Morocco Short Tours

Gateway to Morocco Tour

This journey is private and designed to give the traveler the broadest sense of Morocco, its culture, people, geography, Imperial cities, Sahara, the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, and the High Atlas mountains. Camel Riding, Craft Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical Tours.

8 Nights / 9 Days Tour
For independent travelers: Our Guided Tour enhances your experience without hindering your journey. We’re there when you need us, and give you the opportunity to explore on your own if you desire.

bookitCost based on 4* accommodation:
US$1,890.00 per person based on double occupancy
US$3,780.00 for 2pax
If you wish to upgrade or downgrade the accommodation, please let us know.

ITINERARY

IMG_4005-150x150Day 1: Casablanca – Meknes - Volubilis - Fes

Transfers are available from either the Casablanca, Rabat or Fes airport to get you started on your Moroccan journey.

Lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of ancient olive groves and vineyards await you in the Ismalian capital of Meknes. Meknes is on Unesco’s world heritage list. After a pleasant lunch at the holy city of Moulay Idriss, explore the port of Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis. And then it’s on to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, sprawled amid a hillside, where the remains of palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics await exploration.

You’ll also travel through lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of ancient olive groves and vineyards, past ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, sprawled amid a hillside, filled with the remains of palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics.

Dinner and accommodation at your charming riad in Fes.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fes

TanneriesEnjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast, and then it’s off to explore the ancient white city of Fes, one of the best examples of a preserved medieval city. Fes, founded in the 9thcentury is little unchanged since then. A certified guide is available to help you navigate the serpentine souks, where you’ll find fine artisanal goods, rich carpets, pyramids of succulent olives and fruit and other delights and treasures. Visit the much photographed, colorful honeycomb vats of the tanneries or climb the Merenid Tombs, which open onto a stunning panorama of Fes.

The visit includes the following:
* Fes’s Ramparts
* Potter’s Cooperative
* Tanneries
* Royal Palace
* Jewish Quarter
Luxury Hotel in Fez* Jewish Synagogue
* Berber Carpet Demonstration
* Dyers Market
* Wood Museum / Najjarine
* Museum Batha
* Al-Qayrawan mosque
* Medersa Bou Inania
* Weavers Cooperative

Choose a dining destination at one of the many area restaurants. Accommodation at your charming riad in Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3:  Ifrane – Middle Atlas - Errachidia – Erfoud - Merzouga (Camel ride and overnight in the desert)

The Middle Atlas region offers many hidden delights. Experience a fragrant cedar forest filled with chatty Barbary apes. Enjoy the crystal air of the mountains while you discover rustic Berber villages. You’ll stop in Erfoud to transfer to a Jeep that will take you to Merzouga where you’ll delight in the sugar-fine sands of the Sahara. A camel will bring you through the desert just like travelers of old. As the red sun slithers down, listen for the hypnotic beat of Berber drums and music. Enjoy mint tea and a sumptuous feast of hairirasoup, tantalizing tagines or couscous.

Camel Trek in the SaharaSleep like a nomad under the twinkling stars in the stillness of the Sahara. (Lodging is also available at a nearby Kasbah at the edge of the dunes.)

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Todra Gorges – Tinghir – Boulmane du Dades

Following a special breakfast in the desert, a camel will bring you through the desert to your Jeep, which will transport you to Erfoud. There will also be a stop in a local fossil factory.

Travel through the High Atlas Mountains toward the famous Todra Gorges. Passing lush valleys and winding rivers, you’ll travel onward via Tinghir to Boulmane du Dades for dinner and an overnight stay at a charming Saharaoui kasbah.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Kasbah Ait Ben HaddouDay 5: Kalat Megouna – Skoura – Ouarzazate – High Atlas Mountains

After touring Tinghir, travel as the nomads did along the rugged Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, which lies along fertile river valleys and palmeries. The spectacular, exotic beauty of the region has long been a draw for Hollywood filmmakers.

Following that, you’ll stop in the Rose valley of Kalat Megouna, and then its onward to Kasbah ait Ben Haddou for a local lunch. A private tour of the Kasbah follows. You’ll continue on through the High Atlas Mountains, past the rich rolling hills and valleys and mountains of Tizi n’Tichka’s. You’ll stop at a Berber village on your way to Ourika. Along the way, you’ll pass fragrant pine and cedar forests filled with chatty Barbary apes as you head toward the Berber village of Anrar.

Dinner and an overnight stay at your charming Kasbah Omar riad.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Ourika Valley / High Atlas Mountains

Berbers in the High Atlas MountainsAfter breakfast, enjoy a private visit at a Berber family home, where you’ll experience the ritual pouring of mint tea. And then it’s on to the lovely garden of the valley near the souk Lathinie.

You will make a visit to one of the Jewish shrine of the high atlas mountains, and you will meet with the last Berber at the Ourika valley.

Discover the hidden Berber villages of the valley or hike through the wildflower dotted hillside to one of the waterfalls of the High Atlas.

Dinner and an overnight stay at your luxury Berber Kasbah Omar in the village of Anrar.

A traditional Moroccan Hammam (steam bath) and massage are available at the Kasbah Omar for extra cost. (Please let us know in advance if you would like to make an appointment.)

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Marrakech

After an early breakfast, you’ll be whisked to the magical Pink City of Marrakech.

Marrakech. The name offers up mystery and magic. A pink city rising out of the desert, against a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, a city of contradictions where camels tethered roadside and ancient souks exist with modern rose-petal strewn bistros and nightclub music reverbrating in the medina. Veiled women move languorously along the avenues and young women in miniskirts zoom by on mopeds.

A certified guide is available to help you explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, or ancient royal Saadian Tombs. Or, you may wish to enter the historic Jewish mellah where some of the best handcrafted jewelry of Morocco is sold. Another site is the majestic Koutoubia Mosque.

Enjoy dinner at one of the many area restaurants.

Accommodation at your charming riad in the ancient city of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Marjorelle GardensDay 8: Marrakech

A morning visit to the glorious Majorelle Gardens that are owned by international designer Yves St. Laurent. Stroll along the ancient Menara pool, and then tour the ancient city wall and Palmerie.

In the afternoon, take time to explore the hidden treasures of Marrakech, and at the end the day, be seduced by the world-famous Djemaa el-Fna open air market, where you’ll find exotic snake charmers, Berber musicians, spinning acrobats and fortune tellers. The air is filled with curls of smoke rising from delectable kebobs grilled over coals.

Enjoy dinner in Djemma el-Fna, or at one of the many area restaurants.

Evening accommodations are at your charming riad at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Airport transfer is available to either Marrakech or Casablanca airport for your return trip home.

Note:
- If you wish to modify the itinerary according to specific dates, interests or city of arrival or departure, please advise us.
- Pick up from any airport, port or train station in Morocco is available.
- This tour can be extended or modified to end wherever the guest may wish.

bookitCost based on 4* accommodation:
US$ 1,890.00 per person based on double occupancy
US$ 3,780.00 for 2ax
If you wish to upgrade or downgrade the accommodation, please let us know.

2 years and under are free of charge
2 – 6 years old 75% off
7-11 years old 50% off
12 years old & up full cost

What’s Included:
* 4* Riad, Kasbah & hotel lodging
* Breakfast daily
* All dinners except 2 in Fes & 2 in Marrakech
* 4×4 in & out of Merzouga
* Camel Ride / Nomad guide in Sahara
* Overnight / Nomad tent / Sahara
* Private Car, Gas, Tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
* Transfers to and from airport
* Knowledgeable certified guides at the Imperial cities
* Museum fees
* All taxes

Not included in package price:
* Airfare
* Lunch & 4 dinners
* Drinks
* Travel Insurance