Discover Morocco

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  • Experience the historic culture and legendary marketplaces of Morocco in luxuries fit for royals and noblemen, in traditional Riads, extraordinary mansions
  • Venture into the Sahara Desert for an unforgettable meal and overnight in a luxurious camp beneath the stars
  • Stroll around the renowned city of Aït Ben Haddou, seen in films from Gladiator to Oscar winning Babel
  • Witness the indulgences of an old Roman settlement at Volubilis
  • Visit the rose capital of Morocco to see the miles of hedges that produce enticing aromas and stunning colors
  • Journey through the marvelous rock formations of Todra Gorge
  • Explore the four imperial cities of Morocco
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Discover Morocco.

18th-century palaces are gilded from floor to ceiling and glitter from their golden trim. Medinas maintain their connection to their roots with snake charmers and jugglers entertaining passersby. The splendor of Morocco is in its continuous display of tradition and simultaneous association with the modern world. Your 9-day luxury tour takes you from Casablanca to the Sahara, High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, and pampers you with plush mansions and marvelous sites. Indulge in tradition and absorb the ineffable luxuries whether in the cities or underneath the star-studded sky.

Your private expert guide and driver meets you at the airport in Casablanca and escorts you to your centrally located accommodation. The city is a modern center for commerce and cosmopolitan culture, filled with award winning restaurants and exuberant art galleries. Your guide takes you on a private tour of the city’s past and present excellence. Make your way to the imperial city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to view the grandeur of the Royal Palace. Meknes was once Morocco’s capital city and maintains its pearled streets and architecture.

Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis to witness the variety of culture that once filled areas of the country. Arrive in Fez, a city that proudly displays its connection to its medieval past. Follow your guide through the city to visit the old Royal Palace gate and the oldest university in North Africa. Drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the alpine town of Ifrane, through the small cities of Erfoud and Rissani, and on to the desert municipality of Merzouga. Spend a day venturing through the Sahara Desert to see a sensational saltwater lake and the flamingos that reside there.

Indulge in the magnificent sunrise near the world-famous sand dunes of Erg Chebbi before traversing the High Atlas Mountains and the Todra Gorge. Cross the fertile Dades Valley and Gorge to arrive at Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a tremendous city whose color helps the town blend into the nearby cliffs. Once in Marrakech you will find the exceptional culture of the city’s historic streets. Tour the exquisite El Bahia Palace and indulge in a panorama overlooking the Djemaa el Fna Square. Your expert guide and driver escorts you to the airport and the luxuries of Morocco will always welcome you back.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nine nights accommodation (double occupancy).
  • Breakfast every morning.
  • Dinners at your Sahara encampment.
  • Hotel service charges and taxes.
  • VIP airport service.
  • Air conditioned Mercedes mini-van with driver & fuel (Day 01- 10).
  • Transfer by 4X4 to your accommodations in the Sahara.
  • Sunrise camel ride in the Sahara.
  • 4×4 adventure in the Sahara.
  • One expert Private Travel-qualified guide (Day 01- 10).
  • All admissions while accompanied by your guide.
  • The enthusiasm, expertise, & care of the leading travel specialists to Morocco.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Air transportation.
  • Gratuities.
  • Taxis during walking tours (very inexpensive & not often needed).
  • Meals noted as suggested, at leisure, or not specifically mentioned.
  • Services on days at leisure.
  1. Day 1 Casablanca - Early Arrival in Casablanca and Full Day Tour of the City

    Arrival at Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, where you will be welcomed by your expert guide and private transport.

    Begin your trip by visiting the Mosque Hassan II, dramatically sited at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Built by the late King Hassan II at the end of his 40-year reign, this astounding edifice is larger than Saint Peter’s in Rome and capable of holding 80,000 worshippers. 

    When you are ready, you will be escorted to Rabat (about 1 hour).

    Rabat, the current political capital of Morocco, and neighboring Salé were once notorious as havens to the feared Barbary pirates, who terrorized Atlantic and Mediterranean trade, capturing prisoners to hold them for ransom.

    Check in at your hotel. Rest and refresh at your hotel.

    As time allows, you may wish to explore Rabat this afternoon.

    Visit the picturesque, labyrinthine Kasbah des Oudaias overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the lovely gardens outside the Kasbah.

    End your day, as the sun sets over the Atlantic, at the majestic Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. It was Mohamed V who brought independence to Morocco in 1956. Revered by both Muslims and Jews alike, his bravery in the face of the occupying Vichy regime during WWII saved Moroccan Jews from the fate of their European brethren. His son, Hassan II, who ruled Morocco for 38 years, was buried here in 1999.

  2. Day 2 Fez – Make your Way to Fez with a Tour of Rabat, Meknes, and Volubilis

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Start your day at the ancient necropolis of Chellah. A thriving city for nearly 1,000 years, Chellah’s ruins date from the Roman through the Islamic periods and are a special favorite of bird-watchers.

    Head inland to Fes today, making the following stops en route.

    Total driving today is about three hours (plus stops).

    Drive east to the extensive Roman ruins at Volubulis and tour the capital of the ancient Roman province of Mauritania. Volubulis has some outstanding mosaics still located in situ.

    After completing your tour of the ruins, make a brief stop at nearby Moulay Idriss, the holiest Muslim site in Morocco. At its center lies the tomb (zaouia) of the man who brought Islam to Morocco twelve centuries ago.

    Visit imperial Meknes – its spectacular city gates are among the finest in the Arab world. Here is the tomb of the once feared Moulay Ismaïl, who modeled his capital of Meknes in the image of Versailles!  Other sites of interest are the underground granaries and the vast imperial stables, which once held 12,000 horses.

    Meknes was once home to a thriving Jewish community.  You may wish to visit the aging Talmud Torah in the Jewish Quarter and the new mellah (Meknes had two of them: the original and the 20th century new mellah).

    Continue (1 hour) to nearby Fes.

    Upon arrival, check in at Riad Fes, a beautifully restored building showcasing the local craftsmanship for which Fes is known.  Well located in the medina, this Relais & Chateaux inn’s owner was once the town’s architect.  He has been instrumental in preserving the medina of Fes.  Your hosts will offer you tea, fruit and Moroccan sweets throughout the day.

  3. Day 3 Fez – Full-Day Tour of the Imperial City

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Enjoy a full-day tour with your expert guide and private transport.

    Highlights of your full day visit include the Bou Inania Medersa (koranic university), the Foundouk Nejjarine (which has an excellent museum), the shrine of Moulay Idriss II, countless souks and Fes’ famous tanneries.

    Visit the Attarine, one of the city’s most impressively beautiful medersas. It has been newly reopened after four years of careful restoration.

    Visit the Dar Batha Museum, which has a particularly impressive pottery collection dating to the 16th century.

    See the stunning gates of the Royal Palace.

  4. Day 4 Merzouga – Trek on Camel Back in a Sahara Desert Exploration

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Early start suggested.  (Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours to Erfoud (plus stops)).

    Drive south through the scenic cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains, following the green Ziz River valley until it ends at the Sahara desert. Soon you will arrive at the Tafilet oasis.

    As the last paved road ends at the edge of the oasis town of Erfoud, transfer by 4X4 to your accommodations.

    You will spend the night in a private desert encampment near the village of Merzouga and the legendary dunes of Erg Chebbi.  From here, you can climb the dunes to watch the glorious sunset.  A traditional Berber dinner will be prepared for you at the encampment.  After dinner, you will be at leisure to enjoy the beauty of the Saharan sky and the magnificence of your surroundings.

  5. Day 5 Dades Valley / Ouarzazate – Venture In and Around Todra Gorge and Dades Valley

    Very early wake up.

    Continue your adventure as you explore the legendary dunes of Erg Chebbi. Considered by desert aficionados to be perhaps the largest dunes in the Sahara, they are constantly shifting due to the considerable desert winds.

    • If you’d like, your camels await for a short trek up the dunes!

    Witness the sun rising from the east over the desert dunes – one of Morocco’s greatest sights.  Maghreb, the Arabic name for Morocco, means the West; ancient Morocco was at the very edge not only of the Islamic world, but of the known world.

    After the sun rises, you will be returned to your encampment for breakfast.

    After breakfast, begin your 4×4 adventure in the Sahara desert. Explore the crumbling ruins of once grand kasbahs, now half buried by sand. For centuries, these fortified outposts were the first signs of civilization for caravans after months of hardship on the open Sahara.  Especially notable is Sijilmasa. Although the crumbling ruins of this legendary beacon reveal nothing of its glorious past, it is hard to overestimate the role of Sijilmasa in trans-Saharan trade. The famous route across the desert to the secret gold mines (whose exact locations are still unknown) was full of danger, intrigue and great risk.

    Even as late as 1805, a caravan of 2,000 men and 1,800 camels perished en route to Sijilmasa laden with the gold from Timbuktu.

    • Return to Erfoud by 4×4 and continue your exploration of Morocco’s desert south.

    (Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours (plus stops)).

    Drive west along the millennium-old trading route to the scenic Todgha Gorges. Explore this area of dramatic natural scenery by car and, if you choose, on foot.

    Afternoon visit to the Dades Gorges, another wonderful scenic area.

    • Continue west to the oasis of Ouarzazate, a former outpost of the French Foreign Legion.

    Dinner at your hotel.

  6. Day 6 Asni – Travel the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs before Arrival in Marrakech

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Spend the morning exploring the region around Ouarzazate. Visit the Kasbah Taouirirt and the UNESCO-restored Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Film buffs may be surprised to learn that Ouarzazate was the setting for dozens of movies from Gladiator to Lawrence of Arabia.

    Head west to the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic pass of Tizn Tichka en route to Asnu. This hairpin road is one of only two passes through the largest mountain chain in Africa.

    (Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours (plus stops)).

    Upon your arrival, check in at your Kasbah.   Nestled in the rolling foothills of the High Atlas, the Kasbah was extensively renovated with a unique blend of Moroccan colors and textures. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the facilities and surroundings at the Kasbah.

    Overnight:  Kasbah.

  7. Day 7 Asni – Day at leisure

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities and surroundings at  the Kasbah.

    You may wish to hire a guide for a stroll / trek to a local Berber village.  You may just be invited for mint tea! 

    Overnight:  Kasbah

  8. Day 8 Marrakech – Enjoy a Tour of Morocco’s Red City

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Today you will set out north for Marrakech (about 1 hour away).

    Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Rest and refresh at your hotel.

    When you are ready, begin your exploration of Marrakech.

    The defining landmark of Marrakech is the 12th-century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia mosque, and there is no better place to begin your journey into this entrancing city.

    From here, you will begin to explore the ancient pink-walled medina.

    In the early evening, head towards the frenetic Djemaa el Fnaa, the greatest square in all of Africa – and perhaps the world. It was once the ultimate destination for traders from places as diverse as Venice, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

    Today, it provides ever-changing entertainment for Moroccans and foreigners alike, reaching its climax at sunset when the square is alive with storytellers, healers, snake charmers, acrobats, and countless food stalls. Walk through the square to experience its intensity and then perhaps enjoy the view from the terrace of a rooftop café.

    The entire Djemaa el Fnaa has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Space (one of only a handful in the world), due to its unique role in transmitting oral history and tradition from one generation to another.

    8:00 PM Suggested Dinner reservations at Le Tobsil, the gourmet choice in Marrakech, owned by French chef Christine Rio.

  9. Day 9 Marrakech — Full walking day

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Enjoy a full-day walking tour with your expert guide.

    Begin your day at the tropical Majorelle Gardens, lovingly restored under the patronage of the late Yves St. Laurent.  Suggested visit to the small, but excellent, Islamic Art Museum located in the home of painter Jacques Majorelle (taxi required).

    Visit the opulent Saadien Tombs, the mausoleum of a great dynasty which once ruled North Africa. This treasure was lost until the beginning of the 20th century when aerial photographs of the medina revealed its existence.

    Visit the medieval Medersa ben Youssef (koranic university) – one of the finest Islamic monuments in North Africa. Architecture aficionados will enjoy the delicate dome of the 12th-century Koubba.

    Close to the medersa are two of the most interesting cultural showplaces in Marrakech.

    The Musee de Marrakech is housed in the sumptuous, 19th-century Mnebhi Palace.  Nearby is the Dar Bellarj cultural foundation. Established to showcase Moroccan culture, it is housed in a former hospital for storks.

    Stop for tea or orange juice at the beautifully restored Dar Cherifa, which houses a cultural foundation, bookstore, and art gallery (with rotating exhibitions). It is a wonderful example of the many riads being restored in the medina.

    Explore the colorful souks (marketplaces) of Marrakech. Each trade – spices, carpets, jewelry, enamel, copper, brass, and cedar – is situated in its unique quarter. You might see villagers bringing in their hand-made rugs to sell to the merchants, or observe artisans hand-tooling crafts the way it has been done for centuries.

    8:00 PM Suggested Dinner reservations at Café de la Poste.  A legendary restaurant steeped in history and very much a part of the rich heritage of Marrakech.

  10. Day 10 Marrakech – Depart for Home

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    You will be escorted to Casablanca’s Mohamed V Airport for your departing flight.

    • You will receive VIP treatment to assist you in avoiding any unnecessary delays.
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