10 Day Luxury Best of Morocco

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10 Day Luxury Best of Morocco

Morocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their mark too. This unique travel experience includes a stay in Essaouira and at the amazing Berbère Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate.

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Morocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their mark too. This unique travel experience includes a stay in Essaouira and at the amazing Berbère Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day by day

First Day welcome to Casablanca

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. On arrival at Casablanca Airport, your transfers leave for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (WR,D)

Hotel:    Kenzi Tower Hotel, Casablanca

Second Day Explore the Imperial Cities of Meknes then travel to Fes

A tour of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque – the largest in the country. The très chic seaside strip (known as the Corniche) stretches to the west, lined with trendy restaurants and cafés. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims; the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V - both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Move on to Meknes, one of the kingdom's great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century, its surroundings remain unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim. Continue to Fes and be treated to a superb Moroccan feast and traditional folklore show. In an ancient palace at the entrance to the medina, a colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you, amidst a carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music. A truly unforgettable experience! (BB,SE)

Hotel:    Palais Medina and Spa, Fes

Third Day take in the sights of Fes

Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the Medina – the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops, the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. Witness the unique and age-old techniques of pottery and bread making. (BB,D)

Hotel:    Palais Medina and  Spa, Fes

Fourth Day its the Ziz Gorges and Erfoud

Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After your lunch at Midelt, continue up through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia (built by the French at an important crossroads). Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings contrast against the surrounding desert. In the evening, there is the option to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a 4-wheel drive optional experience. (BB,L,D)

Hotel:    Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud

Fifth Day we Visit Todra Gorge and go onto Ouarzazate

Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir before taking a detour to explore the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades, encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. En-route, lunch is included. Stop for Berber tea at a traditional Nomad house. Your 'Road of a Thousand Kasbahs' concludes at Ouarzazate, film capital of Morocco, with everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars being filmed here. (BB,L,D)

Hotel:    Le Berbère Palace, Ouarzazate

Sixth Day we experience Colourful Marrakesh

Get your cameras ready as you stop at the village of Aït Benhaddou, boasting one of Morocco's finest kasbahs. Continue via the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh. (BB)

Hotel:    Atlas Medina and Spa, Marrakesh

Seventh Day take in the sights of Marrakesh

Sightseeing starts in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. After some time to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats, explore the Medina, seeing the Koutoubia Mosque, with a minaret that dominates the Marrakesh skyline. Then visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Then enjoy free time to visit a museum or haggle in the souks. In the evening, you could take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on the main square for a slew of classic Moroccan dishes and an ambience arabesque of twirling belly dancers with plates of lit candles on their heads. (BB)

Hotel:    Atlas Medina and Spa, Marrakesh

Eighth Day enjoy Free Time in Essaouira

Say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and venture to the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant. (BB)

Hotel:    Atlas Essaouira and Spa, Essaouira

Ninth Day its Casablanca and all its Charms

Once you've experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to, offering a unique insight into modern Morocco. At night, "of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world", there really is only one place to be. Join your Tour Director at Rick's Café - recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner including drinks and, no doubt, a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By'. Here's looking at you kid! (BB,CD)

Hotel:    Kenzi Tower Hotel, Casablanca

Tenth Day we bid Farewell to Casablanca

Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca Airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Fes: Join in the fun at a colourful Moroccan feast, complete with rhythmic music, writhing belly dancers and an array of local dishes and delicacies.

Dades Valley: Stop for Berber tea at a traditional Nomad house.

Casablanca: You must remember this...a fabulous 4-course Celebration Dinner with drinks at Rick's Café, made famous by the 1942 film.

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 Lunches (L), 3 three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) all with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Travel Highlights

  • Rabat: Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art and one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims. See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Fes: Explore this city's major sights, finishing with time spent in the bazaar. Witness the expert techniques of pottery and bread (khobz) making.  See one of the world's oldest universities.
  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner garden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence. Watch the performers. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Minaret.
  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country, on your sightseeing tour.
  • Meknes: Admire the Bab el-Mansour Gate in the heart of the medina.
  • Erfoud: Stay on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
  • Todra Gorge: Experience ‘the Grand Canyon of the Sahara'.
  • Dades Valley: See the castellated mud houses and oases.
  • Ait Benhaddou: View the Kasbah.
  • Scenic Drives: Ziz Gorges. View the spectacular scenery of the High and Middle Atlas Mountains. Tizi n' Tichka Pass.

The Difference

An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Airport transfers at scheduled times on the first and last day of your escorted journey.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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