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December 3, 2010

Tourism is top priority for Morocco says King Mohammed VI

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has reaffirmed his strong commitment to tourism as one of Morocco’s top national priorities. In a meeting attended by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, on the occasion of the 10th Tourism Convention Day, the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism set the stage for the official launch of Morocco’s ‘Tourism Development Strategy Vision 2020’ (Marrakesh, Morocco, 30 November).

In 2001, King Mohammed VI announced a new national tourism strategy for Morocco, ‘Vision 2010’, a long-term programme to trigger the sustainable and accelerated development of tourism. Since then, thanks to a range of strong tourism policies and actions including a well-structured product development strategy, the liberalization of air transport and increased promotional efforts, international tourism to Morocco has increased significantly.

International tourist arrivals grew almost two-fold in less than a decade and are expected to reach 9.3 million in 2010, while earnings from international tourism, a key export in the country, tripled in the same period. Moreover, in 2009, a challenging year for the tourism sector worldwide given the adverse global economic conditions, Morocco, as one of North Africa’s leading tourism destinations, was among the world’s top performers with arrivals up by 6%.

JESS Kalinowsky has been to Morocco, from top to bottom and back again!

Come experience the FOOD! and the Culture of this wonderful North Africa nation!

JESS Kalinowsky says  ” You cannot buy experience but you can buy from the people that have experience ”

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August 1, 2008

Morocco Imperial Cities Tour with FriendsTravel.com

IMPERIAL CITIES
7 Days / 6 Nights

CASABLANCA • RABAT • MEKNES • FES • MARRAKECH

Known as the Imperial Cities, Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech are as exotic as they sound. Each has its own character and flavor and is full of fascinating history not to mention wonderful markets. Beautiful tiled-gateways lead into walled cities that have been in existence from the great period of Moorish dominance in North Africa, and their legacy is still accessible to visitors today.

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 Quarter 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.

Overnight at your selected 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.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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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.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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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.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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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.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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DAY 6 Marrakech
Today is a full day at leisure to relax, explore more of the city on your own or do some shopping in Marrakech’s many markets.

Overnight at your selected hotel
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DAY 7 Marrakech
Early breakfast and checkout of your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight.

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DEPARTURE DATES: (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

Included features:

  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport
  • Private transfers airport/hotel in Morocco
  • 6 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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The Deep South of Morocco with FriendsTravel.com

THE DEEP SOUTH
5 Days / 4 Nights

This tour can be easily combined with our IMPERIAL CITIES tour program

MARRAKECH • TINGHIR • MERZOUGA • OUARZAZATE • MARRAKECH

No visit to Morocco is complete without experiencing the desert and the life of its people, the Berbers. This 4-night extension takes you through fascinating desert towns and villages, into geologically fascinating gorges and then out into the desert to camp with the Berber guides and experience ‘meharee’, a trek into the desert on camels.

DAY 1 Tinghir
Depart from Marrakech this morning, and travel to Tinghir via Ouarzazate & the spectacular Tizi n’ Tichka Pass over the Atlas Mountains with its sweeping panoramas. Drive through fertile valleys filled with olive groves and date palms with occasional stops in small villages along the way. Overnight in Tinghir, staying in unique ‘cave rooms’. Dinner in at the hotel and the evening is at leisure.

Overnight at Tinghir
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DAY 2 Merzouga
Start the day with a drive through the stunning Todrah Gorges en route to Erfoud. On arrival in this desert town, you will be driven by Land Rover to the camp site at Merzouga where you will spend the night. The sunset over the Saharan sand dunes will be a memorable moment.

Tented camp
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DAY 3 Merzouga
Enjoy a Berber breakfast as you watch a spectacular sunrise. Then climb aboard your camel and set off for a full-day meharee or trek into the Sahara with Berber guides. A light lunch will be served. Return to Merzouga for another night under canvas.

Tented camp
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DAY 4 Ouarzazate
After another Berber breakfast out of doors, return by Land Rover to Erfoud. Re-board your mini van and drive through the Dades Gorges, stopping to admire its red, volcanic rock formation. Arrive in Ouarzazate and overnight at the Belere Hotel with dinner.

Belere Hotel
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DAY 5 Marrakech
Spend the morning exploring this former Foreign Legion garrison town with its particularly picturesque Glaoui Kasbah. Then set off this afternoon with a stop at Ait Benhaddou, site of the film set for Lawrence of Arabia. The tour ends on arrival in Marrakech.

Tented camp
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PLEASE NOTE: Should you wish to combine this program with our IMPERIAL CITIES the this extension will starts on day 07 of the IMPERIAL CITIES tour. It will allow us to use the night in Marrakech on the return from the extension. In the event that this program is used by itself, please foresee an extra night in Marrakech on day 05.

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

Included features:

  • Meet and greet service and pick-up at your hotel in Marrakech
  • 4 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
  • Transportation by Land Rover from Erfoud to Merzouga and return
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation
  • Drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech on last day

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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