October 6 to 21, 2021
Morocco is a lavish treat. Wind your way through the famous blue streets of Chefchaouen, century-old souks in Fez and UNESCO-recognized Marrakech medina. Be swept away by the ocean breeze during a relaxing day in the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira. Journey through the Sahara desert sand dunes on the back of a camel. A savoury feast for the mind, body and soul, Morocco will steal your heart.
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Few places on Earth compare to the Sahara desert. Venture out into copper-coloured sand with dunes rolling on the horizon. Travel by 4×4 through the soft sand to an enchanting tented camp, indulge in a sunset camel ride and celebrate with a traditional Berber feast and live entertainment before falling asleep under the star-filled sky. Morocco’s desert is an adventure of a lifetime.
A spellbinding maze of alleyways, discover the most amazing Moroccan markets in Fez and Marrakesh. Alive with vibrant energy, make way through passages filled with sensationally crafted merchandise as the vendors call-out. Between the smell of the aromatic spices and the feel of the hand-woven carpets, visiting a souk is a full sensory experience.
I love Morocco – a truly magnificent country. I enjoyed the markets and medinas.
The beating heart of Moroccan urban life, ancient medinas are the old towns of Moroccan cities.
Surrounded by towering walls, around which the rest of the city was built, is a maze of cobblestoned lanes. Treasures lurk behind the tall walls of the culturally rich old towns of Marrakesh, Fez, Essaouira and Chefchaouen. A glimpse into the way things used to be, this is the ‘real Morocco’.
Journey Manager John and the local guides Ben and Mohamad – they made this Morocco trip exceptional! Great friendly & professional services – the BEST!
Running along the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Mediterranean sea, the Moroccan coast is dotted with charming harbours, fishing ports and beautiful beach towns. Feel like a local while ambling through the streets of Casablanca or enjoy the peaceful relaxation of the quieter beach towns of Rabat, Moulay Bousselham and M’Diq. Morocco’s leisurely coast is just as appealing as its bustling interior.
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DEPART FOR CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Meet your Journey Manager, fellow travellers and board your flights to Morocco.
Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flights to Morocco. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.
On arrival in Casablanca, we are met by our local guide and taken on a scenic morning drive before visiting the Hassan II Mosque. After lunch, we take the picturesque route to Rabat. This evening, join us for a welcome dinner at our hotel. (L,D)
Tour Hassan, Rabat (2 nights)
Today we explore the Moroccan capital, Rabat and witness the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the Kasbah of the Udayas. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of free time before joining us for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
The “Fortified Place,” the literal meaning of Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. Its wide boulevards are filled with out-of-the-ordinary 7th-century historical monuments. Today we explore the administrative capital of Rabat and witness the marble Mohammed V Mausoleum decorated with exquisite zellige (geometric mosaic tiles) and the unfinished but ever striking Hassan Tower, which was meant to be the largest minaret in the world. Then we pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah of the Udayas. It is within these historical walls that the city of Rabat began in the 12th century. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of free time before joining us for dinner at a local restaurant.
We make our way along Morocco’s Atlantic coast through the picturesque towns of Moulay Bousselham and Larache before reaching the idyllic beachside town of M’Diq. (B,L,D)
Sofitel Tamuda Bay, M’Diq (1 night)
Today, we head toward Morocco’s northeastern coast, to the charming beachside town of M’Diq nestled on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea near the city of Tetouan. Along the way, we visit two unique towns, Moulay Bousselham and Larache. The picturesque town of Moulay Bousselham is known for its sweeping golden beach and Larache, a Spanish-style city is known for its incredible harbour. We arrive at our hotel with plenty of time to relax before settling down for a delicious dinner at our hotel.
Exploring the charming blue and white medina of Chefchaouen, we visit the full variety of cultural attractions this beautiful town has to offer, from the Plaza Uta Et Hamman to the Ras el Maa before heading to Fez. (B,L,D)
Marriott Jnan Palace, Fez (3 nights)
After breakfast, we head towards the famous blue and white town of Chefchaouen. Originally built as a fortress in the 15th century and nestled in the Rif mountains, architecture enthusiasts will marvel at the Jewish-inspired blue-tinted buildings, octagonal mosque and Spanish ruins. Explore the medina and the winding alleys of this charming village, while we visit the Plaza Uta El Hammam, the Ras el Maa and the local washhouse. Enjoy lunch before we make our way to the imperial walled city of Fez. This evening dinner is at our hotel.
Spend an exhilarating day in Fez visiting the Medina, the Bou Inania Madrasa and the Nejjarine fountain. Stand in amazement at the Royal Palace and the stunning Bab Bou Jeloud gate. We continue our exploration with a visit to a tannery in the heart of the bustling souk and the pottery district. (B,L,D)
An exhilarating day in the religious capital of Morocco awaits. Fez shares her memories of 12 centuries of history and shows us the refinement of Hispano-Moorish culture. After a visit to the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we continue to the Bou Inania Madrasa and the Nejjarine fountain, while seeing the exteriors of the Royal Palace and the Bab Bou Jeloud gate. Following a visit to a tannery in the heart of the bustling souk, we enjoy lunch at the beautiful Palace restaurant. We continue our exploration with a visit to the pottery district to discover the art of Moroccan ceramics and tilework. We enjoy dinner at our hotel.
MOULAY IDRISS, MEKNES & VOLUBILIS
Explore the holy town of Moulay Idriss, at the base of Mount Zerhoun, before visiting Volubilis, the ancient imperial capital. Enjoy the famous Bab Mansour Gate, the Jewish quarter and El Hedim Square. (B,L,D)
Explore the holy town of Moulay Idriss, spread over two hills at the base of Mount Zerhoun. A new dynasty that began with the arrival of the Islamic religion. Then at the archaeological site of Volubilis, our local guide exhibits the partly excavated Roman city commonly considered the ancient capital of the Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania. Savour lunch in Meknes, followed by a visit to the famous Bab Mansour Gate, the Jewish Quarter, and the vast El Hedim Square before returning to Fez later this afternoon.
IFRANE, MIDELT & ERFOUD
Today we take an idyllic route to the Sahara Desert, along the way admiring the parade of mountains, valleys, forests, and desert. We stop in Ifrane and Azrou, and in the plains of the Middle Atlas before arriving in Erfoud for the evening. (B,L,D)
Kasbah Hôtel Xaluca Arfoud, Erfoud (1 night)
Travelling the idyllic route to the Sahara Desert admire the parade of mountains, valleys, forests, and desert. We stop in the high-altitude city of Ifrane, with neat red-roofed houses, blooming flower beds, lake-studded parks and snowbound winters, this remarkable town is often referred to as “Morocco’s Switzerland.” Next, we visit Azrou, which translates literally to “rock” in the local Amazigh language and is named for the large, black volcanic outcrop in the centre of town. Lunch is near the town of Medelt in the plains of the Middle Atlas. Our drive continues to Erfoud for a relaxing evening and dinner at our hotel.
Admire the spectacular desert views from the top of a sand dune, explore a fossil mine and share in a tea ceremony with a local nomad family. Settle into our luxurious tented camp before a sunset camel ride and a Berber feast. (B,L,D)
Bivouac Chergui Sahara, Merzouga (1 night)
Merzouga lies on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a monumental series of sand dunes that reach heights of 160 metres. Our desert adventure begins with our 4×4 climbing to the top of a sand dune to admire the spectacular views. We explore a nearby fossil mine and share in a tea ceremony with a local nomad family. We continue into the dunes for a picnic lunch and then travel to our luxury tented camp. We set off on a camel ride to bask in the changing shades of orange, pink and purple of the setting sun. Then we return to the camp to enjoy a Berber feast and entertainment under the star-filled sky!
BOUMALNE DADES & OUARZAZATE
We explore Todra Gorge, a 300-metre limestone fault with a crystal-clear river before heading towards Boumalne Dades. Our senses come alive as we visit the Valley of Roses. In the evening, we arrive in Ouarzazate. (B,L,D)
Le Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate (1 night)
We depart for Todra Gorge, situated on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains. A 300-metre limestone fault that offers just enough space for a crystal-clear river and a small path for hikers, it is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular canyons. After lunch, we head towards Boumalne Dades along the “Route of 1,000 Kasbahs,” famous for its beautiful and charming landscapes and idyllic gorges. Our senses then come alive as we visit the Valley of Roses, home to Morocco’s largest rose water and rose oil manufacturers. In the evening, we arrive in Ouarzazate and enjoy dinner at our hotel.
OUARZAZATE, AÏT BEN HADDOU & MARRAKESH
After watching the action at the Ouarzazate film studios, we head to the ancient fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou, where we visit its famous Kasbah and learn about the ancient earthen clay architectureThen we travel along the famous camel caravan route and over Morocco’s highest mountain pass to Marrakesh. (B,L,D)
Radisson Blu, Marrakesh (2 nights)
A city of palm trees, sandy streets and blocky, fort-like buildings, Ouarzazate has stood at the edge of the Sahara Desert for hundreds of years. After a visit of Ouarzazate film studios, we head to the ancient village of Aït Ben Haddou. This fortified city is full of towering kasbahs and crumbling walls with only five families still living inside the fortress of Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
We enjoy lunch before travelling along the famous camel caravan route and over Tizi n’Tichka to Marrakesh. We settle into our riad in the heart of the city for a relaxing dinner and evening.
Full of contrasts, our exploration of Marrakesh includes a visit of the Menara Gardens, the sumptuous Gardens of Majorelle, the Mellah (Jewish Quarter), the Bahia Palace and the famous Koutoubia Mosque. We also meander through the souks and the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square. (B,L,D)
Originating from the Amazigh (Berber) words, “amur kush,” Marrakesh means “Land of God.” One of the Imperial cities of Morocco, its location and contrasting landscape make it an enviable destination in Morocco. We visit the Menara Gardens, one of the oldest gardens in Marrakesh with an immense olive grove dotted with palm and cypress trees, as well as a stop at the Gardens of Majorelle. Next, we visit the Mellah (Jewish Quarter), the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque. Following lunch, we explore the souks and the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square. We end the day with dinner in the city.
MARRAKESH & ESSAOUIRA
En route to Essaouira, we stop for lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard, as well as tour an Argan Oil Women’s Cooperative. Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure after we check in to our hotel. (B,L,D)
MGallery by Sofitel, Essaouira (2 nights)
This morning we travel to Essaouira, known as Morocco’s “windy city.” Filled with spectacular beaches and constant tropical wind, this city has changed from hardworking port into one of the world’s greatest sites for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Once a Portuguese fortress, the old Moroccan trade centre still has rusting cannons between the ramparts that still point out to sea. Following lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard, we visit an Argan Oil Women’s Cooperative before checking into our hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.
Today is yours, relax by the pool, take a stroll on the beach or continue exploring this magical coastal town. This evening, we dine together at our hotel. (B,D)
SAFI, EL JADIDA, CASABLANCA
Discover the old town of Safi lying in the shadows the sublime Portuguese Citadel while the new town bustles with modern energy. In El Jadida, visit the famous Portuguese fortified city of Mazagan. Then we head to Casablanca for a free afternoon. (B,L,D)
Hyatt Regency, Casablanca (1 night)
In Safi, discover this hidden gem, nestled on the shores of the Atlantic. Safi has two beating hearts; one in the old town lying in the shadows of the gorgeous Portuguese Citadel, and the new, bustling with modern energy. In El Jadida, discover the famous Portuguese fortified city of Mazagan a UNESCO-listed site built at the start of the 16th century. This afternoon, we arrive in Casablanca with free time to relax at your leisure.
We bid “wadaeaan” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flights home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)
With Confidence Plan
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In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:
24/7 Professional Journey Manager
- Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
- In addition to knowledgeable local guides
Memorable Private Excursions
- Private excursions crafted by our team
- All sightseeing & entrance fees included
Private Car Pick-up Service
- Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport
Generous Tips & Gratuities
- For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf
Our essentials included with your Journey:
- 13 nights in outstanding hotels
- 1 night in a comfortable desert camp
- Most meals included (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners)
- Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
- All taxes as well as port & service charges
- “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
- Flights from select Canadian gateways for only $100
- Other gateways & travel classes available
- Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
- Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
- Branded overnight carry-on or backpack
TOUR HASSAN, RABAT
A palace in the heart of Rabat, the Tour Hassan is a showcase of Moroccan art and hospitality. With the splendour of Moorish architecture find yourself relaxing in the utmost elegance and an atmosphere of unique majesty. Drape yourself in a world of history, culture, and comfort all within this stylish hotel.
SOFITEL TAMUDA BAY, M’DIQ
With its exclusive location, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay hotel is the undisputed leader in luxury coastal resorts on Tamuda Bay. Experience the idyllic and stylish setting on the water’s edge and immerse yourself in the exclusive arty chic atmosphere of this modern hotel.
MARRIOTT JNAN PALACE, FEZ
The Marriott Jnan Palace, located in the city’s new corner, offers air-conditioned rooms, a relaxing outdoor pool that is great for lounging around, and an invigorating sauna. Each guest room features a balcony with views of the pool, as well as gardens surrounding this lovely property.
KASBAH HÔTEL XALUCA ARFOUD, ERFOUD
The Kasbah is unique in Morocco due to its distinctly Moroccoan style. Built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, its 137 spacious rooms are decorated with regional materials and combine tradition with modern amenities.
BIVOUAC CHERGUI SAHARA, MERZOUGA
Chergui Sahara offers a spectacular space, strategically located in the middle of the big dunes of the Erg Chebbi Desert. Marvel at the spectacular sun at dawn, and then at the warm colors of the sunset, before experiencing a night in the desert, with its silence and magnificent starry sky.
LE BERBERE PALACE, OUARZAZATE
Built glamorously on a high perch in the style of a Kasbah (fort), Le Berbere Palace combines facilities with high-quality service, plus plenty of authentic Berber materials, crafts and artifacts. The studios themselves are nearby, as is, just outside town, Kasbah de Taourirt – one of the fairest forts of them all.
RADISSON BLU, MARRAKESH
Set in the heart of Marrakech, the Radisson Blu welcomes visitors to the vibrant Gueliz quarter. This modern hotel features a beautiful lobby, patio and restaurant. The hotel’s leisure facilities include a spa, a fitness center and an aquarium swimming pool surrounded by a spacious patio with sunbeds.
MGALLEY BY SOFITEL, ESSAOUIRA
Inspired by the magnificent Moroccan riads, the MGallery by Sofitel is decorated in the traditional red of Mogador. Close to the sea, the medina and the port, this luxury 5-star hotel blends modernity with Moroccan style for a sophisticated stay.
HYATT REGENCY, CASABLANCA
The Hyatt Regency is ideally situated in Fonciere, one of the city’s most popular locales. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel offers total renewal just steps away from the lively city’s numerous attractions.