Small Group Discoveries

+ Journey along the Atlantic Coast to explore the historic but often overlooked ports of Oualidia and Essaouira, renowned for their abundant seafood and an ambience that has changed little over the centuries.
+ Enjoy our evocative hotels, including luxury riad properties that immerse you in all the romance and magic of Morocco’s traditional courtyard palaces.
+ Revel in the kaleidoscopic sensory experience of Morocco’s best-preserved medinas, where the ancient market rhythms of North Africa resonate as they have since the days of the founding dynasties.
+ Spend market day in the picturesque Ourika Valley where Berber traditions endure.
+ Venture along the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs, tracing an ancient caravan route into the spectacular landscapes of the Todra Gorge – one of the world’s most unforgettable drives.
+ Spend an enchanted night at our stylish encampment deep in the Sahara, arising to an unforgettable desert sunrise.
+ Experience the rich palette of Moroccan culinary traditions from the freshly-harvested oysters of Oualidia to world-famous tagine… Our à la carte dining in the finest restaurants is enhanced with a private hands-on cooking class in Marrakech!
+ Includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco

    On arrival, we’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, where early check-in has been arranged for our guests. After breakfast, you will have some leisure time to relax and get settled. Our luxury hotel enjoys a privileged city-center setting close to the historic medina if you wish to step out and explore a bit at your own pace. At midday, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for lunch, followed by a briefing with our experienced Moroccan Trip Leader.

    Our afternoon sightseeing begins at the nearby Hassan II Mosque. Set on a platform that extends into the ocean and constructed from exquisite Moroccan materials including red marble from Agadir, cedar wood from the Atlas Mountains and pink granite from Tafraoute, this 20th-century icon with its graceful minaret is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. In Mohammed V Square, you’ll discover other striking architectural landmarks including fine Mauresque buildings; emerging in the early 1900’s, this unique architectural style blended traditional Moroccan elements with European influences including French Art Deco. You’ll find more examples of the city’s unique mix of French and Moroccan architecture in the historic Habous Quarter. Driving through Anfa, you’ll discover an exclusive hilltop neighborhood with broad palm-lined avenues, lush gardens and stylish villas built over the last century. Though now demolished, the Hotel d’Anfa was the site of the historic 1943 meeting where President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill finalized the date of the Normandy Allied landings.

    At the bustling Central Market, you’ll mingle with city residents who come to shop for their daily staples including fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Other vendors specialize in traditional Moroccan goods from leather slippers and lanterns to fragrant spices and Argan oil – the famous elixir used for just about everything from food to shampoo.

    This evening, we’ll sit down to an à la carte dinner at Rick’s Café. Since 2004, this tribute restaurant has delighted thousands of classic film buffs who come to dine in a setting that faithfully recreates the bar made famous by Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). It may sound a bit cliché now, but the service is excellent, the ambience is truly memorable and the chefs prepare wonderful Moroccan and International dishes.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 2 – Along the Coast to Oualidia and Essaouira

    We’ll check out after breakfast and travel to Oualidia, a charming but often overlooked village on the Atlantic coast. We’ll have a relaxing lunch at La Sultana, a luxury retreat built in classic Moroccan style overlooking the lagoon. With specialties including fine grilled meats, freshly caught sea perch, spider crabs and Oualidia oysters just harvested from the lagoon’s famous oyster farms, you’ll enjoy a delightful à la carte meal perfectly accompanied by a glass of crisp Moroccan white wine.

    An after-lunch stroll along the beach affords an opportunity to meet village residents. Most of them earn their livelihood from the sea and it’s not usual to find wandering fishermen offering their catch for sale or grilling some fish right on the sands. Colorful boats and villagers mending their nets add to the captivating seafront tableau.

    In mid-afternoon, we’ll continue our coastal journey to Essaouira, an Atlantic port with a bustling seafront protected by impressive 18th-century ramparts. As we make our way along its handsome palm-lined avenues, you might note an evocative blend of spices and the salt tang of the ocean. Our destination is L’Heure Bleue Palais, an intimate Relais & Chateaux hotel set in a splendidly restored 18th-century courtyard residence. You’ll have time to relax and refresh before we sit down to an elegant à la carte dinner here at our hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 – Discover Essaouira

    With its often strong Atlantic breezes, known as alizée or taros in the Berber language, Essaouira has escaped the annual influx of visitors who arrive in other Atlantic towns in search of sun, sea and sand. The result is a beguiling port that has retained much of its traditional culture and atmosphere. Accompanied by our expert guide, today’s sightseeing will reveal the town’s coastal beauty and its cultural allure.

    We’ll begin at a local bakery where sweet and savory pastries are prepared using generations-old family recipes. Sample some for yourself before we explore the old city fortifications. Designed by European engineers in the 1700’s, these massive seaside ramparts are lined with old brass cannons that still face out to sea as they have for hundreds of years. From the watchtower, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the city and the rugged Atlantic coast.

    For lunch we’ll head to Le Chalet de la Plage, a 19th-century landmark that was acquired in 1965 by the Jeannot family. In the decades since, this delightful oceanfront restaurant has built on its fine reputation for the freshest seafood, meticulously prepared. Accompanied by beer or Moroccan wine, you can order off a seasonally-adjusted Mediterranean menu that often features oysters, sea urchin, prawns, squid, lobster and a wide variety of fishes. Wood grilled sardines are a popular local favorite.

    The day’s exploration also takes you along the winding alleys that lead you through the old Arab quarter of the town. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Essaouira medina is regarded as one of north Africa’s finest examples of a fortified 18th-century town. With strong elements of Arabic and Islamic architecture, the overall design also reflects European military architecture of the period. As we explore with our in-the know guide, you’ll gain rich insight into the historic role that Essaouira played as a vibrant seaport linking Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world. In the studio of a local artist, you’ll learn how age-old traditions are still used to meticulously create the handicrafts you’ll find for sale here and in the medina’s many colorful shops.

    In the open-air fish market, you’ll find friendly vendors with a wide variety of seafood just unloaded from the nearby fishing boats; red snapper, shrimp, enormous prawns, sea bass, calamari and more exotic fare like barracuda and eel are typical offerings you’ll see being cleaned, displayed and sold.

    This evening’s à la carte dinner features the tantalizing traditional Moroccan cuisine and uber-fresh Atlantic seafood of La Table by Madada.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 – Onward to Marrakech

    This morning is yours to enjoy the atmospheric charm of our boutique riad hotel. You might relax by the terrace pool, with its views over the old Arab quarter and the Atlantic Ocean, or step out to explore more of this historic port. The medina and oceanfront ramparts are not far and wonderful to experience further at your own pace.

    Early this afternoon, we’ll depart Essaouira for the short overland journey to Marrakech. En route, we’ll pass through groves of Argan trees. Indigenous to southwestern Morocco and living for up to 200 years, this flowering tree is the source of a small apricot-like fruit that is so irresistible to the local goats that the animals can often be seen climbing into the branches to eat their fill.

    Although the goats may not care, the tiny kernel inside the fruit is the highly-valued source of Argan oil, an important Moroccan commodity. In the kitchen and at the dining table, this delicately flavored oil is used for dipping bread and can be drizzled on couscous or pasta. And for centuries, women across the Mediterranean have prized the oil for its hydrating benefits for healthy skin and hair.

    Arriving in Marrakech, we’ll check in to La Maison Arabe. Here in the heart of the ancient medina, our intimate 5-star riad hotel has welcomed distinguished guests for more than half a century. Sumptuous guestrooms, an inviting pool and flower-filled patios all reflect the finest Moroccan style and craftsmanship. Tonight, we’ll gather for a casually elegant cocktail party here at La Maison Arabe. Dinner will be served al fresco on the lantern-lit terrace overlooking the pool and gardens.  Meals B+D
  • Day 5 – Explore Imperial Marrakech

    The tranquil pace (not to mention the plain old-fashioned fun!) of riding a horse-drawn carriage is the best way we know to experience the timeless atmosphere of this ancient Imperial city. Founded in the 11th century during the Almoravid Dynasty, Marrakech is blessed with myriad historical landmarks and sites which we’ll explore today with our engaging Moroccan guide. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, the tranquil Menara Gardens were first established 900 years ago as an orchard for palm, olive and fruit trees. Today, you’ll still find ancient olive groves and a reflecting pool watched over by a beautiful 19th-century pavilion, said to be built on the site of a much older structure of the Saadian era.

    Continuing your focus on Morocco’s ancient dynasties, you’ll also visit the amazing Saadian Tombs. Constructed during the reign of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour in the late 1500’s, they were sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Lavishly decorated with brilliantly colored tiles, graceful Arabic script and elaborate carvings, the tombs were remarkably preserved and have been further restored to their original glory. In the heart of the historic center near the old Jewish Quarter, you’ll tour the fabulous Bahia Palace, built in the mid 1800’s with beautiful mosaic tile work and a gracefully colonnaded arcade.

    This morning’s touring also includes the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century and celebrated for its impressive minaret, the oldest of the three great Almohad minarets still standing in the world. At the Dar Si Said Museum, dedicated to the work of Moroccan artisans over the centuries, you’ll discover extraordinary objects including leather bags made by the nomadic Tuareg people, Berber jewelry, colorful textiles, hand-painted ceramics and magnificent rugs.

    After a lunch of traditional Moroccan fare at Al Baraka, set in an historic 19th-century riad, we’ll plunge into the twisting alleyways and atmospheric streets of the Marrakech medina to explore the city’s famous souks. Historically, these markets were divided and laid out according to the specific products being produced and sold. With penetrating cultural insights (and shopping advice!) from our well-versed guide, your exploration will reveal a startling array of merchandise including pottery, textiles, antiques, carpets, jewelry, shoes, leather goods, lanterns and spices! Of course, we’ll also take time to experience the nearly non-stop action and entertainment that have played out in Djemaa el-Fna Square since the 11th century. Public executions were the main draw back then, but today it’s the musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, henna artists, food vendors and entertainers of all description that make this the cultural heart of Marrakech.

    By special arrangement, we’ll also enjoy an exclusive guided tour through Le Jardin Majorelle. Created in the early 20th century by French painter Jacques Majorelle and once the private villa of Yves Saint-Laurent, this opulent estate cum museum encompasses streams and pools filled with lilies and lotus flowers, meandering paths, gurgling fountains and peaceful courtyards – all enhanced by luxuriant landscaping. The villa-studio is now a museum dedicated to Berber culture.

    This evening’s à la carte dinner features the warm ambience and fine Moroccan cuisine of Al Fassia.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 – Flavors and Sights of Marrakech

    Moroccan cuisine reflects a rich blend of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and Berber culinary traditions – and the result is a varied palette of textures, spices, ingredients and flavors. Fresh vegetables are widely used along with beef, lamb, chicken and the freshest of sea foods. Olive oil is a staple as are dried fruits and a remarkable array of spices and herbs including cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, marjoram, sage and pickled lemon. Prepared in an earthenware pot with a conical lid, the richly flavored stew-like Tagine is perhaps one of Morocco’s most famous dishes. Couscous, meat kebabs, grilled seafood and a wide variety of soups and salads are other traditional favorites.

    This morning, you’ll delve into this rich world of Moroccan cooking with our specially arranged cooking class, a hands-on experience with a skilled local chef. After this fun and memorable affair, you’ll sit down to a congenial lunch featuring the dishes you and your fellow chefs have prepared.

    The ancient medina of this erstwhile Imperial city is not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it’s honestly one of the world’s most unique and fascinating places. And to truly take in and appreciate its history, vibrant cultural traditions – and the full kaleidoscope of its flavors, colors, sights and sounds – you really need to take some time to just stroll at your own pace. So this afternoon has been left unscheduled so you can explore at your whim. Our in-the-know Moroccan guide will of course be on-hand with suggestions and assistance so that you take best advantage of our time here in Marrakech.  This evening, we’ll gather again for another lovely meal here at La Maison Arabe.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 – Market Day in the Ourika Valley

    We’ll set out this morning in our comfortable Land Cruisers, leaving behind us the bustling pace of Marrakech. Traveling into a tranquil land of olive groves and citrus orchards, we’ll see the peaks of the Atlas Mountains drawing nearer as we make our way into the Ourika Valley.

    At an innovative Berber cooperative, we’ll observe and learn more about the production of highly prized Argan oil. The process from tree to oil is time consuming and done almost entirely by hand. Employing local women, this cooperative is an important community resource and promises us an enlightening visit.

    We’ll also visit the remote village of Tnine de L’Ourika to see its picturesque zaouia (an Islamic monastery). Nearby, the local souk draws Berber villagers from near and far who come weekly to shop and barter at the largest souk in the Valley. We’ve purposely timed our visit for Monday, which is market day, so we can experience the astounding vitality and age-old traditions of this weekly gathering.

    We’ll stop for lunch at Kasbah Bab Ourika, an enchanting hilltop retreat with sweeping views over the valley and Atlas Mountains. In the afternoon, our full-day excursion continues deeper into the Ourika Valley to Setti Fatma, a scenic stream-side village set in a canyon beneath the rugged peaks of the High Atlas range. At the tomb of Lady Fatima, you’ll hear the thousand-year-old legend of this young woman who was known for her healing powers; situated in a small building high on the mountainside, her tomb continues to receive daily offerings from local women seeking a cure for marital and fertility problems.

    Next we’ll visit a farm that specializes in the cultivation of the delicate Saffron Crocus flower and the production of the esteemed spice. As we make our return journey, you’ll have an opportunity to take in more of the mountain scenery including red-roofed Berber villages perched on hills so steep that the homes appear to be stacked one on top of another. In the clear rushing streams and waterfalls of the valley, you may even observe women washing their clothes as they’ve done for centuries.

    Back in Marrakech, horse-drawn carriages will take us to Palais Soleiman for a wonderful dinner surrounded by the opulent décor of this erstwhile palace.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 – Across the High Atlas Range to Ouarzazate

    After breakfast, we’ll embark on our overland journey into the spectacular High Atlas Mountains. As we ascend towards the 7,400-foot Tizi n’Tichka Pass, we’ll be traveling along a steeply climbing road that was built in 1936 by the French as a military highway. At the highest point of the pass, we’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding mountain landscapes.

    As we make our way down the southeastern slopes of the Atlas range, the scenery will shift subtly giving way to the still, timeless and arid pre-Saharan terrain that lies before us. Around midday, we’ll have lunch before continuing to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site widely regarded as an exceptionally fine ksar – the fortified towns that can be found throughout southern Morocco. Within the earthen walls, punctuated by gates and towers, you’ll be awed by the tight cluster of buildings – some quite modest, others looking like small fortified castles in their own right. With its crowd of homes, all of red clay, climbing from the arid valley floor and up the steep hillside, you might recognize Aït Benhaddou from many notable films; Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Man who Would be King and The Jewel of the Nile all have had scenes set in this striking ksar.

    Continuing on toward Ouarzazate, we’ll tour two of the region’s most historic and picturesque kasbahs, the fortified citadels that sit in the heart of many Moroccan towns. Set on an arid outcrop, the ruins of Kasbah Tifoultoute lie off the beaten path and offer deeper insight into the relationship between traditional Moroccan architecture and daily life. Originally built in the 19th century for one of the region’s most powerful clans, the impressive Taourirt Kasbah reflects the amazing wealth that the founding el Glaoui family amassed from their control of an important caravan trade route that connected Morocco with West Africa.

    Tonight we’ll enjoy an à la carte dinner and a restful overnight at the inviting Sultana Royal Hotel, set on lovely landscaped grounds just outside of town.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 – Route of 1,000 Kasbahs to Merzouga + The Sahara

    An unforgettable day unfolds as we depart our hotel and embark on a journey that will take us along the fabled Route of 1,000 Kasbahs; tracing an ancient caravan route, this journey is punctuated by spectacular canyons and valleys, old fortified towns, hilltop citadels and even some 19th-century single-family compounds built with the distinctive crenulated walls of a medieval kasbah. In the Dadès River Valley, the lush green valley floor with its orchards and villages is surrounded by arid hills and desert rock formations. As we continue through the spectacular Todra Gorge, we’ll marvel at steep canyon walls that soar more than 500 feet on either side; though not long in distance or duration, this stretch of our journey is one of the most memorable drives you’ll ever make!

    After lunch, we’ll head to Rissani, a 17th-century ksar that rose to importance in the days before the Alaouite Dynasty came to power. At the nearby ruins of Ksar Abbar, you’ll hear a fascinating tale of its erstwhile residents – disgraced members of the Alaouite family who were banished to live here and virtually abandoned, just as the town has been.

    Our afternoon journey continues to Merzouga, perched on the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert. We’ll transfer to 4x4 vehicles and journey across the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. Our destination is our luxury desert encampment set amidst the dunes of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a camel ride over the dunes and watch the sun set over the desert as you refresh with a cup of traditional Moroccan mint tea. Later, we’ll dine on fine Moroccan fare served under a canopy of stars. Before retiring to your private tent, enjoy Berber music and congenial conversation around the campfire.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 10 – Through the Ziz Valley to Fès

    Arising early this morning, we’ll venture in comfortable 4x4 jeeps deeper into the vast expanse of the Sahara. The sands are ever-shifting, but our experienced drivers know the dips and rises of the surrounding dunes, and they’ll take us to a fantastic vantage point to experience the sunrise. We’ll watch the sun’s first golden rays strike the tawny desert dunes and then return to our encampment for a hearty breakfast.

    Then leaving the Sahara behind us, we’ll begin our journey toward Fez. This morning’s drive takes us through Errachidia and onward into the Ziz Valley. Fed by the waters of the eponymous river, we’ll encounter a lush green ribbon that meanders through an otherwise harsh landscape of arid slopes and rocky peaks. Punctuated by small communities, vast belts of green palm trees and dusty ancient kasbahs, the region promises not just its mesmerizing scenery but also the chance to witness timeless scenes of rural life in southern Morocco.

    Midday finds us in the high plains between the High Atlas and Middle Atlas ranges. Here we’ll stop for lunch at the Taddart Hotel before continuing our northward journey. As we pass through the undulating hills of the Middle Atlas Mountains, we’ll often be surrounded by fragrant forests of Cedar trees – a favorite habitat of Barbary macaques. In the laid-back Berber market town of Azrou, we’ll stop at the Azrou Ensemble Artisanal center where onsite artisans use traditional methods to create exceptionally fine Berber rugs, wood carvings, hand-wrought metalwork, musical instruments and leather goods.

    Not far from Azrou, we’ll pass through Ifrane. Built by the French in the 1930’s, there is a distinctly alpine feel to the town’s layout and architecture; indeed, it is fondly referred to as “The Switzerland of Morocco.” Arriving in arguably the country’s most finely preserved medieval city, we’ll check in to the enchanting Riad Fès, a luxury retreat built in the style of a courtyard palace and ideally situated in the ancient medina. This evening, we’ll dine here at our luxury hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 11 – Immerse in the Imperial City of Fès

    Founded in the 8th century, this ancient city emerged as the capital of the ancient Marinid Dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries and quickly blossomed into a major Islamic center of commerce, learning and the arts. Even today, many Moroccans regard Fès as the cultural heart of their country.

    With so much history and glory, the city offers great monuments and enduring institutions that will highlight our full-day of guided touring. In the still-vibrant historic core of town, where many buildings date back to the founding days of the Marinid Dynasty, we’ll see two of Morocco’s oldest learning centers. The exquisitely decorated Al-Attarine Madrasa, founded in the 14th century, presents a striking contrast to the timeworn cobblestones and simple market stalls of the spice and perfume souks that surround it. Also founded in the 1300’s, the Bou Inania Madrasa is universally regarded as one of the most extravagant and beautiful medieval buildings in all of Morocco. Its intricately decorated tiles, carved cedar panels and ornate stucco work enhance the perfect proportions of its colonnaded arcades and expansive courtyard.

    In el-Nejjarine (Carpenter’s Square), where skilled artisans sill chisel and sculpt indigenous cedar wood, you’ll admire the much-photographed Nejjarine Fountain, famous for its ceramic mosaics. Before heading to lunch, we’ll also visit the 9th-century tomb of Moulay Idriss, the revered ruler who founded the city, and see the towering 1,000-year-old minaret of the Kairaouine Mosque, the second largest in the country. Founded in the 9th century, this is also the holiest mosque in Morocco and governs the timing of all Islamic festivals across the country.

    This afternoon, we’ll follow our guide along the labyrinthine streets and narrow lanes of the sprawling medina; it’s the largest in the world and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site not only for its well-preserved medieval architecture but also as a living witness to the age-old traditions of a flourishing eastern Mediterranean city. Indeed, our exploration of the medina brings the history of Morocco’s ancient rulers and ordinary citizens to life. Most fascinating, perhaps, are the souks where smoke billows up from stoves, lamplight reaches out from the stalls, hammer blows ring in the ear, and the fragrance of herbs and spices fill the air. Many travelers come to bargain for the amazing variety of goods available, but even the most shopping-averse traveler will be fascinated by the centuries-old rhythms of the souks - where filigreed metal lamps, fine silks, brilliantly colored leather slippers, traditional Berber rugs, exquisitely painted ceramics and hammered brasswork are offered along with freshly slaughtered chickens, fresh figs, seafood and medicinal herbs.

    Of course, no exploration of the Fès medina would be complete without visiting the tanneries that have existed here, virtually unchanged, since medieval times. Like an artist’s palette, the deep vats sit side by side, holding dyes in a startling array of colors and shades – each manned by a single tanner. As countless other workers have done for hundreds of years, they place the raw leather into a vat, climb into the sometimes waist-deep dye, and stomp on the hide for hours – working on them until they’ve reached the desired color and suppleness. It’s an experience you will never forget.

    After sightseeing, we’ll have time to refresh before dining at MB. With its cool contemporary style and French-influenced Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine, this may well be the most innovative restaurant in town.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 – Meknes, Moulay Idriss + Volubilis… Back to Casablanca

    This morning, we’ll travel to nearby Meknes, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally founded in the 11th century as a military settlement, Meknes became the capital under Sultan Moulay Ismail, the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty. Renowned for its fine blending of Spanish and Moorish architectural styles of the 1600’s, Meknes is further distinguished by its impressively high and thick walls punctuated by gracefully arched gates. Chief among these is Bab Mansour, a magnificent gate with superb Zellij tilework, sturdy columns of fine Corinthian marble and an imposing door of wood and iron. At the top of the gate, the Arabic inscription reads “I am the most beautiful gate in Morocco. I’m like the moon in the sky. Property and wealth are written on my front.”

    We’ll learn about Morocco’s ancient Jewish history as we explore the mellah, the ancient walled Jewish quarter inhabited since the early days of the city. We’ll also visit the nearby Royal Stables, an amazing complex constructed to comfortably house no less than 12,000 royal horses. Though the stables have fallen into an evocative state of disrepair, our guided visit offers further insight into the enormous wealth and power wielded by Morocco’s ancient dynastic rulers.

    Then we’ll continue onward to Moulay Idriss. Built along the slopes of two neighboring hills, this picturesque town is the final resting place of Moulay Idriss I, revered as the nation’s religious and secular founder. Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed inside the royal tomb, but our guided visit here in Morocco’s most sacred town will deepen our understanding and appreciation of the country’s culture and faith. Just outside of town, we’ll also explore the archaeological site of Volubilis, another  UNESCO World Heritage Site. With finely preserved ruins dating back to the 3rd century, this remarkable ensemble of temples, baths, a basilica, brothels and gloriously preserved mosaic floors offers a unique look into the ancient history of Roman Africa.

    After lunch in Meknes, we’ll continue onward to Casablanca, where we’ll check in once again to the luxurious Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche. You have time to relax and refresh before we gather for our farewell dinner this evening.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 13 – Depart Casablanca

    We’ll be escorted to the airport today for our homeward journey.  Meals B

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Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our experienced professional Moroccan Trip Leader including all entry fees
+ 36 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 12 à la carte dinners with wine
+ 11 nights in our 5-star hotels and intimate luxury riads
+ Overnight at Morocco’s finest tented encampment in the Sahara Desert
+ All on-tour transportation and airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and fees

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+ Comprehensive sightseeing with our experienced professional Moroccan Trip Leader including all entry fees
+ 36 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 12 à la carte dinners with wine
+ 11 nights in our 5-star hotels and intimate luxury riads
+ Overnight at Morocco’s finest tented encampment in the Sahara Desert
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    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
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Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Barcelona

    4 Day Private Tour

    Our 4-day Private Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

  • Madrid

    4 Day Private Tour

    Our 4-day Private Tour includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

Trip Reviews

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(5 Traveler Reviews)

  • Pam from FL gives this tour 

    Mysterious, exotic and beautiful, Morocco was more than I thought it would be! From the sweet seaside town of Essaouira with its blue taxis, blue fishing boats and even blue streetlights - and the lovely Le Heure Bleu Palace - to the night in the Saharan desert under the most star-studded sky I've seen in years, this trip exceeded my expectations, introducing me to a culture that is as old and rich as Rome's and as inscrutable as Egypt's. I loved Marrakech's mix of sophisticated... Read More »

  • Robert from CA gives this tour 

    Loved the scenery, culture, hotels, food, fantastic architecture, Sahara, etc. Read More »

  • Martin from PA gives this tour 

    The guide & driver were excellent. Generally a good set of destinations. Read More »

  • Jill from NJ gives this tour 

    Most of the places we visited were wonderful. The people on the tour were delightful. Read More »

  • Diane from NV gives this tour 

    We loved Morocco and enjoyed the country’s diversity. Morocco’s geography is unique with its stacked, terraced-clinging Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, its harbor-filled blue fishing boats of the fortified seaport of Essaouira, and its magnificent sand dunes of the world’s third largest desert, the Sahara. The Moroccan foods were as diverse as its landscape. Aromatic spices, meats, and couscous, slowly-cooked in tagines, graced our table and we dined on grilled sardines, spider... Read More »

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