Discover Morocco and Egypt

Discover Morocco and Egypt
and Luxury Nile Cruise
June 4 – 17, 2017
14 Days/13 nights

 

Giza Spinx

Giza Spinx

Experience the very best of two fascinating countries – Egypt and Morocco!

Exploring Egypt is like traveling back in time – you’re going to descend into a world of ancient wonders: from the magnificent Giza Pyramids complex and the Sphinx amid the desert lands in Cairo to a cruise down the Nile on an Egyptian felucca; from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Few countries hold as much fascination for travelers as the beautiful country of Morocco. Desert fortresses rise out of the sands of the Sahara. Sapphire oceans caress white sandy beaches. The purple peaks of the Atlas Mountains glitter with snow. Behind every city wall is an adventure in art, architecture and cuisine. The winding alleyways of the Medina give way to the bustling souks, tent after tent filled with brightly colored silks and baskets of spices.

On this guided journey, you will explore vibrant Casablanca, where you will visit the ornate Hassan II Mosque, the tallest religious structure in the world.  You will then travel to culturally rich Fez with its bustling souks.  Then on the historic city of Meknes a world heritage UNESCO site built in the 17th century.  After visiting these exciting cities you will visit the cosmopolitan capital city of Rabat and on to Marrakech where you will explore its 1000 year old medina.

Casablanca Garden

Casablanca Garden

After visiting these historic cities your journey takes you to Egypt, a timeless destination, where you will explore venerable tombs and temples to piece together the life and times of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations.  This is also where you will board your ship to cruise to Luxor and Aswan.

While in Egypt, walk in the footsteps of the ancient kings and queens on this guided tour through Cairo and Luxor.  This tour will be a great introduction to the best that Egypt has to offer.   You will visit the Valley of the Kings and cruise down the Nile on this journey where you will explore the best of Egypt.  Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these two fascinating countries in one trip.

 Your trip includes: 

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Assistance of our guest relations during your stay in Egypt
  • All airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flight ticket Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Rabat based including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Fez based including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Marrakech including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Casablanca including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on a 5 star cruise on full board basis
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo are private guided tours
  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing cruise group
  • All sightseeing tours in Egypt and Morocco as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide  in Morocco
  • Entrances fees to the mentioned sites as per the program
  • Meals in hotels and during tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Portage when needed
  • All service charges and taxes included in your package price
  • 30 minutes of local calling (2 minutes international) and a mobile phone loaned for the length of your stay in Egypt or an Egyptian sim card for your unlocked mobile device

Excluded:

  • International Airfare
  • Entry visas to Morocco (not required) and Egypt
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunch while on tour and drinks during tours
  • Any optional tours
  • Tipping

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat

Memphis Tours driver will meet you at Mohamed V Airport to escort you to your hotel in Rabat. Upon arrival in Rabat, check-in to hotel.

Overnight:  Rabat

Welcome dinner

Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Fez

Mosque

Mosque

After having breakfast in your hotel, you will have a half day tour of the royal city of Rabat including the royal mausoleum, Hassan Tower, the ancient necropolis site of Chellah and the fortress of Ouddayas. Then depart to Fes through Volubilis and the small holy town of Moulay Idriss. Stop at Meknes and visit its main touristic features such as Bab Mansour and the old Medina. Upon arrival to the city of Fez, your guide will give you an introduction to this magnificent city. Transfer to your hotel and check in.  .

Optional activity:  Visit the Oulja handicrafts village which is located in Sale (Rabat) and consists of hundreds of artisans potters who offer high quality traditional products.

Overnight:  Fez

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fez Half Day Tour

After breakfast, tour Fez. The exploration will start at the tanners situated just before the Andalusian quarter. Your walk continues on to Ess-Seffarine Square, the Moulay Idriss Zaouïa which is the most visited and revered attraction in Fez. Then you’ll arrive in El-Nejjarine square and the cabinet makers’ souk and then visit the vast Bou Inania medersa and Bab Boujloud.  Afternoon is free to shop or to discover the city by your own.

Optional activity:  Dinner at Palais Menebhi Restaurant.

Overnight:  Fez

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Marrakech

After breakfast, transfer to the city of Marrakech through the high mountains of the Middle Atlas. On the road, visit of the beautiful city of Ifrance and the region UNESCO cedar forest where you can enjoy several colonies of Macaque monkeys.

Optional activity:  Have a tea in a local Berber home in Azrou; this experience will give you the opportunity to approach the middle atlas local inhabitant’s lifestyle.

Optional activity:  Lunch at Beni Mellal and time to rest before continuing to Marrakech. Upon arrival to Marrakech, Transfer to your hotel and check in.

Overnight:  Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Marrakech Djemna Square

Marrakech Djemna Square

Day 5: Marrakech

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will embark on a guided tour of Marrakech visiting the Koutoubia mosque, Palais Bahia, Saadien Tombs. You’ll also visit the Majorelle Gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the ocher city by yourself. Make sure you visit the Djemaa El Fna square which is a large public square with small merchants, hawkers and entertainers, popular with both tourists and locals.

It is highly recommended that you experience visiting a traditional communal bread bakery. Those communal bakeries used to be a part of Moroccan daily life.

Optional activity:  Fantasia dinner at Chez Ali Restaurant.

Overnight:  Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Marrakech – Casablanca

Depart to Casablanca after breakfast via the highway. Enjoy a half day guided tour in Casablanca. You will visit The Hassan II Mosque, Habbous Quarters, Bab Marrakech and the Royal Palace (exterior visit). Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner at Rick’s Café Restaurant.

Overnight:  Casablanca.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Casablanca /Cairo

After breakfast, transfer to Mohamed V Airport to take your flight to Cairo where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Cairo.

Overnight:  Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cairo

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

After breakfast at your hotel in Cairo meet your guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus.  The famous Sphinx, varying between six-thousand to thirteen-thousand years old, and the Valley Temple facing the great statute.  You will have lunch at a good quality local restaurant. You will then visit the Egyptian Museum and the Treasures room to view the tomb of the child king Tutankhamen. The Egyptian Museum houses the largest Egyptian collection with more than 250.000 antiques extending over the past 5000 years. You will continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. At the lively Khan El Khalili Bazaar, which dates back to 1382, you will combine fascinating history with shopping. After the market you will go back to your hotel.

Overnight:  Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Cruise from Luxor

This morning you will check out of your hotel and transfer to the Cairo Airport for a flight to Luxor where you will be met and taken by an air-conditioned vehicle to board your 5 star Egypt Nile cruise.  After lunch on board, you will enjoy a visit to the impressive Karnak Temples and Luxor Temple.

Dinner and overnight:  Nile Cruise/Luxor

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Sail to Edfu

After breakfast on your Nile cruise, take an excursion to the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, then to mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. Head to the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, you will sail to Edfu enjoying a leisurely dinner on board.

Overnight:  Nile Cruise/Edfu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Edfu / Kom Ombo

After breakfast on Nile Cruise, visit the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo to see the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Lunch on board. Continue sailing to Aswan.

Dinner and overnight:  Nile Cruise/Edfu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Aswan Tour

After breakfast on Nile cruise, enjoy a day’s sightseeing in Aswan. Start with the High Dam and the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, the Unfinished Obelisk, then on to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor.

Dinner and overnight:  Nile Cruise/Aswan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Disembark / Cairo

Disembark from your Nile cruise after breakfast, then transfer to Aswan Airport for your return to Cairo where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight:  Cairo

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14:  Departure

After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure before your flight home.  After check out transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure to the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotels:

  • Rabat Hotel – Rabat
  • Barcelo Fes Hotel – Fez
  • Dellarosa Hotel Suites & Spa Marrakech – Marrakech
  • Idou Anfa Hôtel & Spa Casablanca – Casablanca
  • Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa Giza – Giza
  • Sonesta Nile Goddess Cruise – Nile Cruise
  • Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel Cairo – Cairo

 DEPOSIT AND RATE INFORMATION:

 Double occupancy:  $2550.00 per person.  Single occupancy:  $4105.00 per person.
These rates are for hotel and land package
Airfare approximately $1200 per person from Washington Dulles (IAD)

Deposit:  $300 per person upon booking of 12/15/16 or upon booking.  50% must be 2/15/17.

Balance due:  April 15, 2017

 Visa is not required for Morocco.  Visas are required for U.S. citizens for entry into Egypt. You can purchase a visa at the Egyptian airport that is valid for a 30-day visit.  Passport must be valid for 6 months past the departure date.

Airfare additional:  approximately $1200 per person from Washington, Dulles (IAD)
Dulles (IAD) to Casablanca, Casablanca to Cairo, Cairo to Dulles (IAD). Airfare can be arranged from any city.

Deposits not refundable and non-transferable.  Returned checks subject to $30 fee.  Make checks payable to Colesville Travel.  Payments can be made online at http://colesvilletravel.com/pay-online/

Cancellation Policy

Up to 121 prior to departure:  Initial deposit
120 to 91 days prior to departure: 25% of cost
90 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of cost
60 to 2 days prior to departure: 100% of cost 

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY COLESVILLE TRAVEL

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