8-day Tour of Morocco
The Imperial Cities of Morocco
is Private touring : start any day, year round, choose your own date.
While others may offer 2-3 languages on board their coaches and tours.
We provide PRIVATE group or individual tours, with the language of your
choice . This adventure to Ouarzazate Casablanca, Fez , the Sahara,
and Marrakech allows you to go at your own pace, establishing your own
itinerary in the major cities, yet join our pre arranged camp in the
out the 10-Day Version including a home hosted family dinner
DAY 1- CASABLANCA - Daily - Choose your own dates - Year Round
Arrive at Casablanca. Our staff greets you at Casablanca's Mohamed V
Airport and escorts you to your hotel. We'll drop our luggage, have
a refreshing cup of tea or coffee, then head out for a panoramic
tour of the city including the exteriors of Casablanca's majestic
new Grand Mosque of King Hassan II, second only to the Great
Mosque at Mecca in size , lunch is included at a local restaurant ,
a short walking tour of the local souk before returning to your hotel
where dinner awaits you .
2- Casablanca - RABAT -Meknes-Volubilis - FES -
Very Full Day (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
We'll drive on across the lush countryside to Rabat, Morocco's
capital and our first Imperial City, to visit the magnificent Mausoleum
of King Mohammed V, the historic Hassan Tower minaret, in
the afternoon we drive
through forests of cork oak trees, we continue on our way to
Meknès, the "youngest" of Morocco's four great
imperial cities surrounded by towering medieval walls. We visit the
monumental gateway of Bab el-Mansour in the city walls and the
palace tombs of Moulay Ismail before heading to Volubilis the
forward Roman old settlement that became once the capital of the Roman
province of Mauritania Tingitania, continuing
on to Fez, We reach Fez early evening , where we settle in for
the night and our dinner .
3- FEZ - (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch is included at a charming
Fez,oldest of the four Imperial Cities, Fez is endlessly fascinating.
We tour its medina (Old City) and souk (bazaar), stopping
at the gateway of the royal palace, the fortifications of the
Kasbah, the 9th-century Karaouine Mosque and University,
the medersa (theological college) of Bou Inania, the shrine
of the city's founder Moulay Idris II, and the Nejjarine Fountain.
On the way to our hotel, we enjoy panoramic city views from the
heights overlooking this fabled city, dinner at a Moroccan restaurant
4 - Midelt,
Errachidia and Erfoud, The Sand Dunes of Merzouga. (421km, 8 hrs)
Breakfast is always included at your hotel . An early morning start
through Midelt with its dramatic views of the peaks of the High Atlas,
continuing on through the town of Errachidia to Erfoud. A night Bedouin
style at the Sand Dunes of Merzouga. You are met in Erfoud by your 4x4
and continue 1 hour to the desert. You have your own private bivouac
site and staff. Here you have a short camel trek around the dunes to
experience the desert sunset. Your tent is equipped with mattress, blankets
and carpets. A restaurant tent is decorated entirely in desert camp
style where your cooks prepare your meals and local musicians will delight
you as you sit on cushions and dine Bedouin style. Your campsite has
complete personal facilities. Tonight you have a specially prepared
Berber dinner and overnight under a tent in the desert. (B, L, Special
Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Skoura Kasbah and Ouarzazate (310 km, 6
Start your day with a picturesque drive along
the Route of 1000 Kasbahs. Pass by palm grove oases and Kasbah dwellings;
through Dades Valley; along the Gorges of Todra ,this
is a massive fault in the plateau dividing the High Atlas from the Jebel
Sarho with a crystal-clear river running through it. Lunch is included
at the "End of the Earth," in the awesome gorge, between 300 meter cliffs
through the Skoura Kasbah area. You continue on to Ouarzazate, a film
industry center where many American and European films have been made.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouarzazate
Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakech (235 km,
4 ½ hrs) (BLD)
Mornings visit to the impressive Ait Ben Haddou,
an 11th century structure declared by UNESCO as an historical treasure,
a photographer’s wonderland. We continue up the High Atlas Mountains
at Tiz N'Tichka Pass, then through the fertile Haouz Plain to the "pink
city" of Marrakech. You check into your hotel for 03 nights in
this fascinating and intriguing Moroccan city. This is one of Morocco’s
Imperial Cities that will leave you with the fondest memories imaginable.
Breakfast and dinner in your hotel. The next 2 nights in Marrakech.
Al meals are included today.
6 - MARRAKECH (BLD)
A full day tour of this great city which Winston Churchill called "the
most beautiful place in the world at sunset." Grab your guidebook
and explore! The top sights include the stately Koutoubia Minaret,
the Menara pavilion and gardens, the ruins of sprawling Bahia
Palace and it's Museum,
you'll see also the Majorelle Botanical Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent,
planted with trees and flowers from all over the world.
lunch at a charming local restaurant we continue on to Marrakech's fabulous
medieval souk (bazaar) Penetrating the labyrinthine souk, you'll
see some of the age-old guilds at work, including the dyers and tanners
-- and bring your camera --for famous Djemaa el-Fna square with
its circus atmosphere of itinerant dancers, jugglers, acrobats, storytellers,
soothsayers, snake charmers, medicine men and public scribes.
folk show dinner at Borj Bladi or Chez Ali " Méchoui Roasted
lamb cooked in Terracota oven " including return transfers always
on a private basis , vegetarian , please alert us in advance, this show
maybe touristy somewhat, yet we feel strongly that it is part of the
Moroccan experience and being in Marrakech .
7- Marrakech (BD)
Full day on your own , maybe to explore the World Heritage old medinah
on your own, or take an optional tour to a nearby Berber village
( additional $$$) .
is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (
T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town):
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Marrakech l! You'll be invited
to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy dinner in a quiet restaurant with your travel companions, by letting
us know your preferences.
Add a tour to a nearby Berber village? please click here.
8 - DEPARTURE (B)
Our local rep. escorts you to the airport . Bon Voyage. Extend to Essaouira
? Please click here
per person in USD $
per person in USD $
You may begin your tour in Marrakech on any day of the week, choose
your own date .
For Dec 10 - Jan 3 , arrivals : please add a 10 % supplement to any
of the rates
accommodations, including all taxes and service charges, as indicated
(B) breakfast daily; set-menu Lunch (L) or /and dinner (D) as shown
in the itinerary.
air-conditioned vehicle for all your transportation throughout Morocco
as per itinerary with a private English speaking chauffeur.
private guide in major cities and private guided sightseeing tours
as indicated in the itinerary, including all entry fees .
transfers within Morocco , always on a private basis.
Planet guidebook to Morocco.
in the Sahara as indicated , overnight in a tent ( guests must show
proof of insurance when taking any tour that includes the Sahara Camping)
mint tea or coffee upon arrival at your hotel in Casablanca on Day
airfare to or from your home country
Trip Review on Trip Advisor :
reviews: 5“ Travel In Style tours (San Francisco) is fantastic
May 27, 2010, 4:56 PM
We just completed a month long deluxe trip to Morocco, Egypt and Jordan
and used Travel In Style, San Francisco, for all three countries. Their
services were extra-ordinary. They work closely with you to tailor the
trip to your specifications and are very flexible. In each country we
were met promptly at the airport -- in Egypt and Jordan even inside
customs! -- by a tour representative and taken to our car for transport
to our hotels. Guides and drivers were personable and knowledgeable.
When a small glitch arose in Cairo and I e-mailed the local rep and
Omar at Travel In Style in San Francisco, the local Cairo rep called
me twenty minutes later! Omar had received the e-mail and immediately
telephoned the local agency to make sure everything was handled promptly
and to our complete satisfaction. We are experienced travelers, but
I am still amazed at the level of service we received. Highest recommendations.
Hotels and Riads we work with
Deluxe - Standard
Medina or similar
Jardine de La Koutobia
Asni or similar
For Riads (Boutique hotels) :
Riad Atta or Riad Hamonie
Palace , MERINIDES
Jamai - Medina View
Riad Fes - Junior Suite
Mirage , Riad Luna
Upgraded Berber Tent
Deluxe Camp Kasbah Asmaa
at a Riad :
This is where a traditional welcoming mint tea and a fruit basket await
you. Your personal requirements and relaxation are foremost. These luxurious
yet delightful Riads are usually a former palace , mansion, or large
residential house restored to 1930s , 1940s grandeur.
The Riad classical plan is : substantial walls and orientation to a
central patio with venerable trees provide a haven of peace in the midst
of bustling Marrakech. Guests are accommodated in usually only five
- ten guest suites, each with sitting area and the finest oriental appointments,
fireplace ( subject to the category you choose) ,air conditioning, and
European-style dining room ( subject to the category you choose) . Some
are with private terraces that provides a secluded window on the active
life of romantic and mysterious Marrakech.