Departures every Thursday – through October 27, 2017
10 days/9 nights
Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes- Ifrane – Erfoud – Merzouga- Tinghir- Tinghir – Dades – Kellat M’Gouna – Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech- Casablanca
Day 1: Rabat
Arrival to Casablanca. Meet and greet at Casablanca airport. Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities. Check in at the hotel. City tour of wonderful city. Begin with the Kasbah of the Udayas. This kasbah is a fortification constructed on a hill, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in Rabat.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes (B)
After breakfast, continue the city tour of Rabat. Stop first at Mohammed V Mausoleum. Inside the 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, stop at Hassan Tower, which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque. Transfer to Meknes, the fifth largest city of the kingdom. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), before it was relocated to Marrakesh. The city tour of Meknes includes the massive Bab El Mansour gate. Enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant. The city tour of Meknes includes also the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Continue along to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubiliswhere you will have a guided tour. Transfer to Fes for overnight.
Day 3: Fes (B)
After breakfast, enjoy 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 largest 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 next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval centre of Fez 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 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). Overnight in Fes.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Erfoud – Merzouga (BD)
After breakfast, leave Fes heading to the heart of the desert. Stop first at Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. Continue through many Amazigh (Berber) villages before getting to Midelt where you will stop for an optional lunch. Leave through Ziz River, passing through a series of fortified villages before getting to Erfoud. Enjoy an optional 4×4 transfer to the heart of the Sahara desert. Dinner and overnight in a charming auberge by the dunes. Optional overnight in a standard or deluxe desert camp (tents).
Day 5: Merzouga – Tinghir (BD)
After breakfast, enjoy an optional early morning sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to the hotel for breakfast before driving to Tinghir along Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Walk above the Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Optional lunch a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the old village and a short walk in the oasis. Dinner and overnight in Tinghir.
Day 6: Tinghir – Dades – Kellat M’Gouna – Ouarzazate BD
After breakfast, transfer to Ouarzazate along Dades Valley and Kelaat M’Gouna. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages, palm groves. Dades valley is known as valley of figs. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Kelaat M’Gouna, a large village which is 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.
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech B
After breakfast, city tour of Ouarzazate with Taourirt Kasbah, which is considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. 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 village is a great example of earthen clay architecture that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is an iconic landscape immortalized in such films as “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Jesus of Nazareth”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, “Gladiator ”, “Son of God”. After the visit of Ait Ben Haddou, transfer to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains along the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass for overnight.
Day 8: Marrakech (city tour) B
After breakfast, enjoy city tour of Marrakech. Visit to the Kotoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest mosques in the world. Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses arrays of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech – Casablanca B
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca. Enjoy an orientation tour beginning with an outside visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Stop is Mohammed V Square in the city center. Overnight in Casablanca.
Day 10: Casablanca airport B
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home.
Hotels 4*(or similar):
Rabat Riad Kalaa
Fes Riad Ghita
Merzouga Riad Madu
Tinghir Kasbah Lamrani
Ouarzazate Le Petit Riad
Marrakech Dar Karma
Casablanca Val d’Anfa Hotel 4*
Price per person from: $1795
INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM:
9 nights of accommodation in DBL at 4* hotels
Meals (according to the program)
Dinners in Merzouga, Tinghir & Ouarzazate
Modern A/C vehicle during the tour
English speaking driver/guide
Entrance fees to monuments
Local guides in Volubilis, Fes & Marrakech
Porterage at airport and hotels
EXCLUDED OF THE PROGRAM:
International Air Tickets