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Imperial Cities and Desert
From the Imperial cities to the grandeur of the Sahara Desert, discover the vibrant mix of cultures and contrasts that is Morocco. This remarkable journey takes you from Casablanca, to the Imperial city of Fez and the enchantments of Marrakech, staying where possible in Riad properties, carefully selected for their charm and authenticity, and travelling with your own private driver. The ideal tour to explore the very best of this exceptional country and come back from your holiday with memories of a lifetime.
Holiday Length: 9 days
Departs: Daily
Start City: Casablanca
End City: Marrakech
Type of Holiday: Private Tour



ITINERARY
     
Day 1   Casablanca
   

Arrival transfer to your hotel. Refresh and begin your exploration of Casablanca's highlights. Visit the exterior of the great Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V Square, United Nations Place, central market, and the lively Habbous district, filled with souks, food stalls and antique shops. Later, explore the WWII heritage of Anfa and stroll along Ain Diab Coast, dotted with restaurants. (B)

     
Day 2   Casablanca - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

 

This morning visit the Imperial City of Meknes, built by Moulay Ismail to reflect the grandeur of his reign.  Continue to the spiritual hill-perched village of Moulay Idriss, built around the tomb of same-named Saint.  Later, explore the World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the largest and best preserved Roman site in Morocco, particularly famous for its superb mosaic floors.  Arrive in Fez in the evening. (B)

     
Day 3   Fez

 

Discover the spiritual capital of Morocco. Visit the medieval medina, the Attarine or Bou Anania Medersa, the Nejjarine Fountain, Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the Karaouine Mosque (from
outside). This afternoon, experience the vibrant atmosphere of the souks, some of Morocco's best
with their exotic sounds and scents. (B)

     
Day 4   Fez - Midelf - Erfoud (Merzouga Dunes)
   

This morning visit Midelt and the fortified Berber village of Arzou. Continue to Erfoud. Upon arrival,
transfer in a 4WD vehicle to the magical Mergouza Dunes, an impressive undulating chain of sand dunes with ever-changing colours. Tonight, climb on top of a Camel for a short ride to admire the sunset and experience dinner & overnight under Bedouin tents. (B,D)

     
Day 5   Erfoud - Todra Gorge and Dades Valley - Ouarzazate
   

Rise early to witness the spectacular sunrise over the dunes. Embark on a morning drive to the stunning Todra Gorge with its many impressive canyons & escarpments. Travel through Tinghir & Rissani and visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar. Continue via the Dades Valley to Ouarzazate, literally "no noise" in Berber. (B)

     
Day 6   Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech
   

This morning visit Ouarzazate and the famous fortified Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been the backdrop for many films.Journey to Marrakech through breathtaking countryside via Tizi N'Tichka pass (2260m), the highest pass in North Africa. (B)

     
Day 7   Marrakech
   

Spend the day exploring Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city known as the "Pearl of the South", Visit the Saâdian tombs, the Koutoubia, Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens. This afternoon capture the essence of the souks and Djemaâ El Fna Square, with its diverse and non-stop entertainment: storytellers,  snake charmers, fire-eaters and more. (B)

     
Day 8  

Marrakech

  A day at leisure to further explore the fabled Marrakech at your own pace. (B)
Optional cooking class at La Maison Arabe - supplement applies
 
Day 9   Marrakech
    After breakfast departure transfer to the airport. (B)
Optional transfer to Casablanca Airport - supplement applies
Optional Essaouira Extension

ESSAOUIRA EXTENSION
   
Day 9   Marrakech - Essaouira
   

Morning drive to Essaouira and check in at your riad. Time at leisure to explore the narrow streets, the port with its blue boats, the wood workshops and the café life of this charming, small fishing town. (B)

     
Day 10   Essaouira - Marrakech or Casablanca
    Morning at leisure.  Transfer back to Marrakech or Casablanca for your onward flight. (B)
     

TOUR INCLUSIONS





 

1 night in a Superior Tourist class hotel in Casablanca
6 nights in special category historical Riads in Fez, Ouarzazate & Marrakech
1 nights accommodation in a Berber desert camp with shared facilities
Private arrival & departure transfers
Private A/C deluxe transportation with English speaking driver at disposal throughout the tour
Daily breakfasts and one dinner
Sightseeing with private local English speaking guides
Activities & entrance fees as per itinerary

     
TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  Porterage
Tipping
Personal expenses
     
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.


     

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