Magic of Morocco
New for 2017! Experience the heart of Morocco, Africa at Europe's doorstep... ancient cities, medinas, kasbahs, and souks... windswept coastline and desert treasures... on a 10-day journey that includes premier hotel stays - four nights in the melting pot of Marrakech, three nights in spiritual Fes, and one night in both Imperial Rabat and fashionable Casablanca, where ghosts of Bogie and Bergman still linger. Magic of Morocco starts in Imperial Rabat with royal sightseeing at the palace. Visit the mausoleum of Mohammed V before heading to Fes, where you'll take your choice of walking tours - a culinary tour for sampling traditional elements of Moroccan cuisine... a walk in the medina for an insider's look at artisan wares from rugs to metalwork... or a stroll in the Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and have lunch in a terraced home overlooking Moulay Idriss with a professor
who shares thoughts on the life of women in Morocco. Head for Meknes, renowned for olives, wine and mint tea, where you'll visit stables that once housed 12,000 horses and the Mausoleum of Molay Ismail. En route to Casablanca, see the movie to get in the mood for what comes next! Visit Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque, the world's third largest, and see the city's famed watermen decked out in red, before lunch at Rick's Café. In the walled city of Marrakech, explore the souks in Old Town, a Koranic school; the Gardens Majorelle (once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent); and the Saadian Tombs. Venture into the desert for camel riding, tea with a local, Berber culture, and traditional music and entertainment in a tent. On your last full day, take your choice: a cooking school experience... an excursion to the seaside town of Essaouira with a photographer as a guide... or pampering at a hammam. A luxurious riad is the setting for your farewell dinner!
Farmhouse lunch overlooking Volubilis, one of the largest ancient Roman ruins in Africa; exclusive dinners in beautiful riads in Fes and Marrakech; private traditional tea ceremony in a Berber home; lecture on contemporary Morocco from the woman's perspective; a day in the desert outside Marrakech - riding camels, dining in a Berber tent, music and dancing, henna painting, and introduction to a shisha pipe; choice of a Moroccan cooking class, a photography tour of coastal gem Essaouira, or a pampering hammam spa treatment; themed walking tours in Fes - culinary specialties, local artisans, and Jewish heritage; guided tour of the Majorelle Garden at the former home of Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech; in Casablanca, a privately guided tour of the $800 million Hassan II Mosque, third largest mosque in the world; a visit to the stunning stables and granary for the 12,000 horses of Moulay Ismail in Meknes