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Day 1: Arrival & Welcome to Rabat

Your dedicated driver will pick you up from the airport. You will find our driver carrying an Experience Morocco sign with your name on it.  

From Casablanca airport, you’ll head north towards Rabat for an hour and a half drive. You’ll stop for lunch (not included) and then check out the city’s key sights. You’ll stop at the Chellah Necropolis. Established originally as a Phoenician colony, the ruins feature remnants of Roman settlements from the 2nd century, and early Arab rebuilds as early as the 7th century. You’ll also head to the Yacoub al-Mansour Esplanade, which is home to two must-see monuments. First, the King’s Mausoleum, which was built in 1971 and which houses the remains of the late King Hassan II, Prince Abdallah, and their father King Mohamed V. In front of the Mausoleum, you will find the Hassan Tower, an incomplete red sandstone minaret which began construction in 1195AD. You’ll also see the Kasbah des Oudayas, an Almohad fortress built in 1150AD. From the Kasbah des Oudayas, you can take a stroll through the winding blue streets, and enjoy a mint tea at the Cafe Maure overlooking the Bou Regreg River. In the evening, the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Night at the Riad Kalaa (Rabat)

Day 2: Welcome in Tangier!

After breakfast, you will head north to the city of Tangier, stop for lunch en route (not included). Upon your arrival, you'll start by visiting the key highlights of Tangier, you’ll stop by Kasbah Museum, a recently refurbished museum housed in the former sultan's palace of Dar El Makhzen. The focus is on the history of the area from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Walk down the old Kasbah to The American Legation for an insider tour of this historic building. It was the first American public property outside the United States and also has a wing dedicated to Paul Bowles. It is now officially called the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, and is a cultural center, museum, and research library, concentrating on Arabic language studies. 

As you walk back to meet your driver, stop by a family-owned stall and try their delicious Nougat sweets, that all of Tangier swears by! Then head to the historic Café Hafa, and enjoy a traditional cup of Moroccan Mint Tea (traditionally served in Mojito-like glasses in this part of Morocco), the cafe is perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic. Haifa is a perennial favorite of our team, and we hope you’ll enjoy the view and atmosphere as much as we do! 

After tea, you’ll head back to your hotel and have dinner at your property.

Villa De France (Tangier)

Day 3: Visit the Pearl of the North

You will start your tour early in the morning by driving through the scenic route to Cap Spartel, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, from there you’ll visit the stunning Hercules Caves. 

After your lunch (not included), you’ll set out for a two-hour drive to the magical blue village of Chefchaouen. Known for its signature powder-blue walls and its calming charms, Chefchaouen was founded in 1471AD. 

Upon your arrival, you’ll enjoy a tasty dinner at your Riad (included), and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Night at Riad Sherifa y Riad Lyna & Spa (Chefchaouen)

Day 4: Explore Chefchaouen & Photoshoot session

After breakfast, you will be met by your local guide who will be with you for what should be a great day of discovery and maybe a photography session in Chefchaouen’s streets !  

The guide will lead you to his favorite haunts as well as the signature locations of Chefchaouen, starting with the Kasbah in the center of town offering breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the tower. You’ll also meander up the town’s waterfall, where locals meet to chat and do laundry, where you can relax with your toes in the water at one of the river bank’s small coffee shops! From there, you’ll take the short walk up the hill to the old Spanish Mosque and observe the sunset over the charming Blue Village.  

Optional extra (Professional photoshoot): All throughout your day, the local guide will unlock the village with his photographer’s eye, showing you how to take gorgeous shots and taking several pictures of you as well! 

Your day will end with an evening at leisure,

Night at Riad Sherifa y Riad Lyna & Spa (Chefchaouen)

Day 5: Uncovering Preserved History

After breakfast, you’ll depart for a 4-hour drive to Fes with stops in Meknes and the Volubilis ruins. Your driver will take you to the splendid Roman ruins of Volubilis. Imagine Morocco in the 1st Century: an epoch of tumultuous transformation, where people from all over the Mediterranean and Northern Africa were migrating to the fertile Middle Atlas Mountains. Volubilis, located about 30 kilometers from Fes, is an ancient Berber and Roman city considered by many as not only the capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania but also the administrative center of Roman Africa. You’ll wander among the dramatic ruins up-close-and-personal through the homes, temples and public buildings of the Greek, Syrian, and Jewish city dwellers. Exceptionally well preserved, the ruins offer beautiful and colorful mosaics adorning many of the floor spaces, and you can just picture what it was like to wander the cypress-lined city in its Golden Age!  

You’ll enjoy lunch (not included) and then head out for a tour of the stunning imperial gates that dot the neighboring city of Meknes. After seeing the imperial entry to Meknes, you’ll continue to Fes, you will arrive by the late afternoon and check into your riad and have a delicious dinner at your Riad (included).  

Riad El Amine (Fes)

Day 6: Into the Wonders of the Cultural Capital

After breakfast, you’ll depart for a jam-packed half-day of touring Fes with your guide! Founded in 781AD, Fes is now considered the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Beware of mule-drawn carriages that speed through the alleyways, and check out a local pharmacy with its mysterious canisters of roots, flowers and powders. Your tour will include stops at the medersas, and the legendary tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare Moroccan leather which is then used in a variety of goods from clothing to bags and other handicrafts. In addition, you’ll also stop by the world’s oldest and longest operating learning institution, the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859AD. You’ll stop for lunch (not included). 

Optional extra (DIY Brass-Etching/ Bookbinding workshops) - You’ll have the afternoon at leisure to either rest or book your spot in a fun optional DIY workshop with a local artisan. You will learn and even try your own hand at crafting in the time-honored methods and traditions of local craftsmen in Fes.  

After a productive day of touring the cultural epicenter, you’ll return to your Riad and have the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Riad El Amine (Fes)

Day 7: Exploring Fes

Today, you’ll enjoy a morning at leisure at your Riad. After lunch (not included), join your guide to explore the medina’s Jewish quarter, the medersas, and the legendary tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare Moroccan leather which is then used in a variety of goods from clothing to bags and other handicrafts. 

Then in the evening, you can either ask the guide for a recommendation for dinner or join another local guide who specializes in cuisine for a tasting tour! 

Optional Extra (Tasting tour) - In the late afternoon, you begin the Tasting Tour during which you’ll visit three different food souks allowing the chance to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and more. At the honey souk we’re you’ll be able to taste an array of delicious wild kinds of honey, discuss their flavors and health-giving properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. You’ll also investigate traditional cooking methods by visiting a furnace where the water for the communal bathhouse ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400-year-old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery. Lastly, you’ll also discover the world of spices and their uses and the secrets of the male-oriented domain of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller.  

Riad El Amine (Fes)

Day 8: Welcome to the Ochre City! 

After breakfast, you’ll depart Fes and head towards the vibrant bustling city of Marrakech. You will stop en route for lunch (not included) on the six-hour drive to Marrakech. You can also take an internal flight from Fes to Marrakech that would save you the 6 hours drive (however, the flights are not daily). Upon your arrival, you will check into your property and have some time to rest.  

As day turns to night, you will follow your visit of the medina by a guided walking tour of the mystical square. You should expect sensory overload as you make their way around this legendary square! From snake charmers to acrobats, storytellers, fortune-tellers, henna tattoo artists, musicians, and food vendors, the atmosphere creates a place of unparalleled energy. You will then enjoy dinner (not included) at your leisure.

Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 9: Sightseeing in Marrakech!

We won’t judge you if you want to have a morning at leisure and linger on a wonderful breakfast, but we hope you’ll be ready to go to tackle your jam-packed day of sightseeing in Marrakech! In the morning, you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque (the iconic sight of Marrakech), the Bahia Palace (a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture), and the Saadian tombs.   

Afterwards you will head to the medina for lunch at Terrasse Des Epices (included), followed by afternoon visits of the medina and the souks. During this guided tour, you will visit the medina and the souks of Marrakech, including the Jewish quarter Morocco’s rich history includes a long period of Arab and Jewish communities accepting their differences and living and working together to bring success to their respective businesses. The Mellah in Marrakech refers to the area where the Jewish community resided. At its peak in the 1500s, the Mellah in Marrakech included bakers, jewelers, tailors, sugar traders, artisans, craftsmen, outdoor markets, fountains and synagogues. While the Jewish population of Marrakech has substantially decreased, you can still see the shop fronts and a few synagogues as you walk around this part of town. 

As you walk through the medina, you will also see madrasas or religious schools, and delve into the myriad pathways of the Souk. The term Souk refers to the markets, and the markets of Marrakech are located in a serpentine set of alleyways with twists and turns that can confuse even frequent travelers to the city! Our expert guide can give you an overview of how the souk is laid out and where the different sections are located, each focused on a different set of goods (Clothes, spices, lamps, shoes, traditional crafts, etc). 

Have the rest of the evening at leisure!

Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 10: The Magic of Marrakech

After you start your day with breakfast, you will head to the stunning Majorelle Gardens. Global fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent made his second home in Marrakech for many decades, and his vision drove every detail behind the lush Gardens, accompanied by a small but must-see Berber Museum!  

After your visit to the Majorelle Gardens, you can head next door to the Yves Saint- Laurent Museum, which honors the fashion icon’s love of Marrakech and builds upon the collections housed at the Majorelle Gardens. The building itself is a work of art and houses a permanent collection of some of YSL’s best-known designs along with rotating installations dedicated to themes about which he cared. You’ll take in the beauty of the gardens and museums before enjoying your lunch (not included).  

Optional extra (Moroccan Tagine cooking class): At 3 PM, you will head to La Maison Arabe to enjoy an immersive and fun cooking experience!! Accompanied by a local “dada”, or expert cook, you will dig into all of the key components of a Moroccan meal, starting with how to prepare the famous Moroccan mint tea. Next, you’ll sample some tasty local bread and here all about how we cook traditional Moroccan bread. From there, the hands-on portion of the course begins as you will prepare two different staples of Moroccan starters, a tomato and cucumber salad and a second salad using eggplant (please note: the exact salads may change depending on the day’s ingredients).  

After that, you’ll finally learn to prepare your main course, the famous Moroccan Tagine of chicken with preserved lemons. While your tagine is cooking over the fire, you’ll also prepare Moroccan cookies with almond paste. The class ends with a dinner where you eat your very own masterpiece! 

You’ll then enjoy your evening at leisure. 

Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and drive approximately 1 hour to Marrakech airport or 3 hours to Casablanca’s airport for your departure flight. 

Travel safe!



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For 2 Adults
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All year round $3,390

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