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Morocco at the Holidays, featuring spectacular Riads in Fez & Marrakech

  • Destination: Africa & Middle East, Morocco
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Start: 12/23/2020
  • End: 01/02/2021

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  • AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING!
  • Double Occupancy $6295 | Single Occupancy $7595
  • 11 days/9 nights, including Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, Meknes, Marrakech,
  • Luxury (5★) accommodations
  • Activity level: Easy
  • ADDITIONAL: International Air Routing: USA – Casablanca (CMN) – USA or return from Marrakech (RAK)
  • COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: Travelers entering Morocco must complete a PCR test within 72 hours of travel, with printed results to present on request at check-in and to GOM officials on arrival.

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Day 1

MON DEC 23 2020 • Depart USA

Depart on any regularly scheduled flight to Casablanca, Morocco.


Day 2

TUE DEC 24 • Arrive in Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! After clearing customs and immigration, meet our representative for transfer to the hotel located in the city center. This 24-floor work of art overlooks the medina, the sea, and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. In the evening, we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a popular restaurant.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Casablanca ★★★★★
Room: Regency Club
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 3

FRI DEC 25 • Meknes | Volubilis | Fez

Start the day exploring Casablanca’s most important site, the Hassan II Mosque. Its minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. Afterward, drive to the city of Meknes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following lunch, we continue to Volubilis, also a UNESCO Site and home to Morocco’s largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins, though its greatest treasures are the excellently preserved mosaic floors. Continue to Fez for the evening. Enjoy Christmas dinner at our Riad.

Hotel: Riad Fès ★★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Christmas Dinner

Day 4

SAT DEC 26 • Discovering Fez


Today we step back in time to the Middle Ages as we explore the most ancient and untouched neighborhoods in the world, Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Meander along one of the 9,000 pedestrian-only narrow lanes, alleys, and souks that comprise the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter. Take in the sights and sounds of locals conducting their day-to-day business, with merchants plying their varied goods such as rugs, metal wares, and aromatic spices. Stumble upon Al Karaouine University or take pause at Nejjarine Square to admire the beautiful fountain with elaborate mosaic tilework. Discover Fez el-Jedid (New Fez) and Mellah (the old Jewish quarter) boasting traditional Jewish architecture of wrought iron–decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies.

Hotel: Riad Fès ★★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

SUN DEC 27 • Touring Rabat

After a drive to the capital of Morocco we get settling in the hotel before setting off to explore the city’s highlights. See the superbly preserved Moorish relics such as the Hassan Tower. View the mausoleum of Mohamed V, founder of modern Morocco, and visit Oudaya Kasbah, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Note the Kasbah’s gate, one of the most beautiful surviving ones in the Moorish world. Once inside, explore a delightful Andalusian-style garden, complete with a fountain and sweet-scented orange trees. Beyond the city walls are the remains of the ancient city of Sala.

Hotel: Villa Mandarine ★★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

MON DEC 28 • Marrakech


Once the capital of an empire that stretched from Toledo to Senegal, Marrakech is also known as the Red City or Pink City due to the distinctive hue of the local earth used in the construction of its many brick buildings. After breakfast, we will drive via Casablanca, stopping for lunch to Marrakech, arriving early evening. Overnight in Marrakech.

Hotel: Les Jardins de la Medina ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

TUE DEC 29 • Medinas & Monuments

Today we take an in-depth look at the mysterious yet glorious city of Marrakech. Starting at its ancient medina, we will visit the Saadian Tombs, with intricate stucco and Granada-style carvings; the Dar Si Said, a palace and home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts; and the Bahia Palace, the residence of the grand vizier Si Ahmed Ben Moussa. Stop at the Koutoubia Mosque and see the minaret considered the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. Afterward, stroll through the souks and the fabled Djemaa el-Fna square, with its fire-eaters, mimes, snake charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Les Jardins de la Medina ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

WED DEC 30 • YSL Tribute at Garden of Majorelle by Calèche

This morning we visit the beautiful gardens of the city, including the lovely Menara Gardens. At their center is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains. From here, continue to Majorelle Garden, once owned by famous couture designer Yves Saint Laurent. Marvel at the garden’s exotic plants, such as bamboo, cacti, bougainvillea, and palms. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore shops and sights at your own pace.

Hotel: Les Jardins de la Medina ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

THU DEC 31 • Atlas Mountains | NYE Party

Drive along an amazingly scenic route with beautiful views as we embark on a full day excursion into the High Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s greatest mountain range. Sightseeing includes the picturesque Berber village of Asni Valley. Afterwards, you will enjoy a soft trek through the fabulous landscape, stopping at the home of a Berber family to enjoy a Moroccan tea before continuing our walk through a small Berber village where the people maintain a very traditional lifestyle. Lunch is at Kasbah Toubkal before our return to Marrakech in the afternoon.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This evening we celebrate together and ring in the new year with a festive party at the hotel.

Hotel: Les Jardins de la Medina ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

FRi JAN 1 • Day at Leisure

Spend our final day in Morocco relaxing at leisure.

Hotel: Les Jardins de la Medina ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

SAT JAN 2 • Departure

Transfer to the Casablanca airport (about 3 hours) for departure flights to the USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Rates & Facts

Rates Per Person
Double Occupancy $6295
Single Occupancy $7595

Included
  • One night in Casablanca at the 5★ Hotel Hyatt Regency Casablanca
  • Two nights in Fez at the 4★ Hotel Riad Fès
  • One night in Rabat at the 4★ Hotel Villa Mandarine
  • Four nights in Marrakech at the 5★ Hotel Les Jardins de la Medina
  • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 3 dinners
  • Private transportation by Deluxe Luxury Mercedes Sprinter throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • Tasting / Cooking Class in Fez
  • Caliche Ride in Marrakech
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Coda Tour Representative, with minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours
Not included

International airfare and baggage fees; Passport and visa fees; no visa is required for entry into Morocco; Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended); Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone, drinks, etc.); Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager.

Travel Preps

Airfare

Royal Air Maroc, which code shares with Delta, offers direct flights from New York to Casablanca (CMN). Air France has flights via Paris and Iberia Airlines has flights via Madrid (code share with American Airlines). We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

For return flights, back to the USA, there will be one group transfer to the airport in Casablanca at a time when the majority of guests are flying. Any transfers other than this group transfer will have additional costs for a private transfer. You may also fly out of Marrakech and avoid the transfer to Casablanca. Some flights fly directly to European hubs from Marrakech or you can connect in Casablanca to the USA.

Coda Tours will be happy to assist you with your international airfare in Business or Economy class (First Class is rare nowadays on international flights, but if available, we can quote it.) Please ask us for a price quote, we often have favorable rates. There is a standard $35 per ticket ticketing for this service.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visa is also required for travel to Morocco for USA and Canada passport holders.

Health

The Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world and so vaccination for measles is especially important when traveling internationally.

A note from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol. Morocco has had two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, both confirmed to have originated from Italy.

Minimums

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.