Morocco Recent Alumni Adventure
EXCLUSIVE NYU GROUP TRAVEL:
Min. Group Size: 20 travelers
Max. Group Size: 40 travelers
Destination Partners' NYU Alumni Travel Programs are exclusive to NYU alumni and their travel partners and require a minimum of twenty travelers to operate. In the unlikely event the program is under enrolled and cannot run, all payments made will be refunded 105 days prior to departure.
DAY 1: Depart New York, U.S.A
Depart today on your group flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Casablanca, Morocco.
Included group flight: AT 201 07OCT JFKCMN 900P 850A 08OCT
DAY 2: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
MARHABA!!! This is the traditional greeting used in Morocco, which conveys the meaning of a warm Hello & Welcome.
Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by your expert local guide and transferred to the hotel for a confirmed early check-in. Rest from your international flight and have time for lunch on your own before departing for a visit to the wonderful Hassan II Mosque.
The Hassan II Grand Mosque is among the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque’s minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. This Mosque was presented to His Majesty on his 60th birthday in 1993---paid for by the people of Morocco. You'll continue on a tour of the city, driving on the elegant and beautifully palm-lined Boulevard Felix Houphouet-Boigny to the very heart of Casablanca; United Nations Square, Royal Palace, Central Market and Anfa Residential area.
This evening you'll enjoy a festive welcome dinner of traditional Moroccan fare.
Overnight in Casablanca: Kenzi Basma
Meals Included: Dinner
DAYS 3 & 4: Fez
Today, you will travel to Fez via Meknes and Volubilis. Meknes, one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco. Walk amongst the impressive monuments that recall the splendor of a city, first built in the 17th Century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail, to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France. Moulay Ismail's Mausoleum is one of the few shrines in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims. From here you'll continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried.
Nearby, visit impressive Volubilis, the site of the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. With its Triumphal Arches, Basilicas and Capitols, the Volubilis skyline is peppered with examples of Roman architecture. However, the greatest treasures of Volubilis are the spectacular ancient mosaic floors, which have been excellently preserved and left in site.
Continue to Fez for the next two nights where you will take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit Fez El Bali, the largest living medieval medina-city and cultural heart of Morocco.
The next morning, you will wind through the alleys of the Fez medina where you may feel like you have stepped back in time. The city was founded in the 8th Century AD by Moulay Idriss I. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th Century. One of the highlights is the Quaraouine University, the oldest in the world. As the center of arts and culture in Morocco, there are many reasons to be enchanted by this beautiful and unique city.
Overnights: Riad Myra*
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 3 & 4)
*Accommodations in Fez will be Hotel Palais Medina & Spa if group size exceeds 14 rooms.
DAYS 5 & 6: Marrakech
You will leave the north of Morocco today and head south to beautiful Marrakech. En route, you will pass through Rabat, Morocco’s capital city before continuing on to a local winery. You will enjoy a tour of the property and a wine tasting before sitting down to a delicious lunch.
Upon arrival in Marrakech, check in to your beautiful 5* hotel and spa. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in this one-of-a kind property or head out on your own into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
The next morning you are invited to explore Marrakech with your expert local guide; renowned for its architectural wonders, historical monuments, the mystical Medina and its thrilling souks.
Enjoy a fascinating walk in the beating heart of Marrakech “the Medina.” Your guide will take you to the real Moroccan life amid the neighborhoods, where “Marrakchis” still live in simplicity. The Medina of Marrakech is one of the largest medinas in Morocco and the most populated in North Africa.
The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy Marrakech on your own.
Overnights: Les Jardins De L'Agdal Hotel & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 5)
DAY 7: Agafay Desert
Depart for an incredible journey into the Atlas mountains surrounding Marrakech, where you will experience Morocco through a culinary odyssey with Chef Tarek. Roll up your sleeves and take part in the preparation of today’s lunch. Chef Tarek welcomes you in a little garden outside Marrakech and reveals you all the secrets of Moroccan renowned cuisine. While your lunch is on the fire, go for a walk to discover the nearby Berber village.
After lunch, depart by 4X4 via the Atlas Mountains and discover a complete change of scene in the surroundings of Marrakech as you enter the beautiful and blissful rocky desert of Agafay. The final stretch is by camel ride before arriving to your exclusive, traditional Berber camp that will welcome you for an unforgettable and unique experience. Here you will get a taste of the Berber way of life throughout the evening and overnight in cozy tents
Overnight: Exclusive Desert Berber Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: Atlas Mountains / Marrakech
Return to Marrakech today, but not without a little adventure en route. Situated high in the Atlas Mountains is a thrill-seekers zip line. An unforgettable experience and a fun way to celebrate your final day in Morocco together.
The final night is spent in Marrakech, enjoying a festive farewell dinner with local entertainment.
Overnight: Les Jardins De L'Agdal Hotel & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9: Marrakech / Casablanca / Home
Depart early this morning to transfer by bus to Casablanca for your return flights to New York’s JFK International Airport.
Included group flight: AT 200 15OCT CMNJFK 305P 555P
Meals Included: Breakfast
Oct 7-Oct 15, 2017
Single Supp: $405
Prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy.
^Deposit is refundable, less a $15 processing fee, up until 105 days prior to departure.
The properties throughout our itineraries are selected because of their unique sense of place, allowing you to enjoy the destinations in comfort and style and explore them to the fullest.
Group international airfare out of New York, accommodations including daily breakfast, lunches & dinners per the itinerary with limited non-alcoholic beverages included, airport transfers on Day 1 and the final day of the itinerary for group flights, services of expert local guides throughout, transportation per the itinerary, entrance fees for included activities, all taxes and service charges.
Gratuities for drivers and guides, alcoholic beverages with meals, personal expenses, airport taxes and bagagge fees, any required passport, visa or other government entry fees if applicable, optional travel insurance.
ARRIVE / DEPART:
Please plan to arrive at New York's JFK International Airport 3 hours prior to departure of the international flight on Day 1 of the itinerary. Round trip group international flights out of New York's JFK International Airport are included in the trip cost.