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Full day excursion to Bhalil,Sefrou & the slopes of the Middle Atlas Mountains

Your driver will pick you up from your Hotel or Riad at 9AM. Travel from Fez to the small town of Sefrou. The town is clearly among the best destinations for one-day trips from Fez. It lies more than 900 metres above sea level, and every spring the rivers become so fierce that buildings and agriculture is threatened. The city is cut in two halves by the seasonal river Oued Aggaï, which could have been beautiful were it not that it doubles as trash can for the locals. Over the river small bridges allows people, but no normal car traffic to pass. The city is dominated by white houses, simple in their designs, but often with terraces that are generally uncommon in Morocco. Sefrou's history is dominated by religion. It was a Jewish town before Islam was introduced in the 8th century. There are many festivals in town, celebrating the cherry harvest, the prophet Daniel, the 17th century saint Sidi Lahcen Ben Ahmed or Lalla Rekia and her miraculous spring that cures madness. Now Sefrou is declared as a UNESCO Non Material Heritage for its Cherry Festival that takes place every June . The architecture is simple but effective, and the walls of the houses are whitewashed, which gives Sefrou a fresher and cleaner feeling than Fez. After you will travel to the village of Bhalil. The village of Bhalil is easy to pass by, it is not on the main road, and really not on the beaten track of tourism in northern Morocco. But there are two clear reasons why you shouldn't miss out on it. First, it is a very charming village, with fairly well-kept houses, a seasonal river dividing it and covered with numerous bridges. When you climb up to the top, you will pass through the good parts of the Morocco that is about to disappear, where people work in the streets, making simple handicrafts or preparing crops of different kinds, all in a relaxed tone. The view from the top is beautiful, with a green valley and small hill tops. The other reason to come here is the main reason for most: The cave houses. There aren't too many of them left now, but if you click "Continue" you can step into one of them. The cave houses in Bhalil stand next to ordinary "over-ground" houses, and there is no other difference between them than practical ones. Digging into the cave allows good conditions for keeping a home cool in summer and keeping the worst cold out in winter. Back to Fez by the mid-afternoon.

$4800 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Day Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco from Casablanca

Day 1 : CASABLANCA / RABAT:Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly recommended kosher restaurants. Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. We start the sightseeing tour with the Habbous quarter, the United Nations square and the Hassan II mosque, the second biggest mosque in the world; then visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Shalom.Departure to Rabat and Sale. We’ll start off with a visit to Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas  next to the old Medina. Then Visit the Mellah, where many Jewish families still live, with its narrow streets and lively courtyards. Afterwards we visit Sale, where Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar , the famous 18th century scholar and cabbalist was born. In the evening, head back to Rabat for dinner and overnight stay. Day 2 : RABAT/MEKNES: Departure to Meknes, a Moroccan  imperial city known as "the Moroccan Versailles". The visit will include Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail. We will visit the Mellah and the Synaguogue  Also not to be missed for a pilgrimage, the tomb of Rabbi' David Benmidan. Head back to Fes via remains of the ancient roman city of Volubilis. At arrival at Fes, check in, dinner and overnight.Day 3 : FES MEDINAS TOUR :Fes is rich in medieval Jewish history, in fact, it was the home of one of the all times most influential Talmudic scholars, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. The visit will include the Mellah with its Synagogues, and also a visit to the cemetery of Safroud where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried. Return to the hotel in Fes for overnight stay.Day 4 : SEFROU & BHALIL: Visit Sefrou, the capital of cherries. Sefrou, south of Fes, was known as Little Jerusalem due to its high percentage of Jews and its well-developed religious life. Upon Morocco's independence, a rabbi from Sefrou was elected to Parliament. Sefrou's mellah makes up half of the old city.En route to Sefrou make a short stop to visit Bhalil where we will visit the cave dwellers in town. There you are invited for lunch at my family home. A good example of interfaith dialogue in Morocco can be witnessed in the city of Sefrou. In Sefrou lived Muslims and Jews in good harmony door to door and practiced their religious rituals in unison.Back to Fes.Day 5 : BACK TO CASABLANCA:Morning at your own leisure in your Riad or in exploring the Medina and drive back to Casablanca in the afternoonDay 6 : DEPARTURE:Transfer to Casablanca airport.

$800 Private & Custom Tours

10 Day Morocco Affordable Tour starting in Casablanca and ending in Tangier

Casablanca-Essaouira  After we will drive towards Essaouira. On our way we will visit the Portuguese style city of El Jadida and then continue our drive along the Atlantic coast enjoying the views of the waves etc. Essaouira-Marrakesh Visit of the romantic seaside town of Essaouira. Our sightseeing tour of the city will feature Essaouira's typical Portuguese harbor portraying influences of both Moorish and Portuguese design. Marrakesh Tour Sightseeing of Marrakesh nicknamed "The Pearl of the South,"featuring a visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, "Dar Si Said"Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace . In the evening, trip to the Jema El Fna Day trip to the Atlas mnts and Ait BenhaddouWe will do our day trip to Ait Benhaddou throughout Tizi-n-tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains. We will have lunch here before we drive back to Marrakesh in the afternoon.Marrakesh-Fes Today we will travel crossing the Tadla valley and then the middle Atlas mountains towards the spiritual capital of Morocco,Fes. On our way we will have several stops in Beni Mellal,Zaouiat Cheick,Khenifra,Azrou and the town of Ifrane. Arrivel to Fes by the mid to late afternoonFes walking Tour  the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing the city of Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Step back six centuries into the medieval Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. Narrow openings into private worlds reveal architecture of peaceful courtyards filled with carved cedar, brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and delicately carved stucco ornaments.  Overnight at the Riad.Sefrou and Bhalil day tripToday I will take you for a day trip to the Cherry town of Sefrou which is declared UNESCO humanity heritage for it annual Cherry festival. Explore the waterfalls,the views and its Small medina. After we will go to the village of Bhalil,which is famous for its cave dwellings and families living in these troglodyte houses. Lunch at my family and explore the town before making it back to your riad in Fes. Fes-Meknes-ChefchaouenToday you will depart for the Imperial City of Meknes, The highlights will include Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Before continuing to Moulay Idriss and the Roman ruins at Volubilis. Drive to Chefchaouen.Chefchaouen-TangierAfter breakfast, we will have a visit to the Medina of Chaouen and you will depart for Tangier. We will stop at Tetouan to visit the Medina as well as the Archeological mueum there. Depart to Tangier. Visit of the Medina and other hidden treasures. DepartureI will drive you to the MED port to catch your ferry to Algeciras.

$1300 Private & Custom Tours

12 Day Best of Morocco Round Trip from Marrakesh

ARRIVAL TO MARRAKESHTransfer to your Riad.MARRAKESH MEDINA TOURWe will go for a Sightseeing Tour of Marrakesh , featuring a visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, fountains...Overnight.Marrakesh/Ait Benhaddou/OuarzazateDepart to Ouarzazate through the Atlas mountain range and over the Tizi N Tichka pass. Enjoy this very scenic drive, before arriving at Kasbah Ait BenHaddou , Visit this Unesco protected World Heritage before continuing on to Ouarzazate.Ouarzazate/Dades valley/ Todra Gorge/Erfoud/MerzougaMerzouga/Midelt/Ifrane/FesFES MEDINA TOURAfter breakfast  the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing the city of Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Step back six centuries into the medieval Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. Narrow openings into private worlds reveal architecture of peaceful courtyards filled with carved cedar, brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and delicately carved stucco ornaments. Suggested lunch will be at Palais Terrab, a beautiful Arab palace. After lunch, we will visit the Attarine and Abou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. In the afternoon, we will visit the countless souks, the famous tanneries and Fes Jdid. Overnight at RiadFES / SEFROU / BHALIL / FESToday you can choose what you want to do. Spend more time in the souks or take a cooking class or take a day trip to Sefrou and Bhalil where you will be invited to lunch with my family. Back to Fes. Dinner and overnight.FES / MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / CHEFCHAOUENDepart for the Imperial City of Meknes, The highlights will include Bab el Mansour "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Then depart for the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Departure and drive to Chefchaouen.CHEFCHAOUENVisit of the Medina of Chefchaouen. CHEFCHAOUEN / AKCHOUR / TETOUAN / TANGIER / ASSILAH/ RABATOur journey today will lead us to the National Park of Talassemtane . We will drive along the coast to Oued Laou, then through Tetouan towards Tangier.Then to Assilah.We will drive south to visit Larache and the Exotic Gardens at Bouknadel and from there travel to Rabat.RABAT / MARRAKESHThere you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rabat .Transfer to Marrakesh for an overnight stay.MARRAKESHTransfer to airport for departure flight home

$4000 Private & Custom Tours

17 Day Luxury Round Trip from Casablanca

Day 1: Arrival to Casablanca We will pick you up from Casablanca airport and transfer you to the hotel. Sofitel Tour Blanches or similar. Day 2: Casablanca/ Chefchaouen Visit Hassan II Mosque, departure to Chefchaouen. Lina Ryad & Spa or similar. Day 3: Chefchaouen After breakfast you will prepare yourself for the tour of the Medina of Chefchaouen. This tour will feature the old part of the hill town and a visit to the famous Kasbah.  Lina Ryad & Spa or similar Day 4: Chefchaouen / Meknes Today you will visit the Imperial City of Meknes. Riad Yacut or similar. Day 5: Meknes/Moulay Idriss/Volubilis/Fes We will travel to the holy town of Moulay Idriss  then departure to visit the Roman ruins at Volubilis .Riad Laaroussa  or similar Day 6: Fes Medina After breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing the city of Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Riad Laaroussa  or similar Day 7: Fes / Sefrou / Bhalil Spend more time in the souks or take a cooking class or take a day trip to Sefrou and Bhalil where we will explore this beautiful traditional village. Back to Fes. Dinner and overnight. Riad Laaroussa  or similar Day 8: Fes / Ifrane/ Azrou/ Midelt After breakfast we will make our way through the amazing middle Atlas Mountains.  Riad Villa Pomme D’Or or similar Day 9: Midelt/ Errachidia/ Erfoud/ Merzouga Travel to Merzouga. Day 10: Merzouga / Quarzazate Morning departure to Ouarzazate. The Berbere Palace  or similar Day 11: Quarzazate Today you will see the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs then the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The Berbere Palace  or similar Day 12: Ouarzazate / Marrakesh Departure via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (7,415 ft / 2,260 m) and Taddert to Marrakesh. Riad La Maison Arabe or similar Day 13: Marrakesh Sightseeing of Marrakesh featuring a visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, "Dar Si Said" Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyard sand fountains.  Riad La Maison Arabe or similar Day 14/15: Marrakesh Gardens Today consist if sightseeing of the private gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and the private Islamic Art Museum.  Riad La Maison Arabe or similar Day 16: Marrakesh/ Casablanca Cooking class in the morning & Travel back to Casablanca in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight Day 17: Departure Transfer to the airport.

$82.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Sefrou and Bhalil Berber Towns Day Trip

Make the most out of your time in Morocco with this day trip to Sefrou and Bhalil from Fez! Discover waterfalls, caves, cool air and diverse landscapes as you learn about Moroccan history and culture. Start your day with free pick-up from your accommodation in Fez in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. First, you'll travel to the Berber town of Sefrou. 30 miles from Fez, Sefrou is known for its waterfalls, landscapes, and the shrine of the saint Sidi-Ali Bousserghine. Sefrou has an important agricultural center that displays the richness of its products during the "Cherry Festival" in June. See the simple architecture and white-washed walls of the town, discover Mellah architecture, synagogues and the Jewish cemetery with tombs of famed rabbis from hundreds of years of history. The highlight of Sefrou will likely be the beautiful waterfalls located on Oued Aggay Place - you'll fall in love with the fresh air and the richness of the natural landscape. Enjoy a swim in the waterfall, relax under the trees, and learn about the history and importance of this waterfall. Finish off the first part of the day with lunch in town at a local restaurant. Following lunch, after a few miles by a route that goes through the middle of olive groves, you'll arrive at the second Berber town of the day, Bhalil. Bhalil is famous for its cave dwellings - these caves are a single large living space used for cooking, sleeping, and daily living, that people still live in. Bhalil's caves and their occupants will provide you a unique glimpse into a very different Morocco. Visit a family that lives in a cave, drink mint tea, and learn from them all about the tradition, culture, and way of life in Bhalil.