(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.
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 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.
Enjoy a morning excursion to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal. Heading south from Marrakech along the hairpin bends, you will eventually reach 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. Head 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.
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.
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.
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.
La Maison Arabe is a legendary hotel located in the romantic medina of Marrakech and features elegant rooms and suites, unique and traditional menus at the restaurants, a swimming pool, spa and cooking school. The hotel is built around 2 flower-filled patios. In the center of one is a refreshing fountain. Moroccan craftsmen worked long months restoring this riad (traditional Marrakech house) to its noble origins, using materials and techniques handed down over centuries.
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.
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.
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.
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. 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!"
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!"
Justin Yax ,
April 21, 2014
"Once again, a perfect trip. From Elizabeth's planning to Godfrey's guiding, we could not have asked for a more thorough and well planned safari. I can't wait to come back and do it again, this time with a Kilimanjaro climb added onto the trip!"
Nancy Frierson ,
April 21, 2014
"The entire trip was superb - all the transfers, the lodging and the food, the safari experience and the knowledgeable guides. The guide's ability to spot an animal and identify it at a great distance allowed us to see and photograph all the animals on our list and then some. The lodgings were even better than we had hoped and the staff could not possibly have been better. Our trip of a lifetime turned out to be just that."
Avi J.Moskovitz ,
February 03, 2014
"We finally returned from the most magical vacation in Morocco and we cannot thank Lily and Kensington Tours enough!! This trip was beyond amazing and we are so appreciative for everything done to make this trip happen last minute for us!
We had a spectacular tour guide that spoke 8 languages, Ismail, and the friendliest and warmest driver, Said, whom made the experience absolutely phenomenal! Not only did we learn and see, but we laughed, danced, ate like pigs, kissed camels and snakes, ran in the Sahara desert under the stars, and enjoyed life - the best gift of all!
Ebony Hoskins ,
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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