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Travel module - Rental car round trip - Morocco

Royal cities of Morocco

Highlights

  • 7-day round trip by rental car to the royal cities of Morocco

  • From Casablanca to Marrakech - explore the sights

  • Explore ports, mosques and palaces

  • Experience the contrast of modernity and the past

  • Get to know Morocco through its cuisine

Description

Conquer the imperial capitals on the Moroccan ruling dynasties tour and discover the historical origins of Morocco. Join us on a journey through time that will bring you closer to the colorful history of this country. From the superlative mosque in Casablanca, to the imperial capital of Meknes and the architectural site of Volubilis, join us as we explore the past.

Destination

Orient

Casablanca - Rabat - Fez - Marrakech

Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will pick up your rental car and make your way to your first hotel.

Casablanca holds many secrets and treasures of the past, which you will learn more about today. Your journey through time begins in the modern city of Casablanca, which includes original architecture from the Neo-Classical to Art Deco periods. Visit a private villa built by an Italian entrepreneur in the 1930s in the Art Deco style.

The port of Casablanca, whose opening dates back to 500 BC, is also one of Morocco's historical witnesses. Today, about 60% of the nation's maritime trade is handled here, and it's a popular port of call for merchants because it's where they can sell the most goods. Stroll along the harbor and marvel at what goes from ship to shore here every day and let yourself be carried away by the business hustle and bustle.

Well rested, you will start today into another day full of new experiences and interesting insights into the diverse history of Morocco. Your next destination: the capital, Rabat! The city, founded by Almohad Sultan Abd Al Mumin in 1150, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a tour of the city, you will pass the royal palace, the Hassan Tower - part of an incomplete mosque and the Villa des Arts, which exhibits contemporary art.

In the evening, one of the country's typical riads awaits you.

Travel time Casablanca to Rabat: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes / 90 km

1 night in Dar El Kebira**** with breakfast in standard room, Rabat, Morocco

On the way to Fez, you will stop at Volubilis, an archaeological site near Meknes. This ancient open-air museum is a rather unknown destination, however, it will once again take you on a journey into the past. Immerse yourself in the time of Roman antiquity, as here you can visit the best preserved ruins of monuments that are now recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Especially worth seeing are the Basilica, the Thermae, the Temple of Jupiter, the Capitol and the Arc de Triomphe, which will make you feel like you are in Greece and not in the middle of Morocco.

Following this journey into the past, the rest of the trip will take you to Meknes, just a few kilometers away, the imperial capital founded in 1672 by Alaouite Sultan Ismail. Quieter and smaller than its neighbor Fez, the city is more of a quiet retreat, just bursting with coziness. Morocco's most important wine-growing region lies in the surrounding area, and the country's best oil comes from the numerous olive plantations.

In the evening you will reach Fes, where you will spend your night. You will get to know the city better the next day.

Travel time Rabat to Fes: about 2 hours 15 minutes / 200 km

2 nights in Riad Arabesque**** with Junior Suite breakfast, Fes, Morocco

Today is time to get to know the cradle of Morocco and the oldest and largest medina in the world. The old city of Fez is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Site and was founded by Idrissid Sultan Idriss the First in 789. Immerse yourself in the city that will amaze you with its dark blue ceramics. Also the ramparts, the fortress, the mosque, the numerous medersas as well as the numerous winding alleys, will immerse you in the Moroccan flair. On your way, you will also pass by numerous souks, traditional markets, which will attract you with their thousands of scents.

At noon, stop at the Palais Sheherazade, a true palace, where a Moroccan lunch will await you and fortify you for the rest of the day.

In Seffarine Square, amidst copper and tin manufacturers, you will find the great El Quaraouyine library, which has ten thousand unique books, witnesses of the spiritual past. If you are in the city in the evening, you can visit the typical madrassas, known today by the Fassi architecture, which are particularly beautiful in the evening light.

Today you should set off early, because the longest stage of the day lies ahead of you. From Fes, your route will take you south via Meknes, along the northern Atlas Mountains. The region around the town of Beni-Mellal is especially popular with nature and trekking fans. The many lakes and rivers bathe the landscape in lush green, especially in spring. The region is best explored on foot or by mountain bike on signposted hiking trails.

Your hotel is located directly on the banks of the Bin El-Ouidane reservoir.

Travel time from Fes to Bin El-Ouidane approx. 5 hours 45 minutes / 350 km

1 night at Widiane Suites & Spa**** with breakfast in Classic Room, Bin El-Ouidane, Morocco

Your last destination for the day is Marrakech. Often called the Pearl of the South, the city was founded in 1062 by the Almoravids. Discover the historical and architectural treasures that characterize this city with Andalusian influences. The Bahia Palace is a stunning building with 160 rooms and numerous riads and just as impressive as the Medersa Ben Youssef. When visiting, take the time to look at the many small details, such as carvings, frescoes and stucco work. Another popular destination is the Saadian Tombs, which tell the story of the Saadians. In 1554, the Saadians made Marrakech their residence and for Ahmed El-Mansour, the second Sultan from the Saadian family, the tombs were created for the descendants of the Prophet. Feel yourself transported back to a dream from 1001 nights.

For all those who have not found the right souvenir yet, we recommend a visit to Djema El Fna. On the central meeting place of the city, known as the jugglers' square, traditional objects of various types and origins are offered for sale. Stroll through the market and breathe in the scent of spices and herbs that are also sold here and enjoy your last day.

Travel time Bin El-Ouidane to Marrakech approx. 3 hours 15 minutes / 200 km

1 night at Angsana Riads Collection**** with breakfast in Berbère Room, Marrakech, Morocco

After a journey through the history of Morocco, you now return to the present and have to gradually say goodbye to this beautiful country. You will return home today.

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Duration of the trip: 7 days/ 6 nights

Date of the trip: All year round

Included

  • 6 overnight stays in aforementioned accommodations incl. meals as mentioned above
  • 7 days rental car category BY (Citroen C3 or similar)
  • Contact person on site
  • The indicated per person price is based on 2 people

Rental car:

  • To rent a car, you have to be at least 25 years old. For drivers aged 23 and 24, there is an additional charge.
  • Free additional driver
  • Insurance with deductible
  • Theft protection
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - an insurance similar to comprehensive insurance
  • Service fee for the rental car station
  • Taxes

Not included

  • International flights
  • Optional excursions
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, unless specifically mentioned
  • Voluntary tips
  • Luggage fees at the airport
  • Visa, if required
  • Possible one-way rentals for rental cars

Notes

  • Please check whether you need a visa to enter Morocco
  • For entry, you need a passport that must be valid for at least 6 months on the day of departure from Morocco. For more information, please contact your personal travel consultant.
  • Please note that for the rental car, depending on the local provider, there is a one-way rental fee, which must be paid on site.
  • Other rental car categories on request (for example 4x4 vehicles)