The Magic of MOROCCO TOUR, 2017
a TRIP OF A LIFE TIME and a professional guided tour to one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth, MOROCCO with its rich history, culture, varied geographic and climate regions and some of the friendliest people and BEST FOOD anywhere 🙂
designed and overseen by the owner of The Arabic Bazaar/WMDProductions and artist/etrepreneur, Zein Al-Jundi who is a native of Syria and has travelled to Morocco extensively thus being able to put together a tour for all to EXPERIENCE THE COUNTRY FROM AN INSIDER’S POINT OF VIEW…..for this trip (as it was the case with previous tours) she has teamed up with the best travel professionals here in the US and in Morocco and will be on hand for the duration of the trip in Morocco with the group!
***$3495 pp. (double occupancy, $795 additional for single supplement)
**Flight from Houston TX to Casablanca, Morocco and back to Houston
**Accommodation 05 nights in 5 star selected hotels, or similar, on Bed and Breakfast (BB)
**Accommodation 03 Nights in selected 5 star hotels or similar , on Half Board (HB)
**01 night at the Deluxe Camp at desert of Merzouga on Half board (HB), .
**30 min Camel Ride activity to assist the sunrise at Desert Merzouga
**Roundtrip transfers by 4*4 Car to attend Merzouga Camp.
**Transportation by Air Conditioning Private Minibus 14 Seats or Coach 48 Seats throughout the tour.
**Visits and all monument entrance fees mentioned in the program
**Assistance of an official English Speaking Tour Guide throughout the tour.
**All hotels taxes and services.
Excluded services are:
**Any airfare ticket to get to and from Houston TX from your home city
**Meals except what is mentioned above
**Tips for driver and guide
*AIRFARE from HOUSTON, 5 STAR ACCOMMODATION (one night of camping in the Sahara desert)
*all PRIVATE LAND air conditioned TRANSPORTATION, 1 or 2 MEALS PER DAY, DAILY guided SIGHTSEEING & a designated ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE….
***LAND PACKAGE AVAILABLE***
***SPECIAL DISCOUNT APPLIES IF PAID IN FULL BY 6/5/2017***
***FAMILY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE***
***PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE***
Departure from Houston International Airport on Air Canada
Meeting at Houston International Airport (exact spot and time to be specified at a later time) to board our flight heading to Casablanca……let the fun begin…..
Fly to Casablanca overnight
Welcome to Mohamed V airport of Casablanca.
Meeting with your Tour guide. Assistance to the formalities and transfer to the hotel for check in……rest for a bit then on to the city centre for sightseeing. Depending of the arrival time.
Casablanca, economical capital of Morocco, your guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca includes Mohamed V place , the united nations square , the new medina and the Mahkama (Moroccan law courts) in Hispano- Mauresque architecture , Notre Dame de Lourdes church in stained glass , the Anfa residential suburb site of the war time conference between Roosevelt / Churchill and Mohamed V , Ain Diab Casablanca’s playground with its cafés , restaurants and pools , the newly built Hassan II Mosque , the second largest mosque in the world.
overnight at your hotel.
Casablanca / Rabat / Meknes / Fes
After breakfast, departure to Rabat. The visit of Rabat, the political and Administrative capital of Morocco and the fourth of the Imperial cities, will include the King Palace enclosure, Mohamed V Mausoleum, The unfinished Hassan Tower and mosque, the picturesque Kasbah (forth) of the Oudayas (at the estuary facing the Barbary coast Corsair port of Sallee).
Leave Rabat and take the road to Meknes, driving through forests of cork trees. You soon arrive
to Meknes, third of the Imperial cities, built by the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismael.
Contemporary of Louis XIV of France. visit the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, the palace-tomb of Moulay Ismael . Continuation of the visit and road to Fes, check in, dinner and overnight at your Riad.
Full day sightseeing city tour of Fes, the oldest of the four Imperial Cities, founded approx. 809
A.D. spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam in the west, your visit will include: the 15th century Borj Nord (north forth) arm museum, the great gateway of the Royal Palace, the 9th century Karaouiyine Mosque and University; with its Medersas (colleges) of Bou Inania and Attarine dating from the 14th century, the shrine of Moulay Idriss II, founder of Fes, the Nejarine fountain.
Afternoon continuation of the visit of the spice market, the souks and the Medina.
Diner and overnight at your Riad.
Fes / Erfoud
Breakfast and departure to Erfoud via the hill station of Ifrane in the lake
the town of Azrou with its old Kasbah (forth) and handicraft center then continuation via midelt.
Continuation to Erfoud, the former capital of Tafilalet, this was for eleven centuries the final stop on the great caravan routes south and point of birth of Alaouite dynasty.
Check-in, dinner and overnight at your hotel …
Erfoud / Merzouga
After breakfast at the hotel, morning will be devoted to explore Erfoud and it area …
Lunch at your hotel.
Afternoon, you change your Car by a 4X4 vehicle to attend Merzouga for a night under tents if weather conditions allow it. A wonderful experience of seeing sunset over the seas of sands.
01 hour Camel ride before to assist to sunset over dunes. Return to the camp
Installation under tents for dinner and overnight.
Marzouga / Erfoud / Quarzazate
Wake up early in the morning, to contemplate the sunrise.
Return to the bivouac for breakfast. Departure to Ouarzazate via Tineghir and Tinejdad.
Tineghir with its huge kasbah belonging to the ex-Glaoui , former Pasha of Marrakech , side excursion to the imposing Todra Gorges and Todra canyon (two sheer cliffs 300 meters high separated by a narrow corridor only 20 meters wide).
Continuation along the famous “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to Ouarzazate…
Check in, and overnight at your Hotel
Ouarzazate / Marrakech
After breakfast, departure to visit Ouarzazate, the administrative center of the pre-Saharian region you will start by Taourirt kasbahis a series of towers rising out of a mass of closely packed houses, thrusting their turrets into the blue of the sky,Continuation to Ait Benhaddou, situated at 30 km from Ouarzazate, is a fabulous sand castle standing in the middle of a field of flowering almond trees. It has often been used a setting for films including Lawrence of Arabia and is so exceptional that UNESCO has given it World Heritage status.
After lunch, departure to Marrakech.
Check-in and Overnight at Riad
Breakfast at the hotel. Beginning of the visit of Marrakech ” the pearl of the south”.
Second of the four Imperial cities, rose-red-oasis at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, founded in 1062. Your historical visit will includes : the stately 12th century Koutoubia minaret, built by same architect as the Giralda in Seville and Tour Hassan in Rabat, the secret 16th century tombs of the Saadian Dynasty, the Menara Gardens. Lunch at your Riad…
Afternoon, continuation of the visit: the medina, the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square with its permanent entertainment, narrators, charmers of snakes…
Overnight at your Riad.
Marrakech / Ourika Valley
Breakfast at your hotel.
Leave Marrakech and start your excursion to Ourika Valley!
This three quarter day excursion begins with a very picturesque drive from Marrakech through the gorge of Oued Ourika, allowing for stops to see the local pottery and high quality good for sale at the Berber Museum (which is a shop more than a museum) and the waterfall in Siti Fatma (when accessible and for those who enjoy walking approximately 45 minutes each direction).
After visit you will return back to Marrakech
Overnight at your Hotel.
Head back to Houston Internatonal Airport (starting either from Marrakech or Casablanca)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca airport in time for you flight home, taking with you some certainly incredible memories of our land so full of remarkable contrasts and very friendly people. Assistance to flight formalities.
End of our services…..
‘Bon Voyage’…..back to the US and ‘Au Revoir’ to Morocco……
optional excursions/activities will be available on a ‘pay for your own’ basis. transportation for those will be provided when possible.
minor changes to itinerary maybe necessary; you will be notified of such changes before departure.
More information about our Hotels/Riads (ALL 5 STARS)
Casablanca 01 BB, Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Fes 02 HB, Palais Amani Riad
Erfoud 01 HB, Kasbah Chergui Hotel
Merzouga 01HB, Bivouac Chergui Sahara
Ouarzazate 01 BB, Berber Palace Hotel
Marrakech 03 BB, Demeurs D’Orient Riad
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