(Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Skoura, Marrakech)
There are colors in Morocco that exist nowhere else on Earth and aromas that seem straight from Heaven. Your first-class journey will have you sensing the finest Morocco has to offer.
Morocco offers a peerless and enduring fascination. With its richly-woven heritage, unique architecture and breathtaking landscapes of sand, stone and surf, the country seduces all who cross its borders. Private vehicles and expert local guides will be at your service on this exclusive journey as you explore beautiful Arab cities, strikingly stark deserts and towering mountain ranges. In the evenings, relax in luxury tented camps and riads that offer sumptuous surroundings and heavenly Moroccan charms.
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fez and its many artisan workshops that line the 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets. Make your way through scenic cedar forests across the Middle Atlas Mountain range to Erfoud, where a 4x4 vehicle will be waiting to take you to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the largest dunes in the Sahara desert. Witness a glorious sunset over the desert from your tented camp, then behold a night sky you’ve never laid eyes on before. Enjoy an off road excursion through the Palm grove Oasis before heading to Marrakech to view the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. And, just when you think you can’t be dazzled anymore, head for the high Atlas Mountains through a series of hairpin turns, arriving at a traditional Berber village. As you stroll along a quiet lane overlooking the majestic snow-capped peaks, you’ll wish your time in Morocco never had to end.
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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.
Dinner not included in tour price.
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 driver. En-route, stop in the Dades Gorge located just southwest of Tinerhir and some 110 km (65 miles) from Ouarzazate. 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 Ouarzazate, lies 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. Before reaching Ouarzazate, you will make a stop in Skoura - one of Morocco’s beautiful oases. Skoura offers travellers a chance to rest their weary feet and enjoy the abundance of nature. At first glance from the road, it resembles a sort of thin, long, oasis. However once you get off the road you discover that Skoura in Morocco is very large and that what appeared to be a line of trees is actually a flourishing oasis. Continue to your lodging in the Ouarzazate area.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
Enjoy time at leisure in Skoura, this small desert oasis. Marvel at the mud architecture of the Kasbahs providing amazing views of the Atlas Mountain range. The palm groves of the area were laid out in the 12th century by the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour and named after its original inhabitants, the Berbers of the Haskourene tribe. Skoura is often referred to as the “Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs” and boast some of the most famed kasbahs in Morocco.
Sign up for tours of the kasbahs, from the 17th Century Amerhidil Kasbah to Kasbah of Aït Abou, built in the 1800’s and the oldest Kasbah in the palm grove, is six stories with walls 25 m high. For those who are more active, sign up for tours through the palm grove on foot, by horse, bike, or quad. The views from here of the surrounding rock plateaus, desert and oasis are simply incredible.
Travel in a private vehicle with English speaking driver between Skoura and Marrakech. This route offers wonderful photo opportunities like the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Aït Benhaddou, where movies such as Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth were filmed. Drive through the High Atlas Mountains, across the dramatic Tizi n'Tichka pass to Ouarzazate, a very diverse Moroccan city home to some 40,000 inhabitants. The focal point to this town is the long and wide street Avenue Muhammed V, which begins just before the city starts, and continues along past the Kasbah of Tifoultoutte.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
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.
Just 25 km west of the bustle of Essaouira's iconic medina, head into the surrounding countryside to the French-owned Val d'Argan. Owned and developed by Charles Melia, a Frenchman with Algerian ancestry dating back to the 1800s, the Val d'Argan's rich and fertile soil has been producing a range of organic Clairette grapes since the 1940s. With fifty hectares of land, the vineyard is picturesque: grape vines growing in neat rows among bright blooming rose bushes, wild green fields as far as the eye can see, and the healthiest and happiest caramel-colored horses. Enjoy a walking tour of the vineyard and the cellars of this unique, organic winery. Afterward head upstairs to the Val d'Argan restaurant. Scoring full marks for the venue, the restaurant is simple and set high up in a covered veranda entirely lined by Moorish-style windows looking out onto the acres of land with a cozy ensemble of tables. In the open kitchen at the far end of the room, the domain's ladies create a little feast of fresh cooked meat, vegetables, and fruit, and prepare the most delicious selection of olives and more, which all come fresh from the garden. The result is an eye-popping spread of fresh salads, sauces and purées, followed by tender lamb, chicken, beef or fish skewers, all accompanied by rice, potatoes and an array of vegetables and all that washed down with some of the property's gorgeous mellow wines. A perfect afternoon indulging in some of the region's very best produce, the Val d'Argan comes extremely highly recommended.
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.
Royal Mansour, with its classic Moroccan architecture and design, stands tall and regal in the centre of Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca. Le Royal Mansour Méridien has 182 rooms and a multitude of services available for travelers’ use. The restaurants are a key attraction, with a breakfast buffet that wins over even the most discerning taste buds. With stunning views of Casablanca’s harbor and the Hassan II mosque, Le Royal Mansour Méridien is set in the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco.The hotel’s many amenities include meeting facilities, banquet halls, a fitness center, a spa, and La Douira restaurant, which serves classic Moroccan cuisine. Some of Casablanca’s best sites are in close proximity to the hotel, including the Place des Nations Unies, New Medina, the winding streets of the Old Medina, and the Central Market.
At the Riad Palais Ommeyad, you can enjoy an authentic atmosphere, which induces relaxation and captivation into a universe which feels magical. The entire team at Palais Ommeyad invites you to have a delightful stay with them and they will strive to ensure that your stay with them will remain a happy memory and an incentive to make it your home in Morocco for many future return trips. Riad Palais Ommeyad boasts 30 suites equipped with every comfort that is essential for a luxury escape.Located in the Old Medina, Riad Palais Ommeyad is a traditional palace with Moroccan décor featuring an outdoor swimming pool, spa bath, massage and body treatments.
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 heart of the magnificent palm grove of Skoura stands the legendary El Ksar Kabbaba restored traditional guest house. At the hotel the approach is to provide a return to nature , quiet, with easy things in life , while enjoying the comfort and luxury of large cities. Thus, in Ksar El Kabbaba , they offer you a unique experience of luxury and well-being, while encouraging economic activity while redorant the historical and cultural heritage of the region .The Kasbah is a kind of traditional ecology, where you can eat fruits and vegetables from the kitchen garden and bread baked in the oven in the shade of a centenary olive tree that witnessed life in the Ksar. Ksar Elkabbaba features an outdoor pool, spa, wellness centre, and restaurant. Rooms here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Private bathrooms also come with a shower. Some rooms have a garden view.
Palais Khum is ideally located in Dar El Bacha, considered in many prestigious touring guides to be the most fascinating street of the charming old town centre of Marrakech. Palais Khum was carefully restored in respect of local tradition, in an architectural journey that summarizes the historical influences of all passing cultures and the tradition of hospitality. The philosophy of 360-degree hospitality extends from the hotel to the restaurant and wellness areas, and offers with its several gardens, halls, small and big terraces, and swimming pool a unique and unforgettable experience made for the refined traveler. The hotel features eleven bedrooms with individual theme, two accessible gardens, a Deco taproom, a huge indoor warmed pool, a library-relaxation area, an art gallery, several terraces, two hammams and massage rooms, various rest areas, a retro coffee house
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 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!"
Nathan Nerland ,
December 15, 2014
"Kensington Tours is always our only guided company we use because every staff has been amazing along the way and they accommodate everything we request, and more."
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!"
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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