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Moroccan Allure

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights New York-Casablanca, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights in First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 27 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 8 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • Explore Ait Ben Haddou, 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
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fish mongers

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

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

DAY 3, Tuesday - Rabat City Tour
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. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Villa Mandarine, Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Wednesday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes/Overland to Fez
After breakfast, 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. We continue to Fez and enjoy dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: La Perle de la Medina, Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - 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 outside the 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 6, Friday - 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. Next, we stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. Then as we approach Erfoud, we enjoy views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys
Overnight: Kasbah Xaluca Maadid, Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - 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. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride. Later, 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 8, Sunday - 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 9, Monday - 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 seems to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, we make our way to the magical city of Marrakesh. This evening, get the details about henna painting during a talk and demonstration. Dinner tonight at our Marrakesh hotel
Overnight: Palais Sebban, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - City Tour of Marrakesh/Bahia Palace
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 we explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, we'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi dynasty. Enjoy lunch on your own in the medina. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or continue to explore this fascinating city on your own
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Palais Sebban, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Palm Grove and Menara Gardens/ Experience Djemaa el Fna Square
Spend the morning at leisure or revisit some favorite spots from yesterday's tour. This afternoon, we 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 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
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Palais Sebban, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Argan Oil Cooperative/Travel to Essaouira
We have a leisurely morning before departing Marrakesh. 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

DAY 13, Friday - 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. 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. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance
Overnight: Hotel Dar L'Oussia, Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Saturday - 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 15, Sunday - Depart Morocco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home
Meals: Breakfast

    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.

    Dinner with Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

    Day #10 01 Nov 2011 - 10 Apr 2016         $79
    This evening, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the lively streets of Marrakesh. Upon entering the restaurant, step back into the time of Arabian folklore and relax among the sound of classic Moroccan music. Delight in the tastes of typical Moroccan fare while live musician and an elegant bellydancing performance cap off the night.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

    Ourika Valley & Botanical Gardens with lunch

    Day #11 01 Feb 2014 - 08 Apr 2015         $59
    Depart for a morning excursion to the scenic Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Nestled at the foot of the famous ski resort Oukaimeden, the Ourika Valley rises slowly to the first hills of the High Atlas, where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering mountains. Ourika is also famous for its “Botanic organic gardens.” During our visit, you will discover the main herbs from the region and their many uses, including culinary, health, and beauty. Enjoy lunch at the gardens and afterwards, you’ll receive a “berber foot bath” with warm water, sea salt scented with essential oils and seaweed, while tasting an herbal tea composed of 8 plants of the garden.

    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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      Prices do not include optional tours and gratuities for guides/tour managers. Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers

      Additional Information:
      Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

      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.

      Apr 6 and Dec 21 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Atlas Essaouira & Spa in Essaouira. Triple Rooms will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

      Sep 7, 14, Oct 19, Nov 2, 16 and Dec 21 departures will be accommodated at the Le Meridien N'Fis in Marrakesh.

      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.

      Is This Trip Right for You?

      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 4 one-night stays, 3 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.

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