10 Day Deluxe Morocco

10 Day Deluxe Morocco


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Morocco

Cities Visited

Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, Rabat

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Morocco
Depart on your flight to Casablanca, Morocco

DAY 2, Saturday - Transfer to Rabat, Welcome Dinner
Welcome to exotic and enchanting Morocco. Upon arrival in Casablanca, transfer to your hotel in the Imperial capital city of Rabat. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an orientation meeting at approximately 6:00 pm on the unforgettable discovery of Morocco that awaits you. A Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival in Morocco. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Casablanca no later than 3:00 pm on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Welcome Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Rabat City Tour
The exploration of Rabat begins at the exterior of the impressive Dar al-Makhzen Palace, the residence of Morocco’s King, and view where independence was declared in 1956. Continue to the ancient necropolis of Chellah, now abandoned and overgrown by fruit trees and wild flowers. From the viewing platform, see the expansive ruins of this once-great Roman city. On to the magnificent marble Mohammed V Mausoleum, built in traditional Moroccan style, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco. Observe the minaret of the Great Mosque and the towering 12th-century red sandstone Hassan Tower, Rabat’s most famous landmark. Afterward, visit Kasbah des Oudaias in the old part of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its commanding views of the river and ocean from its clifftop perch. Time to stroll along the lanes of the perfumed Andalusian gardens, designed by the French during the colonial period. The rest of the day is on your own for independent activities
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Medina of Meknes and Wine Tasting en route to Fez
Today, journey inland to discover the walled city of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rose to glory under the rule of the Sultan Moulay Ismail. View the monumental horseshoe-shape Bab Mansour gate. This beautifully patterned gate with its priceless mosaics, lavish tiles and inscriptions is considered one of the most beautiful gates in North Africa. After an introduction to the historic medina of Meknes, it’s on to lunch in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. At an immaculate vineyard with its beautifully manicured gardens and traditional fountains, linger for a wine tasting of their white and red wines. The drive then takes you to mystical Fez, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Leisure time before tonight’s dinner together
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Fascinating Fez, Walking Tour in the Medina, Jewish Quarter
A fascinating day lies ahead in medieval Fez, cultural heart of the country. Founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss I, this imperial city was the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and an important center of learning. Enter the blue Moorish-style Bab Bou Jeloud gate that takes you into the 1200-year-old bustling streets of the Old Quarter (Fez el-Bali) leading to a maze of narrow winding lanes and countless souks selling fragrant spices and endless arrays of local crafts. Stop to see the workers in the famous tanneries. On to view the intricately detailed exterior of 9th-century Karaouine, one of the oldest, still-functioning universities in the world and Nejjarine Square with its elaborate mosaic tile fountain. After lunch at an atmospheric restaurant in a restored riad, you can choose to spend an afternoon at leisure exploring the medina or relax in your hotel. Or, visit the historic Jewish Quarter, now being restored. Nearby, there is an old Jewish cemetery, ancient synagogue, and museum. An evening at leisure follows this day of discovery
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Wednesday - Volubilis en route to Casablanca
This morning the dramatic well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a unique glimpse into ancient Morocco. View a series of mansions, monuments and olive mills surrounded by remnants of the city's defense walls. The most notable highlights include the beautifully preserved Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, a series of exquisite mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. After lunch, depart for the storied city of Casablanca, inspiration for the classic 1942 film. Dinner tonight is at the hotel
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Lively Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque, Magical Marrakesh
This morning, a get acquainted tour of the lively seaside city of Casablanca. Stand in awe at the splendid Hassan II Mosque*; with its soaring minaret that shines a beam towards Mecca every evening. This architectural masterpiece is larger than St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and capable of holding more than 80,000 worshippers. No expense was spared for this landmark building. You’ll see its hand carved ceilings, gleaming marble floors, and Venetian stained glass windows. Pass Mohammed V Square, home to some of the city’s most striking architecture before a scenic drive along the Corniche with its palm-lined boulevards, one of the city’s most fashionable districts. After lunch begin the drive overland to enchanting Marrakesh. Upon arrival, the fresh aroma of citrus fruits welcomes you to the resort. Tonight, savor dinner together at the hotel*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Enthralling Marrakesh, Henna & Moroccan Tea Ceremony, Private Discussion Group
The enthralling city of Marrakesh is a celebration of beauty. The day begins at the 16th century Saadian Tombs, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. View the towering Koutoubia Minaret, a landmark of the city as well as the opulent 19th century Bahia Palace, where sultans once lived. Enter the sprawling medina, with its endless maze of souks selling everything from carpets to spices, jewelry and more. Leave this labyrinth of lanes to frenetic Jemaa el-Fna Square with its non-stop activity -- storytellers, snake charmers, and musicians playing their rhythmic music. After a relaxing lunch at a nearby riad, join a specially arranged Henna ceremony (Hennaya) where artists paint symbolic motifs on your hands or feet. You choose the design! A Moroccan tea ceremony follows, rooted in ritual. Watch as hot water is poured over fresh spearmint, dried tea leaves, and sugar into a silver pot and into ornate and fragile glasses. Here, meet a well-known lecturer who enlightens you on how the role of women has changed in Morocco over the years
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Saturday - Majorelle Gardens & Museum, Berber Home, Lalla Takerkoust
Start this morning with an open top horse-drawn carriage ride in an iconic emerald green carriage leisurely takes you along the streets of magical Marrakesh. Visit the picturesque Majorelle Gardens with its electric blue villa that Yves Saint Laurent gifted to Marrakesh, now a mirage of over 300 plant species from five continents and the Majorelle Museum with its displays of traditional arts. This afternoon, drive by 4x4 vehicles to the rocky Agafay Desert, an expansive area of natural beauty. You are invited into a Berber home for homemade tea and authentic cultural exchange before continuing on to Lalla Takerkoust. Here, pause for refreshments at a lakeside terrace, while enjoying views of the High Atlas Mountains. Later, journey onwards towards Tahnaout via Guemassa, where you toast the sunset before dinner under the starry skies in a Berber tent. Gnawa musicians entertain with pulsating tunes as you savor a lavish traditional dinner. Afterward, return to Marrakesh for overnight
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Depart Morocco
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Casablanca, Marrakesh-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights Deluxe accommodations
  • 2 nights Rabat
  • 2 nights Fez
  • 1 night Casablanca
  • 3 nights Marrakesh
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Maximum 28 passengers per tour
  • 18 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in each city
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    Special Features

  • Exploration of Rabat includes the Royal Palace, ancient ruins of Chellah, and the Oudaya Kasbah
  • View Meknes’s monumental Bab Mansour gate with its priceless mosaics and lavish tile inscriptions
  • In Fez, walk through the maze of lanes in the bustling Old Quarter with its souks and tanneries
  • Visit Nejjarine Square with its elaborate mosaic tile fountain and Fez’s historic Jewish Quarter
  • Journey to the dramatic Roman ruins of Volubilis that offer a glimpse into ancient Morocco
  • Stand in awe at Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque, an architectural masterpiece
  • See Marrakesh’s 16th century Saadian Tombs, towering Koutoubia Minaret, and opulent Bahia Palace
  • Bargain for treasures at the sprawling medina in Marrakesh, with its endless maze of souks
  • Admire Yves St. Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens, a mirage of over 300 plant species from five continents
  • Drive by 4x4 vehicles to serene Lalla Takerkoust Lake and the rocky Agafay Desert with views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • In the farmlands of the Moroccan Plateau stop for lunch at a charming chateau
  • An open top horse-drawn carriage leisurely takes us along the streets of magical Marrakesh
  • Attend a specially arranged Henna ceremony, as well as a Moroccan tea ceremony
  • Meet a well-known lecturer for a discussion on how the role of women has changed in Morocco
  • An unforgettable traditional Berber dinner in the Atlas Mountains under the stars with local musicians
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates.

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities for tour managers.


    Additional Information:
    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.

    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. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. 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

    La Tour Hassan
    La Tour Hassan is ideally located in the Rabat city centre. This prestigious hotel is built in a typical Moorish style with mosaics, marble and intricately carved architectural elements. The luxurious guest rooms are decorated with the pure Moroccan tradition, combining authentic materials with modern comforts. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy the wellness center offering a gym, hammam, sauna, hot tub, as well a massages and beauty treatments. The hotel has several restaurants serving gourmet and traditional Moroccan cuisine.

    Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
    The luxurious Riad Fès-Relais & Chateaux a former palace, is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez, offering panoramic views of the Fes Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Inspired by Spanish-Moorish architecture, the Riad Fès invites you to experience old-world glamour. The lavish decor of the guest rooms combines traditional Moroccan style with contemporary design. The Riad Fes features a full-service spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a wine bar, a rooftop terrace and a renowned gourmet restaurant, offering a unique gastronomic experience.

    Barcelo Anfa Casablanca
    This deluxe hotel is a ten minute walk from the Casablanca Cathedral.

    La Mamounia
    The opulent, Moorish-inspired La Mamounia hotel, set within the 12-century ramparts surrounding the old Medina, is an oasis of peace, hidden away from the bustle of the city. For more than 90 years this palace hotel has been a favorite destination for discerning international travelers. The guest rooms offer a sumptuous interior with traditional Moroccan decor. Wander in the legendary 17 acres gardens, filled with citrus trees, fragrant roses, ancient olive groves and a vegetable garden. The hotel's three signature restaurants boast authentic Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine. The Spa features a large indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, hammams, salons and saunas.

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    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    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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