above a banana plantation. You will pass through forests of the indigenous Argan and Thuya trees, where you may see the region notorious tree-climbing goats. You will break for afternoon tea at the Hotel Gazelle d'Or, Morocco most exclusive resort. Finally, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at the Palais Salam, formerly a Pasha's guest house, nestled into the city massive walls.
Day 10: City Guided Tour of Taroudant
You will spend your morning touring the city of Taroudant. Surrounded by red ochre walls, Taroudant is one of south Morocco most ancient cities, with its rich bazaars reflecting a strong tradition of arts and crafts. Visiting Taroudant, this elegant imperial city is like discovering the classic Marrakech of the 1940s. You will conclude your day with a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Day 11: Drive to Agadir Airport then Casablanca - Home
You will depart for the Agadir Airport early in the morning. There you will catch a flight connecting you to Casablanca, where you will board your plane for a non-stop Royal Air Maroc flight home with a lifetime's worth of memories packed neatly into your suitcase.