Kasbahs, Culture, Dunes & Gourmet Food in Morocco
$5700 per person
The tour title says it all. Experience the natural and cultural wonders of Morocco.
Departure TimeAnytime on Arrival Day
Return TimeAfternoon on Departure Day
IncludedAccommodationGround TransportationLocal GuideMost ActivitiesMost Meals
Not IncludedBaggage TransferDomestic FlightsDrinksGuide GratuitiesInternational FlightsLaundryOptional ActivitiesSouvenirsTravel Insurance
The group will arrive throughout the day into to Marrakech. Marrakech is one of the most interesting cities in both North Africa and Europe. It was the great North African caravan destination for the Trans Sahara trade network. My 2018 groups thoroughly enjoyed it and it is a great walking city where you can explore on foot its extensive craft bazaar and old city. There are no vehicles in the old city, only pedestrian lanes. If you wish to arrive one day early to get over jet lag, this is a great city to spend your extra day. I can set up an extra hotel nights in Marrakech if you wish. Getting from the airport to our hotel in Marrakech is easy. It is just a short taxi ride using the airport’s secure taxi system and is not expensive. You may also wish to spend a couple of days before the trip in Europe. Since Morocco is so close to Europe, it makes it very easy to add a short European holiday to our trip. Almost all of the major European cities have daily flights into Marrakech. If you wish to fly into Casablanca, then I can set up a private two hour car transfer for you to Marrakech. This will cost approximately $150 to $200 for a vehicle that holds two or three people. There is not much to see in Casablanca as it is an industrial city so I do not suggest that you spend a night there. Air Morocco flies directly to Casablanca from JFK. I would suggest flying in directly from a European capital to Marrakech if you can. We will stay at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia, a wonderful hotel right in the center of Marrakech. It is only 200 yards from the main plaza, the Jemaa, which is the center of the city. From our hotel, you will be able to walk to the night bazaar and into the old city. Dinner tonight will be on your own as some will arrive after dinner. Our welcome dinner will be on day 2 in Rabat.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will have an introductory three hour walking tour through Marrakech’s kasbah, the old medieval city. This will be a good introduction to the city where we will return at the end of our trip with more time to enjoy and tour the city in depth. Lunch will be on your own today and after lunch we will board a modern, air conditioned touring bus for our drive to Rabat. We will arrive in Rabat late in the afternoon and check in to our hotel. We will have our welcome dinner tonight at an excellent seafood restaurant in Rabat. Overnight at five star Rabat Hotel (B,D)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will tour the old city and the historic sites of Rabat in the morning and then drive on to the very scenic and historic hill town of Moulay Idriss for lunch. We will have a wonderful lunch at a roof top restaurant in the center of the old city which my groups loved. After lunch we take a short half hour drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. The archeological site is fascinating and the mosaics are extremely well preserved. The Romans had many important settlements in Morocco during the height of their empire and Volubilis is the best preserved. After our tour, we will take a very scenic drive to Fes. Fes is sometimes spelled Fez but the correct spelling is Fes. This 1200 year old city is my favorite in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most well preserved medieval city in Europe and North Africa. Still vibrant, the walled old city is still home to 350,000 inhabitants. There are no roads or cars, only small pedestrian walkways lined with craft shops. Goods are still moved in the old city by burros. The leather tannery is still functioning as it has for over 600 years. There are over 100 mosques in the ancient city. We will visit it and have two days to explore all the fascinating sites in Fes. There will be plenty of time for shopping. In Fes, we will have two dinners at very well known Moroccan gourmet restaurants on days 4 and 5. These are the same restaurants that my 2018 groups loved. Today our gourmet lunch is included but dinner is on your own. The owner of our Moroccan tour agency loves good food and I have asked her to pick restaurants for us that she and her friends feel offer the most authentic and best Moroccan cuisine. Overnight Les Merinides Hotel or Palais Medina and Spa (B,L)