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Moroccan Magic

25 Days  |  Departing Tuesday 31st March 2020 and returning Friday 24th April 2020

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Highlights

City Tour of Casablanca including Hassan II Mosque
3 Night Stay in Chefchaouen
City Tour of Chefchaouen
Tour of Imperial City of Meknes Casablanca City Tour
Tour of Ancient Roman Ruins of Volubulis
CityTour of Fez inc off the beaten track artisanal workshops and Islamic gardens
Scenic Drive from Fez to Merzouga
Luxury Overnight Stay in the Sahara Desert
Camel Riding in the Sahara Desert
Sunrise Viewing Over the Dunes in the Sahara Desert
Visit to Todra Gorge, Tinehir and Dades Gorge
Guided visit to Ouarzazate including the UNESCO listed Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate
Guided tour of Taroudant
Spectacular scenic drive through High Atlas Mountains
2 Night Stay in the High Atlas Mountains
4 Night Stay in Magical Marrakech in a beautiful Riad
Visit to famous Jma El Fna Square in Marrakech
Traditional Hammam Spa Experience in Marrakech
City tour of Marrakech including Marjorelle Gardens and Dar Si Said, Museum of Moroccan Arts
Cooking Class at Country Club La Maison Arabe in Marrakech
Wine Tasting and Lunch at Domain Va Du Argan Winery
2 Night stay at ‘Blue Doored’ Seaport of Essaouira
Guided Walking tour of Essaouira
Farewell Dinner at Rick’s Café in Casablanca

Inclusions

Personally escorted from Australia ‐ Your tour hostess is on hand to assist with making your holidaya memorable one        
Return economy airfares ex Melbourne to Casablanca including taxes (Other Cities and Business Class Upgrade pricing on request)
Coach Travel in Deluxe Mercedes Sprinter
Specialist Driver / Tour Manager
Uniquely chosen Accommodation including Riads and Kasbahs
Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary
Breakfast Daily and other meals as per itinerary
Tipping for Specialist Driver and Tour Manager Only
Room Matching Service
Document Distribution day prior to departure ‐ subject to minimum numbers attending.
Sisterhood Documentation & Travel Wallet
Small Groups, Personal Service

**TIPPING**

Local tipping is customary in Morocco.  Sisterhood Womens Travel  tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD200.00 and this will confirmed in your final documentation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday 31 March 2020

Melbourne - Casablanca (Meals in flight)

Join our Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport at the designated time for our flight to Casablanca Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight and prepare yourself for adventure. 

Day 2 - Wednesday 1 April 2020

Casablanca (D)

We arrive into Casablanca and will be transferred to our hotel.  With the remainder of the day at leisure to settle in, we’ll come together tonight for a dinner at our hotel – Welcome to Morocco!

Overnight - Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche (or similar)

Day 3 - Thursday 2 April 2020

Casablanca (B,D)

Today we’ll enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour of Casablanca including the Hassan II Mosque, Ville Nouveau and the Avenue Corniche.  With a free afternoon we’ll regroup again for dinner tonight at our hotel.

Overnight - Sofitle Casablanca Tour Blanche (or similar)

Day 4 - Friday 3 April 2020

Casablanca to Chefchaouen (B,L,D)

Today we'll make our way to the beautiful city of Chefchaouen.  Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. While tourism has definitely taken hold, the balance between ease and authenticity is just right. The old medina is a delight of Moroccan and Andalucian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta el-Hammam and its restored kasbah.  Enroute to Chef we'll enjoy lunch at Tetouan before arriving in later afternoon.  With Dinner at our riad tonight.

Overnight - Dar Ba Sidi & Spa Chefchaouen (or similar)

Day 5 - Saturday 4 April 2020

Chefchaouen (B,D)

Today we'll enjoy a guided tour of Chefchaouen.  The beautiful blue washed walls will be a sight with other highlights including the Spanish Mosque and the Grande Mosquee. We'll visit the cobbled Plaza Uta el Hammam, the heart of the medina lined with shops and cafes.  After our tour we'll have the remainder of the day at leisure to continue our exploring. Dinner tonight at our riad.

Overnight - Dar ba Sidi & Spa Chefchaouen (or similar)

Day 6 - Sunday 5 April 2020

Free Day in Chefchaouen (B,D)

Today a free day in Chefchaouen to continue to explore, to shop or to enjoy a spa treatment or two.  Your Sisterhood hostess can point you in the right direction with activities for the day.  Tonight we'll regroup to enjoy dinner at our riad and share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Dar ba Sidi & Spa Chefchaouen (or similar)

Day 7 - Monday 6 April 2020

Chefchaouen / Meknes / Fes (B,L)

Today we depart Chefchaouen for Fes.   We’ll enjoy a tour enroute of the Imperial City of Meknes followed by lunch at the Scorpion House in Mourlay Idriss. We’ll finish the day off with an interesting tour of the ancient Roman Ruins at Volubilis before reaching Fes.  Our Accommodation will be at the gorgeous Riad Le Jardin des Biehn with dinner at leisure tonight. 

Overnight - Riad le Jardin des Biehn (or similar)

Day 8 - Tuesday 7 April 2020

Fes (B,D)

Today we start our day with a guided tour of the Fes Medina, including the main historical sites and off the beaten track artisanal workshops and Islamic gardens.  After lunch (own cost) an afternoon at leisure to continue to explore.  Our dinner tonight will be on the terrace of the Palais de Fes Dar Tazi.

Overnight - Riad le Jardin des Biehn (or similar)

Day 9 - Wednesday 8 April 2020

Free Day in Fes (B,L)

Today is a free day to soak up our surrounds or return to explore the Medina.  There are plenty of opportunities to shop for souvenirs and handicrafts today or perhaps you might like to just relax at our beautiful Riad.

Overnight - Riad le Jardin des Biehn (or similar)

Day 10 - Thursday 9 April 2020

Fez - Merzouga (B,D)

Quite a long day today on the road.  We depart Fez for Merzouga to experience spectacular views of cedar forests, visit the Barbary Apes at Ifrane and tour through Midelt enroute to the Sahara.    Lunch (own cost) today as we travel through the Ziz Valley and view the Efous oasis which offers amazing photographic opportunities.  We arrive late in the afternoon for our night in Merzouga, the threshold of the Sahara. Our Accommodation is Kasbah Tombouctou situated on the fringe of the Sahara.  How about a few pre dinner drinks watching the sun set over the desert with dinner tonight at our hotel?

Overnight - Kasbah Tombouctou (or similar)

Day 11 - Friday 10 April 2020

Sahara Desert Luxury Camp (B,L,D)

A free morning so take the opportunity to explore the surrounding desert areas.  Alternatively why not relax around the hotel pool.  This afternoon after a light lunch our guide will take us into the desert by 4WD where upon arrival into our luxury desert camp we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a camel ride at sunset.   (Departure time will be weather dependent, the hotter the day the later we will depart for comfort) When we reach our bivouac we can relax, climb the dunes or just star gaze while our guide prepares our evening meal, traditional tagine cooked on the open fire at our campsite. This is simply a bucket list experience, stars and sand dunes a wonderful night will be enjoyed.  We’ll only need our essentials in the desert so best to take a small backpack and the rest of our luggage will be left with our driver.

Overnight - Kasbah Chergui Camp (or similar)

Day 12 - Saturday 11 April 2020

Tinehir/Todra & Dades Gourges (B,L,D)

An early start this morning to see the amazing sunrise over the dunes, then head back to our hotel to refresh and enjoy breakfast before departing for Tinehir.  Stopping enroute to enjoy lunch upon arrival into Tinehir we’ll enjoy a short tour to give us an overview of the ancient Berber culture and heritage that exists in this region.  Dinner tonight at our accommodation.

Overnight - Kasbah Xaluca Dades (or similar)

Day 13 - Sunday 12 April 2020

Ouarzazate /Ait Benhaddou (B,D)

This morning after breakfast and check out we’ll head towards the Valley of the Roses via the Todra and Dades Gorges where the crystal clear river emerging from the deep ochre and pink rock formations offer a dramatic landscape and great photographic opportunities.  A lovely place to relax, enjoy and reflect on the surrounding beauty.  Continuing onto Ouarzazate we will visit Kasbah Taourirt, once one of the largest Kasbahs of the area, and once home to members of the Glaoui Dynasty, who once ruled the vicinity.  Parts of this Kasbah have been restored by UNESCO and it is probably the main sightseeing venue of Ouarzazate.  Lunch (own cost) enroute.  From Ouarzazate we have some time to relax before heading to Ait Benhaddou.  Time permitting we’ll enjoy a walk to the top of the ancient Kasbah to watch the sunset end enjoy beautiful panoramic views.     Accommodation and Dinner tonight at the gorgeous Kasbah Ighnda a real oasis.

Overnight - Riad Ksar Ighnda (or similar)

Day 14 - Monday 13 April 2020

Taroudant (B,D)

After breakfast this morning we travel west towards Taroudant, known as the ‘grandmother of Marrakech’.  We’ll enjoy a guided tour through the medina and souks and visit the argan co-operatives famous in this region (look out for goats resting in the argan trees).  Dinner tonight at our hotel.

Overnight - Riad Les Jasmine Taroudant (or similar)

Day 15 - Tuesday 14 April 2020

Ouirgane (B,D)

Today we’ll travel into the High Atlas Mountains and spend time in the Ouirgane region.  Here we’ll discover traditional berber life, the Tassa Ouirgane National Park, the Toubkal National park and some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in Morocco.  Our next 2 days will be spent doing as little or as much as you like at our beautiful La Rosaraie Hotel positioned in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and amongst sixty acres of stunning parklands and peaceful environment.

Overnight - La Roseraie Ouirgane (or similar)

Day 16 - Wednesday 15 April 2020

Free Day/Ouirgane (B,D)

Today is a free day to relax and soak up our wonderful surrounds, Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside.  A great day to reflect on the wonderful journey travelled so far.   For those who like to be on the go, the hotel offers optional activities including horse riding and a visit to a neighbouring  village.  There is a spa to enjoy onsite as well as a beautiful pool to chill out by.  Dinner tonight at our accommodation.

Overnight - La Roseraie Ouirgane (or similar)

Day 17 - Thursday 16 April 2020

Ouirgane/Marrakech (via Asni) (B,L)

This morning we’ll visit the working co-operatives, with demonstrations by the local Berber women.  These co-operatives, set up through independent and government funding allow the women of the region to support themselves and be sustainably independent as well as providing the opportunity for literacy education.  Today we’ll enjoy a Moroccan BBQ lunch before setting off for magical Marrakech early afternoon.  Our accommodation for the next four nights will be at one of the most authentic Riads in Marrakech, Les Jardins De La Koutoubia.  Transformed from a house of noble families to a charming, luxury hotel in a fabulous location.  In the evening we’ll be free to take a wander through the souks and enjoy the famous Djemaa el Fna Square being mesmerized by snake charmers, storytellers and other great spectacles that may cross our path.  Dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight - Barriere le Naoura (or similar)

Day 18 - Friday 17 April 2020

Marrakech (B)

While Marrakech is alive with modern life and development, it is also home to a wealth of buildings, sites and artifacts of crucial importance to Moroccan history.  Founded almost 1000 years ago, Marrakech is a feast for the senses and has remained the heart of Moroccan life ever since.  Acting as Sultanate capital on occasions, but undoubtedly the country’s cultural centre.  Our vehicle and driver are at our disposal today.  Some sights visited in our tour include Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Marjorelle Jardin, the Saadien Tombs, the El Badi and El Bahia Palaces and Dar Si Said, home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts.  In the evening feel free to return to the Square for some more exploring.

Overnight - Barriere le Naoura (or similar)

Day 19 - Saturday 18 April 2020

Marrakech (B,L)

Today we’ll enjoy a hands on cooking class at the Country Club La Maison Arabe.  Then an afternoon free to continue to discover the magic of Marrakech. Time to explore the vibrant and colorful city of Marrakech, the medina souks and chilling out around Djemaa El Fna.  Dinner tonight own arrangements.

Overnight - Barriere le Naoura (or similar)

Day 20 - Sunday 19 April 2020

Marrakech (B)

Today a fabulous treat.  We’ll spend the morning indulging in a Moroccan Hammam (spa) experience including a luxurious massage and beauty treatments using traditional Moroccan products and oils at La Maison Arabe.  An afternoon at leisure.  Dinner tonight own arrangements.

Overnight - Barriere le Naoura (or similar)

Day 21 - Monday 20 April 2020

Marrakech - Essaouira (B)

Today we’ll have a leisurely morning before departing for Essaouira an outstanding and well preserved example of a mid-18th century fortified seaport town known for its stunning blue doored architecture.  Enroute we’ll enjoy a winery tour, tasting and lunch at Domain Val Du Argan Winery.  Arriving into Essaouira early afternoon.  Enjoy dinner at leisure tonight with plenty of options on offer in the main square. 

Overnight - Medina Essouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa (or similar)

Day 22 - Tuesday 21 April 2020

Essaouira (B)

This morning we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Portuguese fort and Medina of Essaouira then our afternoon is free to continue to explore the many arts and crafts areas of this gorgeous seaside town.  Dinner at lesure tonight.

Overnight - Medina Essouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa (or similar)

Day 23 - Wednesday 22 April 2020

Essaouria - Casablanca (via El Jaddida) (B,D)

Today we’ll travel back to Casablanca taking rest stops and a lunch break along the way to arrive arrive back into Casablanca with time to freshen up for our “”Farewell Morocco dinner being held at the legendary Rick’s Cafe from the movie Casablanca.  A cool and very sophisticated restaurant which is rich in architecture and details reminiscent of the film, even with a resident pianist singing ‘As Time Goes By’ at intervals.  A lovely way to end our fabulous visit to Morocco.  Overnight in Casablanca.

Overnight - Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche (or similar)

Day 24 - Thursday 23 April 2020

Casablanca - Dubai (B)

With the morning free before we transfer to the airport for our flight home.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the airlines hospitality and inflight entertainment.

Day 25 - Friday 24 April 2020

Welcome Home Melbourne

Welcome home!  We thank you for joining Sisterhood Womens Travel for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you again.

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