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Jewels of Morocco (6780) - 2015 / 2014

10 Day Tour from Casablanca to Casablanca


Jewels of Morocco
Marrakesh
Marrakesh
Marrakesh, Morocco is known as the red-colored imperial city
Stroll through the charming streets of Ouarzazate, Morocco
Casablanca is Moroccos largest city
Rabat is Moroccos capital
To this day, Fez has remained Moroccos spiritual and artistic center
Walk through the massive stone walls of the Hassan II Mosque
A portion of the Hassan II Mosque lies over the Atlantic Ocean and can be seen through the glass floors
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Vacation Overview

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The Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travelers intriguing historical sites, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery. In Marrakesh, step back in time as you wander through the Jemaa-el-Fna, an exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. Listen to storytellers (an integral part of the culture) and browse for handicrafts. In Fez, take an optional tour to see the ancient medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is one of the largest medieval cities in the world. Stroll through its souks (markets) and alleys, which are virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Taste authentic Moroccan cuisine and take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. Also visit Casablanca, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Ifrane, Erfoud, and Rabat, Morocco’s vibrant capital. Admire changing scenery as the Middle Atlas mountain range transforms to desert as you approach the Erfoud oasis—a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Fez, Ifrane, Erfoud, Rissani, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou Kasbah

Scenic Highlights:
Atlas Mountains, Ziz Gorges and Oasis, Road of 1000 Kasbahs, Dades Valley, Todra Gorge

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rabat, Meknes, Marrakesh, Casablanca. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • December 21 Departure - Christmas week


Day 1Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco

Check into your hotel. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Casablanca–Rabat–Meknes–Fez

A short ride along the coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital. Sightseeing includes the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudayas. You are reminded of the time when Morocco was the Roman province of Mauretania as you visit the fine Roman relics of Chellah and its gardens. Next stop, Meknes—see its monumental gates, mosque, palace, and miles of protective walls. Travel east towards Fez, Morocco’s most enchanting city. (B,D)

Day 3Fez

At leisure in ancient Fez, which occupies a position of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the exotic ancient Medina on the optional sightseeing tour, a maze of narrow bustling streets and alleys that make up the old Medina with its colorful souks. (B)

Day 4Fez–Ifrane–Erfoud

Travel today into the very heart of Morocco. Morning break in the quiet, French-built alpine resort of Ifrane. Verdant cedar forests give way to volcanic mountains and wind-swept plains as you motor across the Middle Atlas range to Midelt. Pass fortified mud-and-straw villages. Descend into the spectacular Ziz Gorges and arrive in Er-Rachidia, an important crossroad once controlled by the French Foreign Legion. Afterwards, the landscape becomes progressively more arid and you enter a stony desert. On your last stretch to Erfoud, an unexpected and breathtaking surprise: the miraculous and peaceful oasis of Ziz Valley. (B,D)

Day 5Erfoud

The best choice today is an included excursion to Rissani to see the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif, the first ruler of the Alaouite Dynasty. This evening, enjoy an optional excursion in the desert. (B,D)

Day 6Erfoud–The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs–Ouarzazate

Enjoy the drive through the eastern slopes of the Atlas Mountains and arrive at the Tinerhir oasis with its green valley of palms and local villages. Drive north to the impressive Todra Gorge, then west along the Dades Valley to the film capital of Morocco, Ouarzazate, for an overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 7Ouarzazate–Aït Benhaddou–Tizi-n-Tichka Pass–Marrakesh

Enjoy an orientation drive this morning in Ouarzazate, famous for its film studios, and a visit of the Kasbah de Taourirt. Next, to Aït Benhaddou, a kasbah famous as a film location for Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Pass through picturesque villages surrounded by craggy mountains while motoring towards the 7,414-foot-high Tizi-n-Tichka Pass in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Each new twist in the road leads to a different, more dramatic landscape. Leaving the pass behind, the landscape gradually changes to a tapestry of red ochre. Afternoon arrival in the red-colored imperial city of Marrakesh, justly reputed the most fascinating of all Moroccan cities. An optional evening excursion will be a fitting choice to end the day. (B)

Day 8Marrakesh

The included city sightseeing with a Local Guide starts this morning with an orientation drive followed by a walk through the ancient quarters to the fascinating Jemaa-el-Fna square and its exotic bazaar, Bahia Palace, and Saadian Tombs. You’ll really feel as if you’ve stopped the march of time. Marrakesh has always been a meeting place—first just a group of nomad tents, now a bustling city. (B,D)

Day 9Marrakesh–Casablanca

Leave Morocco’s magical city of Marrakesh for the journey northwest back to Casablanca. In the afternoon, see the sights in the company of a Local Guide. (B)

Day 10Casablanca

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Casablanca if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


CASABLANCA Ibis City Centre (ST)
FEZ Menzeh Fes (ST) or Zalagh Parc Palace (F)
ERFOUD Kasbah Tizimi (ST)
OUARZAZATE Ibis Moussafir (ST)
MARRAKESH Zalagh Kasbah & Spa (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 6 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GRAHAM LYE

Years of Experience: 12 years

Seventeen years ago I moved to beautiful Morocco, beginning a journey to discover her rich culture and fascinating traditions. Today that journey continues with fellow world travelers who are often visiting an Islamic country for the first time. The warmth and acceptance of the people you will meet will leave you amazed. So, join me on this journey that will broaden your horizons in unexpected ways.

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