Morocco in Splendour (Weekend Departure)

Morocco in Splendour (Weekend Departure)

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Small Group Tour
8 Days ex Casablanca

Departs Saturdays.

Unveil the mysteries of Morocco in luxury & with peace of mind. Step foot on a land of beauty & rich cultural heritage and let yourself be transported to another time and place. Explore the vibrant mix of Morocco from majestic Imperial Cities and bustling markets to the pristine desert and the lush landscape of the Atlas Mountains in the South. Staying in carefully selected deluxe hotels and riads and travelling in a comfortable vehicle with your own private driver a fascinating travel experience awaits.

Highlights

  • Stay in luxurious accommodation throughout your tour
  • Explore the winding little streets of the souks in Marrakech with its non-stop entertainment
  • Step into cinematic history with dinner at Rick’s Café – setting from the movie Casablanca
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator and transferred to your hotel where your accommodation is reserved for one night. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 2: Casablanca - Meknes - Fez (B)

After breakfast depart for Meknes. Visit of this city known as “the Moroccan Versailles” which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail. The sightseeing of Meknes will include Bab Mansour the best preserved gate in Morocco the royal stables and the Jewish quarter. Continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Arrive in Fez and check in at your hotel.

Day 3: Fez (B)

The whole day is devoted to the sightseeing of Fez; the most ancient cultural and spiritual city of Morocco. Visit the medieval medina the medersas the exterior of Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine fountain. This afternoon visit the old medina where you will see different craftsmen still operating in the old oriental tradition. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Fez – Ben El Oidane (B)

Departure to Ben El Ouidane crossing the middle Atlas region and passing through Immouzer du Kander Azrou and Ifrane a charming ski resort in the heart of a magnificent cedar forest. Stop at Beni-Mellal to have a moment of relaxation in the main agricultural centre of Morocco then continue to Ben El Ouidane Lake and your accommodation.

Day 5: Ben El Oidane - Marrakech (B)

After breakfast departure to Marrakech. Check-in at your hotel for overnight. Afternoon at leisure upon arrival.

Day 6: Marrakech (B)

The entire day will be spent visiting Marrakech the second oldest imperial city known as the “Pearl of the South” with the Saâdian tombs the Koutoubia Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens.

In the afternoon visit of the souks the winding little streets and the Djemaâ El Fna place with its various and non-stop entertainment: storytellers snake charmers fire-eaters and more.

Day 7: Marrakech - Casablanca (BD)

Morning at leisure for a final plunge into the atmosphere of Marrakech or relaxation by the pool of the hotel. Later departure to Casablanca for overnight. Tonight transfer to famous Rick’s Cafe for dinner.

Day 8: Casablanca / Airport (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Deluxe accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (or similar)
  • Private A/C Deluxe transportation and transfers
  • Sightseeing with private English speaking local guides
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinner at Ricks Cafe
  • Entrance fees to relevant sites
  • 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

Accommodation based on the following or similar

Casablanca

Sofitel Tour Blanche

Fez

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa (or similar)

Ben El Oidane

Hotel Widiane & Spa

Marrakech

Sofitel Lounge & Spa

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.
 

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