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Imperial Morocco Super Special

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,724

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 8) 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$ 1,724

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

On arrival, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, head off on a brief sightseeing tour that includes the old French quarter of Habous, outside the Hassan II Grand Mosque. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the city's major landmark, it is a showcase of the very best Moroccan artisanship: hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings and exquisite Zellige (geometric mosaic tile-work) abound. (A fee is required for an Inside tour). Continue to your hotel where the evening is at your leisure.

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 relaxing …

    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
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Seminar Room

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Day 2

Casablanca - Rabat - Fez

After breakfast, depart overland along the main highway which links these two major cities towards Rabat. 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, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving from the Moorish world, and within its walls you'll explore a delightful Moroccan garden. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, continue overland to Fez (approximately 3 hours' drive). Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel L'Escale

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    Hotel L'Escale



    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

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 neighbouring 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.

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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 - Marrakech

Today, transfer to Marrakech. We experience the natural & wilder landscapes beyond Fez. Drive to the high alpine region of Ifrane National Park (encompasses Azrou and several Berber villages), filled with cedar and oak forests and home to the world's largest population of Barbary macaques, hundreds of animals and birds and the oldest tree in Morocco's Middle Atlas, the 130-foot Gouraud's Cedar. The largest cedar forest in the world is found in this park, and several lakes or Dayats abound in the nearby areas. The Lion of Ifrane sits majestically in the city center and is certainly one of the most photographed sites of the region. Ifrane feels more like Switzerland relocated to the Middle Atlas than North Africa, with its clean air, scrubbed streets and leafy outlook. The French built it in 1930, deliberately trying to re-create an alpine-style resort. It is a popular summer day trip for picnickers; in the winter, the affluent flock here to ski. Stop for lunch break enroute (on your own) before continue to Marrakech via the highway for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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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 local guide. The "Red City", the imperial city, the capital of the mid-southwestern region, Marrakech is Morocco's most popular tourist destination. Since the 11th century, when it was built, Marrakech has been a political and cultural powerhouse, serving as the capital for three of Morocco's greatest dynasties. Look out of any window in Marrakech and you will find a postcard view: clay-red houses squared away far and wide, with palm trees sprouting everywhere in between, gardens bursting out of courtyards, and the High Atlas Mountains as a soothing purple backdrop.

Marvel first at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. 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. It was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, exhibiting artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. 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

Today is at your leisure to explore on your own or sign up for an optional excursion such as a cooking class. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Marrakech to Casablanca

After Breakfast, transfer back to Casablanca Airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2021:
First Class: Feb 13; Mar 20; Apr 10; May 22; Jun 19; Jul 17; Sep 4; Oct 16
Deluxe: Feb 6; Jun 12; Sep 18; Oct 23

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
  • Natonal Guide from Day 1 to Day 6 
  • Monuments and historical sites entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All taxes

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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