Kingdom of the West – Morocco (12D11N)

Depart Singapore:

08 April 2017 (Saturday)

 

Depart Casablanca:

19 April 2017 (Wednesday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs.

Also known as the Kingdom of the West, magical Morocco is composed mainly of Arabs and Berbers. While bulk of the Arabs reside in the cities, a sizeable numbers of Berbers still live in the mountainous regions where they preserve their language and culture.

Morocco has everything to overwhelm you with the amazing colors, smells and sounds of Islamic Africa. Imagine bustling souqs and spice markets, stunning mosques, white-washed sea side towns and medieval city centres. With panoramic views varying from snow-covered peaks in the High Atlas to the endless sand dunes of the Sahara, no one ever has to be bored in this beautiful country.

Join us on this incredibly comprehensive tour, Morocco is beckoning to you.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (08 Apr): Arrive at Casablanca Casablanca

  • Upon arrival, warmly welcome by our representative at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.
  • Check in to the hotel in the city centre, have your dinner and rest and relax for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Ibis Casablanca City Centre or similar

 

Day 2 (09 Apr): Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen

Total driving time today: 6 hours

  • ChefchaouenAfter breakfast, visit the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world with only the Grand Mosque of Mecca surpassing it.
  • After which, drive to Rabat which is the capital of Morocco. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a World Heritage site. Enjoy exploring around this city.
  • We will next continue to Chefchaouen, a  blue-washed town which is an old time travellers’ favourite. Noted for its native handicrafts such as wool garments and woven blankets which are not available elsewhere in Morocco, Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as well.
  • Check in to the hotel, have your dinner and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Raid Darechchaouen or similar

 

Day 3 (10 Apr): Chefchaouen – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

  • MeknesAfter breakfast, drive to Meknes which is often called the “Versailles of Morocco” for its beauty. Its lovely Spanish-Moorish style centre is surrounded by tall city walls with impressive gates.
  • Have a great time weaving through the old medinas of Meknes.
  • We will next visit Volubilis, a Roman city which has been abandoned for centuries. Today it has been listed as a exceptionally well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Drive to Fes, crossing the Rif Mountains, with the beautiful landscape of the north of Morocco accompanying you. Fes, which was once Morocco’s capital, is another gorgeous imperial city.
  • Check in to the hotel, have your dinner and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Raid Dar Hafsa or similar

 

Day 4 (11 Apr): Sightseeing in Fes

  • Fes' leather tanneryIn the morning after breakfast, begin our guided sightseeing tour in Fes.
  • Be ready to get lost in its lovely labyrinth of narrow medieval streets, enjoy its huge old medina (Fes el-Bali) and see the beautiful city gates.
  • Visit Bou Inania Madrasa, a madrasa widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture.
  • Visit the King’s Palace (Dar El-Makhzen), the monarchical palace and is one of the nicest king palaces in the country.
  • Visit the leather tannery which Fes is famous for. Watch the men in action, standing waist deep in dyes and undergoing a manual process that has barely changed since medieval times.
  • Visit the old Jewish Quarter also known as mellahs, which contain rich history and culture of the Jewish that were once forced to live there. These walled areas provide a refreshing glimpse into the background of  the Jewish people.
  • Back to the hotel to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Raid Dar Hafsa or similar

 

Day 5 (12 Apr): Fes- Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga (Sahara Desert Erg Chebbi)

  • Ziz GorgesAfter breakfast, depart for Merzouga through the Middle Atlas region.
  • Drive through Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland’ of Morocco and the cedar forests of Azrou where we can stop to hand feed the monkeys.
  • Continue to Midelt where we will have lunch.
  • We will then follow the Ziz River through the valley and stop to see the Ziz Gorges on our way to Merzouga.
  • Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi. It is also the gateway to get a taste of remote Berber lifestyle.
  • Check in to the hotel, have your dinner and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Auberge Cafe Du Sud or similar

 

Day 6 (13 Apr): Merzouga

  • Today we will explore the desert region and the towering Erg Chebbi desert dunes.
  • We will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the desert.
  • We will visit the  ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians.
  • In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the golden sand dunes and spend the night in the desert camp.
  • We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional berber music while watching the stars in the amazing Sahara desert.
  • Overnight in a berber camp.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Berber camp

 

Day 7 (14 Apr): Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Dades Gorges

  • Todra GorgeWe will wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the dunes before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower.
  • We will cross the palm lined valleys of Tourog and Tinjdad to arrive at Todra Gorge, a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • We will take a walk in the Todra Gorge and have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to our accommodation in the Dades Gorges.
  • Check in to the hotel, have your dinner and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Babylon or similar

 

Day 8 (15 Apr): Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

  • Ait BenhaddouAfter breakfast, we will continue via El Kelaa Magona, Valley of the Roses and the Skoura oasis to arrive  in Ouarzazate, a town chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers and is a noted film-making location.
  • Visit Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a fortified city and a World Heritage Site. Today only 4 families live there.
  • We will continue to Marrakech through the traditional High Atlas’ Berber villages.
  • We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Telouet before descending the Tizi-n-Tichka to Marrakech, also known as the “Red City” and is the most prominent former imperial capital.
  • Check in to the hotel, have your dinner and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riad Maialou or similar

 

Day 9 (16 Apr): Sightseeing in Marrakech

  • Jamaa el-FnaaIn the morning after breakfast, begin our guided sightseeing tour in Marrakech.
  • Visit the Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century and was intended to be the greatest palace of its time.
  • Visit Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech with a 12th century minaret.
  • Visit Jardin Majorelle, a 12-acre botanical garden.
  • In the evening, immerse in the hustle and bustle of Jamaa el-Fnaa, the largest square in Africa, as it fills up with steam-producing food stalls.
  • Indulge in the bustling activity there, listen to Arabic story tellers, watch magicians and Chleuh dancers.
  • Back to the hotel to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riad Maialou or similar

 

Day 10 (17 Apr): Marrakech – Essaouira

  • EssaouiraAfter breakfast, drive to Essaouira, a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.
  • Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers.
  • Free and easy here, check out the busy fishing harbour and bask in the ferocious coastal wind. It is no surprise that Essaouira has been dubbed “Wind City of Africa” and attracts many windsurfers.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riad Maison Du Sud or similar

 

Day 11 (18 Apr): Essaouira – CasablancaHassan II Mosque

  • Happy exploring the narrow alleyways, catch the painters at work and indulge in the rich art scene till 4pm.
  • Drive back to Casablanca, check in to the hotel and free and easy for the rest of the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ibis Casablanca City Centre or similar

 

Day 12 (19 Apr): Depart Casablanca

  • After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your international flight back to Singapore, bringing back sweet memories of Morocco, the Kingdom of the West.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from:

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 2,799.00

Adult Single (Price Per Pax)

SGD 3,099.00

(Price is for minimum 10 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 1 English speaking driver guide
  • English speaking local tour guides in Meknes, Fes and Marrakech
  • Airport transfers and private transportation in private air-conditioned car/van/coach
  • 10 nights’ of accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast and dinner in 3-star hotels/authentic raids
  • 1 night’s of accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast and dinner in a Berber tent (shared bathroom and toilet)
    • Option to upgrade to luxury camp (with private bathroom and toilet): EUR 50 per person
  • All meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Camel riding and guide
  • Night Drum Party on Day 6

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Casablanca – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events e.g. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guides
  • Optional tours 

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

 Flight cost and information as at 13 Mar 2017. Subject to availability and change.

 

08 April 2017

Singapore (SIN) to Hamad International (DOH):

Qatar Airways (AT 9705) 0225hrs – 0525hrs

 

08 April 2017

Hamad International (DOH) to Casablanca-Mohamed V (CMN):

Qatar Airways (AT 9700) 0715hrs – 1325hrs

 

19 April 2017

Casablanca-Mohamed V (CMN) to Hamad International (DOH):

Qatar Airways (AT 216) 1310hrs – 2215hrs

 

20 April 2017

Hamad International (DOH) to Singapore (SIN):

Qatar Airways (AT 9704) 0740hrs – 2020hrs*

* Reach Singapore on 20 April 2017

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,377

 

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