Morocco Discovery Tour

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Travel the Morocco Discovery tour in your own vehicle with an experienced driver. You are taken on private tours in Meknes, Fez, Marrakech and Casablanca by an experienced English-speaking guide.
Travel south to the ever-spreading sand dunes of Erfoud and Merzouga at the beginning of the Sahara Desert. An experience not to be missed as you will be dazzled by the high eternal dunes especially at sunrise or sunset. Continue to Marrakech, the Pearl of the South. Step back into history when you see the coppersmiths hammering metals as they did 200 years ago and be charmed by the magic of the Djemaa El Fna. 

At a glance

DAY 1 Arrive Casablanca and travel to Rabat
DAY 2 Rabat tour and continue to Fez via Meknes (tour)
DAY 3 Full day Fez tour
DAY 4 Travel through the Middle Atlas and Ziz Valley to Erfoud
DAY 5 Morning at leisure. Afternoon journey to Merzouga
DAY 6 Continue via the 1000 Kashbah route to Ouarzazate
DAY 7 See spectacular fortresses today and arrive in Marrakech
DAY 8 Spend the day visiting Marrakech's most important sites
Day 9 Return to Casablanca including a city tour before hotel check-in
Day 10 Services end with transfer to Casablanca Airport

Highlights

Rabat: Morocco capital and home to Hassan Tower
Meknes: An Ancient fortified city with impressive entrance gates, best known is the Bab Mansour
Fez: a UNESCO World Heritage with more than 9500 alleyways and home to the world’s oldest university
Erfoud: Once famous as the base camp for desert expeditions  and characterized by red building & stunning scenery
Merzouga: a small village and the starting point of the vast Sahara desert with towering sand dunes
Ouarzazate: a Berber village with beautifully ornate palaces (Kasbahs)
Marrakech: a city stretching back a thousand years with so much to explore in this city, especially the Jemaa El Fna

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Itinerary

Day 1

Casablanca - Rabat (D)

  • Welcome to Morocco. Clear customs and meet with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to Rabat
  • Dinner and overnight in Rabat
Day 2

Rabat - Meknes - Fez (B/D)

  • After breakfast, city tour of Rabat. 
  • Visit the Royal Palace, the Mechouar (royal palace garden), Oudaya Kasbah, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower.
  • Continue to Meknes and see the old Medina surrounded by three rows of ramparts and the famous Bab Mansour gate.
  • Onwards to the Roman ruins of Volubilis for a memorable photo stop
  • Continue to Fez
Day 3

Fez (B/D)

  • Your full-day city tour begins in Fez Medina, the old quarter called Fez el Bali. See the Medersa Attarine, a beautiful Islamic school, dating back to the fourteenth century, Qaraouiyine Mosque (exterior), one of the oldest Islamic universities and Nejjarine Souk and fountains.
  • Optional lunch in a traditional restaurant located in the center of the medina
  • In the afternoon walk through the souks and a visit to a leather processing workshop for which Fez is so famous.

Inclusions

  • Return Flights from Jo'burg on Emirates Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
  • Accommodation at hotels in double room 
  • Meals as mentioned   
  • Airport & Tours in private AC vehicle
  • English-speaking guides

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees
  • Services not stated in the itinerary
  • Increases in airfares, departure & Fuel taxes
  • Seasonal and/or event/weekend supplements may be applicable

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 and 31 October 19
     
  • Contact us for alternative travel dates

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 tantalizing 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. Cities 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.

Favourite 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 favourite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce