Erg Chebbi Desert - Sunset camel ride
Erg Chebbi Desert - Sunset camel ride
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Morocco Tours

Itinerary

The tour visits the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech whilst taking in some of the country's spectacular scenery including the Atlas Mountains, Erg Chebbi Desert sand dunes, the Draa Valley and Todra Gorge.

2019 - 'Moroccan Melodies Tour'
9 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Casablanca for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

Overnight Casablanca
4 star
Day 2
Sunday

Casablanca, Rabat, Volubolis, Meknes & Fez

We start our tour early today with a visit (from the outside) to the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. We then head to Morocco's nearby capital, Rabat. We'll enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Oudaya Garden & Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque. Next is the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD 40. Finally we visit the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco, constructed of intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Our days ends with the short drive to Fez where we spend the night.

Overnight Fez
4 star
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Fez, city tour

This morning you will have a half day guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the Royal Palace. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fez El-Jdid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed to the public, the king of Morocco still uses the complex when he visits Fez.
The next stop will be the old Medina (Fez el Bali). Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. In the medina you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world's first established university) and a Medrasa (a Koranic school).

Overnight Fez
4 star
(B)
Day 4
Tuesday

Fez, Ziz Valley, Erg Chebbi Desert, camel ride & Berber camp, Merzouga

We start to discover some of Morocco's beautiful mountainous landscape today as we leave Fez and follow ancient caravan routes up into the hills. Along the way we'll stop at Ifran, known as the ''Switzerland of Morocco'' and a huge contrast to some of the other more Moroccan feeling cities you'll see in Morocco. The French built Ifran in the 1930s, with the intention of recreating an alpine style resort, and you'll see beautiful parks with lakes, flowerbeds, and red roofed houses throughout.
Next we head on through the hills to the town of Midelt where we will have an optional lunch. We'll continue through the scenic Ziz Valley this morning as we descend to Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We'll make the short trip to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty - Morocco's current royal family before driving in 4WD vehicles through the desert to Merzouga and the famous Erg Chebbi sand desert. Here we transfer to camels and take a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes to a traditional Berber camp nestled right on the edge of the dunes. You can enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere. You spend the night sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents

Overnight Merzouga
Berber Tent
(B, D)
Day 5
Wednesday

Tinghir, Todra Gorge, Dades

We leave the desert reluctantly this morning and finish our safari before driving to the oasis town of Tinghir which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. A beautiful walk follows through the valley and the Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains, making a narrow canyon beneath huge rock walls that change in colour as the light moves during the day. We'll also drive through the Dades Canyon with its steep winding access road with numerous switchbacks providing great views of the steep cliffs and the river below which rushes dramatically through the gorge, especially in the spring when the mountain snows are melting.

Overnight Dades
4 star
(B, D)
Day 6
Thursday

Dades to Skoura and the Valley of the Roses

The route through Dades Valley is also known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs. The sand-colored walls of the kasbahs may all start to look the same but each holds a special historical treasure within. We will meet Berber Nomads in their caves and the fertile Rose valley, perhaps stopping briefly at Kalaat M'gouna, "the rose city", to purchase rosewater. We arrive Skoura by late evening. A quiet little village speckled with palm tree groves and olive trees dotted with kasbahs and small villages. This is where we find Kasbah Amridil. Originally built in the 17th century, it is one of Morocco's most iconic living museums that has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for an insight into the ancient traditions of kasbah life. We'll take a short hike to a spot overlooking the valley and the old salt mines. Finally we'll explore the Skoura Oasis and stroll for an hour in the gardens of the north side of the town past almond and olive trees.

Overnight Skoura
4 star
(B, D)
Day 7
Friday

Ait Benhaddou, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech

We start with the short drive to Ouarzazate where, for centuries, people from the Atlas, Draa and Dades Valleys have converged to do business at Ouarzazate's sprawling Taourirt Kasbah. We follow the maze of corridors to a prayer room on the top floor, which provides stunning views over Lake El Mansour Edhabbi, or we can explore the village within the kasbah for great deals on local crafts. We visit Taourir and Tifoultout Kasbahs, which are among the most beautiful Kasbahs in Morocco. We will visit the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes are filmed. Next, you might recognize the sand-colored houses of the impressive ksar (Arabic for "fortified city") when you see the spectacular fortress of, the UNESCO world heritage site, Ait Benhaddou. You can spend several hours in its maze of winding streets until reaching a fortified granary at the top which provides an amazing view of the valley. We leave Ait Ben Haddou, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass to Marrakech, our home for the next two nights.

Overnight Marrakech
4 star
(B)
Day 8
Saturday

Marrakech city tour

Today, you will be begin unearthing the secrets of Marrakech, starting in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret and Dar Si Said. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also wish to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks. Here in the middle of the old market (Rahba Lakdima) where you will enjoy a queue of stalls filled with jars upon jars of spices, petals, bark and leaves inside. You'll see cumin, saffron, harissa and paprika, but what many people come for is what can only be found in Morocco - the spice blend called Ras el Hanout, which translates as "head of the shop." This blend usually includes paprika. cardamom, clove, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppercorn and turmeric and more, with recipes often a guarded secret. Optional lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is then free to explore the Medina and do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight Marrakech
4 star
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Marrakech

Your day is free today to explore Marrakech further, and perhaps do some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. Hotel Gala Dinners - Many of the hotels and Nile cruise boats, on this tour, arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our tour prices, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.
5. At the Berber desert camp out in the sand dunes, comfortable permanent Berber tents with mattresses and traditional local blankets are provided. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag, but we do recommend bringing a sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for extra comfort. Shared toilet facilities are available.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Casablanca
    Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
  • Outbound Transfer - Marrakech
    Menara Airport (RAK)
  • Professional English speaking tour leader throughout the journey
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Sunset camel ride to Berber desert camp
  • Entrance fees
  • 8 nights - accommodation.
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Casablanca
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Fez
    - 1 night
    Berber Tent
    Merzouga
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Dades
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Skoura
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Marrakech
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Tips
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Casablanca
  • Dades Canyon
  • Erg Chebbi Desert - Sunset camel ride
  • Fez
  • Fez - Chouara Leather Tannery
  • Fez - Jamaa Al-Karaouine
  • Fez Jdid
  • Marrakech
  • Marrakech - City Tour
  • Marrakech - Djemaa El Fna Square
  • Marrakech Medina - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Merzouga
  • Ouarzazate - Lake El Mansour Edhabbi
  • Ouarzazate - Tifoultout Kasbah
  • Rabat - Hassan Tower Mosque
  • Rabat - Oudaya Kasbah
  • Rabat Royal Palace
  • Skoura
  • Skoura - Rose Valley
  • Tinghir
  • Todra Gorge
  • Ziz Valley
  • Ait Benhaddou Kasbah - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque
  • Erfoud
  • Fez
  • Fez - Bou Inania Madrasa
  • Fez - El Bali Medina - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Fez - Royal Palace
  • Ifran
  • Marrakech - Bahia Palace
  • Marrakech - Dar Si Said
  • Marrakech - Koutoubia Mosque
  • Meknes - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Ouarzazate
  • Ouarzazate - Taourir Kasbah
  • Ourika Valley
  • Rabat - Oudaya Gardens
  • Rabat - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Rissani
  • Skoura - Kasbah Amridil
  • Taourirt Kasbah
  • Tizi N'tichka Pass
  • Volubilis - Ancient Site - UNESCO Heritage site
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Morocco

Casablanca
Kenzi Basma Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Avenue Moulay Hassan 1er
Casablanca
Ph. :
+212 (0) 5 522 22 33 58
Kenzi Basma Hotel
Kenzi Basma Hotel
Kenzi Basma Hotel
Dades
Hotel Xaluca
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Avda. Zone Touristique B.P, 138
Dades
Ph. :
+212 5248-30060
Website :
www.xaluca.com
Hotel Xaluca
Hotel Xaluca
Hotel Xaluca
Fez
Hotel L'Escale
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
7 Avenue des FAR La ville nouvelle
Fez
Ph. :
+212 (0) 535 625 823
Hotel L
Hotel L
Hotel L
Marrakech
Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Avenue Mohammed VI
Agdal Marrakech
Marrakech
Ph. :
+212 (0) 5 24 38 87 87
Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa
Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa
Kech Boutique Hotel and Spa
Merzouga
Madu Desert Camp
Standard : Berber Tent
Address :-
Merzouga
Madu Desert Camp
Madu Desert Camp
Skoura
Kasbah El Kabbaba
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Douar el Kabbaba El Khamssa
Skoura
Ph. :
+212 661-98-0449
Kasbah El Kabbaba
Kasbah El Kabbaba
Kasbah El Kabbaba
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
To
Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
07 Sep 2019
01 Nov 2019
1,589.00
260.00
02 Nov 2019
20 Dec 2019
1,519.00
260.00
21 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019
1,589.00
260.00
01 Jan 2020
21 Feb 2020
1,465.00
430.00
22 Feb 2020
03 Jul 2020
1,535.00
430.00
04 Jul 2020
31 Jul 2020
1,465.00
430.00
01 Aug 2020
20 Nov 2020
1,535.00
430.00
21 Nov 2020
20 Dec 2020
1,465.00
430.00
19 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
1,535.00
430.00
Deposit Option available for Moroccan Melodies Tour :
 
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01 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00

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