Morocco Highlights Include (but are not limited to):
* Rabat, the Royal Palace
* Enchanting Fez
* Erfoud and the Atlas Mountains
* Sahara Camping
* Ait Ben Haddou
* Night Bazaar in Marrakech
Pricing for Morocco:
$1,095 – Early Bird Special – make deposit by September 15, 2017
$1,195 – Make deposit by October 15, 2017
$1,295 – Make deposit by November 15, 2017
$1,395 – Regular Price
$200 deposit needed to hold your spot; ONLY 10 spots total are available – this trip will sell out!
Balance due on December 1st, 2017
*Payment Plans Available (Ask us)
All ground transportation
6 nights accommodations, including breakfast
City Tours and Desert Excursions
International Flight and Travel Visa
Optional Activities and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
Pay your own Lunch and Dinner
Tipping – (approximately $55 – Local Trip Leaders, Drivers, Guides, Hotel Staff, and Activities)
Regular Itinerary – Sunday, December 31 – New York to Casablanca
Suggestion A) Depart from New York via Royal Air Maroc flight – 5:45 pm
Suggestion B) Depart from New York on Friday, December 29
Consider spending the weekend and New Years Eve in Barcelona prior to Morroco trip.
Monday, January 1 – Casablanca to Rabat
Upon arrival in Casablanca, we transfer to Rabat. After a quick breakfast, we will begin the tour with a drive past the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah gate.
We’ll visit Hassan Tower and explore the Kashbah of the Udayas fortress and gardens.
Ending the day at Chellah, the Roman necropolis.
Suggested group dinner in the medina
Tuesday, January 2 – Rabat to Fez
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Fez with a stop at Volubilis, a former Roman Empire outpost.
Continuing on via Meknes for a view of the Bab Mansour gate.
After arriving in Fez, we’ll check into our hotel.
Suggested group dinner
Wednesday, January 3 – Enchanting Fez
After breakfast, we will mostly be on foot exploring Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco, and a great city of high Islamic civilization. Fez is the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, with sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Note: Transport of goods is provided by donkeys, carriages, and motorbikes.
– Bou Inania madersa: a breathtaking 14th-century religious college. The best example of Islamic architecture that a non-Muslim can see in Fez, with wooden walls elaborately carved with geometric patterns and Arabic calligraphy, and a beautiful minaret. In the courtyard, there is a portico with a still-functioning mosque, separated from the rest of the courtyard by a small moat.
– The Merenid Tombs next to the Merenid Hotel provide excellent panoramic views over the medina and the wider city, as well as the olive tree-lined hills surrounding the city, and sanctuary from the bustle of the rest of the city. Beware of the odd opportunistic tout.
Suggested group dinner
Thursday, January 4 – Fez to Erfoud via the Atlas Mountains and push for Erg Cherbi Sahara
After breakfast, we will transfer to Erfoud via the majestic Atlas Mountains:
The Atlas Mountains range across a north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.
Arriving in Erfoud and transferring to Erg Cherbi/ Sahara Desert/ Delux Desert Camp check-in.
Upon arrival at our Desert Camp, we’ll have a chance to stroll the sands and explore the Erg Cherbi dunes. Enjoy some wine and maybe even a huka. Optional: Camel Trek Expedition
Overnight Erg Cherbi/ Sahara Desert
Friday, January 5 – Sahara to Ouarzazate/ Dades Valley
After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the oasis of Tinghir and explore the spectacular Todra Gorge.
Hiking options and photo opportunities abound:
The last 600 metres (1,969 ft) of the Todgha gorge are the most spectacular. Here, the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 meters (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 metres (525 ft) high on each side.
After lunch, we’ll visit the Dades Valley on route to Ouarzazate
Suggested Group Dinner
Saturday, January 6 – Ouarzazate/ Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech
This morning, we’ll visit the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city.
Plenty of time to explore the town and it surroundings.
After lunch, we’ll transfer to MarrakechMarrakech, the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. The city is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, also being the third largest city in Morocco. Marrakesh has the largest traditional Berber market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By nightfall, food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant. Time to discover exotic Marrakech. Beginning at the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, with visits to El Bahia Palace and the Saadi dynasty tombs, venture to the lush Palm Grove and Menera Gardens. Cross the finish line at the Djemaa el Fna Square. Suggested Group Dinner at the Night Market
Sunday, January 7 – Marrakech, Casablanca, New York
Morning Departure: 9:15 am flight to New York – ETA 3.45 pm
Optional: Extend your stay in Marrakech and/or Morocco for a few more days…
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus the $200 deposit
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won’t be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you!
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