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12 Day Classic Morocco Immersion

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12 Days/10 Nights of Morocco's Must Sees

This classic Morocco Immersion group tour hits all of the highlights. You'll visit the Imperial Cities, the mountains, the desert, Chefchaouen and more. It covers a lot of ground in 12 days, but the pace is slow enough to turn all of Morocco's "Must Sees" into an experience.

In April/May, this tour includes a special local immersion in the Valley of Roses: pick petals with the locals and then turn the petals into your own bottle of rose water at a local cooperative.


 

Trip Summary

2018 Dates and Prices
  • March 17 – 28:
    $1990 USD Per Person
    $420 USD Single Supplement
    Guaranteed Departure!
  • May 5 -16:
    $2189 USD Per Person
    $462 USD Single Supplement
  • July 14 – 25:
    $1990 USD Per Person
    $420 USD Single Supplement
  • September 22 – October 3:
    $2189 USD Per Person
    $462 USD Single Supplement
  • November 3 – 14:
    $1990 USD Per Person
    $420 USD Single Supplement
Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Welcome to Morocco (Marrakech)
  • Day 2: Marrakech
  • Day 3: Marrakech – Dades
  • Day 4: Dades
  • Day 5: Dades – Tinghir – Merzouga
  • Day 6: Merzouga – Midelt
  • Day 7: Midelt – Fes
  • Day 8: Fes
  • Day 9: Fes – Meknes – Volubils – Chefchaouen
  • Day 10: Chefchaouen
  • Day 11: Chefchaouen – Rabat
  • Day 12: Au Revoir (Transfer to Marrakech)
Includes
  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport (Marrakech)
  • Private Transportation
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • Guided Tour of Tinghir Palmeraie
  • Guided Tour of Fes
  • Guided Tour of Volubilis
  • Guided Tour of Meknes
  • Camel Trek
  • Overnight Stay in Desert Camp
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 11 Nights of Accommodations
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
Excludes
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals other than specified
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech
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, there will be a tour meeting and an opportunity for you to meet your fellow adventurers.

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

Day 2: Marrakech Immersion!
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast today, you will meet your local city guide for a tour of Marrakech. Your tour will include visits to the old Ben Youssef Madrasa, El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque. After you’ve visited these monuments, your guide will escort you to the souks of Marrakech to see how artisans still use traditional methods for their handicrafts today. Your tour will end in the famed square of Jemaa El F’na. This is the busiest square in all of Africa and it only comes alive after dark. You’ll have free time to watch the action from a cafe terrace or wade into the sea of excitement to experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of Marrakech.  Your riad is located less than a minute away from the square, so when you’ve had your fill you can head back to relax for the evening.  

Day 3: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Road of 1000 Kasbahs through the Valley of Roses to your accommodations for the night in Dades.

Day 4: Dades Valley Local Immersion!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after a leisurely breakfast, you will make a short drive into the heart of the Valley of the Roses where you will spend the day with a local family. If you wish, you can help with the lunch preparations; otherwise, you can just relax and visit with the family before enjoying a traditional meal with the family. After lunch, you’ll have the option to have Henna applied OR visit a local traditional hammam. Those who opt out of the Hammam experience can do a little exploration of the village.

Tours when the roses are in bloom (April and May) will include an opportunity to pick roses with the locals and then take your petals to the local cooperative to turn them into your own bottle of rose water.

Day 5: Dades to Camel Trek in the Sahara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6: Merzouga to Midelt
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today your camel guide will wake you before dawn so that you can watch the sunrise over the giant dunes. Afterwards, 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.

Day 7: Midelt to Fes
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 may have seen one or two of these monkeys in Jemaa El F’na, but now you will get to a chance to see them in their natural habitat before continuing the rest of the way to the imperial city of Fez.

Day 8: Fes Immersion!
Meals Included: Breakfast

No driving today! Your day will begin, as always, with breakfast after which you will explore the imperial city of Fez. This ancient city was actually originally two separate ones. The first, Fas Elbali, was founded by Idriss I in 789 AD and the second, Al-‘Aliya was founded by his son, Idriss II, in 808 AD and under his rule this city served as his seat of power thereby replacing Oulili as the capital of Morocco. In 1070 AD, the two cities were combined and renamed to Fes. The tour will take you into the medina of Fez through Bab Boujloud (the Blue Gate), where you will discover the ancient streets and neighborhoods, as well as Al-Qarawaiyin University. Founded in 864 AD and still in operation today, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest continually operated university in the world. After discovering all that the Medina has to offer, you will be taken to get a high up panoramic view of the old city before returning to your riad for the evening.

Day 9: Fes to Chefchaouen via Volubilis & Meknes
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, after breakfast, you will start your last full day of your Morocco tour. You will bid farewell to Fes and make your way to the Roman ruins 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, 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. After exploring the ruins, you will continue on to another imperial city: Meknes. Your visit will begin by entering the old medina through the beautiful 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 his 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 (built under the reign of Moulay Ismail) and Heri es-Souani, a former granary and stable that lay alongside the reservoir. After exploring these sites, you will continue the drive to Morocco’s Blue Pearl, aka Chefchaouen, where you stop for the night. This is an tour-filled day, but don’t worry… tomorrow you will have a day of leisure to recover.

Day 10: Blue City Immersion (Chefchaouen)!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you will have the entire day free to explore this magical city and discover why it is called Morocco’s Blue Pearl. OPTION: Spend the morning hiking nearby to Cascade d’Akchour.

Day 11: Chefchaouen to Rabat
Meals Included: Breakfast

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. Your hotel is located just a couple of blocks away and convenient to many shops and restaurants.

Day 12: Au Revoir (Transfer to Marrakech)!
Meals Included: 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. 


Accommodations

Whenever possible, we prefer to use locally owned and operated accommodations that are hand picked by us.  The following list represents our preferred accommodations for this tour, but these may change depending on the group size and availability.  Substitute accommodations will be at least the same level of comfort as the ones listed below. 

 

Marrakech: Riad Mabrouk

This fabulous riad will be your meeting point for this tour.  Located in the medina and a 1 minute walk from Jemaa El F'na, this traditional guest house boasts amazing views of Marrakech from its rooftop terrace.  The rooftop terrace is also where you'll find a dipping pool -- perfect for cooling off after a long day of discovering Morocco.  No need to save leg power to climb steps -- the newly installed elevator will make getting to the terrace and your room a breeze.   Speaking of your room, the guest rooms all have air conditioning, a safe, a minibar, and a television.  The en suite bathrooms are furnished with toiletries and hair dryers.  And since there is free wifi, you'll be able to post all of your photos of magical Marrakech.

There We love staying here.  The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the service for our adventurers is impeccable.  It is the perfect place to start your Morocco Immersion!

Dades: Auberge la Vallée des Figues

Another one of our favorite places in Morocco, this warm guest house has clean and comfortable rooms decorated with a traditional Berber aesthetic.  All of the rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning, and some have private terraces.  The Dades Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful area and the main terrace offers spectacular views of the valley and the opposite mountain into which time, wind, and rain has carved a face.  But the best part of this guest house is the family that owns and operates it who make you feel welcome and take care of all of your needs.  Should you want to go for a hike in the nearby Monkey Fingers, one of the guys will be happy to guide the way.  And the food here is delicious, plentiful, and served with an extra helping of the hospitality for which Moroccans are famous!

Erg Chebbi: Hotel Yasmina Merzouga

Another of our favorites, this hotel is situated right on the edge of the giant dunes of Merzouga.  The comfortable rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.  There is a large terrace in the common area which is the perfect place for tea upon your arrival or prior to your camel trek.  Or, if you prefer, you can have your tea by their beautiful pool.  

Yasmina's standard desert camps are located in the heart of the big dunes.  The tents have electricity and comfortable mattresses with plenty of warm blankets.  Of course, if the weather is nice, you may prefer to bring your mattress outside and sleep under the stars.  The standard tents are not en suite, but there is a tent that houses multiple flushing toilets and sinks with running water.  In the morning, you'll camel trek back to the hotel where you will have time to shower and prepare for your day.

Midelt: Ksar Timnay

Owned and operated by the former director of the regional tourism ministry and Amazigh activist, Ksar Timnay is more than just a hotel.  It is also a culture center for the local people.  You'll be comfortable here as the guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning an en suite bathrooms.  The hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool and free wifi and it is located next to an ecological park (15 minutes by foot) perfect for stretching your legs.  Since this is a place where artists and musicians gather, don't be surprised if a party breaks out after dinner!

Fes: Riad Al-Makan

Your immersion into the history of Fes will be complete when you return to this 17th century traditional riad.  Ideally situated inside the medina near the famous Blue Gate, this gorgeous riad serves as your home base for exploring the winding alleys of this ancient city.  And don't worry... you will be able to enjoy the traditional Moroccan features from hand-carved wood and plaster to mosaic tiles without giving up modern conveniences like air conditioning, en suite bathrooms, and free wifi!  The riad also features a sun terrace with breathtaking views of the city.

Chefchaouen: Hotel Al-Khalifa

This boutique hotel situated on a hill just outside of the medina offers panoramic views of this beautiful small city.  Just a 10 minute walk from the main square, this warm and friendly guest house provides an excellent base for your Chefchaouen explorations.  And, like all of our accommodations, the rooms are clean and comfortable and include en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Free wifi is also available here.  

Rabat: Hotel des Oudaias

This charming hotel originally opened in 1918 as L’Hôtel des Oudaias dit Transatlantique and is itself immersed in the history of the current capital city of Rabat.  Hotel amenities include free wifi and air conditioning.  The en suite bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers, bathrobes, and even slippers.  Situated just a couple of blocks away from the Kasbah of the Udayas with many shops and restaurants within walking distance, the terrace boasts amazing views of the Kasbah, the ocean, and the Bou Regreg River.  The interior with its mix of traditional Moroccan and French aesthetic won't disappoint either.  

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about this tour and visiting Morocco. If you don't see the answer to your question, feel free to give us a call or contact us using the form below.

 

Where should I meet the tour group on arrival day?

The tour meeting point is Riad Mabrouk in Marrakech.They will be expecting your arrival. We will meet on the rooftop terrace at 7 PM on your arrival day to answer any questions and give you a chance to meet your fellow adventurers. 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.

What time should I arrive on the first day?

You can arrive any time on Day 1, as there are no set activities until the tour meeting at 7 PM (19:00) on the rooftop terrace at Riad Mabrouk in Marrakech. If you will be arriving later than 7 PM, 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.
Where and what time does this tour end?

This tour will end at the Marrakech (RAK) airport. The estimated arrival time is 2 PM (13:00).  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).

When selecting your departing flight,be sure to allow time for check in and security. Departing flights from Marrakech should be after 4 PM (16:00).  Flights out of Casablanca should be after 1:30 PM (13:30).
Which airport should I fly in and out of?

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 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).

What if I want to stay in Marrakech an extra night before or after my tour?

No problem. Just select the appropriate option when booking. If you would like a single room, be sure to add the single supplement.

Will ground transfers to and from the airport be provided?

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.

What is the minimum number of Adventurers for this tour?

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

What is the maximum number of Adventurers for this tour?

Maximum: 16 PAX. 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.

What if I have a large group that would like to do this tour?

Contact us! Groups of 10 or more qualify for special discounts and groups of 17 or more can be accommodated as a private tour (again for special pricing).

I'm ready to go! How do I book this adventure?

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.

What if I book and then the tour does not get the minimum number of Adventurers?

If 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.
What if I need to cancel after I have booked?

If you cancel 36 days prior to your Tour Start Date, we will refund 80% of your tour deposit and 100% of any additional monies paid to us.  Cancelling 35 or fewer days prior to your Tour Start Date will result in 100% loss of your deposit, but any additional monies paid to us will be refunded.  No monies will be refunded by us for no shows or trip interruptions.  Our complete cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.

If you must cancel for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible.

Is travel insurance required?

No, it is not require, 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.  Please be sure to thoroughly review our terms and conditions.

I am a solo traveler, but would like to share a room. Can you help me find a roommate?

Yes!  We will help you with that during the pre-Adventure registration process.

Will I need any vaccinations to travel to Morocco?

No vaccinations are 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.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Morocco?

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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