Your itinerary

Against the backdrop of beautiful scenery and an oriental flair, experience an amazing 5 of the most significant UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sights over 7 days. In Casablanca and the four imperial cities, the glamour of longgone days is still apparent. Look forward to snake-charmers, jugglers and oriental delicacies. Enjoy visiting majestic sultans’ palaces and immerse yourself in the world of 1001 Arabian Nights. And then you can look forward to pure luxury and relaxation in an exclusive first-class luxury 4-star hotel.

Day 1: Flight to Marrakesh

Our English-speaking tour guide will welcome us with a smile at the airport. Transfer to our 4-star hotel in Marrakesh where we will enjoy a cup of tea.

Day 2: Atlas Mountains – Beni Mellal adventure

We will set off on an impressive panorama drive towards Fez: on reaching the lively provincial town of Beni Mellal, we will stroll through the verdant Jardin de Ain Asserdoun with its roaring water cascades. Then we will immerse ourselves in the Middle Atlas Mountains, relaxing in the holiday resort of Ifrane at an altitude of 1,700 metres. Later we will see grape vines and olive trees, cedars and eucalyptus before continuing to our 4-star hotel in the Fez region.

Day 3: Fez & Volubilis (2x UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites) UNESCO World Heritage Site UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fez is wonderful! We will explore the spectacular Medina: a unique labyrinth of narrow alleyways, one of the largest old quarters in the world and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site where coppersmiths still work according to ancient methods. We will see Karaouyne – the oldest university in the world – and the theological college dating back to the 14th century, the so-called Medersa. Not far away, the Royal Palace radiates with its shimmering golden gates. We will enjoy the breath-taking panorama over the city from the Borj fortress as well as taking a quick detour to the ruins of Volubilis (admission included), the largest Roman excavation site in the country (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) where we will pass mysterious rows of columns, admiring artistic floor mosaics as we walk. Shortly after, we will experience a fascinating, centuries-old craft in a traditional carpet-weaving factory. Full of enthusiasm, we will spend the night in Meknes.

Day 4: Meknes & Rabat (2x UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites) UNESCO World Heritage Site UNESCO World Heritage Site

Another royal city awaits us behind powerful walls: Meknes. Its splendid old quarter is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. We will admire stucco and mosaics in the Sultan Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, lingering in front of the world-famous Bab El Mansour city gate before heading towards Rabat – the seat of government, our third royal city and another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. We will stroll to the splendid royal palace, taking in the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum.

Day 5: Casablanca & Marrakesh

After spending the night in Casablanca, this exciting city will greet us with its beautiful cafés and shady arcades. A visit to the Hassan II Mosque will take your breath away: the minaret soars more than 200 metres into the sky and the mosque offers space for more than 100,000 worshippers – one of the largest mosques in the world. Admission is not always possible which is why the admission charge is not included. We will also walk across Mohammed V Square taking in wonderful sights such as the City Hall, Palace of Justice and City Theatre. In the afternoon, we will set off for Marrakesh, our fourth royal city, where we will visit the fabulous Koutoubia Mosque, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. We will spend the night in the Marrakesh region.

Day 6: Marrakesh (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) UNESCO World Heritage Site

Magical Marrakesh! A guided city tour will bring us to the Sultan’s Palace and along the city walls as far as the magical market square where we will hear the flutes of snake charmers, marvel at fortune-tellers, faith healers and fire-eaters. From here, we will proceed to the famous Bab Agnaou City Gate bringing us to the unique Medina (old town) – yet another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The great craftsmanship of Morocco will then take us to a jewellery and leather factory where we will discover the production techniques and have the opportunity to buy a personal souvenir. We will spend the rest of the day in our 4-star hotel.

Day 7: Relax in Marrakesh or optional excursion to Essaouira (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) UNESCO World Heritage Site

Relax in the comfort of our 4-star hotel or set off to explore Marrakesh on your own. Exciting alternative: excursion to the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira where the white houses in the old town form a beautiful backdrop with their blue window shutters (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site). We will taste fresh fish, walk along the wall of the famous Portuguese Scala de la Kasbah fortress and enjoy a view of the glittering sea. Simply a magical day!

Days 8 – 15: Extended holiday in a first-class 4-star hotel in the world-famous city of Marrakesh!

Spend the following week relaxing in the popular and trendy city of Marrakesh. Enjoy the numerous facilities in your first-class 4-star hotel. Chill out at the hotel pool or relax in a traditional steam bath. Transfer to the airport and return flight on day 15.


Extended holiday in Marrakesh:
8 days of relaxation in a first-class 4-star hotel !


Including a spectacular range of excursions!


Your cultural highlights

Rabat

The imperial city and current capital of Morocco which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 was one of the most important cities even in Roman times. After the Romans, it was the French in particular who greatly contributed towards transforming Rabat into a modern and renowned capital city. This is one of the reasons why the city’s most famous architectural monuments originate from a wide variety of eras – from the Middle Ages to today. Something which has also made Rabat a city of many contrasts. One example is represented by the Hassan Tower dating back to the 12th century and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V from the 1970s which form an amazing contrast side by side.

Meknes

The imperial city and current capital of Morocco which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 was one of the most important cities even in Roman times. After the Romans, it was the French in particular who greatly contributed towards transforming Rabat into a modern and renowned capital city. This is one of the reasons why the city’s most famous architectural monuments originate from a wide variety of eras – from the Middle Ages to today. Something which has also made Rabat a city of many contrasts. One example is represented by the Hassan Tower dating back to the 12th century and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V from the 1970s which form an amazing contrast side by side.

Marrakesch

Also known as the “Oriental Pearl of the South”, Marrakesh was established around 1000 years ago and is the 4th largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca, Fez and Rabat. This imperial city was often the Moroccan capital and continues to be characterised by the fortress walls extending 20 km and adorned with 200 towers featuring more than a dozen gates. Marrakesh is renowned for its hospitality as well as its markets and festivals. In fact, the Marrakesh Souk (market) is regarded as one of Morocco’s best. The thriving city centre is formed by Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in the old town which was made a World Heritage Site in 1985.

Fez

As the oldest and most important imperial city in Morocco, Fez is also referred to as the “Pearl of the Orient”. Many years ago, this splendid imperial city was the intellectual centre of Morocco – something which can still be felt today. Fez el Bali, the oldest part of the city, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to numerous sights, bazaar alleyways and even has the largest population in the city. But the new city also has much to offer: characterised by beautiful gardens, it also features the Royal Palace with its gates shimmering in gold.

Special services included for you

  • Return flights to Marrakesh with a reputable airline, including airport and security fees and hotel transfers
  • Exclusive 7-day cultural tour of Morocco
    – 7 nights in selected 4-star hotels (nat. category) during the cultural tour
    – 7x sumptuous breakfast buffet
    – Round trip in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach
    – Spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), incl. 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Fez, Volubilis, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh
  • 8 days of relaxation in a first-class 4-star hotel
    – 7 nights in a first-class 4-star hotel (nat. category) in the world-famous city of Marrakesh
    – 7x sumptuous breakfast buffet
    – Free use of hotel facilities: heated swimming pool and fully-equipped gym
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guides
  • 24-hour emergency medical service

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Cultural trip gourmet package:

The package includes a sumptuous buffet each evening featuring international specialties during the 7-day cultural trip: only £140 per person.

Single room surcharge

£269 per person (subject to availability)

Comparison of temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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London68911152021201915107

Location:

Morocco is in north-west Africa bordering Algeria to the east, with the Mediterranean to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

System of government:

Constitutional monarchy since 1972. Independent since 1956 (former French and Spanish protectorate). The head of state is King Mohammed VI of Morocco (since 1999). Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani has been the head of government since 5 April 2017.

Capital:

Rabat

Religion:

Islam (Sunnis of the Maliki school of law); approx. 23,000 Christians, around 3,000 Jews.

Language:

Officially Arabic (the Maghreb-Arab dialect of Darija is spoken) and the new Berber language Tamazight since the new constitution has been applied; other local Berber languages; French is widely spoken as the language of business and education.

Climate:

Various climate zones; Rabat has an Atlantic climate – humid and hot in the summer, damp and cool in the winter.

Electricity:

The supply voltage in Morocco is 110/220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is recommended.

Local time:

The time zone in Morocco is Central European Time (CET) -1. There is a summer/winter time adjustment in Morocco, so the difference to Central Europe is -1 hour in both the winter and the summer.

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Morocco is 00212 (+212) with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Morocco, please dial 0044 (+44) and the area code without the zero.

Country and people:

The crafts of carpet making, jewellery and leatherworking are established and sometimes centuriesold elements of Oriental culture. And so on our circular tour we will also visit a jewellery workshop, a leather trader and a traditional carpet-making workshop. Here you can discover interesting facts about the Moroccan art of carpet making and experience how hand-knotted carpets have been made since generations. During this fascinating demonstration you will learn about the preparation of the silk threads, the natural colours of the wool and the delicate and very time-consuming knotting work. In each workshop you will have 1-2 hours to view artworks and products. Bargaining is a national custom in Morocco. If you are not interested in buying, then the traders will also accept a clear no. People do not bargain in department stores and supermarkets, or in markets where the local farmers sell their wares. In Morocco it is customary to give tips. Similar to the USA, this is part of the income for service professions. Moreover it symbolises appreciation of the service provided. You can tip the chambermaid around £0,5 to £1 per night. In restaurants and taxis tipping around 10% of the billed sum is usual. No tips are given in shops. For group trips, a tip of around £1 per day and per person is recommended for the tour guide and for the bus driver. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much tip they wish to give.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Morocco has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. We recommend booking the following packages when you get there, as some hotels on the tour are situated out of town in idyllic countryside, which means you can benefit from special rates. Cultural trip gourmet package: The package includes a sumptuous buffet each evening fea turing international specialties during the 7-day cultural trip: only £115 per person instead of £140¹.
Explorer package: This package includes six lunchtime meals plus the following additional events: tour of lights – Casablanca by night, excursion to “Djemaa el-Fna” and horse-drawn carriage ride, all-day excursion to Essaouira, visit to the “Jardin Majorelle” Botanic Gardens only £150 per person.
Optional exhibition to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Essaouira: only £40 per person incl. lunch (can be booked locally)
You can also pay the tour guide locally for packages in £ or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard).

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

The currency is called the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Exchange rate (as at September 2017): 1 GBP = 11.90 MAD; 1 MAD = 0.08 GBP.
Moroccan Dirham can only be obtained in Morocco. Money should only be changed in official currency exchange offices (bureau de change), recognisable by their golden logo, and at hotel receptions. Conversion is free of charge and you receive a receipt that must be retained until you exit Morocco, enabling you to re-exchange any Dirham you no longer require. Major international credit cards are accepted in larger hotels, shops and in restaurants. Cash can also be withdrawn from cash terminals in larger towns and cities using a credit card or an EC/ Maestro card and PIN number. However, there are increasing reports of false billings from cash terminals in Morocco. Import and export of the national currency is forbidden. Before you exit the country, the national currency must be re-exchanged. There are no limits to the amount of foreign currency you may bring in to the country and no declaration requirement. When taking foreign currency out of the country, for amounts equivalent to 50,000 Dirham and above you must be able to prove that the money was brought in with you on entering the country.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Morocco are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco whose Web site is at www.diplomatie.ma/en. If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), please check visa requirements with the Moroccan Embassy before you travel. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.

Customs regulations:

Strict foreign exchange regulations apply in Morocco: in principle, Dirham sums may neither be imported nor exported. At the moment there are different tolerance limits for tourists (currently 1,000 Dirham) and for residents. Further information at: www.douane.gov.ma. Information on customs regulations for importing products into the UK can be found on the British customs Web site: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Special criminal law provisions:

The possession of illegal drugs is punishable with prison terms of up to 10 years as well as high fines and customs penalties. Possession of even the smallest amounts is punishable. Extramarital and same-sex sexual relationships are criminal offences in Morocco. In practice, however, a sexual relationship between unmarried European heterosexual couples is not punished. However, difficulties occur if one of the unmarried partners holds Moroccan citizenship.

General travel information:

Extreme caution is recommended in road traffic. Both car drivers and pedestrians must behave very carefully and can not assume considerate behaviour by other road users or the observation of traffic regulations by others. Pedestrians and animals may be encountered at any time, even on motorways. In practice there is hardly any possibility to make claims for damages, even if these are justified.

Medical information:

Vaccinations are not required for entering Morocco. Contact your General Practitioner around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country-specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
Diarrhoea: Most diarrhoea illnesses can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Rabies: In more rural areas, it is not unusual to encounter animals such as dogs running free. A rabies vaccination is thus advisable.
Medical care: The medical care in the country is not quite the same level as in Europe. However, there are excellent, highstandard private health clinics in Rabat and Casablanca. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 150 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: September 2017

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”A great way to see a country as varied and colourful as Morocco.“

Ian H. from L. travelled 4 November 20162


”It was an amazing holiday packed with exotic sights and sounds. A whirlwind of North African culture. Not to be missed. Thanks!“

Helena D.-B. from N., travelled 4 November 20162


”Good value for money“

Elaine L. from K., travelled 4 November 20162


2RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2016. These comments were made by customers who have travelled with our group of companies.

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