Marrakesh Voyage - Morocco Travel Agency - New York City
Begin your day with a visit to the newly opened Jewish Museum in Casablanca. Although its collection is still quite formative, this is the first Jewish Museum in an Arab country. Visit the neighborhood that is home to most of Morocco’s Jewish Community. Stop by the cultural center and the Bet El synagogue.
You may wish to have lunch at one of the small kosher restaurants in this part town.
Dinner at Rick’s Cafe from the movie Casablanca. Accommodation at your luxury hotel in Casablanca.
Day 2: Rabat
The splendid capital of Morocco and one of the spectacular historic Imperial cities. The history and culture of Moroccan Jews, a 2,500 year history, a peaceable Jewish -Muslim coexistence. Explore Rabat’s Jewish cemeteries and sites, the Royal Palace, and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, who saved Moroccan Jews from the occupying Vichy regime during World War II.
Dinner and overnight stay at your luxury riad in Rabat.
Day 3: Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
Then as we travel past centuries-old olive groves and vineyards we near Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famous for its 25-mile-long walls – not to mention excellent wine – where we’ll stop for a sumptuous lunch in a grand palace. Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years and explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics.
Sumptuous dinner and lodging at your luxury riad in Fez.
Best surviving example of an ancient city, the spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam resting alongside ancient Jewish quarters. The Vibrant Jewish heritage in the Mellah, where artisan craft, antique Jewish goods and handcrafted jewelry is sold. Visit the recently restored Ibn Danan synagogue – the oldest extant synagogue in Fez. Until very recently abandoned and decaying, its restoration was part of a comprehensive UNESCO project to preserve the monuments and fabric of medieval Fez.
Dinner at la Maison Bleu.
Overnight at your luxury riad in Fez.
Day 5: Ifrane – Azrou – Errachidia – Erfoud – Merzouga (Sahara)
A day drive through the country side of the country including stops and breaks here and there, photos etc., untill you reach Erfoud, the last city where civilization ends... then you will be switch off for a 35 minutes 4x4 drive to the Sahara dunes of Merzouga.
Explore the mystical Saharan landscape as you ride by camel over the stunning sugar-fine sands of Merzouga as the red sun sinks. As night falls, listen to the heady intoxicating beat of Berber drum music and song during the traditional pouring of mint tea., and delight in a Moroccan feast of harira soup, a savory tagine (stew with meat and vegetables), couscous, fresh fruit and exquisite Moroccan pastries.
At nightfall, we’ll sleep under a nomad tarp beneath flickering stars in the clear desert sky. Experience a sense of timelessness in the still, silent desert unchanged since caravans loaded with spices, gold and indigo crossed long ago. (Lodging is also available at Todra’s local auberge at the edge of the dunes.)
Good walking shoes are recommended.
After a special Berber breakfast, You’ll depart for Ouarzazate , traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments and plunging gorges via Tinghir. We’ll stop for a barbecue lunch at a local village and after a refreshing swim at the four-star Hotel where you’ll be lodging, there will be a free afternoon to bike, explore the village, or simply relax by the pool under the cool palms and the warm North African sun.
After breakfast, You will take a very short drive to the world heritage site of the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou for a couple of hours visit. After, You’ll travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and sienna mud-brick Berber villages through the high atlas mountains en route to Ourika valley, to visit the Berber village on Anrar and to have a taste of the Berber life style by having a cup of tea within a Berber family.
Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at Anrar Mountain of Ourika.
Day 8: Ourika
You will explore one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas Valley of Ourika rises gently up to the preliminary hills of the High Atlas where small typical villages have nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only “disturbed ” by birds singing, water streams and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals and crystal.
If it is Monday, Thursday or Friday, you will visit the bustling weekly souk of at the Valley.
A visit to the aromatic garden of the valley at souk Lathnine.
A visit to the Jewish shrine at souk Lakhmis, and meet with the last Jew in the valley.
A couple of hours trekking to explore some of the hidden Berber villages or to visit one of the hidden water falls of the valley. (optional)
Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at the village of Anrar.
Travel from Ourika leads us to one of Morocco’s jeweled Imperial Cities, mystical Marrakesh. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains. Explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry of Morocco is sold, and see the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.
Dinner at Stylia Palace from the 15th century at the ancient medina. Accommodation at your luxury riad or hotel in Marrakech.
In Marrakesh, You’ll spend a full day exploring this majestic Imperial City. Thrill in the bewitchery of the night that beats in the heart of the famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Then wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.
You’ll cap off our journey at the dinner event of Fantasia as we bear witness to a splendid dramatic display of Arabian Nights filled with belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore.
Accommodation at your luxury hotel or riad in Marrakech.
Day 11: Essaouira – Marrakech
The 60’s music legends Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones were drawn to Essaouira’s idyllic charm, which continues today to lure musicians and artists alike to the sparkling whitewashed fishing village trimmed with the brilliant azure of its skies. A former Portuguese settlement in the 18th century, its stone ramparts overlook an emerald sea where dolphins sometimes frolic near the fringe of silvery beach, and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Dream on the beach, stroll through serene squares, browse artisan shops or the fish market, bursting with a plethora of fruit of the sea to be grilled to a succulent finish before your eyes. Top it your repast with the national drink of Moroccan mint tea and savor delectable French pastries at one Essaouira’s many charming cafes. A full day will be spent at Essaouira... and do not forget to take your horse riding at the beach before return to Marrakech.
Dinner at Jamaa Elfna Square in Marrakech.
Accommodation at your luxury four stars hotel in Marrakech.
Day 12: Marrakech
Transfer to the airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights.
• Minimum 2 People
• If you wish to fly out of Casablanca, please let us know and we can rearrange the last day of your itinerary
• Price for a solo traveler, please consult with your sales representative
• If you are traveling in New Years Eve, there may be a surcharge, please check with your sales representative
• If you are traveling within the period of December 22 to January 5, they may be 3 to 4 days mandatory to stay in Marrakech, please check with your sales representative!
• Private guided tour – Not a group tour.
• Group Discounts Available.
• All meals
• Luxury Riad & Hotel Accommodation
• Private luxury car, gas, tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
• 4x4 in and out of Merzouga
• Camel ride in Sahara
• Nomad tent in Sahara
• Transfers to and from airport
• Knowledgeable certified guides
• Museums fee
• All taxes
Not included in package price:
• Travel Insurance
• Personal needs expenditures
Contact Us at (212) 925-6151 to Book this Tour of Morocco.