Morocco Short Tours

Morocco World Class Tour

This journey is private and designed to give the traveler the broadest sense of Morocco, its culture, people, geography, Imperial cities, Berber villages, the High Atlas Mountains, and the charming city of Essaouira. Camel Riding, Craft Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical Tours, Golf tour and photography are included at your request.

9 Nights / 10 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.

book your tourCost based on 5* deluxe:
US$4,500 per person based on double occupancy
US$9,000 for 2Pax
If you wish to modify or change anything, please let us know.

ITINERARY

luxurykasbahhotelDay 1: Casablanca – Rabat

Arrival at Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, where you will be welcomed by your expert Tour Leader and private transport to start your Moroccan journey with a short drive to Rabat.

Check in at your deluxe hotel at the ancient city of Rabat.

Rest and refresh at your hotel.

A vibrant city with lush green parks, Rabat is entered through the enormous Almoahad Gate to the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Rabat offers a rich historical and cultural heritage. Tour the exquisite 17th century palace now part of the Musée des Oudaia (Museum of Moroccan Arts), the Andalusian Gardens near the famous Tour Hassan, a 12th century minaret intended to be the highest and the largest in the Muslim world. Or view the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and King Hassan’s regal palace.

Dinner and overnight at your deluxe hotel in Rabat.

Day 2: Rabat

Tikida GolfingA day Golfing

This championship 45-hole course plays host to the King Hassan II trophy tournament at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salaam. Non-Golfers, have an option of a full day tour of Rabat. This diplomatic capital is home to parliament members and ministers, and is the official residence of King Hassan II. The tour includes a tour of the old medina, the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas, and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower, and the Chellah, built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Dinner and Accommodations at the Rabat Hilton Hotel.

Dinner at a French restaurant. Overnight at your deluxe hotel in Rabat.

Day 3: Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

Breakfast at your hotel.

Volubilis - Ancient Roman RuinAfter an early breakfast, it’s on to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, sprawling amidst a wildflower-dotted hillside, where the remains of palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics await exploration. Then, travel through 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.

Dinner at the famous restaurant Maison Bleue.

Overnight: at your Luxury Relais & Chateau Riad Fes at the ancient city of Fez.

Day 4: Fez

People in FezBreakfast at your riad.

Scholars, architects, historians and artists travel from all over the world to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes, a remarkably preserved city which functions largely as it did in the Middle Ages when it was an important center of culture and famed for its university.

This morning, take a souk walk with our expert certified city guide. You will be escorted through the medina to learn and savor the delights of Moroccan gastronomy and see where the traditional dishes of Morocco begin by having lunch at one of the hidden traditional gourmet restaurants after exploring some of the amazing Fez alleys where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Fez is the perfect place to hone your bargaining skills in buying souvenirs, brightly colored hand-loomed carpets or fine crafted artisan goods.

Suggested Sites:

Silk Workshop in Fez* Royal Palace
* Mellah (Jewish Quarter)
* Jewish Synagogue (not always open to the public)
* Ramparts of Fes
* Potter’s Cooperative
* Al-Qayrawan mosque
* Medersa Bou Inania
* Weavers Cooperative
* Berber Carpet Demonstration
* Tanneries
* Dyers Market
* Najjarine Wood Museum
* Museum Batha

Dinner at the excellent restaurant of your relais & Chateau Riad Fes restaurant. Overnight at your charming Relais & Chateau Riad Fes at the ancient city of Fez.

Day 5: Ifrane – Beni Mellal – Marrakech

Koutoubia GardensBreakfast at your riad.

Drive to Marrakech (approximately 7 hours) through the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains and Ifrane, Azrou and Beni Mellal.

To help break-up the driving stop for lunch in Beni Mellal before you continue your journey of your day trip to the exotic city of Marrakech. (You may also stop as many breaks as you wish for photos etc.)

Upon arrival, check in at the very charming riad Demeure D’orient at the ancient city of Marrakech

Rest and refresh at your riad.

When you are ready, begin your exploration of Marrakech.The defining landmark of Marrakech is the 12th-century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia mosque, and there is no better place to begin your journey into this entrancing city.

The night beats in the heart of the old city’s famed Djemaa el Fnaa square, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in the bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama unfolding as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

DSC_4818-150x150Dinner at the traditional Moroccan restaurant Stylia Place from the 15th century.

Overnight at your charming riad Demeure Dorient at the ancient city of Marrakech.

The Jemma El-Fna is the greatest square in all of Africa –and perhaps the world. It was once the ultimate destination for traders from places as diverse as Venice, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. Today, it provides ever-changing entertainment for Moroccans and foreigners alike, reaching its climax at sunset when the square is alive with storytellers, healers, snake charmers, acrobats, and countless food stalls. Walk through the square to experience its intensity and then perhaps enjoy the view from the terrace of a rooftop café.

The entire Djemaa el Fnaa has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Space (one of only a handful in the world), due to its unique role in transmitting oral history and tradition from one generation to another.

Day 6: Marrakech

Breakfast at your riad.

Marjorelle GardensAn enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is Morocco’s second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys carrying carts trawl past fragrant gardens of roses, honeysuckle and jasmine.

Explore with your certified guide the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry is found in Morocco, and view the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

A special visit to the medersa Ben Youssef follow by the two of the most interesting cultural showplaces in Marrakech. The Musee de Marrakech is housed in the sumptuous, 19th-century Mnebhi Palace. Nearby is the Dar Bellarj cultural foundation. Established to showcase Moroccan culture, it is housed in a former hospital for storks.

A Stop for a cup of tea at the beautifully restored Dar Cherifa, which houses a cultural foundation, bookstore, and art gallery (with rotating exhibitions). It is a wonderful example of the many riads being restored in the medina. Wonder around the souk  (ancient market) and enjoy your shopping

Dinner at the French Moroccan famous restaurant Pavillon at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Overnight at your charming riad Demeure Dorient at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Day 7: Marrakech

Golfing in MarrakeshA free day to do whatever you may wish with the help of your tour leader.

Options:
- Half day Golfing for Golfers
- Tennis
- Shopping at the souk
- A visit to one of Marrakesh’s Excellent Spas
- Anything else you might wish

Afternoon, you will visit the tropical Majorelle Gardens, lovingly restored under the patronage of the late Yves St. Laurent which includes a small but excellent Berber culture Museum.

You will cap off your journey at the famous Jemma El-Fna square with a fresh squeezed orange juice or a cup of coffee or tea at a rooftop café.

Dinner at Yacout restaurant at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Overnight at your charming riad Demeure Dorient at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Day 8: Essaouira – Marrakech

Essaouira SeafoodBreakfast at your riad.

A day trip to the charming Essaouira.

Today you will set out for Essaouira (about 2 ½ hours from Marrakech). Wander about the enchanting streets and alleys of laid-back Essaouira, the setting in 1952 for Orson Welles’ Othello. Once known as Mogador, Essaouira’s blue and white medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Climb the stairs to enjoy the 360° views of Essaouira in the Moulay El Hassan square. Enjoy the numerous and lively café terraces and restaurants. Be sure not to miss the street of the thuya workers, the ocean-side ramparts, and the numerous art galleries scattered about town.

You may wish to enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood at one of the stands by the bustling port or one of the many restaurants overlooking the busy Place Moulay Hassan.

Return to Marrakech at your leisure.

Dinner and overnight  at your charming riad Demeure Dorient at the ancient city of Marrakech.

High Atlas MountainsDay 9: Berber Villages/High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

Breakfast at your riad.

You will have a half day excursion south of Marrakech into the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains (about 1 hour away). To many, the most beautiful part of Morocco is the rural landscape of the High Atlas Mountains. Here, earthen Berber villages lay terraced into the mountains, their flat, baked-mud roofs nestled against the fertile slopes. Life moves at a slow pace, and the virtues of family and hospitality to strangers are held in high regard.

After the market, you may wish to stop for tea or a late lunch at the luxurious Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s retreat in the High Atlas (about one hour from Marrakech).

Afternoon return to Marrakech at your leisure or for the last minute shopping etc.

Dinner at the famous restaurant Comptoir on your own. Overnight at your charming riad Demeure Dorient at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Day 10: Marrakech or Casablanca

Breakfast at your riad.

You will be escorted to either Marrakech or to Casablanca Airport for your departing flight for your return home with plenty of tales of your Arabian nights and days.

Note: If you wish to modify or change anything from the program, please let us know.

book your tourCost based on 5* deluxe:
US$4,500 per person based on double occupancy
US$9,000 for 2Pax
If you wish to modify or change anything, please let us know.

Included in your land package:
9 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
Breakfast every morning
All dinners except 1 in Marrakech
Hotel service charges and taxes
2 days golfing (1 in Rabat & 1 in Marrakech)
Air conditioned Luxury Mini Van with Tour Leader & fuel + Tolls including airport transfers
All admissions while accompanied by your guide or tour leader
The services of our Marrakech office and 24/7 emergency contact
The enthusiasm, expertise, & care of the leading travel specialists to Morocco
All Taxes & All fees

Not included:
Air transportation.
Drinks, Lunches & 1 Dinner in Marrakech
Meals noted as suggested, at leisure, or not specifically mentioned
Services on days at leisure
Travel Insurance