DAY ONE | Casablanca & Rabat
Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic capital. This bustling metropolis is a fascinating mix of modernity and tradition, with its sleek architecture and bustling markets. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and bustling atmosphere.
1. Mosque Hassan II: This beautiful mosque is one of the largest in the world and a must-see attraction in Casablanca. Completed in 1993 after 6 years of construction, it can accommodate up to 105,000 worshippers, with 25,000 inside and 80,000 outside. The minaret is 201 meters high and has a laser pointing towards Mecca. The mosque's interior is breathtaking, with intricate details and beautiful architecture. Interestingly, the walls are made of marble, which helps to block out the sound of the ocean despite the mosque's proximity to the sea.
2. Muhamad 5 Square: This large square is located in the heart of Casablanca and is named after King Mohammed V, the founder of modern-day Morocco. The square is surrounded by impressive buildings, including the Palace of Justice, the Wilaya (Governor's office), and the Bank of Morocco.
3. Church of the Sacred Heart: This Roman Catholic church is one of the most beautiful buildings in Casablanca. Built in the 1930s, it features a blend of Moorish and Art Deco architecture and is decorated with colorful stained-glass windows.
4. La Corniche: This scenic promenade runs along the Atlantic coast and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Take a leisurely stroll along the ocean, admire the views, and stop for a drink or bite to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the way.
5. Habous Market: Also known as the New Medina, Habous Market is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and immerse yourself in Moroccan culture. You'll find a variety of shops selling traditional clothing like the djellaba for men and women, kaftans, and slippers.
Next, we will drive to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco! This beautiful city is located on the Atlantic coast and has a rich history that dates back to the 12th century. Rabat is a city that is filled with stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and a rich culture.
6. Oudaya Kasbah: Our first stop will be the Oudaya Kasbah, a stunning 12th-century fortress built on the edge of the Bouregreg River. This UNESCO World Heritage site features beautiful Andalusian gardens, traditional Moroccan architecture, and a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean.
7. Hassan Tower: Next, we'll visit the Hassan Tower, a towering minaret that was intended to be the largest mosque in the Islamic world. Despite never being completed due to the sultan's death, the tower still stands at an impressive 44 meters and offers a glimpse into the history of Morocco. 8. Mausoleum: After the Hassan Tower, we will visit the Mausoleum, the final resting place of King Mohammed V and his two sons. This stunning white marble tomb is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture and is considered one of the most important landmarks in Rabat.
DAY 2 | Rabat to Chefchaouen
During the four-hour drive from Rabat to Chefchaouen, we will take breaks for lunch and enjoy the scenic views. After arriving in Chefchaouen, you will have the entire afternoon to explore and discover the city's charm. Chefchaouen is a picturesque and charming town located in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Known for its blue-painted buildings and relaxed atmosphere, Chefchaouen offers a unique travel experience for those seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Throughout your stay, you will have the opportunity to explore the town's narrow alleyways, visit the local markets and souks, and soak in the stunning mountain views that surround you. Whether you are interested in hiking, photography, or simply taking a break and enjoying the slower pace of life, Chefchaouen is the perfect destination for you.
1. Outa Hammam Square: Located in the heart of the old city, this lively square is a great place to start your day. Sip on some traditional mint tea while taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling medina.
2. The Kasbah of Chefchaouen: This 15th-century fortress is a must-see for its beautiful Andalusian-style gardens and its impressive architecture. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the kasbah and its role in the city's development.
3. Visit shops and local artisans: Chefchaouen is known for its local handicrafts, including woven blankets and rugs. Meet a blind man who weaves these beautiful blankets and learn about his craft.
4. Ras El Ma: This beautiful crystal clear spring flows through Chefchaon and is lined with shops, restaurants and bustling activity. Sit right alongside the river and enjoy a Tagine dinner next to the sounds of the cascading water.
5. Spanish Mosque: Hike up the mountain to see the Spanish Mosque, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Watch the sun set over the beautiful blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen and take in the stunning views of the city below.
DAY THREE | Chefchaouen to Meknes & Fez
1. Roman ruins, Volubilis: You will begin your day by visiting the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about an hour from Meknes, this historic site is a must-see for anyone interested in history and archaeology. You will be accompanied by a licensed local guide who will take you on a tour of the ruins, explaining the history and significance of each site. You will have the opportunity to see the stunning mosaics, the ancient forum, and the impressive Triumphal Arch.
2. Bab Mansur al-’Alj: After exploring Volubilis, you will head to Meknes to visit Bab Mansur al-’Alj, a magnificent gate that is one of the most impressive examples of Moroccan architecture. The gate was built in the 18th century by Sultan Moulay Ismail, and it is considered one of the most beautiful entrances in the country. You will have the chance to take pictures and admire the intricate details of the gate.
3. Lahdim Square: Next, you will visit Lahdim Square, located in the heart of the Meknes Medina. This bustling square is filled with locals and tourists alike, and it is the perfect place to get a taste of Moroccan culture. You will find a variety of food stalls, shops, and street performers. Take a stroll through the square, sample some local snacks, and pick up some souvenirs to take home. After a day of exploring, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in Meknes before heading to your final destination of Fez.
The drive from Meknes to Fez will take approximately an hour, and you will have the chance to take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Once you arrive in Fez, you can settle into your accommodations and get ready to explore the vibrant city on your own at the conclusion of this 3-day tour.