10 Days | Magical Morocco with Colleen Johnson

Main destination Morocco · About Escorted or Guided Tour

10 Days | Magical Morocco with Colleen Johnson

Main destination Morocco · About Escorted or Guided Tour

Oct 06 to 15, 2019

Sold out! Wait list being taken! Join Colleen on this remarkable 10-day journey through Morocco, considered the 'Jewel of North Africa'. Colourful and lively, this richly diverse country is populated with warm hospitable people with a passionate love of music, art, and sublime food. A long history of social traditions, a reputation for religious and ethnic tolerance and the longest running monarchy in the world all contribute to the fabric of this modern-day magical kingdom. Amongst many other exclusive agenda points, be mesmerized by the sunrise over the dunes, enjoy a camel back ride in the desert, experience the maze-like streets in the Medina of Marrakech, and explore a number of incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your journey through this fascinating land is a feast of sensory and cultural delights. We hope you can join us!

Price per person land only $4,599 based on two sharing and a minimum of 10 passengers. (Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: personal expenses, airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $999. Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $600 non-refundable deposit.

Your package includes:

  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities and classes as mentioned in itinerary
  • Group arrival and departure transfers

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, October 6 - Casablanca-Rabat

Sunday, October 6 - Casablanca-Rabat

On arrival at the Mohammed V airport you will be met by your group representative. Once luggage is loaded into the bus, we shall visit Casablanca city. Our visit includes the Mosque Hassan II: The minaret of the Majestic Hassan II mosque makes it the tallest religious building in the world and a masterpiece of modern Muslim architecture. As well, Anfa and Aid Diab: Anfa, a spectacular area of lavish villas with fabulous gardens, a golf course and tennis courts, is often described as Morocco’s Beverly Hills. The United Nations Square is famous for the neo-Moorish monuments which surround it and the musical fountain which splashes out multi-coloured water to the sounds of Strauss and Andalusia music. En-route to the hotel, visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. It is located next to the Hassan Tower on the Yacoub al-Mansour esplanade. The building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette topped by a typical green tiled roof. Continue to Oudaya Kasbah at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. This Kasbah was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Almohad Caliphate. (D)

Day 2: Monday, October 7 - Rabat-Meknes-Fes

Monday, October 7 - Rabat-Meknes-Fes

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and depart for Fes, stopping en route to visit Meknes and Volubilis. Meknes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Its impressive monuments recall the splendour of a city built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail, to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France. See the monumental Bab Mansour gateway — considered one of the finest great gates of Morocco — as well as the Granaries and the Royal Stables, which were built to accommodate 12,000 horses. Continue to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Arrive in Fes late this afternoon and settle into your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Tuesday, October 8 - Fes

Tuesday, October 8 - Fes

Today you will be transported back centuries while walking through the labyrinth that is the Fez el-Bali. The cultural heart of Morocco, Fes or Fez was originally founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss I. The imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning. Your sightseeing will comprise of: The medina of Fez El Bali, one of the largest living medieval cities in the world and the most interesting in Morocco. Dar Batha Museum: Special arrangements to visit the interior of a spectacular privately-owned 18th century Riad - traditional Islamic courtyard house - once one of the wealthiest mansions in Fes. Visit of Fez Jdid, the newest part of the city and its chic cafe – lined avenues that provide a jarring contrast; the modern flip side to the ancient city. This evening enjoy dinner at a Moroccan family house: it is not only dinner but also a complete immersion into the Moroccan culture and family life. (B,D)

Day 4: Wednesday, October 9 - Fes-Erfoud-Merzouga

Wednesday, October 9 - Fes-Erfoud-Merzouga

Travel to Erfoud via the Mountains of the middle Atlas passing by Ifrane. Continue to Midelt marveling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains via the Ziz Gorges and Errachidia. Arrive Erfoud; one of the largest oases in all of Morocco. This region is famous for its almost one million date palm trees. Colours, landscape, architecture and vegetation change constantly along this journey. The desert appears in the distance when leaving the town of Erfoud. We change vehicles in Erfoud, boarding 4x4 jeeps to explore the expansive sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. On arrival at the camp, you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea. Then, enjoy a sunset camel ride. A hearty Berber dinner will be served under the starry sky. (B,D)

Day 5: Thursday, October 10 - Merzouga-Erfoud

Thursday, October 10 - Merzouga-Erfoud

We rise early and board a 4x4 vehicle to watch the sunrise over the Sahara Desert from the dunes. After breakfast we rejoin your driver and bus then explore the region of Tafilalet: Fossils Erfoud Morocco: offering fossil and mineral products and Morocco marble products. We are located in Erfoud, near famous Erg Chebbi desert. Rissani: where the Oued Ziz quietly ebbs away, but between the 14th and 18th centuries it was the location of the famed desert capital, Sijilmassa, where fortunes in gold and slaves were traded via caravans crossing the sahel. Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum: The importance of the mausoleum is due to its historical value. The Moulay Ali al-Sharif is the founder of the present Alawite dynasty after the fall of the Saadian rule in Morocco. (B,D)

Day 6: Friday, October 11- Erfoud-Tinghir-Dades-Quarzazate

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and you are driven through Tinghir and the scenic Todra Gorges, wonderfully sculpted by Mother Nature. Arrive in Ouarzazate in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. This region is well known in the film industry as it offers varied landscapes and imposing lights with a mixture of colours. (B,D)

Day 7: Saturday, October 12 - Quarzazate-Marrakech

Saturday, October 12 - Quarzazate-Marrakech

Today we visit Ouarzazate before heading to Marrakech. Your visit will include: Kasbah Taourirt: situated at the city's centre, one of the most significant kasbahs of the area and the stronghold of the Glaoui chiefs in the 1930s. It sheltered the members of the dynasty of Glaoui and their many servants. The UNESCO-restored Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou stands out as an exquisite example of how to take care of one's heritage with style. Seeing the kasbah from the other side of the river is a great experience. Through a frame of the palm branches you see the structures of the kasbah slightly bending and stretching to the sky. Visit a local women’s group, which offers education and teaches traditional skills to local people. (B,D)

Day 8: Sunday, October 13 - Marrakech

Sunday, October 13 - Marrakech

Join your guide in touring Marrakech, which feels like no other city. Rich in history and full of contrasts between the Medina and the new city, Marrakech is an ideal location to end your trip. Marrakech has two main divisions, the old walled city called the Medina, and the modern city. The medina includes narrow and maze-like streets, many dating back to the 9th century. Your visit includes: The Koutoubia Mosque: One of the best examples of the Hispano-Moresque art. With its minaret rising 252 feet into the sky, it is certainly one of the most impressive sights in Marrakech. El Bahia Palace: Standing in a 2-acre garden, is a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments opening on to inner courtyards. Time to shop at the Souks: It is a riot of colour, noise and activity, a wealthy storehouse of all the treasures of this vast and varied country. The Djemaa El Fna Square: The name literally translated is the Mosque or Assembly of death. Today it provides constant ever-changing entertainment, which reaches its climax at sunset and continues late into the night. It is a square where the charm of Moroccan folklore is to be seen and experienced: story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, folkloric bands and plenty of food! (B,D)

Day 9: Monday, October 14 - Marrakech

Monday, October 14 - Marrakech

Meet your guide and travel to Lotus Chef Riad where you will enjoy a Moroccan Cooking Workshop. The chef will welcome you and teach you all there is to know about the traditional tools and ingredients used in Moroccan cuisine. After lunch we travel to Les Bains De Marrakech and enjoy a traditional Hammam party for our ladies. The hammam consists on three rooms with different temperatures. Moroccan ladies provide a relaxing peeling (massage + gommage) to all participants and also a demonstration of the bath ceremony. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Jad Mahal. Jad Mahal is a very colourful, festive place that includes a restaurant, a bar and a stage for shows. The decor wavers between India and Morocco. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Tuesday, October 15 - Depart Marrakech

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport to check in for your flight home. (B)

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