6 Days Imperial City Tour from Casablanca

Cultural Tour
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    Destination Morocco

    Destination Morocco is one of the premier tours and travel companies specializing in Moroccan tour packages. Right from 3-day mini tours to extensive 15-day vacations, we have designed packages that will suit both your time frame and budget, and let you enjoy this mystical land of Atlas Mountains, the magnificent Sahara, and lovely ocean beaches and oasis.
    • 6 Days
    • Suitable for ages 6+
    • Morocco

    You will start your tour of Morocco by visiting the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca, from where you will journey northward. You will experience a myriad of things here, right from the culture to other intangible things that are typical to a Moroccan experience such as watching the intricately woven carpets displayed against the walls all over the city, the French influence as a result of the once French colonies, and the age-old ports and trading centers.

    This particular tour is more focused on giving you an Imperial experience and takes you to majestic forts and palaces. You will also witness stunning traditional handicraft and artwork such as terracotta, pottery, leather goods among various other things.

    Departure & Return Location

    • Casablanca

    Price Includes

    • Camel trek (one camel per guest)
    • New air-conditioned vehicle 4WD or Minivan/Mini Bus
    • Entrance Fees
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Overnight in Desert Luxury Camp
    • Pick-up and Drop Off Service
    • Professional driver/Tour guide during the tour
    • Local Guide Fees

    Price Excludes

    • Flights
    • Lunches and drinks
    • Personal expenses
    Travel Tips
    Things You Must Know Before Visiting Morocco

    More and more people are visiting Morocco every year. It’s a beautiful country. If you plan on going, here are a few pointers to help you prepare for your trip.

    1. Dress Appropriately

    Overall, guys can dress however they like, but women need to dress more conservatively. Although you see many tourists wearing whatever they want, we chose to cover up as much as possible to avoid unwanted attention. Even if you’re traveling with a group of guys, you may still get harassed. Some of the girls in our group got groped on multiple occasions even though we were paired off with a male buddy. It was mostly really old men, and it happened more often in crowded places. When visiting mosques, you need to cover down to your wrists and ankles. For the ladies out there, it really helps to have a shawl/scarf handy in case you need it.

    1. Currency and Cost

    More established shops will take credit cards, but most smaller markets, street vendors, and cabs will not. Be ready with the local currency. The Moroccan Dirham (DEER-HAM) goes for roughly 9.20 Dirhams (DH) per 1 USD or 10 per 1 euro. We thought things would be cheaper in Morocco, but because of how touristy the country has become, the prices were comparable to Europe. Our tour guide recommended each person exchange 100 euros per day.

    1. ATMs.

    Exchange enough money when have a chance. ATMs can run out of money especially during a holiday or on the weekend also keep in mind some machines will let you withdraw up to $400.00 a day. There are many exchange offices especially in the big cities, your tour guide will help you get the best exchange rates. Also, traveler’s checks are pretty much useless in Morocco. It’s hard to find a place to cash them.

    1. Keep Correct Change with You

    Moroccan cab drivers rarely “have change” when you need it. To avoid overpaying, keep your coins. Most of our cab rides within the city were roughly 30 Dirhams, be careful when the cab driver says I will charge you a flat fee (it’s illegal), once you’re inside the cab look at the meter it should read something like 2.3 DRS during the day and 3.2 DRS during the night, roughly a 10 minutes cab ride should cost you around $8.00, do the best you can to have small change with you (coins).

    1. Tipping

    Have some change ready for tips. A good general rule of thumb is 3 to 5 DH at a local place and 5 to 10 DH at nicer places (coffee shops), when you dine at a restaurant a 10% tips is greatly appreciated. For your driver and guide 15 to 20% is greatly appreciated.

    1. Be Wary of Local Guides.

    It’s definitely great to hire a local guide to help you get an inside perspective on the country and navigate through the maze of the medinas (old towns) but be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. The local guides have built relationships with many different stores, and they are most likely getting a cut of the sales. Don’t be fooled when they say they are trying to help you haggle to get the best price. I always offer them a 70% off the asking price, we start negotiating until we meet somewhere in the middle, put your poker face on. For this reason, our guides and drivers will stay with you from the beginning to the end of the tour to avoid such miss-step.

    1. Stay Away from Strangers Offering Free Tours or Directions.

    Even if you don’t hire a local guide, there will be a lot of locals offering you tours while you’re walking around the markets and medinas. If you go with one of them you may end up completely lost and pressed to spend money. Most of the time they will ask for a tip afterward too. This is the same as asking for directions. A lot of them will offer to walk you to where you’re going but then ask for a tip. If you’re so inclined, always have money to pay them off or just plan ahead and ask your hotel or pull up some maps when you have WIFI. And this is the reason why we have well-trained staff professional chauffeurs and nationally certified guides that offer you protection to your experience.

    1. Fridays are Holy Days and Prepare for Holidays

    Keep in mind that it is a Muslim country, so pay attention to their holidays otherwise you might be there when everything is closed. Also, most shops and attractions are closed during the mid-day prayer then everything is back to normal after that. During Ramadan most food places will be closed until late afternoon, however, you can still find some places where you can eat, the restaurant at the hotels, and Riads are always open. If you arrive in Morocco on Eid al-Adha, where they slaughter and sacrifice helps. Shops restaurants will be closed for at least 4 to 6 days and banks will be close for at least 2 days.

    1. Careful What Water You Use

    To stay on the safe side, drink bottled water and even use it to brush your teeth. the water bottle is really useful when you’re in Morocco.

    1. Pack Some Immodium

    Because the food, the meat, and the vegetables are all organic and they are not processed in most cases you will be fine but just to be in the safe case, bring some medication with you.

    1. Watch Your Pockets

    Most Moroccans are friendly and honest, but be careful about pickpockets in any major city especially in crowded places like the markets.

    1. What Language Do They Speak?

    Moroccans speak a mixture of Arabic, Berber, English, Spanish, and French. You’ll be fine with English in most of the larger cities, but you’ll probably need a translator in the rural parts of the country. Here are a few basic Arabic words that came in handy:

    • Hello(Peace Be With You): Salam Alikome (salaam a eleikum)
    • Thank You: Choukran (shokran)
    • No Thank You: La Choukran (la shokran). This one is useful when you have a bunch of street vendors hassling you to buy something.
    • Watch Out: Although you won’t use this yourself, you’ll most likely hear this in the medinas or souks (outdoor markets). It will be said by locals coming by with a mule, motorcycle, or cart and is a warning to move to the side.
    1. Visiting Mosques:

    If you’re hoping to visit Mosque in Morocco, you might be out of luck unless you’re Muslim. Most mosques are off-limits to non-Muslims, with the exception of the massive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. They are still beautiful to take photos from outside though!

    1. Do I Need a Visa or Vaccines?

    Almost all English-speaking countries (except South Africa) do not require visas to enter the country. The CDC also doesn’t require any vaccines although many would recommend Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots. Find out more details from the CDC here.

    1. Ask Before Taking Photos (And You May Have to Pay).

    When you’re walking through the markets, be careful about taking photos of people and shops. Unless you are purchasing something, they may get angry at you and even demand money for the photos. When taking photos of the snake charmers, you need to pay 20 DH. Some may even hassle you for more, so it’s good to first establish a price before taking a photo.

    1. Souvenirs to Bring Home:

    Leather and carpets are well known in Fes. Fragrances, oils, and spices (like saffron) are famous in Morocco.  Your tour guide will have recommendations for each product you want to get as a souvenir.

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    Overall, Morocco is a beautiful country, and you will be happy to experience it. As long as you’re completely aware of your surroundings, and you go in with the right mindset and expectations, you can have a wonderful experience.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival in Casablanca

    Your private driver/guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel room. You have the entire first day to relax, get used to the local surroundings, and also to explore Morocco a bit on your own. Take a walk down the local market and soak in the feeling of being in Casablanca.
     
     

    Day 2Casablanca – Rabat -Chefchaouen

    Have a sumptuous breakfast in the morning, after which you will be picked up by your tour guide and driver from your hotel. You will be starting today’s tour with a visit to the ancient fort of Chellah situated in Rabat, and then Hassan Tower. After this short visit, you will be taken to the blue city of Chefchaouen via the Kenitra-Wazzan route. You will reach Chefchaouen at around 6 pm. You will discover this beautiful blue colored city, which is full of small medinas. The trip also includes a drive to Meknes, where you will tour all the famous monuments such as the Bab Mansour, the square Hadeem, and the ancient walls. At night, you can enjoy a nice meal at your hotel and relax. The next day, you will be traveling from Chefchaouen.

    Day 3Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

    Start your day with a nice breakfast, and then choose either to visit a few kasbahs and gardens or take a hike to the Spanish mosque of Morocco. The Mosque is at a vantage point and offers a panoramic view of the city of Chefchaouen. After a short visit to one of these places, you will be taken to Volibulis, which was once home to a Roman settlement of 20,000 odd people. Here, you will see the beautiful Roman ruins. Many of these structures are still intact and worth photographing. From here, Meknes is just a stone’s throw away. It was the foremost capital city of the empire of Moulay Idriss I. Travel to Fes, where you can relax in the hotel or Riad at night.

    Day 4Exploring Fes, city tour

    After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be exploring one of the most important cities in Morocco. Fes will take you back in time to the 8th century, with ancient walls, streets, and gates that still look the same as they did hundreds of years ago. There are a lot of famous things to check out here, such as the theosophical college, the palace of An-Nejjarine, Qayrawan mosque, and many more. Fes is also famous for the tomb of Moulay Idriss II, and Zaouia of Sidi Ahmed Al-Tijani. There are other mosques dating back to the 8th and 9th century. While you are here, you will also visit the renowned tanneries where export quality leather goods are produced and shipped to various countries.

    Day 5Fes – Ifran – Beni Mellal – Marrakech

    After breakfast, leave from Fes for Marrakech, the most famous city of Morocco. On the way, you will pass the Middle Atlas Mountains and the town of Ifrane. The town is famous for skiing and alpine-style architecture, which is a very different landscape from what you will experience in the other parts of Morocco. If you are not short on time, you can check out the spring and waterfalls at Ain Vittel, just outside the town. Next, you will head towards Beni Mellal, which is an interior region offering lots of exciting historical and cultural places. Since you won’t have enough time, you can explore the Ein Osrdon Garden, and then head to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech by late evening. You can choose either to retire at your hotel, or take a quick shower and snacks, and head out to explore this imperial city of Morocco. This city, dating back to the Berber Empire, is known for the traditional markets that sell pottery, jewelry, and textiles. Take a quick stroll at the marketplace, and then enjoy your dinner at any local eatery.

    Day 6Exploring Marrakech: Marrakesh city tour & Return Flight

    After breakfast, venture out to explore Marrakech. Some of the most famous places that you should cover are the Djema El Fna, which is a vibrant courtyard always bustling with life and people. Next, cover the Majorelle Garden, which is a garden built by a famous French architect. Then head towards Koutoubia Mosque, and last but not the least do check out the Bahai Palace. It is a beautiful palace with a huge courtyard. Then head to Casablanca, which will take about 2.5 hours. The driver will drop you to the airport, from where you can catch your flight back home after a fulfilling trip!

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