Day 1: JFK - Casablanca.
Overnight flight to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc’s wide-body jet. In flight meals.
Day 2: Casablanca - Fes.
Arrive at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca. Connect to your short flight to Fes. Arrive in Fes Saiss airport, meet and greet by your driver/guide and transfer to your hotel. Day free at leisure to relax or enjoy Fes on your own. Dinner at hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 3: Fes.
Breakfast at your hotel. Scholars, architects, historians and artists travel from all over the world to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes – an entire city which functions largely as it did in the middle ages; and today it’s your turn to discover this fantastic mediaval city. Highlights of your private walking tour Fes include the Medersa (Koranic University) Attarine, Foundouk Nejjarine, the Shrine of Moulay Idriss II, countless souks and the famous tannery. Explore the Dar Batha Museum. See the stunning gates of the Royal Palace. Dinner at your hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4: Fes - Meknes - Rabat - Casablanca.
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Casablanca via Meknes & Rabat. In Meknes, your brief visits will include the spectacular City Gates are among the finest in the Arab world. Visit the Tomb of the once feared Moulay Ismaïl, who modeled his capital of Meknes in the image of Versailles! Continue to Rabat visit of Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum. Arrive to Casablanca with a a brief stop to visit exterior of Hassan II Mosque. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. Includes: (B, D)
Day 5: Casablanca - El Jadida - Essaouira.
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure to Essaouira. On the way, you will visit El Jadida, which is a stylish and beautiful town, retaining the lanes and ramparts of an old Portuguese Medina. Continue to Essaouira. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 6: Essaouira - Marrakech.
After breakfast a half day visit of the city to wander about the enchanting streets and alleys of laid-back Essaouira. Once known as Mogador, Essaouira’s blue and white colored Medina was recently named aUNESCO World Heritage site. Afternoon departure to Marrakech, through the scenic country side to Marrakech. You will arrive in Marrakech early evening. You might want to spend some time on your own at thefamous Djamaa El Fna Square. Food stalls,snake charmers, storytellers, hennaartists, monkeys, acrobats, medicine men, jugglers, musicians, pickpockets the huge square of Djemaa el Fna has it all. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Marrakech. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7: Marrakech - Cairo, Egypt.
After breakfast check out from hotel. A full day tour of Marrakech. Marrakech is above all a city of heart and soul – a city of sunlight on rough pink walls, of fragrant piles of richly-hued spices and of rose-petals floating in slowly-trickling fountains. Begin your day at the tropical Majorelle Gardens and visit the small, but excellent, Islamic Art Museum located in the home of painter Jacques Majorelle. Visit the MedievalMedersa (koranic university) ben Youssef – one of the finest Islamic monuments in North Africa. Architectureaficionados will enjoy the nearby delicate dome of the 12th century Koubba.
Youwillalso visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace. Explore the colorful Souks (marketplace) of Marrakech. Each trade - spices, carpets, jewelry, enamel, copper, brass and cedar - is situated in its unique quarter. Wander through the Dar Si Said Museum of traditional crafts housed in a 19th century palace, and a private collection of indigenous crafts started by a Swiss collector and now open to the public. Pass through the Djamaa El Fna Square to see a little bit of the action. After tour transfer to the airport for overnight flight to Cairo via Casablanca. Includes: (B, D).
Day 8: Cairo.
Upon arrival to Cairo transfer to the hotel, rest of the day at leisure (B). Picture of Pyramids Egypt - Man on Camel.
Day 9: Cairo.
After breakfast you will have a full day excursion with lunch, visiting the famous Egyptian Museum where archaeological pieces dating as far back as 3000 BC are in exhibit; where you will see the famous treasure of King Tut-ank-amon. You will also visit the Alabaster Mosque (also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha), the Coptic district, and the Ancient Citadel, which was built in 1176. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Cairo - Abu Simbel - Aswan.
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the Cairo airport for a flight to Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is considered to be one of the most impressive sites in Egypt. Here you will visit the two temples built by Ramses II as a high-architect before he became a Pharaoh. The 100 foot high Great Temple is world famous, which features 4 statues of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari, each 65 foot high. Next to the Great Temple is the temple dedicated to Queen Nefertari. Both temples were originally carved in a mountain. In 1965 they were moved 600 feet and raised 65 feet, thanks to an international project to save them from the flooding caused by the construction of the High Dam. You will then take a second flight to Aswan, and be transferred to either Aswan Isis Hotel for dinner and overnight; or if space-available to your cruise ship MS Carnival. Includes: (B, D).
Day 11: Aswan - Kom Ombo (Cruise).
After breakfast a full-day optional excursion** in Aswan including a Felucca Sailing on the Nile River and later visiting Temple of Philae, the High Dam, and the Unfinished Obelisk site. In the evening we will sail Kom Ombo for anl excursion to the Ancient Site there. Lunch and dinner are aboard the cruise boat MS Carnival. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 12: Kom Ombo - Edfu - Esna (Cruise).
As you have your breakfast we will sail to Edfu. Upon arrival in Edfu, an optional excursion begins first by taking a horse-drawn-carriage ride in Edfu, and then visiting the Edfu Temple. Later in the afternoon we will sail to Esna, where boat will dock for overnight. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 13: Esna - Luxor (Cruise).
This morning we will cross the locks on the Nile in Esna -providing a fun and small scale canal-crossing experience. We will continue to sail north to Luxor. Optional Excursions in Luxor include, Luxor and Karnak Temples and visit to the West Bank of the Nile with Thebes, Valley of Kings, Valley of the Queens and Collossi of Memnon. Dinner and overnight on board in Luxor. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 14: Luxor - Cairo.
Morning transfer to Luxor airport in time for your flight bound for Cairo. On arrival meeting and transfer to your hotel the Pyramids Park or similar. Afternoon free for shopping and independent activities. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Cairo.
Today, you will have a full day excursion with lunch, visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You will drive around the Pyramid of Chephren, the Pyramid of Cheops (also known as the Great Pyramid or Khufu), and the Pyramid of Mykerinos. You will have time to walk around the Cheops, and take pictures. Then visit the Sphinx, the huge one-piece sandstone man-headed lion-bodied statue. Then continue to Memphis, the capital of Old Kingdom; and then Sakkara, to visit the Step Pyramid, the first monumental stone structure in Ancient Egypt. Includes: (B, L).
Day 16: Cairo (Home).
Transfer to Cairo airport for flights to JFK via Casablanca (B). **We recommend the purchase of Cruise Shore Excursions package, for $249 you will enjoy 5 shore excursions during the Nile cruise as outlined in the itinerary.
- Rates are per person. Minimum 2 travelers required to operate these tours. Rates are subject to airport taxes and security fees in the range of $98 to $119. Seasonal airfare supplements apply (see below). Land only rates include all local flight(s).** We recommend the purchase of Cruise Shore Excursions package, for $249 you will enjoy 5 shore excursions during the Nile cruise as outlined in the itinerary.
- Riad Option: For those travelers who would like to enhance their Morocco experience, we offer several quality Riads (traditional Moroccan style luxury mansions) in Marrakech and Fes, if you are taking the luxury package you can request the Riad alternative in Marrakech or Fes
- Irfare sigle supplements:
* Departures from Jan 1 to Jan 10; April 1 to June 12 & Sep 1 to Oct 31: $150
* Departures from June 13 to Aug 31; Dec 13 to Dec 31: $400.
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