Itinerary
Day 0 | Monday, 10 June

CASABLANCA

Arrive independently in Casablanca. You will be met at Mohammed V Airport by an English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.

    FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

Arrival in Casablanca should be on Monday,  10 June in order to join the tour which begins on Tuesday.

Day 1 | Tuesday, 11 June

CASABLANCA

  • Morning at leisure.

Mid-day walk through the medina and lunch at La Sqala. Afternoon visit to a lovely riad and L'Atelier 21 art gallery frequented by Moroccan artists. 

  • Dinner with noted visual artists.

Image: Hassan II Great Mosque

Day 2 | Wednesday, 12 June

CASABLANCA | RABAT

Panoramic city center tour of Casablanca followed by a visit to the Hassan II Great Mosque and then travel on to Rabat, capital of Morocco. 

A walk through Qudaya Kasbah, featuring the oldest of Rabat's Andalusian-style buildings before visiting the Hassan Tower; Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan I, and the medieval fortified Chella necropolis.

Image: Mohammed VI Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art

Day 3 | Thursday, 13 June

RABAT | MEKNÈS | FÈS

Early morning breakfast and depart for the former Imperial city of Meknès built at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismael.

The drive continues to Fès via Volubilis, a Roman archaeological site and Moulay Isriss, a picturesque village hanging on the hills and sheltering the tomb of Moulay Idris I.

Image: Volubilis

Day 4 | Friday, 14 June

FÈS

An introduction to the thousand year-old city of Fès. Lunch at a lovely riad followed by a private tour; meet the chef and owner/s. 

  • Evening premiere of the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music at Bab Al Makina.

Image: Bab Al Makina

Day 5 | Saturday, 15 June

FÈS | MEDINA

Tour Fès el Bali or old city, taking in the historic along with the contemporary. Enter the Medina by Bab Boujloud to enjoy the charm and atmosphere of the Medina from Talaa Sghira to Souiqt Ben Safi and visit the Bou Inania Medersa on the way.

  • Optional afternoon and evening Festival Programs

Image: Chouara Tannery

Day 6 | Sunday, 16 June

FÈS 

Today’s itinerary includes, Art d’Argile, Maison des Sciences de Fès and Bou Inania Madrasa, Riad Belghazi, Museum of Andalusian Music and Dar Adiyel Palace.

  • Optional afternoon and evening Festival Programs

Image: Detail of Palace door

Day 7 | Monday, 17 June

FÈS 

Morning at leisure.

  • Optional afternoon and evening Festival Programs

Image: Past Fès Festival of World Sacred Music / Ravi Shankar (wikipedia)

Day 8 | Tuesday, 18 June

FÈS | MARRAKECH

​A full day journey to Marrakech proceeds up into the mountains of the Middle Atlas and through villages and other sites along the way. Stop for lunch at Beni Mellal and arrive in Marrakech later in the day.

  • Dinner with our Marrakech host/guide.

Image: Middle Atlas Mountain range

MOROCCO

25th

Fès Festival of   

World Sacred Music

Fès & Marrakech 

  • Atlas Mountains

  • Casablanca

  • Rabat 

  • Meknès

  • Essaouira

11-23 June 2019

13 Days |14 Nights 

   

TOUR HOSTS |GUIDES

Led by a destination specialist and local English-speaking guide/s as required by the itinerary; plus an art collector-consultant in Marrakech.

FOR THE PAST 24 YEARSthe Fès Festival of World Sacred Music has presented a program celebrating the musical arts— an expression of spiritual principle. 

Focused on the artsmusical and visual, this Morocco journey blends the antiquity with the modern and contemporary. Opportunities to enhance the individual experience abound through the Festival programs performances and chance cultural encounters.

TOUR # | 19MOR-FF

 

The Arts Program

HIGHLIGHTS

CASABLANCA

  • Dinner gathering with noted visual artists and a visit to a gallery frequented by artists.

RABAT​

  • Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

FÈS​

  • Opening performance of the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music.

  • First three days of optional Festival programs including the Forum of Fès sessions, Sufi Nights and other musical performances.

  • Discover the decor and enjoy lunch at lovely riad.

MARRAKECH​

  • Dinner with our Marrakech host, an art collector, art consultant.

  • Tour of contemporary art galleries including the Matisse Gallery; antiques and carpet shop.

  • Gardens and buildings including Jardin Secret.

  • Yves Saint Laurent museum and museum of Berber antiquities at Jardin Majorelle.

ESSAOUIRA

  • Experience this resort town with our Marrakech and Essaouira host and art consultant, an expatriate resident.

  • Wander through the medina, visit art galleries and boutiques.

  • Relax at Dar Boutazert among gardens, the private art collection, antiques and decor. 

Day 9 | Wednesday, 19 June

MARRAKECH

The discovery of Marrakech focuses on architecture, arts and design, both contemporary and historic with visits to various sites including the 12th century Almoravid Koubba, the oldest monument in Marrakech. Our host in Marrakech leads a tour of art galleries.

  • Afternoon Tea at the famous La Mamounia hotel and gardens. 

Image: Koutoubia Mosque

Day 10 | Thursday, 20 June

MARRAKECH 

  • Morning at Leisure

Afternoon visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Jardin Majorelle, home of artist Jacques Majorelle, which was transformed into a public garden by the famous designer. 

  • Indulge the senses exploring the Djemaa el Fna Square into the evening.

Image: Djemaa el Fna Square

Day 11 | Friday, 21 June

MARRAKECH | ESSAOUIRA

Hotel check-out after breakfast.

Depart for overland drive to the port city and resort located on Morocco's Atlantic coast. 

 

Wander through the Essaouira medina, visit art galleries and boutiques before continuing on to Dar Boutazert. 

Image: Essaouira Port

Day 12 | Saturday, 22 June

DAR BOUTAZERT 

Spend a day at leisure among orange and olive trees and take in the panoramic view that includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas mountains. Relax in the large living room or one of the gardens. Enjoy a swim in the pool or view the extensive, private art collection. 

Image: Dar Boutazert

Day 13 | Sunday, 23 June

MARRAKECH 

  • Depart for Marrakech after breakfast; remainder of day at leisure in Marrakech.

Image: Archway, Bahia Palace

Day 00 | Monday, 24 June

MARRAKECH | Departure

  • Check out of hotel and transfer to Airport

Image: Architectural detail of Menara International Airport, Marrakech

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels | 2018
Subject to change for
June 2019

The word 'riad' means garden but it is applied to town houses built round a central courtyard. Technically it should have some plants in four planting beds and a central fountain. Otherwise it is called a Dar, or house.  

  • Rooms are subject to availability on the date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property will be offered.

  • Riads and Dars tend to have fewer rooms in number and therefore category and personal selections may not be available.

  • As each guest room in a riad is normally decorated and exclusively furnished, choice of twin, full or queen bed may not be available.

  • While one may request a room preference as to smoking or non-smoking, there may be no such categories on a property as there is an extraordinarily high number of local and visiting smokers.

 
Casablanca

HÔTEL KENZI BASMA

Day 0-1| 2 Nights

10-11 June

Fes

HÔTEL LES MÉRINIDES 

Day 3-7| 5 Nights

13-17 June

Rabat

DAR EL KÉBIRA

Day 2 |1 Night

12 June

Marrakech

RIAD NASHIRA

Day 8-10 & Day 13 | 4 Nights

18-20 & 23 June

Rabat

DAR EL KÉBIRA SALAM

Day 2 |1 Night

12 June

Essaouira

DAR BOUTAZERT

Day 11-12 | 2 Nights

21-22 June

TOUR DETAILS

INCLUDED

  • Land travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle/s

  • Airport transfers, Casablanca & Marrakech 

  • Hotel accommodation | 14 Nights

  • Services of experienced host/s and local guide/s as required by itinerary; excluding times allotted for independent activities.

  • Admissions as per itinerary

  • Ticket to opening night performance, Fès Festival of World sacred Music

  • All state taxes

  • MOBILE PHONE Morocco provides arriving passengers with a complementary sim card. If your mobile is not unlocked, you will be provided with a mobile for personal use for duration of tour; excluding usage charges. Traveler is responsible for loss or damage to phone, accessories; sim card. 

  • MEALS

    • Daily hotel breakfast

    • Lunch (4)

    • Dinner (2) 

    • Tea (1)

    • All meals at Dar Boutazert

    • Bottled water throughout

    • Meals include soft drinks or juice, coffee, tea 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Rooms are subject to availability on the date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property shall be offered.

  • This exclusive itinerary is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, excluding staff and guide/s. A minimum of eight (8) participants is required. Tour is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years.

  • Activities require that you be in good health and have the ability to walk reasonable distances and be able to stand for extended periods as in museums and while visiting outdoor sites. Pack comfortable walking shoes that have been broken-in.

  • Out of respect for the culture, women should be modestly attired. 

  • It may be necessary to slightly amend the program according to local conditions.

NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS, Passport & Visas

  • Meals other than hotel breakfast except where specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Wine and other alcoholic drinks, room service à la carte orders, snacks and beverages; personal items, telephone calls, Internet and valet/laundry service and those items/services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Expenses incurred in making additional/alternative, individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the Tour.

  • Fees and other items and services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Gratuities and porterage.

PRICING 

TOUR # | 19MOR-FF

RATES AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

A US$500.00 deposit is payable                  at time of booking

Tour rates are subject to change. All prices are based on exchange rates, hotel and land costs at the time of  pricing and are therefore subject to increase prior to the time of full payment. TWH cannot be held responsible for fluctuations in calculating refunds due to tour cancellations.

FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech, Morocco.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Travelers must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.

  • Visas are not required for Americans visiting for less than 90 days. Visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco website for the most current visa information.

  • Travelers are responsible for their own passport and visa requirements and obtaining individual travel and medical insurance.​

  • Tours With Hart Inc. reserves the right to decline final tour confirmation without proof of insurance.

  • The U.S. State Department strongly recommends supplemental insurance covering medical evacuation.

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco 

1601 21st Street NW            

Washington DC 20009

www.embassyofmorocco.us                   

T 202 462 7979 | F 202 462 7643 

Consular T 202 499 1046 

 

US State Department      

www.travel.state.gov

Quick Facts

MOROCCO

travel.state.gov

Passport Validity

  • Must be valid at time of entry         

  • Securely, carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times to have proof of identity and U.S. citizenship readily available, if needed.

  • Blank Passport Pages                                              At least one blank page required for entry stamp.

  • Tourist VISA                                                                Not required for stays under 90 days.                Visit the website of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco for the most current visa information.

  • Vaccinations                                                                 None

 

Safety & Security  | Local Laws                                   Refer to U.S. State Department website.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.

 

Customs                                                                         Travelers must declare large quantities of U.S. dollars brought into the country at the port of entry. The export (and import) of Moroccan currency (dirhams) is prohibited; however, Moroccan currency may be converted back into U.S. dollars prior to departure only if the traveler has a bank or money transfer receipt indicating dollars were exchanged for dirhams while in Morocco. 

 

Moroccan customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation    into or export from Morocco of items such as firearms, religious materials, antiquities, business equipment, and large quantities of currency. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, DC, or the Consulate General in New York for specific information concerning customs requirements.

 

US-MOROCCO RELATIONS                                           Morocco formally recognized the United States in 1786 by signing a treaty of peace and friendship. Full diplomatic relations began in 1905. Morocco entered into the status of a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, and normal diplomatic relations were resumed after U.S. recognition of Moroccan independence in 1956. The two countries share common concerns and consult closely on regional security and sustainable development. Morocco is a strong partner in counterterrorism efforts, and it works closely with U.S. law enforcement to safeguard both countries’ national security interests.

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