SIGNATURE MOROCCO

SIGNATURE MOROCCO

Morocco, Africa

Delve into Morocco on this 12-day independent journey from its historic cities to its mysterious Sahara Desert. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Volubilis and Meknes, and then travel by 4×4 vehicle and camel to a Desert Tented Camp, where you will sleep amid the Erg Chebbi dunes. Finally, spend three luxurious nights in the fascinating “Red City” of Marrakech.

Highlights:

• Discover all that exotic Morocco has to offer, from the historic cities in the north to the mysterious Sahara desert
• Set out by 4x4 vehicle and then by camel to sleep under desert skies at a tented camp near the Erg Chebbi dunes
• Stay in the fascinating "Red City" at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, your home for three nights
• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Volubilis and Meknes.

Includes:

• 11 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodations
• breakfast daily, 1 dinner

Not Included
• Tips and Gratuities
• Transfers unless otherwise stated on itinerary
• Other services not listed in inclusions.
• Personal expenses of the guests

Level of support:

Self Guided

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11 Nights

Price Range: $$$$$


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DAY 1 | ARRIVE MOROCCO – CASABLANCA
Arrive in Casablanca, where you clear customs and immigration and transfer to your hotel. After settling in, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 2 | RABAT & FEZ – ANCIENT TRADITIONS, RICH HERITAGE
Explore Casablanca, visiting the Hassan II Mosque. Continue to the Moorish city of Rabat and the Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco. See the Mauresquestyle Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah and its Andalusian garden

DAY 3 | FEZ – TIMELESS MEDIEVAL CITY
Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Stroll the lanes and souks of the labyrinthine old quarter, and visit the 14th-century Karaouine, Hispano-Moorish Attarine Medersa (Koranic college) and Nejjarine Square. Also, see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fez el-Jadid

DAY 4 | VOLUBILIS & MEKNES – ROMAN RUINS & MAUSOLEUMS
Journey overland to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Proceed to Meknes, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, Granaries and Royal Stables

DAY 5 | ERFOUD – DESERT OASIS
Explore the fortified desert town of Rissani, seeing the quarry — site of fossilized fish. Cross the soaring desert dunes of Erg Chebbi by four-wheel-drive vehicle, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. Discover the otherworldly landscape like a local, on camel back. Then, return to your camp for a traditional meal before a campfire.

DAY 6 | ERG CHEBBI – SAHARAN DESERT DUNES
Explore the fortified desert town of Rissani, seeing the quarry — site of fossilized fish. Cross the soaring desert dunes of Erg Chebbi by four-wheel-drive vehicle, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. Discover the otherworldly landscape like a local, on camel back. Then, return to your camp for a traditional meal before a campfire.

DAY 7 | OUARZAZATE – ROAD OF A THOUSAND KASBAHS
Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for traders. En route, take in views of the High Atlas’ southern slopes, intersecting the Dades Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees; then, travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.”

DAY 8 | OUARZAZATE – DOORWAY TO THE DESERT
Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope. Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence
of Arabia and Gladiator.

DAY 9 - 11 | MARRAKECH – EXHILARATING MEDINA
Today, journey over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and enjoy an evening at leisure in the “Red City.” The next day, discover the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the soaring Koutoubia minaret and Dar Si Said. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Explore Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians. You may also wander through the city’s labyrinthine souks. The
following day, see the 12th-century Menara Gardens, continuing as a local would by horse-drawn carriage to Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by design legend Yves Saint-Laurent.

DAY 12 | DEPART MARRAKECH
Transfer to the Marrakech airport and board your international flight home

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