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Morocco Tour

Expedition Details Morocco’s mystique can be found in medinas that brim with color, soaring mountains that give way to endless desert, and stunning Moorish architecture. Discover the enchanting cities of Marrakech and Fez, venture into rose-colored kasbahs, and visit little-known mountain villages. Listen to the strains of Berber music around a campfire in the Sahara, and stay at a stunning Moorish palace hotel. Trip Highlights Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Benhaddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ride a camel at sunset from a tented camp nestled among the sculpted dunes, and watch the sun rise over the Sahara. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the medina in Marrakech, and observe artisans plying their timeless crafts in the workshops of Fez. Learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea in a traditional mountain village. Itinerary - 11 Days Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Casablanca, Morocco Depart on an overnight flight to Casablanca. After time to relax the following morning, meet the group for welcome lunch at La Mer, overlooking the Atlantic ocean. This afternoon, visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque, which boasts the world's tallest minaret at 689 feet. Then stroll through the city’s Habous district and the mechouar, the ceremonial meeting place outside the Royal Palace. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche (L,D) Day 3 — Casablanca/Marrakech Drive through the elegant Anfa neighborhood on the way to Marrakech, Morocco's legendary "pearl of the South." Enjoy a poolside lunch at the hotel before exploring the city of Marrakech. See the splendid Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs, and visit Bahia Palace. Explore the labyrinthine streets of the medina, lined with market stalls and craftspeople; and soak up the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna Square, where snake charmers and magicians captivate the passersby. Tonight, gather for a rooftop reception and dinner accompanied by traditional Gnaoua music in the heart of the old medina.Sofitel Marrakech (B,L,D) Day 4 — Marrakech Continue exploring the sites of Marrakech today. Meander through the stunning Majorelle Garden, once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent, and see an exclusive collection of Berber objects originating from diverse regions of Morocco at the Berber Museum. Explore historic Moroccan architecture with visits to the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa and the Museum of Marrakech, located in the Dar Menebhi Palace. After lunch, venture back to the lively medina with our local guide or explore on your own.Sofitel Marrakech (B,L) Day 5 — Telouet/Aït Benhaddou/Ouarzazate Cross the High Atlas Mountains over the Tichka Pass, stopping to board 4x4s for the trip to the Kasbah of Telouet. Once home to the powerful Glaoui clan, the kasbah’s crumbling exterior belies its rich tile and woodwork. After lunch in the village, drive through the Ounina Valley to the ancient fortified village of Aït Benhaddou, and delve into its warren of twisting lanes and shops. Continue to Ouarzazate, a former colonial trading post, now known for its movie studios where films like Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were shot.Le Berbère Palace (B,L,D) Day 6 — Ouarzazate/Boumalne Dades Learn about traditional adobe architecture in Taourirt Kasbah this morning. Then set out on the fabled Road of 1,000 Kasbahs. Arrive in Boumalne Dades, a small town nestled amid the crags and plateaus of the semidesert landscape. After lunch, head out on a hike in the dramatic Dades Gorge and visit nearby villages.Xaluca Dades (B,L,D) Day 7 — Erfoud/Rissani/Merzouga Follow the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs to Erfoud, passing spectacular rock formations, oases, and rose plantations. In Erfoud, climb into 4x4s for the drive into the desert. Visit the souk in Rissani, a historic camel caravan stop. Later, ride into the dunes on a camel to watch the sun set on the Sahara. Return to our deluxe Berber tented camp to dine under the star-studded sky and enjoy an evening of Berber folk music and tales around the campfire.Bivouac Tented Berber Camp (B,L,D) Day 8 — Merzouga/Fez Awaken early for a walk across the sandscape as the rising sun paints the dunes orange and gold. Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast, then head north into the high-mountain plains on your way to Fez. Arrive in Fez late this afternoon, and check in to our hotel.Hotel Sahrai (B,L,D) Day 9 — Fez Spend the day exploring this magnificent imperial city. Visit the Royal Palace and Fes Jdid, home to the historic Jewish Quarter. Delve into the lively medina, where merchants preside over colorful mounds of spices and tanners soak skins in vats of dye. Discover the 14th-century Bou Inania Madrasa, characterized by its intricately carved stucco walls, arches, and cornices. See the Nejjarine Fountain, covered in exquisite mosaics, and the Kairaouine Mosque.Hotel Sahrai (B,L) Day 10 — Fez/Volubilis and Meknes Today you may choose to explore Fez at your own pace or take an excur

Country: Morocco
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Airport: Casablanca
Registered Member of Tourism board of: 2
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): No
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Easy
Tour operator name: Mohamed
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 20
Duration: 11
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: All is included
Not included in Service: Insurance ,Flights and Tips
Recommended Season:
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Guaranteed departure dates: when you get a confirmation Email
Terms and Conditions: Payment on your arrival
Listing created Nov 23, 2015

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