MOROCCO

Fès & Marrakech 

Casablanca · Rabat 

Meknès · Atlas Mountains

15-23 September 2018

9 Days |10 Nights 

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TOUR HOSTS |GUIDES

Led by a destination specialist, local English-speaking guides; plus an art collector-consultant in Marrakech.

            ith the ancient as foundation, this tour combines medieval Islamic architecture, the Art Deco buildings of Casablanca, rugged and mountainous landscapes, the culture and rich heritage and the evolution of art and design particularly in Marrakech.

 

Design and architecture are experienced with visits to historic and contemporary places.

Selected interiors include the famous La Mamounia Hotel, reopened in 2009 after a major renovation by French designer Jacques Garcia.  

 

The tour includes gardens, antiques and carpet shop, art galleries, and the Mohammed VI  Museum for Modern and contemporary Art in Rabat.

 

In Casablanca participants will dine with noted visual artists.

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HIGHLIGHTS

ART | DESIGN

  • Overland journeys include visits to Meknès and also Ifrane, the little Berber town of Azrou, and Khenifra on the banks of the Oumer-Rbia River while traveling into the  Atlas Mountains on the road from Fès to Marrakech .    

       

  • Discover celebrated interiors. In Marrakech enjoy Afternoon Tea at the famous La Mamounia Hotel, which reopened in 2009 after a major renovation under the direction of the renowned French designer Jacques Garcia.

       

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Volubilis, Meknès, Medina of Fès, Medina of Marrakech (1985) and Rabat.   

            

  • Gardens include Jardin Majorelle, home of the the Yves Saint Laurent Museum; Le Jardin Secret.   

                          

  • Leisure time is allotted for independent exploration.

Itinerary
Day 0 | Friday, 14 September

CASABLANCA

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

Day and evening at leisure.

  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 Friday, 14 September in order to join the tour which begins on Saturday, the 15th. 

Day 1 | Saturday, 15 September

CASABLANCA

Morning at leisure.

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

  • Dinner with noted visual artists.

Day 2 | Sunday, 16 September

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 II, and the medieval fortified Chellah necropolis.

Day 3 | Monday, 17 September

RABAT | MEKNÈS  | FÈS

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

Following a guided visit of Meknès,  the drive to Fès 

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

Day 4 | Tuesday, 18 September

FÈS

An introduction to the thousand year-old city of Fès founded by King Moulay Idriss I.

Lunch at a lovely riad followed by  a private tour; meet the chef and owner/s. 

Day 5 | Wednesday, 19 September

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 Bouanana Medersa on the way.

  • Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 6 | Thursday, 20 September

FÈS | MARRAKECH

Full day journey to Marrakech proceeds up into the mountains of the Middle Atlas through villages and other sites along the way. 

 

Stop for lunch in Beni Mellal, the capital of the region between the High and Middle Atlas and arrive in Marrakech later in the day.

  • Dinner with Marrakech Host, Rune Peter Jordansson.

Day 7 | Friday, 21 September

MARRAKECH

Excursions include sites of antiquity such as the Koutoubia Mosque, and Le Jardin Secret, which is part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces. Its gardens and buildings are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

In the afternoon, our host in Marrakech leads a tour of contemporary art galleries with visits to small, but fashionable antiques and carpet shops. 

Day 8 | Saturday, 22 September

MARRAKECH

  • Morning at leisure.

Afternoon visit to Jardin Majorelle, home of artist Jacques Majorelle which was transformed into a public garden with a museum of Berber antiquities by  designer Yves Saint Laurent. Visit includes the Yves Sait Laurent Museum that opened in 2017. Indulge the senses while exploring Djemaa el Fna Square into the evening.

IMAGES

Day 1                                        Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Day 2

Mosque interior

Day 3

Volubilis

Day 4

Pottery, Fès

Day 5

Classical gate; tile, Fès Medina

Day 6

Middle Atlas

Day 7

Koutoubia Mosque

Day 8

Djemaa el Fina Square at night, Marrakech 

Day 9

Moroccan decoration

Day 00

Menara Airport exterior design, Marrakech

Day 9 | Sunday, 23 September

MARRAKECH

The discovery of Marrakech arts and design, both contemporary and historic continues with visits to various sites including Dar Si Said, the Museum of Moroccan Art.  

  • Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 00 | Monday, 24 September

MARRAKECH | Departure

  • Hotel check-out

  • Transfer to Menara Airport, Marrakech

ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

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 VAL D’ANFA 

Day 0-1| 2 Nights

14-15 September

FÈS

RIAD TAHRA 

Day 3-5| 3 Nights

17-19 September

RABAT

DAR EL KÉBIRA

Day 2 |1 Night

16 September

MARRAKECH

DAR JUSTO

Day 6-9 | 4 Nights

20-23 September

TOUR DETAILS

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

INCLUDED

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

  • Private arrival and departure transfers based on flight arrival and departure times, based on your flight arrangements.

  • Hotel accommodation | 10 Nights

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

  • All admissions per the itinerary.

  • All state taxes

  • Personal use of mobile phone (voice & text) for duration of tour; excluding usage charges, recharging. Traveler is responsible for loss or damage to phone, accessories; sim card.

  • All breakfasts in hotels

    • 4 lunches

    • 2 dinners

    • 1 afternoon tea

    • 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 six (6) 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.

 

 

  • 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

Per person, double US$5155

Single supplement US$1145

A US$500.00 deposit is payable at the    time booking is confirmed.

Tour rates are based on a minimum of six (6) participants and 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 insurance.​

Quick Facts

MOROCCO

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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.

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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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