13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco - Monday Departure, Casablanca to Rabat

13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco - Monday Departure, Casablanca to Rabat


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Morocco

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 6 pm. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Casablanca

DAY 3, Wednesday - Casablanca Morning City Tour, Travel to Marrakesh
Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Casablanca, which includes the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque*; and the Corniche seaside. Continue on a short drive through the residential areas of Casablanca to the city center to visit the Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Afterward, depart Casablanca and travel south to Marrakesh, one of the world's most captivating cities. Tonight, attend the optional dinner with horse-drawn carriage ride. Take a ride through the lively streets of Marrakesh and delight in the tastes of typical Moroccan fare while live music and an elegant belly dancing performance cap off the night*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM) 
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Marrakesh City Tour
After breakfast, take a morning tour of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, as well as the beautiful Bahia Palace. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Djemaa el Fna Square, the lively center of the city. Spend the afternoon at leisure or, choose to take the optional tour where you will have a chance to watch couscous being made while enjoying a traditional lunch, as well as visiting the Majorelle Gardens
Optional: Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration & Majorelle Gardens with Lunch (PM) 
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Marrakesh. See the bustling Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and experience the vibrant street life of the city firsthand, or, perhaps join the optional tour to Essaouira, whose medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent example of a fortified North African town. Walk along the city's ramparts just north of Moulay Hassan Square where local artists sell their paintings. Continue on to the Skala de la Ville, which is a fortification built along the cliffs that defended the city from sea attacks, but now provides visitors with an unparalleled view of the port and its bright colored fishing boats. Explore the many souks in the medina, including the spice and jewelry souks, before returning to Marrakesh
Optional: Full Day Essaouira (AM) 
Overnight: Marrakesh 
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Sightseeing en route to Ouarzazate
This morning, depart from Marrakesh on a journey through the famous Tichka Pass to Ouarzazate. Stop for a tour of Ait Benhaddou. A prime example of classic Southern Moroccan architecture, this fortified city's high-angled towers stand out above the family dwellings, all set near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Free time for lunch in Ait Benhaddou before driving to Ouarzazate. Later in the afternoon, attend a tour of Ouarzazate, a desert city at the gates of the Sahara. Its name means "without noise" in the Berber language. Walk in the Taourirt village, which is a former post for monitoring the caravan routes into West Africa. It was an important village located at the crossroads between the Sahara Desert and the north of Morocco. Your tour also includes the Kasbah Taourirt, an amazing example of Moroccan architecture, which was built to house hundreds of people. You will also have the opportunity to browse for Moroccan rugs in a carpet store. Get together with the group for dinner tonight
Overnight: Ouarzazate 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Sightseeing en route to Erfoud
After breakfast, depart your hotel and travel to Dades Gorges where you will get to experience an orientation tour of the stunning landscapes and canyons. Then, travel to Erfoud, an oasis town in eastern Morocco. En route stop at one of Morocco's most popular natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge. Don't forget your camera as you take in a walking tour in the wondrous 985 feet high gorge and surrounding area. Continue on your journey to Erfoud, also known as "The Desert Gate". After check-in at your hotel, time to relax before dinner
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Rissani City Tour
This morning, depart to 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. Upon arrival to Rissani, tour the lively souk and visit an 18th-century ksar. Next, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. Return to Erfoud for an afternoon at leisure or, join the optional tour of the Sahara, including a camel ride into the desert. Return to your hotel for overnight
Optional: Sahara Excursion
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Travel to Fez
This will be a long and rewarding touring day. Today, journey through the beautiful Middle Atlas mountain range, with its thick woods filled with lush cedar and oak trees en route to Fez. Along the way, you’ll pass through Ifrane, a picturesque ski town. Arrive to your Fez hotel in the early evening
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Full Day in Fez
Enjoy a full day at leisure to bravely wander the old medina yourself or, choose to take to guided optional tour where you will visit the many hidden treasures of the medina that only a Moroccan guide will know. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. It is particularly famous for its tanneries and the Fes el Bali Medina. A short visit to the surrounding leather shops gives you the best view of the tanneries. See the Attarine Medersa, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and visit the Nejjarine Fountains and Museum. Opportunities for shopping for authentic Moroccan carpets will be provided. Finally, view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famed Jewish quarter of the medina. Though the city has endured periods of hardship, it has emerged more vibrant than ever, boasting its own distinctive culture, art, and even cuisine This evening, enjoy a special dinner hosted by a local family and learn about Moroccan culture and traditions**Home hosted dinner in Fez may be moved to another day, according to your host’s availability.
Optional: Full Day Fez (AM) 
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Travel to Rabat
Today, depart for Rabat. En route, stop and visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout.  Free time for lunch in Meknes before driving to Rabat. Later, arrive at your hotel in Rabat, one of the country's four imperial cities, where you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Rabat Morning City Tour
This morning, take a city tour of Rabat, Morocco's capital and second largest city. Rabat, which means “Fortified Place” displays all of the fine architecture one might expect to see. View the Royal Palace and the ancient ruins of Chellah, a city that traces its origins to the Carthaginians and Phoenicians. Also, visit the Oudaya Kasbah and the Hassan Tower. Spend the afternoon at leisure for personal explorations. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Morocco
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Casablanca, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Rabat
  • 2 nights Fez
  • 2 nights Erfoud
  • 1 night Ouarzazate
  • 3 nights Marrakesh
  • 1 night Casablanca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Farewell dinner with wine
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    Special Features

  • View Hassan II Mosque, build to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday
  • Admire the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret, used as the prototype for Seville's La Giralda Tower
  • Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Join a Fez family in their home and enjoy a home hosted dinner
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
  • Take a short bus tour of the imperial city of Fez
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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

    For itineraries beginning in Rabat and ending in Casablanca: Passengers should select flights that arrive to Casablanca on Day 2 no later than 4 PM. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

    For itineraries beginning in Casablanca and ending in Rabat: Passengers should select flights that depart Casablanca on day 13 no earlier than 12 PM. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple Rooms at the Le Diwan Rabat, Ibis Ouarzazate, Suite Novotel Marrakesh and Novotel Casablanca City Center will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

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    Accommodations

    Barcelo Casablanca
    This first class hotel is located on the central Boulevard d'Anfa in the city of Casablanca.

    Le Meridien N'Fis
    This deluxe hotel is a short ride away from the Menara gardens.

    Ibis Ouarzazate
    This tourist class hotel is centrally located in Ouarzazate.

    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.

    Palais Medina & Spa
    The elegant Palais Medina & Spa Hotel is set amidst an Andalusian garden in the heart of Fez, and offers panoramic views of the Jbel Zalagh Hill and the Old Medina. The spacious guest rooms each with private balconies, combine tradition with modernity and offer luxurious amenities. Enjoy international and Moroccan cuisine and impeccable service in its 3 restaurants, lounge bar and pool bar. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a full-service spa and a steam room.

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

    Farah Maghreb Rabat
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the city and overlooks the Bou Regreg River.

    Farah Maghreb Rabat
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the city and overlooks the Bou Regreg River.

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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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    Ratings based off 9 reviews . Currently showing 2 reviews with comments only.
    By Murty V on Nov 28, 2019

    Satisfied with the services and communications

    By Chi Wai L on Oct 02, 2019

    I have a good time and the guide Safi is doing an excellent job. The best experience is the dinner hosted by local family. They are excellent host. I would recommend this tour to any non active person.


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