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12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

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SHARED TOUR

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2 PAX MINIMUM

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MODERATE ACTIVITIES


Main Info

Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.

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What’s Included

Round trip airport transfers
1 night in Casablanca at Odyssee Center Hotel or similar
3 nights in Fes at L’Escale Hotel or similar
3 nights in Marrakesh at Kech Boutique Hôtel & Spa or similar
1 night in Dades at Dades Xaluca Hotel or similar
1 night in Merzouga at Riad Madu or similar
1 night in Zagora at Riad Lamane or similar
1 night in Ouarzazate at Dar Chamaa or similar
22 meals: 11 breakfasts and 11 dinners
Modern transportation with English speaking/driver
Guided city tour of Fes & Marrakech
Guided tour of Volubilis
Monuments and historical sites entrance fees
All taxes

 

Tour Details


Duration: 12 days &  11 nights

Travel Style: Shared

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.

Physical Rating: 2 – AVERAGE
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.

Service Level: STANDARD
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included

Not Included

  Entrance fee to Hassan II Grand Mosque
Any optional tours or visits
Optional tours
Expenditures of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
Others meals which are not specified in the itinerary
Tipping for guide/driver


Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

DAY 1 | Arrival in Casablanca

Arrive at Casablanca airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the city for brief sightseeing that includes the old French quarter of Habous and an outside visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210 meters minaret that serves as the city’s major landmark, it is a showcase of the very best Moroccan artisanship: hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings and exquisite Zellige (geometric mosaic tile-work) abound. Continue to your hotel for check-in and dinner.

Please note: entrance fee to Hassan II Grand Mosque is not included and a supplement charge will apply guests interested in entering the mosque.

| Overnight in Casablanca 

DAY 2 | Casablanca – Rabat – Fes

After breakfast, depart to Rabat driving along the main highway which links these two major cities. Embark on a city tour which highlights Rabat’s cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat’s most famous site is the Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of the great mosque built at the beginning of the 12th century. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king, then the Oudaya Kasbah, which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world and within its walls, you’ll explore a delightful Moroccan garden. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, we will continue towards Fes (approximately 3 hours’ drive).

| Overnight in Fes
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 | Fes

Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world – Fes El Bali (Old Fez). You will explore some of the 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open-air markets) that make up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter originally founded in the 8th century AD. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture built in the 14th century. Your day of sightseeing also includes visits to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) has been converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. You will also see Bouanania Medersa, this madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. You will also visit Fes El Jedid (New Fez) built by the Merinides Dynasty in the 13th century. Here you see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks, and the city wall. Most notably, Fes El Jedid is home to the Mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and splendidly carved wooden balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Fes
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 | Fes

Journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas, and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the amazing mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Continue to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Meknes is replete with fantastic historical sites, from minarets to museums, to enormous mosaic doors and royal golf courses. Among the most popular attractions are the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Nejjardine Mosque and Grand Mosque (outside visit) as well as the Bab Mansour, Bab Lakmis, and Bab Berdaine gates. Return to Fez for an evening at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Fes
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 | Marrakesh

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Marrakesh. Today’s journey will take you towards the Middle Atlas Mountains through Imouzzer, the first village which is an authentic Berber village where the locals still live and work like their ancestors, and Ifrane, you will enjoy the flower-lined paths and the French-style architecture of this quaint little ski resort. Drive through the cedar forest, you might even see some of the Barbary apes leaping from the higher branches. Continue through the Holm Oak and Cedar forest, then into the limestone area of the Middle Atlas then south west towards Beni Mellal for a lunch break (lunch on your own) before heading west to Marrakesh. Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Marrakesh
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 | Marrakesh

The “Red City,” the imperial city, the capital of the mid-southwestern region, Marrakesh is Morocco’s most popular tourist destination. Since the 11th century when it was built, Marrakesh has been a political and cultural powerhouse, serving as the capital for three of Morocco’s greatest dynasties. Until the French rule, “Marrakesh” was even used interchangeably to refer to both country and city. Look out of any window in Marrakesh and you will find a postcard view: clay-red houses squared away far and wide, with palm trees sprouting everywhere in between, gardens bursting out of courtyards, and the High Atlas Mountains as a soothing purple backdrop. It’s no wonder French fashion legend, Yves Saint-Laurent found so much inspiration there. In recent years, Marrakesh has created an international airport, a world-class soccer stadium, and an annual film festival, adding a modern flair to its natural and historical offerings.

In short, if you’re going to Morocco, Marrakesh is the right passage. Let’s marvel first at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia Mosque. The Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Your next stop is at the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. It was founded by a Dutch anthropologist exhibiting artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. Later you visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Marrakesh
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 | Marrakesh – Skoura – Dades

As you leave Marrakesh, ahead into the High Atlas Mountains. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago to bring into Marrakesh gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara. You will be crossing Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass, you will get amazing panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the houses of its indigenous villages. Later, you take a detour to visit Ait Benhaddou then pass the skirts of Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (not included, at own expense). Onto yet another lush area nestled between the deserted crest and the desolate plateaus: Skoura palm grove. Then, our trip reaches Kelaa des Mgouna, famous for the nearby Valley of Roses and ‘Rose Festival’, where at the end of a 3-day celebration usually held in May, a local girl is the crowned ‘Rose Queen’. The most demanded product is Eau-de-rose and two factories in the area distill and export the product. Further on, Boulmane Dades follows the starting point to explore the spectacular Dades Gorge, a lush carpet set against the massive rocks and quite popular among those interested to trek. Dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Dades
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 | Dades – Tinghir – Merzouga

Back on the road, our first stop is Tinerhir (Tinghir), with its extensive palm grove, the ksours built into the rocky hills above it and its mysterious decaying Jewish quarter. Tinghir has been for generations a stop for nomadic Berber tribes traveling from the mountains north of it towards the desert during the winter months. A rather inconspicuous hidden gem is the 19th-century adobe mosque nested within the old crumbling ksour, a heaven for photography enthusiasts. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinghir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing color to magical effect as the day unfolds. Its 300 meters (1000 feet) high walls are home to more than 150 bolted routes and at any time of day, you can catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the gigantic walls. Before reaching Merzouga where the tarmac ends, we pass Erfoud and Rissani. In Erfoud, we may stop for a visit at Musee des Oasis (optional) if time allows. Rissani used to serve as last stop on the great caravan routes south and gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as the 1800s. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance you glimpse the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Merzouga
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 | Merzouga – Alnif – Tazarine – Zagora

Enjoy an optional sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to your Riad for breakfast before transferring to Zagora via the Amazigh villages of Alnif and Tazarine. The road to Tazzarine sees almost no traffic, providing a scenic link between Tafilalet and Draa Valley. Aside from the landscape, fossils and prehistoric rock carvings are this region’s main attraction. The scenery grows wilder as you approach Tazzarine, set in a grassy oasis surrounded by bare mountains. Continue to Zagora which is famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco. Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Zagora
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 | Zagora – Agdez – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Zagora including some of the oldest villages in Morocco. Stop by Tamegroute to visit the village’s famous library, which houses ancient Koranic scripts dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pottery section of Tamgroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley.

Optional (not included) lunch stop at Agdez before continuing the trip to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Ouarzazate
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 | Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakesh

Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenelated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, there is an optional (not included) visit to the Film studios.

Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope.

Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating city of Marrakesh. Dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Marrakesh
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 | DEPARTURE (MARRAKESH OR CASABLANCA)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to either Marrakesh Menara Airport or Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport for your departing flight.

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Call us at (800) 983-5352 or contact us using the button below to get a quote and booking details

The rates displayed below are for the listed travel dates only. The travel dates for this tour package cannot be changed or altered. 

Odyssee Center Hotel

Featuring a bar and a shared lounge, Odyssee Center Hotel is located in Casablanca, 2.1 miles from Hassan II Mosq and 4.4 miles from Anfa Place Living Resort. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The property is 5 miles from Ain Diab Corniche, and within 1.3 miles of the city City Centre.

Kech Boutique Hotel & Spa

Located in the Agdal neighborhood, Kech Hotel & Spa overlooks the Oukaimeden Mountains and features a swimming pool and restaurant. It offers modern accommodations with free Wi-Fi and balcony with views of the pool and sun terrace.

Featuring a LED satelliteTV, all the spacious units at the Kech Hotel & Spa offer air conditioning. Each has soundproofing. A private bathroom is included.

Continental breakfast is served in the dining area. Guests can taste local recipes at the on-site restaurant. Room service is also possible.

Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on nearby attractions such as the Palaces of Bahia and Badii, 3.1 mi away. Souks are within a 5-minute walk. Marrakesh Menara Airport is at a distance of 5 mi.

Hôtel l’escale

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hôtel l’escale offers accommodations in Fès. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms include a private bathroom.

You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Free private parking is available on site.

Acima Essaada Fes is 0.6 mi from Hôtel l’escale, while Shopping Center (Fes) is 1.9 mi away. Saïss Airport is 7.5 mi from the property.

Dades Xaluca Hotel

Located just 12 mi from the Dades Gorges, this 4-star hotel is set in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. You can relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub or in the spa’s hammam and massage rooms.

Exposed stone walls and a modern, Moroccan décor are offered in the rooms and suites at Xaluca Boumalene Dades. All accommodations has views of the Dades Valley and the suites have a terrace.

Riad Madu

Riad Madu is located in Merzouga. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

Rooms here will provide you with air conditioning and a seating area. Private bathrooms also come with a shower.

At Riad Madu you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered include shared lounge and a tour desk.

Riad Lamane

Set in Draa Oasis, this characteristic Moroccan-style Riad features an outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees. It offers air-conditioned accommodations, and a tented dining room in the garden.

Guests of the bed and breakfast Riad Lamane can choose from rooms with balcony, bungalows and tents. They are all equipped with a mini-bar and a shared bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is provided every morning. There are 3 on-site restaurants, each serving Moroccan specialties. Guests can either have their meals under a tent, in a traditional dining room with fireplace, or on the terrace.

 Dar Chamaa

Dar Chamaa is located in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area, that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees.

Guest rooms at Dar Chamaa are air conditioned and have a private bathroom. They are spacious and are decorated in stylish plain colors.


Important Notice

Some useful info about our tours (land packages).


UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

All tours and entrance fees are included

 All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

 International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

Alterations

A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

Price are based on double occupancy

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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