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MOROCCO - IMPERIAL ODYSSEY
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Morocco
Morocco is an exquisite land known for its potent mystique and exotic aura. Europe's closest link to Africa, Morocco is neither European nor African. It is a rich mix of both with a flavour distinctly its own. In this tour we offer an excellent introduction to this magnificent culture and country; Eight days, three imperial capitals.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Casablanca
02 Casablanca / Rabat
03
Rabat / Meknes / Fez
04 Fez
05
Fez / Beni Mallal / Marrakech
06
Marrakech
07
Marrakech / Casablanca
08
Casablanca

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Morocco covered on this tour
Medina of Fez (1981) Founded in the 9th century, Fez reached its height first in the 14th century under the Marinides and again in the 17th century. In 1912, when France established Rabat as the new capital, its political importance declined, but its religious and cultural role continues today, centered as it is around the two famous mosques of Al-Qarawiyin and Al-Andalus in the heart of the medina.
Medina of Marrakech (1985) Marrakesh, founded in 1071-1072, was the capital of the Almoravids and later the Almohades. The lively medina contains an impressive number of architectural masterpieces, including the walls and the monumental gates, the Kutubiya Mosque with its 77-metre-high minaret, the Saadian tombs and characteristic old houses.
Historic City of Meknes (1996 Founded in the 11th century by Almoravid rulers as a military town, Meknes became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672- 1727), the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. The Sultan turned it into a impressive place in Spanish-Moorish style surrounded by high walls with great doors which show today the harmonious blending of Islamic and European styles of the 17th-century Maghreb.
Archaeological Site of Volubilis (1997) The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Substantial remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. It was later to become briefly the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrissid dynasty, who is buried at nearby Moulay Idriss.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01 Saturday: Arrive Casablanca
Merhaba! We arrive in Casablanca at the Mohamed V Airport and are warmly welcomed and transferred to the hotel. Check in time is by 1400 hrs.
Overnight: Le Sheraton Hotel or similar, Casablanca (1 night) (D)

Day 02 Sunday: Casablanca/Rabat (Drive 95 kms/59 miles)
Visit of the economic capital of Morocco including the central market, the Habbous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Square, the residential area of Anfa and the exterior of Mosque Hassan II. Short drive to Rabat. City tour of Rabat including the Royal Palace (Mechouar ), the Oudaya kasbah, the Mohamed V mausoleum , the Hassan tower.
Overnight: Golden Tulip Farah Hotel or similar, Rabat (1 night) (B, D)

Day 03 Monday: Rabat/Meknes/Fez (Drive 220 kms/136 miles)

Departure to Meknes and visit of the Ismalian Capital famous for its 40 km long walls. Visit of Bab Mansour , the royal stables and the Jewish quarter . Continue on to Fez via the Roman city of Volubilis and the holy village of Moulay Idriss
Overnight: Palais Medina or similar, Fez (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 04 Tuesday: Fez

The whole day is devoted to tour this UNESCO World Heritage City. Sightseeing of Fez includes the medieval medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas , the Nejjarine fountain , the Moulay Idriss mausoleum , and the Karaouine mosque. Afternoon visit of Fez al Jdid – new Fez. (B, D)

Day 05 Wednesday: Fez/Beni Mallal/Marrakech (Drive 485 kms/299 miles)
Departure to Marrakech passing through the Middle Atlas Mountains and the berber village of Immouzer du Kandar and Ifrane, free time for optional lunch break and a moment of relaxation in Beni Mellal one of the agricultural centers of Morocco . Arrival in Marrakech in the late afternoon . Check in at the hotel ,
Overnight: Atlas Medina & Spa Hotel or similar, Marrakech (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 06 Thursday: Marrakech
Visit of historical Marrakech: the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret. Afternoon visit the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its surrounding souks and handicraft quarters. This evening there is an optional urcharge to attend Fantasia Show with dinner. (B, L)

Day 07 Friday: Marrakech/Casablanca (Drive 250 kms/154 miles)

We have this morning at leisure for last minute shopping or relaxing. This afternoon we depart for Casablanca.
Overnight: Le Sheraton Hotel or similar, Casablanca (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08 Saturday: Depart Casablanca
Morning transfer to the airport for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Jan 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30, Feb 06, 13, 20 & 27, Mar 05, 12, 19 & 26, Apr 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30, May 07, 14, 21 & 28, Jun 04, 11, 18 & 25, Jul 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30, Aug 06, 13, 20 & 27, Sep 03, 10, 17 & 24, Oct 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 795 285
 
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast,
    L
    = Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers with services of a local Multilingual speaking guide. Plus local guide at sites.
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • International airfares
  • Departure/airport and border taxes
  • Insurance & Visas
  • Beverages/Tips

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 & average group size of 25 participants.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

Contact Information
Bestway Tours & Safaris
Fax: +1-604-264-7774
206–8678 Greenall Ave Phone: +1-604-264-7378
Burnaby B.C., Canada Toll Free (US & Canada): 1-800-663-0844
V5J 3M6 Email: bestway@bestway.com
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