8 Day Essential Morocco 2018-2019 (Thursday Departure)
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco.
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Casablanca & Travel 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 for your upcoming adventure. This evening at your hotel, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Rabat Sightseeing then 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. As you travel through the Moroccan countryside, pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. This evening, upon your arrival in Fez, enjoy a breathtaking view of the ancient city of Fez from a hill overlooking the medina. 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, Sunday - Full Day in Fez
Enjoy 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. 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)
Optional: Full Day Fez (AM)
DAY 5, Monday - 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. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in Marrakesh. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an optional horse-drawn carriage ride 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, Tuesday - 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 before strolling through the bustling Medina to Djemaa el Fna Square, the lively center of the city. Then, perhaps join the optional couscous cooking demo followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. Visit the Marrakesh Museum with its gorgeous display of artifacts before continuing to the magnificent Majorelle Botanical Gardens, inspired by French artists and fashion designer Yves St. Laurent. (Breakfast)
Optional: Marrakesh City Tour (AM)
Optional: Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration, Museum, Palace & Gardens Tour with Lunch (PM)
DAY 7, Wednesday - 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, bid Morocco farewell and say goodbye to your fellow travelers . (Breakfast)
*Please note: Due to winter month earlier prayer time schedules, afternoon interior visits are not possible.
DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Morocco
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
6 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Enjoy a city tour of Rabat; view the Royal Palace, Oudaya Kasbah and Hassan Tower
Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a short bus tour of the imperial city of Fez
View Hassan II Mosque, built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday
Rabat: Hotel Belere
Fez: Barcelo Fez Medina
Marrakech: Suite Novotel Marrakesh
Casablanca: Novotel Casablanca City Center
This 8 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Morocco in a brief visit.
Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.
Triple rooms are not available at Hotel Belere in Rabat, Kenzi Farah in Marrakech, Kenzi Basma in Casablanca and will be accommodated in a Single and Double Room.
This program is active and involves walking over various surfaces. The pace is fast, as it includes visits to numerous sites. The longest day spent on the bus is between Fez and Marrakesh, which is approximately 6 hours. The earliest wake up call is 6 am. While most of the sightseeing lasts between 1 to 3 hours, the full day Fez optional tour is approximately 6 hours.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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