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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

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

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • 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

 

Suggested Gratuities

  • Tour Guide ($10-$20 per day)

  • Driver ($5-$10 per day)

  • Waiters/waitress ($2 per person)

 

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • ATV Rides

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • Spa Treatments

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

DAY 1

Arrival Day Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travelers.

DAY 2

After breakfast take a turn around the characterful Central Market, where fresh meat, fish, fruit, and vegetable sellers call out their prices and local women bargain for their daily ingredients.  Continue on to the sight that dominates the city – the vast Hassan II Mosque. Opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca, the huge building is part on land and part on sea, and in one area water can be seen through a glass floor. Leave Casablanca and stop at a seaside city for lunch and stretch your legs. Continue on to Chefchaouen, arriving by early evening

Tour Summary

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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. Spend your morning 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. Herds of goats wander the sparse hillsides that surround Chefchaouen, and their cheese is sold in great fresh rounds in the street markets. The afternoon is free to relax or explore more of the town. This evening you will get a real insight into Moroccan food with a home-cooked dinner prepared with seasonal ingredients – bursting with flavor and made with love.

DAY 4

Descend from the hills and travel south through the center of the peninsula towards the sacred pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss. From here it is 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.  Continue on to Fes, arriving by evening (approximately 1.5 hours), the spiritual heart of Morocco.

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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. With a local guide, navigate narrow streets alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, mosques and colorful local characters. Move on to the honey souk, where 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.

DAY 6

Today, leave the intensity of the city behind for the desert oasis town of Erfoud. Prepare for a long driving day and have your camera ready as there will be plenty of stops to appreciate the ever-changing Moroccan landscape along the way. Wind past olive groves, shepherds tending to their flocks, forests of cedar, pine and oak, and valleys filled with date palms – all with views of the High Atlas Mountains in the distance. Arrive in Erfoud, your gateway to the Sahara Desert. Built by the French in the early 1900s, the town features tightly packed red sand buildings that blend seamlessly into the desert surroundings. While here, be sure to try some dates fresh from the local market – the dates in Erfoud are so delicious they celebrate them with a festival every year.

DAY 7

Spend the morning exploring Khemliya, a village on the fringe of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes. This traditional Saharan village is known for a distinctive style of music and dance. For lunch today you will get to see how the local specialty dish of medfouna is made, and then sample some yourself. Then it is time to do as the locals do and ride a camel through the desert towards your feature stay accommodation – a spectacular camp hidden away in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Here in this magical escape from the modern world you will experience the true essence of desert life. Tonight, embrace your extraordinary surroundings and enjoy a traditional feast beneath a sky jeweled with thousands of stars, followed by live Gnaoua music around an open fire.

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DAY 8

Start the day with a truly unforgettable experience – a camel ride across the desert during sunrise, watching the landscape turn remarkable shades of orange. After breakfast drive to Todra Gorge, a massive trench that rises over 250 meters to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Todgha Then continue Ait Benhaddou – a hilltop site almost unchanged since the 11th century. Its grand kasbah is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and the fortified village is a fine example of clay architecture. You may recognize the site from its long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator

DAY 9

Today you will drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There is no rush as the scenery through the High Atlas Mountain passes is magnificent, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. On arrival, join a passionate local foodie for a true insider's guide to the medina and a tasting tour of the incredible Djemma el Fna. Smell and see the famous spice mix, ras el hanout, prepared fresh to order; drop past a traditional wood-fired bakery and watch the smoking stalls of the Djemma el Fna night market come to life.

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DAY 11

Today is at your leisure. There are many optional activities to enjoy in Marrakech that you can check with your tour leader to book in advance.

DAY 12

Departure Day There are no activities planned for the final day.

DAY 10

Head to Amal association to a enjoy a cooking class. It is nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. After to the lunch visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle. The rest of the day is free to explore perhaps check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world.

Flexible Payment Options

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Reserve Your Magical Morocco Spot Now!

AIR + LAND PACKAGE - INCLUDES FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK (JFK)

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

LAND ONLY - NO FLIGHTS

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

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