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Embark on a fascinating journey through Morocco: one that encompasses all four imperial cities - Fez Meknes Rabat and Marrakech with their mysterious medinas magnificent palaces & rich culture. Additionally explore the wonders fragrances colours and stunning landscapes of the South as you travel along the Fringe of the mighty Sahara. The relaxed pace and high standard of accommodation of this tour makes it a perfect choice.
- Explore the stunningly well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis.
- Take a short camel ride and marvel at the ever-changing colours of the desert sands at sunset.
- Discover a bargain or a delicious morsel at the traditional souks and craft markets of Marrakech.
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat (D)
Welcome to Morocco. On arrival in Casablanca you will be met by our friendly local operator. Dive straight into the magical atmosphere of Casablanca, also known as the White City. Discover the major highlights including United Nations Square, Habous district, Corniche Boulevard, and a visit of the outside of the famous Hassan II Mosque. Wander through the narrow streets of the old Medina. Later continue to Rabat for dinner & overnight.
Day 2: Rabat - Volubilis - Meknes – Fez (B D)
Today admire the sights of Rabat – Morocco's capital and one of the four Imperial Cities. Explore the mysterious labyrinth of passages in the Medina the Roman ruins of Chellah the Royal Palace – residence of the King Hassan II and seat of the government since 1912 the Tour Hassan the unfinished mosque and more. Continue to Moulay Idriss and later visit the archaeological site of Volubilis and its extensive remains dating back to the 4th century when the city was destroyed by an earthquake. With its triumphal arches and basilicas Volubilis features iconic examples of Roman architecture.
Continue to Meknes. Built by Moulay Ismail this Imperial City is a treasure trove hiding a rich architectural legacy with its palaces mosques fountains terraces gardens stables and shops. Visit the Bab-el-Mansour Gate of Victory with its exquisite ceramic work leading to the old Medina the Royal Palace and underground stables which housed 12000 horses the underground granaries and the ornate tomb of Moulay Ismail. Finally travel to Fez the oldest Imperial City and the spiritual & cultural centre of Morocco.
Day 3: Fez (B D)
Spend the day exploring captivating & lively Fez. Today's highlights include the medieval Medina Medersas Karaouine Mosque University and Nejjarin Fountain. Fez is the intellectual cultural and artistic capital; the most imperial of all cities in morocco and a pearl of the Arab world. Later immerse yourself in the fantastic blend of colours aromas and tastes of the famous souks of Fez.
Day 4: Fez – Erfoud (B D)
Morning drive to Erfoud located on the fringe of the mighty Sahara Desert. Stop en route to visit Midelt gateway to the Atlas Mountains and famous for its Berber carpets. Continue your journey as the road winds through fortified villages of outstanding pre-Saharan architecture. This afternoon reach Erfoud in the southern Ziz Valley one of the last palmed oases on the rim of the Sahara. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5: Erfoud - Merzouga – Erfoud (B D)
Leisurely morning. This afternoon visit the city of Rissani with its 18th century Ksar and a virtually impenetrable warren of alleys. This afternoon switch to a 4WD vehicle to traverse the spectacular flowing dunes of Erg Chebbi. Take a short camel ride and marvel at the ever-changing colours of the sand at sunset. Return to your hotel for dinner & overnight.
Option to stay overnight in a desert Berber camp instead of returning to Erfoud hotel. Please note that this Merzouga excursion is subject to a minimum of 2 participants. Supplement applies.
Day 6: Erfoud - Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate (B D)
Wake up early morning and admire the sunrise over the gigantic dunes of Merzouga. Later visit the spectacular Todra Gorge known as The Grand Canyon of Morocco for its walls towering to a dizzying height of 300 metres. Continue on to El Kelaa through the Dades Valley and then along The Trail of 1000 Kasbahs to the town of Ouarzazate perched on the edge of the Atlas Mountains.
Day 7: Ouarzazate (Zagora) (BD)
Today is at leisure to explore Ouarzazate at your own pace and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Option to join (without supplement) a day trip to visit Zagora the Draa Valey the old Jewish village of Amzrou and M'hamid the last settlement before the Sahara before returning to Ouarzazate via Tinfou for a walk on the sand dunes at sunset.
Day 8: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech (BD)
This morning visit the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco. It is a stunningly well preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified Kasbahs. Later continue to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n'Tichka Pass.
Day 9: Marrakech (B)
Spend the day exploring Marrakech and experience its bustling atmosphere and warm hospitality. Visit the traditional souks craft markets and the legendary Djemaa-El-Fna Square with its permanent display of folklore magicians and storytellers. Today's highlights include Koutoubia Mosque which dominates the ancient Medina Palais Bahia and Palais El Badia and the Menara garden with palm groves dating from the 12th century.
This evening join an optional dinner & folklore show at a typical Moroccan restaurant. (supplement applies)
Day 10: Marrakech (B)
Departure transfer to the airport.
- Air-conditioned transfers and modern transportation
- Accommodation in listed Deluxe and Sup. First Class hotels (or similar)
- Daily breakfasts & 8 dinners
- Professional English-speaking driver-guide
- Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary (including camel ride in Merzouga)
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- 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
Accommodation based on the following or similar:
Rabat: Sofitel Jardin des Roses
Fez: Les Merinides
Erfoud: Palais du Desert
Ouarzazate: Berbere Palace
Marrakech: Kenzi Menara
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 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.
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