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|Itinerary at a Glance
Dr. Steven Derfler
and Educational Resources
present Treasures of Morocco
|3||Casablanca & Rabat|
|4||Rabat, Larache, Asilah &
|6||Tangier, Meknes, Volubilis
|8||Ifrane, Azrou, Khenifra,
Beni Mellal & Marrakesh
|Style||Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Highlights||Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat & Tangier|
The Kingdom of Morocco is truly at the crossroads of the world. For thousands of years, its location at the northwest tip of Africa has allowed it to absorb elements of European, Sub-Saharan African, and Arab culture in its quest for identity. As a result, its culture, history, religion, art and politics is a melange that gives it a uniqueness among nations.
This program will provide an opportunity for students of all ages to study Moroccan art, archaeology, architecture, and culture.
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Day 2: Casablanca. Upon arrival to Casablanca and meeting with the local guide, continue to Mohammed V Square, the United Nations Square, and Central Market.
Lunch is served at a sea-side restaurant, followed by touring to the Royal Palace, Anfa District, Ain Diab Esplanade. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Sheraton Hotel Casablanca. Breakfast provided.
Day 3: Casablanca & Rabat. Proceed to the imperial city of Rabat, political capital of Morocco. Visit the Kasbah of Oudayas, mosque and Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Following lunch, visit the archaeological museum in Chellah on the way to Kenitra. Dinner and overnight in Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Rabat, Larache, Asilah & Tangier. After breakfast, depart from Rabat. Drive through the two colorful Atlantic villages of Larache and Asilah, arriving in Tangier later this afternoon. Lunch will be served en route to Tangier. Dinner and overnight in Movenpick Tangier. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Tangier. Today, enjoy a full day historical visit of Tangier. Wander around the colorful local markets and shops for leather goods, jewelery, pottery, pretty carpets and herbal products. Feel free to explore the Grand Socco or medina. Visit the Kasbah, which has now been converted into a museum, as well as Hercules caves and Cap spartel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tangier. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Tangier, Meknes, Volubilis & Fez. After breakfast, continue to Meknes, another imperial city. Pass through the Bab el Mansour, a gate named after the Christian renegade and architect, El-Mansour. Explore the traditional Medina and then continue to the catacombs of the Christian Prison, small palaces and stables of Moulay Idriss, near the Dar Jamai Museum. Lunch is served on the way. Journey north to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Proceed to Fez where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Les Merinides. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Fez. Enjoy a full day of touring the most ancient imperial city of Fez. Visit the Bourj Nord fort, Makina District, Abou el Hasan Mosque, Saffarine Medersa, Karouane Mosque, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, Andalous Quarter, medieval Medina, the Jewish Quarter, and the Mellah. A panoramic view is afforded near the tombs of the Merinids. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant in the Medina followed by a visit to the Sidi Harrazem Springs. Dinner and overnight in your hotel Fez. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Ifrane, Azrou, Khenifra, Beni Mellal, & Marrakesh. This morning drvie through Ifrane and Azrou, two towns high in the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views as you travel to the berber town of Khenifra. Here you will visit the local market and view berber culture. Stop for lunch in Beni Mellal. Afterwards, continue to Marrakesh, the most beautiful of imperial cities - the crossroads of Arab, berber, and Sub-Saharan cultures. Tonight, experince a special dinner and show at Casino de Marrakesh. Overnight in Marrakesh. Alabatros Garden Hotel. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Marrakesh. Today you will enjoy visits to the Koutoubia, Sidi bel Abbes Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa and Bahia Palace and Saadian Kings' Tombs. Visit the Menara and Majorelle Gardens, ending the day at the world famous Jemaa el Fna Square. Lunch will be served in the Medina. At sunset, take advantage of the optional carriage tours around city walls. Dinner and overnight in your hotel Marrakesh. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 10: Marrakesh/New York. Say farewell to Morocco with an early morning transfer to Marrakesh Airport followed by a short flight to Casablanca. Connect with Royal Air Maroc non-stop back to JFK Airport. Lunch will be served on board. Arrive in New York later this afternoon. Welcome home! Breakfast provided.
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