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Morocco: Imperial Cities (2016)

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Limited to 24 guests
Days: 8  |  From: $3,295


Itinerary

Morocco: Imperial Cities

Day 1: Arrive In Casablanca, Morocco

Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Gather for your welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, a tribute to the classic Casablanca “gin joint.”

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Casablanca / Imperial Meknes

Explore the Hassan II Mosque, which houses 25,000 worshippers. Stop at the city of Meknes, built in the 17th century to rival the court of Louis XIV. At day’s end, arrive in the bustling and alluring city of Fez.

Hotel Sahrai   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: Fez / The Medieval City

Step back in time into ancient and remarkably untouched Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), the cultural heart of Morocco. Wander among the 9,000 lanes, alleys and souks that comprise its old quarter, where locals conduct their day-to-day business. See an elaborate mosaic-tiled fountain in Nejjarine Square. Later, discover Fez el- Jadid (“New Fez”), built in the 13th century. Fez el-Jadid is home to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, with its wrought irondecorated windows and carved wood balconies. Tonight, dine at a traditional Moroccan riad with a special guest who shares insight into Moroccan life.

Hotel Sahrai   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Rabat / Morocco’s Capital

After breakfast, drive to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. En route, explore Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Morocco’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins with excellently preserved mosaics. Arriving in Rabat, explore the 12th-century Moorish Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of a great mosque. View the mausoleum of Mohamed V, founder of modern Morocco, and visit Oudaya Kasbah. Set on a bluff over the Atlantic, its gate is considered among the most beautiful in the Moorish world.

Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses   |   Meals: B L

Day 5: Marrakech / The “Red City”

Travel overland today to Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon. Considered the “Pearl of the South,” Marrakech was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal, and is sometimes known as the “Red City” for the distinctive hues of its brick buildings.

The Pearl   |   Meals: B

Day 6: Marrakech / Palaces and Performers

Discover Marrakech’s ancient medina, the old walled section of the city. Explore the Saadian Tombs displaying intricate stucco and Granada-style carvings, and the Dar Si Said (Museum of Moroccan Arts), a former palace. Continue to El Badi Palace and the 12th-century Koutoubia Minaret, the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. Stroll through Djemaa el-Fna square where fire-eaters, mime artists and street musicians perform. Return to your hotel on a private horse-drawn carriage ride. This evening, enjoy a Culinary Connection, as you share a special dinner with a local family.

The Pearl   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Marrakech / Atlas Mountains

Today, choose to remain in Marrakech or enjoy a full-day excursion to the High Atlas Mountains. Visit a picturesque village at Imlil Valley, meeting with local Berbers and visiting them in their homes during an authentic Neighborhood Connection. Your farewell dinner tonight is held at a charming traditional riad.

The Pearl   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Depart Marrakech

Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for your international flight home.

Meals: B







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