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Moorish Morocco: 12 Days - September/October 2018

Price A$4,783


Destination

CasablancaFesMideltDades GorgeOuarzazateMarrakechEssaouira


Category
Group Tours

Duration
12 days 11 nights
Tour Details

Morocco: 22 September - 3 October 2018 A$4,783 plus air

Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand and one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through it all, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.

Learn a colourful couscous recipe on a traditional Moroccan homestay in Moulay Idriss. 

Become a Berber overnight and sleep in a luxury Sahara Desert camp.

Channel your inner Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman with dinner and drinks in Casablanca’s real Rick’s Café.

Will you join us?

Don’t forget, if you fancy even more adventure, our Portugal and Morocco Tours can be booked as ‘back to back’ tours!

 

 

DAY 1: CASABLANCA

Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure, before our welcome dinner that evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Tour Host. 

Accommodation: Hotel Diwan 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: CASABLANCA - FES

Today we travel to the Capital city Rabat where we’ll visit the medina and the King Mohamed Mausoleum before travelling onwards to the Imperial city of Fes. The oldest, largest and best-preserved medieval city in the world, Fes is a bustling hive of activity. The famed Medina is a heady mix of aromas, sights and sounds from the pungent tanneries to the alluring spice tubs, colourful pottery and intricate leather goods. 

Accommodation: Riad Reda

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: FES

Our day begins with a morning city tour of the medina, including the Al Quaraouiyine mosque (mosques are closed to non muslims – apart from Tinmel and Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca, but are open to view from the outside). The afternoon is free to explore your surroundings. 

Accommodation: Riad Reda 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: FES

Today we head off on a day trip to visit the Roman city of Volubilis. A world heritage site dating back to 40AD, this ancient city once ruled the whole Roman province of Mauritania. Enough remains to remind us how thoroughly the Romans equipped their great capitals. The relics still tower over visitors, casting their shadows over the land and just hinting at their former splendour. These structures are among the most impressive of everything that remains of Volubilis. We’ll also take in the the architecture of Meknes before returning to Fes for the night. 

Accommodation: Riad Reda 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: FES – HIGH ATLAS

Today’s drive takes us over the Middle Atlas mountains and their cedar forests. 

We’ll stop for lunch near Midelt with a traditional Berber tea, then head across the plains, with the Berber nomads and their herds of camels before crossing the High Atlas and the Gorge du Ziz. 

Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camp 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: HIGH ATLAS – DADES GORGE

An early start on day 6 to catch the sunrise over the dunes before heading out of the desert by camel to our transport. 

We drive along the Valley of the Roses and visit the gorge du Todra, stopping at a women’s cooperative to see how they turn the perfumes of roses into an array of different products. We spend the night in the valley of Dades. 

Accommodation: Kasbah Tizzaouirine 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: DADES GORGE – OUARZAZATE

A shorter drive today as we visit the Kasbah Amherdhil in the Skoura Palmeries and then onwards to the ‘film capital’ Ouarzazate, where there’s a chance to explore the town, the Kasbah and perhaps visit the film studios. 

Accommodation: Hotel Oscar 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH

Today we visit the famous kasbah of Ait ben Haddou - backdrop to many films and TV series, before travelling over the High Atlas mountains and seeing the lost palace of the Glaoui at Telouet- made out of mud brick and almost ruined, but with several luxury rooms left to show its former glory. 

Later we’ll travel to Marrakech where we’ll spend the night. 

Accommodation: Hotel Farah Marrakech 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: MARRAKECH

Today we take a guided tour of Marrakech and visit the medina, souks and Bahia Palace. 

The afternoon is all yours to further explore - try a local hammam or book a cookery course and try your hand at making some Moroccan pastries. 

In the evening we’ll have dinner at the Chez Ali Berber tents-and experience some berber traditions first hand. 

Accommodation: Hotel Farah Marrakech 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA

Today we travel from Marrakech across the dry plains to the argan forests near Essaouira. 

We’ll explore Essaouira in the afternoon and take in the harbour and medina, or just relax on the beach and soak up the atmosphere. 

Accommodation: Riad Zahra 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: ESSAOUIRA – CASABLANCA

On day 11 we make our way up the coast and enjoy a wonderful lunch and some oyster tasting at the coastal resort of Oualidia. 

Next we head to Casablanca. 

Accommodation: Hotel Diwan 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: ESSAOUIRA – CASABLANCA

On our final day we’ll visit the mosque Hassan II in the morning and then transfer to Casablanca airport for departure in the afternoon or onwards to further adventures! 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Diwan: Located in the city centre, just a 5-minute walk from the Casa Port Train Station and 1.5 km from the Hassan II Mosque. The hotel features a spa and fitness area, and contemporary air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs, en suite bathroom and bathrobe. A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can enjoy international cuisine in the Emeraude Restaurant, with a buffet and à la carte options. Guests can shop at the Bab Marrakech souks just a 15-minute walk away or visit the Old Medina, which is 500 metres away. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking is available on site.

Riad Reda: Located right next to the Al Hamra Mosque, the Riad combines traditional decor and modern air-conditioned suites, either overlooking the patio or the Medina. All of the spacious suites are soundproofed and feature a kitchenette. They also equipped with a TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi access. The Reda’s restaurant provides daily breakfast and local cuisine from Fez, including homemade pastries. Meals are served in the luxurious dining room, or on the patio. Guests can relax and have a snack in the Moroccan-style living room. The spa centre is equipped with a traditional hammam and massages are available on request. Riad Reda also features an on-site souvenir shop and a beauty shop. 

Kasbah TizzaouirineThis traditional kasbah offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a large terrace with panoramic views of the Dades-Valley. The air-conditioned rooms at Kasbah Tizzarouine have a traditional Berber décor and come with en suite bathroom facilities. A continental breakfast with fresh bread is served each morning by the pool, or in the dining room. 

Hotel OscarHotel Oscar is located next to the Atlas Studios film studio, and guests can take a free tour of the studios. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with a typical Moroccan décor. The guest rooms are air conditioned and come with TVs and mini-bars. Each has a private bathroom with both shower and bath, and some also feature a private balcony. Hotel Oscar has a restaurant, which serves traditional cuisine, and guests can enjoy an evening drink in the bar. There is also a shady outdoor terrace. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the hotel’s common areas, and car and motorbike rental is also available. 

Hotel Farah Marrakech: Located in a residential area of Marrakesh, only 10-minutes walk from the Medina. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms with satellite TV, free internet in public areas. Independant bungalows offer direct access to the gardens and outdoor pool. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and guests of the Farah Marrakech can relax in the sauna, hammam and the spa which offers a variety of massage therapies. The hotel also has a bar and guests can enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine and Italian specialties in one of the two restaurants.

Riad ZahraClose to the beach, Riad Zahra proposes is only 15 minutes walk from the Medina. Its comfortable guestrooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and are equipped with an en suite and satellite TV. The restaurant serves Moroccan and international specialities. 

 

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Weather

While the coastal areas have a pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round, inland the temperature is hotter, drier and continental in nature. From October to April it averages 30C during the day and 15C at night in the lowlands. The southern desert areas are extremely hot and dry most of the time, though the nights can get very cold. The mountain regions are cool to cold in summer and it usually snows from December to March.

Currency

Morocco’s basic unit of currency is the dirham (dh). It is divided into 100 centimes (c). Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes). There are usually foreign exchange shops in the seaports and airports of Morocco. Traveler's checks can be quite useless as they can only normally be exchanged at the bank which makes them an inconvenience for the average person in Morocco. Many of the classier hotels support credit cards and most major banks have ATM machines.

Electricity

The current in most of Morocco is 220v. Sockets have two round pins so bring an adaptor for your laptop, mobile phone chargers etc.

Visas

Australians and citizens of the United States, Canada and New Zealand, require a passport but no visa for entry into Morocco, and can stay as a tourist for up to ninety days. However your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before your date of entry. Visa requirements do change, and it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home. 

In Morocco, entry formalities are fairly straightforward, though you will have to fill in a form stating personal details, purpose of visit and your profession. In the past, Moroccan authorities have shown an occasional reluctance to allow in those who categorize themselves as “journalist”; an alternative profession on the form might be wise.

Customs

It is very important to observe the customs of Moroccon culture. For more information please follow this link: Travelling to Morocco - what you need to know

 

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TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 11 nights accommodation in your own room — always! 

  • Qualified English speaking local guides for all your sightseeing excursions. 

  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 

  • All transfers in a chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle, which is private to your travelling party. 

  • All sightseeing and excursions as per your itinerary, completely private for your travelling party unless otherwise stated. 

  • Representatives, drivers or guides assistance for check in to hotels/trains/flights, where applicable. 

  • Entrance fees to the sites that are listed as included on your itinerary. 

  • All meals specified as included on your itinerary (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners). 

  • All currently applicable taxes. 

  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (Underwritten by Allianz) or QBE. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI or QBE PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions. 

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • Any international or domestic airfare including any relevant airport tax, unless otherwise specified. 

  • Any meals not specified on your itinerary. 

  • Increases in any included transportation sector such as train tickets or domestic flights where applicable, between time of quote and time of travel. 

  • Any expenses of a personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls or camera fee if levied at certain sites. 

  • Tips for your guides and drivers. 

  • Any item not mentioned as included on your itinerary. 

  • Visas and any associated visa fees. 

  • Supplements resulting in unforeseen changes to hotel accommodation between time of quote and time of travel. 

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