MOROCCO - KASBAH & OASIS

Cultural tour of Morocco

This small group tour (min 02/max 12) to Morocco - an exquisite land known for its potent mystique and exotic aura. Europe’s closest link to Africa, Morocco is neither European nor African—it is a rich mix of a flavor of both continents added with a strong influence also of the Middle East thus distinctly making its own. In this tour, we offer an excellent introduction to this magnificent culture and country, including visits to the Sahara desert.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Marrakesh
(D)
Day 02: Marrakesh
(B, D)
Day 03: Marrakesh/Ouarzazate/Dades (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Dades/Merzouga (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Merzouga/Alnif/Tazarine/Zagora (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Zagora/Agdez/Ouarzazate (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakesh (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 08: Depart Marrakesh or Casablanca
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Marrakesh

Merhaba!  We arrive in Marrakesh Airport and are warmly welcomed before being transferred to our hotel. Check in time is from 1500 hrs.

Overnight: Le Kech Hotel, Marrakesh (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Marrakesh

Today we will unearth the secrets of Marrakesh, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural center. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary of privileged life in the 19th century, the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. The works on display include exquisite hand-woven carpets and textiles, traditional Berber clothing and jewelry, intricate basketwork and tribal handicrafts. Later we visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following our visit, return to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for a dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 03: Marrakesh/Ouarzazate/Dades (Drive)

As you leave Marrakesh and head for the High Atlas Mountains. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago, to bring into Marrakesh gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara.  We will be crossing Tizi n Tichka pass, at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass we will get an amazing panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the houses of its indigenous villages. Later, we take a detour to visit Ait Benhaddou then skirt past Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (your own expense). Onto yet another lush area, nested between the deserted crest and the desolate plateaus: Skoura palm grove. Then, our trip reaches Kelaa des Mgouna, famous for the nearby Valley of Roses and 'Rose Festival', where at the end of a 3 day celebration usually held in May, a local girl is crowned the 'Rose Queen'. The most sought after product is eau-de-rose and two factories in the area are still distil and export the product. Further on, Boulmane Dades follows, the starting point to explore the spectacular Dades Gorge, a lush carpet set against the massive rocks and quite popular among those interested to trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Overnight: Xaluca Hotel, Dades (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Dades/Merzouga (Drive)

Back on the road, our first stop is Tinerhir (Tinghir), with its extensive palm grove, the ksours built into the rocky hills above it and its mysterious decaying Jewish quarter. Tinghir has been for generations a stop for nomadic Berber tribes travelling from the mountains north of it towards the desert during the winter months. A rather inconspicuous hidden gem is the 19th century adobe mosque nested within the old crumbling ksour, a heaven for photography enthusiasts. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinghir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing color to magical effect as the day unfolds. Its 300 meters (1000 feet ) high walls are home to more than 150 bolted routes and at any time of day you can catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the gigantic walls. Before reaching Merzouga where the tarmac ends, we pass Erfoud and Rissani. In Erfoud we may stop for an optional visit at Musee des Oasis, if time allows. Rissani used to serve as last stop on the great caravan routes south and gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as 1800’s. Before it, the caravan trade and the most important city in Morocco was Sijilmassa, the ruins of which lie opposite Rissani.  From its gates, Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus left Morocco to embark on their illustrious journeys across the Sahara into African countries. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance we will have a glimpse of the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Riad Madu, Merzouga (1 night) (B, D)

Day 05: Merzouga/Alnif/Tazarine/Zagora (Drive)

Enjoy an optional sunrise camel ride (extra fee) along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga.  Return to your Riad for breakfast before transferring to Zagora via the Amazigh villages of Alnif and Tazarine. The road to Tazzarine sees almost no traffic, providing a scenic link between Tafilalet and Draa Valley. Aside from the landscape, fossils and prehistoric rock carvings are this region’s main attraction. The scenery grows wilder as we approach Tazzarine, set in a grassy oasis surrounded by bare mountains. Continue to Zagora. Famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco.

Overnight: Riad Lamane, Zagora (1 night) (B, D)

Day 06: Zagora/Agdez/Ouarzazate (Drive)

After breakfast, embark on a tour of Zagora, including visits to some of the oldest villages in Morocco.  Stop by Tamegroute to visit the village’s famous library, which houses ancient Koranic scripts dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pottery section of Tamgroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. Optional lunch (your own expense) stop at Agdez then continue the trip to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Dar Chamaa Hotel, Ouarzazate (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakesh (Drive)

Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, optional visit to the Film studios (extra fee). Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region's most exotic kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope.  Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.   Our journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating city of Marrakesh.

Overnight: Le Kech Hotel, Marrakesh (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Depart Marrakesh or Casablanca

After an incredible exploration of the Kasbahs and oases of Morocco, we are transferred to either the airport in Marrakesh or Casablanca for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
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Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 06 & 20; Apr 10 & 24; May 08 & 22; Jun 05 & 19; Jul 10 & 24; Aug 07 & 21; Sep 11 & 25; Oct 23; Nov 06, 13 & 27; Dec 11 & 18 US$ 1345 US$ 260 US$ 810  US$ 910
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 15, 22 & 29; Feb 12 & 19; Mar 18 & 25; Apr 15; May 29; Jun 10, 17 & 24; Jul 08, 15 & 22; Aug 05, 19 & 26; Sep 09 & 23; Oct 21 & 28 US$ 1345 US$ 260 US$ 810  US$ 910
2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 23; Feb 20; Mar 06 & 20; Apr 10 & 24; May 08 & 22; Jun 05 & 19; Jul 10 & 24; Aug 07 & 21; Sep 11 & 25; Oct 23; Nov 06, 13 & 27; Dec 11 & 18 CA$ 1816 CA$ 351 CA 815  CA 965 
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures East Coast West Coast
Jan 15, 22 & 29; Feb 12 & 19; Mar 18 & 25; Apr 15; May 29; Jun 10, 17 & 24; Jul 08, 15 & 22; Aug 05, 19 & 26; Sep 09 & 23; Oct 21 & 28 CA$ 1816 CA$ 351 CA 815  CA 965 


Notes

A national guide will be provided with a minimum of 05 passengers.  Please contact us should you require a more in-depth program of Morocco.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 14 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of a local English speaking driver/guide plus local guides in Marrakesh
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum tour size of 12 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.