Medinas & Palaces Morocco tour
In these tours you will know the history and the culture of the Moroccan ancient Medinas and discover the hidden treasures of some ancient cities as Fes, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknes. You’ll know more about the traditional Moroccan cuisine, old buildings, and some Moroccan customs.
DAY 1 | Casablanca – Marrakech (3 hours driving)
When you arrive at Casablanca “the economic capital”, you will meet your tour leader who will take you by a car and travel to Marrakech via the highway. You will spend the rest of the evening to take a break. Then you can decide when you will go with your guide for a tour to Marrakech’s tourist city and visit Jamaa Elfena Square.
DAY 2 | Marrakech monuments
In the second day, we will have a tour to the famous and amazing monuments in Marrakech. Marrakech has a lot of monuments most of them are palaces. We’ll discover the first monument that is Saadian graves. Saadian is one of the most famous shrines in Morocco and one of the historical monuments of the city of Marrakech. It is located in Qusayba, It was discovered as a historical landmark. It was built in 1557 by Sultan Abdullah Al-Ghallab and extended by Sultan Ahmad Al-Mansour. This shrine includes most of the Sultans and their family members. The cemetery consists of two sides: The first is composed of three halls; one is a prayer hall consisting of three tiles with several 18th-century tombs. The Mihrab is a five-angled dome topped by a broken and overhang arch, which is based on four types of marble columns and covered by a domed dome. The second is the central hall known as the twelve columns, one of the most beautiful suites of the first group. The hall is based on four sets of three pillars of Karar marble covered by a dome with a carved wooden ceiling decorated with makrnats in the shape of the eastern wing of its contemporary mosque. The most prestigious place in this hall is the tomb of Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Al Zahabi, the pavilion of this wing, the tomb of his son Zidan al-Nasir ibn Ahmad and the tombs of some of his successor. After that we’ll go to Bahia Palace which is built in the era of the upper state of Minister Ahmed Ben Moussa under the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz, belongs to the state’s affairs at the time. It is called Ba Hammad. The latter brought the most skilled craftsmen and artisans to work in the palace for six consecutive years. That the inevitable fate prevented his vision of the palace where he passed away in 1890 and the works are not over yet. Al-Bahia Palace has several pavilions, halls, annexes, basins and gardens, in addition to Al-Manzah and the garden, which is surrounded by a tank known as “Aqdal Ba Hammad.” After the death of Ba Hammad, the palace was frequented by window personalities settled in 1906, it was built by a building on the second floor, after which the palace was restored to the borders of 1912. After that, the palace became a new building and became the residence of the French resident Louti. He added the fireplaces and the air conditioners. The total area of the palace is about 22 thousand square meters, in the big park that was separated a palace, as the original entrance where there is Riad Zaytoun neighborhood has changed to the new gate near the Salam neighborhood. We will also visit Menara gardens, the Koutoubia, the Medrasa Ben Youssef and other ancient monuments. After lunch we’ll go to some markets that known by the artisanal crafts. We’ll end the tour after going to Jamaa Elfna Square where all types of art are exist. You’ll find music, theatre…snakes, and monkeys…the dinner will be at a hotel or Riad.
DAY 3 | Marrakech, Majorelle Garden, Tamazight Museum
The third day leads you to another enjoyable tour to Majorelle Garden. The tour will begin after having your breakfast by riding horses. The Majorel Gardens are located in the city of Marrakech in Guiliz. It is founded by the French painter Jacques Majorel, who began its foundation in 1924.
In 2017, the French painter painted the buildings of the park in a brilliant blue color, which surprised the inhabitants of the red city. Later, the French painter was subjected to a traffic accident and was later transferred to France where he died. Now the place has become one of the most important landmarks of the tourist city of Marrakech. The building is surrounded by the garden that has been transformed into a museum of Islamic art. The garden contains rare plants and flowers from five continents, especially the various cactus plants. After that you’ll visit a Tamazight museum that contains rare crafts. Then you’ll enjoy lunch in a café in Gueliz and take a rest in afternoon and the dinner will be in a palace while you are listening to Gnaoua music and dancing show.
DAY 4 | Marrakech – Beni Mellal – Fes (7 hours)
Our destination will be to Beni Mellal. The trip will begin after having your breakfast. The mean of traveling is by planes. Beni Mellal is a modern Moroccan city located in the western center of the Kingdom of Morocco between the Mediterranean Atlas and the plain of Tadla. Beni Mellal is one of the Moroccan cities that are rich by its beauty and nature. It has a beautiful nature, especially the olive trees. Beni Mellal is also the region where the Amazigh and the Arab meet without paying attention to open debates in the salons, cultural and political meetings, radio and television programs, newspapers, cultural rights and so on. Beni Mellal is the bride of the Atlas and the capital of Tadla Azilal, which lies in the center of Morocco, between the Chaouia and Ouardigha regions of the north-west, Souss Massa Draa from the south, Meknès Tafilat from the north-east and Marrakech-Tensift El Haouz from the south-west, the cities of Fez and Marrakech, and 200 km from Casablanca, while opening up on the south of Morocco, through the cities of Rashidiya Ouarzazate. After taking lunch we move to Fes through the Amazigh village Imouzzer and the small town in Ifran the imaginary place with its beautiful lakes and the Middle Atlas Mountains.
DAY 5 | Fes ( ancient places- monuments)
Today, we will have a tour of an ancient city which is Fes. It is the second largest city of Morocco after Casablanca with a population of 1,112,072, according to the 2014 census and more than two million counting of the neighboring regions (Zuagha, Bensouda, Ain Allah) Fez was founded (1229 years old) By the name of Idris II, which made it the capital of the Idrissic state in Morocco. Fez is divided into 3 sections, Fez Al Bali, the old city, and the new Fez was built in the thirteenth century AD, and the new city built by the French during the period French colonialism. The door of Abu Hahayyim, Bab al-Fotouh, Bab al-Barajah, Bab al-Samrain, Bab al-Fathouh, Bab al-Farah, The door of the cistern, the door of the cistern, the door of Sidi Boujida, the door of the gouache, the door of Zayat, the door of the sence of the iron door) with its magnificent arches and engravings and the prominent engraving above it, which dates back to the era of the Marinites. Some of them have been renewed in the following ages, but they have retained their character. Within the walls, the city is characterized by the existence of ten thousand original buildings, seventy kilometers of channels flowing from the waters of the valley and the eyes, and have four thousand fountain and watering. The city was distinguished by the Marinite palaces on the hills overlooking Fes on the north, as well as the old two-story houses surrounded by narrow courtyards, covered with ceramic mosaics, doors decorated with carved frescoes, and surrounded by gardens and orchards. It has also religious and educational schools (Medrasas). We’ll begin our tour with a visit to the Coranic School, artisanal places, Al Karaouine University with its mosque and we’ll finish our tour by the potters.
After a break when you have lunch, we begin another tour to Mellah, the old jewish quarter, then the Royal Palace and you can take some pictures. Dinner will be at one of the Moroccan restaurants in Fes. Then you’ll come back to Riad.
DAY 6 | Fes – Meknes – Rabat (3 hours)
The departure will be from Fes toward the capital of Morocco Rabat to Volubilis and Meknes. The first station is from volubilis to Moulay Idris. It is a beautiful village on the hills where the grave of Moulay Idris is. Volubilis is a Roman monument. Then we’ll travel to Meknes that is built by Moulay Ismail as a capital of his kingdom, 140 km east of Rabat, belongs to Fez Meknes. A population of about one million people. The city covers an area of 79210 square kilometers, occupies about 11 percent of the total geography of Moroccan territory. It is a variety of terrain and climate, and this region according to the statistics of 1994, 73 percent of the total population of Morocco. The city of Meknes is divided into two parts: Manzah employment and Ismaili employment. The city of Meknes is located at the junction of trade routes between Rabat, Quneitra, Casablanca, Gharbia, Fes, Oujda, Nador and Al Hoceima in the east, Tangier, Tetouan, Zan and Chefchaouen in the north, Afran, Rachidia, Khenifra, Beni Mellal and Marrakech in the south. Meknes is an agricultural region characterized by a large number of olive trees, which takes advantage of a lot of time and extraction of oil, and olive oil Almknasi famous for its quality, purity, The region is also famous for its vineyards, which are of quality and are exported to European capitals The city of Meknes is one of the most productive cities in Morocco because of its climate and abundance of rainwater. We’ll visit the old ramparts, the Moulay Ismael stables, Granaries and House of Water, Bab El Manssour. After lunch we’ll continue our tour to Rabat where you’ll have your dinner at a Riad.
DAY 7 | Rabat A- Casablanca (1 hour)
After breakfast, we are going to start our tour of Rabat. It is the capital of Morocco located in the region of Rabat, Salé Kenitra. It has a population of 577 and 827 inhabitants according to the census of 2014, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in a flat plain, and on the left bank of the river of Abu RakRak, which separates the city from Salé, the old city, In the Kingdom. The Almohads founded the present capital of Morocco in the middle of the 12th century. It was built by Abd al-Mumin the “Ribat el-Fath”, the nucleus of a fortified city that included, in addition to the citadel, a mosque and a house of succession. His grandson Ya’qub al-Mansur, the true founder of Rabat, The city was under the reign of Abu Yusuf al-Mansur, including the fence and gates. The city of Rabat was ranked second in the list of CNN “best destinations for 2013. From the sightseeings of Rabat are: Loudaya Kasbah, Shalla, Mouahidi rampart, Dar Essoultan…we’ll begin the tour with Oudaya Kasbah, Andalusian Gardens, Hassan Tower, corniche of Casablanca where there are most of the important restaurants and clubs. The dinner will be at a famous café Rick’s café. After dinner you’ll return to your hotel.
DAY 8 | Departure
Spend the rest of the day to take a rest in order to be ready for your flight to your home.
Time allowed to free: Day of arrival (6 pm)