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MOROCCO - IMPERIAL CITIES

Cultural tour of Morocco

This is a small group (min 02/max 12) journey to experience Morocco, a potent mix of Europe and Africa offering sweeping deserts, stunning mountain ranges and a rich history and culture. Our 8-day tour gives us the opportunity to see the famous maze-like medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, explore the country’s best-preserved archaeological site at Volubilis, meet the people of traditional Berber villages, and much more.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Archaeological Site of Volubilis (1997) 4. Medina of Marrakesh (1985)
2. Historic City of Meknes (1996) 5. Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (2012)
3. Medina of Fez (1981)    

Tour Information
Duration : 08 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 12 persons
Price (From) : US$ 1435
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Casablanca
(D)
Day 02: Casablanca/Rabat/Fez (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 03: Fez
(B, D)
Day 04: Fez/Volubilis/Meknes/Fez (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Fez/Ifrane/Marrakesh (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Marrakesh
(B, D)
Day 07: Marrakesh
(B, D)
Day 08: Marrakesh/Depart Casablanca (Drive)
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Casablanca

The Hassan II Mosque, located in Casablanca is the largest mosque in MoroccoMerhaba!  We arrive in Casablanca at the Mohamed V Airport and are warmly welcomed before being transferred to the city for a brief sightseeing that includes the old French quarter of Habous, outside the Hassan II Grand Mosque.  Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the city's major landmark, it is a showcase of the very best Moroccan artisanship: hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings and exquisite Zellige (geometric mosaic tile-work) abound. (Inside tour is available with extra cost). Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Odyssee Hotel, Casablanca (1 night) (D)

Day 02: Casablanca/Rabat/Fez (Drive)

After breakfast, depart overland towards Rabat, driving along the main highway which links these two major cities. Embark on a city tour, which highlights Rabat's cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat's most famous site is the Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of the great mosque built in the beginning of 12th century. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king, then the Oudaya Kasbah, which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world, and within its walls you'll explore a delightful Moroccan garden. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, we continue overland to Fez. Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Atlas Saiss Hotel, Fez (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 03: Fez

Souvenirs on the old arabic marketToday you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when we visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world - Fez El Bali (Old Fez) - the cultural heart of Morocco. We explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open air markets) that make-up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. Our day of sightseeing also includes visits to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) has been converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. Also the Bouanania Medersa. The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. We also visit Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinides Dynasty in the 13th century. Here we see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the Mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to our hotel.  Afternoon free at leisure. (B, D)

Day 04: Fez/Volubilis/Meknes/Fez (Drive)

After breakfast, we journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the amazing mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Continue to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Meknes is replete with fantastic historical sites, from minarets to museums, to enormous mosaic doors and royal golf courses. Among the most popular attractions are the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Nejjardine Mosque and Grand Mosque (outside visit) as well as the Bab Mansour, Bab Lakmis, and Bab Berdaine gates. Return to Fez for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 05: Fez/Ifrane/Marrakesh (Drive)

Today we experience the natural & wilder landscapes beyond Fez. Drive to the high alpine region of Ifrane National Park (encompasses Azrou and several Berber villages), filled with cedar and oak forests, and home to the world’s largest population of Barbary macaques, hundreds of animals and birds and the oldest tree in Morocco’s Middle Atlas, the 130-foot Gouraud’s Cedar. The largest cedar forest in the world is found in this park, and several lakes or Dayats abound in the nearby areas. The Lion of Ifrane sits majestically in the city center and is certainly one of the most photographed sites of the region. Ifrane feels more like Switzerland relocated to the Middle Atlas than North Africa, with its clean air, scrubbed streets and leafy outlook. The French built it in 1930, deliberately trying to re-create an alpine-style resort. It is a popular summer day trip for picnickers; in the winter, the affluent flock here to ski. Stop for lunch in Rabat (on your own expenses) Continue to Marrakech via the highway for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Le Kech Hotel, Marrakesh (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 06: Marrakesh

Koutoubia Mosque minaret at medina quarter of MarrakeshAn exciting day ahead as we enjoy a tour of the “Red City,” the imperial city, the capital of the mid-southwestern region, Marrakech is Morocco’s most popular tourist destination. Since the 11th century, when it was built, Marrakesh has been a political and cultural powerhouse, serving as the capital for three of Morocco’s greatest dynasties. Until the French rule, “Marrakesh” were even used interchangeably to refer to both country and city. Marrakesh has got lots to brag about. But it’s not all historical palaces and mosques though there are plenty of those, rest assured. Look out of any window in Marrakesh and we will find a postcard view: clay-red houses squared away far and wide, with palm trees sprouting everywhere in between, gardens bursting out of courtyards, and the High Atlas Mountains as a soothing purple backdrop. It’s no wonder French fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent found so much inspiration there. In recent years, Marrakesh has created an international airport, a world-class soccer stadium, and an annual film festival, adding a modern flare to its natural and historical offerings. In short, if one is going to Morocco, Marrakesh is the right passage. Let’s marvel first at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. The Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century.  Our next stop is the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. It was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, exhibiting artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. Later we visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn.  We will also have the opportunity to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following our visit, return to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for a dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 07: Marrakesh

Day free to explore vibrant Marrakesh and its many attractions or sign up for an optional cooking class (extra fee). (B, D)

Day 08: Marrakesh/Depart Casablanca (Drive)

Morning drive back to Casablanca for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Seasonal Departures East Coast West Coast
Low Season
Nov 07, 14 & 28; Dec 05 & 12
US$ 1435 US$ 335 US$ 810 US$ 910
Possible upgrade surcharges to 5-star hotels
Low Season
Nov 07, 14 & 28; Dec 05 & 12
US$ 1600 US$ 380 US$ 810 US$ 910
2021 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Seasonal Departures East Coast West Coast
Low Season
Jan 09, 16 & 23; Feb 06 & 13; Jun 12 & 19; Jul 03, 10 & 17; Aug 07, 21 & 28
US$ 1435 US$ 335 US$ 810 US$ 910
High Season
Mar 13 & 20; Apr 10; May 22; Jun 05; Sep 04 & 18; Oct 16 & 23
US$ 1465 US$ 335 US$ 810 US$ 910
Possible upgrade surcharges to 5-star hotels
Low Season
Jan 09, 16 & 23; Feb 06 & 13; Jun 12 & 19; Jul 03, 10 & 17; Aug 07, 21 & 28
US$ 1600 US$ 380 US$ 810 US$ 910
High Season
Mar 13 & 20; Apr 10; May 22; Jun 05; Sep 04 & 18; Oct 16 & 23
US$ 1725 US$ 380 US$ 810 US$ 910
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Seasonal Departures East Coast West Coast
Low Season
Nov 07, 14 & 28; Dec 05 & 12
CA$ 2053 CA$ 480 CA$ 815  CA$ 965
Possible upgrade surcharges to 5-star hotels
Low Season
Nov 07, 14 & 28; Dec 05 & 122
CA$ 2053 CA$ 480 CA$ 815  CA$ 965
2021 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Seasonal Departures East Coast West Coast
Low Season
Jan 09, 16 & 23; Feb 06 & 13; Jun 12 & 19; Jul 03, 10 & 17; Aug 07, 21 & 28
CA$ 2053 CA$ 480 CA$ 815  CA$ 965
High Season
Mar 13 & 20; Apr 10; May 22; Jun 05; Sep 04 & 18; Oct 16 & 23
CA$ 2095 CA$ 480 CA$ 815  CA$ 965
Possible upgrade surcharges to 5-star hotels
Low Season
Jan 09, 16 & 23; Feb 06 & 13; Jun 12 & 19; Jul 03, 10 & 17; Aug 07, 21 & 28
CA$ 2288 CA$ 544 CA$ 815  CA$ 965
High Season
Mar 13 & 20; Apr 10; May 22; Jun 05; Sep 04 & 18; Oct 16 & 23
CA$ 2467 CA$ 544 CA$ 815  CA$ 965


Notes

The tour operates with local English speaking tour guides in each city. On group size 5 and above we include a national guide.  Please contact us should you require a more in-depth program of Morocco.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 14 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of a local English speaking driver/guide plus local guides in Fez, Volubilis & Marrakesh
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum tour size of 12 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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