Morocco : Grand Tour
12th – 19th November 2018
Image : Blue Houses, Morocco
Volubilis. Fez. Meknes. Tangiers. Four cities, four eras AND the lovely Rif town of Chefchaouen – riches galore! We start our exploration of Northern Morocco in Tangiers – a Phoenician settlement and the oldest city in Morocco which achieved [although it reached?] its Golden Age in the 20th century. We then move on to Chefchaouen, probably the most picturesque town in Morocco.
From Chefchaouen, we move south. Our first destination is the great Roman city of Volubilis. We then move on to Fez, founded in the 8th century and still the spiritual capital of the kingdom. From Fez, we visit Meknes, the Moroccan ‘Versailles’ but more or less wiped out in the earthquake of 1775.
This is a wonderful tour full of treasures – an abundance of unforgettable experiences and of course brilliant food assured!
DAYS 1 & 2 : Flying into Tangier, we spend the first two nights in this splendid city. Our home is the 5-star Hotel Minzah, founded by Lord Bute in the 1920’s for his aristocratic British friends and a perfect place to savour Tangiers’s special charm. Our visits include the picturesque Old City – the fine Kasbah Museum and the unique museum in the American Legation, which was a special present in the 18th century to the first country to recognise the USA.
DAYS 3 & 4 : Leaving Tangiers we travel along the coast to Tetuan, the erstwhile capital of Spanish Morocco and an attractive mixture of Southern Spain and Northern Morocco. Our destination is the lovely town of Chefchaouen, probably the most beautiful small town in the country. Our hotel, Casa Hassan, was chosen by Rick Stein as a perfect place to enjoy the delicious regional cuisine. Chefchaouen (off limits to Europeans until 1925) is an extraordinary place – rural Morocco at its best.
DAYS 5, 6 & 7 : Reluctantly leaving Chefchaouen (but well aware of the treasures in store) we set off south. En route we spend some time in Volubilis – one of the finest Roman sites in North Africa and UNESCO World Heritage. (As incidentally are Tetuan – Fez and Meknes – no fewer than FOUR World Heritage Sites in one tour!)
Our destination is Fez, where we shall stay in an elegant riad on the edge of the Medina. Fez is an extraordinary place, one of the very few in the world where one can experience a city unchanged for fifteen hundred years. The whole of Fez is a museum where every street, every house – every square – tells a story.
We spend day 7 in Meknes, the capital founded by the great Moulay Ismael and based on the Palace of Versailles – although much of the Moulay’s original concept lies buried under the rubble of the 1775 earthquake. However, much does remain to remind us of the ambitions and brilliance of the reign of Moulay Ismael; 35 kilometres of city walls, the most magnificent city gates in Africa and the extraordinary granaries built to feed a cavalry of 20,000 horses.
Day 8 : We drive to Casablanca for our return flight
Tour dates : 12th – 19th November 2018
Number of days : 8
Price : £2275 (or £1880 including the Doñana Day) Prices are per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement : £225
Fully inclusive : Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.
Number in party : 12 – 16