The Road to Morocco Itinerary:
- 13 Nights of Hotel Accommodations BED BREAKFAST ONLY
- 14 Days of Air-conditioned Transportation – (includes driver, gas, insurance)
- English speaking Driver – (licensed for tourism)
- Profession Tour Guide for entire trip
- Excursions (Volubilis, Meknes, camels, tents)
- Entrance fees to historical sites – including Hassan II Mosque
- No international airfares are included.
- Portage Tips for bags.
The tour is being run by Morocco Tours, which is an American-run company with an office in Morocco. If you look on their website, the tour we are taking is called “Authentic Morocco.”
A word about airfares: There are basically two ways to get to and from Morocco from here. You can buy a ticket to Casablanca with a return from Marrakesh or use frequent-flyer miles, if you have enough of them, for the same purpose. What I suggest you look into, and I can help you with this, is that you fly to either Paris or Madrid, perhaps spend a few days there, and then buy yourself an Easy Jet ticket from there to Casablanca and back from Marrakesh. The fares are much lower this way and so are the number of frequent-flyer miles needed. You also have the opportunity to break up the trip in Europe both coming and going. The Easy Jet fares are amazingly low. Here is the website for Easy Jet. The main thing to keep in mind is that the trip begins in Casablanca on September 20 and ends in Marrakesh on October 3. Airport transfers are provided.
For a day-by-day description of the tour, see below. The names of the hotels and riads are provided for each night and the websites for these hotels or riads are also given. I suggest you look at these and also see what other people say about these places by consulting tripadvisor.com or other travel review websites. You will find that each night’s stay gets very high ratings.
What is a riad? For those looking for an authentic stay, a riad is a traditional house located in the ancient medina (walled city) usually with a garden inside. These beautiful homes have been restored in traditional decor yet offer the modern amenities of 4 or 5 star hotels.
The price of $2295 per person in double occupancy includes a $250 tax deductible donation to CIR, based on a group of 8 people minimum. Single supplement price is $780. A 50% deposit, $1150 per person, is due no later than July 1. Some of the riads you will be staying in are not large and reservations will need to be made somewhat in advance of arrival. A cancellation policy for this trip will be found below. You are free to buy your own travel/cancellation insurance if you feel this will be an issue for you.
Authentic Morocco Itinerary (14 days / 13 nights)
Day 1 Casablanca
Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by your private driver and transferred by van to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on time, you could choose to have an optional tour of the Hassan II mosque. It is one of the largest Mosques in the world and it’s hand crafted beauty is breathtaking.
Day 2 Casablanca / Rabat / Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will leave towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco in the Rif Mountains. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch you will continue on to Chefchaouen for the night.
Day 3 Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will have a tour of this “cool” blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif
Day 4 Chefchaouen /Volubilis / Meknes / Fes (B, D)
After breakfast, you will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Day 5 Fes (B, D)
After breakfast you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience.
Day 6 Fes
This will be a free day in Fes to explore.
Day 7 Erfoud
After an early breakfast you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. On arrival at the Kasbah in Erfoud, a hot shower or dip in the swimming pool (depending on the weather) will be a treat after the drive.
Day 8 Sahara Desert
Most of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the small but interesting desert town. In the afternoon, you will head off in some 4-wheel drive vehicles across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes. You will set off by camel for a 2-hour trek out to the oasis where you will spend the night in Berber tents. This could be optional if you would prefer to return to the hotel to sleep*** (This is something that the group can discuss and decide upon prior to departure).
Day 9 Todra Gorges / Dades
After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4×4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges. In the afternoon, you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. You will stay the night in Dades before you cross the High Atlas Mountains.
Day 10 Todra Gorges / Ouarzazate
After an early breakfast you set off towards Ouarzazate along the route of 1000 Kasbahs. If you would like, you can visit the ancient Kasbahs in the palmaries. A trip up into the Dades Gorges is worth your time as you experience this amazing natural wonder. Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, you can visit this southern town, probably most famous now for the films that have been produced in the area.
Day 11 Marrakech
After breakfast, you will head off towards Marrakech. On the way you will visit one of the jewels of Morocco…Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered…usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. After your visit to this famous Kasbah, you will complete the drive over the High Atlas Mountains. Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Jemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. The famous Jemaa el-Fna, is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.
Day 12 Marrakech
After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco.
Day 13 Marrakech Free Day OR Excursion to Essaouira
This could be a free day in Marrakech to explore and relax; OR you could choose to do a day excursion to Essaouira. EXCURSION: After breakfast, you will set off to the coastal city of Essaouira, a picturesque fishing town, lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south, Essaouira has become one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home. You will return to Marrakech in the evening.
Day 14 Marrakech / Depart (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees will apply: Number of days prior to trip start Cancellation fee per person
- 60+ days $50 Admin Fee
- 45 – 60 days 25% of invoice total
- 21 – 45 days 50% of invoice total
- 0-21 days No refund