Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience

Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience

11 Days

Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience

11 Days Starting and ending in UK/Ireland

Visiting: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Essaouira, Marrakech

Tour operator:

Exoticca

Group size:

1 - 30

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

4WD, Sightseeing, Walking

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Embark on the "Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience," a captivating journey through the heart of Morocco, showcasing its most treasured destinations. From the bustling streets of Casablanca to the serene beauty of Chefchaouen, the "Blue Pearl," this tour offers an unparalleled exploration of Morocco's rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Fes, experience the magic of the Sahara in Merzouga, and lose yourself in the enchanting city of Marrakesh. Along the way, enjoy panoramic tours, delve into the history at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and savor the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. With highlights including Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira, and the Dadès Gorges, this small group tour promises an intimate and immersive experience, blending sightseeing and walking adventures through gardens, nature, and historical sites. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the jewels of Morocco, where every step tells a story, and every view takes your breath away.

Highlights

  • Explore the enchanting blue streets of Chefchaouen, the "Blue Pearl" nestled in the Rif Mountains

  • Discover the ancient imperial city of Fes, with its mesmerizing medina and rich cultural heritage

  • Witness the breathtaking sunset over the dunes of Merzouga in the Sahara Desert

  • Journey through the captivating Dadès Gorges and the scenic Kasbah Route

  • Visit the iconic Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its appearances in numerous films

  • Stroll through the historic medina of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its vibrant souks and impressive fortifications

  • Immerse yourself in the wonders of Marrakech, including the Koutoubia Mosque, the Menara Gardens, and the bustling Jemaa el Fna square

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Uk/Ireland - Casablanca

Location: Casablanca

Accommodation Name: Oum Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready for a flight to Casablanca. Land in Casablanca. Immortalized by the renowned movie of the same name, this beautiful vibrant port city is a commercial hub in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Coast. Transfer* to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight stay in Casablanca.* The transfer to the hotel upon arriving at the airport may be shared with other travelers in your tour group. A guide will be there to meet you just outside the airport but you may be required to wait before leaving for the hotel, depending on the flight arrival times.For your convenience, you can choose to book a private airport transfer at a time that suits you best, which you can add to your reservation during the next step of the booking process.Dinner is not included if you arrive after 8:00 pm.You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.Important note: If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 4:00 am) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.

Day 2 : Casablanca - Rabat - Chefchaouen

Location: Chefchaouen

Accommodation Name: Dar Ba Sidi & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a panoramic tour of Casablanca, the industrial capital of the country. Enjoy the breathtaking landmarks of this city, including: Parc des Nations, the elegant Anfa district, the Corniche Promenade and Hassan II Mosque where, if time permits, you can visit its interior (entrance not included).Later in the day transfer to Rabat. Known for its historic center, the city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2012. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, including: The Royal Palace (from the outside), the Kasbah of the Oudaya which boasts a stunning view of the Bouregreg river, and a visit to Mohammed V’s Mausoleum. After the tour, enjoy free time for lunch (not included). Finally, head to your final destination of the day, Chefchaouen. Check in and enjoy an included dinner. Overnight stay in Chefchaouen.

Day 3 : Chefchaouen - Fes

Location: Fes

Accommodation Name: Fes Inn & SPA Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, wake up in the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, often referred to as the "Blue Pearl". Perched on the side of the Rif Mountains, it beckons travelers with its enchanting blue-painted streets and facades, and its relaxed vibe.Delight in a visit to the small medina, where you’ll find stalls full of aromas, colors and flavors, and The Kasbah in the old town, with its amazing gardens and wonderful views. Enjoy free time during the day to explore and have lunch (not included).In the afternoon, leave Chefchaouen behind, and head toward the imperial city of Fes. Morocco's ancient city is a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and tradition. You can wander through its labyrinthine streets, marvel at the intricate architecture of mosques and madrasas, and shop for traditional crafts in the bustling souks. Arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Fes.

Day 4 : Fes

Location: Fes

Accommodation Name: Fes Inn & SPA Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on an intriguing full day tour of Fes, the oldest of all the imperial cities and considered the capital of Islam in Morocco.Start your tour with a panoramic view from one of the hills surrounding the city before making your way to the bronze doors of the Royal Palace. From here, visit the interior of a Madrasa, a center of Qur'anic studies before making other stops, including: artisan workshops, Quarter of the Tanners, spice markets, bustling souks and the fountain of Nejarin.Take in the beauty of this city by admiring its colors, flavors, smells and ways of living that is sure to transport you through time. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Fes.

Day 5 : Fes - Midelt - Erfoud - Dunes Of Merzouga

Location: Merzouga

Accommodation Name: Auberge du Sud – Luxury Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart through the gentle mountains of the Middle Atlas, until you reach the city of Midelt, known for its apple cultivation. Continue along a beautiful route and view Berber life first hand.Arrive in Erfoud, at the edge of the great Sahara desert. Take a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle to reach the high dunes of Merzouga. This desert jewel is renowned for its mesmerizing Saharan landscapes and offers the chance to live once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Bring the day to as close as you admire the magical sunset over the dunes.Spend the night in a typical Berber Jaima Camp (with a private bathroom), and enjoy a traditional dinner. Overnight stay at the camp.Please note the estimated transfer time and distance of 8 hours, 422 km.

Day 6 : Dunes Of Merzouga - Erfoud - Gorges Of Todgha - Kasbah Route - Kalaat M'gouna - Ouarzazate

Location: Ouarzazate

Accommodation Name: La Perle Du Sud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the camp. You have the option to wake before the break of dawn to watch the sunrise over the desert, a unique experience! Today, visit the captivating Gorges of Todgha, and the Dades Valley, to experience the natural wonders of this unique landscape.Take the ‘Kasbah Route’ and pass by ancient fortresses of red adobe and lush oases before arriving at the small Berber town of Kalaat M'Gouna, famous for its roses and perfumes. Continue to the desert city of Ouarzazate, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.Please note the estimated transfer time and distance of 6 hours, 340 km.

Day 7 : Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Essaouira

Location: Essaouira

Accommodation Name: Atlas Essaouira & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the coastal port town of Essaouira, on the shores of the Atlantic. On route, discover the Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of one of the most powerful governors of the region.Continue to the iconic Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the beautiful backdrop of numerous films, such as The Jewel of the Nile. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch (not included).Head through the Atlas Mountains, the last part of today’s journey, to reach Essaouira, characterized by its walled medina, long crescent beach and white-washed townhouses. Arrival, check in to your hotel and overnight stay in Essaouira.Please note an estimated transfer time and distance of 6 and a half hours, 385 km.

Day 8 : Essaouira

Location: Essaouira

Accommodation Name: Atlas Essaouira & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a tour of the city of Essaouira, the mecca of poets and painters. Archaeological remains and ceramics certify the Phoenician, Cretan and Punic presence.This charming seaside town is famous for its well-preserved Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wonder through picturesque alleys, explore vibrant souks, and admire the impressive fortifications. Overnight stay in Essaouira.

Day 9 : Essaouira - Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Accommodation Name: Meriem Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning at your leisure. Why not explore local galleries showcasing Moroccan artwork, savor fresh seafood at the bustling fish market or dine in one of the numerous seaside restaurants.After lunch (not included), set off to Marrakech, the vibrant heart of Morocco. Arrival, check in to your hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Why not explore the city's artistic side at contemporary galleries and museums or relax in a traditional hammam. For a truly special experience, reserve an optional dinner at Chez Ali.* Overnight stay in Marrackech.* Optional dinner at Chez Ali: This is the great spectacle of Africa. The impressive venue, with capacity for 6,000 people, resembles a setting from the tales of Arabian Nights. The abundant and splendid dinner is enlivened by traditional groups that will pass through our tent to showcase various dances of their country. After dinner, head to the large esplanade where you can enjoy the great show of “The Gunpowder Run.”Menu: Harira, Mechoui, 7 vegetable couscous, Jouara, Fruit Basket, tea and Moroccan sweets.

Day 10 : Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Accommodation Name: Meriem Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on an eye-opening tour of the wonders of Marrakech. Begin with the Koutoubia Mosque, built in 13th century and the spiritual center of Marrakech. Visit the stunning Menara Gardens and the Palace of the Bahia, the residence of the old vizir, known for its intricate tiling and wood carving decoration.Discover how spices and argan oil are made in a local school before you head to the Jemaa el Fna square. Home to the bustling souks, traditional to the city, which are brimming with fruit vendors and wicker stalls. Go deeper into the Moroccan experience with an optional dinner and live show in the Medina.* Overnight stay in Marrakech.* Optional Dinner in Medina With Live Show: Enjoy dinner at the stunning Dar Essalam restaurant where not only the food is to be admired but also the architecture and decoration of the eatery. Moorish music will enliven the atmosphere for a belly dancer to entrance you with her sways.Menu: variety of Moroccan salads, chicken tagine with lemon, orange with cinnamon and tea.

Day 11 : Marrakech - Uk/Ireland

Location: Marrakech

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel*. At the indicated time, transfer** to the airport in Marrakech to board a flight back to UK/Ireland. Arrive in UK/Ireland and end your trip.* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.** The transfer to the airport may be shared with other travelers in your tour group. You may be required to wait at the airport before taking your flight, depending on the flight departure times.For your convenience, you can choose to book a private airport transfer at a time that suits you best, which you can add to your reservation during the next step of the booking process.

What's Included

  • Departure from the main UK/Ireland airports.

  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Casablanca, Marrakech - UK/Ireland.

  • 9 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels and 1 night in a Luxury Camp in the desert.

  • 10 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners.

  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles.

  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary.

  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • ATOL Protection.

  • English speaking guide.

Mode of Transport

Travel comfortably in air-conditioned vehicles across Morocco's diverse landscapes. From the bustling cities to the serene Sahara, each transfer is designed to enhance your journey and ensure a seamless experience.

Accommodation

Experience a blend of charm, superior, and luxury accommodations across Morocco, including a unique night in a luxury desert camp. Enjoy modern comforts and traditional Moroccan hospitality throughout your journey.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the highlights of the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    The highlights of the Jewels of Morocco tour include exploring the blue streets of Chefchaouen, discovering the ancient city of Fes, witnessing the sunset over the dunes of Merzouga, journeying through Dadès Gorges and the Kasbah Route, visiting the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, strolling through the medina of Essaouira, and immersing in the wonders of Marrakech.

  • What meals are included in the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    The Jewels of Morocco tour includes 10 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners.

  • Is ATOL Protection included in the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    Yes, ATOL Protection is included in the Jewels of Morocco tour.

  • Are international flights included in the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    Yes, international flights: UK/Ireland - Casablanca, Marrakech - UK/Ireland are included in the Jewels of Morocco tour.

  • How many nights of accommodation are included in the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    The Jewels of Morocco tour includes 9 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels and 1 night in a Luxury Camp in the desert.

  • Is there an English speaking guide available on the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    Yes, an English speaking guide is available on the Jewels of Morocco tour.

  • What type of tour is Jewels of Morocco?

    The Jewels of Morocco tour is tagged as Small Group, Gardens & Nature Tours, History, 4WD, Sightseeing, Walking, with the primary tag being Cultural.

  • What countries does the Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience tour visit?

    The Jewels of Morocco: The 360 Experience tour visits Morocco.

  • Are transfers included in the Jewels of Morocco tour?

    Yes, transfers in air-conditioned vehicles are included in the Jewels of Morocco tour.

  • Where can I check the latest Travel Restrictions?

    It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding government embassies and/or consulates as appropriate.

  • What recommendations should I follow before traveling?

    Passport validity: It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding embassies and/or consulates as appropriate. Requirements change so please check the up-to-date requirements in advance of your departure date. In many cases, countries now require that passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from their borders.

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  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The COVID-19 pandemic not only created an unparalleled impact on health and economy globally, but it has also changed fundamental behaviors with regards to traveling. In response to such changes, Exoticca provides extra peace of mind for all reservations made from 18th January, 2022 onwards by including Covid 19 Protection. Testing positive for COVID-19: If you or anyone else traveling with you on your booking cannot travel due to testing positive for COVID-19 you will be given the option to reschedule your trip or receive 100% of the trip value in Exoticca travel credit. **Proof of infection must be provided in the form of an official COVID-19 positive test result. For more information on the details of the Covid 19 Protection Policy, please go to the relevant Terms and Conditions for your booking (See Cancellation Policy section).

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    Traveling to the United States: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system, developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before authorizing them to board a plane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on the 12th of January 2009, any person entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved ESTA travel authorization. This includes travelers who travel to the United States to catch a connecting flight. An ESTA does not guarantee entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determine the admissibility of travelers upon arrival. For more information click here. If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (09.11.2022, Countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria), the traveler is no longer eligible to participate in the Visa Wavier Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States. Traveling to Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for citizens of visa-exempt countries traveling to Canada by air. This includes travelers who travel to Canada to catch a connecting flight. An eTA is linked electronically to the traveler's passport and is valid for a maximum of five years or until the passport expires, depending on which of these two scenarios occurs first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. An eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents to determine whether you are admissible to enter Canada. For more information click here. Traveling to a Schengen member country (Europe): Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) The ETIAS travel authorization will be needed to enter a Schengen member country by air, land, or sea. From November 2023, visitors that do not need a visa to enter Europe will be able to register with ETIAS. ETIAS will become a mandatory entry requirement. The ETIAS for Europe will grant travelers authorization to visit the ETIAS countries that are all members that compose the Schengen zone. The ETIAS visa waiver has been designed for short-term stays of up to 90 days. For more information click here.

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    It is the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. Check with the migration and health authorities for the country of origin, destination, and stopover to learn more about vaccination requirements.

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    Once your purchase is complete, you will receive confirmation by email and all your travel documents will be uploaded on to your booking and the Exoticca customer account (which you'll be provided details of). These will include: transport details, hotels, itinerary, important notes, and insurance policy (if applicable).

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Really excellent way to see Morocco. Our first experience of Exoticca and we were impressed with all the arrangements and attention to detail. The local guides were excellent and our driver Ayoub the absolute best - helpful, kind, knowledgeable and funny. What an outstanding young man! We are definitely recommending Exoticca to our friends and are interested in exploring other countries with you. Many thanks!

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