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DAY BY DAY PROGRAM

 Day 1:  CASABLANCA – 12 SEPTEMBER 2017

Arrival of guests at Casablanca Airport

Transfer to your hotel:  Sofitel Tour Blanche Casablanca 5*

 Check-in at the hotel with welcome drink.

In the afternoon, city tour of Casablanca to include:

The big mosque Hassan II: The minaret of the Majestic Hassan II mosque is worth visiting. It is the highest religious building in the world and a master piece of modern Muslim architecture.

Anfa and Aid Diab : Anfa, a spectacular area of lavish villas with fabulous gardens, a golf course and tennis courts, is often described as Morocco’s Beverly hills. It leads to the highly popular seaside resort of Aîn Diab famous for its beaches, terrace cafes, restaurants and nightlife.

United Nations Square: Famous for the neo Moorish monuments which surround it and the musical fountain which splashes out multi-coloured water to the sounds of Strauss and andalousian music, this is without a doubt Casablanca’s focal point not to be missed.

Welcome Cocktails followed by Welcome Dinner at the hotel   (Dinner)

 Accommodation:  Sofitel Tour Blanche Casablanca 5*

 Day 2:  CASABLANCA – MEKNES – FES (300 kms -4 hours) – 13 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast at your hotel

Departure transfer to Fes via Rabat: Visit the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed. It was Mohamed V- father of King Hassan II- who achieved independence for Morocco in 1956. Continue towards Meknes (2 hours) and visit the ramparts & King Molay Ismael mosque and stables.

Lunch in Meknes.

Dinner on your own

 Accommodation: Hotel Sahrai, Fez 5*:  (3 nights)      (Breakfast, Lunch) 

Day 3: FES – 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast at your Riad (hotel)

Here we will make the visit of the main sites on a half day tour:

Back to the Middle Ages to visit Fez el-Bali, the cultural heart of Morocco. The imperial capital was a renowned center of learning; witness that firsthand at the University of Al Karaouine, one of the oldest, still-functioning educational institutions in the world. Continue on walking tour Jewish philosopher Maimonides. From there, follow to Nejjarine Fountain, a marvelous example of mosaic tilework. Nearby, a converted fondouk (inn) exhibits carpentry artifacts, while Fez el-Jadid (New Fez) resides within the mellah (Jewish quarter).

Lunch on your own

 SEMINAR:  In the afternoon, 3 hours conference session at the hotel

Dinner at La Maison Blanche: International & French cuisine

Overnight: Hotel Sahrai, Fez                             (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: FES – 15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast at your Riad

Half day tour of artisanal arts:

We will make a stop by the Royal Palace gate, continuing to the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which houses historical and artistic wood carvings, embroidery, tribal carpets and ceramics…You will attend various workshops for handicrafts to support local artisans.

Lunch on your own

Afternoon at leisure for shopping or simply relaxing by the pool.

Dinner on your own

Overnight: Hotel Sahrai, Fez                                (Breakfast)

Day 5: FES/ MARRAKECH (500 kms – 7 hours) -16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast at your Riad

Departure towards Marrakech known as the “pearl of the south”. From Fez, you will drive through Middle Atlas region which offers many hidden delights including spectacular views of cedar forests and delightful & hilarious Barbary apes while you discover rustic Berber villages:

Ifrane:  Interesting resort town with pseudo-Alpine villas and large suburban streets. It was created by the French in 1929.

Azrou: Picturesque market town nestled in the mid-Atlas mountains at an invigorating altitude of 1250m.

Khenifra: 160 kms south of Fes, Khenifra is considered as the pearl of middle Atlas Mountains.

 Beni Mellal: On of the fastest growing cities in Morocco, it is the. market centre for a region producing a variety of agricultural products

Lunch in Beni Mellal and continuation to Marrakech.

 Arrive at Marrakech and check-in at your hotel: Sofitel Marrakech

 Dinner on Your own We suggest  the “SO” within the Sofitel.

 So night lounge consists of four different spaces; “So Zen” is reserved for clients looking for a discrete night out. “So Good” is a lounge style restaurant, serving innovative Moroccan cuisine, with live-entertainment every night of the week. “So Nice” is an alcohol-free area, perfect for rest and relaxation and finally “So Fun” is the place for live music, a DJ and cocktails.

Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial Hotel, 3 nights  (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6: MARRAKECH – 17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast at your hotel

 Half day tour of Marrakech to include:

Koutoubia Mosque: One of the best examples of the Hispano-Moresque art, which combines apparent simplicity with superb craftsmanship and restrained luxury. With its minaret rising 252 feet into the sky, it is certainly one of the most impressive sights in Marrakech.

Bahia Palace: Standing in a 2-acre garden, this  is a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments opening on to inner courtyards.

Souks: It is a riot of color, noise and activity, a wealthy storehouse of all the treasures of this vast and varied country. You will find all the silver merchants in one corner, all the gold merchants in another, and rows of stalls selling exclusively leatherwork or copper goods or jewelry. The real fascination is to watch the craftsmen at work, gilding on leather, or inlaying with enamel the sheaths of ornate silver daggers, hammering out copper, embroidering silks or smoothing out the surface of cedar wood table.

The Djemâa El Fna square: The name literally translated is the Mosque or Assembly of death. It is taken to refer to the custom of displaying the heads of vanquished rebels or criminals, since the square is known to be a place of public execution even up to the last century. Later it became a center for public meetings and even riots. Today it provides constant ever-changing entertainment, which reaches its climax at sunset and continues late into the night. It is a square where a real image and the charm of Moroccan folklore is operating: story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, folkloric bands.

 Lunch on your own

 SEMINAR: In the afternoon, 3 hours conference session at the hotel

 Dinner at Jad Mahal

This restaurant is less than a

minute walk from the Sofitel                                                                                      

 The American architect Stewart Church, who for twenty years lived in India, imagined a sophisticated place, with a subtle mixture of Indian and Moroccan architectures. Exotic, colonial decoration made of woodwork and noble materials is declined into a thousand colors. The ceilings hand painted, the ground in tinted cement, the net curtains of the terrace roof play with the breeze, the basins and fountains give to the palace a magic atmosphere.

Opened at the end of 2003, the JAD MAHAL  palace is a modern construction reproducing the traditional riad’s style. A central patio with a water basin reflecting lighting on the salons of the restaurant.

 Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: MARRAKECH – 18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Breakfast

 Excursion to Atlas Mountains by 4×4 jeeps with drivers

09H30/15H00 towards Asni Ouirgane & Lunch & Kasbah Toubkal

You will depart Marrakech towards Asni and the valley of Ouirgane also known as a “Happy Valley” thanks to its natural beauty. We will cross a village called Asni, picturesque Berber village in the high Atlas Mountain. It is situated at the foot of the Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa (13 670 ft). The farmlands, kasbahs and villages exist as they have done for centuries. Truly a step back into the past, as mules plough fields, children raise water from the river.

10:30 Departure from the hotel in driven jeeps, ride cross Marrakech city

12:00 arrival to where lunch will be served, At “la Kasbah Toubkal”: The Kasbah is perched on a great rock outcrop above the main village of “Imlil” with panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls. It’s reached by a short walk or mule ride from the village of Imlil.

You will  enjoy lunch on the magnificent terrace overlooking the mountains. 

 14:00 Return to Marrakech and visit of Berber house and have tea with a local family

 FARWELL COCKTAILS AND FAREWELL DINNER AT YACOUT RESTAURANT

Yacout restaurant

Yacout, behind high walls in Marrakech’s ancient medina, is set in a ravishing small 17th- and 18th-century palace, and decorated by an American architect Bill Willis. It is a considered to be a jewel of Moorish architecture, lighted by ornate filigree and colored-glass fixtures, its walls miracles of colourful tile work. Waiters are dressed in long white caftans moving silently about, and from the roof terrace one could look out over the old quarter, or back to the inner courtyard and its pool. A fountain in the entry is quietly splashing, and the pool in the courtyard and the fresh rose petals scattered on the tablecloths, Moroccan cooking of a very high order. four courses meals are served. Welcome drink in the terrace overlooking the medina overlooking the Atlas Mountains. Entertainment during dinner by Andalousian band and Gnaou duo.

 Overnight : Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8:  DEPARTURE – 19 SEPTEMBER 2017  Marrakech-Casablanca

Breakfast

Departure by bus (3 hours) to Casablanca airport and flight back home – arrival time in Casablanca will be around noon (You can fly home from Marrakesh, but fewer options may be available.

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