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Tour Dates March 9th - 19th, 2018 (11 days)
Included meals 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rostad Tours or Tour Host
Pricing from $5,995 CAD
Morocco has fascinated travellers for centuries. This North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea is distinguished by its colourful mix of Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. The labyrinths of the imperial cities of Meknes, Fes and Marrakesh contrast with the dramatic gorges and oases of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, and the solitude of the Saharan desert that lies beyond. Join us on this unique journey that is a captivating regional exploration of an amazing land.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Day

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Today we board our departure flight, ready to begin a journey filled with new and exciting experiences.

Day 2 - Arrive Casablanca

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

ScenicViewUpon our arrival in Casablanca we are escorted to our hotel. Later, we join our Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Meknes - Fes

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

MoroccanArchitectureToday we take a tour of the sights of Casablanca. We see the huge Hassan II Mosque – the largest in the country, and admire the Corniche - a 'très chic' seaside strip lined with trendy restaurants and cafés. Later, we travel to Rabat, Morocco's capital city. Here, we see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims, the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V. This site is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. We continue to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century. Here we see the Bab el-Mansour, the city’s monumental entrance and focal point of Place El-Hedim. Later, we arrive in Fes and are treated to a superb Moroccan feast and traditional folklore show. This unforgettable experience is a colourful array of food and wine amidst a carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Fes Sightseeing

Monday, March 12th, 2018

BhalilCaveDwellingThis morning we tour Fes with a local expert. We see the Medina - the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops; the bazaar; and one of the world's oldest universities. We learn about the motifs and colours used in the ancient designs of carpet making, plus watch the unique and age-old techniques of pottery and bread making. Next we visit two unique communities; the village of Bhalil where local people still live in dwellings carved from the rock, and the city of Sefrou which was once a thriving Jewish community.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Ziz Gorges - Erfoud

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

DesertDwellersWe leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snowcapped High Atlas Mountains. We pass through alpine Lfrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After lunch at Midelt, we continue up through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to our destination at Erfoud. Here the red sand buildings contrast against the surrounding desert. This evening, perhaps we may choose to take an optional 4-wheel drive excursion to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at a glorious Sahara sunset!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Todra Gorge - Ouarzazate

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

redsanddwellingsWe start off today with a visual exploration of the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades, we encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses. We stop for Berber tea at a traditional Nomad house before finding our way to our destination at Ouarzazate. This is the film capital of Morocco where scenes from Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars were shot.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Aït Benhaddou - Marrakesh

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

AitBenhaddouKasbahWe enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Our first stop is at the village of Aït Benhaddou, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. We continue via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, descending through charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields into the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Marrakesh Sightseeing

Friday, March 16th, 2018

TraditionalFoodWe begin our Marrakesh sightseeing at the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. We take some time to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. We explore the Medina, and see the Koutoubia Mosque with a minaret that dominates the Marrakesh skyline. Then, we visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Later, we have free time to visit a museum or haggle in the souks. This evening, we travel by charming horse and carriage to a vibrant restaurant on the main square for a meal of classic Moroccan dishes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Essaouira

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

beachsceneWe say farewell to Marrakesh and venture to the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into our hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? This evening, we sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Casablanca

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

RicksCafe2Today we head back to the coastal city of Casablanca, famous for ‘Bergman and Bogart’! The city offers a unique insight into modern Morocco and is a fascinating place to return to after experiencing the traditional charms of the countryside. Tonight, there really is only one place to be… Rick’s Café! Recreated from the famous movie, we enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner including drinks and, no doubt, a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. Here’s looking at you kid!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Return Home

Monday, March 19th, 2018

After breakfast we are taken to the airport for our flight home, where family and friends are waiting to hear about our exciting adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Celebration dinner at Rick's Café Casablanca
  • Fes Traditional Moroccan Feast
  • Stop for Berber tea at a Nomad house

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$5,995
Single supplement$625

Deposit

Deposit is $200 per person. This deposit becomes Non-Refundable on November 9, 2017.

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Book now and receive an early booking discount of $300 until September 30th, 2017

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Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Sightseeing as shown
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for Tour Director and driver
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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