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Majestic Morocco

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,128

One of the world’s best travel bargains, Morocco offers splendid cities and a sweeping history spanning twelve centuries.


Experience the best Morocco has to offer on this 9 days private touring experience staying in 4 or 5, or 5 star deluxe accommodations, including boutique Riads. You travel round trip from Casablanca.

The cities of Rabat and Meknes are full of highlights, yet compact enough to see in one day. Visit the Kasbah of the Udayas and Meknes’ spectacular medina, and enjoy the exotic yet relaxed atmosphere of these imperial cities before a guided tour gives you a close look at the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

The medieval capital, Fes is a Morocco favourite and home to the country’s largest royal palace. You’ll also visit the world’s first established university, Al-Karouine and get an insight into what makes Fes a haven for Morocco’s artists and craftsmen.

Head for the mountains further inland where cedar forests surround charming ski lodges (yes, you can ski on the edge of the Sahara!). See more of the local villages and get a view of Morocco that’s very different to the major cities. Enjoy a stunning sunset at Merzouga, where you’ll overnight.

An oasis in more ways than one, stop at Tinghir, located in the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll also visit Todra Gorge before staying overnight at Ouarzazate, centre of Morocco’s film industry. You’ll even visit the local studios, where Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and episodes of Game of Thrones grace a prestigious list of credits.

The name Marrakech stirs to mind Morocco’s romantic reputation and with good reason. Visit the traders, snake charmers, musicians and fortune tellers of Jemaa el Fna Square, the Koutoubia Minaret, Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs. Then roam the souks (Moroccan markets) for that perfect souvenir. Marrakech has so much to offer, you’ll enjoy an additional morning here before your return to Casablanca.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,128

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

Our representative will be awaiting your arrival at Casablanca International Airport. Please look for him in the arrivals hall. He will be holding a placard with your name on it. He will escort you to your private vehicle. Then start discovering Morocco's largest city and economic capital, Casablanca is the best representation of the modern nation. A brief highlight tour will cover, Place Mohammed V, and new public buildings include the Grand Theatre de Casablanca. The city's handsome Mauresque buildings, which meld French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style, seen best downtown area, the Quartier Habous and in the beachside suburb of Ain Diab, and the flamboyant building of Hassan II Mosque (exterior). Then we will leave Casablanca along the coastline to Rabat for overnight.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Riad Kalaa

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    Riad Kalaa



    Located in the heart of Rabat, Riad Kalaa is set within the walls of the medina. It is close to the ocean and boasts a swimming pool. The hotel is very spacious and features 11 rooms and suites. It was built in 1815 and has …

    Located in the heart of Rabat, Riad Kalaa is set within the walls of the medina. It is close to the ocean and boasts a swimming pool.

    The hotel is very spacious and features 11 rooms and suites. It was built in 1815 and has been renovated with traditional Moroccan techniques.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Rabat/Meknes/Volubilis/Fes

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel for a short tour of the capital of Morocco, Rabat. You will enjoy a short walk of the Mohammed V Mausoleum. Mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum is Le Tour Hassan (the Hassan Tower), which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque, which began construction in 1195. The morning ends with a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat's medina. This is the fortification constructed on a mountain, overlooking the ocean. The Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Inside the Kasbah one can come across Andalusian gardens full of orange trees, flowers and palms. We drive to Fez via Meknes and Volubilis. Once arrive in the region, we'll be able to explore the Roman Ruins and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss. A walk around the impressive Roman city site, then you will have some time to see where Morocco's first Arab conquerors settled, in the small, sacred town of Moulay Idriss. Then off to Meknes where you can explore an afternoon some of this Imperial city's sights and continue to Fes for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Riad Dar Anebar

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    Riad Dar Anebar



    Walking through the gate Bab Guissa you enter the ancient medina of Fes. There stands the historic Palais Jamai Hotel. Beyond this massive building unfolds the intricate network of lanes where an acute orientation capacity is required. We reach a dead-end with rugged walls at …

    Walking through the gate Bab Guissa you enter the ancient medina of Fes. There stands the historic Palais Jamai Hotel. Beyond this massive building unfolds the intricate network of lanes where an acute orientation capacity is required. We reach a dead-end with rugged walls at the end of which a rustic wooden door opens up on a narrow corridor at the end of which you can read Dar Anebar. This is the name of the Guessous family elder mother. Now you are away from the bustling markets and streets - in a quiet and peaceful spacious patio flanked by four two- storey facades. We definitely get the feeling of an immersion into a riads in fez rich history.

    It began with the life of a family that was faced with major historical events. In fact when Arabs were driven out of Spain in 1936, the Guessous family left from Melia to Fes. In 1963, after the grandfather passed away, the family moved to Casablanca and the house was to be sold. One of the grand children of the owners, Abdelhamid and his wife, Nadia, decided to recover this beautiful house and managed doing so in 2000. Then a long and minute renovation operation started. The young owners decided to include varied styles from all over the country in the new face of the house. Walls are coated in the Marrakech artisans' style of Tadellakt. The glazed tiles, Zelliges, underline the entrance arches and add to the beauty and refinement of the courtyard and its fountain. They also enhance the ornate suites around the patio.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Fes

This morning you will be met at your hotel for a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the biggest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls
with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. Now it is closed to the public, although the king of Morocco still uses the complex when he visits Fes. You then continue the tour with a panoramic view of the medina, before venturing to the heart of the largest old medina in the world. The medieval centre of Fez, the Medina (market), has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. In the medina you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world's first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school). You will also visit the tannery, clay workshops, artisan quarters, and souks. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 4

Fes/Erfoud/Merzouga

Leaving Fez this morning, we drive through the Middle Atlas into the south with a break in the quiet French built alpine resort town of Ifrane, we continue our journey while we enjoy the views of verdant cedar forests, volcanic mountains, wind-swept plains, spectacular gorges, and stony desert. We travel along the marvelous oasis of the Ziz Valley before arriving Erfoud, the port of entry to the Saharan dunes and sits at the southern end of the Ziz Oasis. Known by the name of ''the Gate of Sahara Desert'', it was built new by the French around 1920's as a French administrative outpost and Foreign Legion stronghold. This frontier town on the Algerian border has a definite Wild West (in this case, Wild South) feel to it. Fossilized bathtubs and moist, sweet dates are its current claims to fame, though it was once the end of the road and then overland to Merzouga, the heart of the desert, and serf the sandy sea on a powerful 4 WD Land Rover. Dinner and overnight at the desert Camp.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Madu Camp

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    Madu Camp



    The bivouac has 8 typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way...

    The bivouac has 8 typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way...

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Day 5

Merzouga/Dades/Ouarzazate

Enjoy an early morning sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Enjoy walking at the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Leave Tinghir heading to Dades and its charming valley. Stop there to take pictures then continue along to Kelaat M'Gouna, a large village famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Transfer to Ouarzazate, also known as ''Morocco's Hollywood,'' for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Dar Chamaa

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    Dar Chamaa



    Dar Chamaa is situated in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km …

    Dar Chamaa is situated in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km to the city center. For guests arriving by car, free private parking is available on site.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakech

Today you will enjoy a city tour of Ouarzazate, beginning with the Taourirt Kasbah. The latter is considered one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in the country. Next, visit the film studios, where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Continue on to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, the iconic landscape immortalized in such films as, Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Leave Ait Ben Haddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass (2262m) to Marrakech for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 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 7

Marrakech

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh. We start at Djemaa el Fna, the central square and Marrakesh's heartbeat surrounded by bazaars, mosques, terraced cafes, snake charmers, fire-eaters, and fortune-tellers. After the visit, we stop at the Koutoubia Minaret, the oldest of the three great Almohad towers, and the Bahia Palace, a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. We then proceed to Tiskiwine museum 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 enjoy a tour by a walk through the old medina and the labyrinth of souks. Overnight in the Marrakech.

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Day 8

Marrakech to Casablanca

Enjoy the morning to relax in the hotel in Marrakech or wander on your own. Afternoon transfer to Casablanca.

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Duration1 Night
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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 9

Depart Casablanca

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

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • 4x4 Transfer to the Desert Camp
  • Sunrise Camel Ride
  • National guide with a minimum of five passengers
  • 9 days modern transportation
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Local guide in Volubilis, Fes and Marrakech
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • City tours indicated in itinerary
  • All taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

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 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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