MOROCCAN ESCAPE

MOROCCAN ESCAPE

Your escorted tour of Morocco is an escape from the crowds  typically found at busier times of the year. Begin your vacation with a welcome dinner in legendary Casablanca. Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to the capital-city Rabat—once the haven for 16th-century pirates—and take a drive to see the massive medieval battlements and Royal Palace. Throughout the week, you’ll encounter incredible historic and cultural sites. Marvel at the architecture and history of Meknes—the 11th-century military settlement, turned into an impressive city in the Spanish-Moorish style by the legendary Sultan Moulay Ismail. On your guided sightseeing tour, you’ll see the monumental gated walls that surround the city, elaborate mosques, the palace, and you’ll also visit the Royal Stables—built by the Sultan to house 12,000 royal horses. Continue to Fez, considered to be Morocco’s spiritual and  artistic center, and see the magnificent entrance to the Royal Palace. Drive through the old Jewish quarter, travel to the traditional entrance to Old Fez at Bab Bou Jeloud, and follow your  Local Guide through the labyrinthine streets of its Medina and the remarkable architecture of the Medersa Bou Inania. Next stop is the vibrant oasis of Marrakesh. Explore the “Red City” amid its  sandstone walls and buildings with your Local Guide. You’ll visit Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs (or Badia Palace), the Djemaa El-Fna town center and colorful marketplace. Return to Casablanca, for panoramic drive to visit the Hassan II Mosque. Then, top it all off with a delicious farewell dinner to celebrate your Moroccan Escape!

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

Welcome to Casablanca! At 6 pm, meet your Tour D irector and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.


Day 2 : CASABLANCA–RABAT–MEKNES–FEZ

Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s  capital. Enjoy an orientation drive to see the massive medieval battlements, the Royal Palace, and more. Continue to Meknes. Originally founded as a military settlement it was transformed into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl. During your guided sightseeing, admire the monumental gates of the city walls, the mosques, and the palace. Visit the ROYAL STABLES, constructed to house 12,000 of the royal horses. Next is Fez. Blessed with an ample supply of water and strategically situated, Fez became the capital of Morocco when the country shook off foreign rule under Berber King Idris in the 8th century. To this day, Fez has remained Morocco’s spiritual and artistic center.


Day 3 : FEZ

View the mag nificent entrance to the Royal Palace, drive through the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and travel on to Bab Bou Jeloud, the traditional entrance to Old Fez. Your Local Guide also leads you through labyrinthine MEDINA and MEDERSA BOU INANIA. Tonight, an optional folklore dinner completes a fascinating day.


Day 4 : FEZ–MARRAKESH

A scenic drive through this fa scinating country will take you to Marrakesh, beautifully located in an oasis, and also known as the “Red City” for its red walls and red sandstone buildings.


Day 5 : MARRAKESH

Follow your Local Guid e and visit BAHIA PALACE, the 16th-century SAADIAN TOMBS (if closed, visit the BADIA PALACE instead), and to DJEMAA EL-FNA, the vibrant town center dominated by the 222-foot-high
Koutoubia Minaret. In the evening, an exciting optional excursion is available.


Day 6 : MARRAKESH–CASABLANCA

Return to Casablanca and join your Loca l Guide, on a panoramic drive, featuring a visit to the HASSAN II  MOSQUE, a splendid monument designed to mark the end of the century. This evening, [LF] a farewell dinner
at one of Casablanca’s lively restaurants celebrates your Moroccan Escape.


Day 7 : CASABLANCA

Your vacation ends with br eakfast this morning.


Prices are for all land arrangements as per Itinerary.

  • CASABLANCA : Welcome dinner; guided panoramic drive, visit the Hassan II Mosque; [LF] farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • RABAT : Orientation drive
  • MEKNES : Guided sightseeing, visit the Royal Stables
  • FEZ : Guided sightseeing, visit the Medina and Medersa Bou Inania
  • MARRAKESH : Guided sightseeing, visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead), and Djemaa El-Fna
Exclusions:

Applicable Taxes and Fees (Airfare & Charges Not Included in the Price)

Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.