Explore the culture of the Berber people and the landscape in which they have lived and defended their freedom, time and time again, over the centuries.
The experience is often described as 'stepping back in time' from the modern world to one where the culture is rich with age old traditions and superstitions.
MAGIC OF MOROCCO!
SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 6, 2014 | 11-Day Journey | US$2,888.00
Day 1. Friday, September 26 (USA/MOROCCO)
Depart USA to Morocco. Meals on board.
[Meals on board]
Day 2. Saturday, September 27 (Casablanca/Rabat)
Early morning arrival in Casablanca ~ the capital and main point of Morocco. We tour Casablanca ~ the largest city of Morocco ~ before heading to Rabat. See one of the city's most important landmark: Hassan II Mosque, built on a rocky outcrop of reclaimed land. This stately mosque, a fine example of pure Moroccan architecture, is the only one in the city that non-Muslims may visit. The Cornicle - a neighborhood on the ocean, who prefers the nightlife. The Royal Palace is in the Habbous Souk district of Casablanca, the medina or 'new city' constructed in 1920. Many important personalities has been hosted in this palace, just like when King Hassan II who hosted Pope John Paul II in 1985 during his first visit to the Islamic country. The Place Mohamed V - has the post office, Palace of Justice, the Prefecture, the French Consulate and the Bank of Morocco all set around a central fountain. Welcome to a Moroccan mint tea before dinner.
Day 3. Sunday, September 28 (Rabat/Fez)
Morning city tour of Rabat - a very pleasant capital, and not as congested as some other Moroccan cities. There is a cosmopolitan feel to the outdoor cafes and well-dressed middle classes that lived and work here. This is also where the government is located, as well as the King of Morocco. It is divided into the Medina (old-walled city) and the Ville Nouvelle (new city, built by the French). Visit (hopefully, attend mass) at Saint Peter's Cathedral. View the Royal Palace and the Ancient Ruins of Chellah, the Oudaya Kasbak, and the Hassan Tower. En route to Fez, we'll stop to visit the ancient ruins of the Roman City of Volubilis - UNESCO world heritage site - to see the preserved original mosaics, Roman road and city layout. As we travel through the Moroccan countryside, pass by the Holy City of Monday Idriss for a photo opportunity. Then on to Fez and enjoy the view of the ancient city of Fez from a hill overlooking the medina on our way to the hotel.
Day 4. Monday, September 29 (Fez)
A full day sightseeing in Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest city in Morocco. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Our tour includes the medieval Medina, the Old City, the Nejjarine (carpenter) Square, a prime epitome of Fassian life and a microcosm. Also known for its beautiful fountain, and is major crossroads within the medina that makes it a great place to meet friends. Later, stop at the esplanade of the Royal Palace to take some pictures in front of its golden gate, the Gate of Bab Boujloud and the Jewish Quarter. This evening, enjoy Moroccan Dinner and Show in Fez Medina.
Day 5. Tuesday, September 30 (Fez/Erfoud/Merzouga)
Early departure for Erfoud ~ an oasis town in the Sahara Desert ~ via the montane cedar woods of the middle Atlas Mountains, passing by Ifranc ~ 'Switzerland of Morocco' ~ for its charming ski resort. Lunch at the El Ayachi Hotel in Medelt; then continue our drive towards Errachidia. Arrive in Erfoud and transfer to a 4X4 vehicle that will take us pass the dunes I'Erg Chebbi to Merzouga.
Day 6. Wednesday, October 1 (Merzouga)
A small village, surrounded by the beauty of the desert. A perfect place of giving tourist a taste of desert life. Admire the beautiful sunset and enjoy a savoury dinner and show by the Blue Men of Morocco
Day 7. Thursday, October 2 (Merzouga/Erfoud/Tinghir/Ourzazate)
Amazing day to see the sunrise over the desert. Depart for Efroud. Pass through Rissani, the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty whose ancestors are the current Moroccan Royal Family. Continue our journey to Tinghir via the Tinjdad road. Stop to visit the magnificent Todgha canyons, which rise to a towering 800 feet. Brief stop in the Dades Canyons, continue to Ouarzazate via the 'Road of the thousand Kasbaks' ~ Dades Valley ` famous for its roses.
Day 8. Friday, October 3 (Ourzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakesh)
Hollywood experience, Yes, right in Morocco! Begin the day with a visit to the Atlas Film Studios ~ famous for its use as a set in many films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kundun and Alexander among many others. See The Kasbah of Tifoultoutes - a beautiful structure built 250 years ago; Kasbah of Taourirt ~ consists of maze of luxury apartments, simple clay houses and ganulated towers which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs and the famous Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue our drive to Marrakesh via the highest road point in Morocco, the Tichka Pass, offering an impressive landscape in the heart of the Atlas Mountain chain.
Day 9. Saturday, October 4 (Marrakesh)
A day of exploring exotic Marrakesh. Sightseeing features Djemaa El fna ~ Marrakesh's main square. This amazing market seems straight our of Hollywood with peddlers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, magicians, snake charmers, and storytellers galore. Then, on to Koutoubia Minaret ~ considered a jewel of Islamic architecture, the minaret rises 230 feet and is visible from 18 miles; The Bahia Palace ~ both a palace and a set of gardens situated in the medina; and the ornately decorated Saadian Dynasty Tombs ~ dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Later, enjoy our Marrakesh-by-night tour that starts with a horse drawn carriage ride to the medina (old town) where we'll enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner in a splendid old palace with entertainment and belly dancing.
Day 10. Sunday, October 5 (Marrakesh)
Start the day with a visit (hopefully attend mass) to the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Martyrs. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax and/or explore Marrakesh more!
Day 11. Monday, October 6 (Marrakesh/Casablanca)
Early drive to Casablanca in time for our flight back home.