Our Small Group Tour and Conference to Morocco and the Canary Islands in March 2020 sees us travelling to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Morocco is as dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures — with a dash of African and European influence. All at once it is strange and romantic, alluring while still a little mysterious. What is certain though, is that Morocco has historically, and still continues to draw seekers of the exotic — people looking for adventure and luxury!
As one of Africa’s most popular travel destinations, Morocco caters for the novice as well as the seasoned traveller. You’ll find plenty to see and do, whether it be visiting the wonderous imperial cities or the mountain villages, exploring the ancient Roman ruins or seeing the desert oases and towering sand dunes.
Your Magical Morocco itinerary begins in Casablanca with VIP treatment on arrival at the airport and a transfer to the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel — situated on the Atlantic coast. The hotel is located close to the heart of Morocco’s largest and liveliest city.
Exploration of the Imperial Cities continues in Rabat — Morocco’s capital since 1912. Here you’ll visit the impressive 12th-century Tower of Hassan as well as the nearby Royal Mausoleum. Just outside Rabat is the fortress like necropolis of Chellah, which includes Roman ruins in addition to Islamic domed shrines and tombs. You will also have time to explore the Kasbah of Udayas.
It is then onto Meknes with a visit to Dar el-ma, the huge barrel-vaulted structure that served as the city’s reservoir and the adjoining Heri el-Souani, a monumental grain-storage facility. Also on your itinerary is a quick visit to Bab Mansour — a gate with stunning tiles, marble pillars and a lacy web of carved stucco. Next stop are the ruins of Volubilis — the well preserved ruins of the 2000-year old capital of Roman Mauritania. The mosaic floors here are among the finest in existence.
Fes, with one of the largest, most intact and impressive medieval cities is next on our itinerary. A UNESCO World Heritage site, you will truly feel like you have stepped back in time when you walk through of the gates to the old medina. Visits to both Fes el-Bali (the older, more extensive part) and Fes el-Jedid (the newer, smaller part) medinas are planned as is a visit to the tanneries and the old Jewish Quarter, or mellah, with its synagogues and cemetery.
You’ll spend a night in the desert valley town of Erfoud — but not before passing through some of the most rugged yet picturesque landscapes you’ll ever witness. Along the way you’ll also see the Barbary Macaque and stare in wonder as you travel through Ziz Valley.
It is then onto Merzouga, gateway to Erg Chebbi — a huge expanse of wind-blown and dunes. You will spend time learning about the local geology of the region and meet with a Bedouin family before settling into your luxury tented camp for the night.
Ouarzazate is the next destination on your Magical Morocco itinerary. Once nothing more than a sleepy camel stop, the town has grown in popularity thanks in part to its proximity to places like Toudra Gorge and Ait Ben Haddou. Also on your itinerary is a visit to Atlas Film Studios, the largest film studio in the world and where countless block-buster films have been made.
You’ll then journey across the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass — the highest of its kind in Morocco — before descending into Marrakech. This stunning city, with its ocher stucco buildings stretches out from the central square Djemaa el-Fna. Highlights of your time in Marrakech will include the Bahia Palace, the Saadiens Tombs and Majorelle Gardens.
Those with a little extra time should consider joining our Canary Islands Conference from 26 March – 2 April 2020. Not what you’d expect, this archipelago of seven main islands lies approximately 100km from the south coast of Morocco. They may be part of Spain but seem a world away. Looming volcanoes with lunar landscapes, prehistoric sites, lush banana plantations, tiny villages dating back to the 16th century, pine forests and sand dunes that look as though they should be in Namibia. Many of the Canary Islands have been awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status due to their unique volcanic landscapes and national parks.
Our itinerary will cover three of the seven islands — each offering a distinctly different landscape, history and uniqueness. You begin in Gran Canaria — home to the capital of the Canaries. Often nicknamed the mini continent, the islands gets its nickname from the unrivalled diversity of its landscapes and climatic zones within a relatively small territory. You then move to Tenerife, the largest of the Canaries. The island landscape is dominated by Mount Teide, the 3rd highest volcano in the world. On the south west coast whale watching is in abundance year round. Up to 26 species are found just off the coast including baleen whales, killer whales, pilot whales and dolphins.
The final island on the itinerary is La Gomera. Travel from landscape to landscape through palm filled valleys, ancient forests and black sand beaches. A World Biosphere Island it is known for its pristine nature and terrestrial ecosystems. The pre-Hispanic whistling language of Silbo is still used throughout the island.
The Magical Morocco and Canary Island itineraries offers exceptional value for money — with all accommodation, tours, activities, meals and beverages covered in the package cost. As with all Amaco tours though, we’re keeping a few surprises up our sleeves . . . things that will help turn this memorable conference itinerary into unforgettable experience.
We hope you can join us as we travel around Morocco in March 2020. For your comfort and touring pleasure, we’ve limited the number of participants to just 40 people. Register today or you will miss out!