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OTTOMANS AND BEDUINS

12 Days / 11 Nights
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Istanbul, Cappadocia, Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca and much more.

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Guaranteed weekly departures from Istanbul on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday throughout the year, or Thursday and Friday from Marrakech and Saturday from Casablanca.

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul, according to your desired hotel category.
  • 1-night accommodation in Cappadocia in a Cave Hotel (4*).
  • 4-nights accommodation in Marrakech on half board basis, according to your desired hotel category.
  • 2-nights accommodation in Fes on half board basis, according to your desired hotel category.
  • 1-night accommodation in Casablanca on half board basis, according to your desired hotel category.
  • 1-night accommodation in Ouarzazate on half board basis, according to your desired hotel category.
  • Full day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Official English-speaking guide in Cappadocia.
  • Visit to Marrakech, Fes, Rabat, Meknes and panoramic tour to Casablanca with official English-speaking tour guide.
  • Air ticket Istanbul-Cappadocia (15 kg + 8 kg).
  • Air ticket Cappadocia-Istanbul (15 kg + 8 kg).
  • Air Ticket Istanb Istanbul - Marrakech or Casablanca, depending on the start day of the program.
  • All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast

Not included & Optionals

  • Hotel Taxes in Istanbul, Personal expenses & Gratuities (optional).
  • International air tickets.
  • Exclusive optional supplement, one night of accommodation in an Merzouga desert camp, with private bathroom, include in step 1/3.
  • Mandatory supplement for arrivals at Fez, Tanger, Casablanca or Marrakech airport as appropriate, add in step 1/3.
  • Add extra nights in Istanbul and/or Marrakech by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Access our FAQs section for more information on selected hotel categories and properties.
  • 10% discount for groups of 10 travelers or more.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays.
  • From 01/01/2023 the "Blue Mosque" will remain closed for repairs, so we will visit its gardens and have the opportunity to see the exterior of this magnificent monument.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Ottomans And Beduins

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
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ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

After your arrival in the city that was once Byzantium (and later Constantinople), you will be transfer to your hotel in one of our private vehicles. You will check in at the hotel and the rest of the day will be free for you to relax and start enjoying this stunning city.

Alternatively, you can join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show or enjoy an hour's pampering at the Hamam Cimberlitas.

Greca Tip: You can also head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After a delicious breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest meeting point, to begin the full day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires have left to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores inside.

After the visit, you can linger a little longer in the beautiful Sultanahmed neighborhood or you can return to your hotel straight after your tour by covering the individual cost of the transfer.

Greca Tip: Make sure you try the delicious apple tea served hot or cold.

FROM ISTANBUL TO THE MAGICAL CAPPADOCIA
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FROM ISTANBUL TO THE MAGICAL CAPPADOCIA

In the morning, after a nutritious breakfast at your hotel, you will have free time to immerse yourself in the fantastic atmosphere of the city of Istanbul.

In the afternoon you will start your trip to the magical and amazing region of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is unique for its incredible landscape and history. You will arrive at your hotel, check in and rest.

Greca Tip: Consult with your guide about joining in a hot air balloon tour and gently drift over the magnificent valleys of Cappadocia.

CAPPADOCIA, CENTRAL ANATOLIA & ISTANBUL
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CAPPADOCIA, CENTRAL ANATOLIA & ISTANBUL

After a filling breakfast, you will dedicate the whole of this day to this wonderful region.

Starting with the Göreme Valley and its open-air museum, you will visit the churches, chapels, and monasteries, with their ancient frescoes painted on the walls. You will continue to the town of Avanos, known for its pottery-making tradition, an art that dates back to the Hittite period.  Here you will marvel at the use of red clay coming from Kizilirmak, the longest river in Turkey, and taste the delicious Turkish tea.

Later, you will cross the Pasabag valley or "Valley of the Monks", because of the many monk refuges carved into the soft rock, and you will be amazed at the spectacular cone topped rock pillars known as Fairy Chimneys. The tour will continue through the valley of Devrent or "Imaginary Valley" full of unique rock formations, many of which are said to resemble animal shapes. You will also visit the Göreme Panorama, a panoramic viewpoint with fantastic views of the city of Göreme. Finally you will visit the city of Urgüp, famous for its wine production, its fertile vineyards and apricot gardens, where you can take some incredible photos as a memento of your time here.

Late in the afternoon, you will return to Istanbul for your overnight stay.

Greca Tip: If it was not possible to go on a balloon ride on your first day, don't miss out on the opportunity to do it today at sunrise (check with your guide).

GOODBYE ISTANBUL! HELLO MARRAKECH!
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GOODBYE ISTANBUL! HELLO MARRAKECH!

After a delicious breakfast and at the indicated time, one of our vehicles will accompany you to the Istanbul international airport to check in your luggage and, if necessary, process any tax refund on "tax free" products that you have purchased.

After your arrival Marrakech also called "Al-Bahya", the city that makes the heart happy, and the "Red City" due to the reddish tone of all its buildings, an English-speaking person will be waiting for you at your exit to assist you, communicate all the details of your itinerary, as well as clarifying any doubts or queries you may have and making a brief presentation of the city and its day to day. The transfer to your hotel will be made by one of our air-conditioned vehicles.

Once you arrive at the hotel, your assistant will help you with your registration. The rest of the day is for you to relax, and if you wish, start enjoying Marrakech.

Tip Greca: Check the best gastronomic options in Marrakech with our assistant.

MARRAKECH CITY TOUR
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MARRAKECH CITY TOUR

After a delicious breakfast, you will begin your visit to the city of Marrakech: You will start with the Menara Gardens, on the outskirts of the city. It is a 14-hectare park in the center of which is an immense 12th-century pond. Later you will go to the city center to see the majestic Koutoubia minaret, twin tower of the Giralda in Seville.

You will also visit the Bahia Palace built in the 19th century, the Berber Pharmacy, where you will find all kinds of natural remedies. The visit will end in a magical place: the Yemaa el Fna (People's Assembly) Square, declared a World Heritage Site.

In the morning you will find sellers of orange juice and other fruit, wicker baskets, souvenirs, sweets, jewelry, dentists, healers, commissioned writers. This universe becomes particularly fascinating at nightfall, when the square is lit up with a thousand lights. Free afternoon and return to the hotel for accommodation.

Greca Tip: Try a fabulous orange juice in Djemaa el Fna Square, you won't regret it.

MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA
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MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA

After a tasty breakfast you will leave for the city of Casablanca, which you will begin to visit along the Boulevard of the Corniche, the seafront promenade and the coastal road, through which you reach Anfa (old neighborhoods of the historic city), famous for its luxurious houses.

The tour will take you to the exterior of the Great Mosque of Hassan II, a monumental and modern work (sliding roof and resistance to earthquakes) that holds the title of the third largest mosque in the world after Mecca and Medina (optionally you can visit inside). It is the most representative monument of the 20th century. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Greca Tip: Don't miss the views of the sea from the Great Mosque of Hassan II.

CASABLANCA - RABAT - MEKNES - FES
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CASABLANCA - RABAT - MEKNES - FES

After a tasty breakfast you will visit the city, starting with the Boulevard of the Corniche, the seafront promenade and the coastal road, through which you reach Anfa (old quarters of the historic city), a famous neighborhood in which its luxurious houses stand out. The tour will lead to the exterior of the Great Mosque of Hassan II, a monumental and modern work (sliding roof and resistance to earthquakes) that holds the title of the third largest mosque in the world after Mecca and Medina (optionally you can visit the inside). It is the most representative monument of the 20th century.

Then by road, you will go to the Imperial City of Rabat, capital of the kingdom and second most populous city in the country. The visit will begin with the Royal Palace and seat of government, "Dar el Makhzen" where more than two thousand people reside. Later you will visit the Kasbah of the Oudaya, a fortified space of Berber origin dating back to the 12th century, a World Heritage Site. You will continue through the Mausoleum of Mohamed V (10 years of work and the collaboration of more than 400 artists), the unfinished Mosque and the Hassan Tower, monuments of the Berber dynasty of the 12th century.

Departing  from Rabat through fertile valleys until reaching Meknes, a World Heritage Site and one of the four imperial cities along with Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat and former capital of Morocco. You will visit the fortified city starting with its walls and great gates (bab, in Moroccan): Bab el Mansur, the largest gate in the country and in North Africa, the Agdal Pond, built for irrigation in the area, the Bab Square Lahdim, epicenter of the city's activity. Then you will have free time for lunch (not included). Finally you will arrive in Fez where you will stay and have dinner. 

Greca Tip: It is worth sitting in one of the restaurants in Bab Lahdim Square and watching life go by while having a tea or a cane juice.

VISITING FEZ
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VISITING FEZ

After a delicious breakfast you will begin the visit through the Golden Doors of the Royal Palace, seven bronze doors of different sizes represent the seven days of the week and the seven levels of the monarchy. You will visit the Medina (old quarter) with its Madrasa of Bou Anania (the madrasas are the Islamic schools), the Nejjarine Fountain, one of the most beautiful in the medina and the oldest in Fez, the Karaouine Mosque, one of the most important centers cultures of Islam with a library with more than 30,000 copies, in addition to the headquarters of the University of Fez, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, the most revered saint in Morocco.

You  will make a stop along the way in the famous neighborhood of the tanners, unique in the world, to later have lunch (not included). In the afternoon you will continue to get to know Fez and its beautiful artisan neighborhoods divided by guilds. Finally you will return to the hotel to stay. 

Greca Tip: It is worth sitting in one of the restaurants in Bab Lahdim Square and watching life go by while having a tea or a cane juice.

FEZ - BENI MELLAL - MARRAKECH
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FEZ - BENI MELLAL - MARRAKECH

After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, you will leave to Infran, a mountainous city located at the Middle Atlas, with a cold climate, which has influenced its European-style urbanism reminiscent of Switzerland. It is a winter tourist destination for Moroccans who come here to ski. You will take a short walk and continue to Beni Mellal, one of the largest cities in central Morocco, an important administrative and university center. It stands out for being an agricultural and livestock city and for the food industry. At a tourist level, you should not miss its craft medina and the surrounding landscapes. To finish you will go to Marrakech to stay and have dinner.

Greca Tip: Beni Mellal is famous for its Onions.

MARRAKECH AT YOUR RHYTHM
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MARRAKECH AT YOUR RHYTHM

After a fabulous breakfast you will enjoy two free days with half board at the hotel. You can walk at your own pace and enjoy the magic that the city of Marrakech offers you or choose between one of the optional excursions:

The excursion to the Ourika Valley, a fertile area, with small villages of adobe houses hanging from the slopes of the mountain, the excursion to the beautiful coastal city of Essaouira, a World Heritage Site, with its beaches and its extraordinary medina that has served set to the famous series "Game of Thrones" or attend a fantasy dinner show.

Overnight in Marrakesh.

Greca Tip: If you decide to stay in Marrakech, lose yourself in its streets and test your skills haggling with the merchants.

GOODBYE MARRAKECH
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GOODBYE MARRAKECH

After an exquisite breakfast and at the agreed time you will transfer to the airport of Marrakech.

After spending some fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory. Have a good trip, or as you say yourself, Rihlat saeida!

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