Discover Morocco (Casablanca dep)
Discover Morocco (Casablanca dep)
Discover Morocco (Casablanca dep)

Discover Morocco (Casablanca dep)

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This encompassing 10 day itinerary makes all of Morocco accessible and does so in comfort. From the fortified port through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert this tour allows you to experience the grandeur and diversity of Morocco in style and comfort and at a relaxed pace.

Highlights

  • Experience the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Ist, only recently opened up for tourists.
  • Wander the old medina of Fez where you will see different craftsmen still operating in the old oriental tradition.
  • Drive the stunning Todra Gorge known with its many impressive canyons and escarpments – some of which reach over 300m high.
  • Itinerary
  • Important Information

Day 1 Friday: Casablanca (D)

Arrive Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport you will be met by our local operator and transferred to your hotel where your accommodation is reserved for one night with dinner and breakfast. Remainder of day at leisure to unwind.

Day 2 Saturday: Casablanca - Fez (B D)

Visit of the Economic Capital. Sights include the Central Market the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa, and the outside of the Mosque Hassan II. Departure to Meknes. Optional lunch. Then visit to the Ismailia capital which has the longer ramparts in Morocco, plus the famous Bab Mansour gate, the Royal Stables, and the Jewish quarter. Continuation to Fez. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 3 Sunday: Fez (B D)

The whole day is devoted to the visit of the spiritual capital, the Medieval Medina Attarine or Bou Anania Medersa ,the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the outside Karaouine Mosque. Typical lunch (optional) in a traditional restaurant located in the heart of Medina. Afternoon continuation of the visit of the souks and Fez Jdid. Dinner & accommodation at hotel.

Day 4 Monday: Fez – Rabat – Marrakech (B D)

Departure to the holy city of Moulay Driss and the ruins of Volubilis the Roman City. Then to Rabat the Administrative Capital. Visit to the Royal Palace (Mechouar,) the Ouadayas Garden and Kasbah, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. Fish lunch (optional). Continuation to Marrakesh using the high-way. Check-in dinner and accommodation.

Day 5 Tuesday: Marrakech (B D)

Full day visit of Marrakech the second oldest Imperial city called "the pearl of the south". The historical sightseeing includes the Menara Garden, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia, and The Dar Si Said Museum. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon visit of the souks and handicraft quarters then visit of the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square with its non-stop entertainment.

Tonight option to join a typical dinner under Caïdal tents at the famous "Chez Ali” restaurant, enhanced by the performance of several folkloric troops.

Day 6 Wednesday: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Zagora (B L)

Departure to Ait Benhaddou through Tizi N’tichka pass (altitude 2260m). Visit the famous kasbah used for many great movies. This Kasbah is UNESCO Heritage site. Lunch (optional) on the spot facing the Kasbah. You then continue to Zagora, crossing the Draa valley. Dinner & accommodation at the hotel.

Day 7 Thursday: Zagora – Tazzarine – Erfoud (B D)

After breakfast, morning departure to Tamgroute where you visit the pottery centre and the library with its ancient Koranic manuscripts. Continue toward Erfoud through Tansikht and Nkob where splendid sceneries of pre-Saharan and Berber villages of the Sargho Mountain follow each other perpetually. This afternoon drive to Erfoud via the villages of Alnif and Rissani, birthplace of the present Alaouites Dynasty. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel in Erfoud.

Optional bivouac in a nomadic tent at the dunes of Merzouga:

The Merzouga Dunes are an impressive drifting chain of sand dunes that can reach 160m and seem to have escaped from the much larger dune field across the nearby border in Algeria. The Erg Dunes are a magical landscape and offer a scene of constant change as sunlight transforms them from pink to gold to red. Tonight experience a dinner and night under Bedouin tents.

Please note that the desert camp offers simple Bedouin tented accommodation with basic shared facilities. This property has been selected for its location at the foot of the Merzouga Dunes allowing you to appreciate a desert night under the stars.

Day 8 Friday: Erfoud-Tinghir-Ouarzazate (B D)

In case the previous night was spent in the hotel in Erfoud, there is an optional excursion by 4WD vehicles to Merzouga to admire the sunrise on the top of the sand dunes.

Breakfast and departure to Tineghir via Rissani. Visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar and drive via the Tinjdad Road to the stunning Todra Gorge known for its many impressive canyons and escarpments. This afternoon continue to Ouarzazate via El Kelâa M’gouna and the Dades Valley. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 9 Saturday: Ouarzazate – Marrakech - Casablanca (B D)

Breakfast at the hotel & departure for an orientation city tour of Ouarzazate. Continue to Marrakech for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight farewell dinner in a palace located in the heart of the medina.

Day 10 Sunday: Casablanca (B)

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. 

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

 

  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • First class hotels and riad (in Zagora) with private facilities
  • 10 breakfast and 9 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entrance fees to relevant sites
  • Porterage
  • Morocco Travel Notes - as issued by Innovative Travel.

 

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

 

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Ramadan
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain from these activities in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and cafes in hotels will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time and is usually not served until after sunset and some riads and other locations may not serve alcohol at all during this period. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 05 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.  

Riads
Riads are traditional town houses typically build around an open courtyard. They offer a unique and authentic style of accommodation and usually feature less than 10 rooms. They are generally family-run properties with limited staff undertaking multiple roles and duties. Depending on their standard Riads may not offer all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern hotel. I.e. the Wi-Fi internet access may be limited, there may not be a lift and the breakfast is usually more limited in choices and does vary from Riad to Riad. But the unique and charming atmosphere and the location in the heart of the Medina make up for it. During the Ramadan period, services are more restricted in riads. If you prefer the full services offered by 5 star international hotels, please request an alternative itinerary on this basis.

Private touring in Morocco
On our private tours of Morocco, touring is by private air-conditioned car with a driver. Arabic and French are the main languages spoken in Morocco with English the 3rd and not often spoken language. Your driver will have some English capability, but is not a licensed professional guide and communication maybe basic at times.
It is important that if you have any issues in communicating that you contact the local representative office.

English speaking local guides will be organised by the driver in each city (as specified in your itinerary) in order to provide a more thorough commentary about the city they are a specialist of. Local guides will also help you should you require more information or recommendations on local restaurants or attractions. Please remember that Morocco is a large country and some days of touring will necessitate long periods of driving. There also may be times when, due to road conditions, the itinerary may vary slightly.  

If you prefer the services of a full time guide who will accompany you throughout your private holiday, please request this option.  
Morocco has a tradition of a multi course lunches, heavier and longer than what we are used to in New Zealand. If you prefer to have a lighter and quicker lunch, please ensure this is explained to your driver.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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