MOROCCO SOUTH DISCOVERY
From the exotic city of Agadir to the rural villages in the High Atlas Mountains, and Berbere villages This discovery of Morocco will take you back to a slower time of mint tea in cool courtyards and sun-drenched bazaars selling everything from hand-knotted carpets to brass platters the size of a cartwheel. A walk down almost any street puts you in the center of a story straight from the Thousand and One Nights...
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Day 0: JFK / Casablanca
Depart from New York, JFK Airport, on Royal Air Maroc, Moroccan national carrier, overnight flight to Casablanca. starting your journey as soon as you take off. In addition to superb Moroccan service and friendliness, you will enjoy beverage service, delicious dinner and a complimentary movie. Your professional and experienced Moroccan escort will give you every possible assistance.
Day 1 : Casablanca / Rabat/Casablanca
Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport at 6:00 am. Welcome and transfer to early check in to Hotel. Casablanca city for sightseeing the economic capital of Morocco : the central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the outside of the Hassan II Mosque. Lunch at Women's shelter. Optional excursion to Rabat Dinner and overnight. (L & D)
Day 2: Casablanca/El Jadida / SAFI / Essaouira
After breakfast, travel to El Jadida for City tour, Sea-food lunch and continuation to SAFI, famous for its pottery, where you will enjoy a brief afternoon visit, and continuation to the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold. City tour. Dinner and accommodation at in Essaouira. Hotel Des Iles ( D).
Day 3 : Essaouira / Marrakech
After breakfast, Continue on to Marrakech once Winston Churchill said "if you have one day to spend in Morocco, then spend it in Marrakech". Known as "Morocco City", Marrakech is an exciting Oasis of special charm with its fashion, exotic gardens and cuisine, a captivating city with it's romantic essence of a sophisticated culture. "Marrakech demonstrates the victory of man over the Desert". This is a city to provoke instant excitement for all its visitors. Fantasia and Dinner and overnight in Marrakech Meryem hotel (B&D),
Day 4: Marrakech:
All day will be devoted to an historic visit of this magnificent Eleventh Century City featuring the Menara , the Koutoubia Minaret, the Saadian Tombs, and the Badia and Bahia Palaces in the Melah Jewish quarter. In the afternoon, visit the Medina, Souks, and the exhilarating Jamaa El Fna Square. Optional visit to American Language Center. Excursion to Ourika and Asni (Optional lunch). Dinner and over night in Marrakech Meryem hotel ( B&D)
Day 5 : Agadir
After breakfast, departure to Agadir. Your tour will start in the afternoon, highlighting the historic Agadir (12th century) and the Valley of the birds; a little Zoo of birds from around the world kept in aviaries that authentically imitate their natural habitat. The next sight is the Kasbah, a citadel atop the hill overlooking the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, explore the Museum of Agadir devoted to the Souss valley culture and Saharan Nomadic life. Tour of modern fish processing plant (major new industry for Agadir) and a cooperative fruit packing and cold storage facility. Dinner and accommodation at Agadir Amadil Beach.( B&D)
Day 6: Agadir.
Excursion to Taroudant. Taroudant, isolated from the typical tourist's path, is and was an important Caravan center, where Touareg influence is seen almost everywhere. Called the "Grandmother of Marrakech" it has the feel of a small market town on some caravan route. Taroudant has two souks: an Arab souk, which is especially known for its jewelry and African limestone sculptures, and a Berber market with fresh vegetables and exotic spices. Return to Agadir for dinner and accommodation at Agadir Amadil Beach.( B&D)
Day 7: Agadir / Tiznit
After breakfast travel 100 km to Tiznit. Although Tiznit is clearly Atlantic, it also displays surprising ramparts which protect the city's treasures. Created by Sultan Moulay Hassan in the middle of the 19th century to stabilize the dissident South, Tiznit established a reputation by settling Jewish "silver artisans" within the walls of the city. Excursion to Tafraout and surrounding area. The drive from Tiznit to Tafraout is one of the most spectacularly beautiful that you can make in Morocco. The amazing splendor of the Anti-Atlas mountains, the contrast between oasis greenery and barren mountain slopes and the bizarre lunarscape around Tafraout make this drive so very worthwhile and memorable. Overnight in Tiznit, Kenzi Kerdous
Day 8 : Tiznit
Today, the surrounding areas of Tiznit are laid to agriculture, but Tiznit has retained an unparalleled reputation for metalwork and silver jewellery, as can be seen in the jewelers souk. The walls, buildings and ancient alleyways of the Medina have all the ingredients for a fascinating visit. Optional excursion to Goulimine and surrounding area. Overnight in Tiznit, Kenzi Kerdous
Day 9: Agadir
After breakfast, return to Agadir. Afternoon visit to the Complex Horticole d’Agadir including one of largest protected preserves of the famous Argan tree, an endangered species unique to Morocco, producer of highly prized oil, and habitat for local goats.. Evening closing reception with Morocco Chapter of University of Minnesota Alumni Association and other Anglophone Moroccans. Overnight in Agadir Amadil Beach
Day 10 : Return
An early breakfast, departure from Agadir Airport JFK via Casablanca Arrive into JFK at 3:30 pm local time / same day
* Optional Round trip JFK to Casablanca, and Agadir to JFK via Casablanca
* Accommodation at 4* hotels on half board as stated above.
* Transportation with an adequate deluxe air-conditioned vehicle.
* Guides: English local guides in each major city
* Monuments: / Entrance fees to all monuments indicated in the program
* Tips for luggage handling : a/ Only at the airport and hotels
* Meals : a / (half board daily breakfast, lunch or dinner, according to the program.
* breakfast only. BD: Breakfast and dinner.
* All taxes