Discover the highlights of Morocco from the North to the South in just 8 days. This immersion begins in Tangier and ends in Marrakech with Chefchaouen, Fes, a camel trek in the desert, and UNESCO World Heritage sites in between. Planning to combine a vacation in Spain with Morocco? Then this group tour is perfect!
You can arrive anytime this morning by plane, train, or ferry. Whichever method of travel you choose, please arrive by 10 AM and be prepared for an 11 AM departure from Tangier to the Blue Pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen.
Upon your arrival to Chefchaouen, you will embark on an orientation walk and then have time to explore a bit on your own before re-grouping for our welcome dinner.
Note: If you are not able to arrive to Tangier by 10 AM, we can arrange an overnight stay in Tangier the previous evening for an additional fee.
Accommodations: Riad Hicham (or similar)
After breakfast, you will depart Chefchaouen and head south towards Fes. 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 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 make the short drive to Fes where you will stop for the night. Dinner will be available and included tonight at your riad tonight.
Important note that the majority of the monuments in Meknes are currently under extensive restoration for the foreseeable future, so the tour here may be skipped or very limited.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Accommodations: Riad al Makan (or similar)
After breakfast, you will depart from Fes head to the desert. On the way, you will travel through the largest cedar forest in Africa which is also home to the barbary apes (aka Atlas Monkeys) which are sure to entertain. You’ll cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt located on the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas Mountains where you will stop for lunch before continuing over the High Atlas Mountains via the Ziz River Gorge to the large dunes of Erg Chebbi. You’ll arrive before sunset and meet your camels and trek into the heart of the dunes to your luxury camp for the night. Once you arrive, you can climb the nearest dune to watch the sun go down and the stars come out. Dinner will be served at camp, followed by traditional music, and more stargazing.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Merzouga Dunes Luxury Dunes (or similar)
This morning, you will want to wake early so that you can watch the sun rise over the dunes. After watching the sunrise, breakfast will be served at camp and you’ll have time to shower and prepare for your day before taking to your camels on more time to trek back to the edge of the dunes and transfer back to your more conventional transportation. From here, you’ll head to the breathtaking Dades Gorge. Along the way, you’ll stop to search for fossils and visit the ancient irrigation system that once brought water to the desert from the distant Saghro Mountains. After this, you’ll head to the oasis town of Tinghir where you will have a guided walk of the palmeraie and Mellah (old Jewish area). Next, you’ll visit nearby Todgha Gorge where you will walk through the most impressive part of the canyon. After this, you’ll head to the beautiful Dades Valley to your accommodations for the night. Dinner will be served here.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Chez Ichou (or similar)
Following breakfast, you will make your way back to Marrakech traveling on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs. You’ll take a slightly different route and stop along the way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou located just outside of Ouarzazate. 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, The Jewel of the Nile, and Game of Thrones. After exploring and having lunch, you will travel along the route of the Old Salt Caravan in the Ounilla Valley past the Glaoui Kasbah of Telouet. If time permits, you may stop for a quick tour before traveling once again over the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains and back to your riad in Marrakech where you will enjoy one final dinner together as a group.
Accommodations: Riad Nesma (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. You’ll regroup one last time this evening for a farewell dinner.
Accommodations: Riad Nesma (or similar)
This morning after breakfast, depending on your departure time, you may have some free time to explore Marrakech on your own before transferring to the Marrakech Airport in plenty of time of your departing flight.
Transfers to Casablanca Airport can be arranged upon request for an additional fee.
DATES & RATES
*Price listed is based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for an additional fee of $320 USD per person.
|Departure Date||Adult Price||Child Price||Book Now!|
|Aug 5 -12, 2023||$1650 USD||$1237.50 USD||Book Now!|
|Dec 16 - 22, 2023|
|$1650 USD||$1237.50 USD||Book Now!|
*Please note that the majority of the monuments in Meknes are currently under extensive restoration for the foreseeable future, so the tour here may be skipped or very limited.
Where should I meet the tour group on arrival day?
The tour will start at your entry point at 11 AM. We will coordinate the arrivals depending on how the participants are arriving to Tangier.
Note: The meeting time and place 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 the first day?
Please arrive in Tangier by 10 AM so that you will be prepared for an 11 AM departure to Chefchaouen. If you are unable to arrive by then, please arrive on the day prior to the start of the tour. Just let us know if you would like us to help you arrange a place to stay.
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 when does this tour end?
This tour will end in Marrakech on Day 8. You can depart anytime today.
Note: Transfers to Marrakech Airport are complimentary. Transfers to Casablanca Airport can be arranged upon request for an additional fee.
Which airport should I fly in and out of?
We recommend flying in to Tangier and out of Marrakech for this tour and we will provide complementary ground transfers to/from there. If you are combining Spain with this trip, you may wish to take the ferry – when arriving by ferry, Tangier Ville port is the best arrival point.
If you prefer to out of Casablanca, we can arrange ground transfers for an additional fee (per transfer).
What if I would like to spend extra time in Morocco before or after my tour?
No problem! We are happy to arrange accommodations and/or transfers if needed. Just let us know!
Will ground transfers be provided to/from the airport?
We are pleased to provide complementary ground transfers upon your arrival from the airport or ferry port in Tangier. For your departure, we will provide a complementary transfer to the airport in Marrakech.
Transfers to/from Casablanca can be arranged for an additional fee.
What is the minimum number of participants for this tour?
We will operate this tour as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
What is the maximum number of participants for this tour?
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.
What if I have a large group that would like to do this tour?
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).
I am ready to go! How to a book this tour?
Simply follow this book now link. We request a 20% 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 this tour and then the tour does not get the minimum number of participants?
If we must cancel the tour due to a lack of participants, we will give you the following options:
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 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.
Is travel insurance required?
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.
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-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 $20 USD per day) to cover the additional expense.
Will I need any vaccinations to travel to Morocco?
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 are currently no COVID related entry requirements. If this should change, we will let you know.
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!