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Morocco - Totally Morocco - 2 for 1 - 9 days land only

Morocco - Totally Morocco - 2 for 1 - 9 days land only

Marrakech, Morocco

From: R 8,950.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 8,950.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9275
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Valid From

    10th of August 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    8th of September 2018 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

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

Great 2 FOR 1Deal Book one spot and get another spot free on this Totally Morocco Tour. Book & pay by 31 July 2018 quailfy for this  - discount already included in price. Set departures for 11 & 18 August or 01 & 08 September 2018.

This exciting 9 day group tour is an excellent way to see the country through the eyes of someone who calls it home. Moroccan medley, taking in the delights of Morocco's four Imperial Cities - Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Meknes, the ancient kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, Casablanca and the rolling dunes of the Sahara. Uncover many of Morocco's key sites through the expertise of specialist local guides. By night bed down in comfortable locally-owned 4-star hotels and enjoy many included meals.

Highlights include Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Meknes

About the Holiday

Day 1

Marrakech

Saturday. Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in the centre of town. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Marrakech - why not head to the medina and discover the delights of Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place, which is a hive of activity, sights and smells at both day and night. Later on there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel at 19:30hrs.
Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2

Majorelle Gardens & Marrakech City Tour

After breakfast we head over to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens just a short drive from the hotel. These botanical gardens were designed by the French Artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. He used a distinctive shade of cobalt blue for the majority of the garden and although a lot of his other work has largely been forgotten – this garden is seen as his greatest master piece. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint Laurent since 1980 and his ashes were scattered here after his death in 2008. The garden contains an extensive collection of exotic plants and trees and is home to 15 species of bird. There is also a Berber Museum representing the various indigenous tribes of Morocco including over 600 artefacts.

This afternoon you will meet up with the rest of the group who are coming in from Casablanca before embarking on a guided tour of Marrakech. Inside the rose coloured medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city's exuberant market place and towering over it, is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Ait Benhaddou

Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate. Departing the city this morning we travel across the plains of haouz and reach the great High Atlas mountains. Climbing over the pass of Tizi n Tichka, we stop for lunch and then continue onwards with great views over the Mountains and valleys to Ait Benhaddou. This incredible ancient fortified Kasbah was built for defence purposes high on a hill and is a stunningly well preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified kasbah in south Morocco. Carrying on we continue south to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate (pronounced war-zazat). Ouarzazate is famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows including James Bond – The Living Daylights, The Mummy and more recently Game of Thrones.
Overnight: Ouarzazate | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Camel trek into the Sahara

Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge - Merzouga (Sahara). This morning we begin our journey into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees, rose fields and magnificent gorges. Travelling from Ouarzazate, there is a possibility of visiting the kasbah Amherdhil in Skoura before seeing the rose fields and reaching scenic Todra Gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 1000ft, it is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. After time to wander through Todra we hit the road again for Merzhouga – our base before we head into the Sahara. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming before climbing aboard our camels for an incredible trek into the Sahara Desert to watch a beautiful sunset and spend the night at our remote Berber Camp, nestled amongst the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night camping in the Sahara.

If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara Hotel Upgrade.
Overnight: Berber Camp | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Fes

Merzouga (Sahara) - Fes. Departing early, we climb back on our camels disembarking for a truly stunning sunrise. After freshening up and breakfast in Merzouga we’re back on the road heading for Fes. It’s a long drive today however there is a lot to see on the way. We’ll pass through cedar forests full of Barbary Macaque monkeys on our way through the Moyen Atlas mountains. Just before Fes we stop at Ifrane – a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort. Along the way we also start to see our first glimpse of Morocco’s nomadic Berbers – travelling across the mountains and often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination. We arrive into Fes in the early evening.
Overnight: Fes | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and its medina is a cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Fes el Bali - the old walled city. This fascinating medina is a veritable rabbit warren of 9400 alleys that often finish with dead ends – so be sure to stay close to the group! We also visit the dye-pits and tanneries before lunch in the medina. The remainder of the day is at leisure – why not take part in an optional Tagine Making Class or a night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town (both payable locally).
Overnight: Fes | Breakfast

Day 7

Volubilis & Meknes

Fes - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat. Departing Fes this morning we visit the fascinating UNESCO listed Roman ruins of Volubilis, which date back to AD40. Continuing on we stop at the Imperial City of Meknes, which became known as the Versailles of Morocco due to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments. After lunch and some free time our final stop of the day is Rabat – Morocco’s capital where we overnight.
Overnight: Rabat | Breakfast

Day 8

Rabat & Casablanca

Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech. This morning we take a guided tour of Rabat and visit some of the capital’s highlights, including the impressive Chellah - a necropolis and complex of ancient, medieval ruins, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. After lunch we continue to Casablanca where we visit the Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret and is the third largest mosque in the world - it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. After our visit to the mosque we say goodbye to our fellow passengers leaving us in Casablanca and continue on to Marrakech for the night.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast

Day 9

Marrakech

Sunday. Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out.
Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Arrival airport/hotel transfer
  • 7 nights 3 - 4* hotels & riad accommodation
  • 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara Desert (hotel upgrade available)
  • Breakfast daily, selected lunches & dinner including a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
  • Guided sightseeing of Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddou & Marrakech
  • Touring by private vehicles
  • A camel trek into the Sahara
  •  Assistance of an English speaking Moroccan tour guide & specialist local guides at some sites
  • All road taxes & tolls
  • Highlights include Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Fes & Rabat
Excludes
  • International flights and visa
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$60, paid in USD or local currency
  • Gratuity for your tour guide & driver. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day
  • Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Package Conditions:

Set departures for 11 & 18 August or 01 & 08 September 2018. Book & pay by 31 July 2018 quailfy for this  - discount already included in price.

**Excludes a Tipping Kitty of USD$40-50 (paid in local currency) & entrance fees of USD$60-70 (paid in local currency)

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

Marrakech
Marrakech or Marrakesh is known as the "Red City".

Founded in the 11th century, Marrakesh was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal. In days of old, Marrakesh's location on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu made it a key destination for trade and reprieve for weary sub-Saharan traders carrying gold, salt and slaves bound for Europe. Today, Marrakesh is a reverberating collision of Africa and Europe, west and east, Bohemia and high culture, Arab cities and Berber villages.

Marrakech features a semi-arid climate, with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. Average temperatures range from 12 degrees Celsius in the winter to 23 degrees Celsius in the summer.

There's nowhere in the world like the Djemaa el Fna: by day it's basically a market, with a few snake charmers and an occasional troupe of acrobats; in the late afternoon it becomes a whole carnival of musicians, storytellers and other entertainers; and in the evening dozens of stalls set up to dispense hot food to crowds of locals, while the musicians and performers continue.

South of Djemaa el Fna there are two places not to be missed: the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace, the ruined palace of Ahmed el Mansour.

The most atmospheric place to eat is the Djemaa el Fna, where foodstalls set up around sunset and serve up everything from harira soup and couscous or tajine to stewed snails and sheep's heads, all eaten at trestle tables.
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 10 July 2018.

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