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Trip Extensions

Essaouira

Duration: 3 days

This extension takes you to the Atlantic coastal towns of Essaouira, Safi and El Jadida. 

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive rabat

Welcome to Morocco.Welcome to Morocco.

Your tour starts after breakfast this morning with a visit to the historic city of Rabat, Morocco's capital.  Visit the unfinished minaret La Tour Hassan and the columnar remains of the Hassan  Mosque's prayer hall, Mohammed V's Mausoleum and the King's Palace. 

Retire this evening to your accommodation in the heart of the medina, within easy walking distance to explore the area, with a rooftop terrace from which to view the animated scene below.

For those flying in to Casablanca, please note the distance between Casablanca and Rabat is approximately 60 miles.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Riad Dar Zahour, located in the old medina (or similar)

Days 2-3: chefchaouen

Gathered around the water fountainGathered around the water fountain

After breakfast, travel from Rabat through the countryside to the famous blue-painted city of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains.   In the afternoon you might take a hike into the surrounding mountains or undertake an excursion to a nearby village.

The second day is at your leisure to explore the city and surrounds.  You might prefer to wander the streets aimlessly, visit the stream for the ritual clothes washing, or choose to visit one of the surrounding communities with the association Chaouen Rural (http://www.chaouenrural.org/).  Homestays, a day-long hiking trip, or a pottery workshop are among your many options with Chaouen Rural.

Dinner will be served in the hotel both evenings.

 

Drive time Rabat to Chefchaouen is approximately 4 hours.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Casa Hassan (or similar)

Day 4: volubilis / meknes / fez

Enjoy the beauty of VolubilisEnjoy the beauty of Volubilis

Departing from Chefchaouen, you head off to explore the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the most modest of Morocco's four imperial cities.  Thereafter you visit Meknes and the holy city of Moulay Idriss before continuing on to Fez for this evening's accommodation. 

Volubilis is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Morocco, many of its mosaics, arches and structural foundations still intact and representative of this once-glorious city.

Meknes, encircled by a 25-mile-long wall and accessible through its monumental landmark gate of Bab el-Mansour, was the Ismailian capital in the 17th century.  Wander the narrow lanes of the old medina, visit the Mellah Jewish quarter and the Royal stables. The Dar Jamai palace houses one of the country's best museums, exhibiting intricately painted ceramics, jewelry, rugs, and textiles with distinct ornate Meknesi needlework. Enjoy the setting of this town in a region of olives, wine, and citrus.

A visual contrast to the blue-hued Chefchaouen, the sacred white-washed town of Moulay Idriss - named after Morocco's most revered saint and the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed - is a favored destination of pilgrims.  It is said that five "moussems" (pilgrimages) to Moulay Idriss equal one haj to Mecca. 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Riad Jaouhara (or similar)

Days 5-6: fez

Taxi stand in FezTaxi stand in Fez

The next two days will be devoted to Fez, the world's only walled medieval Arab city that remains completely intact.   Mesmerized by the old city's maze of alleyways and variety of items on offer, visitors often compare their first experience of the medina to an encounter with the tales of One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a. the Arabian Nights).

The first day you will explore the medina with your guide, who will bring the city's past and present culture to life.  The carpet, fruit and spice-ladden stalls of the medina are left behind for visits to the King's Palace, the tanneries and the local potters.  Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant in the medina.

Dinner will be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

The second day is a free day to explore at your leisure. Not to be missed while here are the Attarine and Bouanania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Quaraouine mosque.  You might also want to try bathing in a traditional hamman or take a class to learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan meal. 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Riad Jaouhara (or similar)

Day 7: fez / marrakech

Djemma el-Fna in MarrakechDjemma el-Fna in Marrakech

After an early breakfast, you set off on a full day's drive to Marrakech.  On arrival, check in to your hotel and then head off to the Djemma el-Fna, the central pulse of Marrakech.  Home to traditional ware and food vendors, snake charmers and henna artists during the day, the square comes alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers and mouth-watering barbecue pits.  Retreat to the terrace of one of the surrounding cafes for a quiet cup of tea and a spectacular view of the bustling scene below.

Dinner is provided in the hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)

Day 8: marrakech

Typical Moroccan vendorTypical Moroccan vendor

After an early breakfast, you set off with your guide to visit the Palace of Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many of the other hidden treasures of the city.  Following lunch taken at a local restaurant, you continue your tour with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque and venture back to the Djemma el-Fna, where the tour ends with a visit of the souk.

 

Dinner is taken on your own this evening.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)

Day 9: marrakech / onward

Enjoy a Fantasia dinner with musicians and dancersEnjoy a Fantasia dinner with musicians and dancers

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight.

 

Possible extensions include a homestay in a Berber Village or a visit to the Portuguese port town of Essaouira.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,995
2 travelers - $3,995 3-5 travelers - $3,495 6+ travelers - $2,975
Single Supplement:
$775
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful riads & small hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking with optional hikes; a couple of long driving days
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Welcome to Morocco.
Welcome to Morocco.
Gathered around the water fountain
Gathered around the water fountain
Welcome to Morocco
Welcome to Morocco
Enjoy the beauty of Volubilis
Enjoy the beauty of Volubilis
Taxi stand in Fez
Taxi stand in Fez
Djemma el-Fna in Marrakech
Djemma el-Fna in Marrakech
Typical Moroccan vendor
Typical Moroccan vendor

Moroccan Dreams

From Chefchaouen's lovely blue medina to ancient Fez and lively Marrakech

overview

Gently embrace the light, magic and artistry of a stunning land on a carefully crafted itinerary that ranges from quiet countryside to ancient city, from the relaxed atmosphere of unpretentious Chefchaouen to the busy, ancient and populous walled city of Fez to Marrakech, the spirited heart of modern Morocco.

Begin with the imperial history, past and present, of Rabat.  Wend your way through the Rif mountains to the famed blue city of Chefchaouen, venturing on to Meknes, the holy city of Moulay Idriss and the Roman remains of Volubilis.  The meandering and ancient medina in Fez and animated central Djemma el-Fna square of Marrakech are the final stops on this distilled venture to the heart and soul of Morocco.

Lodging on most nights is in riads -- courtyard mansions which were formerly royal homes. 

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overview

Gently embrace the light, magic and artistry of a stunning land on a carefully crafted itinerary that ranges from quiet countryside to ancient city, from the relaxed atmosphere of unpretentious Chefchaouen to the busy, ancient and populous walled city of Fez to Marrakech, the spirited heart of modern Morocco.

Begin with the imperial history, past and present, of Rabat.  Wend your way through the Rif mountains to the famed blue city of Chefchaouen, venturing on to Meknes, the holy city of Moulay Idriss and the Roman remains of Volubilis.  The meandering and ancient medina in Fez and animated central Djemma el-Fna square of Marrakech are the final stops on this distilled venture to the heart and soul of Morocco.

Lodging on most nights is in riads -- courtyard mansions which were formerly royal homes. 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive rabat
    Welcome to Morocco.Welcome to Morocco.

    Your tour starts after breakfast this morning with a visit to the historic city of Rabat, Morocco's capital.  Visit the unfinished minaret La Tour Hassan and the columnar remains of the Hassan  Mosque's prayer hall, Mohammed V's Mausoleum and the King's Palace. 

    Retire this evening to your accommodation in the heart of the medina, within easy walking distance to explore the area, with a rooftop terrace from which to view the animated scene below.

    For those flying in to Casablanca, please note the distance between Casablanca and Rabat is approximately 60 miles.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Riad Dar Zahour, located in the old medina (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: chefchaouen
    Gathered around the water fountainGathered around the water fountain

    After breakfast, travel from Rabat through the countryside to the famous blue-painted city of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains.   In the afternoon you might take a hike into the surrounding mountains or undertake an excursion to a nearby village.

    The second day is at your leisure to explore the city and surrounds.  You might prefer to wander the streets aimlessly, visit the stream for the ritual clothes washing, or choose to visit one of the surrounding communities with the association Chaouen Rural (http://www.chaouenrural.org/).  Homestays, a day-long hiking trip, or a pottery workshop are among your many options with Chaouen Rural.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel both evenings.

     

    Drive time Rabat to Chefchaouen is approximately 4 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Casa Hassan (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: volubilis / meknes / fez
    Enjoy the beauty of VolubilisEnjoy the beauty of Volubilis

    Departing from Chefchaouen, you head off to explore the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the most modest of Morocco's four imperial cities.  Thereafter you visit Meknes and the holy city of Moulay Idriss before continuing on to Fez for this evening's accommodation. 

    Volubilis is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Morocco, many of its mosaics, arches and structural foundations still intact and representative of this once-glorious city.

    Meknes, encircled by a 25-mile-long wall and accessible through its monumental landmark gate of Bab el-Mansour, was the Ismailian capital in the 17th century.  Wander the narrow lanes of the old medina, visit the Mellah Jewish quarter and the Royal stables. The Dar Jamai palace houses one of the country's best museums, exhibiting intricately painted ceramics, jewelry, rugs, and textiles with distinct ornate Meknesi needlework. Enjoy the setting of this town in a region of olives, wine, and citrus.

    A visual contrast to the blue-hued Chefchaouen, the sacred white-washed town of Moulay Idriss - named after Morocco's most revered saint and the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed - is a favored destination of pilgrims.  It is said that five "moussems" (pilgrimages) to Moulay Idriss equal one haj to Mecca. 

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Riad Jaouhara (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 5-6: fez
    Taxi stand in FezTaxi stand in Fez

    The next two days will be devoted to Fez, the world's only walled medieval Arab city that remains completely intact.   Mesmerized by the old city's maze of alleyways and variety of items on offer, visitors often compare their first experience of the medina to an encounter with the tales of One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a. the Arabian Nights).

    The first day you will explore the medina with your guide, who will bring the city's past and present culture to life.  The carpet, fruit and spice-ladden stalls of the medina are left behind for visits to the King's Palace, the tanneries and the local potters.  Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant in the medina.

    Dinner will be at the hotel or a local restaurant.

    The second day is a free day to explore at your leisure. Not to be missed while here are the Attarine and Bouanania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Quaraouine mosque.  You might also want to try bathing in a traditional hamman or take a class to learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan meal. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Riad Jaouhara (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: fez / marrakech
    Djemma el-Fna in MarrakechDjemma el-Fna in Marrakech

    After an early breakfast, you set off on a full day's drive to Marrakech.  On arrival, check in to your hotel and then head off to the Djemma el-Fna, the central pulse of Marrakech.  Home to traditional ware and food vendors, snake charmers and henna artists during the day, the square comes alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers and mouth-watering barbecue pits.  Retreat to the terrace of one of the surrounding cafes for a quiet cup of tea and a spectacular view of the bustling scene below.

    Dinner is provided in the hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: marrakech
    Typical Moroccan vendorTypical Moroccan vendor

    After an early breakfast, you set off with your guide to visit the Palace of Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many of the other hidden treasures of the city.  Following lunch taken at a local restaurant, you continue your tour with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque and venture back to the Djemma el-Fna, where the tour ends with a visit of the souk.

     

    Dinner is taken on your own this evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Riad Moucharabieh (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: marrakech / onward
    Enjoy a Fantasia dinner with musicians and dancersEnjoy a Fantasia dinner with musicians and dancers

    After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight.

     

    Possible extensions include a homestay in a Berber Village or a visit to the Portuguese port town of Essaouira.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,995
2 travelers - $3,995 3-5 travelers - $3,495 6+ travelers - $2,975
Single Supplement:
$775
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful riads & small hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking with optional hikes; a couple of long driving days
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Essaouira

Duration: 3 days

This extension takes you to the Atlantic coastal towns of Essaouira, Safi and El Jadida. 

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