• Marokko

Marokko

30 April – 10 Mei 2020

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Keiserlike stede, ‘n nomadiese ete in die woestyn, magiese Marrakesh en kleurvolle souks. Kom en reis oor die Altasberge saam met ons en verken Marokko.

Reisprogram

Day 1: 30 April 2020

Johannesburg – Casablanca

We meet at OR Tambo airport, in Johannesburg, from where we depart for Casablanca.

Overnight Aircraft

Day 2: 1 May 2020

Casablanca – Rabat

On arrival in Casablanca, we are met and start with an orientation tour of the city. We continue onward to Rabat. Rabat is one of the four imperial cities and is the capital and second largest city of Morocco. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, this cosmopolitan city has a laid-back atmosphere with palm-lined boulevards and colonial architecture.

Overnight Hotel la Tour Hassan or similar Dinner

Day 3: 2 May 2020

Rabat – Chaouen

We have breakfast before departing to Chaouen.

Here an orientation tour will introduce us to this town. Chaouen, the blue and white washed city of the Rif Valley, is one of Morocco’s most majestic places to visit. Here we walk around in the medina and discover the souk. The town has a distinct Hispanic flavour and the little balconies, tiled roofs and patios decorated with citrus trees, is a photographers dream!

A special evening awaits us where we will we enjoy a typical dinner.

Overnight Riad Casa Hassan or similar Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: 3 May 2020

Chaouen – Fes

We have breakfast before departing to Fes. We drive via Meknes and have a view short photo stops

We continue to Fes, it is the spiritual and cultural heartland of Morocco. This vibrant and fascinating city is Morocco’s oldest Imperial City. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s greatest centres for education and culture. Its libraries and religious institutions are legendary. Inside the high walls of old Fes (Fes el Bali) is the bustling medina.

On arrival check-in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight Palais Medina & Spa or similar Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: 4 May 2020

Fes

After breakfast we enjoy a city tour of this vibrant city.

After breakfast we start with our city tour. We visit the Karaouine University and Mosque, one of Africa’s oldest mosques and probably the world’s oldest university. We continue to Medersa Attarine, designed as an annex to the nearby Karaouine, and located in the heart of the medina. The central courtyard displays the traditional patterns of Merenid artisanship, with magnificent zellj, carved plaster and cedar wood.

The Medersa Bou Inania and the museum of Dar Batha are also on our programme. The first was built in the 1300’s and is another good example of the typical Moroccan interiors. Dar Batha museum is housed in a 19th century palace and displays interesting artwork, especially the beautiful blue pottery for which Fes is famous. The cobalt glaze responsible for the colour is developed from a special process discovered in the 10th century.

This afternoon you will have free time in Fes, for shopping in the medina.
Tonight we enjoy dinner at the Dar Saada Restaurant, a traditional Moroccan restaurant.

Overnight Palais Medina & Spa or similar Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: 5 May 2020

Fes – Midelt – Merzouga – Erfoud

Today we head off through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga. We drive through vast cedar forests via the rural towns of Midelt and Ifraine

Merzouga is a village in the Sahara desert and is situated on the edge of a set of sand dunes, known as Erg Chebbi. We continue to Erfoud and check into our hotel.

Later afternoon we depart for Merzouga and enjoy a 4×4 dessert safari before having dinner in the dessert camp.

We return to the hotel in Erfoud after dinner.

Overnight Hotel Xaluca Maadid or similar Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: 6 May 2020

Erfoud – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou

We leave Erfoud and drive to Ait Benhaddou, via Todra and Dades Valleys. Canyons of pink rose and ochre coloured rock formations promise unforgettable scenery in die gorges of Todra. The rest of our route takes us through an oasis in the Dades valley, the country of roses. The Damask Rose was brought here, by the French, in 1938. The first rose water distillery was opened. Litres of rose water are produced, which is used in the nation’s cooking and perfumeries.

We continue to Ouarzazate, the most developed city south of the Atlas. Here a panoramic city tour will introduce us to the small city, which used to be a French garrison and has become famous for cinema studios and the film industry.

A short drive further we arrive in Ait Benhaddou where we enjoy dinner and overnight.

Overnight Hotel Ksar Inghda or similar Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: 7 May 2020

Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

This morning we explore Ait Benhaddou.

The majority of the population, in this region, is the proud Berber people, who still live in earth- toned adobe houses in remote villages. We stop at the little village of Aït Ben Haddou. It is one of the best preserved Kasbah’s (fortified settlement) and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also famous for the filming of Lawrence of Arabia.

We depart for Marrakech, driving through the high Atlas Mountains.

We arrive to the north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, in the afternoon. Welcome to the city of Marrakech! Founded in 1062, Marrakech was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Toledo to Senegal. It is probably the most important of the four former imperial cities. Marrakech compromised fortified city walls, in which vendors and their stalls were contained. Tomorrow we start exploring the city.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight Hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia Breakfast and dinner or similar

Day 9: 8 May 2020

Marrakech

Today we enjoy a panoramic city tour of Marrakech. The famous Koutoubia, with its minaret, which is a beautiful display of Hispano- Moresque art. We continue to El Bahia Palace, which was built in the late 19th century. It boasts with a two acre garden and a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments, opening to inner courtyards. Approximately one thousand craftsmen, from the Fez region, worked on the palace. This took them seven years. The only sections, open to the public, are the apartments of the sultan’s favourite concubine, the council chamber and the great courtyard, paved with marble and decorated with zelliges and fountains.

The city is best discovered in an intricate maze of narrow streets in the world of souks. Discover basketwork, dried fruit, spices, clothes, wool, Berber carpets, leatherwork, ironwork, jewellery and much more.

This afternoon we attend the Riad Lotus Chef classes, famous for its authentic kitchen. We enjoy these dishes.

Late evening we learn more about the famous Koutobubia, the Bahia Palace and Djemaa El Fna. Djemaa El Fna square, the beating heart of Marrakech. In the mornings the square is crowded with fruit and spice sellers, ironmongers and barbers. In the afternoon, the Gnaoua dancers, descendants of former Guinean slaves, musicians, story-tellers and snake-charmers come out to entertain.

Overnight Hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia Breakfast and dinner or similar

Day 10: 9 May 2020

 Marrakech – Casablanca – Johannesburg

Leisurely morning to do some more shopping enjoy breakfast and finsh packing before we transfer to the airport for our flight back home.

Overnight Aircraft Meals on-board aircraft

Day 11: 10 May 2020

Johannesburg

We arrive home after a memorable holiday.

BON VOYAGE

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