This 11 day Best of Morocco private tour embraces African, European and Arabic influences. Morocco is an exotic destination that offers fascinating history, stunning architecture as well as outstanding shopping and mouth-watering cuisine. So travel through captivating cities, snow capped Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert staying in 4 star hotels, a luxury tented camp and riads (traditional Moroccan homes). Take your time to explore the many medinas (old town) of Morocco’s cities.
On arrival at Casablanca airport you will be transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. Overnight at the HYATT REGENCY HOTEL.
This morning you will be taken by private vehicle to Fes via the sacred town of Moulay Idriss and the Roman ruins of Volubilis – one of the best preserved Roman towns in North Africa. Three nights at SAHRAI HOTEL. (B)
Today you will be taken on a full day tour of Fes with an English speaking local guide visiting the Medina of Fes el–Bali (Old Fes). You will explore the labyrinthine souks with their variety of craft workshops, meat, fruit and vegetable markets, mosques and medersas, as well as the dye pits and tanneries. (B)
Today will be spent at your leisure in Fes. (B)
This morning you will depart Fes through the Saiss Valley into the High Atlas Mountains passing Berber villages before descending into the palm groves and slopes of the Ziz Gorge. From here you will head to Erfoud, one of the largest oases in all of Morocco, located on the edge of the Sahara. Overnight at KASBAH HOTEL XALUCA MAADID ERFOUD. (B, D)
This morning you will be taken by 4x4 vehicle to the Sahara Desert visiting the historic 8th century caravan town of Rissani and the desert ruins of Sijilmassa en route to your tented accommodation amongst the dunes. Experience a camel ride at sunset and sunrise from the top of the dunes. Your desert experience includes an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Overnight at MERZOUGA LUXURY DESERT CAMP (B, D)
After breakfast you will be driven to the spectacular Todra Gorge stopping in time for lunch amid canyon walls rising up to 1,200 ft. This afternoon you will cross the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains before arriving at the captivating city of Ouarzazate. Overnight at BERBERE PALACE. (B, D)
Day 8Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Today will be spent exploring Ouarzazate. Visit the Kasbahs of Taouirirt and Tifoultout, the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, backdrop for the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the afternoon you will cross the Atlas Mountains and descend into Marrakech. Three nights at LES JARDINS DE LA MEDINA or similar. (B)
Today you will have a full day tour of Marrakech with an English speaking local guide visiting the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and Djemaa El Fna Square. (B)
This morning you will have a 2 hour cooking class at the hotel. You will discover the essentials of Moroccan Berber cuisine from first courses to dessert and feast on the dishes you have prepared. Afternoon at your leisure exploring Marrakech. A farewell dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)
This morning you will be transferred to Marrakech airport for your onward flight. (B)