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  • Choose to horseback ride on the beaches of Essaouira.
  • Head into the High Atlas Mountains with private guide.
  • Step into scenes from Gladiator at the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass.
  • Journey into the dunes of Erg Chebbi on 4x4 and camel.
  • Expert selection of hotels.
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Travel through time to a mythical land of ancient caravan routes, mystical snake charmers and royal cities on this sumptuous journey through Morocco’s best towns and landscapes. This is the ultimate tour of Morocco.

With a private guide and driver, you’ll discover the treasures of Rabat, Fes, Marrakech and Casablanca, as well as Tangier, Chefchaouen, Merzouga, Ouarzazate and Essaouira. Take in the bustling bazaars, incredible historic sites, mystical legends, ancient medinas and exotic cuisine of Morocco. Venture into the shimmering Sahara on the back of a camel. Savor the carnivalesque atmosphere of Marrakech’s main square, Jemma el Fna. Wander the souks and shop for handmade leather goods, sip traditional mint tea with charismatic carpet weavers, and meet a local Berber family. Explore the dramatic High Atlas Mountains that encircle magical Marrakech with sweeping vistas of snow-capped peaks and mud-thatched Berber villages. In the evenings, relax in a mixture of dazzling riads and fine hotels that offer extraordinary surroundings and old-world Moroccan charms. This customizable tour is full of endless possibilities. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Casablanca to Rabat
    Casablanca to Rabat
    • Welcome to Morocco
    • Transfer - Casablanca - Rabat [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (3-4 hrs) - Entrance
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Rabat to Tangier
    Rabat to Tangier
    • Transfer - Rabat - Tangier [5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - City Tour (6 hrs) - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Tangier to Chefchaouen
    Tangier to Chefchaouen
    • Transfer - Tangier - Chefchaouen [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - City Highlights Tour (6 hrs) - Entrance
  • Day 4 Chefchaouen to Fes
    Chefchaouen to Fes
    • Transfer - Chefchaouen - Fes [via Meknes & Volubilis, 5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Fes
    Fes
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - Exploring Fes (6-8 hrs) - Entrance
  • Day 6 Fes to Erfoud to Merzouga
    Fes to Erfoud to Merzouga
    • Transfer - Fes - Erfoud [7 hrs (with Lunch, Hotel Taddart)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Erfoud - Merzouga [Desert drive by 4x4] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Activity - Sunset Desert Camel Ride - Guide/Camel Ride
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Merzouga to Erfoud to Ouarzazate
    Merzouga to Erfoud to Ouarzazate
    • Private Transfer - Merzouga - Erfoud [4x4 Return ] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Transfer - Erfoud - Ouarzazate [via Dades/Todra Gorges (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 Ouarzazate
    Ouarzazate
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Ait Ben Haddou & Telouet Kasbah (with Lunch, 3-4 hrs) - 4x4/Entrance fees
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Ouarzazate to Marrakech
    Ouarzazate to Marrakech
    • Transfer - Ouarzazate - Marrakech [via Aït Ben Haddou, 5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - The Marvels of Marrakech (6-8 hrs) - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - High Atlas Mountains (with Lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, 6-8 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Marrakech to Essaouira
    Marrakech to Essaouira
    • Transfer - Marrakech - Essaouira [2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Essential Essaouira (with Lunch, 6-8 hrs) - Entrance
  • Day 13 Essaouira
    Essaouira
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Optional activities - Mountain biking, hiking & horseback riding
  • Day 14 Essaouira to Casablanca
    Essaouira to Casablanca
    • Transfer - Essaouira - Casablanca [6 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - The Best of Casablanca (with Lunch, 6-8 hrs) - Entrance
  • Day 15 Casablanca
    Casablanca
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 1 hr - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat

Our local representative will provide you with your travel documents and go over the itinerary in great detail. 

You will be privately transferred between Casablanca and Rabat by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Ever since the 12th century, Rabat has played an important role in the history of Morocco. Beginning in 1146, the city was transformed into a massive fortress and utilized as a port to launch attacks on neighboring regions. The Medina of Rabat, host to the Hassan Tower, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the site of the ruins of an unfinished mosque that – as originally planned – would have been the largest in the world. Through the centuries, Rabat served as one of the many ports in North Africa for Barbary pirates, and they were particularly active in the port from the 16th through the 18th centuries; the history of their presence is fascinating and resonates to this day. Besides its interesting history, Rabat is also an excellent city for shopping with a number of curios, craft-shops and marketplaces throughout the city. With your private driver and English-speaking guide catering to your needs and interests, your city tour of Rabat is sure to be fun, informative and engaging.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Riad Kalaa

The Riad Kalaa is a renovated Kasbah which originally dates back to the Almoravide dynasty. This ancient structure was built in 1815, in the heart of the ramparts of the medina only a few steps away from the ocean. This Kasbah converted into a hotel  and has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco. The Riad Kalaa features 11 rooms and suites designed to with tradition and convenience in mind with each room equipped with the modern amenities such as climate control, wireless internet access and more.  The talented culinary team at the Riad Kalaa provides guests with a plethora of dishes to enjoy including an extensive menu of Moroccan specialities.  The Riad Kalaa also features tree-lined terraces on the upper floors with a solarium and emerald swimming pool.  A traditional hammam and spa are made available as well and offer relaxing massage treatments and old fashion shaves. The architecture of the Riad Kalaa is quite unique, and features an elegant assortment of terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring intimacy and harmonious ambiance for all the guests

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hassan Tower
Hassan Tower
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Medina of Rabat
Medina of Rabat

Day 2: Rabat - Tangier

Travel today between Rabat and Tangier in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver and guide.

Discover the city of Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, with the help of a private driver and English-speaking guide. Marvel at the picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Strait of Gibraltar, a perfect photo opportunity. Mingle through the Kasbah district located next to the port, before heading towards the old Medina. Visit some of the many shops that line the streets of the Medina and find the perfect handicraft, gift, or keepsake for yourself or your loved ones. Pass the Grand Sacco and the Mendoubia Park believed to contain the fossil remains of some truly ancient creatures, including dragon bones. Next, visit the Petit Sacco with its multitudes of boutique hotels and riads; this historical location has hosted a variety of famous artists including Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles, among others. At the end of your city tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: El Minzah

Situated on the Straits of Gibraltar, where Europe and Africa almost touch, El Minzah is a haven of peace and tranquility. During your stay you can relax in the luxuriant gardens, nestled within beds of roses and giant geraniums, lilies, hibiscus and countless exotic plants. The immaculate lawns are shaded by palm, orange and eucalyptus trees. The hotel’s charming rooms are furnished with polished woods and brass, with ornaments and pictures setting off the grandeur of the hotel. Enjoy dinner outdoors in the courtyard or in one of the other restaurants or bars; sit back and enjoy great food, ambiance, and live entertainment. Built in a Spanish Moorish style, El Minzah boasts stunning views over the Bay of Tangier, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tangier
Tangier
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tangier
Tangier

Day 3: Tangier - Chefchaouen

Travel today between Tangier and Chefchaouen by private vehicle and english speaking driver and guide.

The beautiful city of Chefchaouen is located on the rift of the mountainous region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Iberian Peninsula. Known for its shady alleys, whitewashed and blue turquoise homes, wrought iron windows, colorful tile roofs, and fascinating souks, the best way to discover this holy town is to wander at leisure with your private guide. You’ll discover a powerful charm in Outa-el-Hammam Square, a cobblestone medina at the foothills of a rugged mountain that is popular among locals, and - while sitting on the terrace of a café taking in the view of the grand Tarik-Ben-Ziad Mosque whose octagonal minaret is inspired by the Torre de Oro in Seville - you’ll sure to spot Spanish influence. Housed inside the walls of the mosque is a small but impressive ethnographic museum featuring collections of embroideries and colored pieces of clothing worn by the region's women including the famous djellaba – a long garment worn by the men and women of North Africa – which was first fashioned in Chefchaouen. For something different, visit a traditional oil mill – the region is host to more than 1,500 of them – or a craftsman's workshop. Over and above exceptional weaving, Chefchaouen is renowned for its basket-making and its pottery as well. For the more active, Cascades d’Akchour is a remarkably beautiful hiking trail just outside the city. Simply speak with your guide to craft the ideal day in Chefchaouen and then set out to explore.

Accommodation: Riad Dar Echchaouen

Riad Dar Echchaouen is situated in front of the Medina of Chefchaouen, in the Mountain & near of the River “Ras El Ma”. Riad Dar Echchaouen is a beautiful guest house which is the ideal place to relax and to discover the city of Chefchaouen. The house offers 12 rooms and suites decorated with the pure local tradition. Each one of the suites is equipped with a chimney, private bath room, air condition, and heating. The hotel has a terrace with a splendid view over the old Medina of Chefchaouen, the Mountains & the river of “Ras El Ma”.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen

Day 4: Chefchaouen - Fes

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Chefchaouen 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.

Accommodation: Riad Maison Bleue

Renovated from ruins, Riad Maison Bleue, the sister property to La Maison Bleue, is an elegant hotel that successfully combines traditional Moroccan influences with modern sensibilities. The 18 suites, comfortable restaurant, private spa and hammam, well-equipped gym and intimate bar exude an air of discreet luxury.  The main courtyard, with its swimming pool and lush garden is surrounded by three guest rooms and a Moorish salon. Here you will be welcomed upon arrival with a bowl of orange-blossom scented milk and almond-stuffed dates.  Six of the suites overlook this courtyard, where the palm trees, mandarin trees and pool combine to create an oasis of calm.  The hotel offers a choice of two ‘a la carte’ menus comprising traditional Moroccan cuisine or international dishes. There is also a room service menu available.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Ancient City of Volubilis
The Ancient City of Volubilis
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fes Mosque
Fes Mosque

Day 5: Fes

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby this morning, then set out to explore Fes, the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century and is also home to the world's oldest university, founded in 859 CE. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height through the 13th and14th centuries under the Merinids, at which time it replaced Marrakesh 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. Workshops hosting master craftsmen in the medina are as busy today as they were hundreds of years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk weaving, and sculpting are still practiced, and you’ll sure to witness this firsthand throughout the day. The tannery of Fes, colorful and pungent, is a must-see; here, workers labor in small pools filled with specific dyes to treat their wares. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city, and its estimated 9,000 passageways and bustling streets are a joy to explore. With a private driver and expert guide at your side, discover the essential highlights of Fes over the course of this full-day tour.

Accommodation: Riad Maison Bleue
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina
Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Maison Bleue
La Maison Bleue

Day 6: Fes - Erfoud - Merzouga

Sit back and relax as a private vehicle with driver and guide 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 in Erfoud. 

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 colors of the landscape. 

This evening, get on the back of a camel and venture into the desert for a chance to see one of the most beautiful sunsets of your lifetime. Traverse the golden sands of the Sahara until you reach a perfect viewing spot for one of the Nature’s greatest shows. As another day comes to an end, watch the sky come to life with a fiery glow and the rays playfully change the colors of the endless dunes around you. Tonight’s experience will be one to remember.

Accommodation: Chergui Sahara Camp

Chergui Sahara camp is located in a quiet secluded place surrounded with sand dunes. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views of the sand dunes and the black desert. The camp features a big restaurant with an area of 128 m2 for 48 persons, and it is well equipped with air conditioning, a bar space, and delicious cuisine.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sunset over the Sahara
Sunset over the Sahara
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The holy city of Rissani
The holy city of Rissani

Day 7: Merzouga - Erfoud - Ouarzazate

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 travelers 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.

Accommodation: Ksar Ighnda

On the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate where the stunning light shines on a setting of natural beauty, Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains: a rendezvous for discerning lovers of luxurious sensations and relaxation.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Villages within the Todra Gorge
Villages within the Todra Gorge
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate

Day 8: Ouarzazate

A privately driven vehicle with English speaking driver will pick you up and take you on an exploratory journey to discover some truly unique locations today. Enjoy a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village (or ksar), ideally positioned along a once-frequented caravan route linking the Sahara with Marrakech. This quaint village is located approximately 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Skoura and has been featured in numerous Hollywood film productions for its very distinctive architecture. In 1987, this famed location was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also visit the village of Telouet today, located approximately one hour north of Ait Ben Haddou. Telouet hosts one of the area's most recognized structures, the palace of the “Lord of the Atlas.” This palace was the residence of the once Vizier of Marrakech, back in the early 20th Century. An evocative relic of the time, dating back to the period when the Glaoui clan ruled over the Atlas and Marrakech, this palace acted as the family’s headquarters, situated on a broad mountain valley that affords sweeping views of the peaks on all sides. Today’s journey travels along one of Morocco’s most picturesque and dramatic roadways, the Tizi n'Tichka passage. This route travels directly through the High Atlas Mountains Range, passing beautifully-terraced valleys and adobe villages perched precipitously on the hillsides.

Accommodation: Ksar Ighnda
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Telouet Kasbah
Telouet Kasbah

Day 9: Ouarzazate - Marrakech

A privately driven vehicle with English speaking driver will pick you up and take you on an exploratory journey to discover a truly unique location today. Enjoy a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village (or ksar), ideally positioned along a once-frequented caravan route linking the Sahara with Marrakech. This quaint village is located approximately 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Skoura and has been featured in numerous Hollywood film productions, including Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth, for its distinctive architecture. In 1987, this famed location was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today’s journey travels along one of Morocco’s most picturesque and dramatic roadways, the Tizi n'Tichka passage. This route travels directly through the High Atlas Mountains Range, passing beautifully-terraced valleys and adobe villages perched precipitously on the hillsides.

Accommodation: La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe is a legendary hotel located in the romantic medina of Marrakech and features elegant rooms and suites, unique and traditional menus at the restaurants, a swimming pool, spa and cooking school.  The hotel is built around 2 flower-filled patios. In the center of one is a refreshing fountain. Moroccan craftsmen worked long months restoring this riad (traditional Marrakech house) to its noble origins, using materials and techniques handed down over centuries.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tensif el haouz Morocco

Day 10: Marrakech

The sweeping and dynamic history of Marrakech – an imperial capital in centuries past – is best appreciated with the help of a private guide. Today, begin your tour of the Ochre City with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque. Constructed in the 12th century, it’s known for its a beautiful minaret which can be seen from nearly every approach to the city due to a long-standing ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. After viewing Koutoubia Mosque, visit nearby El-Bahia Palace. Translated to English, the El Bahia Palace means “Palace of Brilliance,” and this incredible, ornate and meticulously crafted property is endowed with some of the finest ceramics in the country. This 19th century palace was built over a seven-year period for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. Featuring a trapezoidal garden, tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture, it is a must-see site. Your next stop is one of most coveted archeological sites in Morocco: the Saadian Tombs. Opened to the public in 1917, they are accessed through a narrow passage which leads to an enclosed garden and into two mausoleums that host more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Musee De Marrakech, your next stop, is an important example of Moorish architecture, and the main courtyard and chambers are host to impressive feats of design; elaborate archways, gorgeous stained glass, and a collection of ceramics that are sure to dazzle. Finally, wander through the mesmerizing souks of Marrakesh. With 18 souks selling a dizzying array of handicrafts, textiles, spices, foods, electronics, antiques and everything in between, the souks of Marrakech are the perfect place to find a keepsake to bring home, or to simply get in touch with day-to-day life in the Red City.

Accommodation: La Maison Arabe
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque

Day 11: Marrakech

Today, set out with your guide and driver to explore the High Atlas Mountains, accenting the experience with lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, an incredible oasis-like resort. On the way, you'll make brief stops at the Berber villages of Tahanoute and 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. Affording stunning views of the mountains and valleys, including a Berber village hugging the opposite bank of the river, 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 that pairs excellently with their delicious meals. After lunch at The Kasbah Tamadot, your guide will lead the way through the mountains by foot, and after trekking through the Atlas range, will bring you to an awaiting vehicle which will transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech.

Accommodation: La Maison Arabe
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kasbah Tamadot
Kasbah Tamadot

Day 12: Marrakech - Essaouira

Travel in a privately driven vehicle with an English-speaking driver between Marrakech and Essaouira. The approximate travel time is two hours and 30 minutes.

Essaouira, originally a Phoenician trading post, is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco. With your private guide and driver leading the way, set out to discover the history of this photogenic city, learning of its initial reliance on Tyrian purple dyes for trading with the Roman empire and exploring centuries-old fortifications built by the Portuguese; there are several in the city. Essaouira Citadel, the city’s main fishing port, is where to find a daily supply of fresh fish as well as the best food in town. Here you’ll break for lunch looking over the Mediterranean, and later head just a few steps south to enjoy time on the tremendous beach that stretches far to the distant south. The easy-going nature of the town, the old medina and its classic blue and whitewashed buildings, the dramatic fortifications and the beach, all combine in a delightful way to create a bohemian atmosphere quite different from the rest of the country.

Accommodation: Riad Dar L`Oussia

At the edge of the ramparts, Dar L'Oussia stands as a sentry scanning the horizon. With warm hospitality, attentive and discreet service, Dar L'Oussia welcomes guests to its 24 rooms and suites decorated in traditional elegance. The Riad also offers a traditional hammam and a small spa with massage. This hotel lounges in the sun offering gorgeous views of the bay, the sea, the port and the Medina. It is the perfect place to unwind in this beautiful town.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Near Essaouira Citadel
Near Essaouira Citadel

Day 13: 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.

Accommodation: Riad Dar L`Oussia
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Horseback on the beach
Horseback on the beach
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Essaouira
Essaouira

Day 14: Essaouira - Casablanca

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Essaouira and Casablanca.  The approximate travel time is six hours.

The largest city in the Maghreb, Casablanca is a bustling city, brimming with history while embracing modernity. Dense and sprawling with an eclectic miscellany of unique buildings both old and new, each corner reveals a new street with a character all its own. The city has seen an incredible amount of change through the centuries; the 1755 Lisbon earthquake all but destroyed the old city, and most of the city’s reconstruction was ordered and organized by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah in the mid-18th century. The King Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993, stands out in the skyline. Located by the sea and featuring a 689-foot (210-meter) minaret – the world’s tallest – it’s a spectacular temple. The mosque welcomes non-Muslim guests to tour its incredible interior as part of a daily group visit which you will have the opportunity to experience. Another site of interest is the Jewish Historical Museum of Morocco, found in the Oasis area of Casablanca. Significantly, this museum – which is the only museum dedicated to Judaism in the Arab world – features a considerable range of artifacts which provide insights into both Moroccan Jewish history and Berber history, while Casablanca Cathedral (or the Church of the Sacred Heart) is another important site for many guests. Worth noting is that the cathedral is found within walking distance of the Old Medina; a relaxed and colorful, vendor-lined neighborhood that reveals the true personality of this cosmopolitan gem, thereby making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy an afternoon refreshment. When the time is right, break mid-way through the day to dine at Rick’s Café (included). Opened in 2004, this salon was designed to capture the atmosphere of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 classic Casablanca. With both a professional driver and a private guide at your disposal, the best of Casablanca is yours to discover.

Accommodation: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

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.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  King Hassan II Mosque
King Hassan II Mosque
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casablanca
Casablanca

Day 15: Casablanca

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Casablanca's international airport by an English-speaking driver. Approximate travel time varies based on the location of your accommodations, taking up to one hour.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Riad Kalaa: Rabat

The Riad Kalaa is a renovated Kasbah which originally dates back to the Almoravide dynasty. This ancient structure was built in 1815, in the heart of the ramparts of the medina only a few steps away from the ocean. This Kasbah converted into a hotel  and has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco. The Riad Kalaa features 11 rooms and suites designed to with tradition and convenience in mind with each room equipped with the modern amenities such as climate control, wireless internet access and more.  The talented culinary team at the Riad Kalaa provides guests with a plethora of dishes to enjoy including an extensive menu of Moroccan specialities.  The Riad Kalaa also features tree-lined terraces on the upper floors with a solarium and emerald swimming pool.  A traditional hammam and spa are made available as well and offer relaxing massage treatments and old fashion shaves. The architecture of the Riad Kalaa is quite unique, and features an elegant assortment of terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring intimacy and harmonious ambiance for all the guests

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kalaa Entrance
Riad Kalaa Entrance
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kalaa Exterior
Riad Kalaa Exterior

El Minzah: Tangier

Situated on the Straits of Gibraltar, where Europe and Africa almost touch, El Minzah is a haven of peace and tranquility. During your stay you can relax in the luxuriant gardens, nestled within beds of roses and giant geraniums, lilies, hibiscus and countless exotic plants. The immaculate lawns are shaded by palm, orange and eucalyptus trees. The hotel’s charming rooms are furnished with polished woods and brass, with ornaments and pictures setting off the grandeur of the hotel. Enjoy dinner outdoors in the courtyard or in one of the other restaurants or bars; sit back and enjoy great food, ambiance, and live entertainment. Built in a Spanish Moorish style, El Minzah boasts stunning views over the Bay of Tangier, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  El Minzah Exterior
El Minzah Exterior
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  El Minzah Dining
El Minzah Dining

Riad Dar Echchaouen : Chefchaouen

Riad Dar Echchaouen is situated in front of the Medina of Chefchaouen, in the Mountain & near of the River “Ras El Ma”. Riad Dar Echchaouen is a beautiful guest house which is the ideal place to relax and to discover the city of Chefchaouen. The house offers 12 rooms and suites decorated with the pure local tradition. Each one of the suites is equipped with a chimney, private bath room, air condition, and heating. The hotel has a terrace with a splendid view over the old Medina of Chefchaouen, the Mountains & the river of “Ras El Ma”.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Dar Echchaouen
Riad Dar Echchaouen

Riad Maison Bleue : Fes

Renovated from ruins, Riad Maison Bleue, the sister property to La Maison Bleue, is an elegant hotel that successfully combines traditional Moroccan influences with modern sensibilities. The 18 suites, comfortable restaurant, private spa and hammam, well-equipped gym and intimate bar exude an air of discreet luxury.  The main courtyard, with its swimming pool and lush garden is surrounded by three guest rooms and a Moorish salon. Here you will be welcomed upon arrival with a bowl of orange-blossom scented milk and almond-stuffed dates.  Six of the suites overlook this courtyard, where the palm trees, mandarin trees and pool combine to create an oasis of calm.  The hotel offers a choice of two ‘a la carte’ menus comprising traditional Moroccan cuisine or international dishes. There is also a room service menu available.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Maison Bleue
La Maison Bleue
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Maison Bleue - Patio
La Maison Bleue - Patio

Chergui Sahara Camp: Merzouga

Chergui Sahara camp is located in a quiet secluded place surrounded with sand dunes. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views of the sand dunes and the black desert. The camp features a big restaurant with an area of 128 m2 for 48 persons, and it is well equipped with air conditioning, a bar space, and delicious cuisine.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chergui Sahara Camp
Chergui Sahara Camp

Ksar Ighnda: Ouarzazate

On the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate where the stunning light shines on a setting of natural beauty, Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains: a rendezvous for discerning lovers of luxurious sensations and relaxation.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ksar Ighnda
Ksar Ighnda

La Maison Arabe: Marrakech

La Maison Arabe is a legendary hotel located in the romantic medina of Marrakech and features elegant rooms and suites, unique and traditional menus at the restaurants, a swimming pool, spa and cooking school.  The hotel is built around 2 flower-filled patios. In the center of one is a refreshing fountain. Moroccan craftsmen worked long months restoring this riad (traditional Marrakech house) to its noble origins, using materials and techniques handed down over centuries.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Maison Arabe
La Maison Arabe

Riad Dar L`Oussia : Essaouira

At the edge of the ramparts, Dar L'Oussia stands as a sentry scanning the horizon. With warm hospitality, attentive and discreet service, Dar L'Oussia welcomes guests to its 24 rooms and suites decorated in traditional elegance. The Riad also offers a traditional hammam and a small spa with massage. This hotel lounges in the sun offering gorgeous views of the bay, the sea, the port and the Medina. It is the perfect place to unwind in this beautiful town.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Dar L'Oussia
Riad Dar L'Oussia

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche: Casablanca

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.

Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Grand Moroccan Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Angelia M — June 22, 2019 — Africa

    My Kenya trip was seriously the best trip of my life, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It was my dream vacation and the reality far exceeded the dream. Catherine, my trip consultant, answered all of my many questions and made sure everything went super smoothly. Daniel, my guide, was so fun, interesting, and informative. He went out of his way to make sure my trip was special. I really can't put into words how much I loved it other than I'm already thinking about another trip to Africa. I will definitely be using Kensington Tours again!

  • Chris S — May 17, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Elisha was absolutely incredible! He was friendly, helpful, funny, and remarkably knowledgeable about the area, the animals, and especially the birds! The accommodations were excellent and the staff at those places was wonderful. The Kubu Kubu tent camp in Serengeti was particularly special, and we felt truly appreciated and pampered by the staff. With their smiling help, we even learned some Swahili! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Paul E — May 01, 2019 — Africa

    We had no idea what to expect on this trip but exceeded even our wildest imagination. Daniel, with Kensington, laid out a wonderful plan. The upfront quality and detail on the proposal really sold us. The guides and local support crews on the trip, were on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Shamiel with Ilios Travel in Cape Town. He was joy and clearly loved sharing Cape Town with us.

  • Thomas S — June 14, 2019 — Africa

    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

  • Donna M — June 02, 2019 — Africa

    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

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