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Marvellous Morocco

9 Days, Casablanca to Marrakech
Marvellous Morocco

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Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains. From the bustling souks of imperial cities and read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 08 nights accommodation (Comfort Hotels (08 nts))
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.)
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Planeterra-supported traditional lunch.
  • Guided city tour of Meknes including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour.
  • Guided visit to Volubilis.
  • Guided walking tour of the Fes medina including Medersa Bou Inanya and tanneries.
  • Sahara 4x4 dunes adventure.
  • Visit Todra Gorge and walk through palm groves.
  • Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Guided city tour of Marrakech including Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 270-255 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Casablanca
Day 2 Casablanca/Fes
Day 3 Fes
Day 4 Fes/Merzouga
Day 5 Merzouga/Tinghir
Day 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate
Day 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech
Day 8 Marrakech
Day 9 Depart Marrakech
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Casablanca
  • Fes
  • Merzouga
  • Tinghir.
  • Ouarzazate
  • Marrakech
  • Casablanca to Marrakech Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Casablanca

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    There are no activities planned for the day, leaving you free to enjoy this beautiful city at your own leisure.

    With its art deco and French colonial buildings, the Old Medina, great restaurants and entertainment-there is plenty to keep you busy!

    Private Vehicle
    Casablanca 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Casablanca/Fes

    Enjoy a Planeterra-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, before arriving in Fes.

    Private Vehicle
    Casablanca - Fes 7h-8h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Planeterra-supported Traditional Moroccan Lunch
    Meknes
    Visit a Planeterra-supported traditional lunch program that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. It provides access to education opportunities and health care services. The proceeds from this lunch help support vocational training for rural women to work from home so they can support their families and children. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and learn a bit of Arabic while you meet some of the women that are part of this program.

    Meknes City Tour
    Meknes
    Enjoy a guided tour of this imperial city. Gain local insight into city sites - each guide may put their own spin on the tour. Expect to visit the 18th-century Bab Mansour, the ornamental gate to the city; the bustling souk; the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail; and the Meknes Royal Palace.

    Volubilis Guided Tour
    Volubilis
    Listen to a certified local guide explain life in the Roman Empire at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the impressive, well-preserved Roman ruins. Peer into old bathhouses, marvel at the still-present mosaic floors, and gaze up at towering marble pillars. Hear stories about life in the Roman city that leaves visitors in awe at just how far the empire stretched. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Fes

    Embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Fes medina, exploring the winding lanes and alleys while visiting the many artisans and shops.

    Take a half day medina walking tour, after which enjoy free time to explore. The traditional Jewish quarter, King's Palace and the Nejjarine Fountain are all great spots to visit.

    In the evening there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad which has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. Savour delicious, local specialities while entertainers sing, play music and belly dance.

    Fes Medina Guided Tour
    Fes
    Visit the Fes medina, one of the world's largest medinas with more than 9000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. See buildings within the medina that date back to the 9th century; there are 350 mosques in the medina still being used today.Enter through one of the great gates into the chaos. Explore the artisans' quarters as well as the carpenters', bakers', butchers', and spice sellers'. A highlight is a visit to the famous Fes tannery with great views over the men hard at work treating and dyeing the different hides.

    Free Time
    Fes
    Free time to explore the city. Opt to enjoy a grand dinner with local entertainment in a historic Riad.

    Optional Activities
    Dinner in Converted Fes Riad

    Fes2h-3h
    20-30EUR per person
    Sit down to a fantastic meal in a renovated riad, a Moroccan palace that has been transformed into a restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds and senses with delicious, local cuisine accompanied by music and belly dancing. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Fes/Merzouga

    Travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, overnighting in a kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes.

    Early morning start, watch the scenery of this diverse country change while travelling over the Middle Atlas mountains. Pass through cedar forests and the ski area of Ifrane into the desert regions. Drive by the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley and right up to the majestic Saharan sand dunes. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route.

    Spend the night in a comfortable kasbah style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes. Overnight in Merzouga, enjoying local food for dinner at our hotel.

    Private Vehicle
    Fes - Merzouga 10h-11h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 Merzouga/Tinghir

    Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Continue on through a stone desert to the breathtaking Todra Gorge, followed by a visit to a palm grove.

    After the 4x4 excursion, travel through a stone desert to the breathtaking Todra Gorge followed by a visit to the palm grove. Final stop of Tineghir for a well deserved night's rest.

    Private Vehicle
    Merzouga - Tinghir 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Sahara Dunes Excursion
    Merzouga
    Ride though the golden dunes of the Sahara desert on a 4x4 excursion. Watch the sun peak out from behind the dunes as the colours creep across the landscape. Climb to the top of a dune and take in the view of the seemingly endless sea of sand. With the massive size of the Sahara, there might not be anyone else in the desert as far as the eye can see besides your group.

    Todra Gorge Visit and Walk Through Palm Groves
    Todra Gorge
    Enjoy a stop at the beautiful Todra Gorge canyon. Take a walk through a palm grove to see how farmers live from the land, while learning about local farming and irrigation techniques. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate

    Visit Dades Valley then continue along the 'Route of 1,000 Kasbahs' with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. Opt to visit a Berber herbalist in Ouarzazate.

    Start the morning with a visit to the Dades Gorge with its unusual natural rock formations and stunning scenery. Continue with a scenic drive along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs" with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit.

    After lunch continue to Ouarzazate, a former Foreign Legion stronghold. In Ouarzazate opt to visit a Berber herbalist and find out about the traditional medicines and cooking spices of the Berber people.

    Private Vehicle
    Tinghir - Ouarzazate 6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Dades Valley and Route of 1,000 Kasbahs scenic drive
    Gorges du Dades
    Drive through the scenic Dades Valley and Route of 1,000 Kasbahs, passing by many of the mud-brick fortresses and abandoned villages. Stop at the Dades Gorge to admire the formations of the rock basking in the sun and the kasbahs built with their backs against the rock for protection.

    Kasbah Taourit Visit
    Ouarzazate
    Visit the Taourirt Kasbah, a palace built in the 19th century for the relatives and servants of the ruling el Glaoui family. Originally, the Kasbah had hundreds of rooms and riads but now the structure is partially destroyed. UNESCO has helped with the restoration of the Kasbah, allowing travellers to wander through the halls and rooms and feel as though they've stepped back in history.

    Optional Activities
    Berber Herbalist Lesson

    Ouarzazate
    Learn about the traditional, natural remedies and cooking spices of the Berber people. Both herbalists and pharmacists swear by the healing properties of natural ingredients like ginger, argan oil and mint leaves. Even ingredients usually found in a yummy tajine like saffron and cumin are used as pain relievers and to help with circulation. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech

    Visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then continue to Marrakech.

    Continue on to the village of Ait Benhaddou. During our visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure.

    Travel to Marrakech through the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2200m in the High Atlas mountains, on winding mountain roads with breathtaking views over the highest peaks of Morocco.

    Private Vehicle
    Ouarzazate - Marrakech 5h-6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour
    Ait Ben Haddou
    Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou with your CEO. Of all the remaining kasbahs in Morocco, the walls and interior of this area are the most intact. The Kasbah still houses a few families but many now live in the adjacent village. Like many of the earthen built fortresses in Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou has been used in many film and television productions like Gladiator, Babel, and Game of Thrones. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Marrakech

    In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the souks and sites of Marrakech.

    Free time in the afternoon to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Tourists and locals alike find everything they desire here; whether it's spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection here is exhaustive, and don't forget to bargain - it's definitely part of the fun.

    Opt to indulge in the chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square to watch acrobats and fortune tellers playing their trade.

    Marrakech City Tour
    Marrakesh
    Let a local guide show you the best of Marrekech including Koutoubia Minaret, Palais Bahia, Palais Badi and Medresa Ben Youssef. Wander the bustling medina (old quarter) and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the brightly coloured souks.

    Free Time
    MarrakechAfternoon
    Spend free time relaxing at one of the tea houses around the square, indulging in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea, watching the hustle and bustle from your shady spot. Or head to Djemaa el Fna Market for some lively entertainment.

    Optional Activities
    Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit

    Djemaa el Fna 1h-3h
    Free Wander past fresh orange juice stalls and water sellers in colourful costumes reminiscent of an era past. See storytellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines as the day progresses. When the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food stalls, packed with locals and entertaining chefs and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with other diners and try the Tanjia (slow cooked lamb), Harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails or even sheep's head (for the truly adventurous). Wash it all down with some spiced tea.

    Jardin Majorelle Visit
    Marrakesh 1h-2h
    25-50MAD per person
    Visit this stunning garden in the heart of the city designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962). Follow the pathways through trees, exotic plants, streams, and pools while watching the numerous birds who call this peaceful paradise home. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Marrakech

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 270-255 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 4.50% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. ITINERARY PACE
    This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long drives in the mini van and less free time than many other G Adventures. We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary.


  10. WEATHER
    Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50°C) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6°C). Summer months, from April to September are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gite, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too.


  11. RAMADAN
    Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 18th and July 17th, 2015. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.



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