I wish to travel to Cairo, Essaouira, Fes and Marrakech on my 11-15 days tour to Egypt and Morocco in the month of December. I am travelling with my friends. I am interested in Beaches and Cultural Visit. I am looking for economy hotel.

asked on 02 May 2014 India
Interest: Cultural Visit, Beaches
Priya
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Morocco and Egypt have rich in their cultures and offer so much to explore to its guests. You can experience the ancient cultures of both the destinations with great excitement.

Basic Travelling Information


Egypt

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Flights
There are many flight options available as per your trip, but I would suggest you to travel via Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc and Saudia. The total budget of your flights from New Delhi to Cairo, Cairo to Casablanca and return ticket from Casablanca to New Delhi will cost 82, 714 INR per person.

Flight 1
The flight from New Delhi to Cairo will have a flight change at Kuwait. The flight no. KU 382 of Kuwait Airways will take off at 05:55 am from New Delhi and will land at Kuwait at 07:30 am and after waiting for four hours you need to board flight no. KU 541 of Kuwait Airways. The flight will take off at 11:30 am and land at 01:15 pm in Cairo.

Flight 2
There will be a nonstop flight by Royal Air Maroc flight no. AT 273, that departs at 04:00 am from Cairo and will land at 08:00 am in Casablanca.

Flight 3 
The return flight from Casablanca to New Delhi will have a flight change at Jeddah. The flight no. SV 372 of Saudia will take off at 06:30 pm from Casablanca and will land at Jeddah at 03:15 am and after waiting for seven hours and fifteen minutes you need to board flight no. SV 758 of Saudia. The flight will take off at 10:30 am and land at 05:40 pm in New Delhi.

Time Difference

India is 3:30 hours ahead of Egypt.
Egypt is one hour ahead of Morocco.
India is 4:30 hours ahead of Morocco.

Currency

1 Egyptian Pound (EGP) = 8.52958 Indian Rupee (INR)
1 Indian Rupee (INR) = 0.11625 Egyptian Pound (EGP)
1 Moroccan Dirham (MAD) = 7.34937 Indian Rupee (INR)
1 Indian Rupee (INR) = 0.13478 Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Weather and What to Pack

The weather of Cairo will remain pleasant as days will be hot and nights will become colder so pack some thin jackets with the summer stuff. Same in the case of Morocco the nights will become colder. You may also witness rainfall in Morocco in December so I would suggest you to carry an umbrella or raincoat with you. I would also suggest you to carry comfortable shoes as there will be lots of walking in your trip.

Day 1 - Cairo


Cairo

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Cairo is one of the most important and beautiful city of Egypt and offers a great experience to its visitors. As per the flight schedule you will reach by 1:15 pm so by 3 or 4 pm you will reach your hotel. You can rest for an hour or so and brace yourself for a nice tour of Egypt by the Evening.


There are many options of economy hotels in Cairo that includes Arabian Nights Hostel, Mesho Inn Hostel, Richmond House Hostel and many more. For more options with their cost and location you can visit here

Light and Sound Show at Pyramids

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The Light and Sound Show at The Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx is the best way to have the best of these pyramids as well to spend a nice evening in Cairo. The show lasts for nearly 50 minutes and showcases the special effects with great music. The show will take you to the ancient Egypt. The ticket to the show nearly costs 2400 INR per person.

After the show you can go for a nice dinner in a restaurant or at your respective hotel and then go for a nice sleep to refresh yourself for the next day.

Day 2 - Cairo

You can start of your second day by visiting the National Museum of Antiquities and further visiting Citadel of Saladin and Mohammed Ali Mosque.

National Museum of Antiquities

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A visit to the National Museum of Antiquities or The Egyptian Museum offers a chance to get face to face with the ancient cultural life of the Egypt. This museum houses a huge collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities that accommodates nearly 120, 000 exhibits. The key highlights of this museum are the treasures of King Tutankhamen and the royal mummies.

Citadel of Saladin

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The Citadel of Saladin is one of the most popular landmarks of Cairo and it is located in the centre of the city on the Mokattam hill. The citadel portrays the medieval warfare era. The citadel was constructed by Salah El Din in 1183 AD overlooking the whole city to be his defensive point against the attacks of the Crusaders.

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

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The Mosque of Muhammed Ali is located in the citadel and it is one of the most historic mosques in Cairo. It is also famous as Albaster Mosque. The key highlight of this mosque is its amazing architecture that includes beautiful minarets and domes.

After visiting the mosque you can call it a day and return to your hotel for a nice dinner and sleep to brace yourself for the next day.

Day 3 - Alexandria


Alexandria

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I would suggest you to spend some time outside Cairo in Alexandria. You can go by a train which will take nearly 2 hours 30 minutes to reach Alexandria. I would suggest you to catch the morning train at 8:00 am so you can have plenty of time to experience the culture of Alexandria.

In Alexandria you can visit the Citadel of Qaitbey, Catacombs and Column of Pompeii.

Citadel of Qaitbey

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Fort Qaitbey is situated on the prominent location of Alexandria city and it is one of the gems of the Alexandria. It attracts most of the tourists to the land of Alexandria. Presently it houses a small naval museum which accommodates exhibits that depicts the history of the citadel and the warfare.

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is a historical archaeological site and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval Ages.  Some historians believe that it was a private tomb, later converted to a public cemetery. The catacombs date back to the Roman period and was discovered accidentally when a donkey fell into one of the underground tunnels.

Pompey's Pillar (column)

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The Pompey’s Pillar is the tallest ancient monument in Alexandria. This landmark is considered as the burial place of Pompey. Pompey's Pillar is a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Egypt, and the largest of its type constructed outside of the imperial capitals of Rome. This pillar is one of its kinds and attracts tourists from around the world.

 After your sightseeing in Alexandria you need to board the train back to Cairo at 6:00 pm and you will reach Cairo by 8:30 pm and then you can return to your hotel to rest.

Day 4 - Cairo

On your first day in Cairo you went for sound and light show at the Pyramids but I would suggest you to visit the Pyramids and Sphinx one more time during the day as it will provide a different experience to you. So on your fourth day in Cairo you should visit the three pyramids, Sphinx and the famous El Khalil Souk.

Pyramids and Sphinx

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You can visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Pyramid of Chephren and the smallest one of Mecarinus. You can also visit the Pyramid of Chephren from the inside, the valley temple of Chephren as well as, the great Sphinx.

Khan El Khalili Souk

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The Khan el-Khalili is presently occupied by the Egyptian merchants rather than that belonging to other nationality, but this market is a hit among the natives as well as the tourists. The Shops typically sell souvenirs, antiques and jewellery, but many traditional workshops are still in the surrounding area and the goldsmiths' souq. You can roam around the souq and don’t forget to haggle for your choices.

After this long tiring day you can return to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 5 - Cairo

This is the last day of your trip in Cairo so you can roam around the streets explore them the way you want and you can also visit Cairo Hanging Church and Ben Ezra.

Cairo Hanging Church

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The Cairo Hanging Church is also famous as Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church and its one of the oldest churches of Egypt. The key highlight of The Hanging Church is its 110 icons and the oldest, which dates back to the 8th century, but most of them date to the 18th century. 

Ben Ezra

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The Ben Ezra's Temple is reported to have been erected in the 6th or the 9th Century AD. The temple site and the surrounding grounds are originally a property of the church which was acquired by the Jews in return for "kantars of gold". The basilica-style temple contains a Jewish heritage library.

After your five days of sightseeing in Cairo you should brace yourself for your flight to the next destination that is Morocco.

You got your flight early in the morning so I would suggest you to sleep early and before that just make sure to pack all your belongings carefully. 

There will be a nonstop flight by Royal Air Maroc flight no. AT 273, that departs at 04:00am from Cairo and will land at 08:00am in Casablanca.

Day 6 - Casablanca


Casablanca

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Casablanca is one of the major cities of Morocco so I would suggest you to spend at least one day here. According to your flight schedule you will reach by 8 in the morning and you will reach your hotel by 11:00am. After resting for an hour or so you can start you tour of Casablanca. 


There are many options of economy hotels in Casablanca such as Hotel Amoud, Manzil Hotel, Hotel Moroccan House and many more. For more options you can visit here

You can visit port of El-Maghreb, Central Market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, El-Mohamed V Square, El-Hassan ll Mosque. 

After sightseeing in Casablanca you can return to your hotel to rest.

Day 7 - Fes


Fes

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After spending a day in Casablanca you can head towards your next Moroccan destination that is Fes. You can board the morning train at 08:15 am from Casa Voyageurs and you will reach Fes around 12:10 pm. 


Some of the economy hotels in Fes are Riad Fez Yamanda, Riad La Bague De Kenza, Dar Tahrya and for more options you can visit here

According to the train schedule you will reach your hotel by 1:00 pm and after a rest you can start your tour of Fes by 2:00 pm. 

On your first day in Fes you can visit Medina of Fez, Attarin Medersa, Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and Batha Museum.

Medina of Fez

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The Medina of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the also the most popular tourist attraction in Fez. It takes you through traditions of the locals in Fez. It accommodates the Western World's oldest university, traditional houses, fountains, shops, exotic architecture, and carpet shops. You can shop here but don’t forget to use your bargaining sales while buying any goods from the market.

Attarin Medersa

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The Attarin Medersa is one of the most beautiful Medersa of Fes. It accommodates halls of teachings and a central courtyard. It showcases the traditional architecture and artisanship with beautiful tile work and stuccowork amp cedar wood at the top of the walls and on the ceiling. 

Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts

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This museum was used as a storage house for travelling merchants who used to sale their goods and live on the upper floors of this place. Presently this museum showcases the traditional artefacts, craftsmen’s tools, furniture and many other things. The artefacts are presented in a very sophisticated manner and there is also a rooftop cafe that provides great views over the medina.

Batha Museum

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The Batha Museum is housed in a summer palace. This museum accommodates spectacular collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts including ruins of medersas, fassi embroidered articles, carpets and antique music instruments. The key highlight of this museum is the excellent ceramic collection dating from the 14th century to the present.

With this you can put an end to your day and return to your hotel.

Day 8 - Fes

On your second day in Fes you can visit the Glaoui Palace, Kairaouine Mosque and Musee Des Armes.

Glaoui Palace

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The Glaoui Palace is located slightly away from the Medina of Fez and is worth a visit. It is reminder the people in power in the past of Morocco.

Kairaouine Mosque

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The Kairaouine Mosque is the second largest and the holiest mosque of Morocco. This mosque is closed for Non Muslims but you can still marvel the beauty of this landmark from the outside.

Musee Des Armes

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The Musee Des Armes dates back to 16th century. It is basically a fortress that got converted into a museum that overlooks the city. Here you can witness eight thousand weapons dating back to the pre-historic times. It accommodates sixteen exhibition rooms offer a glimpse into the armoury from around the world.

After sending two days in Fes you can head to your next destination that is Marrakech which is the major city of Morocco. 

Make sure to pack all your belongings carefully and brace yourself for the train journey to Marrakech.

You can catch a train at 04:50am in the morning from Fes and after a long journey of 7 hours and 10 minutes you will reach at Marrakech.

Day 9 - Marrakech


Marrakech

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According to your train schedule you will reach Marrakech by 12:00 noon.  You will reach your hotel between one and two and after resting for an hour or so you can start your tour of Marrakech.


Some of the economy hotels in Marrakech are Riad Arbre Bleu, Riad Harmonie Kennaria, Hôtel Zahia Marrakech and for more options you can visit here

On your first day in Marrakech you can visit Koubba El Badiyin, El Badii Palace, Jema El Fnaa Square and Saadian Tombs. 

Koubba El-Badiyin

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The Koubba El-Badiyin (Almoravid Koubba) is one of the oldest and the most elegant dome present in Merrakech. It is basically an ancient mosque located inside the souks. The most astonishing thing about this ancient building is its great condition being a few hundred years old. 

El Badii Palace

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The El Badii Palace used to be one of the most spectacular royal palaces in Merrakech which has now transformed into ruins but still it holds the position of being one of the most important landmarks of the city.

Saadian Tombs

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The Saadian Tombs is a famous mausoleum where more than 100 members of the Saadi Dynasty are buried. The building is classified into two mausoleums with 66 tombs housed in them and nearly 100 outside in the gardens. The outside gardens has 100 scattered tombs with gravestones covered in marvellous coloured tiles and most of them have inscriptions with epitaphs and quotes from the Qur'an

Jema El Fnaa Square

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The JEMAA EL FNAA square is one of the most exciting places in Marrakech. The square remains crowded day and night but excitement goes to a whole new level in the night. It establishes a carnival mood from the evening till the morning where many storytellers, musicians, acrobats and entertainers seek attention through their performances. You can take a stroll around and have fun at the cafes or the market selling loads of goods but again don’t forget to bargain for the stuff you are buying.

You can spend some hours to have a wholesome taste of this place and then return to your accommoidation.

Day 10 - Marrakech


Moroccan Deserts

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On your second day in Marrakech I would suggest you to spend some time at the Deserts of Marrakech. You can enjoy the beauty of Moroccan Deserts either by a Camel Ride or if you want to try something adventurous then you can also go for Quad Biking.

You can book a camel ride at here

For Quad Biking you can visit here

Day 11 - Marrakech


Kik Atlas Mountains

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The itinerary of the last day in Marrakech should include An Adventurous Day at The Kik Atlas Mountains. This amazing tour will includes a unique visit to the country side of Plateau Kik and you will also enjoy the panoramic views of the Plateau Kik. You can also visit the Amizmiz Trail, Green Valley and the wheat fields. 

If you want a clear picture then you can visit here

After this I would suggest to return to your hotel to rest and brace yourself for your last destination that is ESSAOUIRA.

You can catch a morning train to ESSAOUIRA at 08:30 am from Marrakech station.

Day 12 - Essaouira


Essaouira

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As per the train schedule you will reach Essaouira at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm you will be able to check in at your hotel. 


There are many options of economy hotels in Essaouira and some of them include Dar El Pacha,  

Dar Kenavo, Riad Eraounak Souiri and for more option you can visit here

In Essaouira you can witness beaches and many other exciting things. On your first in Essaouira you can go for a day stroll and witness the old city buildings painted blue and white, visit the Medina and the arts complex. You can also visit the old souks of the city. 

Essaouira is a very relaxing place and you can just relax and rejuvenate your senses. 

Day 13 - Essaouira


Essaouira Beach

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On the second day in Essaouira and last day in Marrakech you can spend your half day at the beaches of Essaouira. Soak yourself in the sun or take a dip in the waters. You can have best of your time with your friends at the beach. As you have got plenty of time you can spend a whole day at the beach.

The next day you need to return to Casablanca to catch your flight back to New Delhi in the evening.

Day 14

You need to catch an early morning train at 06:00 from Essaouira and you will reach Casablanca VOYAGEURS by 2:10 pm in the afternoon.

The return flight from Casablanca to New Delhi will have a flight change at Jeddah. The flight no. SV 372 of Saudia will take off at 06:30 pm from Casablanca and will land at Jeddah at 03:15 am and after waiting for seven hours and fifteen minutes you need to board flight no. SV 758 of Saudia. The flight will take off at 10:30 am and land at 05:40 pm in New Delhi.

I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable Europe trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life. 

Have a wonderful trip!
Priya 

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