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Mystical Morocco 2020

DESTINATION: Morocco, Africa  DATES: Nov 20th – Nov 29th 2020 VIEW/DOWNLOAD 2 PGE FLYER PDF

VISITING: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes – Erfoud – Merzouga – Tinghir – Dades & Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate – Marrakech – Casablanca

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sightseeing tour of Casablanca City
  • We visit Rabat, the Nation’s Capital
  • Visit to the imperial city of Meknes and Volubilis city, one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins
  • Tour of Medieval and Modern Fez
  • Pottery workshop in Fes
  • Travel to Erfoud via the Mountains of the middle Atlas passing by Ifrane (the “Moroccan Switzerland”)
  • Stay at Luxury Desert Camp includes authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars and breakfast in the morning
  • Sunset camel ride
  • Pass by the Valley of the Roses
  • En route visit of Ouarzazate includes a stop at Kasbah Taourirt and UNESCO-restored Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou
  • En route visit Hollywood of Morocco (Ozziwood)
  • Full day tour of Marrakech, visits to Yves Saint Laurent museum, Majorelle gardens, souks and squares
  • Lunch at Association Amal: a Marrakech-based non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women
  • Dinner in a Moroccan family house
  • Authentic Moroccan cooking class
  • Enriching Lives Exclusive: Giving Back with visit to an Orphanage
  • Dinner at the mythical Rick’s Café saloon
 

Day 1
Day 1: Fri 20th Nov 2020 Arrival to Casablanca

Welcome to the Kingdom Of Morocco!

After clearing the immigration, collect your luggage and proceed towards exit gate, where our local representative will be waiting to welcome and transfer you to your hotel to check in.

Casablanca is Morocco's chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent, located in the central-western part of Morocco bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. Casablanca is also the most cosmopolitan of Morocco's cities, with nightclubs, fast food chains and high end boutiques.

The modern city of Casablanca was founded by Berber fishermen in the 10th Century BC and was subsequently used by the Phoenicians, Romans, and the Merenids as a strategic port called Anfa. The Portuguese destroyed it and rebuilt it under the name Casa Branca, only to abandon it after an earthquake in 1755. The Moroccan sultan rebuilt the city as Daru l-Badya and it was given its current name of Casablanca by Spanish traders who established trading bases there. The French occupied the city in 1907, establishing it as a protectorate in 1912 and starting construction of the Ville Nouvelle, however it gained independence with the rest of the country in 1956.

Remainder of day at leisure to take a spa at our beautiful hotel or take a rest before preparing for our welcome dinner.

Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Casablanca - Val d'Anfa – Superior First Class

Located between the sea and the hill of Anfa, the most prestigious residential area of Casablanca , the Val d'Anfa hotel enjoys an ideal position, facing the ocean and only 5 minutes from the city center and the tram terminal. Equipped with a lovely spa and gym, this is a perfect spot to start our adventure. In a successful setting the perfect synthesis between innovation and tradition, the hotel offers neat and majestic spaces, directly inspired by Amazigh art. What arouses the curiosity of visitors looking for varied architecture is the mixing of warm colors, mosaics and fine woods. Open the doors of the hotel , and enter a world where the preserved past opens up to modernity. This lovely hotel has 3 restaurants, the Basman, The Pub and the Blue Lagoon. Complementary Wi-Fi is throughout the hotel.

Meals: D

Day 2
Day 2: Sat 21st Nov 2020 Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fes

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later check-out & depart for Fes via Rabat. In Rabat, visit the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed. It was Mohamed V- father of king Hassan II- who achieved independence for Morocco in 1956. Continuation towards Meknes (2 hours) and visit the ramparts & King Molay Ismael mosque and stables.

En route visit Meknes and Volubilis.

Meknes

One of the four imperial cities in Morocco, although the smallest one but definitely deserving a visit. This scenic hilltop city has plenty to offer the curious visitor, from intricate gates to marvellous museums and mausoleums.

Meknes is made up of the old (medina) and the new (ville nouvelle); two distinct centres, less than three miles apart but harnessing quite different vibes. The medina holds the city’s historic sights and sought-after romantic flavor; at its heart is the 12th century Grand Mosque (although this is closed to non-Muslims), while teahouses in secret courtyards, ornate riads, and the odd hard-working donkey add to the atmosphere.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to Volubilis city of Roman ruins.

Volubilis City

One of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins on a fertile plain surrounded by wheat fields. While the city continued to grow well into the second and third centuries AD when the majority of the buildings still visible, were built, it is believed that the 42-hectare walled city was once home to 20,000 residents. With wealth generated from local olive production, many grand residences, complete with stunning mosaic tile work, were constructed (and still visible and intact to this day despite being open to the elements) as were public hammams, triumphal arches, and parliament buildings. The Romans withdrew in 285 AD, although the local Syrian, Jew, Berber, and Greek populations continued to speak the local language of Latin.

Continue on to FES & check-in at your hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight: Fes - Riad El Amine –Authentic Moroccan Riad Experience (unique, varied accommodation (all first class accommodation)

Rooms are comfortable and fully equipped with air conditioning, TV, en suite facilities and bathrobe. Some rooms have balconies. The entire riad features authentic interior design and impressive architecture. Friendly staff are available to attend to your needs. Delicate local cuisine in served in the traditional hotel restaurant. A large range of facilities are available including a tennis court, sauna, spa, massage centre, hot tub, indoor swimming pool and hammam. An airport shuttle can be organized upon request. Fes El Bali is a great choice for travellers interested in street markets, shopping and markets.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3
Day 3: Sun 22nd Nov 2020 Fes

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning your tour guide shall bring you six centuries back into history by sightseeing of the oldest city of Fez.

When you stroll beneath the ornate city gate of Bab Boujeloud, you are seemingly transported 1,000 years back in time. The bustling cafés and outdoor markets quickly give way to quiet narrow streets with a mud brick corridors of the medieval city. This is the oldest part of Fez, Fez el-Bali, and it is the world’s largest car-free urban space as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk through Fez el-Bali, you are literally walking through 1,300 years of Moroccan heritage. Ancients mosques and medersas (Islamic schools) are dotted through this labyrinthine city.

Besides the labyrinthine Fez el-Bali, there are two other parts to the city: Fez el-Jdid (the “new part of the city”, which is still a few hundred years old) and Ville Nouvelle (French for new city, constructed under the French Protectorate era in the first half of the 20th century). Though most of the activities and sites of interest to travelers is in the old city, many travelers do find themselves venturing into Fez el-Jdid to visit the Jewish Quarter & Batha Museum (special arrangements to visit interior of this spectacular privately-owned 18th century Riad - traditional Islamic courtyard house- once one of the wealthiest mansions in Fes).

Lunch at leisure (own expense).

Visit and enjoy a Pottery Workshop.

Dinner at your leisure.

Return to your hotel.

Overnight: Fes - Riad El Amine – Superior First Class

Meals: B

Day 4
Day 4: Mon 23rd Nov 2020 Fes - Erfoud - Merzouga

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure for Erfoud via the Mountains of the middle Atlas passing by Ifrane (the “Moroccan Switzerland”).

Ifrane was built during the French protectorate by the French as a hill station or “home away from home”. Not only were buildings designed in a similar style to French Alpine villages but plants and trees were also imported to give the city a European feel. The name however is taken from the local Amazigh language Tamazight and means caves.

Continue on to Midelt where you will have a break for lunch at leisure (own expense), before continuing on to Erfoud via the Ziz Gorges and Errachidia.

Arrive into Erfoud, the largest oasis in all of Morocco, a region famous for its almost one million date palm trees. Upon arrival you will be driven by 4X4 to Merzouga (1 hour) followed by camel ride through the dunes and then to encampment.

Check-in at your tented camp.

After checking into your luxury desert camp, enjoy a camel ride in the desert and watch a spectacular sunset over the famous Sahara dunes.

After this memorable experience, return back to your camp and share your experiences under the stars with a roaring fire (weather permitting) and enjoy an authentic Berber dinner.

Overnight: Merzouga - Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp - Superior First Class

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp is your special home in Morocco. It demands nothing much of you, but to relax and gaze at the ever-changing colors of the desert. Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, located an hour and half drive from Erfoud. This private camp offers spacious luxury tents with a sense of comfort and prestige. Enjoy your special night under the stars at this beautiful Oasis in a premium tented camp. Experience a camel ride at sunset in the most enchanting Sahara Desert. Your desert experience includes an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars and breakfast in the morning.

Meals: B, D

Day 5
Day 5: Tue 24th Nov 2020 Merzouga - Tinghir - Dades & Todra Gorges - Ouarzazate

Breakfast at the camp.

You will then proceed next in your four wheel drive vehicles back to Erfoud. Your regular transport will further take you through Tinghir, the scenic Todra Gorges, wonderfully sculpted by Mother Nature. Hugging the lush river bed are many of Morocco’s most scenic kasbahs and ksours.

En route you will pass by Valley of the Roses.

Lunch will be at your own expense.

Continue to Ouarzazate and check-in at your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ouarzazate - Berbere Palace - Superior First Class

Ouarzazate isn’t only the ‘gateway to southern Morocco’, it’s also home to Atlas Studios, which are very popular with Hollywood film directors – hence the nickname ‘Ozzywood’. And when the A-listers are in town, this large, five-star residence is where they stay. Built glamorously on a high perch in the style of a kasbah (fort), it combines facilities with high-quality service, plus plenty of authentic Berber materials, crafts and artefacts. The studios themselves are nearby, as is, just outside town, Kasbah de Taourirt – one of the fairest forts of them all.

Meals: B, D

Day 6
Day 6: Wed 25th Nov 2020 Ouarzazate - Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 AM: Check-out & departure for Marrakech, with en route visit of Ouarzazate to include:

Kasbah Taourirt: a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. As far as fortifications are concerned in Morocco, this is one of the most impressive of its kind. With almost 300 rooms and a true maze of passageways, steps, and key lock doors, it’s easy to feel lost within this immense structure that only connects to the outside world through a narrow entrance doorway. Originally built in the 19th century, the Taourirt Kasbah was owned by the el Glaoui clan, a family that had a powerful stronghold of one of Morocco’s most significant southern caravan routes to West Africa.

UNESCO-restored Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou: The Ksar is located in the Ouarzazate province along the old caravan trade route between Marrakech and the Sahara. The Ksar consists of a group of buildings built entirely of local organic material, and covered by a rich red mud plaster. According to local belief, the Ksar was founded in 757 A.D. by Ben-Haddou, whose tomb is said to lie somewhere behind the city.

Continue on to Marrakech & check-in at your boutique hotel.

Dinner will be served at Jad Mahal. The American architect Stewart Church, who during twenty years, lived in India, imagined the sophisticated place, a subtle mixture of Indian and Moroccan architectures. Exotic, colonial decoration made of woodwork and noble materials is declined into thousand colors. The ceilings hand painted, the ground in tinted cement, the net curtains of the terrace roof play with the breeze, the basins and fountains give to the palace a magic atmosphere.

Return to your hotel.

Overnight: Marakkech - 2 Ciels Boutique Hotel - Superior First Class

Luxury boutique hotel & spa, ideally located in the heart of the city, surrounded by the exclusive Hivernage and the Legendary Gueliz. An urban oasis with a chic and refined interior, art deco style with the master touch of local craftwork, designed exclusively for the hotel. 2ciels will surprise you with its originality, embedded in the smallest details while providing you with a comfortable and luxurious experience. The hotel is strategically located, a short walk away from the mythical place Djamaa El Fna and cultural tourist attractions, near the famous Mohamed V Boulevard and in front of Royal Tennis Club.

Meals: B, D

Day 7
Day 7: Thu 26th Nov 2020 Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel.

Proceed for a full day tour of Marrakech.

We start our day with a visit to the famous Majorelle Gardens: This famous garden was created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle. The garden hosts more than 15 bird species endemic to North Africa and has an amazing collection of cacti. Since 1980, the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent.

Afterwards, we’ll visit the unique and inspiring Yves Saint Laurent Museum: A museum entirely devoted to the work of the legendary fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent. The new building, situated on Rue Yves Saint Laurent and adjacent to the renowned Jardin Majorelle, spans over 4,000 m² and is more than just a museum. It features a 400 m² permanent exhibition space where the work of Yves Saint Laurent shall be presented in a scenography by Christophe Martin; a 150 m² space for temporary exhibitions, a 130-seat auditorium, a boutique and bookshop, a café-restaurant, as well as a research library comprising 5,000 volumes.

Lunch at Association Amal: a Marrakech-based non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement.

Amal’s goal is personal transformation through job and life skills for the development of their trainees, which is a stepping stone to economic and social stability. Their program offers women from disadvantaged backgrounds a platform where they can enhance their capacities and learn new skills. Amal’s customers and clients are a key source of financial support for the training programs Amal runs. When you sit down to an incredible lunch in their restaurant in Gueliz you are making a difference in the lives of the women they train. Continue on with the rest of the visit:

Souks: It is a riot of colour, noise and activity; a wealthy storehouse of all the treasures of this vast and varied country. You will find all the silver merchants in one corner, all the gold merchants in another, and rows of stalls selling exclusively leatherwork, copper goods or jewellery. The real fascination is to watch the craftsmen at work, gilding on leather, or inlaying with enamel the sheaths of ornate silver daggers, hammering out copper, embroidering silks or smoothing out the surface of cedar wood table.

The Jemaa El-Fnaa Square: The name literally translates to the Assembly of Death. It is taken to refer to the custom of displaying the heads of vanquished rebels or criminals, since the square is known to be a place of public execution even up to the last century. Then it has been a centre for public meetings and even riots. It isn’t until late afternoon that the square really gets going. At dusk, as in France and Spain, people come out for an early evening promenade (especially in Rue Bab Agnaou), and the square gradually fills until it becomes a whole carnival of storytellers, acrobats, musicians and entertainers.

Dinner in a Moroccan family house (including soft drinks only): it is not only dinner but a complete immersion into the Moroccan culture and family life. A perfect chance to interact with locals and experience a truly unique evening hosted by a Moroccan family.

Return to your hotel.

Overnight: Marakkech - 2 Ciels Boutique Hotel - Superior First Class

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8
Day 8: Fri 27th Nov 2020 Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, we visit the unique LOTUS CHEF, an authentic Moroccan cooking school in the heart of the Medina of Marrakesh. Composed mainly of women, each with a story to tell, this unforgettable experience will reflect how sustainable tourism provides such schools where these ladies not only survive but thrive. Following a traditional Moroccan welcome at the door; we’ll be met by our guides who will first introduce us to the unique and important ritual of tea service. Afterwards, we’ll be met by our chef, who is ready to teach you all there is to know about cooking local recipes, and how the delicious breads are made and brought to a Moroccan traditional oven for baking. We’ll actually walk through the Medina to the ancient baker ovens to see how the bread is baked.

You will all have an opportunity to cook your own food in a tagine and to eat it also. This is a must do activity, as described by those who have experienced it.

Savor what you have cooked for lunch.

After the cooking class and nice lunch, We’ll proceed to our Enriching Lives Experience. We’ll visit the The association Alkaram which is a shelter for children in difficulty aged from 5 to 18 years, all the children are supported by the association, they are housed in the center, which has a separate dormitory for girls and boys and can accommodate to 65 children

You will have an opportunity, through sustainable tourism to donate items of need to these children and Tourcan Vacations will also donate $10 per person towards much needed supplies.

We will visit the orphanage, understand the work they are doing and the needs they have then we’ll get to interact with the children who are always so excited to meet with us.

Dinner will be served at Jad Mahal. The American architect Stewart Church, who during twenty years, lived in India, imagined the sophisticated place, a subtle mixture of Indian and Moroccan architectures. Exotic, colonial decoration made of woodwork and noble materials is declined into thousand colors. The ceilings hand painted, the ground in tinted cement, the net curtains of the terrace roof play with the breeze, the basins and fountains give to the palace a magic atmosphere.

Return to your hotel.

Overnight: Marakkech - 2 Ciels Boutique Hotel - Superior First Class

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9
Day 9: Sat 28th Nov 2020 Marrakech - Casablanca

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, we’ll check out of hotel and drive to Casablanca (245 kms – approx. 3 hr drive) and check-in at your hotel.

Lunch enroute to Casablanca at own expense

City Tour of Casablanca – Upon our arrival in the early afternoon, we will depart for our sightseeing tour of Casablanca City.

Our 1st stop will be the famous Hassan II Mosque: Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, construction of the Hassan II Mosque began in July 1986 on land reclaimed from a run-down area near the sea. The goal for completion of the mosque was King Hassan II's 60th birthday in 1989, but it finished only on August 30, 1993.The project is estimated to have cost as much as $800 million, funds that were remarkably raised entirely from public subscription. Nearly all the materials of the Hassan II Mosque are from Morocco, with the sole exceptions of the imported white granite columns and glass chandeliers (from Murano, near Venice). The marble is from Agadir, the cedar wood is from the Middle Atlas and the granite comes from Tafraoute.

We’ll then proceed to the famous Habous Quarter: This is the heart of the city’s second Medina, built long after the original old town standing near Mohamed V place. It included beautiful Moorish monuments like great mosque and law courts, hundreds of well stocked colourful bazaars, shops and picturesque white houses.

Afterwards, we’re off to the United Nations Square: Famous for the neo Moorish monuments which surround it and the musical fountain which splashes out multi-coloured water to the sounds of Strauss and alousian music, this is without doubt Casablanca’s focal point not to be missed.

Return back to our hotel and prepare for our farewell dinner.

Farewell Dinner - Rick’s café:

Rick's Cafe, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film "Casablanca" has finally been transformed from celluloid to wood, glass and plaster. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion, built against the walls of the Old Medina of Casablanca, the restaurant - piano bar is filled with architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the film - curved arches, a sculpted bar, balconies, balustrades as well as dramatic beaded and stenciled brass lighting and plants that cast luminous shadows on white walls.

Overnight: Casablanca - Val d'Anfa - Superior First Class

Meals: B, D

Day 10
Day 10: Sun 29th Nov 2020 Depart Casablanca

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning check out and transfer to the Casablanca Mohammed V International Aiport for your flight from Casablanca, home.

Meals: B

Bon Voyage!

***End of Our Service***

Included:

  • Meet and greet at the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
  • Airport porterage
  • 2 Nights at Val d'Anfa, First Class Ocean View
  • 2 Nights at Riad El Amine Fes, Authentic First Class Riad Accommodation
  • 1 Night at Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, Superior First Class
  • 1 Night at Berbere Palace, Superior First Class
  • 3 Nights at 3 Ciel Boutique Hotel, Superior First Class
  • English speaking guide
  • Mini coach, with driver for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Porterage at airports and hotels
  • Pottery workshop in Fes
  • 4X4 safari vehicles for the desert camp
  • Sunset camel ride at the desert camp
  • Applicable entrance fee for monuments listed in the itinerary
  • 2 small bottles of mineral water per person, per day in the tour bus
  • Meals as specified in the program: Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Enriching Lives Exclusive – Giving Back with Visit to an Orphanage

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Departure taxes (subject to change)
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, room service, etc.
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Donation to social charity foundations
  • Peak or festive surcharge (if applicable)
  • Local hotel/city tax (if applicable)
  • Any item not listed under included

LAND ONLY COSTS: (International Airfare Available Upon Request)

Per person on double occupancy: CAD $4485

Single supplement: CAD $995

***Prepaid Tipping and Gratuities: Collected with final payment at a cost of CAD $22.00 per person per day. Your host will handle all tipping at destinations.

Minimum passengers: 10 / Maximum passengers: 20

Deposit: $300 at time of booking

Balance due: 90 days prior to departure date


Hotels used (or similar):
LOCATION: ACCOMMODATION: CATEGORY: DURATION:
CASABLANCA Val d’Anfa Superior First Class 2 Nights
FES Riad El Amine Superior First Class 2 Nights
MERZOUGA Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp Superior First Class 1 Night
OUARZAZATE Berbere Palace Superior First Class 1 Night
MARRAKECH 2 Ciel Boutique Hotel Superior First Class 3 Nights


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Guaranteed Room mate Match Program: If you don’t have a travelling companion, WOW will match you up with a suitable roommate. We guarantee this match program.

Accommodations: Superior First Class hotels in central areas (where applicable).

More inclusions: meals, unique experiences and a personalized host who will pamper you and look after every detail.

Pre-collected tips: (CAD $22 per person per day) collected with final payment so you don’t need to worry about any tipping. Your host will look after everything.

Service as it should be: let us cater to the details that make for your fabulous adventures.

Trip Facts

  • Morocco, Africa
  • Casablanca – Rabat - Meknes – Volubilis - Fes – Erfoud – Merzouga – Tinghir – Dades & Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate – Marrakech - Casablanca
  • Fri 20th Nov 2020
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 8 dinners
  • 9 Nights per Hotels Mentioned or similar