Dates to be Announced, Fall 2024
This special tour of Morocco will feature upscale accommodations and a long list of “extras” that will make your time in Morocco truly magical and unforgettable!
Tour prices start at $6,000 per person. Airfare not included.
Located on the Atlantic coast, Casablanca is the largest city and the business center of Morocco. We would love to show you the Hassan II Mosque, capable of welcoming 105,000 worshipers and filled with breathtaking mosaic work everywhere you look. From there you might enjoy a walk along the beach through the area known as La Corniche, home to many luxurious hotels and restaurants, or visit the medina. Rick’s Cafe, from the classic movie, ‘Casablanca’, is a lovely place to enjoy lunch or dinner complete with live entertainment and an ambiance that will allow you to absorb the enchanting Moroccan magic represented in the movie.
We will travel to Fes, the second largest city in Morocco with a population of over 1.5 million. Historically, Fes is one of Morocco’s main centers for trade and craftsmanship. You will view the impressive gates of the Royal Palace and Bab Boujloud. Your unforgettable experience will be stepping back in time to the Middle Ages as we tour the area known as Fes el Bali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest pedestrian only alleyway in the world, with over 9000 narrow passages. You will be shown the colorful tanneries, built in the 11th century, from above and given opportunities to make purchases at the thousands of vendors within. There are many options of other things to see based on your preferences. We can discuss when you book your tour.
We will travel to Meknes (1 hour), one of Morocco’s 4 Imperial Cities, founded in the 11th century as a military settlement. Surrounded by high walls with large doorways, the city is a blend of 17th century Islamic and European styles. You will tour the beautiful mosaic filled Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and we could include a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter. . We will then transport you through the surrounding agricultural area and olive groves to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once the Roman Capital. You will be given a tour of the ancient ruins of this city including the history and view the magnificent mosaics, pillars, and archways from centuries ago. This provides great photo opportunities. We will return to Fes for our lodging.
Your desert experience can either be staying at a riad near the desert or in a luxurious tent in the desert. Merzouga is a small town known as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes to the north. You have the option of adding a camel ride. For most this is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience, and recommended to be done at sunset. The tent camp stay includes drumming around a fire under the expansive star filled night sky. It is truly unique and mesmerizing.
South of the High Atlas Mountains and referred to as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, this area is one of the most beautiful oases in Morocco, complete with swaying palm trees and starlit nights. Skoura includes impressive kasbahs dating back to the 17th century that can be toured or lodged in. We will include a visit to Atlas Movie Studios where movies like Cleopatra, Gladiator, The Passion of Christ, and the series Game of Thrones were filmed. We will view the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait ben Haddou, a historic ksar located along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.
We will transport you over the High Atlas Mountains (with an altitude of 13,665 feet at its highest point) to the Imperial City of Marrakech where you will be immersed in the history and dynamic essence of Morocco in a spectacular way. We will take you through one of the best known squares Jemaa el Fnaa where you’ll be surrounded by snake charmers, acrobats, and magicians as well as a wide variety of vendors. The city is filled with museums, mosques, riads, and palaces and the medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a great place for shopping as there are 3000+ stalls with vendors you can haggle with as you decide what to bring home for your memories. Options include a tour to the Jardin Majorelle, including plants from 5 continents and home to the Berber Museum.
We could take you to the nearby Atlas Mountains including a trip to the impressive Ouzoud Falls where we might see some monkeys too. Another option is going on a desert excursion near Marrakech complete with camels or 4×4’s. Or you could have a free day to explore on your own.
On the drive to Essaouira, you will pass by the vineyards where world renowned wine is created. We could include wine tasting and lunch (for an additional cost) if that interests you. We will also see the goat filled Argan trees (found only in Morocco) and will stop to tour a place where argan products are processed, giving you an opportunity to make purchases. The old fishing town of Essaouira (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located on the Atlantic Ocean. As you enter the town (especially between April and November) you will notice the wind and kite surfers who come from all over the world to surf there. We will take you on a walking tour through the narrow streets where you will be brought back in time while enjoying the shops and art galleries while taking in the scents of polished Thuya wood (native exclusively to Morocco) filling the air.
Near Essaouira Citadel, you will explore the ancient ramparts, the lively port, and the impressive spice and fish market. You will look out at the Atlantic ocean alongside the European brass cannons that have remained on guard for centuries. Essaouira is a great place to shop for treasures on your last day including jewelry, art, and Thuya wood masterpieces that are hand carved by famous wood craftsmen and cabinet makers.
We will deliver you to the airport from which of the two you choose.
*If with a group, you all need to leave from the same airport. We can discuss this during our consultation.
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