DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco.
DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Casablanca & Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer independently to your hotel in Rabat where you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the capital city of Morocco or relax in your hotel for your upcoming adventure. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)
DAY 3, Monday - Rabat Sightseeing, Travel to Fez
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Rabat. View the Royal Palace and the ancient ruins of Chellah, the Oudaya Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower. En route to Fez, stop and visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. Take a short bus tour of the imperial city of Fez conducted by your Tour Manager on the way to the hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Tuesday - Fez City Tour
Spend a full day at leisure to bravely wander the old medina yourself or choose to take the guided optional tour where you will visit the many hidden treasures of the medina that only a Moroccan guide can know. Fez served as the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. It is particularly famous for its tanneries and the Fes el Bali Medina. A short visit to the surrounding leather shops gives you the best view of the tanneries. View the Attarine Medersa, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and visit the Nejjarine Fountains and Museum. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the ancient city of Fez from a hill overlooking the medina. Opportunities for shopping for authentic Moroccan carpets. Finally, view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famed Jewish quarter of the medina where you will get a chance to walk through one of the few remaining Jewish cemeteries in Morocco. Though the city has endured periods of hardship, it has emerged more vibrant than ever, boasting its own distinctive culture, art, and even cuisine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Full Day Fez (AM)
DAY 5, Wednesday - Travel to Marrakesh
Depart the hotel early morning and drive to Marrakesh via highway. Kindly note that this will be the longest coach ride of your tour. Included will be sufficient rest stops for your comfort and a break for lunch on your own. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in Marrakesh. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an optional horse-drawn carriage ride that takes you through the nightlit streets of Marrakesh ending at a popular restaurant. A typical Moroccan dinner is served while you listen to live music and watch an elegant belly dancing performance that caps off the night. (Breakfast)
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
DAY 6, Thursday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city on your own or join the optional morning tour of Marrakesh. Begin at the 16th century Saadian Tombs, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Continue to the Koutoubia Minaret and the beautiful Bahia Palace. You will also have the opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan argan oil, reputedly rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair, before strolling through the bustling Medina to Djemaa el Fna Square, the lively center of the city. Then, perhaps join the optional camel ride. Experience the tranquility of the Palmeraie, a palm oasis outside of Marrakesh, as you ride in Berber style through the valley of lush palm groves on a dromedary, a member of the camel family. (Breakfast)
Optional: Marrakesh City Tour (AM)
Optional: Camel Ride (PM)
DAY 7, Friday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Later this afternoon, tour Casablanca. Your half day sightseeing tour includes the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque*; the largest Mosque in Morocco and the beautiful Corniche seaside. Take a moment to catch your breath at the end of your Moroccan adventure to admire the serenity of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue on a short drive through the residential areas of Casablanca to the city center to visit the Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Tonight, say goodbye to Morocco and your fellow travelers at a Farewell Reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
DAY 8, Saturday - Depart Morocco
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
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