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DAY 1 CASABLANCA

The excitement of your personalized tour begins when you first start planning your trip, even before you land in the Casablanca airport. It will only start to feel real when you walk out of the airport and see your tennis destination Morocco staff. English speaking driver, your soon-to-be friend, smiling at you. The drivers are part of what make your experience different…they are the best parts of the experience because they help you see the real Morocco. Mo Ridaoui has interviewed a dozen and hand picked who is best for Tennis Destination. Your driver will take you to your hotel. As soon as you feel settled, we will take you to Hassan II, one of the largest mosques in the world. Loaded with religious and historical significance, it will awe you with its sheer size and incredible architecture.

You will be able to see the interior during your guided tour. The mosque is right on the water, and it has glass flooring in one section so visitors and worshippers can see the beauty of the Atlantic below. Smell the salty ocean air as you step out again to take a picture of the exquisite minaret. You will also be visiting the bazaars, playing tennis or getting a massage.

Grand Mosque Hassan 2

Grand Mosque Hassan 2

Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca Anfa

Casablanca Anfa

DAY 2,  Rabat 
After breakfast, we will be going to one of the nicest tennis clubs, ODEP, in Casablanca where we will get our tennis fix. We will be drilling and playing with some of the club players. Then we will be heading to Rabat where our first excursion begins at the impressive Dar al-Makhzen Palace, home of Morocco’s King, where independence was declared in 1956. Continue to the ancient necropolis of Chellah, now abandoned and overgrown by fruit trees and wild flowers. From the viewing platform, see the expansive ruins of this once-great Roman City. On to the magnificent marble Mohammed V Mausoleum, built in traditional Moroccan style, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco. Observe the minaret of the Great Mosque and the towering 12th century red sandstone Hassan Tower, Rabat’s most famous landmark. Afterwards, we will visit Kasbah les Oudaias in the old part of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its commanding views over the river and ocean from its clifftop perch. Time to stroll along the lanes of the perfumed Andalusian gardens, designed by the French during the colonial period.

We will return to Casablanca for a nice dinner and call it a day.

Menara

Menara

Mosque Hassan

Mosque Hassan

Rabat

Rabat

Day 3, Meknes.
After breakfast, at the Tennis Club ACSA, where Mo Ridaoui made his debut as a tennis player and where he grew up, we will be heading to Meknes. It is a long drive but it is so worth it.  The Roman ruins of Volubilis are 2000 years old and well preserved so you only have to use a little imagination to get an idea of what it would be like to have lived in the Roman Empire. The structures as well as the knowledge of your guide will impress you and make this a stop worth visiting.
 
You are going to get a peek at what is considered one of the holiest cities in Morocco. This white and green town holds the tomb of Mulay Idris, who was a founder of Fes. And, we will take a bus tour of Meknes, an imperial city and UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
We will return to Casablanca for dinner at the hotel and to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Ruins Morocco

Ruins Morocco

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins

Meknes

Meknes

Rug Sellers Meknes

Rug Sellers Meknes

Day 4, Marrakech
After breakfast, we will be playing tennis again at RUC, one of the oldest tennis clubs in Casablanca. Of course, drills and match play with club players, followed by a nice lunch and we will be leaving Casablanca for Marrakech. It is about a 2.5 hour drive.

Upon arrival to Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. The famous Djemaa el-Fna, is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth the visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent cafe provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.

If you are tired from traveling you can stay at the hotel and enjoy the pool, gym, spa, and other amenities…  We will be returning to the hotel for a nice dinner and drinks.  At Hotel Marmara, they have the best entertainers, bands, lots of dancing and interacting with other travelers from different countries.

Marrakech

Marrakech

koutoubia

koutoubia

Hand painted

Hand painted

Tennis destination

Tennis destination

Day 5 Marrakech

After breakfast and tennis, you’ll find out more about why Marrakech is a favorite to travelers all around the world. Its popularity is only growing as more people find out about it, and everyone who visits leaves with the desire to return soon.

We will be exploring Marrakech through the eyes of a local English speaking guide. He will lead us to the Koutoubia mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Lean back to see how it reaches into the sky.

Your guide will take you to the Bahia palace, the old residence of the grand viziers, Si Moussa and his son, Bou Ahmed. Its name means “brilliance” and you’ll understand why as you explore the gardens and salons. The Saadian tombs are another must-see of Marrakech. These tombs, forgotten about for years, are where many from the royal Saadian dynasty are buried. This might be the most beautiful burial site you’ll ever see…the tombs are covered in flawless zellij patterns and lavish artwork.

We will also be visiting Jardin Majorelle. Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to Marrakesh, the city that adopted him in 1964. Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the electric-blue villa and its garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public. The garden began cultivating in 1924 and thanks to Marrakshi ethnobotanist Abderrazak Benchaâbane, the psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents continues to be preserved.

Then, you will roam, wander and explore the souks in the medina. Some of the most notable stalls are the ones filled with lanterns, sending out glittery flecks of colored light. Silver, brass, spices and soft material surround you as you pass through the stalls, wondering which one to stop at.

We will have dinner and cocktails at the hotel followed by a show at the hotel.

bahia palace

bahia palace

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

Saadiyan Tomb

Saadiyan Tomb

Eurika

Eurika

jamaa El Fna

jamaa El Fna

Day 6 Marrakech
Today, we will be playing tennis in the morning and then we will head to the tennis club of Marrakech to watch one of the best clay court tournaments in Africa. The picture above gives you a hint about the past champions.  We will also be getting badges for the tournament ATP 250 Grand Prix Hassan II thanks to Mo Ridaou’s Davis cup partner and director of the tournament, Hicham Arazi. The rest of the day will be yours to relax.

Winner 2016

Winner 2016

Marrakech Central

Marrakech Central

Wawrinka

Wawrinka

Tennis destination

Tennis destination

Day 7 Essaouira
After breakfast, we will be taking an excursion to Essaouira. We will set off to the coastal city of Essaouira, a picturesque fishing town, lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south.  Essaouira has become one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home.

We will return to Marrakech in the evening for dinner and drinks at the hotel.

Essaaoouira

Essaaoouira

Essaouira

Essaouira

Camel at beach

Camel at beach

Spices

Spices

Day 8 Marrakech
After breakfast and tennis, we will head to the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament again to watch more world class tennis.  The rest of the day will be yours to relax.

poster 2015

poster 2015

ATP 250

ATP 250

Tournament logo

Tournament logo

ATP 250

ATP 250

Day 9 Ouarzazate
Today, we will start early with a long journey to the desert.

Nestled between the Atlas Mountain range and the Sahara, Ouarzazate is known as “the door to the desert”, but also as a focal point to a range of Moroccan culture, surrounded not just by world renowned landmarks, but hidden cultural treasures as well. Once a small crossing point for African traders to reach Northern Morocco and the Mediterranean beyond, the city today is also known as Moroccan Hollywood. Ouarzazate cradles one of the largest movie studios in the world (appropriately named Atlas Studios).

Ouarzazate’s name comes from a Berber phrase meaning “without noise/ without confusion” and as such, the city has become a well-known starting point for Saharan/Atlas exploration. We will take a tour, Ait Behhaddou, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Center’s list and preserved since 1987.  Located within Ouarzazate, it is the site of many major motion pictures such as Babel and Gladiator and most recently Game of Thrones.  We will also visit the Skoura Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, the most prominent of them being Kasbah Amerdihl.

Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate

Camel Trekking

Camel Trekking

Ouarzazate studios

Ouarzazate studios

Ouarzazate desert

Ouarzazate desert

Ouarzazate desert

Ouarzazate desert

Day 10 Marrakech
On our final day of Morocco Tennis Destination, we will attend the tennis tournament and the rest of the day will be yours.  We will finish the trip with a farewell dinner at Chez Ali for a very special treat before departing the next day back to the States.

chez ali

chez ali

Hotel Lamarmara

Hotel Lamarmara

chez ali

chez ali

Our Hotel

Our Hotel