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Morocco Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE CASABLANCA

Pass through immigration and baggage collection. A tour representative will be waiting when you exit the terminal, assist with baggage and transfer you to Hotel & Spa Le Doge, a small and very beautiful Relais and Chateaux property in a quiet street close to the city centre.

Afternoon visit to the medina (optional).

Dinner at Le Jasmine, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 DRIVE TO FES

Morning tour of Hassan II Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques, with the tallest minaret of any mosque.

Depart for Fes, visit Rabat en route, tour of this historic city and lunch.

Next three nights at Le Jardin des Biehn, a luxury riad within the medina with a beautiful garden as its centrepiece.

Dinner at Le Jardin des Biehn

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3  FES

Tour of the Medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage and car-free zone that has changed little over the centuries and the largest of any intact medina.

Lunch at The Ruined Garden.

Free afternoon for further exploration, shopping, a hammam treatment or relaxation in the garden.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 VOLUBILIS

Travel to the ancient ruins of Volubilis, an original Berber settlement colonised by the Romans and the southernmost outpost of their empire. Now an archaeological treasure chest with mosaics that hint at a leisured, wealthy society with a taste for the finer things in life.

Lunch at Scorpion House, a very special experience overlooking the town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a sacred shrine where non-Muslims were once excluded after dark.

Time to explore the town before returning to Fes

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 DRIVE TO THE SAHARA DUNES

A drive south through forests to the alpine village of Ifrane, across the Atlas Mountains and through the rugged beauty of the Ziz Valley, where the landscape gradually dries out as we approach the Sahara.

Overnight at Kasbah Hôtel Xaluca Arfoud

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 WITH THE BERBERS AMONG THE DUNES

Four-wheel drive visit to a family living a traditional nomadic life in the desert, followed by a visit to Khamlia Village to hear a performance of the trance-like Gnaoua music. Late afternoon one-hour camel ride OR four-wheel drive to Hotel Yasmina luxury tented desert camp. This is camping with a silk edge. Carpets on the floor, hot showers, flush toilets and a proper bed. A three-course dinner and music around the campfire.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 KASBAHS AND PALMERIES

Sunrise camel ride across the dunes (about one hour), board our bus to visit the majestic Todgha Gorges with their palmeries and kasbahs, lunch at Ksar El Khorbat, a village once used as a setting for the TV mini-series, “The Bible”. Visit the local Berber Museum, continue along the Valley of the Roses to Skoura Osais where we stay at Ksar el Kabbaba for the next three nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 SKOURA PALMERY

Walk in the irrigated palm grove of Skoura, where the agriculture has changed little for centuries, visit 16th century Kasbah Amridil. Optional activities in the afternoon include hiking, bread making or relaxing around the pool.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 THE VALLEY OF THE ROSES

An easy hike in the Valley of the Roses, between 2-4 hours, and the roses are at their prime in spring which is a festive season here.  Afternoon relax around the pool, or another walk around Skoura.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 ACROSS THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Drive to Ouarzazate and the postcard-perfect Ait Ben Haddou then along the incredible Ounila Valley where rust-coloured villages are set in a weathered gorge. Stop at Telouet to visit the one of the finest of all Moroccan palaces, the Kasbah of Thami El Glaoui, the former strongman and Pasha of Marrakesh. Next two nights at Kasbah Bab Ourika.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 EXPLORING THE OURIKA VALLEY

Guided walk through the fig, pomegranate, olive and apple trees that line the Ourika Valley. Later, visit the colourful Anima Garden , billed as “One of the most imaginative gardens in the world”.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 TO ESSAOUIRA

Drive to the former slave port and one-time European enclave of Essaouira via the Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge, a rescue facility for working animals. Afternoon stroll through the town and to the beach.

Next two nights at Villa Maroc

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 ESSOUIRA

Early morning visit to the fishing port, where the fishermen will be unloading their catch. Guided tour of medina of this fascinating, pocket-sized city, which also has excellent shopping. Free time in the afternoon for further exploration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14 MARRAKECH

Drive to Marrakech, with lunch at Jnane Tamsna, renown for its pretty garden in the palmeries south of Marrakech.  Late afternoon food tour to finish at the great square of Marrakech, Djemaa el Fna, filled with acrobats, musicians, storytellers and foodstalls at this hour. Next three nights at Riad Adore, in the northern part of the medina

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15  THE MAGIC AND MYSTERY OF MARRAKECH

Tour the medina, the Saadien Tombs, the Bahia Palace, finish in the souks with lunch at

The Secret Garden, rescued from its former squalid state and now a green lung at the heart of the souks. Dinner at Riad Adore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16  AN INCREDIBLE GARDEN, SHOPPING AND A FAREWELL DINNER

Jardin Majorelle, Yves St Laurent Museum (optional).

Afternoon at leisure with optional shopping tour, more time to explore the souks or relax at Riad Adore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 DEPARTURE

Transfers to airports at Casablanca or Marrakech.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dates

April 03 – April 19, 2019

Cost

$8099 AUD per person on a twin-share basis. Non-refundable deposit $500 AUD dollars when you book

Full payment by 60 days before trip departure.

Single person Supplement $1850 AUD

Price Includes:

  • Airport transfers;
  • Safe and comfortable air conditioned vehicle;
  • English speaking professional driver/guide;
  • 16 nights accommodation in a double/twin room with breakfast;
  • Camel Trek in the Desert
  • Admission to all historic monuments
  • Lunches on 9 days;
  • Dinners on 15 nights;
  • Local city guides for private tours
  • Gratuities (driver/guide, city guides, servers etc)
  • Still water with meals
  • Still water on board the bus and on day tours

It Does Not Include:

  • International air travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks including those with meals
  • Laundry, mini-bar charges, phone charges, spa treatments and other optional services provided by the hotel
  • Lunches or dinners not included in the itinerary

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