Detailed Itinerary: Majestic Morocco 9-Day “Highlights of Morocco” Small-Group Tour

 

 

 

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For questions on an upcoming tour contact ArchaeoAdventures’ Director, Genevieve Hathaway at [email protected] or by phone at +001 (425) 243-9357.

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Mountains, Medinas and the Mediterranean. Sahara, Souqs, Surfing. Camels, Crafts, Couscous. There are too many words to describe Morocco to boil it down to just a simple phrase. Morocco is a rich mix of Berber, Arab and French culture. A land as much defined by its geographic as by its people. Morocco is border in the east by the vast and desolate Sahara desert. On the west is the Mediterranean and in the north and center are a series of rugged mountain ranges. Whether an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, or excited to learn about a place through its history — Morocco has something for every traveler.

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Highlights:

  • Enjoy Marrakech‘s wild, crazy and highly entertaining Jemaa El FNA. By day acrobats, snake charmers, dancers and musicians wow the crowds and by night local restaurants have a cook off.
  • Explore the twisting medieval labyrinths connecting Fez‘s ancient souks, mosques, and medina — the most complete medieval city in the Arab World.
  • Travel through the High Atlas Mountains amongst snow-capped peaks and Berber tribes — the roof of North Africa.
  • Take a camel trek in the massive, rolling Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara desert, and camp under the stars in this dramatic and wild landscape.
  • Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina.
  • Explore Morocco in a small-group tour. Limited to 6 adventurous ladies.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech. You will be met at the airport by a member of our staff and driven to our historic riad near the famous Djemaa el-Fna square in the heart of Marrakech’s historic medina. Rest after your flight. Evening meeting at the hotel for a quick orientation and to prepare for tomorrow’s exciting day exploring Morocco’s Red City, Marrakech.

Day 2: Marrakech, Morocco’s Red City

We begin our first day in Marrakech with a walking tour of the Red City’s famous Medina. Explore the maze of colorful souqs, see the impressive Koutoubia Mosque with its imposing minaret, learn about Morocco’s history of education and scholars at the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, visit some of Marrakech’s most important kings at the Saadian Tombs, and enjoy the opulence of the stunning Bahia Palace. Experience the excitement and energy of the street performers at Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna square – including Morocco’s legendary Cobra tamers and storytellers. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the Medina on your own, practice your bargaining skills shopping for lovely gifts to take home with you, or relax in one of Marrakech’s many luxurious hammams (spa). In the evening, learn about Moroccan culture from two savvy and fun Moroccan ladies at ‘Kech Download.’ Now’s the chance to ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Moroccan culture and life. We will enjoy our welcome dinner at the lovely Café Clock.

(Included: B/D)

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Day 3: Ait Benhaddou, Dades Gorge, Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, The Sahara Desert

We check out of our hotel early and begin the drive across the High Atlas Mountains enroute to the famous Sahara desert. Termed the ‘Mountains of Mountains’ by Moroccan Berbers, the High Atlas mountains are the tallest mountain range in North Africa. A series of jagged, impressive peaks that split the country east to west, travel through this impressive scenery to the high plains around Skoura. Located on a key trade route with blue-robed Tuareg desert traders bringing through caravans of gold and spices in ancient times, Skoura is now famous for its ancient kasbahs and forests of palm groves. On our drive, we will stop by the stunning ancient, excellently preserved Almoravid kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Then we pass through the dramatic, rugged river valley of the Dades Gorge. We will pass through the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.’ Our day long roadtrip will end at the massive Erg Chebbi dunes, where the rocky western desert meets the sand of the Sahara.

(Included: B/D)

Day 4: Camel trek in the Sahara, Camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes

Join our trip leaders for an optional sunrise trek into the dunes. This a great excursion to photograph Erg Chebbi’s dunes in the soft glow of the morning sun or to quite take in the endless curving golden desert of the Sahara stretched out as far as the eye can see. Then its back to camp for breakfast before heading out on our mid-day camel trek. Camels have been the primary mode of transport in millennia. We reach our deep Sahara camp in time to enjoy a home-cooked Berber meal prepared by our guide. In the afternoon, explore the surrounding dunes. For dinner, we will again enjoy wonderful Berber cuisine prepared over the open fire. Without much light pollution, the skies in the Sahara are a swarth of stars. See if you can spot the southern constellations. It is also a great opportunity for nighttime photography enthusiasts.

(Included: B/L/D)

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Day 5: Travel to Fez

Enjoy dramatic views and vistas as we drive through the High Atlas and Middle Atlas mountain ranges traveling from the Sahara Desert to the ancient city of Fez.

(Included: B/D)

Day 6: Fez, Morocco’s Yellow City

Fez, Morocco’s Yellow city, is one of the oldest cities in world. Explore Fez’s ancient medina, getting lost in the maze of small laneways many of which date back 1200 years. Learn how Morocco’s crafts are made on our walking tour of Fez. There will be opportunities to take photographs of artisans at work. Listen to the melodious Call to Prayer echo off the ancient minarets and thick medina walls, while sipping Berber tea from one of the many café terraces overlooking the old city. Enjoy some free time to explore Fez on your own, shop for local crafts, photograph the ancient city, or relax in one of Fez’ many excellent hammams.

(Included: B/L)

Day 7: Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City

Today, we drive from Fez to the Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen. Located in a nook of the Rif Mountains, the tiny mountain town of Chefchaouen is Morocco’s Blue City. Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina. Enjoy sweet and savory chicken or vegetable pastilles, a famous local dish. Watch the sunset from the Spanish Mosque, high over Chefchaouen. The twinkling lights of the village illuminating the pastel blue buildings.

(Included: B/D)

Day 8: Casablanca, Morocco’s White City

From Chefchaouen we head to the coast and the white city of Casablanca. Marvel at the stunning Hassan II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, with its towering 210m-high minaret (the tallest in the world) and dramatic location on a rocky outcrop over the sea. Enjoy Casablanca’s cosmopolitan cafes, shops and waterfront promenade. Reminisce about our adventures at our farewell dinner at one of the very best Moroccan restaurants in Casablanca.

(Included: B/D)

Day 9: Depart for Home

After an amazing two weeks in Morocco, it is time to depart for home with a suitcase full of memories…and maybe a few mementos.

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NOTE: We do our best to follow this itinerary, but sites can close unexpectedly and without prior notice according to the discretion of the Moroccan government. Morocco is completing much needed restoration work, and at times this may effect or access to sites or parts of towns. In case of unexpected need to alter hotels, restaurants, treks or other in-country operators, we will substitute a company or experience of equal to greater value.

For questions about the tour please contact our tour director, Genevieve Hathaway at [email protected] or by phone +001 (425) 243-9357.


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