by Babs Gold
Our World Magazine - January / February 1999
You are transported to a mysterious
and ancient world, a gentle blend of French, Arabic, Muslim and
Berber cultures. DavidTours [DavidTravel] "Luxurious Moroccan Imperial Cities
Tour" gives you the best of Morocco. Legendary deluxe hotels
are used. Your tour incorporates the finest restaurants, guides
and transportation. You will even meet David's local friends
who provide access to a private world, including one couple's
restored palace in an ancient walled medina. One very well
traveled client on their 1998 tour, marveled at the unparalleled
luxury, service and private access provided. He stated, "I have
never been so warmly greeted at every turn and our visit to a private
palace opened the doors to a world that actually exists for very few
people in this world."
On Day 1, you travel to Casablanca where the tour begins. On
Royal Air Moroc, there is an easy 6 hour and 40 minute non-stop
flight from New York to Casablanca, arriving early on Sunday morning.
Your hotel is Le Royal Mansour Meridien, a member of Leading
Hotels of the World. This is an older, elegant and superbly
maintained property in the center of the city.
A highlight of Day 2 is your visit to the newly completed
architectural wonder, The Hassan II Mosque. This is the second
largest mosque in the world, second only to the Grand Mosque in
Mecca. Its minaret is the tallest in the world, 562 feet high.
This tour is a perfect introduction to some of the finest
Moroccan architecture and craftsmanship. An overview tour of
the city is followed by a leisurely dinner at one of the top seafood
restaurants on a bluff above the ocean.
On Day 3, you travel to one of the most beautiful cities in North
Africa, the ancient Imperial City of Fez. En route, the group
visits the capital of Morocco, Rabat, and the Mausoleum of Mohammed
V. Completed in 1971, this structure is one of the country's
most impressive 20th-century buildings and is considered a
masterpiece of Moroccan classicism.
Upon arrival in Fez, the group enjoys a 3-night stay at a former
palace that is within the walls of the medina, Hotel Palais
Jamai. From your luxury air-conditioned, 5-star room with a
private balcony, mini-bar and 24-hour room service, you will have an
amazing panorama view of the hotel pool and gardens and an ancient
The description of the Hotel Palais Jamai in Frommer's guidebook to
Morocco states: "Located on the northern edge of The Medina of Fes el
Bali, this is considered one of the finest hotels in Morocco.
An opulent 19th-century palace of the Grand Vizier Jama, with
additional bedrooms set within an Almohad-inspired wing added in the
Your hotel offers every conceivable comfort and an international
decor with specific Moroccan accessories. Built around a
garden, the ziggurat-shaped decorative crenellations evoke some of
the mystery of Fez. Under a different name, this hotel was
immortalized in the Paul Bowles novel The Spider's House as the
ancestral pleasure palace of the Jama family."
Dining is always a special pleasure at the restaurants included on
DavidTours [DavidTravel]. Several meals are included at the best restaurants.
For example, you'll dine at one of the finest restaurants in
Fez, La Maison Bleue, which received rave reviews in Travel &
Leisure. You will feel like a private guest in this stately family
home of the young and charming owner, Mehdi. As soon as you
enter, you will be taken back several centuries to the pampered world
of Mehdi's prominent family.
One of the best national guides will travel with you throughout your
visit. Even your driver has been specially picked and trained.
Past clients have stated that they were delighted and surprised
that issues of sexual orientation were so respectfully addressed and
On Days 3 and 5, you explore the mysteries of Fez, especially the
ancient walled medina where life and commerce go on as it has for
centuries. On Day 4, you take a day trip to explore the
Imperial City of Meknes; discover the ancient Roman ruins at
Volubulis, one of Morocco's oldest cities and a royal Roman residence
dating back to 25 B.C.
Day 6 includes an excursion through the beautiful Atlas Mountains for
a late afternoon arrival in Marrakech, and an incomparable treat... a
3-night stay at the world famous La Mamounia Hotel, another member of
Leading Hotels of the World.
La Mamounia has been described as follows: "Enjoy the flamboyant
luxury of one of the top hotels in the world with an opportunity to
experience at first hand such Moroccan delights as the famous Jemaa
El Fna Square, the ancient and historical Koutoubia Mosque and the
Marrakech gardens. Wonderfully grandiose and imposing,
Marrakech's five star deluxe 'Leading Hotel,' La Mamounia, was built
in 1923 and was often frequented by the rich and famous - Sir Winston
Churchill was a regular visitor and the suite he used now bears his
Refurbished in a lavish art deco style, the hotel offers more than
200 rooms and sumptuous suites. Acres of superb gardens reflect
the hotel's maturity with a large heated pool and sun terrace
boasting a backdrop of orange groves and the high peaks of the Atlas
Mountains. There is unlimited choice for entertainment and dining,
including International, Moroccan and Italian restaurants, boutiques
and full health, beauty and sports facilities. A stay at La
Mamounia represents the last word in luxury.
At all the hotels, magnificent breakfasts are included. Several
lunches and three amazing gourmet dinners at Morocco's finest
restaurants are included, one memorable meal on a balcony overlooking
Jemaa El Fna Square, the most famous address in Morocco and a world
unto itself. Within walking distance from the hotel, Jemaa El
Fna Square features a cast of characters right out of the Arabian
Nights. They include acrobats, monkey trainers, soothsayers,
palm readers, barbers, magicians, flame eaters, lottery sellers,
snake charmers, acupuncturists, and scribes
On Days 7 and 8, your excellent guide will unveil the magic of
Marrakech, its museums, fabulous gardens, historic sites and the
mysteries of the walled medina. Special attention is provided
to shield you from the hawkers and provide guidance for any shopping
interests you may have. On Day 9, the group travels to
Casablanca for the flight home after being pampered on a trip to
All journeys with DavidTours [DavidTravel] are balanced between planned activities
and free time, allowing you to set your own pace. The
itineraries give you time to explore and get to know the cities and
sites you visit.