Morocco

See & Do it ALL in 12 Days

Highlights

►Camel Riding Along Red & Soft Sand Dunes

► Visiting  Monkeys in  the Cèdre Gouraud Fores

►Touring an Ancient Village Made Famous by International Films

►Having an Authentic Meal Inside a Native’s Home

►Dinner & Traditional Music Before Sleeping in a Desert Camp

►Oases & Perfectly Landscaped Gardens

►Checking Out Outdoor Food Stalls & Centuries-Old Markets

►Giant Waterfalls & Hiking to the Top of Them

►A Visit to an Organic Oil Factory

►Tree-Climbing Goats

►Immersing in the Cultures of Buzzing Marrakesh & Fez

►Exploring the Country’s Most Popular Coastal Town

►Walking the Maze-Like Streets of a Charming Blue Village

►And Much, Much More...

Type of Tour:   Adventure & Sightseeing

Fully Guided?  All tours are almost fully guided.

Although virtually all actives on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request.

Are Solo Travelers Welcomed?

Yes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours! 

Dates & Availability for the Next 12 Months. Any Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)

Prices are subject to changed until booked.

This trip can be extended if you would like some free time to relax.

Itinerary 

Day 1: The ‘Red City’, the ‘Ochre City’ & the ‘Daughter of the Desert’

Our tour starts in Marrakesh, a city with more nicknames than most. Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the country and yet, its most popular. It is from Marrakesh several daytrips are made. Today’s activities will depend on your arrival time. There is much to explore in and around the old town and it is easy to get lost. Thankfully, however, we have a private tour guide to show us Marrakesh’s impressive attractions.
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Day 2: Giant Waterfalls & Hiking to the Top of Them

We make a daytrip today to Ouzoud Falls. There we have a guided hiking tour. Ouzoud Falls is the collective name for several tall waterfalls which empty into the El-Abid River gorge. Ouzoud Falls, standing 600 meters tall, is unsurprisingly the most visited site in the region.

Day 3: Tree-Climbing Goats, an Organic Oil Factory & a Charming Coastal Town

We make another daytrip today, this time heading to Essaouira. En route, we pass by tree-climbing goats (really, no joke!) and stop at a small factory where organic argan oil is produced. This oil is good for skin and hair. Once in Essaouira, we are provided with a guided tour. The partially fortified old town (a.k.a. medina) has a layout designed by European colonists in the late 18th century. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina is dotted with bastions, ramparts, art galleries and lively outdoor markets.

On a side note, swimming is encouraged only in the summer months, as the water is too cold during the winter and even fall seasons.

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Day 4: Over a Dozen Outdoor Markets, Street Entertainers & Architectural Landmarks

Today is all about exploring Marrakesh. Home to around 18 markets (a.k.a. souks), some describe this city as ‘one giant marketplace’. Historically, Marrakesh has served as a marketplace where tribesmen and Berber villagers would buy and sell goods (such as carpets) and find entertainment on the streets. Hundreds of years later, the goods and especially the entertainment are as alive as ever. The heart of the city is Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Expect to see acrobats, drummers, pipe musicians, dancers, storytellers, comedians and fairground acts. No less compelling than these entertainers are the city’s architectural attractions. We spend the day visiting them.

Day 5: The Country’s Iconic Village & One of the Largest Movie Studios in the World

Although we relocate from Marrakesh ultimately to a village in the desert, we make two must-visit stops along the way.

 

The first stop is to the historic and fortified village of Ait Benhaddou and second, to the town of Ouarzazate. Ait Benhaddou serves as a fine example of Morocco’s earthen clay architecture. Several films shot in Morocco have used both Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate as locations. Movies filmed there include The Mummy, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Ouarzazate is a town best known for its film studio called Atlas Studios. Atlas is one of the largest movie studios in the world in terms of land area. We visit a cinema museum which displays many of the studio's props.

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Day 6: Camel Riding on Red Sand Dunes, Dinner & a Show Under the Stars & Sleeping in a Luxury Camp

We are relocating once again. Our desert exploration continues north today. The first destination is Dades Gorges. They are a series of rugged wadi gorges carved out by the river.

 

The next destination is Todgha (a.k.a. Todra) Gorges. They are a series of limestone river canyons.

 

En route to our final destination, Erg Chebbi, we make a stop in the village of Rissani, home to a locally famous pizza-like dish called madfouna. Erg Chebbi is where our luxury camp is located. We sleep in a tent. Erg Chebbi is essentially a large sea of red dunes formed by wind-blown sand. After arrival, we go camel riding with a tour guide. Dinner is included on today’s tour. Before the night ends, we watch a traditional show with music and fire.

Important to note, although the camp usually has Wi-Fi and should have electricity, outages do happen from time to time.

Day 7: Monkeys & the Middle Ages Meet the 21st Century

After breakfast, which is included on today’s tour, we relocate from the desert to the city of Fez (also spelled Fes). Several scenic stops are made along the way, such as to Ziz Valley and the Cèdre Gouraud Forest, the latter of which is home to monkeys. Fez will for sure stimulate our senses. It is the firstborn of Morocco’s four royal capitals and arguably the best-preserved medieval city of the Arab world.

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Day 8: Meal Inside a Native’s Home & the Best-Preserved Medieval City of the Arab World

Fez is truly a crossbreed between the Middle Ages and the modern times. Today we dive right into the sightseeing: fortresses, mosques, a tannery, centuries-old brass-working shops, a historic university, city views, souks and more.

 

Fez is Morocco’s second most popular tourist destination after Marrakesh, but it hosts no fewer must-see landmarks. Following the tour, we are taken to a native Moroccan’s home. There we watch how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.

Day 9: The Blue Pearl Village of Africa

Today we relocate to a charming blue village called Chefchaouen. It is nicknamed the 'blue pearl of Morocco'. The beauty of Chefchaouen's mountainous surroundings is enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted old town.

 

It is an attractive place for tourists generally and influencers especially. There are so many postcard-perfection locations to take a selfie. Among the places we visit is, of course, the main square. It is lined with cafes and is filled to the brim with locals and tourists mingling.

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Day 10: Casablanca or Tangier, Your Choice!

Where we relocate today depends on whether you will be leaving the country from Casablanca or from Tangier.

 

If the former, then we will visit the giant Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, it is the second largest functioning mosque in Africa and is the 7th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's second tallest at 210 metres (689 feet).

 

If you are departing Morocco tomorrow from Tangier, then we do a city tour: a citadel, ramparts, street shops, public squares, markets, gardens, mosques and more.

Day 11: Our Tour Ends Today

Tangier (or Casablanca, upon your request) is the final destination on our tour around Morocco. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach Tangier's airport or harbor (or Casablanca's airport), whichever you prefer.

This trip can be extended if you would like some free time to relax.

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​What's Included 

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  •  lodging included for all nights on this tour

  • Transportation, except flights

  • Male or Female Tour Guides

  • Breakfasts

  • 3 Dinners

  • All Activities in Itinerary Below

  • Entry fees

  • Your Own On-Call Concierge

This price is based on 2 per room 

and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance

 

What’s Excluded

  • Any airfare

  • Alcohol

  • Travel insurance

  • Any government-imposed visa fees

  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Please Note​

  • Travel Insurance is required for this tour. You will be asked to provide your Travel insurance information after your booking is confirmed. It must cover cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, flight loss or delays and 24/7 assistance.

  • As much as we want for this trip to go exactly as planned, we can't predicted complications that may arise; due to inclement weather and/or closures due to uncontrollable circumstances like Covid-19.  We will do our very best to make onsite scheduling adjustments as needed, but please note that all listed and intended activities are weather permitting.  No refunds will be given if an activity has to be pulled.  Additionally, the tour is listed as a package, and no price adjustments will be given if someone wants to "opt-out" of an included activity

  • Not liable  to any losses, damages, accidents, injuries, death, or sickness during your trip. The same applies to any changes in trip schedule due to weather, strikes, or any other force majeure. Service providers reserve the right to change routes, schedules, and itineraries if needed because of weather, road conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons or circumstances. 

  • What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
  • ​To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered.
  • You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date.
  • Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund.
  • Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund.
  • Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received.

 

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you protect your investment with travel insurance. Cancellation and interruption insurance covers in case of cancellation due to an insurable reason. We require adequate out of country medical insurance for unforeseen medical emergencies while traveling. The All Inclusive Plan includes emergency and health coverage and cancellation/interruption insurance. The rate for travel insurance is determined by the cost of the tour (can be increased to cover flights and other extras), the length of travel and your age.

   Terms & Conditions


It is the responsibility of the passengers to verify documentation requirements directly with the embassy or consulate of the country of travel. Customs and/or immigration officials can deny a person entry into their country at their own discretion. We strongly recommend traveling with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Please be aware that different living standards and practices exist outside of North America including but not limited to provisions of utilities, accommodations and services of all kinds.


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