The dawn of the new year as bright as the lights of Marrakech.
The New Year comes with its own experiments and expectations; so what better way to start it than an exceptional trip to Morocco?
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New York or Washington or Miami to/from Casablanca|
|Wear||Dress is casual throughout the country. In the winter visitors should pack a light coat or raincoat. In the spring and summer lightweight clothes should be worn.|
Dec 26- To Casablanca From New York
Depart this evening on your transatlantic flight on Royal Air Maroc’s direct service to Casablanca.
Dec 27- Casablanca to Rabat
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by our representative. A 60-mile drive brings you to Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Check in to your hotel. Afternoon tours will include the walking to the bustling Medina, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Great Mosque, the Hassan Tower and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum. You will drive past the ramparts and the walls of Mechouar that encompass the royal palace. Dinner and overnight in Rabat.
Dec 28- Rabat, Moulay ldriss, Volubilis, Meknes, Fez
You will begin your exploration of the Imperial Cities this morning with a stop at the Holy City of Moulay ldriss where the founder of Islam is buried. Continue on to the archaeological site of the Roman ruins at Volubilis. From here you will travel to Meknes where, after lunch, you will drive throughout the walls and numerous gates of the city. Visit the famous Gate of Bab el Mansour, the Shrine Mosque, the tomb of Moulay Ismail, Dar Jamai Palace and the Royal Stables. End your day in Fez, the first Imperial City which was built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idris II.
Dec 29 - Fez
A full day to explore Morocco’s most fascinating city and the world’s last surviving Medieval city Start today by traveling downtown to visit King Palace. After walking through the Jewish and Arab sections, you will see South King Palace. Continue along the river for a panoramic view of the Old Town Medina. You enter the city through one of the main gates for a walking tour highlighting the Karaounine University – the oldest in the world, the Mederssa Attarine, Bouanania Religious School, Najarine Fountain. Later visit Moulay ldriss Mausoleum and a famous tannery where skins are cured and dyed in enormous vats. There will also be time to shop for some of Fez’s famous handicrafts.
Dec 30- Fez,Beni Mellal, Marrakesh
Depart early this morning and travel through the Middle Atlas Region of lmouzer Kender, through Berber villages to the delightful ski resort of Ifrane. Continue to Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicrafts and carpet weaving. Traveling through wooded and mountainous scenery brings us to Beni Mellal for optional lunch. Travel on to Marrakesh-the “Pearl of the South”.
Dec31 / Jan 1 - Marrakesh
Two full days of sightseeing today in Marrakesh. You will visit the Tombs of Sandra King, Dars Said Museum, the Aguedal and Menara Garden, where you will see some of Morocco’s best art work. At the ruins of Elbadi Palace you will see the tanners and dyer’s quarters. Later, visit the world-famous Djemaa Elfna, a spectacular open theater with storytellers, soothsayers and fire-eaters.
Jan 2 - Marrakesh, Casablanca
Depart this morning for Essaouira, a picturesque fighting port of an 800-year-old city which shows traces of Iberian influence in its forts and towers. We suggest you lunch outdoors at Chalet de la Place, seafood dishes are highly recommended. Continue back to Casablanca. Sightseeing includes United Nations Square, Royal Palace,Central Market and Anfa Residential area. Once here you visit the mosque Hassan II, which is the second largest in the Moslem world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
CASABLANCA TO NEW YORK / WASHINGTON / MIAMI
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with customs for your return flight home.