Royal Touch of Morocco

Find yourself in the tranquility of the Sahara with Morocco private guides. Uncover the abundant imprints left by ancient civilizations. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and geography of Morocco. Breathe the fresh air of the oases, explore mystical Berber villages, and lose yourself in fascination with each casbah as you let the spectacular gorges and serene dunes become backdrops for your memories of Morocco. Morocco private guides combine the best of ancient yet flourishing Imperial cities with the magic of the desert and spectacular mountain vistas with idyllic beaches.

Day 1 – CASABLANCA

Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our Moroccan representative and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – FES

After an early breakfast, your tour of Casablanca includes a visit to the port; the old medina; Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s; United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast; the League of Arab States Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés with shady terraces. Then visit the impressive and newly built Hassan II Mosque (closed to tourists on Fridays), the second largest mosque in the world.

In the afternoon, we will have a 11⁄2 hour drive to Rabat, capital city of Morocco. See the old medina; the pictur-esque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father.

Next, drive to Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former Imperial City of Morocco includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl royal sta-bles, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma), built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Finally, see Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum, one of the very

few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims. Continue to Fes for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – FES

A full day tour of Fes, the religious capital of Morocco, includes the old and new medinas, and visits to the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore

the impressive labyrinth of souks in Fes, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures.

The tour also allows photos stops at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at
Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts,

and the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – MERZOUGA (Berber tent)

Start early morning with a full day drive across the cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains to Erfoud. Stop at Ziz Gorge and Er Rachidia for a typical lunch en route (included in tour). Arrive Erfoud, situated amongst the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, is one of the largest oases in Morocco. From Erfoud, travel approximately 11⁄2 hours to Merzouga and from Merzouga, a short drive will take you to your Berber camp on the edge of the Sahara Dunes. After settling in to your bivouac tent, you will have the opportunity to explore the area further. Experience Berber life firsthand as you pass the night under the vast Saharan sky.

Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 5 – TINEGHIR

End your first hand Bedouin experience with a camel trek to see a fantastic sunrise over the dunes. After breakfast, we will stop at a hotel in Erfoud for a quick shower before departing for Tineghir through the beau-tiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley. Arrive Tineghir, a former mili-tary outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove, and the gateway to the awesome Todra Gorge.

A little further on, pass a holy spring believed to cure sterility in women and continue into the gorge.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tineghir.

Day 6 – OUARZAZATE

After breakfast depart to Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administration center at the foot

of the gorge, followed by a series of kasbahs, El Kelaa des Mgouna and Skoura. After Skoura, the

Palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gar-dens. Roses for making

perfume are the specialty of El Kelaa des Mgouna. Paris, the famous perfume by Yves Saint Laurent is made from the extract of these roses. You will find some nice shop-ping here for rose products such as rose water, body milk, dried petals etc… Continue to the film industry center at Ouarzazate.

An afternoon tour of Ouarzazate includes the 17th century Kasbah Taourirt, which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui.

Continue to your hotel in Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

Royal Palace, Rabat

Day 7 – MARRAKECH

Drive to the ancient Kasbah complex of Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th century structure that has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO. A photogra-pher’s wonderland, Ait Ben Haddou remains home to five families.

Next, set out through a mountainous and semi-desert landscape and continue over the High Atlas Mountains at Tizi N’Tichka Pass (7,400 feet). Proceed across the fertile countryside of the Haouz Plain to the pink city of Marrakech for overnight.

After checking into your hotel, enjoy a fine dinner at Tivoli Restaurant.

Day 8 – MARRAKECH

A half-day tour of Marrakech begins with Menara Gardens. See the small Saadian pavilion mirrored in still water with the Atlas Mountains and olive groves in the background. This pavilion was used by sultans for romantic interludes.

Next, enter the old medina, buried within the imperial walls. Stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Continue to the kasbah, the 16th-century monument site of the Saadian tombs. Notice the wonderful Hispano-Mauresque archi-tecture surrounding the burial grounds of the royal family. Afterward, visit the aristocratic Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style courtyard garden and beautifully painted residential rooms.

Finally, stroll through the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, the ancient meeting place of tradesmen in Northwest Africa. Enjoy a three-course lunch at one of the city’s fine restaurants (included in tour). The afternoon is at your leisure. You may want to relax by the pool, return to the souks for shopping, or visit the interesting Dar Si Said Museum (entrance fee and transportation not included).

Tonight, enjoy an elegant farewell dinner with exotic local entertainment.

Day 9 – Airport

You will be transferred to Marrakech airport for your departure flight.

08 NIGHTS/09 DAYS
1 night in Casablanca
2 nights in Fes
1 night in a bivouac tent in the Sahara dunes,
1 night in Tineghir
1 nights in Ouarzazate
2 nights in Marrakech

 

Casablanca (and Place Mohammed V) is a busy, noisy city of genuine curiosity
Casablanca (and Place Mohammed V) is a busy, noisy city of genuine curiosity
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Looking out on the medina of Fez, Morocco
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Spectacular natural landscape in Merzouga and Erg Chebbi from Morocco desert.
View on the streets of the ancient medina of Marrakech, Morocco
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Chouara Tannery, which is almost a thousand years old.
Seven-Vegetable Couscous
Seven-Vegetable Couscous
Mint Flavored Tea = Moroccan whiskey
Mint Flavored Tea = Moroccan whiskey
Horse-drawn Carriage in Marrakech
Horse-drawn Carriage in Marrakech
 

Tour Includes:
• 7 nights of accommodation with breakfast daily.
• 1 night accommodation in a Berber bivouac tent.
• 8 dinners as per itinerary, including farewell Moroccan dinner show.
• 2 lunches as per itinerary.
• 7 days of touring in a air-conditioned car with a English-speaking driver
• Entrance fees as per itinerary.
• Short camel trek in the Sahara Desert.
• Transfers to/from airports in Casablanca and Marrakech.
• Service and local taxes.

Tour Does Not Include
• Airfare.
• Meals except where indicated.
• Drinks except as specified
• Travel Insurance
• Tips for driver and guide
• Porterage at airports and hotels
• Any extra service not mentioned in the above program 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
* You must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Morocco (Must have at least 6 months of validity past your scheduled return date).
* A $750 per person deposit is required at the time of the booking.
* Final payment will be due 45 days prior to departure.
* Prices quoted for land arrangements are subject to change without notice.

HOTELS SILVER  CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
Casablanca Idou Anfa Sheraton Le Meridien Royal Mansour
Fes Crown Palace J’nan Palace Palais Jamai (medina view)
Merzouga deluxe tent deluxe tent royal tent
Tinehir Kasbah Lamrani Kasbah Lamrani Kasbah Lamrani
Ouarzazate Berbere Palace Berbere Palace Berbere Palace (deluxe room)
Marrakech Kenzi Farah Le Meridien Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

We guarantee to operate this tour with a minimum of two passengers.

 Price per person in USD
November 01 to December 15,’16;
January 10-31, ’17
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $3,795 $3,995 $4,495
In a single room $4,195 $4,895 $6,365
1 passenger traveling alone $6,295 $6,995 $8,495
February 01 to June 30, ’17;
September 15 to October 31, ’17
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $3,895 $4,095 $4,695
In a single room $4,295 $5,195 $6,795
1 passenger traveling alone $6,465 $7,295 $8,895
July 01 to
September 14, ’06
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $3,695 $3,995 $4,595
In a single room $4,095 $4,755 $6,395
1 passenger traveling alone $6,195 $6,875 $8,565
December 16, 2016 to January 09, 2017 rates available upon request.
THE “MORE FOR LESS”
For the following number of passengers, you will enjoy this reduction:
• For 3-4 passengers: less $450 per person
• For 5-6 passengers: less $700 per person