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August 1, 2008

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MARRAKECH GETAWAY
4 Days / 3 Nights

Spend four magical days enjoying the culture and history of this visually stunning city with its pink, sandstone walls and with the snow-tipped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains creating a dramatic setting. Enjoy a half-day tour that presents the city in all its glory from its lavish palaces to its treasure-filled markets. There are also several optional excursions including a full day, in-depth tour of Marrakech the city, a trip through the Atlas Mountains to Berber villages or a tour to the Ourika Valley.

DAY 1 Arrive Marrakech
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in for a 3-night stay. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at your selected hotel

DAY 2 Marrakech
After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 9.00am on a guided half-day city tour. Steeped in history, Marrakech with its rose-coloured ramparts and thousand year old palm groves casts a magic spell. This is very much an Imperial city where even today Berbers and Arabs mingle with nomads and mountain tribes. Your tour will include a visit to the beautiful Menara Gardens, the Old Medina, and a close view of the famous Koutoubia Minaret; the Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style Gardens dates from the reign of Moulay al-Hassan, when it was built as the residence of the grand vizier, Sidi Ahmed Ben Moussa, and the nearby Palais Dar Si Said which is the Museum of Moroccan Arts and finally the Saadien Tombs. Return to your hotel by 12 Noon with the balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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DAY 3 Marrakech
The day is at leisure to relax or explore this fascinating city on your own, or you may choose one of the following optional excursions (at additional cost).

  1. Ourika Valley Excursion – Depart from your hotel at 9.00am and travel south through the fertile plains of Haouz, and along the meandering rivers at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Ourika, a small village famous for its pottery. There will also be a stop at a local market before returning to Marrakech and your hotel by 12 Noon.
  2. Marrakech In Depth – Depart from your hotel at 7.00am on a full day escorted tour. Marrakech is one of Morocco’s most important cultural centres. Founded in 1062 AD by Sultan Youssef bin Tachfine, it was the capital of the Almoravid Empire for over 200 years, and again for a period of time in the 16th Century. Your tour will include a visit to the beautiful Menara Gardens, the Old Medina, and a close view of the famous Koutoubia Minaret. The Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style Gardens dates from the reign of Moulay al-Hassan, when it was built as the residence of the grand vizier, Sidi Ahmed Ben Moussa. The nearby Palais Dar Si Said is the Museum of Moroccan Arts. Adjacent to the Kasbah Mosque are the Saadien Tombs. After lunch (not included) visit the Old City with its wonderful souks (markets). The souks of Marrakech are some of the best in Morocco, producing a wide variety of high-quality crafts. Then continue on to the famous Djemaa El Fna Square when it is at its liveliest in the late afternoon. Rows of open-air food stalls are set up and mouth-watering aromas fill the air. Jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, magicians, acrobats and benign lunatics take over the rest of the space! Return to your hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure.
  3. Asni & Ouirgane Excursion – Depart from your hotel at 9.00am and spend the day travelling through some of Morocco’s most dramatic and scenic countryside. Stop in Asni, a typical Berber village, where bartering is still practised on market day (Tuesday). Continue on, crossing over a mountain pass in the Toubkal Massif. Here the landscape is reminiscent of the stark beauty of the canyons of the American Southwest. Travel through the breathtaking gorge that leads to the mountain village of Imlil. Then arrive at the charming town of Ouirgane before returning to Marrakech and reaching your hotel by 5.00pm. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight at your selected hotel
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DAY 4 Depart Marrakech
A transfer will be provided to take you back to the airport.

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DEPARTURES: Daily, join in Casablanca (minimum 2 passengers).

ACCOMMODATIONS IN MARRAKECH:

MODERATE Farah Hotel
FIRST CLASS Kenz Farah Hotel
DELUXE Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel

Included features:

  • Meet and greet service at Marrakech Menara Hotel Airport
  • Roundtrip private transfers airport/hotel in Marrakech
  • 3 nights accommodation as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities, based on double occupancy
  • Meals as described by:
    CB (Continental Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • Transportation by chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Services and assistance with optional excursions etc. by our local representatives
  • Sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation

Not included:

  • International domestic or regional airfares
  • Airport taxes and security related fees
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel and restaurant staff; room service etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

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