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Grand Tour of Morocco

10 Day tour of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Erfoud, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, and Essaouira

 

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Pricing and Departure Dates

Low Season: $1325  Single Supplement: $240

2016: Aug 7, 21; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11

2017: Jan 8, 22; Jun 11, 25

Shoulder Season: $1425  Single Supplement: $260

2016: Sept 4, 18

2017: Feb 5, 19; May 28; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17

High Season: $1585  Single Supplement: $285

2016: Oct 2, 16, 30; Dec 25*

2017: Mar 5, 19; Apr 2, 16, 30; May 14; Oct 1, 15, 28

Minimum 4 people for departure. Prices are per person, double occupancy, land only.

*Holiday supplement applies. Call for details.


Day 1/Sun Casablanca – Rabat

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Royal Guards outside the Mohamed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower in Rabat

Arrival at Casablanca’s Mohamed V Airport. Welcome, assistance and transfer to join the group for sightseeing in Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco. Visit the exterior of the impressive Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V Square, the United Nations Place, the central market, the habbous sector and the residential area of Anfa before strolling along the Ain Diab corniche, dotted with swimming pools and restaurants. Lunch is on your own, then we depart for Rabat the white Imperial City. Visit the administrative capital of Morocco with the Hassan Tower, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of Oudays and the medina. Late in the afternoon we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2/Mon Rabat – Meknes – Fez

After breakfast depart for fabled Fes (Fez), the oldest of the Imperial Cities, known for its spiritual and educational contributions to Moroccan culture. En-route, stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sacred Islamic town of Moulay Idriss for lunch. Continue to Meknes, “The Moroccan Versailles,” which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail. Arrive for dinner and overnight in Fes.

Day 3/Tues Fez

Spend the day exploring Fes including the medieval medina, where the craftsmen still work in their age-old traditions. You will visit the medieval medina, the medersas, the Karaouine Mosque, and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. Independent lunch, and continue your visit through the medina. Dinner and overnight in Fes.

Day 4/Weds Fez – Midelt – Erfoud

After an early breakfast depart for Erfoud. Along the way, as we pass through the mountainous terrain, stop at Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Continue on to Midelt and the Ziz River valley through fortified villages and on to Erfoud for dinner and overnight. There is an optional excursion by Land Rover to the Merzouga Dunes at the edge of the Sahara: $30 per person, minimum 4 people.

Day 5/Thurs Erfoud – Tineghir – Ouarzazate

After breakfast depart for Ouarzazate. Along the way visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar. The road to Ouarzazate passes through Tenghir and the Toda Gorges, sheer walled canyons carved into the mountains. Pass through the Dades Valley and visit Al Kala’a M’Gouna. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate.

Day 6/Fri Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakesh

After breakfast spend some time exploring Ouarzazate before departing for Marrakesh. Visit the kasbahs of Tifoutout and Taorirt, then on to Ain Ben Haddou, another majestic kasbah, nestled in the midst of a forest of almond trees. Continue on through the Tiz-In-Tichka Pass at 2260 meters, enjoying spectacular mountain scenery and views of the valleys below. Arrive in Marrakesh for dinner and overnight.

Day 7/Sat Marrakesh

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Djemaa El Fna Square, Marrakesh

The day is devoted to exploring Marrakesh, the “Pearl of the South.” Marrakesh was founded in the 11th Century by the Almoravides. Stops may include the Koutoubia Minaret, the Saadien Tombs ~ a 14th Century necropolis, the Dar Si Said Museum, Agdal and Menara gardens, Bahia and Bedii places and the tanners square. Continue on to the souks with their narrow paths known for their fascinating colors, and the Djemaa El Fna, filled with fascinating characters, fire eaters, teeth pullers, fortune tellers, spice, nuts, and incense merchants, story tellers, snake charmers, and tame monkeys, to name a few! Dinner and overnight in Marrakesh.

Day 8/Sun Marrakesh – Essaouira

After breakfast depart for Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. Independent lunch then visit the city. Essaouira is an excellent example of a Portuguese port and is an exotic blending of Moorish and Portuguese art and architecture. Traders and artists have gathered here since the 18th century. Dinner and overnight in Essaouira.

Day 9/Mon Essaouira – Oualidia – Casablanca

After breakfast depart for Casablanca. Stop along the way at El Jadida, another former Portuguese stronghold with a spectacular 1100 square meter underground reservoir, for a tour before continuing on to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight in Casablanca.

Day 10/Tues Departure

After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport for departure. End of services.

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INCLUDED:

  • Accommodations at 4 Star hotels, sharing double room on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
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    Traditional tannery in the medina in Fes

  • Air-conditioned motor coach with microphone
  • A fully licensed multi-lingual (English & Spanish) guide
  • All applicable entrance fees for tours and sites on the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air fare
  • Personal expenses such as room service, mini-bar charges, phone/fax calls, laundry, dry cleaning, etc.
  • Optional tours or entrance fees not shown on the itinerary
  • Refreshments, alcoholic beverages, snacks, etc., en route or during meals, tips
  • Travel insurance – which we highly recommend you purchase
  • Tips for guide & drivers (we usually recommend $5 per person for drivers and $10 for the guide per day)

Hotels:

  • Casablanca: Idou Anfa
  • Rabat: Chellah
  • Fez: Pickalbatros/Royal Mirage
  • Erfoud: Belere
  • Ouarzazate: Berbere Palace/Kenzi Azghor
  • Marrakesh: Atlas Asni
  • Essaouira: Atlas Essaouira & Spa

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