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Duration: 11 days Visiting: Morocco
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Welcome to Casablanca
On arrival at Casablanca Airport, your transfers leave for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other, over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Meknes and Fes
A tour of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque – the largest in the country. The très chic seaside strip – known as the Corniche – stretches to the west, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims: the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V – both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Move on to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century, its surroundings remaining unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim. Continue to Fes and be treated to a superb Moroccan feast and traditional folklore show. In an ancient palace at the entrance to the Medina, a colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you, amid a carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music. A truly unforgettable experience!
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the Medina – the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops, the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. Later you will witness the unique and age-old techniques of pottery and bread making.
The Ziz Gorges to Erfoud
Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After your lunch at Midelt, continue up through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia (built by the French at an important crossroads), your destination is Erfoud. In the evening, there is the option to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a 4-wheel drive optional experience.
Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate
Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir before taking a detour to explore the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades, encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. En-route, lunch is included. Stop for Berber tea at a traditional Nomad house. Your 'Road of a Thousand Kasbahs' concludes at Ouarzazate, film capital of Morocco, with everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars being filmed here.
(Relaxed Start) Get your cameras ready as you stop at the village of Aït Benhaddou, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Continue via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields, to the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh.
Marrakesh, Pearl of the South
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing starts in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. After some time to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats, explore the Medina, seeing the Koutoubia Mosque, with a minaret that dominates the Marrakesh skyline. With your Local Expert, visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Then enjoy free time to visit a museum or haggle in the souqs. In the evening, you could take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on the main square, for a sumptuous selection of classic Moroccan dishes, and an ambient arabesque of twirling belly dancers with plates of lit candles on their heads.
(Relaxed Start) Say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and venture to the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant?
Return to Casablanca
(Relaxed Start) Once you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to, offering a unique insight into modern Morocco. At night, "of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world", there really is only one place to be. Join your Tour Director at Rick’s Café - recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner including drinks and, no doubt, a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. 'Here’s looking at you kid!'
Au revoir Casablanca
Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca Airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Fez (Contemporary) - Morocco
The Palais Medina & Spa is set in a 5-hectare Andalusian garden, with the perfect alliance between tradition and modern luxury.
Erfoud (Scenic) - Morocco
Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is located in Arfoud, a city known as 'the Door to the Desert'. The Kasbah is listed as unique in Morocco due to its distinctive characteristics. It was built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the moment.
Ouarzazate (Traditional) - Morocco
The recently renovated Le Berbère Palace Hotel offers 5-star luxury suites to all guests, along with fine food and a delightful swimming pool.
Marrakesh (Contemporary) - Morocco
The luxurious Atlas Medina & Spa is set amidst lush, picturesque gardens in central Marrakesh, the perfect location for exploring this fascinating city.
Essaourira (Contemporary) - Morocco
Located beachfront in Essaouira, the Atlas Essaouira & Spa features two swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa with hammam.
Casablanca (Central) - Morocco
The monumental Grand Mogador City Centre is close to both the Old Medina and the harbour. Its modern design blends traditional architecture with luxury and art déco influences.
11 December, 2017
Trip: The itinerary gave us a wide variety of experiences and locations.
Service: Well organised ahead of departure. Tour director was very knowledgeable. A welcome letter when I arrived the day before the tour - due to flight schedules - would have been good with suggestions for spending an independent day in Casablanca.
06 December, 2017
Trip: I was in Morocco 50 years ago and travelled over much of the same terrain - learned so much more this time with an excellent guide. Had not made it over the Atlas mountains previously and was much impressed with the countryside, views, and history.
Service: I would certainly recommend them to our friends. Hotels were splendid and the bus was excellent - lots of windows, no obstructed views. Guide was terrific and very knowledgable.
04 December, 2017
Trip: The itinerary was quite good if exceedingly full. There probably isn't a way around that last.
Service: Staff conducting the tour in Morocco were excellent: tour director and bus driver. The tour director, Hassan, is exceptionally knowledgeable and very positive. What was particularly appreciated was that he took advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves: a Sunday market, a camel working an olive press, the availability of dates and clementines in the market. From my point of view, the less cookie cutter the facilities — hotels, restaurants — the better. But I'm sure that the tour is under pressure from customers who would prefer more from the other end.
04 December, 2017
Trip: Whirlwind tour of much of Morrocco - more than we would have seen on our own in so short a time. Wide variety of experiences, from country life to city markets, to belly dancers.
Service: Marvellous guide - Hassem. Met and delivered us to and from airport, great luggage organization, all as promised and more.
04 December, 2017
Trip: Saw so much and more than expected. Very exhausting tour. More rest is recommended. Too many people in our group got sick. My opinion is immune systems were compromised due to lack of rest.
Service: The tour and tour director far exceeded our expectations. Wonderful, but exhausting experience
04 December, 2017
Trip: We saw the places most visited plus a couple of extra worthwhile places. The optional excursions were of interest, fairly priced, somewhat touristy--but we were tourists!
Service: Well organized though would have appreciated a little guidiance about leaving from the airport at the end of the trip. Excellent guide.
04 December, 2017
Trip: Good sites visited so I could get a good idea of the people, history, etc. of Morocco.
Service: Took care of the little things I would not have thought of including baggage collection, wake up calls, etc. The Tour Guide was very helpful in getting me an adapter when mine died. He also was extremely helpful when my luggage was delayed & I chose to wait for it at the airport, missing the shuttles.