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14 Day Magical Morocco Immersion

Blue City of Chefchaouen Magical
Blue Boats of Essaouira Magical
Cascade d’Ourika Magical
Giant Saharan Dunes Magical
High Atlas Mountains Magical
Todgha Gorge Magical

14 Days/13 Nights of Magical Morocco

Immerse yourself in the Magic of Morocco during this 14 day small group adventure that has it all: visits to the imperial cities, a camel trek in the Sahara, time with the locals, the mountains, PLUS Chefchaouen and Essaouira! All at an easy pace that gives you plenty of time to fully immerse in Morocco's magic!

April/May Tours include a special Valley of Roses Immersion: Pick rose petals with the locals and turn them into your own rose water at the local rose cooperative!


 

Trip Summary

2018 Dates and Prices
  • August 9 – 22:
    $2350 USD Per Person
    $490 USD Single Supplement
  • September 13 – 26:
    $2585 USD Per Person
    $539 USD Single Supplement
    Guaranteed Departure!
  • December 6 – 19:
    $2350 USD Per Person
    $490 USD Single Supplement
Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Welcome to Morocco (Rabat)
  • Day 2: Rabat – Chefchaouen
  • Day 3: Chefchaouen – Meknes
  • Day 4: Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
  • Day 5: Fes
  • Day 6: Fes – Midelt
  • Day 7: Midelt – Merzouga
  • Day 8: Merzouga – Dades
  • Day 9: Dades
  • Day 10: Dades – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
  • Day 11: Marrakech
  • Day 12: Marrakech OR Day Excursion to Ourika Valley
  • Day 13: Marrakech – Essaouira
  • Day 14: Bon Voyage (Transfer to Casablanca)
Includes
  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport (Casablanca)
  • Private Transportation
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Guided Tour of Rabat
  • Guided Tour of Meknes
  • Guided Tour of Fes
  • Guided Tour of Volubilis
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmaeraie
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • Camel Trek
  • Overnight Stay in Desert Camp
  • Lunch with Local Family
  • Local Rose Experience (April only)
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 13 Nights of Accommodations
  • 13 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 Morocco (Transfer to Rabat)

Welcome to Morocco! Your tour will start at the hotel in Rabat (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 Casablanca. Transfers from airport in Marrakech can be arranged for an additional fee.

Day 2: Rabat to Chefchaouen
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast you enjoy a tour of the current capital city of Morocco, Rabat. Your visit will include all of the important sites such as Hassan Tower, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and Kasbah of the Udayas. After you tour, you will continue to the Blue city of Chefchaouen. You’ll arrive here by mid afternoon and have time to explore this magical small city before returning to your riad for the evening.

Day 3: Chefchaouen to Meknes
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will have a little more time to explore Chefchaouen before departing for Meknes, another Imperial city. 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’ll have free time to spend in El Hadim Square before returning to your riad for the night.

Day 4: Meknes to Fes via Volubilis
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will head 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 (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 visit the nearby sacred city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun which is home to the Idriss I’s tomb. After visiting here, you will make the short drive to Fes where you will spend the night.

Day 5: 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 6: Fes to Midelt
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today after breakfast, you will make your way to the desert. You’ll travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains through Azrou and through the largest cedar forest in all of Africa. This is also home to the Atlas Monkeys (aka Barbary Apes) that are always entertaining. After visiting the monkeys, you’ll continue to the town of Midelt located on a plateau between the Middle and the High Atlas Mountains which will be your stop for the night.

Day 7: Midelt to Merzouga Camel Trek!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Merzouga and the great sand sea of the Sahara, Erg Chebbi. You’ll have a little time to relax and unwind from the days driving and just before sunset, you will climb aboard your camel and trek through the dunes to your Berber camp for the night. Once there you will watch the sunset and the stars come out. Dinner will be served and traditional music will be played while you lounge around the campfire gazing at the stars. When you are ready, you can retire to your tent for the night… or, if you wish, you can sleep under the stars.

Day 8: Merzouga to Dades Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will be awoken by your camel guide before dawn so that you can witness the breathtaking beauty of the Saharan sunrise. Afterwards, you will take your camels back to the kasbah on the edge of the dunes where breakfast will be served. You will also be given a room where you can shower and prepare for your day. After breakfast and showers, you will start the journey towards Marrakech. On the way, you’ll stop to visit the ancient irrigation system that once brought water all the way from the Saghro Mountains to the desert. Next, you will head to the town of Tinghir. Here you will have a guided walk of the oasis palmeraie before heading to nearby Todgha Gorge. You’ll have another opportunity to stretch your legs as you walk through the most impressive part of the gorge. From here you will make the short drive to the Dades Valley where you will stop for the night.

Day 9: Local Immersion in the Valley of Roses!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning and then you will have the opportunity to spend time with the locals.  You’ll head to the home of a local family for lunch.  If you would like, you can participate in the lunch preparations or just relax and visit with the family before enjoying a traditional Moroccan meal with them.  After lunch, you will have the option to visit a traditional Hammam OR discover a little of the nearby town center.  In the late afternoon, you will return back to your hotel for another delicious dinner.

*If the tour is in April or May, you’ll have a special local immersion: Pick roses with the locals and then take your petals to the local cooperative and make your own rose water.

Day 10: Dades to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will take the road of 1000 Kasbahs on your way to the city of Ouarzazate (pronounced: Wor-za-zet, also known as the Hollywood of Morocco). After passing through Ouarzazate you will make the short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. You’ll have a chance to explore this impressive ksar, before traveling over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka path, reaching an altitude of nearly 7500 feet above sea level. There will be plenty of stops for tea and photographs as you take in the breathtaking vistas before arriving in the evening to Marrakech.

Day 11: Marrakech Immersion!
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will meet your local city guide who will show you all around 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. In the evening, after your tour, you will be free to explore the Medina and Jemaa El F’na on your own.

Day 12: Free Day in Marrakech OR Day Excursion to Ourika Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you will either enjoy a free day in Marrakech on your own, or join a day excursion to Ourika Valley. Should you choose to go on the day excursion, your will depart your riad in Marrakech for at 9 AM for Ourika Valley, located 1.5 hours outside of Marrakech. On the way, you will see authentic 16th and 17th century Berber Villages in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. The sweeping vistas will include many agricultural terraces and unique reddish mountain landscapes. You will have lunch at a restaurant that is situated alongside the Ourika River. After lunch, you will visit Setti Fatma to take in the beauty of the seven waterfalls. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can climb to the topmost waterfall and enjoy the view. When you’re finished, you’ll make the short drive back to your riad in Marrakech for the evening.

Day 13: Marrakech to Essaouira
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, you will travel to the walled city of Essaouira, also known as Mogador from the Portuguese word meaning “wall”. Archeological evidence shows that this area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but the city as it is now was designed in the 18th century by the French engineer, Thédore Cornut. On the way to Essaouira, you will see groves of Argan trees from which Morocco’s liquid gold (argan oil) is produced with the unique help of local goats. You will arrive in the coastal city at 11:00 AM, just in time to make your way to the shore for a seafood lunch of freshly caught fish. Afterwards, you will have the afternoon to discover this beautiful city.

Day 14: Bon Voyage! (Transfer to Casablanca Airport)
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will transfer directly back to the Casablanca Airport, estimated arrival time of 1 PM (13:00).

Transfers to Marrakech can be arranged upon request for an additional fee.


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. 

 

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.  

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.  

Meknes: Riad D'or

This fabulous riad is located in the heart of the UNESCO designated medina of Meknes.  Originally built in 1791, this recently renovated riad maintains its traditional charm and provides comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and free wifi.  The riad terrace offers a perfect place to relax with a rooftop pool and a panoramic view of the city.

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.

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!

Merzouga: 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.

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!

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!

Essaouira: Riad Ben Atar

Located in the heart of the medina, this traditional Moroccan riad is just a short walk away from both the beach and the shops of the medina.  The rooftop terrace furnishes a place to relax and enjoy the breeze with spectacular views of the medina and the sea.  The comfortable rooms are a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.  Rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and televisions and there is free wifi that is accessible throughout the riad.


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 Hotel des Oudaias in Rabat. 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 Hotel des Oudaias in Rabat. 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 Casablanca Internation Airport (CMN). The estimated arrival time is 1 PM (13:00).

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

We recommend flying in and out of Casablanca for this tour and we will provide complementary ground transfers to/from this airport.

If you prefer to fly into Marrakech, we can arrange ground transfers for an additional fee (per transfer).

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

You will need to make your own arrangements for an extra night in Casablanca either before or after your tour.  You will also need to arrange your own ground transfers to and from the Tour Meeting and Ending Points.  Contact us with any questions.

Will ground transfers to and from the airport be provided?

We are pleased to provide complementary ground transfers to/from the Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport (CMN). We will ask for your flight information during the pre-Adventure registration process (after booking).

Ground transfers to/from the airport in Marrakech 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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