Moroccan Odyssey9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive 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
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)
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 4To 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)
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)
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 7To 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)
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 9Depart Marrakech
Bid farewell to Morocco today as you are escorted to the airport in Marrakech for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
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