The Arabic Bazaar
Zein's Dance Studio
THE MAGIC OF
10 Nights, 9 Cities)
day by day
Departure from Houston
International Airport on Air Canada
Houston International Airport (exact spot and time to be
specified at a later time) to board our flight heading to
Casablanca……let the fun begin.....
Fly to Casablanca overnight
Welcome to Mohamed V airport of Casablanca :)
Meeting with our tour guide. Assistance to the formalities and transfer to/check
in at our hotel, The Hyatt Regency.
Rest for a bit then on to our day of sightseeing in the city--Casablanca, the
economical capital of Morocco. The guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca
includes Mohamed V place, the united nations square, the new medina and the
Mahkama (Moroccan law courts) in Hispano- Mauresque architecture, Notre Dame de
Lourdes church in stained glass, the Anfa residential suburb site of the war
time conference between Roosevelt / Churchill and Mohamed V, Ain Diab
Casablanca's playground with its cafés, restaurants and pools and the newly
built Hassan II Mosque--the second largest mosque in the world.
**Welcome Dinner at The Hyatt's Oriental Restaurant with bellydance show & live
Overnight at our hotel.
Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Casablanca / Rabat / Chefchaouen
breakfast, departure to Rabat. The visit of Rabat--the political
and Administrative capital of Morocco and the fourth of the
Imperial cities--will include the King Palace enclosure, Mohamed
V Mausoleum, The unfinished Hassan Tower and mosque, the
picturesque Kasbah (fort) of the Oudayas (at the estuary facing
the Barbary coast Corsair port of Sallee).
Leave Rabat and take the road to Chefchaouen ....driving about 4
hours via the Rif Mountain, crossing Wazzan and other Rif’s
villages. Chefchaouen medina is the focal point of interest for
most visitors to Chefchaouen. Walking around the town with its
whitewashed walls, originally decorated in this style by Jewish
immigrants, can be a nice change to the hustle and bustle of
the cities of Marrakech, Rabat, and Fez.
Check-in & Overnight at Riyad Lina, Dinner – Bed & Breakfast
Chefchaouen / Vulubilis / Meknes /
Breakfast at your Riad and
departure to Fez via Ouazzane, Volubilis and Meknes...
Visit of the wonderful Roman ruins at Volubilis, the Volubilis
of really ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible mosaics,
monumental arches and Corinthian columns where you’ll have a
real sense of Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent
medieval Berber town. The site contains the Mansion containing
the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus
and Baths of Forum with their fragmentary mosaics; the House of
Orpheus and its Dolphin mosaic and Orpheus Myth; the Cortege of
Venus many of whose mosaics we may only see from the outside yet
will get to see the medallions of Bacchus, Diana and the
Abduction of Hylas; the Gordian Palace with its bath house and
pooled courtyards; the House of the Wild Beast, the House of
Nymphs, the House of the Seasons, the House of Flavius Germanus,
the Knights House with an incomplete mosaic of Dionysus
Discovering Ariadne Asleep, the Triumphal Arch, the Capitol and
the House of Ephebus with its pictorial mosaics, especially that
of Bacchus Being drawn in a Chariot by Panthers.
Continuation to Meknes ... Visit of the Imperial City of Meknes
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here we shall visit the easily
most beautiful Bab, or gateway, in all of the Maghreb - the Bab
Mansour. From here to the El Heri es-Souani - the granary of
huge vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s
soldiers next to a pool fed by underground channels that brought
fresh water all the way from the distant Middle Atlas Mountains;
the famous State-owned stallion stables of Haras where these
Arabo-Berber (‘Barb’) horses are bred; the Moulay Ismail
Mausoleum and the Place el-Hedim.
Arrive to Fes.
Check-in & Overnight at Palais Amani Riad, Dinner – Bed &
Full day sightseeing city
tour of Fes, the oldest of the four Imperial Cities, founded
approx. 809 A.D. spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam
in the west, your visit will include: the 15th century Borj
Nord (north forth) arm museum, the great gateway of the
Royal Palace, the 9th century Karaouiyine Mosque and
University; with its Medersas (colleges) of Bou Inania and
Attarine dating from the 14th century, the shrine of Moulay
Idriss II, founder of Fes, the Nejarine fountain.
Afternoon continuation of the visit of the spice market, the
souks and the Medina.
Overnight at your Riad. Palais Amani Riad, Dinner - Bed &
Breakfast and departure to
Erfoud via the hill station of Ifrane in the lake district,
through the town of Azrou with its old Kasbah (fort) and
handicraft center then continuation via midelt.
Continuation to Erfoud, the former capital of Tafilalet,
this was for eleven centuries the final stop on the great
caravan routes south and point of birth of Alaouite dynasty.
Check-in, dinner and overnight at your hotel. Kasbah Chergui
Hotel, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel,
morning will be devoted to explore Erfoud and it area …
Afternoon, you change your Car by a 4X4 vehicle to attend
Merzouga for a night under tents if weather conditions allow it.
A wonderful experience of seeing sunset over the seas of sands.
01 hour Camel ride before we settle in our camp to watch the
sunset over dunes. Return to the camp
Installation under tents for dinner and overnight.
Bivouac Chergui Sahara, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Merzouga / Erfoud /Ouarzazate
Wake up early in the morning, to
contemplate the sunrise.
Return to the bivouac for breakfast. Departure to Ouarzazate via
Tineghir and Tinejdad.
Tineghir with its huge kasbah belonging to the ex-Glaoui, former
Pasha of Marrakech , side excursion to the imposing Todra Gorges
and Todra canyon (two sheer cliffs 300 meters high separated by
a narrow corridor only 20 meters wide).
Continuation along the famous "Route of 1000 Kasbahs" to
Check in, and overnight at your Hotel. Berbère Palace Hotel, Bed
After breakfast, departure to
visit Ouarzazate, the administrative center of the pre-Saharian
region you will start by Taourirt kasbah is a series of towers
rising out of a mass of closely packed houses, thrusting their
turrets into the blue of the sky,Continuation to Ait Benhaddou,
situated at 30 km from Ouarzazate, is a fabulous sand castle
standing in the middle of a field of flowering almond trees. It
has often been used a setting for films including Lawrence of
Arabia and is so exceptional that UNESCO has given it World
After lunch (Not included), departure to Marrakech.
Check-in and Overnight at our Riad. Bed & Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel.
Beginning of the visit of Marrakech '' the pearl of the south''.
Second of the four Imperial cities, rose-redoasis at the foot of
the High Atlas Mountains, founded in 1062. Your historical visit
will includes: the stately 12th century Koutoubia minaret, built
by same architect as the Giralda in Seville and Tour Hassan in
Rabat, the secret 16th century tombs of the Saadian Dynasty, the
Afternoon, continuation of the visit: the medina,
the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square
with its permanent entertainment, narrators, charmers of snakes.
Overnight at our riad...
Marrakech / Ourika Valley /
Berber Souk & Village (Atlas Mountains) / Casablanca
Breakfast at your hotel.
Leave Marrakech and start your Excursion to the
This three quarter day excursion begins with a
very picturesque drive from Marrakech through
the gorge of Oued Ourika, allowing for stops to
see the local pottery and high quality good for
sale at the Berber Museum (which is a shop more
than a museum) and the waterfall in Siti Fatma
(when accessible and for those who enjoy walking
approximately 45 minutes each direction).
After visit you will drive to Casablanca about 3 ½ hours
Overnight at your Hotel. Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel, Bed &
Excursion to Asni, Berber villages.
Leave Marrakech and start your Excursion to the Asni & Ouirgane.
This three quarter day journey takes us into the Atlas Mountains
to see a vast array of vegetation, colored rock cliffs,
mountains streams, Berber villages, and local mountain people.
The local souk at Asni takes place on Saturdays/ Tuesdays only.
We continue our trip through to Ouirgane, with its fabulous
hillside views overlooking local villages and the neighboring
areas, Berber hamlets and stupendous landscapes of forests,
mountains and valleys. Nature lovers and all those who needs to
escape from the fast pace of urban life will find Asni Ouirgane
the perfect place to be. Take the opportunity to stop and visit
the inside of a Berber home for a cup of tea and homemade Berber
After visit you will drive to Casablanca about 3 ½ hours.
Overnight at Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Casablanca airport
about 1 hour; in time for your flight as all great things must
come to an end......fly back to Houston (or your final
destination) taking with you some certainly incredible memories
of this beautiful land that is full of remarkable contrasts and
very friendly people. Assistance to flight formalities.
Safe trip to all.......End of our services!
optional excursions/activities will
be available on a 'pay for your own'
basis. transportation for those will be provided when possible.
minor changes to itinerary maybe
necessary; you will be notified of such changes in the most timely way
information about our Hotels/Riads (ALL 5 STARS)
Casablanca 01 night HB & 01 night BB, Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Chefchaouen 01 night HB, Lina Ryad & Spa
Fes 02 nights HB, Palais Amani Riad
Erfoud 01 night HB, Kasbah Chergui Hotel
Merzouga 01 night HB, Bivouac Chergui Sahara
Ouarzazate 01 night BB, Berber Palace Hotel
Marrakech 02 nights BB, Demeurs D’Orient Riad
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