This holiday to Morocco showcases the highlights of inland Morocco and offers the chance to compare the two main cities of Marrakech and Fez.
From the whitewashed walls of Fez cross the High Atlas Mountains taking in the scenery, villages and rock formations of Southern Morocco plus the start of the Sahara. End your stay in the rose red city of Marrakech. Stay in a range of accommodation from luxury riads to hotels built in the traditional Berber style and some that are owned and run by their charismatic owners.
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Fly London to Casablanca
Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and considered the economic and business centre of the country. There is little to keep one in Casablanca for more than a night but a visit to Hassan II Mosque is certainly worth while. The 3rd largest Mosque in the world it was built to commemorate the former Kings 60th birthday. It took over 6000 Moroccan artisans to build the Mosque with its French design exterior & Moroccan style interior. The Mosque can hold 25,000 worshippers inside and another 80,000 can be accommodated in the square surrounding it.To visit the interior of the Mosque you must take a guided tour which start at 0900, 1000 & 1100hrs although just a wander around the exterior is worth it.
You will be staying at Le Royal Mansour Meridien
Full day Transfer from Casablanca to Fes with Sightseeing
Travel to Fes visiting Meknes & Volubilis enroute.Before leaving Casablanca you may like to visit Hassan II Mosque which is the 3rd largest Mosque in the world, built to commemorate the former Kings 60th birthday. It took over 6000 Moroccan artisans to build the Mosque with its French design exterior & Moroccan style interior. The Mosque can hold 25,000 worshippers inside and another 80,000 can be accommodated in the square surrounding it.To visit the interior of the Mosque a guided tour is needed although just a wander around the exterior is worth it.Meknes is one of the Imperial cities of Morocco. Set in the rich agricultural region the town is inhabited largely by Berbers. Perhaps the site most associated with Meknes is the Bab Mansour, the monumental gate that separates the central square of the Medina from the Imperial city. See the tomb of Moulay Ismail which was restored in 1959 by King Mohammed V. Although the mosques prayer hall is closed to non-Moslems it is possible to see the central fountain court and a wonderful example of a Moorish hall. After leaving Meknes drive 30km's north to view the Roman city of Volubilis. This site is the largest and best-preserved Roman ruin in Morocco, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors. It sits on the edge of the Jbel Zerhoun and is the finest archaeological site in the country. Although a Roman site, its origins go back much further to the Neolithic period. It provides a unique insight into daily life at the time and villas, olive presses, the basilica and temples can all be seen.
One of Islam's greatest cities, Fez is also one of Morocco's gems. Remaining almost totally unspoilt in the heart of Fez is its old city, a maze of alleyways so redolent with history as to feel like a trip back in time. Then there are the magnificent palaces of the Fez el-Bali where you see the Royal Palace, the Mellah and souqs.
You will be staying at Riad Fes
Full Day City TourFounded in the 9th century, Fes is the oldest Royal city in Morocco and is said to be the most complete Medieval city of the Arab world. See the ramparts for an introduction to the history and the culture of the city. Visit the food and spice markets, handicraft quarters, auction markets and colouful Souks. Also visit a school and meet the current school teacher and some of the pupils. Visit the public bakeries and pastry makers in the residential quarters and see their historical fountains, mosques and sanctuaries. Enter an artisan workshop and discover the secrets of their ancestral arts. Go inside the 14th century Medersa (theological school) to see the most intricate architecture, and around the Karaouine mosque which was once the oldest university in the world, founded in 857 AD. Visit the Royal palace, built in the late 19th century where King Hassan I lived. This palace is now a museum of traditional local arts. Continue to Fes El Jedid (new Fes) for a stroll in the Jewish quarter to visit a 17th century synagogue and spend some time in the jewellery market.
Travel from Fes to Erfoud
Today journey south to Erfoud crossing the High Atlas Mountains, a drive of approximately 6 hours. Leaving Fes pass through Mediterranean scenery - olive groves and poppy covered fields. As the scenery gets barer, mountains spring up and white washed houses change to the dusty pink colour, so recognisable in the south of Morocco.Stop off somewhere for lunch before continuing onto Erfoud.
Built by the French in the 1920's Erfoud is known as the Gateway to the Sahara as there are direct off road tracks into the desert from this town.
You will be staying at Ksar Jallal
Full Day Excursion into the DesertSpend a full day exploring the desert and surrounding areas - your hotel will prepare a picnic lunch for you.The Sahara is the world's largest desert & stretches across much of North Africa covering some 30% of the entire African continent.
Travel from Erfoud to Skoura with Sightseeing
Travel west from Erfoud towards Skoura via the Todra Gorge and through the Dades Valley.The Dades valley is probably one of the harshest and most desolate of the southern valleys. Being fairly dry and desolate the oasis towns appear all the greener when they emerge.The most spectacular section of the gorge runs for about 100 metres and is little over 20 metres wide, yet towers well over 300 metres above the riverbed. The dramatic landscape, shade from the sun, and the gentle babbling stream all combine to make this one of the most popular areas for picnics and locals can often be found relaxing, eating, and often washing their cars here!
Skoura itself comprises little more than a souk but it, together with its neighbouring oasis of Tinerhir, are beautiful oases in an otherwise barren area. There is a dense palmery and it is scattered with groups of Ksours and Kasbahs.
You will be staying at Les Jardins de Skoura
Day at Leisure
Optional Activities from SkouraThe local area is beautiful and tours and guides are easily arranged, most with sufficient English. These range from walks in the local palm groves, trips out on a donkey for half days, to more lengthy expeditions. Horse riding and hiring bicycles are also available. Longer explorations could take you into the spectacular High Atlas mountains; up the Dades valley (the country of the figs) which has snow one side and semi-desert the other, to discover the 'Street of the Thousand Kasbahs'; or to the Draa Valley (country of the dates), which takes you in about 5 hours from the Atlas to the Sahara desert. This area is known for trekking - deep gorges, snow-clad summits, remote Berber hamlets - but be warned: it's too hot to hike in the middle of the day from April through September. The local town of Ouarzazate, though far from spectacular, does have markets, pharmacies, supermarkets and a range of banks. It also hosts the biggest film studios in Morocco, so if you wish to see the plane in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the statues from Gladiator or any number of other film props, this is place to go! Visit historical sites such as the fairytale remains of Kasbah Amerhidil, or the much-filmed hilltown of Ait Ben Haddou; keen photographers will adore the extraordinary, photogenic landscape. Henna tattoos can be arranged by local artist.
Travel from Skoura to Marrakech
A journey time of approximately 5 hours passing through some beautiful mountain scenery.
Colourful, cosmopolitan Marrakech has an authentic Moroccan feel. This is a city steeped in rich history and where ancient culture is still very much in evidence today. Intricate buildings and architectural wonders tell their own stories while, in the evenings, acrobats and story tellers gather at Djemma El Fna Square - a scene best viewed from one of many terraced coffee shops overlooking the square.Marrakech is a true North African gem waiting to be explored.
You will be staying at Riad Kniza
Full Day Tour of MarrakechThis tour offers a complete overview of the main sites of Marrakech and begins at the 12th century archaeological site of the Koutoubia mosque. Stop by Bab Agnaou gate and go through to visit the historical 16th century Saadian Tombs. Continue the walk through the 12th century Kasbah with its food market, bakeries and narrow alleyways. Visit the remains of El Badi palace built in the 16th century and admire the marvellous Minbar made in 1137 in Cordoba and sent to the King to be used as a pulpit in the big mosque. Enter the 19th century Bahia Palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans to decorate this splendid home. Conclude the morning tour with a stroll inside the Jewish quarter to visit the historical synagogue (if open), built in 1492 by Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain.After a break for lunch, navigate through a maze of colorful streets to discover a multitude of traditional crafts made in Marrakech and the surrounding areas. Visit one of the many herbalist stores in the Souks and learn about Moroccan spices, medicinal herbs and essential oils. End the tour at the UNESCO world heritage site, Jemaa El Fna where you discover some of the local folklore traditions such as musicians, dancers, acrobats and snake charmers.
Fly Marrakech to London
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