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Best of Morocco 8 nights

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Best of Morocco  8 nights

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Vacation type: Sun EASTtours Tour

Brochure   : Winter & Summer 2014/15

 

Morocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their mark too, making for a unique travel experience where it’s not unusual to see glamorous French models or Italian fashionistas rubbing shoulders with hooded Berbers or festooned water-seller.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary to find out more.

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Day 1 Welcome to Casablanca

On arrival at Casablanca Airport, your transfers leave for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah, Casablanca

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Day 2 The Imperial Cities of Meknes & Fes

A tour of the sights of Casablanca shows you the huge Hassan II Mosque, largest in the country. To the west, stretches the très chic coastal strip known as the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafés. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims; the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V – both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Move on to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century, its surroundings remain unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim. Continue to Fes, where you’re treated to a superb Moroccan feast and traditional folklore show. In an ancient palace at the entrance to the medina, a colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine are laid before your eyes, amidst a carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music. A truly unforgettable experience!

Hotel: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes.

Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 3 Fes Sightseeing

The next day is packed with fantastic sights, sounds and aromas as you tour this well preserved university city, which had its golden age in the fourteenth century. Travel up to the Royal Palace for panoramic views over the old town (medina), see one of the oldest universities in the world and walk through the labyrinthine streets, taking time to haggle in the Bazaar. Oriental rugs are an attraction for bargain hunters, so learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, see artisans at work and gain an insight into the motifs and kaleidoscopic colours used in the designs. The tanneries of Fes have been turning out high quality leather for centuries. Indeed, the pungent smell from the balcony overlooking the vivid palette of stoney vats and dyes, suggests a scene unchanged since medieval times.

Hotel: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Through the Ziz Gorges to Erfoud

Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After included lunch at Midelt, continue up through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings contrast against the surrounding desert. This evening, there is the option to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a 4-wheel drive excursion.

Hotel: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud

Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 The Atlas Mountains, Oases & Ouarzazate

Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir before taking a detour to explore the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades, encounter the dry rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and with castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. En-route, lunch is included. Stop for Berber tea at the house of a respected local religious leader (Imam) for a personal insight into his daily life and beliefs. Your ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’ concludes at Ouarzazate, film capital of Morocco, with everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars being filmed here.

Hotel: La Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate

Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 On the Road to Marrakesh

Get your cameras ready as you stop at the village of Aït Benhaddou, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Continue via the spectacular Tizi n’ Tichka Pass before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre coloured city of Marrakesh.

Hotel: Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Marrakesh, Pearl of the South

The next day’s sightseeing starts in the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square. After some time to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats, explore the Medina, seeing the Koutoubia Mosque, whose minaret dominates the Marrakesh skyline. Then visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Then enjoy free time to visit a museum or haggle in the souks. This evening, perhaps take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on the main square for a slew of classic Moroccan dishes and an arabesque of twirling belly dancers with plates of lighted candles on their heads?

Hotel: Atlas Medina and Spa, Marrakesh

Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Play It Again Sam in Casablanca

Heading towards the Atlantic coast, say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and drive back to Casablanca. Now you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to, offering a unique insight into modern Morocco. Tonight, ‘of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world’, there really is only one place to be. Please join your Tour Director at Rick’s Café, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner including drinks and, no doubt, a rendition of “As Time Goes By”. Here’s looking at you kid.

Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah, Casablanca

Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Day 9 Au revoir Casablanca

Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca Airport at 07:00, 10:00 & 12:00.

Buffet Breakfast

 

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