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Trip to Morocco (10 Days)

This ancient kingdom offers unique culture, incredible cuisine and art, and spectacular sites. The sounds, scents and sights in this exotic and romantic destination never cease to provoke wonder. Delight in spas, lounge in exquisite hotels, or stroll though the magnificent cities. Morocco is also an ideal setting for the adventure traveler, many of whom trek through the mountains or desert, hypnotized by the mystical landscapes. 

Casablanca
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You will be greeted and invited to the VIP lounge, while special arrangements are made for you to facilitate and expedite immigration formalities, customs clearance and collection of your luggage. Afterwards your representative will escort you to your vehicle and driver, who will take you to your onwards destination.

Located in the city center, this 24-floor work of art overlooks the medina, the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. The hotel features 141 bright rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, modernity and luxury. The first floor of this building provide charismatic architecture and offer guests amenities that include two restaurants, a bar, the two-floor So Spa with a traditional hammam, indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi and fitness Center.

Casablanca

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Junior Suite - Double
Meal Plan: No Meals Included

Casablanca - Fes
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Today discover the wonders of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. You private guide and driver will pick you up from your requested central destination within the city to take you on a part driven and part walking tour.

Casablanca is the country’s economical and cultural capital, and it represents Morocco today and Morocco on the move. Whilst driving around the city you will notice the variations of Casablanca that are shown in its Moorish, art-deco and modernist gems.

The landmark and the highlight of the city is Hassan II Mosque, this phenomenal building is one of the world’s largest mosques. It was built to commemorate the former king’s (Hassan II) 60th birthday and opened in 1993. Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic Ocean; taking literally the verse from the Quran that states: God's throne was built upon the water. Depending of the time of your trip (before 2pm) you may visit inside, otherwise your guide will just walk you around it.

Mosque

Place Mohammed V is a grand centerpiece of the French revival scheme. The vast square is surrounded by an impressive array of facades and colonial buildings lining many of the neighboring streets.

Mohammed V

Continue your drive to pass the Habous Quartier and Casablanca's humble medina, that gives an idea of how small the city used to be before the French embarked with their immense building agenda.

 

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Ambassador Suite - Double
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Fes
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Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit Fez El Bali, the largest living medieval medina-city and cultural heart of Morocco. The city was founded in the 8th Century AD by Moulay Idriss I and subscribed as a UNESCO patrimonial in 1981.

The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still lays the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world.  In the neighbouring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th Century.

Your morning of sightseeing also includes a visit to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain, Made up of mosaics and elaborate tile-work. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) now converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. This afternoon, your sightseeing begins with a visit to Dar Batha and the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which houses historical and artistic collections of woodcarving, embroidery, tribal carpets and ceramics. 

Nejjarine Square

Continue your visit to Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13th Century. Here you will see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas (schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and hand carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Jewish quarter

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Ambassador Suite - Double
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Rabat- Volubilis&Meknes - Rabat
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Depart overland with your private vehicle and guide to Meknes one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco.  Here the impressive monuments recall the splendor of a city first built in the 17th Century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France. The monumental Bab Mansour gateway is one of the finest of the great gates of Morocco. The Granaries and the Royal Stables - built to accommodate some 12,000 horses - are among Moulay Ismail's many excesses. Moulay Ismail's Mausoleum is one of the few shrines in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims. 

From here it is on to Volubilis the site of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. With its Triumphal Arches Basilicas and Capitols the Volubilis skyline is peppered with examples of Roman architecture. However the greatest treasures of Volubilis are the spectacular ancient mosaic floors that have been excellently preserved. Three outstanding examples include: Orpheus charming animals with his lyre nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a chariot drawn by a seahorse.

Volubilis

Sofitel Rabat Jardins Des Roses
Luxury Room - Double
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Rabat- Marrakech
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Today you head from Rabat to Marrakech. Firstly visit Rabat, you will see the Citadel of Challah, Emerging from the boulevards of the Ville Nouvelle of Rabat, one comes across the ruins of Challah, once the thriving walled Roman port city of Sala Colonia, abandoned in 1154 in favor of Sale across the other side of the river mouth.  

Citadel of Challah

After lunch, visit of La Tour Hassan mosque; the city's most famous site is the massive minaret of Hassan, dating from 1195, which towers over Rabat. Although the huge mosque itself was never entirely completed and was largely destroyed in an earthquake in 1755. And, the Mohammed V mausoleum, it is one of the greatest monuments of modern Morocco, which was inaugurated in 1967. The deceased king lies entombed in white onyx, surrounded by royal guards.

La Tour Hassan mosque

Your city tour of Rabat also includes the visit of Kasbah des Oudayas, A pleasant place to take a stroll, see some sights and admire some interesting scenery. The Kasbah was the Almohad citadel of medieval Rabat, and is guarded by an impressive arched gate built around 1195. Inside the Kasbah is a Palace and Andalusian gardens, as well as a broad terrace, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the river and sea.

Kasbah des Oudayas

Afterwards depart Rabat and drive to Marrakech.

Riad Farnatchi
Suite 2
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Marrakech
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Today, you will discover the Mysteries of Marrakech.  You start your visit with the Ben Youssef Medersa, one of the jewels of Marrakech. The current structure of this Koranic school was built around 1570. It is the biggest medersa (school) in the whole of the Maghreb (west).

Opposite the entrance to the Ben Youssef mosque, the Qoubba Almoravides was the ablution (Christian washing ritual) center for believers going to the mosque. The complex was also one of the first fountains of the town and used to ensure a constant water supply for the inhabitants of Marrakech and their animals.

Prepare yourself for a discovery in labyrinth souks and get ready for shopping!! Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles and clothing and all Moroccan handicrafts. This is a maze of colorful alleys and small squares, home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.

You end up at the Djemâa el Fna square, a multitude of street-artists and stalls of dried fruit or orange juice freshly-pressed before you. The multitude of small restaurants that take over its centre from the early evening, contribute to the scent of its surroundings.  No one really knows how it came into being, but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.

Djemâa el Fna square

After lunch, visit the Koutoubia mosque, an emblem of Marrakech. Koutoubia’s minaret went on to inspire the architects of the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. This square tower in finely worked dressed stone is 77 meters tall, including its lantern. Built in the 12th century, the Koutoubia minaret is the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all of Marrakech.

Koutoubia mosque

The Bahia palace is a small piece of folly ordered in 1880 by the great vizir Sidi Moussa. The beauty of the Bahia palace makes it a remarkable example of the Eastern architecture from the 19th century. It took 15 years to complete. The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture and this gives you a good idea of how the privileged lived during the 19th century in the Imperial city. The use of marble, stucco and mosaics predominates in the apartments, opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.

Bahia palace

Riad Farnatchi
Suite 2
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Essaouira
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Today a three hour drive brings you to Essaouira where you you can enjoy the beautiful coast and the delightful Portuguese influenced town. Renowned during the Roman Empire for the extraction of crimson dye Essaouira was conquered by the Muslims in the 10th century and invaded by the Portuguese in the 16th. It's a magnificent place to visit any time of the year since the city is blessed with an exceptionally temperate climate. You will be charmed by the splendid medina made up of narrow paths, blue doors, and whitewashed houses alternating with artisan's workshops and small shops. From the ancient Portuguese tower (Skala du port) that dominates the entrance of the port one can enjoy an impressive unobstructed view of the city and the îles Purpuraires. Essaouira can be divided into three parts: the medina the mellah and the kasbah all three surrounded and protected by high city walls.

Essaouira

Riad Farnatchi
Suite 2
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Marrakech
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Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride starting at Menara Gardens, where tranquility and comparative coolness makes it one of the most pleasant and romantic places for taking a stroll in Marrakech. Planted with olive-trees, some of which are more than 100 years old, the charm of the Menara garden lies in its central part. Its large central lake was dug in the 12th century at the time of Almohade. On one side, there is a harmonious Saadian style pavilion that was built at the end of the 19th century.

Menara Gardens

Continue to the Majorelle Gardens, Created in the 1920's by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. Built around a small Art Deco workshop and painted a bright blue. Majorelle is a very unique and special blue and is now a trademark name. It also contains a memorial to the Algerian born French designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, also known as Yves Saint Laurent. He often visited the gardens to find influence and refuge, following his requests he was cremated and had his ashes scattered there.

Majorelle Gardens

Riad Farnatchi
Suite 2
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Marrakech- Full Day Atlas Mountains ( 1 hour each way)
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Enjoy a full day excursion to the High Atlas Mountains, North Africa's greatest mountain range. Sightseeing includes visits to the picturesque Berber village of Imlil, located at the foot of some of the highest peaks of the Atlas Mountains. It is a spread of natural unspoilt beauty and purity and offers a haven of peace after the hustle and bustle of the red town. Enjoy a fabulous soft walk through the village. The trek is a gradual climb through a forest of junipers and oaks with a panoramic view of the Mountains villages. The trek continues to a local Berber house where you will join them for tea and homemade treats. Lunch will be at Sir Richard Branson Kasbah Tamadot, enjoying the beautiful setting within the mountains.

Berber village of Imlil

Riad Farnatchi
Suite 2
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Departure Day
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Transfer from your hotel to Marrakech airport, our representative will assist you during the check-in formalities. Clients should be at the airport 2hrs before take-off time.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

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Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Our 5-star hotel in Casablanca looks out over the rooftops of Morocco's business capital. The Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche hotel is located opposite the Hassan II Mosque and close to the medina, making it ideal for business trips or exploring the city. After admiring the gleaming exterior of the hotel step into a world where modern French elegance and exotic Moroccan touches combine in pure harmony. Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet designed the 141 rooms and 30 suites that have butler service and breathtaking views of the city and ocean.

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa is a 5-star hotel in Fez. Located on the doorstep of the Medina, guests can explore this ancient Moroccan city on foot. Each room in Hotel Palais Faraj features elaborately carved wooden pieces and comfortable designer furnishings mingled with vibrant tiling, sculpted ceilings and scatterings of stained glass. Guests can unwind within serene, softly lit interiors or indulge in a deluxe treatment at the hotel spa before taking a dip in the glistening outdoor swimming pool.

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa

Sofitel Rabat Jardins Des Roses 
The 5-star Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses in Rabat is located close to the Royal Palace surrounded by 17.3 acres (7 hectares) of Andalusian gardens with 3000 roses. Lose yourself amongst the roses, eucalyptus and citrus trees, relax by the swimming pool shaded with palm trees, sample a mint tea in La Galerie or savor a cocktail in the Amber Bar. The facilities in the rooms and the Inspired Meetings team at this luxury hotel in Rabat will ensure your receptions run smoothly. A floor with a business center and a buffet is reserved exclusively for Club Millésime. Sample refined Moroccan cuisine at Al Warda, seafood at the Golden Fish or even French dishes on the terrace at El Patio. Rejuvenate yourself in the So SPA's hammam and experience a rose petal manicure.

Sofitel Rabat Jardins Des Roses

Riad Farnatchi
You’d never imagine that the nameless wooden door and barely visible bell next to it make up the entrance to a first-class hotel from Jonathan Wix. Every detail of Riad Farnatchi has been considered with guests' comfort in mind, making it one of Marrakech's most refined takes on the private courtyard-house hotel. The polished-marble hammam, handmade beds, and furniture are the essence of modern style in ancient surroundings.

Riad Farnatchi

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Rates: based on 2 passengers
Total Cost of the holiday Based on January: RMB36,800 per person
Total Cost of the holiday Based on October & May: RMB37,800 per person

Accommodation Summary:

  • Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche in Casablanca, Junior Suite - Double/Twin
  • Palais Faraj Suites & Spa in Fès, Ambassador Suite - Double/Twin
  • Sofitel Rabat Jardins Des Roses in RABAT, Luxury Room - Double
  • Riad Farnatchi in Marrakech, Suite 2 Suite 2

Inclusions:

  • All accommodations, room type and specification as stated in the itinerary
  •  Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All included excursions as specified in the itinerary comprise admission fees, transportation, guiding fees
  • Guides of highest available quality either throughout the program or for the duration specified in the detailed itinerary

 Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Prices do not include the cost of an entry visa to Morocco, it is recommended for those nationalities where a prior entry visa is required to contact the consulate to obtain one
  • Unless otherwise stated in our proposal, beverages during included meals are not included and are to be paid by guest right on the spot
  • We strongly recommend that guests buy a Passengers Travel Protection Program that provides coverage for injury, illness, trip cancellation and loss or damage of luggage and its contents prior to traveling
  • Gratuities for meals, drivers & guides are not included
  • Airport & port taxes (if any) are not included