12 days in Morocco(2)

D7: Fez - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

Go to the ancient Islamic city Meknes (about 64 kilometers, a one-hour drive).

As the world cultural heritage, Meknes is best known for its ancient city wall that stretches for 25 miles. It is Morocco’s longest and most complete ancient city wall with the most complicated layout and the most abundant form. The most spectacular view on the city wall is the Bab Mansour that was named for the meaning of victory. Located opposite the City Square, the Bab Mansour was built by Moulay Ismail as a monument to record his great achievements. The gate is tall and grand flanked by two attic-like forts.

Then, visit the royal stables that were mainly used to store fodder for royal horses and grains for part of royalty. Most of the roof was damaged during the aftermath of the earthquake in 1755.

After lunch, visit the North Africa heritage of ancient Rome—the city of Volubilis. It is recorded that it was used to be a flourishing city where presented a scene of prosperity in the 1st century. It retained the well-preserved triumphal arch and white stone columns, and the street of the old city, residential housings, oil mills, public bathrooms and the market were still visible.

Then go back to Fez and have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Fez (hotel for reference: Across Hotels & Spa or the hotel at the same level).

D8: Fez - Chefchaouen

After breakfast, visit the old city of Fez, which was rated by the famous American magazine as “one of the ten most romantic cities in the world”. As the oldest one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, Fez has been Morocco’s religious, cultural and art center for over a thousand years. “Fez” means the “golden ax” and the “fertile land” in Arabic. The old city of Fez is one of the world’s largest existing typical medieval-style cities with the profound religious and traditional culture and philosophic foundation. It was recognized as the world cultural legacy by UNESCO in 1981. Coming here seems to return to one thousand years ago when donkeys were the main vehicles. The Koran schools, the Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, the University of Al Quaraouiyine—the first school in the world, and the Bab Bou Jeloud are all unfolding in front of you. All kinds of handicraft workshops and buildings or interior decorations inlaid with blue mosaics can be seen everywhere (Tips: there are many big and small shops in the old city, in which the mosaic, bronzes, carpets, and leather handicraft workshops reflected the oldest craft of Fez. While they are not tourist shops).

Then go to Chefchaouen (about 200 kilometers, a 3.5-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Chefchaouen (hotel for reference: Hotel Atlas Chaoue or the hotel at the same level).

D9: Chefchaouen - Tangier

Visit the charming blue town - Chefchaouen

When it comes to the city that consisted of white and blue color, the first comes to your mind is the Santorini in Greece, while the Chefchaouen of Morocco is also a charming blue ancient city. Located in the broad valley of the Rif Mountains, the captivating Chefchaouen is always a favorite attraction for tourists. It is a small and delicate place. Both outside and inside the house are painted the light blue, from afar, it looks like thousands of blue building stocks. Walk along the famous Plaza Utael—Hammam square, and step on the irregular cobblestone roads, you will feel a generation has passed. The mottled castle in the square that was surrounded by the red city wall, along with the remarkable mosque, attracting tourists to visit and worship. There was not much noise, which allows you to wander on the curved and narrow blue street and slowly taste the distinguished and sentimental Chefchaouen.

Then go to Tangier (about 115 kilometers, a 2.5-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Tangier (hotel for reference: Hotel Atlas Almohades Tanger or the hotel at the same level).

D10: Tangier - Asilah - Rabat

Visit the Northwest of Morocco—Tangier, the ancient city and the seaport of Northern Morocco. It is located at the mouth of the Tangier Bay of the Strait of Gibraltar and the crossroad of the world transportation. The old town of Tangier is located in the north of the city close to shore. It is just like what described in The Thousand and One Nights: dense houses in various styles, crisscrossed streets, all sorts of shops, stalls and handicraft workshops. It is filled with a sea of people all day long and is a wonderful place to take pictures of local customs.

Then go to Asilah (about 45 kilometers, a one-hour drive) to visit the distinctive graffiti town. Known as the “City of Graffiti”, Asilah is a colorful art city where the houses as bulged as bread twist and link together, and walls throughout the city were covered with vibrant paintings. Filled with the breath of romance and cleanness, Asilah has no sense of Africa with its tidiness and aesthetic feeling. The graffiti painted by expert painters, ranging from colors to compositions, spreads across the whole city. The content of the graffiti is casual and interesting. Some are fashion and cool, and some are colorful and adorable. Almost every family’s outer walls are covered with graffiti, which combines finely with the whole architecture, making windows to be the decorations of the mural. You are able to walk all the way to seek for the graffiti of the great masters and encounter surprise at every lane and turn.

Then go to Rabat (about 45 kilometers, a one-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Rabat (hotel for reference: Helnan Chellah Hotel & Spa or the hotel at the same level).

D11: Rabat—Casablanca

Go to the capital of Morocco. Visit the Royal Palace and the Mechouar in North African style, and then visit the Kasbah of the Udayas. The Kasbah of the Udayas, located to the east of the old town of Rabat and the mouth of the Bouregreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, is a complex of old castles.

Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Founded in 1962 and finished in 1971, it is located in the center of Rabat and is one of the noted attractions of the city. Here was buried the father and grandfather of the king. Built with marbles, the building has a prominent Moroccan style. The mosaic pattern paves from the floor to the ceiling, giving people a sense of luxury.

Then visit the Hassan Tower. It is 16 meters long and 44 meters high of the single side. The pattern carved around the tower is various with traditional artistic features of Morocco, and the whole complex is majestic and elegant, representing the beautiful architectural technique of Muslim and the distinctive architectural style and decorative art of Morocco.

Go back to Casablanca (about 85 kilometers, a one-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Casablanca (hotel for reference: Kenzi Basma Hotel or the hotel at the same level).

D12: Casablanca - Dubai -Beijing

Go back home by airplane after breakfast (flight for reference: EK752 14:45—01:25+1, Transit Stop in Dubai for 2h30m, EK306 03:55—15:25, the total flight time about 14h10m). Ending the happy tour of Morocco.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch.

The above schedule may be adjusted based on some reasons, such as weather and road condition. Thanks for understanding.

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