(Rabat, Fes, Marrakech)
As you stroll through the old walled medina of Fez, the setting sun pressing itself onto ochre-colored buildings, the scent of turmeric and cinnamon clinging to the arid breeze; you’ll feel, perhaps for the first time, fully alive.
Westerners have long been seduced by Morocco’s unique architecture, vivid colors and dizzying labyrinthine medinas, and for good reason. From the sun-swept sands of the Sahara to the towering cliff faces of the Atlas Mountains to the kaleidoscopic bazaars replete with hand-knotted rugs, Morocco offers moments of astounding beauty that defy the imagination. Take an exotic journey through the resplendent imperial cities of Meknes, Fes and Marrakech and experience an adventure of a lifetime. In the evenings, relax in a selection of charming riads tucked away on quiet cobbled streets.
Tour vibrant Casablanca and visit some of its most renowned monuments including La Corniche on the ocean front and the outstanding Hassan II Mosque. Make your way to the Imperial City of Meknes, known as the “Moroccan Versailles” and visit Place el-Hedim, The Dar Jamaï museum, The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and try to take in the 25-mile-long walls that surround the city. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fez and visit the many blacksmithing, leather working, silk and tapestry workshops that have been in existence for over 100 years. Arriving in beautifully chaotic Marrakech, visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. These are just a handful of the highlights awaiting you on your glorious Imperial adventure.
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Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative.
Today enjoy a tour of Casablanca, before being transferred to Rabat in a private vehicle with English speaking driver. Casablanca is located on the coast the Atlantic Ocean, and is the center of business in Morocco. Originally established by the French as a commercial center, this dynamic city boasts a combination of modern, art deco, and traditional architecture. Visit some of the city's most renowned monuments including La Corniche on the ocean front and the outstanding Hassan II Mosque. Upon completion of the tour, you will proceed to Rabat.
Lunch not included in tour price. Your driver and/or guide will assist you for lunch options on the way.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Rabat and Fes. During the transfer, explore the Imperial City of Meknes along with the Roman city of Volubilis. In antiquity, Volubilis was an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman Empire. It was built on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the third century BC. Volubilis was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province produced many commodities such as grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome, contributing to the province's wealth and prosperity. Discover the Imperial city of Meknes known as the “Moroccan Versailles.” Meknes was founded in the 17th century by King Moulay Ismail. It is famous for its 25-mile-long walls. Upon arrival into Fes, a hotel drop-off is provided.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am. Please note that this is a walking tour. Transportation is not included. Explore the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco during this full day tour of Fes. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century, and is home to the world's oldest university. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Merinids, when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes has retained its status as the country's Artisan centre. Artisan workshops in the medina are as active today as they were 100 years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestries, and sculpting are still practiced in these workshops today. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city and its estimated 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets.
Enjoy an afternoon’s guided tour of the labyrinthine souks of the city. Amongst the many shops and stalls are artisans’ workshops and studios where traditional skills, passed down by the Moorish émigrés from Andalucia, are still practised by master craftsmen. Trades such as metal and leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestry, and sculpting remain current. Highlights of the tour will be observing the vast tanneries from a family home for this unique view, and the spice souk, El Attarine, without doubt the most vibrant in Fes. The henna and wood working souks are located in the Nejjarine neighborhood and the scent of cedar wood is noticeable. The main plaza is planted with trees and provides a shaded haven from the warm sun. Various natural products derived from henna are sold here. Nejjarine is also where the fabric dyers are located; wool and cotton are treated and you can see the colours used floating along the streets after the rinsing.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Travel today between Fes and Marrakech with private vehicle, driver and your guide. Enjoy lunch en-route, your guide will take you to nice & recommended restaurant. Explore the Mountain range of the Middle Atlas, with incredible passes and dizzying sights to experience the countryside of Morocco.
The drive takes 7 hours in total, you will be stopping for an hour for lunch enroute.
Lunch not included in tour price. Your guide and/or guide will assist with lunch options on the way.
Your tour usually starts at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This mosque's beautiful minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every approach to the city thanks to a long-standing planning ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. You will also visit the El-Bahia Palace. This 19th century palace is elaborate in its decoration and was built over a period of seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. There are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed's harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. One of most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs, which were only accessible via the mosque next door. However, in 1917 they were opened to the public and can now be accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century. It was restored in 1564 by the Saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important Medersa Bou Inania in Fés.
Horse riding, ATV, hot-air ballooning or golf? Even skiing is possible close by…. Marrakech is home to a wide variety of activities. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city on your own or sign up for tours and sight seeing. Local attractions include: hot air balloon ride, 4x4 riding, cooking class, wine tasting, camel back ride, white water rafting, zip lining, biking, walking, garden and historical tours just to name a few!
A private vehicle with Spanish speaking driver will provide a transfer between Marrakech and Casablanca.
The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Airport Drop off is included.
The Riad Kalaa is a renovated Kasbah which originally dates back to the Almoravide dynasty. This ancient structure was built in 1815, in the heart of the ramparts of the medina only a few steps away from the ocean. This Kasbah converted into a hotel and has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco. The Riad Kalaa features 11 rooms and suites designed to with tradition and convenience in mind with each room equipped with the modern amenities such as climate control, wireless internet access and more. The talented culinary team at the Riad Kalaa provides guests with a plethora of dishes to enjoy including an extensive menu of Moroccan specialities. The Riad Kalaa also features tree-lined terraces on the upper floors with a solarium and emerald swimming pool. A traditional hammam and spa are made available as well and offer relaxing massage treatments and old fashion shaves. The architecture of the Riad Kalaa is quite unique, and features an elegant assortment of terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring intimacy and harmonious ambiance for all the guests
Riad Salam Fes is conveniently located next to Batha square as well as other historical sites of Fez city (within walking distance from the historic sites of the Medina and the famous Bab Boujloud medina gate.) This remarkable riad in Fes' medina was built at the beginning of 20th century and was recently restored by craftsmen who managed to recapture the glory of its jaw-dropping interiors. The property itself is wonderfully atmospheric, with some of the finest zellij, plasterwork, carved wood and brass work that you can see outside of the tourist attractions – just the place to unwind in style.
Riad Amina invites you to discover the welcoming atmosphere of an authentic aristocratic household. A veritable haven of peace and tranquility deep inside the vibrant old city of Marrakech, this luxury guesthouse keeps alive all the traditional style, warmth, and comfort for which the great houses of Marrakech were once so famous. True to its centuries of history, and in keeping with the way of life of the rich and noble families who used to inhabit it, Riad Amina continues to marry modern luxury with a traditional atmosphere.
May 11, 2015
"We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience! "
May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
"Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment."
April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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