Grand Maghreb Tour
Northern Morocco,Tetouen, Marrakech, Fes and
The Sleepy Sea-side Essaouira - A
Grand 10 Day Private Vacation in Morocco
This 10-day Friends Abroadsm adventure
to Northern Morocco, Tetouen, Chefchaouen, Essaouira, Casablanca, Fez
and Marrakech allows you to go at your own pace, establishing your own
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.
airfare is not included in the rates, so feel free to use frequent flyer
tickets, or ask us about our special fares.
DAY 1 - CASABLANCA or TANGIER- Daily Arrival - Year Round
Choose your own dates .
You arrive in the Kingdom of Morocco, landing at Casablanca,
our staff greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel.
Sheraton for deluxe, or Littoral for first class. For Guests arriving
at Tangier, we'll simply reverse the order of the itinerary
2 - Atlantic Coast to EASSAOUIRA (BD)
Morning tour of the Grand Mosque of Hassan II, 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 & DAY 4 - ESSAOUIRA (BD)
Essaouira is yours for these two days , 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, Essaouira shelters a
flourishing craftsmanship in marquetry, working wood with ebony, mother
of pearl and silver thread to make tables, chessboards, caskets and
bracelets. Enjoy a seafood lunch, before heading back to the hotel.
5 - MARRAKECH (BD)
Drive north east to Marrakech, and your hotel: Imperial Borj/Sheraton
for Deluxe, Kenzi Faraha for Fist Class. . Then, this afternoon take
your first plunge into this wonderful, exotic city. With your guide
to tour :
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.
6 - MARRAKECH (BD)
Full day tour of Marrakech :
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!
The top sights 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
7 - MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA - FEZ (BD)
Today you board the Marrakech Express bound for Casablanca! Roll
across the beautiful Moroccan countryside, admiring the towering Atlas
Mountains in the distance, and the timeless scenes of North African
village and town life right beside the rails. When you arrive in Casablanca,
our staff meets your train and escorts you by car to
Fez, another of Morocco's four royal cities. When you arrive in
Fez, our staff will escort you to your hotel, and 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.
8 - FEZ (BD)
Oldest of Morocco's four Imperial Cities, Fez is endlessly fascinating,
and today tour cpvers the :
Top sights 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.
9 - FEZ, Northern Morocco (BD)
After the fall of Granada in 1492 and during the Inquisition time in
Spain, all the Moslem "Moros" and Jewish population were expelled
from Spain, and seek refuge in the Northern Morocco. We head for Tetouen
via Ouzzane, Chefchaouen. In the afternoon we tour the old Medina. Dinner
is included at your hotel. Farah Tetouen ( 4 stars, we'll use this hotel
for both of the listed price categories).
10 - DEPARTURE (B)
Tetouen , traveling along the Atlantic coast. Visit Hercules Caves
in Cap Spartel - the confluence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic
Ocean. Arrive in historic Tangiers for a quick tour , (Time Permitting
& depending on your ferry schedule we may be able to tour
to Asilah, the fortified Portuguese village 46 kilometers south
of Tangiers on the Atlantic coast. In Asilah visit The Bab Homar, the
Berber kasbah, the Palace of Raisouli and enjoy the relaxing ambiance
and quaint beauty of the town. If visiting in August you will have the
added enjoyment of the International Festival, a month-long cultural
event encompassing art exhibitions and musical performances. En route
back to Tangiers, stop at the beach for a short camel ride. Evening
departure to Gibraltar or Algeciras. (Ferry ticket is not included)
per person in US $
In Double Occupancy
Weekly, year round in Casablanca.
Friends Abroadsm tour includes:
accommodation at a carefully-selected hotel in the class of your choice
(Deluxe, First Class), including tax and service
and dinner daily, meals as listed : B = Breakfast, (D) = dinner.
train transportation ,as per itinerary.
Planet guidebook to Morocco, and Moroccan Phrasebook
and referral services of our local Friends Abroadsm
representative in each city on your tour.
car/van, escorted at all times for the drive and the listed tour of
Tangiers & Tetouen , with local guides, including the entrance
of the Grand Mosque including entrance fees ( Not open on Fridays)
airfare to or from Morocco
tours and local guides, which are always available at extra cost if
you would like them
fees to sights, museums, etc.
cancellation / travel insurance
other guests say about our services and tours:
in Morocco and Egypt ( Posted on Frommer.com)
wanted to post about my experience with Travel in Style.com. The company
based in San Fran planned the most amazing trip for me and my new husband
for our honeymoon. It was a trip that combined Morocco and Egypt into
a 11 day trip. We signed up for a private tour and the only people with
us during the trip were our guides and drivers (which was great for
a initimate honeymoon vs. a tour bus with 20 plus people all waiting
for each other to go places, etc).
we got to Morocco and already had a driver through the agency there
to greet us to take us to Marrekesh (from the Casablanca airport). The
drive was nice and the car clean. Our driver was really nice and was
very professional. We got dropped off and brought to the cutest hotel
named Riad Chergui (more like a bed and breakfast which was much more
initimate and fun!) and shown to our rooms after we were greeted with
tea and cookies from the staff there. They were just absolutely helpful
in helping us get anything we needed throughout our stay there (i.e.
dress ironed, a bag to carry home souveniers, cigarettes, etc.). The
hotel itself was clean and charming, and we had a very nice room with
windows that opened to the courtyard below. The pool and chairs were
spotless everyday and the breakfast was always tasty and served to us
when we came to downstairs to eat. I absolutely recommend this place
in Marrekesh, we went to do activities pre-planned by Travel in Style
and everything worked out exactly as described in our itinerary. We
always had a guide and driver on time when we were going around the
city and our guide even came with us to help us bargain with the stores
to get the best souveniers at the best prices. It was a relief to us,
who were a little hesitant to visit some of these countries at first,
to have a very knowledgeable guide and to have someone around when we
wanted him and not around when we wanted to do our own discoveries.
The trip was set up so that some days we only had plans in the morning
and after our planned lunch, we would have the rest of the day to do
our own things (perfectly planned in this way!). Our lunches and dinners
planned in our itineraries were at beautifully decorated restaurants
with the best service, and we really had a chance to experience Moroccan
food. It was great.
in Marrekesh we had a camel ride and a cooking class scheduled, which
were great since we wanted to do some different types of activities
while we were there. The camel ride was so fun and we got some great
pictures. The cooking class was hands-on and we learned how to make
a Moroccan meal with the receipe so we could take that home with us
and be able to have a Moroccan dinner. We just loved it!
continued on for the second half of the trip to Egypt which was planned
just as nicely. We ate at teh best restaurants and really got the feel
for the country. Here we did a lot more site seeing of course, and we
always had our guide and driver there to take us around and show us
the sites. They took us to a pyramid that was the first successful one
created and when we went, we were the only tourists there (of course
we also went to see the ones in Giza) so we really got to enjoy the
scenery and pictures without a ton of other tourists around. Also, while
in Egypt, we had a planned dinner with an actual Egyptian family who
opened up their home to us. It was great to see the country from that
perspective and really get to know what the people are like.
summary, these are just a few great things I could say about the Morrocco/Egypt
tour we took through Travel in Style and I HIGHLY recommend them for
anyone looking to experience these countries without all the hassles
of planning it all in detail (since they do this for you) and of trying
to figure out how to get around while there (that is where the private
drivers really came in). They really took out all our worry and we had
an amazing experience.