Royal Cities ex Casablanca

Royal Cities ex Casablanca

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Coach Tour
8 Days ex Casablanca

Departures:
Every Saturday

Take in all the splendour and diversity of Morocco during this 8 day coach tour. With all entrance fees paid and two meals included most days, this itinerary is perfect for those travellers wanting to experience this exotic destination with limited time.

Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour
Meals activities and sightseeing as per itinerary
Multilingual tour guides

Highlights:

  • Discover the Four Imperial Cities – Rabat, Meknes, Fez & Marrakech
  • Explore the wondrous Medina of Fez and its myriad of eateries
  • Stand amongst the Roman ruins of Volubilis and marvel at the stunning mosaic floors
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Saturday: Casablanca (D)

Upon arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport you will be warmly welcomed to Morocco by our local operator and escorted to your hotel. Your accommodation is reserved for one night, with dinner and breakfast included. The remainder of the day is at leisure to unwind and absorb the colourful local atmosphere.

Day 2: Sunday: Casablanca – Meknes - Fez (BD)

Following breakfast you will be met by your expert local guide who will uncover Casablanca’s hidden gems. This city gained even more fame following the release of the movie Casablanca, starring Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. View the exterior of the great Hassan II Mosque and visit the Mohamed V and United Nations Squares, Central Market, the Habbous Sector and the original old city quarters of Anfa. Then meander along the Aïn Diab Coast, soaking up the aromas of many amazing restaurants. After lunch journey onwards to Meknes. Known as “the Moroccan Versailles,” Meknes was founded late in the 17th century and contains some of the world’s best examples of Maghreb Architecture. Marvel at the beautifully preserved mosaic gate Bab Mansour, before visiting Hari Souani and the enchanting old medina. Dinner is included with both nights at your hotel in Fez.

Day 3: Monday: Fez (BD)

Discover Fez, the cultural and spiritual heart of Morocco. Visit the Medersas, Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. Continue after lunch with a trip back in time to the medieval Medina, where you will see craftsmen breathing new life into their age-old methods. A program of renewal has seen a myriad of eateries take up residence amongst the medieval alleyways. Typical lunch (optional) is in a traditional restaurant located in the heart of Medina. From the traditional tagine to contemporary artisanal delicacies inspired by the local produce and many spices found in the medina, there is something for everyone. Return to your hotel for dinner – if you still have room!

Day 4: Tuesday: Fez – Rabat - Marrakech (BD)

After breakfast, depart for Marrakech via Rabat. Enroute travel through the sacred town of Moulay Idriss and via the Roman ruins of Volubilis famed for their amazing preservation and stunning mosaic floors. In Rabat embark on an enchanting journey through the white imperial city. A delightful mix of past and present, this city was founded in the 12th century and contains many wondrous sites. Optional fish lunch. Continuation to Marrakesh arriving late afternoon.

Day 5: Wednesday: Marrakech (BL)

Explore the wonders of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city in Morocco. Known as the “Pearl of the South,” you will visit the Saâdian Tombs, the Koutoubia, Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens with its delightful pavilion that sits above a reflective pool. Later visit the souks (markets) and explore the latticework of winding little streets and Djemaâ El Fna Square. This district, famed for its entertainment, features storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and more.

Tonight, option to join a Diffa Fantasia dinner: dinner will be served under caïdal tents at the famous Chez Ali Restaurant, while enjoying a fantasia performance with camel and horse shows, folkloric and belly dancers.

Day 6: Thursday: Marrakech – free day (BL)

Day free at leisure. Explore the medina at leisure and try local specialities in the Jemmaa el Fina Square this evening.

Day 7: Friday: Marrakech - Casablanca (BL)

Morning at leisure for one final plunge into the atmosphere of Marrakech the tour departs for Casablanca. Lunch at the hotel.

Day 8: Saturday: Casablanca - Departure (B)

Transfer to the airport with assistance. End of our services.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Airport meet and assist and return airport transfers
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Your choice of either tourist or fist class accommodation with private facilities
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches
  • Modern Air-conditioned touring vehicle
  • Multilingual professional tour guide and local guides where required.
  • Highlights as specified in itinerary and additional hidden gems as identified by local guides
  • Entrance fees to all highlights when required
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • 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

Note:

The hotels listed in the itinerary may vary due to tour scheduling. Your final itinerary will contain full details of any changes.

Accommodation based on the below or similar

Casablanca

Tourist Class - Novotel Casablanca

First Class - Movenpick Casablanca

Fez

Tourist Class - Zalagh Parc

First Class - Palais Medina and Spa

Marrakech

Tourist Class - Atlas Asni

First Class - Les Jardins Agdal

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.