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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.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11477 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 04 February, 2019

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    Trip: Enjoyed our first Insight Tour. Lots of new experiences with a wonderful tour guide.

    Service: This was our first experience with Insight Tours though we have traveled with sister companies. The entire package was professional...the tour, our director and the places which we visited.

  • 21 January, 2019

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    Trip: A great overview of Morocco. A lot was packed in. Because this was my second trip I would have preferred fewer places and more time spent in each place. I really liked including opportunities to interact with local people into the itinerary.

    Service: Customer service was exceptional! I would definitely recommend and travel with Insight Vacations again. There were a number of people on the tour that had traveled with Insight previously.

  • 21 January, 2019

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    Trip: Maybe cut short time on bus

    Service: Excellent customer service-hotel quality was uneven.

  • 13 January, 2019

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    Trip: Contained all that you would want to see in Morocco except inside the mosque at Casablanca.

    Service: Very well organized. Always on time and hotels are up to standard. The tour guides are very knowledgeable.

  • 10 January, 2019

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    Trip: The itinerary was perfect as it captured some of the best sites in Morocco and included lots of private tours and other experiences like visits to local Imam's Kasbah, learning to make Moroccan mint tea, visiting a Berber family in their cave, tasting local food etc. However, the only suggestion I will make is to include the inside tour of the Mosque Hasan II. And perhaps make Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show a must included rather than an optional. Other than that it was a perfect itinerary to capture visits to all those sites in 10 days. Loved the last dinner at the famous Rick's Café!

    Service: This was our second trip with Insight Vacations and once again we thoroughly enjoyed it. Most tours take you to the three main cities of Casablanca, Fes and Marrakesh but the Best of Morocco tour took us to some of the most exotic sites, cities and towns in Morocco. What we liked most about the tour was not just visiting various places but most importantly learning about the local people, culture, cuisine, local produce, history, geography and the country and feeling the experience. Many myths were busted as a result of this journey and we are so glad we did this tour. The itinerary was well planned with good choice of locations to visit and good choice of restaurants to stop for lunch and to enjoy dinner and the hotel stays were comfortable. The only disappointing note from the trip was the super exaggerated prices of some very ordinary items when we were taken for shopping so unless you are good at bargaining don’t get carried away by too much shopping. The bus was comfortable and neat though access to wifi on the bus was intermittent. Our driver Ibrahim had the best driving skills. Our Tour Director Hassan was very knowledgeable and he ensured that we feel, learn and experience as well as capture best memories of Morocco in all forms.

  • 10 January, 2019

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    Trip: We saw a great deal of the country and had many wonderful experiences. My only disappointment was that we had only one night in Ouarzazate, which had the best hotel on the trip.

    Service: The only difficult part of any tour is finding the airport greeter. Your greeters should have a LARGE sign that is easily visible, and preferably held high. (I think I've suggested this in previous reviews.) Finding Hassan at the Casablanca airport was very difficult, made more so because we had to meet him outside the terminal (which I know Insight couldn't control). I also did not receive the bright yellow luggage tag that I usually get from Insight prior to my trip. The tag would have enabled me to spot other Insight travelers easily and might have helped Hassan find me easier, too. Many other travelers on this trip said they also did not get the luggage tag. Also, the New Year's Eve celebration should have been included in the tour, even if that meant charging a little more, rather than being an optional excursion. By the time Hassan tried to make the reservation, the event was sold out. The alternative dinner was nice, but how often does one celebrate New Year's Eve in Morocco? Hassan had built up the original celebration so much that everyone was very disappointed at not being able to attend.

  • 10 January, 2019

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    Trip: The itinerary was great /perfect but only got one complaint about Hassan our Tour Director: We paid the Gratuity up front for him and the driver-when coming back to the hotel after the fair well dinner and wanted to say good buy to him -his first words where: WHERE IS MY GRATUITY?YOU DID NOT GIVE ME ANYTHING-GIVE ME THE MONEY. Was shocked to be spoken like this in such a manner as no normal Tour guide would speak to his clients like this.Told him that we paid up front-his words[ GET ME THE PROOF NOW /GIVE ME THE VOUCHER -GET IT].as i wont get my money without that.Due to his tone i certainly did not go up to my room to give this to him[ other people did] -he has worked many years for Insight Vacation and he should know that he would get his money as on my Itinerary it states also that the Tour Director has been notified. He also told us that he did private tours any were in Morocco as he handed out his business cards[had clients for him] but with that attitude i would never to any business with him or recommend him to friends of mine. After a fantastic tour that left a bitter taste in my mouth

    Service: Everything ran smoothly/driver was fantastic and could not do enough for us plus the Tour Directors knowledge/explaining everything in detail plus told us a lot about Morocco politicaly/economics/tax/schools etc. and he got out of his way to make us comfortable/ would recommend this to anyone and if you have got a Trip in Mexico i would book with Insight facation again

  • 14 April, 2018

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    Trip: quite thorough, although an extra night near the desert would be nice

    Service: Very good.....the tour guide AbdulalWahad was excellent!..very proud of his country & rightly so

  • 09 April, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the time , would not extend it longer .

    Service: Highly recommend

  • 09 April, 2018

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    Trip: Covered all of Morocco Beautiful scenery

    Service: I would like to take this opportunity to commend Abdul Wahab Our tour guide. He loves his job and loves Morocco dearly. He was so attentive to every small detail on the trip. Such as calling ahead to have lunch is ready on the highway. He told us very detailed and interesting accounts of Moroccan history and various kings and Dynasties. He also regaled us with humorous and poignant stories of his courtship and marriage. He explained the differences between Sunnis and Shia which was very informative. He also arranged a breakfast for those of us leaving the hotel for the airport on the last day at 5 AM which could not have been easy. He is a people person and a great representative of insight. The tour was great but I have dual added the extra dimension.

  • 09 April, 2018

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    Trip: We saw all that we wanted to see and the itinerary truly highlighted Morocco's fascinating contrasts.

    Service: They answered our questions and helped us with our booking.

  • 12 March, 2018

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    Trip: Quality Excellent tour guide Great itinery

    Service: Everything Yes Great hotels Top bus,comfortable Terrific tour director,Hassan Fantastic itinery Nothing to complain about

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