Visit Morocco a country with a heady mix of cultures, religions, languages with ancient roots and a strikingly modern outlook. The influence of Romans, Arabs and Europeans are spotted everywhere. Morocco is a unique blend of the African Berber, Arab and Mediterranean. For centuries travelers have crossed shifting sands and braved mountain passes in search of mythic Morocco. On this singles vacation you will be dazzled by royal palaces, extraordinary oasis and spectacular feats of hospitality.
Morocco Desert and Kasbahs Singles Vacation Itinerary
DAY 1 - Arrive Casablanca
Arrive in the morning at Casablanca airport (flying home from Marrakesh) and transfer to our hotel. Shuttles will be available every 2 hours in the morning. Check-in and meet all your new single travel friends as we are greeted in the lobby by our tour guide at 3:00pm.
Casablanca, Moroccoâ€™s economic capital and the second largest city in Africa, retains its charm thanks to its Art Deco architecture. There are many wonderful discoveries to be made on our afternoon tour of Casablanca including: the Central Market, United Nations & Mohamed V Squares, the Habous Quarter, view The Royal palace, visit Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world, tour by the cornice AĂŻn Diab.
Welcome Dinner at Rickâ€™s Cafe Restaurant, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film "Casablanca", has finally been transformed from celluloid to wood, glass and plaster. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion built against the Old Medina, the restaurant piano bar is filled with architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the film.
Day 2 - Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez
After breakfast we depart for Rabat the capital of the kingdom and headquarters of the government, parliament, ministries and administrations. View the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, the famous tomb of the late king Mohamed V who fulfilled Morocco's independence, and the Oudaya Kasbah.
Next we travel to Meknes with its 25 miles of walls surrounding the city it is rich in history. See the Gate of Bab Mansour, the ancient Jewish quarter, and the Moulay Ismail Granaries.
Before we continue to Fez we stop to explore the relics of the Roman city Volubilis, North Africa's best preserved and most significant archaeological site. Occupied by the Romans in around 40BC, it developed into a thriving city of 20 000. To walk around the site today brings the grand achievements and daily routines of an ancient civilization vividly to life. Especially notable are a series of mosaic floors depicting scenes from classical mythology and everyday life.
Day 3 - Fez
Today we explore Fez, the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco, founded in 790 AD and the oldest of the three imperial cities. Our guided tour includes the medieval Medina, the old part of the city, which has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century and still bustles with a throng of colorfully costumed tribal people, from olive-dealers and veiled women, to merchants and traditional bell-ringing water-sellers.
Our vacation continues to the Mellah, the Jewish quarter with a walled boundary and a fortified gateway. These Jewish quarters were located near the royal residencies so that the inhabitants would be protected.
After time for lunch, wander the winding cobblestone streets in search of bargains. Weâ€™ll visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant color.
Day 4 - Fez - Ifran - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast we travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and the mud-brick Berber villages in Azrou known for its wood-carved handicrafts and expert carpet weaving. We stop in Midelt, a sleepy village flanked by the verdant beauty of both the Middle and the snow-covered High Atlas Mountains, bursting with colorful minerals that mottle the mountainside in a blaze of ruby, emerald and topaz.
On arrival to Erfoud we will be transported by 4WD vehicles across the High Atlas, along oasis valley gorges and past one thousand Kasbahs for a sunset camel trek across the sandy dunes of the Erg Chebbi. The Moroccan desert is beautiful and Camel trekking, in such a destination is a once in a lifetime experience. These dunes are unique due to its gorgeous orange color during sun set.
We spend the night in Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco. Dinner at hotel tonight.
Day 5 - Merzouga - Erfoud - Tinghir - Ouarzazate
After breakfast we travel back to Erfoud by 4WD vehicles where we reboard our bus and drive to Tinghir and onto Todra Gorge. The scenery is spectacular. The gorge is just wide enough for a crystal-clear river and some trekkers to squeeze through. Local people live in the area and can be seen with their small donkeys, or herding camels.
This afternoon, we continue along the "Route of a Thousand Kasbahs" and the Dades River Valley where everything is calm, beautiful and fresh, the perfect image of an area where time has stood still for centuries.
Our day ends at Ouarzazate where we check-in to our hotel and get ready for our New Year's Gala.
Day 6 - Ourazatate - Accordant
Our day starts with a brief sightseeing tour of Ourazazate city. Originally built by the French in the 1920â€™s, Ouarzazate has become a center of the Moroccan film industry because of its proximity to desert and snow covered mountains. We will visit the Kasbah Taourirt, used as a hotel for the cast of "Laurence of Arabia" while the movie was being shot.
Our next stop is the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou village to visit the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. The Ait-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO site, houses an entire city within its walls with the houses densely packed together amidst crowded streets. The Kasbah sits on a hill and is made completely of mud bricks.
Drive to Taroudant via Taznakht then we continue on via the route of saffron to Taliouine and then to evening's destination Taroudant. Where we check-in to our hotel and have dinner.
Day 7 - Taroudant - Marrakech
After breakfast we will have a brief tour of the charming city of Taroudant. With its majestic gold, pink and orange tinted ramparts, Taroudant is half citadel, half oasis. Called â€śthe little Marrakechâ€ť, the clay houses, the minarets & the groves of oranges and pomegranates seem to drowse beneath the gaze of the frosted High Atlas. The walls, the souks, and the stark backdrop of the High Atlas are the town's main attractions. The souks are not large but they are varied; there is a strong radiation of local craft and much of the works here is of upstanding quality.
Next we have about a 2 hour drive to Marrakech, also known as the "Red City" and is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history.
Day 8 - Marrakech
We spend the day in Marrakech. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is Moroccoâ€™s second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of the red earth, the horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. In the morning w visit the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, the royal Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, Menara Garden and the Medina.
This afternoon, we continue our visit visit of Jemaa El Fna Square where Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, storytellers and mischievous monkeys perform. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.
Day 9 - Marrakech
A free day to explore the city and markets of Marrakech. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco. A souk can mean either a single market stall or, as in this case, a whole bustling labyrinth of stalls selling everything from rugs and spices to leather goods and love potions.
And later this evening -- Promenade by horse-drawn carriages to our Farewell Dinner at Gharnata Palace, a beautiful private palace or "riad" situated in the "mĂ©dina". Walk through a torched lit Narrow Street to arrive at the Palace. Our entertainment will be an Andalusian orchestra and a belly dancer.
DAY 10 - Depart Marrakech
After a final breakfast we have to say goodbye to all our new single travel friends as our vacation comes to an end and we are transferred to the airport and our flights home.
|Casablanca: Golden Tulip Farah||Fez: Palais La Medina & Spa||Merzouga: Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou|
|Ouarzazate Le Meridien Berber Palace||Taroudant: Palais Salam||Marrakech: Les Jardins De L'agdal|