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13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to Morocco. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Casablanca & Travel to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel in Rabat where you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the capital city of Morocco. This evening, enjoy a complimentary welcome Moroccan mint tea with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager
DAY 3, Saturday - Rabat Sightseeing then Travel to Fez
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Rabat. View the Royal Palace and the ancient ruins of Chellah, the Oudaya Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower. En route to Fez, stop and visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. As you travel through the Moroccan countryside, pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. This evening, upon your arrival in Fez, enjoy a breathtaking view of the ancient city of Fez from a hill overlooking the medina. Enjoy a short bus tour of the imperial city of Fez conducted by your Tour Manager on the way to the hotel
DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Fez
Enjoy a full day at leisure to bravely wander the old medina yourself or choose to take to guided optional tour where you will visit the many hidden treasures of the medina that only a Moroccan guide can know. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. It is particularly famous for its tanneries and the Fes el Bali Medina. This tour also takes you to the Attarine Medersas, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Nejjarine Fountains. Opportunities for shopping for authentic Moroccan carpets and ceramic works will be provided. Finally, view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famed Jewish quarter of the medina where you will get a chance to walk through one of the few remaining Jewish cemeteries in Morocco. Though the city has endured periods of hardship, it has has emerged more vibrant than ever, boasting its own distinctive culture, art, and even cuisine
Optional: Full Day Fez
Optional: Dinner with Entertainment in Fez Medina
DAY 5, Monday - Sightseeing en route to Erfoud
After breakfast, depart for Erfoud via the montane cedar woods of the middle Atlas Mountains, passing by Ifrane, a charming ski resort, and Azrou, an important handicraft center. Following a rest stop in Kasbah Asmaa, continue to Erfoud via Errachidia and the lush Ziz Valley. Before checking in to your Erfoud hotel, visit Rissani, where the ancestor of the present ruling Alaouite dynasty is buried and see the 17th-century casbah and the Ksar Abbar ruins
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Tuesday - Sightseeing en route to Ouarzazate
Today, continue your journey to Tinghir via the Tinjdad Road. Stop to visit the magnificent Todgha canyons, which rise to a towering 800 feet. After visiting the Dades Canyons, continue to Ouarzazate via the road of the thousand Kasbahs, and the Dades Valley, famous for its roses and the yearly Rose Festival
Optional: Sunrise Merzouga Tour (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7, Wednesday - Ouarzazate City Tour
Enjoy a city tour of Ouarzazate, a desert city at the gates of the Sahara. Its strange name means "without noise" in the Berber language. Visit Atlas Film Studios. Your tour also includes the Kasbah Taourirt, an impressive structure that was built to house hundreds of people; as well as Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the opportunity to shop for special Moroccan souvenirs, such as pottery, jewelry and ceramics. Afternoon at leisure
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8, Thursday - Sightseeing en route to Marrakesh
After breakfast, travel to Marrakesh via the highest road point in Morocco, the Tichka Pass, offering an impressive landscape in the heart of the Atlas Mountain chain. After checking in to your hotel in Marrakesh, enjoy a short bus tour of the "Red City" with your tour manager
Optional: Half Day Telouet Kasbah 4x4 Adventure (AM)
DAY 9, Friday - Marrakesh City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful Bahia Palace, as well as the opportunity to shop for Moroccan spices and herbs. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Jaama El Fna Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure or choose to take the optional tour where you will have a chance to relax eat a traditional lunch and watch couscous being made as well as visiting the Majorelle Gardens and the Marrakesh Museum
Optional: Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration, Museum, Palace & Gardens Tour with Lunch (PM)
Optional: 1001 Nights Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Marrakesh. See the bustling Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and experience the vibrant street life of the city firsthand, or perhaps stop for lunch to sample some of Marrakesh's famous cuisine
Optional: Full Day Essaouira
DAY 11, Sunday - Morning in Marrakesh, Travel to Casablanca
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Marrakesh. In the afternoon, travel to Casablanca, the commercial heart of Morocco. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
DAY 12, Monday - Casablanca City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a half day sightseeing Casablanca, which includes the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche seaside. Continue on a short drive through the residential areas of Casablanca to the city center to visit the Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant*
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
*Please note that the farewell dinner ends around 10:30 pm. Departure flights scheduled shortly after midnight may require missing part of the dinner.
|Dinner with Entertainment in Fez Medina||Day #4||01 Nov 2011 - 08 Apr 2014||$39|
Enjoy an evening of authentic Moroccan food, amidst a rich and captivating atmosphere. Dine on salads or haria (soup), or kebabs of beef and chicken tajines, all while being entertained with music, folklore and bellydancing.
|Full Day Fez||Day #4||01 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2014||$29|
Join a day-long tour devoted to Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, which is best known for its spiritual and educational contribution to the Moroccan culture. Your tour includes visits to the medieval Fez el Bali Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Attarine Medersas, Nejjarine Fountains and Museum, and the exteriors of the Al Karaouine mosque and Moulay Idriss mausoleum. You will also have the chance to explore the famous Souks, where craftsmen still practice their trades the traditional way. In the afternoon, visit Fes Jdid, the modern district of Fez, where the Royal Palace and Jewish Quarter are located.
|Sunrise at Merzouga Dunes||Day #6||01 Nov 2011 - 08 Apr 2014||$29|
Depart for dinner in a local restaurant. After the dinner, drive to the pier near the Bund waterfront to board a ship for a 40 minute cruise on the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. Witness the 200 years of Colonial history. You will see European style buildings on one side of the river and the futuristic skyline of Shanghai on the other side. After the cruise, experience an exciting drive through the city's wall of buildings to witness this thriving capital of the Far East. Transfers to and from your hotel included.
|Half Day Telouet Kasbah 4x4 Adventure||Day #8||01 Jan 2012 - 31 Mar 2014||$59|
After breakfast, depart via 4x4 vehicle to Telouet. Along the way, take in the scenery as you cross two river beds and climb the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival to Telouet, visit the Kasbah, would-be residence for the Glaoui family, one of the most influential families in the region. The kasbah's contruction began in the early 20th century, but was never completed. Nevertheless, this huge fortified castle still offers interesting sights, as well as amazing views of the mountains and scenery around it. Inside, you will view large state rooms, and have the opportunity to see the colorful zellij tiles. Finally, sip on a Moroccan mint tea inside a Berber village home before meeting up with the rest of the group en route to Marrakesh.
|1001 Nights Dinner with Horse-drawn Carriage Ride||Day #9||01 Apr 2013 - 08 Apr 2014||$79|
This evening, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the lively streets of Marrakesh. Upon entering the restaurant, step back into the time of Arabian folklore and relax among the scent of jasmine and roses and the sound of Moroccan musicians playing their rhythmic notes. Delight in typical Moroccan fare focusing on bold new flavors and a festive, ambient atmosphere featuring classic music and elegant bellydancing.
|Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration, Museum, Palace & Gardens with lunch||Day #9||01 Apr 2013 - 08 Apr 2014||$99|
Your tour begins with an instructional cooking demonstration of how the traditional Berber dish, couscous, is made. In a beautiful authentic restaurant near Djeema Fna Square, learn from a local chef how to successfully prepare the famous dish at home. After completing your cooking demonstration and lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum. Housed in a beautiful 19th century building called the Dar M'Nebhi Palace, this 'jewel of Marrakesh' displays a fine array of Jewish, Berber and Muslim artifacts. Continue on to the Majorelle Gardens. First created in the 1920s, these beautiful botanical gardens have been owned and maintained by French artists since their creation – first by painter Jacques Majorelle, then fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent.
|Full Day Essaouira||Day #10||01 Apr 2013 - 08 Apr 2014||$159|
In the morning, travel to Essaouira, a seaside resort city on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. Its Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent example of a fortified North African town. Spanish cannons still line the battlements while parasols dot the harbor's beaches, creating a remarkably picturesque setting. You will walk along the city's ramparts just north of Moulay Hassan Square where local artists sell their paintings. Continue on to the Skala de la Ville, which is a fortification built along the cliffs that defended the city from sea attacks, but now provides visitors with an unparalleled view of the port and its bright-colored fishing boats. In the Medina, artisans and craftsmen practice their trades as they have for hundreds of years. Explore the many souks in the medina, including the spice and jewelry souks. The city is also famed for hosting the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which draws musicians from across the world who come to play with the Gnaoua mystics. After lunch, take time at leisure to explore the city on your own.
|Le Diwan Rabat - details||★★★★+||Rabat|
|Barcelo Fez Medina - details||★★★★||Fez|
|Kasbah Xaluca Maadid - details||★★★★+||Erfoud|
|Kenzi Azgho - details||★★★★||Ouarzazate|
|Kenzi Farah - details||★★★★+||Marrakesh|
|Novotel Casablanca City Center - details||★★★★||Casablanca|
|Kenzi Tower Hotel - details||★★★★★||Casablanca|
|2013 Travel Dates||Living Social Price|
|Apr 4; 10; 11; 18; 25;||$1899*|
|May 2; 9; 15; 16; 23; 30||$1899*|
|Jun 5; 6; 13; 20;||$1899*|
|Sep 5; 12; 18; 19; 26||$1899*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Triple Rooms at the Le Diwan Rabat will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
Triple Rooms at the Kenzi Azghor Ouarazate will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2:30 pm. Transfers to Rabat will depart at approximately 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.
April 11 & Sep 18 2013 departures will be accommodated at the Kenzi Tower Hotel in Casablanca.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.