Day 1: Fès
Fès is the cultural and religious center of Morocco. A shuttle will pick you up at either airport or main station and take you to your hotel.
Day 2: Fès – visiting the medina quarter
First we will visit the medina quarter with its maze of streets, its medieval arcades and covered markets which is protected by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. We will then see the mosque El-Quaraouyine, established in the ninth century. Afterwards, we will visit the tomb of the city’s founding father, Mulay Idriss. We will spend the afternoon in the fascinating Nejjarine art museum which is situated right where the first Moroccan schools and religious colleges (Seffarine and Bou Anania) used to be. Later on we will practise our bargaining skills in the souk or you might just want to watch the motley hustle in the medina. You will spend the night in one of the famous traditional riads in town.
Day 3: Fès – Mèknes – Volubilis – Rabat
You will leave Fès toward the adjacent royal city of Meknes, the former residence of the Mulay Ismail, and also the stables in which reportedly more slaves than horses ever lived. We will also see the El Hdim Plaza and the beautiful “Bab Mansour” gate to the medina, This opulently decorated ancient gate is probably the most famous monument in the city; it was erected during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Later on that day we will proceed toward the remains of the old Roman town of Volubilis. You will get to see the old Roman baths, temples and even bars! Located nearby is Mulay Idriss, the hometown of Mulay Idriss Zarhoun, who brought Islam to Morocco; Mulay Idriss was the first Islamic town in the country.
From here we will go on toward Rabat where you will spend the night in a 4-star hotel in modern downtown. In Morocco’s capital the parliament, royal palace and the picturesque medina quarters are well worth seeing. The walls surrounding the old quarters at the stony coastline – lashed by the waves breaking – make for a magnificent place to enjoy a glass of Moroccan mint tea. Other historic landmarks like Bab Chellah and Ouadaias are inviting you to visit them.
Day 4: Rabat – Casablanca
Our trip continues from the political capital Rabat to the economical center of Morocco, Casablanca. In Casablanca we will see the old medina quarters, the impressive mosque “Hassan II”, as well as the boardwalk where ancient culture and tradition meet global culture and exciting innovation. You will spend the night in a 4-star hotel and start southbound in the next morning, travelling along the coast.
Day 5: Casablanca – El Jadida – Essaouira
En route from Casablanca to Essaouira we will visit the seaport of El Jadida. Essaouira is a medieval town that was occupied by the Portuguese in 1506; it has been World Cultural Heritage since 2004. You will spend the night in the luxurious riad Mogador.
EA walk through the medina quarters of Essaouira reveals a number of surprises: medieval pinnacles, old cannons on the seaward town wall, storm-lashed moles, street performers, sales stalls offering fresh fish, traditional Berber restaurants, and souks full of gold and silver… Essaouira is also known as the place that Jimi Hendrix chose as his second home, which is one of the reasons why it has been associated with music and culture since the 1960s. The annual Gnaoua music Festival takes place here.
Day 6: Essaouira – Marrakesh
On this day we will see the harbor of Essaouira and the Kasbahs. Viewing from the harbor you will see the island of Mogador surrounded by foamy waves. If nothing else, this is the reason why the area is a surfer’s paradise. In the afternoon we will leave the city and travel further toward Marrakesh. We will spend the evening on the vibrant plaza Djemaa el Fna. You will spend the night in one of the gorgeous riads in the medina quarters.
Day 7: Marrakesh
After breakfast you will discover why Marrakesh attracts one million tourists every year. Having visited the Menara palace and its gardens you will see the Koutoubia mosque, the famous tombs of the Saadi dynasty, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon we will take a walk through the souks of the historic district. We will end the day having a cold drink on a patio and watching the buzzing activity on Djemaa el Fna where we will also have dinner.
Day 8: Marrakesh – Beni Mellal – Fès
We will head back to Fès via the town of Beni Mellal and reach Fès in the afternoon where you will be brought to either the airport or the main station.