Shopping for rugs, Fez

Morocco is a feast for the senses, at its most magic in the medieval walled city of Fez, a World Heritage Site, where we enjoy an in-depth visit. Fez is famed for its traditional crafts, from leatherwork and tiles to tribal rugs woven by the nomadic Berbe

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Morocco Private Journey

Imperial Cities, the Great Sahara, and Marrakesh

Morocco Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3995  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 8 nights in hotels (or optional upgrades to traditional riad-style hotels)
Meals: All meals included except 5 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to moderate cultural exploration, city and village walks, optional camel ride
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This was truly one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. No need was overlooked. Every detail was planned and executed effortlessly.D. Gauthier—Miami

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Morocco’s sensuous beauty is legendary, from imperial cities with labyrinthine souks to the awesome grandeur of the Sahara. Our Private Journey discovers this graceful land in Fez—a walled city suspended in a medieval dream—and in the storied casbahs of Marrakesh, in the red-rock canyons of the High Atlas, and in a stunning desert oasis where dunes stretch to the horizon. You have a private guide with you from Day 1 through the afternoon of Day 8, and your accommodations are in hotels as well as riads, traditional mansions that have been converted into boutique hotels of character, with charming Moorish and Andalusian architecture, tiled central courtyards open to the sky, and peaceful rooftop gardens. Each riad is unique and has its own special personality and decor. At journey’s end, you can extend your travels to the enchanting walled town of Essaouira on the edge of the sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Day 1
Casablanca / Rabat

The glory of medieval dynasties shines through in Morocco’s ancient imperial cities. In seaside Rabat, Morocco’s capital, stroll through the winding streets of the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah and visit the spectacular walled royal necropolis of Chellah.

Days 2-3
Moulay Idriss and the Treasures of Fez

Travel inland through wheat fields, vineyards, and olive groves to Moulay Idriss, a hilltown and revered pilgrimage site. Stroll in the evocative ruins of Volubilis, Rome’s ancient provincial capital, then continue to Fez, nestled in a high valley and resplendent with minarets and domes. Fez’s renowned walled medina is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, full of visual delights. Enter through one of its four arched gates and discover a mile-long network of souks, open-air cafes, courtyards, hammams (traditional steam baths), and gardens. On a privately guided walking tour, explore winding alleys of Arabic-Moorish architecture, savor the scent of spices, orange blossoms, and sizzling lamb kabobs, and watch scenes unchanged for centuries, from donkeys laden with goods to children carrying boards of bread dough to communal ovens.

Days 4-5
Sahara Dunes

Cross the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains descending into the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, and come face-to-face with the epic expanse of the Moroccan Sahara. At the frontier town of Merzouga, below the celebrated dunes of Erg Chebbi, meet your Berber guides and set out for a camel ride, the ultimate way to explore this spectacular environment of wind-sculpted dunes.

Days 6-9
Canyons and Casbahs / Marrakesh, the Red City

Head through the “Valley of a Thousand Casbahs,” an ancient caravan route dotted with lush palm tree groves, and into the narrow red-rock canyon of the Todra Gorge. Visit the dramatic Dades Gorge, a deep fault in the High Atlas, and the famed mud-brick turreted fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, a 16th century ksar (fortified village) now protected as a World Heritage Site. A palm-fringed city more Berber than Arabic, fabled Marrakesh has been a metropolis for the tribes of the Atlas since the 11th century. Venture forth on foot and by horse-drawn carriage to experience Marrakesh’s delights, from bustling souks to Djemma el Fna, the lively central square filled with acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers, and a parade of other entertainers. Depart on Day 9.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, easy to moderate. It is an overland touring trip with optional hikes of two to four hours on some days and can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

March to May
September to November

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$3995 (5-6 members)
$4295 (3-4 members)
$4595 (2 members)
Single supplement: $490

Optional hotel upgrades are available at supplementary pricing as indicated in the itinerary.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Essaouira Extension
   from: $995

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations in riads and hotels
  • All meals included except 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing as described, with private English-speaking guide/driver throughout
  • Airport transfers, land transportation, and entrance fees as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • One three-hour camel ride (or walk if you prefer) at the Erg Chebbi dunes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, beverages at restaurants, riads, or hotels, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Le Diwan Rabat

Le Diwan Rabat

Day 1 (1 night), Rabat, Morocco

Located in Rabat’s embassy district, this hotel is within walking distance of the atmospheric kasbah, medina, and Royal Palace. Here the ...
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Riad Fes

Riad Fes

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Fez, Morocco

A member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group, the 26-room Riad Fes is tucked away behind the medina and close to one of its main gates. The ...
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Kasbah Xaluca

Kasbah Xaluca

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Erfoud, Morocco

Surrounded by desert sands on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, this newly built kasbah-style hotel is very atmospheric, with its numerous adobe ...
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Hotel Xaluca Dades

Hotel Xaluca Dades

Day 6 (1 night), Dades Gorge, Morocco

This 110-room hotel is situated between the Todra and Dades Gorges at an altitude of 5,290 feet. Spacious guest rooms feature a unique African ...
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Hotel Es Saadi

Hotel Es Saadi

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Marrakesh, Morocco

With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Morocco

essaouira morocco

Essaouira Extension

Explore Morroco’s Enchanting City by the Sea

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

This was truly one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. No need was overlooked. Every detail was planned and executed effortlessly. D. Gauthier, Miami Best trip weve ever had...period! Henry V., Willemstad, Curacao The trip was incredible and we packed a lot into every day. We loved every riad or hotel. Bob A., Charlotte, NC Everything was extremely well organized and we absolutely loved our guide. G. Ferrer, Miami, FL We can’t say enough good things about our guide's knowledge, personal skills, warmth—and most of all his patience. He dealt with five different people with different needs, who often asked questions that had already been answered—and never did he show anything but the utmost care and good will. He is a treasure—Wilderness Travel should be very proud. Marty and Paul S., Falls Church, VA
We loved the way you tailored the personal trip to suit our time frame, which was shorter than the usual trip in Morocco. It was a wonderful experience to see so much in such a short time; we really felt we got to know the country much more than if we had tried to figure it our ourselves! Therese O., Berkeley, CA