Imperial Morocco & Sahara Desert

Code: MO-HLTS-01
8 DAYS

Overview

 

Explore the culture, history and legacy of the fabled Imperial Cities of Morocco. This is an exclusive adventure that will stimulate your curiosity to explore more of this mystic land. From the fascinating cities of Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh and their many World Heritage Sites to its beautiful mountain ranges and valleys, this trip will give you an all-encompassing experience of Al-Maghrib (Morocco). Extend this trip to explore the magnificent Rif Mountains and the picturesque blue city of Chefchaouen. From Tangier, board a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar and extend your trip to Andalusia in Southern Spain.

Highlights

The imperial cities of Morocco and the cradle of the Moroccan dynasties: Alaouites and Idrissides.

Major Cities/Towns:

Casablanca, Fez, Meknez, Marrakesh, Rabat

Variety of Transport:

Minibus/minivan, local taxi and optional train and camel rides.
Activity:

Easy

Easy to Moderate walking through downtown and city streets.

Unique Local Experiences: Outstanding learning opportunities to connect with local people and to discover the unique scenery and architecture. Visit many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Discover the souks for spices and explore the handicraft markets.

 
Date Tour Meals Overnight
Day-01 Arrive Casablanca Hotel
Day-02 Casablanca-Rabat-Volubilis-Meknez-Fez B+D Hotel/Riad
Day-03 Fez B Hotel/Riad
Day-04 Fez –Erfoud – Sahara (Merzouga) B+D Hotel/Riad/Camp
Day-05 Sahara – Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate B+D Hotel/Riad
Day-06 Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakesh B Hotel/Riad
Day-07 Marrakesh B+D Hotel/Riad
Day-08 Marrakesh – Departure B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Details

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok’s International Suwarnabhumi airport, proceed through immigration to obtain your Visa-on-arrival. Claim your luggage and proceed to the arrival hall. Our Representative will meet you here holding an Off The Map Adventures sign. Transfer to your hotel for check in, free at leisure. You have the option to explore Bangkok at night. Bangkok is famous for its markets, restaurants and its nightlife. Ask your guide to for suggestions. Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2: TEMPLE TOUR – GRAND PALACE & EMERALD BUDDHA

Breakfast at hotel and then sightseeing tour to visit: Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-year-old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, a visit to Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: The Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Our guide will assist you to a local restaurant for lunch. We continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok: The Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai style Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception).
Overnight in Bangkok
Optional Tours: Dinner Cruise on the Chayo Pharya: The Chao Phraya Cruise departs from the River City Pier, where you will begin a timeless journey up the river to witness the historic attractions and 19th-century buildings lining the two riverbanks. Behold the marvelous Temple of Dawn, The Grand Palace, Rama VIII Suspension Bridge and a delightful collection of waterfront hotels and landmarks. All of these and a sumptuous buffet dinner, complemented with live music and a Thai classical dance show. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the unforgettable experience with your friends or family.
Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3: VISIT FLOATING MARKETS & AYUTTHAYA

At Damnoen Saduak, visit the gardener’s house and see how the sugar is made right from the coconut tree. Damnoen Saduak is also Thailand’s most famous and one of the most colourful Floating Markets. We will take a long tailed speedboat to the main market area. Take part in an experience that connects ancient traders with present day vendors. Now is your chance to try various kinds of exotic Thai fruits such as rambutans, mangoes, and papayas. Purchase genuine Thai handicrafts at this unique spot. See people haggle with each other from boat to boat. Envy the customers of the food vendors who prepare dishes on board their narrow crafts. Return to Ayutthaya for your overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 4: CHIANG MAI – DOI SUTHEP TOUR

Arrive at Chiang Mai, meet the tour guide and then transfer to the hotel. After check-in start the tour with a visit to the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which is considered to be the most sacred stupa in Chiang Mai. Located on a hilltop, that overlooks the Chiang Mai Valley, in traditional Northern-Thai style construction, the Wat contains a holy relic of Buddha. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Valley from here. Return to the hotel to relax or visit the famous Chiang Mai’s night bazaar. In the evening enjoy the famous dinner “Khantoke Dinner” also known as the Northern welcome dinner including hill tribe dancing.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 5: ELEPHANT SAFARI – OX-CART RIDING – BAMBOO RAFTING

After breakfast embark on an exciting adventure to a nearby Elephant Camp. Here you see elephants showing off their various skills like dancing, moving heavy object and even painting. You will learn how these elephants are trained and how they create a lifelong bond with their trainer. It is time for an exciting elephant ride along the jungle trails followed by an Ox-Cart ride back to the camp (the elephant ride is optional). Lunch at the elephant camp. Afternoon, enjoy a thrilling bamboo raft ride along Mae Taeng river. Return to Chiang Mai with an additional stop at the Orchid Nursery. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 6: CHIANG RAI GOLDEN TRIANGLE

After breakfast, drive to Tha Ton Temple to see the largest Buddha image in a seated position on top of the summit of Tha Ton. Proceed to Mae Sai Border Market, one of the largest border markets of Thai (Thai – Myanmar Border). Here you can get your passport stamped at the border for a small fee and you can officially get in to Myanmar for a few hours. Here you see several products such local foods, clothes, jewelry, silverware, stones etc. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Golden Triangle where the 3 borders of Laos, Myanmar & Thailand meet along with the mighty Mea Kong River. With its close proximity with China the river was used as a highway for trade. Along with the merchandise came opium. Later on, visit the Opium House, which is located nearby. You will learn about the trade routes of Opium along with interesting facts about the history of this area. After our tour we will return to our hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai

Day 7: CHIANG MAI – DEPARTURE (or continue to take an exciting Island Break in Southern Thailand, or take a short extension to visit the Angkor Wat in Cambodia)

After breakfast take a train or a flight to Bangkok and to your next destination.

Services include:

  • Accommodation: Our unique select hotels/guest houses with clean rooms, reliable service and safe for foreign travellers.Meals: Meals as mentioned in the program outline, are included
  • Meals: As mentioned with the program.
  • All entrance fees for sites are included in the tour with the exception of those that are mentioned otherwise.
  • Air-conditioned transport throughout the tour (as per sightseeing program and hotel transfers).
  • Experienced and professional chauffeurs.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned with the tour details.
  • English speaking guide and/or trip leaders.

Services do not include:

  • Entry visas (if applicable).
  • If you book your flights yourself, you may be required to pay an additional cost for the airport transfers. Please contact our office to confirm.
  • International Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Domestic Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, use of mini-bar at the hotels, laundry or personal medications.
  • Any expenses that may arise due to unforeseen natural or political situation.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all clients consider buying Trip Cancellation/Interruption + Medical Travel Insurance. Contact our office for a quote.
  • Tips and gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and trip leaders.

NOTE:

  • This trip may only operate with a minimum number of participants.
  • Sudden changes in the foreign currency rates can impact the prices. We can only protect our prices as long as they do not change over 5%.

Departures

Available Dates

Start Date End Date Price (US) Action
13 Jul 202120 Jul 2021US$ 1795Book Now
19 Oct 202126 Oct 2021US$ 1895Book Now

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