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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- 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
- 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
- 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
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….
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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)…
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
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…
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
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
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Couscous Cooking Demonstration and Gardens with Lunch
- From approx. $50 Per Person, dinner included
This half-day excursion begins in a wonderfully authentic restaurant near Djeema e-Fna Square, where a local chef will show us how to make the delicious traditional Berber dish, couscous. This is a recipe you’ll want to recreate at home! Afterwards, we’ll explore Majorelle Gardens, the exquisite botanical gardens created in the 1920s by French painter Jacques Majorelle. Over the years, the gardens have been owned and maintained by various French artists, until designer Yves Saint-Laurent purchased it in 1980, rescuing it from a real estate development. The Majorelle Museum on the…
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride and Authentic Moroccan Dinner
- From approx. $65 Per Person
Sit back and enjoy a carriage ride through the vibrant streets of Marrakesh before arriving at an authentic Moroccan restaurant, where you’ll enjoy delicious local cuisine, live music and belly dancing.
ONOMO Hotel Casablanca City Center
Angle Boulevard Massira Khadra et، Rue Normandie,
Casablanca 21100, Morocco
Hotel Odyssee Center
Angle rue Kamal Mohamed et، Rue Mohamed Al Quori, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel
Features illuminated Andalusian gardens, pools and spa. In the Menara district.
Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakesh, Morocco
Hotel Xaluca Dades
- Boumalne Dades
Decorated in the style of different African countries, this hotel is surrounded by mountains and offers panoramic views of the Dades Valley.
Boumalne Dades, Morocco
Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud
Built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building blocks, this unique hotel is set among palms and dunes.
Route D’Errachidia Km. 5 Bp, Erfoud, Morocco
Barcelo Fes Medina
A newly built, contemporary four-star hotel located next to the medina.
53 Angle Hassan II, PO Box 30000, Fez, Morocco
Le Diwan MGallery by Sofitel
Located in the heart of the imperial city, this hotel combines modern features and Moroccan touches.
Place de L’Unite Africaine, Rabat, Morocco
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
2020: Mar. 3
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2020: Oct. 27
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Royal Air Maroc does not assign seats in advance, and smarTours® is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Casablanca hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel in Rabat on Day 13 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Transfer to Casablanca airport is not included.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
The temperature in Morocco ranges from the mid-50s to the mid-70s in the fall and spring, the mid-60s to mid-90s in the summer and mid-40s to mid-60s during the winter.
Some religious sites may require more conservative attire (no sleeveless tops, short skirts or shorts).
You may dine at the hotels or restaurants recommended by your Tour Director. Average cost for a hotel dinner (excluding drinks) is about $15-20 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals, but not all restaurants will do so.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency or you can withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.