15 Day Moroccan Allure - Thursday Departure

15 Day Moroccan Allure - Thursday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Morocco

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting lead by your Tour Manager at approximately 6:00 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3:00 pm on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Rabat City Tour
After breakfast, you tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the beautifully tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, or the city's "Gate of the Winds," so called because it's been battered by Atlantic winds since its construction in 1197. Visit Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th-century caliph. At the incredibly preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, explore the fortress and take a stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End the day at Chellah, the necropolis and ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes, Overland to Fez
This morning, drive inland to Fez. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. The site also has vestiges of the Berber civilization that took the city from Rome in AD 270. Continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. This evening, you're the guests of a local Fez family for dinner. Over typical Moroccan, home-prepared food, you'll connect with your hosts
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Tour Fez
Explore the sprawling medina of Fez on foot this morning. It's said that this is the world's largest car-free urban area; undistracted by traffic, you're sure to agree that strolling here is a feast for the senses. You'll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate" and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania Madrasa. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Then, stop at the Chouara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. The tour ends outside the Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in the year 859. After lunch in the medina, your guide leads you through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah, built in 1438. By the end of the walk, you'll be at the King's Palace. Enjoy dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Erfoud
Today, experience a thrilling adventure into Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Then ascend scenic roads past pine groves and giant cedar trees. Midmorning, you cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. Next, stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. Then as you approach Erfoud, enjoy views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys. Continue to Erfoud for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Experience Rissani, Sahara Camp
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. En route, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th-century ksar. Afterward, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. You'll pause to visit a local bread shop, where you'll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at the hotel, you journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle into your Sahara camp, where dunes rise and fall around you and feel the adventuresome spirit of explorers of old. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride. Witness an incredible sunset and enjoy traditional music under a canopy of stars
Overnight: Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge, Travel to Ait Benhaddou
Awake amidst the silence of the desert this morning as Morocco's natural beauty continues to astound you. After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way to the lovely oasis of Tinghir for lunch. The real attraction here is the spectacular Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. There'll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue to the Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Visit Ait Benhaddou, Travel to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar - or fortified city - along a former caravan route. This is the true Morocco: a village that seems to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, make your way to the magical city of Marrakesh. Dinner tonight at your hotel
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - City Tour of Marrakesh, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens
Discover historic and exotic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens, a botanical marvel set in the heart of Marrakesh. Next visit the Koutoubia, a 12th-century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty. End your thrilling morning in the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba. Balance of the day at leisure.  This evening, an optional horse-drawn carriage ride takes you through the lively streets of Marrakesh followed by a lavish dinner of Moroccan fare. Relive the days of Arabian folklore while enjoying classic Moroccan music and an elegant belly dancing performance
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Full Day Marrakesh
Spend the day at leisure or participate in the optional tour to the scenic Ourika Valley where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering Atlas mountains. Here, discover the area’s natural herbs and their many uses. Before lunch at the gardens enjoy, a "Berber foot bath". Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Cooking Class, Travel to Essaouira
This morning, enjoy a half day cooking class in an authentic Medina's Riad and learn from one of the best "Dada chefs" in town how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads, as well as delicious Moroccan flatbread. After lunch, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira. Stop at the Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut, rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair. Arrive in Essaouira in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday - Discover Essaouira, Gnawa Performance
Seaside Essaouira has grown into an artist's enclave over the years, and this makes for a fascinating mix of ancient and modern sensibilities. You'll be introduced to its culture with a stroll through the vibrant medina and its bustling fish market. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore its inviting ancient streets. This evening, learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert. Get the details about henna painting along with a demonstration. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance**Gnawa performance will sometimes operate on Day 12.
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Wednesday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
Transfer to Casablanca today, stopping en route for lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival, see the fabled city's important sights, including the Mohammed V Square, the city's administrative seat. Next, marvel at the massive Hassan II Mosque*, dramatically perched on a promontory on the Atlantic. Its indoor and outdoor space can accommodate 105,000 worshippers. In the Habous district, peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Thursday - Depart Morocco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Casablanca, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Rabat
  • 2 nights Fez
  • 1 night Erfoud
  • 1 night Sahara Tented Camps
  • 1 night Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
  • 3 nights Marrakesh
  • 2 nights Essaouira
  • 1 night Casablanca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Explore the remarkably preserved Volubilis, once a major African outpost of the Roman Empire
  • Join a Fez family for a dinner of home-cooked fare in their home
  • Meet the women of the Argan Oil Cooperative and see how they extract nutritive oil from this nut
  • Camp in the Sahara under an endless canopy of desert stars
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
  • Marvel at the circus atmosphere of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el Fna Square, bustling with acrobats, performers, and snake charmers
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fishmongers
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Prices do not include optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

    Due to limited space on the small jeeps used to travel from Erfoud to overnight stay in the desert, only one small piece of luggage per passenger is permitted. Additional luggage will be stored overnight at the Erfoud Hotel and returned back on Day 8. Luggage should be locked and valuables left overnight in the hotel safe. Please pack a small overnight bag.

    During Ramadan (Apr 23 - May 23, 2020), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars may not serve alcoholic beverages and some local restaurants may not be open. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

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    Accommodations

    Onomo Hotel Rabat Terminus
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Rabat nearby the Rabat Ville railway station.

    Onomo Hotel Rabat Terminus
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Rabat nearby the Rabat Ville railway station.

    Onomo Hotel Rabat Terminus
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Rabat nearby the Rabat Ville railway station.

    Onomo Hotel Rabat Terminus
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Rabat nearby the Rabat Ville railway station.

    Onomo Hotel Rabat Terminus
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Rabat nearby the Rabat Ville railway station.

    Le Diwan Rabat
    This first class hotel is located in downtown Rabat near the Embassies.

    Le Diwan Rabat
    This first class hotel is located in downtown Rabat near the Embassies.

    Villa Mandarine
    This first class hotel is located on over three acres of orange groves in Rabat.

    Villa Mandarine
    This first class hotel is located on over three acres of orange groves in Rabat.

    Riad Salam Fes
    This first class hotel is a short walk away from the Medina of Fez.

    Kasbah Xaluca Maadid
    This first class hotel is a Kasbah-style property located on the edge of the desert near to Erfoud and its many attractions.

    Bivouac La Belle Etoile
    This superior tourist class bivouac, or tented campground, is located in the Erg Chebbi Desert.

    Berbere Palace
    This deluxe hotel is set close to the town center and offers superb facilities and hospitality.

    Berbere Palace
    This deluxe hotel is set close to the town center and offers superb facilities and hospitality.

    Riad Ksar Ighnda
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate.

    Riad Ksar Ighnda
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate.

    Riad Ksar Ighnda
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate.

    Atlas Medina & Spa
    This deluxe hotel is located in the Hivernage district of Marrakesh.

    Atlas Medina & Spa
    This deluxe hotel is located in the Hivernage district of Marrakesh.

    Opera Plaza Hotel
    This first class hotel is located nearby the Theatre Royal and the Marrakesh railway station.

    Hotel Dar L'Oussia
    This superior tourist class hotel is located by the beach in Essaouira.

    M Gallery by Sofitel Le Medina Essaouira
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the Bay of Essaouira.

    M Gallery by Sofitel Le Medina Essaouira
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the Bay of Essaouira.

    Kenzi Tower Hotel
    This deluxe hotel, soaring far above any other structure, is located in the beautiful city of Casablanca.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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    By Susan S on Nov 18, 2019

    Luis at Affordable Tours did an outstanding job. However, this Gate 1 Discovery Tour "Moroccan Allure/15 days" was mediocre. The guide, Hesham, was lackluster; he did his job (without enthusiasm), and nothing more. Our room in one hotel was unsatisfactory and unsafe. Only 2 hotels had clean, white, sanitary bath towels and linens. Most of the "touring" of sites was a hectic, frantic rush; our guide, Hesham, should have managed the schedule better, and more efficiently, even if it required earlier wake-up and departure times.

    By Edward J on Mar 06, 2019

    It was an excellent tour. Ben was wonderful.


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