MOROCCO 12-Days/11-Nights $1865

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OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:


● Private ground transportation via SUV with English-speaking driver

● 11 nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotels/riads with breakfast

● Riad Zyo, or similar, in Rabat

● Dar Laman, or similar, in Chefchaouen

● Riad Sara, or similar, in Fes

● Kasbah Mohayut, or similar, in Merzouga

● Golden Camp, or similar, in the Sahara Desert

● Dar Rihana in Boumalne Dades

● Riad Bahia Salam, or similar, in Marrakech

● Riad Perle D’eaou, or similar, in Essaouira

● Two lunches

● Three dinners

● Professional city guides in Fes and Marrakech

● Entrance to all included sites and monuments

● Camel trek in the Sahara Desert

● SUV excursion in the Sahara Desert

● One-hour quad excursion in the Sahara Desert

● Two-hour hammam and massage package at Bahia Salam Spa

● Taxes and fees

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MOROCCO – ITINERARY OVERVIEW

YOUR MOROCCAN ADVENTURE STARTS


DAY 1

CASABLANCA to RABAT

Begin with a visit to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world that non-muslims are allowed to enter. Able to accommodate up to 105,000 in prayer, this marvel of modern Moroccan architecture is the work of hundreds of expert craftsmen from around the country, many of them donating their work. 

Continue on to Rabat, where you will visit the Hassan Tower, which has sat unfinished since 1199. Commissioned by Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur, the tower was to be the minaret for the largest mosque in the world. Unfortunately, when the sultan passed away in 1199, the project was abandoned, leaving some partial outer walls, 348 columns, and a minaret only standing half-finished at 140 feet rather than the intended 260 feet. 

Standing opposite the Hassan Tower is the Mohammed V Mausoleum, which contains the tombs of Mohammed V, the current king's grandfather, as well as the king's father, Hassan II, and his uncle, Prince Abdallah. It is considered a masterpiece of Alaouite architecture with its white walls and green tiled roof.

Overnight in Rabat.

DAY 2

CHEFCHAOUEN, FES

After breakfast, travel north to Chefchaouen, nestled high in the Rif Mountains.  Spend the afternoon exploring the charming blue-washed medina. The walls, walkways, and steps are all painted blue, and yet no one quite knows why the tradition started! Be sure the visit the baker for fresh cookies, located near the creek that runs through the medina. 

Overnight in Chefchaouen.

 

DAY 3

CHEFCHAOUEN, FES

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Chefchaouen.

Travel back down the mountains and head south to Fes.

Make a stop to see the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. These ruins date back to 3 BCE, and was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mauretania. The ruins are still undergoing excavation, and several of the mosaic floors still shine with vivid colors when wet. 

Check in to your riad in the medina. 

Overnight in Fes.

 

FES

DAY 4

Tour Fes with a private guide. (Walking tour with some transportation between sites.

Begin at the royal palace, with its seven golden doors, and learn about the significance of the intricate decor. 

Stroll through the Mellah, or Jewish quarter, which was built next to the palace offer protection.

Take in the view of the city from Borj Sud, a former fortress and one of the lookouts on a hill where you can see all of Fes laid out, allowing you to spot landmarks otherwise hidden by the skyline-obscuring buildings.Visit a pottery co-op to see how they make the unique Fes pottery, as well as handcrafting the intricate mosaics adorning half of Morocco. 

Head into the ancient medina and step into a sort of living museum. The Fes medina is very much a local community that lives and works and goes about daily life in the medina, so be sure to keep moving and watch out for the donkeys!

Stop by the Al-Quaraouiyine University, the oldest degree-granting university still in operation, having been founded in 859CE by a woman.

Visit handicraft workshops, where you will see why Fes is considered the handicraft capital of Morocco. This can include, among other things, the silk weavers, where beautifully colorful fabrics are woven from silk fibers of the agave plant; and the famous Fes tannery, where they process all manner of animal hides by hand, much as they have for nearly 1,000 years. They also sell leather items in every shade and style, and can even alter an item to be delivered to your riad by the end of the day!

During your tour of the medina, you will stop for lunch in a restaurant that would be very easy to walk right past, but is truly a hidden gem. Lunch included.

Overnight in Fes.
 

ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MERZOUGA

DAY 5

Depart Fes after breakfast and begin your journey south.

Make a coffee stop in Ifrane, a small ski resort town that is also known as the Swiss village due to its alpine-style architecture.

Visit the wild monkeys in the cedar forests outside of Azrou, where they are happy to be fed but surprisingly well mannered.

Stop in Zayda for lunch, enjoying fresh barbecue in one of the many streetside restaurants.

Take in the scenery as you cross the Atlas Mountains.

View the lush green date and almond trees filling the gorge in Errachidia.

Arrive in Merzouga in the evening and check in to your riad in time for dinner. Dinner included.

Overnight in Merzouga.

 

SAHARA DESERT

DAY 6

Begin your day with a one-hour quad excursion through the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the exhilaration of speeding through the sands and up the dunes, where you will stop to enjoya peaceful moment with just sky and sand for as far as you can see. You will have a professional guide to ensure you don't get lost!

Take an excursion through the Sahara Desert via SUV.Stop for tea with a nomadic family in their winter home. The nomads herd sheep and goats from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, moving with the weather.

Visit the Gnawa Village to listen to their entrancing music. The rhythmic, hypnotic music has long been part of their ceremonies, from the time their ancestors were broughtto the area as slaves. The music has influenced an entire genre that is performed all across Morocco and has even inspired several music festivals.

Hunt for fossils of aquatic critters in the desert. The Sahara was once an ocean 7 million years ago, and there are countless fossils remaining.

In the late afternoon, meet your camels for your trek into your desert camp. You will journey through the dunes, and your camel guide will be able to get some great pictures for you as well!

Arrive at your camp and enjoy a welcome glass of Moroccan mint tea and Moroccan cookies. Take some time to relax before dinner. Dinner included.

After dinner, enjoy live music around the bonfire


BOUMALNE DADES

DAY 7

OPTIONAL: Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Remember it gets cold in the desert overnight, so don't forget your jacket!

Enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast at the camp.

Depart camp via camel (or SUV if one camel was enough for you!). Meet up with your driver once more, and begin your journey west.

OPTIONAL: Stop in nearby Rissani to visit the bustling local market, where you will find everything from mountains of spices to textiles to live animals. Be sure to sample the dozens of varieties of dates grown in the area!

Make a stop in Boumalne Dades to see the stunning Todra Gorge, carved from the red rocks of the landscape by a river.

Dinner at your riad that night. Dinner included.

Overnight in Boumalne Dades.

 

OUARZAZATE, MARRAKECH

DAY 8

Depart in the morning to make your journey to Marrakech.

OPTIONAL: Make a stop in Kalaat M'Gouna, which is famous for its rose co-ops, where thousands of pounds of rose petals are harvested each year to be distilled into rose water and rose oil for use in cosmetics.

When you reach Ouarzazate, make a stop at Ait Ben-Haddou, an ancient Ksar thathas been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located along the former trade caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech, the Ksar is now often used as a filming location for movies including The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Kingdom of Heaven.

Continue across the Atlas Mountains via the winding Tichka Pass to arrive in

Marrakech in the late afternoon.

Check in to your riad in the medina.

Overnight in Marrakech

 

MARRAKECH

DAY 9

Tour Marrakech with a private guide.

Visit the Koutoubia minaret, the tallest in Marrakech. Within the city walls, no building is allowed to be taller than the Koutoubia's 253 feet. The minaret is part of the largest mosque in Marrakech, which was completed in 1199.

Stop at a Berber Apothecary shop, learning of the medicinal uses of many of the common spices and herbs that are still used across Morocco to treat common illnesses. While it's not as picturesque as the heaps of spices you find in the market, it is far more informative!

Tour the Bahia Palace, a late 19th-century palace built for the grand vizier and named for his favorite wife. The rooms, set in a 2-acre garden, include the rooms which housed his harem, an often political position.

Visit the Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saint Laurent House, a stunning array of vegetation in the heart of Marrakech.

Explore Jemaa el Fna, the primary square in the medina and a UNESCO world heritage site. Though now filled with street performers, snake charmers, merchants, and orange juice stalls, when it was created in 1050, it was used for public executions, perhaps leading to its name which can be translated as "assembly of death".

Head into the souks surrounding Jemaa el Fna to several workshops, including shoemakers and bakers.

Overnight in Marrakech.

 

MARRAKECH

DAY 10

Enjoy a free morning to visit museums, wander the souks, or just enjoy the city.

In the afternoon, relax with a two hour hammam and massage package. The traditional hammam includes being scrubbed with black beldi soap and a kessar mitt, revealing soft, smooth skin.

Overnight in Marrakech.


ESSAOUIRA

DAY 11

Head to the nearby coastal city of Essaouira, hopefully spotting the goats in the argan trees along the way.

Enjoy the day exploring the charming oceanside medin.

Stroll through the charming oceanside medina, where you will find artist galleries and woodcarvers, as Essaouira is known for its Thuya wood, a dense, mahogany-like hardwood.

Walk along the ancient ramparts, dating back to when the Portuguese built a fortress there in 1506.

Overnight in Essaouira.


DEPARTURE to New York.

DAY 12

After breakfast, check out of your hotel.

3.5 hour drive to the Casablanca airport for your departure flight. We recommend arriving at the airport three hours before your departure time, as the airport can get very backed up.

 

OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:

● Private ground transportation via SUV with English-speaking driver

● 11 nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotels/riads with breakfast

● Riad Zyo, or similar, in Rabat

● Dar Laman, or similar, in Chefchaouen

● Riad Sara, or similar, in Fes

● Kasbah Mohayut, or similar, in Merzouga

● Golden Camp, or similar, in the Sahara Desert

● Dar Rihana in Boumalne Dades

● Riad Bahia Salam, or similar, in Marrakech

● Riad Perle D’eaou, or similar, in Essaouira

● Two lunches

● Three dinners

● Professional city guides in Fes and Marrakech

● Entrance to all included sites and monuments

● Camel trek in the Sahara Desert

● SUV excursion in the Sahara Desert

● One-hour quad excursion in the Sahara Desert

● Taxes and fees

 

OUR PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

● Flight ticket

● Beverages

● Meals not noted as included

● Snacks and incidentals

● Two-hour hammam and massage package at Bahia Salam Spa

● Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service

● Tips and gratuities for hotel maids, taxi drivers or for personal

activities not outlined in the program.

● Travel Insurance

●Internet services

●Local or International phone calls.

●Baggage fees and any Airport departure tax.

TRAVEL NOTES

  • Travel Insurance is Recommended.
  • Itinerary Details are Subject to Change.
  • Ask about our Early Booking Discount ($50.00).
  • Call to Arrange Your Private Group Trip.
  • Golf and Fishing Excursions are available (Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica).
  • Airfares are Subject to Re-confirmation.

Call us for additional questions: 

954-532-7775