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    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Taste of Morocco and Tunisia – 11 Days

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    • 11 Days / 10 Nights
    • Morocco, Tunisia
    • Tour Begin: Casablanca Airport
    • Tour End: Tunis-Carthage Airport
    Tour Details

    The Taste of Morocco and Tunisia Tour is the best way to see and experience some of the most famous attractions in Morocco and Tunisia.

    Spend 6 days in Morocco visiting the world famous Hassan II Mosque, Imperial City, the 2,000 years old Roman ruins of Volubilis, a full-day guided tour of the ancient Fes medina, explore the world famous Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, plus more.

    Spend 5 days in Tunisia visiting the largest ancient Roman city of Carthage in North Africa, walk through the picturesque Sidi Bou Said, explore multiple ancient Roman ruins, take a guided tour of the Grand Mosque in Kairouan, visit one of the best preserved Roman coliseum in the world, plus more.

    Included In This Trip (Morocco)

    • English Speaking Private Driver and Transportation
    • Hotels/Riads as Mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
    • Half-Board (Dinner and Breakfast)
    • Accommodations
    • All Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums
    • English Speaking Guided Tour at Volubilis
    • Full Day Guided Tour in Fes
    • Traditional Moroccan Lunch in the Fes Medina During Your Full-Day Tour
    • Marrakesh Full-Day Tour with English Speaking Guide
    • Hassan II Mosque Entrance and Guide Fee
    • Portage Tips

    Included In This Trip (Tunisia)

    • Half Board (Dinner and Breakfast)
    • Private Driver and Transportation in Tunisia
    • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
    • Accommodations
    • All Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums

    NOT Included In This Trip

    • International Airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Personal Spending
    • Extra excursions (quad or camel in Tunisia, etc)
    • Lunches
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    What to Expect

    Here are some highlights of what you will see and experience on the Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert Tour

    • Explore 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (4 in Morocco, 6 in Tunisia)
    • Explore Imperial Cities in Morocco
    • Experience the Sahara Desert in Tunisia
    • Enjoy the World Famous Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech
    • Visit Artisans at Work in the Ancient Fes Medina
    • Wander Through Ancient Roman Sites in Morocco and Tunisia
    Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca

    Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Casablanca International airport, you will be met and transferred by private transportation to Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. There you will check-in to your hotel and explore some of the city.

    If you have an early arrival, you may want to take an afternoon guided tour of Hassan II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world. Its minaret has a height of 210 meters (690 ft) making it the tallest religious structure in the world. Considered as the most ambitious structure ever constructed in Morocco, the Hassan II Mosque rises above the Atlantic Ocean and dominates much of the city’s skyline. Dinner will be at the hotel.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Guesthouse

    Day 2Casablanca / Rabat / Chellah / Chefchaouen

    After breakfast, you will travel to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. While in this Imperial City, you will visit the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Andalusian Gardens.

    Enter inside the 11th century fortress walls of the Oudaias Kasbah. Here you will find the oldest mosque in Rabat, the Kasbah Mosque which was constructed in 1150. This Kasbah was where Tom Cruise drove a BMW M3 in a car chase scene in Mission Impossible V: Rogue Nation.

    Afterwards, you will visit Chellah, a fortified Muslim necropolis with a mosque, minaret and royal tombs dating back to the 14th century. It is a common sight to see stork nests occupying the top of the ruined minaret. The walled ruins are positioned on the Roman town of Sala, which you can explore its excavated Roman ruins of a forum, bath and temples.

    If time permits, you may also want to visit the Royal Palace of Rabat where you can walk in the palace grounds and take a photo of the palace from a distance.

    You will take lunch in Rabat and continue driving north into the mountains to Chefchaouen, the famous “blue pearl” of the Rif mountains in Morocco. Wander through the picturesque medina with the surrounding mountains in view. Dinner will be at the hotel/riad.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Riad

    Day 3Chefchaouen / Volubilis / Moulay Idriss Zerhoun / Meknes / Fes

    Today will be an exciting day of visiting ancient sites from the Roman to Islamic periods. After breakfast, you will depart for the spectacular Archaeological Site of Volubilis. You will take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore its extensive Roman ruins and mosaics.

    You may want to visit the nearby town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. This is considered a holy town where Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam. The Mausoleum of Idriss I is located in this town, but it is considered a sacred destination that is open only to Muslims.

    You will travel to the ancient Imperial City of Meknes. You will have time to explore the city but you will want to pay particular attention to locations focusing on the era of Moulay Idriss: his underground prison, gates, and his mausoleum. A horse and carriage ride may finish the afternoon nicely. From Meknes, you will drive to Fes. Dinner will be at the hotel/riad.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Riad

    Day 4Fes

    After breakfast, you will take a full day guided tour of the famous ancient medina of Fes. In this 1,200 year old city, you will visit sites where very little has changed since the city was first established. You will explore the labyrinth of narrow streets and main thoroughfares lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other Moroccan artisanal items. You will be swept back in time as you wander through the labyrinth of streets and alleys, visiting the tanneries, bronze workers, mosques, the University of Al-Qarawiyyin, carpet makers, the Nejjarine Square and Museum, Mellah (Jewish Quarter), potters, mosaic artisans, and more. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Riad

    Day 5Fes / Marrakech (5 Hours Drive)

    After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech.  This beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Stop in one of the villages to see the colorful carpets, unique to this region.

    Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina.  This world famous square is one of the center attractions of Marrakech with its local storytellers, entertainers, and delectable barbeque. It is well worth a visit!  A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the ongoing activity below.  Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

    Accommodations: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Riad Options

    Day 6Marrakech / Casablanca

    After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech. En route you will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other fascinating landmarks. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech.

    The tour will conclude with a stop by the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other treasures of Morocco. Late afternoon return to Casablanca for dinner and night.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel/Guesthouse

    Day 7Depart Casablanca / Arrive in Tunis / Carthage / Sidi Bou Said / Tunis

    Your private driver will return you to the Casablanca International Airport at your stated time. Arrive at the Carthage International Airport in Tunis and meet your driver, then transfer to the hotel.

    Afternoon visits of ancient archaeological site of Carthage, once the largest ancient cities in northern Africa. This site holds ruins from many eras of history: the Punics, Romans, Vandals and Byzantines all made claim to this area at some point.

    We then continue to the quaint village of Sidi Bou Said, built on and around several hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We will explore its beautifully paved lanes and spectacular sea views. Dinner will be at the hotel/guesthouse.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ Hotel or Guesthouse options

    Day 8Tunis / Dougga / Makthar / Sbeitla / Kairouan

    Full day of exploring Roman ruins. In the morning, we will drive to Dougga, the Roman Archaeological site.  This enormous site is one of the best preserved Roman ruins in Tunisia, and it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The site overlooks the vast regions surrounding it and it’s not uncommon to see locals herding their sheep through the Roman ruins.

    Continue on to Makthar and Sbeitla.  Sbeitla holds numerous ancient church sites along with intricately designed baptisteries, temples, baths, and the Arch of Diocletian. There is also has a museum which contains a variety of mosaics and other objects found at the site. Dinner will be at the hotel.

    Accommodation: La Kasbah 5★ Half-Board

    Day 9Kairouan / El Jem / Sousse

    In the morning, you will have a guided tour in the Grand Mosque, historic medina, and other sites in Kairouan. Kairouan is also the most famous city in Tunisia for carpets.

    Afterwards, continue to El Jem, which hosts a Roman Coliseum and is one of the best preserved in the world. It was constructed between 230 and 238 AD and is believed to at one time have hosted between 30,000 to 45,000 spectators. Take time exploring this enormous structure and do not forget to go down to the rooms where the gladiators waited their upcoming battle. There is a museum in the town that hosts a plethora of mosaics.

    Travel to Sousse and if time remains in the day, perhaps you would like to see the archaeological museum, kasbah, and medina. Dinner will be at the hotel.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 10Sousse / Hammamet / Cap Bon / Tunis

    Today you will follow the coast with your first stop in Hammamet and Nabeul. Although more touristic, it is worth a stop to explore the artisans at work making pottery.

    Afterwards, continue your exploration of picturesque peninsula Cap Bon with a stop at Kerkouane, the ancient Punic town. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit the village of Korbus with its famous thermal water source and then explore the grottes (cave) in Houaria. Travel to Tunis for dinner.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 11Departure from Tunis-Carthage International Airport

    Your driver will take you to the Tunis-Carthage International Airport for your departure, thus ending your Taste of Morocco and Tunisia tour.