Signature Morocco & the Desert (2015)

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Days: 11  |  From: $7,995


Signature Morocco & the Desert

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco

Fly to Casablanca, where you clear customs and immigration and transfer to your hotel. After settling in, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hyatt Regency Casablanca

Day 2: Rabat & Fez | Ancient Traditions, Rich Heritage

Explore Casablanca, visiting the Hassan II Mosque. Continue to the Moorish city of Rabat and the Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco. See the Mauresque-style Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah and its Andalusian garden.

Palais Faraj   |   Meals: B

Day 3: Fez | Timeless Medieval City

Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Stroll the lanes and souks of the labyrinthine old quarter, and visit the 14th-century Karaouine, Hispano-Moorish Attarine Medersa (Koranic college) and Nejjarine Square. Also, see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fez el-Jadid.

Palais Faraj   |   Meals: B

Day 4: Meknes & Volubilis | Mausoleums & Roman Ruins

Journey overland to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meknes. See the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, Granaries and Royal Stables. Continue to Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum, continuing to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa.

Palais Faraj   |   Meals: B

Day 5: Erfoud | Desert Oasis

Travel to desert-fringed Erfoud, passing Berber villages, endless palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains en route. Settle into your hotel amid dunes and lush vegetation, spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Kasbah Hotel Chergui   |   Meals: B D

Day 6: Merzouga | Saharan Desert Dunes

Explore the fortified desert town of Rissani, seeing the quarry, site of fossilized fish. Intersect the soaring desert dunes of Erg Chebbi by four-wheel-drive vehicle, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. Discover the otherworldly landscape like local, on camel-back. Then, return to your camp for a traditional meal before a campfire.

Madu Camp   |   Meals: B D

Day 7: Ouarzazate | Road of a Thousand Kasbahs

Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for traders. En route, absorb views of the High Atlas’ southern slopes, intersecting the Dades Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees. As you travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” view the grand, 17th-century Amerhidl Kasbah.

Le Berbère Palace   |   Meals: B

Day 8: Ouarzazate | Doorway to the Desert

Explore Ouarzazate, originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s but now known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, site of the region’s most exotic kasbahs. Proceed to the “Red City” of Marrakech.

Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech or Selman Marrakech   |   Meals: B

Days 9-10: Marrakech | Exhilarating Medina

Unearth the secrets of Marrakech, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the soaring Koutoubia minaret and Dar Si Said. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Explore Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians. You may also wander through the city’s labyrinthine souks. The following day, see the, 12th-century Menara Gardens, continuing as a local would by horse-drawn carriage to Jardin Majorelle. You may also opt to visit Al Karam, a homeless initiative supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech or Selman Marrakech   |   Meals: B

Day 11: Depart Marrakech

Transfer to the airport and board your international flight home.

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