Itinerary and Costs

Morocco : Beyond the Kasbah 13- 27 November 2014

Day 1 Arrive Casablanca (D)

Welcome to Morocco

Arrival at Casablanca airport. Please arrive as early in the day as your connection will allow.

You will be met on arrival and escorted to your accommodation.

If time allows, (depending when you fly in) you will be taken on a tour of Casablanca’s highlighhts.

A welcome cocktail party on the terrace of the luxury riad.

Celebration Dinner in the Riad.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad in Casablanca.

Day 2 Casablanca on to Fes (B,D)

Breakfast in the Riad.

Early departure for the airport and flight to the ancient Imperial city of Fes.

Arrive in time for lunch and settle into the riad.

Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner in the Riad.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad in Fes.

Day 3 Fes Market and Cooking (B,L,D)

Breakfast in the Riad.

Depart Riad 9.30 am.

In the style of The Inspired Traveller, an immediate emersion into the souk, with all the smells, aromas, colour, hustle and bustle of a very exotic food market. The Fes medina is regarded as the best in North Africa. A morning cooking school using menus and ingredients of the Berber and Arabic chefs. Moroccan cuisine is practical and unfussy. Dishes have evolved from Persia via the Arabs, from Andalucia with the returning Moors and from the colonial French-but the overriding principle is to throw all the ingredients into a dish and then leave it to cook slowly. Tagines: the style, and couscous: the main staple.

After a delicious traditional lunch our specially chosen local guide will lead us on a tour of the highlights of Fes, a town where you need the experts, or too much goes unexplained or even unseen.

Ancient Fes is the grandest of Morocco’s imperial cities, with a warren of streets burrowing through its medieval heart.

Dinner in Fes.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad in Fes.

Day 4 Fes, Meknes, Volubilis, Casablanca, Ouarzazate (B,D)

9.00 am Departure from the riad with luggage. Today will be an extended day of exploration and travel.

A drive to Meknes, it is only 60 kms west of Fes. Meknes was the one-time capital of the Moroccan sultanate and had its glory days under Sultan Moulay Ismail. The extent of the city walls and the grand architectural vision of the crazed Sultan, really will etch its way into the memory bank.

Lunch in the medina in Meknes.

Then on to the 2,000 year old ruins and mosaics of Roman Volubilis. The ruined city lies in the mist of a fertile plain about 33 kms north of Meknes. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, it is the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Its most amazing features are the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ.

Across the high plains 230 kms (all freeway) to Casablanca.

Dinner in Casablanca at the Art Deco “Jnane Sherazade” riad.

Then to the airport for our 11.00 pm flight south to Ouarzazate.

Accommodation: Hotel Berbere Palace 5 * Ouarzazate.

Day 5 Ouarzazate, Boumalne, Gorges Du Dades, Ouarzazate (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

10.00 am departure for a day exploring the Dades Valley, also known as the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Spending time in the gorges of Southern Morocco makes for a really beautiful adventure. The juxtaposition of such rugged gorges and the verdant oases just makes the oases seem more beautiful.

Walking and a picnic in the gorges and palm filled oases will allow us the opportunity to see the extraordinary beauty of Dades Valley. The solitude of the sweeping landscapes and beautiful oasis is what will stay with you as your major memory of Morocco.

The tour will return to Ouarzazate for overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Berbere Palace 5 * Ouarzazate.

Day 6 Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, Zagora  (B,L,D)

9.00 am Departure.

A drive south this morning to the Sahara 

In the desert towns in Southern Morocco you will see people in bright blue robes, often accompanied by an indigo turban. This is the traditional outfit of the Tuareg, a nomadic Berber people often referred to as the “Blue Men of the Sahara”.

Campside dinner under the stars.

Accommodation: In the Dunes at Dar Azawad

Day 7 Zagora, Ouarzazate (B,L,D)

Morocco is like a tree whose roots lie in Africa but whose leaves breathe in European air.”

An extraordinary day spent in the Saharan sand dunes, oases and villages.

Rise early to witness the sunrise over the dunes.

After a leisurely breakfast at the camp a journey back to Ouarzazate 120 kms.

Accommodation: Luxury Hotel Ouarzazate

Day 8 Ouarzazate – Essaouira (B,D)

Up early for a spectacular drive from Ouarzazate to Essaouira, via the Tizi-n-Tickha pass & the
village of Ait Benhaddou. In this village we will see one of the most exotic and best preserved Kasbahs in the entire Atlas region.

Evening at leisure to explore Essaouira and / or just enjoy the beautiful Riad.

Seafood dinner near the ramparts.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad Essaouira.

Day 9 Essaouira (B,D)

Breakfast in the Riad and a walk in the busy medina and the afternoon to explore this very pretty ancient town.

The most beautiful shawls and bedspreads make for good shopping in the souk.

Dinner overlooking the Atlantic.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad

Day 10 Essaouira High Atlas (B,D)

Departure this morning for our 200 km journey east into the High Atlas.

Kasbah du Toubkal has won numerous awards for its unique approach to responsible tourism. The restoration was so sympathetic to its original design that ‘visitors regularly believe it to be hundreds of years old’,

Accommodation: Dinner in a private suite at the Kasbah

Overnight: Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 11 The High Atlas (B,D)

Breakfast at the Kasbah.

Depart Kasbah du Toubkal at 10.00 am

A morning trek to outlying villages, and weather permitting, a picnic in the valley.

Kasbah life is fun. Kasbahs are big fortified mansions, their mud- and -straw facades smoothed and decorated with indentations, tapering towers at their four corners add to their distinction.

Many of them where stages on the caravan routes connecting sub-Saharan Africa with the cities of the north.

Late afternoon at leisure.

Dinner in a private suite at the Kasbah

Overnight: Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 12 The High Atlas, Marrakech (B,D)

Breakfast at the Kasbah and 8.00 am departure north for Marrakech. (1-2 hours driving.)

Afternoon at leisure to discover the magic of Marrakech.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad: Marrakech

Day 13 Marrakech (B,D)

Breakfast in the riad.

Depart Riad 9.00 am

A day spent with our guide Driss Amrani Idrissi in and around Marrakech.

Lunch in the souk.

Some of the highlights we will visit are:

ALI BEN YOUSSEF MEDERSA

Nowhere in Marrakech is the influence of Andalusia more evident than in this 14th C medersa (Koranic school). It was a functioning school until1960. Nine hundred boys once cooked, ate and slept here.

SAADIAN TOMBS

Marrakech’s Saadian dynasty (1554-1659) was its golden age, literally. The sheikhs had a voracious appetite for gold, and used it in abundance in their palaces and garden pavilions. They knew haw to live and to die well – the Saddian Tombs are a testament to this.

BAHIA PALACE

Though only a portion of the palace’s 8 hectares and 150 rooms are open to the public expect to be floored by the workmanship that took 14 years to build this wonder.

JARDIN MAJORELLE

French born artist Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) traveled to Marrakech in 1919 and painted it profusely in the romantic style of the orientalists. But his real legacy is a garden and a colour, hypnotic cobalt, named Majorelle blue. Rescued from disrepair in 1980 by Yves Saint Laurent, the Majorelle gardens could only have been created with an artist’s eye for colour and depth

MUSEUM OF MARRAKECH

Housed in a palace a very good, small collection of artwork and High Atlas carpets.

EL BADI PALACE

The El Badi Palace was built in the late 1500s and was surfaced in 50 tons of Italian marble. The palace’s internal riches were legendry until it was sacked by Moulay Ismael, leader of the Almohads. Its pavilions and walls still stand as testament to its size and grandeur.

Dinner in one of the best restaurants in Marrakech.

Lots of free time

Day 14 Marrakech (B,D)

Breakfast in the riad. Day at leasure to shop.

Lots of free time to see more of the very good shops and crafts of the souk and to pack for tomorrow’s departure.

Dinner in the Riad.

Accommodation: Luxury Riad: Marrakech

Day 15 Marrakech Departure

Breakfast in Breakfast in the Riad

Farewells.

Depart for the airport.

Tour Costs and Terms and conditions

Land Content Only

AUD $13,280 per person based on twin-share
Single Supplement: AUD $1,900

Costs and Booking Details

Evidence of Comprehensive Travel Insurance is a mandatory condition for joining the Tour.

A Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity left is also a requirement.

The tour cost is based on the following inclusions:

  • Twin-share accommodation in Deluxe Rooms throughout the tour, with the exceptions of when accommodation has to be of a more rustic nature.
  • Sightseeing tours, and excursions as specified.
  • Land transfers as specified.
  • All breakfasts and most lunches and dinners Usually the cost of wine is included. You will be advised when it is at your own expense.
  • Two Internal flights.
  • Tour Management by Sarah Stegley of The Inspired Traveller.
  • Service of an Accompanying English, Berber and Arabic speaking guide.
  • Transportation by A/C Luxury Bus or smaller vehicles in the regions.

Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Telephone calls etc
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcohol, beverages, (other than the generous wines and drinks specified)
  • laundry, sundries etc
  • Personal tips and gratuities
  • International Airfares

Deposit:

AUD $3,000 per person Payable as soon as possible to secure your booking.

Please see terms and conditions of refunds.

Balance of payment due: 30 September, 2014

Payment

Preferred payment is by cheque or Bank transfer, All major credit cards are accepted but attract a commission (approximately 2% service fee is added depending on choice of card).

Payment To:
The Inspired Traveller Trust Account

By cheque:
PO Box 379 Mansfield 3724,

By direct bank transfer to:
C/- ANZ Bank
77 High Street, Mansfield, 3722
Account#: 013 714 2599 02783

Your final itinerary will be sent on receipt of deposit.


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