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Morocco on a Shoestring

Morocco on a Shoestring

Morocco on a Shoestring

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From:  779 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration:  8 days

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About this program

This budget trip offers an amazing insight in to Morocco’s historic cities, with bustling medinas and fantastic historic sites to see, and a wonderful chance to experience local Moroccan cuisine. Starting and finishing in Casablanca (book cheap flights to Easyjet and Ryanair) the tour includes the popular city of Marrakech, the old town of Rabat, fantastic ruins at Volubilis, and of course time to explore the mazy medina at Fez.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive into Casablanca

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Casablanca for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. OVERNIGHT: Casablanca hotelMEALS: DinnerEXTRAS: 4-star hotel upgrade, Extra day without airport transfer - pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer, Single room supplement (MOSHSH), Extra day in Casablanca - pre-tour

DAY 2: Casablanca to Rabat

We start today with a tour of Casablanca, Morocco's economic capital. We'll visit the central market, the Royal Palace, the Habous disctrict, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa residential area and the exterior of the impressive Hassan II Mosque on the seafront. After lunch we'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum. OVERNIGHT: Rabat hotel MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: To Fez via Meknes & Volubolis

We leave Rabat this morning and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez. OVERNIGHT: Fez hotel MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Fez, city tour

Over 1,200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez to explore the cities many varied souks. OVERNIGHT: Fez hotel MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: To Marrakech via Beni Mellal

We reluctantly leave Fez behind this morning and begin our journey back to Marrakech. Along the way we'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688. You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping. OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotel MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: Marrakech, city tour

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square. OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotel MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: Marrakech, free time, transfer to Casablanca

The morning is free today for you to explore Marrakech further - a great chance for some final sightseeing and shopping in the bazaars. Alternatively, a hot air balloon flight or quad biking trip are also available this morning. After lunch we drive back to Casablanca for our final evening (if you wish, you can stay on in Marrakech and finish the tour here). OVERNIGHT: Casablanca hotelMEALS: Breakfast, DinnerEXTRAS: Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking

DAY 8: Casablanca, free time, transfer to airport for departure

You have some free time in Casablanca today until you are transferred to the Mohamed V Airport airport for departure. OVERNIGHT: N/AMEALS: BreakfastEXTRAS: Extra day without airport transfer - post-tour, Departure airport transfer

Country Fast Facts

Morocco

 
Flag  Flag_of_Morocco.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) Berber, Arabic
Capital: Rabat
Population 33,848,242 (2014 census)
Climate(s) Warm Desert, Warm Mediterranean, Cold Desert,
Major Airport(s): Rabat/Sale International Airport (RBA), Casablanca Mohammad V International Airport (CMN), Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, Agriculture

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