Best of Morocco - Classic Group, Winter

Best of Morocco - Classic Group, Winter

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Best of Morocco - Classic Group, Winter

10 Days Starting and ending in Casablanca, Morocco

Visiting: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknès, Fes, Ifran, Midelt, Errachidia, Erfoud, Todra River, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou, Marrakesh, Essaouira

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

W938BZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $3354 $2547 Operator discount: -$724 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$83 -24%

NB: Prices correct on 19-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Discover the spectacular sites of Morocco on this 10-day guided tour. Explore Morocco's largest mosque in Casablanca and indulge in a feast of aromatic tagines and exotic fruits inside the ancient palace in Fes. Then take time to watch the enticing art of belly dancing. Be awed by the rugged red mountains of Dades Valley, then sip wild-herb tea alongside local nomads. Before you reach Marrakesh, walk around one of Morocco's most impressive kasbahs at the gate of the Saraha, an earthen clay fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. And of course, you won't leave Morocco without seeing the snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats in Marrakesh's markets and souks, where you can buy anything from a cashmere scarf to a woven rug.

Highlights

  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner-garden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence.

  • Casablanca: View the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Casablanca

Location: Casablanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Mogador City Center

Meals Included: No Meals

On arrival at Casablanca airport, your transfer leaves for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for your Welcome Reception, with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of good food.

Day 2 : Rabat, Imperial Meknes And Fes Relaxed Start

Location: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknès, Fes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Marriott Jnan Palace Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

An exploration of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. Venture to the très chic seaside strip known as the Corniche, which stretches to the west and is lined with trendy restaurants and cafes. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims, the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V. This site is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Travel to Meknes, one of the kingdom's great imperial cities where little has changed since its founding in the 11th century. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Square El-Hedim, before continuing to Fes. You'll be delighted with a superb Moroccan Highlight Dinner in an ancient palace at the entrance to the Medina. A colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you while you are entertained with a traditional folklore show. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music.

Day 3 : Fes Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Fes

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Marriott Jnan Palace Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world's oldest universities and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Continue through the souks where an array of vendors sell food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights.

Day 4 : The Ziz Gorges To Erfoud

Location: Fes, Ifran, Midelt, Errachidia, Erfoud

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, with Wine

Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snowcapped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After stopping for lunch at Midelt, continue through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings stand in stark contrast against the patches of greenery and surrounding desert. In the evening, there is an Optional Experience to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Day 5 : Spectacular Ouarzazate

Location: Erfoud, Todra River, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Le Berbère Palace Ouarzazate.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, with Wine

Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir and explore the Todra Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne du Dadès you will encounter the dry and rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses—hugging the slopes. Meet the locals of the region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try authentic Berber tea. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs concludes at Ouarzazate, also known as the film capital of Morocco. Many blockbusters have been filmed here, including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars.

Day 6 : To Marrakesh

Location: Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou, Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mövenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Marvel at and photograph the architectural wonder of Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts one of Morocco's finest kasbahs. Your journey continues via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh. With the rest of the day at your leisure, why not relax and enjoy the immaculate facilities of your hotel?

Day 7 : Marrakesh, Pearl Of The South

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mövenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech

Meals Included: Breakfast

Meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. Wander the maze of the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline.

Explore Marrakesh with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you take a leisurely guided bike tour with an organisation providing financial support to local youth. With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to join fellow guests at a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Here you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambience and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads.

Day 8 : Elegant Essaouira Relaxed Start

Location: Marrakesh, Essaouira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Atlas Essaouira & Spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Venture to the west coast of Africa to reach the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant.

Day 9 : Return To Casablanca Relaxed Start

Location: Essaouira, Casablanca

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Mogador City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Once you've experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to and offers a unique insight into modern Morocco.In the evening 'of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world' there really is only one place to be.Join your Travel Director at Rick's Café, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner with drinks and no doubt a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By'. Here's looking at you kid!

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

What's Not Included

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  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 40 guests.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an Itinerary.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary airport transfers are provided in the Eastern Mediterranean region at any time on the first and last day of the holiday or on other days in conjunction with pre and / or post-tour accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours typically feature up to 1-2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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