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Morocco - Kasbahs and Desert Adventure

Morocco - Kasbahs and Desert Adventure

Casablanca, Morocco

From: R 9,989.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 9,989.00
  • Trip Reference

    #5930
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Valid From

    11th of April 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    18th of April 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Depart on 11 April  and SAVE R1110pp!

Wander the winding streets of ancient medinas, sip refreshing mint tea, explore natural gorges and Roman ruins, ride a camel to a desert camp, bargain in exotic souks, enjoy delicious Moroccan fare.
This tour is perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco's must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

About the Holiday

Day 1: Casablanca
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Day 2: Casablanca/Fes - Includes Breakfast
Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fes.
Start early and drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city.
Later, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After, continue to Fes, one of Morocco's most interesting cities.

Day 3: Fes - Includes Breakfast and lunch
Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fes medina with a certified local city guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and the view from above. Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fes medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fes' famous leather tannery from above. In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing

Day 4: Fes/Merzouga - Includes breakfast and dinner
Drive south to the edge of the Sahara Desert before riding a camel into the dunes and overnighting in a desert camp.
Start early today for a drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara.
In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums.

Day 5: Merzouga/Todra Gorge - Includes breakfast
Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.
Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga.

Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

Day 6: Todra Gorge/Ait Ben Haddou - Includes breakfast
Visit to the ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for insight on Moroccan cuisine. Travel along the ''Route of 1000 Kasbahs'' to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Ait Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.

Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou Marrakech - Includes breakfast
Transfer to Marrakech, guided medina visit. Opt to visit to Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Don't leave without indulging in a feast at the famous food stalls.

The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260m).
Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city.

Day 8: Marrakech - Includes breakfast
Depart at any time.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Hotels (6 nights), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share).
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner. (Allow USD 220-290 for meals not included)
  • Supported traditional lunch
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Private air-con van, camels
  • Meknes guided tour
  • Volubilis guided tour
  • Fes guided tour.
  • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride and overnight in a Berber camp
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages.
  • Ait Ben Haddou kasbah visit.
  • Marrakech medina guided walk.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver, local guides.
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  •  Visa costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
     
Package Conditions:

Package is based on a selected departure date 11 April 2018.


The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel ie visas, innoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports

Casablanca
Casablanca is a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. Casablanca is Morocco's largest city as well as its chief port.

Casablanca was established as a town in 1906 with a population of 20 000. Later in 1907 when the French landed here, Fez was its commercial center whilst Tangier was set up as the city's main harbor. The French were soon ousted however and had to seek a new port altogether and Tangier remained Moroccan. Things have changed much since then however. With a population of over 3 million, Casablanca resembles a Southern European city. Today all duties are handled here except for administration.

Casablanca has a very mild semi-arid Mediterranean climate. Casablanca's climate is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Atlantic Ocean which tends to moderate temperatures.

Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 2,500 worshippers inside and another 80,000 in its courtyard; this is a truly monumental complex right next to the sea. It covers a site of 9 hectares (22 acres), making it the world’s second largest religious building after the main Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca.

Musée du Judaïsme Marocain (The Jewish Museum) is 5km (3 miles) from the city center, in the suburb of Oasis, this is a truly unique attraction because it is not only Casablanca’s only museum, but it is also the only Jewish museum to be found in any Muslim country anywhere in the world. Set in a modern and well-maintained building are collections of religious books, costumes, sacramental artifacts and other items reflecting the role that the today 5,000-strong Jewish community has had and continues to play in Morocco.

Place Mohammed V (formerly Place des Nations Allies) was laid out as the Place de France in 1920, and then renamed as Place des Nations Allies after WWII, then again to Place Mohammed V; this imposing square is undisputedly the heart of the city. Its arcades are lined with bustling cafés and tacky souvenir shops while the impressive clock tower keeps time over the hustle and bustle.

Casablanca is not renowned for the sophistication of its nightlife, and you really need on the spot advice from a local to get the best out of what is there. Downtown, there is a cabaret and a handful of discos while bars, like the cluster along rue Allal Ben Abdallah, tend to be male-only. For ladies, hotel bars like the Bogart/Bergman-themed Casablanca Bar at the Hyatt Regency are more welcoming.

While bars close fairly early, nightclubs open at 2300 and don’t close until 0300, though the less successful ones are depressingly empty.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 22 January 2018.

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