Morocco Imperial Treasures and Desert Wonders

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This is the perfect Classic Morocco tour for travelers who want to experience the incredible Imperial Cities of Morocco Visit the stunning area where the Sahara desert begins to the cultural and mystic cities of Marrakech and Fez. Explore the high walled Kasbahs where once local leaders lived. See the exquisite collection of books at the Tamgroute Library in Zagora and spend a night in Berber Tents, an experience not to be missed.
Starting in the capital city of Casablanca, the tour heads to the capital of Rabat and through the Ismailian capital of Meknes to ancient Fes, often referred to as the country's cultural capital. After spending 2 full days in incredible Marrakesh you will then travel east towards the desert. See ancient Kasbahs, palm groves and traditional Berber villages before returning over the High Atlas mountains to Marrakesh, where the tour ends. The Morocco Imperial cities and Desert wonders tour is an excellent opportunity to experience not only the major cities it is known for but also take in the splendor of the ever-changing countryside and majestic desert.

At a glance

Sat Welcome to Casablanca. Transfer to your hotel
Sun City tour and onwards to Rabat. Visit its major sites
Mon Visit Meknes and Volubilis. Overnight in Fes
Tue Full day tour of Fes
Wed Travel alongside the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech
Thu Historical Marrakech and Djemaa El Fna tour
Fri Marrakech: day at leisure
Sat Travel in 4 x 4 to Ouarzazate
Sun Visit the library in Zagora and overnight. Optional: Berber Tents
Mon Return journey to Marrakech via the Tizn Tichka pass
Tue Tour ends with transfer to Marrakech Airport

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Highlights

> Weekly departures from Casablanca (Saturday)
> Two meals daily 
> Sightseeing tours with local English-speaking guides
> Entrance fees are included
> City tours of Casablanca and Neighbouring Rabat
> Visit Meknes, former Ismalian capital and the holy city of Moulay Idriss
> Full day tours in Fes and Marrakech
> 3 Day southeast Morocco exploration in 4WD vehicles
> Option to overnight in Berber Tents 
 

Country information

Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best times to take a Morocco Tour. With a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. Traveling the Sahara Desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breath-taking and culturally interesting of any region in the country
 

Morocco food & drink
Moroccan cuisine is famous throughout the world and is quite unique. Full of subtle spices and tantalising combinations of flavours, Morocco's cuisine is sure to please every palate. During your stay in Morocco you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula.
When you’re looking for something to drink, mint tea (known as Berber whiskey) is the national drink and you’ll find it enjoyed everywhere.
 

Culture and Language
Fridays are a holy day so expect shops and market stalls to close around midday. And during the month of Ramadan (the dates of which change every year) you should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public as a mark of respect. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam, but it can still be purchased in larger stores, especially in touristy areas, and in hotels and restaurants. Arabic and Berber are the official languages. French is often used for business, diplomatic and government issues

Morocco is a visual feast and it can be hard to know where to point your camera first! Landscapes are no problem as they rarely have an issue with their picture being taken. When photographing people though, it’s important to be respectful – imagine how you’d feel if strangers started to take your picture without a by-your-leave! Always ask permission first, and it helps if you get to know your subject a bit better. Moroccans are very friendly, and you should have no trouble getting to know them.
 

Getting around
Metered “Petit Taxi” are available in all major Moroccan cities. The cheapest and most popular way of getting around to country is to make use of the extensive Coach network. Private operators compete for travelers on the more popular routes. Casablanca has a super modern rapid transit tram system. Moroccan Rail (ONCF) has a network connecting North Morocco only. Centers such as Agadir and Essaouira do not have rail networks
 

Tipping
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s generally accepted that a 10% tip is suitable when eating out and for tour guides. Round up your taxi fare to the nearest five dirhams, but don’t feel obliged to tip if you aren’t happy with the service.

Favorite Dishes
B’stilla: a flaky pastry pie is stuffed with steaming tender pigeon meat, almonds and eggs and spiced with aromatic saffron, cinnamon, and fresh coriander
Harira: a hearty bowl of soup, prepared with lamb broth, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas, topped with a squeeze of zesty lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander
Tagine: slow-cooked stews always served with bread to mop up those smoky, hearty juices. Chicken slow-cooked with green olives and preserved lemons is perhaps the classic base, but lamb with plums and allspice is certainly a local favorite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce

Morocco is an exquisite land known for its potent mystique and exotic aura. Europe’s closest link to Africa, Morocco is neither European nor African. It is a rich mix of both with a flavor distinctly its own. In this tour, we offer an excellent introduction to this magnificent culture and country including visits to Berber villages, palm groves, old Kasbahs and a library in Tamgroute, housing ancients manuscripts dating back to the 12th century.

High Season for visitors is from March to May, and September to mid-November when the weather is warm but not too hot. In December, it is usually warm and sunny during the day, you just need to be prepared with warm layers of clothing for the colder nights – February is also a very beautiful month when the almond blossoms are out and there is still snow on the high mountains. During the summer months of July and August, it is much cooler in the mountains compared to the big cities, and there is often a refreshing breeze. It is worth checking the dates of Muslim religious holidays and feast days in Morocco before planning your trip. Most Moroccans are Muslim and observe Ramadan (a month of fasting from dawn till dusk). Book well in advance or avoid traveling around the religious holiday of Eid Al Hattr (or ‘La Fךte des Moutons’, the Feast of the Sheep). This is a big family celebration when many businesses are closed is fully booked as people travel to spend the feast day with their relatives.


Itinerary

Day 1

Casablanca (D)

  • Welcome to Mohammed V airport; you will be met by our representative and receive all your local vouchers and documents.
  • Brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel.
  • Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight
  • Please note: The restaurant closes at 10:00 pm - No room service available.
Day 2

Casablanca - Rabat (B-D)

  • Visit the economic capital of Morocco: the central market; Habous district; Royal Palace; the Mohamed V square; the residential area of Anfa and the Hassan II Mosque .
  • Continue to Rabat the Administrative capital of the country.
  • The City tour includes visits to the Royal Palace; (Mechouar); Oudaya Kasbah; Mohamed V mausoleum; HassanTower.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3

Rabat - Meknes - Fez (B-D)

  • Departure for Meknes and visit of the Ismalian capital; famous for its 40 km long walls.
  • Visit the Bab Mansour; Royal stables and the Jewish quarter.
  • Travel to the holy city of Moulay Idriss and visit the impressive ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis.
  • Onward to Fez.
  • Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Inclusions

  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative 
  • Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Moroccan visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 AUG and 31 OCT 2018
     
  • Seasonal supplements applicable for travel in OCT 2018