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Best of Morocco

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $1,958 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Marrakesh Market, Morocco

Countries Visited

Morocco ...more Morocco

Locations Visited

Casablanca, Fez, Midelt, Erfoud, Boumalne Dades, Tinghir, Marrakesh, Essaouira ...more Casablanca, Fez, Midelt, Erfoud, Boumalne Dades, Tinghir, Marrakesh, Essaouira
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Casablanca

    The intoxicating sights and sounds of Morocco are revealed on this epic adventure through an ancient land. Delve into the intrigue and romance of Casablanca, immortalised by Hollywood, before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Mogador City Centre
  2. Day 2 Journey to Rabat, Meknès and on to Fes

    We continue along the coast to the capital, Rabat. Here we'll embark on an orientation tour of the city which includes views of the grand 17th-century Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Travelling to the imperial city of Meknès, we'll see the grand gate of Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa, adorned by green and white zeillij tiles. We arrive in Fes later today and spend the rest of the day at leisure, connecting with the symbolic heart of Morocco and the unique character of the country's oldest imperial city.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marriott Jnan Palace
  3. Day 3 Discover Vibrant Fes

    Join a Local Specialist today to explore the Medina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world. See the Royal Palace and Dive Into Culture during a visit to the round dye-pits and tanneries, revealing Morocco's ancient leathercraft. Later, you can admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of the day shopping or relaxing in a lantern-lit courtyard away from the Medina crowds. Join your companions this evening for a special opportunity to Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner experience, featuring Moroccan specialities served with wine in a traditional Riad.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Erfoud

    We follow the old caravan trail south, stopping for a lunch in Midelt, a market town set within the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continuing along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley and past the Tafilalt oasis, we arrive in the oasis town of Erfoud, regarded as the 'Gateway to the Sahara'. Its golden façades and towering dunes have made it a popular location for filmmakers for decades. This evening we dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Kasbah Xaluca
  5. Day 5 Off to Tinghir Oasis and the Stunning Dades Valley

    Journeying west, we arrive in Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco and home to the ruins of the ancient Glaoui palace. We continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country. Here we will overnight at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories, Xaluca Dades, surrounded by panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Xaluca Dades
  6. Day 6 Venture through the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh

    Blending effortlessly into the arid landscape, Ouarzazate has provided a backdrop for such famous movies as 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Cleopatra' and 'Gladiator'. See the UNESCO-listed fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains and continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - the 'Red City'. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh comprises an old fortified city - the Medina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco's largest traditional souk (market) where you may wish to spend some time learning the art of haggling.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Explore Marrakesh

    Visit the ornate Bahia Palace during a city orientation with your Local Specialist and spend some time soaking up the energy of Djemaa el Fna Square in the Old Quarter with its palm readers, acrobats and snake-charmers. Spend the rest of the afternoon lingering in one of the city's beautiful gardens, discover the vibrant arts and culture scene or consider experiencing an authentic Moroccan show.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Continue to Coastal Essaouira

    We travel to the laid-back shores of Essaouira this morning. Stopping en route, we Dive Into Culture to visit a cooperative involved in creating cosmetics from traditional ingredients. Consider a delicious seafood lunch and enjoy some free time before joining a city tour of the UNESCO-listed Medina, the walled Jewish Quarter and Skala fortress. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Coté Océan Mogador
  9. Day 9 Return to Casablanca

    This morning we journey north to Casablanca where we will enjoy views of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, built for the late King's 60th birthday celebrations. Later, we join our Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Grand Mogador City Centre
  10. Day 10 Farewell Morocco

    Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of your Moroccan holiday.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Morocco
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore with a Local Specialist in Fes and Marrakesh
  • Discover Rabat, Meknès, Erfoud, Ouarzazate, Essaouira and Casablanca
  • Visit a traditional tannery and dye-pit in Fes, Midelt, Tafilalt Oasis, Bahia Palace and a Moroccan pharmacy in Marrakesh
  • View the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Ziz Valley near Tinghir, the Todra Gorge, Aït Ben Haddou and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a speciality Be My Guest dinner of delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine at a traditional Riad in Fes. (Day 3)
  • Dive into Culture Visit a traditional tannery and dye-pit for a fascinating glimpse into an ancient practice. (Day 3) Visit a Moroccan pharmacy to learn about local healing creams and cosmetics made from regional ingredients. (Day 8)
  • Stays with Stories Promising paradise in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, the African-styled Xaluca Dades is surrounded by a spectacular mountainscape with panoramic views of the Dades Valley and its Berber villages. (Day 5)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Fez

Arabian Dinner and Entertainment in a Riad

Enjoy delicious food, a live band and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.
Adult Price: MAD 560

Bhalil Revealed

Explore Bhalil village, where local people live in dwellings carved from the rock face. Warm in winter but cool in summer, they are perfect for the local climate. You’ll also visit local craftsmen at a traditional ceramic tile factory.
Adult Price: MAD 290

Erfoud

Saharan Adventure

We’ll take jeeps from our hotel and travel 80 miles to the foot of the stunning sand dunes of the Sahara, arriving in time to witness the glorious desert sunset (or sunrise, depending on timing). You’ll also have the opportunity to try a traditional Berber headdress, which local tribesmen use to protect themselves from the sand and desert elements.
Adult Price: MAD 495

Marrakesh

Majorelle Gardens And The Berber Museum

No visit to Marrakesh is complete without some time in the lovely Majorelle Gardens, bought and restored by the late Yves St Laurent. You’ll also visit the Berber Museum where you will have the opportunity to view artifacts created by the ancient Berber people.
Adult Price: MAD 290

The Square at Night and Traditional Dinner

You will visit the magical Jemaa el Fna Square and enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of Marrakesh by night. Then we’ll have dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant, with music and entertainment.
Adult Price: MAD 660

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Service
Working with Kaitlin and the travel specialist was great. The only issue came up at the end when I was unable to register or get any information about the trip on the website. That was difficult. The tour itself was fabulous, as was the group I travelled with. And, I loved our tour director, Abdulwahab. He was stellar!
Vacation
The itinerary was really well planned and well executed. Our tour director was awesome! He made it fun and interesting. And, the group was very diverse, representing a number of different countries, which added a lot. There was a good balance of free time and tour-led time. The biggest challenge was probably the pressure to buy carpets and jewelry in the first couple of stops in Fes. By the end of the trip I was very good at negotiating prices but I definitely felt taken advantage of on those first couple of stops, especially with the carpet dealers.
Ana
Monday, September 10, 2018
Service
When I bought the tour to Morocco I chose to share a single room expecting I was going to assigned a normal person with whom I would had the opportunity of sharing good moments, not a Self-neglected person as a roommate, her clothes were filthy, torn not suited for the trip, dirty hair, nails and smelled urine. She refused to take a shower. The next day I brought the situation to the tour director but his answer was: this is your responsibility, you chose to share a single room. I was in disbelieved that a tour director of 22 years of experience was blaming me for my unfortunate situation instead of finding a solution. After back and for with him, he agreed to talk to the manager of the hotels we were staying and get me a single room paying an additional fee. For the remaining of the trip he made me feel like he was doing me a favor every time we arrived to the next hotel we stayed not supporting me. I was very disappointed the way TRAFALGAR handled my unique situation. Trafalgar should have a way to or adopt a way to guarantee to travelers that situations like mine don’t arise or perhaps shouldn’t offer the option of sharing single rooms.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation. The Room Share program is designed to help single travelers avoid paying the higher single supplement rates but there can be a personality conflict with the person you room with. We will be sharing this information with Trafalgar and hope they can review this process and make necessary improvements. Thank you for brining this to our attention
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Vacation
Hotels were 3 stars, not 5 stars as were listed in the offer. Optional experiences were overpriced. Itineraries were very long some days, 8 hours bus rides were very tiresome Some cities the highlights were ignored. for instance in Casablanca the visit to Hassan II mosque was not included. As a suggestion it should be included in the regular itinerary
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