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|Itinerary at a Glance
|3||Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes & Fez|
|5||Fez & Marrakesh|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK)|
|Highlights||Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Hassan II Mosque, Djemaa el-Fna, & Koutoubia Minaret. Optional Ouarzazate post-tour extension|
|Included in the Price||
|Travel Style||This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.|
Morocco, one of Africa's most popular travel destinations, offers the visitor a dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures, with a dash of African and European influence thrown in for good measure. From its beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean beaches, deserts complete with oases and towering sand dunes, magnificent imperial cities, Islamic landmarks, Joujoukan and Gnaoua trance music, fantastic food, Roman antiquities and mountain villages, even the most experienced globetrotter will find plenty to see and do in Morocco.
Our tour includes non-stop flights, transfers, beautiful superior first class and deluxe hotels, most meals and comprehensive guided touring, all at prices that are impossible to resist. But don't wait too long to reserve your spot. With prices so low and value so high, this tour will sell out quickly.
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Day 2: Casablanca & Rabat. Early morning arrival in Casablanca, the largest city and main port of Morocco. Meet your guide who will assist you with customs formalities.
Board your touring coach to start your Morocco adventure with a city tour of Casablanca. Begin at the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca's most impressive sight. Completed in 1993, the Hassan II is one of the largest mosques in the world and one of only a few that non-Muslims can enter. It is built on land reclaimed from the Atlantic and almost half of the its surface lies over the sea. Part of the floor is glass so that worshippers can kneel directly over the water. At night, lasers shine from the top of the minaret toward Mecca.
Continue to Mohamed V Square, located in the heart of the city and surrounded by splendid examples of the design style known as Mooresque, which combines both Moroccan and French architectural elements.
After your Casablanca tour, travel by motor coach to Rabat, capital of Morocco since 1912. Visit the impressive 12th-century Tower of Hassan and the adjacent royal mausoleum containing the remains of King Mohammed V and King Hassan II.Take a walk through the medina and visit the Oudaias Casbah with its hilltop ocean views.
If time permits, enjoy a cup of mint tea at the outdoor cafe in the casbah. Later, check in to your 5-star hotel and join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Accommodations: Hotel Golden Tulip Farah. Dinner provided.
Continue to nearby Meknes, an imperial city surrounded by more than two kilometers of ramparts and six entry gates, founded in the 11th century and chosen by Moulay Ismaïl in 1672 as capital of his empire. Explore some of the fantastic monuments such as Bab El Mansour and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and enjoy the impressive views from Meknes of the Agdal basin. Continue on to Fez, widely considered the architectural highlight of Morocco. Accommodations: Ramada Fez. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Fez. Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest city in Morocco. Its walled medina is one of the most intact and impressive medieval cities in the Arab world, and the contrast between the old city and the French-planned new city makes sightseeing all the more fascinating. You truly feel as if you're stepping into the past when you walk through one of the gates to the old medina.
The medina is divided into two sections: Fez el-Bali, the older, larger section; and Fez el-Jedid, the newer, smaller section. Your tour includes the Kairouine Mosque and University and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II, both at the center of the medina. Visit the Gate of Bab Boujloud, the main Gate of the Royal Palace and the Jewish Quarter.
This evening, your dinner is included at your hotel or you may wish to take advantage of an optional Moroccan dinner and show in the old city. ($48) Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Fez & Marrakesh. Today you'll travel from Fez to Marrakesh via the Atlas Mountains and through the alpine town of Ifrane, where the European architecture, rather than traditional Moroccan style, can be seen everywhere. You'll also pass through Beni Mellal, a growing town of nearly 60,000 where bustling markets and a busy night life are a magnet for foreign tourists and Moroccans alike.
Experience the beautiful panoramas of the mountains and the Moroccan countryside as you drive to Marrakesh, the most popular of Morocco's imperial cities and a must-see of any tour to Morocco.
Tonight, you can choose to have dinner at your hotel or join an optional Marrakesh-by-Night tour. The tour begins with a horse drawn carriage ride to the medina (old town) where you'll enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner in a splendid old palace. Entertainment, including belly dancing, is included as well. ($72) Accommodations: Kenzi Farah. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6: Marrakesh. Marrakesh enjoys a stunning setting surrounded by the snow-peaked Atlas Mountains in the background. Much of the medina is surrounded by beautifully restored ramparts, and lovely palm gardens sit among the impressive buildings.
Your tour takes you to the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh's main square. This amazing market seems straight out of Hollywood, with peddlers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, magicians, snake charmers, and storytellers galore. Narrow side streets lead into the the medina, the old city.
Continue your tour to the Koutoubia Minaret. Considered a jewel of Islamic architecture, the minaret rises 230 feet and is visible from 18 miles. The mosque has a large plaza, walkways, and gardens as well as floodlights to illuminate its curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons (ornamental edgings), and various decorative arches. (Entry into the mosque itself is not permitted for non-Muslims.)
Also on the the agenda are visits to the Bahia Palace, and the ornately decorated Saadian Dynasty tombs Breakfast & dinner provided.
Travel through the High Atlas mountains while viewing a beautiful valley and tiny villages along the Ourika River. The Ourika Valley features the Djebel Yagour prehistoric rock carvings and the Ighreb Mosque. During a rest stop, enjoy tea with a Moroccan family. ($40) Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 8: Marrakesh/USA. You'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Morocco and board your return flight. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Or take advantage of your already-included airfare and extend your tour to Ouarzazate. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Marrakesh & Ouarzazate. This morning, depart Marrakesh traveling via the highest road in Morocco, the Tichka Pass, offering an impressive landscape through the heart of the Atlas Mountain range to Ouarzazate. In the ancient Berber language, Ouarzazate means "without noise", a fitting name for the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Visit the Casbah of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the well-preserved and ornately decorated Taourit and Tifoultout Casbahs, ancient residences of the former Pacha of Marrakesh. Check in at your hotel. Accommodations: Berbere Palace. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9: Ouarzazate. Full day at leisure or you can choose an optional full day excursion to Zagora. Traverse winding mountain roads southward over the easternmost part of the Anti-Atlas mountains, descending into Draa Valley. Through lush palm groves with small adobe villages, explore the region around Zagora, the last town before the desert. Visit centuries-old Tamegroute, where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous library containing ancient books and documents dating from the 12th century, and then see the spectacular sand dunes of Tinfou before returning to Ouarzazate ($40).
Note: the library is currently closed. However, you may view the ancient books at an adjacent room. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10: Ouarzazate/USA. Early this morning, transfer to the nearby airport for your short flight to Casablanca. Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast in the town. Enjoy a panoramic city tour, driving along the sea-side Cornich. Take the opportunity for some last minute shopping before returning to the airport as you bid farewell to Morocco. Board your return flight, arriving back in the USA later on today. Breakfast provided.
Our tours may look similar to others you've seen, but we invite you to shop & compare. There are important differences that make Friendly Planet tours the best you can find.
No Compromise on Quality: Despite our extraordinary prices, there are no compromises on our Morocco tours. In all three cities, you'll stay in Deluxe and Superior First Class, centrally located hotels that are noted for their amenities and service.
Included Features: Your transfers, most meals as well as important visits are all included.
Credit Cards or Cash: Whether you pay by check, money order or your favorite major credit card, your tour price on this tour is the same. No extra cost to charge your dream vacation to Morocco.
Personal Service: Most important of all, the extra ingredient that makes our tours stand apart from others—the wonderful, personal attention you'll receive from our friendly staff in the USA and our representatives in Morocco—is completely free of charge. Compare our Morocco programs to others, feature for feature. You'll see for yourself that ours are the very best value for money you'll find anywhere.
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