Morocco, Imperial cities

Morocco, Imperial cities

8D/7N, 2 adults, 1 double room B&B. Shared/SIC excursions mentionned. Private return transfers airport/hotel mentionned. Flights included Marrakech-Casablanca-Fez

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05/03/2018 08/03/2018

Marrakech

About the city

Gateway to the desert and the south, Marrakech is overwhelming like no other imperial city of Morocco. Its reddish-pink streets and alleys are full of sounds, sights, smells and life. The mid-summer heat is enough to prostrate most tourists. The best times to explore Marrakech are early morning, early evening, and winter, during winter temperatures are mild, but fall significantly at night, due to the cold air from the High Atlas. The Djemaa El-Fna, Assembly of the Dead, is anything but what its name suggests. A hot and crowded market by day, the Djemaa really gets rolling at sunset when the entertainers invade. This chaotic outdoor circus offers a microcosms of Morocco at its most exotic. The huge audience clusters in tight circles around the diverse cast of performers. Almost every tour of Marrakech begins at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, with its magnificent minaret presiding over the Djemaa. The minaret, crowned by a lantern of three golden spheres, is the oldest and purest surviving example of the architecture of the Almohads. The city’s two most breathtaking monuments date from the 16th century. Feast your eyes and cool off at the ornate Ben Youssef Madrassa, the largest Qur’anic school in North Africa. Even more lavish are the dazzling Saadian Tombs, modelled upon the interior of the Alhambra in Granada. The view from the terrace at the Badi Palace, now in ruins, is majestic. Close by we find the 19th century Bahia Palace. It is an ornate and beautiful palace with restful fountained gardens. To escape from the relentless midday sun, wander in the lush Menara Gardens and lounge in the charming lakeside pavilion. Marrakech is noisy, busy, dusty and chaotic. It is a visual and sensory banquet of colour, diverse cultures, architecture and design. Marrakech delivers an exotic and exciting taste of Africa and the best part is that it is only a few hours away from Europe by plane.

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Transfer from airport to accommodation

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Riad Les Bougainvillers

Popularity:
  • 90% General
    400
  • DERB BEN AMRANE 5 RIAD ZITOUN LAKDIM,5
  • +212524391717
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DOUBLE SUPERIOR (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
3 Activities
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Half-Day Guided City Tour of Marrakech

day 1 - Morning, Price for 2 Guests
Following a morning or afternoon pickup at your accommodation in central Marrakech, head through the city by air-conditioned car as your guide points out key sites of interest. With a rich history dating back to the 11th century, Marrakech is widely considered the most picturesque and vibrant of all Morocco’s cities.

Spin through the bustling medina to the mighty ramparts, which stretch an impressive 11 miles (18km) around the city. Along the way, admire spectacular views over the surrounding landscape as the snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas Mountains rise majestically in the distance.

Explore buzzing craft bazaars where dyers, coppersmiths, tanners, leather craftsman and upholsterers ply their trade. Soak up the atmosphere in UNESCO World Heritage–listed Djemaa El-Fna square, then return in comfort to your hotel or riad to conclude your tour.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
Free Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
Small group tour.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point/ or any chosen city center drop off address
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Camel ride Marrakech

day 1 - Camel ride Marrakech
Kids and adults alike can enjoy camel riding just a few minutes’ drive from Marrakesh. Camels, known as the ‘ships of the desert’ are remarkable animals and offer a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the palm grove in Marrakesh. 

On this 1-hour camel ride adventure, you will escape the city of Marrakesh and explore the countryside, following in the footsteps of caravans that have done so for centuries. Don a traditional cheich (protective turban veil) and ride through authentic villages and green palm groves, where you will get to observe how the locals outside the Marrakesh city center live.
Along the way, stop for a break to enjoy sips of lovely mint tea, surrounded by the unique landscape of sand, palm trees, and grass.

transfer to and from your accommodation is included in the price
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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Ourika Valley Day Trip

day 2 - Ourika Valley Day Trip
Highlights 

• Travel through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
• Explore the beautiful landscapes of Ourika Valley.
• Visit of Berber house, sipping green tea, and eating a household food.
• Free time to visit village and the weekly Berber market (Just on Monday or Thursday).
• explore Setti Fatma waterfalls.
• Enjoy delicious Berber tagines in a popular restaurant near the river.
• Tour includes round-trip travel by air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Marrakech.

Discover the delights of the Ourika Valley in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on one day trip from Marrakech . Along the way, you visit a traditional Berber house to sip mint tea with the locals and know about their old and simple lifestyle. You may have the opportunity to visit the weekly Berber market only on Monday or Thursday. 
Your guide take you, then, to discover the wonderful panoramas of the waterfalls in Setti Fatma and enjoy a hike on the village through the sumptuous Ourika valley carved into the Atlas’ foothills. You will pass by an old small footbridge full of charm for lunch in one of traditional restaurants in front of the river. Last visit to a woman’s cooperative producing Argan oil in the way of back to Marrakech.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
NOTE : this is a basic itinerary for a shared tour, it is standared in almost all shared tours to Ourika.
Please note that you do not have to eat at the advised restaurant, feel free to eat wherever you desire.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Drop off is at your hotel or Riad.
 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Standard (Minivan extra luggage)
08/03/2018ECONOMY

Marrakech

Casablanca

Morocco
Menara / 9:00
Royal Air Maroc AT 402 Royal Air Maroc
0h 50m Nonstop
Morocco
9:50 Mohammed V Intl
08/03/2018 10/03/2018

Casablanca

About the city

Located on the Atlantic coast, Casablanca is the largest city and the economical hub of Morocco. Casablanca is a modern city with lively boulevards and many street cafes that give it a very European feel. Casablanca is a blend of both tradition and modernity. Visitors will find traditional buildings of Moorish, Roman, Jewish, Spanish and French influence alongside the new modern skyscrapers. Although the city is fairly modern in Moroccan standard, there are many historical sites and striking white colonial architecture. The oldest part of the city, the medina is relatively small in comparison with other medinas in Morocco, but still worth a stroll around its narrow alleys. Near the Medina you’ll find the City Hall, which has beautifully carved roofs. Casablanca’s main attraction is King Hassan II Mosque. Located on a beautiful setting on the Atlantic Coast, it is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest in the world, with the tallest minaret in the world. Visiting Casablanca is a must for many travelers who come to Morocco. Oriental yet modern, Casablanca is a city of many faces.

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Transfer from airport to accommodation

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Kenzi Basma

Popularity:
  • 80% General
    204
  • AVENUE MOULAY HASSAN 1ER,35
  • 00212522223323
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1 Activities
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Full-Day Casablanca and Rabat Private Tour from Casablanca

day 4 - Price for 2 Guests
Meet a Chauffeur at your Casablanca hotel for 8:30 AM departure, and board your private vehicle for the day, a climate-controlled minivan that's stocked with bottled water. 

Start the morning in Casablanca with a drive near Rick’s Café, a replica of the set from the movie Casablanca, where the wartime world of Rick and Ilsa comes to life. Head to the waterfront for a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque from interior and exterior, the largest mosque in Morocco, whose soaring minaret anchors the city skyline.

Drive along Casablanca's Corniche, exploring the elegant buildings of the Anfa and Maarif neighborhoods, grand avenues, and architecture that blends modern and Moorish styles. The next stop is L'Eglise du Sacre Coeur, a Catholic landmark in the heart of Casablanca, then a drive past the Royal Palace in the Hubbous quarter.

At 12:30pm, leave the city for the trip to Rabat, a roughly 45-minute drive from Casablanca. You'll have the whole afternoon to discover places such as the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace, the UNESCO-listed Marinid necropolis at Chellah, Hassan tower, and the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum. Pause to see the huge Bouregrag river, and step into a maze of whitewashed houses in the Kasbah of the Udayas.

Around 5:30 pm begin the return trip to Casablanca, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Participant Must have their passport during the tour for the access to Rabat Royal Palace
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Standard (Car - OFFER!)
10/03/2018ECONOMY

Casablanca

Fez

Morocco
Mohammed V Intl / 23:30
Royal Air Maroc AT 448 Royal Air Maroc
0h 55m Nonstop
Morocco
(+1) 0:25 Saiss
10/03/2018 12/03/2018

Fez

About the city

Fez is the definition of magic, a cauldron of beautiful charms that’s been simmering since medieval times. The city has almost everything Morocco has to offer; the ringing hammers on sheets of brass, the squawks of chicken strolling all around, perpetual voices of endless talks, the deep voices of prayers passed on from a minaret to another, young women balancing trays of rolled dough on their heads, crowds of people in the narrowest of streets, the enticing aromas of brochettes on open grills, the sweet scent of cedar shavings and freshly cut mint leaves. The life size maze that is the medina, old city, is the largest and most difficult to navigate in Morocco; sometimes it's even easier to simply lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the various markets. Entering the medina through Bab Boujeloud, bear left immediately onto shop-lines, bamboo-shaded rue Talaa Kebira. Nearby to the left is the grain market, while further along is the entrance to Bou Inania madersap the finest Qur’anic university in Morocco. Built under the Merinid Dinasty in the 14th century its beautifully carved white plaster walls and mihrab remain in remarkably good conditions. The Zaouia de Moulay Idriss contains the tomb of Molay Idriss II, who made Fez the capital of Morcco in 808. The cedarwood portal is decorated with faded geometric patterns. Close by is the 14th century Al-Attarine Madrasa. Behind the superb bronze door lie intricately carved plaster walls topped by a cedarwood mantle and a splendid fountain. Other worthwhile places in Fez are the viewpoints to the north of the city or most parts of Fes el Jedid, with the Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarter and the Museum Dar al Batha. Once the capital of the country, today Fez is Morocco’s third largest city but is considered the country’s religious, cultural and intellectual centre. Located between the Riff and the Middle Atlas Mountains, the city is made up of Fes El Bali, the old city, and Fes El Jedid, the New city. The King of Morocco’s wife, Princess Lalla Salma, was born in Fez which has made this medieval city even more popular.

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Transfer from airport to accommodation

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Barcelo Fes Medina

Popularity:
  • 80% General
    632
  • 53 Avenue Hassan Ii Fez
  • +212535948800
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Full-Day Private Tour of Fez

day 6 - Full-Day Private Tour of Fez

Your guide will you at your hotel or riad in Fez before beginning your guided tour of the medina - one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. You will visit Mosques including the Quaraouiyine Mosque founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihri and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860 (entry is not permitted to non-Muslims) and fountains (including the Nejjarine fountain), Medersas (Koranic schools) founded as early as the 13th century before having a break for lunch (not included). After you will visit Batha Palace (now a museum of arts and traditions), Chouwara Tanneries, Souks (including Souk Attarine - one of the liveliest in the city), Bab Boujloud - with its green and blue ceramics, Mellah and the 17th century Ibn Danan synagogue as well as the Kings Palace, the Merindes Tops & Borj North & south and a Ceramic factory before being dropped off back at your hotel or riad.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
A maximum of 6 people per booking
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Standard (Car - OFFER!)

Summary

Morocco, Imperial cities
Morocco, Imperial cities