This grand circle of Morocco's mountains and cities puts your senses into overdrive – embracing the buzz of mopeds, the scent of spice and the delicate tastes of roses and orange. It's Insider moments like… marvelling at endless shades of red, from terracotta to fierce magenta, created in the tannery pits in Fez. Watching the stained workers hand-dying material, you witness time-honoured methods. Stepping through the unassuming door of a Riad later that day, the lavish side of Morocco reveals itself. Joining its owner, you hear his home's history, see the ornate decoration and join him to taste homemade dishes – often made with fragrant orange blossom, sweet honey and, of course, Morocco's famous piquant spices.

Best of Morocco

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 9 DAYSCountry : MOROCCO
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Accommodation: Kasbah Chergui, Erfoud

This grand circle of Morocco's mountains and cities puts your senses into overdrive – embracing the buzz of mopeds, the scent of spice and the delicate tastes of roses and orange. It's Insider moments like… marvelling at endless shades of red, from terracotta to fierce magenta, created in the tannery pits in Fez. Watching the stained workers hand-dying material, you witness time-honoured methods. Stepping through the unassuming door of a Riad later that day, the lavish side of Morocco reveals itself. Joining its owner, you hear his home's history, see the ornate decoration and join him to taste homemade dishes – often made with fragrant orange blossom, sweet honey and, of course, Morocco's famous piquant spices.

Included in the price

  • 8 nights' accommodation (6 hotels)
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner)
  • All transport shown
  • All transfers shown
  • All sightseeing and visit mentionned

Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco! Tonight, meet with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Meal: Welcome Reception. Accommodation: Sheraton Casablanca

Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fez

Travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco's history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country's oldest imperial city. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Royal Mirage

Day 3: Fez

Explore the médina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world, during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a Unique Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your companions this evening for a very special Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialities in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining. Accommodation: Royal Mirage

Day 4: Fez - Erfoud

Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner. Accommodation: Kasbah Chergui

Day 5: Erfoud - Tinghir - Ouarzazate

Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country! Follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator. Dine tonight at your hotel. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner. Accommodation: Le Berbere Palace

Day 6: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh

See the sights during your orientation tour of Ouarzazate. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - the 'Red City'. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the médina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco's largest traditional market ('souk') where you might like to do some last minute shopping. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Meridien N'Fis

Day 7: Marrakesh

Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snakecharmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to take an optional experience to a Berber village. Tonight, you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Meridien N'Fis

Day 8: Marrakesh - Casablanca

This morning, travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca, see the sights during your sightseeing tour including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque built for the late king's 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable holiday. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: Sheraton Casablanca

Day 9: Casablanca

Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan holiday. Transfers are available. Meal: Buffet Breakfast

LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Morocco  

VISAS: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in Morocco. No visa is required, for stays of up to three months. 

MONEY: 1 AUD = 7.274 MAD (23/05/2017). The unit of currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), which is divided into 100 centimes. ATMs are available in the larger towns, but can be unreliable; currency can be exchanged at banks or official bureaux de changes, which are also widespread in major towns. Dirhams cannot be obtained or exchanged outside Morocco and receipts must be retained as proof of legal currency exchange, as well as in order to re-exchange money when departing. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger shops, hotels and restaurants. 

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type E (French 2-pin, female earth) 

CLIMATE / WEATHER: The climate in Morocco varies wildly according to the season and area of travel. In the lowlands, the cooler months from October to April are popular among visitors. This time of year is pleasantly warm to hot (around 30°C) during the day and cool to cold (around 15°C) at night. Winter in the higher regions often brings snow and can therefore get seriously cold, particularly at night. Tourists flock to the coastline from June to September for fun in the sun, with warm mostly rain-free days. Further inland it can get hot and rain is rare, which makes the best times to travel March to June and September to December. As a Muslim country, Morocco observes Ramadan. If you are planning to travel during Ramadan, it is important to consider that many restaurants and shops will either be closed or operating on reduced hours during this time. 

TIME DIFFERENCE: The time is the same in Morocco throughout the year as Greenwich Mean Time or universal time. When it is noon in Paris, it is 11am in Morocco. The Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta are on Madrid time, i.e. two hours (later) ahead than Morocco.
 
LANGUAGE: Arabic is the language used in Morocco, but you will also be understood in French and Spanish in many places. Spoken Moroccan Arabic is the product of the country's historic and cultural influences. It includes expressions and words of Berber origin in everyday language. Modern Arabic is used by government, the media, the justice system, culture, religion as well as politics. Geographical proximity and history make Spanish and French languages known by many Moroccans. In Tangier, Tétouan and Chefchaouen, the language of Cervantès is widely spoken. Meanwhile French is the country's first foreign language and is spoken throughout the country.
A few common words in Moroccan Arabic
Yes = na’am/lyyehNo = la
Thank you = choukran, barak el-lah fik
Okay = ouakha
Please = min fadlak / afak
Goodbye = be-slama
Good morning = sebah-el-kheir
Excuse me = smeh-li
How much is that? = chhal / chhal el-tamane
I do not understand = ma fhemt-ch 

FOOD / DRINK: Like the country, it is rich in flavors, aromas and colors. Its scents and sweet-and-sour combinations are famous around the world.
Usages and customs: A Moroccan meal is an experience which requires all the senses. The friendly atmosphere is complemented by the scents of saffron, cumin and coriander. And every region will reveal to you its specialties, traditions and its welcome.
The great classics: Of course you will taste the international star: couscous, or rather a whole range of couscous, for there are many depending on the time of year and the region. You will taste a subtle balance between spices and the rich combinations of meat and vegetables. You will savor the jewel of Moroccan cuisine: the pastilla. A delicate pie which wonderfully combines finely chopped pigeon, parsley, hard-boiled egg, almonds and honey. And then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. A real feast for the senses! You will also find this dedication to pastry in chicken or beef briouats. You will discover soup including harira, with a base of lentils and chick-peas. And how could you resist the pleasures of the tajine? This meat, chicken or fish stew, accompanied by vegetables and fruits, is traditionally cooked in a covered terracotta dish which has given it its name.
Tea and cakes: And finally, Moroccan patisseries: pancakes with honey and sesame seeds, cakes made with almonds or raisins, etc. And accompanied, of course, by traditional mint tea… 

HISTORY
Early History: The land now known as Morocco has been inhabited for centuries, with Moroccan civilisation being known for its richness in history and culture. Centuries of foreign trade, invasion and dynastic rule have given Morocco the many different cultural influences that are evident in today's society. From the Phoenicians who entered Morocco via the Mediterranean in the 6th century BC, to the Roman influence of 40 AD and the formation of Islamic Morocco in the years after, Morocco has evolved with the rise and fall of dynasties, formation and dissolution of empires and birth of new governments, movements and ways of living. Reaching its height under the Berber Dynasties of the 11th and 12th centuries (the Almoravids, Almohads, Marinids and Wattasids), Morocco subsequently fell to Arab tribes in 1559. The current royal family are descendants of the Alaouite Dynasty who have largely ruled since the 1600s, despite enduring a few crises in the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly in relation to European influence in the area and surrounding countries.
Recent History: With the signing of the Treaty of Fez, Morocco was declared a protectorate of France in 1912 with Spain being allocated control of parts of Morocco, mainly in the north and south. European control was generally opposed by Moroccans citizens, with the people of Rif attempting to establish a separatist republic in 1921. Decades of opposition continued, with rioting and protests leading to increased political tension. In 1955, the road to Moroccan independence was paved by Mohammed V who negotiated reforms and restoration of independence. By 1956, France had relinquished its protectorate of Morocco and in 1957, Mohammed V became king. In 1961, Hassan II assumed the title of King of Morocco and continued to rule until his death in 1999. His son, Mohammed VI, took over the mantle of king in 1999, and continues to rule today. 

SHOPPING: Morocco has one of the oldest retail cultures in the world. From bargaining in age-old souks to swiping your credit card at a modern gallery, it's all possible in Morocco. But to experience brilliant bargains, exciting finds and a dose of history, you can't go past the souks. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws. 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: Non-religious public holidays are related to the country's history (including Independence Day on November 18th, and Throne Day on July 31st) or shared with other nations (January 1st and May 1st). On these days, most stores and restaurants remain open. Religious festivals meanwhile follow the lunar calendar and therefore change slightly each year. There are five of these: 1st Muharram (New Year), Mouloud (birth of the prophet Mohammed), the start of ramadan, the Aïd es-Seghir (end of ramadan) and the Aïd el-Kébir (sacrifice of the prophet Abraham). Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and marks the start of the revelation of the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. Muslims fast for this entire month from sunrise to sunset; the evening is therefore a time for gatherings and feasts. Be aware however that tourists are not obliged in any way in relation to this fast: they will be served even during the day, and can bathe and carry on as normal. Public parties to celebrate saints' feast days are organized throughout the year, across all regions. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Morocco is an easy destination. In terms of health and safety, a trip here only requires the same rules to be observed as back home.
Health and safety: When traveling the body can be more sensitive before it soon adapts. Remember to wash your hands frequently, do not consume water which has not been opened in front of you and avoid ice cubes. As everywhere else in the world, stomach upsets come from water or food which is not cooked enough or badly washed.
Respectful tourism: Whereas Morocco is resolutely committed to the path of progress, the modern customs of young people should not make them more familiar and less respectful. Contact should occur with a spirit of openness and respect for traditional customs.
Simple rules: As for any journey, prepare photocopies of your identity papers and keep them separately. Also keep a list of useful telephone numbers, in case you loose your credit card for example. It is always useful to know the details of diplomatic contacts for your country. They can point you towards health professionals. Respect customs, and, of course, applicable laws and regulations.
Relax but be prudent: Safety rules to be observed are common sense. Your valuables and money must be discreet – always try to keep them in pockets close to your body. The safety of tourists is a priority here. The vigilance of the police and the severity of prosecutions represent an effective and highly dissuasive system. Morocco knows how to take care of its guests.\Smart Traveller strongly advise you not to travel to the Western Sahara because of the risk posed by landmines. Permission from Moroccan authorities is required before travelling to Western Sahara.
To remember: Morocco is a safe country, benefiting from all medical facilities. The rules on health and vigilance imposed are strictly common sense. 

TIPPING: A tip of 10 to 15 percent is expected in the more expensive bars and restaurants, though some establishments include a service charge. Most services are performed with the aim of getting a few dirham, but aggressive hustling shouldn't be rewarded. Nevertheless, visitors should note that tips are the only income for some porters and guides. 

COMMUNICATION: Cell/mobile phones, telephone boxes, internet, postal, fax and telegram services: you can stay connected for your entire journey.
Telephone: The network of telephone boxes extends to the smallest villages. As well as these, stores offering private telephone booths operated using coins are springing up across cities. You will be able to spot them from their signs. Most cell/mobile phone operators have a network here, but ask before you leave. Top tip: don't forget pre-paid cards. Warning: rates charged by hotels are sometimes high.
Postal services: The extensive network of post offices makes it easy for you to send telegrams, parcels and faxes wherever you are. In the case of a simple postcard, you can find stamps in newspaper kiosks, cigarette stores and some hotel receptions.
Internet: Cybercafés and internet stores abound in Morocco, particularly in cities. They offer a good connection for an often modest sum.
To remember: It is not difficult to stay connected to the world from Morocco – communication is of many types and well dispersed. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you. 

Embassy of Canada in Morocco
(This Canadian diplomatic mission provides consular assistance to Australians)
13, bis rue Jaâfa-as-Sadik, Agdal
Rabat, Morocco
Telephone: (+212) (0)537 68 74 00
Fax: (+212) (0)537 68 74 30
Email: rabat@international.gc.ca