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Experience all that Morocco has to offer - from the famed Sahara Desert to the coast, the mountain ranges and imperial cities.
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11 nights accommodation, meals as specified, transportation by private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, local English speaking guide and sightseeing as specified with entrance fees
Daily, Nov 16 - Feb 17 & Jun - Sep 17.
Culture & Heritage
Experience and appreciate the evocative culture, medieval cities and the varied landscapes of exotic Morocco – from the desert to the coast and mountain ranges. Visit bustling medinas and souks, Roman and Imperial cities, mudbrick villages, the edge of the Sahara and enjoy a dinner at a Moroccan palace. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this amazing country.
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Morocco's sights, sounds, colours and smells are a feast for the senses and you can soak it in during this trip.
Drive through the oceans of sand that make up the Sahara Desert - you can even choose to stay overnight in a tent.
Explore ancient fortified towns, imperial cities, preserved Roman ruins, Berber villages and pulsating cities.
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Arrive in Casablanca. You will be met by your guide and transferred to Rabat. This afternoon visit Rabat’s cultural highlights including the 12th century Hassan and Mohamed V mausoleum. Visit the Oudaya Kasbah with its beautiful Andalucian gardens and the Archaeological Museum with its fine collection of Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman relics.
After breakfast depart for Meknes, “the Moroccan Versailles”, which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail. Your visit to this imperial city includes the Bab Mansour gateway, the Granaries and the Royal Stables. Continue to Volubilis, site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco with its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitols which are typical of Roman buildings. Travel to Fez. (B)
A full day of sightseeing in the medieval city of Fez, the oldest cultural and spiritual city of Morocco, with its fascinating souks and artisan quarters. Visit the medieval medina, the Karaouine University, the Attarine Medersa (Koranic College) and the Nejjarine Fountain. Throughout the day you will visit several craft co-operatives, where you can see demonstrations of various Moroccan arts and crafts by local artisans. In the afternoon visit Dar Batha, the museum of Moroccan Arts which houses collections of wood carvings, embroidery, tribal carpets and ceramics. Continue to Fez El Jedid, the new city built in the 13th century where you will find the Mellah (old Jewish quarter) with its splendid architecture including wrought iron windows and wooden carved balconies. (B)
Depart early via the Alpine village of Ifrane to Midelt, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Continue through the palm filled Ziz Valley passing a series of fortified villages before arriving in Erfoud. (B)
Explore the ancient fortified town of Rissani and the ruins of Sijilmassa which was the famous capital of the old caravan routes in the 8th century. This area is known for its marble, encrusted with aquatic fossils, which is then cut and polished in local workshops. In the afternoon you will be taken by 4x4 to the Merzouga sand dunes at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Watch the colourful sunset over the dunes. (B)
This morning drive through the desert to the imposing Todra Gorge where its walls rise to 1,200 feet in places. In the afternoon continue through the High Atlas Mountains following the Dades Valley to Ouarzazate. Stop en-route at the oasis of Kelaa Mgouna which is famous for its Persian roses and local perfume production. This area, known as the “Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs” is home to some of Morocco’s finest fortresses. (B)
Visit Ouarzazate with the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. There is time for a walk through the fortified village before crossing the Atlas Mountains, climbing the Tizi N’Tichka Pass. (B)
A full day of sightseeing in Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city known as the “Pearl of the South”, visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace. In the afternoon, visit the souks with their maze of colourful alleys and small squares. As evening approaches head to the famous Djemaa el Fna Square with its fire-eaters, fortune tellers, street musicians and snake charmers. (B)(D)
This morning visit the beautiful gardens dotted around the city. (B)
Depart for Essaouira, a city which is a typical Portuguese harbour with fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese art. (B)
Depart for Casablanca with a stop at El Oualidia. Continue along the Atlantic coast before arriving in Casablanca, the commercial centre of Morocco. In the afternoon enjoy a panoramic trip of the city including the Habous Quarter (new medina) and the great Hassan II Mosque (external view only). Visit the resort area of Ain Diab and the Anfa residential district where Roosevelt and Churchill met during WWII. (B)
Transfer to the airport. (B)
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