MOROCCO: THREE WEEKS ITINERARY

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Morocco is a diverse country to discover, explore and a must place to visit. From its cobbled narrow streets. medieval medina, enchanting places, great architectures, souks line with spicy scents, colorful Moroccan decor, beautiful beaches, glorious Sahara Desert will really leave a lasting memory of your trip

THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TRIP TO MOROCCO:

Day 1

CASABLANCA the economic capital of Morocco.  A home to North-Africa’s largest Jewish population, consisting mainly of well-off, middle-class Moroccans.

What To Do In Casablanca:

  • Visit the very impressive Hassan II Mosque. The worlds’ third largest mosque built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday. To see the interior of the mosque you must have a guided tour. Guided tour cost 120 Moroccan dirham.
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HASSAN II MOSQUE
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INTERIOR OF HASSAN MOSQUE II
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INTERIOR OF HASSAN MOSQUE II
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V which has the tombs of the Moroccan king Mohammed V and his sons. Considered as masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette topped by a green tiled roof.
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Royal Guard outside the Hassan Tower and Mohammed V Mausoleum
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MOHAMMED V MAUSOLEUM
  • Wander through the ruins of columns of Hasan Tower and discover a part of Moroccan history that will forever remain incomplete. Hasan Tower is an incomplete project of majestic proportions.
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HASSAN TOWER
  • Wander the streets around Boulevard De Paris of Casablanca to admire the French colonial architecture.
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BUSY STREET OF BOULEVARD DE PARIS -CASABLANCA

 Day 2, 3, & 4 

TANGIER a fascinating city in the Strait of Gibraltar and it’s just twenty miles from the coast of Spain. It is a gateway for many travellers

What To Do in Tangier (With Guided Tour):

  • Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and walls of the medina.

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  • Explore the souks of Tangier to connect with the local people and to experience first hand tradition of Moroccan buying and selling of wide range of goods.
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Souks in Tangier
  • Walk down  in the street overlooking the strait of Gibraltar.
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Overlooking Strait of Gibraltar
  • Explore the day driving up through the Montagne Vielle or California, the most luxurious residential area of Tangier.
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Malcolm Forbes House in Tangier, Morocco. The American publishing tycoon. The movie “The Tourist” of Angelina Jolie and the 15th James Bond film here.
  • Visit the Rmilat viewing area and Cape Spartel, the most northern point in Africa.
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Cape Spartel, the most North Western point of mainland Africa. The cape rises to a height of 326m. at the top of Jebel Quebir where there is a tower.
  • Visit the Cave of Hercules with its most unusual opening, shaped like the map of North Africa.
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Cave of Hercules

Day 5

CHEFCHAUEN a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and noted  for its building in shades of blue. A small gem with a bewitching atmosphere tucked in the Rif Mountains.

What To Do In Chefchauen:

  • Explore the medina of the blue city tucked in the Rif Mountains.
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  • Visit the communal bakery. The women of Morocco prepare the bread dough at home and take it to the baker to cook.

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The Communal Bakery. Note photo is not mine.

Day 6 -VOLUBILIS/MEKNES

VOLUBILIS a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes, between Fes and Rabat, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauritania.

What To Do In Volubilis: ( With Guided Tour):

  • Explore the 2000 year old Roman ruins of Volubilis. Volubilis was a Roman settlement constructed on what was probably a Carthaginian city, dating from 3rd century BC. Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa, responsible for the grain producing in this fertile region, and exports to Rome. Much of the best excavations been moved to the Archaeological Museum close to the royal palace in Rabat, but Volubilis offers ruins of quite good quality, and about 30 high quality mosaics that still stand in their original place. There is an admission fee entering the Volubilis of about  20 Moroccan Dirham.
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Roman ruins of Volubilis
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Roman ruins of Volubilis.
  • After lunch from Volubilis drive through Meknes to visit the Hri Souani -Granaries of Meknes. This is another great construction of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. It is a complex of three different buildings just to the south of the royal palace. The main structure is the real granaries which built to store massive quantities food and water in case Meknes had been under siege. This amazing place  been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.
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Granaries of Meknes

Day 7, 8 & 9

FES a northeastern Moroccan city often called the country’s cultural capital. Primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere.

What To Do In Fes

  • Explore the medieval labyrinth medina of Fes, one of the largest walled cities, and its ramparts and alleys line with fresh fruits, mounds, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other Moroccan objects.

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  • Visit the stinky tanneries. This is an interesting place to see about the leather tanning process in Fes, Morocco but be very careful some touts would approach you and led you to their shop and try to sell multiple leather goods for sky-high price. There are many more bag stalls in the souks or better shop in the Marrakech market but try to haggle the price.
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Tanneries. Note: Photo is not mine. When I went there the tanneries was empty.
  • Visit the pottery, the heart of the Medina. This is a guided tour will you be able to see their artists at work how their porcelain and potteries made where everything done by hand. I bought some ceramics but again try to haggle the price. The prices are a little high compare in the souks. Products shipped to all parts of the world. 
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Art Naj Ceramics, Fes Morocco

Day 10

Ascend cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, a mountain range in Morocco. It is part of the Atlas Mountain that lies between, and can accessed from with Fes and Marrakech.

What To Do In Middle Atlas Mountains:

  • Winding through the beautiful scenery before descending towards the Sahara Desert.
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Herd of Sheep
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Fantastic off-road riding through beautiful scenery

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Day 11 & 12 -ERFOUD/SAHARA DESERT

ERFOUD  an oasis town in the Sahara Desert.

What To Do In Erfoud before heading to Sahara Desert

  • Explore the small town of Erfoud and Rissani
  • Visit the Museum of Fossils and Minerals
  • Try the Berber authentic wood-fired pizza in Pizzeria-Restaurant des Dunes
  • Visit the Manar Marbre and watch fossilised marbled being cut in their showroom.

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SAHARA DESERT the largest hot desert and third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic.

What To Do In Sahara:

  • Camel Back Riding
  • Sand Surfing
  • Star Gazing
  • Watch the Sunset

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Day 13

TODRA & DADES GORGES is a scenically beautiful section of the Dade River valley separating the Atlas Mountain from the Anti Atlas. It is known for its mesmerizing scenery and the Kasbah set precariously amongst it overlooking the river below.

What To Do In Todra & Dades Gorges:

  • Take a walk in the stunning scenery and amazing views of the Gorges.

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Day 14 & 15

QUARZAZATE noted for film-making scene, with Morocco’s biggest studio inviting many international companies to work here. Over the years, Quarzazate has served as shooting place for Alexander the Great, Black Hawk Dawn, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, The Mummy (1999), Star Wars (1977), The Living Daylights (1987), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997), and many others, including Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator (2000), starring Russel Crowe, and Body of Lies (2008) also starring Russel Crowe along with Leonardo DiCaprio.

What To Do In Quarzazate:

  • Visit the Taourit Kasbah with a guided tour. The Kasbah today is partly ruined but the place been restored with help from UNESCO. The Kasbah is one of Morocco’s most spectacular historical legacies of wealth and power. With almost 300 rooms and a true maze of passageways, steps, and key lock doors, its easy to feel lost within the immense structure that only connects to the outside world through a narrow entrance doorway.IMG_5458.JPG
  • Visit the Atlas Film Studios. The studios wasn’t built until 1983, when Moroccan entrepreneur Mohamed Belghmi recognised the need for a permanent studio in the area. But Quarzazate was first used as a movie scene by acclaimed British director David Lean for his 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Familiar with the area, Lean knew that the site could offer an authentic setting for any ancient,desert-based story.
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Atlas Film Studios

Day 15, 16 & 17

MARRAKECH a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and homes to mosques, palaces and gardens.

What To Do In Marrakech

  • Take a walk in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorette (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the  heart of the “Ochre City”.
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Jardin Majorelle
  • Stroll along Koutobia Mosque located near the Djemaa el Fna, one of the larger mosque in Marrakech. The mosque is famous for its magnificent minaret, the oldest of the tree great Almohad minarets remaining in the word. The highlight of the Koutoubia mosque, which non-Muslims may not enter, is the beautiful minaret. Rising almost 70m, it dominates the Djemaa el Fna square and can be seen from much of the city.
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Koutoubia Mosque in the background
  • Visit the Djamaa el Fna Square here it is predominantly occupied by orange juice vendors, water sellers, snake charmer, magicians, paddlers of traditional medicines. The square is  along one side by the Marrakech souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade.
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Djemaa el Fna at night. Note: Photo taken from Pinterest Site.
  • Visit the Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century, intended as  the greatest palace of all time. The name means “brilliance”. As another buildings of the period another countries. Intended to capture  essence of the Islāmic and Moroccan style. There is  2 acre garden with rooms opening onto the courtyards.
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Back courtyard of the Bahia Palace.

Day 18, 19 & 20

ESSAOUIRA a picturesque fishing town lying on the southwest coast of Morocco, with an exquisite beach to the south. Essaouira has becomes one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carves and artist make Essaouira their home.

What To Do in Essaouira:

  • Walk along the beach, watch the kite surfers, enjoy camel and horse back riding; watch the stunning sunset of Essaouira.

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  • Explore the old Fishing Port of Essaouira. In the harbor area is an array of seafood restaurants where you choose your seafood and it freshly cooked for you.
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View from the old Fishing Port
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Essaouira, the seagull capital
  • Explore the medina, shop for souvenirs as gift for loved ones back home.

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Day 21 Head North along coast through Safi, El Jadida and up to Casablanca and back to Hotel Le Doge

Day 22 – Transferred to the airport departure

If and when we will definitely go back to Morocco in a heartbeat!

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EXPERIENCE -PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth, Western Australia set on the broad Swan River, this modern city is often described as the most isolated city of its size in the Western World. A living picture postcard with the best views of all from the Kings Park and Botanic Garden one of  the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York’s Central Park and home to the Spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora, particularly in spring.

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at the hill-side of Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooking the downtown Perth

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Towering trees inside Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Overlooking Swan River

Boasting more hours of sunshine than any other capital City in Australia. A place for outdoor activities like cycling along the foreshore, kayaking through the Swan Valley and the beautiful warm weather makes this possible almost year-round.

Another city icon a travellers must visit is the iconic Swan Bells, which fills the air with sounds from one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. Roaming around the down town area offer plenty of retail therapy. The high-end fashion boutiques of King Street make it the place to be seen. The Murray and Hay Street malls are where you’ll find the big brands. Here you can stock up trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art, discover antiques or find special gifts to suit your loved ones.

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Iconic Swan Bells ( Photo from Pinterest)

Feeling hungry? No worries, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds- whether it’s dining in an elegant restaurant, enjoy a drink in a trendy bar or eating fish and chips at the beach. Take a lazy lunch by the river or beachside and enjoy the fresh fusion flavors of Perth’s many cafes, restaurants, and new small bars. Particularly beautiful at night as the city lights dance across the water’s surface.

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Downtown Perth

IMG_0794.jpgThe whole region of Perth has been likened to one big holiday resort with multiple attractions, miles of clean beaches and waterways, award-winning wineries, adventure activities of every kind accommodations to suit all budgets.

Visit Perth and experience it for yourself.

COLORS OF AUTUMN

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Autumn is a favorite time of the year to capture the beauty of nature.  Various shades of  orange, pink, magenta, blue, gold, yellow, red, purple a colorful scenes that beg to be photographed.  A beautiful day to walk  in the park seeing  leaves that have changed colors.

I was so excited with my very  first Autumn experience in Australia lasting from March to May across most of the country.  Magnificent hues of gold, burnt orange and firey red make it one of the most magical times of the year. A perfect time for taking beautiful pictures and spending time outdoors. Nothing more relaxing than enjoying nature and the colorful scenery.

I love Autumn. What about you?

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THE BLUE CITY OF CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO

Chefchaouen is a small town tucked in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The quaint town covered with white washed homes with distinctive powder-blue accents. The town painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930’s as a reminder of the God’s power above. Even as the Jewish population faded in the area and gave way to a stronger Muslim presence, tradition of blue buildings continued. Residents of Chefchaouen still regularly paint their houses, keeping the blue city fresh and the lost tradition alive.

Today, Chefchaouen is one of the major tourists destination and attraction in Morocco. The Berbers hand-woven earth-tone blankets, rugs, bags, lamp shades and other Moroccan decor seen displayed at the small shops within the city’s medina wall.

Maze of narrow cobbled lanes, beautiful artsy blue medina against the mountainous backdrop is simple incredible photogenic and very calm soothing environment.

SINGAPORE – THE LION CITY OF ASIA

I have been to Singapore many times and I fell in love with the country and I will tell you why later. Singapore is very modern, clean and organised. It is one of the cleanest in the world; you can be fined or arrested for spitting, littering or selling chewing gum. Chewing gum is not forbidden in Singapore but bringing gum into the country in large amounts is illegal.

Singapore has one of the strongest economies in Asia. It is the world’s busiest port, it is the third-largest oil refiner and a major financial and high-tech hub. I was totally smitten by its natural landscapes, modern buildings, systematic transportation, luxurious shopping centers  and its diversity in culture with its blend of Asia and European.

Here are the reasons why you would fall in love with Singapore:

WANDER IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN. Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest with many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. It has  an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds and wonders the luscious greenery offers. There are various areas in the park: tropical garden (rain forest), lakes, herb gardens and the orchid gardens.

Opening Hours: 5am – 12 midnight daily

Admission Fee: Free

RIDE IN THE 165 METER-HIGH SINGAPORE FLYER. Singapore’s answer to the London Eye. The world’s largest giant observation wheel which allow you to view not only the Singapore skyline, but reaches to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia’ Straits of Johor. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the entire island in half an hour ride. Quite expensive but worth it.

Flight Schedule:

  • Daily flights : 8:30am – 10:pm
  • Ticketing counter Operating Hours: 8:30am-10:00pm ( Ticket counter  on the entrance of 1st floor).

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STROLL ALONG MARINA BAY SANDS and takes time to admire Singapore’s iconic landmark Marina Bay Sands. An overlay modern art and architecture site to visit when in Singapore with dining restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls and entertainment awaits visitors to enjoy and relax while taking pictures along the way for breathtaking views.

GET LOST IN GARDENS BY THE BAY. A nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, next to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The main attractions in the Gardens by the Bay are the towering SuperTrees, eleven of which have environmentally sustainable features and some of which use photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy that’s used to light them up.

Outdoor Gardens Opening Hours : 5am – 2am / Free Admission

Outdoor Gardens consist of:

  • Bay East Garden
  • SuperTree Grove
  • Sun Pavillion
  • Heritage Gardens
  • World of Plants
  • Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes

Inside the Gardens By The Bay are two Conservatories: The Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. We went into the Cloud Forest – The Cool-Moist Conservatory that showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It features a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation, shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There is lift  to the top of the mountaintop of cloud forest and there you can take a stroll along a walkway in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:00am – 9:00pm

SHOP ON ORCHARD ROAD. A must place to visit while in Singapore. A shopping paradise, from cheap outlets to high-end designer and jewelry shops with many things to see, so modern, crowded but worth a visit especially at night because it looks spectacular  with all the lights.

Singapore is known for its cleanliness and place a lot of importance on disciplined, and corporal punishment is widely accepted. While in Singapore make sure that  you follow certain guidelines and adhere to their strict standards of proper behaviour.

  • Chewing gum  banned in Singapore so better leave it at home.
  • Don’t throw litter on the street.  Put all waste in the litter bins provided in public spaces.
  • Don’t smoke in public. The police enforce this law strictly and hand out immediate fines to people found smoking or dropping a cigarette in a public place.
  • Don’t get involved in any drugs. Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.
  • Don’t touch somebody on the head as it is considered a sacred part of the body in Singapore.
  • Don’t  discuss religion or politics. Do not make joke either.
  • Don’t show the bottoms of your feet or use feet to point.  Feet  considered dirty.
  • Don’t bring in food into MRT ( Mass Rapid Transport).
  • Don’t point at someone with your index finger, which is considered very rude.
  • Don’t tip. Tipping is not customary in Singapore.
  • Don’t, for a Chinese descent, give clocks, handkerchiefs or flowers to as they  associated with death and funerals.
  • Don’t eat or offer anything (including a handshake) to a person of Indian or Malay descent with your left hand as they will most likely be Muslim and this is forbidden by their hygienically jurisprudence.

Have you ever been to Singapore, What do you think of  it?

MOROCCO: THREE WEEKS ITINERARY

Morocco is a diverse country to discover, explore and a must place to visit. From its cobbled narrow streets. medieval medina, enchanting places, great architectures, souks line with spicy scents, colorful Moroccan decor, beautiful beaches, glorious Sahara Desert will really leave a lasting memory of your trip

THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TRIP TO MOROCCO:

Day 1

CASABLANCA the economic capital of Morocco.  A home to North-Africa’s largest Jewish population, consisting mainly of well-off, middle-class Moroccans.

What To Do In Casablanca:

  • Visit the very impressive Hassan II Mosque. The worlds’ third largest mosque built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday. To see the interior of the mosque you must have a guided tour. Guided tour cost 120 Moroccan dirham.
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HASSAN II MOSQUE
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INTERIOR OF HASSAN MOSQUE II
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INTERIOR OF HASSAN MOSQUE II
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V which has the tombs of the Moroccan king Mohammed V and his sons. Considered as masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette topped by a green tiled roof.
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Royal Guard outside the Hassan Tower and Mohammed V Mausoleum
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MOHAMMED V MAUSOLEUM
  • Wander through the ruins of columns of Hasan Tower and discover a part of Moroccan history that will forever remain incomplete. Hasan Tower is an incomplete project of majestic proportions.
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HASSAN TOWER
  • Wander the streets around Boulevard De Paris of Casablanca to admire the French colonial architecture.
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BUSY STREET OF BOULEVARD DE PARIS -CASABLANCA

 Day 2, 3, & 4 

TANGIER a fascinating city in the Strait of Gibraltar and it’s just twenty miles from the coast of Spain. It is a gateway for many travellers

What To Do in Tangier (With Guided Tour):

  • Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and walls of the medina.

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  • Explore the souks of Tangier to connect with the local people and to experience first hand tradition of Moroccan buying and selling of wide range of goods.
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Souks in Tangier
  • Walk down  in the street overlooking the strait of Gibraltar.
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Overlooking Strait of Gibraltar
  • Explore the day driving up through the Montagne Vielle or California, the most luxurious residential area of Tangier.
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Malcolm Forbes House in Tangier, Morocco. The American publishing tycoon. The movie “The Tourist” of Angelina Jolie and the 15th James Bond film here.
  • Visit the Rmilat viewing area and Cape Spartel, the most northern point in Africa.
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Cape Spartel, the most North Western point of mainland Africa. The cape rises to a height of 326m. at the top of Jebel Quebir where there is a tower.
  • Visit the Cave of Hercules with its most unusual opening, shaped like the map of North Africa.
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Cave of Hercules

Day 5

CHEFCHAUEN a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and noted  for its building in shades of blue. A small gem with a bewitching atmosphere tucked in the Rif Mountains.

What To Do In Chefchauen:

  • Explore the medina of the blue city tucked in the Rif Mountains.
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  • Visit the communal bakery. The women of Morocco prepare the bread dough at home and take it to the baker to cook.

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The Communal Bakery. Note photo is not mine.

Day 6 -VOLUBILIS/MEKNES

VOLUBILIS a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes, between Fes and Rabat, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauritania.

What To Do In Volubilis: ( With Guided Tour):

  • Explore the 2000 year old Roman ruins of Volubilis. Volubilis was a Roman settlement constructed on what was probably a Carthaginian city, dating from 3rd century BC. Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa, responsible for the grain producing in this fertile region, and exports to Rome. Much of the best excavations been moved to the Archaeological Museum close to the royal palace in Rabat, but Volubilis offers ruins of quite good quality, and about 30 high quality mosaics that still stand in their original place. There is an admission fee entering the Volubilis of about  20 Moroccan Dirham.
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Roman ruins of Volubilis
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Roman ruins of Volubilis.
  • After lunch from Volubilis drive through Meknes to visit the Hri Souani -Granaries of Meknes. This is another great construction of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. It is a complex of three different buildings just to the south of the royal palace. The main structure is the real granaries which built to store massive quantities food and water in case Meknes had been under siege. This amazing place  been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.
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Granaries of Meknes

Day 7, 8 & 9

FES a northeastern Moroccan city often called the country’s cultural capital. Primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere.

What To Do In Fes

  • Explore the medieval labyrinth medina of Fes, one of the largest walled cities, and its ramparts and alleys line with fresh fruits, mounds, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other Moroccan objects.

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  • Visit the stinky tanneries. This is an interesting place to see about the leather tanning process in Fes, Morocco but be very careful some touts would approach you and led you to their shop and try to sell multiple leather goods for sky-high price. There are many more bag stalls in the souks or better shop in the Marrakech market but try to haggle the price.
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Tanneries. Note: Photo is not mine. When I went there the tanneries was empty.
  • Visit the pottery, the heart of the Medina. This is a guided tour will you be able to see their artists at work how their porcelain and potteries made where everything done by hand. I bought some ceramics but again try to haggle the price. The prices are a little high compare in the souks. Products shipped to all parts of the world. 
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Art Naj Ceramics, Fes Morocco

Day 10

Ascend cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, a mountain range in Morocco. It is part of the Atlas Mountain that lies between, and can accessed from with Fes and Marrakech.

What To Do In Middle Atlas Mountains:

  • Winding through the beautiful scenery before descending towards the Sahara Desert.
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Herd of Sheep
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Fantastic off-road riding through beautiful scenery

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Day 11 & 12 -ERFOUD/SAHARA DESERT

ERFOUD  an oasis town in the Sahara Desert.

What To Do In Erfoud before heading to Sahara Desert

  • Explore the small town of Erfoud and Rissani
  • Visit the Museum of Fossils and Minerals
  • Try the Berber authentic wood-fired pizza in Pizzeria-Restaurant des Dunes
  • Visit the Manar Marbre and watch fossilised marbled being cut in their showroom.

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SAHARA DESERT the largest hot desert and third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic.

What To Do In Sahara:

  • Camel Back Riding
  • Sand Surfing
  • Star Gazing
  • Watch the Sunset

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Day 13

TODRA & DADES GORGES is a scenically beautiful section of the Dade River valley separating the Atlas Mountain from the Anti Atlas. It is known for its mesmerizing scenery and the Kasbah set precariously amongst it overlooking the river below.

What To Do In Todra & Dades Gorges:

  • Take a walk in the stunning scenery and amazing views of the Gorges.

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Day 14 & 15

QUARZAZATE noted for film-making scene, with Morocco’s biggest studio inviting many international companies to work here. Over the years, Quarzazate has served as shooting place for Alexander the Great, Black Hawk Dawn, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, The Mummy (1999), Star Wars (1977), The Living Daylights (1987), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997), and many others, including Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator (2000), starring Russel Crowe, and Body of Lies (2008) also starring Russel Crowe along with Leonardo DiCaprio.

What To Do In Quarzazate:

  • Visit the Taourit Kasbah with a guided tour. The Kasbah today is partly ruined but the place been restored with help from UNESCO. The Kasbah is one of Morocco’s most spectacular historical legacies of wealth and power. With almost 300 rooms and a true maze of passageways, steps, and key lock doors, its easy to feel lost within the immense structure that only connects to the outside world through a narrow entrance doorway.IMG_5458.JPG
  • Visit the Atlas Film Studios. The studios wasn’t built until 1983, when Moroccan entrepreneur Mohamed Belghmi recognised the need for a permanent studio in the area. But Quarzazate was first used as a movie scene by acclaimed British director David Lean for his 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Familiar with the area, Lean knew that the site could offer an authentic setting for any ancient,desert-based story.
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Atlas Film Studios

Day 15, 16 & 17

MARRAKECH a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and homes to mosques, palaces and gardens.

What To Do In Marrakech

  • Take a walk in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorette (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the  heart of the “Ochre City”.
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Jardin Majorelle
  • Stroll along Koutobia Mosque located near the Djemaa el Fna, one of the larger mosque in Marrakech. The mosque is famous for its magnificent minaret, the oldest of the tree great Almohad minarets remaining in the word. The highlight of the Koutoubia mosque, which non-Muslims may not enter, is the beautiful minaret. Rising almost 70m, it dominates the Djemaa el Fna square and can be seen from much of the city.
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Koutoubia Mosque in the background
  • Visit the Djamaa el Fna Square here it is predominantly occupied by orange juice vendors, water sellers, snake charmer, magicians, paddlers of traditional medicines. The square is  along one side by the Marrakech souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade.
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Djemaa el Fna at night. Note: Photo taken from Pinterest Site.
  • Visit the Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century, intended as  the greatest palace of all time. The name means “brilliance”. As another buildings of the period another countries. Intended to capture  essence of the Islāmic and Moroccan style. There is  2 acre garden with rooms opening onto the courtyards.
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Back courtyard of the Bahia Palace.

Day 18, 19 & 20

ESSAOUIRA a picturesque fishing town lying on the southwest coast of Morocco, with an exquisite beach to the south. Essaouira has becomes one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carves and artist make Essaouira their home.

What To Do in Essaouira:

  • Walk along the beach, watch the kite surfers, enjoy camel and horse back riding; watch the stunning sunset of Essaouira.

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  • Explore the old Fishing Port of Essaouira. In the harbor area is an array of seafood restaurants where you choose your seafood and it freshly cooked for you.
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View from the old Fishing Port
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Essaouira, the seagull capital
  • Explore the medina, shop for souvenirs as gift for loved ones back home.

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Day 21 Head North along coast through Safi, El Jadida and up to Casablanca and back to Hotel Le Doge

Day 22 – Transferred to the airport departure

 

 

If and when we will definitely go back to Morocco in a heartbeat!