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August 1, 2008

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MOROCCAN MAGIC
12 Days / 11 Nights

CASABLANCA • RABAT • MEKNES • FES • MARRAKECH • ZAGORA • ERFOUD OUARZAZATE

Combine the fascinating history, art and architecture of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech, the fabled Imperial cities with the allure and pristine beauty of Sahara Desert towns and villages on this panoramic journey through Morocco. Your days are spend hunting for wonderful mementos in bargain-filled souks to exploring ancient Kasbahs, from watching the sun rise over the dunes and then setting against dramatic backdrop of the might Atlas Mountains where the Berber tribes are kings of the desert. This is Morocco at its very best.

DAY 1 Arrive Casablanca
Arrive in the coastal city of Casablanca where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Once you have checked in and freshened up after your flight, enjoy an afternoon tour of this principal city of Morocco. Its importance and wealth are best seen as you drive through the United Nations Square and past the outside of Hassan ll Mosque with its 600ft high minaret, the tallest in the world. Also visit the Central Market, the more modern Habous Quarters and then the beautiful Ain Diab Corniche whose beaches and beach clubs overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The evening is at leisure with dinner at the hotel.

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DAY 2 Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fes
Set off after breakfast for Fes stopping in Rabat and Meknes en route. Rabat, the country’s capital has impressive buildings such as the Hassan Tower, the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the atmospheric Casbah of Oudayas. Next visit Meknes, a walled city renowned for its Moorish architecture, particularly the gate of Bab El Mansour, the palace complex of Dar El Beida and the Moulay Ismail Stables. Arrive in the early evening in Fes where you will spend the next 2 nights.

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DAY 3 Fes
The day is devoted to touring this fascinating and ancient city. Within its walls and beyond the great entrance gate of Bab Boujloud awaits tiny alleyways in the souks (markets), mosques, fountains, historic study halls and palaces. Visit a leather tannery as well as a carpet co-operative and much more.

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DAY 4 Fes – Marrakech
Today’s journey takes you south through the wonderful Moroccan countryside with the ever-present Atlas Mountains as part of the scenery. En route stop at Beni Mellal where you can have lunch and visit a 17th Century market. Continue on to Marrakech where you will spend the next 3 nights.

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DAY 5 Marrakech
Spend the day touring beautiful Marrakech surrounded by its soft pink sand-stone walls and with the High Atlas Mountains making a dramatic backdrop. Visit the exquisite Majorelle Garden full of rare plants. Next see the towering Koutoubia Minaret followed by a tour of the mausoleums for Morocco’s sultans, the Saadien Tombs. Visit the Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said Museum Palace full of Berber artificts. After a stop for lunch, spend the afternoon walking around Djemaa El Fna. This massive square is the heart and soul of Marrakech.

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DAY 6 Excursions to Asini and Ouirgane
Spend the day relaxing in Marrakech or exploring on your own. There is an optional half-day excursion to the villages of Asini and Ouirgane. Nestled in the foothills, below the highest peaks in the Atlas Mountains, these villages are home to Berber tribes and offer some interesting shopping opportunities.

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DAY 7 Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Zagora
Travel today through spectacular mountain scenery as you cross the High Atlas and descent into the lush valleys of date palms, figs, and olive trees. Stopping at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou where many films such as Lawrence of Arabia have been set, walk through this fortified village before continuing on to Zagora. Overnight in this oasis-like town located in the beautiful Draa Valley.

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DAY 8 Zagora – Erfoud
Today’s journey takes you along the Western edge of the Sahara Desert en route to Erfoud with a stop in Tazzarine, a small oasis town. Late in the afternoon visit Rissani where the dune comes right to the edge of the town. Overnight in Erfoud.

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DAY 9 Erfoud – Ouarzazate
Get up before it gets light this morning to see one of the most spectacular dawns at Merzouga where the sun rises up over the massive Saharan sand dunes. After breakfast back in Erfoud, set off for Ouarzazate, travelling through Thinghir where you will drive up into the stunning Toddrah Gorge. Then continue on to Ouarzazate where you will have a 2-night stay.

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DAY 10 Ouarzazate – Marrakech
This morning there will be a visit to the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate before travelling back over the mountains to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech for a 2-night stay.

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DAY 11 Marrakech
A full day is at leisure to relax or do some last minute souvenir shopping in Marrakech.

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DAY 12 Marrakech
After and early breakfast and checkout of your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES: Join on Sundays in Casablanca(minimum 2 passengers).

Jan 6,20
Feb 3, 17
Mar 2, 16, 30
Apr 6, 20, 27
May 11, 25
Jun 8, 22
Jul 6, 20
Aug 3, 17, 31
Sep 14, 28
Oct 12, 26

ACCOMMODATIONS:

CITY Moderate First Class
Casablanca Ajiad Hotel Palace D’Anfa Hotel
Fes Wassim Hotel Merinides Hotel
Marrakech Farah Hotel Kenzi Farah Hotel
Zagora Reda Hotel Reda Hotel
Erfoud Palm’s Hotel Palm’s Hotel
Ouarzazate Belere Hotel Berbere Palace Hotel

Included features:

  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport
  • Private transfers airport/hotel in Morocco
  • 11 nights accommodation as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities, based on double occupancy
  • Meals as described by:
    B (Buffet Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • Transportation by chauffeur driven air-conditioned minivan or bus
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide for all services
  • 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 Airfare, 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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