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Majestic Morocco: Fez, Merzouga, Marrakech & More

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,503

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: One of the world’s best travel bargains, Morocco offers splendid cities and a sweeping history spanning twelve centuries.


Experience the best Morocco has to offer on this 9 days private touring experience staying in 4 or 5, or 5 star deluxe accommodations, including boutique Riads. You travel round trip from Casablanca.

The cities of Rabat and Meknes are full of highlights, yet compact enough to see in one day. Visit the Kasbah of the Udayas and Meknes’ spectacular medina, and enjoy the exotic yet relaxed atmosphere of these imperial cities before a guided tour gives you a close look at the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

The medieval capital, Fes is a Morocco favourite and home to the country’s largest royal palace. You’ll also visit the world’s first established university, Al-Karouine and get an insight into what makes Fes a haven for Morocco’s artists and craftsmen.

Head for the mountains further inland where cedar forests surround charming ski lodges (yes, you can ski on the edge of the Sahara!). See more of the local villages and get a view of Morocco that’s very different to the major cities. Enjoy a stunning sunset at Merzouga, where you’ll overnight.

An oasis in more ways than one, stop at Tinghir, located in the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll also visit Todra Gorge before staying overnight at Ouarzazate, centre of Morocco’s film industry. You’ll even visit the local studios, where Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and episodes of Game of Thrones grace a prestigious list of credits.

The name Marrakech stirs to mind Morocco’s romantic reputation and with good reason. Visit the traders, snake charmers, musicians and fortune tellers of Jemaa el Fna Square, the Koutoubia Minaret, Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs. Then roam the souks (Moroccan markets) for that perfect souvenir. Marrakech has so much to offer, you’ll enjoy an additional morning here before your return to Casablanca.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,503

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, and proceeding through immigration customs formalities, after collecting your baggage and before leaving the area check the terminal exit number (there are only 1 and 2) our representative is waiting for you outside of your terminal, a big welcome before you are transferred along the coastline to Rabat for overnight.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Villa Mandarine

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    Villa Mandarine



    Nestled in the heart of a vast orange grove, the Villa Mandarine combines hospitality and comfort in a quiet location. This large family home has been converted into a hotel still keeping the charm and atmosphere of the old house. The decor blends with the …

    Nestled in the heart of a vast orange grove, the Villa Mandarine combines hospitality and comfort in a quiet location. This large family home has been converted into a hotel still keeping the charm and atmosphere of the old house. The decor blends with the original family furniture and architectural elements specific to Morocco. Taddelakt, zellidges, bejmats, wrought iron adorn the different spaces. A collection of paintings pepper the premises. Everywhere, large windows let in light and offer breathtaking views of the lush garden.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Connecting Rooms Available
    • Garden
    • Jacuzzi
    • Massages
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Terrace

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Day 2

Rabat/Meknes/Volubilis/Fes

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel for a short tour of the capital of Morocco, Rabat. You will enjoy a short walk of the Mohammed V Mausoleum. Mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum is Le Tour Hassan (the Hassan Tower), which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque, which began construction in 1195. The morning ends with a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat's medina. This is the fortification constructed on a mountain, overlooking the ocean. The Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Inside the Kasbah one can come across Andalusian gardens full of orange trees, flowers and palms. We drive to Fez via Meknes and Volubilis. Once arrive in the region, we'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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Palais Faraj

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    Palais Faraj



    Set in the heart of Fes in a former Arab-Moorish palace, Palais Faraj Suites and Spa offers a view of the medina.

    Set in the heart of Fes in a former Arab-Moorish palace, Palais Faraj Suites and Spa offers a view of the medina.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Laundry
    • Massage Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 3

Fes

This morning you will be met at your hotel for a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the biggest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. Now it is closed to the public, although the king of Morocco still uses the complex when he visits Fes. You then continue the tour with a panoramic view of the medina, before venturing to the heart of the largest old medina in the world. The medieval centre of Fez, the Medina (market), has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. In the medina you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world’s first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school). You will also visit the tannery, clay workshops, artisan quarters, and souks. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 4

Fes/Erfoud/Merzouga

Leaving Fez this morning, we drive through the Middle Atlas into the south with a break in the quiet French built alpine resort town of Ifrane, we continue our journey while we enjoy the views of verdant cedar forests, volcanic mountains, wind-swept plains, spectacular gorges, and stony desert. We travel along the marvelous oasis of the Ziz Valley before arriving Erfoud, the port of entry to the Saharan dunes and sits at the southern end of the Ziz Oasis. Known by the name of "the Gate of Sahara Desert", it was built new by the French around 1920's as a French administrative outpost and Foreign Legion stronghold. This frontier town on the Algerian border has a definite Wild West (in this case, Wild South) feel to it. Fossilized bathtubs and moist, sweet dates are its current claims to fame, though it was once the end of the road and then overland to Merzouga, the heart of the desert, and serf the sandy sea on a powerful 4 WD Land Rover. Dinner and overnight at the desert Camp.

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Duration1 Night
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Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

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    Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp



    Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp is your special home in Morocco. It demands nothing much of you, but to relax and gaze at the ever-changing colors of the desert. Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, this splendid desert camp caters your …

    Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp is your special home in Morocco. It demands nothing much of you, but to relax and gaze at the ever-changing colors of the desert.

    Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, this splendid desert camp caters your memorable vacation. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners, individuals and small groups seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude Our Private luxury Camp offers Ten spacious luxury tents with a sense of comfort and prestige. The Private Camp is designed for those who enjoy the peace that utter silence can afford. Get away for a day or two and revel in the luxury atmosphere, reflecting or taking walks in one of the most enchanting Sahara Desert of the world.

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Day 5

Merzouga/Dades/Ouarzazate

Enjoy an early morning sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Enjoy walking at the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Leave Tinghir heading to Dades and its charming valley. Stop there to take pictures then continue along to Kelaat M'Gouna, 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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OZ Palace Ouarzazate

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    OZ Palace Ouarzazate



    OZ Palace offers fourteen rooms and suites furnished according to the standards of comfort and elegance. Reception is at your disposal 24 hours a day to ensure that your stay is unforgettable.

    OZ Palace offers fourteen rooms and suites furnished according to the standards of comfort and elegance. Reception is at your disposal 24 hours a day to ensure that your stay is unforgettable.

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Day 6

Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakech

Enjoy the city tour of Ouarzazate, beginning with the Taourirt Kasbah. The latter is considered one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in the country and the film studios (optional visit), where some of the most famous desert landscapes are being shot. Continue to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, the iconic landscape immortalized in films such as, Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Leave Ait Ben Haddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass (2262m) to Marrakech for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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La Maison Arabe

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    La Maison Arabe



    Ideally situated in the medina, the hotel includes 26 rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces, 3 restaurants, a piano bar, a world-famous cooking school (open to guests staying at the hotel or elsewhere in town) as well as a new spa including …

    Ideally situated in the medina, the hotel includes 26 rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces, 3 restaurants, a piano bar, a world-famous cooking school (open to guests staying at the hotel or elsewhere in town) as well as a new spa including a traditional hammam, where natural products from the region of Marrakech are used.
    Guests at La Maison Arabe have a choice of swimming pools. One can relax at either the heated pool in the hotel's garden patio, or at the pool located at our spectacular Country Club, 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle.
    Walking through the hotel's flower-filled patios, one can admire the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship (tadelakt walls, chiseled plaster, cedar wood ceilings) that has created a refined, exotic and serene atmosphere.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Child Friendly
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Marrakech

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh. 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 Almohad towers, and the Bahia Palace, a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. We then proceed to Tiskiwine museum which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. The works on display include exquisite hand-woven carpets and textiles, traditional Berber clothing and jewelry, intricate basketwork and tribal handicrafts. Later enjoy a tour by a walk through the old medina and the labyrinth of souks. Overnight in the Marrakech.

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Day 8

Marrakech to Casablanca

After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca for a brief sightseeing to Casablanca, Morocco's largest metropolis and its industrial hub. Highlights include the old French quarter of Habous, beaches lapped by green-blue water, the Hassan II Grand Mosque (exterior) considered among the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque's minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

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    Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche



    The 24-floor Sofitel Casablanca hotel is located opposite the Hassan II mosque, in the heart of the business district in the city center, and towers above the white city. It has 141 rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, …

    The 24-floor Sofitel Casablanca hotel is located opposite the Hassan II mosque, in the heart of the business district in the city center, and towers above the white city. It has 141 rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, modern amenities and luxury.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 9

Depart Casablanca

After breakfast, we will assist you to Casablanca airport for your return flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private round trip 4x4 transfers Merzouga to your desert camp
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Rabat
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation in Fez
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Merzouga
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Ouarzazate
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation in Marrakech
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Casablanca
  • Transportation by private, modern vehicle 
  • Services of an English-speaking driver
  • Private city tour of Rabat
  • Private-guided tour of Volubilis including local guide (1 -1.5 hours)
  • Private tour of Meknes
  • Private-guided half day tour of Fez including local guide
  • Sunset or sunrise camel ride
  • Walk at Todra Gorge
  • Private tour of Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou with optional film studio visit
  • Private-guided half day tour of Marrakech including local guide
  • Private half day city tour of Casablanca
  • All government taxes
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Local guides not explicitly listed as included
  • Services of a National Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

We recommend that you upgrade and add a national guide for the ultimate experience. Your English speaking driver is not a qualified guide and will give you minimal general information. There are, however, local guides included in Marrakech, Fez and Volubilis.

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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