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Splendors of Morocco Luxury Gay Tour 2020

May 24–June 03, 2020
11 Days from Casablanca to Marrakech, Morocco

We invite you to travel back to a slower time of aromatic mint tea in cool courtyards and sun-drenched bazaars overflowing with handmade jewelry and colorful tagines (Moroccan dishes) during this luxury gay group journey. Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.

 

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Lodging is also a delightful adventure, whether you overnight in the Sahara in an exclusive tented desert camp or stays in Morocco’s most well-appointed and romantic riads (traditional courtyard houses). With expert guides, learn the histories of Morocco’s ancient cities, discover ornate monuments to religious devotion, and savor one of the most diverse cuisines in the world.

 

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From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco is tailor-made for travelers. With a history stretching back nearly 10,000 years, Morocco has been crisscrossed by Roman legions, Berber caravans, and Muslim scholars. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly colored and patterned rugs you’ll lust after. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloud-banks.

 

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Morocco’s cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the spectacular blue city of Chefchaouen to the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh. In the rocky deserts, medinas are protected by kasbahs, on the coast by thick sea walls. But Morocco is more than it’s historic World Heritage Sites. Morocco’s cities are forward-facing too, with glitzy new urban design in Casablanca and Tangier looking to the future as well as paying homage to their roots. Morocco offers it all and more.

 

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Splendors of Morocco Luxury Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - May 24, 2020, Sunday
Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco
• “MARHABA!” This is the traditional greeting used in Morocco to mean a warm “hello and welcome!”
• Today your flight arrives into Casablanca. On arrival, you are met by a representative of the airport where special arrangements have been made for you to pass through immigration formalities and clear customs. You are then transferred to your hotel to start your unforgettable visit to Morocco.
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel, Casablanca

 

Day 2 - May 25, 2020, Monday
Casablanca to Tangier
• Today, discover the fascinating city of Casablanca. The name Casablanca evokes thoughts of good living, romance, and adventure in a tropical setting, an image that the 1943 Humphrey Bogart film conveyed to cinema-goers in the drab years of World War Two. Originally settled by Berbers in the 7th century, Casablanca’s fairly recent growth has made it the bustling, French-influenced business center of Morocco it is today.
• Your visit starts with the magnificent Hassan II Grand Mosque, one of the two mosques which can be visited in Morocco. The mosque is amongst the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque’s minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world.
• Your sightseeing also includes the Mohammed V square, the United Nations square and the Arab League Park. During a stroll in the Quartier Habbous, you are able to discover a modern version of a medina.
• Afterward, depart to Tangier, a gorgeous city that dominates the north of Morocco and the gateway to Europe. Appealing and cosmopolitan, with mixtures of Moroccan, African and European influences, Tangier is a melting pot of cultures. Henri Matisse named it a “Painter’s Paradise” and several foreign artists such as Paul Bowles, Truman Capote, and William Burroughs fell in love with the city and chose it as their home.
Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

 

Day 3 - May 26, 2020, Tuesday
Tangier to Fes via Chefchaouen
• Travel to the Blue Pearl, Chefchaouen (sometimes called Chaouen), just a few hours away from Tangier, where most of the buildings in the old part of town (the medina) are painted a brilliant sky blue. The surrounding mountains create a stunning backdrop to the vibrant buildings, which you can see at the end of every cobbled street. The main square in the medina is a lively spot, lined with cafes and filled to the brim with locals and tourists mingling easily.
Overnight: Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux, Fes

 

Day 4 - May 27, 2020, Wednesday
Fes
• Take a step back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to Fes El Bali, the world’s largest living medieval medina-city and the cultural heart of Morocco. Explore some of the 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks that make up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter. The medieval Medina is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Fes was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart lays the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still-functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college) (Closed), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. Continue on to Nejjarine Square, whose centerpiece is a beautiful fountain, made up of mosaics and elaborate tile-work. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) has now been converted into a museum of carpentry artifacts.
• Visit Dar Batha and the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which houses historical and artistic collections of wood carvings, embroidery, tribal carpets, and ceramics. Then, it is on to Fes El Jedid (New Fes), built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13th century. Admire the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fes El Jedid is home to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture.
Overnight: Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux, Fes

 

Day 5 - May 28, 2020, Thursday
Meknes & Volubilis
• Depart overland to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest and best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. With its triumphal arches, basilicas, and capitols, the Volubilis skyline is peppered with examples of Roman architecture. However, the greatest treasures of Volubilis are the superb mosaic floors, which have been excellently preserved and left in situ.
• From here, continue on to Meknes, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Morocco’s great Imperial Cities. In Meknes, the impressive monuments recall the splendor of a city first built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of his contemporary, Louis XIV of France. During your visit, see the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, considered to be one of the finest gates in Morocco, as well as the Granaries and the Royal Stables, which were built to accommodate some 12,000 horses. You also have the chance to see Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum, one of the few shrines in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims.
Overnight: Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux, Fes

 

Day 6 - May 29, 2020, Friday
Fez to Merzouga
• Today, travel into the desert, passing through the impressive Atlas Mountains and discover the Tafilalet region, famous for its savory dates and gorgeous scenery.
Erfoud is a largely French-built administrative center and is known for its delightful palm dates. Take a look at Erfoud’s quarry, where fossils have been found from the sea that used to lie here. Nowadays, the mining of these fossilized rocks is a growing and popular industry in this part of Morocco and the fossilized rocks excavated here are used to produce beautiful decorative objects ranging from crockery to furniture.
• Upon arrival to Erfoud head south traveling by four-wheel-drive vehicle along the desert dunes to your tented campsite. For your final part of your journey to the camp, exchange your four-wheel-drive for a more traditional mode of transportation as you cross the final dunes on camelback to reach your camp. On arrival, enjoy a reception of mint tea and pastries followed by a sundowner drink in the dunes.
• Later this evening, savor a mouth-watering dinner served around a campfire, or in a tent, complete with traditional entertainment. Watching the sunset over the high dunes of the Sahara Desert is a highlight of Merzouga Luxury Camp, set in the middle of the golden sand dunes.
Overnight: Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, Merzouga

 

Day 7 - May 30, 2020, Saturday
Merzouga to Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate was once a stopping point for African traders en route to the cities of Morocco and Europe. You will pay a visit to the Todra Gorges and the even more impressive picturesque oases that they hide. Travel through the southern slopes of the High Atlas range, following the Dades Valley and passing flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees. Following the 1000 Kasbahs road, you will marvel at the breath-taking vistas of impressive, ancient Kasbahs nestled in lush palm groves.
• Along the way make a stop to visit an amazing, small private museum in a Ksar near Tingherir, which houses exhibits that showcase the local art, culture, and history. Ouarzazate was built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today it is a regional trade center known for pottery and carpets.
Overnight: Le Berbere Palace Hotel, Ouarzazate

 

Day 8 - May 31, 2020, Sunday
Ouarzazate to Marrakech via Ait Benhaddou
• Today, travel through the stunning Atlas Mountains to reach the thrilling and colorful city of Marrakech. En route, stop in the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbah in the whole of the Atlas region. The village has starred in an array of movies, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator, and The Mummy.
• Continue by road over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, the highest in the region at a height of 2,260 meters (7,415 feet) and stop to marvel at the panoramic views. As your journey continues, take note of the picturesque villages, passing by travelers going from one village to the next on foot or by mule.
• Finally, arrive in Marrakech. Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Red City – just a few of the nicknames Marrakech has acquired over the years. Part Berber, part Arab and part African, Marrakech is the heartbeat of Morocco where palaces and monuments of unrivaled refinement sit calmly alongside snake charmers and Gnaouan drums, pulsing constantly from Djemâa el Fna Square – the most exuberant marketplace in the world.
Overnight: Villa de Orangers Hotel - Relais & Châteaux, Marrakech

 

Day 9 - June 01, 2020, Monday
Marrakech
• Today, discover the Mysteries of Marrakech and the city’s architectural attractions, the majority of which are located inside the Medina, the old walled section of the town.
• The Koutoubia mosque is an emblem of Marrakech. It is not possible to enter the mosque, but its beauty can be admired from the gardens and the square. Built-in the 12th century, the Koutoubia’s minaret is considered to be one of the highlights of Islamic religious structures in North Africa and the inspiration for the architects of the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all over Marrakech.
• Take a look at the Bahia Palace, a remarkable example of Arab-Andalusian architecture where the use of marble, stucco, and mosaics is prevalent in the apartments, opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.
• In the afternoon, explore the labyrinthine souks and perhaps indulge in some shopping! Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles, clothing and Moroccan handicrafts. This maze of colorful alleys and small squares is home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.
• Next, explore Jemaa El Fna, the city’s main square, which is home to a multitude of street-artists and food stalls. Over the years the square has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, acrobats, snake charmers, and street musicians perform at every turn.
Overnight: Villa de Orangers Hotel - Relais & Châteaux, Marrakech

 

Day 10 - June 02, 2020, Tuesday
Marrakech
• Today take a seat in a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Marrakech’s famous, beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city. The area is fed by a basin that was created to irrigate the surrounding gardens and orchards using a sophisticated system called Qanat.
• Begin with a visit to the Menara gardens, which date back to the 12th century and are set among extensive orchards and olive groves. At the center is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains.
• From here it’s on to visit the Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Gardens), originally designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle. After taking up residence in Marrakech, Majorelle transformed the property’s existing garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, and enormous sculptural cactuses.
• Near the Majorelle Gardens, is the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, where the most precious YSL works are gathered. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé fell in love with the colors of Marrakech and therefore resided here for some of the most beautiful years of their lives. After being carefully selected by Pierre Bergé, the museum gathered more than 5,000 dresses and 15,000 Haute Couture accessories.
• The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your own pace.
Overnight: Villa de Orangers Hotel - Relais & Châteaux, Marrakech

 

Day 11 - June 03, 2020, Wednesday
Marrakech to Airport
• Today, bid farewell to Morocco as you depart for the airport, where your international departure flight awaits. Our representative collects you from your hotel and accompanies you to the airport, where you are assisted with the check-in formalities.

 

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What's Included?

• Fast track service on arrival & departure

• 1 night at Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel in Casablanca

• Welcome Dinner in Casablanca

• 1 night at Grand Hotel Villa de France in Tangier

• 3 nights at Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux in Fes

• 1 night at Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp in Merzouga

• Camel ride at a desert camp

• 4X4WD in/out of the Desert Camp

• 1 night at Le Berbere Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate

• 3 nights at Villa de Orangers Hotel - Relais & Châteaux in Marrakech

• Farewell Dinner in Marrakech

• Caleche Ride in Marrakech

• 10 days full sightseeing tours and activities as indicated on the itinerary

• Daily breakfasts

• 5 lunches & 2 dinners throughout Journey

• English speaking guide throughout

• Private VIP meet and greet airport arrival and departure transfers

• Tours and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles

• Fully escorted by Source Events concierge

 

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Not Included:

• International Flights

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

• Personal Expenses

• Gratuities for guides and drivers

• Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

• Travel insurance – highly recommended

• Airport & port taxes (if any)

 

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Requirements

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. Non-U.S citizens may require a visa.

 

Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel

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Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel, Casablanca

Located in the vibrant city center of Casablanca, the Hyatt Regency offers one of the city’s finest settings. Spacious and comfortable rooms feature impressive views over the medina, the gorgeous Hassan II mosque and the ocean. The contemporary and refined décor is highlighted by a range of services and amenities to keep you relaxed and entertained throughout your stay.

You can have a glass of wine or a cigar at the Cafe M or the Living Room. Buffet breakfast is served at the Bissat restaurant while continental dishes are proposed at Les Bougainvillees during the summer season. Live music and shows are organised at the Dar Beida, one of the on-site restaurants.

 

Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

Recently and gloriously refurbished, few hotel addresses in Tangier are as venerable as Grand Hôtel Villa de France. French painter Eugène Delacroix stayed here in 1832, followed by his compatriot, Henri Matisse, just before WWI. You can still enjoy the spectacular views he painted from his old room (35), decorated as it was in his day. The attention to detail in the salons and dining rooms is superb, and the service is attentive. There is a piano bar and suites around a pool at the rear, next to an old villa once occupied by the Napoleons.

Grand Hotel Villa de France is located about a 5-minute walk from a fitness center, a spa and wellness center and a tennis club. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and satellite channels. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom also comes with complimentary toiletries. For those feeling too comfortable to head into town for dinner, the restaurant provides excellent food.

 

Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux

Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux, Fes

Benefiting from a prime location in the heart of the Fes medina, this luxurious Relais & Chateaux property, originally built in the 1930s by a noble Fassi family, has been lovingly restored to its former splendor. The history of this Imperial city is reflected in the Moroccan-Andalusian architecture and the exquisite attention to detail, as seen in the decor.

Elegant rooms and suites are spread throughout five different parts of the property, each showcasing a particular style: Andalusian, Baroque, and Contemporary.

The Fes Riad’s restaurant serves authentic Moroccan cuisine. Meals can be served in the hotel’s dining room or on the roof-top terrace. Guests can relax in the outdoor swimming pool or hammam. The Riad also provides a 24-hour reception with a currency exchange service.

 

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, Merzouga

Watching the sunset over the high dunes of the Sahara Desert is a highlight of Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, set in the middle of the golden sand dunes. Each of its splendid tents is decorated with traditional Moroccan crafts and handmade carpets.

Each tent features a comfortable bed and en suite bathroom. In the evening, venture into the restaurant tent to enjoy a charming evening with a Moroccan dinner accompanied by local entertainment.

 

Le Berbere Palace Hotel, Ouarzazate

Le Berbere Palace Hotel, Ouarzazate

At the gates of the desert, Berbère Palace Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Ouarzazate, which is becoming well known for its burgeoning film industry. The charming property was built as a Kasbah and its well-designed rooms feature items used in the production of famous films, such as Lawrence of Arabia. Located in Ouarzazate town centre, the Berbère Palace is just 5 minutes drive from the famous Kasbah de Taourirt. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a Spa centre with a hammam, sauna and hot tub.

The lovely terracotta lobby features mosaic pillars, a central fountain and an abundance of rugs and fresh flowers. Accommodations are stylishly decorated with handsome fabrics in local motifs, tiled floors topped with rugs, coordinated painted furniture. Each room and suite at Berbère Palace is air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. Rooms also have en suite facilities and a private balcony or terrace.

 

Villa de Orangers Hotel, Marrakech

Villa de Orangers Hotel - Relais & Châteaux, Marrakech

Immaculately refurbished in traditional Moroccan style, La Villa Des Orangers is a riad-style hotel located just minutes from the hive of activity of Jemaa el Fna Square, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding medina. The riad’s stately lounges and elegant salons recreate the atmosphere of old Marrakech, with luxuriant fabrics and crackling log fires. The focal point of this inviting property is a central courtyard shaded by the eponymous orange trees, where a traditional Moroccan breakfast or a light lunch is served. Breakfast is served daily and a bar is open 24 hours a day serving free, non-alcoholic drinks. You can also enjoy Mediterranean style cuisine at the restaurant.

All of the superbly appointed bedrooms and suites are decorated in warm hues and open onto shared courtyards or feature individual roof terraces. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a minibar, free Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Every room has a private bathroom with twin washbasins, a bathtub and a separate shower.

 

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    What's included:
    • Fast track service on arrival & departure
    • 1 night at Hyatt Regency Casablanca
    • Welcome Dinner in Casablanca
    • 1 night at Villa de France
    • 3 nights at Riad Fes
    • 1 night at Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp
    • Camel ride at a desert camp
    • 4X4WD in/out of the Desert Camp
    • 1 night at Le Berber Palace
    • 3 nights at Villa des Orangers
    • Farewell Dinner in Marrakech
    • Caleche Ride in Marrakech
    • 10 days full sightseeing tours and activities as indicated on the itinerary
    • Daily breakfasts
    • 5 lunches & 2 dinners throughout Journey
    • English speaking guide throughout
    • Private VIP meet and greet airport arrival and departure transfers
    • Tours and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Fully escorted by Source Events concierge

    Not included:
    • International Flights
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities for guides and drivers
    • Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride
    • Travel insurance – highly recommended
    • Airport & port taxes (if any)


 

 

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