- Exotik Journeys
12 Day Highlights of Morocco
CruisePlus Land Offer
March 20, 2020
Exotik Journeys Land Tour
This 11-day expedition takes you to see the highlights of Morocco. Learn about Moroccan culture and art and marvel at the diverse landscapes across this incredible country. Visit the imperial cities of Morocco: Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fès and Meknes. See the Atlas Mountains, kasbahs and the Sahara desert, valleys and gorges, Atlantic and Mediterranean waters, and the rolling countryside. Learn about Moroccan history, culture and enjoy the diversity of the Moroccan landscape. Accommodation is in choice hotels on a half or full-board basis with plenty of opportunities to savour the best in traditional Moroccan cuisine, including a spectacular dinner show in a historic palace in the Marrakech Medina.
Highlights & Nearby Attractions
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meknes, ‘the City of a Hundred Minarets’
- Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of bustling Fès
- Stop at the fortified village of Kelaat M’Gouna, a fragrant oasis in the heart of the valley of the roses
What we are Including
- Roundtrip international airfare
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- All transportation during tour by air-conditioned bus
- 11-nights of superior 4-star accommodations
- Half board basis during tour- 11 breakfasts, 9 dinners, 1 lunch (ask about upgrading to full board)
- Daily guided sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary
- Ask about upgrading to 5-star hotels or alternate tour dates!
*Please note: optional excursions, additional meals, and gratuities are extra and are not included.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL CASABLANCACheck-in at the hotel on arrival in Casablanca followed by dinner and lodging. Overnight in a hotel in Casablanca on a half-board basis.
DAY 2 | MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA (250km – 3 hrs)Breakfast and morning at leisure. After lunch, meet the group and visit the economic capital of Morocco on a guided panoramic tour featuring the central market, the charming Habous district, the Royal Palace, Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the exterior of the majestic Hassan II mosque located by the sea and the Corniche, the coastal walkway of Casablanca. Overnight in hotel in Casablanca on a half-board basis. Lunch included on full-board basis.
DAY 3 | CASABLANCA – RABAT – TANGIER (340km – 3.5 hrs)Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, following the Atlantic coastline north towards the capital, Rabat. Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of the city, seeing the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower before wandering through the Kasbah of the Oudayas to the explore its famous gardens. Stop for lunch (optional). Continue along the coast to Tangier, pass by the Caves of Hercules and Cape Spartel where legend has it that here Hercules separated Africa from Europe. This is the point where the waters of the Mediterranean and those of the Atlantic begin to mix. Overnight in hotel at Tangier on a half-board basis. Lunch included on full-board basis.
DAY 4 | TANGIER – CHEFCHAOUEN – FES (310km – 5.5 hrs)Breakfast at the hotel is followed by an outing to discover Tangier native Ibn Battuta’s birthplace in the medina, a famous 14th century traveller and writer. Then visit the old town, seeing the Grand and Petit Socco (squares), the Grand Mosque, the souk, the former palace of the Sultan Moulay Ismail (exterior) and the Mendoubia Gardens. Continue to Chefchaouen. Here we visit of the medina and the winding alleys of this charming blue and white village, reminiscent of the small Andalusian villages of southern Spain. Chefchaouen is part of the territory protected by UNESCO’s Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, so take advantage and admire the surrounds. Continue the visit to Ras el Maa, the water source that supplies all of Chaouen with drinking water. Visit of the wash houses where locals hand-wash their laundry. Continue afterwards by a path towards the hilltop Bouzaafer Mosque. Continue the journey and check in to your hotel in Fes upon arrival.
DAY 5 | FES – MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FÈS (140km – 2.5 hrs)Discover Meknes’ imperial heritage after breakfast at the hotel. Such was the grandeur of the city that Moulay Ismail built, that Meknes became known as the ‘city of a hundred minarets’ and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the imposing city walls and the beautifully decorated gates of Bab Mansour and Bab El-Khemis; the vast El Hedim Square, and much more. After lunch (optional) in Meknes, take to the road, driving northwards to the hilltop holy village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, which is named after a great-grandson of the prophet Mohammed and who is credited with bringing Islam to Morocco. The village is also home to Morocco’s only cylindrical minaret. Continue to the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis. Originally built by the Phoenicians, the city came into its own during the Roman Empire and the well-preserved Arch of Caracalla still stands, with a legible triumphal inscription boasting of victories in Britain and Germany among others. The remnants of a temple and basilica are also still visible as are number of magnificent mosaics, which hint at the wealth and opulence of Volubilis in its heyday. The final leg takes you to Fès, for check-in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in hotel at Fès on a half-board basis. Lunch included on full-board basis
DAY 6 | FÈSBreakfast at the hotel is followed by a day exploring the fascinating city of Fès. Boasting more than 12 centuries of history as well as a medina that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest university in the planet, Fès is multifarious city renowned for the splendour of its faded glory. The medina, Fès el Bali, is a vast network of winding alleys hemmed in by ancient walls. Despite being car-free, the bustle, noise, shouting, smell of tanned leather, delicate aroma of oriental perfumes, barbecues, sweet pastry… All of these elements in this imperial city create a sense of movement and vibrancy that draws you deep into its soul. Head to the Nejjarrine fountain and you can detect a cedar smell from the carpenters’ district. The alleys are lined with places of study or prayers such as madrasahs or the magnificent mausoleum of Moulay Idriss Zaouia; the most important saint’s shrine in Morocco. After lunch in the medina (optional), continue through the rustic narrow streets of the Mellah, the former Jewish district, and head to the outskirts to see the Royal Palace and to enjoy the extraordinary panoramic view of the whole city offered by the fortifications of the north. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in hotel in Fès on a half-board basis. Lunch included on a full-board basis.
DAY 7 | FÈS – MIDELT – ERFOUD (450km – 6 hrs)Depart after breakfast at the hotel, climbing from the 400 metres above sea level of Fès into the Middle Atlas, with altitudes of more than 2,000 metres. Admire the contrasting landscapes of imposing massifs – solid masses with unusual rock formations – and hills covered in dense cedar forests. The route passes along Ifrane, a picturesque ski resort at 1,650 metres, which is famed for its European-style country cottages with sloped roofs. Pause for lunch (optional) in Midelt, a former French colonial outpost. Take to the road in the afternoon, passing through the market town of Er-Rich and Tizi N'Talghomt pass en route to Erfoud, for check-in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Erfoud on a half-board basis. Lunch included on full-board basis.
DAY 8 | ERFOUD – TINEGHIR – OUARZAZATE (340km – 5.25 hrs)Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing Erfoud for a scenic journey to Tineghir and the dramatic Todra Gorge. Alternatively, there’s an optional pre-dawn excursion to the dunes of Merzouga to experience sunrise over the first big hills of the Sahara (not included, to be paid to guide). En route, pass through the oasis of El Jorf, where a large palm grove stands in contrast to the colours of the town’s adobe homes and the sands of the desert, and the market town of Tinejdad before arriving in Tineghir. Continue to the Todra Gorge, which is located, just a 15- minute drive north of the town. A small stream still flows through this spectacular canyon, which at times is just 10 metres wide and with steep walls as high as 160 metres. Lunch in Tineghir on your own (optional). Depart for Ouarzazate via the Dade’s Valley, which is also known as the ‘valley of one thousand kasbahs’. Stop at the fortified village of Kelaat M'Gouna, a fragrant oasis in the heart of the ‘valley of the roses’ before arriving to today’s final destination. Overnight in hotel in Ouarzazate on a half-board basis. Lunch included on full-board basis.
DAY 9 | OUARZAZATE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH (205km – 4 hrs)After breakfast, visit the Taourirt kasbah, which was one of the bastions of T'hami El Glaoui, the powerful lord of the Atlas during the final decades of French colonial rule. Heading to Ait Ben Haddou, which is home to one of the most famous kasbahs of all and has been used as a location for dozens of films. For centuries, this oasis on the banks of the River Oued Ounila was a key hub on the trans-Saharan trade route and that legacy is writ large on the weather-beaten walls of the kasbah, which is crowned by the ruins of a fortified granary. Wander through this beguiling UNESCO World Heritage Site before enjoying lunch (optional) in front of the kasbah – a magical experience that will linger long in the memory. Continue to Marrakech for check-in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Marrakech on a half-board basis. Lunch included on a full-board basis
DAY 10 | MARRAKECHToday we tour Marrakech after breakfast at the hotel. The historical visit of the city is a journey marked by stages reminiscent of its construction: the famous Koutoubia Mosque, everlasting proof of Hispano-Moresque art, with a 70-metre-high minaret, the Bahia Palace and its garden lined with orange trees, cypress, jasmine, splendours of cedar tree domes and the Heritage Museum, a collection of unique Moroccan Berber, Arab and Jewish artifacts, ranging from tribal rugs to jewellery. Lunch at the hotel with the afternoon free to enjoy the beauty of Marrakech, or elect an optional excursion. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a typical dinner show in an old palace located in the Medina of Marrakech (optional). Overnight in hotel in Marrakech on a half-board basis (breakfast & lunch). Dinner included on full-board basis.
DAY 11 | MARRAKECH - CASABLANCAMorning at leisure in Marrakech. In the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Casablanca. Overnight in hotel in Casablanca on a half-board basis (breakfast & Dinner). Lunch included on full-board basis.
DAY 12 | CASABLANCACheck out and transfer to the airport. Breakfast included. End of services
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