12 Day Luxury Small Group Tour of Morocco
Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand and one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through it all, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day arrive in Casablanca
Arrive into Casablanca and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Second Day we head to Rabat and dine in Fes
Our journey today carries us from the romance of Casablanca to the hubbub of Fes. But first, a detour. In Rabat we see the elaborate marble Mausoleum of Mohammed V and nearby Hassan Tower, that’s similarly spectacular. When we arrive in Fes, we relax with a welcome dinner. After all, we’ve three nights to play with here. (D)
Hotel: Riad Arabesque
Third Day we travel to Meknes then Moulay Idriss and return to Fes
We’re off the beaten track and in UNESCO-listed Meknès, where streets zigzag from the medina and the legendary Bab Mansour. Outside, in olive grove-dotted countryside is the town of Moulay Idriss. And it’s here that we join a traditional cooking class, where vegetable-studded couscous is on the menu. Later we return to Fes, where we have an evening to ourselves. (B, L)
Hotel: Riad Arabesque
Fourth Day its sightseeing in Fes
Sightseeing in Fes comes courtesy of a medina walking tour, a visit to Kairaouine Mosque and the world’s oldest university, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss. We immerse ourselves in the whirl of sights, sounds and scents that is the souq, and follow the smell of oven-fresh dough to a traditional bakery. Another Moroccan mustsee is a carpet cooperative, where Fes’ artistic heritage is woven into vivid rugs. Following the trail of craftsmanship, our final outing is to a tannery. (B)
Hotel: Riad Arabesque
Fifth day we tour Midelt then Erfoud and rest in Merzouga
We make our way to Ifrane in the Middle Atlas mountains, driving past lakes, waterfalls and cedar forests. After lunch in Midelt it’s time to turn Berber and cross the Atlas Mountains to Erfoud – the Gate of the Sahara Desert. We swap mini-coach for four-wheel drive, diving into the desert. In a slight twist to nomadic style, our room tonight is an über-luxurious private tent. Beneath a starlit sky we sample an authentic Berber feast and watch a time-honoured dance display. (B, L, D)
Hotel: Deluxe Tent Camp
Sixth day we visit Todra Gorge then Dades Gorge
Ever thought you’d watch the sun rise or set over desert dunes? We know the perfect spot. We’re seeing some grand canyons today too. The first is Todra Gorge, a towering ochre ravine in the High Atlas. After a lunchtime pit stop, we reach the equally staggering Dades Gorge. By the time dinner’s served, we’ll have incredible photos to compare. (B, L, D)
Hotel: Hotel Dades
Seventh day we venture towards Ouarzazate
Taking the Route of a Thousand Kasbahs, we drive to meet a Berber family. Inside their Kasbah, we’re invited to take part in a very special tea ceremony and sample handmade Batbout bread with olive oil and honey. Our road then takes us on wards – and upwards – to El Kelaa des Mgouna where fields are carpeted with roses. Reaching Ouarzazate, where we rest for the night. (B, D)
Hotel: Riad Ksar Ighnda
Eighth Day we Journey to Ait Benhaddou then Marrakech
En route to Marrakech, we can’t help but visit ancient Aït Benhaddou, just like the Silk Roaders did. This burnt orange, skyline-skimming city gives us a glimpse of Kasbahs in times gone by. The landscape then turns tawny as we take the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass. By early afternoon we’ll have reached the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, ready for our two-night stay. (B, D)
Hotel: Palais des Princes
Ninth day sample the sights of Marrakech
Today we go roving in Marrakech. It’s a captivating collision of fragrant spices, rainbow-coloured wares jostling for attention on souq stalls and the sounds of snake charmers and storytellers that drifts all around us. A local guide leads us to Jemaa el Fnaa, the Medina and Bahia Palace, while a spicy sojourn to the market will bring us closer to Morocco’s famed aromatic ingredients. After we’ve cherry picked some key sights, we leave you to discover more for yourself. (B)
Hotel: Palais des Princes
Tenth Day its onto Essaouira
Mirage-like Essaouira is a fortified port town that rises up beside the water, fringed with palms. Year-round we’ll find them swaying in the breeze – after all, this is the ‘Windy City of Africa’. We drive here via Chichaoua and enjoy a tasty lunch. (B, L)
Hotel: Riad Mimouna Hotel
Eleventh day travel to Casablanca
Sticking to the water, we travel to Oualidia that’s set on a sublime stretch of coast. But on this tour, we see more than the inside of a parasol. We visit an oyster farm to understand what’s made this sea-and-sand resort a shellfish hotbed. We linger here for a time, but we do have a very special reservation tonight – of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, it’s at Rick’s Café in Casablanca. Over dinner and drinks you’ll almost be able to hear the sound of Sam’s piano and the rousing lines of La Marseillaise within this lantern-lit, living film set. (B, L, D)
Hotel: Art Palace Suites and Spa
Twelve Day see the sights of Casacblanca
In Casablanca for one final day, we take in the enormous Hassan II Mosque, with its 200-metre high minaret. Then there’s time for one last walking tour around the kaleidoscopic market stalls before we say goodbye. (B)
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 11 nights' accommodation
- Tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- Local guides in Fes and Marrakech
- Breakfast daily (B)
- 6 x evening meals (D)
- 5 x lunches (L)
- Couscous cooking class
- Immam traditional tea ceremony
- Oyster tasting
- Berber dance show
- Included Entrances: King Mohammed V mausoleum, Kairaouine Mosque and University, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Bahia Palace and Hassan II Mosque
Learn a colourful couscous recipe on a traditional Moroccan home-stay in Moulay Idriss
Become a Berber overnight and sleep in a luxury Sahara Desert camp
Channel your inner Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman with dinner and drinks in Casablanca’s real Rick’s Café
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