Best of Morocco (Summer 2015)

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Tour Cat.: Regional Tour

Duration: 10  days


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Tour Code: E938HM10

Cat. Name: TourStyles

Tour Cat.: Regional Tour

Duration: 10  days

Description:

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 rubbing shoulders with hooded Berbers or festooned water-sellers. Tour Pace - Comfortable

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.(Welcome Reception and Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Farah, Casablanca


Drive to the Imperial Cities of Meknes and 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!(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2
Accommodation: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes


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. Fes is often regarded as the pottery capital of Morocco, watch the artisans at work, each creating their own unique designs before moving on to witness the age-old technique of bread making.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3
Accommodation: Palais Medina & Spa, Fes


Journey 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4
Accommodation: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud


Travel to Todra Gorge and on to 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5
Accommodation: La Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate


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.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6
Accommodation: Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh


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 ambiance arabesque of twirling belly dancers with plates of lighted candles on their heads?(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7
Accommodation: Atlas Medina and Spa, Marrakesh


Drive to Elegant Essaouira

Say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and venture to the laid back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach. This evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8
Accommodation: Atlas Essaouira & Spa


Return 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Farah, Casablanca


Au revoir Casablanca

Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca Airport at 07:00, 10:00 & 12:00.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10


Country Locations

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ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country, on your sightseeing tour.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Meknes: Admire the Bab el-Mansour Gate in the heart of the medina.
  • Fes: See one of the world's oldest universities.
  • Erfoud: Stay on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Todra Gorge: Experience ‘the Grand Canyon of the Sahara'.
  • Dades Valley: See the castellated mud houses and oases.
  • Ait Benhaddou: View the Kasbah.
  • Marrakesh: Watch the performers. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Minaret.
  • Scenic Drives: Ziz Gorges. View the spectacular scenery of the High and Middle Atlas Mountains. Tizi n' Tichka Pass.

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • Fes: The Palais Medina and Spa Fés is a perfect alliance between tradition and modern luxury. The hotel offers exquisite rooms and is set in a 5-hectare Andalusian garden.
  • Ouarzazate: La Berbere Palace offers sumptuous accomodation at the gates of the desert.
  • Marrakesh: The luxurious Atlas Medina & Spa is set amidst lush, picturesque gardens in central Marrakesh, the perfect location for exploring this fascinating city.

SIGNATURE DINING

  • Casablanca: You must remember this... a fabulous 4-course Celebration Dinner with drinks at Rick's Cafe, made famous by the 1942 film.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 2 Lunches (L), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

SIGNATURE EVENINGS

  • Fes: Join in the fun at a colourful Moroccan feast, complete with rhythmic music, writhing belly-dancers and an array of local dishes and delicacies.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Rabat: Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art and one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims.
  • Fes: Explore this city's major sights, finishing with time spent in the bazaar watching artisans at work.
  • Fes: Witness the expert techniques of pottery and bread making.
  • Dades Valley: Stop for a mint tea in the ‘tented home' of a local Berber family for a personal insight into this ceremony and their everyday life.
  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner garden, the Bahia Palace offers glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence as well as eye-catching craftsmanship.

INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
  • An expert Insight Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Insight motor coach - Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • Personal radio headsets - gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere - with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Complimentary WiFi - the majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas. You will also find that WiFi is generally available on most touring coaches.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • London Airport transfer service available

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