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November 8 - 19, 2022

Magical Morocco

A Cultural Immersion and Food Experience Trip

About Morocco

Morocco encapsulates magic and mystery.  From snake charmers and storytellers to magic genie lamps and fire-eaters, travelers find themselves immersed in this unimaginable destination.

 

Morocco is filled with cities and towns as well as deserts and mountains and is home to about 32 million people, yet it is similar in size as the state of California.

Morocco is officially called the Kingdom of Morocco. It is situated between Algeria and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city of Morocco is Rabat, although Casablanca is the largest city in the country and homes around 4 million people..

In Morocco, it is customary to only use your right hand to eat or hand things to others. The left hand is considered unclean, as it is used for hygiene. Locals are very appreciative of tourists who show respect for their customs and culture.

passport

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel with at least 2 blank visa pages.

Visa & Vaccinations

Visa is not required for stays under 90 days

Vaccinations are not required

Money

Credit Cards The official currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham. Hotels and some stores accept credit cards (Visa and Master Card only). For “street shopping” you will need local currency for most transactions (USD is sometimes accepted).

weather

Morocco generally has a sub-tropical and diverse climate . October-December and March-May are Morocco’s best seasons, when temperatures average in the low 70s F/24 C. January and February can be cool and rainy. During summer, the average temperature in Marrakesh and Fez is around the 100’s

power

220 volts. Plugs C & E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.

Tour Summary

All the flavors of Morocco are on display on this authentic food and cultural experience adventure!

 

Visit Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Sahara Desert, and Marrakech!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

Duration: 12-days / 11-nights

Dates: November 8 - 19, 2022

Accommodations 

  • 11 nights of accommodations

  • All prices are per person based on double occupancy

  • 6 nights hotel

  • 4 nights Riad

  • 1 night in Desert Bedouin Camp) 

 

Transportation

  • Round trip airport transfers to/from hotel

  • Local English-speaking tour guide 

  • Tour via private vehicle

 

Experiences

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Sample nougat candy and lean how olive oil is pressed

  • Souk/Medina Food Tasting tour

  • Couscous demonstration and Lunch

  • Medfouna (also called 'Berber pizza') cooking demonstration

  • Ride a camel into the Sahara Desert

  • Overnight in a Bedouin desert camp

  • Cooking demonstration a signature dish of pastilla (or b’stilla)

  • Home cooked dinner in Chef

  • Couscous Demonstration and Lunch

  • Witness Moroccan bread making + learn tea-making secrets

  • Moroccan salads cooking class

  • Visit an Argan Oil Cooperative

  • Walking tours in Chefchaouen, Fez, and Marrakech

 

Costs

  • All entrance fees to sites/experiences noted in itinerary

  • All service charges and taxes

  • Black Leisure Travel Thank You Gift

  • International Airfare

  • Entry visa

  • Passport fees, immunization costs, and local departure taxes (when applicable)

  • Early check-in or late check-out fr om hotels (unless otherwise specified)

  • Travel insurance, which we offer and can be purchased after you’ve booked your tour

  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary

  • Optional enhancements like room or flight upgrades, or local camera or video fees

  • Personal charges or expenses such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service

  • Tips for services and experiences

  • Beverage(s) during meals

  • Meals except where noted.

 

EXTRA AND OPTIONS

 

Gratuities

  • Tour Guide (suggest $10-$20 per day)

  • Driver (suggest $5-$10 per day)

  • Waiters/waitress (suggest $2 per person)

 

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • ATV Rides

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • Spa Treatments

Travel Disclaimer: This trip covers a lot of ground.

There are some long drives, particularly from Casablanca to Chefchaouen on Day 2, and the M'Goun Valley to Morocco on Day 10

Why Wait?  If You Are Ready To Take This Journey Then Click on Ready to Book!

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco – this vibrant, aromatic tajines, red-earthed landscapes and flavorful Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot!

On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel,

There are no activities planned today, but later that evening the group will meet for a welcome orientation dinner!

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DAY 2

After breakfast tour of the capital city of Morocco.  We will begin our journey by exploring Morocco's Central Market and getting familiar with their grains, herbs, & spices. Then visit Hassan II Mosque Leave Casablanca and travel north with a stop at the seaside city for lunch break before continuing on to Chefchaouen for an overnight stay.

DAY 3

Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, the isolated town of Chefchaouen is a surprising delight

 

After breakfast you will have a guided walking tour of Chef exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the medina, the shops in the square selling woven goods and small sweets, and, most importantly, enjoy a taste of the town’s famous goat’s cheese.

 

The afternoon is free to relax or explore more of the town.

 

This evening you’ll get a real insight into Moroccan food with a home-cooked dinner prepared with seasonal ingredients – bursting with flavor and made with love.

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DAY 4

Today you will start your morning with breakfast, then check out of your hotel room.  As your journey begins towards Fes the first stop will be to explore the ruins of Morocco.

 

Descend fr om the hills and travel south through the centre of the peninsula towards the sacred pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss (approximately 3 hours) wh ere you will have the opportunity to sample nougat candy and learn how olive is pressed 

 

From here it’s a short journey out to the World Heritage site of Volubilis. The remains of this Roman city make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Take a tour around the arches, basilicas, and superb mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. The reward for walking in the sun lies in a memorable lunch of traditional Roman recipes in the shadow of the ancient ruins

DAY 5

The old city of Fes el Bali is home to perhaps the greatest of all medinas. Descending into its labyrinthine alleyways is like stepping back to the Middle Ages. Donkeys wander the streets and the smell of spices fills the air.

 

Explore the different specialty sections of the Medina that are known for specific types of food – fr om natural butters and fats, to pastries, to crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce. Taste your way through dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups and olives. Move on to the honey souk, wh ere you’ll discover the importance of this liquid gold to Moroccan cooking. Get a closer insight into the culinary traditions of the city by visiting a 400-year-old communal oven and bakery. In the late afternoon, complete the gourmet day with a cooking demonstration, learning to create one of the city's signature dishes – pastilla (or b’stilla) – a salty and sweet pastry parcel.

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DAY 6

Today, leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the High Atlas Mountains small town of Midelt (approximately 3.5 hours) where you will join some local Berber women for insight into the preparation of hand-rolled couscous. 

After spending the night in Midelt you will wake the next morning, have breakfast and then have some time to haggle in the markets before driving through shifting scenery on the journey to Merzoug. You will leave your gear at a simple auberge and then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara Desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way.  This evening you will experience Medfouna (also called 'Berber pizza') cooking demonstration before settling into the campsite for the evening.

DAY 7

After spending the night in Midelt you will wake the next morning, have breakfast and then have some time to haggle in the markets before driving through shifting scenery on the journey to Merzoug. You will leave your gear at a simple auberge and then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara Desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way.

 

This evening you will experience Medfouna (also called 'Berber pizza') cooking demonstration before settling into the campsite for the evening.

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Image by Toa Heftiba

DAY 8

After breakfast take a scenic drive filled with stunning landscapes on the way to the M'Goun Valley. exploring the nearby village to witness Moroccan bread-making Learn tea-making secrets

 

Dinner this evening will be a feast of mechoui - slow-cooked lamb on the spit

DAY 9 - 11

After breakfast take a scenic drive filled with stunning landscapes on the way to the M'Goun Valley. exploring the nearby village to witness Moroccan bread-making Learn tea-making secrets

 

Dinner this evening will be a feast of mechoui - slow-cooked lamb on the spit

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DAY 12

Your gourmet expedition across Morocco comes to an end this morning.

 

With this being your final day - you will have the opportunity to have breakfast at your hotel before checking out of your hotel room.  Depending on your departure time you may have some free time.   Otherwise you will be transported to the airport for your return home.

Flexible Payment Options

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Reserve Your Magical Morocco Spot Now!

FULL PACKAGE - INCLUDES FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK

SINGLE: $5,150 per person   |   DOUBLE: $4,150 per person

LAND ONLY - NO FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK

SINGLE: $4.150 per person   |   DOUBLE: $.3.150per person

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