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Full Day by Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Casablanca, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by an Alluring Africa representative for your road transfer to Riad Kalla, where you will stay for one night.
Riad Kalaa housed in an old house dating back to 1815 is located in Rabat, Morocco. Accommodation options include room 1000 parfums, Saharan suite, eastern suite and star suite. Each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, internet access and a safety deposit box. Some of the rooms have an open fire. The wooden terraces host a swimming pool, the hammam spa and the restaurant offering traditional Moroccan cuisine – making this place a unique place in Rabat.
At a time to be advised by your driver the night before: Depart for Fez, with a privately guided tour of Volubilis on the way. At Volubilis, find beautiful mosaic floors, uncovered and brought to light by the archaeologists that still work on this partly excavated site. It was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Phoenician and later a Carthaginian settlement. The town fell to local tribesmen in 285 and was never recovered by the Roman Empire. Constantly uncovering this city beneath the sands of time, now exclusively a Moroccan project runs by Moroccan archaeologists. After, continue on to Riad Fes, where you will stay for two nights.
Inspired by Moorish architecture, Riad Fès invites you to travel back in time to discover the authenticity and the pomp of the life of the noble families of Fes.
After breakfast, you will begin your half day privately guided, walking tour of Fez, the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, this enchanting city has since been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion. The best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, Fez is comprised of a “new” city, established in the 12th century, and the unchanged 2,000-year-old medina.
Tour Fez el-Bali (“Fez the Old”) and its medieval medina (old town), a UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, where donkeys laden with goods trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market. A fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys, bustling souks, and artisan workshops, the atmosphere assaults the senses with fragrant spices, exotic delicacies, brightly colored carpets, and fine handmade goods bursting from endless stalls.
As time and interests permit, visit centuries-old mosques and universities, and Fez el-Djedid (“Fez the New”), built in the 12th century, where you can admire Fez’s Royal Palace. Explore the mellah (Jewish Quarter), founded in 1438 and once home to tens of thousands of Jews, 40 synagogues, the Bet Din, communal ovens, ritual baths and schools. Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue and the oldest extant synagogue in Fez. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments and fabric of medieval Fez. And no trip would be complete without a visit to the Merenid Tombs that offer spectacular panoramic views of Fez. Whatever you didn’t have time to see on your morning tour, you can venture back on your own during your afternoon at leisure!
At a time to be advised: You will be collected by an Alluring Africa representative for your private road transfer to Fez Airport for your scheduled flight to Marrakesh. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Alluring Africa representative and transferred to Riad Kniza, where you will stay for two nights.
Dating from the 18th century, Riad Kniza is a small, luxury “Hotel de Charme” in the heart of the old Médina of Marrakech, completely restored by Haj Mohamed Bouskri using traditional materials and artisans to recreate an authentic Moroccan experience as in days gone by.
After breakfast, you will depart with an Alluring Africa representative on a half day walking historical tour of Marrakech to explore this enchanting palm oasis. Set where buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, the signature color of Marrakech, Morocco’s second oldest imperial city retains the splendor of its ancient past. The Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al- Mansur (1184-1199) and was used as the model for the Giarlda of Seville and for the Hassan Tower of Rabat. El Bahia Palace is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents trends and standards of the wealthy who lived at that time. It was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa (or Ba Ahmed) between 1894 and 1900 in the Alawi style that was popular at the time. Next visit the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with its stark towers, which date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) and were restored by the Beaux-arts service.
During your afternoon at leisure, wind your way through the labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years. The maze of alleyways leads to tiny shops flaunting Berber carpets, kilims and caftans, leather goods, silver jewelry, copperware, other handicrafts, stylish dresses, medicinal herbs, and gorgeous antiques.
In the early evening, why not head towards the frenetic Djemaa el Fnaa, the greatest square in all of Africa – and perhaps the world. It was once the ultimate destination for traders from Venice, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Today, it provides ever-changing entertainment for Moroccans and foreigners alike, reaching its climax at sunset when the square is alive with storytellers, healers, snake charmers, acrobats and countless food stalls. Walk through the square to experience its intensity and then perhaps enjoy the view from the terrace of a rooftop café.
At a time to be advised the night before: You will be collected from your hotel by an Alluring Africa representative for your private road transfer to Marrakesh Airport for your departure flight.
Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible African adventure!
Included / Not Included
- Scheduled activities/tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities per day (morning and afternoon);
- Alluring Africa’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
- Services of lodge guides and staff;
- Air/ground transfers as specified;
- Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Government Sales Tax (GST);
- Relevant park fees;
- All accommodation as specified;
- Excursions/activities as specified;
- Drinks – differs between camps/lodges;
- Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted;
- Alluring Africa final documentation.
- Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
- Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
- Staff gratuities;
- Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
- Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
- International airfare.