Highlights of Morocco Tour


11D/10N Starting at $7038 per person

On this 10-day tour of Morocco you will follow in the footsteps of Romans, Pirates, and Sultans, discovering the rich culture and complex history that make Morocco a cauldron for the senses. From the capital city of Rabat to the cultural treasures of Fez, you'll navigate across Morocco's vast terrain and explore traditions from the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains to the nomadic tents of the Sahara.

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : Rabat

Arrive in the country and travel to the Kingdom’s capital: Rabat. Arrive in the afternoon, and have a lunch overlooking the city before seeing the sites. First, take a stroll around the Chellah, the medieval fortified Muslim necropolis. What is so interesting about this particular site is the presence of the Phoenician,  Roman, and Muslim historical ruins all present on the same compound, built one on top of the previous. After Chellah, visit the Yacoub al-Mansour esplanade, which contains both the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, an architectural masterpiece, and the Hassan Tower. Have a relaxing dinner at your riad.

Day 2 : Fes

Spend the morning exploring the Kasbah Oudayas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoying the winding alleyways, the view of the BouRegreg River, and relax with a cup of Moroccan Mint Tea at the Cafe Maure. After lunch, head to Fes. Spend the evening with a relaxing hammam and spa treatment before a gourmet Moroccan dinner at your Riad.

Day 3 : Fes

On the third day, see the sights of Morocco’s cultural capital. Spend the morning touring the Royal Palace, the medersa, and strolling through the old Jewish Quarter. After lunch, learn about Moroccan traditional crafts by visiting the city’s tanneries, the epicenter of Moroccan leather goods, and the artisan quarters. After this introduction into traditional Moroccan arts and crafts, spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the souk. For the foodies out there, spend the evening on the Fes Tasting Tour, which consists of a local culinary expert guiding the group through the souk to sample some of Morocco’s favorite tasty treats.

Day 4 : Sahara

Get an early start on your journey into the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the scenic drive, and have lunch in the Ziz Valley taking in the majesty of your natural surroundings. Arrive into the Sahara in the afternoon, and embark on the quintessential sunset camel ride into your luxury desert camp. Settle into your tent, then enjoy a delicious tagine dinner with a performance by a local tribal band. After dinner, find yourself encircling a roaring campfire. Before you go to bed, look up, and make sure not to miss the incredible starry sky.

Day 5 : Dades Gorges

The sunrise over the Sahara is unmissable. Wake early, walk the dunes, and spend some time enjoying the desert camp. Try your hand at sandboarding, or let your inner yogi zen-out with some asanas in the sand. Leave the camp in the late morning, and drive through the Dades Gorges. Have lunch along the way,and continue on into the Dades Valley. Spend the evening at the beautiful Chez Pierre, relaxing, and savoring their restaurant’s incredible cuisine.

Day 6 : Marrakech

Have a relaxing morning at Chez Pierre, then visit the historic Kasbah ait ben Haddou. After lunch, set off for Marrakech, the ochre city. Upon arrival, enjoy Royal Hammam and Spa treatments before dinner at your Riad.

Day 7 : Marrakech

Today will be spent visiting the city’s highlights. In the morning, see the Koutoubia Mosque, explore the Bahia Palace, and visit the Saadian Tombs. After lunch, visit the beautiful and historical Ben Youssef Madrassa, an Islamic college, and the largest in all of Morocco. From the madrassa, walk into Marrakech’s souk. After a brief introduction, spend the afternoon shopping or exploring the winding streets of the medina. In the evening, visit the famous Djemaa el Fna square, to see the culmination of colorful chaos, musical performances, snake charmers, and henna artists.

Day 8 : Marrakech

Wake up early in order to catch the sunrise while on a hot air balloon excursion over southern Morocco. After a simple breakfast, return to Marrakech and either rest up at your hotel or visit the Majorelle Gardens and long time home of Yves Saint-Laurent. Don’t miss the Islamic Art Museum nestled in the gardens! In the afternoon, take part it a Moroccan cooking class. Learn from a local chef de cuisine the secrets of how to make a delicious traditional meal, complete with fresh bread, salads, mint tea and tagines, and finished with signature Moroccan cookies. For dinner, enjoy the fruits of your cooking-class labor.

Day 9 : Essaouira

Say goodbye to the ochre city and make your way towards the seaside Essaouira. On your way, stop for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting at a local vineyard. After lunch, continue on to Essaouira, and have a brief introduction to the sqala, medina, and harbor, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the town at your leisure. Enjoy a wonderful seafood dinner at Chalet de la Plage.

Day 10 : Atlas Mountains

Rise and shine and make your way into the mountains. After a short drive, find yourself in the Atlas Mountain Range, and embark on a lovely hike- which can be adjusted for any desired length or level of difficulty. Find yourself in a local Berber home for lunch, and explore some of the surrounding villages. Post-exploration, make your way to your hotel. Spend your last evening enjoying the incredible Kasbah Tamadot.

 

Price from $7,038.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 11
Nights 10

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We had a wonderful trip. The travel agent was helpful and accessible and easy to deal with. Our guides were very knowledgable.

 

- Robert P, Mar 2013

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