The Marrakech Express Tour

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Follow the footprints of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young on the Marrakech Express, dance to the Jajouka music like the Rolling Stones did in Chefchaouen, Enjoy the sacred music of Hmadcha in the holy city of like Peter Gabriel once fused in his repertoire. Explore the marvels of medieval time in the heartbeat of Morocco, Fes, the city of a unique spirit, intellect, and culture. This small group tour and expedition will cover the best of Morocco as it goes from Casablanca to Rabat then Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, and Fez to continue exploring the Atlas Mountains North to Chefchaouen, Tetouan and the legendary Tangier. The most exciting discovery in this tour besides the in-depth cultural encounters is to ride an overnight Marrakech Express Train like the good old time of Crosby, Stills, Nash whom were inspired by this ride to write one of their best songs namely the Marrakech Express.
ItineraryDay 1: Meeting Point at Casablanca and city historic guided tourStop At: Old Medina of Casablanca, Casablanca, Grand Casablanca RegionOrientation meeting at the hotel will be at 3:30 pm. You will be also introduced to your local guide who will take on a monumental afternoon tour exploring the marvels of Casablanca. Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight at Hotel Oum Palace or similar 4-star hotelDay 2: Travel from Casablanca to Rabat - Visiting Rabat with a local guideStop At: Rabat Old Town, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer RegionAfter breakfast a tour of Casablanca Mosque is offered for those who wish to do it. A mosque guide will be at the entrance to give you a tour of the Great Mosque. This is the 2nd largest Mosque in the Islamic World with sublime Moorish architecture and decor. walk to the nearby Gallery of Photography is the vicinity, again this for those who do not wish to visit the Mosque. At 11:00 we will catch the Train to Rabat. We will Check you to your hotel and start visiting the marvels of Rabat. Lunch is on you. We will take you to the Souika where you will be introduced to a variety of budget inexpensive food stands and small eateries to choose from. We will meet later at 3:00 pm at Bab Souika to start our walking historic tour of Rabat. A local guide will be with us to show you around Rabat. Dinner will be at the hotel.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Chellah or similar 4-star HotelDay 3: Travel in your private Van to Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoune old townStop At: Meknes Medina, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionAfter breakfast, we will hop in our Van and travel toward Meknes. Today is the day of historic and spiritual discoveries of ancient Morocco. Meknes is an imperial City symbolizing the era of a Moorish renaissance. A Little Versailles of Morocco if you wish with medieval ramparts and gates out of this world. We will visit its Palaces like Dar Jamaii and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismael not to forget its water reservoir, an edifice of a medieval setting. Your adventure will take you to the next town of Moulay Idris, a holy city to Moroccans as it holds the history of the Morocco first Islamic city. Our first stop will be at the Central Market for a festive lunch the Moroccan way with best traditional eateries and Camel Burger stands, Tastiest food you ever had. Later on, your local guide will take you on a historical/spiritual visit of this marvelous hill town. Dinner will be at the roof of your guest house in the old city of Moulay Idris with a marvelous view on the is a unique city that was not opened to tourist only till 2005.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Riad Moulay or similar in Moulay Idriss ZerhouneDay 4: Travel from Moulay Idriss Zerhoune to Fez in your Private VanStop At: Fez Mellah, Fes, Fes-Boulemane RegionOnly a couple of miles away from Moulay Idris you will find the Roman ruins of Volubilis. We will take an hour hiking trail from Mount Zerhoun passing by Fertassa Spring across the ancient olive groves a path that was created by the Roman travelers that would lead us to the Roman Capital of Volubilis. Visit Volubilis with a site archeological guide then proceed to Fez in your private deluxe Van. Check to your riad in the Heart of the 9th century old Medina. Then start visiting the outskirts of the Medina and its ramparts, gates, and forts punctuated by a North and South Overhill panoramic breathtaking views. Retreat back to your This will bring us to a sunset hiking over the Mount Zalagh overlooking millennium olive trees groves the city of Fez in a visible distance. Return to your Riad in the Medina where a Moroccan Tagine is cooked for you the Fez Fashion to enjoy your dinner.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel L'Escale or similar 4 star Hotel Day 5: City guided tour of Fez with our local guideStop At: Fez Mellah, Fes, Fes-Boulemane RegionYour adventure continues exploring the marvels of Morocco, but today it is a challenge to all what you have imagined. Only when you step in the labyrinth of the Medina of Fez that you will realize how different it is to anything you have ever seeing before or even imagined. Step back in time and follow your guide who will take you on a maze of narrow streets, blind turns, and overhead dwellings in a lively fashion like it uses to be twelve hundred years ago. Still lively and most authentic. I do not want to take the magic away, wait till you get there. It is an explorer delightful walking adventure. Enjoy your guided tour of Fez. A full day walking experience replete of discoveries and activities. Dinner will be at Restaurant la Medina with Moroccan music and dance.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel L'Escale or similarDay 6: CTM class A bus to Chefchaouen in the morning. Visit ChefchaouenStop At: Chefchaouen Medina, Chefchaouen, Tangier-Tetouan RegionTravel on a CTM class A bus to Chefchaouen in the morning with our tour leader. Visit Chefchaouen with our local guide.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Riad Casa Hassan Guesthouse or similarDay 7: Travel to Tangier in the morning by bus - Walking tour of TangierStop At: Tangier Casbah, Tangier, Tangier-Tetouan RegionVisit Tangier Casbah with our local guide for a full afternoon, Dinner will be at a Traditional Moroccan restaurant downtown of Tangier. Later on you will take an Overnight Train with Couchette to Marrakech.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Marrakech Express train ride with CouchetteDay 8: Full Day guided tour of Marrakech with our guideStop At: Marrakech Souk, Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz RegionArrive in the morning to Marrakech. We will check you to your hotel to relax for a couple of hours then start your guided walking tour of Marrakech. Your local guide will meet you in the morning at the lobby of your hotel to take you walking visit of historic and artistic Marrakech. You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, then the afternoon to auction markets of principal goods crafted in Marrakech. We will take you to guilds auctions of goods before they reach the shelves of Bazaars and shops. We will teach you how to bargain and how to be part of this traditional market without an intermediary. Shopping in Marrakech has become a nightmare though you find all imaginable arts and crafts the touristy shops have their networking that is not sustainable at all and does not benefit the artisan by any means. Our professional buyer will advise on goods qualities and help you to deal with artisans directly.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 7x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Old Medina of Casablanca
  • Entry/Admission - Rabat Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Meknes Medina
  • Entry/Admission - Fez Mellah
  • Entry/Admission - Fez Mellah
  • Entry/Admission - Chefchaouen Medina
  • Entry/Admission - Tangier Casbah
  • Entry/Admission - Marrakech Souk

What’s not included

  • Tips to Guides and Drivers

Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting Point at Casablanca and city historic guided tour Stop At: Old Medina of Casablanca, Casablanca, Grand Casablanca Region Orientation meeting at the hotel will be at 3:30 pm. You will be also introduced to your local guide who will take on a monumental afternoon tour exploring the marvels of Casablanca. Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Dinner Accommodation included: overnight at Hotel Oum Palace or similar 4-star hotel
Day 2: Travel from Casablanca to Rabat - Visiting Rabat with a local guide Stop At: Rabat Old Town, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region After breakfast a tour of Casablanca Mosque is offered for those who wish to do it. A mosque guide will be at the entrance to give you a tour of the Great Mosque. This is the 2nd largest Mosque in the Islamic World with sublime Moorish architecture and decor. walk to the nearby Gallery of Photography is the vicinity, again this for those who do not wish to visit the Mosque. At 11:00 we will catch the Train to Rabat. We will Check you to your hotel and start visiting the marvels of Rabat. Lunch is on you. We will take you to the Souika where you will be introduced to a variety of budget inexpensive food stands and small eateries to choose from. We will meet later at 3:00 pm at Bab Souika to start our walking historic tour of Rabat. A local guide will be with us to show you around Rabat. Dinner will be at the hotel. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Chellah or similar 4-star Hotel
Day 3: Travel in your private Van to Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoune old town Stop At: Meknes Medina, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet Region After breakfast, we will hop in our Van and travel toward Meknes. Today is the day of historic and spiritual discoveries of ancient Morocco. Meknes is an imperial City symbolizing the era of a Moorish renaissance. A Little Versailles of Morocco if you wish with medieval ramparts and gates out of this world. We will visit its Palaces like Dar Jamaii and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismael not to forget its water reservoir, an edifice of a medieval setting. Your adventure will take you to the next town of Moulay Idris, a holy city to Moroccans as it holds the history of the Morocco first Islamic city. Our first stop will be at the Central Market for a festive lunch the Moroccan way with best traditional eateries and Camel Burger stands, Tastiest food you ever had. Later on, your local guide will take you on a historical/spiritual visit of this marvelous hill town. Dinner will be at the roof of your guest house in the old city of Moulay Idris with a marvelous view on the is a unique city that was not opened to tourist only till 2005. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Riad Moulay or similar in Moulay Idriss Zerhoune
Day 4: Travel from Moulay Idriss Zerhoune to Fez in your Private Van Stop At: Fez Mellah, Fes, Fes-Boulemane Region Only a couple of miles away from Moulay Idris you will find the Roman ruins of Volubilis. We will take an hour hiking trail from Mount Zerhoun passing by Fertassa Spring across the ancient olive groves a path that was created by the Roman travelers that would lead us to the Roman Capital of Volubilis. Visit Volubilis with a site archeological guide then proceed to Fez in your private deluxe Van. Check to your riad in the Heart of the 9th century old Medina. Then start visiting the outskirts of the Medina and its ramparts, gates, and forts punctuated by a North and South Overhill panoramic breathtaking views. Retreat back to your This will bring us to a sunset hiking over the Mount Zalagh overlooking millennium olive trees groves the city of Fez in a visible distance. Return to your Riad in the Medina where a Moroccan Tagine is cooked for you the Fez Fashion to enjoy your dinner. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel L'Escale or similar 4 star Hotel
Day 5: City guided tour of Fez with our local guide Stop At: Fez Mellah, Fes, Fes-Boulemane Region Your adventure continues exploring the marvels of Morocco, but today it is a challenge to all what you have imagined. Only when you step in the labyrinth of the Medina of Fez that you will realize how different it is to anything you have ever seeing before or even imagined. Step back in time and follow your guide who will take you on a maze of narrow streets, blind turns, and overhead dwellings in a lively fashion like it uses to be twelve hundred years ago. Still lively and most authentic. I do not want to take the magic away, wait till you get there. It is an explorer delightful walking adventure. Enjoy your guided tour of Fez. A full day walking experience replete of discoveries and activities. Dinner will be at Restaurant la Medina with Moroccan music and dance. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel L'Escale or similar
Day 6: CTM class A bus to Chefchaouen in the morning. Visit Chefchaouen Stop At: Chefchaouen Medina, Chefchaouen, Tangier-Tetouan Region Travel on a CTM class A bus to Chefchaouen in the morning with our tour leader. Visit Chefchaouen with our local guide. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Riad Casa Hassan Guesthouse or similar
Day 7: Travel to Tangier in the morning by bus - Walking tour of Tangier Stop At: Tangier Casbah, Tangier, Tangier-Tetouan Region Visit Tangier Casbah with our local guide for a full afternoon, Dinner will be at a Traditional Moroccan restaurant downtown of Tangier. Later on you will take an Overnight Train with Couchette to Marrakech. Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight Marrakech Express train ride with Couchette
Day 8: Full Day guided tour of Marrakech with our guide Stop At: Marrakech Souk, Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region Arrive in the morning to Marrakech. We will check you to your hotel to relax for a couple of hours then start your guided walking tour of Marrakech. Your local guide will meet you in the morning at the lobby of your hotel to take you walking visit of historic and artistic Marrakech. You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, then the afternoon to auction markets of principal goods crafted in Marrakech. We will take you to guilds auctions of goods before they reach the shelves of Bazaars and shops. We will teach you how to bargain and how to be part of this traditional market without an intermediary. Shopping in Marrakech has become a nightmare though you find all imaginable arts and crafts the touristy shops have their networking that is not sustainable at all and does not benefit the artisan by any means. Our professional buyer will advise on goods qualities and help you to deal with artisans directly. Duration: 8 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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