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Imperial Morocco Super Special

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,465

Gain insight into the culture of Morocco as you experience the charm of Marrakech, the spirituality of Fez and the sophistication of Casablanca with first class 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$ 1,465

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

On arrival, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Odyssee Center

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    Hotel Odyssee Center



    Be guided by our grand staircase decorated with rough stones that leads you to one of our 138 rooms and suites with unique and contemporary design. Beautiful volumes, design and contemporary furniture, 5-star bedding, acoustic insulation... Everything has been thought to promote a deep and ...

    Be guided by our grand staircase decorated with rough stones that leads you to one of our 138 rooms and suites with unique and contemporary design. Beautiful volumes, design and contemporary furniture, 5-star bedding, acoustic insulation... Everything has been thought to promote a deep and relaxing sleep... Enjoy your sleep at Odyssee Center!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Seminar Room

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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 city tour which highlights Rabat's cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat's most famous site is the Hassan Tower, 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, then 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. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, you continue overland to Fez (approximately a 3 hours' drive). Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel L'Escale Fes

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    Hotel L'Escale Fes



    At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez, hotel L'Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property.

    At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez, hotel L'Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property.

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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 Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. Your day of sightseeing also includes visits to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) has been converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. Also the Bouanania Medersa. The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque.

You also visit Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinides 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 your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Fez/Volubilis/Meknes/Fez

Journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the amazing mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Continue to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Meknes is replete with fantastic historical sites, from minarets to museums, to enormous mosaic doors and royal golf courses. Among the most popular attractions are the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Nejjardine Mosque and Grand Mosque (outside visit) as well as the Bab Mansour, Bab Lakmis, and Bab Berdaine gates. Return to Fez for an evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Fez/Ifrane/Beni Mellal/Marrakech

Transfer to Marrakech, Today's journey will take you towards the Middle Atlas Mountains through Imouzzer, the first village between Fez and Ifrane, then Azrou, an authentic Berber village where the locals still live and work like their ancestors. Next, stop in Ifrane enjoy the flower-lined paths and the French-style architecture of this quaint little ski resort. Drive through the cedar forest and maybe see some of the Barbary apes leaping from the higher branches. Continue through the Holm Oak and Cedar forest, then into the limestone area of the Middle Atlas then south west towards Beni Mellal for a lunch break (lunch on your own) before heading west to Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa

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    Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa



    The Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa brings together all the necessary elements for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable cities in the world. Be prepared for the authenticity and beauty that come together in this place full of magic to give you ...

    The Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa brings together all the necessary elements for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable cities in the world. Be prepared for the authenticity and beauty that come together in this place full of magic to give you the opportunity to discover the beauty and the endless charm of the red city. The Kech offers majestically spacious rooms and suites with comfortable contemporary character and a sleek design promising you a magical night's sleep.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Lounge
    • Room Service
    • Sun Terrace
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
    • Wellness Center

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Day 6

Marrakech Sightseeing

Today you will have a full-day tour with a local guide. Marrakech is always a highlight with its colourful souks and rich history. Visit the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it's carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city's frenetic pulse. You will visit the Bahia Palace, a marvelous display of floral painted-wood ceilings. Next it is off to the Saadian Tombs, followed by a walk through the old medina and the labryinth of Souks. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Marrakech at leisure

Day at leisure or wander on your own or sign up for a cooking class. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Casablanca

After breakfast, we will assist you to the airport for your return flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Dec 7, 14
2020: Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 8, 15; Mar 14, 21; Apr 11; May 23; Jun 6, 13, 20; Jul 4, 11, 18;
Aug 1, 15, 22; Sep 5, 19; Oct 17, 24

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 7 nights at hotels as indicated
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner, including dinner at a local restaurant)
  • Modern transportation with English speaking driver
  • Local Guides in Volubilis, Fez and Marrakech*
  • Monuments and historical sites entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All taxes

* National Guide from 1 Apr, 2020

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursion to Essaouira in Marrakech or cooking class.

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.   This tour can also be done on a private basis. Please enquire.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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 inquire.

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