Minarets & Medinas of Morocco

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $8,525
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Africa, Morocco
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Tour Description

Experience the cultural highlights of Morocco in style on this classic journey. Visit Morocco’s four imperial cities in the company of expert local guides who will unlock doors to show you each city’s unique treasures. You’ll have private tours of museums specializing in traditional and modern Moroccan art; enjoy lunch in an acclaimed restaurant at the heart of the medina (or old town) in Marrakech, as you watch snake charmers, acrobats and musicians; and relish special tours of the workshops of expert craftsmen in the souqs of Fes.

Travcoa has been a pioneer in small group escorted journeys around the world since 1954. There are many things that make Travcoa different than the typical “tour” that provide sophisticated travelers with a complete, enriching, personal experience along with excellent value.

  • Learn about the ancient arts of craftsmen in the 2,000-year-old medina of Fes
  • Immerse yourself in the past with your private guide at the Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Travel Morocco’s highest paved road with astounding views of the mountains, valleys and desert in the distance
  • Wander through the vast maze of shops in the bustling souqs of Marrakech
  • Tour Moulay Idriss, the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of Morocco and a place that non-Muslims were not allowed to visit as recently as 70 years ago Flavors of Morocco 2012
  • Take a camel ride in Ouarzazate

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2

Rabat, Morocco

Arrive in Rabat on Day 2. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the “Pearl of Morocco,” which stands high on the steep southern bank of the Bouragrag River, where its green waters meet the blue Atlantic. The afternoon is at leisure for you to rest from your flight, or to begin exploring this fascinating city on your own. In the evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail and dinner party. Your Travcoa Travel Director will tell you about the intriguing itinerary ahead.

Sofitel Jardin des Roses, Rabat

DAYS 3 - 5

Fes, Volubilis Meknes

Fes is the oldest traditional city in Morocco - and the religious and cultural capital of the country. You’ll visit the old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where brass makers, storytellers and performers all ply their trade. Being the largest medina in the Maghreb, it is easy to get lost in this endless labyrinth of narrow streets. The old town of Fes, with its palaces, mosques, madrasas, zaouias and fountains, is among the most beautiful centers in Morocco. You’ll see the 9th-century Karaouine Mosque and University, the second most important Islamic University in the world after El Azhar in Cairo, with its medersas (colleges) of Bou Inaninia and Attarine.

On Day 5 you’ll have a full-day excursion that begins with Moulay Idriss, the Holy City, which was founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss I, who brought the Islamic religion to Morocco and created the first Arab dynasty. He was the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohamed. You’ll arrive in Meknes for an afternoon tour of the third of the Imperial Cities. Continue to Volubilis, an imposing Roman ruin. The capital of the Roman Province of Mauritania, it was founded in the 3rd century B.C., and became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and the administrative center for Roman Africa.

Sofitel Palais Jamai Hotel, Fes

DAY 6

Casablanca

This morning, drive to fabled Casablanca. Situated on the Atlantic, Casablanca has one of the largest artificial ports in the world. Casablanca can trace its roots back to a 10th-century B.C. settlement believed to have been erected by Berber fishermen. Your afternoon tour of Casablanca includes Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s. Get a true feel for the intrigue that is Casablanca with a visit to the Habbous district with its shaded squares and narrow streets lined with arcades that lead from one souq to another. Stroll around the League of Arab States Park with its palm trees, arcades, pergolas and shady cafés, and view the gateway of the royal palace.

Le Royal Mansour Méridien, Casablanca

DAYS 7 - 9

Ouarzazate

Take in the beauty and majesty of the impressive Hassan II Mosque. Built for the 60th birthday of former Moroccan King Hassan II, it is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. Over 6,000 Moroccan artisans worked for five years on the mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.

On Day 7 we’ll soar over the high Atlas Mountains on our flight to Ouarzazate, gateway to the Sahara. The city is rich with traditional Kasbah-style architecture. On Day 8 explore the ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th-century structure and one of the most spectacular sights in Morocco. Enjoy a camel ride on a tour of an oasis and a mint tea tasting under a Berber tent.

Le Berbere Palace Hotel, Ouarzazate

DAYS 10 - 12

Marrakech

Marrakech, the second of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco, is at the crossroads of Arab, Berber and Sudanese civilizations. One of the world’s most mysterious and fascinating cities, Marrakech has a memorable beauty, with its palm-lined streets and red earth walls surrounding a huge medina of flat-roofed, red houses. View the city gardens of the old medina of Marrakech, and stroll in Djamaa El F’na Square to browse through the many souqs. On our private historical tour, we’ll see the stately 11th-century Koutoubia Minaret. Visit the aristocratic El Bahia Palace. On our final evening, we’ll celebrate with a classic Moroccan feast.

La Mamounia, Marrakech

Departures

Pricing Information

October 16, 2011

From $8,525.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,650.00 single room supplement.

November 6, 2011

From $8,525.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,650.00 single room supplement.

March 4, 2012

From $7,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,650.00 single room supplement.

October 14, 2012

From $8,525.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,650.00 single room supplement.

November 4, 2012

From $8,525.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,650.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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