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ITINERARY

Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez – Ifrane – Marrakech – Casablanca: 7 days

Spend a week in delightful Morocco on this fantastic 7 day tour. Visit palaces, kasbahs, mosques, markets and much more. Drive through the spectacular Moroccan countryside with your own personal guide/driver in a private vehicle and enjoy the colours, sights, people, scenery, shopping yummy food and more of this wondrous country.

Travelbay Private Tours can cater for any size group but it will only be YOUR group and we will provide a suitably sized vehicle. You can select any date of your choice (subject to availability, with very few exclusions and please give us 30 days notice). We think these tours are very special and hope you will too! 

We have a range of accommodation options for you to choose from. The budget option provides basic hotel accommodation and is aimed at those who want to see the sights of Morocco and are on a budget. Then we have 4 and 5 Star hotel options as well as Superior Riads. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses often built around a central courtyard. They are smaller than most hotels and could be considered a boutique hotel.

* Price includes: 6 nights' accommodation, 6 meals, private vehicle and chauffeur as per itinerary, transfers, guides and more. Price does not include international flights to and from Morocco. 

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to Casablanca are approximately $1800 - $2700 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

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Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Upon arrival at Casablanca airport you will be welcomed by your English speaking driver/guide ready to take you to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Casablanca: Oum Palace (Budget option); Kenzi Basma (4 Star option); Kenzi Tower (5 Star option); Val d’Anfa (Superior Riad option)

Day 2: Explore Casablanca, Rabat & Meknes

After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco. This extravagant place of worship was built to commemorate the former King's 60th birthday. Not a cent was spared and it showcases the very best of Moroccan artisanship.

From here take a stroll along the Ain Diab Corniche, the fashionable coastal suburb of Casablanca with views along the Atlantic. Then head to Mohammed V Square also known as the heart of Casablanca. For lovers of architecture this area is sure to delight. 

You will next be driven to Rabat (approximately a 1 hour drive), the country’s capital city, rich in history and beautiful architecture. 

Explore the Kasbah of the Udayas (be sure to ask about entering via the dramatically enormous Almohad gate of Bab Oudaia). Stop next at the Mohammed V Mausoleum* where the present King’s father (the late Hassan II) and grandfather were laid to rest. Remember to look up and marvel at the hand-carved cedar ceilings covered in gold leaf.

Visit the Hassan Tower (just opposite the Mausoleum), an incomplete minaret standing at 44 metres tall with approximately 200 columns that would have originally been the foundation of what was to be the world’s tallest minaret and largest mosque.

After a full morning, have some lunch and sit back as you head east to Meknes (approximately a 2.5 hour drive). Arrive at Bab El Mansour, look up and marvel at the enormously beautiful gate. Look closely and you will see the inscriptions across the top. 

Just nearby is Hri Souani, a complex comprised of three buildings built for granaries and stables – a Moroccan landmark that has featured on the big screen.

Later in the afternoon you'll be driven to Fez (approximately a 1 hour drive). 

Overnight in Fez: Hotel Nouzha (Budget option); Ramada Fes (4 Star option); Palais Medina (5 Star option); Palais Houyam (Superior Riad option)

Meals included: Breakfast

*Ensure you are respectfully dressed when entering the Mausoleum. Shoulders and legs should be covered where possible.

Day 3: Explore the wonders of Fez

After breakfast, begin your tour of Fez with the Palais Royale, the largest royal palace in Morocco. But don’t expect to venture inside, this palace is to be admired from the outside only. Continue with a wander through the ancient Medina.

Enjoy watching master potters at work in a traditional ceramic crafts village. From here step back in time and journey through medieval Fez El Bali, a part of town that remains ancient in all its glory and untouched by modern times.

After stopping for a bite to eat, take a tour of the famous Al-Karaouine Mosque, considered by UNESCO and the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest operating university in the world. Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the Mosque itself but are welcome to peer through the gates to view the impressive interior.

Complete the city tour of Fez with some shopping at the Leather Souq, the oldest Leather Tannery in the world dating back at least nine centuries. The shopping here is wonderful and even if you don't plan to buy anything, the colourful experience is quite special. 

Please note: today you will have a local guide.

Overnight in Fez: Hotel Nouzha (Budget option); Ramada Fes (4 Star option); Palais Medina (5 Star option); Palais Houyam (Superior Riad option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains

This morning you will be collected by your driver to head to the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your first stop is Ifrane (approximately a 1 hour drive), a charming and unexpected town/ski resort famous for its Alpine climate and European-style houses. With its neat red roof houses and lake-studded parks it has more of a Western feel. Built by the French in the 1930’s, Ifrane was an attempt to re-create a European alpine-style resort. Look out for the Barbary Macaque, an endangered species and the only African monkey living north of the Sahara.

Continue on to Beni Mellal (approximately a 4 hour drive). Here you may like to have lunch and if there is time, wander through the local souq (market) for some great produce and textiles.

Arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon (approximately a 3 hour drive).

Please note: today there is around 8 hours driving. 

Overnight in Marrakech: Les Trois Palmiers (Budget option); Kech Hotel (4 Star option); Atlas Medina (5 Star option); Dar Karma (Superior Riad option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Wake up in Marrakech and enjoy this wonderful city

Today enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech - 'Paris of the Sahara' as Winston Churchill once described it. 

Your first stop is the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest Mosque in the city. From here you will be taken to Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century by Morocco’s top artisans over a period of 14 years. The detail and level of intricacy is an absolute delight to view.

Next visit the Saadian Tombs – with imported Italian marble and pure gold gilding, the tombs represent opulence at its best.

After lunch, be entertained by street performers of the famous Jemaa El Fna Square. In 2001 UNESCO declared the Square a 'Masterpiece of World Heritage'. 

Before dinner, wander through the bustling souqs in the Old Medina for a spot of shopping. Be enchanted by the rainbow of colours sprawled across the market from walls of Babouche (Moroccan leather slippers) to exotic fresh fruit, scarves for every occasion, brightly coloured ceramics and so much more. Be sure to up-skill yourself on bargaining – it will come in handy :)

Please note: today you will have a local guide.

Overnight in Marrakech: Les Trois Palmiers (Budget option); Kech Hotel (4 Star option); Atlas Medina (5 Star option); Dar Karma (Superior Riad option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Free day in Marrakech then drive to Casablanca

Today enjoy the morning at your leisure in Marrakech before being collected and driven to Casablanca for the evening (approximately a 2.5 hour drive).

Overnight in Casablanca: Oum Palace (Budget option); Kenzi Basma (4 Star option); Kenzi Tower (5 Star option); Val d’Anfa (Superior Riad option)  

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Time for home or onto your next adventure

Today you are free at leisure in Casablanca before your departure. You will be collected 3 hours prior to your flight and taken to the airport. It's time to say goodbye or hello to your next destination.

Meals included: Breakfast

*Please note: All driving times are estimated and are subject to traffic and road conditions. 

All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 7 day Private Tour of Morocco.
  • Journey through Exotic Morocco and visit: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Ifrane and Marrakech.
  • 6 nights' accommodation.
  • Daily breakfast included.
  • Private car with air conditioning. The size of your vehicle will depend on the size of your group, generally speaking it will be an SUV. 
  • All airport transfers – your tour guide will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • An English speaking guide/driver throughout with local guides in Marrakech & Fez. 
  • Porterage at airport and hotels.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • All taxes.
Highlights:
  • Begin in the city of Casablanca - stroll along the coastal area of  Ain Diab Corniche and visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco.
  • Explore Rabat - the charming capital of Morocco including the Kasbah of the Udayas and the Mohammed V Mausoleum.
  • Enjoy the mosaic beauty of Meknes.
  • Spend two nights in Fez - have fun shopping the local crafts, visit the royal palace, watch master potters and more.
  • Visit the alpine resort of Ifrane in the Middle Atlas Mountains.
  • Enjoy the scenery of the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert on the drive from Fez to Marrakech. 
  • Stay two nights in Marrakech soaking up the architecture and design, plus a spot of shopping at the famous souqs.
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Travelbay Morocco Tours - 7 Day Map

How to get there:
This tour starts and ends in Casablanca, Morocco.  

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

Timezones:
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

Visa information:
If you have a valid Australian passport you do not need a visa to enter Morocco so long as your visit does not exceed 90 days.

Please note: Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Morocco. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to the visa requirements of the specific country.

Tipping and tour guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping and so we provide the following information for you as a guide only.

In Morocco, it is customary to tip waiters, porters in hotels and terminals, toilet attendants, taxi drivers, helpful museum curators, and even human parking meters (gardiens de voitures).

There is no rule as such, however we have included the below as a guide only (USD$)

  • Guide: $6 or $7 per person per day
  • Driver: $3 per person per day
  • Local guide (offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): $2 per person per half day of sightseeing
  • Porter: $1.00 per bag per person
  • Waiter staff: $1.50 per person (lunch or dinner)
  • Chamber maid: $1.00 per person per day

Currency information:
The currency used in Morocco is the Dirham (DH) which is divided into 100 centimes.

In practice, tourists rarely see anything smaller than a half-dirham coin and coins go up to 5 DH. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 DH.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and most shops.

Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Vaccination information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Travel insurance:
Please note: Travelbay strongly recommend travel insurance - we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Climate:
Morocco’s climate is very diverse and varies between regions. 

It is typically a subtropical climate however temperatures can fall as low as 5°C in the Sahara Desert and below zero in the Atlas Mountains. The further inland you go from the ocean, the more extreme the temperatures.

The winter in the north bordering the Mediterranean is wet and rainy, while in the south near the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and can be bitterly cold at night.

Average summer temperatures in the coastal cities, range from 15 to 28°C. Temperatures can exceed 35°C the further inland you go.

Rain falls typically from November to March in coastal areas while the remainder of the country is mostly dry.

Western Coast ie: Casablanca
Winter: 10°- 19°C
Summer: 18° - 26°C

North – Inland ie: Fez
Summer: 19-35°C.
Winter: 5°-18°C.

South – Inland ie: Marrakesh
Summer: 20° – 36°C
Winter: 7° – 23°C

Sahara Desert ie: Merzouga
Summer: 17° – 37°C
Winter: 7° – 20°C

Atlas Mountains Temperatures can drop below zero in winter and often be buried in snow.  Summer is generally sunny and warm, but cool at night.

Peak season:
Popular times to visit Morocco are April to June and September to November when the weather is warm and dry.

November to March is the high season with May to September being the low season.

Note: Ramadan will commence between the end of April and late May.

Population: 36.2 million and growing. 

Language: Amazigh and Arabic are the two official languages. French is spoken all over the country and Spanish is spoken in northern regions. English is limited though widely spoken in all touristic spots.

Predominant religion: 99% of the population adhere to the Islamic faith.

Some interesting facts:
The Sahara Desert covers a large portion of Morocco and is the largest desert in the world. But the entire country isn’t desert. There are also mountain ranges, forests, and fields.

Morocco is the largest processor and exporter of sardines in the world.

Traditionally the liver, not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love in Morocco.

More Travelbay Morocco Tours:

Below are some of our Ready Made Morocco Tours, or you can design your own Morocco Tailor Made Tour

Travelbay Morocco Tours - 11 Day Exotic Morocco Private Tour Travelbay Morocco Tours - 14 Day Very Best of Marvellous Morocco Private Tour

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TERMS
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Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book the flights included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is important to note your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received a booking confirmation from us. In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment. 

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  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel. 
    • Bookings are subject to availability.
    • Child pricing:
      • For children under age 12 please contact us for a quote as it will depend on the size of your group. 
      • For children 12 and over: adult pricing
    • Maximum room capacity of 3.
    • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you.
    • If you have any other special requests including having a quote for a tailor made tour please let us know as we can make arrangements.
    • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

    Inclusions:

    • 6 nights' accommodation 
      • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
    • 6 meals included (daily breakfast)
    • All transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle.
    • All airport transfers – a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and take you to the airport in time for your departure
    • English speaking driver/guide for sightseeing as per the tour program with local guides in Marrakech and Fez. 
    • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • All taxes

    Exclusions:

    • International airfares to and from Morocco (we can quote for these).
    • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
    • Drinks for all meals.
    • Morocco Visa where needed. 
    • Tips and gratuities.
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Airport VIP assistance. 
    • Optional activities and attractions as stated in the itinerary.
    • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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