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Exotic Morocco

14 Nights /

15 Days

1 Day 1:

Arrive Casablanca you arrive in Morocco and met by your driver in the arrivals area just outside baggage claim/customs. After arrival you have a city tour of Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco. You will have time to visit the new Hassan II Mosque on the ocean, the next largest Mosque only to Mecca and only Mosque in Morocco available to non-Moslems. You can visit its exterior and depending upon your arrival day an interior tour is available for an optional 120MAD (days and hours vary). This site is a magnificent example of true Moroccan architecture and hand crafted opulence. Dinner & overnight in your hotel in Casablanca.

2 Day 2:

Breakfast. Then you have a short drive to Rabat, Morocco's capitol. You have a tour of Rabat visiting the Kasbah of Oudaya, Hassan Tower and Chellah built in the 12th century. A stop at the mausoleum of Mohammed V, the present kings father and a pass by the king’s palace and other government buildings. Continue to Tangier. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

3 Day 3:

After breakfast, visit the modern new town and the wealthy "California" section. Stop at Cap Spartel, the lighthouse that marks the official convergence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Travel on to Hercules Cave – continually inhabited since the Neolithic period.

Return to Tangier for time at leisure for lunch. Your visit in the afternoon begins with a tour of the old town. Visit the kasbah (fortified area). Descend through the labyrinthine roads of the medina through the spice markets, the Berber markets and amongst the craftsmen. Visit the Grand Socco and St. Andrew’s Church, quietly nestled off the busy market square. Return to your hotel for overnight.

4 Day 4:

Tangier – Tetouan – Chefchaouen : Depart from Tangier to the "White Bird" located in the Rif Mountains : Tetouan is a unique combination of Arab and Andalusian cultures. Visit the new town where you will see the Hassan II Square, governor’s palace, Spanish garden, the first North African mosque and the walls of the Kasbah. Enter the medina through Bab el Okla and continue on for a walking tour of the old town. This tour will include the Jewish section, the Andalucian section, the Berber market, the ladies market, Guersa el Kbira and a visit to the Ethnographic and Craft Museums.

Leave the old town, stop for refreshment and then continue to Chefchaouen. Check in your hotel.

Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The town was founded in 1492 by Moorish exiles from Spain.

Chaouen (or Xaouen, from the Spanish), as it is often called by Moroccans, is a popular tourist destination given its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish border. Though there are few modern sights, a calm and relaxing atmosphere provides by mountainous location. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings, a tradition that comes from the town's former Jewish population. A popular shopping destination is Chaouen , it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists. The tour of this blue and white village includes the Palace El Makhzen and the famous square Uta el Hamman and the medina. Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Chaouen.

5 Day 5:

Fes. Breakfast and departure to Fes via Ouezzane and Meknes where you will have a drive tour of this former Imperial city of Morocco. You will see the old ramparts; the Agdoul Basin, which was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favourite concubines; the Moulay Ismail royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar el Ma) which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan's twelve thousand horses, Bab el Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; the Moulay Ismail mausoleum, one of the few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Moslems; and the intrigue of the Meknes landscape. Continuing on your route you will visit Volubilis, the Roman capitol of North-western Africa with its impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins, including approximately 30 mosaic floors dating back to 25BC. You arrive in Fes overnight. Dinner and overnight in your hotel. (B, D) Guides: Rabat, Meknes/Volubilis

6 Day 6:

Breakfast.  Full day tour of Fes Today you have a guided sightseeing tour of this famous Imperial City, highlighting the old and new medinas. Fez has been the religious capitol of Morocco. You will visit the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. You will wander the impressive labyrinths of the souks, which have been declared by Unesco to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. You will have a wonderful photo opportunity at the imposing gate of Bab Bajloud, the splendid fountains at Palais Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts and the beautiful front entrance of the royal palace. Tonight you will enjoy a multi-course Moroccan dinner in the old medina at a beautifully preserved palace (B, Special dinner) Guide: Fes, full day.

7 Day 7:

Breakfast. Midelt, Errachidia and Erfoud, The Sand Dunes of Merzouga. (421km, 8 hrs) An early morning start through Midelt with its dramatic views of the peaks of the High Atlas, continuing on through the town of Errachidia to Erfoud. A night Bedouin style at the Sand Dunes of Merzouga. You are met in Erfoud by your 4x4 and continue 1 hour to the desert. You have your own private bivouac site and staff. Here you have a short camel trek around the dunes to experience the desert sunset. Your tent is equipped with mattress, blankets and carpets. A restaurant tent is decorated entirely in desert camp style where your cooks prepare your meals and local musicians will delight you as you sit on cushions and dine Bedouin style. Your campsite has complete personal facilities. Tonight you have a specially prepared Berber dinner and overnight under a tent in the desert. (B, Special D)

8 Day 8:

Breakfast. Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Skoura Kasbah and Ouarzazate (310km, 6 hrs.) Start your day with a picturesque drive along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs.  Pass by palm grove oases and Kasbah dwellings; through Dades Valley; along the Gorges of Todra where you will marvel at the cliffs of these gorges high above where you stand; through the Skoura Kasbah area. You continue on to Ouarzazate, a film industry center where many American and European films have been made. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate (B, D)

9 Day 9:

Breakfast. Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakech (235km, 4 ½ hrs) Mornings visit to the impressive Ait Ben Haddou, an 11th century structure declared by UNESCO as an historical treasure, a photographer’s wonderland. We continue up the High Atlas Mountains at Tiz N'Tichka Pass, then through the fertile Haouz Plain to the "pink city" of Marrakech.  You check into your hotel for 3 nights in this fascinating and intriguing Moroccan city. This is one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities that will leave you with the fondest memories imaginable. The next 3 nights on Marrakech. (B, D)

10 Day 10:

Breakfast. Marrakech. Today you have a full day guided tour of this famous city: tour the Menara Gardens, its Saadian Pavilion and olive groves. We visit the "old medina" and its wondrous old world exotic charm with your guide taking you on a fascinating wander through its labyrinths; with a stop at the foot of the famous Katoubia Minaret. Continuing on you visit the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish style garden. Lunch included at a nice local restaurant. After lunch, walk discovery of the most colourful souks of the medina and finally stroll the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, an ancient meeting place of North African tradesmen, entertainers, musicians, snake charmers and storytellers. Your guide will show you so many fascinating sites in this famous Imperial city (B, lunch). Guide: Marrakech full day

11 Day 11:

Breakfast. Marrakech You have the entire day at leisure: perhaps wander and shop the souks again, have your driver take you for a short 1 hour drive into the High Atlas to beautiful Ourika Valley or maybe just choose to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Tonight you have a real treat of a Fantasia Dinner Show, a grand folklore show featuring tribesmen and women from different parts of the country. You will enjoy a Moroccan dinner with local salads, cous cous, lamb and other specialties. Overnight at hotel (B, Fantasia dinner and show).

12 Day 12:

Breakfast Essaouira this morning our guide will meet you for a guided tour of this famous fishing village and its medina renowned for generations for its production of “Murex” a small shellfish used to make the purple dye for Roman togas, Essaouira is now a very active fishing harbour still showing traces of having been occupied by the Portuguese in the XVIth century. Later on Sultan Mohamed Ben Abdellah used it as a base for its corsairs! Today, protected from the sea and the wind behind its commanding fortified walls, Essaouira shelters a flourishing craftsmanship in marquetry, working citron-and-lime wood with ebony, mother of pearl and silver thread to make tables, chess-boards, caskets and bracelets. After the visit, a seafood lunch may be taken in a on the harbour area. The remainder of the day at leisure Dinner on your own (B) Guide: ½ day

13 Day 13:

Essaouira, full day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B)

14 Day 14:

Essaouira/Casablanca (350km, 7 hrs) you depart this morning for Casablanca stopping along the way to visit the typical coastal town of El Jadida. Arrive in Casa for dinner at the Rick`s Café restaurant. (B, D)

15 Day 15:

Breakfast. Transfer and assistance with departure formalities at the Casablanca Airport for your return flight with the fondest of memories.

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