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Women-Only: Majestic Morocco

From
  • $2999
    Air+Tax Included
  • 13
    Days

Casablanca, Marrakesh, Dades, Erfoud, Fez and Rabat

Spiced with North African culture and a soupçon of French flavor, Morocco captivates with its old-world traditions and magnificent landscapes. Our women-only escorted Morocco tour from the U.S. encompasses must-see destinations like Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat. And, if you like, a noble camel will take you on an unforgettable ride during a full-day Sahara Desert excursion. (Cue theme song from Lawrence of Arabia!) You’ll also have time to savor the country’s delightful customs, like the ritual of Moroccan tea, and delectable cuisine—couscous, tagine and pastilla. Meet a Moroccan designer at her boutique and learn more about how Kaftans are made from the fabrics and materials to the assembly and finishes. You’ll also enjoy a cooking class and dinner in the home of a local Berber family, and discuss “History, Culture, and Female Sovereigns in Morocco” with a university professor in a traditional Riad. From ocean to oasis, mountains to mosques and souks to UNESCO World Heritage sites, majestic Morocco will charm you with its vibrant contrasts and warm Mediterranean lifestyle.

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 1 night in Casablanca
  • 3 nights in Marrakesh
  • 1 night in Boumalne Dades
  • 2 nights in Erfoud
  • 2 nights in Fez
  • 2 nights in Rabat

Tour
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)

Special Women-Only Departure Highlights:

  • Kaftan-Making Demonstration
  • Cooking Class with a Berber Family
  • “History, Cultures, and Female Sovereigns in Morocco” Presentation

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Morocco ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 20 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Depart from the U.S. for an overnight flight to Morocco. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Casablanca

Apologies to Bogie, but here begins a beautiful friendship with Casablanca and this amazing country. After a morning arrival in Morocco’s economic and cultural center, you’ll be greeted at the airport by your Tour Director. Casablanca’s history—well, it’s complicated. Influences range from French to Spanish to Portuguese to Arab to British. You’ll catch a few of these influences on a guided tour, starting with a visit to the ornate Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret in the world. You’ll see some of Casablanca’s neighborhoods along the way to the city center….

Casablanca/Marrakesh

Today we’ll experience another medina, which is a historic part of a city, typically walled and with labyrinthine streets. After a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll travel to Marrakesh, home of a UNESCO World Heritage medina. Our afternoon tour starts at the 16th-century Saadian Tombs and continues to the Koutoubia Mosque and a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, Bahia Palace. The highlight will be wandering past palm readers, snake charmers, acrobats and musicians to the medina’s main square, the famous Jemaa el-Fna. Evening is at leisure.
Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel (or…

Marrakesh/Essaouira Excursion

Our destination for a full-day excursion is Essaouira, a town on the Atlantic coast with beautifully preserved Moroccan charm. Along the way, we’ll stop at the Marjana Cooperative to see how argan oil, highly in demand for cosmetics and cooking, is extracted. In Essaouira, we’ll walk along a beautiful fortified wall north of Moulay Hassan Square and on to Skala de la Ville for gorgeous views of bright blue fishing boats in the harbor. We’ll have time to explore yet another medina, where artists hone centuries-old crafts and merchants in the many souks (markets) sell spices and…

Marrakesh

After breakfast this morning, attend a Kaftan workshop! We’ll meet a Moroccan designer at her boutique and then continue to her workshop where we’ll draw from her extensive knowledge and experience in fabrics and the other materials used to make the garment. Learn more about her process from the design ideas and first sketches to assembly and finishes with each step executed with the greatest care and mastery. During the demonstration, we’ll enjoy a tea session with craftswomen and we’ll later have time to shop in the…

Marrakesh/Boumalne Dades

Our journey through majestic Morocco continues across the High Atlas Mountains and the spectacular Tichka Pass to Boumalne Dades. We’ll stop for a brief tour of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This giant fortification, which showcases a unique example of pise clay architecture, has been a filming location for Gladiator and Game of Thrones. You’ll have time for lunch on your own before we continue to our final destination today: Boumalne Dades. Prepare to be wowed by this town set on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Tonight, savor an included dinner at your…

Boumalne Dades/Erfoud

Today, we’ll marvel at one of Morocco’s most visited natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge with its dramatic 985-foot-high walls. Our walking tour affords plenty of spectacular photo ops! Our travels continue to Erfoud, described as an oasis and “the Door to the Desert.” Enjoy dinner at the hotel and rest up for tomorrow’s once-in-a-lifetime Sahara itinerary.
Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud 
(or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Sahara Desert Experience

The only word for today’s full-day excursion is unforgettable! We’ll start in Rissani, a caravan center with a large vibrant souk at its heart, where we’ll hop into a 4×4 caravan to venture into the desert, winding through small villages before stopping in serene Tissardmine for a picnic lunch. As we ascend the peak of Erg Chebbi, prepare to be blown away by the desert vastness. We’ll “trade up” to camels for the real deal: a ride through the Merzouga dunes on camelback! Loaded with memories (and photos) you can’t wait to share, we’ll return to the hotel after sunset…

Erfoud/Fez

After departing Erfoud, we’ll journey through the scenic Middle Atlas mountain range, while admiring it’s lush forested slopes brimming with cedar and oak trees. You’ll have a chance to see Ifrane, a picturesque ski area, and in the evening, when we reach Fez, catch the magical city lights as we arrive.
Hotel L’Escale (or similar) | Breakfast

Fez

Fez is home to the oldest university in the world, and today we’ll join a local expert to learn more about this 1,200-year-old city, which was Morocco’s capital for 400 years and stands as one of the world’s largest, best-preserved medieval fortified cities. Our full-day exploration includes the Fez el Bali Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where life unfolds as it did centuries ago. We’ll wander the famous souks known for authentic Moroccan carpets and ceramics. After the high energy of the souks, a quiet lunch in a riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard)…

Fez/Rabat

From the ancient capital of Morocco, we’ll drive to its modern-day capital, Rabat. En route, we’ll stop at an important outpost for the Roman Empire at Volubilis. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features wonderfully preserved mosaics, a Roman road and a remarkable layout. Then continue to Meknes and see the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, featuring marble columns taken from Roman ruins and ornate zellij mosaics. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
The View Hotel (or similar) | Breakfast

Rabat

After breakfast, we’ll tour Rabat’s fascinating historic sites, including the 19th-century Royal Palace, the “Gate of the Winds” (also known as Bab Rouah) and Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque that was originally intended to be the world’s largest. Our tour continues 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. We’ll end at Chellah, a necropolis and the site of the ruins of the Roman town, Sala Colonia. After some free…

Depart Morocco

This morning transfer to the airport for your return nonstop flight. Your memorable tour of Morocco concludes with your arrival in the U.S. later today. B

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Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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