Colours of Morocco, 10 Days
1 January 2019 - 30 April 2020
10 day tour departing Casablanca.
9 nights accommodation in Hotels.
18 meals including breakfast daily.
Services of a professional Tour Manager.
Transport by private motor coach.
Day 1 Casablanca. Your journey begins in Casablanca. This evening, take in the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger as you join your fellow travellers for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Today dinner will be included.
Day 2 Casablanca to Rabat to Meknes to Fes. Gaze upon the intricate, colourful artistry of ceramic tile and hand-carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque. Then we're off to Rabat, Morocco's capital, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The epitome of modern Moroccan design, the mausoleum's ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations makes this a tomb truly fit for a king. Then, it's on to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO), home of the ancient door, the Bab El Mansour, and the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis. Arrive at your riad just in time for dinner, prepared by local women known as 'dadas'. Dine on traditional recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3 Fes. Get ready to discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn about its history as a centre of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion. Step back in time on an eye-opening tour featuring the centuries-old Medersa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th century medina, explore the alleyways and stalls of this ancient market. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colourful vats. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4 Fes to Ifrane to Erfoud to Sahara Desert. Cross some of Morocco's most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, pause in Ifrane to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Erfoud, "the Door to the Desert", and make your way by 4x4 jeep to your luxurious tented camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5 Sahara Desert Expedition. Rise early to watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin your day by travelling to the Oasis of Hassi Byed. Meet a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before travelling to a village to experience traditional North African Gnawa music. Continue on your desert expedition and meet a nomadic community that travels across the desert with the changing seasons. Return to your camp as the sun sets over the dunes. This evening, reflect on the serenity and beauty of the desert under a tapestry of twinkling stars. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 6 Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge to Boumalne du Dades. Return to the edge of the desert via camel, and marvel at the sunrise as it illuminates the sands. In the new light of day, begin the journey to Todra Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Arrive in Morocco's "Grand Canyon," Boumalne du Dades, where a golden sun lights up the gorge's river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7 Boumalne du Dades to Ksar of Ait -Ben-Haddou to Marrakech Follow the rugged "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs," where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles along this ancient trading route. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover theo earthen buildings, defensive walls, and corner towers that make the ksar a striking feat of Moroccan architecture. Make a stop at a local cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. Before you reach the exotic city of Marrakech, continue along the Tizi n'Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages before arriving in the ancient city of Marrakech. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8 Marrakech. Among the mosques and palaces, souks and riads, visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a distinct blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. Explore the vibrant Jewish Mellah, and the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. Then it's your choice Visit the Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase beauty and ingenuity of Morocco's cultural heritage -OR- explore the Musee Yves Saint Laurent and discover how the colours and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9 Marrakech. Today, join a local women's cooperative in an interactive cooking class. Head to le jardin to source your own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country's most celebrated dish: the tagine. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 10 Marrakech to Casablanca. Board your transfer to Casablanca this morning to connect with your flight home. Today breakfast will be included.