(Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira, Oualidia)
Explore the endless coastline, fortified ramparts and magical souks of Morocco. Discover the synergized spirit of North African and Oriental cultures and traditions whilst journeying along the once caravan routes between the High Atlas Mountain Range and the Sahara. Visit the capital and Imperial city of Marrakech; from medina to mosque this city has it all. Marvel at the ancient architecture as the city’s history whispers through the narrow alleyways and squares, where the once nightly carnival of singers, tumblers, sorcerers, herbalists, story-tellers and snake charmers enchanted the city, leaving an impression on the local people and their culture, which is sure to not only spark your interest but also entice your spirit. Visit the Atlantic cities along the 1000+ kilometers of picturesque Moroccan coastline boasting rugged beaches, contrasting blue and white citadels and vivid fishing villages. Experience the true essence of the Berber culture during this exclusive visit to Morocco whilst rooming in luxurious accommodations and touring in privately driven vehicles with highly experienced and knowledgeable guides throughout.
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech. The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Lunch not included in tour price. Your driver and/or guide will assist you for lunch options on the way.
La Maison Arabe, a legendary hotel located in the romantic medina of Marrakech, includes 26 rooms and suites, three restaurants, a swimming pool, spa and cooking school.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
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 which is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century, and 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.
Morning excursion to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal. Head south from Marrakech along the hairpin bends which eventually leads to one of only two passes through the High Atlas Mountains. Perhaps make a brief stop at the Berber villages of Tahanoute or Asni and continue to the village of Imlil, where you will take a ten minute walk up to Kasbah du Toubkal. Mules will be available if you prefer to ride! Situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the surrounding valley, the Kasbah du Toubkal was built as a summer palace for the Pasha El Glaoui. It is now a wonderful place to experience Berber hospitality and a great base from which to explore the High Atlas. Enjoy a traditional Berber lunch on the terrace overlooking the snow-capped peaks or a picnic lunch on the trail. You may wish to take a stroll to a nearby Berber village, where an invitation to share mint tea with the locals can be arranged. Kasbah du Toubkal has been heavily involved in sharing its prosperity with the local mountain villages, sponsoring much-needed health and educational projects. Back to Marrakech at your leisure and the remainder of the day is free for more exploration of Marrakech.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer from Marrakech to Agadir. The approximate travel time is 2 hours, however you will stop in the beautiful walled city of Taroudant, former capital of the Saadian dynasty, often described as a 'scaled-down version of Marrakech’. With its majestic gold, pink and orange circuit of high walls, Taroudant appears as a charming citadel built in the midst of an oasis. Its ruddy clay houses and minarets, surrounded by groves of orange trees and pomegranates, seem to drowse beneath the gaze of the frosted High Atlas. Walk the gardens of legend-like hotel La Gazelle D’Or or similar, and continue the tour. Your visit will include a walk by the red 11th-century ramparts, and its five monumental gates (Bab). Then immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle of this former Berber rebel stronghold, now renowned for the welcome it extends to its visitors, and the friendliness of its shopkeepers. The maze of narrow streets leads to the busy square of Place Assarag, in the heart of the city. A guided tour of the souks with their traditional crafts on display will be provided, featuring silver jewelry, leather, engraved limestone, saffron, and many more spices, and of course Argan oil. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Agadir.
Riad Villa Blanche, Agadir, was opened in 2011. This luxury boutique hotel which is located only a few meters from Agadir's golden beach, and basking in more than 300 days of sunshine per year, is the perfect holiday location. It offers guests a personal and high quality service. Moroccan influenced, the hotel is a peaceful oasis where you can relax and unwind. Riad Villa Blanche has 28 luxurious and comfortable rooms and suites; many of them with fantastic views of the ocean.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Agadir and Essaouira.
Enjoy a private tour of Essaouira, one of the most picturesque towns in the country. You will dive into it's history and see how as an original Phoenician trading post, it prospered during the Roman era as citizens extracted the Tyrian purple colour from a local shellfish. Explore the fortifications that ring the city were built by the Portuguese and is inherent to the charm of Essaouira. You will have time to see the other attractions including the port, where a daily supply of fresh fish can be found, and the tremendous beach that stretches away to the south. The easy-going nature of the town, the medina, the dramatic fortifications and the beach, have created a bohemian atmosphere quite different from the rest of the country. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Essaouira.
The Villa Maroc is located in the small medieval town of Essaouira, a city granted by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This fashionable accommodation is considered to be one of Morocco’s most preferred properties due to its charm and elegance. All of the rooms and suites at the Villa Maroc have been elegantly designed and decorated with traditional style furnishings. The Villa Maroc is the ideal choice for families or single travellers.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Essaouira and Oualidia. The approximate travel time is 4 hours.
While staying in Oualidia, make sure to inquire with your guide about the many optional activities one could enjoy whilst travelling through this dynamic area of Morocco. Set out on a fascinating walking tour along some truly picturesque untouched beaches. Feast on the "Catch of the Day" under a magnificent sunset as fresh seafood, straight from the local fishermen's net, is grilled on the beach for your gastronomic pleasure. Explore the lagoon by boat to catch a glimpse of the local bird and wildlife.
La Sultana is situated in a unique location sheltered by cliffs, bordered by green pastureland and salt-water marshes overlooking the lagoon. Poised on the edge of the ocean, in a site of great ecological importance, La Sultana Oualidia will attract travellers looking to enjoy some relaxing beach side accommodation.
Travel between Oualidia and Casablanca with private vehicle and English speaking driver. Enroute, you will make a stop in El Jadida, a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Miles of fine beaches begin where the town centre ends. El Jadida is the prime vacation spot for Moroccon tourists. Western travellers are limited, so you will especially appreciate this off the beaten path destination. Explore the beach, cafés, bars, and street markets. Continue to your hotel or transfer to the airport in Casablanca.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my top three vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a roller coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4, the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowner game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand! Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
Mark Masterson ,
October 26, 2012
"We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Irene Saurwein ,
April 21, 2014
"I thought that both Raymond and Mike were outstanding guides. Our trip was wonderful. The only point I want to make that the food at the Farm House was not very good. Pretty disappointed. Our stay at the Serena in both locations was great. Overall great trip that we will never forget."
Francis Quinn ,
April 21, 2014
"The Mbugani Camps were nice but the beer was warm and they don't have ice. The owner was a great guy. Enjoyed Mara West. The staff and food were great. The second evening the loud mouth owner conducted a business meeting on the front porch disrupting a peaceful cocktail hour. It was totally inappropriate since he was very loud and discussed his business dealings with Kensington with others. They also need an ice machine. They ran out every night. Albert is probably the best guide I have ever had. Very knowlegeable. Mike was great too. Fabulous trip. You guys did a great job. We had a wonderful time."
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"Our party of 4 believe that we were given incorrect information regarding the type of suitcase that we should purchase for this trip. We were advised to buy a suitcase that was soft sided and no wheels. We arrived in Africa to see many others going on Safari with suitcases that had wheels. It was difficult for us to manouever our bags. I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We learned a great deal from Wasari . Our tour guide in the Mara was just ok . It would have been great to have the tour guide that we had in Serengeti for the complete trip. We understood that he could have crossed over from Tanzania into Kenya to get us . There was one flight within the country that we felt we may have been better off driving. We all believed that our Sales consultant could have spent more time with us on the phone going over the itinerary and guiding us through some of the decisions that we were making. For example Lake Manyara was not really necessary and perhaps we could have used that extra day in Zanzibar . These are some of the decisions that we felt our consultant could have assisted us with . We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Michael Melvin Marsh ,
April 21, 2014
"The trip was very special and i credit Sunita Singh for helping to make it such. We worked on the itinerary for three months and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and present."
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
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