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Luxury Morocco

A luxurious 14-day journey through Morocco, experiencing exclusive accommodations, VIP transfers, and tailored activities highlighting the country's rich culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes, including memorable experiences like a private desert camp, helicopter tours, and unique cultural immersions.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco & Expert Intro

Casablanca

Arrive at Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca where you will be met by our representatives and escorted through arrival procedures.

Let us take you to the heart of Casablanca, Morocco’s lively Atlantic-facing financial and trading centre and largest city. With its impressive Art Deco architecture, the oceanfront area of La Corniche with its café culture, and a bustling medina filled with specialist workshops, there is plenty here to explore. Accompanied by your private guide, visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the only mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims in the form of group tours. Marvel at some of the most outstanding craftsmanship in Morocco as your guide explains the history of this enormous religious landmark jutting over the ocean. To feel the atmosphere of the city, stroll along the Corniche, and enjoy refreshments whilst people watching and picking up the city vibes.

EXPERT BRIEFING: We have arranged an expert briefing where a member of our speaker’s bureau will set out for you the current state of affairs in Morocco, including questions around its political structures and methods of sharing power, in particular focusing on the concept of a constitutional monarchy and how it has brought stability to the country, including through the tumultuous time of the Arab Spring over a decade ago. We will touch on the diverse population, the key social and economic challenges for Morocco today, and Morocco’s role as a bridge between Europe and Africa. Our speakers are prominent journalists, risk analysts and think tank people, and offer deep expertise in their areas of knowledge. This will be a chance to step away from the medinas and romance of the past and probe deeply into the Morocco of today.

This evening we will be delighted to suggest and book a restaurant for dinner.

Day 2

Rabat tour & NGO

Rabat

This morning we continue to Rabat, Africa’s greenest and most ecological city.  With a convergence of contemporary architecture, colonial influence, the regal palace, and the charm of the ancient medina, Rabat is a diverse town with intriguing highlights. With your private guide, visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which holds the tombs of the Moroccan king and his sons, the late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. Its white marble silhouette and pyramidal green tiled roof exemplify modern Alaouite architecture from the 16th to 19th centuries. You will also see the Hassan Tower, the last remaining sign of what was to be the largest mosque built in the Muslim world. Visit the expansive Royal Palace estate, which is like a city in itself, and journey back in time to Rabat’s historic medina and adjacent fort, the Kasbah of the Udayas with its delightful Andalusian Gardens and panoramic views across Rabat’s expansive Atlantic coast.

Today we will also meet with a fascinating and important NGO founded by young Muslims dedicated to preserving the cultural plurality and tolerance of Morocco, including its ancient Jewish heritage.  We will learn about the philosophy behind their endeavors and how they are working with the Moroccan education system and cultural institutions to achieve their goals.

Rabat has some wonderful restaurants and we will be happy to book one for you tonight.

Day 3

Meknes & Volubilis

Meknes, Volubilis, Fez

Today we journey to Fez, along the way we have planned some fantastic stops for you to explore and enjoy.

Our first stop will be the imperial city of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient medina and royal palace remnants, which had its heyday under Sultan Moulay Ismail.  Accompanied by your private guide, visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, originally built as a mosque and showcasing the finest Islamic artisanship.  Other highlights (currently under renovation) include the Bab Mansour, a magnificent ornamental city gate, once the main entrance to the citadel, featuring intricate mosaic work and inscriptions.

Your journey continues to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco, with a spectacular display of mosaic floors amongst its treasures. With your private guide, explore ancient houses with preserved mosaics, Galen’s Thermal Baths, the Triumphal Arch, the Capitol and the Basilica, and learn about archeological evidence of Jewish life in Morocco at the time of the Romans.

Onwards to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the site of the tomb of Idris I, regarded as the founder of the first Moroccan state, and the holiest city in Morocco. Enjoy a lunch at a beautiful private villa with inspiring views and delicious cuisine.

Continue to Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco.

Day 4

Fez: the Spiritual Capital

Fez

The oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities and a source of great pride and historic preeminence, Fez is the cultural heartland of Morocco. Regarded as a city of intellectuals, its streets are full of madrasas (religious schools) and mosques amongst an impressive display of ceramics, leatherware, textiles and other artisanal workshops, and the University of Al-Karaouine is cited as being the oldest university in the world. Accompanied by your private guide, today’s full-day tour explores the heart of Fez’s UNESCO-listed medina, the largest in the Arab world. See the ornamented Blue Gate of Fez el Bali, walk its car-free streets, and take in the towering minarets, brightly-coloured souks, world famous tanneries, and sound of donkey carts as they rattle past. Visit Fez el Jdid and marvel at the Royal Palace and the Mellah, believed to have once housed 250,000 Jews. Finally, time allowing stop at a ceramics factory and see how traditional artisanship is reproduced, preserving ancient traditions for the modern world.

This evening enjoy dinner at one of Fez’s finest restaurants.

Day 5

Market tour & cooking workshop

Fez

Fez is considered to be Morocco’s food capital, showcasing some of the country’s most unique and memorable flavours. Consider this Moroccan fusion, where Berber, Arab and European influences collide, resulting in an explosion of tastes and aromas. Today’s inviting culinary experience takes you to the heart of Fassi cooking with a culinary workshop in a beautiful traditional riad. Explore the roots of Moroccan flavours through Fez’s unique history, applying these concepts to modern-day cooking techniques. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, you’ll create a mouthwatering menu of Moroccan dishes that combine tradition with the creativity of the modern kitchen. We can also arrange a pairing with local Moroccan wines, and for a longer experience consider adding in a pre workshop souk tour too!

Later today, you will have some free time to explore the area at your own pace or to take advantage of the exquisite Riad Fez Spa.

Alternatively you might like to explore the nearby town of Sefrou, which was home to a majority Jewish population and an incredible example of Moslem Jewish coexistence.  Sefrou, just south of Fez, was known as Little Jerusalem due to its high percentage of Jews and its well-developed religious life. Sefrou’s mellah makes up half of the old city and in the late nineteenth century, Jews made up almost half the population. Just outside the Mellah is a large now vacant talmud torah school, synagogue and home for Jewish orphans, and Sefrou’s main Jewish cemetery was recently restored.  This off the beaten track, smaller town is well worth a visit – here the reality of Morocco’s Jewish past really comes alive.

Day 6

Private plane to Errachidia & desert journey

Errachidia, Erfoud, Sahara

This morning, we invite you to join us on a private flight to Errachidia. Come aboard our aircraft and experience a smooth and luxurious journey to our next destination.

Nestled in the picturesque Ziz Valley of Morocco, Erfoud offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This desert town is famous for its ancient Ksar M’Aadid, an impressive citadel that showcases traditional Berber architecture.  Erfoud is also known for its prehistoric marine fossils, Tafilalet Palm Grove and its bustling Souk with handicrafts, fresh produce, and traditional cuisine on offer. With its warm hospitality and diverse attractions, Erfoud promises to be a welcoming stopping point.

Transfer to your private desert camp, stopping en route for lunch and refreshments.  Arriving at the Sahara camp, you will exchange your vehicle for a camel, and be sure to catch the sunset from this new, higher view, which comes with its own rhythm.  Camels have been part of Moroccan culture since the beginning of time. They are hardy, patient, and equipped to withstand the harsh desert elements, making them an essential part of the country’s dynamic trading past.

After a day of unforgettable experiences, unwind and savor a sumptuous dinner under the twinkling stars at your luxurious camp, creating a magical and serene ambiance that will surely captivate your senses.

An intimate private experience, delve into the captivating world of stargazing as you explore the night skies of the desert with an expert astronomer. A world away from the city’s bright lights, the desert features minimal light pollution, making it ideal astronomy territory and the perfect way to spend an evening in the great outdoors. Your knowledgeable astronomer guide will unveil the mysteries of the night sky as you take in its magnitude and spellbinding stillness. Learn about some of the different star constellations, see if you can spot the different stars and planets, and let your imagination take the lead as you stare into a world unknown. This adventure promises a magical evening that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the cosmos and the beauty of the desert.

Day 7

Desert adventure & helicopter onwards

Sahara, Skoura

This morning we invite you to choose your Desert adventure, whether ATVs, dune buggies or hiking.  Either way a thrilling and spectacularly scenic adventure awaits!

Following this morning’s activity, we have arranged a private helicopter flight to whisk you away from the heat of the desert and into the lush oasis of Skoura. Enjoy a luxurious and swift ride in the sky as you take in the stunning aerial views of Morocco’s diverse landscape.

Following a couple of days of longer travel, today is a well deserved day of rest in the glorious grounds of Dar Ahlam, or ‘House of Dreams’, which provides a truly unique atmosphere in which to unwind.  Savor the spectacular gardens, and enjoy the pool area, or for those who are feeling more active a plethora of activities are on offer including oasis hikes and picnics, and touring local ancient Kasbahs.

Day 8

Bedouin tea ceremony

Skoura

Enjoy a day of leisure, well deserved after a few days of more intense touring.

This evening, after a restful day in the serenity of Dar Ahlam, we invite you to experience an authentic Bedouin tea ceremony as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon. Sip traditional mint tea as you soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the Moroccan desert and its breathtaking sunset.

Day 9

Helicopter to Marrakech

Marrakech

This morning, bid farewell to the desert as we embark on an exhilarating helicopter ride to Marrakech. Soar over the stunning Moroccan landscape, taking in breathtaking views as we make our way to our next destination.

We start our Marrakesh experience at the world famouse Jardins Marjorelle, created by French artist Jacques Majorelle, later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle is a magnificent 12-acre botanical garden in the heart of the city, with an enormous display of cactus trees, cypresses, towering banana palms and vibrant bougainvillaea surrounding a bright cobalt blue art deco studio, which houses the Musée Berbère (Berber Museum). Stroll along the peaceful shaded pathways and take in the scent of roses, jasmine and hibiscus while you learn about the history of the gardens and their 40-year creation by Jacques Majorelle. Visit the Berber Museum in Majorelle’s former painting studio, wander through its collection of Berber art, textiles and artefacts, and learn about North Africa’s first inhabitants’ history and rich cultural heritage.

Once the residence of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, few experiences can bring you closer to the designer’s life, inspiration, and creative space as a private visit to Villa Oasis. Seduced by Morocco’s colour, light and mystery, the pair purchased Jardin Majorelle and its villa in 1980 and set about restoring them to perfection. Booked on a private basis only, visiting Villa Oasis is one of Marrakech’s most exclusive experiences and a window into a world that inspired some of Saint Laurent’s most iconic designs. Surrounded by verdant gardens full of cacti, coconut palms, giant agaves, jasmine and bright pink bougainvillaea, its interiors are just as impressive with their bold colours and splendid Moorish and Arabesque accents. A must-visit for anyone interested in haute couture, interior design and landscaped gardens.

Day 10

Classic Marrakech

Marrakech

With its exotic heritage, fragranced gardens, labyrinthine medina, and flamboyant souks, Marrakech encapsulates the spirit of the Maghreb like no other city. With full flexibility, today’s privately guided half-day tour is an opportunity to explore Morocco’s “Ochre City”, taking in the sites that interest you most. Highlights include the main square, Djemaa el Fna, famed for its snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and dance troupes, and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, a symbol of the city’s rich Islamic history. You might choose to explore the Jewish Quarter (Mellah), touching on the history of Jewish footprints in the region. Lovers of architecture (and beauty we might add!) shouldn’t miss the resplendent palaces of Marrakech and will want to visit the 19th-century Bahia Palace, renowned for its zouak ceilings, El Basha Palace or Dar Si Said (once reopened). Further treasures include the 16th-century Saadian Tombs within the royal kasbah, and Medersa Ben Youssef, perhaps the most exquisite example of Islamic architecture within a madrasa in Morocco. Whether you like to tour fast or slow, to focus on one topic or gain an overview, your private guide will tailor this tour to your specific interests.

This evening let us book you a fine restaurant to complete your day!

Day 11

Calligraphy workshop & Berber hospitality

Atlas Mountains

Immerse yourself in the ancient art of handwriting at this delightful Marrakesh calligraphy workshop, suitable for both adults and children. In Arabic, calligraphy is “chat Arabi,” which means the “Arabic line,” and it is concerned with respecting the exact shape and proportion of each letter. Morocco has its own distinct form, unique from other types found throughout the Arab world, and through calligraphy, we gain a greater understanding of its cultural and artistic heritage. Your teacher today is the best of the best – none other than a calligrapher to King Mohammed VI of Morocco and a passionate supporter of Moroccan arts. This memorable workshop introduces you to the wonderful world of Moroccan calligraphy, using traditional bamboo and ink to write Arabic letters and words.

Next, journey into the tranquil countryside of the Atlas Mountains, where you’ll experience life in a traditional Amazigh village, meet a local family, and gain an insight into Berber customs and culture. Nestled in the Toubkal valley, surrounded by walnut, cherry, and apple trees, our small village feels a million miles from city life despite being only an hour and a half’s drive from Marrakech. Accompanied by a private guide, enjoy some light hiking on the pretty mountain trails with their beautiful views and take a moment to bask in the fresh air and sounds of nature. Stroll through the village, enjoy a Moroccan tea-making ceremony, learn to bake bread the traditional Moroccan way, and sample regional cuisine with a local lunch. This area is recovering from the September 2023 earthquake, and tourism directly supports local communities.

This evening enjoy your fabulous mountain retreat.

Day 12

Optional: hiking or biking the Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Optionally, we offer a hiking or biking tour in the stunning Atlas Mountains, providing a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation during your stay at the luxurious mountain hotel.

Enjoy this afternoon at leisure as you marvel at the surroundings.

Day 13

Day at leisure

Atlas mountains

Spend your last day in the Atlas Mountains relaxing at the beautiful mountain hotel. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful environment, along with the hotel’s excellent amenities. Make lasting memories with private settings, tailored adventures, and unique dining experiences before bidding farewell to the Atlas Mountains.

 

Day 14

Depart Morroco

Marrakech

You will be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to Menara International Airport, Marrakech.  Our VIP airport service will assist you with procedures. We wish you a safe and comfortable journey and trust you will be returning home with cherished memories of Morocco.

Stay Longer

Consider also exploring the beautiful North of Morocco!

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