Treasures of Morocco - Premium Adventure

Treasures of Morocco - Premium Adventure

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Treasures of Morocco - Premium Adventure

12 Days Starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech

Visiting: Casablanca, Conservation du site Archéologique de volubilis, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Fes, Merzouga, Riad Madu, Sahara Stars Camp, Todra River, Skoura, Aït Benhaddou, Imlil, Aroumd, Marrakech

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

AML

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

5 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Trip Styles:

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Tour Overview

Few places on earth match the cultural diversity of Morocco. Join this Premium Adventure to discover the best of it, while staying in a carefully selected accommodation portfolio, which includes traditional riads, an award-winning lodge and a luxury desert camp. We tour diverse cities, including seaside Casablanca, the imperial powerhouse of Fez, and electric Marrakech. And we journey into the Sahara, where we navigate dunes on camelback and stargaze around a campfire. Village visits, kasbah tours, lunch with an Amazigh family and a relaxing hammam session complete a perfectly balanced adventure that captures the best of Morocco in style.

Highlights

  • Discover the culturally rich cities of Casablanca, Marrakech and Fez

  • Visit the Unesco-listed Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ksar of Ait Benhaddou

  • Take a camelback ride through the Sahara

  • Experience a traditional hammam

  • Join a cookery class and enjoy the results

  • See the High Atlas Mountains and have lunch with an Amazigh family

  • Spend two nights in Riad El Yacout in Fez, once a wealthy merchant's home

  • Stay for a night in Riad Madu, a kasbah-style hotel in the Sahara

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Casablanca

Location: Casablanca

Accommodation Name: Gray Hotel (five-star)

The adventure begins in the port city of Casablanca. Depending on flight arrival times, your expert leader will meet the whole group for a welcome briefing either this evening or tomorrow morning.



Accommodation: Gray Hotel (five-star)

Day 2 : Casablanca Tour; Volubilis Ruins; Moulay Idriss; Fez

Location: Casablanca, Conservation du site Archéologique de volubilis, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Fes

Accommodation Name: Riad El Yacout (four-star)

Meals Included: breakfastdinner

This morning, before leaving Casablanca, we visit the Hassan II Mosque, which has a soaring 655ft (200m) minaret, sliding ceiling, and glass floor through which you can see the Atlantic Ocean. We then begin our journey to Fez, stopping en route at Unesco-listed Volubilis, the largest and best-kept Roman ruins in Morocco. We also stop at the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss to stretch our legs and have lunch. Finally, we reach Fez, where our accommodation for the night is a standout on this tour. Riad El Yacout, in the old medina, started life as a wealthy merchant’s home and has been lovingly restored by Fassi craftspeople. We enjoy a welcome dinner here, a chance for us to try tasty local fare.



Accommodation: Riad El Yacout (five-star)

Day 3 : Explore Fez

Location: Fes

Accommodation Name: Riad El Yacout (four-star)

Meals Included: breakfast

Fez is the intellectual and religious centre of Morocco. Founded more than 1,000 years ago, it is the oldest of the Imperial cities in the kingdom with many mosques and madrasas (theological colleges). We join our local guide to explore the narrow streets, visiting different sections of the souq, including those selling leather, brass and copper. We also stop at the tanneries and pottery workshops to see traditional local crafts in action. Outside the medina, we visit the Jewish District (Mellah) and the exterior of the Royal Palace. We then drive to a panoramic viewpoint for great photos of the city below.



Accommodation: Riad El Yacout (five-star)

Day 4 : Drive To Merzouga, On The Edge Of The Sahara

Location: Merzouga, Riad Madu

Accommodation Name: Riad Madu or Riad Chebbi (five-star)

Meals Included: breakfastdinner

We start early for a full day of travelling to the Sahara. We are on the road for approximately 10 hours (travel time around eight hours) but journey through superb scenery and stop plenty of times along the way. Our journey takes us over the Middle Atlas, through the picturesque Ziz Valley to the Hamada, a flat, stony desert gradually approaching the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. The journey is undoubtedly worth it, and we’re rewarded with a night at the Riad Madu. Relax by the pool and enjoy watching the sun set over the desert.



Accommodation: Riad Madu (five-star)

Day 5 : Village Cultural Experience; Ride A Camel At A Saharan Camp

Location: Riad Madu, Sahara Stars Camp

Accommodation Name: Jannat Luxury camp (four-star)

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day (with perhaps another dip in the pool). Later this morning, we travel by 4×4 to Khamlia village to watch a traditional Gnawa music show and have a traditional lunch of Medfouna – a fantastic cultural experience. This afternoon, we transfer to our luxury desert camp and then undertake a genuine Saharan experience – a camel trek through the dunes to watch the desert take on a rose colour at sunset. After dinner, we sit around the campfire and gaze at the stars.



Accommodation: Sahara Stars Camp (four-star)

Day 6 : To Skoura Via The Todra Gorge

Location: Todra River, Skoura

Accommodation Name: Kasbah Ben Damiette or similar

Meals Included: breakfastdinner

Leaving the desert, we head towards the little town of Skoura. En route, we pass through the Todra Gorge, sheer cliffs rising dramatically on either side of the road. Following the 1,000 Kasbahs Road for approximately two hours, we see several of these imposing buildings in palm groves. We stay in a kasbah-style lodge during our two nights in Skoura.



Accommodation: Kasbah Sawadi Ecolodge (five-star) or similar

Day 7 : Skoura, The Palm Grove Capital Of Morocco

Location: Skoura

Accommodation Name: Kasbah Ben Damiette or similar

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then join the leader on a guided walk through the palm groves of sleepy Skoura. Dotted around the palm, fig, birch and tamarisk trees are some of the most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco, the largest of which is the Amerhidil Kasbah, once owned by the Glaoui family. During our walk we stop for a picnic lunch.



Accommodation: Kasbah Sawadi Ecolodge (five-star) or similar

Day 8 : Journey To Imlil Village Via Ait Benhaddou

Location: Aït Benhaddou, Imlil

Accommodation Name: Riad Jnane Imlil or similar

Meals Included: breakfastdinner

Leaving Skoura, we rejoin the main road and drive west along the 1,000 Kasbahs Road via the desert city of Ouarzazate and onto the well-preserved ksar (fortified village) of Ait Benhaddou. This Unesco World Heritage site is one of the most spectacular in the Atlas, and a filming location for several Hollywood films including Gladiator (2000). After admiring this vast site from the riverbed, we take a walk through the village streets. We then continue our drive through the High Atlas Mountains, crossing Tizi n’Tichka Pass at 7, 415ft (2,260m) above sea level. The drive is windy from here with a variety of scenery to enjoy.



Accommodation: Riad Jnane Imlil (four-star) or similar

Day 9 : Walk To Aremd And Sidi Chamharouch; Evening Hammam

Location: Aroumd, Imlil

Accommodation Name: Riad Jnane Imlil or similar

Meals Included: breakfastlunchdinner

Imlil is the starting point for trekkers climbing Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa. Our own hike takes us to the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (king of the jinns), an important pilgrimage site.



We start from our hotel, climbing for about 40 minutes to the mountainside Amazigh village of Aremd. From here, we hike for another 1hr 30min to the shrine. We then return to Aremd where we enjoy lunch with an Amazigh family before heading back down to Imlil. We then take it easy with a traditional Moroccan hammam. A standard treatment with soap and scrubber is included but it is customary to give a 20 dirham (US$2) tip.



Accommodation: Riad Jnane Imlil (four-star) or similar

Day 10 : Over The High Atlas Mountains To Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Accommodation Name: Stars or Bab or 2 Ciels Hotel  (four-star)

Meals Included: breakfast, dinner

This morning, we travel over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Along the way, we stop at a women’s cooperative argan oil farm, where we can see the growing trees and enjoy a demonstration of the production. We also enjoy Moroccan tea. Our journey takes us to the flat arid plains of Marrakech. Here we have a guided tour, visiting the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs. It ends in the central square of Djemaa el Fna, where the town becomes a maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. It comes alive in the evening with food stalls, juice-sellers, snake charmers and acrobats entertaining the masses.



Accommodation: Riad Luzia (four-star)

Day 11 : Marrakech Cooking Class; Free Time

Location: Marrakech

Accommodation Name: Stars or Bab or 2 Ciels Hotel (four-star)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

We start the day with a trip to the local market before embarking on a cookery class with recipes to impress your friends when you get home. Enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch. This afternoon, take free time to see more of Marrakech. You might wish to visit the largest mosque in the city, Koutoubia, or venture through the souqs and old streets of the medina. After bartering for souvenirs, you may have time for a short visit to the Koranic School and Museum of Marrakech. After this, you can unwind by taking a 30-minute ride on a calèche (a horse-drawn carriage) to the Jardin Majorelle. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and were once owned by Yves St Laurent. Your expert leader can help plan your free time.



This evening, enjoy the vibrancy of Djemaa el Fna one last time.



Accommodation: Riad Luzia (four-star)

Day 12 : End Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Meals Included: breakfast

We’ve scaled dunes on camelback, eaten lunch with an Amazigh family and toured the greatest cities in Morocco. But after breakfast, this tour draws to a close. Speak to your sales representative if you’d like to extend your stay in Marrakech and explore the city a little more.

What's Included

  • Meals
    11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Tip for the tour leader

  • Travel insurance: Exodus travel insurance policy

  • Visa or vaccinations

Food

There are 11 breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners (one of which is a cooking class) included on this trip.



There’s a welcome dinner at our riad in Fez, and home-cooked lunches when we stay in the Sahara and the High Atlas. We also have an included dinner at our lodge in Skoura to sample their homegrown produce. In Marrakech, try creating local delicacies in a master cooking class and then enjoy the results.



Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced – kebab and bread is approximately 72 Moroccan dirhams (US$7). In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from 310 dirhams (US$30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost 80-155 dirhams (approximately US$8-US$15) not including drinks. Local beer, wine and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening.



Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian cous cous, tajine or omelettes, particularly during the more rural sections of the trip. If you have any special dietary requirements inform your sales representative in plenty of time before the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (ie coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some food items with you from home.

Accommodation

The accommodations are all handpicked and some are unique places to stay on this Premium Adventure. We spend four nights in traditional riads, three nights in kasbah-style hotels, three nights in 4-5 star hotels and one night in a luxury desert camp.



Feature nights on this trip are as follows.



Fez: Riad El Yacout (nights 2 & 3)







Originally the home of a wealthy merchant this riad was lovingly restored by Fassi craftspeople and reveals Arab-Andalusian architecture with decorative columns.



Merzouga: Riad Madu or Riad Chebbi (night 4)







Riad Madu



This is a Kasbah-style stay in the Sahara. The word madu mainly means respect, which embodies the philosophy of this family-run hotel







Riad Chebbi



Kasbah-style stay in the Sahara with rooftop terrace overlooking the desert.



Sahara Camp (night 5)







Jannat Luxury Camp 



Jannat Luxury Camp is located in the middle of the quiet sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. A small experienced crew work on making your stay memorable. The chef creates tasty Moroccan specialities and after dinner you can enjoy the star filled skies.



Worth knowing



The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance; however, we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.

Single supplement is available on this tour



About riads



Riads are traditional Moroccan homes, generally in the old part of the city or medina, where the wealthiest people would historically live. They’re typically built around a central corridor with windows facing an internal courtyard (external windows are rare). Most have a rooftop terrace where breakfast is served. A night in a riad is an authentic Moroccan experience; however, riads do not have hotel-style facilities. Additionally, the rooms are not standardised and come in different sizes and shapes. Riads  are built to keep sunlight to a minimum in order to keep the interiors cool in the extreme summer heat. In winter they become a cosy haven. 



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  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

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    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Treasures of Morocco Premium Adventures

Although we experienced an earthquake it was handl

Although we experienced an earthquake it was handled very well by our tour guide, Hassain. He made sure we were safe and it didn't affect our trip too much.

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