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Colors of Morocco 2019-2020 (Explorations)

11 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Casablanca, Morocco.

Day 2 Casablanca, Morocco - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Casablanca. This evening, take in the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger as you join your fellow travelers for a traditional Moroccan dinner. (D)

Day 3 Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fes
Gaze upon the intricate, colorful artistry of ceramic tile and hand-carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque. Then we’re off to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The epitome of modern Moroccan design, the mausoleum’s ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations makes this a tomb truly fit for a king. Then, it’s on to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO), home of the ancient door, the Bab El Mansour, and the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis. Arrive at your riad just in time for dinner, prepared by local women known as ‘dadas’. Dine on traditional recipes that have been passed down through the generations. (B,D)

Day 4 Fes
Get ready to discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn about its history as a center of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion. Step back in time on an eye-opening tour featuring the centuries-old Medersa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th century medina, explore the alleyways and stalls of this ancient market. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colorful vats. (B)

Day 5 Fes - Ifrane - Erfoud - Sahara Desert
Cross some of Morocco’s most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, pause in Ifrane to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Erfoud, “the Door to the Desert”, and make your way by 4x4 jeep to your luxurious tented camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert. (B,D)

Day 6 Sahara Desert Expedition
Rise early to watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin your day by traveling to the Oasis of Hassi Byed. Meet a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before travelling to a village to experience traditional North African Gnawa music. Continue on your desert expedition and meet a nomadic community that travels across the desert with the changing seasons. Return to your camp as the sun sets over the dunes. This evening, reflect on the serenity and beauty of the desert under a tapestry of twinkling stars. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Boumalne du Dades
Return to the edge of the desert via camel, and marvel at the sunrise as it illuminates the sands. In the new light of day, begin the journey to Todra Gorge,* one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Arrive in Morocco’s “Grand Canyon,” Boumalne du Dades, where a golden sun lights up the gorge’s river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes. (B,D)

Day 8 Boumalne du Dades - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou - Marrakech
Follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles along this ancient trading route. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover theo earthen buildings, defensive walls, and corner towers that make the ksar a striking feat of Moroccan architecture. Make a stop at a local cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. Before you reach the exotic city of Marrakech, continue along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages before arriving in the ancient city of Marrakech. (B)

Day 9 Marrakech
Among the mosques and palaces, souks and riads, visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a distinct blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. Explore the vibrant Jewish Mellah, and the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. Then it’s your choice! Visit the Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase beauty and ingenuity of Morocco’s cultural heritage -OR- explore the Musee Yves Saint Laurent and discover how the colors and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. (B)

Day 10 Marrakech
Today, join a local women’s cooperative in an interactive cooking class. Head to le jardin to source your own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country’s most celebrated dish: the tagine. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Marrakech - Casablanca - Tour Ends
Board your transfer to Casablanca this morning to connect with your flight home. (B)
Map
All This Included
Get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Explore Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world, on a walking tour in the Medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still walk the ancient market. Make your way through the Sahara Desert by jeep before boarding a camel for your ride to your luxury nomad camp. Travel the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. In Marrakech, get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality during an interactive cooking class at a women’s cooperative. End with dinner in a palace. Enchanting Morocco will dazzle you with its deep history, unique atmosphere and welcoming people.
  • 17 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Stroll through the cobbled alleyways of ancient markets and medinas.
  • Spend two nights at a tented camp in the Sahara Desert.
  • Visit a desert oasis to meet a local farmer.
Accommodations
Casablanca: Hotel Val D'Anfa 
Fes: Riad Yacout 
Merzouga: Xaluca Luxe Bivoaucs Belle Etoile, Sahara Desert 
Boumalne du Dades: Hotel Xaluca Dades 
Marrakech: Es Saadi Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Hotel club Val DAnfa
Post Night Hotel:
  • Hotel club Val DAnfa
  • Es Saadi Hotel
Notes
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.