Morocco. Daily tour program
1 day. Moscow – Casablanca Departure from Moscow (Domodedovo) to Casablanca by Royal Air Maroc flight at 10:20. Arrival at Casablanca Airport *) Mohamed V at 14:10, meeting with the Russian-speaking guide. A tour of the city, which includes: a visit to the Habus district – the new Medina, whose buildings are distinguished by their originality and national colors; Corniche Boulevard is the center of nightlife in Casablanca, where you can slowly stroll along the sea, sit in open restaurants, visit bars, nightclubs and discos. External examination of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, unparalleled in the entire Islamic world in terms of height and pomp of interior decoration: it presents the most skillful works of Moroccan artisans (frescoes, mosaics, carvings and wood painting, fretwork, Arabic script) adorn the 78 columns of pink granite, the floors are covered with tiles of golden marble and green onyx. The room is lit with 50-tonne Venetian glass chandeliers, and a laser beam, beating from the top of the minaret rising 200 meters above sea level to 30 km, indicates the direction where Mecca is located. Check-in and dinner at the hotel Casablanca. *) Casablanca – the economic and industrial capital of Morocco, a large densely populated metropolis of the kingdom, the largest seaport in northern Africa. In the Middle Ages, Casablanca was known as the affluent city of Anfa. During World War II, Casablanca was one of the three Allied landing sites in North Africa. The name of the city is translated from Spanish as “white house” thanks to the white-stone buildings, which was built up Old Medina.
2 day. Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes Breakfast in the hotel. Moving to Rabat, surprising original architecture from a mixture of European and Oriental styles. City tour, including a visit to: Mausoleum of Mohammed V – a huge cube of white Carrara marble with a bright emerald roof, decorated with carvings and gilding; The 44-meter tower of Hassan – one of the most beautiful minarets, built of monochrome pink stone and decorated with a decorative bas-relief in the form of a lattice and lancet arches; Kasbah (citadel) Udaya – fortress XII – XVII centuries., Located on a rocky cliff at the confluence of the river Bu Regreg in the ocean. Lunch (extra charge). In the afternoon – departure to Meknes, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. This is the capital of Sultan Ismail ibn Sheriff, who is often compared to his contemporary, King Louis XIV, for the magnificent and rapid construction of the city, which brought him fame as the “Moroccan Versailles.” The Bab el-Mansour Gate is the main entrance to the imperial city. Complex mosaic patterns, elegant carved arabesques, powerful antique columns deservedly give the right to be called the most beautiful gate in Morocco. The ruins of Ismail’s stables, designed for 12,000 horses, are amazing in their size and scale. The 4-hectare Agdal basin served as a drinking water storage, and the water was used to irrigate the nearby Agdal gardens. A trip to the ruins of the ancient Volubilis, one of the administrative capitals of the Roman Empire, which controlled part of northern Africa. You will be able to see the majestic ruins of the Arc de Triomphe, the Capitol, the Main Road, the beautifully preserved mosaics in the house of Orpheus, the house of the Athlete and the house of Dionysus. Transfer to Fez, dinner and hotel accommodation.
3 day. Fez Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Fes – the oldest cultural and religious center of Morocco, one of the country’s imperial cities with the only medieval Medina in the world, where hidden tales, narrow streets and ancient Arab palaces still lurk the great legends of the past, and where the famous Madrasah Inane has holy traditions of the East. Lunch (extra charge). Visit the famous leather dyed Fez, where you can see the process of processing leather and wool, appearing as an unusual picture for a European. Visit to the factory for the production of Fez ceramics. Return to the hotel in Fez. Dinner.
4 day. Fez – Beni Mellal – Marrakesh Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Marrakesh on a mountain road through Berber villages with picturesque landscapes, the Ifran ski resort, also called “Moroccan Switzerland,” the town of Azru, famous for its carpet production. Stop at Beni Mellal for a holiday. Lunch (extra charge). On the way, you can visit the highest waterfall in North Africa – Ouzoud (for an additional fee with the consent of the whole group). Arrival in Marrakesh, accommodation at the hotel. Evening visit of the famous Jema el Fna Square, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is the real focus of Moroccan exotics: snake charmers play the pipes, street musicians use absolutely unknown musical instruments, the old story-tellers tell their stories to everyone, their fire-eaters hit the show, and the drums sound like a background. In the evening, the square turns into an open-air restaurant: snails are cooked in anise, music is playing, lamb vats are smoking, huge-sized sweet dates are served everywhere, and you can quench your thirst with freshly squeezed orange juice — a drink without which Morocco cannot be imagined! Return to the hotel, dinner.
5 day. Marrakesh Breakfast in the hotel. Tour of Marrakesh – “Pearl of the South”, one of the imperial capitals of Morocco. Throughout its history, Marrakesh has rivaled with Fez for the right to be the main city of Morocco. Since the city was the capital of the Kingdom during the reign of the three dynasties of the Moroccan sultans, it is here that a large number of museums and monuments of architecture are concentrated. Every traveler who enters Marrakesh is in awe. Around the riot of bright colors – brick city walls of ocher, purple-painted houses buried in palm trees. A delightful piece of architecture against the snow-capped peaks of the Upper Atlas Mountains under a crystal blue sky, a luxurious sunny oasis in the heady aroma of jasmine and orange flowers that adorn every garden. Visit to the magnificent palace of Bahia, visit the grand minaret of Kutoubia and the Majorel Gardens, restored by Yves Saint Laurent. Return to the hotel. Upon request (for an additional fee), in the evening it is possible to organize dinner at the restaurant “Chez Ali-Restaurant Fantasia” in a tent located in the heart of the palm grove, during which you will be able to watch performances by folklore groups, as well as tantrum “Fantasia”.
6 day. Marrakech – Ait-ben-Haddou – Urzazat Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Urzazat through the High Atlas Mountains, through the Tizi-n-Tishka Pass (2,270 m). Visit to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, one of the most famous fortresses in Morocco. Many centuries ago, this Berber fortress was a place where camel caravans rested, on the way from Timbuktu to Marrakesh, carrying salt from the Sahara. Houses with flat roofs are built of red-brown clay and are located on the hillside terraces. The streets go horizontally and are connected by arches and narrow passages. The fortress is one of the most typical examples of Moroccan adobe architecture. In 1987, UNESCO declared Kasbah Ait-ben-Haddou a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Urzazat – visit the Cinema Museum of the world-famous Atlas film studio, also known as the Moroccan Hollywood. There were shooting a huge number of world masterpieces of cinematography such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Alexander the Great”, “Under the cover of heaven” by Bertolucci, “The Last Temptation of Christ” by Martin Scorsese, “The Pearl of the Nile” with Michael Douglas, “Troy” with Brad Pitt, “Asterix and Obelix. Mission Cleopatra ”and many others. Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Urzazata.
7 day. Urzazat – Taliuin – Taroudant – Agadir Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Taliuin, a place known for extensive saffron plantations, then to Taroudant, also called Marrakesh in miniature, and through the Sousse valley to Agadir. After arrival – accommodation at the selected hotel in Agadir for any number of days or evening transfer to Agadir airport. Departure to Moscow at 21:30 with a transfer in Casablanca.