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Exotic and fascinating, the Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travelers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery that is perfect for value-minded travelers wanting to explore and learn about a new destination. In the red city of Marrakesh, step back in time as you wander through the Jemaa-el-Fna, a square and exotic bizarre offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. Listen to the storytellers—an integral part of the culture—and browse for handicrafts. It’s not hard to imagine what it was like in the past, a time when caravans loaded their camels with food and goods to sell at the markets. In Fez, take an optional tour to see the ancient medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is one of the largest medieval cities in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through its souks (markets) and alleys, which are virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.On this Morocco tour, you’ll also visit Casablanca and its newly built great Mosque; Meknes, where you'll visit the royal stables built to house 12,000 of the royal horses, and see its monumental gates, mosque, palace, and miles of protective walls; Ouarzazate, where you'll visit the Kasbah de Taourirt, built in the early 19th century and used as a base for the powerful el Glaoui tribe, who controlled the caravan route through the region; the alpine mountain resort of Ifrane; Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara desert; and Rabat, Morocco’s vibrant capital where you'll visit the relics of Chellah, a city built by the Romans in 40 AD. From the Middle Atlas mountain range and Ziz Gorges to arid desert, this Morocco vacation will amaze you with spectacular scenery. This Morocco tour is truly a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Individual headsetsSightseeing:Visits to Fez, Ifrane, Erfoud, Rissani Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif, Ouarzazate Kasbah de Taurint, Aït Benhaddou. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rabat, Meknes, Marrakesh, Casablanca; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Atlas Mountains, Ziz Gorges and Oasis, Road of 1000 Kasbahs, Dades Valley, Todra Gorge
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Medina of Fez
- Medina of Marrakesh
- Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City
- Medina of Ait-Ben-Haddou
- Historic city of Meknes
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco
Check into your hotel. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Casablanca–Rabat–Meknes–Fez
A short ride along the coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital. Sightseeing includes the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudayas. You are reminded of the time when Morocco was the Roman province of Mauretania as you visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH and its GARDENS. Continue to Meknes—during your guided tour, see its monumental gates, mosque, palace, and miles of protective walls. Visit its ROYAL STABLES, originally built to house 12.000 of the royal horses. Travel east towards Fez, Morocco’s most enchanting city.
Day 3 Fez
At leisure in ancient Fez, which occupies a position of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the exotic ancient Medina on the optional sightseeing tour, a maze of narrow, bustling streets and alleys that are home to colorful souks.
Day 4 Fez–Ifrane–Erfoud
Travel today into the very heart of Morocco. Stop in the quiet, French-built alpine mountain resort of Ifrane. Verdant cedar forests give way to volcanic mountains and wind-swept plains as you motor across the Middle Atlas range. Pass fortified mud-and-straw villages and descend into the spectacular ZIZ GORGES. Afterwards, the landscape becomes progressively more arid and you enter a stony desert. Approaching Erfoud, an unexpected and breathtaking surprise: the peaceful oasis of the Ziz Valley.
Day 5 Erfoud
The best choice today is an included excursion to Rissani to see the MAUSOLEUM OF MOULAY ALI SHARIF, the first ruler of the Alaouite Dynasty. This evening, enjoy an optional excursion in the desert.
Day 6 Erfoud–The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs–Ouarzazate
Enjoy the drive through the eastern slopes of the Atlas Mountains and arrive at the Tinerhir oasis with its green valley of palms and local villages. On to the impressive Todra Gorge, then along the Dades Valley to the film capital of Morocco, Ouarzazate.
Day 7 Ouarzazate–Aït Benhaddou–Tizi-n-Tichka Pass–Marrakesh
Enjoy an orientation drive this morning in Ouarzazate, famous for its film studios, and a visit of the KASBAH DE TAOURIRT. Next, to AÏT BENHADDOU, a kasbah famous as a film location for Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Pass through picturesque villages surrounded by craggy mountains towards 7,414-foot-high Tizi-n-Tichka Pass in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Each new twist in the road leads to a different, more dramatic landscape. Leaving the pass behind, the landscape gradually changes to a tapestry of red ochre. Enter the gates of the red-colored imperial city of Marrakesh, justly reputed the most fascinating of all Moroccan cities. An optional evening excursion is a fitting way to end the day.
Day 8 Marrakesh
The included city sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with an orientation drive followed by a walk through the ancient quarters to the fascinating JEMAA-EL-FNA SQUARE and its exotic bazaar, BAHIA PALACE, and SAADIAN TOMBS. You’ll really feel as if you’ve stopped the march of time.
Day 9 Marrakesh–Casablanca
Leave Morocco’s magical city of Marrakesh for the journey back to Casablanca. In the afternoon, see the sights in the company of a Local Guide.
Day 10 Casablanca
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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“Seventeen years ago I moved to beautiful Morocco, beginning a journey to discover her rich culture and fascinating traditions. Today that journey continues with fellow world travelers who are often visiting an Islamic country for the first time. The warmth and acceptance of the people you will meet will leave you amazed. So, join me on this journey that will broaden your horizons in unexpected ways.”
CASABLANCA Novotel Casa City Center Angle Zaid Qu Hmad (F) or Idou Anfa Hotel and Spa (F) FEZ Menzeh (ST) ERFOUD Kasbah Tizimi OUARZAZATE Ibis Moussafir (ST) MARRAKESH Zalagh Kasbah Marrakech (F)
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).
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Imperial Medina of Fez
Enjoy the holy city of Fez , the jewel of Spanish-Arabic civilizations famous for its old feudal quarter and the medina.
Price Range: $
Traditional Moroccan Dinner
Savour a typical Moroccan dinner at one of the most popular venues in the city.
Price Range: $$
Sahara Dunes at Sunset
Enjoy an exciting trip in a 4 wheel drive jeep to the 450- foot-high Erg Chebbi sand dunes and visit a Berber shepherd's family tent.
Price Range: $$
Why miss the chance to experience this magical dinner show?
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