Day 1: Arrival to Casablanca
Welcome at Casablanca Airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat
After breakfast, explore the famous city of Casablanca, which is the economic capital of Morocco today. Highlights include the astonishing architecture of the 1930 – 1950 period in the central marketplace; the numerous craft shops of the Habbou district; and the Royal Palace.
Take a guided tour of the Mosque of Hassan II before having lunch. Depart for Rabat and spend the afternoon taking in the mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Tower of Hassan, the Kasbah of Oudaia, and the view of the Royal Palace Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Rabat – Meknès – Volubilis – Fez
Breakfast before leaving for Meknès where you will visit its famous city walls and rampart, medina and souks, and the Royal stable. Lunch.
Depart for Fez. On the way, stop for a guided tour of Volubilis, which nestles in the heart of the hills, and is the most important Roman construction of the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. Admire the well-preserved mosaics, thermal baths and triumphal arches – a rare opportunity to see something of the Roman lifestyle of that era. Travel on to Fez. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Fez
After breakfast, begin your guided tour of Fez, the country’s oldest imperial city and a jewel among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also the religious, intellectual and artistic capital of Morocco.
See the Royal Palace and the mellah (Jewish district), which were built in the 13th century BC. Lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the medina.
Walk off your meal by visiting the tanneries, keeping an eye out for the town’s numerous medersas, or religious schools. Other sites of interest include the Karaouine Mosque, Fountain of Nejjarine, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idiriss. You are free to have dinner at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Imouzzer du Kandar – Marrakech
After breakfast, travel towards Marrakech through the mountains of the Middle Atlas region. You will cross Ifrane, a seasonal beauty spot enclosed by lakes and waterfalls, before stopping to rest and have lunch in the charming little village of Imouzzer du Kandar. In the afternoon, continue on towards Beni Mellal, once of the country’s agricultural centres. Arrive in Marrakech. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Marrakech
After breakfast, take a guided tour of Marrakech, otherwise known as the Red City. Visit the Royal Palace of Elbadi and the Palace of Bahia. Lunch. Visit the Dar Si-Saidet Museum of Art, and the garden of the Majorelle Villa, which is a botanical masterpiece. Later that evening, assemble in Jemaa-el-Fna Square, one of the most famous sites in Morocco. Succumb to the magical atmosphere of the Square, which comes alive each night with its hosts of snake charmers, story-tellers, musicians and acrobats. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast, leave for nearby Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. On the way, stop off to visit the workshop of a local argan oil producer. Lunch at Essaouira. See the town’s kasbah, harbour and fishing port. Take a stroll through the winding streets of the medina and see why Essaouira is known as a centre of art and craftsmanship. Admire the handiwork of its skilled carpenters, famous for producing inlaid carvings, and browse the local art galleries. Relax at your leisure by strolling along Essaouira’s fine, sandy beaches. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Breakfast and transfer to Casablanca airport