Embrace the charms of Morocco on this eight-night journey in Marrakech and Casablanca. Explore the colorful souks and medina, tour ornate gardens and marvel at minarets.
Feb 7, 2020 to Feb 16, 2020
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2 – 7: Marrakech, Morocco
Day 8: Marrakech / Casablanca
Day 9: Casablanca / Rabat
Day 10: Depart for gateway city
- Monuments of Marrakech: Nestled against the stunning scenery of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains, the exotic city of Marrakech has long been a melting pot of African, Arabian and European cultures.
- Gardens and Bahia Palace: Relish the tranquil Jardin Majorelle, a peaceful oasis bursting with colorful flora, reflecting pools, bubbling fountains and vivid cobalt architecture. Created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, the garden was later purchased and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. After a stroll through this botanical retreat, visit the nearby Yves Saint Laurent Museum. The genius designer lived in Marrakech for more than 40 years, and the newly opened museum features an extensive collection of his haute couture and accessories, plus a library. Continue to Palais Bahia. Constructed in the 19th century by architect El Mekki for Sultan Hassan I, the palace boasts an array of luxurious apartments, courtyards, zellij mosaic floors and serene gardens. Then witness the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, easily recognized by its towering minaret. Built in the 12th century, the mosque is a blend of Moorish and Islamic architecture.
- Atlas Mountains: Encounter another side of Morocco during an excursion to the gorgeous Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s greatest mountain range, and delve into the fascinating Berber culture.
- Arabic Calligraphy and Moroccan Cuisine: Indulge your inner artist during a calligraphy lesson.
- Moroccan Feast: Savor a special banquet when you gather for an authentic Moroccan dinner accompanied by traditional music.
- Casablanca Walking Tour: Explore the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca. Morocco’s largest city is centuries old but looks modern, with its wide boulevards, public parks and white Art Deco architecture. Visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the most spectacular religious buildings in Morocco, and admire its 690-foot minaret and richly decorated interior.
- Rabat Walking Tour: Discover the highlights of Rabat today. View the impressive façade and French-style landscaped gardens of the Royal Palace, the residence of Morocco’s royalty.
Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat