Day 1 Depart USA
- The quiet luxury of your Riads in Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh and your Art Deco Gem in Casablanca.
- Discovering the best of Moroccan cuisine both at your Riads and outside restaurants
- Exploring the Roman Ruins at Volubilis with your own personal guide
- Dinner at Rick's in Casablanca
You board your overnight flight bound for Morocco. Dinner and Breakfast on board.
Day 2 Arrival in Rabat
After arrival formalities at the airport your guide will meet you and transport you to 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 arrive at your Riad which was a private home located amidst 700 Orange trees. The rest of the day is yours to relax by the pool, use the facilities of the spa or walk around the spectacular gardens. This evening dine in the restaurant with a Michelin starred chef and what is acknowledged to be one of the best tables is Morocco.
Day 3 Andalusian Gardens and La Tour Hassan
After breakfast your guide will pick you up for a private exploration of Rabat. 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. You will also visit La Tour Hassan, a 12th century Minaret intended to be the highest and largest in the Muslim world. After your tour you have the option of finding an interesting place for lunch in town or returning to the Riad where lunch in the garden is available.This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant offering authentic Moroccan cuisine.
Day 4 Volubilis, Meknes and Fez
After breakfast, your guide and driver will be waiting to take you to Fez with some interesting stops along the way. You will first visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. This town marked the end of the Roman Road. After the Romans conquered Gaul and Spain they captured what is now Tangier but were stopped by the Berbers from entering the Atlas Mountains so Volubilis was the end of the line. At one time the town had 20,000 inhabitants and the remains of the town are impressive. You will have a privately guided tour of the ruins before continuing to the Imperial City of Meknes which, with its 25 miles of walls surrounding the city; 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 Holy City of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam in Morocco is buried. Your journey ends in the charming city of Fez and your charming Riad. If the weather is conducive, having your dinner on the roof top terrace overlooking the medina is a nice option.
Day 5 Exploring the Spiritual and Cultural Aspects of Fez
Fez is the spiritual, cultural and religious center of the kingdom. Your full day of 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 continue to the Mellah with its historic cemetery. You'll take a break for lunch then wander the winding cobblestone streets in search of bargains. You'll visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of color before returning to your Riad to freshen up. This evening enjoy dinner at La Maison Bleu.
Day 6 The Road to Casablanca and Dinner at Rick's
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting with the car to take you to the intriguing city of Casablanca. Also known as Casa or Dar el Baida, this city is the de facto capitol of Morocco. All duties are handled here except for administration. It was established as a town in 1906 with a population of 20,000 but now has a population of over 3 million. Any traveler will feel at home in this cosmopolitan city. Upon arrival you check into your deluxe hotel which unlike the other properties is designed in an art deco style with each suite named after a famous French figure in the arts. In keeping with the city and the art deco mood, tonight you have dinner at Rick's Cafe. Here's looking at you kid.
Day 7 Casablanca through the Ages
Today you have a full day tour of Casablanca including the mosque of Hassan II, the second largest mosque in the world. You'll take a drive along the Corniche with its uninterrupted sweep of beaches, pools and cafes before stopping for a delightful seafood lunch appropriately overlooking the sea. We have left this evening open for you to select among the many fine dining experiences Casablanca has to offer.
Day 8 Casablanca to Marrakesh
This morning you leave your hotel for the drive to Marrakesh. After checking into your Riad located in the medina you have a chance to freshen up and joining your guide who will take you to lunch and then give you an overview of the city. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is Morocco's second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of the red earth, the horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys pulling carts pass gardens fragrant with roses and honeysuckle. You'll see the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, the royal Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque before returning to the hotel for dinner. After dinner we recommend that you wander over to Djamaa El Fna Square where Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, storytellers and mischievous monkeys perform.
Day 9 Exploring the Medina
After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you on a walking tour through the Medina highlighting its history and areas to shop, sightsee or just people watch. After an orientation of the area, you are free to explore on your own, do some shopping and have a leisurely lunch. This evening is your final evening in Morocco so we take you for a farewell dinner at Restaurant Yacout.
Day 10 Return to the USA
After breakfast your driver will be ready to take you to the airport for your return trip to the US. Lunch will be served on board and you arrive later in the afternoon in the US.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Rabat, Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech
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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