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based on Sep. 18, 2018 departure
|Featuring||Journey through the medinas, souks, kasbahs, deserts & mountains of Morocco: Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh, a camelback Sahara sunset & much more|
|Style||Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 9 open departures, December 2017 – December 2018|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)|
|Themes||History & Culture|
|What to Expect||This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.|
|Already Booked?||Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.|
Morocco encapsulates the romance of travel like few other countries in the world. Riding camelback through the Sahara to a spectacular desert sunset or eating delicious tajine against the backdrop of the Arab old town. Winding down the road of a thousand Kasbahs, following an ancient trail of nomads and traders through the Atlas Mountains. Witnessing oases speckled valleys, the medieval medina of Fez or the elaborate souks of Marrakesh. Snake charmers, storytellers, magic genie lamps, fire-eaters – Morocco is at the apex of international travel: cities, culture and country so different from your own that just sitting in a café sipping sweet mint tea is an adventure and the drive from one town to another might be remembered forever. On our Best of Morocco tour, you truly experience an in-depth encounter with this unique destination. You’ll tour all four of Morocco’s imperial cities as well as Casablanca and the Roman ruins of Volubilis, journey to the Sahara and the country’s premier desert dunes, and along the way discover the tiny oasis towns, bustling marketplaces, and ancient citadel Kasbahs that Morocco is known for. Become immersed in a place beyond imagination - and don't forget your camera! This country is a photographer's dream.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Tue||Nov 14||2017||Fri||Nov 24||2017||$2999||$2699||Closed|
|Tue||Dec 12||2017||Fri||Dec 22||2017||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Jan 16||2018||Fri||Jan 26||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Feb 13||2018||Fri||Feb 23||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Mar 13||2018||Fri||Mar 23||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Apr 17||2018||Fri||Apr 27||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Sep 18||2018||Fri||Sep 28||2018||$3199||$2899||Available|
|Tue||Oct 16||2018||Fri||Oct 26||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Nov 6||2018||Fri||Nov 16||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Dec 11||2018||Fri||Dec 21||2018||$3299||$2999||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.
Options & Fees
|Best of Morocco|
|Single Room Supplement|
|All other departures||+$449|
|Essaouira Full Day Excursion||+$230|
Flights & Departure Cities
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA
- Your journey to Morocco begins this evening as you depart from the USA
Day 2: Casablanca
1 night Hotel Sheraton Casablanca or similar. Included meals: Dinner.
- Upon arrival in Casablanca, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel
- Afternoon sightseeing tour of Casablanca
- Join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine
Full Day Itinerary: Welcome to Casablanca, the modern heart of Morocco, and home to quite likely the most popular gin joint in all the towns of the world. After completing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Though the city’s reputation precedes it, Casablanca has much more to offer than just bars and lost love. This afternoon, you’ll discover its gems for yourself on a guided tour. View the Great Hassan II Mosque, Mohamed V Square, the United Nations Place, the Habous Quarter, Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral, and the residential area of Anfa. Your tour concludes with a stroll along the Ain Diab coast, dotted with restaurants and cafes.
This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner with wine at a typical Moroccan restaurant.
Day 3: Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes & Fez
2 nights Palais Ommayed or similar, Fez. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Tour of Rabat
- Explore the Roman ruins of Volubils
- Visit Meknes, the Moroccan Versailles
- Enjoy a visit to a local winery with a tasting and lunch
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart for Fez. En route, stop for a tour of Rabat. You’ll cruise along the palm-fringed boulevards of Morocco’s charming capital city, seeing the Hassan Tower (an unfinished minaret from 1199, at the time, intended to be the largest minaret in the largest mosque in the world), Mohamed V Mausoleum, and the Kasbah of Oudayas. A Kasbah is a traditional Moroccan citadel where the local leader would often live, and it would serve as defense under attack, as well as community market and gathering place. You will encounter many beautiful Kasbahs during your time in Morocco. Then, continue to the well-preserved ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Finally, visit Les Celliers de Meknes for a complete tour of the castle and wineries, followed by a wine tasting before lunch. Nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, this region, with its altitude, sunshine, and mild temperatures, is the heart of wine production in Morocco. After your tour, enjoy sightseeing in Meknes, the fourth imperial city of Morocco, including the Bab Mansour Gate and Hari Saouani.
Arrive in Fez and check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Fez
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Full day sightseeing in Fez
- Lunch in the old city and henna session
- Explore the medina of Fez
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Fez, the country’s ancient cultural capital. Visit the theological college of Medersa, the Karouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine fountain. Stop for lunch in the heart of the old city and enjoy a henna session. Then, experience one of the true highlights of any trip to Morocco: the medieval medina of Fez. The medina quarter is the old Arab section of many North African towns, often walled, with narrow labyrinthine streets. Walk under the ancient Arab arches and discover a new world of commerce and culture: dried fruits and nuts, colorful and aromatic spices, tangerines and fresh cuts of meat at the butcher, lights and textiles and genie lamps, maybe even the tanneries quarter, where they prep and dye leather in huge earthen vats of colored liquid. A trip to Fez’s medina is a treasure trove of photo ops and an experience you won’t soon forget.
Day 5: Fez, Middle Atlas Mountains, Erfoud
2 nights Kasbah Xaluca or similar, Erfoud. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- A memorable scenic drive from Fez to Erfoud
Full Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast, depart for Erfoud on a transfer drive that is sure to be a highlight in itself. You’ll journey into the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt via Azrou. After lunch, continue to Erfoud, traveling through the scenic Ziz Valley. Following the turquoise Ziz River, with towering rock formations sheltering palm populated oases and small sand colored fortified towns, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time. Upon arrival in Erfoud, check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Rissani & Full Day Desert Excursion
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- View the abandoned mines of M’Ifis
- Enjoy traditional mint tea and a dance performance at the Khamlia Village
- Visit a camel milk cooperative
- Go by camelback through the Sahara to admire the sunset over the dunes of Grand Erg Chebbi
Full Day Itinerary: Wake up bright and early this morning for another Bucket-list day in Morocco: your trip to the Sahara desert. Travel to Rissani, where you will board your 4x4 jeeps. Go first to the abandoned mines of M’Ifis to learn how the locals used to work here. Next, proceed to the Khamlia Village, a desert community and gateway to the sand dunes where inhabitants live very much today the way they have for centuries. Enjoy a traditional mint tea (ubiquitous in Morocco) while watching a special dance performance by the villagers. Stop at Tisserdmine, to see where scenes from the film Sahara were shot. Relax at an oasis during a homemade grilled lunch under the palm trees. After lunch, enjoy a visit to a camel milk cooperative. Did you know that camel milk actually has three times more Vitamin C than cow’s milk and is packed with antibodies? After your visit, comes the coup de gras of your journey. You’ll continue to Grand Erg Chebbi (Desert of Dunes) where you will exchange jeeps for camels and ride intrepidly into the dunes to witness one of the most spectacular ends to earth’s daily second act: the desert sunset - a grandeur you’ll never truly understand until you see it for yourself! Return to your hotel in Erfoud for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Tinghir Oasis, Todra Gorge, Dades Valley
1 night Xaluca Dades or similar, Boumalne Dades. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Enjoy panoramic views of the stunning landscape on a scenic drive through the Dades Valley
- See the desert oasis of Tinghir
- Marvel at the Todra Gorge canyon
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart your hotel for the Dades Valley. Follow the desolate but starkly beautiful Tinejdad road to Tinghir, a breathtaking red-stoned oasis rising from the parched valley floor. In the heart of the High Atlas Mountains and built around a rock outcrop, Tinghir welcomes traveling pilgrims with its flowered gardens and ornate Kasbahs. Continue to the canyon of Todra Gorge where the Dades River has carved out a narrow flat stony track, at times only 10 meters wide, through the towering cliffs. You’ll have the opportunity to marvel at this natural wonder. Finally, arrive at Boumalne Dades and check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Kelaat M’Gouna, Ouarzazate, Ait-Ben-Haddou, Marrakesh
3 nights Radisson Blu or similar, Marrakesh. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Stop in Kelaat M’Gouna, Valley of the Roses
- View the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs in Ouarzazate
- Travel along the Thousand Kasbahs Road
- Visit the ruins of the ancient Ait-Ben-Haddou Kasbah
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart for Marrakesh. Stop in Kelaat M’Gouna, known as the Valley of the Roses, a colorful flower bejeweled valley and the country’s largest manufacturer of rose water and rose oil. These decadent liquids are used worldwide for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties as well as to scent or flavor food and drink. Next, travel to Ouarzazate and visit the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Continue along the Thousand Kasbahs Road, named appropriately for the stunning walled citadels along the way, to Ait-Ben-Haddou and explore the ruins of this ancient citadel. Later today, arrive in Marrakesh.
Day 9: Full Day sightseeing in Marrakesh
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- Explore Marrakesh on a full day tour
- Explore Djemma El Fna
- Enjoy dinner while watching a Fantasia performance
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, head out for your full day exploration of Marrakesh, the second oldest imperial city in Morocco, known as the Pearl of the South. Visit the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia, Bahia Palace, and the Menara gardens, established in the 12th century by an ancient dynasty. This afternoon, experience another of Morocco’s quintessential traveler offerings: a wander through Marrakesh’s souks, or markets. Along the narrow, winding streets that open to the plaza of Djemaa El Fna place you’ll witness the bustle, charm and rhythm of every day local life that makes Morocco, Morocco. Storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and seemingly everything under the sun for sale. The souks are one place where you can discover the real Morocco, and they won’t disappoint. This evening, dinner will be served under caidal tents while enjoying a Fantasia performance complete with folklore and dancing.
Day 10: Free day in Marrakesh
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- Optional Essaouira excursion with visit to winery & argan cooperative
- Enjoy a final evening with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Dinner with wine
This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner with wine.
Optional Excursion: Essaouira Full Day Tour, $230 This morning, join an optional tour to Essaouira. En route, stop at a winery for a tour and tasting. Then visit an Argan cooperative to see how Argan oil is produced. Along the way, be on the lookout for tree-climbing goats on the boughs of the Argan trees! Later, arrive to Essaouira, a typical Portuguese harbor town with fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese art. Essaouira is famous for its wood-working handicrafts men, the silver souk, art gallery, and the harbor and islands.
Day 11: Return to USA
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight
- Arrive in the USA later today
My husband and I went with Friendly Planet to Egypt, it was fabulous, and most of the credit goes to Friendly Planet's pool of highly qualified local tour guides. Now we have just got back from Morocco. What an unbelievable tour it was! Pure pleasure in every respect. For our guide Hassan, I have two words: Class Act! We are so impressed with Friendly Planet that we already booked another tour. Thank you for your professionalism.
Alex & Jane Rosenbaum, Potomac, MD
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