Ultimate Morocco

The ultimate tour of Morocco for the discriminating traveler who wants only the very best.

Day 1 – CASABLANCA

Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our Morocco 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 cul-tural 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 din-ner 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 into the desert 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 beautiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley. Arrive at Tineghir, a for-mer military outpost built on terraces above a magnifi-cent 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 gardens. 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 shopping 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 cen-tury Kasbah Taourirt, which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui. Continue to your hotel in Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – OUARZAZATE (Zagora)

In the morning, depart for Zagora following the Draa Wadi Valley where six palm forests form a long ribbon of greenery. Cereals, henna, vegetables, fruit and date palms are cultivated on the floor of the valley and on the terraced valley walls. Arrive in Zagora midday. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Tamegroute. The ancient Koranic school library here possesses beautiful-ly illuminated verses from the Koran written on gazelle skin, the oldest of which goes back to the 13th century. Also in Tamegroute, visit the potter’s area and the big Tinfou Dune. Return to Ouarzazate and your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – TAROUDANT

Depart first for a visit of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, an impressive 11th century structure which has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO. A photogra-pher’s wonderland, Ait Ben Haddou remains home to five families. Then leave for a full day drive to Taroudant, an old walled city known as “Little Marrakech”, via Tazenakht and Taliouine. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 – MARRAKECH

The morning is free to stroll through the hotel’s gardens or hire a horse-drawn carriage, and explore the nearby friendly souk. In the afternoon, drive to Marrakech, the cultural center of Morocco. In the evening, enjoy a fine dinner at Villa Tivoli Restaurant.

Day 10 – 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. Sultans used this pavilion 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 architecture 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 the 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. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 11 – MARRAKECH

Take a morning horse-drawn carriage ride along the old city ramparts and through the lush botanical Majorelle Gardens, privately owned by Yves St. Laurent. Enjoy some time in the gardens and then return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an elegant farewell dinner with entertain-ment at Stylia Restaurant. Depart Morocco feeling like you have stepped into 1001 Arabian Nights! Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 12 – MARRAKECH AIRPORT

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

11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS
1 night in Casablanca
2 nights in Fes
1 night in a bivouac tent in the Sahara dunes,
1 night in Tineghir
2 nights in Ouarzazate
1 night in Taroudant
3 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:
• 10 nights of accommodation with breakfast daily.
• 1 night of accommodation in a Berber bivouac tent.
• 9 dinners and 2 lunches as per itinerary.
• Farewell Moroccan dinner show.
• 10 days of touring in a private, luxurious,air-conditioned car with a English speaking driver.
• Entrance fees as per itinerary.
• Short camel trek in the Sahara Desert.
• Horse carriage ride in Marrakech.
• Transfers to/from airports in Casablanca and Marrakech.
• Bottled water.
• Service and local taxes.

Tour Does Not Include
• Airfare.
• Meals except where indicated.
• Drinks except as specified
• Travel Insurance
• Tips for driver and guide
• 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)
Taroudant Riad Hida Riad Hida La Gazelle D’Or
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 $5,395 $5,595 $6,595
In a single room $5,995 $6,755 $9,095
1 passenger traveling alone $9,095 $9,895 $12,195
February 01 to June 30, ’17;
September 15 to October 31, ’17
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $5,495 $5,695 $6,795
Table $6,195 $6,895 $9,375
Table $9,295 $9,995 $12,495
July 01 to
September 14, ’06
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $5,295 $5,495 $6,395
In a single room $5,795 $6,695 $8,965
1 passenger traveling alone $8,965 $9,795 $12,095
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 $650 per person
• For 5-6 passengers: less $900 per person