Premium tour with a private guide and vehicle featuring the famous Riads of Morocco. While experiencing this diverse and culturally rich country, your sensors will be stimulated by learning, cooking and tasting the flavorful tagines of Morocco. Morocco takes visitors back to a slower time of mint tea in cool courtyards and sun-drenched bazaars selling everything from hand-knotted carpets to brass platters the size of a cartwheel. A walk down almost any street puts you in the center of a story straight from the Thousand and One Nights…but with 21st-century comforts around every corner. Explore the Imperial cities of Fez and Meknes before heading south to Marrakech. You'll explore the city by foot in with your private guide who will unlock all of the secrets of this magical city for you. Rounding off this trip you'll spend a nights in the High Atlas Mountains. Located just 45 minutes outside of the city limits it's the perfect end to this incredible journey.
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 Casablanca and Fes. During the transfer, enjoy some brief touring stops including a visit to Meknes, the famed Ismailia capital known for its 40 km long walls and numerous gates. Next, visit 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.
Riad La Maison Bleue is located in one of the most historic quarters of the Fès Medina. A mysterious door off a laneway opens to reveal a wonder of Arabo-Andalusian architecture. La Maison Bleue was built as a family palace in 1915 by Sidi Mohammed El Abbadi, a famous judge and astrologer of the times. Enter the mysterious inner courtyards and lifestyle of the city of Fès, jewel of the Arab world, where blue zellij mosaics, finely carved cedar-wood doors, stained glass windows with wrought iron grilles and stucco cornices come together in refined harmony. You will find the house a haven of peace in the heart of the bustling Medina.
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.
This morning meet with the Maison bleue Moroccan chef, Tariq Hadine to discuss the dishes that you would like to learn. Learn the correct preparation of Moroccan mint tea. Shop in the Medina in the morning to collect the day’s ingredients. Head back to class and were you will learn and preparing three authentic dishes. You will then enjoy your meal and saver what you have learnt with a glass of local wine.
Travel in a privately driven vehicle from Fes to Marrakech, making a lunch stop en-route. Explore the rugged terrain of the Middle Atlas Mountain range, boasting towering cliff faces, and incredible passes. Visit the Berber village of Immouzer de Kandar and the university town of Ifrane for a glimpse into rural living in Morocco. Explore the Kasbah of Ras El Ain and mingle amongst the merchants to find the perfect gift. The approximate travel time is 7 hours.
Beni Mellal is one of the agricultural centres of Morocco, it a picturesque location to enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant with your local guide.
The Riad Andalou is located in Marrakech and boasts a fantastic combination of Moroccan architecture and styling’s, using traditional craved cedar and warm colors. The spacious rooms have been elegantly decorated and reflect the radiance of this very dynamic area. Large lounges and dining areas only add the wonder of this riad. Spend some quality time relaxing, either at the bar, solarium or under the care of the highly trained staff in the massage room. Experience all that is Morocco at the Perroquet Blue, Riad Andalou.
After breakfast you will be met at your hotel and taken on a full day guided tour of Marrakech. Your tour usually starts at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque but you can discuss all of the options with your guide. The mosques 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 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 which is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century, and 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 delicious breakfast this morning before departing in a private vehicle to the luxurious Jnane Tamsna Eco-farm Resort, located some 30 minutes away from Marrakech. The resort is situated amongst a picturesque backdrop of blossoming orchards, olive groves, and herbal gardens. The architectural design has been constructed to resemble the Berber structures of the period, using a variety of local material to add to the authenticity. The mighty Atlas Mountains add to the dramatics of this spectacular desert-oasis location. Spend the morning hours exploring the farm, specifically the gardens, as you will be the one selecting the ingredients for the culinary lesson to follow in the early afternoon. Your lesson begins with a brief introduction to Moroccan cooking methods and techniques by the resorts experienced chef. Dive into a world of culinary-creation as you put your newly acquired skills to the test, creating your own meal! Enjoy the literally fruits of your labour on the patio as you admire the mountainous-scenery that surround you. The afternoon provides some leisurely time for you to enjoy around the resort where you are encouraged to take a dip in the pool or revitalize your soul with one of the many spa treatments made available.
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 take you chance in spotting a Barbary sheep or one of the 150 species of birds native to the area. Enjoy another cup of refreshing mint tea and watch a presentation of how to make Berber bread. 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.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Marrakech and Casablanca. The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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.
Depart from Casablanca International airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTTravelers to Morocco must have a valid passport. Visas are not required for American or Canadian tourists traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. No vaccinations are required to enter Morocco.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Morocco for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/morocco.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Rabat. Government: Constitutional monarchy since 1956, when Morocco gained independence from France. Language: The official language is Moroccan Arabic, and Berber languages are spoken by a large minority. French, Spanish and English is also understood, particularly in the major tourist destinations. Religion: Predominantly Muslim with Jewish, Christian and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT. Electricity: 110/220 volts AC, 50Hz, depending on age and location of building. Telephone: Country code +212. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is mainly available in the cities in the west of Morocco. Internet: Access is widely available in business centers, hotels and in Internet cafes.
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