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Discovery of Morocco
 
Holiday Length: 11 days
Start City: Casablanca
End City: Marrakech
Departures: Saturdays
Type of Tour: Coach Tour

During your 11 day discovery of Morocco you will visit the main tourist sites and imperial cities, spending time in Casablanca, the capital city Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh, Zagora, Erfoud and Ouarzazate.  In addition to a night in a Riad you will have the opportunity to change your accommodation to a simple Bedouin desert tent in the Merzouga Dunes for one night - truly a night to remember. 

Day 1 - Saturday   Casablanca
    Arrive Casablanca Mohamed V International airport.  You will be med by a representative of our local agent and transferred to your hotel.  Rest of day at leisure. (D)
                           
   
Day 2 - Sunday   Casablanca - Rabat (95 km)


After breakfast meet with your tour guide at 9.30 am for the sightseeing of Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco. Visit the exterior of the great Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V Square, United Nations Place, central market, the Habbous sector and the residential area of Anfa, before strolling along the Aïn Diab Coast dotted with swimming pools and restaurants. Lunch. Departure to Rabat, the white imperial city. Visit the administrative capital of Morocco. Highlights include Hassan Tower, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of Oudayas and the Medina. Late in the afternoon check-in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B,D) 

     
Day 3 - Monday   Rabat - Meknes - Fez (260 km)
   

After breakfast, depart for Fez. Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Ist. Continue to Meknes. Lunch.  Visit of this city known as "the Moroccan Versailles" which was founded at the end of the 17thC by Moulay Ismail. The highlights of Meknes will include Bab Mansour, the most preserved gate in Morocco, the Royal Stables and the Jewish quarter. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fez.  (B,D) 

     
Day 4 - Tuesday   Fez


Today visit many places of interest in Fez, the most ancient cultural and spiritual city of Morocco. Visit the medieval medina, the medersas, Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue with a walk through the old medina, where you will see different craftsmen still operating in the old oriental tradition. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B,D)

     
Day 5 - Wednesday   Fez - Beni Melal - Marrakech (485 km)
   

Departure to Marrakesh passing by the Berber villages of Imouzer and Ifrane, a charming ski resort in the heart of a magnificent cedar forest. Stop at Beni-Mellal to enjoy a moment of relaxation. After lunch, continue to Marrakech. Little by little you will see the red earth of the country contrasting with the clear blue sky and the eternal green palms. Check-in at your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

                                
   
Day 6 - Thursday   Marrakech
   

Today explore Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city known as the "Pearl of the South". ". The historical sightseeing includes the Menara Garden, the Saadien Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia and the Dar Si Said Museum. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the souks, walk through winding streets and the Djemaâ El Fna Square, with its many local entertainers creating a vibrant local setting.  Tonight, typical dinner under Caïdal tents at the famous "Chez Ali" restaurant, enhanced by the performance of several folkloric troops. (B,D)

     
Day 7 - Friday   Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Zagora (380 km)
   

Breakfast at the hotel, departure through Tizi N'tichka Pass (2260m of altitude) to Ait Benhaddou. Visit of the famous kasbah that has served as decor for many great movies. The Kasbah is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch at a local restaurant facing the Kasbah, continue to Zagora crossing the Draâ valley. Dinner & accommodation at your hotel. (B,D).

     
Day 8 - Saturday   Zagora - Tazzarine - Erfoud (360 km)
   

After breakfast, morning departure to Tamegroute where you visit the pottery centre and the library with its ancient Koranic manuscripts. Continue toward Erfoud, through Tansikht and Nkob where splendid sceneries of pre-saharian and Berber villages of the Sargho Mountain massive follow each other perpetually. After lunch at the small Berber village of Tazzarine, drive to Erfoud via the villages of Alnif and Rissani, birthplace of the present Alaouites Dynasty. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel in Erfoud (B,D)

Optional bivouac in a nomadic tent at the dunes of Merzouga: The Merzouga Dunes are an impressive, drifting chain of sand dunes that can reach 160m and seem to have escaped from the much larger dune field across the nearby border in Algeria. The Erg Dunes are a magical landscape and offer a scene of constant change as sunlight transforms them from pink to gold to red.  Tonight experience a dinner and night under Bedouin tents.

Note: The desert camp offers simple Bedouin tented accommodation with basic shared facilities. This property has been selected for its location at the foot of the Merzouga Dunes allowing you to appreciate a desert night under the stars.

     
Day 9 - Sunday
  Erfoud - Tinghir - Ouarzazate (375 km)
   

In case the previous night was spent in the hotel in Erfoud, there is an optional excursion by 4WD vehicles to Merzouga to admire the sunrise on the top of the sand dunes.

Breakfast and departure to Tineghir via Rissani. Visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar and drive via the Tinjdad Road to the stunning Todra Gorge known with its many impressive canyons and escarpments. After lunch, continue to Ouarzazate via El Kelâa M'gouna and the Dades Valley. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate.  (B,D)  

     
Day 10 - Monday
  Ouarzazate - Marrakech (210 km)
   

Breakfast at the hotel & departure for an orientation city tour of Ouarzazate. Continue to Marrakech for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, farewell dinner in a palace located in the heart of the medina. (B,D)

     
Day 11 - Tuesday
  Marrakech
   

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Note: optional transfer back to Casablanca is possible on Tuesday, or on Monday with a last night in Casablanca.  Supplements apply

     

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

 







 
  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Choice of Tourist or First class hotels and Riad in Zagora with private facilities
  • Half board (breakfast & Dinner)
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing as specified and entrance fees to relevant sites
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Porterage
  • Morocco Travel Notes issued by Innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

 

 
  • Tipping
  • Personal items
  • Departure taxes

     

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