Egypt & Morocco Tour

Egypt & Morocco
15 days/14 nights

Two incredible destinations on one journey. History, culture, entertaining, educational and memorable. You will come home with a suitcase full of fond memories (and great bargains too).

Egypt: Featuring the highlights of the Nile valley from upper Egypt to lower Egypt including the "A" list of antiquity sites and museums.
Morocco: From the historic to the modern cities, from the rural countryside and deserts to magnificent mountains you will experience the history, the traditions and the culture of thousands of years.

GUARANTEED TO OPERATE WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO TRAVELERS (MAXIMUM OF 8 IN A GROUP)

Day 01: (Saturday) ARRIVE CAIRO
Arrive Cairo, clear immigration and customs then staff will transfer you to the Cairo Marriott
or the Kempinski Nile hotel.
At either hotel you will have a Deluxe Nile view room. Overnight Cairo

VISAS: All travelers to Egypt are required to obtain a visa for entry. Citizens of certain countries can currently obtain one on arrival however this is subject to change without notice. The best thing is to obtain your visa in advance. In most countries these can be obtained from an Egyptian consulate.

Day 02: (Sunday) EGYPTIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM, FLY TO LUXOR
Spend the day at the Egyptian National Museum featuring King Tut's treasures. In the late afternoon staff transfers you to the airport, assists with checking in and you fly to Luxor. Arriving staff transfers you to the Sonesta Luxor Hotel or the Maritim Kings Island Resort. Overnight Luxor (Breakfast)
Optional: Sound and Light show at Karnak Temple $40 per person

Day 03: (Monday) CRUISE, TEMPLES OF KARNAK AND LUXOR
Staff will transfer you to your Deluxe Five Star Nile Cruiser, the M/S Amarco I or the Premier cruiser, M/S Saint George*. Lunch then visit the Temple of Luxor and Temple of Karnak. Dinner followed by Evening entertainment (please check with reception for the program schedule).Overnight Cruise / Luxor (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional Tour of West bank sites not included in cruise: $95 per person (includes the Valley of the Queens, the tombs of the nobles and artisans, Medinet Habu, Ramessium)

Day 04: (Tuesday) CRUISE, NECROPOLIS OF THEBES CRUISE TO EDFU
Guided tour of Luxor's Necropolis of Thebes including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch while cruising to Esna. Cross the river lock and continue cruising to Edfu. Dinner. Evening entertainment (please check with reception for the program schedule). Overnight Cruise / Edfu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: (Wednesday) TEMPLE OF HORUS, TEMPLE OF TWO GODS, CRUISE TO ASWAN
Tour the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Lunch while cruising to Kom Ombo. Arriving tour the Temple of Two Gods. Dinner while cruising to Aswan. Overnight Cruise / Aswan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: (Thursday) HIGH DAM, TEMPLE OF PHILAE, UNFINISHED OBELISK, FELUCCA
Visit the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Philae and the Pharaohs granite quarries with the Unfinished Obelisk. Lunch then in the afternoon a FREE BONUS: Sail on the Nile by Felucca (native sailboat). (Please note that these boats are solely wind powered, if there is no wind this will not operate). Dinner on board. Overnight Cruise / Aswan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Day 07: (Friday) FLY TO CAIRO, GIZA PLATEAU FEATURING GREAT PYRAMID AND SPHINX
Disembark the cruise. Staff will transfer you to the airport and assist with checking in for a flight to Cairo. Arriving, visit the Giza Plateau featuring the Great Pyramid and Sphinx. After the tour staff will transfer you to the Mena House Hotel where you will have a pyramid view garden room.  Overnight Cairo (Breakfast)
Optional Sound and Light show at the Pyramids: $40 per person

Day 08: (Saturday) FLY TO CASABLANCA
Staff transfers you to the airport, assists with exit formalities and checking in for your international departure to Morocco. Arrive Casablanca, clear immigration and customs then staff will transfer you to a Luxury Riad hotel for the evening. Dinner and meeting with your guide. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 09: (Sunday) CASABLANCA, RABAT
After breakfast, begin the city tour with an outside visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Your next stop is Mohammed V Square in the city center. The city tour of Casablanca includes also the Habous Quarter, one of the oldest areas in Casablanca. The district was built by the French in the 1930s as an attempted solution to the ongoing housing shortage. It marries the best of traditional Moroccan architecture with modern facilities and French ideals. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial cities. Enjoy an orientation short tour covering the entrance to the Royal Palace. Dinner and overnight at a Luxury Riad in Rabat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: (Monday) RABAT, MEKNES, VOLUBILIS, FES
After breakfast, continue the city tour of Rabat. Stop first at the Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat’s medina. This kasbah is a fortification constructed on a hill, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Kasbah of the Udayas was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Continue to Mohammed V Mausoleum. This Mausoleum is home to the tombs of the current king's grandfather, King Mohammed V, and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. Inside the mausoleum, mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum, stop at Hassan Tower, which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque. The construction of the site began in 1195. The reminiscents are part of one of the oldest mosques left in existence. Transfer to Meknes, stopping to take pictures of the massive Bab El Mansour gate. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. The city tour of Meknes will include the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Continue along to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis where you will have a guided tour. Transfer to Fes for dinner and overnight at a Luxury Riad. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: (Tuesday) FES
Enjoy a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. The next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval centre of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. In the medina you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world’s first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school).  Lunch at a local restaurant and dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: (Wednesday) FES, IFRANE, BENNI MELLAL, MARRAKECH
After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech. Stop first at Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. The town experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. We will then move on to Benni Mellal where you will stop for lunch. Continue to Marrakech for dinner and overnight at a Luxury Riad. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: (Thursday) MARRAKECH
Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech after breakfast. The morning begins with a visit to the Kotoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest in the world. The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the  Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Lunch at the hotel and dinner at a charming local restaurant. Overnight in Marrakech. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: (Friday) MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or wander on your own. Lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Casablanca for dinner and overnight at a Luxury Riad. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15: (Saturday) INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
We will assist you to Casablanca airport for your international departure.

EGYPT TOUR INCLUDES: Domestic flights in Egypt in coach (economy) class. All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle relating to the tour program starting with arrival to Cairo. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk at all time during the tour (baggage handling does NOT include tips for bellmen, porters, etc.). Hotels (based on double occupancy). 5 star Deluxe Nile cruise with outside Nile view cabin, private bath, individual climate control. Meals as outlined. Meals are in the main dining room, no specialty restaurants or room service. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums. Services of an English speaking licensed Egyptologist. Service charges and taxes.
NOTE: During any of our small group tours people may join or leave at various times, however at no time would any group be larger than 08 travelers. We can provide private tours with an additional supplement. The cost depends on the tour chosen.

NOT included are: International air, air ticket taxes, fuel surcharges, items of a personal nature such as tips (tipping guideline), entry visa (available at the airport on entry for USA citizens. Other nationalities should check with the nearest Egyptian consulate), phone calls, laundry, beverages of any nature at any time, any items not specifically covered in the included items.

MOROCCO TOUR INCLUDES: All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle relating to the tour program starting with arrival to Morocco. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk at all time during the tour (baggage handling does NOT include tips for bellmen, porters, etc.). Hotels (based on double occupancy). Meals as outlined. Meals are in the main dining room, no specialty restaurants or room service. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums. Services of an English speaking licensed guide. Service charges and taxes.
NOTE: During any of our small group tours people may join or leave at various times, however at no time would any group be larger than 08 travelers. We can provide private tours with an additional supplement. The cost depends on the tour chosen.

NOT included are: International air or Domestic air within Morocco, air ticket taxes, fuel surcharges, items of a personal nature such as tips (tipping guideline), entry visa, phone calls, laundry, beverages of any nature at any time, any items not specifically covered in the included items.

Guaranteed Weekly Departures

EGYPT & MOROCCO TOUR COSTS:
$2,495 per person, double occupancy
(Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays have a supplement of $475 per person)
Single supplement: + $585
Holidays: +$755

*Upgrade to St. George Premier cruise +$275 per person in a double cabin or +$400 in a single cabin.

NOTE: While international air is not included we are happy to provide a quote on Royal Air Maroc (which offers nonstop service from the USA to Morocco and one stop service direct to Cairo).

Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice.

Single Price is for Single occupancy hotel rooms and cruise cabins based on a minimum of two travelers. Single travelers (one person on the tour) would have additional cost.

 

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