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Beautiful Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Majestic Morocco

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 2,599 $ 200 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca)
  • Koutobia Minaret (Marrakesh)
  • Jemaa El Fna (Marrakesh)
  • Essaouira Medina
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Todra Palmeraie Gorge (Erfoud)
  • Erg Chebbi Desert
  • Camel Ride in the Dunes
  • Royal Palace (Rabat)

Short Description

Majestic Morocco, one of Africa’s most spectacular destinations! Untouched mountains, serene deserts with towering sand dunes, beautiful coastlines, and vibrant imperial cities converge in Morocco to create an amazing travel experience. Combine all of that with fantastic hospitality and world-famous cuisine, and you have yourself an unforgettable journey. Space is limited for this trip of a lifetime!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Casablanca
End City Morocco

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip, non-stop airfare from JFK via Royal Air Maroc
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Morocco ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your unforgettable journey to Morocco begins as you depart this evening on your overnight non-stop flight to Morocco.

Day 2: Arrive Casablanca.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel

A morning arrival in Casablanca, one of the largest and most important cities in all of Africa, where you’ll be greeted at the airport by your tour director. With its origins dating back to 7th-century BC, Casablanca is the economic and cultural capital of Morocco and home to a wide variety of influences – from French to Spanish to Portuguese to Arab to British. After departing the airport, enjoy a guided tour, starting with a visit to the enormous and ornate Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa and the third largest in the world. Travel through Casablanca’s residential areas on your way to city center where you’ll see some of the city’s other highlights, including Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter, and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Then, arrive at your upscale hotel where you will have an orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner. Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel

Day 3: Casablanca/Marrakesh.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel

After a sumptuous breakfast, travel to Marrakesh, the “Red City”, a majestic place filled with palaces, gardens, markets, and mosques. Your afternoon tour of the city starts with a visit to the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, where approximately 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty found their final resting place.  Your fascinating city tour will also include the Koutoubia Mosque with its iconic minaret, the stunning Bahia Palaca, and, of course, the opportunity to shop for world-famous Moroccan spices and herbs. You’ll then enjoy one of the highlights of any trip to Marrakesh – walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Medina with its palm readers, snake charmers, acrobats, and musicians before arriving at the spectacular Jemaa El Fna. Evening at leisure, or enjoy an optional excursion through the streets of Marrakesh on a horse-drawn carriage followed by an authentic Moroccan dinner with live music and bellydancing. Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel

Day 4: Essouira Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel

This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to Essaouira, a charming and exotic seaside town on the Atlantic coast. En route to Essaouira, visit the Marjana Cooperative where you’ll observe the extraction of Argan Oil, the demand for which has increased significantly due to its use in both cosmetics and western cuisine. Essaouira, with its beautiful fortified walls and busy fishing harbor, is known as the “Windy City of Africa” and has preserved a truly Moroccan charm. You’ll walk along the city walls north of Moulay Hassan Square and then continue on Skala de la Ville where you will enjoy an unmatched view of the city’s port and its beautiful collection of bright blue fishing boats. Explore the Medina, where artists continue to hone their crafts just as they have for centuries and merchants in the many souks (or markets) will have plenty to offer, including spices and jewelry. Return to Marrakesh for an evening at leisure.

Day 5: Marrakesh.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel

Enjoy a day at leisure in Marrakesh to explore at your own pace. We recommend a half-day optional tour where you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. Prior to the cooking demonstration and included lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum located in the 19th-century Dar M’Nebhi Palace, known for its spectacular variety of Jewish, Berber, and Muslim artifacts. You’ll also visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by French expat Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s when Morocco was a protectorate of France.

Day 6: Marrakesh/Boumalne Dades.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Xaluca Dades

After breakfast, bid farewell to Marrakesh and journey across the High Atlas Mountains and the spectacular Tichka Pass on your way to Boumalne Dades. Stop for a brief tour of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A giant fortification, it is a unique example of pise clay architecture and one of the filming locations for several films and TV shows, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Enjoy lunch in Ourzazate on your own before arriving in Dades, located at the edge of the Sahara Desert, where you’ll be swept away on your orientation tour by the magnificent canyons and breathtaking landscapes. Arrive at your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy an included dinner. Xaluca Hotel

Day 7: Boumalne Dades/Erfoud.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud

Today, travel to Erfoud, widely described as an “oasis” in the Sahara Desert. Along the way, marvel at one of Morocco’s most visited natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge, with dramatic 985-foot high walls that will make for spectacular photographs along your walking tour, so be sure to have your camera ready! Continue on to Erfoud, the gateway to the desert, where you’ll check in and relax with dinner at your deluxe hotel. Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud

Day 8: Sahara Desert Experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud

After breakfast, enjoy an unforgettable, full-day included excursion through the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. You’ll begin by discovering the town of Rissani, formerly a caravan center and still an important commercial center in the region, with a large and vibrant souk at its center.  Then, head into the desert via a 4×4 caravan and discover various small villages until you reach Tissardmine, a serene village where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before ascending to the peak of Erg Chebbi. This stunning view of the vast surrounding desert will take your breath away, and you’ll trade automobiles for camels for the authentic Moroccan travel experience. One of the highlights of the trip, a journey through the Merzouga dunes on camelback, should leave you with memories that will last a lifetime (and amazing pictures as well)! Return to your upscale hotel after sunset and enjoy an included dinner.

Day 9: Erfoud/Fez.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Barcelo Fez Medina Hotel

Today, journey through the beautiful Middle Atlas mountain range, with its thick woods filled with lush cedar and oak trees en route to Fez. Along the way, you’ll pass through Ifrane, a picturesque ski town, and Azrou, known for its cedar wood handicrafts. As you enter Fez, there is a breathtaking view of the ancient city from a hill overlooking the medina. Barcelo Hotel

Day 10: Fez.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Barcelo Fez Medina Hotel

A full day is devoted to exploring Fez, the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and the oldest of the imperial cities. With the help of a local expert, tour the Fez el Bali Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Life here takes place as it did centuries ago in one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortified cities in the world. Wander the famous souks known for authentic Moroccan carpets and ceramics. Dine at a traditional riad for a light lunch within the medina.  You will also have the chance to visit the Nejjarine Foundations and Museum and the 14th-century Attarine Medersas (a place of education). In the afternoon, visit Fez Jdid, the modern district of the city, where you’ll explore the Jewish Quarter and the Royal Palace.

Day 11: Fez/Rabat.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Diwan Rabat Hotel

After breakfast, drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and fifth largest city. En route, visit Meknes and see the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, featuring marble columns taken from Roman ruins and ornate zellij mosaics. You’ll also visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its wonderfully-preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. The balance of the day at leisure. Le Diwan Rabat Hotel (B)

Day 12: Rabat.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Le Diwan Rabat Hotel

Following breakfast, spend the morning touring the many fascinating historic sites in Morocco’s coastal capital of Rabat. You’ll see the 19th-century Royal Palace and the city’s “Gate of the Winds” (also known as Bab Rouah). Visit Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque that was originally intended to be the world largest.  Construction started in 1195 and then came to a halt in 1199 after Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour passed away. Continue on to the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the mid 12th-century, where you’ll walk through the French-colonial gardens and explore the fortress built to shield royalty from attacks. Your tour of the capital city will conclude at Chellah, a necropolis and the site of the ruins of Roman town known as Sala Colonia. The balance of your day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 13: Depart Morocco/Arrive USA.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Casablanca for your return non-stop flight. Your memorable journey comes to an end as you arrive back in the USA later today.

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Fabulous tour guide/country

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Independent, world travelers, we went on this tour (first-time tour experience, Oct. 17-29, 2017) because there was so much ground to be covered in a limited time. KHALID LAMDIRA, our tour guide, was the essence and the heart of this exotic country tour. He and his team, the bus driver, our various assistants and local guides along the way, were superb. Khalid's vast knowledge (social, cultural, historical geographical, religious), engaging and humorous presentations, and his deft interpersonal skill (especially his great sense of humor) made this a highlight of a lifetime of traveling. We laughed a lot. Food quality and diversity were excellent, all lodging outstanding (some "romantic" and exotic). Would unequivocally recommend SmarTours organization, Khalid, and Majestic Morocco tour. One caveat: 2-3 days of bus travel is necessary to see all four of Morocco's fascinating imperial cities -- which is the primary reason we decided to take a tour. Yep, we'd do it all over again. If we could go on tours for the rest of our lives hosted by Khalid, we'd tour forever. Thanks, Khalid! Thanks, SmarTours!
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2018 Moroccan Magic-What an amazing trip

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It's January 2018, and I just returned from Morocco. What an amazing trip, due in great part to our guide, Abdelkader, who was patient, professional and very knowledgeable about the country he obviously loves. I was blown away by the diversity of the Moroccan landscape - the dessert, forest, seaside and lush cropland. The architecture, tile work and textiles were incredible. This Smartours trip is planned to give you a well-rounded view of a gorgeous place whose people are kind, food is delicious and shopping is rewarding - you can't resist the array of slippers they sell in the souks. This was my 8th Smartour and definitely among the best.
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2018 Moroccan Magic-What an amazing trip

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It's January 2018, and I just returned from Morocco. What an amazing trip, due in great part to our guide, Abdelkader, who was patient, professional and very knowledgeable about the country he obviously loves. I was blown away by the diversity of the Moroccan landscape - the dessert, forest, seaside and lush cropland. The architecture, tile work and textiles were incredible. This Smartours trip is planned to give you a well-rounded view of a gorgeous place whose people are kind, food is delicious and shopping is rewarding - you can't resist the array of slippers they sell in the souks. This was my 8th Smartour and definitely among the best.
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Would someone who has just returned from the Moroccan tour please contact me, I will be going in October and have some questions. As you have been there, you would be the best person/people to talk with. Would most appreciate it. My email address is eva.w@videotron.ca Thank you.
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Terrific time touring Morocco

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My wife and I had a terrific time touring Morocco in May for two weeks. Tour guide Safi was amazing. He took great care that everyone had the best possible experience every single day. I can't say enough good things about this kind man. His understanding of Moroccan history and the countryside added so much to the experience.This was the first organized tour we have taken, after doing a lot of travel on our own over the years. We were both happy we did the Smartours excursion and learned so much more and saw more than if we had arranged this ourselves.Morocco is a wonderful country, the people were friendly and the hotels Smartours arranged for our group were so unique and memorable.
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Great overview of the country

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I just returned from my Morroco tour and have to say what a great trip! Our tour guide, Safi, was probably one of the best guides I've had. The tour gave a great overview of the country, and the hotels were excellent.
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Optional Activities

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride & Authentic Moroccan Dinner ($65 per person, including dinner)
  • Couscous Cooking Demonstration and Museums, Palace, & Gardens with Lunch ($50 per person, including lunch)

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • Night 2: Casablanca: Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel
  • Nights 3-5: Marrakesh: Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel
  • Night 6: Boumalne Dades: Hotel Xaluca Dades
  • Nights 7-8: Erfoud: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud
  • Nights 9-10: Fez: Barcelo Fez Medina Hotel
  • Nights 11-12: Rabat: Le Diwan Rabat Hotel

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing

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  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature.

Meals Included:

18 meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners

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