Majestic Morocco Tour
October 3-13, 2019
min 6/max 8
Highlights of Morocco Tour:
- Enjoy Marrakech‘s wild 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.
- Hike through the lush valleys of the Rif Mountains , along traditional herder paths and through small mountain villages.
- Explore Morocco with a small-group tour of like-minded travelers. Limited to 8 adventurous travelers (co-ed, female and male travelers welcome).
Majestic Morocco in 11 Days
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 bordered 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. Join us on a tour and find out what Morocco has to offer you.
Morocco in all its glory! Oct 3-13, 2018 If you've always wanted to experience Morocco, then this is the trip for you! My three friends and I went on the Archaeo Adventures Majestic Morocco trip in Oct 2018 and had the time of... read moreThrine3000
10 day tour included Marrakech, Fez, Chefchaouen, Atlas mountains and overnight Camel trip to a Berber oasis camp. The trip was more than I expected in every way, starting with the Riads (small hotels inside the ancient Medinas). Beautiful architecture, great breakfasts/ dinners. The owners/staff made us feel totally welcome. We felt truly... read moreJhathaway1
Amazing tour of Morocco Morocco had been on my must-go list for a very long time but with so little time to plan or do research, ArcheoAdventures was a godsend. The tour was very well planned…. I am amazed... read more201cathy724
Experience the heart and soul of Morocco with this first rate tour! The Archaeoadventures team showed us the heart and soul of Morocco. Through the fascinating food tour in Marrakech and the marvelous artisan tour of Fes, the adventurous camel trek out in the Sahara Desert and... read moreteresa22018
An unforgettable introduction to a beautiful country My trip to Morocco with ArchaeoAdventures was the tour of a lifetime. We saw and did so much over a relatively short time, and everywhere we went, we were met with stunning scenery and helpful... read moreeclawson
Single Supplement: US$670
Dates: September 19-29, October 3-13, 2019
Min. Num. Travelers: 6
Max. Num. Travelers: 8
Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Note: This trip is co-ed, open to both female and male travelers.
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
Arrive in Marrakech. You will be met at the airport and driven to our beautiful riad near the famous Djemaa el-Fna square in the heart of Marrakech’s historic medina. There will be an optional activity to watch the sunset at the Djemaa el-Fna.
Day 2: Marrakech, Morocco
We begin our first day in Marrakech with a walking tour of the Red City’s famous medina. Experience the excitement and energy of the street performers at Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna square – including Morocco’s legendary storytellers. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the Medina on your own. In the evening, learn about Moroccan culture and food on our fun and immersive Marrakech Food Tour.
Day 3: Ait Benhaddou, High-Altitude Kasbahs, the High Atlas Mountains
Drive across the High Atlas Mountains enroute to the famous Sahara desert. Explore the once opulent Telouet Kasbah, many rooms still retaining their gorgeous mosaic work and craftsmanship. Stay at a modern kasbah turned guesthouse and enjoy traditional homecooked Berber-style meal.
Day 4: Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, The Sahara Desert
Visit the stunning, ancient, excellently preserved Almoravid kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Drive the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’. Our two-day roadtrip will end at the massive Erg Chebbi dunes, where the rocky western desert meets the sand of the Sahara. Spend the evening at a desert lodge on the dunelines.
Day 5: Camel trek in the Sahara, Camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Join our trip leader for an optional sunrise trek into the dunes. Camel Trek through the Sahara to our desert camp. Enjoy sunset from atop a dune with sweeping views of the Sahara.
Day 6: Travel to Fez
We wake at dawn to watch the sunrise over the Sahara, then trek with the camels back to our cozy hotel on the duneline. We head north to Fez. Enjoy dramatic views and vistas as we drive through the High Atlas and Middle Atlas mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop in the Middle Atlas to spot the endangered Barbary macaque monkeys. Arriving at Fez in the late afternoon, we will enjoy classic Fesi dishes for dinner at our lovely riad. Stay in a beautifully restored 14th century riad.
Day 7: 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. 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.
Day 8: Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City
Visit the quaint village of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City. Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the bluewashed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina. Watch the sunset from the Spanish Mosque, high over Chefchaouen.
Day 9: Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City & Hike in the Rif Mountains
Chefchaouen, with its picturesque pastel blue medina and quaint little mountain town, is a wonderful place to linger. Enjoy a free day to explore this Moroccan-Andalusian town. There will be an optional hike offered through the Rif Mountains.
Day 10: Casablanca, Morocco’ s White City
We wrap up our time in Morocco with Casablanca, the White City. Marvel at the modern architectural wonder of the colossal Hassan II Mosque with the tallest minaret in the world. Reminisce about our adventures at our farewell dinner in Casablanca.
Day 11: Casablanca
Transfer to the Mohammed V International Airport for your flight home.
Note: Itineraries are subject to change: Traveling in developing and growing nations can come with many surprises and unexpected challenges. We try to be flexible to take advantage of opportunities that arise and any changing situations, so we can give you the best possible experience on the tour. Changes to the itinerary are not cause for a refund. We do our best to follow this itinerary, but sites can close unexpectedly and without prior notice according to the discretion of the government. Itineraries, transportation and hotels are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, operating conditions, government decisions or numerous other reasons beyond our control. The guide retains the right to change the itinerary for safety and convenience of the travelers. We do our best to follow the laidout itinerary, but sometimes unforeseeable situations arise. Traveling in developing nations, transportation, hotels, restaurants and sites can close with little warning due to continuous growth and change.
For questions about the tour please contact our helpful staff at [email protected] or by phone +001 (856) 272-4236
- Small group of 6-8 like-minded, adventurous travelers. This small-group tour provides an intimate and personal experience in Morocco.
- Full-time knowledgeable, engaging professional local expert ArchaeoAdventures female Principal guide (who was also act as Tour Leader) and female expert local day guides who will bring to life Morocco’s rich, complex and important history, as well as, help you understand Morocco and its culture from a female perspective. Our local guides will help us experience Morocco as locals. Come as a traveler and leave as a local. [Note: Only a few women guide groups around the entire country. If our female guide has to cancel for an emergency we may need to substitute a male guide due to the shortage of female guides in this role.]
- Guided half-day walking tours of the Marrakech and Fez medinas.
- All site entrance fees, tours and admissions – at no extra cost. This includes admission fees to the Bahia Palace, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakech’s Medersa, Fez’ Tanneries. (Sites may be subject to change. 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.)
- Overnight camel trek in the Sahara desert.
- Overnight at a modern-day kasbah guesthouse with Berber influences.
- Marrakech evening Food and Culture Tour.
- Breakfasts, and many lunches and dinners. See itinerary for which lunches and dinners are not included in the cost. A few lunches and dinners are not included to give our travelers more freedom to try a wider range of Morocco’s wonderful cuisine and have free time to explore.
- All Tour in-country transportation including all ground transportation while on tour, transportation to and from the airport, and all camel treks.
- Historic, comfortable, boutique hotels and riads each with their own story and place in history. While in the Sahara we will camp in Berber tents.
- No in-country cash payment. Many tour companies require in-country cash payments. This is a way to keep the initial tour price appearing low, while you actually pay a much higher price for the tour. We believe in the costs being upfront and no hidden fees. We include all tour costs in the listed price.
- Optional single supplement. Looking to bunk by yourself in your own room? We’ve included a number of single rooms for an additional fee.
- Free time. We know how important it can be to have a little time built in for you to explore on your own or simply take a moment to relax. We’ve carefully planned our tours to provide you a balance between structured travel and free time. We offer free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen, as well as, some time to explore the dunes around our Sahara camp.
- Flights to and from Morocco. (Note we begin the tour in Marrakech and end in Casablanca.)
- Beverage purchases at meals. Water will be provided at meals. Travelers are responsible for additional beverages.
- Any additional days travelers wish to stay in Marrakech or Casablanca.
- Any alcoholic beverage purchases.
- Bottled water and snacks. We recommended budgeting $5 per day for bottled water and snacks.
- Activities and events during free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen – including opportunities to explore the medinas, visit additional sites, relax at the hammams (Moroccan spa), and shop for local handcrafts.
- Selected lunches and dinners. See the Detailed Itinerary for which lunches and dinners are not included. We recommended budgeting $15-$20 for lunches and $20-25 for dinners.
- Meals on arrival day. Lunch and dinner on departure day.
- Tips for day guides, main guide, driver, camel guide, camp staff, restaurants not included in the tour, transfer drivers. Please see tipping guidelines for recommended amounts.
- Visa (purchased at the airport when you arrive in Morocco).
- Traveler’s Insurances. Plans usually start at $80 and can cost as much as $500 depending on the extent of the coverage you wish to have. Check with your health insurance company regarding if they cover illness overseas and how to file a claim if you are sick overseas. Not all insurance companies cover overseas illness. We require all travelers to be fully covered for medical coverage and trip cancellation.
Only the deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your spot on this tour.
Our tour prices are an excellent value and a good investment, while also reflecting our beliefs in responsible travel. We believe that part of responsible tourism, of traveling with intention and being accountable for our choices, is using the economic power of travel to employ qualified and talented local women guides, tourism professionals and help local communities through good tourism jobs. When you book a trip with ArchaeoAdventures you are actively helping economically empower local communities and local tourism professionals in Morocco.
Deposit: The deposit to secure your spot on this tour is 15% of the total tour cost (including single supplement rate and any extras or add-ons purchased through ArchaeoAdventures). Your deposit is refundable for 30 days from the date your deposit was paid. After 30 days your deposit is no longer refundable and will be forfeited if you cancel your tour booking. Deposits placed 60 days – 90 days before your tour departs are nonrefundable.
Payment is due in full 60 days prior to the departure date (unless otherwise noted):
Sept 19-29, 2019 Tour payment is due in full July 21, 2019
Oct 3-13, 2019 Tour payment is due in full August 4, 2019
No refunds will be issued once tour payment is due in full. Late payments will accrue a 10% late fee of the total tour cost per day on overdue payment. Overdue fees begin to accrue the day after final payment is due. If payment in full is not received within 7 days after final payment is due, the traveler forfeits their spot on the tour.
Returning Tour Member Discount: Returning Tour Members receive $50 discount per ArchaeoAdventures Tour they have participated on. (i.e. Went on 2 ArchaeoAdventures Tours. Received $100 off the next tour.)
Tipping: Tipping is a common cultural practice throughout the entire Middle East and North Africa. It’s a cultural practice throughout the region to tip small amounts for a variety of services. On your travels, notice the locals tipping each other for everything from opening a tomb to helping with carrying a fridge up flights of stairs. It’s an exchange of resources, a way to connect with a local community, and a way to show gratitude. Tipping is usually small amounts of money, but it’s deeply appreciated by the individual – more for what it symbolizes. For your Jordan Tour we have provided the following tipping guidelines. What you tip though is at your discretion. These are guidelines of rates if you were happy with the service provided. Tips can be given in USD, Euros or local currency. In Morocco, generally guides and drivers prefer Dirhams (MAD), but USD and Euros can be given.
Tips (amounts below are per person and in Moroccan Dirhams, MAD):
- Day Guides: 10-12 MAD
- Main Guide/Tour Leader: 30-40 MAD/day for a great job
- Driver: 20-25 MAD/day for a great job
- Camel Guide: 17-20 MAD
- Camp Staff: 25-28 MAD for entire camp staff (you can pool the tips and give it to one member of the camp staff, they will split it amongst everyone)
- Restaurant Staff: 10% tip on meals not included in the tour
- Airport Transfer Drivers: 30-40 Dirham for the group in the transfer
Can you enjoy traveling in a developing nation? Morocco is a developing nation that has been steadily moving through a fast period of growth and change. It’s an exciting and fascinating time to experience Morocco. As a developing nation many services, systems and levels of environmental cleanliness are not the same as they are in Europe and the States. While exploring the country you will see pollution, poverty, overcrowded cities, and sadly malnourished people and animals. You will also see a Morocco working hard toward finding its way forward and finding solution for its economic, social and political challenges. You will experience the stunning ancient Berber culture and traditions, learn about Morocco’s fascinating Islamic, Moorish and French history, meet friendly locals, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Moroccans, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, High Atlas Mountains and Moroccan coastline.
This trip requires moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone, hills, sand dunes and in the heat unassisted. Some days you may be on your feet for the majority of the day with only short breaks. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. This trip is not appropriate for travelers using walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, or who cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while visiting sites and walking around museums. This tour is also not suitable for travelers with back problems. Our tours often involve a number of hours outside in hot temperatures (70 – 85F, some trips as high as 90s Fahrenheit).
In the Sahara, we ride camels 1.5 hours to our Bedouin camps. There we sleep on mattresses (with clean bedding) on simple bed frames. NOTE: We stay overnight at a wild camp under the stars in Berber tents in the Sahara. For this 1 night there is no running water and very basic toilet facilities. The Bedouins call this wild camping and the experience of spending the night deep in the Sahara far from civilization is an extraordinary experience!
If you do not think you’ll be able to meet this level of activity requirement, or you have any questions or concerns please email our helpful staff at [email protected]
This is an active tour. We recommend that you be comfortable being on your feet for many hours and being able to hike up hill, over rough terrain for 1.5-2 hours. This trip requires moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone, sand dunes and in the heat unassisted. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. This trip is not appropriate for travelers using walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, or who cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while visiting sites, on walking tours of old medinas and walking around museums. Our tours often involve a number of hours outside in hot temperatures (70F – 85F, some trips as high as 90s Fahrenheit). In the Sahara, we ride camels 1.5 hours to our Bedouin camps.
If you do not think you’ll be able to meet this level of activity requirement, or you have any questions or concerns please email our helpful staff at [email protected]
We run low impact, eco-friendly, sustainable tours. We leave no traces behind, reduce plastic use and leave as small a foot print as possible with our tours. And we ask our travelers to join us in this effort – contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people, wildlife and culture. All our local guides and staff are properly employed, licensed and properly equipped and trained. We utilized local products and focus on economic benefits to local communities, as well as always considering and minimize the negative impact our tours have on the land and local communities. We are growing our efforts to reduce plastic water bottle use, working with our in-country teams to find creative ways to explore countries sustainably and with as little plastic waste as possible. This is an on-going process and easier to implement in some countries compared to others due to logistic, single-use plastic water bottle alternatives and local education around recycling and reducing plastic waste. Over the next 5 years you will see our tours become ever increasingly plastic-waste free. We look forward to helping you travel and explore the region in a sustainable, plastic-free style.
We are currently developing systems with our local partners to reduce single use plastic water bottle usage and waste. Please look for these coming changes, policies and ways you can help, which will be announced in the next few months.
We place the safety of our travelers and staff as our top priority. We are continuously in close contact with our knowledgeable on-the-ground staff, network of in-country partners and the US State Department. We update our site with the most current safety situation. If at any time safety becomes an issue we will alter the trip itinerary or, if absolutely necessary, cancel, post-pone a trip, or end a tour early. Our Tour Leader will be closely monitoring the situation while the tours are in-progress to ensure that every tour is safe, though currently we do not anticipate any need to change the itinerary of our upcoming tours.
Visas for Morocco vary depending on your country which issued your passport. Make sure you have a few empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the tour. Morocco tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States for a stay up to 90. For European, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other countries check with your state department for your Moroccan visa requirements.
Please carefully read all the Tour Terms and Conditions before booking your tour.
On our Tour Terms and Conditions page you can find information about ArchaeoAdventures Tours’ policies regarding: accommodations, booking a tour, your deposit, cancellation policy, refunds, canceled tours, itineraries being subject to change, late fees, leaving or joining the tour, luggage, medical and dietary limitations, grounds for expulsion from the tour, pre-exiting medical conditions, rates, single supplement, smoking, traveler’s insurance, tour interruption/cancellation protection insurance, tour member expectations, tour payment, and much more. As well as, the importance of packing your sense of adventure, flexibility and humor.
The trip was amazing! It was a great overview to the beautiful country. The city tours with local female guides were insightful and a great opportunity to really connect with the culture. The accommodations were very charming and the food was delicious! ~ Katherine
In 2016 I adventured to Morocco on the ArchaeoAdventures tour. I was closing a chapter in my life and used the trip as a life reset. It was a fascinating and magical tour with a truly wonderful group of traveling companions, we are still friends today! I found many people that spoke English to help me navigate while I explored the Medinas; friendly locals always guided me to a shop, spa, or restaurant I sought in Marrakech and Fez if I got lost. The food was spectacular, and spices from the markets continue to help me recreate moments I cherish. I came home with so many memories and treasures, which I topped off by adding a photo-shoot by Geneviève Hathaway Photography to keep my experience in the Sahara desert alive in pictures. ~ Jennifer Larsen
My trip to Morocco with ArchaeoAdventures was the tour of a lifetime. We saw and did so much over a relatively short time, and everywhere we went, we were met with stunning scenery and helpful people. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know Morocco with such fabulous travel companions! ~ Lizzie
Morocco had been on my must-go list for a very long time but with so little time to plan or do research, ArcheoAdventures was a godsend. The tour was very well planned…. I am amazed at how much of Morocco we covered and was still managed to get a taste of each city we stayed in. Every time I saw one of those giant tour bus with 30+ people I was so thankful I was traveling with a small group of like minded travelers. I am looking forward to doing their other tours. ~ Cathy H.
The trip was more than I ever expected in every way, starting with the Riads, the small hotels in the heart of the ancient Medinas – beautiful architecture, great breakfast/ dinners, and owners/staff who made us feel completely welcome. We were truly in the culture. The overnight camel trek to the Berber Oasis was absolutely magical, an adventure right up there with the Giza Pyramids and Petra Treasury. A whole new world. Each city was original, exotic and accessible thanks to your careful planning. I would do it again in a heartbeat. ~ John H.
Genevieve and the Archaeoadventures team showed me the heart and soul of Morocco. Through the fascinating food tour in Marrakech and the marvelous artisan tour of Fes, the adventurous camel trek out in the Sahara Desert and stay at the charming Berber camp, and the visit to the stunning Bahia Palace and gorgeous vistas of the blue city of Chefchaouen, I experienced the full depth of Morocco. The hotels were amazing, comfortable and well located in the old part of the cities. Everywhere the food was delicious, locally grown, and safe to eat. All aspects of the tour were well thought out, well managed and so much fun! I highly recommend this tour! ~ Teresa