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Jewels of Northern Morocco

Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days From £2,155

Overview

An adventure through some of Northern Morocco’s cultural highlights, this journey brings together the captivating charms of Casablanca and Fez, the gorgeous scenery of the Rif Mountains, the ancient history of Volublis and Meknes, with the striking colours of Chefchaouen.

After spending a night in Casablanca, travel along the coastal highway to the Portuguese influenced town of Asilah and then up through the Rif Mountains to the Spanish influenced town of Chefchaouen. Isolated ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wander through the narrow, blue streets of Chefchaouen
  • See the hundreds of minarets from a viewpoint in Fez
  • Stay in the hub of Casablanca
  • Enjoy an evening cooking class in Fez
  • Discover the Spanish and Portugese influence on the Northern towns of Morocco
  • View the striking intricate mosaics in Volubilis

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE CASABLANCA

DAY 1: ARRIVE CASABLANCA

On arrival in Casablanca this morning you will be met by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to your hotel. After freshening up, this afternoon enjoy a guided orientation tour of Casablanca Habbous area and Corniche. After this, visit the interiors of the Hassan II Mosque largest mosque in Africa, and the 5th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest minaret at 210 metres. Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues, and it is still a stunning sight.

DAY 2: CASABLANCA - ASILAH

DAY 2: CASABLANCA - ASILAH

Leaving behind the important centre of industry and commerce of Casablanca, you will head along the coastal highway to the north coast. Arrive at the charming town of Asilah with its colourful frescoes, narrow streets of art galleries and 15th century Portuguese influences that pleasantly combine with Spanish and Moorish marks. Why not walk along the unspoilt beach and enjoy some of the best fish in Morocco during your free afternoon.

Al Alba
Breakfast

DAY 3: ASILAH - TETOUAN - CHEFCHAOUEN

DAY 3: ASILAH - TETOUAN - CHEFCHAOUEN

In the morning leave for Chefchaouen, stopping about halfway through to visit Tetouan, set within a striking location between the Rif Mountains and the Mediterranean. Known as the "daughter of Granada," Tetouan is probably the most Spanish of the Moroccan cities. Wander through the confusing maze of streets and souks that make up the medina, with its whitewashed walls and delicate wrought-iron decorations on the balconies. Then is up into the rugged Rif Mountains to the lovely blue and white Andalucian town of Chefchaouen set above the Oued Laou Valley.

Breakfast

DAY 4: CHEFCHAOUEN: CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 4: CHEFCHAOUEN: CITY HIGHLIGHTS

This morning explore the town of Chefchaouen, visiting with your guide the medina, ethnographic museum and Kasbah. This afternoon is at leisure to relax in this delightful town. Alternatively, Chefchaouen is the perfect point from which to organise treks into the Rif Mountains. You can trek through the numerous magnificent gorges, forests, and colourful traditional villages that are scattered throughout the mountains.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: CHEFCHAOUEN - FEZ

DAY 5: CHEFCHAOUEN - FEZ

Following your breakfast, set off south through the Rif Mountains towards the city of Fez. Pass quaint villages and gorgeous scenery on your journey. The rest of the day is yours to relax and soak up the incredible atmosphere of Fez from your characterful Riad accommodation. This evening enjoy a cookery class in a 250 year old restored courtyard house, only 200m from the Bab Boujloud gate. Enjoy the three course meal you have prepared, now with a new found understanding of the seasoning that brings out the diversity of Moroccan flavours.

Riad Dar el Ghalia
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: FEZ: CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 6: FEZ: CITY HIGHLIGHTS

Today explore Fez, the most ancient of the imperial cities with your guide. Discover one of the most complete medieval cities of the Arab world. First, we head to the old Medina where your guide will lead you through the maze of alleyways and wander through the souk, where craftsmen work as they have done for centuries. Also visit the exquisite religious sites of the Qairaouine Mosque and the Sanctuary of MoulayIdriss II. You might like to head up to the Merenid tombs, situated up to the north, where there are fantastic views of the city's skyline - see how many of the Fez's reputed 365 mosque minarets you can see.

Riad Dar el Ghalia
Breakfast

DAY 7: FEZ - MEKNES - VOLUBILIS - CASABLANCA

DAY 7: FEZ - MEKNES - VOLUBILIS - CASABLANCA

After an early breakfast, drive south west towards Casablanca. Stop at the imperial city of Meknes (27 km), a 10th century Berber settlement chosen by MoulayIsmaïl in 1672 as capital of his empire. Next continue on to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, one of the farthest-flung outposts of the Roman Empire. Much of the masonry of Volubilis was plundered by Moulay Ismail for the building of Meknes. The most striking thing about the 2000-year-old ruins is the intricate mosaics that still adorn the floors of some of these ancient homes representing mythological images. After a tour of the ruins have lunch at the pilgrim town of Moulay Idriss, one of the holiest cities in Morocco. Later in the day continue to Casablanca.

Breakfast

DAY 8: DEPART CASABLANCA

DAY 8: DEPART CASABLANCA

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

JEWELS OF NORTHERN MOROCCO (8 DAYS) £2,155

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Jamie

Jamie is our Sub Saharan expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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