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The Best Of Morocco

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15 Days
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This tour encompasses different regions of Morocco, touring the country in depth. You begin with the Imperial Cities, and then pass through the dramatic scenery of the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, before crossing to the west coast of the kingdom. You will travel through the Saffron region, as well as on the coastal road to Essaouira, known for its art and handmade crafts.


This 15-day trip through Morocco is ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in one of the world’s most distinctive cultures. A round trip from Casablanca, it’s an easy way to see the best of the country in two weeks.

Transfer from Casablanca airport to Rabat, then on to Tangiers, the fabled city that inspired the Beat poets. A guided full-day tour shows you what they found so enchanting. Start at Saint Andrew’s Church, then see the Royal Palace and the Cave of Hercules before returning for more of the sights around Tangiers. An Andalusian music show completes your day before going on to Chefachaouen, a spectacular drive toward the Rif Mountains.

Your next stop is Moulay Idriss, where Morocco’s Arab conquerors first settled. This is followed by Meknes, one of the great imperial cities of Morocco, and Fes, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is a very special city, with perhaps the oldest and most beloved medina in the whole country. The site of the world’s first established university (which you will visit), it also has a strong tradition of handcrafts.

Morocco probably isn’t where you thought you’d go for a little taste of Switzerland, but that’s exactly the comparison invited by the road to Midlelt. There are ski towns and European-style chalets here, while Midlelt itself serves as more of an agricultural and mining hub. As you approach southeastern Morocco, you’ll see fortified villages that form one of the country’s most historic regions. You can even opt to stay at a desert camp (at extra charge) instead of in Merzouga, if you’d prefer.

If you’re enchanted by the idea of a sunrise camel ride, now’s your chance. It’s hard to ask for a more beautiful setting than the Atlas Mountains. You’ll visit Todra Gorge and the Tinghir Oasis, then stop to quite literally smell the roses at Kelaat M’Gouna. From flowers to film stars, stay overnight in Ouarzazate, the centre of Morocco’s booming movie industry (after such spectacular scenery, who can argue?).

Many visitors to Morocco consider Marrakech to be the highlight, and it certainly shows life in the country at its most dynamic. Lose yourself in bazaars, surrounded by mosques, snake charmers, fire eaters, and more. A full day tour makes sure you don’t miss any of the key sights, but with so much to explore, take a full day at leisure to see what you can find for yourself. The following day, go on to Essaouira, blessed with some of Morocco’s most alluring architecture and beaches.

Your last full day transfers you to Casablanca, via Safi, a former outpost of the Portuguese empire. Spend a night in Casablanca (you can even rub shoulders with the tourists at Rick’s if you’d like), before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,551

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Day 1

Casablanca to Rabat

Meet and greet at Casablanca airport, then start discovering Morocco's largest city and economic capital. On the way to the city center, then you will leave Casablanca along the coastline to Rabat for overnight.

Duration1 Night
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Riad Kalaa

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    Riad Kalaa



    Located in the heart of Rabat, Riad Kalaa is set within the walls of the medina. It is close to the ocean and boasts a swimming pool. The hotel is very spacious and features 11 rooms and suites. It was built in 1815 and has ...

    Located in the heart of Rabat, Riad Kalaa is set within the walls of the medina. It is close to the ocean and boasts a swimming pool.

    The hotel is very spacious and features 11 rooms and suites. It was built in 1815 and has been renovated with traditional Moroccan techniques.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Rabat to Tangiers

After breakfast departure to Tangiers along the road you will pass by Kenitra center interchange, before continuing north towards the Kenitra, then follows the coast past the fishing village of Moulay Bouselham. 30 km north of there is the town of Larache an important harbor town in the region Tanger-Tetouan in northern Morocco, then Sidi El Yamani, connecting to the road to Tetouan. There is another town Asilah, is a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco, before reaching Tangier. Its ramparts and gate works remain fully intact with 40 km remaining to Tangiers for overnight.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel La Maison Blanche

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    A lovingly restored riad, dating from the 14th century, Hotel La Maison Blanche is tucked away in the winding streets of the old Kasbah, the spectacularly-located historic fortress high above the Moroccan port city of Tangiers. The decoration of this exquisite small hotel was carried ...

    A lovingly restored riad, dating from the 14th century, Hotel La Maison Blanche is tucked away in the winding streets of the old Kasbah, the spectacularly-located historic fortress high above the Moroccan port city of Tangiers. The decoration of this exquisite small hotel was carried out by renowned French interior designer Regis Milcent, with each of the nine comfortable rooms offering its own elegant, colour-led character, from cool green, to crisp white, to rich red. Handmade ceramic tiles decorate the floors, in traditional Moroccan style. Enjoy a lavish Moroccan breakfast, admire the stunning views across the city to the sea from the roof terrace, soak up the scents of fresh flowers, and explore this fascinating city where Europe and Africa meet in a glorious jumble of exotic colour.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Tangiers

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Tangier, Morocco's main gate to Europe and the settling place of many artists from around the world. Tangier is an incredibly unique city with many landmarks worth seeing. Begin with a tour of the world-famous St. Andrew's Church. Continue through the neighborhood of villas and mansions where we will see the Royal palace among the houses of many celebrities. Transfer to Cape Spartel, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. There, we will visit the Cave of Hercules, which dates back to the Neolistic era. Return to Tangier to resume your city tour. This will include the Dar El Oued Makhazen Kasbah, the American Legation, the Mendoubia Gardens, and the Grand and Petit Socco, where we will watch some Andalusian musicians. Overnight in Tangiers.

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Day 4

Tangiers to Chefchaouen

After breakfast departure to Chefchaouen or (Chaouen) a trip that will take about 3 hours, the roads wound around the valley edges as you travel along towards the Rif mountains. Stop in Tetouan for lunch, one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea. It lies a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar, and about 40 mi of Tangier, then continue to Chefchaouen. Afternoon visit of Chefchaouen then overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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Dar Echchaouen

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    Dar Echchaouen



    Dar Echchaouen combines the charm of a guest house in the Medina with the proximity to the mountains, giving it a unique charm to amaze you.The riad is near the medina and welcomes you with rooms and suites consisting of all the modern comforts and ...

    Dar Echchaouen combines the charm of a guest house in the Medina with the proximity to the mountains, giving it a unique charm to amaze you.The riad is near the medina and welcomes you with rooms and suites consisting of all the modern comforts and a background typical of the area using local Moroccan crafts.

    Chefchaouen has an extraordinary historical heritage. This city is a visitor's paradise full of beautiful and interesting Andaluz influenced architecture built by the Arab and Jewish people who were expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century. Lose yourself in history as you follow colourful pathways decorated with pebbles which have been polished by the slippers of ancestors. Look up at the facades of the houses which are white, blue and purple complimenting the brightly blue painted shutters and ancient doors which were supposed to dazzle insects.

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Day 5

Chefchaouen to Volubilis to Moulay Idriss to Meknes to Fes

The drive from Chefchaouen to Moulay Idriss near Volubilus is about three hours. Once in the region, you'll be able to explore the Roman Ruins and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss. A walk around the impressive Roman city site, then you will have some time to see where Morocco's first Arab conquerors settled, in the small, sacred town of Moulay Idriss. Then off to Meknes where you can explore an afternoon some of this Imperial city's sights and continue to Fes for overnight.

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Duration2 Nights
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Riad Yacout Fes

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    Riad Yacout Fes



    Riad El Yacout is an old traditional formally residential home that has been carefully restored to provide hospitable, comfortable and affordable luxury accommodation. This house was built by a famous researcher & professor at university of Quaraouiyine in the 16th century. In the year 2000, ...

    Riad El Yacout is an old traditional formally residential home that has been carefully restored to provide hospitable, comfortable and affordable luxury accommodation. This house was built by a famous researcher & professor at university of Quaraouiyine in the 16th century. In the year 2000, the current owners bought this property and spent years to restore the riad . Ideally situated in the heart of the bustling Fez Medina near the large Batha Fountain, Riad El Yacout provides easy access to the Medina and the famous Blue Gate (Bab Boujloud). The Riad comprises of both Classic Standard rooms as well as royally furnished Suites, and also a roof top panoramic terrace and a picturesque pool and poolside relaxation area.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Guided tours
    • Laundry
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 6

Fes

After breakfast you take a full day city tour of Fes with a local guide, which will include Jamaa Al-Karaouine the world's first established university and the Medersa Bouanania, not to mention the tanneries, clay workshops, artisan quarters, and souks of largest and oldest medina in Morocco. Overnight in Fes.

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Day 7

Fes to Ifrane to Midelt

Transfer to Midelt passing through many Amazigh cities and villages, the first of which are Ifrane, nicknamed "Morocco's Switzerland," is a charming ski town populated by European-style chalets; and Azrou is widely known for its handcraft cooperative. Arrival to Midelt for overnight. Midelt serves as the commercial center of a large agricultural hinterland. It is also one of Morocco's principal cities for the mining of several minerals.

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Duration1 Night
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Riad Taddert

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    Located in a popular area, Riad Taddert is easy to reach by car and is close to many landmarks in the Medina of Marrakech such as the famous Jemaa el Fna, the Bahia Palace or the Medersa ben Youssef.

    Located in a popular area, Riad Taddert is easy to reach by car and is close to many landmarks in the Medina of Marrakech such as the famous Jemaa el Fna, the Bahia Palace or the Medersa ben Youssef.

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    • Kitchen
    • Kitchen

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Day 8

Midelt to Erfoud to Merzouga

After breakfast, departure to Erfoud along the Ziz River, passing through a series of fortified villages before getting to Errachidia, in the south east of Morocco considered to be one of the most historically important regions of Morocco. Optional lunch at Errachidia then continue to Merzouga via Erfoud. NOTE: you can stay in a desert camp with round trip 4x4 transfers (not included and at a supplement).

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Duration1 Night
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Riad Madu

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    Riad Madu



    Kasbah Riad Madu is situated at the feet of the dunes of the Erg Chebbi. It is comprised of 4 spacious suites and 8 standards bedrooms. They are all decorated in typical and traditional style of the region with warm coloured tadelak and zelliges. The ...

    Kasbah Riad Madu is situated at the feet of the dunes of the Erg Chebbi. It is comprised of 4 spacious suites and 8 standards bedrooms. They are all decorated in typical and traditional style of the region with warm coloured tadelak and zelliges. The Riad has a cosy living room with a welcoming fire place, a corner to relax and read, plenty of outside spaces to have tea, as well as a lovely terrace with stunning views onto the dunes.

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Day 9

Merzouga to Erfoud to Tinghir to Ouarzazate

Take an optional sunrise camel ride (not included and at a supplement) along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Then return to Erfoud for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts all above the Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains, then transfer to Kelaat M'Gouna along the Dades Valley. Kelaat M'Gouna is a large village famous for cultivating roses; expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Transfer to Ouarzazate, also known as "Morocco’s Hollywood," for dinner and overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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Dar Chamaa

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    Dar Chamaa



    Dar Chamaa is situated 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. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km ...

    Dar Chamaa is situated 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. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km to the city center. For guests arriving by car, free private parking is available on site.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 10

Ouarzazate to Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech

Begin city tour of Ouarzazate with the Taourir and Tifoultout Kasbahs, considered among the most beautiful Kasbahs in Morocco. Next, visit the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Continue on to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, the iconic landscape immortalized in films such; Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Alexander. Leave Ait Ben Haddou, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass to Marrakech for overnight.

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Duration3 Nights
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Riad Dar Karma

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    Riad Dar Karma



    In the middle of Marrakech's historical center, Dar Karma Riad is an exclusive boutique hotel with 6 rooms (3 suites and 3 singles), and welcomes up to 14 people. With large open patios, housing includes heated swimming pool, hammam, beautiful terraces, and wifi internet.

    In the middle of Marrakech's historical center, Dar Karma Riad is an exclusive boutique hotel with 6 rooms (3 suites and 3 singles), and welcomes up to 14 people. With large open patios, housing includes heated swimming pool, hammam, beautiful terraces, and wifi internet.

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    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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Day 11

Marrakech

After breakfast, our full day explorations of Marrakesh will be on food and by horse-drawn carriages. We start at Djemaa El Fna, the central square and Marrakesh's heartbeat surrounded by bazaars, mosques, terraced cafes, snake charmers, fire-eaters, and fortune-tellers. After the visit, we stop at the Koutoubia Minaret, the oldest of the three great Almouahad towers, and the Bahia Palace, a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. You will then proceed to Saadian Tombs followed by a walk through the old medina and the labyrinth of souks. Overnight in Marrakech.

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Day 12

Marrakech

Day at leisure.

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Day 13

Marrakech to Essaouira

You will head towards Essaouira for the rest of the day and for the overnight. Essaouira is an attractive city with a beautiful old Medina that never ceases to seduce its visitors with beautiful architecture, cultural treasures, curving sandy beaches, and stunning combination of ocean views. Essaouira is also very rich with artisan quarter and has a big fishing port.

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Duration1 Night
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Atlas Essaouira and Spa

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    Atlas Essaouira and Spa



    The Atlas Essaouira & Spa enjoys a privileged location on the seafront with views over the medina with history. History found in the maze of this new unit that combines mixed ethnic and contemporary tones.

    The Atlas Essaouira & Spa enjoys a privileged location on the seafront with views over the medina with history. History found in the maze of this new unit that combines mixed ethnic and contemporary tones.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 14

Essaouira to Casablanca

After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca via Safi, Oualidia and El Jadida. Safi was under protectorate by the Portuguese Empire from 1488 to 1541, while the fortress built to protect the city, under Portuguese rule is still there today. Safi is the main fishing port for the country's sardine industry, and also exports phosphates, textiles and ceramics. During the Second World War, Safi was one of the landing sites for operation Torch. After Safi, stop at Oualidia for lunch on your own before continuing through Eljadida to Casablanca for dinner and overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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Imperial Casablanca

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    Imperial Casablanca



    Classified as a Historical Monument by the Ministry of Culture; the Imperial Casablanca has 105 rooms in total. The contemporary atmosphere of the hotel reflects the essence of the past. The hotel's Art Deco facade welcomes guests into an intimate and elegant venue, seducing them ...

    Classified as a Historical Monument by the Ministry of Culture; the Imperial Casablanca has 105 rooms in total. The contemporary atmosphere of the hotel reflects the essence of the past. The hotel's Art Deco facade welcomes guests into an intimate and elegant venue, seducing them from the very first step into the reception hall. The overall ambiance insures guests that come alone or with their families a cozy "at home" feeling, whilst those coming for business benefit from an exceptional and professional environment.
    An amalgam of the hotel's ideal location at the very center of Casablanca, its proximity to the business district, its distinctive decoration, restaurants, trendy bar and lounge, complemented by a customized and sophisticated service create a truly unforgettable experience.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 15

Casablanca Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Casablanca airport for your return flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast daily and Dinners in Merzouga and Ouarzazate
  • Modern Air Conditioned transportation for the transfers & tours
  • English speaking driver
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Guided city tours of Volubilis, Fes & Marrakech
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • All taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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