Best of Morocco

Join Qwest Destinations during this great adventure covering Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes, Fes, Ifrane, Midlet, Erfoud, Merzouga, Tinghir, Dades, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, and Marrakech (Includes 01 Night in Sahara Dessert) 10 DAYS/ 08 NIGHTS Departure – 20th November 2018
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20 NOV

Colombo


Departure from Colombo

Day 01

Casablanca

21 Nov

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner


Arrive at Casablanca airport; Meet and greet by your escort guide, then transfer to the hotel.

Check in at your hotel (Early check in based on the hotel availabilities).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city. Inside visit of the famous Hassan II mosque, the landmark mark of the city with the tallest minaret in the world (210 metres (689 ft)). Stop next at Ain Diab Corniche, which is one of the city’s most fashionable districts. Complete the city tour with the visit of Mohammed V Square in the city center.

Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 02

Casablanca / Rabat / Volubilis / Meknes

22 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Rabat (87KM | 1H 05MIN), the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities.

Enjoy the city tour of Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195.

Continue to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis (32KM | 44MIN), a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO. Volubilis was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, and from from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule.

Transfer to Meknes (150KM | 1H 55MIN), the “Moroccan Versailles” and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Bab El Mansour gate was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732.

Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.

Overnight and dinner in Hotel in Meknes.

Day 03

Meknes / Fes

23 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to Fes (65 KM | 55MIN) and enjoy the guided city tour of Fes.

Begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco. Continue with a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. Your next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, which is the first university in the world and the world’s foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859, and, since then, it has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. In the medina, visit also a Merdersa, which is a Coranic school. Complete the city tour of Fes with the leather Souq and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries.

Dinner in the hotel & Overnight in Fes.

Day 04

Fes / Ifrane / Midlet / Erfoud / Merzouga

24 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to the Sahara desert (471KM | 7H 20MIN). The journey takes you through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop first in Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. The town experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane.

Arrive at Midelt where you will stop for a Lunch at a local restaurant.

Transfer through many Amazigh (Berber) villages and along the Ziz valley to get to Erfoud. Continue to Merzouga.

Enjoy a sunset camel ride to your charming desert camp by the dunes.

Dinner in the Desert Camp & Overnight in Merzouga.

Day 05

Merzouga / Tinghir / Dades / Ouarzazate

25 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the camp.

Free time in the dessert or Optional 4×4 Jeep desert tour and Visit a Gnaoua village, locally called Al Khamlia. Meet some nomad families.

Drive to Tinghir (200KM |2H 45MIN) via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Stop at the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Thanks to its robust rock sides with many uneven surfaces, Todra Gorge is popular among rock climbers. More than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8 have been bolted in the canyon. Todra Gorge was featured on the premiere of the United States reality show Expedition Impossible.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Leave Tinghir heading to Dades. The drive is spectacular, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape. Dades is known as valley of figs. Dades valley featured prominently in a 2012 advertisement for the Cadillac CTS.

Continue to Ouarzazate (168KM | 2H 40MIN), also known as “Morocco’s Hollywood”. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route. Stop first at Kelaat M’Gouna, a big town which is famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there.

Dinner in the hotel & Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Day 06

Ouarzazate / Ait Ben Haddou / Marrakech

26 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Taourirt Kasbah, which is considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. Next, visit the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot.

Leave Ouarzazate to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The village is a great example of earthen clay architecture that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is an iconic landscape immortalized in such films as “The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)”, “Jesus of Nazareth (1977)”, “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)”, “Gladiator (2000)”, “Son of God (film) (2014)”.

Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Marrakech (197KM | 3H 57MIN), crossing the High Atlas Mountains.

Dinner in the hotel & Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 07

Marrakech

27 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy a guided city tour of Marrakech.

Stop first at the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Stop next at the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Visit Madrasa Ben Youssef after that. This Coranic school is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142). Madrasa Ben Youssef is the largest in all of Morocco. Stop next at the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue the tour with the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activities by storytellers, snake charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines. Your last stop is the bustling souks in the old medina.

Dinner in the hotel & Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 08

Marrakech / Casablanca

28 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner


Breakfast in the hotel.

Full the morning at leisure in Marrakech to do the shopping and explore Marrakech on your own.

Lunch on your own. At 16:00, transfer to Casablanca.

Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Casablanca.

Day 09

Casablanca / Colombo

29 Nov

Meal Plan: Breakfast


Early morning breakfast in the hotel.

At: 05:00am: Transfer from to Casablanca airport for your departure flight

Day 10

Colombo

30 Nov


Arrive in Colombo.

10 DAY BEST OF MOROCCO

Join Qwest Destinations during this great adventure covering Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes, Fes, Ifrane, Midlet, Erfoud, Merzouga, Tinghir, Dades, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, and Marrakech

Cost of Tour

Inside Cabin

Adult Rs 325,000 Per Person
Single Supplement Rs 65,000

(Minimum of 15 passengers required to operate the Tour with a Tour leader)

Included on Tour

  • Cost of economy class return international air fare
  • Accommodation twin sharing in 4 star class hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as per the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned coach with Driver
  • Road Toll Fees
  • English speaking guide for all tours on program
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance to attractions in the program
  • Porterage at Hotels & Airport

Not Included

  • Personal expenses – laundry, telephone, etc
  • Tips to driver/guide EURO 54 per person
  • Travel Insurance
    * It is compulsory to purchase the Travel Insurance from Qwest Destinations.
    Conditions Apply, Subject to conditions as per the Insurance Policy.
  • Visa Fee / Immigration Charges / Courier Charges /Handling – Rs 32,000/-
  • All what is not included

Important instructions

  • Rs 150,000/- deposit at the time of booking.
  • Due to exchange fluctuations payment deadlines must be strictly adhered.
  • For delayed payment, exchange fluctuations will apply and prices will be at the current exchange rates. This requirement will be strictly adhered due to violent exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Late payments subject to interest at 20 percent.
  • Due to weather conditions, traffic delays and flight movements we have the right to alter final program. The order of the Tour Itinerary is subject to change. The number of dates and all the sites will be visited.
  • Any items not mentioned in the included pricing such as government taxes, will be additional if applied.

Entry Visas:

We will assist and coordinate in the Documentation. Granting visas would be the sole discretion, of the Embassy. Qwest cannot be held responsible for the decision of the Embassy.

Deviation:

We are working on a group fare. Therefore you will be required to travel in/out together as a group. However, in the event you need to deviate from the group at the end of the tour and stay a longer period or travel to another destination additional cost will apply. All such deviations will be subject to availability of seats.

Cancellations

In the event you cancel your tour following voluntary amounts will be applicable:
120 – 91 days prior to departure – No charge
90 – 61 days prior to departure – 25% Package Price
60 – 31 days prior to departure – 75% Package Price
30 – 0 days prior to departure – No refund

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