Day 1 Depart USA
- A private horse-drawn carriage ride to the Majorelle gardens in Marrakesh
- A flight by private aircraft from Marrakesh to Fez
- Exploring ancient Carthage with your private guide
- Your beautiful hotel in the charming seaside resort of Sousse
- Visiting the magnificent Roman amphitheatre at El Jem
You board your overnight flight for Morocco. Dinner and Breakfast on board.
Day 2 Arrival in Marrakesh
Upon arrival in Marrakesh your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel, considered one of the city's best. After a chance to freshen up you leave for a trip around the city. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is Morocco's second oldest imperial city and retains its historical charm. You'll see the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, the royal Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret and Djamaa El Fna Square where Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, storytellers and mischievous monkeys perform.
Day 3 The Medina and the Magical Garden
After breakfast you visit the old medina built in the 9th century and home to the souks or bazaars where bargains abound. Your guide will explain the various areas of the souk and you will have some time for shopping. After lunch you will board a private horse drawn carriage (called a caleche) and, along with your guide, visit Menara Park and Majorelle Garden which was created by Jacque Majorelle a French artist who made Marrakesh his home. After his death it was neglected until it was purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and restored to its historic beauty. This evening you will have dinner at one of Marrakesh's best restaurants.
Day 4 Marrakesh to Fez by Private Aircraft
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you and take you to the airport where a plane has been chartered to fly you and your guide to Fez. Your guide and pilot will point out places of scenic interest along the way. You land in Fez and your driver is waiting to take you to lunch. After lunch you have the chance to see some of the highlights of the city. Fez is the spiritual, cultural and religious center of kingdom. Your sightseeing includes the medieval Medina, the University, the Karaouine Mosque with its roof of emerald green tiles, and the magnificent Nejjarine Fountain. You will then be taken to your deluxe hotel where you have a chance to relax and freshen up. This evening a special dinner at La Maison Bleu has been arranged.
Day 5 Moulay Idriss, Meknes and Volubilis
Following breakfast at your hotel you will depart for the Holy City of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam in Morocco is buried. You will then visit the Imperial City of Meknes with its 25 miles of walls surrounding the city; it is sometimes referred to as the "Versailles of Morocco". Much of it was built by Moulay Ismail who used 25,000 captives as laborers to construct this monumental city including a stable capable of boarding 12,000 horses. You will have lunch in Meknes before continuing on to visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. This town marked the end of the Roman Roads after the Romans conquered Gaul and Spain they were stopped by the Berbers from entering the Atlas Mountains You will have a privately guided tour of the ruins before continuing to Rabat.
Day 6 Rabat, Casablanca and Tunis
Nothing captures the sense of intrigue and adventure than Casablanca. First, however you will explore Rabat. This is not only the capital of the Country but is also rated as "the best" Moroccan city by many travelers. Far smaller than Casablanca and not as culturally diverse as Marrakesh, Rabat is none the less a hit with travelers because of its blend of old and new. You will pass through the Amohad gate to the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Inside the gates you will discover artisan galleries, an ornate 17th Century palace now part of Museum of Moroccan Arts and the magnificent Andalusian Gardens near the Tour Hassan, a 12th century Minaret intended to be the highest and largest in the Muslim world. You then head to Casablanca stopping for lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the sea. After lunch you head to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Tunis. Upon arrival you are met by your driver and taken to your boutique hotel located in the village of Sidi Bou Said and overlooking Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis. Time for a welcome drink in the bar before calling it a night.
Day 7 Carthage and Tunis
You start the day with breakfast, and then your guide is waiting to take you to Carthage. Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians in 814 BC and you will see some of these early settlements on Byrsa Hill. After Hannibal's failed invasion of Rome the old Carthage was destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC and a new Roman town built on top which became the city through which Rome controlled Africa. Recent excavations have uncovered some of the original homes and also two areas of the famous port from which Carthage ruled the Mediterranean. You then continue on to the city of Tunis where you have lunch in the charming Medina and then a guided tour of the Bardo Museum which is housed in the bey of Tunis' former palace. Famous for its Roman mosaics taken from archaeological sites all over the country, it is widely considered to be one of the best collections in the world. You finish up the day strolling through the village of Sidi Bou Said before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 8 Artistic Hammamet and Scenic Sousse
After a leisurely breakfast your guide is ready to take you on a scenic trip south along the coast. Your first stop is Hammamet. Originally known for its large number of hammams, (traditional Moorish bathhouses) Hammamet has grown into one of Tunisia's most popular tourist and artists' centers and has attracted many artists over the years including Paul Klee, Andre Gide and Frank Lloyd Wright amongst others. Today many modern artists call Hammamet home. Before lunch you have the chance to wander the nearby Medina. You then head further south to the resort area of Sousse and your hotel on the beach. You have time for an evening swim in the sea or the pool before enjoying dinner.
Day 9 “The City of 50 Mosques”
This morning you head out for Kairouan "the city of 50 mosques". Kairouan is Tunisia's holiest city and the 4th holiest Islamic city in the world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is here that Islam gained its first foothold in North Africa. Although legend indicates otherwise, Kairouan was most likely founded on the site of an earlier Roman settlement. You will spend some time at the great mosque, built in the 9th Century and in the Medina where world famous Kairouan carpets of pure wool are woven and sold. After lunch at La Kasbah you return to your hotel where you are free to lie by the pool or on the beach until you head out to one of Sousse's famous seafront fish restaurants.
Day 10 A Morning in El Jem
After breakfast your driver is ready to take you to El Jem one of the most visited towns because of its Roman Amphitheatre. This monumental edifice was built between 230 and 240 AD and is the largest Roman monument left in Africa. It ranks number three in the former Empire after Rome and Verona. Since it was one of the last large amphitheatres built, its architectural design is an improvement over that of the Coliseum in Rome. After a detailed visit to the Coliseum you return to Sousse for lunch and the chance to relax on the beach. This evening you will head to the El Kantaoui marina where you can walk the cobblestone streets before enjoying your farewell meal overlooking the yachts.
Day 11 Tunis and the Return to the USA
Your driver will pick you up for the trip to Tunis airport and your return flight to the USA arriving the same day.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, Sidi Bou Said, Sousse
Additional Pricing Information
- All air transportation as part of the program offered including private and charter aircraft. (On those programs requiring private aircraft flights, you will be limited to 33lbs of luggage which can be stored in the safari luggage which we provide to you. Additional luggage will be stored for you for the rest of your trip. In the private camps, daily laundry is available (and, in most cases included).
- Luxury rail travel as indicated
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- On Safari, only private camps are used and include all meals and all game viewing in most camps, house beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (indicated on itinerary)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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