Best of Morocco - Small Group, Winter

Best of Morocco - Small Group, Winter

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$4050

$3880

Best of Morocco - Small Group, Winter

9 Days Starting and ending in Casablanca

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

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

Interests:

Art, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$4050
$3880 (USD) Operator discount: -$60 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$110

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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

  • 8 Breakfast (B)

  • 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 2 Lunch (L)

  • Fes: Join in the fun at a colourful Moroccan feast, complete with rhythmic music, writhing belly dancers and an array of local dishes and delicacies.

  • Casablanca: You must remember this...a fabulous 4-course Celebration Dinner with drinks at Rick's Café, made famous by the 1942 film.

  • Dades Valley: Stop at a traditional Nomad house and meet the locals as you sip Berber tea.

  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.

  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche.

  • Meknès: Admire the Bab el-Mansour Gate on Place El-Hedim in the heart of the Medina.

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

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Casablanca
Location: Casablanca
Accommodation: Grand Mogador City Center Casablanca.

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: 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: Marriott Jnan Palace Fes.
Meals Included: 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, Kasbah Xaluca Arfoud Efroud.
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: 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: 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: 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: Grand Mogador City Center Casablanca.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

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!

Day 10 : Au Revoir Casablanca
Location: Casablanca
Meals Included: Breakfast

Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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