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12 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen - Monday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Morocco

Cities Visited

Casablanca , Fez , Marrakesh , Rabat , Tangier

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat. On arrival, check into your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in no later than 3:40 PM
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Rabat City Tour, Asilah en route to Tangier
This morning, take a city tour of Rabat, Morocco's capital. Visit the Oudaya Kasbah, the Oudaya National Museum of Ornaments, and the Hassan Tower. Following lunch, travel to Tangier stopping along the way in Asilah. Tour this fortified town on the Atlantic Coast with its history dating back to 1500 BC. Stroll through the narrow streets of the medina and view Raissouni Palace. Afterward, continue to Tangier for overnight
Overnight: Tangier
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Caves of Hercules, Explore Tangier
Begin the day with a drive to Cap Spartel, located at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Then, visit the Caves of Hercules. Afterward, return to Tangier for a city tour. Visit Borj dar el Baroud and the Tangier American Legation, a five-story mansion located in the medina and the only American National Historic Landmark outside the U.S. Experience the atmosphere of the Grand Soco, Tangier's largest market, as well as the legendary Kasbah
Overnight: Tangier
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Tetouan en route to M'Diq
Depart Tangier and travel to the Mediterranean town of M'Diq. Along the way, stop in the multicultural city of Tetouan, nestled in the foothills of the Rif Mountains. Wander through the Spanish influenced medina with its Jewish, Andalusian and Berber quarters. Visit the Ethnographic Museum and the Royal Artisan School, which offers a comprehensive education in craftsmanship. Here, master artisans teach children skills that are passed on to the next generation, thus preserving the ancient arts and techniques. Afterward, taste local products before continuing the drive. Arrive in M'Diq and spend free time for lunch on your own. Later, check into your room. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: M'Diq
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Discover Chefchaouen, Travel to Fez
Depart M'Diq and head south to Fez. Along the way stop at Chefchaouen, nestled in Morocco's Rif Mountains. The city known as "The Blue Pearl," is painted in various shades of blue, a custom that dates back to the 15th century, when an influx of Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition settled in Chefchaouen. They brought along the tradition of painting buildings blue to mirror the sky and remind them of God. Afterward, continue to Fez, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Tour Fez
The exploration of Fez begins at Borj Sud, offering panoramic views of the city. Enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate," and visit Fes el Bali Medina, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. After visiting the Al Attarine Madrasa, stop at a tanner's workshop to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. View the famed Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and visit the Nejjarine Fountains and Museum. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Tonight, join a local family for dinner
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Bin El Ouidane
Begin the day with a long drive into Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains towards Bin El Ouidane. Ascend scenic roads, past cedar and oak forests. Stop for lunch in Beni Mellal, located in the heart of Morocco. This evening, upon arrival in Bin El Ouidane, take an orientation tour of the town. Afterward, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bin El Ouidane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Ouzoud Falls, Travel to Marrakesh
Today, admire Morocco's natural beauty. During the scenic drive to Ouzoud, pass by olive groves of the Tadla plains and rolling foothills. Stop at a Berber family's home for mint tea and an authentic cultural exchange. Afterward, visit the famous Ouzoud Waterfalls, a 330-foot high falls surrounded by thousands of olive trees. There will be free time for lunch on your own. Later, travel to Marrakesh and check in to your hotel
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Marrakesh City Tour, Majorelle Gardens, Dar el Bacha, Le Jardin Secret
Discover historic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens and then visit Koutoubia, a 12th century mosque and minaret. Continue to Dar el Bacha Palace & Museum, built by Pasha Thami el Glaoui in the early 1900's. View exhibits on Moroccan culture and admire the zellige mosaic tilework of the palace. Afterward, walk through the colorful souks to Le Jardin Secret, dating back to the Saadian dynasty. Later, visit an argan oil shop. End the morning with a stroll through the medina. Watch artisans perform their craft before arriving at Djemaa el Fna Square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. This evening, head to the medina to attend a cooking class in an authentic Riad. Learn how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Camel Ride
Arise before dawn to participate in today's optional Hot Air Balloon Ride. Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over Marrakesh. Drift above the beautiful landscape, before returning back to earth to enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast. After breakfast, experience the tranquility of the Palmeraie, a palm oasis outside of Marrakesh, as you ride in Berber style through the valley of lush palm groves on a dromedary, a member of the camel family. The afternoon is at leisure before dinner. Tonight, bid farewell to your Tour Manager and to Morocco
Optional: Marrakesh Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Morocco
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
  • Flights New York-Casablanca, Marrakesh-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 1 night Rabat
  • 2 nights Tangier
  • 1 night M'Diq
  • 2 nights Fez
  • 1 night Bin El Ouidane
  • 3 nights Marrakesh
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (including a home hosted dinner)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • 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 Rabat including the Royal Palace, ancient ruins of Chellah, and the Oudaya Kasbah
  • Visit Asilah, a fortified town on the Atlantic Coast, dating back to 1500 BC
  • Tour Tangier, a city that served as Europe's gateway to Africa for centuries
  • Explore the multicultural city of Tetouan, nestled in the foothills of the Rif Mountains
  • Discover Chefchaouen, Morocco's enchanting "Blue City" dating back to 15th century
  • In Fez, walk through the maze of lanes in the bustling Fes el Bali Medina with its souks and tanneries
  • Join a Fez family for a dinner of home-cooked fare in their home
  • Marvel at the impressive 330-foot high Ouzoud Waterfalls
  • Admire Majorelle Gardens, a mirage of over 300 plant species from five continents and Le Jardin Secret
  • Attend a cooking class in an authentic Moroccan Riad
  • Enjoy a camel ride through the Palmeraie, a palm oasis outside of Marrakesh
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    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 3:40 PM. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

    During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), 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.


    Accommodation Details:
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    Accommodations

    Rabat Marriott Hotel
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    Barcelo Tanger
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city, overlooking the Bay of Tangier.

    Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach & Spa
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the sea.

    Palais Amani
    This deluxe hotel is located in the historic center of Fez.

    Palais Amani
    This deluxe hotel is located in the historic center of Fez.

    Palais Amani
    This deluxe hotel is located in the historic center of Fez.

    Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa
    This deluxe hotel is located in the Old Medina of Fez.

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

    Hotel Widiane Suites & Spa
    This first class hotel is located in Bin El Ouidane, in the foothills of the Middle Atlas.

    Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carre Eden
    This deluxe hotel situated nearby the Carre Eden shopping center in Marrakesh's Gueliz quarter.

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