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Morocco Discovery Group Tour


MOROCCO DISCOVERY

Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Moulay Idriss, Volubilis, Meknes, Erfoud, Tinghir, El Kelaa, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Essaouira,
Safi & El Jadida


TOUR COST
Per person, sharing from R 23 314 depending on season. Tour price entirely subject to confirmation.
Excludes flights
Single Room Supplement from R 4 782

A deposit of R2500 per person will secure your place on a tour.


Terms & Conditions apply

The cost of the tour includes:
  • Accommodation, with dinner, bed & breakfast at 4 star (A) hotels
  • All tours, sightseeing and entrance fees per the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Meals where stated
  • Qualified English speaking guides
  • All transfers
The cost of the tour excludes:
  • Air fares & tax
  • All extras, drinks etc., at hotels, restaurants or during the tour
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours and lunches
  • Visa and visa handling charge
  • Travel insurance

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MOROCCO DISCOVERY ITINERARY

Saturday
Depart South Africa on an evening flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Casablanca.



Sunday: Casablanca-Rabat
Arrive at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca where you will be met, assisted and transferred to Casablanca for a sightseeing tour of the “White City”. Walk through the narrow streets of the Medina, see the grand scale of the architectural buildings in United Square and marvel at the Hassan II Mosque, built on a rock platform in the sea. Also visit the Court House, various souks and the central market, the 13th century Habous district and the wealthy Cornice Boulevard of Ain Diab where you will see villas side by side with corporate headquarters. Optional lunch in Mohammedia - Casablanca's popular resort playground, where the restaurants are renowned for their fish dishes. Thereafter you continue to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay.



Monday: Rabat-Moulay Idriss-Volubilis-Meknes-Fes
After breakfast, you will visit the “Imperial garden city” which begins with the Kasbah of Oudayas. Its principal gateway is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and inside is a 17th century palace with delightful Andalusian Gardens. Afterwards, you will see the Hassan Tower (if completed, this mosque would have been the 2nd largest in the Islamic world) and the extraordinary walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace. Before reaching Meknes, you will have a short visit to Moulay Idriss, a sacred Islamic town named after Morocco's most venerated saint, before going through the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Optional lunch, followed by sightseeing at Meknes, the “Moroccan Versailles”. The town was founded in the 17th century by Sultan Moulay Ismail and had over 50 palaces and 45km of exterior walls. Dinner and overnight stay in Fes.



Tuesday: Fes
After breakfast, you have a full day of sightseeing. Fes is the oldest imperial city where you will visit the medieval Medina and religious Islamic centres, as well as the Medersas University, the Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world) and the beautiful mosaic Nejjarin Fountain. In the evening there will be sightseeing of the famous souks of Fes. Dinner and overnight stay.



Wednesday: Fes-Erfoud
Depart for Erfoud, traveling via the Middle-Atlas Mountains which are covered in oak, cork and giant cedar forests, passing by Ifrane (whose royal palace can be seen high above the trees) and Azrou, an important handicraft centre. Stop at Midelt (best known for their carpet souk) for optional lunch. The tour continues to Erfoud where you will visit the small palm grove of the Blue Meski with its natural spring pool. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Erfoud.

Thursday: Erfoud
Morning at leisure. Later there is an excursion to Rissani, the capital of the Tafilalet, where the Alaouites dynasty ancestors are buried. Visit the 17th century fortress of Kasbah and the imposing ruins of Ksar Abbar, which was used as a place of exile for the wives of dead sultans and unwanted family members. Dinner is included and there are several optional excursions to Merzouga available:

Options:
  1. Sunset and return to the hotel - You will be driven in a Land-Rover to the sand dunes to witness the sunset and have some tea. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
  2. night Bivouac - Arrive at the Merzouga dunes in Land-Rovers in time for the sunset. Dinner and overnight under nomadic tents (Bedouin way of life).
  3. Camel riding (Mehari) - One night in the desert and dunes with camel riding (Bedouin way of life).
  4. Remain for dinner at hotel.



Friday: Erfoud-Tinghir-El Kelaa-Ouarzazate
You will have a morning departure to Tinghir via the Tinejdad Road with its magnificent Kasbahs. Optional lunch available. You will visit the Todra Canyons whose giant rock walls change colour throughout the course of the day. You continue to El Kelaa (famous for its thousands of tiny pink Persian roses) through the limestone cliffs of the Dades Valley. There will be an opportunity for a short sightseeing visit at El Kelaa before driving on to the town of Ouarzazate through the road of “thousands of Kasbahs”. Dinner and overnight at hotel.



Saturday: Ouarzazate
Today you might like to take an optional excursion to Zagora with its palms and oasis cultivation, then the town of M'Hamid before enjoying a sunset at Tinfou (there is no extra charge). Alternatively you could spend the day at leisure or do a whole day excursion to Zagora, through the Draa Valley and the village of Amzrou (an old Jewish village). Also visit M'hamid, the last settlement before the Sahara. Stop at the tiny hamlet of Tinfou for a walk on the sand dunes while watching the sunset, before returning to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at hotel.



Sunday: Ouarzazate-Marrakesh
Today is spent exploring Ouarzazate, including the Tifoultoute and Taorirt Kasbahs. Afterwards you will continue to the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco. Lunch is optional. From here you continue on to the magical red city of Marrakesh (Morocco's 2nd largest city), through the Tichka pass (2260m). Dinner and overnight Marrakesh.



Monday: Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will spend the whole day sightseeing tour in this fascinating city. Marrakesh is the “pearl of the south” founded by the Almoravides dynasty at the end of the 12th century. This city is located in the heart of a palm grove and surrounded by snow-topped mountains. Spend the morning discovering the souks of Marrakesh and the Djemaa El Fna square, which by day is a market place but at night an endless parade of a variety of performers and entertainers. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the lavishly decorated Saadian Tombs, Dar Si Said which houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts, the Menara and Agdal city gardens, the Koutoubia (this tower is nearly 70m high and is visible for miles), and the Bahia Palace. This evening you have an optional dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant with folklore show.



Tuesday: Marrakesh
Day at leisure in Marrakesh. Optional excursions in the region of this city are available. Dinner and overnight.

Wednesday: Marrakesh
Day at leisure in Marrakesh. Optional excursions in the region of this city are available. Dinner and overnight.



Thursday: Marrakech-Essaouira
After breakfast, you depart for the fishing port town of Essaouira, famous for its local wooden handcrafts. Optional lunch. This afternoon you will visit the ramparts of Skala, the sea-port and the Medina. Dinner and overnight.


Friday: Essaouira-Safi-El Jadida-Casablanca
After breakfast you depart for Safi, one of the oldest African ports beyond Gibraltar. You will also visit the remains of the Portuguese Sea Castle, the Pottery's hill (the ideal place to buy superb pottery pieces) before continuing to the seaside resort of Oualidia, famous for its oyster farming. Here you have the option of lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue to the stunning and popular beach resort of El Jadida (once called “Mazagan” by the Portuguese) for a short visit, before driving to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight.



Saturday: Casablanca
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport, where you will be assisted through the airport formalities for your return flight.

Sunday: South Africa
Arrive at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport or Cape Town, where you will collect your luggage and transfer to Domestic Departures for your flight to other centres.
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