UJT GETAWAY 2020

EXPERIENCE MOROCCO

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Join Us In Morocco in
October 2020 for An Experience of a Lifetime!

Join us as we journey to the diverse country of Morocco to experience the culture, landscape and rich history. Urban Jetsetter Travel, the host of this bucket list trip, will guide you through the best of Morocco. We'll explore the architecture of Casablanca, experience the beauty of the Blue Pearl, shop at the souks in the imperial city of Fes, go Glamping overnight in the Sahara and tour majestic Marrakech, the capital of the south.

Trip Overview

The Getaway

UJT's Morocco Getaway is for professional adults seeking to travel abroad and experience the richness of other cultures while connecting with like minded individuals and creating new friendships.

 

For 10 adventure-filled days you will explore the towns of  Southern Morocco. Our English speaking guide will travel with us for the duration of the tour. The trip includes stays in superior level  Riads, daily breakfast, several dinners, transportation and unique activities.

The Cuisine

Moroccan cuisine reflects the country's history, with elements of Africa, Arabia, and the Mediterranean. The essence of Moroccan food is a communal style of eating, with many dishes shared by the family. Mealtimes are very social and eaten at a leisurely pace with much laughter and talking. Daily breakfast and dinner is included in the package. Featured meals include:

  • Welcome dinner at a popular piano bar in Casablanca

  • Dining under the stars at a Saharan desert camp

  • 5 course dinner and live entertainment 

The Culture

Some of the highlights of our journey include:

  • a city tour of Casablanca with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque and the Habous Quarter. 

  • Walking through the cobbled streets of Chefchaoen (the Blue Pearl)

  • Touring the Roman Ruins at Volubillis, a UNESCO world heritage site

  • Full day in Fes, Morocco's spiritual and intellectual capital

  • And so much more!

 

The Activities

Our 10 day experience is designed to show you the best of Morocco. From it's oldest landmarks, through the picturesque countryside, to the modern day attractions. 

Highlighted excursions include:

  • Overnight in Merzouga in a luxury desert camp, with a sunrise camel ride over the Sahara

  • A visit to a women-run cooperative where argan oil is produced by hand

  • A stop at a local school where we will donate school supplies

  • Explore Ouarzaate, Morocco's version of Hollywood

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel from your Airport to Casablanca

Day 2 - Start the day with a meet and greet at the airport in Casablanca. Start your Casablanca city tour with a walk around the Hassan II Mosque, then continue to the Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Go on to the Habous Quarter, the oldest part of Casablanca, which houses the Royal Palace, then continue to Mohammed V Square in the city center. Transfer to your hotel for check -in after the tour. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, set in an old courtyard-style mansion built against the walls of the Old Medina of Casablanca, the restaurant - piano bar is filled with architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the film: curved arches, a sculpted bar, balconies, balustrades as well as beaded and stenciled brass lighting and plants that cast luminous shadows on white walls. There is an authentic 1930's Pleyel piano and As Time Goes By is a common request to the in-house pianist.Overnight in Casablanca.
 

Day 3 - After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Chefchaouen as the flat plains and rolling hills transform into the mountainous landscape of the Rif range. Chefchaouen translates to “blue pearl,” and it’s indeed a rare, stunning gem. If you love villages that defy gravity with their Lego-like stacked structures on cliffs and hillsides, you’ll adore Chefchaouen with its narrow cobbled streets and passageways. Mostly untouched since the 15th century, Chefchaouen offers a relaxed atmosphere with some of the friendliest people in the country. Discover Plaza Outa el-Hammam, the main square, and the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon; the Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum and the octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque that rises nearby.Enjoy Dinner at the hotel this evening. 
 

Day 4 - Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. Then hit the road to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, a UNESCO world heritage site that contains Morocco’s best preserved Roman ruins.  Continue on to Fes. Fes is the oldest of the four imperial cities and is considered to have the most complete medina in the Arab world. Relatively untouched since it was founded over 1000 years ago, the haphazard streets provide a sense of what it was like to live during medieval times in Morocco. Transfer to the hotel for check in and overnight.Overnight in Fes. 
 

Day 5 - Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided full day city tour of Fes, Morocco’s spiritual and intellectual capital and home to the largest old Medina in the world. The city’s numerous monuments have thousands of stories to tell, visit the Jemaa El Karaouyine (the first university to be established in the world), the Mederssa Bounania, the tanneries and artisan quarters and the fascinating souks are just some of the many places to see. Overnight in Fes.
 

Day 6 - Leave Fes with its fantastic history, heading to a totally different part of Morocco. On the way you will pass through many Berber cities and villages, the first of which are the cities of Ifrane and Azrou. Ifrane, nicknamed Morocco’s Switzerland, is a very beautiful little town with very charming European style homes and Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperatives. Continue via Midelt, the Ziz River and a series of fortified villages’ en route to Erfoud. Board your 4x4 vehicle and continue on to Merzouga for your overnight in a luxury desert camp.Overnight in Merzouga in a Luxury Desert Camp.
 

Day 7 - Early morning take an excursion to the golden sand dunes in Merzouga to enjoy a camel ride in the desert and experience a magical sun rise. Return to the camp for breakfast. Return to Erfoud in your 4x4 and board your coach for your drive to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a beautiful and green valley more than 40 km in length. The valley is rich with palm trees, olives, almonds and many other crops. We stop to enjoy a short walk through the valley. Just north of Tinghir is Todra Gorge, a 300m deep cut wall into the mountains of the High Atlas and one of the rarest landscapes ever. Continue on to Kelaat M’Gouna along the Dades Valley. Kelaat M’Gouna is a large village, famous for cultivating roses, so expect to find many fine, rose-infused products here. Your day ends in Ouarzazate, Morocco’s version of Hollywood. Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Day 8 - The city tour of Ouarzazate includes a stop at Tourirt Kasbah, considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. You will also visit Tifoultout Kasbah with its remarkable views over the valley. Visit the cinematographic studios where many great films were and are still being shot. Continue on to the wonderful fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular fortress village in the south of Morocco and where many great movies such as were Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, The Sheltering Sky, Kundun, The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander were filmed. Depart Ait Ben Haddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains via spectacular Tiz-In Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech. Today you will also visit a cooperative run by women in the Atlas Mountains, where the famous argan oil is produced by hand and organic delicacies and beauty products are sold. On arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 9 - This morning, you will take a tour of Marrakech, the capital of the south. Marrakesh is a charming city with its famous Jemaa El Fna Square with arrays of food stalls, snake charmers, musicians and fortune tellers. The Koutoubia Mosque (12th century), Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens are just a few of the architectural highlights of the city. A few hours walk along the narrow streets of the old Medina is also part of the city’s charm. You will have some free time in the square before you return to the hotel. Tonight you will drive to Chez Ali for Dinner and a Fantasia Show. This 4-hour dinner tour swaps the thrills of Marrakech for the unbelievable thrills of the Chez Ali complex in the Palmerie. During the night, you will see fireworks, acrobats, belly dancers, and horse back stunts. On arrival Berber tribes will greet you, and lead you to your seats in caidal tents. Sit back and prepare to be blown away! The extraordinary night of entertainment is a magical and magnificent fairytale of Moroccan folk lore and legends. Various troops from Moroccan history will pass by your table as you eat, including the Zayane, Kelaa M’Gouna, and Guedra. As you feast on a 5-course meal, watch various song and dance shows, daring horse back stunts, thrilling fireworks, exciting parades, death-defying acrobats, and exotic belly dancers. You may even see a flying carpet or two! The show finale is the electrifying Fantasia show, recreating the war ceremonies of horsemen, and the fierce battles between Berber and desert knights. Thrill as large formations of horses and horsemen in traditional dress charge across the arena to the sounds of exploding gunpowder.
Return to the hotel after the show. Overnight in Marrakech.

 

Day 10 - Enjoy a free morning to re-discover Marrakech before returning back to Casablanca airport for your flight.
 

Package Details

Inclusions:

  • 8 Nights Luxury Accommodation

  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner

  • Airport Transfers

  • Meet & Greet on Arrival

  • Transportation with Driver/Guide

  • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees

  • English Speaking Guide

  • UJT Shirt 

  • All Taxes

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  • Air Travel

  • Personal Expenses

  • Optional Tours

  • Meals not specified as Included

  • Tips & Gratuities

  • Early Check-in & Late Check-out

  • Travel/Medical Insurance

  • Visa/Passport Handling Fees

  • Solo Traveler Upgrade Available (+$350)

  • All quote pricing inclusive of $100 deposit.

  • Installment plan available for balance.

  • Dates may change  +/- a day due to flight schedules for Oct 2020

  • Prices are subject to change prior to final booking due to market fluctuations.

Exclusions:

Trip Price:

U.S. $2,400pp  LAND ONLY
(Double Occupancy) 
October 2 - 11, 2020