Mesmerizing Morocco

14 Day Tour

Mesmerizing Morocco

APRIL 22 – MAY 6, 2023

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We invite you to embark on this culturally immersive 15-day tour into the heart of exotic Morocco. Whether you’re stargazing in the Sahara, breaking bread with the locals or exploring fabled ruins, Morocco is filled to the brim with soul-stirring moments. Join us as we journey through buzzing cities, tranquil oasis, vast deserts, and laidback beaches. Explore Meknes’s lively labyrinthine medina, the magnificent architecture and bustling souks of Marrakech and the relaxed seaside town of Essaouira. Meet carpet merchants, haggle in the bazaars, and learn about the tribal traditions of the nomadic Berbers. Eat pastilla in the home of a Fes family and spend an unforgettable evening in a Sahara Desert camp. We invite you to join us under the North African sky on our Mesmerizing Morocco tour.

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This itinerary will include moderate hiking.

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What’s Included?

  • Private group arrival/departure transfers (transfers based on group air arrival/departure times)
  • All transportation between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 nights superior accommodation – 1 Casablanca, 1 Meknes, 2 Fes, 1 Midelt, 1 Merzouga, 2 Dades, 1 Ait Benhaddou, 2 Marrakech, 2 Essaouira, 1 Marrakech
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking Local Guide
  • Services of a Broad Escapes Tour Manager
  • Includes all applicable taxes and service charges
  • 24-hour Ellison Travel & Tours Emergency Contact Number while on tour

Not Included:

  • Insurance has not been included as part of your tour package. Broad Escapes strongly recommends the purchase of Manulife Insurance coverage for Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, COVID-19 Travel Plan, Comprehensive Assistance, Health Coverage, Individual Accident Coverage and Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance. Contact us for rates and complete details.
  • International airfare – Inquire with us about group space
  • Passport, visas, government processing fees, vaccinations, COVID tests, if required at time of travel
  • Luggage handling
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Additional taxes, fuel surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers

Optional:

  • International Flights – A designated group flight from Toronto will be assigned. We would be pleased to book your flights from Toronto or any other departure gateway.
  • Arrival and departure transfers – for those not arriving & departing on group flights

Please Note: Proof of medical insurance coverage is mandatory to participate in this tour. Broad Escapes strongly recommends the purchase of Manulife Insurance coverage for Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, and Comprehensive Assistance, Health Coverage, Individual Accident Coverage and Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance. Contact your agent for rates and complete details.

DAY 1 | Saturday, April 22 (D)
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL IN MOROCCO
Arrive at Casablanca International Airport where we will meet an assistant for a private group transfer to the hotel. Meet your local guide and enjoy an orientation tour to get to know more about Casablanca prior to our welcome dinner.

Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will have a designated group flight from Toronto. The group transfer and orientation tour will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.

Overnight in Casablanca- Hotel le Casablanca, or similar – 1 night

DAY 2 | Sunday, April 23 (B/L/D)
CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES
This morning visit one of the most impressive sites in Casablanca – the massive edifice of the Mosque of Hassan II. 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. It is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Continue north along the coast to Rabat (approximately 1.5 hours), the elegant capital of Morocco and its first Imperial city. Here we’ll walk through the medina and souks, and explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. Continue to Meknes (approximately 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco.

Overnight in Meknes – Riad Ritaj, or similar – 1 night

DAY 3 | Monday, April 24 (B/D)
MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FES
Discover the charming streets of Meknes’ medina – the old walled section of the city. Enter via the northern gate and walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, then continue to Volubilis (approximately 1 hour) for a guided tour. Declared a UNESO World Heritage Site, this impressive site was once the Roman capital. Continue to the living museum of Fes (approximately 1.5 hours).

Overnight in Fes – Riad Al Makan, or similar – 2 nights

DAY 4 | Tuesday, April 25 (B/D)
FES
Fes, the mother of all medinas, is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating, and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. Today we visit the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world’s most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting Mederasa Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn, then visit a ceramic and pottery workshop to learn about this traditional local craft. This evening savour one of the city’s signature dishes at a group dinner

DAY 5 | Wednesday, April 26 (B/D)
FES – MIDELT
Leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the High Atlas Mountains. Drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes – to the small town of Midelt (approximately 5 hours). Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area and is nestled in the high plains surrounding the Moulouya River, between the Middle and High Atlas Mountain ranges at an elevation of just over 1,500 metres. It’s a perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara and is a great base for some easy walks. Many of the locals are Berber, and the town offers an insight into their way of life. This afternoon, stretch your legs for a few hours on an easy hike in the nearby hills. Be prepared for some astonishing views of the Atlas Mountains, with snowy peaks almost touching the sky. Wander through plantations of apple trees on the way back for a relaxing evening, resting up before the Sahara tomorrow.

Overnight in Midelt – Riad Villa Midelt, or similar – 1 night

DAY 6 | Thursday, April 27 (B/D)
MIDELT – MERZOUGA
If you’re energetic, there’s time to take another refreshing walk. Today we drive through changing scenery, from barren mountainsides to fertile valleys, on the journey to Merzouga (approximately 4.5 hours). With a backdrop of the orange-coloured Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. Hop in our 4×4 vehicles and make your way through the desert, then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara Desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way. Tonight, we camp out in the desert in traditional style, with the chance to enjoy some fantastic local cuisine and conversation around an open fire. In the evening, embrace the traditions of live music, drumming, Bedouin stories and dancing under the stars.

Overnight in Merzouga – Sahara luxury camp, or similar – 1 night

DAY 7 | Friday, April 28 (B/D)
MERZOUGA – DADES
Enjoy a real Lawrence of Arabia moment this morning with a sunrise camel ride across the desert on the return journey to the auberge. Continue to Todra Gorge (approximately 4.5 hours), a massive trench that rises over 250 metres to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so today we will take a short walk through the sheer cliffs. Later, continue to the beautiful Dades Valley (approximately 1 hour), our home for the next 2 nights.

Overnight in Dades – Xaluca Dades, or similar – 2 nights

DAY 8 | Saturday, April 29 (B/L/D)
DADES
Today, meet a local guide for a hike in the hidden gem of the south ‘Boumaln Dades’. Walk in the valley, through farmlands and lush green forests along the river and be rewarded with a delicious home cooked meal. Return to the hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool prior to dinner.

DAY 9 | Sunday, April 30 (B/D)
DADES – SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU
Today we leave the Dades Valley and set off on the fabled ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’. The first stop is at Skoura Oasis (approximately 1 hour), home to several privately owned kasbahs. Here visit the Kasbah Ameridhl, with its extravagant decorations and mudbrick fortifications. Continue to Ait Benhaddou (approximately 2 hour). Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. Its grant kasbah is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and the fortified village is a one example of clay architecture. If you think you recognize the place, you probably do, as the town has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, and Gladiator. Later visit local artisans and see how women still use a weaving loom to create amazing varieties of Berber rugs.

Overnight in Ait Bbenhaddou – Guesthouse Kasbah Ellouze, or similar – 1 night

DAY 10 | Monday, May 1 (B/D)
AIT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH
Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Marrakech (approximately 4 hours) an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There’s 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 in Marrakech, check in to our riad, beautifully decorated, cozy yet historical. This evening, enjoy a delicious home cooked meal prepared by a local lady in Marrakech.

Overnight in Marrakech – BCK Art Riad, or similar – 2 nights

DAY 11 | Tuesday, May 2 (B/D)
MARRAKECH
Meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner in the lively square of Jamaa el Fna.

DAY 12 | Wednesday, May 3 (B)
ESSAOUIRA
Travel to Essaouira (approximately 2.5 hours), a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration and a walk through the town feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town. Numerous shops, several fine art galleries and a wide variety of restaurants can distract any visitor.

Overnight in Essaouira – Hotel Miramar, or similar – 2 nights

DAY 13 | Thursday, May 4 (B/L)
ESSAOUIRA
Visit an Argan Cooperative and see how women processed this precious fruit still using traditional methods. Learn the many uses of Argan Oil from food, cosmetics to medicine and do a little shopping if you so choose. Continue to the markets to select seafood, vegetables, spices and all the fixings for a freshly prepared seafood lunch. Later this afternoon, enjoy leisure time in this sea-side town or indulge in a luxuriating massage and hammam in a spa.

DAY 14 | Friday, May 5 (B/D)
MARRAKECH
Return to the exotic city of Marrakech for some last-minute shopping or exploration, then gather this evening for a farewell dinner to reminisce with fellow travellers about the memories and experiences you’ve shared on this fabulous journey through exotic Morocco.

Overnight in Marrakech – BCK Art Riad, or similar – 1 night

DAY 15 | Saturday, May 6 (B)
DEPARTURE
Today we say farewell to Morocco with a group transfer to the Marrakech airport.

B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost

Note: Travel times are based on averages and include the scheduled stops planned in the day’s itinerary.

**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**

$4,895 CAD
twin occupancy

Based on a minimum
maximum 15 passengers
Single Supplement $1,200 CAD
Deposit $700 & insurance due: at time of booking
Balance due: January 20, 2023

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Liz Chase

Everyone has turning points in their lives. One of mine was my very first overseas trip at the age of twelve to Algeria – I was over-awed and fascinated! Since then I’ve pursued my love for travel around the globe; attending school in Denmark and the U.S., working in France, guiding powder ski tours in Japan, and planning and creating holiday travel adventures in 38 countries so far. Travel can be transformative and provide experiences and connections to people that surprise and delight. This is the magic of travel.

With a diverse professional background in corporate marketing, non-profit community building and client services, creating and implementing simple and grand plans comes naturally.

The outdoors is my second home with a particular passion for going up and down mountains on skis, mountain bike or on foot!

Life is an amazing journey, best shared – and in wondrous places! I’m excited to share with you, on your next Broad Escapes experience!