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  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 9 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $3,995 Details
    Single Supplement $750
    Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
    Grade I
    Best Time

    Moroccan Dreams

    From Chefchaouen's lovely blue medina to ancient Fez and lively Marrakech

    Day 1      Arrive Rabat

    Your tour starts after breakfast this morning with a visit to the historic city of Rabat, Morocco's capital.  Visit the unfinished minaret La Tour Hassan and the columnar remains of the Hassan  Mosque's prayer hall, Mohammed V's Mausoleum and the King's Palace. 

    Retire this evening to your accommodation in the heart of the medina, within easy walking distance to explore the area, with a rooftop terrace from which to view the animated scene below.

    For those flying in to Casablanca, please note the distance between Casablanca and Rabat is approximately 60 miles.

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Riad Dar Zahour, located in the old medina (or similar)

    Welcome to Morocco.
    Day 2-3      Chefchaouen

    After breakfast, travel from Rabat through the countryside to the famous blue-painted city of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains.   In the afternoon you might take a hike into the surrounding mountains or undertake an excursion to a nearby village.

    The second day is at your leisure to explore the city and surrounds.  You might prefer to wander the streets aimlessly, visit the stream for the ritual clothes washing, or choose to visit one of the surrounding communities with the association Chaouen Rural (http://www.chaouenrural.org/).  Homestays, a day-long hiking trip, or a pottery workshop are among your many options with Chaouen Rural.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel both evenings.

     

    Drive time Rabat to Chefchaouen is approximately 4 hours.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Casa Hassan (or similar)

    Gathered around the water fountain
    Day 4      Volubilis / Meknes / Fez

    Departing from Chefchaouen, you head off to explore the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the most modest of Morocco's four imperial cities.  Thereafter you visit Meknes and the holy city of Moulay Idriss before continuing on to Fez for this evening's accommodation. 

    Volubilis is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Morocco, many of its mosaics, arches and structural foundations still intact and representative of this once-glorious city.

    Meknes, encircled by a 25-mile-long wall and accessible through its monumental landmark gate of Bab el-Mansour, was the Ismailian capital in the 17th century.  Wander the narrow lanes of the old medina, visit the Mellah Jewish quarter and the Royal stables. The Dar Jamai palace houses one of the country's best museums, exhibiting intricately painted ceramics, jewelry, rugs, and textiles with distinct ornate Meknesi needlework. Enjoy the setting of this town in a region of olives, wine, and citrus.

    A visual contrast to the blue-hued Chefchaouen, the sacred white-washed town of Moulay Idriss - named after Morocco's most revered saint and the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed - is a favored destination of pilgrims.  It is said that five "moussems" (pilgrimages) to Moulay Idriss equal one haj to Mecca. 

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Riad Jaouhara (or similar)

    Enjoy the beauty of Volubilis
    Day 5-6      Fez

    The next two days will be devoted to Fez, the world's only walled medieval Arab city that remains completely intact.   Mesmerized by the old city's maze of alleyways and variety of items on offer, visitors often compare their first experience of the medina to an encounter with the tales of One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a. the Arabian Nights).

    The first day you will explore the medina with your guide, who will bring the city's past and present culture to life.  The carpet, fruit and spice-ladden stalls of the medina are left behind for visits to the King's Palace, the tanneries and the local potters.  Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant in the medina.

    Dinner will be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

    The second day is a free day to explore at your leisure. Not to be missed while here are the Attarine and Bouanania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Quaraouine mosque.  You might also want to try bathing in a traditional hamman or take a class to learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan meal. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Riad Jaouhara (or similar)

    Taxi stand in Fez
    Day 7      Fez / Marrakech

    After an early breakfast, you set off on a full day's drive to Marrakech.  On arrival, check in to your hotel and then head off to the Djemma el-Fna, the central pulse of Marrakech.  Home to traditional ware and food vendors, snake charmers and henna artists during the day, the square comes alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers and mouth-watering barbecue pits.  Retreat to the terrace of one of the surrounding cafes for a quiet cup of tea and a spectacular view of the bustling scene below.

    Dinner is provided in the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)

    Djemma el-Fna in Marrakech
    Day 8      Marrakech

    After an early breakfast, you set off with your guide to visit the Palace of Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many of the other hidden treasures of the city.  Following lunch taken at a local restaurant, you continue your tour with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque and venture back to the Djemma el-Fna, where the tour ends with a visit of the souk.

     

    Dinner is taken on your own this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)

    Typical Moroccan vendor
    Day 9      Marrakech / Onward

    After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight.

     

    Possible extensions include a homestay in a Berber Village or a visit to the Portuguese port town of Essaouira.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a Fantasia dinner with musicians and dancers


     
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