(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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, you will be met at your accommodation by an English-speaking mountain guide and taken on a day’s trekking in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and a stroll in the fields and orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. Visit the old hydraulic mill and village olive press (both still in use). Have lunch with local family. Visit Takherkhort Reserve and try your chances at spotting a Barbary sheep or one of the 150 species of birds native to the area. Relax with another cup of refreshing mint tea and watch a presentation of how to make Berber bread. Enjoy the fresh bread made Al fresco, locally produced organic olive oil, wild thyme and lavender organic honey for dipping your bread in (yum yum)! The trekking is not physically demanding and you will criss-cross a river valley and gentle slopes. There is a minimum of two people required for the hiking activity.
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.
Located in the heart of the business district, opposite the Hassan II mosque, the hotel has 141 rooms and 30 suites, each of which boasts an innovative design combining comfort, modernity and luxury. The first 4 floors of this building with charismatic architecture offer guest amenities: 2 restaurants, 1 bar, a spa spanning 2 floors, 1 ballroom, 4 meeting rooms, 1 penthouse for bespoke services and a private car park. Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche has a steam room and a fitness facility. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. This 5-star hotel features business amenities including a business center, a meeting/conference room, and limo/town car service. Dining options at the hotel include 2 restaurants along with a bar/lounge. The staff can arrange business services, tour assistance, and secretarial services. Additional amenities at this Art Deco property include spa services, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff.
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. Ksar El Kabbaba offers guests a unique experience of luxury and well-being, while encouraging economic activity. The Kasbah is a kind of traditional ecology, where guests can eat fruits and vegetables from the kitchen garden and bread baked in the oven in the shade of a centenary olive tree, just as it was done in historic times. Ksar Elkabbaba features an outdoor pool, spa, wellness centre, and restaurant. All of the spectacular rooms feature a number of modern amenities including a TV, air conditioning, a seating area, private bathrooms with a shower, and some with views over the garden.
Palais Khum offers a beautiful haven for the discerning traveller in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakesh. This exquisite boutique hotel in set in Dar el Bacha, the area is famous for exclusive antique and jewellery dealers. The carefully restored property depicts an architectural journey that summarizes historical influences of the past. The polished-marble hammam, handmade beds, glass dining table radiates the essence of modern style in ancient surrounding. Palais Khum boasts beautiful rooms and suites, each with its own individual style, tastefully furnished with exotic Moroccan flair, carved doors, antique wall hangings and lattice windows. The hotel also features gorgeous, immaculate and fragrant gardens, a variety of restaurant spaces including a lounge bar, a delightful terrace café and an Italian pastry shop which opens out onto the bustling antique street.
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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