$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only
$5,095 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, plus $684 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made
$5,495 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $684 airline taxes and fees
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,395 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,795 per person; Premium Economy upgrade: $1,195 per person
On this one-of-a-kind 14-day small group journey, your eyes and heart are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. We will learn about life in Morocco from a former UVA faculty member who lives in Rabat. Begin by touring the Moroccan capital, seaside Rabat, and enjoy lunch in a private home. Stop in imperial Meknes and at Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites visited. Travel on to explore Fez with its fascinating medina then pass through the Middle Atlas mountains. In Merzouga, you embark on a sunset camel excursion along the breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes. View spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including dramatic Todra Gorge. Traverse the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and visit scenic Ait ben-Haddou village, another UNESCO site. In alluring Marrakech, you tour the medina and Djemaa el Fna Square. Your final destination is storied Casablanca, where a highlight is a visit to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.
- Embark on a Sahara sunset excursion and camel ride on the dunes
- Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Travel the scenic “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” caravan route
- Experience splendid Atlas Mountain scenery and dramatic Todra Gorge
- Tour the fascinating medinas of Fez and Marrakech
- See the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis
- Explore storied Casablanca and the magnificent Hassan II mosque
DAY 1 - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Depart U.S. for Casablanca, Morocco
DAY 2 - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Upon arrival this afternoon in Casablanca, the commercial center of Morocco, we transfer by coach to Rabat and our hotel located near famed Hassan Tower. We have time to relax and refresh before dinner tonight at the hotel.
La Tour Hassan
DAY 3 - Thursday, April 9, 2020
One of Morocco’s four ancient capitals, or imperial cities, Rabat is again the country’s capital, at once historic and contemporary, as we discover on today’s tour. We visit the necropolis of Chellah, built on ancient Roman ruins, and the Mohammed VI contemporary art museum then have lunch in a private home. On tap this afternoon: the 12th-century Kasbah of the Oudaias, the peaceful Andalusian Gardens, and Rabat’s medina, a UNESCO site. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner of traditional Moroccan fare at acclaimed Dinarjat in Rabat’s Old Town.
La Tour Hassan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)
DAY 4 - Friday, April 10, 2020
This morning we depart Rabat for Fez, stopping along the way in Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city (and UNESCO World Heritage site). We visit the Bab el Mansour gateway and the ruins of the imperial stables before lunch in a local restaurant. Then we continue on to the ancient Roman ruins at the UNESCO site of Volubilis, known for its intricate and colorful mosaics. Late afternoon we reach Fez and our elegant hotel overlooking the medina, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
DAY 5 - Saturday, April 11, 2020
Today we explore Morocco’s oldest imperial city, considered the “Athens of Africa” for its wealth of cultural, educational, and religious institutions. We begin with a comfortable walk through the Fez medina, where we see some hidden treasures, including the Blue Gate, the most picturesque of the Old City’s historic gates; the medieval school of Bouanania; the 12th-century home of Jewish scholar Maimonides; and the authentic food market. We also visit the traditional quarter where we watch artisans craft the acclaimed Fez pottery and ceramics. After lunch together in the medina, we tour the old Mellah (Jewish quarter) and its 17th-century synagogue and the royal gates.
DAY 6 - Sunday, April 12, 2020
Today’s touring features the Museum of Fez, housing traditional arts. Then we embark on a walking tour of the medina focusing on the artisans’ quarters, the 14th-century Koranic schools, and Al Karaouine, the medieval theological university. The remainder of the afternoon is free for independent exploration and lunch on our own. Tonight, we enjoy a private dinner at an intimate family-run riad in Fez.
DAY 7 - Monday, April 13, 2020
Traveling inland today, we cross the fertile plains beyond Fez and continue through the Middle Atlas mountain range. We stop in the small town of Midelt for lunch. Continuing on we cross the Ziz River, passing rows of sky-scraping palm trees and fortified villages before reaching our kasbah-style hotel in Erfoud late in the day. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.
Le Palais du Désert Hotel
DAY 8 - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
This morning we visit the city of Rissani, with its 18th-century ksar, a virtually impenetrable warren of alleys. We enjoy a tour highlight this afternoon as we set out on a sunset excursion to the breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes at Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara. In the enormous silence we watch the sun set over the desert as we take a camel ride along the erg. Following this experience, we’ll have dinner together in this desert setting before returning to our hotel tonight.
Le Palais du Désert Hotel
DAY 9 - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Our destination today is in the snow-topped High Atlas. The day features one beautiful scene after another, including the village of Tinehir, a stunning mountain oasis rising on a series of riverside terraces lush with palm trees; and the spectacular 984-foot Todra Gorge, home to a variety of rare bird and plant species. Following lunch here we visit El Kelaa des Mgouna, known for its roses, then set out on the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” ancient caravan route, a region of fortresses with elaborately decorated façades. Late afternoon we reach the town of Ouarzazate (the “door of the desert”) where we spend the night.
Le Berbère Palace
DAY 10 - Thursday, April 16, 2020
En route to Marrakech today, we stop first at uninhabited Ait ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of southern Morocco’s most scenic villages that is often used as a location for fashion and film shoots. Its old section consists of deep red kasbahs packed together so tightly they appear to be a single unit. Then as we begin our descent from the High Atlas, we pass through typical villages with fortified walls and stone houses with earthen roofs. In Tizi N’Tichka, we traverse the Pass of the Pastures (alt. 7,415 feet), where life is much as it was centuries ago: shepherds bring their flocks to the high pastures every summer, then return with them to their villages in autumn. We arrive in Marrakech late this afternoon and dine tonight at our hotel.
DAY 11 - Friday, April 17, 2020
Once the capital of southern Morocco, the imperial city of Marrakech is an alluring oasis with a temperate climate, distinct charm, and fascinating sights. Our day-long tour includes the beautifully proportioned Koutoubia Mosque with its distinctive 282-foot minaret visible from miles away; the lovely Andalusian-style El Bahia Palace (part of which is still used by the royal family); and the ruins of 16th-century Palais El Badii. After lunch at our hotel, mid-afternoon we embark on a walking tour of the medina, ending at Djemaa el Fna Square, a UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech, crowded with snake charmers, entertainers, storytellers, musicians, barbers, and sellers of fruit, water, and spices. Dinner tonight is on our own in this exotic city.
DAY 12 - Saturday, April 18, 2020
This morning we travel by horse-drawn carriage from Menara Park to Majorelle Gardens, a private botanical garden with some 15 species of birds native to North Africa and known for its cobalt blue accents. Following a tour of the gardens we visit the newly renovated Berber Museum here, with art and artifacts reflecting Berber culture in Morocco. The afternoon is at leisure before dinner tonight at a local restaurant in the city’s Old Town.
DAY 13 - Sunday, April 19, 2020
We leave Marrakech this morning by coach for storied Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. After a brief orientation tour of the city, we visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, Morocco’s only functioning mosque open to non-Muslims. Sitting on the Atlantic shoreline, the mosque boasts a prayer hall the size of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Tonight we celebrate our Moroccan adventure at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Day 14 - Monday, April 20, 2020
Depart for U.S.
After breakfast this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.
- Rabat – La Tour Hassan
- Fez – Hotel Sahrai
- Erfoud – Le Palais du Desért
- Ouarzazate – Le Berbere Palace
- Marrakech – Sofitel Marrakech
- Casablanca – Hyatt Regency Casablanca
31 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
$4,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.
$5,095 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, plus $684 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
$5,495 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $684 airline taxes and fees.
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,395 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,795 per person; Premium Economy upgrade: $1,195 per person.
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Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days before departure.
Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.
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