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Imperial Cities: Casablanca, Fez & Marrakech

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,740

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Gain insight into the culture of Morocco as you experience the charm of Marrakech, the spirituality of Fez and the sophistication of Casablanca with deluxe hotels and amazing food.


The land of Kasbahs and spice souks has enthralled travellers for centuries. Morocco’s imperial splendour is keenly felt on this 8 day small group (minimum 2, maximum 12) tour on special dates, staying in First or Deluxe accomodations, taking you to its most historic and beautiful cities.

Casablanca is an exotic port city dating back to the 7th century BC. A morning tour takes you to Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world. Depart for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. One of CNN’s ‘Top Travel Destinations of 2013’, this imperial city has much to offer a visitor. See the Royal Palace, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, and one of the world’s oldest mosques, the Hassan Tower. Leaving Rabat, you will stop in at one of Morocco’s oldest cities, Meknes and the Roman ruins of Voulibilis.

The spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez will enchant you with its labyrinthine medina. This is also a thriving student town. You’ll visit Quarouiyin University and Mosque, as well as Merdirsa Bouanania, another major Islamic university.

The road to Marrakech is dotted with some wonderfully picturesque towns including Ifrane, noted for its unique architecture, the artist’s haven of Azrou and charming Benni Malal. The city itself is Morocco at its most romantic. A visit to Jemaa El Fna square offers a stunning array of food and performers, including musicians, snake charmers and fortune tellers. You’ll also visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens. 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,740

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, please proceed through customs and immigration formalities. Please collect your baggage and proceed outside where you are met by our representative and start your sightseeing with an excursion around the port city of Casablanca, Morocco's largest metropolis and its industrial hub. Highlights include the old French quarter of Habous, beaches lapped by green-blue water. During your tour you visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque (exterior). The mosque is among the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque's minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (Casablanca visit can be run the day after for late arrivals.)

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

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    Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche



    The 24-floor Sofitel Casablanca hotel is located opposite the Hassan II mosque, in the heart of the business district in the city center, and towers above the white city. It has 141 rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, …

    The 24-floor Sofitel Casablanca hotel is located opposite the Hassan II mosque, in the heart of the business district in the city center, and towers above the white city. It has 141 rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, modern amenities and luxury.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Casablanca - Rabat - Fez

After breakfast, depart overland towards Rabat, driving along the main highway which links these two major cities. Embark on a brief tour which highlights Rabat's cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat's most famous site is the 12th-century Hassan Tower (an excellent example of the gorgeous Moroccan style), the incomplete minaret of the great mosque built in the beginning of 12th century. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king. You also enjoy a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah, which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world, and within its walls you'll explore a delightful Moroccan garden, complete with melodious fountain and sweet-smelling orange trees. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, you continue overland to Fez (approximately a 3 hour drive) and on to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Palais Faraj

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    Palais Faraj



    Set in the heart of Fes in a former Arab-Moorish palace, Palais Faraj Suites and Spa offers a view of the medina.

    Set in the heart of Fes in a former Arab-Moorish palace, Palais Faraj Suites and Spa offers a view of the medina.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Laundry
    • Massage Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 3

Fez Sightseeing

Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world - Fez El Bali (Old Fez) - the cultural heart of Morocco. You explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open air markets) that make-up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Mederasa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. The visit also includes the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain an elaborate tile-work mosaics, the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. You also visit Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinide Dynasty in the 13th century. Here, you see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to tour hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Fez - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez

After breakfast, we drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis to explore its stunning ruins. Impressive stone arches and columns, some tumbled down and others still standing tall against the vivid blue sky, invite us to take a step back in time. Only about half of the 40-hectare UNESCO site at Volubilis has been excavated. The better-known monuments are in the northern part of the site, farthest from the entrance in the south: The Capitol, dedicated to the Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, dates to 218AD; the Basilica and 1300 sq. meter Forum are nearby. Here, floors of what were once family dwellings are still covered with decorative tile mosaics depicting mythological beings, such as Orpheus charming animals with his lyre and Hercules performing his legendary 12 labors. That so many of these tiles are still in place and exhibiting their colors after centuries of exposure to the elements, is astonishing.

Next, we will visit the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, about 2 miles from Volubilis. It sits astride two green hills in a cradle of mountains, where Morocco's first Arab conquerors settled. Then off to the Imperial city of Meknes, the one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate with its all-winding narrow streets in the medina and grand buildings that warrant it as an imperial city. Remnants of three sets of fortifications, ingeniously incorporated into the city's road networks, emphasize its past importance and glory. The king's tomb sits at the heart of what remains of the original imperial city, flanked by the magnificent Bab el-Mansour. Drive back to Fes for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 5

Fez - Ifrane - Beni Mellal - Marrakech

Departure to Marrakech passing by the Berber village of Immouzer du Kandar and Ifrane (In case of bad weather in winter time, itinerary can be modified via Meknes, Adaroch passing by farms and of husbandry cows, Mrirert, Khenifra). Optional Lunch and a moment of relaxation in Beni Mellal, one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Continue to Marrakech for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Villa des Orangers

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    The Villa des Orangers is in an exceptional setting from which to explore the medina of Marrakech, at the foot of the Koutoubia mosque and halfway between the royal palace and the famous Jema El Fna square and is only 15 minutes from the airport …

    The Villa des Orangers is in an exceptional setting from which to explore the medina of Marrakech, at the foot of the Koutoubia mosque and halfway between the royal palace and the famous Jema El Fna square and is only 15 minutes from the airport and easily accessible by car. A riad is a traditional building in the medina. The Villa des Orangers is a charming hotel with 27 rooms and suites. The Villa des Orangers is a quick walk from the buzzing Jema El Fna square, and is an oasis of calm and coolness set around a large garden and three flowered patios with fountains, each leading to galleries with carved plaster archways.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Courtyard
    • Free WiFi
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Marrakech Sightseeing

Unearth the secrets of Marrakech, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural center. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Your next stop is at the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. The works on display include exquisite hand-woven carpets and textiles, traditional Berber clothing and jewelry, intricate basketwork and tribal handicrafts. Later you visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for a dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Marrakech - Agafay Desert

Refresh and enjoy a lovely morning at leisure, or join your Tour Manager for an adventure through Marrakesh's famous stalls of spices, perfumes, carpets, and shoes.

Later, we drive by 4x4 vehicles to serene Lalla Takerkoust Lake with views to the High Atlas Mountains. We pause for refreshments at a lakeside terrace before driving along roads dotted with Berber villages as we reach the rocky Agafay Desert. We continue to our retreat in a secluded desert hideaway overlooking the vast Moroccan wilderness, framed by olive trees and organic gardens. This magical place offering you the opportunity to commune with nature. Toast the sunset before dinner under the starry skies in a Berber tent. Overnight under Berber tent

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Inara Camp

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    Inara Camp



    The INARA CAMP (formerly known as AGAFAY CAMP) is set-up in the magical setting of the stony desert of AGAFAY. In the middle of a vast field of 10 hectares, the camp consists of two parts. The high part including the restaurant, which welcomes our …

    The INARA CAMP (formerly known as AGAFAY CAMP) is set-up in the magical setting of the stony desert of AGAFAY. In the middle of a vast field of 10 hectares, the camp consists of two parts. The high part including the restaurant, which welcomes our passenger guests for an exceptional lunch. Down below the bivouac part welcomes you to live the unique experience of a night in the desert. Consisting of 10 luxury tents of 30 square meter giving on a splendid overview of the desert, each with inside king size bed, living room and separate bathroom with shower (hot water) and toilet, the camp keeps intimacy, and respects the tranquility during the realization of each one's desert dream.

    Facilities

    • Camel Ride
    • Canoeing
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hoverboard
    • Jet Ski
    • Mountain Biking
    • Restaurant
    • Stand-up Paddle

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Day 8

Depart Casablanca

After breakfast you will be transferred to Casablanca airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Casablanca
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Fez
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Marrakech
  • Transportation by private, modern vehicle throughout
  • Services of an English-speaking driver
  • Private tour of Casablanca City Tour
  • Private tour of Rabat
  • Private-guided half-day tour of Fez including local guide
  • Private-guided tour of Volubilis & Meknes including local guide in Volubilis (1 -1.5 hours)
  • Private-guided half-day tour of Marrakech including local guide
  • Private tour of Casablanca
  • Porterage
  • All government taxes
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Services of National Guide throughout the itinerary
  • Local guides for sights not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

We recommend that you upgrade and add a national guide for the ultimate experience. Your English speaking driver is not a qualified guide and will give you minimal general information. There are, however, local guides included in Marrakech, Fez and Volubilis.

TERMS AND CONDIITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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