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Classic Morocco Immersion

12 Day Group Tour
Marrakech to Marrakech

About This Tour

  • Tour Type: Small Group Tour
  • Starts from: Marrakech
  • Ends in: Marrakech
  • Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Group Size: 12

Tour Highlights

  • Wander through the blue streets in Chefchaouen
  • Uncover the ruins of an ancient Roman outpost
  • Travel back in time in the maze-like medina of Fes
  • Ride through the shifting sand of the Sahara on a shore-footed camel
  • Get off of the beaten path and live like a local in the Valley of Roses
  • Experience breathtaking vistas in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Become acquainted with the excitement of beguiling Marrakech

Inclusions

  • Ground transfers to/from Airport
  • Private transportation
  • English Speaking Tour Manager
  • 11 Nights of Accommodations
  • Meals Included: 11 Breakfasts; 6 Dinners; 1 Lunch
  • Guided Tours of Volubilis, Meknes, Fes, & Marrakech
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmeraie
  • Entrance Fees (to sites listed)

Detailed Itinerary


Morocco was supposed to be a "once in a lifetime" trip, but thanks to Morocco Immersion I can now say I will definitely be back. I absolutely fell in love with the country and its people because of the unique trip the Morocco Immersion team has curated for its guests. The best compliment I can give is when you are with Morocco Immersion you are with family and that makes for a pretty special experience. Our tour guide, Hicham, is truly one of the kindest people I have ever met and his love for his country is infectious. His colleagues (and co-owners) Sharon and Abdou are equally kind and helpful. Thanks to the team’s care and concern my little travel hiccups - lost luggage and a sick day - went over as smooth as possible. They made sure I was focusing on enjoying myself while they helped with logistics of luggage and medicine. The tour itself is designed in a way that immerses you in all that is great, beautiful and very real about the country. Having compared notes with friends who travelled to Morocco on their own, but unfortunately had a poor experience, I truly believe Morocco is a country that lends itself well to a small tour. You simply can not discover and enjoy all of the hidden treasures the country has to offer in a few weeks if you are navigating on your own. Morocco Immersion has hand picked local guides to give you insider access and perspective to what is unique to each city. You get to visit trusted co-op artisan shops to learn about the art and culture of the craft without the pressures to buy (really!). What I especially appreciated was the cadence between the hustle and chaos of the Imperial Cities to the quiet and calm of the desert, mountains or ocean. There were so many highlights! Our night in the Sahara desert under the stars was magical, our home cooked meal by a local family was touching, Fes was a maze of wonders and Chefchaouen was simply a dream come true! If you have a desire to visit Morocco, DO IT! And make sure you call Morocco Immersion to give you the trip of your dreams.

Natalie D'Angelo

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco!

Arrival Marrakech

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Mabrouk (or similar)

Welcome to Morocco! Tour will start in your riad in Marrakech (details provided upon booking). You can arrive any time, as today will be a day of leisure to recover from your travels and prepare for the journey ahead. In the evening, you'll meet your group for a welcome dinner.

Airport transfers can be arranged by request and are complementary from Marrakech. Transfers from airport in Casablanca can be arranged for an additional fee.

Full Day in Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Mabrouk (or similar)

After breakfast, your local city guide will meet you at your riad and show you all around Marrakech. Your tour will include visits to Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and Koutoubia Mosque. After you’ve visited these monuments, your guide will escort you to the souks of Marrakech where you'll have a chance to visit the various artisans and to learn about their crafts. Your tour will end by mid-afternoon and you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore on your own.

Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ait Ben Haddou

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Kasbah Tizzarouine (or similar)

After breakfast, today, you will begin continue your adventure traveling over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass, reaching an altitude of nearly 7500 feet above sea level. They say that life is about the journey and not the destination and this is certainly true when you are on this road. There will be plenty of stops for tea and photographs as you take in the breathtaking vistas before arriving to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. If this impressive ksar looks familiar, it is because it has starred (or at least made an appearance) in many movies and TV shows including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. After your visit here, you'll follow the route of the old salt caravans along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs through the Valley of Roses to your accommodations for the night in Dades.

Full Day in the Valley of Roses

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Kasbah Tizzarouine (or similar)

This morning after breakfast, you’ll make the short drive to the “next valley over” to the heart of the Valley of Roses.  On the way, you can visit a local market and then go to the home of a local family where you can help to prepare lunch (or just relax) and then join the family for a traditional couscous lunch.  After lunch (and a little relaxation), you can explore a little more of the Valley either by car or by foot before heading back to your hotel in time for dinner.

Dades to Merzouga via Tinghir & Todgha Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Erg Chebbi Dunes
Accommodations: Bouchedor Luxury Camp (or similar)

After breakfast, you’ll make your way to nearby Todgha Gorge where you will have an opportunity to walk through the most impressive part of the canyon. Next, you will continue on to the city of Tinghir, where you will have a guided walk of the palmeraie and old Mellah (Jewish neighborhood). After your visit of Tinghir, you will continue on to the giant dunes of the Sahara where you will transfer to a more traditional mode of travel and make your way via camelback into the heart of the dunes to your oasis desert camp for the night. Upon your arrival, you can climb the nearest dune to watch the sunset and the stars come out. Dinner will be served at camp followed by traditional music and more stargazing. Whether you sleep in the warmth of your Berber tent or under the gazillion stars of the Sahara, this is likely to be a night that you will remember for a lifetime.

Merzouga to Midelt

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Midelt
Accommodations: Ksar Timnay (or similar)

Today you will want to wake up before dawn so that you can watch the sunrise over the quiet of the giant dunes. After this transcendental experience, had your breakfast, and prepared for your day, you will once again take to your ship of the desert (i.e. your camel) and trek back to the kasbah on the edge of the sand sea where breakfast will be served and you will have an opportunity to shower and prepare for the day. After breakfast and showers, you will leave the desert and return to the mountains as you travel along the Ziz Valley Gorge to Midelt which is located in between the High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountains and will be your stop for the night.

Midelt to Fes

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Fes
Accommodations: Riad Al Makan (or similar)

After breakfast you will continue in the Middle Atlas Mountains passing through the lush cedar groves of Morocco, home of the Atlas monkeys (aka Barbary Apes). You will have a chance to visit these little guys, but don't be surprised if they demand a toll paid in peanuts before allowing you to pass. After making friends with the "locals" you will continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Alpine-like village of Ifraine - known as "Little Switzerland". You'll make a quick stop here for coffee or tea and, perhaps, one of the delectable deserts offered at the main cafe. After a quick stop here, you'll make the relatively short drive to Fes and to your charming riad for the evening.

Full Day in Fes

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Fes
Accommodations: Riad Al Makan (or similar)

Today after breakfast, your local guide will meet you at your riad for a guided tour of the city. To start your tour, you will first go to the Royal Palce and then walked through the old Mellah (Jewish Quartier) of the city. From here, you will head to one of the Borj (towers) and get a panoramic view of the entire medina. Next, you’ll head to a mosaic house where you will have a demonstration of the traditional pottery methods utilized by Fassi artisans – you’ll see every step of the process from the formation of the clay to the piecing together of the mosaics. After this, the tour will take you into the medina of Fes where you will discover the ancient streets and neighborhoods, visit the various artisan sections (including the tanneries), and the important historic monuments (including the tomb of Idriss II and the Al-Qarawaiyin University - the oldest continually operated university in the world). Your tour will end after lunch at which time you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore the medina. Don’t worry if you get lost – that is all part of the experience.

Fes to Chefchaouen via Volubilis and Meknes

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Chefchaouen
Accommodations: Casa del Norte (or similar)

After breakfast, you will depart Fes and head north towards the famous blue city of Chefchaouen. On the way, you will stop to visit the ruins of the Roman outpost of Volubilis. Before the Romans came, Volubilis was an Amazigh city known as Oulili (pronounced wa-lee-lee) which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century and subsequently further damaged by Moulay Ismail’s architects (who used pieces to build the gates of the city of Meknes), it is still “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire", according to the UNESCO World Heritage listing. The city was reclaimed by the local Amazigh tribes around 235 AD and it was near here in the 8th Century that Idriss I established the first dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco. After a guided tour of Volubilis, you will stop for lunch at the nearby sacred city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun which is home to the Idriss I’s tomb. After lunch, you’ll head to the lessor known imperial city of Meknes. Your visit will begin by entering the old medina through the interesting gate of Bab Mansour, which incorporates marble pillars that were moved from the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Once inside the medina, you will visit the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail. It was under this eccentric ruler’s reign from 1672 to 1727 that Meknes served its time as the capital of Morocco. Next you will visit the impressive Agdal reservoir and Heri es-Souani, a former granary and stable that lay alongside the reservoir and which once housed 12,000 horses. After exploring Meknes, you’ll head to Chefchaouen for the night.

Chefchaouen

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Chefchaouen
Accommodations: Casa del Norte (or similar)

Today you will have the whole day free to explore this magical city and discover why it is called Morocco’s Blue Pearl. Optionally, you can head to nearby Akchour for a hike to the waterfall, Cascade d'Akchour.  The hike to the big waterfall is a somewhat challenging 10 miles round trip, but there are several smaller waterfalls along the way, so you can do as much or as little of the trail as you'd like.  If you choose to hike, you'll return to Chefchaouen by early afternoon and have the rest of the evening free to explore on your own.

Chefchaouen to Rabat

Meals: Breakfast, Meals
Overnight: Rabat
Accommodations: Hotel des Oudaias (or similar)

After breakfast, you will head to the current capital city of Morocco, Rabat, where you'll see the most important historic sites such as Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and Kasbah of the Udayas. After touring these sites, you'll have some free time to explore on your own before meeting up once again for one final dinner as a group.

Meals: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, you'll head back to Marrakech for your flight home. The tour will end at Marrakech airport at approximately 2 PM (14:00).  To be safe, your departing flight should be after 4 PM (16:00).

If you wish to depart from Casablanca Airport, a stop can be made there on the way to Marrakech (ETA 11:00 AM) free of charge. 

Dates & Prices


Please Note: Due to COVID-19, we have suspended group tours until June 2021. These trips are available for private tours at the same price (with a minimum of 2 passengers). Contact us for additional information.

June 2021

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Sat, Jun 19 - Wed, Jun 308+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Jul 24 - Wed, Aug 48+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Aug 28 - Wed, Sep 88+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Oct 9 - Wed, Oct 208+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Jan 8 - Wed, Jan 198+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Feb 26 - Wed, Mar 98+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Apr 16 - Wed, Apr 278+ Available$2244 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Jun 11 - Wed, Jun 228+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Thurs, Jul 28 - Mon, Aug 88+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

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Sat, Nov 5 - Wed, Nov 168+ Available$2040 USD

Price based on double occupancy. Private room supplement: $360 USD

Frequently Asked Questions


The tour meeting point is the first riad (listed in your finalized itinerary) in Marrakech.They will be expecting your arrival. We will meet in the lobby at 6:45 PM on your arrival day to head to the welcome dinner where you will have a chance to meet your fellow travelers and ask any question that you might have about the journey to come. Just look for the Morocco Immersion Sign.

Note: The meeting time may change depending on the arrival time of the majority of the participants. You will receive more details prior to your tour start date.

You can arrive any time on Day 1, but if you would like to the welcome dinner, please try to arrive prior to 6 PM. If you will be arriving later than that, just let us know.

Remember when you are booking your flights that most flights depart in the evening and arrive the following morning. Double check your flight to be sure that the arrival date is the same as the Tour Start Date.

This tour will end at the Marrakech (RAK) airport. The estimated arrival time is 2 PM (14:00).  If you prefer to depart from Casablanca Airport, a stop can be made there on the way back to Marrakech free of charge (ETA to Casablanca Airport is 11 AM).

Note: When booking your flights, be sure to allow time to check in and get through immigration and security.

This tour will start and end in Marrakech which makes the Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) the ideal place to fly in an out of. We will also provide complementary ground transfers to/from this airport.  We will also provide a free transfer on the departure day to Casablanca Airport, if you prefer to depart from there.

If you fly into Casablanca, we can arrange ground transfers to the Tour Meeting Point in Marrakech for an additional fee (per transfer).

No problem! We are happy to arrange accommodations and/or transfers if needed. Just let us know!

We are pleased to provide complementary ground transfers to/from the Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). We will ask for your flight information during the pre-Adventure registration process (after booking).  For this tour, we will also provide a complementary transfer to Casablanca Airport on the Tour End Date (Day 12) upon request.

Ground transfers from the airport in Casablanca to Marrakech on the Tour Start Date are available upon request for an additional fee. Contact us for more information.

We will operate this tour as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

12 participants. We are not a “big bus” tour operator and prefer to keep our group tours small so that you can truly experience Morocco’s rich culture and way of life.

Contact us! Groups of 6 or more qualify for special discounts and groups of 13 or more can be accommodated as a private tour (again, for special pricing).

Simply follow this book now link. We request a 30% deposit at the time of booking. The balance is due prior to the Tour Start Date.

After you book, you will be contacted by the Morocco Immersion Adventure Organizer who will guide you through the pre-Adventure registration process, keep you updated on any tour changes, and answer any questions you might have.

f we must cancel the tour due to a lack of participants, we will give you the following options:

  • Switch to a different tour.
  • Convert your tour to a private tour for an additional fee.
  • Refund 100% of your deposit and any other additional payments made to us.

We will not refund any loss not paid to us such as airfare change or cancellation costs. For that reason, we STRONGLY recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

If you cancel up to 14 days prior to your Tour Start Date, you will receive a credit for your deposit (for use on a subsequent trip) and any additional money paid shall be refunded. For cancellations made 14 or less before the in-country start date, no refund of or credit for the deposit will be given; however, any final payments made will be refunded until 1 day prior to the tour start date. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

If you must cancel your tour, please notify as soon as possible.

No, it is not required, but we strongly recommend it to cover any losses due to trip cancellation or interruption.  Travel insurance that includes medical evacuation is also advised as some areas of Morocco are remote and may lack proper medical facilities. 

Because we do highly recommend it, we have partnered with World Nomads to provide "one-stop-shopping" for your tour. You can check out our travel insurance page for a free quote today.

Yes! We will help you with that during the pre-tour registration process. If we are unable to find a roommate for you, we will ask you to pay a portion of the single/private room supplement (typically 50% roughly $17.50 USD per day) to cover the additional expense.

No vaccinations are currently required for travel to Morocco; however, it is generally advised that you be up to date on your normal vaccinations and consider vaccinations for Hep A and Typhoid to prevent food borne pathogens. For more information, you should contact a travel clinic or review the CDC guidelines for travel to the area.

There may be additional travel requirements due to COVID-19 (such as a negative PCR test prior to arrival). While we will advise to the best of our ability, it is your responsibility to make sure that you adhere to any additional requirements.

US Passport holders currently do not need a visa to travel to Morocco for a duration of less than 3 months for tourism purposes.  If you do require a visa, you are responsible for acquiring it.

It is your responsibility to acquire and bring required travel documents such as passport and visa (if applicable).  Be sure to put that on your packing list!  

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