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THE MAGIC OF MOROCCO TOUR
(11 Days, 9 Nights)
09/22-10/2, 2017
day by day ITINERARY

 

Day 01  

Departure from Houston International Airport on Air Canada

Meeting at Houston International Airport (exact spot and time to be specified at a later time) to board our flight heading to Casablanca……let the fun begin.....

 Fly to Casablanca overnight

 

Day 02


Casablanca

Welcome to Mohamed V airport of Casablanca.

Meeting with your Tour guide. Assistance to the formalities and transfer to the hotel for check in......rest for a bit then on to the city centre for sightseeing. Depending of the arrival time.

Casablanca, economical capital of Morocco, your guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca includes Mohamed V place , the united nations square , the new medina and the Mahkama (Moroccan law courts) in Hispano- Mauresque architecture , Notre Dame de Lourdes church in stained glass , the Anfa residential suburb site of the war time conference between Roosevelt / Churchill and Mohamed V , Ain Diab Casablanca's playground with its cafés , restaurants and pools , the newly built Hassan II Mosque , the second largest mosque in the world.

overnight at your hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                            

Day 03      

Casablanca / Rabat / Meknes / Fes

After breakfast, departure to Rabat. The visit of Rabat, the political and Administrative capital of Morocco and the fourth of the Imperial cities, will include the King Palace enclosure, Mohamed V Mausoleum, The unfinished Hassan Tower and mosque, the picturesque Kasbah (forth) of the Oudayas (at the estuary facing the Barbary coast Corsair port of Sallee).

Leave Rabat and take the road to Meknes, driving through forests of cork trees. You soon arrive

to Meknes, third of the Imperial cities, built by the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismael.  

Contemporary of Louis XIV of France. visit the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, the palace-tomb of Moulay Ismael . Continuation of the visit and road to Fes, check in, dinner and overnight at your Riad.
 

Day 04       
 

Fes

Full day sightseeing city tour of Fes, the oldest of the four Imperial Cities, founded approx. 809

A.D. spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam in the west, your visit will include: the 15th century Borj Nord (north forth) arm museum, the great gateway of the Royal Palace, the 9th century Karaouiyine Mosque and University; with its Medersas (colleges) of Bou Inania and Attarine dating from the 14th century, the shrine of Moulay Idriss II, founder of Fes, the Nejarine fountain.

Afternoon continuation of the visit of the spice market, the souks and the Medina.

Diner and overnight at your Riad.
 

Day 05         

 

Fes / Erfoud  

Breakfast and departure to Erfoud via the hill station of Ifrane in the lake
            district, through

the town of Azrou with its old Kasbah (forth) and handicraft center then continuation via midelt.

Continuation to Erfoud, the former capital of Tafilalet, this was for eleven centuries the final stop on the great caravan routes south and point of birth of Alaouite dynasty.

Check-in, dinner and overnight at your hotel …
 

Day 06        


 

 Erfoud / Merzouga

After breakfast at the hotel, morning will be devoted to explore Erfoud and it area …

Lunch at your hotel.

Afternoon, you change your Car by a 4X4 vehicle to attend Merzouga for a night under tents if weather conditions allow it. A wonderful experience of seeing sunset over the seas of sands.

01 hour Camel ride before to assist to sunset over dunes. Return to the camp  

Installation under tents for dinner and overnight.

Day 07          

 

Marzouga / Erfoud / Quarzazate

Wake up early in the morning, to contemplate the sunrise.

Return to the bivouac for breakfast. Departure to Ouarzazate via Tineghir and Tinejdad.

Tineghir with its huge kasbah belonging to the ex-Glaoui , former Pasha of Marrakech , side excursion to the imposing Todra Gorges and Todra canyon (two sheer cliffs 300 meters high separated by a narrow corridor only 20 meters wide).

Continuation along the famous "Route of 1000 Kasbahs" to Ouarzazate…

Check in, and overnight at your Hotel
 

Day 08         

 

Ouarzazate / Marrakech

After breakfast, departure to visit Ouarzazate, the administrative center of the pre-Saharian region you will start by Taourirt kasbah is a series of towers rising out of a mass of closely packed houses, thrusting their turrets into the blue of the sky,Continuation to Ait Benhaddou, situated at 30 km from Ouarzazate, is a fabulous sand castle standing in the middle of a field of flowering almond trees. It has often been used a setting for films including Lawrence of Arabia and is so exceptional that UNESCO has given it World Heritage status.

After lunch, departure to Marrakech.

Check-in and Overnight at Riad

Day 09         

 

Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel. Beginning of the visit of Marrakech '' the pearl of the south''.

Second of the four Imperial cities, rose-red-oasis at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, founded in 1062. Your historical visit will includes : the stately 12th century Koutoubia minaret, built by same architect as the Giralda in Seville and Tour Hassan in Rabat, the secret 16th century tombs of the Saadian Dynasty, the Menara Gardens. Lunch at your Riad...

Afternoon, continuation of the visit: the medina, the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square with its permanent entertainment, narrators, charmers of snakes…

Overnight at your Riad.

 

Day 10         

 

Marrakech / Ourika Valley

Breakfast at your hotel.

Leave Marrakech and start your excursion to Ourika Valley!

This three quarter day excursion begins with a very picturesque drive from Marrakech through the gorge of Oued Ourika, allowing for stops to see the local pottery and high quality good for sale at the Berber Museum (which is a shop more than a museum) and the waterfall in Siti Fatma (when accessible and for those who enjoy walking approximately 45 minutes each direction).

After visit you will return back to Marrakech

Overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 11          

 

Head back to Houston Internatonal Airport (starting either from Marrakech or Casablanca)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca airport in time for you flight home, taking with you some certainly incredible memories of our land so full of remarkable contrasts and very friendly people. Assistance to flight formalities.  

End of our services.....

‘Bon Voyage’…..back to the US and ‘Au Revoir’ to Morocco……

 

       

 

Please note:

optional excursions/activities will be available on a 'pay for your own' basis.  transportation for those will be provided when possible.

minor changes to itinerary maybe necessary; you will be notified of such changes before departure.

More information about our Hotels/Riads (ALL 5 STARS)
Casablanca 01 BB, Hyatt Regency Casablanca
www.regency.hyatt.com

Fes 02 HB, Palais Amani Riad
www.palaisamani.com

Erfoud 01 HB, Kasbah Chergui Hotel
www.chergui.com

Merzouga 01HB, Bivouac Chergui Sahara
www.bivouac.chergui.com

Ouarzazate 01 BB, Berber Palace Hotel
www.hotel-berberepalace.com

Marrakech 03 BB, Demeurs D’Orient Riad
www.demeuresdorient.com


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