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Day 1: Imperial Arrivals

Arrive in Casablanca where your private guide and transfer are waiting. The city sits at the country’s western edge, against the quiet lull of the Atlantic Ocean. Palm trees border wide boulevards. The trees sway in the delicate sea breeze. The sweet scent of coconut mixes with the salty sea air. Historic neighborhoods edge contemporary Art Deco buildings erected during French colonialism. A cosmopolitan ambiance can be felt through the cityscape, from award-winning restaurants to contemporary art galleries displaying aesthetics that shy away from the more classic Moroccan images.

 

Day 2: Tangier - Morocco’s Edge

Breakfast is filled with aromas and flavors that feel oddly familiar and uniquely foreign. Honey and melted butter combine to create a sweet and creamy syrup poured over Beghrir, a savory pancake made from semolina. After breakfast, you make your way northbound towards the Strait of Gibraltar and to the famous city of Tangier. The city sits across from Spain and has served as the entryway to the Mediterranean. Tangier has always been a bridge between the European and African continents, attracting people from around the world with enthusiasm and mystique.

 

Day 3: Chefchaouen - Bathed in Blue

Every morning is an introduction into the stunning and detailed cuisine of Morocco. Today, breakfast is filled with the crisp aroma of fresh, herbaceous tea zested with orange citrus. You leave Tangier behind and make your way through vast plains. The air is perfumed with fresh grass and in the distance you can see the rising foothills of the Rif Mountains. The range has an elevation of 8,054 feet and casts imposing shadows over the valley below. You come to the 15th-century city of Chefchaouen. You find the buildings situated beneath the mountain peaks and awash in vibrant blue. The old streets wind and wander along the mountainside lined with stucco homes shining sky blue with cobalt doors.

 

Day 4: Fez - Distant Blue

The colors of Chefchaouen fade into the silhouette of the mountain peaks as you make your way to the medieval city of Fez. En route to the imperial city, you stop at the Meknes, the 17th century capital of Morocco known for its 24-mile long walls that protected the city from invaders. Meknes has a slow and relaxed pace with a collection of narrow alleys that wind around the old city. The architecture provides reminders of the nobility that once called the city home. The Middle Atlas Mountains rise in the distance swooping downward into the fertile plains that surround the city. Dashes of olives, grapes, and lemons provide aromatics to the city streets.

 

Day 5: Fez - Spirited Center

Fez is often considered the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco. The medieval city reached its peak between the 13th and 14th centuries. The city is inherently tied to its past, with tradesmen utilizing the same methods employed hundreds of years ago, utilizing tradition over modernization. Venture through the main gate known as Bab Bou Jeloud. The powerful triple arched entrance is decorated with glistening blue tiles. The central arch is flanked by two narrow keystone openings. The city bustles from the moment you enter, filled with a wealth of energy. The marketplace is alive with locals and visitors, spreading down a long stretch of lane.

 

Day 6: Erfoud - The Desert Luster

Fez dwindles into the distance as your private transfer ferries you away from the medieval city and through a sensual cedar forest. The spiced aroma from the trees fills the air as you climb through the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Continue through a series of valleys known as the Ziz Gorges where the Ziz River cuts through the Atlas Mountains. Hills climb up to 1,050 feet with a canyon walls that reach a width of 656 feet. The lush greenery looks like an oasis against the backdrop of cliffs layered with red and black rock.

 

Day 7: Ouarzazate - More than Desert Grounds

The towering and imposing dunes fade behind the horizon and give way to the oases around Dades and Todra Gorges. The Dades River swirls through the valleys and gives life to nut trees and palms that fill the area with greenery and buttery fragrance. The canyon walls of Todra Gorge rise 900 feet high and stretch for upwards of 300 feet long. You can’t help but marvel at the stunning landscape as you make your way into the Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs, situated between the High Atlas Mountains and the Jbel Sarhro Mountains. In Skoura, you find remnants of what was once a vibrant desert trading post.

 

Day 8: Ouarzazate - Architecture of the Desert

The desert landscape has changed from the meandering dunes to a rocky arid expanse that brushes against the rusty-red cliffs. Outside of Ouarzazate you make your way to Telouet, home to the “Lord of the Atlas,” A palace that has watched over the desert landscape since the 19th century. The town rests at an elevation of 5,900 feet and was the former seat of power to the El Glaoui family. The red sand Kasbah walls look ruinous from the outside. However, once inside the Glaoui Palace you find a museum filled with opulence dating back to the family’s pinnacle of prominence.

 

Day 9: Marrakech - Inside the Earthen Walls

Venture outside of the town of Ouarzazate and find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Ben Haddou. The city is famous for providing the backdrop in Hollywood movies such as Gladiator and The Mummy. The village inside the walls shifts from red to gold in the shifting sunlight. From a distance the village looks like a hill, blending into the surroundings. Corner towers reinforce the defensive walls. Houses crowd together in a stunning example of a southern Moroccan town. The earliest constructions date back to the 17th century. The scent of arid earth winds through the streets. A loft fortress overlooks the mountainside and the expansive desert. You continue through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass and on to Marrakech.

 

Day 10: Marrakech - Cultural Bounty

Marrakech is the pulse of historic Morocco. Djemaa el Fna Square fills with remnants of the mystical and inspiring. Snake charmers play their instruments to enchant both the focused cobra and passersby. Fortunetellers read people’s palms and spin tales about the future. The scent of exotic spices blends with the aroma of orange zest and mint tea. The alleys of the medina wind away from the main square and take you on a tour of the city that feels like you are searching for buried treasure. Your guide shows you Koutoubia Mosque, a 12th-century edifice that can be seen from almost every angle of the city.

 

Day 11: Marrakech - Moment in the Mountains

The morning fills with the now familiar aromas of mint tea and sweet honey. Your plush, antique surroundings open up to the remarkable history of the medina and the culture encapsulated within it. You make your way into the High Atlas Mountains during the day for a breath of fresh, mountain air and a visit to Kasbah du Toubkal. The roads wind around the foothills with hairpin turns to bring you into the mountain range that rises to an elevation of 13,671. The fortress stands above the wild tree line and blossoming lupines.

 

Day 12: Essaouira - The Sea and Walls

West of Marrakech is the charming town of Essaouira. The walls wrap around the old Phoenician trading post and press against the Atlantic Ocean. The sweet aroma of the sea rises in the breeze. The warm sun is cooled by the ocean spray that lingers around the twisting historic streets. The Atlantic shines cobalt blue. The walls were built by the Portuguese and protected the outpost for centuries. The streets have a relaxed ambiance that creates a carefree atmosphere. Seagulls soar over the walls and narrow alleys turn the town’s center into a maze.

 

Day 13: Essaouira - Old Styles of New Life

The sunlight spreads over the valley and onto the sapphire water outlining the walled city. The day in Essaouira is to be experienced at your own pace and filled with joy. Take a horseback ride along the sandy beach and feel the sea breeze comb through your hair. Venture outside of the city with the fishing boats and catch the famous Alizee winds in the sail on your own private sailing tour. In the nearby valley, halfway to Marrakech, you arrive at the legendary local winery of Val d’Argan. The vineyard was open by a French ex-pat in the 1990s and now produces some of the most celebrated wines in North Africa. The lush vines spread across the valley floor. Camels turn the soil, helping the farming.

 

Day 14: Casablanca - Return of the Cosmopolitan

History and heritage fade into the seaside city as you journey back to Casablanca. The sophisticated culture of the city returns in swaying palms and Art Deco architecture conjuring up images of French colonialism. Upon your return you notice the contrast between the city’s contemporary heritage and the surrounding country’s classic culture. The Villa des Arts is a museum housed in a 1930s pristine white Art Deco building. The stairs are decorated with ornate black and white marble with a wrought-iron railing. The gallery exhibits sculptures and paintings from contemporary Moroccan artists. At the nearby Parc de la Ligue Arabe, local kids play soccer on the large field. Bushes blossom against the colonnade of fragrant trees. People in the financial center of Morocco work and play hard, taking time out of their fast-paced day to enjoy the sunshine, shade, and a honeyed cup of mint tea.

 

Day 15: Casablanca - Past and Present Morocco

 

A soothing voice sings out in the morning. The Call To Prayer echoes along the neighborhoods, emanating from Hassan II Mosque. The quiet lapping of the Atlantic Ocean against the city’s shores fades beneath the morning prayer.  The savory flavors of your final breakfast in Morocco are filled with spices you have grown to relish and expect. Soon your private transfer will meet you at the hotel to escort you to the airport. Your time in Morocco has taken you from seaside to desert sands, through mountain passes and valley floors. You have experienced Moroccan splendor it all its beauty, from cosmopolitan predilections to unadulterated heritage.

 

Servicios incluidos:

• Todos las traslados con asistencia

• Transporte en autobús o minibus de lujo con aire acondicionado

• Guia de Habla Hispana durante las visitas en el programa

• Entradas a los museos y lugares de interes en el itinerario

• Propinas en los hoteles y restaurantes

• Impuestos portuarios

 

 Servicios no incluidos:

• Vuelos Internacionales

• Vuelos Domesticos

• Bebidas durante las comidas.

• Propinas al guia y conductor

• Cualquier otro servicio no especificado en “Precios Incluyen”

• Gastos Personales como pueden ser: propinas, lavandería, llamadas, seguro de viaje,…

 

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