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2015 Mugical Morocco


2015 Mugical Morocco Itinerary

Day 01,May 15: Casablanca 

Upon your arrival in Casablanca airport you will be met by our guide who will transfer you to your hotel.  A late afternoon orientation tour of Casablanca will be offered to everyone in the group who can make it.  This may feature the down town colonial area, the Anfa residential area, Corniche resort coast line,Jewish Museum,  Dinner at a local special restaurant and accommodation at Hotel.

Day 02, May 16: Casablanca-Marrakech (150 miles,240km)

Following breakfast, you will start your journey southward to Marrakech. This unique city is located where the desert and mountains meet.  Known is the “Pearl of the South,” it was established in the 11th century by the Almoravide Dynasty. Later in the afternoon you will go on an introductory tour of monumental Marrakech featuring ramparts and gates, gardens and Jamaa el Fna square where you will enjoy a mint tea at the roofs of Café Argana overlooking the never ending entertainment of this square, Your day will end with dinner and a musical evening at a local Family home and a group of Dekka Marrakchia or Tkitikat, a part of cultural heritage going back to the Saadian Dynasty, Dakka Marrakchia is considered as a musical genre for male groups and is produced by polyrhythmic percussion and choral chants.

Lots of rhythms, trance, spiritual, funny and joyful…

Day 03,May 17: Marrakech

We will devote our morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, including the Saadian Tombs, the Dar Si Said Museum, the Bahia Palace, and the city’s focal point: the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret.  After lunch, we will have an opportunity to visit the souks, a plethora of alleyways with multicolored shops, and the Jamaa El Fna Square, where snake charmers, acrobats, and fortune-tellers put on a never-ending show. We will conclude the day with dinner and another evening of music with local Chaabi Band, Andalousi music at an amazing looking restaurant.

Day 04,May 18: Marrakech – Ourika Valley (31miles, 50km)

The Ourika Valley spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains, extending along the Wadi River.We may visit a local Berber weekly market if it’s on that day.  Despite it being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful green valley is one of the most pristine valleys in Morocco. The most beautiful and special place we’ll stay at has an herb garden where you are served traditional mint tea by the local people. After lunch you will begin your afternoon with exploring the Ourika Valley-we’ll hike to visit a Berber Village and we’ll be hosted for tea at a local family home.

We’ll meet some of the kids of the village, please bring gifts to share.

We’ll have dinner at our home base, After dinner , An Ahouach of Ourika, local band will be visiting us to share the best of its local Berber music.

Oh, what a trance, we can dance, play, sing, scream….

Day 05, May 19: Ourika Valley – Ouarzazat (155miles, 250km)

Departure to Ouarzazate Through the Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m).We will discover a remarkable region characterized by the magnificence, beauty of its landscapes dominated by Berber villages and their farms.Before arrive Ouarzazate we may (I said may since manytimes we prefer to just swim in the pool…) view the kasbah of Ait Benhadou (the world heritage site) and continue to Ouarzazate” The Hollywood of Africa” , visit the Atlas Studios and the Taourirt Kasbah. conclude the day with dinner and other accommodations in the hotel.

Day 06, May 20: Ouarzazat – Erfoud – Merzouga dunes (217miles, 350km)

After breakfast we will continue the road through Dades Valley, set off towards Todra Gorges, lunch with local “Touareg” then Carry on the road to Merzouga across palm Trees and the town of Erfoud where we may visit the workshop production of marble fossils and then depart by 4×4 to ride the camels to spend the night in the heart of the Sahara. Dinner and overnight under a nomad tent.

You may have an option to stay in the beautiful hotel on the edge of the desert if you’d rather not ride camels to the Sahara.

The Sahara dunes are magnificent, the loudest silence I’ve ever heard… so many stars… last year it was a full moon…

Day 07, May 21: Merzouga dunes After an early camel trek out of the dunes, We will have a breakfast and the free day to relax and enjoy the beautiful desert space, pool, massage….

After Dinner we’ll have one of the best Gnaoua music band, play , sing, dance, enjoy…

Day 08, May 22: Sahara – Fez  (190miles, 300km)

The journey today takes us through the small towns of Errachidia en route to Fez. Stop at Midelt for lunch. This area is classic Berber country, the people being semi-nomadic, owning homes but, spending a great deal of time following their flocks. This drive takes most of the day. we’ll arrive for dinner at our Riad and the Sacred Music  Festival’s opening night

Day 09, May 23: Fez 

Undeniably fascinating, Fez stimulates the senses with its haunting yet beautiful sounds, visual splendor, and evocative smells. The most ancient of imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outsides its walls, owing nothing to the Western world save electricity. Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path. The morning will be spent visiting  a local clay factory, beautiful products made the same way for hundreds of years… visit the worldly known Tanneries of Fes…break for lunch at a Moroccan restaurant and will continue to explore the Medina and shop…

We’ll arrive back to the first concert 4pm and for the night concerts (whoever is interested)

Dinner at our Riad.

Day 10, May 24: Fez – Casablanca (229miles,370km)

In the morning (may be as early as 4am), We will travel to the Mohamed V Airport, Casablanca for your flight back home.

What is included:

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*9 nights’ accommodation Half Board in Hotels (mostly 4*) and Riads,as indicated in the itinerary Breakfast and dinner daily.

*Land Transportation in a deluxe bus throughout your journey.

*4X4 and Camels in the Sahara Bivouac over the dunes

*Services of guides and escort.

*Music bands as indicated in Itinerary.

*All taxes and fees to monuments and Museums.

*Note: Concert tickets to the Sacred Music Festival are not included. We found that a festival pass may be too expansive and individuals may choose different and not all concerts to attend

so, we chose to let everyone got the tickets for the concert they want to attend on the spot. (Last year tickets were always avail. range of $15-$50 each )

2015 Extension

Mugical Morocco -Extension- May 24-May 31/ 2015

The  World Sacred Music Festival in fes has been a wonderful experience in past, and is going to be very special this year with so many great musicians and events which I personally admire and interested in, including: Ck out more details http://www.fesfestival.com

After the 10 days tour of Morocco, filled with awaken senses of sitescolorssmells, views and explorations of variety music and “on the go”… I find that when arriving Fes, I liked to slow down the pace, have time for oneself to explore locally and enjoy the daily concerts. So, thatʼs how I planned the “Extension” to be: Weʼll be lodged in a very welcoming and cozy hotel or Riad close to where the concerts take place. Weʼll have mostly free and personal time to rest, to sit at a coffee shop or a restaurant and people watch, to wonder the Medina, the markets, to make local friends and each will choose the concerts they desire to attend. Weʼll have few day trips as in itinerary below (and expect changes) and if anyone is interested in visiting a certain place or event- weʼll do our best to accommodate you. (we can hire a driver and a guide for personal trips-for a fee.)

Extension-”MUGICAL MOROCCO”- World Sacred Music Festival , May 24-30/2015

May 24: Fes Day at leisure in Fez; evening festival concerts/performance.

May 25: Fez Day at leisure in Fez; evening festival concerts/performance.

May 26: Fez– Meknes – Moulay Idris – Volubilis – Fez Excursion by day; evening festival concerts/performance.

May 27: Fez – Moulay Yacob – Fez Excursion by day; evening festival concerts/performances.

May 28: Fez Full-day personal city touring; evening festival concerts/performance.

May 29: Fez Personal Excursion by day; evening festival concerts/performance.

May 30: Fez – Sefrou – Bhalil – Fez Excursion by day; evening festival performance.

May 31: Depart Morocco Transfer to Casablanca airport.

 

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