Title: Highlights of Morocco
Location: 14 days | Morocco
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Description: Trip Style: Classic
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2
Next Available Departure: Sat, Oct. 16, 2010
Highlights
Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fez, Camel ride and overnight desert camping excursion, Todra Gorge, Aït Benhaddou, Aremd, Essaouira, Marrakech

Description
If you want to hit Morocco’s highlights and time’s a little tight, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of Imperial cities as you explore crowded souks stuffed with exotic wares, then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world’s biggest sand dunes.

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Day 1 Casablanca
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes (B)
Explore Casablanca, including the third largest mosque in the world, before travelling on to Rabat. Explore the exteriors of the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V mausoleum and the Kasbah des Oudaias.

Day 3 Meknes, Volubilis, Fez (B)
Explore the enchanting palace and market areas of Meknes at leisure in the morning, before travelling to Roman Volubilis for a guided visit.

Day 4 Fez (B)
Enjoy a morning guided historical visit of Fez, including the Madrassa Bou Inania, the Nejjarine Fountain and the fascinating maze of alleyways in the medina. The afternoon is free to explore this unforgettable city at your leisure.

Days 5-6 Merzouga (2B,2D)
Explore the highest sand dunes in North Africa at the edge of the Sahara by camel, as we make a nomad camp our home for a local dinner and overnight in tents or under the stars!

Day 7 Todra Gorge (B)
Walk in the palm groves near Tinerhir before exploring the cliff-sided canyons of the mighty Todra Gorge.

Day 8 Aït Ben Haddou (B)
Enjoy the verdant Dades Valley. After a stop in Ouarzazate, head to the village of Aït Benhaddou for a visit to the famous Kasbah, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 9 High Atlas Mountains (B,D)
Walk to our village gîte in the High Atlas Mountains where we spend the evening learning more about the culture of these mountain people, while enjoying a delicious home cooked traditional dinner.

Days 10-11 Essaouira (2B)
Explore Essaouira’s funky beach vibe and cobblestone whitewashed streets. Browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach.

Days 12-13 Marrakech (2B)
Explore Marrakech – maybe visit the Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, the Bahia Palace, the Mellah and the Saadian Tombs, and don’t miss a visit to the exotic souks. In the evening head to the famous Djemaa el Fna Square for fortune tellers, performers and snake charming.

Day 14 Marrakech (B)
Depart at any time.

StartFinish
Casablanca to Marrakech
What’s Included
Orientation tour of Rabat, Guided walk in Fez, Orientation walk in Essaouira, Guided tour of Volubilis, Todra Gorge, Hike in the Atlas Mountains, Guided walk in Marrakech.
Group Size Notes
Max 15, Avg 10
Group Leader
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, Driver, Local guides
Meals Included
13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Transport
Private air-conditioned van.
Accommodation
Hotel (9 nts), Auberge (2 nts), Gîte (multi-share) (1 nt), Nomad camp (multi-share) (1 nt).
Meal Budget
Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included.
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions:

Nights 5 & 6, Merzouga; Night 9, Aremd
Recommendation
Want to hike the Atlas Mountains while you’re in Morocco? Check out our Atlas Mountain Trek, DCAM

Start Date: 10-16-2010
End Date: 10-30-2010

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