This itinerary is for a past tour program.
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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.
Day 2: Casablanca. 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. Hotel Golden Tulip Farah Dinner provided.
Day 3: Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes & Fez. After breakfast, set out for Fez, widely considered the architectural highlight of Morocco. En route, stop at Volubilis to visit the ancient Roman ruins, which stretch out over 40 hectares and are the most well preserved ruins in Morocco.
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. Zalagh Parc Palace Hotel (Departures after October 2009 stay at the Ramada.) Breakfast & dinner provided.
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.
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.
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) Mansour Eddahbi 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.)
Day 7: Marrakesh. Full day at leisure to explore the largest traditional souk (market) in Morocco or you can choose an optional half day tour of the Ourika Valley.
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. Breakfast provided.
Optional Tours: All optional tours mentioned above are available for purchase locally. Prices shown are approximate based on current currency conversion rates.
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