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Exotic Morocco
 
Holiday Length: 10 days
Departs:
every Sunday year round
Start City:
Casablanca
End City:
Marrakech
Type of Holiday:
Boutique Small Group Tour

  Embark on a fascinating journey through Morocco: one that encompasses all four imperial cities - Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech, with their mysterious medinas, magnificent palaces & rich culture.  Additionally explore the wonders, fragrances, colours and stunning landscapes of the South as you travel along the Fringe of the mighty Sahara.  The relaxed pace and high standard of accommodation of this tour makes it a perfect choice.

ITINERARY
   
     
 Sunday - Day 1   Casablanca - Rabat
    Welcome to Morocco. On arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our friendly local representative. Dive straight into the magical atmosphere of Casablanca also known as the "White City." Discover the major
highlights including United Nations Square, Habous district, Corniche Boulevard and a visit of the outside of the famous Hassan II Mosque. Wander through the narrow streets of the old Medina. Later, continue to Rabat for dinner & overnight. (D)
     
 Monday - Day 2       Rabat - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez
   

Today admire the sights of Rabat – Morocco's capital and one of the four Imperial Cities. Explore the mysterious labyrinth of passages in the Medina, the Roman ruins of Chellah, the Royal Palace – residence
of the King Hassan II and seat of the government since 1912, the Tour Hassan, the unfinished mosque and more. Continue to Moulay Idriss, and later visit the archaeological site of Volubilis and its extensive
remains dating back to the 4th century when the city was destroyed by an earthquake. With its triumphal arches and basilicas, Volubilis features iconic examples of Roman architecture. Continue to Meknes. Built by Moulay Ismail, this Imperial City is a treasure trove, hiding a rich architectural legacy with its palaces, mosques, fountains, terraces,
gardens, stables and shops. Visit the Bab-el-Mansour, "Gate of Victory" with its exquisite ceramic work leading to the old Medina, the Royal Palace and underground stables which housed 12,000 horses, the underground granaries, and the ornate tomb of Moulay Ismail. Finally, travel to Fez, the oldest Imperial City, and the spiritual & cultural centre of Morocco. (B,D)

     
 Tuesday - Day 3   Fez
    Spend the day exploring captivating & lively Fez.  Today's highlights include the medieval Medina, Medersas, Karaouine Mosque, University, and Nejjarin Fountain. Fez is the intellectual, cultural & artistic capital; the most imperial of all cities in morocco and a pearl of the Arab world. Later immerse yourself in the fantastic blend of colours, scents & tastes of the famous souks of Fez. (B,D)
     
 Wednesday - Day 4   Fez - Erfoud
    Morning drive to Erfoud, located on the fringe of the desert. Stop en route to visit Midelt, gateway to the Atlas Mountains and famous for its Berber carpets. Continue your journey as the road winds through fortified villages of outstanding pre-Saharan architecture. Early afternoon arrive to Erfoud – a palmed oasis on the rim of the majestic Sahara. This afternoon reach Erfoud, in the southern Ziz Valley, one of the last palmed oases on the rim of the Sahara.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B)
     
 Thursday - Day 5    Erfoud - Merzouga - Erfoud
   

Leisurely morning. This afternoon visit the city of Rissani, with its 18th century Ksar and a virtually impenetrable warren of alleys. This afternoon switch to a 4WD vehicle to traverse the spectacular flowing
dunes of Erg Chebbi.  Take a short camel ride and marvel at the ever-changing colours of the sand at sunset.  Return to your hotel for
dinner & overnight. (B,D)
Option to stay overnight in a desert Berber camp instead of returning to Erfoud hotel. Supplement applies.

     
 Friday - Day 6   Erfoud - Todra Gorge - Ouarzazate
   

Wake up early morning and admire the sunrise over the gigantic dunes of Merzouga. Later, visit the spectacular Todra Gorge, known as "The Grand Canyon of Morocco" for its walls towering to a dizzying height of 300 metres. Continue on to El Kelaa through the Dades Valley, and then along "The Trail of 1,000 Kasbahs" to the town of Ouarzazate,
perched on the edge of the Atlas Mountains. (B,D)

     
 Saturday - Day 7   Ouarzazate (Zagora)
   

Today is at leisure to explore Ouarzazate at your own pace and enjoy the facilities of your hotel. (B,D)
Option to join a day trip to visit Zagora, the Draa Valey, the old Jewish village of Amzrou and M'hamid, the last settlement before the Sahara before returning to Ouarzazate via Tinfou for a walk on the sand dunes at sunset.

     
 Sunday - Day 8   Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
   

This morning visit the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco.  It is a stunningly well preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified Kasbahs.  Later, continue to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n'Tichka Pass. (B,D)

     
 Monday - Day 9   Marrakech 
   

Spend the day exploring Marrakech and experience its bustling atmosphere and warm hospitality.  Visit the traditional souks, craft markets, and the legendary Djemaa-El-Fna Square with its permanent
display of folklore, magicians, and storytellers.  Today's highlights include Koutoubia Mosque, which dominates the ancient Medina, Palais Bahia and Palais El Badia, and the Menara garden with palm groves
dating from the 12th century. (B)  This evening, join an optional dinner & folklore show at a typical Moroccan restaurant.

     
 Tuesday- Day 10   Marrakech
   

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

     

INCLUSIONS:




* air conditioned transfers and transport
* accommodation in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
* daily breakfast and 8 dinners
* professional English speaking driver-guide
* activities & entrance fees as per itinerary
   
NOTE:


Option to extend this tour to a 14 day roundtrip ex Casablanca with 2 additional nights in marrakech, 1 night in Essaouira & 1 night in Casablanca before departure.


 
   

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