Treat yourself to one of the most mythical festivals of world sacred music.
A Festival in constant contribution over to the dialogue of cultures, bringing the world together in a couple of nights.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New York or Washington or Miami to/from Casablanca|
|WEAR||Dress is casual throughout the country. In the winter visitors should pack a light coat or raincoat. In the spring and summer lightweight clothes should be worn.|
|DATES||Sep – Apr|
Depart this evening on board Royal Air Maroc non-stop flight (8:30pm) and arriving Casablanca Mohamed VAirport 7:10am. Dinner and breakfastserved on board.
CASABLANCA / RABAT
Upon your arrival at Casablanca airport and after formalities, you will find your host waiting for you to greet you and then escort you to Rabat. Rabat is an imperial city with a rich history of kingdoms that have swept through it for many centuries; leaving behind a collage of different architectural styles and a unique legacy. Afternoon sightseeing will highlight the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the Mohamed V mausoleum, the Oudaya Kasbah and the Andalous gardens. Dinner at the Hotel.
RABAT / MEKNES / FEZ
Travel to Fez via volubilis, the roman capital of Northwestern Africa. Walk through the narrow streets of Moulay Idriss this venerated 8th century citadel (founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss Al Akbar) is considered to be the first Islamic city for the first Arab dynasty and the cradle of sufism to the Moroccan society .continue into the region on the Fez, exploring ramparts, gates and the Borjes (Moorish forts) upon your arrival to town.Dinner at the Hotel.
One travel writer has described Fez as the “most complete reaming medieval city in the world”. We have a full day to discover the many wonders of the “Medina” (old city) with one of our knowledgeable guides who leads us through the labyrinthine narrow streets, introducing us to all sorts of craftsmen at work. You’ll see a traditional tannery, koranic school and the Quaraouine mosque, which at one time was one of the oldest universities in the world. You’ll have free time to visit the souks (Markets), renowned for their distinctive bronze, textiles and pottery. This evening is the grand opening of the festival. 8:30pm.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
FEZ / MOULAY YACOB
This morning a short drive takes us to Moulay Yacoub, a picturesque Berber village in the rif mountains. There you’ll have an opportunity to bathe in one of the natural hot spring pools at the spa. There are Festival events by 3:00pm — Batha Museum/ Evening at Bab Makina. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
FEZ / SEFROU
Today we head south into the middle Atlas Mountains to the village of sefrou, situated in particularly fertile location. It was an important stop of caravans and supported a flourishing regional market and artisan community. Missionaries converted the local population to Judaism in the first century and the area still features ancient synagogues that will visit. Heading north, our next stop is Ait bahil, a village of distinctive troglodyte dwellings cut into the limestone hills a settlement begun by Christian elements of the Roman Second Legion. Festival events begin 4:00pm —/ 8h3Omp— Bab Makina Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
FEZ / MOULAY IDRISS
Visit Moulay Idriss, the quaint, white-washed city that hangs dramatically on a mountainside. Only open to non-Muslims in the 20th Century, It is the holiest place in Morocco. The town takes its name from one of the great grandsons of the prophet Mohamed who founded the first Islamic Dynasty here. After a specially prepared lunch in a fine Moroccan restaurant, we’ll visit Volubilis, the largest and best-restored roman ruins in the country. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
SPECIAL EVENTS BY SCENIC TOURS WITH LUNCH
Join Scenic voyage for this exclusive event : Batha Museum 8h3Opm, Bab Makina. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Excursion throughout a beautiful countryside of the tomb of the suffi saints of Moulay Bouchta Elkhamar, shrime of the Sufi saint of the music. Return in the afternoon and enjoy the Festival 4h00 — Batha Museum / 8h30 pm — Bab. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Today we will walk through the Jewish section, mingling with the Moroccans, crossing the Fez El jadid, the Arab section, until we reach the south King Palace. The Festival events Batha Museum: 8h30pm — Bab Makina. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
FEZ / MIDDLE ATLAS / FEZ WALKING TOUR
Morning at leisure. Festival 4h0Opm — Batha Museum 8h3Opm — Bab Makina.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
FEZ / MARRAKECH
Breakfast. Crossing the middle Atlas Mountains, trough majestic cedar forests where the famous Barbary Apes are often seen. We make our way to Marrakech, with stops in Ifrane and Khenifra along the way.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Marrakech, the fabled “red city”, so named for its ochre buildings, is far more African and bustling in nature then Fez. We have a full day to unveil its secrets and mysteries. We’ll visit: The Koutoubia mosque and minaret, the second largest in Africa: the Saadian tombs,a remarkably beautiful 16th century monument only open to non-muslims since 1917; the Bahia place, where some members of the royal family stay where the king is on town; and Dar Si Said, a stunning 19th Century house that has been transformed into an arts crafts museum. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the medina (old walled city) full of amazing sights, sounds and smells, finishing the day in Jamaa El Fna, the vast central square, a daily carnival of musicians acrobats, fortune tellers, fire eaters and snake charmers. Our last evening features a sumptuous farewell dinner in a fine Moroccan restaurant in a beautiful old house in the medina, with live music and a belly dancer.Dinnerand overnightin Hotel.
MARRAKECH / CASABLANCA / FLIGHT DEPARTURE
We take a 10 minutes drive to the airport to catch the am flight to Casablanca, connecting with flight to home. All customs formalities are done in Marrakech: both boarding passes are issued there and your luggage is checked directly.