8 days tour from Casablanca
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8 days tour from Casablanca is one of the best and unique tours that allow you to discover the real Morocco in a special way. However, it is seen as one of the longest tours that we provide. In general, you will be experiencing a lot of unique and beautiful places most of which are the best highlights that all the other tours have in common.
Day 1: Casablanca to the Blue city chefchaouen
Our 8 days tour from Casablanca starts from our meeting point in Casablanca heading to Chefchaouen. However, on our way we will be visiting the capital of Morocco. We will visit the Hassan Tower, one of the tallest mosque towers in the world. Then we will continue our way traveling through some of the beautiful places in Morocco. The blue pearl is waiting, we will have time to discover this beautiful city and visit the main places around it. The night will be spent in this beautiful blue city.
Day 2 : Chefchaouen to Fes via Meknes
Today, after having breakfast in your accommodation, we will leave to discover of of the oldest cities in Morocco, Meknes. Our first stop will be Volubilis, The Roman Ruins. After that we will be heading to the city of Meknes. In the main city we will be exploring the main highlights in this beautiful place starting from Lhdim Square to Bab Mansour. Our 8 days tour from Casablanca is still on, we will continue our way to spend the night Fes.
Day 3 : Total day in Fes
Our third day with 8 days tour from Casablanca will be spent all in the city of Fes discovering the main places and spots. Our local guide will take you to the best and most visited highlights. For Example, you will have the chance to see Chouara Tannery, a place where they paint the leather. Moreover, we will visit one of the oldest universities in the world that was built by a woman.
Day 4 : Fes to The sahara desert of Merzouga
The Fourth day of our 8 days tour from Casablanca will begin by driving through the Atlas mountains. we will stop by the city of Ifrane and explore it. Next we will visit the Cedar forest and the barbary Macaque; one of the animals that this place has. Our journey continues, we will vsit a lot of beautiful destinations such as Zaida, Midelt and Ziz valley; the biggest source of dates in Morocco. Finally, we will have reached the desert where we will take the camels and drive through the dunes to our camp that is set in the desert.
Day 5: Merzouga desert tour
Today, the fifth day of our 8 days tour from Casablanca will start and end in the desert. We will be spending the whole day in the desert experiencing it and wandering through its beautiful spots. In general, you will visit some unique places such as the Gnaoua people and the Berber nomads besides of the Moroccan National Auto Musuem.
Day 6: Merzouga to Gorges Dades via Tinghir
Our Journey continues, this time we will drive to one of the famoust stops in Morocco, Boumalne Dades. But before that we will visit a lot of beautiful destinations such as Tinjedad and Tinghir. Probably, the highlight of today is Toudgha Gorges with the canyons that reaches about 300m height. The night will be spent in Gorges Dades.
Day 7: Gorges Dades to Marrakech via Ouarzazate
The seventh day of our 8 days tour from Casablanca will be about traveling to Marrakech. On our way we will visit Ouarzazate and the Atlas studios, one of the main places for making movies in Africa. After that we will be heading directly to Marrakech passing by the High Atlas mountains again.
Day 8 : Marrakech to the Airport in Casablanca
On the last day of our 8 days tour from Casablanca we will visit the main places in this city such as the famous square of Jamaa El-Fna and the Menera, Majorelle gardens. After that we will have to leave to Casablanca taking the high way.
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Marrakech A city in southwestern Morocco, in the foothills of the High Atlas. Founded around 1070 (according to other sources, in 1060 or 1062) by the Almoravids. In the XI-XVII centuries, capital of Morocco. It is a medieval city surrounded by walls with rectangular towers and gates, including the Medina (the old town), the Casbah (fortress) and the Agvedal Gardens with pavilions and pools. Monuments of the medina: Qubba al-Baruddin (domed pavilion, decorated with carvings of stone and stucco, – part of the palace of the unparished Almoravid, first half of the XII century.) Mosques – Qutubiya (concrete, stone, brick, XII century. Kutubiya (concrete, stone, brick, 12th century.); 17 transverse and one longitudinal nave, domes with stalactites, artesonado) with minaret (stone, 1184-99), Ben Salih with minaret (1331), Bab Dukkala (1557; 7 naves); Ben Youssef Madrassah (1565; 8 courtyards, stone carvings, stukkas, painted tiles – zilliji), Zawiya Sidi bel Abbas as-Sabti (16th century cult ensemble, 1184-99, the walls of the mosque were decorated with stone tiles), Zawiya Sidi Bel Abbas as-Sabti (16 naves). , carved stucco); the palace of Bahia (1894-1900; garden). Kasbah monuments: Bab-Agvenau (gate; 12th century, carved stone decoration), mosque (1197), necropolis with sepulchres from second half of 16th century, palaces – Badi (1578-93; in ruins) and Dar el-Makhzen (late 19th century; garden). The modern city was founded in 1913 to the west of the medina. Marrakesh is an old center of carpet-weaving, stone articles, etc. Museums: Museum of Moroccan Art (in the palace of Dar Said, late 19th century.), Museum of Treasures and Ceramics. Ruins of the Tasgimut Fortress (12th century), 30 km south-east of Marrakech.
Holidays in Marrakech
Marrakech is one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Marrakech is famous for its gardens, mosques and ancient buildings of Arab-African architecture. If you buy a tour to Marrakech, you will surely remember the fairy tales of Scheherazade. Majestic palaces, gardens buried in verdure, markets full of colorful products, the atmosphere of the East – this is what to come here for. Marrakech is suitable for excursions. The city is far from the coast, so it is not a beach resort. Typically, tourists from Russia stay in Marrakech for 2-3 nights according to the tour program.
Marrakech is a Moroccan Cities hardly a vacation destination in the sense that you will be here for the entire trip. Yes, it is a very beautiful city where you can experience a culture shock. You will be struck by the flavor of the place: majestic palaces, gardens buried in verdure, markets abounding with colorful merchandise, mosques, ancient buildings. To visit the sights is enough to go to Marrakech for 1-3 days from the resort, where you are staying.
One of the three imperial Moroccan cities. The city is not popular among tourists, as it is not a beach resort. Mostly come to Meknes with a tour. If you have time and want to feel the atmosphere of the Arab East, then go here. Meknes conditionally divided into two parts: in the medina concentrated historical monuments – palaces, mausoleums, ancient buildings, and in the new part of town – cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Meknes also attracts tourists with a very luxurious pastime – here you can play golf in the royal gardens. Near Meknes there are also famous Roman ruins of Volubilis, which are included in the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO.
Meknes is one of the three imperial cities of Morocco. The city is not popular among tourists because it is not a beach resort. Mostly come to Meknes with a tour. If you have time and want to feel the atmosphere of the Arab East, go here. Meknes conditionally divided into two parts: in the medina concentrated historical monuments – palaces, mausoleums, ancient buildings, and in the new part of town – cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Meknes also attracts tourists with a very luxurious pastime – here you can play golf in the royal gardens. Near Meknes there are also famous Roman ruins of Volubilis, which are included in the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO.
How to get to Meknes?
There are no direct flights from Novosibirsk to Morocco. Tourists from Siberia get to Morocco with a connection in Moscow.
By direct flight to Casablanca, then go to Meknes. The distance between the resorts is 240 kilometers. You can get there by bus, rent a car or pre-book a transfer.
Also from Casablanca and other resorts in Morocco you can get to Meknes by train.
Tours to Meknes are not popular with tourists because there are fewer hotels. It is quieter than other resorts, and you can enjoy the beauty of historical monuments. To visit the sights enough to go to Meknes for 1-2 days along with a tour.
What to do in Meknes?
Take a walk in the medina
Of course, the heart of Meknes is the medina. The main attractions are located here. If you buy a tour to Meknes, be sure to walk through the medina. The old town is an Arab quarter with a lot of intricate streets and fairly dense housing. Along the perimeter of the medina are 10-meter stone walls with corner towers, which were built to protect against Berber raids. You can enter the medina through the Bab el-Mansour Gate. The beautiful gate with its mosaic patterns and fine stucco work is already a tourist attraction. They were built in the 18th century and are still considered the most beautiful gates in Morocco.
Walking around the old city, you will notice that the city has preserved many historical sites. Meknes was once the capital of the powerful Sultan Moulay Ismail. During his reign, many palaces, gardens, and mosques were built. In fact, the large number of mosques contributed to the fact that Meknes is called the “city of a thousand minarets. Recall that non-Muslims are forbidden to enter the mosques, but you can admire the exterior. The most popular mosque in Meknes is the Great Mosque with its majestic carved doors. Not far from the mosque is the Madrasa Bu Inania. It is built in an airy Spanish-Moorish style and is a landmark.
The medina is also home to famous palaces. Dar Jamai Palace was built in the late 19th century in the best Moorish traditions. The building is decorated with mosaic and tile tiles and festooned arches. Next to the palace there is a beautiful garden with cypress and orange trees. Nowadays in the palace there is an ethnographic museum. Visitors can get acquainted with the elements of everyday life, a rich collection of embossing, antique jewelry. Another palace, El Mansour, has become a popular tourist store.
Another of the attractions of Meknes located in the medina is the medieval building complex Kheri es-Suani. It combines stables, grain storage facilities, and an Agdal pond. These stables once housed more than 12,000 horses and the wheels of the waterworks were turned by slaves. After a full day’s sightseeing, you can pause and admire the water of the Agdal Pond.
The center and the magnet of the medina is El Khedim Square. During the day, vendors sell souvenirs, and in the evening the area is transformed into an open-air theater: snake tamers, artists, dancers performing unusual dances, acrobats, fire swallowers and much more. The feeling of plunging into an oriental fairy tale. You can also eat tasty and inexpensive food here – the site turns into a huge food court.
Kasbah Shefchaouen is an ancient fortress that resembles a king’s castle. On its territory is made a museum of artifacts that were found in the town of Shefshauen.
History of origins
Casbahs were most often built outside the city or in the heart of Medina and were enclosed by high stone walls. They were residences for the king. They also housed dignitaries and their families. Very often the kasbah was used as a protective fortress outside the city.
On the territory of Kasbah Shefshauan museum emerged a long time ago. There is no exact date of its foundation, a rough date can be considered the beginning of the XIX century. The museum was created to preserve and study the history of the city.
It has a small collection of items dating back to Roman times and the time when the town was founded by Jews and Muslims who had been expelled from Spain. But for the most part, the museum is the site where the prison used to be.