Itinerary

DAY 1


Casablanca

Welcome to the ‘Miami’ of Morocco, Casablanca. Check in and relax.

Overnight in Casablanca

DAY 2


Casablanca

Casablanca is the largest city of the country resting calmly on the Atlantic Ocean. Also a major business hub and a port, it is home to the headquarters of major Moroccan companies. Our tour here commences with the Grand Mosque, which is the world’s largest mosque in Africa and the 7th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres (689 ft). With a capacity of over 100000 worshippers, it is amongst the most iconic mosques also known for its architectural marvel.

Next is the Casablanca cathedral built in 1930. It ceased its religious function in 1956, after the independence of Morocco, and became a cultural centre which is open to visitors. The church was designed by French architect Paul Tournon, using the Neo-Gothic style.

Last on our list is the Casablanca Twin Centre, which is a complex of two skyscrapers towering 28 floors each. It is home to shops and complexes right in the heart of the city. Emphasizing the project’s asymmetry, the two towers are joined by are joined at the lower levels.

 

Overnight in Casablanca

DAY 3


Rabat

Today we go on a trip to the capital of the country, Rabat!

A major hub for industries, Rabat traces its history to the early 12th century as a fortress under the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min. The city has in store for us some beautiful sites such as the Chellah, a medieval fortified necropolis. Its existence dates to pre-Islamic times and today is a collection of Roman ruins. This world heritage site began as a port city for the Romans ultimately to be abandoned by in the 1100s.

The Chellah is followed by the Kasbah of the Udayas, which was built during the reign of the Almohads. When they had destroyed the Kasbah of the preceding rulers, they restricted it by adding a palace and a mosque naming it al-Mahdiyya. Today it stands as a world heritage site overlooking the ocean.

Finally, we have the Hassan tower, which was intended to be the largest tower in the world, but after the death of the Sultan, construction ceased. The tower today reaches a height of 44 metres, roughly half the intended height. It forms an important historical complex with its incomplete structure.

Overnight in Casablanca

DAY 4


Marrakech

A trip to one of the most colourful cities in the world awaits us. Check out and head to the city of Marrakech

Starting with the Koutoubia Mosque, its ornamented curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons, and decorative arches make it a magnificent visit. Built in the 12th century, it has inspired other buildings such as Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat.

Proceeding next to the Bahia Palace, we see a structure that was intended to be the best of its kind when built. Capturing the best of Islamic and Moroccan styles, it today stands as a symbol of grandeur in the country.

Our final stop for the trip is at the Marrakech museum, which is housed in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of 19th century. This was restored in 1997 and converted into a museum. Its significance lies in the classical Andalusian architecture, with fountains in the central courtyard, traditional seating areas, a hammam and intricate tilework and carvings. The museum’s large atrium (originally a courtyard, now covered in glass and fabric) contains a very large centrally hung chandelier-esque ceiling piece consisting of metal plates decorated with fine geometric and epigraphic cuttings

Overnight in Marrakech

DAY 5


Marrakech

Today, we start the day with the Saadian Tombs, which date back to the 16th century and are known for their beauty of decoration. It comprises the tombs of around 60 members of the Saadi dynasty.

Next is the Ben Youssef Madrasa, which was an Islamic college founded during the 14th century by the Marinid sultan Abu al-Hassan. The beautiful carvings contain no representation of humans or animals and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns.

Lastly, we have the Jemaa el-Fnaa, a square and market place and which is the main one in Marrakech.

OPTIONAL: You may add an interesting workshop to the itinerary. This will be conducted by a renowned local architect who will take you, in detail, through the architectural history of the country highlighting styles such as Berber and Andalucian. In addition, there is also a possibility to visit a construction site located in Ourika Valley.

Overnight in Marrakech

DAY 6


Casablanca

Check out as we head back to the capital. But, on the way, we stop at the port city of El Jadida, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will see both European and Moroccan influences in the architecture. The city was fortified by the Portuguese in the early 16th century and eventually was taken over by Moroccans in the late 18th century. The surviving Portuguese buildings include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture.

After this top, depart for Casablanca where you check in and spend rest of the day exploring the city on your own. Don’t forget to pick up souvenirs for your folks back home

Overnight in Casablanca

DAY 7


Depart

Check out of the hotel as we head to the airport for our flight back home

» Please note that the itinerary is tentative and all inclusions are subject to availability at the time of booking
» All workshops and factory visits are subject to being operated and availability
» Meals will be provided as applicable in all the tours