(Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Essaouira)
As you walk through the crisp night air, you notice the absolute stillness around you, while millions of shimmering stars awaken in the immeasurable heavens above. You enter your tent and the warm amber glow of antique lanterns lights the dozens of luxurious tapestries that line the walls and floor. You slip into bed, surrounded by the finest linens, and dream a dream not quite as enchanting as your current reality.
Step into the pages of a Conde Naste spread on this exclusive journey through the glorious highlights of Morocco. Experience resplendent Casablanca, with its Art Deco buildings and palm-lined avenues studded with charming cafes; be seduced by the labyrinthine medina of Imperial Fez and visit its many souks, monuments and palaces; and try to hold onto reality in Marrakech where snake charmers and speeding donkey carts are part of the mundane. From refined riads tucked away on charming cobbled streets, to premium tented desert camps under skies of dazzling stars, our exclusive accommodations offer luxury and sophistication. Private chauffeured vehicles and expert local guides will be happily at your service all throughout your journey.
Enjoy a tour of Fez and visit the many artisan shops that line its 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets. Set out on a rugged adventure in your own 4X4 vehicle towards the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the largest dunes in the Sahara desert, for a memorable camel ride, then watch the sun set over the red earth from your dreamy tented camp. Make your way to marvelous Marrakech and tour the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. Enjoy a private tour of Essaouira, one of the most picturesque towns in the country, before venturing toward the modern and beautiful city of Casablanca. A stunning mélange of elegant buildings, grand avenues and Moorish flourishes, Casablanca’s many highlights, such as King Hassan II mosque and the Jewish Historical Museum, are not to be missed. This exclusive adventure through one of Africa’s jewels is one you’ll never forget.
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Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative.
Today you will be met at the airport, and then a private vehicle with English speaking driver will be available at your disposal throughout the day.
A modern city and the trade capital of Morocco, Casablanca is a magnificent mix of modernism and tradition. It is the largest metropolitan city in the Maghreb and is characterised by elegant buildings, great avenues and unique architectural art forms and Moorish finishing's featured throughout the numerous domes and columns. This booming cosmopolitan city is characterized by the King Hassan II mosque located by the sea and featuring a 200 meter minaret that dominates the city's landscape. The Mosque is open to non muslims as a daily shared tour which highlights it's impressive modern interior. Then drive to visit the Jewish Historical Museum of Morocco in the Oasis area of Casablanca. Again, a driver and guide is at your disposal and will provide insight into the best this city has to offer.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Casablanca and Fes. During the transfer, enjoy some touring including a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world after Mecca in Saudi Arabia (direct payment for the entrance). Continue to the diplomatic and administrative capital of Morocco, Rabat. Visit the Royal Palace, the wild gardens of the Chellah, a 14th-century Merinid necropolis and a walk through the Andalusian Gardens, within the walls of the Kasbah of the Oudaya. Visit the Hassan Tower, a huge unfinished minaret, built mostly at the end of the 12th century. Next, travel to the city of Meknes, the famed Ismailia capital known for its 40 km long walls and numerous gates. Continue the tour, visiting Bab Mansour, the Royal stables, the amazing markets and also the popular Jewish quarter. Before arriving in Fes, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Idriss. 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.
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.
Sit back and relax as a privately driven vehicle, with English speaking driver, provides you with a transfer between Fes and Erfoud. En-route you’ll pass through a scenic forest of cedars and across the Middle Atlas Mountain range to the mineral mining city of Midelt, where a stop for lunch is scheduled. This journey continues along through the dramatic Ziz Gorge, passing en-route the ancient, holy city of Rissani. It is here where the one would find the ruins of Sijilmasa, a once capital and merchant stopping locale for the ancient caravan routings of the 8th century. After an approximate 7 hours of travel you will arrive at your final destination of Erfoud.
Enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch at the hotel Taddarte in Midelt.
A 4x4 vehicle will be waiting for you to continue your adventure by heading towards the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the largest dunes in the Sahara desert. The dunes of Erg Chebbi are a strikingly strange natural formation. On the top of the flattest area you could imagine, suddenly a long mountain of sand rises. This mountain is surrounded by flat and desolate nature on all sides, and you could end up wondering if it really is real. But so it is, even if its existence is so weird that it has given rise to legends and myths among the locals. Upon arrival at the camp you will witness the sunset from over the desert dunes and be astounded by the peace and calm as well as the changing colours of the landscape. If you're up to it you can also ride a camel!
A 4x4 vehicle will transfer you back to Erfoud where your private vehicle awaits for your onward journey.
Travel today between Erfoud and Ouarzazate with private vehicle and English speaking driver. En-route, stop in the Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge's more beautiful and older sister. These gorges are located just southwest of Tinerhir and some 110 km (65 miles) from Ouarzazate. In the latter winter, the Dades River flows and in mid-spring through early summer provides a life source to the valley`s unprecedented amount of greenery. In the valleys along the Dades Gorge, you’ll notice more argan (nut) trees more than the palmeries that surround the Todra Gorge. When you arrive at the top of the gorges, you will notice the temperatures will be cooler, the views amazing, and the people delightful. Northwest of Rissani and Northeast of Ouarzazate, just up the road from Tinerhir are the Todra Gorges. Experience the unbelievable glory of the massive canyon walls reaching some 300 meters (900 feet) high and continuing for some 100 meters (300 feet). A little north-east of the southern city of Quarzazate, lays the Dadès Valley-stretching out between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro Mountain range. Known as 'The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs', it is the most prominent of the oasis valleys that dominate southern Morocco. Originating from melt water high up in the snowfields of the Haute Atlas, the river Dadès cuts a steep gorge, known as the Dadès Gorge, at Aït Oudinar and Aït Ali. From here, it flows across the broad Dadès Valley in a south-westerly direction towards Quarzazate. Before reaching Ouarzazate, you will make a stop in Skoura - one of Morocco’s beautiful oases. Skoura offers weary travellers a chance to rest their feet and enjoy the abundance of nature. At first glance from the road, it resembles a sort of thin, long, oasis but if you have a chance to explore within it, you will notice it is rather large and impressive. Continue to your lodging in the Ouarzazate area.
Travel today between Ouarzazate and Marrakech in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver. The route through Ouarzazate to Marrakech offers wonderful photo opportunities including views of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Aït Ben Haddou, where movies such as Gladiator and Jesus Of Nazareth were filmed, and the dramatic Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass.
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 your tour today of the High Atlas Mountains with lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, which is about an hour from Marrakech. On the way, you'll make a brief stop at the Berber villages of Tahanoute and continue to the village of Asni before arriving at Tamadot. The Kasbah Tamadot is located on the outskirts of Asni, a small Berber village where the road branches off to Imlil and the Toubkal Massif. The Kasbah Tamadot was seen by Sir Richard’s mother who realized the potential for creating a unique environment and after a very painstaking period of renovation, Tamadot was born. It offers stunning views of the mountains and valleys, including a Berber village hugging the opposite bank of the river. The “Kanoun” restaurant at Tamadot (named after the traditional Berber bread oven) features an outdoor terrace and rooftop for dining on warmer days or inside when cooler. Tamadot also has an excellent wine list. After lunch at The Kasbah Tamadot, your guide will take you to explore the mountains by foot.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Travel in a privately driven vehicle with an English-speaking driver between Marrakech and Essaouira. The approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal today.
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 Casablanca. The approximate travel time is 6 hours.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel, or viceversa.
Hotel Le Doge takes the place of a unique vintage town house built in the thirties by an Italian contractor. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, in the peaceful Art Deco neighborhood of Casablanca. This Art Deco building has been renovated with keeping in mind the preservation of safeguarding of its architecture and special features. The elegance of the décor and period style produces a setting of exceptional quality. Hotel Le Doge offers the luxury of a palace and the inner charm of a beautiful residence.
Riad Fes is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez. It has succeeded in combining refinement with inspiration and invites you to relax and enjoy your stay in a serene atmosphere. The prestigious history and refined civilization of this Imperial city is reflected in the Spanish Moorish architecture and attention to detail seen in the décor. It’s opened Andalous pavilion, and its new baroco-andalous pavilion come to complete the traditional patio with a style even more contemporary and purified to the full satisfaction of the guests who wish to spend some time in the middle of an oasis of harmony. The Riad Fez is 25 minutes away from Fez International Airport and 3 hours by car from Casablanca, Riad Fes is ideally situated at the heart of the medina and in close proximity to its historic monuments.
Kensington Tours presents La Belle Etoile Luxury Camp, located an hour and half drive from Erfoud, it is strategically in the middle of the big dunes of the Erg Chebi Desert, La Belle Etoile offers a spectacular nomadic experience. It is especially unique because of the 'Haimas', which are traditional tents made of camel skin typically used by nomadic people Enjoy your special night at this beautiful Oasis in a premium tented camp. Get an opportunity to ride a camel at sunset and sunrise from the top of the dunes.Marvel at the spectacular sun at dawn and the splendid warm colors that fill the horizon at sunset. Experience a night in the desert and sleep under the blanket of stars.Your desert experience includes an authentic Moroccan dinner and breakfast in the morning.
At the gates of the desert, Le Berbere Palace invites you to explore a captivating region, to relax and wonder in another world as you escape beneath jasmin and roses. Designed as a traditional Moroccan village in the desert, the Berbere Palace is situated in the tourist area of Ouarzazate. The hotel provides 232 rooms to guests with a wonderful breakfast buffet and restaurants featuring both continental cuisine and local. The town is home to Atlas Studios, where all the major Moroccan and international filmmaking takes place. For those who want to get outside and explore the exotic sands of this area, make a trip to the desert and watch the sun set over the dunes. Later, return to this oasis and relax in the luxury of fresh gardens and sparkling skies.
La Sultana Marrakech is situated in the heart of the golden triangle, at the entry of the Imperial City’s walls, just next to the Royal Palaces, to the Bahia Palace and to the famous Jemma El Fna place, where erudite, architects and artists from all epochs set up opulent houses, mosques and gardens. Three years of work in partnership with the historical monuments and an exceptional décor led to the birth of a unique luxurious hotel: La Sultana – a real timeless palace – worthy member of Small Luxury Hotels and of Great Hotels of the World. In every riad, live again the old palaces’ atmosphere and appreciate the tradition of the last centuries in a luxurious residence. The central open-air patio is a classic architectural feature of all Moroccan residences, from which guests can savor fragrant oriental afternoon teas or saunter through to the holistic Spa to enjoy one of the magnificent Hammam treatments or balneotherapy bath offered by this exceptional luxury hotel.
The Palace Heure Bleue is a sumptuous 19th century residence deserving of Essaouira's rich past, on the crossroads of the African, European and Arabic civilizations. Situated in the Essaouira port, overlooking the new town, the medina, and its walls; the former palace falls under the exclusive family of “Relais and Chateaux” hotels, designed to meet the standards of French living. With 35 rooms, this private getaway is ideally located near the beach, where a multitude of facilities exist for the active guest. The restaurants offer authentic fusions of preparations passed down over the years. Some choose to spend their time at the resort dining, while others take advantage of the library, spa, and nearby marketplace. At Palais L'Heure Bleue, a very ambiance warmly welcomes you for an exceptional stay. The hotel features a large rooftop heated swimming pool and sun deck. The exquisite restaurant and cosy bar on the terrace offer panoramic views of the towns, the port and the sea. At the heart of the property is a lovely interior courtyard, decorated with an ornamental fountain and towering palm trees.
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!"
December 12, 2014
"Our week-long tour in Morocco went without a hitch in the company of a great driver and knowledgeable guide who were always prompt, courteous, helpful, and very nice. Kensington Tours' picks for our overnight accommodations were excellent, as well as the excursions planned for us. We're grateful to our conscientious agent, Lily, who went out of her way to make us feel welcome in Morocco. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands whenever we travel with Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"Our trip was a perfect 10 - exceeding all expectations! Starting with Christine Willner's attentiveness to our wish list and balancing it to our budget, every leg and element of our journey took place without so much as a hiccup. We were blown away by the quality of our tours, accommodations and guides. Thank you for giving us a great experience and wonderful memories!"
Rebecca Warren ,
August 02, 2014
"My 26 year old daughter recently traveled alone to Madagascar using Kensington tours. I was a little concerned about her safety and wanted to make sure that she would be well taken care of. Kensington was great from start to finish. Our travel agent, Marc Sisson, put together the tour in very short order with very little notice, had no problem doing it for just one person, and gave me a sense of security that my daughter would be well cared for. She did the Anjajavy 5 Day Beach extension. The tour guide who picked her up at the airport in the capitol city was outstanding -- very knowledgeable and helpful. The Anjajavy hotel was extraordinary. Her pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. She kayaked, swam in the ocean and saw lemurs feeding. She got to practice her French with the outstanding hotel manager and otherwise was able to just relax and unwind. She described the experience as "visiting Eden." I highly recommend Kensington. I contacted a number of tour/travel agencies and none of them compared to Kensington. "
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!"
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