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Best of Morocco 2014

  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This grand circle of Morocco's mountains and cities puts your senses into overdrive – embracing the buzz of mopeds, the scent of spice and the delicate tastes of roses and orange. It's Insider moments like… marvelling at endless shades of red, from terracotta to fierce magenta, created in the tannery pits in Fez. Watching the stained workers hand-dying material, you witness time-honoured methods. Stepping through the unassuming door of a riad later that day, the lavish side of Morocco reveals itself. Joining its owner, you hear his home's history, see the ornate decoration and join him to taste homemade dishes – often made with fragrant orange blossom, sweet honey and, of course, Morocco's famous piquant spices.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE CASABLANCA

    Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco! Tonight, meet with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Casablanca

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  • Day 2

    CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES – FEZ (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco's history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country's oldest imperial city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Royal Mirage

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  • Day 3

    FEZ SIGHTSEEING

    Explore the médina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world, during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a Unique Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your companions this evening for a very special Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialities in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 4

    FEZ – ERFOUD

    Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Kasbah Chergui

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  • Day 5

    ERFOUD – TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE

    Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country! Follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Le Berbere Palace

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  • Day 6

    OUARZAZATE – AÏT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKESH (2 NIGHTS)

    See the sights during your orientation tour of Ouarzazate. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - the 'Red City'. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the médina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco's largest traditional market ('souk') where you might like to do some last minute shopping.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Meridien N'Fis

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  • Day 7

    MARRAKESH SIGHTSEEING

    Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snakecharmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to take an optional experience to a Berber village. Tonight, you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA

    This morning, travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca, see the sights during your sightseeing tour including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque built for the late king's 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable holiday.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Casablanca

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  • Day 9

    DEPART CASABLANCA

    Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Speciality dinner of delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine at a traditional Riad in Fez.
  • Unique Insight Visit a traditional tannery and dye pit for a fascinating glimpse into an ancient practice.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Kasbah Chergui, Erfoud, Morocco - In a quiet desert near the dunes of Erfoud, grand Kasbah Hotel Chergui, where we often stay, is typically Moroccan. Authentic Accommodation, its latticework, hammam and Bedouin tent dining mix with luxury touches like its pool.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca.
  • Orientation of Rabat, Menkes, Erfoud and Ouarzazate.
  • Visit Midelt, Tafilalt Oasis, Bahia Palace and Ait Ben Haddou.
  • View the Ziz Valley and the Todra Gorge.

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 lunches.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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