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Morocco

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 3:40 PM
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Rabat City Tour
After breakfast, tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, the city's "Gate of the Winds." View Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th century caliph. At the Kasbah of the Udayas, explore the fortress and take a stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End the morning at the Oudaya National Museum of Ornaments, then lunch at a local restaurant. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Friday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes, Overland to Fez
This morning, drive inland to Fez. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. Continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. Afterward, continue to Fez. Dinner is at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Tour Fez
Explore the sprawling medina of Fez on foot this morning. You'll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate" and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania Madrasa. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Then, stop at the Chouara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. The tour ends outside the Karaouine Mosque and University. After lunch in the medina, your guide leads you through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah. By the end of the walk, you'll be at the King's Palace. Spend the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Sunday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Erfoud
Today, travel towards Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Midmorning, you cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. Next, stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. As you approach Erfoud, panoramic views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys surround you. Continue to Erfoud for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Experience Rissani, Sahara Camp
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. En route, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th century ksar. Afterward, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz. You'll pause to visit a local bread shop, where you'll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at the hotel, journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle into your Sahara camp. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride, then end the day with dinner
Overnight: Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge, Travel to Ait Benhaddou
After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way to the oasis of Tinghir for lunch. The real attraction here is the Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. Continue to Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Visit Ait Benhaddou, Travel to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar (fortified city) along a former caravan route. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, make your way to the city of Marrakesh. Check into your hotel with free time before dinner tonight
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - City Tour of Marrakesh, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens
Discover historic and exotic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens, a botanical marvel set in the heart of Marrakesh. Next visit Koutoubia, a 12th century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty. End your morning in the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba. In the evening, you are guests of a local Marrakesh family for dinner
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Arise before dawn to participate in today's optional Hot Air Balloon Ride. * Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over Marrakesh. Drift above the beautiful landscape, before returning back to earth to enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast. Explore the city on your own today or perhaps participate in the optional tour to the scenic Ourika Valley* where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering Atlas Mountains. Here, discover the area's natural herbs and their many uses. Before lunch at the gardens enjoy, a "Berber foot bath". Afterward, return to the hotel *The Marrakesh Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: Marrakesh Sunrise Balloon Ride & Breakfast (AM)
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Cooking Class, Travel to Essaouira
This morning, head to the Medina to attend a half day cooking class in an authentic Riad. Learn how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads. After lunch, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira. Stop at the Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut, rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair. Arrive in Essaouira and check into the hotel
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Sunday - Discover Essaouira, Gnawa Performance
You'll be introduced to Essaouira's culture with a stroll through the medina and its bustling fish market. Visit a jewelry shop, renowned for its quality and design. Browse the extensive collection of uniquely handcrafted silver jewelry. The rest of the afternoon is free. In the evening, learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert. Get the details about henna painting along with a demonstration. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance**Gnawa performance will sometimes operate on day 12.
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Monday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
Travel to Casablanca today, stopping en route for a light lunch. Upon arrival, see the fabled city's important sights, including the Mohammed V Square and Hassan II Mosque.* In the Hablus district, peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, during dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Depart Morocco
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Casablanca, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Rabat
  • 2 nights Fez
  • 1 night Erfoud
  • 1 night Sahara Tented Camps
  • 1 night Ait Benhaddou
  • 3 nights Marrakesh
  • 2 nights Essaouira
  • 1 night Casablanca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners (including a home hosted dinner)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Explore the remarkably preserved Volubilis, once a major African outpost of the Roman Empire
  • Camp in the Sahara under an endless canopy of desert stars
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
  • Marvel at the circus atmosphere of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el Fna Square, bustling with acrobats, performers, and snake charmers
  • Join a Marrakesh family for a dinner of home-cooked fare in their home
  • Meet the women of the Argan Oil Cooperative and see how they extract nutritive oil from this nut
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fishmongers
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers arriving to Casablanca on day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:40 PM. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

    Due to limited space on the small jeeps used to travel from Erfoud to the desert for your overnight stay, only one small piece of luggage per passenger is permitted. Additional luggage will be stored overnight at the Erfoud hotel and returned back on Day 8. Luggage should be locked and valuables left overnight in the hotel safe. Please pack a small overnight bag.

    During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars may not serve alcoholic beverages and some local restaurants may not be open. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

    Health and Safety Protocols for Gate1 Tours

    At Gate 1 we take your safety and security very seriously. We have a strong network of tour managers, local offices, ground operators and colleagues which help us stay informed in all the destinations that we operate. We closely monitor local situations which enable us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our tours running safely. Millions of people travel the world each year and experience enjoyable and safe trips but crimes against people and property are sadly a fact of life. It is very important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid drawing attention to yourself. Please remember that you have the same responsibility for your personal safety and possessions as you do at home. It is essential to prepare for a safe and healthy travel abroad. Therefore before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the US Department of State at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for up-to-date travel advice on the countries that you are visiting. The website provides useful information on subjects such as safety and security information, health precautions and medications, health insurance and additional tips for traveling abroad. If you do not reside in the United States, we recommend you check your government's travel advisory website for any country you will be visiting. We recommend that you review the safety guidance that may be provided by us, our agents or suppliers, either before you go or when you arrive in your destination. You can also find helpful tips on our website in the "Trip Preparation" tab of each of our tour packages. We do know that in-spite of careful planning, things can sometimes still go wrong, so rest assured, we will be there to help and support you.

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    Accommodations

    Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
    This centrally located luxury hotel reflects classic Moroccan architecture and expansive colorful interior flower gardens. Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses offers large and comfortable rooms, beautiful outdoor pool, state-of-the-art wellness center and delightful lounges. The hotel's elite restaurants offer gastronomic cuisine, combining tradition and modernity in an exceptional setting.

    Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
    This centrally located luxury hotel reflects classic Moroccan architecture and expansive colorful interior flower gardens. Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses offers large and comfortable rooms, beautiful outdoor pool, state-of-the-art wellness center and delightful lounges. The hotel's elite restaurants offer gastronomic cuisine, combining tradition and modernity in an exceptional setting.

    Rabat Marriott Hotel
    This superior first class hotel is ideally located in the city center of Rabat.

    Riad Salam Fes
    This first class hotel is a short walk away from the Medina of Fez.

    Kasbah Xaluca Maadid
    This first class hotel is a Kasbah-style property located on the edge of the desert near to Erfoud and its many attractions.

    Bivouac La Belle Etoile
    This superior tourist class bivouac, or tented campground, is located in the Erg Chebbi Desert.

    Riad Ksar Ighnda
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate.

    Boutique Hotel 2 Ciels
    This first class hotel is located nearby the Royal Tennis Club in Marrakesh.

    Hotel Riad Mimouna
    This first class hotel is located near the beach in Essaouira, close to many tourist attractions.

    Hotel Riad Mimouna
    This first class hotel is located near the beach in Essaouira, close to many tourist attractions.

    Hotel Le Medina Essaouira Thalassa Sea & Spa - Mgallery
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the Bay of Essaouira.

    Kenzi Tower Hotel
    This deluxe hotel, soaring far above any other structure, is located in the beautiful city of Casablanca.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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