Morocco and Egypt, countries separated by the Sahara, bring a colorful history of civilizations of elegance and enchantment. One is bustling and bright, created by the artisans and arouse every single one of your senses. The other is desolate and imposing, ancient relics a majestic showcase of power and early mastery. Their legacies may lay in different eras, but Egypt and Morocco both celebrate the diaphanous beauty of desert civilization and this handcrafted luxury tour to Egypt and Morocco...
Rabat – Beauty and Boutique Styles from Casablanca to Rabat
The Casablanca Corniche glistens in the morning light, a window onto the oceanfront on the very west of the Sahara. One of the world’s largest mosques is nearby, its compass point the 220-meter minaret that stands proudly above the city. Take a look inside, admiring the calligraphy and harmony of design and enjoying the tranquility of the style. After landing in Casablanca, you will take a quick tour of these two sites, perhaps fueled by the thick local coffee before the one-hour drive to Rabat, the first of Morocco’s imperial cities you will visit. Well worth the extra drive, Rabat is abounding with boutique alleyways and the legacy left by the artisans. Check into your hotel and relax, the rest of the day at your leisure in this blissful little city.
Fes – Morocco’s Sublime Artisanal Cities of Meknes and Fes
Fes – Imperial Delights of the World’s Largest Walled City
Fes – Crafts and Cultures in the Labyrinthine Souks
Marrakech – Immersed in the Atlas Mountains and Berber Lifestyles
Marrakech – The Dazzling Sights and Sounds of the Pearl of the South
Marrakech – Hot Air Balloon Ride Above the Desert
Cairo – Pyramids on the Other Side of the Northern Sahara
Cairo – Exploring Ancient Memphis and the Legacy of the Pyramids
Aswan – Seductive Temple of Philae and Sailing the Nile River
River Nile – A Relaxed Luxury Cruise, Stopping at Majestic Temples
Luxor – Tombs and Temples of the Valley of the Kings
Cairo – Astonishing Sights of Luxor’s East Bank and Departure
- Explore the different styles found in Morocco’s four imperial cities as artisans shape design in Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech
- Uncover the secrets of the world’s largest walled city – Fes – where tanneries hide in labyrinthine souks and the sheer concentration of sights can be baffling
- Take a journey through the Atlas Mountains, a stark landscape on the edge of the Sahara, stopping at traditional Berber villages on route
- Immerse your senses in Marrakech, the sounds and smells of the souks accompanied by a cooking class and a hot air balloon ride above the desert
- Wander through the breathtaking remains of ancient Memphis and stand before the great Pyramids of Giza
- Sail on the River Nile near Aswan in a traditional felucca boat bringing a relaxed afternoon surrounded by a desert oasis
- Spend days cruising down the River Nile, an experience that’s indelibly tranquil yet dotted with exquisite temples from the old Egyptian kingdoms
- Delve into one of the world’s great open-air museums in Luxor and take time to discover both sides of the river, from the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank to the epic temples of Luxor and Karnak on the East Bank
The Sahara Desert cuts a dramatic imprint across North Africa, the red and yellow expanses clearly visible from space. To the east lies Egypt, home of the most remarkable ancient civilization. To the west is Morocco, built much later but with the same dedication to unique style. On the surface, there is little that connects these two great countries, but you will be intrigued as you delve into them both. Religion is one shared aspect, and you will visit some wonderfully elegant mosques and old Islamic neighborhoods. The main comparable is the need for innovation, a need pressed upon all inhabitants of the desert. In Egypt, the style was to conquer leaving an imposing legacy behind as temples and pyramids rise like phantoms from the sand. In Morocco, the style was dictated by the artists, their legacy being the wonderful sensual experience found everywhere you turn.
Inimitable and immersive, this handcrafted tour combines the highlights of these two countries on either side of the Sahara. Daily flight connections between Casablanca and Cairo are your connection across the desert, with private guides leading the experience as soon as you touch down. Spend your first week in Morocco, visiting all four of the imperial cities. The following week spent in Egypt encompasses the major highlights from the time of the kings and pharaohs, including Giza, Luxor and the temples along the River Nile.
Rabat is an introduction to boutique styles, easily reached after landing in Casablanca. The next day, you will journey to Meknes, exploring its elegance and charm before traveling beneath an ancient gate, into the world’s largest walled city. Spend several nights here in Fes, a home of craft and culture, and a city that delights all of the senses. The Atlas Mountains rise dramatically from the Sahara, and hidden amongst their folds are small Berber villages that provide a contrasting experience. Once settled into several nights in the Pearl of the South, Marrakech, you will find the nuance in an atmosphere that is as colorful as it is vibrant. A cooking class and hot air balloon ride are just part of your experience here.
Fly across the Sahara and spend the next evening looking over the pyramids, your hotel expertly situated for accessing these famous monuments. They are not the only icons here and a day in Memphis and Giza showcase a majestic old world still standing proudly amid the desert’s desolation. For the first week of your tour, there is a lot to see and take in, so a luxury River Nile cruise is a tranquil antidote as you travel from Aswan to Luxor while passing some remarkably remote and preserved temples. Then the world wonders of the open-air museum take over, from the tombs in the Valley of the Kings to the avenue of sculpted sphinxes and then the mesmeric temples of Luxor and Karnak, a fitting epilogue to the delights of the desert. Click here for more ideas for traveling in Egypt available on Zicasso.
$10,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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