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Regional Journey

Best of Morocco (Winter 2018-19)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Morocco

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Morocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their marks too. This unique travel experience includes a stay in Essaouira and at the amazing Berbère Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Casablanca.

    On arrival at Casablanca airport, your transfer leaves for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 or 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for your Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of good food and wine.

  3. Day 3

    Imperial Meknes, Rabat and Fes.

    An exploration of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. Venture to the très chic seaside strip known as the Corniche, which stretches to the west and is 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 which is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Travel to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century, its surroundings have remained unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim before continuing to Fes. You'll be delighted with your superb Moroccan Highlight Dinner 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 whilst you are entertained with a traditional folklore show. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music. A truly unforgettable experience!

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Fes Sightseeing.

    (Relaxed Start) Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world's oldest university's and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Continue through the bazaar where an array of vendors are selling food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, witness age-old techniques of pottery making and learn how khobz, the traditional local bread, is made.

  5. Day 5

    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 stopping for lunch at Midelt, continue through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings contrast against the patches of greenery and surrounding desert. In the evening, there is an Optional Experience to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a 4-wheel drive.

  6. Day 6

    Ouarzazate.

    Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir and explore the Todra Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades you will encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley that is dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. Meet the locals of the region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try authentic Berber tea. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs concludes at Ouarzazate. It is known as the Film Capital of Morocco, with blockbusters such as Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars having been filmed here.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    To Marrakesh.

    (Relaxed Start) Visit the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, one of the finest examples of South Moroccan architecture, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Your journey continues 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. With the rest of the day at your leisure, why not relax and enjoy the immaculate facilities of your hotel?

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Marrakesh, Pearl of the South.

    (Relaxed Start) Meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time when it was built in the late 19th century. With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try you hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambiance and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Elegant Essaouira.

    (Relaxed Start) Venture to the west coast of Africa to reach 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.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Return to Casablanca.

    (Relaxed Start) Once you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to as it offers a unique insight into modern Morocco. In the evening 'of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world' there really is only one place to be. Join your Travel Director at Rick’s Café, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner with drinks and no doubt a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. Here’s looking at you kid!

  11. Day 11

    Au revoir Casablanca.

    Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Fes: Explore the Medina with your Local Expert. Walk through the bazaar and pass one of the world's oldest universities.
  • Fes: Witness local artisans using long-standing techniques to create pottery and khobz, the traditional local bread and a staple to any Moroccan meal.
  • Marrakesh: Your Local Expert leads you from bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, through the Medina to Koutoubia Mosque, with its notable minaret.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Rabat: Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art and one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims.
  • Meknes: Admire the Bab el-Mansour Gate on Place El-Hedim in the heart of the Medina.
  • Todra Gorge: Explore this fascinating ravine caused by a fault that has split the orange-coloured limestone as deep as 300 meters.
  • Dades Valey: See the castellated mud houses and oases.
  • Aït Benhaddou: The Ksar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of South Moroccan architecture. See the crowded houses within the defensive walls that are reinforced by the corner towers and explore one of Morocco's finest kasbahs.
  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner garden, explore the Bahia Palace and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom’s former opulence.
  • Scenic Drives: Travelling Morocco is all about the senses. Take in the ever changing scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains, Azrou, the Ziz Gorges, Tinehir and the Dades Valley. Travel along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, Tizi n’Tichka Pass and the African North-West Coast.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Fes: Join in the fun at a colourful Moroccan feast, complete with rhythmic music, writhing belly dancers and an array of local dishes and delicacies.
  • Dades Valley: Stop at a traditional Nomad house and meet the locals as you try Berber tea.
  • Casablanca: You must remember this...a fabulous 4-course Celebration Dinner with drinks at Rick’s Café, made famous by the 1942 film.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners or Buffets (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 25 Dec New Year's Eve in Marrakesh & 27 Dec New Year's Eve in Ouarzazate, will replace included meals.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

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.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Grand Mogador City Centre

Casablanca (Contemporary) - Morocco

The Grand Mogador City Centre is conveniently located within a short distance to the harbour and the Old Medina. Rooms are modern and spacious and include free WiFi.

Kasbah Hotel Xaluca

Erfoud (Traditional) - Morocco

Erfoud is known as the Door to the Desert. The Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is unique having been built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the moment.

Le Berbère Palace

Ouarzazate (Traditional) - Morocco

The recently renovated Le Berbère Palace offers 5-star luxury suites to all guests, along with fine food and a delightful swimming pool.

Grand Mogador City Centre

Casablanca (Contemporary) - Morocco

The Grand Mogador City Centre is conveniently located within a short distance to the harbour and the Old Medina. Rooms are modern and spacious and include free WiFi.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 11491 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 23 April, 2019

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    Trip: great overview of the country

    Service: well organized

  • 22 April, 2019

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    Trip: Excellent tour. Ma première fois avec vous et achèterais un autre tour. Ce que je ferais sûrement dans un futur proche.

    Service: La ponctualité sur toute la  ligne..... Le guide était extrêmement connaissant et adorait son pays. Nous avons eu de très très belles expériences avec lui et beaucoup d’informations.

  • 18 April, 2019

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    Trip: Overall nice itinerary, nice clean hotels with good service, good food, comfortable transportation, excellent sightseeing of several cities, beautiful Atlas mountains, sand dunes, cave and tent dwellers, beautiful shoreline and countryside. Tour Director Hassan was excellent, well organized, very knowledgeable and accommodative. Highly recommended but make sure transportation pick up on arrival has been updated before departure. Trip would be 5 star except the preventable transport problem we encountered.

    Service: We had booked our own flights to Morocco and unfortunately Insight Vacations did not contact us prior to departure regarding our flight schedule. Thus we had to anxiously wait at Casa Blanca airport for over 2 hours for transportation service which had been prepaid. We were able to contact our tour director through some local assistance. He had our names but no information about our flights schedule. However he was nice enough to arrange quickly our transportation to the hotel. In order to prevent this very inconvenient occurrence in the future it is highly recommended that prior to commencement of trip Insight Vacations should verify, contact, and update the flight itinerary of all those travelers who do not use their flight service but book their own flights and provide this updated list to the local tour director.

  • 15 April, 2019

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    Trip: Very authentic and genuine experience. Our tour director Mohammed, was knowledge and passionate about his country. The bus tour was hard and long, but he made it fun. Well done insight and Mohammed. Would definitely organize another tour in the future!

    Service: thanks insight for planning an awesome Tour!

  • 09 April, 2019

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    Trip: Loved all the hotels,very beautiful,clean and pleasant.My favorite was the Medina in Fez,Marakech and Essouria.The Goat tree and the Moroccan dinner dates(there were 2) were also memorable.It's a good thing we did not have much free time in the beginning during our shopping period. I could barely carry what I purchased home.

    Service: Overall, the entire trip was very enjoyable.All the hotels were very accommodating and if there was a problem with anything,it was addressed and resolved.

  • 08 April, 2019

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    Trip: Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went.

    Service: Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.

  • 02 April, 2019

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    Trip: Would love to have seen Tangier.

    Service: Couldn’t have seen so much of Morocco without Mohammad and Insight.

  • 01 April, 2019

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    Trip: Fully packed. Good sample of all of Morocco.

    Service: Planning the vacation and easy and the tour, for the most part, went as planned. However, given the amount of time spent on the bus, there should have been more time between destinations (thereby a longer duration) or fewer destinations. I still gave 5 stars because it was throughly enjoyable and informative - just little down time.

  • 19 March, 2019

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    Trip: Casablanca hotel was in a terrible position

    Service: Bus luggage space was unacceptable, breakfast was unacceptable

  • 18 March, 2019

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    Trip: Covers the most important points and cities I wanted to visit

    Service: Reduce shopping time

  • 18 March, 2019

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    Trip: We went to Chefchouen on our own after and wish it had been included. The other stops were good.

    Service: The trip was well organized. We enjoyed the itinerary. We didn’t enjoy visiting all the expensive high pressure stores like leather, herbs, etc. We liked the other travellers. We learned a lot from our guide.

  • 18 March, 2019

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    Trip: It is inclusive itinerary. It allows us to see many places in Morocco and experience the culture and food.

    Service: The itinerary for best of Morocco is inclusive. We had an opportunity to see many places and to experience the culture and food in Morrocco. Wish we could have spent an extra day in Essauoira to rest a bit before we headed back to Casablanca to depart. Our tour director is very knowledgeable and very passionate about his country. Unfortunately, he seems to be easily provoked by delinquent travellers and acts arrogantly. I am a bit surprised that he did not know which travellers have prepaid gratuity. From my previous experience on another Insight Tours, the tour director received a list of prepaid travellers in advance. The driver is very skillful. He maneuvered through the Atlas Mountain on a rainy day with poor visibility at ease! Beside a few difficult travellers have tarnished our trip a bit. Nonetheless, it was a great tour!

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