(Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Skoura, Marrakech, Essaouira)
Get lost in winding cobbled streets of ancient medinas as the scent of exotic spices and dried figs carries you to a bygone era.
Immerse yourself in a country that seems to have been created to seduce your senses. Stroll through wonderfully chaotic souks where vendors sell everything from cured olives, delicate pastries, ceramics, incense, and of course, luxurious hand-knotted rugs in colors unseen anywhere else on Earth. Enjoy a gamut of experiences from riding a camel in the Sahara to visiting ancient tombs to exploring charming seaside villages. In the evenings, experience luxury retreats steeped in local traditions when you relax in a mix of elegant riads decorated with mosaic tiles and stained glass, and sumptuous tented camps in the middle of the desert.
With your personal guide, explore the World Heritage Site of Fez and visit the many artisan workshops that line the narrow passageways and bustling streets. Your private 4x4 vehicle and English speaking driver will take you on an adventure to the striking dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the largest dunes in the Sahara desert. Experience a camel ride before retiring to your tent to watch the dramatic sunset and changing colors of the other-worldly landscape. Embark on a tour of Marrakech and visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage tour through the Gardens of Majorelle, an oasis belonging to Yves Saint Laurent, before continuing on to the charming seaside village of Essaouira where the many fish stalls, colorful markets and dramatic fortifications decorate the lovely coastline. Your signature tour through intoxicating Morocco will leave you dizzy with delight.
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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 between the airport and your hotel, or viceversa.
Upon arrival to Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, be welcomed by an English speaking guide before being transferred to your hotel in Fes. En route you will visit 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, the 4th-century Merinid necropolis, and a walk in the Andalusia Gardens which rest within the walls of the Kasbah of the Oudaya. Enjoy a stop at the Hassan Tower, a huge unfinished minaret, built mostly at the end of the 12th century. The tour is complete upon arrival to the hotel in Fes.
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.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
If time permitting, you will visit the old city of Ouarzazate called Taourirt Kasbah and the Ouarzazate's Cinema Studios.
Guests at Dar Ahlam have a great selection of activities to choose from. Depending on the season activities will vary and your host will review all the activities available upon arrival and all activities may be booked locally at the hotel. Some examples of optional activities are quad or motor bike rides, camel back riding during the sunset, donkey back riding in the palm plantation, horseback riding in the north of the palm plantation on the edge of the Almansour lake, blossoming olive trees and cooking lessons.
A la carte activities and tours, also available to book at the hotel, include the Valley of the Almond trees and the salt mines, Saunter followed by lunch on the edge of Quarzazate Lake, Aperitif at Ksar Ali, The Sidi Fla Gorges, Valley of the Roses, The Gorges of Dades, Valley of Draa, The Gorges of Todra, and Skoura Palm Groves. Additional fees may apply.
Please speak with your supervisor if you're interested in finding out more information about the tours available or how to book them.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Travel today between Skoura and Marrakech in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver.
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.
Morning guided tour by horse drawn carriage of the Gardens of Majorelle, a property acquired in 1922 by the painter of the same name. Since 1980 it has belonged to Yves Saint Laurent and is an oasis in the heart of the city rich with flora. You'll also explore the Gardens of Menara. Planted with olive-trees, the park extends for over a hundred hectares and has in its center an immense pool dating from the XIIth century. At the edge of water, a small Saadien house completely rebuilt during the last century takes on an array of beautiful gilded colours as the sun sets. The rest of the afternoon/evening is free for you to enjoy the city.
Today you'll spend your time exploring the Mellah: A Jewish district where you will visit the Synagogues and cemetery. Marrakech had a strong Jewish community specialised in commerce and handicrafts. You'll have a private guide and driver for the day so they will be able to take you to the various synagogues in the Mellah.
Travel in a privately driven vehicle with an English-speaking driver between Marrakech and Essaouira. The approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.
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.
Essaouira offers a great variety of optional activities. Choose between mountain biking, hiking, horseback, fishing, sailing, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, camel rides, visits to vineyards, trekking, visits to Argan oil production, rural tourism. Minimum two people for hiking activity.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Essaouira and Casablanca. The approximate travel time is 6 hours.
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.
Between the peaks of the High Atlas and the gateway to the South Moroccan desert, Ouarzazate paves the way to luxurious oases. Situated in the region of the thousand Kasbahs, the Skoura palm grove is a refreshing stop, a true labyrinth of luscious gardens. In the shade of the hundred-year-old palm trees, hides a dream house which lives according to tradition: almond trees in bloom, festival of roses, date and olive harvests. Dar Ahlam is classified by Harper’s Bazaar (April 2008), among the 15 most fabulous villas in the world.
Part of Relais & Chateaux, Villa Des Orangers is one of the top places to stay in Marrakech. The moment you set your bags down you know you are in for a real treat. The hotel features a big garden and patios full of exotic plants, health facilities and a beauty salon, and two swimming pools, one on the roof overlooking the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas Mountains. The restaurant blends French, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences, and there is a cigar cellar available and a bar that stays open all day so that you can sip mint tea and nibble at Moroccan sweets at your leisure.The finewood used to make the Moroccan-style furniture and the iridescent colours of the decoration are so harmonious that they create an elegant setting in a refined, calm atmosphere.
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.
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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