HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO

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8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

1 Night Casablanca
2 Nights Fès
3 Nights Marrakech
1 Night Agafay Desert

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the tallest minaret in the world at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Discover Fez the best-preserved medieval city in the Arab world
  • Enjoy a unique glimpse into the timeless charm of the city of Meknes
  • Explore Rabat the Imperial City and the capital of Morocco
  • Discover the biggest open air restaurant in the World Djemaa Elfna Square
  • Visit to the iconic Majorelle Gardens
  • Explore the Atlas Mountains
  • Spend a night in a luxury tent enjoying the majestic beauty of the Afagay Desert

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All accommodations, room type & specification as described below
  • Meals :  Breakfast is daily included in all hotels; Lunch at le Vigneron in Benslimane & at les Terres d’Amanar (set menu including soft beverage) & prepared meals with Chef Tarik; Dinner: Luxury Camp - Agafay Desert 
  • Caleche Ride from the hotel to Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech
  • Camel ride in Agafay desertAll transport services using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Sprinter Mercedes vehicle and includes mineral water
  • 4x4WD for the Agafay desert experience
  • All included excursions as specified in the itinerary comprise admission fees
  • The best available English speaking guide throughout available  
  •  Pre-departure documents pre-travel & Welcome pack upon arrival in Casablanca
  • 24 hours / 7 days Emergency phone number

Note: Your itinerary includes the visit of some sights and monuments, those we listed are the main city or region highlights. The order in which they appear is not necessarily the order in which you will visit them. According to your preferences and interests, you can skip some sights and discover some others. Don’t hesitate to discuss this with your guide.


 STARTING AT $1,998 PER PERSON

 

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO CASABLANCA

MARHABA!

This is the traditional greeting used in Morocco, which conveys the meaning of a warm hello and welcome.

Today your flight arrives into Casablanca. After clearing customs and immigration procedures, you will be met by our representative, who will be waiting for you at the exit after the luggage check and inside the airport; he will be holding a sign with your name. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel, where our representative will assist you with check-in.

The name Casablanca evokes thoughts of good living, romance and adventure in a tropical setting, an image that the 1943 Humphrey Bogart film conveyed to cinema during World War II. Originally settled by Berbers in the 7th century, Casablanca’s fairly recent growth has made it the bustling, French-influenced business centre of Morocco it is today.

You will discover the fascinating city of Casablanca. The name Casablanca evokes thoughts of good living, romance and adventure in a tropical setting, an image that the 1943 Humphrey Bogart film conveyed to cinema-goers in the drab years of World War Two. Originally settled by Berbers in the 7th century, Casablanca's fairly recent growth has made it the bustling, French-influenced business centre of Morocco it is today.

Your visit will start with the magnificent Hassan II Grand Mosque, one of the two mosques which can be visited in Morocco. The mosque is amongst the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque's minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world.

Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the waters of the Atlantic. This was inspired by the verse of the Qur'an that states "the throne of God was built on the water". Above, lasers shine at night from the top of the minaret toward Mecca.

Your sightseeing will also include the Mohammed V square, the United Nations square and the Arab League Park. During a stroll in the Quartier Habbous you will be able to discover a modern version of a medina.

Enjoy dinner at Le Cabestan restaurant (paid locally).

Kenzi Basma, Hotel
 

DAY 2 - CASABLANCA/RABAT/FÈS

B - _ - _

Travel distance: 293km/183mi – 4h00 via highway, without stops

Today you will travel to the cultural heart of Morocco, magical Fes. Founded in the 8th century, it is home to several famed historical monuments, among them Karaouine, the world's first university. The sprawling medina of this UNESCO Cultural Heritage site will take you a step back in time to the Middle Ages.

En route, discover Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco and the seat of its government, situated at the mouth of the River Bou Regrag, opposite the city of Sale.

Emerging from the boulevards of the Ville Nouvelle of Rabat you will discover the ruins of the Citadel of Challah, once the thriving walled Roman port city of Sala Colonia, which was abandoned in 1154 in favour of Sale across the other side of the river.

Continue to Meknes (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco. In Meknes, the impressive monuments recall the splendour 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.

During your visit to Meknes you will see the monumental Bab Mansour gateway - considered one of the finest of the great gates of Morocco, as well as the Granaries and the Royal Stables, which were built to accommodate some 12,000 horses. You will also see Moulay Ismail's Mausoleum, one of the few shrines in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (paid locally) and continue to Fès. Upon arrival, check in and time for rest.

Dinner is at leisure

Palais Medina & Spa Fes

DAY 3 - FÈS

B - _ - _

9:00 Today you will take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you will visit Fes El Bali, the largest living medieval medina-city and the cultural heart of Morocco. You will explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks that make-up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD by Moulay Idriss I. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning and at its heart 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 visit of sightseeing will also include a visit to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain, made up of mosaics and elaborate tile-work. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) is now converted into a museum of carpentry artefacts.

Colourful slippers, a leather bag or a fashion jacket: all popular items to have in one's wardrobe. But how are they made? For centuries the leather produced in Fes has been highly esteemed and the methods remain the same today as in the medieval times. Only natural ingredients are used for the coloration such as indigo, saffron and poppy. During your visit to the tanneries, you will have the opportunity to learn about the different methods that are used to process the skins of goats and cows to make them look so beautiful.

Your sightseeing includes Dar Batha and the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which houses historical and artistic collections of wood carvings, embroidery, tribal carpets and ceramics.

You will also visit Fes El Jedid (New Fes), built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13th century. Here you will see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas, souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fes 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 splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding.

Visit of the pottery factory is to discover how the beautiful zellij tiles are made, which are the highlights of Arabo-Andalousian décor and are also used in the manufacture of the famous Tagines. "Tagine" refers to an earthenware pot in which is cooked a traditional meal.  The meal itself has also become known as "Tagine" by association, because according to tradition, the meal is cooked and served in the same container.  There are diverse tagines, but typically it is a rich stew of meat or fish and most often also includes vegetables or fruit.

Lunch & dinner are at leisure.

Palais Medina & Spa Fes
 

DAY 4 - FÈS/MARRAKECH

B - L

Travel distance: 489km/306mi - 7h00 via highway, without stops

You will continue your journey onwards to the world-famous city of Marrakech. Travel along the highway, passing by Casablanca, the industrial capital of Morocco.   En route, you will stop in benslimane to enjoy wine tasting and lunch at le Vigneron in Benslimane (set menu including soft beverage).

Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Red City - just a few of the nicknames Marrakech has acquired over the years. Part Berber, part Arab and part African, Marrakech is the heartbeat of Morocco. Palaces and monuments of unrivaled refinement sit calmly alongside the snake charmers and Gnaouan drums pulsing constantly from Djemâa el Fna Square, the most exuberant marketplace in the world.

Dinner is at leisure.

Les Jardins de l'Agdal & Spa Hotel 
 

DAY 5 - MARRAKECH

B - _ - _

9:00 Today, you will discover the Mysteries of Marrakech, the most famous city in Morocco.  Most of the city's architectural attractions are inside the Medina, the old walled section of the town.

Your visit will include 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) and is renowned for its magnificent architecture with zellij tile work, carved wood and stucco work. The central courtyard, student cells and prayer hall are also very interesting to discover.

As you explore the labyrinthine souks, indulge in some shopping! Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles, clothing and all Moroccan handicrafts. This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares, which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.

You will also explore the Djemaa El Fna, the city's main square, home to a multitude of street-artists, stalls of dried fruit and freshly-pressed orange juice. The numerous small restaurants that take over its centre from the early evening contribute to the scent of its surroundings.   No one can really be certain how it came into being

but over the years the square has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, acrobats, snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn. Relax under the shade of trees ...In 2016, Le Jardin Secret opens its doors and invite you to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing jaunt. Nestled in the historical Medina, this former palace delicately decored can only please you with its fountains and its green plants coming from the whole world. Designed by the landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, this place offers a sensasional atmosphere of rest and tranquility

Lunch & dinner are at leisure.

Les Jardins de l'Agdal & Spa Hotel
 

DAY 6 - MARRAKECH/ATLAS MOUNTAINS/AGAFAY DESERT

B - L - D

9:00 Depart in 4WD vehicles for a journey in Marrakech surroundings through a culinary odyssey with Chef Tarek.  Roll up your sleeves and take part in the preparation of today's lunch. Chef Tarek welcomes you in a little garden outside Marrakech and reveals you all the secrets of Moroccan renowned cuisine. Whilst your preparation is on fire, go for a walk to discover the little Berber village.

A lot of laughs, interesting advice, amazing people, wonderful views and last but not least delicious tagines. From the chef's instructions to the satisfaction of eating the best tagine that you have prepared, A&K team tried it and it is an amazing experience that we recommend to all!

After lunch, depart to enjoy a ride through the beautiful sceneries and panoramic road of the Atlas Mountains to begin a very exciting mountain off-road climbing on the Plateau du KIK crossing very impressive landscapes and passing Berber villages where you will have the opportunity to discover the Berber way of life in the Moroccan high mountains. Arrive in a secluded location, and discover set up in front of you your private camp. This tented camp arise exclusively to enlighten your experience of the rocky desert.

Delight a savory meal while enjoying the traditional entertainment of gnawa troops performing a spiritual music.

In a remote corner of the Agafay desert and nestled within the rocky hills, our specially designed private mobile camp is available on an exclusive basis. The tents, which are Arab "Caidal" in style and design, are decked out with colorful carpets.  Each tent comfortably sleeps two people in either one double bed or two single beds.  Additional warm bedding and hot water bottles are provided should nights be particularly cold. .  Located next to each tent is a private bathroom with a shower and chemical toilet.   Please note: There is no electrical service in the camp.

Luxury Camp - Agafay desert
 

DAY 7 - AGAFAY DESERT/MARRAKECH 

B - L

After breakfast depart for a day of fun in an activity park. Just one hour drive from Marrakech, lays an amazing activity park with funny and challenging activities: Terres d’Amanar.

Enjoy the Zip Wires – Better not be scared of the height!

After lunch, you continue to Marrakech to take a seat in a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Marrakech's famous, beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city. The area is fed by a basin that was created to irrigate the surrounding gardens and orchards using a sophisticated system called Qanat. The basin is supplied with water via an old hydraulic system which conveys water from the mountains located at nearly 20 miles away.

You begin with a visit to the Menara gardens, which date back to the 12th century and are set among extensive orchards and olive groves. At the center is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains. 

From here it's on to visit the Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Gardens), originally designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle. After taking up residence in Marrakech, Majorelle transformed the property's existing garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, and enormous sculptural cactuses.

These peaceful garden settings offer a variety of exotic plants such as bamboo, cacti, bougainvillea and palms.  Streams and fish filled pools also flow through the tranquil gardens.

The Farwell dinner will be enjoyed at Palais Jad Mahal (paid locally).

Les Jardins de l'Agdal & Spa Hotel

DAY 8 - MARRAKECH/FINAL DESTINATION

Departure day

B - _ - _

Today you will bid farewell to Morocco as you depart for the airport, where your international departure flight awaits. Your pick up time from the hotel will be reconfirmed to you, the day prior the departure. Our representative will collect you from the hotel and accompany you to the airport, where he will assist you with the check-in formalities.


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