Join FAMTrips.travel and Cherg Expeditions® for a 10-night diverse and exotic itinerary through the Kingdom of Morocco! This tour includes the most sought-after sites and experiences, as well as 4- and 5-star properties throughout the program, including a luxury desert camp experience in the Sahara Desert. Morocco is deeply rooted in history and is an inspiring destination thanks to its diverse geography, intricate history, and diverse and welcoming population. Morocco is situated on the northwest tip of Africa and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Europe to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Algeria to the south. Well known for its Atlas Mountains, coastal areas, vast Sahara Desert and Draa Valley Oasis (the longest and largest oasis in the world), Morocco is a country in which to discover a multitude of amazing landscapes all in one trip. Join FAMTrips.travel on this newly revised cultural adventure to Morocco!

DAY 1 – Casablanca

On arrival at the Casablanca Airport, meet your escort for the group transfers offered through FamTrips from the Casablanca Airport to your hotel in Casablanca. Self-transfers or other transfers can be arranged depending on your arrival time. Relax at your hotel Before a Welcome reception and overnight in Casablanca (Le Casablanca Hotel). (Welcome Reception & Tapas)

DAY 2 – Casablanca – Fez

After a traditional breakfast, depart via the Atlantic coast through Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco and another important imperial city of Morocco. Rabat is known for sites that illustrate the Islamic and French colonial heritage. Visit the old town of Rabat, called Oudayas and Kasbah Oudaya, located adjacent to the Rabat medina at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River opposite Sale, a royal fort of the Berber era surrounded by formal Andalusian gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Stop for lunch along the way and continue through Khemisset, and on to visit the Roman ruins of Voulibilis, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and filming location for Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Spread out across several acres, the ruins reveal the transformation of the Roman Empire Carthaginian settlement into a typical Roman city devoted to the Roman gods. Continue to your guesthouse in Fes for dinner and the night. (Palais Amani). (B, D)

DAY 3 – Fes

After breakfast, visit the cultural capital of Morocco. Fes, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II, is known for the fortified medina of Fez El Bali and is one of the largest preserved medieval sites in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with medieval architecture, lively souks, and old-fashioned atmosphere. Explore the religious schools of the medina, such as the Medersa and Musee Nejjarine, one of the most beautiful Koranic schools in Fes, dating back to the 14th century, both decorated with carved cedar panels and delicate mosaics. Have lunch along the way and discover historic mosques, picturesque gates, a traditional Moroccan tile (jelliz) factory, and the city’s distinctive and colorful tanneries. Enjoy a cultural night out at Kassr Annoujoum including a concert of contemporary Andalusian music followed by a “Thousand and One Nights”, culinary session of traditional Moroccan cuisine. Return to your riad for the night. (Palais Amani). (B, D)

DAY 4 – Midelt

After a traditional breakfast, depart for Midelt situated in the high plains surrounding the Mlouya River, between the Middle and High Atlas Mountain ranges. Enjoy a trip to the natural forest area near Ifran and Imouzar. Cross the cedar forests with century-old trees and enjoy watching Barbary macaques of Gibraltar then continue to the village of Midelt. Stop for lunch and continue to your guesthouse in Midelt and relax before a traditional Moroccan dinner and the night (Ksar Timnay). (B, D)

DAY 5 – Midelt – Merzouga

After a traditional breakfast, depart to Merzouga via the village of Er Rachidia and Erfoud, through Tizi Ntalghomt and the Ziz Valley. Stop in Er Rachidia `for a couscous presentation, which has been a part of Moroccan tradition for centuries, followed by local music and couscous lunch, one of Morocco’s most ancient and famous cities, known as the date capital of Morocco. Visit the ancient and now-dry khettara (aqueducts) near Er Rachidia, part of the nearly 300 km of subsurface irrigation channels excavated beginning in the 14th century and operational until the 1970’s. Continue to Merzouga and meet your cameleers who will guide you to your desert camp for sunset over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a desert dinner followed by traditional Saharan music around the campfire and night in luxury tents (Orient Luxury Desert Camp or similar). (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – Merzouga – Skoura

After watching sunrise over the dunes, and a traditional breakfast, depart for Skoura via the village of Rissani, crossing the vast palm oasis of Tafilalet with many ksours. Experience landscapes alternating between huge desert plateaus and oases, such as those of Goulmima. Stop for lunch in Tinghir and visit the traditional adobe architecture of the ancient Jewish quarter of Tinghir. Hike the magnificent Tinejdad palm grove, which stretches 30 miles (48 km). Continue to walk in the impressive valley of Todra Gorge. Arrive at your guesthouse in Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves, in the late afternoon and relax by the pool before dinner and the night (Dar Sawadi). (B, D)

DAY 7 – Skoura – Marrakech

After a traditional breakfast, depart early morning for Marrakech through the Rose Valley and Ait Said, Tourbist, and Tamalout to reach the village of Bou-Thahrar. Pass through the home of Morocco’s Rose Festival, El Kelâa M’Gouna (commonly referred to as the Valley of Roses). Continue along the road of many kasbahs and visit the Noor Solar Facility in Ouarzazate, the largest of its kind in the world, then on to visit the stunning Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a photo opportunity. Continue through the Ounila Valley, a part of the main caravan route from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech. Have lunch and visit the famous Kasbah Telouet, one of the former residences of Pacha Glaoui. Cross the High Atlas Mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka and arrive Marrakech in the afternoon and continue to your guesthouse before dinner and the night (2Ciels Boutique Hotel). (B, L, D)

 

DAY 8 – Marrakech – Behind the Doors Culture tour

After a traditional breakfast, visit Jardins Marjorelle, built by the painter Jacques Marjorelle, and the former home of Yves Saint Laurent and its spectacular Berber Museum. Visit the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace to learn about Moorish architecture. Stop for lunch along the way and set off to explore the local culture via a tour of the daily life of Moroccan people through a “behind the doors” culture tour: a visit to a communal bakery, a walk through a local food market, and a visit to a traditional hammam and fondouk, an historic trading place for merchants from across North Africa. Take in the sites at Jemma el Fna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which for centuries has been an incredible world of native theater: snakes, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and fortune-tellers. Stop for dinner on your own and return to your guesthouse for the night (2Ciels Boutique Hotel). (B, L)

 

DAY 9 – Marrakech – Essaouira Day Trip

After a traditional breakfast, depart to Essaouira (old Mogador), also known as the pearl of the Atlantic, via the El Haouz Plain, Chichaoua and Sidi Mokhtar, and discover a mix of cultures that reflects the rich history of this beautiful city. Travel through the argan forest on the way where you may see goats in the argan trees. Visit an argan oil cooperative and see a demonstration of how argan oil is traditionally made. Arrive in Essaouira and feast on delicious grilled fish, fresh from the sea. Stroll through the former Portuguese port, the medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and beautiful beach. Return to Marrakech for dinner on your own and your guesthouse for dinner and the night. (2Ciels Boutique Hotel)

DAY 10 – Marrakech- Casablanca

After a traditional breakfast, depart for Casablanca. Explore the most emblematic points of Casablanca: the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world including a minaret 690 feet high and is one the few mosques open to non-Muslims. Visit the Boulevard de la Corniche, stop for lunch and tour the district of Habous quarter including Mahkama du Pacha, the former home of the Pacha now an administrative building, and the Royal Palace. Have a Farewell Dinner at Rick’s Café on your own and return to your guesthouse for the night (Art Palace Suites & Spa). (B, L)

 

DAY 11 – Casablanca – Casablanca Airport

After a traditional breakfast, transfer through FamTrips to the Casablanca Airport for your return flight to the U.S. Self-transfers or other transfers can be arranged depending on your departure time. (B)

 

Tour pricing includes:

  • Private transport by climate-controlled minibus and/or 4×4 vehicle (at our discretion), driver and gasoline
  • Airport transfers through Fam Trips as noted in the itinerary
  • 4-star lodging in riads, guesthouses or desert camps (where available); twin or double occupancy; single occupancy with supplement
  • Welcome reception on day 1
  • Thousand and One Nights dinner event on day 4
  • Couscous presentation and lunch on day 5
  • Meals as noted
  • Entry fees to tour attractions
  • Camel trek
  • Private, experienced, English-speaking tour guides
  • Baggage portage (1 bag limit)
  • Taxes
  • 24-hour contact number

 

Tour pricing does not include:

  • Airfare or Airport transfers not arranged through Fam Trips
  • Gratuities for Bus Driver, Tour Escort and Step on Guides
  • Beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), except nonalcoholic beverages at Welcome Reception on day 1 and dinner event on day 4
  • Spa, hammam and henna services ( available for early sign up if desired)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for lodging staff, at your discretion
  • Medical and personal insurance

 

SPECIAL AGENT RATES

Agent price for fam: $1995.
Non-industry Guest: Add $250

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