The delicate aroma of rosewater wafts around a shop filled with decadent silks. Carpets are woven in an intricate fashion and leaned against the old city walls. Elements of French colonization linger along the parapets of the new marketplace. The vibrant history of an old desert-trading town continues in the shade of the fortress. This 9-day discover Morocco tour of Casablanca, Fes, Erfoud and Ourazazate brings you powerful red walls and terracotta villages, hand-dyed leather goods and layers...
Casablanca – Moroccan Reception
Arrive in Casablanca and step into a world where the past and present merge to create a captivating atmosphere. Your private transfer meets you at the airport to escort you to your centrally located hotel. The boulevards are lined with palm trees swaying in the sea breeze. The Atlantic Ocean laps against the city’s western border. The aroma of palm oil blends with traditional spices that float out of cafes and restaurants. At the Parc de La Ligue Arabe men linger under the canopy and play pétanque, a form of lawn bowling.
The balls are thrown and hit the dirt field with a soft thud. The canopy creates a lush and shady walkway that locals stroll through. The aroma of cedar trees blossoms around the luxuriant space. Black and white marble stairs wind up the Art Deco building of Villa de Arts, a 1934 structure that maintains contemporary exhibits of artists throughout the country and abroad. When you settle into Casablanca in the evening you find a lavish city in touch with its roots but far from traditional.
Rabat – In the Direction of Independence
Fes – Medieval Center
Erfoud – Captivating Countryside
Ouarzazate – Desert Fame
Marrakech – En Route to Red
Marrakech – All About the Story
Casablanca – Between Antique and Contemporary
Casablanca – Leaving the Luster
- Witness the stunning artistic exuberance of Bahia Palace
- Discover the enchantment of Hassan II Mosque situated on the Atlantic Ocean
- Explore the grandeur of the Sahara Desert and its renowned sand dunes
- Visit exceptional walled cities erected in the desert on the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs
- Experience the wondrous medieval buildings and persistent culture of Fes’s medina
- Spend time in the sensational Djemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech
- Indulge in the exquisite cuisine that is an extension of the culture
A huge medieval gate with deep red walls stands between you and the old city. You can hear the jovial crowd enraptured by the legend of an old sultan. The high-pitched hum of an ocarina-type instrument adds to the soundtrack of the city. Your handcrafted tour takes you through the captivating splendor of Morocco, from seaside to desert plateau. Witness the ethereal quality of sand dunes at sunrise and listen to the morning Call to Prayer hum over the soft lull of the Atlantic Ocean. Rest assured that in Morocco every day is special.
Begin your time in Morocco with your arrival in Casablanca. Elements of the country’s French colonial past are prevalent in the Art Deco buildings and décor. The city is often seen as a bridge between Morocco’s vibrant past and forward-thinking present. Travel northbound along the coast to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The imperial city is home to the contemporary royal palace. In Meknes, you will find a relaxed city with remnants of its 17th-century luster as the former grand capital of the country.
Once in Fes you will have a guided tour of the medieval city. Antique shops and a picturesque bazaar fill the medina, along with the famous tanneries hidden behind the leather workshops. Travel through the high plains connecting the Middle and High Atlas Mountains to visit Midelt. Palm trees border the lushness of Ziz Valley as you make your way through a true oasis to the Sahara Desert at Erfoud. Adventure through the waves of sand to witness the remarkable sand dunes of Erg Chebbi at sunrise before crossing Tinghir and journeying along the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs.
In Ouarzazate and Ben Aït Ben Haddou, you can wander through historic walled cities and restored fortresses that provide a view of the impressive landscape. Continue to Marrakech, where the cultural marvels of Morocco thrive. Your guided tour takes you around the artistic embellishments of Bahia Palace and the lively Djemaa el Fna Square. Return to Casablanca and spend time exploring the city at your preferred pace. On your final day in Morocco your private transfer, arranged by one of Zicasso's Morocco travel agents, meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the airport.
$2,020 per person (excluding international flights)
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