9-13 Day Tour
You will be picked up at the airport and transported to your lodging. A meal will be provided. Depending on arrival time, options include: touring the Hassan II Mosque with its amazing mosaics and breathtaking beauty. Driving by or going in for a drink or a meal at Rick’s Cafe, identical to the “Casablanca” movie set, exuding the ambiance and playing the scintillating music.
On your way to Fes you will stop in Rabat: the current Imperial City and begin your immersion into the culture and history of Morocco. You will stroll along the rampart and see the Hassan V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower (built in the 12 Century), and the Unesco World Heritage Site, Oudaya Kasbah.
Fes is considered the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca. It was founded in the 9th century and is the best example of an ancient Moroccan city. You will walk through Fes-el-Bali (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the longest indoor pedestrian-only alleyway in the world, filled with working artisans, fragrant spices, colorful fabrics, and endless shopping opportunities.
Both are Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will travel back in time and feel the culture and history that is present everywhere you look.
We’ll take you to this view of the dye pits and the opportunity to purchase amazing, high-quality leather products.
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Morocco produces 50 million bottles of wine per year.
On the way to Skoura, you will pass through the Todra Gorges (nearly 1000 feet high) and the beautiful Valley of Roses. Then you will have a free afternoon to relax by the pool, enjoy a hammam or massage, or tour one of the historic kasbahs in the area.
On the way to Marrakech, you will see the ancient Ksar, Ait ben Haddou (a Unesco World Heritage Site), the backdrop to many movies and Game of Thrones. You will tour Atlas Movie Studios, where many movies have been filmed, and then pass over the picturesque High Atlas Mountains on the curviest road in the world!
You will be immersed in the bustling medina Jemaa el Fnaa, filled with vendors, musicians, snake charmers, monkeys, fortune tellers, the vibrant colors of textiles and pottery, the intoxicating scents of delicious Moroccan cuisine, and inspiring artist visions everywhere you look.
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If you are leaving at this point, it would be best to depart from Marrakech. If you are departing from Casablanca, allow time for travel (3 hours) plus 3 hours arrival before your scheduled departure for International flights.
On your way to the beautiful fishing village of Essaouira, you will pass the goat-filled argan trees, stop at an Argan processing business run entirely by women, and have an opportunity to make purchases of the many products they create, including cosmetics, cooking oils, argan butter, and medicinal products.
Essaouira has a relaxed vibe. Musicians including Prince, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones used to hang out here, playing their music on the beach.
Kite surfers come from all over the world to enjoy the wind and magic of the surf here. You will see them on your way into town or if you decide to spend some time at the beautiful, expansive beach.
Explore the seaside town, a former Portuguese settlement. Meander the local alleyways including shops of handcrafted Thuya wood (native only to Morocco), leather and textile artisans, jewelry and spices, and several fabulous art galleries.
Walk along the rampart with its cannons and Fish Market, where fishermen bring in their catches of the day and cook them right there on the pier.
You’ll have a free afternoon to relax and do whatever you still have on your wish list, and we’ll meet for a complimentary final dinner where we can recap our tour and enjoy the bonding and art we were blessed with in this magical place.
If you depart from Marrakech, airport transportation is included in the cost of your tour. If you depart from Casablanca, we will offer you transportation for an add-on fee.