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Moroccan Allure


Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights NYC-Casablanca
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights in First Class accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 32 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee, and tea with all meals. Beer and wine included with dinner except on day 4
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Explore the remarkably preserved Volubilis, once a major African outpost of the Roman Empire
  • Watch how leather is cut and dyed at the Chouwara Tannery
  • Join a Fez family for a dinner of home-cooked fare in their dining room
  • Meet the women of the Argan Oil Cooperative and see how they extract nutritive oil from this nut
  • Camp in the Sahara under an endless canopy of desert stars
  • Visit a facility in the rose-blanketed Dades Valley to see how rose water is made
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
  • Marvel at the circus atmosphere of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el Fna Square, bustling with acrobats, performers, and snake charmers
  • Sample the vintages at the Val d’Argan Winery
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fish mongers

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast, with 5 one-night stays, 2 two-nights stays, and 1 three-night stay. Three days require long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Morocco. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive Casablanca/Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning. We will return to see more this legendary city at tour’s end. For now, we transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. After lunch at the hotel, spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome briefing. Following the orientation, we enter the medina for our welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Villa Mandarine, Rabat
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes/Overland to Fez
After breakfast, we tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the beautifully tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, or the city’s “Gate of the Winds,” so called because it’s been battered by Atlantic winds since its construction in 1197. We visit Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th-century caliph. At the incredibly preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, we explore the fortress and take a shady stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End our day at Chellah, the necropolis and ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. Next, we drive inland to Fez. Along the way, we stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. The site also has vestiges of the Berber civilization that took the city from Rome in AD 270. We continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. After lunch in the city, we continue to Fez, arriving in time for dinner at a nearby restaurant
Overnight: La Perle de la Medina, Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Tour Fez /Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner
We explore the sprawling medina of Fez by foot this morning. It’s said that this is the world’s largest car-free urban area; undistracted by traffic, you’re sure to agree that strolling here is a feast for the senses. We’ll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or “Blue Gate” and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania madrasa. Then, stop at the Chouwara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. Our tour ends at Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in the year 859. After lunch in the medina, our guide leads us through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah, built in 1438. By the end of our walk, we’ll be at the King’s Palace. This evening, we’re the guests of a local Fez family for dinner. Over typical Moroccan, home-prepared food, we’ll connect with our hosts
Overnight: La Perle de la Medina, Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains/Drive to Erfoud
Today is a thrilling adventure into Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. We begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Then ascend scenic roads past pine groves and giant cedar trees. Midmorning, we cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. We have lunch in the village of Midelt. As we approach Erfoud, we have views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys
Overnight: Kasbah Xaluca Maadid, Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Experience Rissani/Off-Road to Sahara Camp
This morning, we explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. In this former caravan center, we wander its lively souk, and visit an 18th-century ksar. Then, stop to discover the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. We’ll pause to visit a local bread shop, where we’ll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at our hotel, we journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle in to our Sahara camp, where dunes rise and fall around us and we feel the adventuresome spirit of explorers of old. We witness an incredible sunset here and enjoy traditional music under a canopy of stars
Overnight: Bivouac La Belle Etoile, Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge/Overland to Ait Ben Haddou
We awake amidst the silence of the desert this morning. Morocco’s natural beauty continues to astound us today. After breakfast, we leave our camp and make our way to the lovely oasis of Tinghir for lunch. But the real attraction here is the spectacular Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. There’ll be time to marvel at this sight before we continue to the Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at our Ait Ben Haddou hotel
Overnight: Riad Ksar Ighnda, Ait Ben Haddou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Visit Ait Ben Haddou/Travel to Marrakesh
Enjoy a leisurely morning. Perhaps start your day relaxing by the pool. Explore the neighborhood by foot. Or cover more ground, riding into the village on a bicycle borrowed from our hotel. Late this morning, we take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar – or fortified city – along a former caravan route. This is the true Morocco: a village that seem to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. After lunch, we make our way to the magical city of Marrakesh
Overnight: Riad Karmela, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Tour Marrakesh/Experience Djemaa el Fna Square
Discover historic, exotic Marrakesh today, the “City of Ochre.” We begin at the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, its minaret still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore the ruins of El Badi Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, we’ll see the richy decorated tombs of the Saadi dynasty. We pause for lunch in the medina, then venture out to the lush Palm Grove and Menara Gardens, two lovely oases watched over by the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. We end our thrilling day in a thrilling spot: the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba
Overnight: Riad Karmela, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Monday - Explore Marrakesh at Leisure
Take today to revisit some favorite spots from yesterday’s tour. Or explore on your own with guidance from your Tour Leader. This evening, get the details about henna painting during a talk and demonstration. We dine out a local restaurant tonight
Overnight: Riad Karmela, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Visit Winery & Argan Oil Cooperative/Travel to Essaouira
We have a leisurely morning before departing Marrakesh. You might be surprised to learn today that Morocco produces wine. But the proof is in the grapes of the Val d’Argan Winery. The owners invite us to stroll the vineyards, then we’ll sample some of their vintages and stay for lunch. Later, we stop at the Argan Oil Womens Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut. We arrive in Essaouira in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Hotel Dar L’Oussia, Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Wednesday - Discover Essaouira/Gnawa Performance
Seaside Essaouira has grown into an artist’s enclave over the years, and this makes for a fascinating mix of ancient and modern sensibilities. We’ll introduce you to its culture with a stroll through the vibrant medina and its bustling fish market. After a seafood lunch, the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore its inviting ancient streets. This evening, we learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert, followed by a Gnawa performance and dance
Overnight: Hotel Dar L’Oussia, Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Thursday - Travel to Casablanca/Enjoy City Tour
Transfer to Casablanca today, stopping en route for a light lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival, we see the fabled city’s important sights, including the Mohammed V Square, the city’s administrative seat. Next, marvel at the massive Hassan II Mosque, dramatically perched on a promontory on the Atlantic. Its indoor and outdoor space can accommodate 105,000 worshippers. In the Habous district, we peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, we’ve selected a special venue for our farewell dinner
Overnight: Kenzi Tower Hotel, Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart for the USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home
Meals: Breakfast

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    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 11:30 am. Transfers to Rabat will depart at approximately 12:30 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

    Sep 21 departure will be accommodated at the Les Merinides in Fez. Triple Rooms will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

    Due to limited space on the small jeeps used to travel from Erfoud to overnight stay in the desert, only one small piece of luggage per passenger is permitted. Additional luggage will be stored overnight at the Erfoud Hotel and returned back on Day 8. Luggage should be locked and valuables left overnight in the hotel safe. Please pack a small overnight bag.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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