Grand Tour - New Year from Madrid

Grand Tour to Morocco. New year from Madrid with flights included.

Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Marrakech, Merzouga, Fez, Rabat... These are just some of the places you will enjoy.

 

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Start your year in the most fantastic way you can imagine - in the Sahara desert sleeping in a tent under the stars and watching the most beautiful sunrise from the dunes!!!
Discover Morocco in this interesting 7 night tour; learning about its culture, smells, flavors, contrasts, colors, and more.
This is a unique experience that you should not miss!

Experts on travel to Morocco from 1998

 

Final price per person

855 €

Price per person
(In double room)

GRAND TOUR - NEW YEAR 2019 FROM MADRID.

12/28/2019: MADRID - TÁNGER – RABAT – CASABLANCA

  • 7:00 AM – Presentation at the Madrid airport, AirArabia counter and pick up round-trip boarding passes. 
  • 9:05 AM – Flight departure to Tangier 
  • 10:30 AM – Flight arrival in Tangier 
  • We will begin our route to Rabat, the capital of Reino, located on the Atlantic coast, on the south bank of the BU Regreg River, which separates it from the neighboring city of Salé. Its foundation dates back to the S. II a. de C. of which archaeological remains are still preserved in a settlement known as Chellah.  
  • In 1195, during the Almohade dynasty, Yaqub al-Mansur started the construction of a large city that stretched over 980 acres, surrounded by imposing ramparts and fortifications with five large gates. It had to erect a large mosque with four hundred columns to overcome the Giralda of Seville and the Koutoubia of Marrakech, but construction was stopped after his death in 1199. The minaret tower, called Tower Hasan, is the only part of this structure that survived, and stands at 144 feet; twenty less than initially projected.
  • Upon arrival, we will visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and the famous Tour Hassan 
  • Lunch – free time
  • After lunch, we will continue our route to Casablanca.
  • Arrive at the hotel in Casablanca – find out hotel room assignments
  • Dinner and lodging at the hotel

12/29/2019: CASABLANCA – MARRAKECH

  • Breakfast and check-out 
  • 8:30 am Panoramic visit to Casablanca.
  • In it, we can admire the exteriors of the Great Mosque Hassan II. It is one of the few mosques of Morocco that allows the visit to non-Muslims tourists (entrance not included) 
  • Departure to Marrakech, the Red Pearl of Southern Morocco.  
  • On arrival we will have lunch at the hotel and the rooms will be distributed. Some may not be ready, but the room numbers will be allocated, and baggage will be left at the hotel. 
  • Then, we will take the guided tour of Marrakech. We will start with the external visit of the Kutubía, the twin sister tower of the Sevillian Giralda. We will visit the gardens of Menara, which have a large pond of 30,000 square meters, that was built in the time of the Almohades. The Almohades designed a whole system of subterranean pipes to take advantage of the melting water of the Atlas and so to be able to use it for irrigation. This system is still used after almost 9 centuries of history. We will also visit the Bahia Palace, dedicated by the vizier to one of his favorites, at the end of the 19th century. 
  • We will finish the day in the square of Jmaa El Fna, which at this time of day becomes the greatest spectacle in the world.
  • The orange juice vendors take advantage of the abundance of this fruit in the region to do their business, while other look to the typical outfits of the old water vendors, but often do not even have a drop and only try to charge for a photo of tourists.
  • It really is an amazing place.
  • Free time for dinner in Marrakech.
  • However, the dinner of the renowned fantasy show Chez Ali, which represents the different tribes of morocco and its traditions, will be offered as an option.

12/30/2019: MARRAKECH – TIZNTICHKA – AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out 
  • 8:00 am We continue our trip to the great south of Morocco, for this we cross the majestic mountains of the high Atlas and the port of Tzi N Tichka, gateway to the desert that is to 2,260 meters of height , where we will make a stop to see the spectacular views that can be seen from there.
  • We will continue to Ait Ben Haddou, one of the geological wonders of this planer, which has been maintained for millennia as a separate universe. We will visit a great fortress that has served as a stage for films such as, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Gladiator”, and “The Jewel of the Nile”. It is made up of several constructions, the ochre of the adobe seems to mix with the dry terrain on which once a great torrent flowed and which has now become a cultivated land.
  • After the visit of this emblematic place, we will continue towards Ouarzazate, old garrison of French troops, located in the southern part of the country, rich for its agriculture and famous by the dates of its palm trees, the roses that grow in its banks and the henna.
  •  Is also a great place for filmmakers, which has promoted the area economically and has led to the creation of numerous companies related to the audiovisual world, and employment to many of its inhabitants.
  • Arrival at the hotel, sharing of rooms and dinner in the hotel  

31/12/2019: OUARZAZATE – TINERGHIR - GARGANTAS DEL TODRA – SAHARA

  •  Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Departure from the hotel – continue on our journey through the famous route of the Kasbahs
  • We will pass by the Boulmane de Dades, where the Valley of the Roses is located, to continue towards Tinerghir, where we will deviate to the Gorges of The Todra.
  • There we can admire the wonderful palm trees that help to withstand the warmth of these places.
  • Free time for Lunch
  • In the afternoon, we will continue our route to Erfoud, where we will leave our bus and ride a 4x4 car to our Hostel in Merzouga. Spend the night in tents, next to the dunes of Erg Chebbi at the door or the Sahara Desert from where we can view a spectacular starry sky.
  • Dinner and accommodation in tents.

01/01/2020: SAHARA – IFRANE – FEZ  

  • Sunrise in the Sahara. Its dunes extend to the horizon and some rise more than 150m. The experience of seeing the first rays of sunshine out in the Sahara is breathtaking. Today, it’s necessary to rise early to have an unforgettable date with the sunrise. We will go out at night as well, so we can admire from the dunes – the different shades that the sand is acquiring as the sun rises.
  • After a good Berber breakfast, we will go for a camel ride through the dunes. Departure to Fez, the first of the imperial cities. Its origin dates back to the 8th century. It is also one of the first holy cities of Muslim worship in Morocco and has the pride of hosting on of the oldest universities in the world.
  • Dinner at the hotel 

02/01/2020: THURSDAY: FEZ

  •  Breakfast at the hotel
  • Strolling through the labyrinthine streets of Fez transports us to past worlds where potters, blacksmiths, and craftsmen coexisted with foreign visitors. Smelling the many aromas that fill the atmosphere of the city.
  • We will go out to make a visit with local guide of the city of Fez. Following that, will begin with a panoramic view of the city, including the Merinides tombs. Then, we will visit Fez the Jedid, including the Plaza de los Alhuitas, outside the royal palace and Dar el Makhzen.
  • We will continue on the walking tour of Fez el Bali. We will visit the Attarin’s spices souk and Jenna’s souk. We will arrive at the square of Nejjarin, where the founduk of the same name is located, and pass by the madrasa of Bounania. We will continue to the square of Seffarin and finish the morning in the district of the Tanners and to see the Teneas.
  • Mirrors, perfumes, hens, pigeons, silverware, gold, slippers, sandals, chadors, Djellabas, drums, vegetables, fruits, pottery, ceramics, slabs, spices, portraits of the King, cereals, books, glassware, and everything imaginable… it’s here.
  • The constant chattering of the donkeys, loaded with goods from various backgrounds, transports you to another world only broken by the cry of “Balak” with which the owner of the animal warns passers-by of the donkey.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner free
  • 20:00 hrs. Optional dinner with folkloric show 

03/01/2020: FEZ – CHAOUEN – TANGER

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Departure to Chefchaouen, located in the only Intercontinental natural park, declared a natural reserve of the biosphere.
  • Chaouen is a village hung in the mountains, filled with white and blue, wise people who are friendly and respectful, and beautiful urban panoramas in decline, precious samples of local handicrafts and peace and serenity that is difficult to find today.
  • From here, many often return ith a strong desire to stay longer, talk to friends and family, and find peace.
  • Visit of Chefchaouen with local guide
  • Free lunch at Chaouen
  • Departure to Tangier
  • Arrival to Tangier
  • Check-in at the hotel and Dinner

04/01/2020: 06:00 TANGER - MADRID

  • Departure from the hotel at 03:00 hours
  • Does not include breakfast
  • Arrival at the airport of Tangier
  • Plane boarding direction to Madrid
  • End of our services.
  • Round trip flight from Madrid to Tangier with AirArabia company.
  • Checked-in bag of 15kg + carry-on bag of 10kg
  • Transportation for the whole circuit
  • 2 nights in Fez at the Hotel Sofia (4*) or similar, half board  
  • 1 night in tents in Merzouga in Kan Erremal or similar, half board  
  • 2 nights in Marrakech at Kasbah Hotel Zalagah (4*) or similar, half board
  • 1 night in Tangier Hotel Barcelo Tanger (4*) or similar, (only dinner)
  • Camel Ride in the dunes of Mezouga
  • Tickets to monuments of payment according to the program
  • Accompanying guide in Morocco
  • Local guides in the cities visited
  • Basic travel Assistance Insurance
  • Hotel rates and airport charges
  • Management expenses €15
  • Cancellation fee insurance; option to hire consultant
  • Dinner, drinks, and/or lunches
  • Supplement single room €140 except in the desert
  • Desert Room (subject to availability) €30/pax/double room (must communicate at time of booking)
  • Everything that is not specified in Price includes

The expected hotels are subject to change due to majeure force, maintaining a similar or higher category.

Upcoming departures

  • 28 December 2019
 

Notes

IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU BRING YOUR CURRENT PASSPORT WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE OF AT LEAST 6 MONTHS FROM YOUR TRIP. 

You have the option, if you wish, to reserve a room in the desert (Albergue Dar El Janoub).