Morocco: A feast for the senses!
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It's tough to describe Morocco, you must experience it! The sights, the sounds, the colors and so on. May is one of the best times to visit the fabled, stable country. It has beautiful beaches, desert, snowcapped mountains and sights you know must have been used as backdrops for movies in the past. The weather for this time of year is perfect for this sightseeing adventure in this outstanding destination.
Day 1. Depart for Morocco.
Day 2. Arrive in Casablanca. Our guide will meet us, take us to the bus, and then to the hotel. We can relax this afternoon until dinner at the hotel tonight. D.
Day 3. Casablanca to Rabat. We will depart from the hotel and first enjoy a drive around Casablanca, Morocco's largest and most cosmopolitan city. You will see the Mosque Hassan II, one of the largest in the world. Time permitting we will take a short walk along the Ain Diab corniche and then enjoy a seafood lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Rabat and will have a bus orientation tour and visits to the Oudaya, the great Mosque, the bustling Medina, the Hassan Tower and Mohammed V Mausoleum, and then drive throughout the Ramparts and the walls of the Mechouar that encompass the Royal Palace. B. L. D.
Day 4. Rabat – Meknes – Fez: After breakfast, we will depart for Meknes, one of the oldest imperial cities in Morocco. The city is surrounded by olive trees, beautiful scenery and mountains. We can stop to visit the Shrine Mosque Bab Manssour, the old Median, and drive around the old walls. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Meknes. From here you will be driven to Volubilis, the archeological site showing the authentic Roman civilization in Morocco. Then, on to Fez for a three-night stay. This evening we will have our welcome dinner that includes a half-liter wine per person plus some water and tea or coffee. B. L. D.
Day 5. Fez Sightseeing. After breakfast, we are off for a full day of sightseeing in this historic city. Being in Fez is like being in a return to historical times—winding alleys, fountains, shaded courtyards, soaring minarets and fabulous mosques. Some of the sightseeing will be the Royal Palace, the Old Harem Gardens, the Kasbah and Karaouline University founded in the 8th century, the Mausoleum Moulay Idriss, the Souks, the Jajjarine Fountain, a drive around the 17 miles of fortress walls that enclosed the Medina and more. Tonight dinner will be at a nice restaurant outside the hotel. B. L. D.
Day 6. Fez. Today is a full free day for you to relax and do as you wish. Sit by the pool, shop, your choice. You are on your own for lunch and dinner. B.
Day 7. Fez – Erfoud. Our journey today will take us on a beautiful 200-mile drive toward the South Atlas, passing by the resort town of Ifrane (where the King has a genuine castle). You will pass through the wooded areas of the Atlas Mountains (where the ski resorts are), through the Midlet Area (lunch at a local restaurant), the Ziz River and a series of fortified villages, and then down to Erfoud on the desert floor where we check in for a one-night stay. We'll head to the Merzouga Dunes via 4x4 vehicles for a lovely sunset. Dinner at the hotel. B. L. D.
Day 8. Erfoud-Tinghir-Gorges de Todra-Ouarzazate. We will travel to Tineghir, which is surrounded by a great Kasbah and mountains. You will have time this afternoon to enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Gorges de Toda. The places around Ouarzazate have been used for many movies, especially in the Atlas Studios where Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, and many others were filmed. You will enjoy seeing these great spectacular landscapes. Dinner is at the hotel. B. D.
Day 9. Ouarzazate – Marrakesh. We will enjoy some sightseeing in Ouarzazate before heading to lunch in Ait Benhaddou. After lunch, we will head for Marrakesh, where we should arrive in the early evening. You will enjoy the great scenery along the way. This fantastic city is called the "Pearl of the South" and looks like something out of the Arabian Nights. It is a palm-tree lined, sun-drenched oasis at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. The main square and the handicrafts must be seen to be believed. We will spend three nights here. Dinner is at the hotel. B. L. D.
Note: Many of the nicer hotels in Morocco require that we include two meals a day. We have this in Marrakech and Essaouira. Even though it is included, you can choose to eat outside the hotel some nights at cute little restaurants available in the different areas.
Day 10. Marrakech. Your half-day sightseeing tour will take you to see the Dar Si Said Museum, The Koutoubia Minaret, Menara Pavilion, the Bahia Palace and the Royal Garden. You are on your own for lunch. The afternoon is free time to explore the famous city square and this amazing city. Dinner is at the hotel. B. D.
Day 11. Marrakech. This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour. Lunch is included at the hotel. The afternoon is free for you to explore. This evening we will enjoy a special show called the Fantasia, which is a multi-colored show in large tents with musicians and dancers. B. L. D.
Day 12. Marrakesh – Essaouira. The port town of Essaouira was founded by the Portuguese, razed by the Moroccans, and later redesigned by a captured French architect. Its cultural mix, white-washed buildings, and pinkish-red ramparts make it one of the most attractive towns on the Atlantic coast. It has a wonderful old city and nice port area. It contains fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese art. It is famous for its fine wood-working handicrafts. We are on our own for lunch. Dinner is at the hotel. B. D.
Day 13. Essaouira. A full day of sightseeing. Our guide will bring this lovely town to life. Lunch is on your own. Dinner is included at the hotel, but as always you are welcome to have dinner wherever you wish. B. D.
Day 14. Essaouira – El Jadida. This morning we say goodbye to Essaouira and head to the beach at El Jadida for a little relaxation before we head back to Casablanca. We will have lunch in Oualidia. B. L. D.
Day 15. El Jadida – Casablanca. We’ll head back to Casablanca today. We check into the five-star Sheraton Hotel for our last night. Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Casablanca, which includes half-liter of wine per person. B. L. D.
Day 16. Depart from Morocco for return trip to the US or for an extension.
- all ground transfers
- deluxe motor coach
- services of a professional English-speaking guide
- all hotel and air taxes in effect
- 14 nights’ lodging in mostly 5 star hotels, each room with private bath or shower
- all sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary
- 36 meals
- luggage handling for one large suit case per person throughout
- name tags and luggage tags
- final information packets
- escorted from Portland
- International airfare
- Optional excursions or extensions
- Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
- All items of a personal nature
- Anything not mentioned as specifically included in the itinerary