April 17 - 29, 2020
Day 1: Friday, April 17 - Arrive Casablanca - Rabat
Upon arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Rabat. This evening meet your guide in the lobby for a full tour briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Le Diwan by M Gallery or similar. (D)
Day 2: Saturday, April 18 Rabat (1 hour).
Morning panoramic city tour of Rabat. Sightseeing of the "Imperial Garden City" begins with the Kasbah of Oudayas, Hassan Tower and walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace. Overnight Le Diwan by M Gallery or similar (BL)
Day 3: Sunday, April 19 - Rabat / Fes (4 hours)
After breakfast we depart for Fes arriving in midafternoon. Check into your hotel. In the late afternoon your guide will take you on an orientation walk Overnight Riad Yacout or similar. (BL)
Day 4: Monday, April 20 - Fes - City Sightseeing
Full day explorative journey of Fes: the oldest cultural and spiritual Imperial City in Morocco. Begin with the medina where you visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to the Nejjarine Fountains and Women’s Embroidery Cooperative. Visit the embroidery cooperative where you can see how women make traditional indigenous Fasis designs of reds and blues woven together in seamless intricate patterns. Visit countless Souks, including food/spice souks and a communal bakery. (OPTIONAL: Luxury hammam experience). Overnight Riad Yacout or similar. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, April 21 – Free Day or OPTIONAL Volubilis / Meknes Tour.
Discover Volubilis, the amazing roman archaeological site excavated in the early 20th century revealing the Roman Empire’s most remote city. Here we will admire the beautiful, well-preserved mosaics, as well as different Roman monuments such as the capitol and triumphal arch. Meknes is one of the Imperial Cities as it was built and became prosperous in the 17th century under the rule of a powerful sultan. Moulay Ismail with tireless passion and an indomitable will, undertook to make this Meknes a capital with its palaces, mosques, fountains, terraces, gardens, stables, and shops.
Lunch included in optional tour (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, April 22 - Fes / Ifrane / Azrou / Midelt / Erfoud
Depart by way of the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and the ski towns of Ifrane and Azrou which look more like Bavaria than Morocco! Continue to Erfoud, with a stop in Midelt and Errachidia along the way. Continue to Erfoud. Overnight at Kasbah Chergui or similar. (BD)
Day 7: Thursday, April 23 - Erfoud / Rissani / Merzouga
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon travel to Rissani: The capital of the Tafilalet where the Alaouites dynasty ancestors are buried. Visit the 17th century Kasbah and the imposing ruins of Ksar Abbar. Enjoy the stunning landscape and continue through the gorges to Ifra N Ismikh to meet with nomads herding flocks of goat and camels, a moving tribe living under tents, explore this ancestral way of life. Sit for a picnic lunch and share a glass of tea with nomads. In the afternoon, you will carry on the adventure to get to the stunning dunes of Ouzina and its lovely oasis where a semi-nomadic tribe started to settle down and farm a variety of crops under the shady date trees. Explore the village and drive a pretty dirt road portion through desert plateaus, acacia trees and arid mountains to the town of Taous and cover the last leg to our camp where we will enjoy a tour highlight as we set out on a camel ride over the beautiful high sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. In this enormous silence you will watch the sunset over the desert as you ride camels at a slow pace. Camp staff will be welcoming us for a unique experience in the Moroccan Sahara Desert. We will be accommodated for the night in comfortable tents with all the necessary facilities. A traditional dinner will be served with local music. We then return to Erfoud, or OPTIONAL overnight at a deluxe Berber-style camp: Luxury Desert Camp or similar. Those that do not wish to overnight in tents will return to the hotel in Erfoud. (BLD)
Day 8: Friday, April 24 - Merzouga / Todra Gorge / Ouarzazate
Early in the morning, witness the unique sunrise: watch the pink disc of the sun appearing over the gigantic dunes of Merzouga. Mid-morning departure via Tinejdad and Tinghir, on the "Road of 1,000 Kasbahs". Stop at Todra Gorge - the highest, narrowest gorge in Morocco. We will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography. Continue to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa and M’Gouna. Overnight at Berbere Palace Hotel or similar. (BD)
Day 9: Saturday, April 25 - Ouarzazate / Marrakech
Morning visit to Kasbah Taourirt, which was the capital of the local dynasty in the early 20th century when the French foreign legion built their base here. Travel to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and served as a backdrop for filming international movies. This afternoon continue to Marrakech traveling across the Tichka Pass (7.730 ft.). Along the way we will visit a local women’s run Aragon oil cooperative. Dinner at the hotel Overnight Riad Bahia Salam or similar. (BD)
Day 10: Sunday, April 26 - Marrakech - City Sightseeing
Today we will start exploring Marrakech "the red city of Morocco". Your guide will ensure that you see the sites of historical and cultural interest. Begin the city tour with a visit to the garden and the pool of Menara, a famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane. The area is surrounded by orchards and olive groves, some of which are more than 100 years old. View Koutoubia Tower, landmark of the city, then visit the Saadiens Tombs dating from the 16th century, a necropolis richly decorated and discovered in 1917. Bahia Palace built in the 19th century, consisting of rooms decorated with stunning paintings and mosaics. This afternoon, explore the botanical treasures of Marrakech. Visit the famous Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French Artist, Jacques Majorelle in 1924, and purchased by Yves St Laurent in 1980. It contains some 300 species of plants from 5 continents. Afternoon visit Al Kawtar Women's Cooperative, primarily handmade linens, clothing. Also visit a local pharmacy to learn about traditional remedies and purchase quality oils, herbs and spices. This evening visit Jemaa Al Fina Square. Overnight Riad Bahia Salam or similar. (B)
Day 11: Monday, April 27 - Marrakech - (Optional Essaouira Day Tour)
OPTIONAL Full day excursion to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast (approx 2 ½ hour drive each way). Tour of the medina, the ramparts, the Skala, the marquetry craftsmen carving "Thuja" wood inlaid with ivory; the fishermen's port, the silver jewelers, the Mellah Jewish quarter, the art galleries and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah museum. Enjoy some time by the golden beach before returning to Marrakech in late afternoon.
The farewell dinner will be at the authentic Moroccan restaurant, DAR YACOUT, including select wine and soft drinks Overnight Riad Bahia Salam or similar. (BD)
Day 12 Tuesday, April 28 - Depart Marrakech - Casablanca
Transfer overland to Casablanca. Sightseeing to include Hassan II Mosque (inside tour)
and the medina. Lunch Rick’s Cafe Overnight Kenzi Basma or similar (BL)
Day 13 Wednesday, April 29 Casablanca/Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home (B)
Optional pre-tour: The Blue City – Chefchaouen
April 14 Arrive Casablanca
After clearing government formalities at Casablanca Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel (D)
Kenzi Basma or similar
April 15 Chefchaouen
Travel to Chefchaouen. "Chefchaouen" Hanging like a crescent from twin mountains, the town is a 15th century relic of the Muslim civilization of Andalusia. Check in at your Riad. This afternoon your guide will accompany you on a leisurely walking tour which includes the medina and the streets lined with craftsman and their wares. Overnight at Riad Lina or similar. (BLD)
April 16 - Chefchaouen - City Sightseeing
Full day city tour of Chefchaouen, which is called also Chaouen, known for the blue-washed buildings of its old town. Founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami, Chefchaouen served as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain. Over the centuries, the city grew and welcomed Jews and Christian converts alike. Nestled into a fold of the Rif Mountains the walls of the town are painted a pale ochre to diminish the intensity of the sun. The roofs are covered with brown tiles and resemble those found in southern Spain. The alley ways climb to little squares often crossed by Andalusian arches. Visit "Rass El Ma" a waterfall, located on the top hill where local women gather to wash clothes. Overnight at Riad Lina or similar. (BD)
April 17- Chefchaouen to Rabat (B)
Transfer to Rabat to Join group
Post Tour La Mamounia Marrakech
La Mamounia Marrakech - A legendary palace that is part of the fabric of Marrakech, its history, colors and traditions. Boasting incredible views of the gardens, the Atlas Mountains and the Koutoubia Mosque, the rooms suites and luxury suites boast all the elegance of a 5-star palace hotel.
Day 12 April 29 Marrakech (B)
Midday transfer from your hotel to La Mamounia.
Indulge in all the hotel has to offer. The spa at La Mamounia offers guests an unforgettable journey into the senses. Hammam, sauna, ghassoul, argan…the stuff that dreams are made of! Walk up the Majorelle blue stairs and follow the dreamy glow of the Oriental lighting. A vast space is devoted to wellness, with massages, body treatments and more.
Overnight La Mamounia
Day 13 April 30 Marrakech (B)
Private guided shopping in the souks.
Overnight La Mamounia
Day 14 Marrakech/ Home (B)
Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for your onward flight
If you prefer, we can arrange an overland transfer to Casablanca Airport