Morocco Agricultural Tour

    Join our small group to Morocco for 12 nights and learn about the local agriculture and the Moroccan culture.

    Day 1| Casablanca Arrival – Rabat (120 km)                  Thursday November 16th              


    Welcome to Morocco!!

    Arrival in Casablanca. Welcome and assistance meet our local representative from waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign with your names on. Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and an Imperial city located along the Atlantic Ocean

     

    Rabat, Morocco's capital, rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and French-colonial heritage, including the Kasbah of the Udayas. This Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city's iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque.

     

     

    Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, check in at your hotel.

    Welcome dinner at hotel

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Diwan M Gallery - Superior room                          Lunch/ Dinner


    Day 2| Rabat – Volubilis - Fes (250km)                      Friday November 17th

     

    After breakfast at the hotel begin your Sightseeing of the “Imperial garden city” Rabat: Rabat is the political capital of the Kingdom since 1912.The well-planned city consists of broad tree-lined avenues, a landscaped central park, and impressive quarters for the foreign embassies and ministries.  Begin de visit with The Hassan Tower, the minaret of the great mosque, Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Medina, the Royal Palace within the walls of the Mechouar, the city gates & Chellah necropolis

    Departure to MEKNES the Imperial city and the “Versailles of Morocco, dating back to the 8th Century.

    Enjoy a lunch at local restaurant in Meknes.

    City tour of Meknes:  Meknes is located in a strategic position in the heart of Morocco, to its south and south-east are the rich cedar forests and mountains of the Middle Atlas Mountains with the cities Ifrane and Azrou; and more to the south are the rich oases of Tafilalt. 

    The sightseeing begins with a tour of the walls with monumental gates dating from the seventeenth century Berdaïne Bab, Bab Khemis. Continue exploring the city by the stables (Rua) and attics (HERI). Stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the only mosque that non-Muslims could visit in Morocco for a long time. Exit through the famous Bab Mansour on the vast square Hedim. On the other side of the square, visit of the Museum of Moroccan Art "Dar Jamai" offers a wide variety of handicrafts for you to see

     

    Agriculture visits

    The Agricultural sector contributes with 19% to the National GDP, divided between Agriculture (15%) and Agro industry (4%). This sector employs over 4 million people including about 100 000 in agro industry




    The New Agricultural strategy, Green Morocco Plan, established by the Ministry of Agriculture and fishing, aims to consolidate the success achieved and to meet new challenges facing Morocco’s competitiveness and opening of Markets.

     

    • Visit of “regional Direction of Agriculture in Meknes-Tafilalet”
    • Visit of a farm specialized in olive production and olive oil

     

    Continue to Fes.  Arrival, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight       

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides  – ROH rooms                 Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner


    Day 3| Fes: Full day City tour                                        Saturday,November  18th

     

    Breakfast in your hotel, and then start an explorative journey of Fes: the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city in Morocco. Begin with the Medina where you will visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants of the place know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world, Medressa Bouinania. Your guided tour will take you to the Nejjarine Fountains and the famous Tanneries. Visit countless Souks.

    Lunch at a local restaurant in the Medina



    Afternoon, visit of the Medina

    Visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. 

    Dinner at the hotel 

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides  – ROH rooms                 Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 4| Fez - Erfoud - Merzouga (500 km)                       Sunday, November 19th              

     

    After breakfast, Departure to Erfoud, by way of Atlas Mountain Berber villages and the ski towns of Ifrane look more like Switzerland than Morocco!)

    Stop in Midelt (for lunch) and Errachidia along the way.  Visit of the Blue Meski a magnificent place, lost in the middle of nowhere.

    Continue to Erfoud. Erfoud is the gateway to one of the most beautiful natural sites in the world,

    Drive by 4x4 from Erfoud, 55 km (about 1 hour 15 minutes), on route you would stop at a fossil quarry and visit the lake. If there is water, you have to witness a spectacular cluster of wild birds.

    Arrive at the spectacular dunes of Erg Chebbi which were featured in the film Lawrence of Arabia.  The dunes are a majestic sight, and you can spend as much time as you like walking among them as you witness the sunset. Some folks bring a bottle of wine and claim to have a “mystical experience” there.

    Trek into the vast and silent Sahara to enjoy sunset camel ride



    Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m high. Most people are here to take a camel safari into the dunes, and to get a taste of remote (tourism-influenced) Berber life. Winter months (November to February) are cool but sunny, with daily high temperatures only slightly over 10 C, and cold nights. Spring until April is pleasant, with temperatures from 25 C up to 30 C in the afternoons, and with cool nights. Summer months are hot. In winter and spring there is occasional short rain or drizzle (a couple of days per month, on average), but heavy rain is unusual.

     

    Dinner and overnight at a Berber camp (Bivouac)

     

    Accommodation: The Sandy Tents Luxury Camp – Tent              Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner


    Day 5| Merzouga –Ouarzazate- AitBenhaddou (350km)  Monday, November 20th    

     

    Early wake up in the morning, at 5am to witness the unique sunrise: admire and watch the pink disc of the sun appearing over the gigantic dunes of Merzouga.

    After breakfast:  Morning departure via Tinejdad and Tinghir road with its magnificent Kasbahs.

    Stop at Todra gorges - the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you will have the option to hike for an hour within the valley, where you will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography. Lunch at local restaurant.

    Continue to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa M’Gouna & Dades Valley. Short sightseeing of El Kelaa M’Gouna.

    Continue to Ouarzazate



    Visit the city built as a garrison and administrative center by the French, but today serves as the Hollywood of the Kingdom, center of the country’s film industry, and many movie and TV stars stay in the area when filming. (The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Babel, Gladiator, and many other biblical motion pictures were filmed in this region).  Despite the activity of the filming, the town itself is dusty and basically serves as a central point to make excursions to the surrounding areas

    Continue to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou

    Check in at your hotel. Dinner and overnight.                                     

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Ksar Ighnda – Superior Room              Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 6 | Ait Benhaddou- Marrakech (200 km, 4 hours)     Tuesday, November 21st

     

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Visit Kasbah Ait Benhaddou listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and served as a decor for filming international movies as well as a major economic and cultural crossroad since ancient times. Visit of this fortified village, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco of glawa's land.

    Departure to Marrakech through the Tichka pass (2260m) Lunch en-route

    Before arrival to Marrakech, we will stop at one of the farms in the area which specialized in the culture of the melon “Charentais” & of “Clementine”


     


    Meet a Technician from ORMVAH: “Regional board of Agricultural Development of Marrakech EL Haouz”. -TO BE CONFIRMED.

    Continue to your hotel for check-in

     

    Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces, and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque




    Dinner and overnight.        

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Kenzi Rose Garden – Superior Room  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 7 – Sightseeing Tour of Marrakech                   Wednesday, November 22nd

     

    Breakfast. Morning sightseeing in this beautiful city, known as the “Pink Pearl of the South” includes the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the famous Koutoubia Mosque and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyards and fountains built by Sultans amidst a two-acre garden.

    Explore the botanical treasures of Marrakech. Visit the famous Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French Artist, Jacques Majorelle in 1924, and purchased by Yves St Laurent in 1980.Some 300 species of plants from 5 continents, including cacti palms and aquatic plants.

    Then, on to Djma-el-Fna Square, the heart of Marrakesh, where after sunset the fortune tellers, acrobats, vendors, snake charmers and magicians put on a never-ending show.

    Lunch at a local restaurant in the Medina

     

    3PM Cooking class:

    + Dinner in High Gastronomic Restaurant La Maison Arabe

    Transfer for private cooking classes consisting of:

    Tea ceremony with a head chef, Master class in making Tagine in a cooking school

    La Maison Arabe has taken our world-renowned cooking workshops to a different level, located at the Private Gardens just outside the city.

    The school is set in an organic kitchen garden, so participants can pick up vegetables and herbs they’ll use to season their delicious Moroccan tagines

    The cooking classes are run by the dadas of La Maison Arabe, who have been sharing their culinary secrets with thousands of guests over the years. 

    The school boasts 16 individual work stations, each equipped with a closed-circuit screen, so participants don’t miss a single key step or spice. 

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Kenzi Rose Garden– Superior Room   Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 8| Marrakech                                                          Thursday, November 23rd   

     

    After breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure to discover this beautiful city on your own with your personal car and driver at your disposal. Lunch on your own

    In the evening, we enjoy a dinner - at a typical Moroccan restaurant with an accompanying folklore and fantasia show -served under caïdal tents while enjoying the performance complete with belly dancers, as well as camel and horse shows             

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Kenzi Rose Garden or Sim – Superior Room  Breakfast/ Dinner

     

    Day 9| Marrakech - El Jadida (250km)                               Friday, November 24th 



    Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to El Jadida. Visit of El Jadida, a former Portuguese port, is actually a beach resort offering all seaside amenities. (Mazagan Beach resort etc.) Discover a stylish and beautiful town, retaining the lanes and ramparts of an old Portuguese medina.

    Visit of the Portuguese ruins next to the pier where some canons, used during battles between Portuguese, Spanish & English armies, are still witnessing the great importance of this town .Continue to the Portuguese Cistern with its 25 arched Gothic pillars, together with the shallow pool of water and a rooftop opening in the middle of this hall, creating the most famous reflection image of the world.  This beautiful effect had attracted Orson Wells, who filmed scenes of Othello there.

    Continue to Oualidia (Seaside resort) for fish lunch famous with its Oyster-Farming (1 Hour Drive).

    Some time to relax and transfer to hotel in the afternoon. Check in at the hotel

    In the evening enjoy your dinner and have fun at Mazagan Casino                            

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Mazagan Beach Resort – Standard room

    Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 10| El Jadida - Day at leisure for relaxation           Saturday, November 25th

     

    Breakfast in the hotel.

     

    El Jadida is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, located 106 km south of the city of Casablanca in the region of Doukkala-Abda and the province of El Jadida. It has a population of 194,934. From the sea, El Jadida's old city has a very "un-Moorish" appearance; it has massive Portuguese walls of hewn stone

     

    Day at leisure at the beach or for Activities and Relaxation                                        

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Mazagan Beach Resort – Garden View room

    Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 11| El Jadida - Day at leisure for relaxation              Sunday, November 26th     

     

    Breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure at the beach or for Activities and Relaxation          

                                

    Accommodation: Hotel Mazagan Beach Resort – Garden View room

    Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 12 | El Jadida - Casablanca (100 Km -1H 30)        Monday, November  27th      

     

    Breakfast at hotel. Morning departure to Casablanca

    Begin the sightseeing of Casablanca a chief port is the financial, commercial, and manufacturing center of Morocco and the largest city in Africa. Nestled within the protection of the ochre-colored ramparts, is a gleaming white city featuring a minaret that reaches up to touch the clouds? 

    Explore the "The White City", driving through the wide avenues and walking the narrow streets of the Medina. Your first treat is a panoramic drive through the city of Casablanca to view the Royal Palace, the architecture of Place Mohamed V, Anfa, the residential area and explore the romantic beachfront with its world-famous shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.

    See the famous Hassan II Mosque where you will have the option to visit the interior. Recently built, it is the largest in the world outside Mecca. Lunch at local restaurant (fish restaurant)

    Check in at your hotel


     

     Farewell dinner at Rick’s Cafe Casablanca which is a restaurant, bar and café located in the city of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened March 1, 2004, the place was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca

                                

    Accommodation: Hotel Movenpick – Classic room                   Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

     

    Day 13| CASABLANCA –    DEPARTURE                          Tuesday, November 28th   

     

    Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home.                       Breakfast




    The package includes:

    Ø  12 nights’ accommodation in fist class hotel with half board meal plan.

    Ø  Comfortable and A/C transportation 48 seats bus at disposal during the tour

    Ø  Lunches at the suggested restaurants or Similar

    Ø  English speaking tour-guide at disposal during the tour

    Ø  Entrance fees to the monuments during the sightseeing tours

    Ø  Cooking class at La Maison Arabe

    Ø  Dinner with Fantasia Folk Show

    Ø  Farewell Dinner at Ricks Café

    Ø  Entrance fee to Hassan II Mosque

    Ø  1 Big Bottle of water per 4 pax per meal

    Ø  0,5L Bottle of Water per day in the Mini Van/ Bus

    Ø  Hotel taxes and service charges