Join the Women's Travel Club on this adventure to exotic Morocco. We will explore and shop in the endless labyrinth of medinas, taste the amazing flavours, immerse ourselves in the culture and ride camels in the red sand of the Sahara Desert.
Casablanca is the largest and most populated city in Morocco. The atmosphere is more cosmopolitan than in other parts of the country, with Western dress and fashions predominating. With Art Deco architecture dating back to the French protectorate, this beautiful city features several historical monuments, including the second largest mosque after Mecca. This evening, we get together for our welcome dinner at the hotel.
Our day begins with a tour of Casablanca that introduces us to this sprawling cosmopolitan city, Morocco’s commercial and financial center. Highlights will include the medina (old quarters), the residential suburbs, the Hassan II mosque, Place Mohamed V and the Gates of Royal Palace of King Mohamed VI.
We travel north along the coastline to Rabat, the capital of the kingdom where we explore the pleasant and tranquil Chellah, both a Roman ruin and Islamic burial place atop the ancient Roman town of Sala Colonia.
After breakfast, visit the picturesque Kasbah des Oudaias overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. It was Mohamed V who achieved independence for Morocco in 1956.
We will set out for Meknes via the cork-forest road to visit the massive ramparts and King Moulay Ismael mosque and stables built to accommodate 12,000 horses. Continue east towards Volubilis and visit the splendid Roman ruins and the nearby town of Moulay Idriss: the holiest Muslim site in Morocco. We will end our day in Fes. Dinner at the hotel.
Our day beings with sightseeing of the oldest city of Fez which goes six centuries back into history to visit the medina of Fez El Bali, Dar Batha Museum - Explore Fes J'did and the mellah (Jewish district).
In the afternoon we will visit Fez Jdid, the newest part of the city and its chic cafe–lined avenues that provide a jarring contrast to the modern side to the ancient city.
We travel overland to Merzouga, the heart of the desert, and serf the sandy sea on a powerful 4 WD Land Rover from Erfoud. On arrival, we enjoy a camel trek that leads us to the top of a golden sand dune. We close our evening with a buffet dinner. After dinner, we retreat to our own private tent decked with hand-woven rugs, plush cushions and comfortable beds. For assured convenience, bathroom facilities are located adjacent to our tent.
Today is an early wake-up. We will board our camels to the dunes to watch the sunrise over the Sahara Desert. Return to our camp for breakfast. We will then go through the scenic Todra Gorges and the Dades Valley, wonderfully sculpted by Mother Nature. Hugging the lush riverbed are many of Morocco’s most scenic kasbahs and ksours. We continue down the route of kasbahs past acres of roses, and stop for a walk at a date oasis, one of the largest, most decorated kasbahs in Morocco. The day concludes at Ouarzazate at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, film capital of Morocco, with everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars being filmed here.
After breakfast, we will leave for Marrakech. Visit on route the Kasbah Taourirt, a UNESCO-restored kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou, a berber village which conserves the most impressive ksar of Morocco, where no change has occurred since the middle ages. In the afternoon, we will explore exotic Marrakech museums: Dar Si Said Museum, Maison Tiskiwin and Souks and Djemaa El fna square. We will have dinner (including one soft drink pp) together at the hotel.
Our full day explorations of Marrakech will be on foot and by horse-drawn carriages. We start at Djemaa el Fna, the central square and Marrakech’s heartbeat surrounded by bazaars, mosques, terraced cafes, snake charmers, fire eaters, and fortune-tellers. After the visit, we stop at the Bahia Palace, a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. We then proceed to Saadian Tombs followed by a walk through the old medina and the labyrinth of souks. At around 5:00, we travel back to our hotel. Enjoy a special local flavour dinner with performance at Fantazia Marrakech.
Enjoy your day at leisure, we will have a farewell dinner in a quite place
After breakfast transfer back to the airport according to your flight time.
Hotel Club Val d’Anfa - 1 night
This beautiful seaside hotel is only five minutes from the city centre. Hotel Club Val d'Anfa offers a wonderful balance of old and new and will be the perfect start to our journey.
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