Sunday, April 15, 2018

7 Day Imperial Cities The Classic Morocco Itinerary

Traveling Morocco is a uniquely diverse vacation experience blending cultural and architectural influence from Islamic, Arabic, African and Europe. Not to be outdone the geography of Morocco is both varied and rich in beauty. Relax on a sunny beach, enjoy the splendor of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains or travel the ancient caravan routs in the Sahara desert, one thing is for sure a vacation in Morocco will be anything but mundane. The romance and intrigue that inspired the timeless movie classic “Casablanca” is waiting for you in Morocco.

This is an Escorted Tour.
DAY 01: SUN - Upon arrival at Casablanca International Airport, you will be met and assisted. Begin with the sightseeing tour of Casablanca, the Business Capital of Morocco. Visit the exterior of the great Hassan II mosque; an optional interior tour may be offered. From the coach you will see the Medina, Mohammed V Square, the United Nations Place, the Central Market, the Habbous Sector, the residential area of Anfa and the magnificent Ain Diab Coast, dotted with swimming pools and gourmet restaurants. Proceed to Rabat, the White Imperial City, neatly laid out and covered in flowers. Your tour of the Administrative Capital begins with the Medina, teeming with life, the Kasbah of Oudayas, the Hassan Tower and the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum. Overnight in Rabat. (D)

DAY 02: MON - Your visit this morning begins with the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, then the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Holy City where the founder of Islam in Morocco, is buried. Continue to Meknes, enclosed in a triple thickness of 40KM walls and bastions, formed of two conglomerates. On one side of the Medina is Bab el Mansour, the most beautiful preserved gate in Morocco. On the other side is the new modern city. The sightseeing will also include a visit to Hari Souani and the old Medina. Overnight in Fez. (B/D)

DAY 03: TUE - The entire day will be spent visiting Fez, the most ancient of the Imperial Cities, founded in 790BC by Moulay Idriss II, becoming the religious center of Morocco. Visit the Medieval Medina the Medersas (Islamic Religious Universities), Bou Anania and Attarine, the Karouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. Visit a private building, which gathers different craftsmen still operating in the old Oriental tradition. You may want to buy some of their items displayed at reduced rates. Overnight in Fez. (B/D)

DAY 04: WED - Depart for Marrakesh, crossing the region of the Middle Atlas, passing through Immouzer du Kandar (a Berber Village) and the Lake D'Ait Aoua; the perfect setting for a rest. Also pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort in the heart of a magnificent cedar forest and the important handicraft center in the village of Azrou. Stop at Beni-Mellal to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then continue to Marrakesh. Little by little, you will begin to notice the red earth of the country contrasting so well with the clear blue sky and the eternal green palms. Overnight in Marrakesh. (B/D)

DAY 05: THU - The entire day will be spent visiting Marrakesh, the second oldest Imperial City. It was founded in the eleventh century by the Almoravides. Left behind in Marrakesh by the founders, are palaces, gardens and more. You'll visit the Saadiens Tombs, the Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia and the Bahia Palace. Visit the souks and the winding little streets whose décor will fascinate you. Also tour the famous Place Djemma el Fna with its nonstop entertainment. You'll find storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and more. Optional: Dinner will be served at the famous "Chez Ali" Restaurant where you will savor a typical Moroccan meal under Caidal tents and enjoy their Fantasia performance including camel and horse shows, folkloric and belly dancers. Overnight in Marrakesh. (B/D)

DAY 06: FRI - The morning is at leisure for a final plunge into the atmosphere of Marrakesh or to take some time to relax by the swimming pool. Depart for Casablanca in the afternoon. Overnight in Casablanca. (B/D)

DAY 07: SAT - You will be transferred to Casablanca Airport for your return flight. (B)


PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Breakfast and dinner daily.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including entrance fees and guidance.
  • 6-night accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Transportation provided by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide.
  • Tours conducted in English or English and other languages.
  • HOTELS USED
    Rabat, Morocco
    Belere Hotel Rabat
    Fez, Morocco
    Royal Mirage Hotel
    Marrakesh, Morocco
    Atlas Asni Hotel
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Idou Anfa Hotel
    NOT INCLUDED
    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.
    OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP
  • Upgrade to 5-star hotels $399
    (La Tour Hassan, Rabat; Marriott Jnan Palace, Fez; Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh; Kenzi Tower, Casablanca) 
  • Include all meals on your tour $150 
  • Dinner at Chez Ali on Thursday $55
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