Air & Land
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights NYC-Marrakesh, Casablanca-NYC
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- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 11 nights First Class accommodations
- 3 nights Marrakesh
- 1 night Boumalne Dades
- 2 nights Erfoud
- 1 night Ouarzazate
- 2 nights Agadir
- 1 night Essaouira
- 1 night Casablanca
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- 17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Farewell dinner with mineral water and wine
- Ait Ben Haddou
- Kasbah Taourirt
- Todra Gorge
- Erg Chebbi Desert
- Hassan II Mosque
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to Morocco. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Marrakesh
Arrive in Marrakesh and transfer from the airport to your hotel. Check-in and meet the rest of your group during an orientation with your Tour Manager. Dinner is on your own
DAY 3, Tuesday - Marrakesh City Tour
Following breakfast, take a morning tour of the city of Marrakesh, otherwise known as the “Ochre City”. Home to over one million, Marrakesh was one of the major imperial cities of historical Morocco. The city divides into two areas; the Medina, or the historical city, and the Ville Nouvelle, the European-inspired modern city. Marvel at the city's pink mud-brick architecture. Visit the Saadien Tombs, the resting place of many members of the Saadi Dynasty, who claimed to descend from Muhammad's bloodline. Journey to the magnificent site known as the Bahia Palace, the 19th century home of Si Moussa, whose name literally means “brilliance”. The balance of the day is at leisure
Optional: Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration, Museum, Palace & Gardens Tour with Lunch (PM)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Full day in Marrakesh
Today, the entire day is yours to explore the city on your own. Perhaps head to the Dar Si Said Museum, an homage to the influence of wood in Moroccan crafts. Consider a visit to the Souks, the famed markets of the city. Here, you'll find everything from handicrafts to spices to clothing
Optional: Ourika Valley tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
DAY 5, Thursday - Travel to Boumalne Dades
The morning, depart from Marrakesh on a journey through the famous Tichka Pass to Boumalne Dades. Along the way, stop for a short tour of Ait Ben Haddou, where those who choose to take the tour to Telouet will re-join the rest of the group. A prime example of classic Southern Moroccan architecture, this fortified city's high-angled towers stand out above the family dwellings, all set upon a mountainside. Enjoy lunch on your own before arriving in Dades where you will get to experience an orientation tour of the stunning landscapes and canyons. Later, check-in and partake in dinner at the hotel
Optional: Half Day Telouet Kasbah 4x4 Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Friday - Travel to Erfoud
After breakfast, depart your hotel and travel to Erfoud, an oasis town in eastern Morocco. En route enjoy a stop at one of Morocco's most popular natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge. Don't forget your camera as you take in a walking tour of the wondrous 985 feet high gorge and surrounding area. Continue on your journey to Erfoud, also known as “The Desert Gate”. Check-in and relax with dinner at your hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7, Saturday - Full day in Erfoud, Erg Chebbi
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion throughout the desert. Depart by 4x4 caravan into the desert, exploring numerous small villages before reaching Tisserdimine, an oasis village at the bottom of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch before continuing the journey to the peak of Erg Chebbi. After taking in this splendid view of the surrounding desert, leave your man made transports behind and journey into the heart of the dunes as the local nomads do; by camel back. Return to your hotel after sunset
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8, Sunday - Ouarzazate
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart for the quiet Berber city of Ouarzazate. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to check out the unique architecture of kasbahs and desert buildings or wander the souks for some shopping
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Monday - Tour of Ouarzazate, Travel to Agadir
After breakfast, enjoy a thorough tour of Ouarzazate. Take a tour of the Atlas film studios, one of the largest film studios in the world. Continue on to the Kasbah Taourirt, an amazing example of Moroccan architecture, which is a former post for monitoring the caravan routes into west Africa. Following the tour, stop for lunch along the way before arriving at the hotel. Dinner is on your own in this resort town
DAY 10, Tuesday - City tour of Agadir
This morning, depart on a city tour of Agadir, where you will have the chance to view the ports and beaches of this former fishing village as well as the hill top ruins of the old kasbah. It was at Agadir that the European conflict began between Germany and France that opened the door for France to seize nearly all of Morocco. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach or shop
Optional: Berber Relaxing Massage (PM)
DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart for Essaouira
Following breakfast, set out for the city of Essaouira. Along the way, stop at the Marjana Co-Operative to view traditional methods of extracting Argan Oil. The demand for the oil has grown drastically due to its heavy use in cosmetics and cuisine in the West. Continue on to Essaouira. Also known as Mogador, the modern city of Essaouira was not constructed until the late 18th century by Mohammed III. French and Arab influences shine through in this medina's architecture. Essaouira played a major role in maritime trade, bridging Sub-Saharan Africa with Europe. A multicultural lifestyle thrives there as people of various ethnic groups and religious backgrounds all live in harmony with one another. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure to see what makes this medina a UNESCO heritage site
DAY 12, Thursday - Depart for Casablanca
Today, travel to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco. Casablanca's history goes back thousands of years as the Berbers established settlements there around the 10th Century BCE. Famed civilizations such as the Phoenicians and Romans were known to have traveled through there as well. During World War II, the city served as General Patton's headquarters for the North Africa campaign, and host of the 1943 meeting between the heads of state to plan the Normandy landing. Upon arrival, enjoy a bus tour of the city. Marvel at sights such as the Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V Square and Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Take in all of this and more throughout your day. Your final night features a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13, Friday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
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Kenzi Farah, Marrakesh
This superior first class hotel is located in a very quiet district of Marrakesh.
Hotel Xaluca Dades, Boumalne Dades
This first class hotel is located within the heart of the Atlas Mountains.
Kasbah Xaluca Maadid, Erfoud
This superior first class hotel is a Kasbah-style property located on the edge of the desert near to Erfoud and its many attractions.
Karam Palace, Ouarzazate
This first class hotel is located in the city of Ouarzazate.
Iberostar Founty Beach, Agadir
This first class hotel is located very close to a beach of fine sand and less than a half mile from the center of Agadir.
Hotel Atlas Essaouira & Spa, Essaouira
This deluxe hotel is located on the beachfront in Essaouira.
Novotel Casablanca City Center, Casablanca
This first class hotel is nearby the Parc de la Ligue Arabe in the business district.
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Marrakesh Culinary Demonstration, Museum, Palace & Gardens with lunch
01 Apr 2013 - 04 Apr 2014 $99|
|Your tour begins with an instructional cooking demonstration of how the traditional Berber dish, couscous, is made. In a beautiful authentic restaurant near Djeema Fna Square, learn from a local chef how to successfully prepare the famous dish at home. After completing your cooking demonstration and lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum. Housed in a beautiful 19th century building called the Dar M'Nebhi Palace, this 'jewel of Marrakesh' displays a fine array of Jewish, Berber and Muslim artifacts. Continue on to the Majorelle Gardens. First created in the 1920s, these beautiful botanical gardens have been owned and maintained by French artists since their creation – first by painter Jacques Majorelle, then fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent.|
Departs at 12:00 pm. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
Moroccan Dinner with Entertainment
01 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2014 $59|
|Tonight, enjoy a dinner out on the town. Tonight's experience will present you with an opportunity to go out and embrace the nightlife of the international city of Marrakesh. Enjoy fantastic food, unique ambiance, and mesmerizing belly-dancers all while listening to Moroccan and international favorites.|
Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
Ourika Valley Tour
01 Sep 2012 - 31 Mar 2014 $49|
|Depart for a morning excursion to scenic Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Nestled at the foot of the famous ski resort Oukaimeden, the Ourika Valley rises slowly to the first hills of the High Atlas, where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering mountains. Here you will see the natural majesty of Morocco at its finest, a pristine and marvelous place where only the birds disturb the silence. Ourika is also famous for its local pottery, which makes an excellent memento from your journey.|
Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
Half Day Telouet Kasbah 4x4 Adventure from Marrakesh
01 Apr 2013 - 30 Apr 2015 $69|
|After breakfast, depart via 4x4 vehicle to Telouet. Along the way, take in the scenery as you cross two river beds and climb the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival to Telouet, visit the Kasbah, would-be residence for the Glaoui family, one of the most influential families in the region. The kasbah's contruction began in the early 20th century, but was never completed. Nevertheless, this huge fortified castle still offers interesting sights, as well as amazing views of the mountains and scenery around it. Inside, you will view large state rooms, and have the opportunity to see the colorful zellij tiles. Finally, sip on a Moroccan mint tea inside a Berber village home before meeting up with the rest of the group en route to Marrakesh.|
Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Berber Relaxing Massage
01 Sep 2012 - 08 Apr 2015 $39|
|This 2 hour Moroccan massage was primarily intended for the Berber populations from long ago. The ancient Berbers were a nomadic people who were constantly on their feet, moving from place to place. So logically, the traditional Moroccan Berber massage begins with a long rub of your feet and legs while in a bowl of warm water. During this time, enjoy the southern Moroccan version of mint tea and take your mind to a relaxing place to wonder about your trip to this point. The massage then continues with a deep muscle massage of your entire body. This intense experience was meant to increase blood circulation after hours of walking in this area of very hot summers and very cold winters. The whole massage experience is done using traditional argan oils that protect and nourish your skin.|
Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
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Triple Rooms at the Kenzi Azghor in Ouarazate will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
May 19 & June 9 departures will be accommodated at the Kenzi Azghor in Ouarzazate.
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