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Full payments due May 15, 2017
September 1 – Arrive to Casablanca International Airport and transfer to hotel.
September 2– After breakfast, depart for the Blue City of Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains. Check into hotel and enjoy a walking tour to get acquainted with the area. Leather and weaving workshops line the cobbled stone streets of this quaint old town. Free evening to try local restaurants and cafes. (B)
September 3 – Free day to wander and roam and explore the medina to your heart’s content. Chefchaouen is a photographer’s dream so bring along your camera! Shades of blue envelop the homes and mosques throughout this charming town – rumor has it the tradition was introduced in the 15th century by Jewish refugees. They believed painting things blue mirrored the sky and brought them closer to God. Visit to the traditional Hammam in the evening. (B)
September 4 – This morning we depart for Fes, the second largest city in Morocco and the former capital of the country. Enroute, we will stop in the town of Meknes to visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis dating from the 3rd century. We continue on to the nearby town of Moulay Idriss, where Islam was introduced to the area and a new dynasty began in 789 AD. We arrive in Fes in the late afternoon and check into our riad. (B)
September 5 – Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Fes in the morning – this medina is alive with crafts people, markets, tanneries, and mosques. Free time for lunch, shopping, and exploring. We will watch the sunset at the Palais Jamai as the evening call to prayer sounds in the background. Group dinner of traditional Morocco food in the evening. (B,D)
September 6 – Morning departure for Marrakech – one of the four Imperial cities built by former Berber Empires. Our drive will take us through the Middle Atlas Mountains with lots of great stops for photos of the beautiful scenery. Check into hotel and relax. Evening venture into the famous square of Djemma el-Fna for people watching, shopping in the souk, and trying out the numerous cafes. (B)
September 7 – Tour of Marrakech in the morning to include the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque. We will also visit with local artisans throughout the souk. Free evening to soak it all in! (B)
September 8 – Today we journey into the Agafay Desert and check into our tented camp in this wild, stony, and barren landscape. We will explore genuine Berber villages, visit Takerkoust Lake, try our luck riding a camel, and enjoy a traditional meal under the stars. (B,D)
September 9 – After a traditional breakfast we will travel into the High Atlas Mountains to the village of Imlil. We will do a walking tour of the village to see how traditional Berber communities live. We will then check into our eco-lodge for the evening. This luxury eco-lodge was built from the ruins of an ancient Kasbah and is located in the Toubkal National Park. It’s rooftop restaurant and lounge boast amazing views of the High Atlas Mountains. Listed as one of National Geographic’s unique lodges of the world, this will be an unforgettable stay! (B,L,D)
September 10 – We begin our drive to the beach town of Essaouira in the morning by going through the Ourika Valley. We will stop for lunch at a lovely spot along the river. We continue on to Essaouira and check into our hotel. Free evening to check out this adorable beach town. (B)
September 11 – Morning walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Essaouira. This fishing town boasts a traditional medina, narrow and winding streets, lots of art galleries, and cafes, and of course, a bustling port where one should not miss trying the fresh catch of the day. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the beach or continue exploring the town. (B)
September 12 – We return to Marrakech in the morning and check into our hotel. Free day to further explore the artisans for last minute gifts – pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets, and spices! Or choose to pick a quaint café, sit back and relax with some mint tea, and immerse into your surroundings. Farewell dinner in the evening. (B,D)
September 13 – Today the tour ends, and we will transfer back to Casablanca to catch our return flights home. (B)