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Morocco tour from Fes Rif and the Mediterranean coast /12 days 11 nights

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Tour of northern Morocco, beautiful cities, the Rif mountains and the Mediterranean coast.

Morocco is a land of contrasts, between nature and culture and between the various terrains of the sea, the desert and the mountains. Go to Marrakech and enjoy the "Red City", the Koutoubia gardens and the renowned and festive Jemaa El Fna square. From there, aim for Fez or Meknes, but don't overlook the great sites along the way: Azilal, Beni Mellal, the Ouzoud waterfalls, Lake Bin El Ouidane and Ifrane, known as "Little Switzerland" for its architecture and forest of cedars. Enjoy the imperial cities by walking through the medina of Fez and passing through the Bab Mansour Gate in Meknes. Then visit the famous ruins of Volubilis a few kilometers away.

Day 1 : Fes – Fes

Arrival at Fes airport, and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 : Fez

Breakfast at the hotel. The day will be entirely dedicated to visiting Fes, the oldest of the imperial cities, founded in 790 by Moulay Idriss II. Fez quickly became the main religious center of Morocco. Visit the medieval Medina, the Medersas (ancient Islamic religious universities) Bounanaia and Attarine, the Karaouine Mosque and the famous Neijarine fountain. We continue with a visit to the souks, one of the most beautiful and lively markets in Morocco. Possible lunch in a restaurant in the Medina. Continuation of the visit in the afternoon. Dinner based on traditional dishes in a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3 : Fes – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss – Meknes – Azrou – Ifrane

After breakfast departure to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Volubilis was founded by the Carthaginians in the 3rd century BC. and dominated by the Romans from 40 AD. until the arrival of the Berbers in 280 AD. Continuation to the sacred Islamic city of Moulay Idriss I and later arrival in Meknes, the Ismaelian capital, famous for its 40 km of walls, the Bab Mansour gate, the royal palaces and the Jewish quarter. Crossing the Atlas hills you reach the mountain resort of Azrou; stop in the cedar forest where you can meet the typical monkeys of this area. In Azrou there is also the handicraft center where you can observe woodworking techniques. Continuation to Ifrane, hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 4 : Ifrane – Taounate – Al Hoceima

After breakfast departure towards the north crossing the hills that anticipate the Rif mountains to reach the Mediterranean Sea. Arrival in Al Hoceima, hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : Al Hoceima and the coast of the Mediterranean Sea

Day dedicated to seaside relaxation or visits to the surroundings. We suggest a day in the sun at Al Hoceima’s main beach, Plage Quemado. Possible excursion to the west to visit the Mediterranean coast with the fishing village of Torres and Plage Tala Youssef. To the east, a few kilometers from Al Hoceima, there are the beaches of Cala Bonita, Plage Isly and Plage Asfiha. From here you can admire the “Alhucemas” islands located about 50/200 meters from the coast and made up of two uninhabited islets “Isla de Tierra” and “Isla de Mar” and the “Peñón de Alhucemas”. Curious is the history of these islands in the Mediterranean; in 1559 the sultan Moulay ‘Abdullah al Ghlib Billah ceded the Alhucemas islands to Philip II of Spain in exchange for assistance in the fight against the Ottoman Empire, from that moment the Spanish presence on the island has not had interruptions. Even now the islands, claimed by Morocco due to their geographical belonging to Africa, are to all intents and purposes Spanish. The largest is permanently manned by a garrison of about sixty Spanish soldiers belonging to the “Cuerpo de Regulares de Melilla”. In the evening return to Al Hoceima. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Chefchaouen

Day dedicated to the visit of the city, characterized by its blue and white streets, the artisans’ shops and the places with terraces that offer beautiful views of the Rif and the city. Visit of the Kasbah located in Uta el-Hamman square. Free lunch and dinner at the hotel. In the evening you cannot miss a mint tea in the room located near the “waterfalls”, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8 : Chefchaouen – Tetouan – M’diq

After breakfast, departure for Tetouan, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and an important commercial and industrial center in the food, textile and cement sectors. Visit of the picturesque medina where you can find numerous craft shops of embroiderers, gunsmiths, dyers, tanners, and other various businesses. Continuation to reach the coastal town of M’diq; accommodation in hotel and rest of the day at leisure for relaxation. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 : M’diq – Tangier

After breakfast, continuation to Tangier, arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to visit the Medina and the Kasbah; a stop at one of the historic bars and clubs in the center cannot be missed. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 : Tangier – Cap Spartel – Tangier

After breakfast departure for the visit of Cap Spartel passing through a rich vegetation of cork oaks, broom and eucalyptus. At Cap Spartel there is a small lighthouse built in 1865 from where you can admire the waters of the Atlantic Ocean entering the Mediterranean Sea. Then visit the caves of Hercules, where according to legend the demigod of Greek mythology rested after opening the Strait of Gibraltar. These caves, which are submerged by high tide water, have an opening very similar to the profile of Africa. Return to the city, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Tangier – Asilah – Moulay Bousselham – Casablanca

After breakfast departure south following the road that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. Stop in Asilah and time available to visit the Medina, with the typical blue and green colored doors. In the afternoon, departure for Casablanca with a stop at the Moulay Bousselham Marine Aquatic Park. Continuation to Casablanca, arrival and accommodation at the hotel. In the evening dinner at the end of the trip in a restaurant along the Corniche. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12 : Casablanca – Flight

Breakfast at hotel. Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for boarding the international flight. Arrival at the scheduled airport and end of our services.

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