10 Day Highlights of Morocco
CruisePlus Land Offer
December 21, 2018
Cosmos Land Tour
On this comprehensive and affordable tour of Morocco, you will also be enchanted by beautiful landscapes, stunned by the beauty of the desert, and surprised by the mountain scenery of the Middle Atlas. You’ll also visit Casablanca and its newly built great Mosque; Meknes, where you’ll visit the royal stables built to house 12,000 of the royal horses.
From the Middle Atlas mountain range and Ziz Gorges to arid desert, this budget-minded Morocco vacation will amaze you with spectacular scenery. This affordable tour of Morocco truly is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
What we are Including
- Tour Departs December 21-30, 2018
- 10-day guided tour with professional tour guide
- Buffet breakfast daily & 6 dinners
- Transportation by private first class air-conditioned motor coach
- Admission fees to sights
- 10-day accommodations
- Highlights: Exotic and fascinating, the kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture. Offering travellers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine and an ever-changing scenery. This Morocco focused itinerary takes you to the Imperial cities of Morocco, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. In Fez, take an optional tour to see the ancient medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is one of the largest medieval cities in the world and now a UNESCO world heritage site. On this comprehensive and affordable tour of Morocco, you will visit Casablanca and its newly built great Mosque, Meknes. You will also visit the royal stables built to house 12,000 of the royal horses. This affordable tour is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCOCheck into your hotel. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA–RABAT–MEKNES–FEZA short ride along the coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital. Sightseeing includes the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudayas. You are reminded of the time when Morocco was the Roman province of Mauretania as you visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH and its GARDENS. Continue to Meknes—during your guided tour, see its monumental gates, mosque, palace, and miles of protective walls. Visit its ROYAL STABLES, originally built to house 12.000 of the royal horses. Travel east towards Fez, Morocco’s most enchanting city.
DAY 3 FEZAt leisure in ancient Fez, which occupies a position of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the exotic ancient Medina on the optional sightseeing tour, a maze of narrow, bustling streets and alleys that are home to colorful souks.
DAY 4 FEZ–IFRANE–ERFOUDTravel today into the very heart of Morocco. Stop in the quiet, French-built alpine mountain resort of Ifrane. Verdant cedar forests give way to volcanic mountains and wind-swept plains as you motor across the Middle Atlas range. Pass fortified mud-and-straw villages and descend into the spectacular ZIZ GORGES. The landscape becomes progressively more arid and you enter a stony desert. Approaching Erfoud, an unexpected and breathtaking surprise: the peaceful oasis of the Ziz Valley.
DAY 5 ERFOUDThe best choice today is an included excursion to Rissani to see the MAUSOLEUM OF MOULAY ALI SHARIF, the first ruler of the Alaouite Dynasty. This evening, enjoy an optional excursion in the desert.
DAY 6 ERFOUD–THE ROAD OF A THOUSAND KASBAHS–OUARZAZATEEnjoy the drive through the eastern slopes of the Atlas Mountains and arrive at the Tinerhir oasis with its green valley of palms and local villages. On to the impressive Todra Gorge, then along the Dades Valley to the film capital of Morocco, Ouarzazate, where you’ll visit the KASBAH DE TAOURIRT, the intricate but fascinating residence of Pasha Thami el Glaoui.
DAY 7 OUARZAZATE–AÏT BENHADDOU–TIZI-N-TICHKA PASS–MARRAKESHTravel to AÏT BENHADDOU, a kasbah famous as a film location for Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Pass through picturesque villages surrounded by craggy mountains towards 7,414-foot-high Tizi-n-Tichka Pass in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Each new twist in the road leads to a different, more dramatic landscape. Leaving the pass behind, the landscape gradually changes to a tapestry of red ochre. Enter the gates of the red-colored imperial city of Marrakesh, justly reputed the most fascinating of all Moroccan cities. An optional evening excursion is a fitting way to end the day.
DAY 8 MARRAKESHThe included city sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with an orientation drive followed by a walk through the ancient quarters to the fascinating JEMAA-EL-FNA SQUARE and its exotic bazaar, BAHIA PALACE, and SAADIAN TOMBS. You’ll really feel as if you’ve stopped the march of time.
DAY 9 MARRAKESH–CASABLANCALeave Morocco’s magical city of Marrakesh for the journey back to Casablanca. In the afternoon, see the sights in the company of a Local Guide.
DAY 10 CASABLANCAYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.