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Moroccan Odyssey
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Moroccan Odyssey

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Fez, Marrakech & Essaouira

Known to the Arabs as al-Maghreb al-Aqsa, meaning the "farthest land of the setting sun," Morocco boasts stunning natural beauty and an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage. Discover the souqs and thousand-year-old labyrinth medinas of fabled Fez, the fantastic gardens of Marrakech, the rugged mountain landscapes of the Atlas range and the seaside village of Essaouira. Relish the flavors of one of the world's great cuisines while spending your nights in some of Morocco's traditional riads.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Casablanca - To Fez

    Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative. Embark upon a scenic drive of approximately three hours to the royal city of Fez and check in to your riad (traditional Moroccan house with a garden courtyard).

    Preferred: Riad Myra
    Elite: Riad Fes - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Fez

    Drive through the Moroccan countryside on your way to Meknes. A cultural center for more than ten centuries, Meknes boasts a fascinating medina (old city) and maze of streets filled with colorful stalls and architectural delights such as the intricately carved Bab el-Mansour. Continue to Moulay Idriss, Morocco's holiest city, and then on to the Roman ruins at Volubilis to see the Triumphal Arch and exquisite mosaics.

    Preferred: Riad Myra
    Elite: Riad Fes
    (B)
  • Day 3
    Fez

    Fez el-Bali is the world's largest and most beautiful living medieval city. Tour the 14th-century Medersa Bou Inania (theological college), which is famous for its Koranic scriptures in stucco, zellij tiles and carved wood. Explore the 13th-century tanneries and henna and spice souqs (markets) as you wind your way through the labyrinth of streets and alleys, discovering hidden squares like the Place an-Nejjarine.

    Preferred: Riad Myra
    Elite: Riad Fes
    (B)
  • Day 4
    To Marrakech

    Traverse the Middle Atlas range with its landscape of Berber villages and ancient cedar forests on a leisurely drive. Stop for a picnic lunch in the Tadla region at Beni Mellal, famous for its oranges, grapefruits, apricots and figs. Late this afternoon, arrive in Marrakech, the cultural capital of southern Morocco.

    Preferred: Riad Kniza
    Elite: Villa Des Orangers - 3 Nights
    (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Marrakech

    Today, tour the Saadian Tombs, elegant El Badi Palace and the 12th-century Koutoubia mosque, which is famed throughout the Arab world. Meander through the medina, exploring an endless procession of souqs, mosques and medersas. Just before sunset, visit the Djemaa el-Fna, the enormous square and atmospheric wonderland of torch-lit food stalls, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats.

    Preferred: Riad Kniza
    Elite: Villa Des Orangers
    (B)
  • Day 6
    Marrakech

    Venture outside the city limits and head for the hills to experience the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Savor lunch at the famed Residence de la Roseraie with its beautiful gardens overflowing with roses of every color imaginable.

    Preferred: Riad Kniza
    Elite: Villa Des Orangers
    (B, L)
  • Day 7
    To Essaouira

    Drive to the quaint fishing village of Essaouira, which stands on a peninsula swept by the trade winds. Everyone from the Phoenicians to the French has left their touches on this coastal town. And in 1949, Orson Welles chose Essaouira's imposing battlements as the setting for his movie, Othello.

    Preferred: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
    Elite: Heure Bleue Palais - 2 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 8
    Essaouira

    As you explore the city's narrow alleyways and streets, stumble upon art galleries and craft workshops tucked away behind fortified walls. This evening, why not celebrate your Moroccan odyssey by heading out on the town for a festive dinner? The city boasts some excellent seafood restaurants as well as acclaimed chefs offering unique takes on traditional Moroccan cuisine, such as tajines and pastillas.

    Preferred: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
    Elite: Heure Bleue Palais
    (B)
  • Day 9
    Depart Marrakech

    Bid farewell to Morocco today as you are escorted to the airport in Marrakech for your onward flight.

    (B)
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