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The capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca. It has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has international borders with Algeria to the east, Spain to the north. The area of present-day Morocco has been inhabited since Neolithic times, a period when the Maghreb was less arid than it is today. Many theorists believe the Amazigh people, commonly referred to as Berbers or by their regional ethnic identity, probably arrived at roughly the same time as the inception of agriculture in the region. The arrival of Phoenicians heralded a long engagement with the Mediterranean, as this strategic region formed part of the Roman Empire. In the fifth century, as the Roman Empire declined, the region fell to the Vandals, Visigoths, and then Byzantine Greeks in rapid succession. During this time, however, the high mountains of most of modern Morocco remained unsubdued, and stayed in the hands of their Berber inhabitants.

Berbers

Berbers are the indigenous peoples of North Africa west of the Nile Valley. They are discontinuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis, in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River. Historically they spoke various Berber languages, which together form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Today many of them speak Arabic. Between 14 and 25 million Berber-speakers live within this region, most densely in Algeria and Morocco.

 

Discover Marrakech

Djemma El Fna
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Join us for a walking tour through Marrakech, one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in N.Africa.

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Let us plan a trek into the desert starting at Marrakech. You can stay in Bivouacs with all the mod cons or alternate with wonderfull desrt hotels all the way to Timbuktu.

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Fez is the most interesting and grandest of the imperial cities. It's surrounding walls that extend for nearly 10 miles. The best views over the city are from the Merenid tombs on the north side. Fez el Bali is the medieval city, or medina, where half the population of the city still lives; most visitors concentrate on the sights and streets here.

In Meknes see the 17th-century imperial headquarters of Moulay Ismael. This is a fortified city-within-a-city containing several palaces, mosques, dungeons and gardens. The highlights are the dungeons; the royal stables containing grain silos that used to hold enough food for the populace for a year, as well as stabling for 12,000 horses; and the Moulay Ismael Mausoleum, one of very few holy places that non-Muslims are allowed to enter.

An exciting experience in Marrakech is in the main square of Djmaa El Fna. After dark it becomes animated with story-tellers, witch doctors, musicians and snake-charmers. Most of the audience are locals.

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Imperial Cities

7 Night Private Tour

The cities of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat are known as the imperial cities, and have all, at some point in Morocco's history, been the capital; Rabat is the current capital.

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Casablanca > Rabat > Fez > Marrakech

Duration: 7 Nights

Cost: $ pp

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Day 1 : Casablanca

On arrival, meet & greet by your English speaking professional local tour escort and private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight : Le Royal Mansour Meridien

Day 2 : Casablanca/Rabat

Morning tour of the port city of Casablanca,Morocco’s largest metropolis and its industrial hub.Visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque,the highlight of Casablanca.It is the largest mosque and can house up to 25.000 worshippers.Its minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world.On to the resort town of Ain Diab and the Anfa residential district where Roosevelt and Churchill met during WW II .Afterwards,proceed to the new Medina,also known as the
Habbous Quarter and the old Mahkama law court,a fine example of blending traditional domestic architecture.

Later this morning,depart Casablanca for Rabat,driving along the main highway linking these two major cities.This afternoon,visit Rabat’s cultural highlights where sightseeing includes the 12 th. Century Hassan Tower,an excellent example of the gorgeous Mauresque style and the nearby mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V,the founder of modern Morocco.Visit the Oudaya Kasbah with its stunning Andalusian gardens and the Archaeological Museum with its collections of Phoenician,Carthaginian and Roman relics.
Overnight : Hotel La Tour Hassan  or Villa Mandarine

Day 3 : Rabat/Fez

This morning travel to Meknes,one of the Imperial Cities of  Morocco where the impressive monuments recall the splendour of the city,built in the 17 th. Century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail,to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France.The monumental Bab Mansour gateway is one of the finest of the great gates of Morocco.The Granaries and the Royal Stables were built to accommodate some 12.000 horses,are among Moulay Ismail’s excesses.Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum is one of the few shrines that can be visited by non-muslims.On to Volubilis,the site of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco with its Triumphal Arches,Basilicas and Capitols,typical of Roman buildings.The greatest treasures of Volubilis are the superb mosaic floors,excellently preserved and left in situ.Three of them are outstanding :Orpheus charming animals with his lyre,Nine dolphins signifying good luck,and a portrait of Amphitrite in a chariot drawn by a seahorse.
Overnight : Hotel Sofitel Palais Jamai or Riad Fes or La Maison Bleue

Day 4 : Fez

Step back into the Middle Ages to visit the largest living medieval medina-city of Fez El Bali,the cultural heart of Morocco.Founded in the 8 th. Century AD by Moulay Idriss I,the Imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning.At its heart lies the Karaouine,one of the oldest still functioning university.Nextdoor is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture,built in the 14 th. Century.We also visit the Nejjarine Square and its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics and the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserail),now converted to a museum of carpentry artefacts.This afternoon,we visit Dar Batha,the Museum of Moroccan Arts,housing historical and artistic collections of wood carvings,embroidery,tribal carpets and ceramics.Continue to Fez El Jedid (New Fez),built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13 th. Century,along with a Royal Palace,mosques,medersas,souks and city wall.Most notably,it is home to the Mellah,the old Jewish quarter,providing an interesting insight into the Jewish architecture.Wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are outstanding.
The medieval Medina is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Overnight : Hotel Sofitel Palais Jamai or Riad Fes or La Maison Bleue

Day 5 : Fez/Marrakech

Today we journey into the cedar forested Middle Atlas,North Africa’s greatest mountain range,crossing Berber villages of Azrou and Khenifra.En route stop at Beni Mellal where we visit the Kasbah of Ras El Ain,offering panoramic views over the fertile Tadla Plain,and the Springs of Ain Asserdoune.The latter part of the journey sees the road descend from the Atlas Mountains further south and down into the Haouz Plain,before reaching Marrakech our final destination.
Overnight : Hotel Le Méridien N’Fis or La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 6 : Marrakech

This morning,we set out to discover the secrets of Marrakech,the most famous city in Morocco.Most of the city architectural attractions are inside the Medinat,the old walled section of the town.Built in the 12 th. Century,the Koutoubia minaret is the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa.This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all of Marrakech.Hidden away behind high walls are the Saadian Tombs.The Mausoleum displays a very high level of decoration,using traditional stucco and delicate Granada-style carving,typical of classical Moroccan buildings.The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture which gives a good idea of how the privileged lived in the 19 th. Century in the Imperial city.The use of marble,stucco and mosaics predominates in the apartments,opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.Dar Si Said is one of the most beautiful palaces,now home to the museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts.Inside are stunning collections of traditional woven carpets and Berber silver jewellery.

This afternoon,we visit the labyrinthine souks of the old town.This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.As evening approaches,we head to Djemaa El Fna ,the city’s main square.No one realyy knows how it came into being,but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech,where fire-eaters,mime artists,snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.
Overnight : Hotel Le Méridien N’Fis or La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 7 : Marrakech

This morning will be spent visiting the beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city by
horse-drawn carriages. The Menara gardens are set in an extensive olive grove. At its center is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains. The Jardin Majorelle was
designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle who took up residence in Marrakech and
turned his garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with
verdant exotic groves, Lily-covered pools, huge and sculptural cactuses.
The afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of Marrakech.
Overnight : Hotel Le Méridien N’Fis or La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 8 : Marrakech - departure

After breakfast,you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Marrakech airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions: Accommodation 4/5 star with breakfast, Privaet airport transfers, private transfers between cities plus pruvaet local guides in each city

Ouarzazate

Grand Tour

11 Night Private Tour

Departing Casablanca see the imperial cities plus Desert locations of Erfoud and Ouarzazate.

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From $33.00

Casablanca > Rabat > Fez > Erfoud > Ouarzazate > Marrakech

Duration: 11 Nights

Cost: $33.00 pp

For a private tour please use the above Inquiry Form

Day 1 : Casablanca

On arrival,meet and greet by a representative of Travel Link and private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight : Le Royal Mansour Meridien.

Day 2 : Casablanca/Rabat

Morning tour of the port city of Casablanca,Morocco’s largest metropolis and its industrial hub.Visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque,the highlight of Casablanca.It is the largest mosque and can house up to 25.000 worshippers.Its minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world.On to the resort town of Ain Diab and the Anfa residential district where Roosevelt and Churchill met during WW II .Afterwards,proceed to the new Medina,also known as the
Habbous Quarter and the old Mahkama law court,a fine example of blending traditional domestic architecture.

Later this morning,depart Casablanca for Rabat,driving along the main highway linking these two major cities.This afternoon,visit Rabat’s cultural highlights where sightseeing includes the 12 th. Century Hassan Tower,an excellent example of the gorgeous Mauresque style and the nearby mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V,the founder of modern Morocco.Visit the Oudaya Kasbah with its stunning Andalusian gardens and the Archaeological Museum with its collections of Phoenician,Carthaginian and Roman relics.
Overnight : Villa Mandarine

Day 3 : Rabat/Fez

This morning travel to Meknes,one of the Imperial Cities of  Morocco where the impressive monuments recall the splendour of the city,built in the 17 th. Century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail,to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France.The monumental Bab Mansour gateway is one of the finest of the great gates of Morocco.The Granaries and the Royal Stables were built to accommodate some 12.000 horses,are among Moulay Ismail’s excesses.Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum is one of the few shrines that can be visited by non-muslims.On to Volubilis,the site of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco with its Triumphal Arches,Basilicas and Capitols,typical of Roman buildings.The greatest treasures of Volubilis are the superb mosaic floors,excellently preserved and left in situ.Three of them are outstanding :Orpheus charming animals with his lyre,Nine dolphins signifying good luck,and a portrait of Amphitrite in a chariot drawn by a seahorse.
Overnight : Riad Fes or La Maison Bleue

Day 4 : Fez

Step back into the Middle Ages to visit the largest living medieval medina-city of Fez El Bali,the cultural heart of Morocco.Founded in the 8 th. Century AD by Moulay Idriss I,the Imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning.At its heart lies the Karaouine,one of the oldest still functioning university.Nextdoor is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture,built in the 14 th. Century.We also visit the Nejjarine Square and its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics and the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserail),now converted to a museum of carpentry artefacts.
Overnight : Riad Fes or La Maison Bleue

 

Day 5 : Fez

This morning,we visit Dar Batha,the Museum of Moroccan Arts,housing historical and artistic collections of wood carvings,embroidery,tribal carpets and ceramics.Continue to Fez El Jedid (New Fez),built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13th. Century,along with a Royal Palace,mosques,medersas,souks and city wall.Most notably,it is home to the Mellah,the old Jewish quarter,providing an interesting insight into the Jewish architecture.Wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are outstanding.The medieval Medina is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The afternoon is at leisure to continue your own exploration of Fez.
Overnight : Riad Fes or La Maison Bleue

Day 6 : Fez/Erfoud

This morning,we bid farewell to Fez and depart for Erfoud,a small town on the edge of the Sahara desert.En route,we stop at Ifrane which has an Alpine air and looks like it has been transplanted straight from Europe.Continue to the pleasant market town of Midelt,which lies at the foot of Mount Ayachi and renowned for its fine Berber carpets.The latter part of the journey sees the road descend across the Atlas Mountains and down into the palm-filled Ziz Valley.The scenery is stunning,as are the views over endless palm plantations and fortified Berber villages before reaching Erfoud,one of the largest oases in all of Morocco.
Overnight : Kasbah Xaluca

Day 7 : Erfoud

Today there is an optional dawn drive to Merzouga for a desert sunrise over vast sand dunes and large sand-sea.The journey is about one hour drive with Land Rover from Erfoud.Have an unforgettable camel ride,climb some of the smaller dunes or just marvel at the colours of the dunes changing with the rising sun.

This afternoon,we venture out for an excursion to the ancient fortified town of Rissani and the ruins of Sijilmassa,which was the famous capital of the old caravan routes in the 8th. Century.This area is renowned for marble encrusted with aquatic fossils,cut and polished in local workshop.
Overnight : Kasbah Xaluca

Day 8 : Erfoud/Ouarzazate

Our morning drive is through romantic empty desert of the south to the towering Todra Gorges.Enjoy a traditional tagine lunch amid canyon walls rising 1200 ft. in places.
In the afternoon,continue through the southern slopes of the High Atlas range,following the Dades Valley to the captivating city of Ouarzazate,founded by the French in the 1920’s as a garrison and regional administrative center.En route,stop in the heart of the Dades Valley at the oasis of Kelaa Mgouna,famous for its Persian roses and the local perfume essences production.Often called the Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs,this area is home to some of Morocco’s finest examples of fortresses and citadels.Amerhdil in the date oasis of Skoura is one of the largest and most decorated kasbahs in the south.
Overnight : Hotel Berbere Palace.

Day 9 : Ouarzazate/Marrakech

Ouarzazate has become a major base for many film shots in this fascinating area of snowy peaks,palm groves in verdant oases,walled villages and magnificent kasbahs.

This morning,visit the sumptuous kasbahs of Taourirt and Tifoultout. Continue to the nearby fortified village of Ait Benhaddou,the backdrop for famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”.This impressive kasbah is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.Stop for a walk through the fortified village and explore these superb dramatic structures.

Afterwards,we cross the Atlas Mountains along a twisting road with wonderful views as we descend to Marrakech.The drive along the river Imini shows off Morocco’s picturesque farmland,Berber villages and ruins of ancient kasbahs.Climb to the breathtaking Tizi N’Tichka Pass at 7500 ft. before descending to Marrakech.
Overnight : La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 10 : Marrakech

This morning,we set out to discover the secrets of Marrakech,the most famous city in Morocco.Most of the city architectural attractions are inside the Medina,the old walled section of the town.Built in the 12th   century,the Koutoubia minaret is the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa.This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all of Marrakech.Hidden away behind high walls are the Saadian Tombs.The Mausoleum displays a very high level of decoration,using traditional stucco and Granada-style carving,typical of classical Moroccan buildings.The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture which gives a good idea of how the privileged lived in the 19th century in the Imperial city.The use of marble,stucco and mosaics predominates in the apartments,opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.Dar Si Said is one of the most beautiful palaces,now home to the museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts.Inside are stunning collections of traditional woven carpets and Berber silver jewellery.
This afternoon,we visit the labyrinthine souks of the old town.This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.As evening approaches,we head to Djemaa El Fna,the city’s main square.No one really knows how it came into being,but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech,where fire-eaters,mime artists,snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.
Overnight : La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 11 : Marrakech

This morning will be spent visiting the beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city by horse-drawn carriage.The Menara gardens are set in an extensive olive grove.At its centre is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains.The Jardin Majorelle was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle who took up residence in Marrakech and turned his garden into a tropical paradise,surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves,Lily-covered pools,huge and sculptural cactuses.
The afternoon is at leisure to continue your own exploration of Marrakech.
Overnight : La Maison Arabe or Villa des Orangers

Day 12 : Marrakech

After breakfast,you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Marrakech airport for your onward flight.

 

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