11096 B Lee Highway
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SMALL GROUP JOURNEY – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 16 participants. Scheduled departures - 8-day/6-night tour visiting Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes & Marrakech. Includes accommodation at first class or superior first class hotels with breakfast daily, 5 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & departure transfers, touring by minivan or small motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Casablanca.
Upon arrival at Casablanca airport, you will be met and transferred to city center. Enjoy a tour of "the White City", driving through the wide avenues and walking through the narrow streets of the Medina. Visit United Nations Square, the Habous district, Hassan II Mosque (outside only) and Corniche Boulevard. Continue to Rabat. (Your arrival transfer from the airport, the city tour and the transfer from Casablanca to Rabat are included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier individual transfers and a tour can be organized at an additional cost.) Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel in Rabat. (D)
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities. Visit the Medina built by Moorish refugees from Spain, the Roman ruins of Chellah, the Royal Palace - residence of King Hassan II and the seat of the government since 1912, and the Hassan Tower. Continue to the holy town of Moulay Idriss. Situated on top of a rocky mountain, this town is named after a prominent Moroccan saint. Proceed to the Roman city of Volubilis which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th century AD and is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Morocco. Depart for Meknes, another Imperial City, with its rich architectural legacy. See the Victory Gate (Bab-el-Mansour), the Royal Palace with its underground stables, and the ornate tomb of Moulay Ismail, the builder of Meknes. Travel to Fes, the oldest Imperial City and the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco. (B,D)
Today is devoted to touring this World Heritage City. Visit the medieval Medina, the Medersas, the Karaouine Mosque, the University, as well as the Nejjarin Fountain. Continue with a visit of the famous souks (markets) of Fes. (B,D)
After breakfast, depart for Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains. Stop in Ifrane, a delightful ski resort known for its wood carvings. Continue to Beni-Mellal where you will have some free time for lunch. Arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon. (B,D)
Today, enjoy a tour of historical Marrakech. Visit the legendary souks, craft markets, wool-dyer's quarters, and the legendary Djemaa-El-Fna Square. See the tombs of the Saadian rulers, Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the Menara Gardens. This evening, consider an optional dinner at a typical Moroccan restaurant with an accompanying folklore show. (B,L)
Enjoy a morning at leisure before departing for Casablanca. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore yet another amazing Imperial City on your own. The center of Casablanca is the hub of a series of spacious avenues spreading out in a star formation, each lined with elegant buildings that are an admirable blend of Art Deco and Neo-Moorish styles, featuring cupolas, columns, cedar-wood balconies and turrets. Casablanca is the most European city of Morocco, though it retains many of its traditional aspects. (B,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Casablanca airport for your return flight home. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (B)