Day 01 Monday Casablanca
Arrive at Casablanca air port. Transfer to Hotel Kenzi Basma. The tour will start at 13:00 hours at the lobby of the hotel. After a short introduction we will go out for lunch and city site seeing.
We will visit the Hassan II Mosque, The Corniche of Ain Diab ,Anfa District & Habous District where there are hand craft shops. At the hotel we will have group meeting at 05:00 PM at the lobby of the hotel. Before dinner, we will walk to the walled part of the city ,the Medina, where hundreds of shops lined up to meet the needs of the locals. The narrow streets, colorful shops and the wonderful display of the produce will be a great introduction to the daily life of the Moroccans. Tonight after dinner, if you are not too tired , you can walk to Café Casablanca of the famous movie.
Day 02 Tuesday visit Rabat, overnight @ Meknes
We will leave Casablanca at 08:00 am. Driving along the Atlantic Ocean , we will go through the little villages with stunning architecture, and wonderful vegetation. It seems like the flowers bloom twice as much and the colors are brighter than similar plants else where.When we drive through the clean streets of Muhammedia , how a good mayor can make a difference will be obvious. Rabat is the Capital of Morocco. You will have free time at the Medina of Rabat. The leather shops, lantern shops andthe food stands surrounded with the locals dressed in their traditional "cloaks", jillaba, will make you take more pictures than you can even dream of taking. We like to finish this visit before the call to prayer at lunch time. Because once there is the call to prayer, the whole market shuts down and would not open until 04:00 PM. Before lunch, we will walk through the narrow , clean, white washed streets of walled neighborhood Kasbah Oudaya. How can any one be so creative to have so many different , equally creative and beautiful doors? You wonder if the inspiration of the colors - blue and white- is coming from the color of the screaming sea gulls and the clear blue sky or the blue of the ocean and the white surfs breaking on the rocks at the shore of this city. The creativity and the warmth of the colors that surround
you are also woven into carpets that the neighborhood women makewhile they are singing lullaby to their children who are either sleeping in a little wooden cradle or tied on their backs Lunch at Borj Eddar Restaurant. The view of the Atlantic ocean and the sounds of the waves will accompany a marvelous fish lunch. Muhammed the 5ths Mausoleum, the 12th century unfinished mosque,, Hasan Tower , the palace of the King of Morocco, the horses guarding the 800 year old walls are few other pleasure to our eyes before we leave Rabat for Meknes. Rabat's sister city Sale will be our next stop.The road to Meknes winds up to the rolling hills where cork tree orchards are surrounded by olive grooves and vineyards and the Berber's hats flying on the road side racks . Tonight our dinner will be at a typical Spanish restaurant Sungria Overnight at Hotel Riff in Meknes.
There is an internet near the hotel.
Day 03 Wednesday Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idris, overnght @ Fes
It is like a ferry tale. Once upon a time, there lived a king Moulla Ismail from 16th Century. He needed horses to defend his kingdom. Therefore, the 12000 horses deserved the best home, best water and best care. Entering the stable through arched gates, you wonder if the building was built for the horses or to prove simplicity can create undisputable grandeur.
The photographers will not have enough taking the pictures of endless looking arches of this monumental stable.
The Barber who greets the visitors at the entrance of Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail with his traditional costume and every imaginable charm to ward off evil , make one feel totally safe for the rest of one's life for just being around him. Our next stop will be the Souk of Meknes. We will go through innumerable gates of the 15 mile long city walls to get to where
we immerse ourselves to the world of colors. If we ban the use of these words for the day :" Oh my god ! it is wonderful" we will have a total silence all day long!
Our lunch will be a typical Moroccan food at Restaurant Tarrad .The color of the saffron, the taste of the olive oil and the steaming pots with pointed tops will not only make us feel good after the long morning site seeing but will be a great photo op for those who are interested in taking pictures. I am sure after this meal most of us will have our choices of cooking enriched.When we leave Meknes behind, the winding road goes through cactus forests, olive orchards and wheat fields. The Roman Bridge by a white washed small city ,Moulla Idris, gives us the news that we are arriving at our next destination:Volubilis, the most complete Roman city that I have seen after Ephesus.Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, In Volubilis , the Romans had enjoyed the prosperity of the region and built their city to reflect their wealth.They have immortalized their sense of humor on mosaics .A man riding on a donkey backwards
When the last rays of the setting sun change colors of the trees and the hill side to every shade of orange and red, we will arrive in Fez. Much deserved rest will be at our wonderful hotel in the heart of the city.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Sofia
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