Join fellow AAA Members for a group departure on a Moroccan adventure. Explore Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Sahara Desert Luxury Tented Camp, Camel Ride, Oasis Visit, High Atlas Mountains, Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, Marrakech, Choice on Tour and even a Cooking Class.
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Day 1: Thursday, December 5, 2019 Overnight Flight
On a captivating adventure through a land of centuries-old culture and customs, discover the "Land of Sunset" and "Gateway to Africa" – the place they call Morocco.
Day 2: Friday, December 6, 2019 Casablanca, Morocco - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Casablanca. This evening, take in the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger as you join your fellow travelers for a traditional Moroccan dinner.
Day 3: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fes
Gaze upon the intricate, colorful artistry of ceramic tile and hand-carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque. Then we’re off to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The epitome of modern Moroccan design, the mausoleum’s ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations makes this a tomb truly fit for a king. Then, it’s on to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO), home of the ancient door, the Bab El Mansour, and the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis. Arrive at yourriad just in time for dinner, prepared by local women known as ‘dadas’. Dine on traditional recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
Day 4: Sunday, December 8, 2019 Fes
Get ready to discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn about its history as a center of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion. Step back in time on an eye-opening tour featuring the centuries-old Medersa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th century medina, explore the alleyways and stalls of this ancient market. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colorful vats.
Day 5: Monday, December 9, 2019 Fes - Ifrane - Erfoud - Sahara Desert
Cross some of Morocco’s most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, pause in Ifrane to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Erfoud, "the Door to the Desert", and make your way by 4x4 jeep to your luxurious tented camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert.
Day 6: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Sahara Desert Expedition
Rise early to watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin your day by traveling to the Oasis of Hassi Byed. Meet a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before travelling to a village to experience traditional North AfricanGnawa music. Continue on your desert expedition and meet a nomadic community that travels across the desert with the changing seasons. Return to your camp as the sun sets over the dunes. This evening, reflect on the serenity and beauty of the desert under a tapestry of twinkling stars.
Day 7: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Boumalne du Dades
Return to the edge of the desert via camel, and marvel at the sunrise as it illuminates the sands. In the new light of day, begin the journey to Todra Gorge,* one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Arrive in Morocco’s "Grand Canyon," Boumalne du Dades, where a golden sun lights up the gorge’s river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick home.
Day 8: Thursday, December 12, 2019 Boumalne du Dades - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou - Marrakech
Follow the rugged "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs," where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles along this ancient trading route. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover the earthen buildings, defensive walls, and corner towers that make the ksar a striking feat of Moroccan architecture. Make a stop at a local cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. Before you reach the exotic city of Marrakech, continue along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages before arriving in the ancient city of Marrakech.
Day 9: Friday, December 13, 2019 Marrakech
Among the mosques and palaces, souks and riads, visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a distinct blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. Explore the vibrant Jewish Mellah, and the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. Then it’s your choice! Visit the Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase beauty and ingenuity of Morocco’s cultural heritage-OR-explore the Musee Yves Saint Laurent and discover how the colors and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer.
Day 10: Saturday, December 14, 2019 Marrakech
Today, join a local women’s cooperative in an interactive cooking class. Head to le jardin to source your own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country’s most celebrated dish: the tagine. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey.
Day 11: Sunday, December 15, 2019 Marrakech - Casablanca - Tour Ends
Board your transfer to Casablanca this morning to connect with your flight home.
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