13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco

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13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco
Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakesh Marrakesh
Hotel Xaluca Dades Boumalne Dades
Berbere Palace Ouarzazate
Kasbah Xaluca Maadid Erfoud
Riad Ksar Ighnda Ouarzazate
Iberostar Founty Beach Agadir
Hotel Atlas Essaouira & Spa Essaouira
Grand Mogador City Center Casablanca

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2129* $1319
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $2189* $1429
$2209* $1429
$2239* $1429
$2179* $1369
$2199* $1429
$2179* $1369
$2209* $1479
$2099* $1369
$2369* $1479
$2489* $1479
2020 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2149* $1369
$2099* $1369
$2099* $1369
$2099* $1369
$2099* $1369
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $2159* $1429

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Triples are not available.

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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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This program is very active and involves walking over various surfaces. The pace is fast, as it includes visits to numerous sites. Expect to be at high altitudes as we ascend to more than 7,000 feet by bus on Day 5. On Day 7, we use 4x4 vehicles for 6 total hours. It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes, sun screen, and a hat. In winter months, nights are cooler. Late spring and summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The earliest wake up call is 6 am. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Marrakesh
Arrive in Marrakesh and transfer from the airport to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 6 pm. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Marrakesh

DAY 3, Monday - Marrakesh City Tour
Following breakfast, take a morning tour of the city of Marrakesh, otherwise known as the “Ochre City”. Home to a population of over one million, Marrakesh was one of the major imperial cities of historical Morocco. The city is divided into two areas; the Medina, or the historical city, and the Ville Nouvelle, the European-inspired modern city. Marvel at the city's pink mud-brick architecture. Visit the Saadian Tombs, the resting place of many members of the Saadi Dynasty, who claimed to descend from Muhammad's bloodline. Journey to the magnificent site known as the Bahia Palace, the 19th century home of Si Moussa, whose name literally means “brilliance.” The balance of the day is at leisure or, join the optional Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration & Majorelle Gardens with Lunch. Your tour begins with a demonstration of how the traditional Berber dish, couscous, is made. After lunch, continue your visit to the Majorelle Gardens & Museum which displays a collection of Berber objects such as art, jewelry, and clothing
Optional: Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration & Majorelle Gardens with Lunch (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Today, the entire day is yours to explore the city on your own. Perhaps head to the Dar Si Said Museum, a homage to the influence of wood in Moroccan crafts. Consider a visit to the Souks, the famed markets of the city. Here, you'll find everything from handicrafts to spices to clothing. Perhaps join the morning optional Ourika Valley tour. The Ourika Valley rises slowly to the first hills of the High Atlas, where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering mountains. See the natural majesty of Morocco at its finest, a pristine and marvelous place where only the birds disturb the silence. Tonight attend the optional Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Optional: Ourika Valley tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Travel to Boumalne Dades, Ouarzazate
This morning, depart from Marrakesh on a journey through the famous Tichka Pass to Boumalne Dades. Then onto a tour of Ouarzazate, a desert city at the gates of the Sahara. Its strange name means "without noise" in the Berber language. Walk in the Taourirt village, which is a former post for monitoring the caravan routes into west Africa. It was an important village located at the crossroads between the Sahara Desert and the north of Morocco. Your tour also includes the Kasbah Taourirt, an amazing example of Moroccan architecture, which was built to house hundreds of people. You will also have the opportunity to browse for Moroccan rugs in a carpet store. Lunch on your own before arriving in Boumalne Dades for check-in and dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Erfoud, Todra Palmeraie Gorge
After breakfast, depart your hotel and travel to Dades Gorges where you will get to experience an orientation tour of the stunning landscapes and canyons. Then travel to Erfoud, an oasis town in eastern Morocco. En route stop at one of Morocco's most popular natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge. Don't forget your camera as you take in a walking tour of the wondrous 985 feet high gorge and surrounding area. Continue on your journey to Erfoud, also known as "The Desert Gate". After check-in at your hotel, time to relax before dinner
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Rissani, Erg Chebbi, Camel Ride in the Dunes
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. Wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th-century ksar. Next, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region.Then, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. Depart by 4x4 caravan into the desert, exploring numerous small villages before reaching Tisserdimine, an oasis village at the bottom of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch before continuing the journey to the peak of Erg Chebbi. After taking in this splendid view of the surrounding desert, leave your man-made transports behind and journey into the heart of the dunes as the local nomads do; by camel back. Return to your hotel after sunset
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Travel to Ait Benhaddou
Depart Erfoud this morning, then stop for a tour of Ait Benhaddou*. A prime example of classic Southern Moroccan architecture, this fortified city's high-angled towers stand out above the family dwellings, all set near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
*Winter departures will visit Ait Benhaddou on Day 9
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - City Tour of Agadir
Journey today to the coast and the delightful resort of Agadir, where during orientation on arrival in the afternoon, you will have the chance to view the beaches of this former fishing village as well as the hilltop ruins of the old kasbah. It was at Agadir that the European conflict began between Germany and France that opened the door for France to seize nearly all of Morocco. An evening at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort
Overnight: Agadir
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Travel to Essaouira
This morning, set out for the city of Essaouira. Along the way, stop at the Marjana Cooperative, to view traditional methods of extracting Argan Oil. The demand for the oil has grown drastically due to its heavy use in cosmetics and cuisine in the West. Continue on to Essaouira. Also known as Mogador, the modern city of Essaouira was not constructed until the late 18th century by Mohammed III. French and Arab influences shine through in this medina's architecture. Essaouira played a major role in maritime trade, bridging Sub-Saharan Africa with Europe. A multicultural lifestyle thrives there as people of various ethnic groups and religious backgrounds live in harmony with one another. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Essaouira City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided tour through Essaouira's medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent example of a fortified North African town. Spanish cannons still line the battlements while parasols dot the harbor's beaches, creating a remarkably picturesque setting. You will walk along the city's ramparts just north of Moulay Hassan Square where local artists sell their paintings. Continue on to the Skala de la Ville, which is a fortification built along the cliffs that defended the city from sea attacks, but now provides visitors with an unparalleled view of the port and its bright-colored fishing boats. In the Medina, artisans, and craftsmen practice their trades as they have for hundreds of years. Explore the many souks in the medina, including the spice and jewelry souks. The city is also famed for hosting the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which draws musicians from across the world who come to play with the Gnaoua mystics. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart for Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Today, travel to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco. Casablanca's history goes back thousands of years as the Berbers established settlements there around the 10th Century BC. Famed civilizations such as the Phoenicians and Romans were known to have traveled through there as well. During World War II, the city served as General Patton's headquarters for the North Africa campaign, and the host of the 1943 meeting between the heads of state to plan the Normandy landing. Upon arrival, enjoy a bus tour of the city including the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque*; the largest Mosque in Morocco and the beautiful Corniche seaside. View Mohamed V Square and Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Take in all of this and more throughout your day. Your last night features a special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Morocco
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels

Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakesh Image
Hotel Xaluca Dades Image
Berbere Palace Image
Kasbah Xaluca Maadid Image
Iberostar Founty Beach Image
Hotel Atlas Essaouira & Spa Image
Grand Mogador City Center Image

Optional Tours

Your tour begins with a demonstration of how the traditional Berber dish, couscous, is made. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in an authentic restaurant near Djeema el Fna Square. Next, continue on to the Majorelle Gardens. First created in the 1920s, these beautiful botanical gardens have been owned and maintained by French artists since their creation - first by painter Jacques Majorelle, then fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Once on the grounds, also visit the Majorelle Museum which displays a collection of Berber objects such as art, jewelry, and clothing.

Wednesday visits will include entrance to the Tiskiwin Museum instead of the Majorelle Museum.

Departs at 12:00 pm. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2019 $50.00
01 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $55.00
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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 music and an elegant belly dancing performance cap off the night. Maximum 4 passengers per vehicle.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #4 11 Apr 2016 - 31 May 2019 $65.00
01 Jun 2019 - 30 Jan 2022 $70.00
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Depart for a morning excursion to 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. Here you will see the natural majesty of Morocco at its finest, a pristine and marvelous place where only the birds disturb the silence. Ourika is also famous for its local pottery, which makes an excellent memento from your journey. Afterward, relax and enjoy your surroundings during lunch.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #4 13 Apr 2016 - 31 May 2019 $29.00
01 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $29.00
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