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Passengers arriving to Casablanca on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Rabat is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the Casablanca airport.

Due to limited space on the small jeeps used to travel from Erfoud to overnight stay in the desert, only one small piece of luggage per passenger is permitted. Additional luggage will be stored overnight at the Erfoud Hotel and returned back on Day 8. Luggage should be locked and valuables left overnight in the hotel safe. Please pack a small overnight bag.

During Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 11, 2021), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars may not serve alcoholic beverages and some local restaurants may not be open. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is fast. There are many early wake-ups and long bus rides necessary to cover the territory. Some of the tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Casablanca, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Rabat
    • 2 nights Fez
    • 1 night Erfoud
    • 1 night Sahara Tented Camps
    • 1 night Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
    • 3 nights Marrakesh
    • 2 nights Essaouira
    • 1 night Casablanca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Explore the remarkably preserved Volubilis, once a major African outpost of the Roman Empire
  • Join a Fez family for dinner of home-cooked fare in their home
  • Meet the women of the Argan Oil Cooperative and see how they extract nutritive oil from this nut
  • Camp in the Sahara under an endless canopy of desert stars
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route
  • Marvel at the circus atmosphere of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el Fna Square, bustling with acrobats, performers, and snake charmers
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fishmongers

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is fast. There are many early wake-ups and long bus rides necessary to cover the territory. Some of the tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting lead by your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Rabat City Tour
After breakfast, tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the beautifully tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, or the city's "Gate of the Winds," so called because it's been battered by Atlantic winds since its construction in 1197. Visit Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th-century caliph. At the incredibly preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, explore the fortress and take a stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End the day at Chellah, the necropolis and ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Wednesday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes, Overland to Fez
This morning, drive inland to Fez. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. The site also has vestiges of the Berber civilization that took the city from Rome in AD 270. Continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. This evening, you're the guests of a local Fez family for dinner. Over typical Moroccan, home-prepared food, you'll connect with your hosts
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Tour Fez
Explore the sprawling medina of Fez on foot this morning. It's said that this is the world's largest car-free urban area; undistracted by traffic, you're sure to agree that strolling here is a feast for the senses. You'll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate" and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania Madrasa. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Then, stop at the Chouara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. The tour ends outside the Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in the year 859 AD. After lunch in the medina, your guide leads you through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah, built in 1438. By the end of the walk, you'll be at the King's Palace. Enjoy dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Erfoud
Today, experience a thrilling adventure into Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Then, ascend scenic roads past pine groves and giant cedar trees. Midmorning, you cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. Next, stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. As you approach Erfoud, admire views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys. Continue to Erfoud for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Experience Rissani, Sahara Camp
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. En route, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th-century ksar. Afterward, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. You'll pause to visit a local bread shop, where you'll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at the hotel, you journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle into your Sahara camp, where dunes rise and fall around you and feel the adventuresome spirit of explorers of old. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride. Witness an incredible sunset, while listening to traditional music under a canopy of stars
Overnight: Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge, Travel to Ait Benhaddou
Awake amidst the silence of the desert this morning, as Morocco's natural beauty continues to astound you. After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way to the lovely oasis of Tinghir for lunch. The real attraction here is the spectacular Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. There'll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue to the Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Visit Ait Benhaddou, Travel to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar - or fortified city - along a former caravan route. This is the true Morocco: a village that seems to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, make your way to the magical city of Marrakesh. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - City Tour of Marrakesh, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens
Discover historic and exotic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens, a botanical marvel set in the heart of Marrakesh. Next visit the Koutoubia, a 12th-century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty. End your thrilling morning in the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, an optional horse-drawn carriage ride takes you through the lively streets of Marrakesh followed by a lavish dinner of Moroccan fare. Relive the days of Arabian folklore while enjoying classic Moroccan music and an elegant belly dancing performance
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Spend the day at leisure or participate in the optional tour to the scenic Ourika Valley where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering Atlas Mountains. Here, discover the area’s natural herbs and their many uses. Before lunch at the gardens enjoy, a "Berber foot bath". Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Cooking Class, Travel to Essaouira
This morning, attend a half day cooking class in an authentic Medina's Riad and learn from one of the best "Dada chefs" in town how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads, as well as delicious Moroccan flatbread. After lunch, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira. Stop at the Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut, rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair. Arrive in Essaouira in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Friday - Discover Essaouira, Gnawa Performance
Seaside Essaouira has grown into an artist's enclave over the years, and this makes for a fascinating mix of ancient and modern sensibilities. You'll be introduced to its culture with a stroll through the vibrant medina and its bustling fish market. Visit a jewelry shop, renowned for its quality and design. Browse the extensive collection of uniquely handcrafted silver jewelry and watch artisans create beautiful silver pieces. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore its inviting ancient streets. This evening, learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert. Get the details about henna painting along with a demonstration. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance*
*Gnawa performance will sometimes operate on Day 12
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Saturday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
Transfer to Casablanca today, stopping en route for lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival, see the fabled city's important sights, including the Mohammed V Square, the city's administrative seat. Next, marvel at the massive Hassan II Mosque*, dramatically perched on a promontory on the Atlantic. Its indoor and outdoor space can accommodate 105,000 worshippers. In the Habous district, peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Sunday - Depart Morocco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting lead by your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Rabat City Tour
After breakfast, tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the beautifully tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, or the city's "Gate of the Winds," so called because it's been battered by Atlantic winds since its construction in 1197. Visit Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th-century caliph. At the incredibly preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, explore the fortress and take a stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End the day at Chellah, the necropolis and ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Saturday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes, Overland to Fez
This morning, drive inland to Fez. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. The site also has vestiges of the Berber civilization that took the city from Rome in AD 270. Continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. This evening, you're the guests of a local Fez family for dinner. Over typical Moroccan, home-prepared food, you'll connect with your hosts
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Tour Fez
Explore the sprawling medina of Fez on foot this morning. It's said that this is the world's largest car-free urban area; undistracted by traffic, you're sure to agree that strolling here is a feast for the senses. You'll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate" and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania Madrasa. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Then, stop at the Chouara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. The tour ends outside the Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in the year 859 AD. After lunch in the medina, your guide leads you through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah, built in 1438. By the end of the walk, you'll be at the King's Palace. Enjoy dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Erfoud
Today, experience a thrilling adventure into Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Then, ascend scenic roads past pine groves and giant cedar trees. Midmorning, you cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. Next, stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. As you approach Erfoud, admire views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys. Continue to Erfoud for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Experience Rissani, Sahara Camp
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. En route, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th-century ksar. Afterward, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. You'll pause to visit a local bread shop, where you'll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at the hotel, you journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle into your Sahara camp, where dunes rise and fall around you and feel the adventuresome spirit of explorers of old. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride. Witness an incredible sunset, while listening to traditional music under a canopy of stars
Overnight: Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge, Travel to Ait Benhaddou
Awake amidst the silence of the desert this morning, as Morocco's natural beauty continues to astound you. After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way to the lovely oasis of Tinghir for lunch. The real attraction here is the spectacular Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. There'll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue to the Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Visit Ait Benhaddou, Travel to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar - or fortified city - along a former caravan route. This is the true Morocco: a village that seems to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, make your way to the magical city of Marrakesh. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - City Tour of Marrakesh, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens
Discover historic and exotic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens, a botanical marvel set in the heart of Marrakesh. Next visit the Koutoubia, a 12th-century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty. End your thrilling morning in the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, an optional horse-drawn carriage ride takes you through the lively streets of Marrakesh followed by a lavish dinner of Moroccan fare. Relive the days of Arabian folklore while enjoying classic Moroccan music and an elegant belly dancing performance
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Spend the day at leisure or participate in the optional tour to the scenic Ourika Valley where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering Atlas Mountains. Here, discover the area’s natural herbs and their many uses. Before lunch at the gardens enjoy, a "Berber foot bath". Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Cooking Class, Travel to Essaouira
This morning, attend a half day cooking class in an authentic Medina's Riad and learn from one of the best "Dada chefs" in town how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads, as well as delicious Moroccan flatbread. After lunch, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira. Stop at the Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut, rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair. Arrive in Essaouira in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Monday - Discover Essaouira, Gnawa Performance
Seaside Essaouira has grown into an artist's enclave over the years, and this makes for a fascinating mix of ancient and modern sensibilities. You'll be introduced to its culture with a stroll through the vibrant medina and its bustling fish market. Visit a jewelry shop, renowned for its quality and design. Browse the extensive collection of uniquely handcrafted silver jewelry and watch artisans create beautiful silver pieces. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore its inviting ancient streets. This evening, learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert. Get the details about henna painting along with a demonstration. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance*
*Gnawa performance will sometimes operate on Day 12
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
Transfer to Casablanca today, stopping en route for lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival, see the fabled city's important sights, including the Mohammed V Square, the city's administrative seat. Next, marvel at the massive Hassan II Mosque*, dramatically perched on a promontory on the Atlantic. Its indoor and outdoor space can accommodate 105,000 worshippers. In the Habous district, peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Morocco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca this morning and transfer to Rabat, a heady swirl of color, culture, and history. Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting lead by your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Rabat City Tour
After breakfast, tour the capital. Begin with a drive past the beautifully tiled entrance to the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah, or the city's "Gate of the Winds," so called because it's been battered by Atlantic winds since its construction in 1197. Visit Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque started by a 12th-century caliph. At the incredibly preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, explore the fortress and take a stroll in the French-colonial Andalusian gardens. End the day at Chellah, the necropolis and ruins of an ancient Roman outpost. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Rabat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Explore Volubilis & Meknes, Overland to Fez
This morning, drive inland to Fez. Along the way, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the once-bustling city and African administrative center of the Roman Empire. The site also has vestiges of the Berber civilization that took the city from Rome in AD 270. Continue to Meknes and view the Bab Mansour gate, beautifully patterned with zellij mosaics. This evening, you're the guests of a local Fez family for dinner. Over typical Moroccan, home-prepared food, you'll connect with your hosts
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Tour Fez
Explore the sprawling medina of Fez on foot this morning. It's said that this is the world's largest car-free urban area; undistracted by traffic, you're sure to agree that strolling here is a feast for the senses. You'll enter via the Bab Boujloud, or "Blue Gate" and visit the famed Al-Bou Inania Madrasa. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to shop for authentic Moroccan carpets. Then, stop at the Chouara Tannery to see how leather is cut and dyed using traditional techniques. At the Nejjarine Museum, browse the collection of wooden arts and crafts, then view copper craftsmen at work in Seffarine Square. The tour ends outside the Karaouine Mosque and University, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in the year 859 AD. After lunch in the medina, your guide leads you through the Jewish Quarter, or mellah, built in 1438. By the end of the walk, you'll be at the King's Palace. Enjoy dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Fez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Cross Middle Atlas Mountains, Drive to Erfoud
Today, experience a thrilling adventure into Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Begin with a stop in Ifran, a Moroccan ski resort. Then, ascend scenic roads past pine groves and giant cedar trees. Midmorning, you cross the 6,000-foot pass and continue west toward the great Sahara. Next, stop for lunch in the village of Midelt. As you approach Erfoud, admire views of the remarkable Ziz Gorges and vast valleys. Continue to Erfoud for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Experience Rissani, Sahara Camp
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. En route, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th-century ksar. Afterward, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz, once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot. You'll pause to visit a local bread shop, where you'll witness and sample an ancient culinary art. After lunch at the hotel, you journey into the Sahara Desert, stopping en route to share tea with some welcoming locals in a Berber tent. Later, settle into your Sahara camp, where dunes rise and fall around you and feel the adventuresome spirit of explorers of old. You'll even have the opportunity to enjoy a short camel ride. Witness an incredible sunset, while listening to traditional music under a canopy of stars
Overnight: Sahara Tented Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Explore Desert & Todra Gorge, Travel to Ait Benhaddou
Awake amidst the silence of the desert this morning, as Morocco's natural beauty continues to astound you. After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way to the lovely oasis of Tinghir for lunch. The real attraction here is the spectacular Todra Gorge, a deep ravine carved by the Todra River over millennia. There'll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue to the Dades Valley, where roses bloom in profusion in springtime. The locals make good use of the prolific flower by producing rose water here. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou (Ouarzazate Region)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Visit Ait Benhaddou, Travel to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, take time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a ksar - or fortified city - along a former caravan route. This is the true Morocco: a village that seems to rise from the sands. Its desert-dusted Kasbahs and maze-like warrens are sure to enthrall you. Next, make your way to the magical city of Marrakesh. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - City Tour of Marrakesh, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens
Discover historic and exotic Marrakesh today. Begin at Majorelle Gardens, a botanical marvel set in the heart of Marrakesh. Next visit the Koutoubia, a 12th-century Mosque and minaret, still topped with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, where 360 rooms were once adorned with Italian marble and Sudanese gold. For a more recent archaeological find, you'll see the richly decorated tombs of the Saadi Dynasty. End your thrilling morning in the famed Djemaa el Fna square, a dazzling display of acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Take your time and absorb this vibrant kaleidoscope of culture, torn from the pages of Ali Baba. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, an optional horse-drawn carriage ride takes you through the lively streets of Marrakesh followed by a lavish dinner of Moroccan fare. Relive the days of Arabian folklore while enjoying classic Moroccan music and an elegant belly dancing performance
Optional: Dinner with Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (PM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Spend the day at leisure or participate in the optional tour to the scenic Ourika Valley where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering Atlas Mountains. Here, discover the area’s natural herbs and their many uses. Before lunch at the gardens enjoy, a "Berber foot bath". Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Ourika Valley and Botanical Gardens with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Cooking Class, Travel to Essaouira
This morning, attend a half day cooking class in an authentic Medina's Riad and learn from one of the best "Dada chefs" in town how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads, as well as delicious Moroccan flatbread. After lunch, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira. Stop at the Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn how this skin-nutrifying elixir is extracted from the argan nut, rich in nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to skin and hair. Arrive in Essaouira in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Wednesday - Discover Essaouira, Gnawa Performance
Seaside Essaouira has grown into an artist's enclave over the years, and this makes for a fascinating mix of ancient and modern sensibilities. You'll be introduced to its culture with a stroll through the vibrant medina and its bustling fish market. Visit a jewelry shop, renowned for its quality and design. Browse the extensive collection of uniquely handcrafted silver jewelry and watch artisans create beautiful silver pieces. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore its inviting ancient streets. This evening, learn about traditional music during a talk with a local expert. Get the details about henna painting along with a demonstration. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while viewing a Gnawa performance and dance*
*Gnawa performance will sometimes operate on Day 12
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Travel to Casablanca & City Tour
Transfer to Casablanca today, stopping en route for lunch in a local restaurant. Upon arrival, see the fabled city's important sights, including the Mohammed V Square, the city's administrative seat. Next, marvel at the massive Hassan II Mosque*, dramatically perched on a promontory on the Atlantic. Its indoor and outdoor space can accommodate 105,000 worshippers. In the Habous district, peruse the market and admire the exterior of the Royal Palace. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Depart Morocco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Dinner with Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

This evening, sit back and relax as you ride a horse-drawn carriage through the lively streets of Marrakesh. Afterward, walk though cobbled alleys to the restaurant, a splendid 19th century riad, located in the oldest part of the medina. Upon entering the stunning courtyard, step back into the time of Arabian folklore and relax to the sound of classic Moroccan music. Prepare yourself for a Moroccan feast where you will sample a wide variety of delicious local specialties! Delight in the tastes of typical Moroccan fare while live music and an elegant belly dancing performance cap off the night. A truly memorable experience! Maximum 4 passengers per vehicle.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jun 2019 - 30 Jan 2022 $70.00
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Ourika Valley & Botanical Gardens with lunch

Depart for a morning excursion to the 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. Ourika is also famous for its “Botanic organic gardens.” During the visit, you will discover the main herbs from the region and their many uses, including culinary, health, and beauty. Enjoy lunch at the gardens before returning to hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 08 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2022 $55.00
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Dinner with Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

This evening, sit back and relax as you ride a horse-drawn carriage through the lively streets of Marrakesh. Afterward, walk though cobbled alleys to the restaurant, a splendid 19th century riad, located in the oldest part of the medina. Upon entering the stunning courtyard, step back into the time of Arabian folklore and relax to the sound of classic Moroccan music. Prepare yourself for a Moroccan feast where you will sample a wide variety of delicious local specialties! Delight in the tastes of typical Moroccan fare while live music and an elegant belly dancing performance cap off the night. A truly memorable experience! Maximum 4 passengers per vehicle.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jun 2019 - 30 Jan 2022 $70.00
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Ourika Valley & Botanical Gardens with lunch

Depart for a morning excursion to the 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. Ourika is also famous for its “Botanic organic gardens.” During the visit, you will discover the main herbs from the region and their many uses, including culinary, health, and beauty. Enjoy lunch at the gardens before returning to hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 08 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2022 $55.00
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Dinner with Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

This evening, sit back and relax as you ride a horse-drawn carriage through the lively streets of Marrakesh. Afterward, walk though cobbled alleys to the restaurant, a splendid 19th century riad, located in the oldest part of the medina. Upon entering the stunning courtyard, step back into the time of Arabian folklore and relax to the sound of classic Moroccan music. Prepare yourself for a Moroccan feast where you will sample a wide variety of delicious local specialties! Delight in the tastes of typical Moroccan fare while live music and an elegant belly dancing performance cap off the night. A truly memorable experience! Maximum 4 passengers per vehicle.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jun 2019 - 30 Jan 2022 $70.00
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Ourika Valley & Botanical Gardens with lunch

Depart for a morning excursion to the 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. Ourika is also famous for its “Botanic organic gardens.” During the visit, you will discover the main herbs from the region and their many uses, including culinary, health, and beauty. Enjoy lunch at the gardens before returning to hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 08 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2022 $55.00
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Moroccan Allure, February 2020
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Our trip was fantastic! Mohammed was a wonderful tour manager and for the most part, the itinerary fit our expectations. We loved the opulence of our final hotel in Casablanca, it was a great send off.

Nancy T. Hastings, MN
Moroccan Allure, February 2020
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My trip was amazing! I loved it and had a most wonderful time. Our group was so friendly and fun to be with. We were all friendly and enjoyed each other’s company. We were really a family of sorts….. a cast of characters. :-) Our tour guide was the best I have ever had. Safi lead our group with his heart and it was evident in everything he did. He truly wanted us to have all that we wanted, and he did what he could to make it happen. He was there for us, and I felt very safe. He ran the tour very smoothly. What a lovely human being! I loved the variety of the places we stayed and the variety of the activities we did. The food was fabulous…… everything was. Gate 1 was waiting at the airport both on arrival and departure, easing any worries we may have had. I look forward to booking my next trip with Gate 1. A great experience!

Joan C. New York, NY
Moroccan Allure, December 2019
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The trip was amazing. Abdallah was an excellent manager. All of the local experts were very informative. Our driver and assistant were exceptional! I only wish that others throughout the world could benefit from the useful information and perspectives gleaned through interaction with those we meet on the tours! I’ve completed the survey, but wanted to reiterate that this was a wonderful experience!! I always recommend Gate 1, especially Discovery Tours, as friends always ask about my trips. Thanks so much. Looking forward to Egypt next month!!!

Loyce Jane D. Conifer, CO
Moroccan Allure, December 2019
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It was amazing. Everyday was something new and a new highlight. It was such an amazing and beautiful country to visit. I'd definitely travel with Gate 1 again.

Eric H. Renton, WA
Moroccan Allure, December 2019
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Wonderful, amazing, fascinating! Larbi, our tour manager was superb in every way! He really made the trip so smooth and so interesting while being so warm and engaging!

Melissa S. Mullica Hill
Moroccan Allure, November 2019
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Great! One of the best I’ve been on! The sites, colors and experiences were incredible! I learned so much, and definitely gained an understanding of the culture! Our guide Ben, was masterful at getting us to places before other buses came and having all things ready so we never waited! His information and explanations were always right on and the local guides he enlisted were professional & full of stories to add to our understanding! Discovery Tour I absolutely would do again!!!

Ruth I. Burnsville, MN
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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It was wonderful. Our guide was outstanding and all the arrangements went smoothly. The planned activities were interesting, the places we stayed were delightful and it was altogether a great experience. Thanks so much.

Tonah P. Langley, WA
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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We had a terrific trip to Morocco. Our group leader did an outstanding job of showing and explaining so much of Morocco’s history and culture. Also we enjoyed our group of 22. Overall a fantastic trip.

Michael Q. Winnipeg, Manitoba
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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We had a wonderful experience. The camel ride was amazing as was Achmed our driver to the dessert. Our guide worked really hard to make sure we were all happy. The group was always on time, ready to go and fun to be with.

Lynne K. Pikesville, MD
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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It was unbelievable! I was very impressed with the guides and Gate 1. Khalid our coordinator/main guide was fantastic!

Katie B. St. Petersburg, FL
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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Our trip was excellent and our tour guide Hecham was fantastic. We had a great time.

Magda C. Goleta, CA
Moroccan Allure, September 2019
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Morocco was a trip of a lifetime. We experienced all of Morocco, from shopping at the fabulous Medina’s, dinning with a Moroccan family, to walking the streets where Hercules lived. The hotels and food was superb. Our tour guide was amazing. Overall the experience was great. Gate 1 did a great job with this trip. I highly recommend this Discovery Tour.

Charles R. Orlando, FL
Moroccan Allure, April 2019
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The trip was excellent. It was well planned with a focus on discovering the many sides, faces, culture and cuisine of Morocco. The tour guide was knowledgeable, experienced and good nature which led to us becoming a cohesive group. I highly recommend it.

Ildiko C. Great Neck, NY
Moroccan Allure, December 2018
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It was outstanding! Amine was an amazing guide--knowledgeable, extremely organized as well as fun and, of course, Morocco is a fascinating destination.

Carol A. Winter Park, FL
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Morocco is a fascinating country. We saw wonderful sights and learned much about the culture, history, geography, and it’s people. Our guide, Amine, was top-notch. He was extremely organized, flexible, informative, and had a great sense of humor. Many aspects and activities were surprising like the cooking class, hidden Riad hotels, and the desert experience surpassed our expectations!

Bonnie M. Philadelphia, PA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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The Morocco Allure Discovery was probably the coolest tour I have ever been on. It seemed there was always some fabulous activity next to go too. The food was very good and the hotels were exotic and comfortable. Amine our tour manager, well, you're very lucky to have him. Loved Morocco!!!!

Susan C. Chula Vista, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best, he knew people everywhere. You can tell he really enjoys his work.....I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. The hotels were great and of course the Sahara was the highlight of the trip. This trip will be hard to beat...

Julie M. San Diego, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was probably one of our best trips ever!! Morocco was absolutely beautiful. The size of our group was perfect. Our group itself were very cohesive, it was amazing. Our guide Mohammed was so kind and thoughtful that I think we all came back spoiled rotten. So much fun!

Yvette F. Los Angeles, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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We had a great trip to Morocco! Ali, our guide was a gem! We are very impressed! All of our city guides were excellent, too! This was our 1st Discovery trip (out of 4) and we plan to use this experience as our template for future Gate 1 trips. We felt very well cared for!!!

Bill B. Ossining, NY
Moroccan Allure, April 2018
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It was a great tour of Morocco. Hesham was a truly fabulous guide. Bus driver, Azziz, and assistant, Hosnie, were excellent. The hotel accommodations (some with swimming pools) and restaurants very good. Pace was a bit fast for me, but the trip overall was just what I had hoped for. Shopping opportunities in nearly every city. Lots of lovely sweet mint tea and great coffee au lait. Hesham guided us to ATM's at banks (to anticipate any problems - but there were none). Lots of history and cultural learning along the way. I am now resting up from such a great trip. I plan to take another Gate 1 tour.

Bruce B. Blue Bell, PA
Moroccan Allure, March 2018
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The trip to Morocco was superb! First of all, Larbi, our guide, was incredible in every way. He was efficient, sensitive to everyone’s needs, knowledgeable, fun, really thought of everything and anticipated all the possible issues that could arise on such a trip. The scenery was magnificent, the itinerary was perfect and the trip to the desert was memorable. Every day was filled with another delightful surprise. Loved being greeted with music, mint tea & cookies everywhere. The cultural experience and interpersonal aspect of getting to know Morocco was heartwarming and one we will truly keep with us forever.

Denise B. Delray Beach, FL
Moroccan Allure, March 2018
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Our Moroccan Allure Discovery tour was AMAZING from start to finish! We traveled with 14 of our friends. The six others that joined the small group said it was the BEST tour they had been on, ever! Larbi, our tour guide, was in one word GREAT. Larbi anticipated our ever need. He always went above and beyond so that we could have the best experiences ever! It was clear to us that he loves his country and his job sharing it with us! His knowledge of history and his willingness to answer every question helped us understand Morocco and its culture! Hassan, the driver, took us all around with great skill and care. Redone, the bus assistant, was most helpful, as well! My wife and I have traveled all over the world with and without tours! Gate 1 is the only way to go!

Michael C. Highland Beach, FL
Moroccan Allure, March 2018
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We had a fabulous trip!! Our tour manager, Safi, was totally outstanding!!! He orchestrated each day to perfection and went well above and beyond to ensure that everyone was taken care of. Our tour of Morocco far exceeded our expectations. Discovery Tours did an amazing job and we hope to travel with you again soon.

Hettie C. Millersville, MD
Moroccan Allure, March 2018
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It was obvious to all concerned that our tour director "Ham" was doing his life's passion. He was superb!!! And, the chemistry of the group was great as well. . .In June, I will be participating in my 6th Gate 1 Tour. So far, I really have no reason to change. . .Enjoyed my Moroccan adventure.

David E. West Des Moines, IA
Moroccan Allure, February 2018
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The trip was beyond my expectations. Most of the people in the tour group indicated that had had misconceptions about Morocco just being a flat, arid land. The landscape was amazing. The people were warm and wonderful. The wealth of information provided by the tour guide, Amine, was fantastic. The selection of hotels was great. I am praising the trip to everyone who asks me about it.

Mary B. Redlands, CA
Moroccan Allure, November 2017
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It was fantastic. My husband and I loved it and it surpassed all of our expectations. But the best of all, beyond the wonders of Morroco, was Hassan, our tour guide. He was not only well informed, culturally, historically and socially, but he attended to each and everyone of our small group with caring attention, making sure that we were receiving all the comforts possible during challenging situations. He rounded out our Morroco experience to “perfect”.

Regina B. Bellevue, WA