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12-Day In-depth Tour in Morocco

Date:2017-09-21 10:25       Source:Erin       By:Erin       View: 2891
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Special service:

1.The number of people: 20; 

This tour group has started to sign up until it is fully booked. 

2.Lead by photographic experts: The top photographic specialists in China serve as leaders and provide photographic creation training and professional guidance during the entire trip.

3.Tour in depth: Instead of cursory “tourists traveling”, this photo tour of Morocco goes deep to the most classic spots for photography to make deep photo creation. 

4. Video record: photographers and videographers follow through the entire trip, record the photographic creation process of members and the pleasant time they spend together. After the trip, we will edit and organize videos and make them into memorial videos. 

5. Publication of picture album: The expert will select 20 classic works for each member, process and publish the delicate picture album for free. 

6. Work exhibition: tour members can selectively display photos online (including Global Trip, Global Photography in English and Chinese, Mobile Photography, Wechat platform, Indian Crown International Travel Group and other platforms) and offline (including Pingyao International Photography Festival, International photographic week of Natural Ecology and other large-scale international exhibitions) to promote and propagandize. 

7. A jury of experts: each member chooses 10 photos to participate in work rating. One best photographer will be selected by experts, honored as the “excellent photographer of the Global Trip” and received the Certificate of Honor. The winner gets a free upgrade to the senior member of the Global Trip.

Highlights:

1. Quality service provided by the Emirates Airlines for the round-trip flight;

2. According to the experiences of several trips to Morocco, the photographers of the Global Photography select optimal local shooting sites (Riad Garden—Casablanca, the world’s most beautiful sunset—Essaouira, Insomniac City—Marrakesh, Gate of the Sahara Desert—Merzouga, the Lost City—the old city of Fez, the Blue Town—Chefchaouen, Asilah Old Town and so on). The subject is well-chosen to improve the shooting efficiency and opportunities to take fine pictures;

3. Local starred hotels, safe and comfortable;

4. High-quality service from professional leaders and local tour guide in Morocco.

Schedule:

Day 1: Beijing—Dubai—Casablanca 

Assemble at the Capital International Airport to Casablanca (flight for reference: Emirates Airlines EK307 from 00:40 to 05:00, Transit Stop in Dubai for 2h25m, EK751 from 07:25 to 12:45, the total flight time about 17h40m). 

Casablanca, also known as “Dar el Beida”, 88 kilometers away from the capital Rabat bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the biggest city in Morocco. It has evergreen trees and mild weather. Overlook the city from the sea, you can see the blue sky and sea with a white outline in the middle. It is also the famous historical city and economic center of Morocco, which is praised as “the Lung of Morocco” and “the Bride of the Atlantic”. Besides, Casablanca is home to the world’s famous Hassan II Mosque. 

“Casablanca” derives from Spanish meaning the “white house” because you are able to see the white houses spread all over the city elegantly against the blue sea of the Atlantic. The romantic love story “Casablanca” was premiered here. 

Visit the Hassan II Mosque after arrival. Located in the westernmost of Islam, Hassan II Mosque is the third largest mosque and the most modern mosque in the world. It is the only mosque open to foreigners that was built in memory of the sixtieth birthday of the former king. Established in August 1987, the Hassan II Mosque covers an area of two hectares, in which one-third of the total area is in the sea. The roof can be opened and closed and all the 25 doors are made of titanium alloy to resist seawater corrosion. 

Known as the “Miracle in the Architectural Industry of the 20th Century”, the Hassan II Mosque is the third largest mosque after the Mecca Mosque and the Medina Mosque, and is able to accommodate 100,000 people to pray at a time. Then you can continue to visit the Place Mohamed V and Hassan II Mosque, and walk on the beach road of Miami, Casablanca, overlooking the blue Atlantic against the sea wind. 

Check in hotel after dinner.

Meal: lunch, dinner.                         

Accommodation: Casablanca (hotel for reference: Kenzi Basma Hotel or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 2: Casablanca—Essaouira 

Go to the city of art in Morocco—Essaouira after breakfast (about 380 kilometers, a 5.5-hour drive)

Essaouira means “as beautiful as a picture” in Arabic. It may not have the greatest beach of Morocco, but it boasts the most notable wind. Its reputation “the Wind City of the Africa” is worthy of the name, with the wind blowing from the Atlantic all the year round, attracting lots of surfers and windsurfing enthusiasts. It has been a “melting pot” that converged multiple nationalities and cultures since ancient times. The Arabs, African tribes, Berbers, Jews lived together peacefully, forming a unique human landscape. We are able to select different subjects to shoot here: harbors, Moroccan paintings, the engraving art, tree climbing goats and organ forests with local characteristics. 

Check in hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.                         

Accommodation: Essaouira (hotel for reference: Ryad Mogador Essaouira Hotel or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 3: Essaouira—Marrakesh

Go to Marrakesh after breakfast (about 185 kilometers, a 3-hour drive). 

Marrakesh, known as “the Pearl of the South”, is located in the southwest of Morocco and lies at the foot of Atlas Mountains. Derived from the Berber, “Marrakesh” means “the Hometown of the God”. As one of Morocco's four former imperial cities, Marrakesh has been the capital of Morocco twice. With the exotic charm, it was a place to rest for the camel business group from the South. It is a warm red ancient city that was given the nickname “Red City” for its reddish-brown buildings. Marrakesh boasts Morocco’s biggest square, the Berber Market. And the Jemaa el-Fnaa was regarded as the busiest square in Africa and even the world, from sunrise to sunset, injecting Marrakesh the infinite vigor.

After arrival, visit the Koutoubia Masque, the landmark of Marrakesh and the center and the highest point of the Medina of Marrakesh. It was built in 1195 by the architect Yakub Ehle Mansour, the constructor of the Rabat, in honor of the victory against the Spanish. With a 67-meter high spire and the magnificent exterior, the Koutoubia Mosque is the most graceful building in North America and what makes it unique among other mosques is its distinctive flavor. Thousands of bags of precious spice were stirred in the mud that was used to bond stone, making the mosque exude the rich aroma until today and gain its name the “Fragrant Tower”. 

Next, take photos in the private garden of Yves Saint Laurent. Visit the Bahia Palace, one of the few that is well-preserved and opened to outsiders, and every place, including gardens, courtyards, geysers and gorgeous rooms, is designed elaborately. 

Visit the Sleepless Square, where you can shoot the Indian snake charmers, the Arabian spices and tea sellers, storytellers, Moroccan fortune-tellers, a variety of performances, countless foodstuffs, beverages, clothes, carpets, furnishings, leathers, and handicraft stalls. It is just like the Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong and Xintiandi in Shanghai.  

Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Marrakesh (hotel for reference: Hotel Les Ambassadeurs or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 4: Marrakesh—Ait Ben Haddou—Ouarzazate

After breakfast, go to Ouarzazate (about 185 kilometers, a 3.5-hour drive) across the mouth of the Atlas Mountains at an elevation of 2260 meters. The road extends in the valley and the steep mountain, showing people the primitive sightseeing. We can feast our eyes on the glorious landscape during the trip. 

Climb the hill in the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou near the river valley (you should stop shooting if the river begins to rise). The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, originally built in the 8th century, is a small village in the Atlas Mountains of Southern Morocco. It is a defensive residential area built by the Berbers who lived here for generations with the purpose of preventing bandits from plundering. In 1987, the UNESCO added it to the List of World Heritage. Besides, it is Hollywood directors’ favorite shooting site and the filming spot of more than 20 Hollywood blockbusters, such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile and The Mummy. 

Later, go to Ouarzazate (about 30 kilometers, a 30-minute drive) and visit the Film City. Known as the “Hollywood of Africa”, it is a shooting spot of many famous films, including Gladiator, The Four Feathers, Romancing the Stone, Cleopatra, The Sheltering Sky, The Jewel of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Spy Game and so on.

Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: (Hotel Club Hanane or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 5: Ouarzazate—Todra Gorge—Merzouga

Go to Merzouga via Todra Gorge after breakfast (about 170 kilometers, a 2.5-hour drive). 

On the river bed at the bottom of the valley, the green willow, flowers, plants, and all kinds of trees sway in the breeze, making a picturesque scene. On the contrary, the view around the canyon is a barren reddish brown. The two opposite scenes shape a wonderful landscape. 

Arrive at the gate of Sahara Desert—Merzouga (about 258 km, about 4 hours by car).

Enter the desert by 4*4 SUV (Please bring sunscreen products and sunglasses) to experience the adventure of sand flushing. The Sahara here is unique, which is famous for its various sand dune. With the change of natural light, it displays beautiful colors, such as golden and pink, forming particularly spectacular landscape, especially at sunrise and sunset. With the distinctive desert landscape in Morocco, it is the Sahara in the dream of countless people. It is one of the shooting sites of the Lawrence of Arabia, and we can also see the highest sand dune of Africa. 

Have a rest at the hotel after dinner.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, lunch. 

Accommodation: Alfred (hotel for reference: Hotel Xaluca Erfoud or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 6: Merzouga—Fez

Go to Fez after breakfast (about 467 km, about 7 hours by car).

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: Fez (hotel for reference: Across Hotels & Spa or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 7: Fez—Meknes—Volubilis—Fez

Go to the ancient Islamic city Meknes (about 64 kilometers, a one-hour drive). 

As the world cultural heritage, Meknes is best known for its ancient city wall that stretches for 25 miles. It is Morocco’s longest and most complete ancient city wall with the most complicated layout and the most abundant form. The most spectacular view on the city wall is the Bab Mansour that was named for the meaning of victory. Located opposite the City Square, the Bab Mansour was built by Moulay Ismail as a monument to record his great achievements. The gate is tall and grand flanked by two attic-like forts. 

Then, visit the royal stables that were mainly used to store fodder for royal horses and grains for part of royalty. Most of the roof was damaged during the aftermath of the earthquake in 1755. 

After lunch, visit the North Africa heritage of ancient Rome—the city of Volubilis. It is recorded that it was used to be a flourishing city where presented a scene of prosperity in the 1st century. It retained the well-preserved triumphal arch and white stone columns, and the street of the old city, residential housings, oil mills, public bathrooms and the market were still visible.

Then go back to Fez and have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: Fez (hotel for reference: Across Hotels & Spa or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 8: Fez—Chefchaouen

After breakfast, visit the old city of Fez, which was rated by the famous American magazine as “one of the ten most romantic cities in the world”. As the oldest one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, Fez has been Morocco’s religious, cultural and art center for over a thousand years. “Fez” means the “golden ax” and the “fertile land” in Arabic. The old city of Fez is one of the world’s largest existing typical medieval-style cities with the profound religious and traditional culture and philosophic foundation. It was recognized as the world cultural legacy by UNESCO in 1981. Coming here seems to return to one thousand years ago when donkeys were the main vehicles. The Koran schools, the Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, the University of Al Quaraouiyine—the first school in the world, and the Bab Bou Jeloud are all unfolding in front of you. All kinds of handicraft workshops and buildings or interior decorations inlaid with blue mosaics can be seen everywhere (Tips: there are many big and small shops in the old city, in which the mosaic, bronzes, carpets, and leather handicraft workshops reflected the oldest craft of Fez. While they are not tourist shops). 

Then go to Chefchaouen (about 200 kilometers, a 3.5-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: Chefchaouen (hotel for reference: Hotel Atlas Chaoue or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 9: Chefchaouen—Tangier

After breakfast, visit the charming blue town - Chefchaouen

When it comes to the city that consisted of white and blue color, the first comes to your mind is the Santorini in Greece, while the Chefchaouen of Morocco is also a charming blue ancient city. Located in the broad valley of the Rif Mountains, the captivating Chefchaouen is always a favorite attraction for tourists. It is a small and delicate place. Both outside and inside the house are painted the light blue, from afar, it looks like thousands of blue building stocks. Walk along the famous Plaza Utael—Hammam square, and step on the irregular cobblestone roads, you will feel a generation has passed. The mottled castle in the square that was surrounded by the red city wall, along with the remarkable mosque, attracting tourists to visit and worship. There was not much noise, which allows you to wander on the curved and narrow blue street and slowly taste the distinguished and sentimental Chefchaouen.

Then go to Tangier (about 115 kilometers, a 2.5-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: Tangier (hotel for reference: Hotel Atlas Almohades Tanger or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 10: Tangier—Asilah—Rabat

Visit the Northwest of Morocco—Tangier, the ancient city and the seaport of Northern Morocco. It is located at the mouth of the Tangier Bay of the Strait of Gibraltar and the crossroad of the world transportation. The old town of Tangier is located in the north of the city close to shore. It is just like what described in The Thousand and One Nights: dense houses in various styles, crisscrossed streets, all sorts of shops, stalls and handicraft workshops. It is filled with a sea of people all day long and is a wonderful place to take pictures of local customs. 

Then go to Asilah (about 45 kilometers, a one-hour drive) to visit the distinctive graffiti town. Known as the “City of Graffiti”, Asilah is a colorful art city where the houses as bulged as bread twist and link together, and walls throughout the city were covered with vibrant paintings. Filled with the breath of romance and cleanness, Asilah has no sense of Africa with its tidiness and aesthetic feeling. The graffiti painted by expert painters, ranging from colors to compositions, spreads across the whole city. The content of the graffiti is casual and interesting. Some are fashion and cool, and some are colorful and adorable. Almost every family’s outer walls are covered with graffiti, which combines finely with the whole architecture, making windows to be the decorations of the mural. You are able to walk all the way to seek for the graffiti of the great masters and encounter surprise at every lane and turn.

Then go to Rabat (about 45 kilometers, a one-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: Rabat (hotel for reference: Helnan Chellah Hotel & Spa or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 11: Rabat—Casablanca

Go to the capital of Morocco. Visit the Royal Palace and the Mechouar in North African style, and then visit the Kasbah of the Udayas. The Kasbah of the Udayas,  located to the east of the old town of Rabat and the mouth of the Bouregreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, is a complex of old castles. 

Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Founded in 1962 and finished in 1971, it is located in the center of Rabat and is one of the noted attractions of the city. Here was buried the father and grandfather of the king. Built with marbles, the building has a prominent Moroccan style. The mosaic pattern paves from the floor to the ceiling, giving people a sense of luxury. 

Then visit the Hassan Tower. It is 16 meters long and 44 meters high of the single side. The pattern carved around the tower is various with traditional artistic features of Morocco, and the whole complex is majestic and elegant, representing the beautiful architectural technique of Muslim and the distinctive architectural style and decorative art of Morocco. 

Go back to Casablanca (about 85 kilometers, a one-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after dinner. 

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Accommodation: Casablanca (hotel for reference: Kenzi Basma Hotel or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 12: Casablanca—Dubai—Beijing

Go back home by airplane after breakfast (flight for reference: EK752 14:45—01:25+1, Transit Stop in Dubai for 2h30m, EK306 03:55—15:25, the total flight time about 14h10m). Ending the happy tour of Morocco. 

Meal: Breakfast, lunch. 

The above schedule may be adjusted based on some reasons, such as weather and road condition. Thanks for understanding. 

Expenditure: 20,800 yuan/person 

The specific time of the trip: Late September 

Description of fees:

Charges include: 

1.Round-trip tickets and taxes for Beijing--Dubai--Casablanca;

2.The overseas tour coach (27 seats), the noted kilometers and drive time is regular amount and the real drive time may prolong according to the road condition and rest during the trip;

3. The three or four-star hotel of the entire trip, standard double room, including breakfast. If there is a natural single room, please make up the price difference;

4. The listed food (a total of 11 breakfasts and 23 dunch, all of them are hotel dinners or local food or Chinese food, exclude drinking water);

5. Admission tickets for tourist attractions in Morocco (Yves Saint Laurent Garden in Marrakech, Volubilis of Meknes, stable and granary of Meknes, Bahia Palace of Marrakech, the Koran schools, and Atlas Studio of Ouarzazate); 

6. Charges for the jeep to go in and out of the desert once;

7. Charges for professional drivers, the Chinese guide, and the local guide;

8. One bottle of mineral water each day;

9. Charges for the professional instructor of photography;

10. Expense for tour leaders and correlative charges for organization;

11. Tip for the overseas tour guide and drivers;

12. Travel accident insurance. 

Charge exclude:

1. Please prepare the private passport (please assure the validity period is at least half a year if you entrust us to apply;

2. Personal consumption and excluded costs in the quotation. 

3. Price difference for single room: 35 dollars/per/night (one must pay if he or she lives in a single room);

4. Beverage costs during the meal;

5. Charges for the car, guide, and driver for extra activities apart from the normal tourist activities (time for the car in use: from 9 am to 9 pm). If the guide and the drive are not the same people, the charge for extra time is 75 dollars/h for the driver, guide, and car;

6. Charges for storage fees for luggage and overweight charges for luggage checking;

7. Additional expenses caused by seasonal rise, encounter of local exhibitions or festivals; 

8. Charges caused by the force majeure, such as strikes, weather, road interruption, flight cancellations or delays, and natural disasters, or, charges in circumstances beyond the control of the travel agency. The travel agency can adjust the schedule accordingly, and require the additional cost if the cost increases; 

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