Morocco: A Myriad of Delights8 days & 7 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 in Marrakech
Upon arrival in Marrakech, you will be welcomed by your local representative and assisted to your hotel. After check-in, the balance of the day will be at your leisure.Riad Kniza - 3 nights
Tour the Saadian Tombs, the elegant El Badi Palace, and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Meander through the Medina, exploring an endless procession of souqs, mosques, and medersas. Just before sunset, visit the Diemaa el-Fna, the enormous square and atmospheric wonderland of torch-lit food stalls, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats.Riad Kniza - 3 nights (B)
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.Riad Kniza - 3 nights (B, L)
Day 4Essaouira and Casablanca
After breakfast, you will head to the coastal town of Essaouira for a full-day experience, complete with a private tour. Essaouira is a walled port city on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast. A late-18th-century fortified town, it includes a fishing harbor and a medina full of local artists selling their wares. Lunch will be at Heure Bleue, after which you will be escorted to your hotel in Casablanca.Le Doge - 1 night (B, L)
In the morning, you will be picked up by your guide to start your trip to Fes. En route, you will drive through the Moroccan countryside on your way to Meknes, which boasts a maze of streets filled with colorful stalls and architectural delights. Next, you will visit Moulay Idriss, Morocco’s holiest city, and then the Roman ruins at Volubilis to see the Triumphal Arch and exquisite mosaics. Continue to your hotel in the city of Fez.Riad Maison Bleue - 3 nights (B)
After breakfast, you will join your guide for a tour of Fez, the world’s largest and most beautiful living medieval city. Tour the 14th-century Medersa Bou Inania, famous for its Koranic scriptures in stucco, zellij tiles, and carved wood. Explore the 13th-century tanneries and henna and spice souqs as your wind your way through the labyrinth of streets and alleys, discovering hidden squares like the Place an-Nejiarine and the Museum of Moroccan Arts.Riad Maison Bleue - 3 nights (B)
After breakfast, you will have some time at your leisure. At a pre-arranged time, you will join your guide for a visit to Fez Al Bali, the oldest walled part of the city. You will get to see and experience the local culture as your stroll through narrow alleys filled with vendors and locals going about their daily lives. Meet up with a local family to enjoy afternoon tea.Riad Maison Bleue - 3 nights (B)
Today, you will bid farewell to Morocco. You will be picked up by your guide and driven back to Casablanca where you will board your departure 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.
Morocco: A Myriad Of Delights
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