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MO5 MOROCCO TOUR

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'Caravans & Kasbahs'

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

'Imperial cities', Meknes, Fes, Marrakech; Volubilis, Morocco's only Roman site; Atlas Mountain vistas and charming villages; Merzouga dunes - Sahara experience; Dramatic Todra Gorge; Relaxed seaside town of Essaouira

  • DATES & PRICES
  • FULL ITINERARY
  • MAP & HOTELS
  • TRIP INFORMATION

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 04 Oct 2015Sun 18 Oct 2015 $2840
Sun 20 Dec 2015Sun 03 Jan 2016 $2990
Sun 01 May 2016Sun 15 May 2016 $2840
Sun 02 Oct 2016Sun 16 Oct 2016 $2840
Tue 20 Dec 2016Tue 03 Jan 2017 $2990

Optional Single Supplement: $520 (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


This adventure takes us to a land that has been known to inspire and astound. When gazing up at the Corinthian columns of Meknes we can easily imagine these stone structures being responsible for holding up the blue sky above the ancient city. The closest we can ever come to reliving times of such notoriety is by combining the country's remnants of ancient civilizations with a little imagination. While in Casablanca, it's easy to visualize the 30, 000 workers and craftsmen busy constructing the Hassan II Mosque as we look above our heads at the awe-inspiring ceilings. It's hard not to be spellbound by the magic when we watch the dunes of the Merzouga change colour during sunset. Thinking of the Middle Atlas region as somewhere we have been before is a forgivable misconception because the land contains so many details that make up the our idea of perfection.

Regions visited: North And West Africa
Countries visited: Morocco


Testimonials


14 day tour was just about right length of time. Loved the sand dunes - spectacular! Really a highlight! Also souq in Fes and the two dinners we had in family homes in Fes.

All excursions were excellent. A very thorough coverage of Morocco. Superb driver and helper. Awesome food and dining experiences. I'd be honored to travel with Claude again. All the Adventures Abroad Tour Leaders have been exceptional and Claude was one of the best. Very nice trip.

Enjoyed all excursions. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Volubilis (Roman site), partially because the local guide was excellent. The local guides were very good in all cases. We were very pleased with this tour, it was well organized, the tour leader was excellent and the price was reasonable.

Claude has a great personality and is very knowledgeable. He is there to answer any of your questions and help with any of your needs. He is an EXCELLENT tour leader!

Move over Victor! We consider we truly "lucked in" with Yvette, i.e. not only a culturally knowledgeable, insightful Tour Leader, clearly passionate and enthusiastic about North Africa, but a warm, very conscientious leader always preparing us for the next stage of our journey.

Your company provides excellent value and itineraries that capture the heart of the countries.

My experience on this trip exceeded my expectations. Now I know first- hand why so many people in our group have taken multiple trips with you. And I plan to become one of them. On my next trip, if someone asks "Is this your first trip with Adventures Abroad" I ll be able to say "No, I ve travelled with them before!"

Our tour of the souks in Fes was amazing . The trip to the Sahara sand dunes and the camel ride was a real highlight that should not be missed.

The meal plan was very good. We had some super meals.... who will forget the walk along the beach in Essaouira under the stars to a fabulous sea food restaurant with the biggest prawns that any of us has ever seen?

Yvette in particular has such a wonderful and deep appreciation of the people and region and such an unfailingly great sense of humor. I came away with enough book and film recommendations to keep me going for a year and with a host of funny stories to chuckle over. She really gave thought to what individuals in the group needed and would enjoy and varied details correspondingly as we went along.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca
Today we arrive in Morocco and transfer to our central Casablanca hotel.

Casablanca is believed to have been a Phoenician settlement and later a Berber town. It was conquered by the Almohads in 1188, and developed by Sutlan Abd el-Moumen as a port. In the 14th century the Portuguese established a settlement here on the site of the village of Anfa, but when it became a pirates' base in 1468, they destroyed it, repeating this act in 1515. The Portuguese reestablished themselves in the late 16th century, renaming the town Casa Blanca, staying until 1755, when an earthquake destroyed the settlement.

Overnight in Casablanca.

Meal plan: dinner

Day 2 Casablanca - Rabat - Fes
This morning we visit the Hassan II Mosque, a glorious structure believed to be only second in size to Islam's most important site, Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The mosque was inaugurated in August 1993, the culmination of five years of intensive labour by over 30,000 workers and craftsmen. Non-Muslims may enter as part of a guided tour.

From Casablanca we travel to Rabat, Morocco's third oldest Imperial City and modern capital. Among the sites in Rabat that we will visit are the the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum. Leaving Rabat we travel to Fes arriving in time for dinner.

The historic city of Fes lies in the Oued Sebou basin, astride the traditional trade route from the Sahara to the Mediterranean and the path from Algeria and the Islamic heartland beyond. For centuries the dominant axis within Morocco was of Fes and Marrakech, two cities linked by their immense power and rivalry. Fes is still seen as the spiritual and cultural capital and holds an enduring fascination for visitors with one of the largest historic medinas full of monuments reflecting the different periods of Morocco's imperial past.

Overnight in Fes.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 3 Fes - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes
This morning we visit the impressive site of Volubulis, the only Roman site in Morocco. Situated on the ledge of a long plateau, the dramatic site was once one of the Roman Empire's most remote outposts. Our local guide here will take you on tour of the site; we also allow free time for photographs.

We also see the sacred town of Moulay Idriss (photo stop only). Moulay Idriss is a dramatic sight, houses and mosques piled up around two rock outcrops, with the 'zaouia,' or sanctuary, in between.

We continue to Meknes, Morocco's youngest Imperial City. We feature the Bab El Mansour gate dating from 1752, complete with its Corinthian columns. The city was built by a massive army of slaves, both Moroccan and Christian, and the Sultan was in particular famed for his barbaric treatment of these people, supposedly interring them in the walls. The city contained within it all that was necessary for such a large population and military machine, with store houses, stables, armouries, exercise areas, gardens and ponds.

We return to Fes.

Overnight in Fes.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 4 Fes: City Tour
Today we will have a walking tour of Fes El Bali, the extraordinary medieval walled city. Once inside the gates of this great spectacle, you will see an entirely different view of life in Morocco. In contrast to the well-planned Ville Nouvelle, the old city is a labyrinth of alleys and lanes lined with shops, mosques, homes and schools. In 1980 UNESCO designated the medina a World Heritage Site.

Our guide will take us to the medina to view the market shops, or suqs. Everything from food to clothing can be purchased. We will see the famous dying works with the brightly coloured cloth hanging to dry. A visit to the Royal Palace, several mosques, theological schools, and shops where we can see craftsmen tailoring their work will round out the day's tour. Today's walk is an amazing look into the life of the Moroccan city dweller where little has changed over the centuries.

Overnight in Fes.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 5 Fes - Erfoud
We have a morning departure for the Middle Atlas, a region of folded mountains and high, windswept plateaux, vast forests of cork oak and cedar, and lakes and streams full of trout. This is Berber country and sheep and goat-rearing is the main occupation of these resilient, friendly people. We drive via the Berber villages of Imouzzer du Kandar; Ifrane, a fairy-tale town unlike any other in Morocco with white-walled French-style villas with steep red roofs and gables. As the altitude increases, we come to a bare, arid, sandy plateau with another range of mountains in the distance.

We continue to Erfoud, an attractive town -- red and sandy, exuding desert ambiance.

Overnight in Erfoud.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 6 Rissani & Merzouga Dunes
This morning we journey to the historic 8th century caravan town of Rissani to visit the Tafilalt Oasis. The first capital of the Tafilalt and the last stop on the caravan routes south, Rissani has a special place in Moroccan lore. The ruling Alaouite dynasty (from whom Morocco's current ruler, Mohammed VI, is a descendant) launched its bid for power here before triumphing finally in Fes and Marrakech. Today, a quarter of Rissani's population still inhabits a large 17th-century ksar in the center of town.

Later this afternoon we drive by 4WD vehicle to Merzouga to witness sunset over the dunes. We have time to explore the dunes on foot, or by camel! This is a magical landscape, with huge drifting expanses of sand dunes reaching heights of more than 45 metres (148 ft). Their colour shifts from pink to gold to red to white depending on the time of day.

Overnight at Merzouga. Merzouga Inn.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 7 Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Ouarzazate
This morning we depart for the Todra Gorge, one of Morocco's most spectacular sights. It is a vast fault in the plateau separating the High Atlas from the Jbel Sarhro, two sheer cliffs over 300 metres (958 ft) high separated by a narrow corridor only 20 metres (66 ft) wide.

Later we cross the southern slopes of the High Atlas before arriving at the captivating city of Ouarzazate. We stop en route in the heart of the Dades Valley at the oasis of Kelaa Mgouna.

Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 8 Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Taroudannt
Our first visit this morning is the Kasbah Taourirt, once belonging to the famous El Glaoui governors. We then proceed to the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, one of the most spectacular sites in Morocco. The site, which has received extensive renovations from UNESCO, towers high above the El Mellah River and has some of the most highly decorated dark red pise walls. We arrive in the new village on the west bank of the river and proceed to cross the river, usually with an entourage of local children.

After a brief tour and time for independent exploration, we continue our journey toward Taroudannt through the Souss Valley. The area is rich in agriculture, producing oranges, bananas, tomatoes and other crops.

Overnight in Taroudannt.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 9 Taroudannt: City Tour
As the capital of the Souss Valley, Taroudannt has traditionally been an important staging post in the Trans-Sahara caravan routes. The old city is surrounded by nearly 5 km (3 miles) of rich red-ochre walls. The walls, considered by many to be the best preserved in Morocco, give the town an elegant feeling. This morning we have a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) ride around the walls of the city before beginning our walking tour of the suq area. The town is famous for its two suqs: the Souk Arabe and the Marche Berbere. The former specialises in handicrafts and jewelry; the later is famous for house-wares, spices, wooden objects and furniture.

This afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. You may wish to spend more time in the bazaar or take a walk around the impressive city walls and bastions.

Overnight in Taroudannt.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 10 Taroudannt - Essaouira
This morning we travel toward the Atlantic coast and make a short stop in Agadir. From here we travel northward to the fortified, whitewashed fishing village of Essaouira. Once a pirate community, the town is located on a rock promontory overlooking the sometimes raging Atlantic Ocean. There was a small Phonenician settlement at Essaouira, previously called Magdoura or Mogador, a corruption of the Berber word 'Amegdul,' meaning ‘well-protected'. The Romans were interested in the purple dye produced from shellfish which they used to colour the robes of the rich.

Orson Welles stayed here for some time, filming part of Othello at the Skala. In the 1960s Essaouira had a brief reputation as a 'happening place', which attracted hippies, notably the rock star, Jimi Hendrix. Before dinner you may want to stroll along the extensive beach or visit the colourful fish market.

Overnight in Essaouira.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 11 Essaouira: Walking Tour
Essaouira is one of Morocco's most charming towns. Old Mogador was occupied in the 15th century by the Portuguese who built the fortifications around the harbour. These impressive ramparts still give the city a fortified look.

Today your Tour Leader will take you on a leisurely walking tour of this coastal city. The port area offers an interesting look into the fishery industry of Morocco, and the jewelry suq offers some of the best silver items available. Essaouira is most famous, however, for its wooden handicrafts. Almost every shop in the town offers fabulous wooden boxes, chess sets, letter holders, statues, etc. Alternatively, you may wish to visit one of the many art galleries or visit the Musee Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah which features excellent displays of marquetry and handicrafts. Be sure to visit the Marchee d'espices (spice market) where you can purchase your cooking spices or pick up some "cures" for whatever ails you.

Overnight in Essaouira.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 12 Essaouira - Marrakech Essaouira - Marrakech
Today we travel from Essaouira inland to Marrakech. As we approach Marrakech, the scenery becomes flatter and greener, as the city is the centre of a large palmerie oasis. You will notice an abundance of the pink mud-brick buildings amid this tree-filled city. With it's unique character and charm, Marrakech lures visitors with a hospitable climate and superb location.

This evening we visit the famous Djemma el-Fna in the centre of the city. The Djemma el-Fna is like nowhere else in North Africa. This "Assembly of the Dead," offers a spectacle that is a must-see when visiting Morocco. In the busy square you will witness a carnival of musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, story-tellers, witch doctors, dentists, clowns, monkey's and the like. The enduring smells of the Djemma's food stalls, piled high with platters of specialty cuisine, are well worth a visit just for the experience..

Overnight in Marrakech.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 13 Marrakech: City Tour
Marrakech is one of the world's most enchanting cities. The city is situated on a lush palmerie and city dates to the Almoravid Dynasty circa 1670. Founded by Youssef bin Tachfine, the city became the dominant centre of Morocco. Our morning walking tour takes us to the Koutoubia, nearly 70 m (230 feet) high and emulating the classic Moroccan design. We will also take a short walk through the Mellah or Jewish quarter.

This afternoon we allow free time to visit one of the many gardens -- the Majorelle Garden is recommended. Within the gardens is an excellent museum displaying a collection of Berber objects originating from diverse regions of Morocco, from the Rif to the Sahara.

Overnight in Marrakech.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 14 Marrakech - Casablanca
Today we travel by FIRST CLASS day train (3-4 hours) back to Casablanca.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently most flights are leaving Casa just after midnight. If this is the case for your chosen departure, you may depart Casablanca just into TOMORROW rather than spending the entire night and entire day in Casa tomorrow. In this case, you would have access to a hotel room upon arrival in Casa and prior to your transfer to the airport this evening.

Overnight in Casablanca.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 15 Departure
Departure from Casablanca.

BON VOYAGE!!

Meal plan: breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Novotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Casablanca
Country: Morocco

Located in the center of Casablanca just a short walk from the Casa Port train station at the heart of
... business district, this 281-room 4-star Novotel offers an unrivalled view of the Hassan II Mosque and the port of Casablanca. Our banquet team knows how to create the ideal setting in one of the 5 meeting rooms, equipped with the latest technology and able to accommodate up to 220 people. The Mohammed V Airport lies 19 miles (30 km) and 30 minutes away from the hotel.
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Hotel Fint

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Ouarzazate
Country: Morocco

Le Fint in Ouarzazate is one of the few international hotels among all the Hotels in Ouarzazate; this hotel is
... for tourists that want exemplary amenities and services.





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Hotel Palais Salam

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Taroudant
Country: Morocco

The Palais Salam Hotel is a traditional Moroccan palace built inside the ancient fortified walls of Taroudannt. Set among beautiful
... this hotel has been restored to retain its authentic atmosphere of times past. Standard air-conditioned rooms with twin beds, minibar, TV, phone. Bathrooms have bath/shower.


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Riad al Madina

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Essaouira
Country: Morocco

This charming, character property is located in the shade of the ancient city walls, in the heart of the Medina,
... within a 200 meters walk from the beach. All rooms are air-conditioned with en suite facilities.

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Hotel el Andalous

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Marrakech
Country: Morocco

In the heart of Marrakech residential area, the Andalous is situated at a walking distance from Djemâa El Fna square,
... Koutoubia minaret, the beautiful garden of Agdal, the royal Menara. The rooms are entirely air-conditioned and heated with two double beds a bathroom and separated toilets, a direct telephone, a television with satellite antenna and built-in radio, and a private balcony.


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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular of which are spring and fall when temperatures are mild. Summers are hot and dry; winter mornings can be frosty but the days warm up nicely. Showers are possible in spring, unlikely in summer, and possible in late fall and winter.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Roads are in good condition though winding on some stretches. Comfortable first class day train to Casablanca. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces.

Accommodation

Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-4 star) throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)

MO5 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION15 days

TOUR STARTCasablanca

TOUR ENDCasablanca