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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive casablanca

Casablanca -- at lastCasablanca -- at last

Find a warm welcome at Mohammed V airport of Casablanca. Assistance and transfer to your hotel will be provided. 

Meals
Dinner

Day 2: casablanca/rabat

Admire Rabat's architectureAdmire Rabat's architecture

After breakfast explore Casablanca, the commercial capital of Morocco. Visit the central market, Mohamed V square, the Habous district, the royal palace, the residential area of Anfa and the outside of the Hassan II mosque. Enjoy a fish lunch and orientation commmentary at one of the seafront restaurants.  Continue to Rabat, the administrative capital of the kingdom, for a city tour that includes the Mechouar (ramparts and walls surrounding the royal palace), the Oudaya kasbah, the splendid Mohamed V mausoleum and the Hassan Tower.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: meknes/moulay idriss/volubilis

Examine intricate Roman mosaics at VolubilisExamine intricate Roman mosaics at Volubilis

After breakfast, depart for Meknes, the Ismailian capital, famous for its 40 km long walls, and the most beautifully preserved ancient gate in Morocco. Visit the Bab Al Mansour and the royal stables of Moulay Ismail, the old medina and the Jewish quarter. After lunch, continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country, named for Morocco's most revered saint, the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. (It is said that five pilgrimages or "moussems" to Moulay Idriss equals one haj to Mecca.) Nearby, explore the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco, the Roman ruins at Volubilis. Continue to Fez.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: fez

Explore ancient FezExplore ancient Fez

After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to sightseeing in Fez, the most ancient of the imperial cities, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II. Visit the medieval medina with its Attarine & Bouanania Medersas (religious Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum and the Karaouine mosque.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: ifrane/azrou/errachidia/ziz valley

Head over the Atlas Mountains to small townsHead over the Atlas Mountains to small towns

After breakfast, depart via the mountains of the Middle Atlas traveling through Ifrane, a charming ski resort, and Azrou, an important handycraft center. Continue to Errachidia and the Ziz Valley known for the date palm trees which are the source for the yearly date festival in Erfoud.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: rissani/tinghir/ouarzazate

Explore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunriseExplore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunrise

Those who wake early can enjoy an excursion by Land Rover to see the sunrise over the sands dunes of Merzouga. After breakfast back at the hotel, travel to Rissani, the holy city where Moulay Ali Cherif, ancestor of the Alaouite dynasty, is buried. Visit the kasbah of the 17th century and the ksar Abbar ruins, and continue to the Oasis of Tineghir via Tinjdad road. Visit the magnificent Todghra canyons, where the rock walls reach an altitude of 250 meters. Visit the Dades canyons and continue to Ouarzazate. You'll be following the road of the thousand kasbahs and the Dades Valley, famous for its roses and its annual rose festival.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: ait benhaddou/tichka pass

Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)

After breakfast, visit the Kasbahs of Taourirt & Tifoultout, and Ait Benhaddou, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco, which has served as setting for many famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia ”.   Travel to Marrakech via the Tichka Pass for an impressive view over the Atlas Mountain chain.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: marrakech

Immerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious MarrakechImmerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious Marrakech

The entire day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city, known as the "pearl of the south". The city was founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century. The historical sites include the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and Dar Si Said museum. In the afternoon, visit the old medina and its souqs and handicraft quarters,  and the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its non-stop street entertainment. You may choose to have a special dinner with a "Fantazia" show at characteristic restaurant.

Meals
Breakfast

Day 9: essaouira

Visit the picturesque fishing town of EssaouiraVisit the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira

Enjoy a leisurely start today. After breakfast, drive approximately two hours to Essaouira, the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold along the Atlantic coast.  This charming and picturesque port village has been an important stop along trade routes since Roman times.  There is a Portuguese, French and Jewish legacy here, as well as an artistic base that has for centuries attracted musicians, painters and craftsmen from Morocco and all over the world.  It is well known for its woodcarving handicraft.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: safi/el jadida

Seek out locally-made potterySeek out locally-made pottery

Visit the former Portuguese fortress of Safi, known for its pottery.  Continue to Oualidia via the lovely coastal road, and then on to El Jadida, to view the famous Portuguese citadel, ramparts and cistern before arriving in Casablanca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: casablanca/onward

Bid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming landBid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming land

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homebound or onward flight.

 

 

 

 

 

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,850
- $4,495
2-3 travelers - $4,495 4-5 travelers - $4,250 6 - 12 travelers - $3,850
Single Supplement:
$940
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:
11 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 hotels
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
travel over rough roads
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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Head over the Atlas Mountains to small towns
Head over the Atlas Mountains to small towns
Explore ancient Fez
Explore ancient Fez
Admire Rabat's architecture
Admire Rabat's architecture
Examine intricate Roman mosaics at Volubilis
Examine intricate Roman mosaics at Volubilis
Explore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunrise
Explore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunrise
Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)
Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)
Immerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious Marrakech
Immerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious Marrakech
Visit the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira
Visit the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira
Bid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming land
Bid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming land
Casablanca -- at last
Casablanca -- at last
Take a desert camel ride if you can
Take a desert camel ride if you can
Chefchaoen street scene
Chefchaoen street scene
Dates and figs in the medina
Dates and figs in the medina
If you can, extend your time for a trip from Imlil to Mt. Toubkal
If you can, extend your time for a trip from Imlil to Mt. Toubkal
Ladies in Chefchaoen
Ladies in Chefchaoen
Everyone, smile for the camera!
Everyone, smile for the camera!
How about some olives from the souq?
How about some olives from the souq?
Tuareg shopkeeper
Tuareg shopkeeper
Volubilis and the plains nearby
Volubilis and the plains nearby
Exploring the ruins of Volubilis
Exploring the ruins of Volubilis

Morocco Markets and Mountains

From Fez over the Atlas Mountains, to Marrakech, and on to the coast

overview

From the Atlantic coast of North Africa through imperial cities and Roman ruins over the Atlas Mountains and back to Marrakech, Morocco's history and scenery beckon. Visit the cities and landscapes which have inspired artists, writers, and poets for centuries. Begin in Casablanca and Rabat. Explore Meknes, Moulay Idriss and the Roman city of Volubilis. Wander deep into the ancient medina in Fez, the most captivating of all the imperial cities. Cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, watch the sunrise over the sand dunes of Merzouga, continue over the "Lawrence of Arabia" landscape to Ouarzazate, and then behold vibrant Marrakech where ancient history and non-stop street entertainment equally entrance those who are fortunate enough to spend time here.

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overview

From the Atlantic coast of North Africa through imperial cities and Roman ruins over the Atlas Mountains and back to Marrakech, Morocco's history and scenery beckon. Visit the cities and landscapes which have inspired artists, writers, and poets for centuries. Begin in Casablanca and Rabat. Explore Meknes, Moulay Idriss and the Roman city of Volubilis. Wander deep into the ancient medina in Fez, the most captivating of all the imperial cities. Cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, watch the sunrise over the sand dunes of Merzouga, continue over the "Lawrence of Arabia" landscape to Ouarzazate, and then behold vibrant Marrakech where ancient history and non-stop street entertainment equally entrance those who are fortunate enough to spend time here.

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive casablanca
    Casablanca -- at lastCasablanca -- at last

    Find a warm welcome at Mohammed V airport of Casablanca. Assistance and transfer to your hotel will be provided. 

    Meals
    Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: casablanca/rabat
    Admire Rabat's architectureAdmire Rabat's architecture

    After breakfast explore Casablanca, the commercial capital of Morocco. Visit the central market, Mohamed V square, the Habous district, the royal palace, the residential area of Anfa and the outside of the Hassan II mosque. Enjoy a fish lunch and orientation commmentary at one of the seafront restaurants.  Continue to Rabat, the administrative capital of the kingdom, for a city tour that includes the Mechouar (ramparts and walls surrounding the royal palace), the Oudaya kasbah, the splendid Mohamed V mausoleum and the Hassan Tower.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: meknes/moulay idriss/volubilis
    Examine intricate Roman mosaics at VolubilisExamine intricate Roman mosaics at Volubilis

    After breakfast, depart for Meknes, the Ismailian capital, famous for its 40 km long walls, and the most beautifully preserved ancient gate in Morocco. Visit the Bab Al Mansour and the royal stables of Moulay Ismail, the old medina and the Jewish quarter. After lunch, continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country, named for Morocco's most revered saint, the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. (It is said that five pilgrimages or "moussems" to Moulay Idriss equals one haj to Mecca.) Nearby, explore the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco, the Roman ruins at Volubilis. Continue to Fez.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: fez
    Explore ancient FezExplore ancient Fez

    After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to sightseeing in Fez, the most ancient of the imperial cities, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II. Visit the medieval medina with its Attarine & Bouanania Medersas (religious Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum and the Karaouine mosque.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: ifrane/azrou/errachidia/ziz valley
    Head over the Atlas Mountains to small townsHead over the Atlas Mountains to small towns

    After breakfast, depart via the mountains of the Middle Atlas traveling through Ifrane, a charming ski resort, and Azrou, an important handycraft center. Continue to Errachidia and the Ziz Valley known for the date palm trees which are the source for the yearly date festival in Erfoud.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: rissani/tinghir/ouarzazate
    Explore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunriseExplore nature's art -- vast sand dunes -- at sunrise

    Those who wake early can enjoy an excursion by Land Rover to see the sunrise over the sands dunes of Merzouga. After breakfast back at the hotel, travel to Rissani, the holy city where Moulay Ali Cherif, ancestor of the Alaouite dynasty, is buried. Visit the kasbah of the 17th century and the ksar Abbar ruins, and continue to the Oasis of Tineghir via Tinjdad road. Visit the magnificent Todghra canyons, where the rock walls reach an altitude of 250 meters. Visit the Dades canyons and continue to Ouarzazate. You'll be following the road of the thousand kasbahs and the Dades Valley, famous for its roses and its annual rose festival.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: ait benhaddou/tichka pass
    Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)Visit ancient kasbahs (Ait Ben Haddou)

    After breakfast, visit the Kasbahs of Taourirt & Tifoultout, and Ait Benhaddou, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco, which has served as setting for many famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia ”.   Travel to Marrakech via the Tichka Pass for an impressive view over the Atlas Mountain chain.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: marrakech
    Immerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious MarrakechImmerse yourself in atmospheric, mysterious Marrakech

    The entire day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city, known as the "pearl of the south". The city was founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century. The historical sites include the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and Dar Si Said museum. In the afternoon, visit the old medina and its souqs and handicraft quarters,  and the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its non-stop street entertainment. You may choose to have a special dinner with a "Fantazia" show at characteristic restaurant.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: essaouira
    Visit the picturesque fishing town of EssaouiraVisit the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira

    Enjoy a leisurely start today. After breakfast, drive approximately two hours to Essaouira, the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold along the Atlantic coast.  This charming and picturesque port village has been an important stop along trade routes since Roman times.  There is a Portuguese, French and Jewish legacy here, as well as an artistic base that has for centuries attracted musicians, painters and craftsmen from Morocco and all over the world.  It is well known for its woodcarving handicraft.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: safi/el jadida
    Seek out locally-made potterySeek out locally-made pottery

    Visit the former Portuguese fortress of Safi, known for its pottery.  Continue to Oualidia via the lovely coastal road, and then on to El Jadida, to view the famous Portuguese citadel, ramparts and cistern before arriving in Casablanca.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: casablanca/onward
    Bid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming landBid farewell to this exotic and warmly-welcoming land

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homebound or onward flight.

     

     

     

     

     

    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,850
- $4,495
2-3 travelers - $4,495 4-5 travelers - $4,250 6 - 12 travelers - $3,850
Single Supplement:
$940
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:
11 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 hotels
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
travel over rough roads
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

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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