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Grand Immersion Tour

Experience all of the Highlights in this 12 Day Group Tour of Morocco

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Trip at a Glance:

2017 Tour Dates

February 10th – 23rd

April 16th – 27th

September 10th – 21st

November 5th – 16th


$1415 USD

per person


Premium 3/4 star accommodations in traditional riads and kasbahs

Daily Itinerary


Day 1: Transfer to Marrakech (Arrival)

Day 2: Marrakech

Day 3: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou

Day 4: Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Valley

Day 5: Dades Valley – El Khorbat

Day 6: El Khorbat – Merzouga (Camel Trek)

Day 7: Merzouga – Midelt

Day 8: Midelt – Fez

Day 9: Fez

Day10: Fez – Chefchaouen (via Volubilis & Meknes)

Day 11: Chefchaouen

Day 12: Transfer to Airport

Includes:
  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport
  • All Ground Transportation within Morocco
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • Guided Tour of Tinghir Palmeraie
  • Guided Tour of Fez
  • Guided Hike in Dades Valley (Monkey Fingers)
  • Guided Tour of Volubilis
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Camel Trek
  • Overnight Stay in Berber Tents
  • 11 Nights of Accommodation
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
Excludes:
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals not specified
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities

12 Day Morocco Group Tour Highlights:

  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • Guided Tour of Volubilis
  • Guided Tour of Fez
  • Camel Trek and Overnight in the Dunes of the Sahara
  • Visit of Local Market Day
  • Guided Hike in Dades Valley (Monkey Fingers)
  • Traditional Lunch with Local Family
  • Visit to Morocco’s Blue Pearl: Chefchaouen

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Marrakech
Meals included: Dinner

Today is your arrival day! You will be greeted at the airport and transferred directly to your hotel accommodations in Marrakech. Nothing is planned for today, so you will have a chance to unwind by the pool and recover from your jet lag. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner so that you can meet the other people in the group.

Day 2: Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, your adventure will begin as you spend the day with a local city guide who will show you the sights and sounds of Marrakech. Marrakech, also called the Red City because of the pink walls of the medina, served as the capital city during the rule of the Saadian Dynasty who ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659. 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. The tour will end in Jemaa El F’na, the busiest square in all of Africa, where you can watch the sun set over Marrakech and watch the square come to life. You will have some free time here to truly experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of Marrakech. You can have dinner at one of the many food stalls that pop up after dark or at a restaurant in the medina, before meeting back up with the group to head back to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou
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. You’ll have plenty of time to explore, since this is also your resting stop for the night

Day 4: Ait Ben Haddou to Dades Valley
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after 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 participate in a cooking class to learn how to make Moroccan couscous; otherwise, you will have an opportunity to explore the valley on foot. Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional couscous lunch with the family. After lunch you will continue to on to Dades Valley where will stay for the night. Here, you will have the option to do a little light hiking in the nearby rock formation known as the Monkey Fingers before dinner or, alternatively, you can just relax at the auberge.

Day 5: Dades Valley to El Khorbat
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 Ksar of El Khorbat where you will stay for the night. If you wish, you can visit the Museum of the Oases which is also located at the ksar.

Day 6: El Khorbat to Merzouga
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will continue your journey towards the dunes of Merzouga, stopping along the way to visit the ancient irrigation system that once brought water to the desert from the Saghro Mountains and the city of Rissani, the last sizable town before the dunes, where you will visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Chrif, the founder of the Alewite Dynasty (the current ruling family of Morocco). You will then complete the final stretch of the drive to one of the great sand seas of the Sahara, Erg Chebbi. You’ll arrive early enough to prepare for your camel trek into the heart of the dunes before sunset. Once you’ve reached your camp for the night, you can climb the nearest sand dune to watch the sun set and the stars rise. Dinner will be served before you retire to the warmth of you Berber tent.

Day 7: 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 8: Midelt to Fez
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 9: Fez
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 10: Fes to Chefchaouen
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.

Day 11: 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.

Day 12: Transfer to Casablanca Airport
Meals included: Breakfast

Departure day. After breakfast, you will transfer from Chefchaouen directly to the airport in Casablanca. (Please be sure to book your flight to depart from Casablanca in the afternoon or evening. If you must book an early departure or plan to fly out from a different airport, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange an additional night’s stay and/or alternative ground transportation to the airport. Also please note that this may incur additional cost.)

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Saghro Mountains

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Majorelle Garden in Marrakech

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Berber Village in the High Atlas Mountains

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Camel Trek Preparations

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Handicrafts, High Atlas Mountains

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Donkey Ride in Todgha Gorge

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Blue Gate in Fez

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$1415 USD per person (based on double occupancy)

Single Rooms are available for an additional $350 USD per person

2017 Tour Dates:


February 10th – 23rd

April 16th – 27th

September 10th – 21st

November 5th – 16th

Additional Information:

A deposit of 30% of your total trip cost is required to confirm your spot.  The balance can either be securely paid via credit card on our website prior to your departure, or upon your arrival in Morocco.

When booking your flights, please remember that the first date listed (for example, February 10th) is the day that you arrive in Morocco.  Note that flights from the US typically depart the evening before your arrival day.

See above for trip inclusions and exclusions.

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