MON

Arrive Casablanca

16

MORNING
AFTERNOON

After arriving into Casablanca you will be met by Amaco staff and our local operators and transferred to our group hotel. Following check-in at the hotel you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

NIGHT

Enjoy Networking Welcome Drinks at the hotel followed by dinner at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the 1942 classic film ‘Casablanca’. Here you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and their partners as well as your Amaco hosts.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca
Included Meals: Welcome Networking Dinner

TUE

Rabat, Meknes & Volubilis

17

MORNING

Depart Casablanca this morning and head directly for Rabat — Morocco’s modern capital and at the same time one of the historic imperial cities. In Rabat you’ll visit the Chellah Necropolis, Hassan Tower and the Royal Tomb.

AFTERNOON

Depart Rabat following lunch and head for Meknes, another of the imperial cities. Here you’ll visit the huge barrel-vaulted structure that served at the city’s reservoir and the adjoining grain-storage facility — a monumentally large building. Also included is a quick visit to Bab Mansour — one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco. It is then onto Volubilis, one of the capitals of ancient Roman Mauritania. The UNESCO World Heritage site has been extensively excavated and is home to a number beautiful mosaic floors.

NIGHT

Arrive hotel early evening and enjoy a beautiful roof-top dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Sahrai Fes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

WED

Fes

18

MORNING

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by lunch at the hotel.

AFTERNOON

In the afternoon we’ve planned a walking tour through the Mellah, the old Jewish Quarter in Fes. Among the beautiful buildings you will be able find a gold souq and charming antique furniture shops where you can shop for unusual and unique pieces. The area is also home to an ancient cemetery and a number of synagogues. The tour ends at the Royal Palace.

NIGHT

Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Hotel Sahrai Fes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THU

Fes

19

MORNING

Your exploration of Fes continues today with a quick photo stop at a panoramic lookout before heading into Fes al-Bali. This maze-like structure is the oldest walled part of the city, is home to the oldest university in the world and is also the largest carfree urban area in the world. Our walking tour features a number of visits including stops at Madras Bou Inania, one of the finest examples of Marinid architecture. We’ll also visit the famous Chouara Tannery which has been in operation since the 1tth century and generally operates in the same fashion as it did in the early centuries.

AFTERNOON

Lunch is included during the tour. Return to the hotel late afternoon with some free time before dinner.

NIGHT

Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Hotel Sahrai Fes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FRI

Fes to Erfoud

20

MORNING

Today you depart Fes and head to Erfourd, an oasis town in the Sahara Desert — but it doesn’t mean that there won’t be anything to see or do. We’re allowing for a stop in Ifran, filled with red-tiled chalets that would not be out of place in the Swiss Alps. It’s in this area where you can also expect to see Barbary monkeys.

AFTERNOON

The journey continues following lunch. You’ll also be amazed by the Ziz Valley. At various points along the way, the largely hidden river feeds a string of oases and brings to life what would otherwise be dirt and stone. You’ll have some free time before dinner.

NIGHT

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotwl Xaluca Erfoud
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SAT

Erfoud to Merzouga

21

MORNING

Conference Session 3 & 4 will take place this morning followed by lunch at the hotel.

AFTERNOON

It’s into the 4×4 vehicles as you venture out to the luxury tented camp that will be your home this evening. Along the way, you’ll stop at Ksar Maadid, an ancient fortified village and then a local fossil quarry. We’ve also planning to visit a Bedouin family where you’ll learn about how they live and enjoy their hospitality.

NIGHT

Enjoy dinner under the stars this evening.

Overnight: Camp Mardani
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SUN

Merzouga to Ouarzazate

22

MORNING

Leave the sand dunes behind this morning as you head towards Ouarzazate. Along the way, you’ll have time to shop for fossils before heading to Todgha Gorge — an amazing series of limestone canyons in the High Atlas Mountains. The height of the easily accessible gorge walls reach almost 400m in some places.

AFTERNOON

Following lunch, we travel to Kalaat M’Gouna — the Valley of Roses. Arrive at the hotel mid afternoon with some free time before dinner.

NIGHT

Enjoy dinner at hotel this evening.

Overnight: Hotel Berbere Palace
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MON

Ouarzazate to Marrakech

23

MORNING

Your first stop this morning is the Atlas Film Studios — the largest in the world. It is then onto Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou which is probably the best example of a traditional pre-Saharan village.

AFTERNOON

After lunch we continue towards Marrakech, travelling through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass — the highest of its kind in Morocco. Arrive late afternoon with some free time prior to dinner.

NIGHT

After a full day driving, we’ve elected to have dinner at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TUE

Marrakech

24

MORNING

Conference Sessions 5 & 6 will take place this morning followed by lunch at the hotel.

AFTERNOON

You’ll then enjoy an afternoon tour of Marrakech including the Saaidian Tombs, The Bahai Palace, Koutoubia Mosque and the vast Jemma el-Fna Square. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

NIGHT

You’ll head to one of the cities best restaurants for dinner tonight.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WED

Marrakech

25

MORNING

Your final full day in Morocco includes a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum which is devoted entirely to the works of the legendary fashion designer. From there, you’ll visit the Jardin Majorelle — one of the most visited sites in Morocco. You’ll have ample time to wander through the superb gardens and explore the Berber Museum before lunch.

AFTERNOON

The afternoon has been left free for you to do any last minute shopping or to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.

NIGHT

A Farewell Dinner will take place this evening.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THU

Marrakech

26

MORNING

The Magical Morocco itinerary ends today. Participants will be transferred to the airport for their onward flights.

AFTERNOON
NIGHT