Wednesday, March 2
Today we fly to Casablanca, Morocco.
Thursday, March 3
We will be met and greeted at the Mohamed V International Airport by our Moroccan licensed guide, then depart for Tangier with a few breaks on the road. Dinner is included tonight. (D)
Friday, March 4
After breakfast, meet with our guide for a sightseeing tour of Tangier. The city that has always fascinated artists such as Henri Matisse, Tennessee Williams, Mark Twain and others. Visit the Petit Socco Square and its cafés, especially the famous Tingis. Tour the museum of the old American Legation, if open, where paintings are on display and one room is dedicated to the American writer Paul Bowles. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the Mendoubia Park situated north of Grand Socco Square. Discover a giant banyan tree and a dragon tree, alleged to be 800 years old. Today’s lunch is on your own at a local restaurant. We will also visit the Hercules Caves beneath Spartel Cape, whose lighthouse guides ships through the treacherous Straights of Gibraltar. Optional–Enjoy a camel ride by the beach. Return to your hotel and freshen up for dinner at a local restaurant. Return, then rest for the night. (B, D)
Saturday, March 5
Following breakfast, we depart for the Imperial and spiritual city of Fez. Lunch will be on your own on the road. We arrive at the hotel to check in, with dinner included tonight. (B, D)
Sunday, March 6
This morning we will be joined by our local tour guide for a full day sightseeing tour of Fez, one of the four oldest Imperial cities in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes the great Gateway of the Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarter “Mellah”, the 15th century Borj Nord or north fort, and the 9th century oldest university in the world, founded by a woman. You will also make a few stops at local handicraft factories, including pottery, brass, textiles, rugs and a bakery where everything is made in the traditional Moroccan way. Dinner tonight includes musical entertainment at a local Moroccan restaurant. (B, D)
Monday, March 7
This morning, we are joined by our national guide to visit Rabat via Volubilis and Meknes. The Roman ruins and mosaics Volubilis were once the capital of the Roman Province of Mauritania and the house of Sylene, Antony and Cleopatra’s daughter, who married the Berber King Juba of Gallienus. Volubilis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will then depart for the 17th century historic city of Meknes. Our visit will include the Yacoub El Mansour Gateways, the Palace Tomb of Moulay Ismail and the ruins of the vast imperial stables and granaries. Lunch will be served at the Palais Terrab Restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to Rabat, arriving at our hotel for check in and dinner. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, March 8
After breakfast and check out, we will be visiting the imperial city of Rabat to include Hassan Tower, Chellah, Views from Oudaya Kasbah, Royal Palace (exterior visit), Mohamed V Mausoleum.
Arrive and check in to our hotel in Marrakech. Dinner is included. (B, D)
Wednesday, March 9
This morning, we meet our guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of the pearl of the south. Marrakech was founded in the 11th century and once was the capital city of Morocco. Your visit will include the Koutoubia Mosque, known as a masterpiece of Almohades dynasty art, the Bahia Palace, Mausoleum of Youssef Ben Tachfine and Pasha Museum. Enjoy your lunch at the Famous La Mamounia hotel. After lunch we will depart for Majorelle Garden, a 40-year-old botanical Garden covering two and half acres, built by the French artist, Jacques Majorelle. Return to your hotel for the evening. (B, L)
Thursday, March 10
After breakfast, we will depart for a day trip to the coastal city of Essaouira, a favorite vacation spot for several 1970s rock stars. This former Portuguese fort, once called Mogador, means “fortress surrounded by ramparts”. Essaouira is also known in the world for production of organic Argan oil. Several famous movies were filmed in Essaouira such as Game of Thrones, John Wick 3 and others. On the road, we will stop by a women’s cooperative where you will witness the making of Argan oil and other related products. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of goats in Argan oil trees. Lunch will be served at Le Chalet de Plage, a lovely locally-owned restaurant overlooking the water. A brief visit of the city will include the medina, Scala, and the North Bastion. Return to your hotel in Marrakech and rest for the day.
Friday, March 11
This morning, we will depart for morning at the Marrakesh Souk (market) with a brief stop at the Bab Agnaou gate, built in the 12th century and considered as a royal entrance. We will depart for the famous Palais Selman for lunch and a tour of the Arabian horse stables. After lunch you are free for the afternoon to explore our beautiful hotel. Freshen up before departing for dinner and entertainment at the famous Palais Soleiman restaurant. Return to your hotel and rest for the night. (B, L, D)
Saturday, March 12
After breakfast and check out, depart for Casablanca, possibly taking a stop or two, time permitting. We will then check into our hotel with time to freshen up for dinner at our hotel. After dinner, you will enjoy a driving illuminated night tour of Casablanca by night. (B, D)
Sunday, March 13
Today, we depart Casablanca, fly back to Southern Illinois and cherish our wonderful memories of the Exotic Land of Morocco! (B)
The museum of the old American Legation, St. Andrew’s Church, Hercules Caves, Optional Camel Ride, The Imperial Stable, Royal Palace, Jewish Quarter ”Mellah”, Al Quaraween world oldest University built by a woman in the 9th Century, The Tanneries of Fez are among the oldest in the world, Roman ruins of Volubilis, Hassan Tower, the Bahia Palace, Mausoleum of Youssef Ben Tachfine and Pasha, Bab Agnaou, Menara Garden, Museum, Majorelle Garden, Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Argan Oil & The Moroccan Berber Women’s Cooperatives, lunches at the world famous hotel La Mamounia, and the Palais Salman. Hassan II mosque, one of the largest in the world.
|March 3-4||Hilton Hotel Tangier*|
|March 5-6||Marriott Fez*|
|March 7||The Story, Rabat*|
|March 8-11||Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakesh*|
|March 12||Le Casablanca*|
- Round-trip air from STL
- Round-trip transportation to STL from Southern Illinois
- Fully escorted by Jane’s Journeys LLC
- Deluxe transportation in Morocco
- 10 nights’ luxury hotel accommodations/luggage handling
- Daily hot breakfast
- 4 lunches, including lunch at Mamounia and Palais Selman
- 8 dinners; two with entertainment
- Entrance fees to all attractions per itinerary
- Basic Group Travel Protection Plan for cancellation due to illness
- Gratuities to tour guide and driver
Cost per person:
$500 deposit with reservation. Final payment is due by 12/1/2021.