and Honeymoon Wishes
FRIENDS ABROAD sm TOUR - For the Independent Traveler
12 Day Moroccan Tour : Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Ourzazate
Essaouira and one night in the Sahara
offers some of the most sophisticated Golf courses.
with the : 5 Day , 7
day or 10 day
This 12-day Friends Abroadsm adventure
to Essaouira, Ourzazate Casablanca, Fez , the Sahara, and Marrakech
allows you to go at your own pace, establishing your own itinerary in
the major cities, yet join our pre arranged camp in the Sahara.
send you a copy of the Lonely Planet guide to Morocco, so you can read
up on this romantic destination, and also the Lonely Planet Moroccan
Phrasebook, so you can learn some useful phrases to ease your way.
WE MAKE THE IMPORTANT ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOU.
make all of the basic travel arrangements for you: reserve hotel accommodation
(including continental or buffet breakfast, tax and service); meet you
at airports and train stations and transfer you to and from your hotel;
and give you contact numbers for our local Friends Abroad representative
whom you can call with any questions or requests. Provide all logistics
listed for the Sahara camp. As well as the domestic air Fez/ Casablanca.
All of this is included in the Friends Abroadsm
airfare is not included in the rates, so feel free to use frequent flyer
tickets, or ask us about our special fares.
1 - CASABLANCA
You arrive in the Kingdom of Morocco, landing at Casablanca,
our staff greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel.
you arrive by ferry to Tangiers , we'll meet you at the pier: Transfer
and first class train ticket : Tangiers/ Casablanca: Please add $ 115.00
Per person , to add a tour of Tangiers before you board the train, please
add $ 60 per person
DAY 2 - Atlantic Coast to EASSAOUIRA (BLD)
Morning tour of Casabalanca old souks , and local vegetable markets
in the old Medina with the Witches Market , where herbs and spices
used in traditional cures, magic spells, talisman and potions are sold,
Olives souks and the market of Bab Marrakech,before we drive along the
Atlantic coast heading south for Eassaouira . Lunch enroute. Late afternoon
arrival . With the remainder at leisure to enjoy exploring with guide
at hand, this sleepy seaside town. Complimentary dinner is included
to welcome you at the hotel.
3 - ESSAOUIRA (B)
Essaouira is yours for these two days to explore on your own , a charming
fishing harbor. Renowned for generations for its production of "Murex",
a small shellfish used to make the purple dye for Roman togas, Essaouira
is now a very active fishing harbor , with some Portuguese character
who settled here in the 16th century. Later on Sultan Mohamed Ben
Abdellah used it as a base for his corsairs. Today, protected from
the sea and the wind behind its commanding fortified medieval walls.
4 - ESSAOUIRA (B)
One more day in Essaouira, which shelters a flourishing craftsmanship
in marquetry, working wood with ebony, mother of pearl and silver thread
to make tables, chessboards, caskets and bracelets. Maybe you would
want to enjoy a seafood lunch, before heading back to the hotel.
5 - MARRAKECH (B)
Drive north east to Marrakech, and your hotel. Then, this afternoon
take your first plunge ( explore as you wish on your own ) into this
wonderful, exotic city. With your guide book at hand.
6 - MARRAKECH (B)
There is much to see in this great city which Winston Churchill called
"the most beautiful place in the world at sunset." Grab your
guidebook and explore on your own ! The top sights taht you wish to
cover may include the stately Koutoubia Minaret, the hidden
tombs of the Saadian dynasty, the Menara pavilion and gardens,
the ruins of sprawling Badi Palace, the Bahia Palace Museum,
the Ben Yousef medersa, and the Koubba (chapel) of
el-Ba'adiyn. If you'd like an orientation tour (optional at extra
cost), just contact our local representative, who will be happy to make
7 - MARRAKECH (B)
Why not devote today to Marrakech's fabulous medieval souk (bazaar)?
Penetrating the labyrinthine souk, you'll see some of the age-old guilds
at work, including the dyers and tanners. Save an hour--and bring your
camera--for famous Djemaa el-Fna square with its circus atmosphere
of itinerant dancers, jugglers, acrobats, storytellers, soothsayers,
snake charmers, medicine men and public scribes. Find a cozy bistro
for lunch, and perhaps an elegant restaurant for dinner--it's all up
8 - OURZAZATE (BD)
Morning at leisure.
Early afternoon departure to Ouarzazate crossing the Atlas Mountains
and its striking scenery through the Tizi N'Tichka Pass at an altitude
of more than 2000 meters Before reaching Ouarzazate, visit of the Ait
Ben Haddou Kasbah, a wonderful site now protected by UNESCO, having
served as natural decor to numerous films shooting. It is an area of
crumbling Kasbahs grouped among patches of wheat fields, terraced orchards,
olives and date palms. It ascends a small mountain and is surmounted
by an « Agadir » (grain storage tower) giving it an epic scale. Dinner
9 - OUARZAZATE / TODRA GORGE / ERFOUD / MERZOUGA (BLD)
From Ouarzazate explore the wonderful Road of 1000 Kasbahs in the
direction of Boumalne du Dades through Skoura and El Kelaa Des Mgouna
. Upon arrival in Boumalne we'll drive by impressive Ksours (fortified
villages) and fabulous rock formations and fantastic geological landscape.
Continue on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs towards Tinerghir, a former military
outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove and the way
into the awesome Todra Gorge. The Todra Gorge is a massive fault in
the plateau dividing the High Atlas from the Jebel Sarho with a crystal-clear
river running through it. Lunch is included at the "End of the Earth,"
in the awesome gorge, between 300 meter cliffs. Then on to Erfoud crossing
impressive palm groves and oases. On arrival in Erfoud you will then
take chauffeured four-wheel-drive vehicle (Turbo Land Rover) to go to
Merzouga, There will be a bonfire and an entertainment by the
locals during the evening. Dinner and overnight in a Bedouin tent
in the Sahara, offering a magical sight of the sunset over the majestic
10 - MERZOUGA / ERFOUD / MIDELT / FEZ (BLD)
After breakfast we drive back (private 4 X 4) to Erfoud , where we pick
up a private sedan or air-conditioned motorcoach. And on to FEZ You'll
head north via Errachidia and Talghimt pass. Lunch is included at the
foot of Djebel Ayachi in Midelt at Kasbah Asmaa. Continue through the
Middle Atlas Mountains in the direction of Fez. Late afternoon arrival
in Fez for dinner and overnight accommodation at hotel. The
city is yours to explore, guidebook in hand. The Lonely Planet guide
includes all the important things to see, and recommendations for restaurants
in all price ranges, so you'll never be at a loss for advice.
11 - FEZ (B)
Oldest of Morocco's four Imperial Cities, Fez is endlessly fascinating,
and today it's yours to explore as you wish . Top sights that you would
want to cover include : the medina (old city), the 15-century
Borj Nord Arms Museum, the gateway of the royal palace,
the fortifications of the Kasbah, the 9th-century Karaouine
Mosque and University, the medersas (theological seminaries) of
Bou Inania and Attarine, the shrine of the city's founder
Moulay Idris II, the Nejjarine Fountain, the monumental
gateway of Bab Boujelloud, the old harem gardens, Dar
Batha Museum, and the artisans' guilds in the souks.
12 - DEPARTURE- FEZ (B)
Our local rep. escorts you to the airport , connecting with your international
flight homeward. Bon Voyage
per person in USD $
You may begin your Marrakech Express Friends Abroadsm
tour in Casablanca on any day of the week.
For Dec 10 - Jan 3 , arrivals : please add a 10 % supplement to any
of the rates
Your Friends Abroadsm tour includes:
accommodation at a carefully-selected hotel in the class of your choice
(Deluxe, First Class), including tax and service. If
you prefer to stay at a Riad, please let's know
Planet guidebook to Morocco
and referral services of our local Friends Abroadsm
representative in each city on your tour.
car/driver guide for the drive between cities as per itinerary.
of the Grand Mosque including entrance fees ( Not open on Fridays)
Bevouac ( Tented camp with facilities for your convenience) , camping
with all of today's comfort and convenience
What's not included:
- International airfare to or from Morocco
- Escorted tours and local guides, which are always available at extra cost if you would like them
fees to sights, museums, etc.
Mansour & Royal Anfa
Jardin de la Medina
Jardin de la Kotubia
Riad Al Madina