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  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Duration:  8 days (approx.)
Discover the highlights of northern Morocco, from Casablanca to Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, on this 7-night tour. Make the most of ample free time, enjoy walking tours, and relax each night in budget-friendly yet centrally located accommodation. Discover French-colonial architecture in coastal Casablanca, scout out the age-old medina in Meknes, visit Roman ruins at Volubilis, stumble upon UNESCO World Heritage sites near Fez and, finally, enjoy the last few days at your leisure in Marrakech.

Highlights

  • 7-night Morocco tour from Casablanca to Marrakech
  • Enjoy walking tours of Meknes, Fez, Volubilis and Marrakech
  • Visit Casablanca’s Quartiers Habous for a Moroccan coffee, if you wish
  • Explore the ancient medina in the city of Meknes, and admire the stunning Hassan II Mosque
  • Discover the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Make the most of centrally located accommodation with breakfasts included

What You Can Expect

7-Night Northern Morocco Tour from Casablanca to Marrakech

See the beautiful architecture of Meknes on a walking tour around the city

Get to know the highlights of northern Morocco on this tour, and delve deep into the country’s colorful culture and history. See major historic sites among the Art Deco architecture in colonial Casablanca, and step back in time at Meknes’ ancient medina. During your ample free time, try specialties such as camel burger — if it tickles your taste buds — and enjoy walking tours around ancient mosques, souks and more.

This 7-night adventure takes you up close to the northern highlights of this beautiful country, and includes well-priced, 1-2-star accommodation in guesthouses or hotels, breakfasts and four walking tours.

Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca
Check into your hotel from the early afternoon and, if you have time to spare, head out to familiarize yourself with Casablanca. Home to one of the largest ports in Africa, the vibrant seaside city of Casablanca is modeled on Marseille in France. The blend of Art Deco, French-colonial buildings and traditional Moroccan architecture makes it an intriguing place to explore, especially around the ancient walled medina. Cool off in the shade among the narrow streets and peaceful squares of Casablanca’s Quartiers Habous, sharpen your bargaining skills in the many shops and souks, or simply sit with a Moroccan coffee and watch the world go by.

In the evening, head to a welcome meeting to learn the finer details of your trip, and meet the other like-minded travelers in your group.

Overnight: 1-2-star hotel in Casablanca

Day 2: Casablanca – Meknes (B)
After breakfast, travel to the city of Meknes in northern Morocco, with your guide. Meknes was the country’s capital during the late-17th and early 18th centuries, when Sultan Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif and his horde of over 25,000 slaves built walls, gates and palaces to push the city to prominence.

On a walking tour, explore the ancient medina, learn about the city’s fascinating history, and then visit Hassan II Mosque, one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. For lunch, visit a popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the medina. Food is at your own expense, but the succulent camel burger comes recommended! It’s a specialty of the area. Enjoy some free time in the evening.

Overnight: 1-2-star guesthouse in Meknes

Days 3: Meknes – Fez (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your guesthouse, and then relax on a 1-hour train trip from Meknes to Fez, a town characterized by its meandering alleyways and vibrant souks. Fez was preserved by the French colonizers for its historical value, to safeguard the city against development. Today, visitors can gain a fascinating insight into the Morocco of centuries passed. Explore Fez on a walking tour with your guide, and take time to capture its ancient architecture on camera.

Discover the hidden treasures of the medina, and marvel at the centuries-old walls and buildings. Fez may be an ancient city, but it remains a very busy one. The markets hum with the buzz of daily life as leatherworkers, potters and other craftspeople go about their business. Stop for a photo in front of Medersa Bou Inania, one of the finest buildings in the city.

Then, visit one of the city’s famous tanneries to enjoy the view over its dye pits, and see potters hard at work in a ceramic factory. Later, enjoy a little free time to perhaps visit the nearby Medersa el Attarine. Built in the 14th-century, this is another fine example of the spectacular architecture to be found in Fez. Spend your evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 1-2 star hotel in Fez

Day 4: Fez – Volubilis – Fez (B)
Relax over breakfast, and then head out to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis with your guide, a place widely considered to be the best-preserved archaeological site in the country. Occupying a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Volubilis offers a fascinating insight into life in Morocco during the Roman era. Marvel at the beautifully preserved mosaics and imagine how life must have played out here those centuries ago.

Make the most of the rest of your day at your leisure, back in Fez.

Overnight: 1-2-star hotel in Fez

Day 5: Fez – Marrakech (B)
Check out of your Fez accommodation after breakfast, and travel to Marrakech, the last stop on your tour. On arrival into the city, meet a local guide at the train station and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a tour of the bustling medina, and soak up the atmosphere among the locals, tourists and tradespeople. Use the rest of your day to explore independently.

Overnight: 1-2-star hotel in Marrakech

Days 6 – 8: Marrakech (B)
The last three days of your trip in Marrakech consist of free time for you to do as little or as much as you want. Perhaps head to Djemaa el-Fna, the vibrant central square and the place where the souks begin. Delve past the touristy parts to see where the wood carvers, metal workers and cobblers ply their trade, and barter for a bargain among the many market stalls.

See important monuments and sites throughout Marrakesh, such as the popular Koutoubia Mosque with its famous minaret, the ruins of the 16th-century El Badi Palace or the recently uncovered Saadian Tombs.

On your final morning, check out of your hotel after breakfast to finish your 7-night experience.

Overnights: 1-2-star hotel in Marrakech
From USD $ 695.00

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