Remarkable Journey: Morocco
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Morocco is a marvelous mix of mountains and desert, open plains and magical cities lost in time. As part of your adventure, explore the ancient cultures mingled in timeless traditions of crafts, music, and faith. Adventure awaits!
- Hike the Middle Atlas Mountains and discover the Berber villages and kasbahs.
- Learn the secrets of making a chicken tangine from a renowned chef.
- Step back 600 years in time while visiting the medinas of Fes.
- Wander through the winding labyrinth of shops and local treasures in Marrakech’s Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.
- Saddle up for a camel ride in the Sahara.
- Windsurf along the Atlantic in Essaouira.
- Enjoy an evening with dinner and a cocktail at Rick’s Café in Casablanca.
Arrival in Casablanca and be met by your private transfer to Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will spend the next few nights. Once you settle in, use today to explore the cobbled-streets and ancient mosques that make Fes’ walled medina one of the most impressive medieval cities in the world.
Days 2 & 3
Spend the next few days getting lost amongst the treasures of Fez. The medina of Fès el-Bali (Old Fes) is the city’s greatest attraction (although the planned New City also has its charms). With an abundance of historical attractions, covered bazaars, food markets and craft workshops, there is plenty to keep the curious intrigued.
We highly recommend spending part of a day taking a guided tour of Old Fes. Highlights include the recently restored theological college known as Bou Inania Medersa, one of the few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims. The Foundouk el-Nejjarine contains the Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts which gives testament to traveling carpenters, the trade routes, and the wooden arts and crafts that were once so unique and important to this region. Another fascinating stop is the leather tanneries quarter along the banks of Oued, with business operating in a way not so different than it did centuries ago.
After touring stop by La Maison Bleue for traditional cuisine of Fes.
Depart Fes and with your local guide drive through the scenic cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Spend the night in a small Saharan town and enjoy wandering the dunes, gazing at the stars, and taking in the serenity of the desert.
Wake before sunrise and make your way to the ever-shifting dunes of the Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert. There are a variety of activities to fill the rest of your day. Take an authentic camel ride, search for a fossil in the fossil beds near Erfoud, rent a 4×4 and explore the Erg Chebbi environment, visit the seasonal lakes and see elegant flamingos, or stop over in Merzouga to sip mint tea.
Continue west on your way to Marrakech to the oasis of Ouarzazate, a former outpost of the French Foreign Legion.
Use the morning to discover the region around Ouarzazate such as the the Kasbah Taouirirt and the UNESCO-restored Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
In Ouarzazate, roam the nearby kasbahs at the berber village of Ait Benhaddou, then head west through the High Atlas Mountains and the dramatic pass of Tizn Tichka en route to Marrakech. This hairpin road is one of only two passes through the largest mountain chain in Africa!
Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and markets of Morocco’s most popular destination. As always, we recommend acquainting yourself with Morocco by taking a private walking tour. Meander through the ancient pink-walled Medina with visits to the Koutoubia Minaret Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the Ben Youssef Medersa.
Take some time today to meander the colorful souks of the city in Marrakech’s Jemaa el-Fnaa square. The main souks are found through an arch to the north of the Jemaa el Fnaa. Carpets, jewelry, spices, metals, woods and snake-charmers can all be found here in abundance.
Other fascinating excursions include the tropical Majorelle Gardens owned by Yves St. Laurent and the small but excellent Islamic Art Museum located in the home of painter Jacques Majorelle.
Make your final stop in Morocco relaxing with a trip to the “Medina by the Sea”. The blue-painted and whitewashed buildings of this popular port town make Essaouira one of the most popular destinations in Morocco.
You may wish to enjoy an evening of freshly caught seafood at one of the many restaurants overlooking the busy Place Moulay Hassan.
Spend the day on the beach learning to kite-surf, or visit a Moroccan cookery school in the old Medina area and learn how to prepare fish tagine.
Head to Casablanca for your final night. Visit one of the largest mosques in the world, Mosque Hassan II, located next to the sea. For your final evening, we suggest a relaxing dinner and cocktails at Rick’s Café.
Rise early to depart from the airport in Casablanca for your flight back to the United States.
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