With this private Morocco holiday, delve into the regal charm of ancient cities such as Fes, the cultural heart of Morocco, and in historic Marrakech. In contrast, experience the modernity of iconic Casablanca, and then explore the earthy treasures of southern Morocco – from re-earth landscapes and deserts to garrison towns that offer glimpses into the country’s rich history, and plenty of desert adventure!
Casablanca – the very name conjures up romantic images of a French colonial past, not to mention the wartime classic. Set up by the French as a key commercial port in Morocco, it’s old French legacy is reflected in its handsome Mauresque buildings.
Fes, or Fez, the grandest royal city created by Morocco’s early Muslim rulers in the 9th century, is the country’s cultural capital and spiritual heart.
Cultural Delights of Meknes Leave the hectic popularity of Fez behind for the quieter but equally precious cultural attractions of Meknes. Explore the historical grandeur of the former capital city of Morocco in the arches and columns of Bab El Mansour, the monumental gate adorned with wood carvings and detailed zellige tile work. Marvel at the splendor of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the founding Sultan of this imperial city and admire the nearby Heri es-Souani which used to house the royal granary and stables. Explore the remains of fortifications which stand testimony to the city’s former glory and meticulous planning. Enjoy the local vibe with a stroll through the Place Hedim where historic buildings and narrow alleys exude as much atmosphere as its bustling shops and eateries. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time: Morning/Evening; Duration: 4-5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Fes Fantastic Heritage Tour Traverse through 1,300 years of Moroccan heritage as your guide leads you across the most beautiful medina in Morocco. In the beautiful city of Fes, gaze in awe at the exquisite examples of Islamic art and architecture. Walk through the narrow streets flanked on either side by bustling souks occupied by tailors, artists, and traders selling a variety of wares. Saunter past cafes that lead to outdoor markets, the covered bazaar, and quiet squares where you can spot children at play and donkeys at work transporting supplies. The world’s largest car-free urban space and a prominent UNESCO World Heritage site, the medina is where you will find a large number of spectacular mosques, tanneries, and fountains. Accompany your guide into some of the mosques that permit non-Muslims to enter, so you can get a closer look at the intricate stucco and tile work inside. Explore the new medina, the medersa or Islamic educational institute, and the iconic Bab Boujloud or Blue Gate, which is a great place to indulge in people watching! Stop by the picturesque fountain at Place Nejjarine before you make your way to the mellah (Jewish quarter) for a glimpse into the city’s Jewish heritage. Browse through some of the souks of Fes before you decide to call it a day. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please note that non-Muslims are not allowed insides many of the mosques.)
Sitting on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a network of sand dunes that is 3 miles wide and 31 miles long, the remote hamlet of Merzouga is the ideal gateway for camel safaris in the dunes.
The Nomad Life of Merzouga Enjoy lunch or tea with the local Berber people of Merzouga, who are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Visit a local family and interact with members of this traditional community on their home turf. Learn more about the unique and ancient Berber culture through your interaction with villagers. Your guide would be happy to familiarize you with Berber etiquette and cultural nuances so that you can truly make the most of the experience. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Evening; Duration: 3 hrs (including travel to activity); Private Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Camel Trekking in Merzouga Ride across sandy dunes on the mighty camel, which has been the backbone of desert life for thousands of years! These docile creatures used to ferry cargo from sub-Saharan Africa to the trading ports of the Mediterranean coast. Today, they are your reliable modes of transport across all terrains to get around Erg Chebbi. It might take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be enjoying your leisurely ride as you traverse the grand, sprawling desert on camelback. Camel trekking in Merzouga is an essential activity for your Moroccan desert adventure! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs (including travel to activity); Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Agdz is a small little mountain town located in the High Atlas, along the shores of the Draa River. A classic caravan oasis with a beautiful palm grove, the town offers beautiful views of the Jebel Kissane mountains.
Desert Splendors of Ait Benhadou The spectacular site of Ait-Ben-Haddou is yours to discover on today’s journey! A UNESCO World Heritage landmark located in the southern foothills of the High Atlas in the province of Ouarzazate, the historic structure of Ait-Ben-Haddou is built as a ksar, a pre-Saharan, fortified group of dwellings native to southern Morocco. Thread your way through the red mud houses that get its vivid hue from dark red pisé and some of which still sport traditional decorations. Soak in the exotic setting which has made many a Hollywood movie come alive and is best captured by your camera under the slanting rays of the sun.
Marrakech, with its aura of mystery and exoticism, begs to be explored! From its humble origins as a garrison of the Almoravid desert warriors, Marrakech today is a vibrant city where modernity meets tradition.
Magical Marrakech Discovery Set out with your private guide to unravel the wonders of the red city! With its exoticism and aura of mystery, Marrakech enjoys legendary status as a tourist attraction. It has the unique distinction of being the city after which the country is named. On this tour, visit the famous Koutoubia Mosque dating back to the 12th century which is also the largest in the city. Listen to your local expert explain the origins of this mosque and its prominent minaret. Afterwards, head over to the Saadian Tombs situated near the Kasbah Mosque. Gaze in wonder at the Italian carrara marble used across the mausoleum. Next, explore the 19th century El Bahia Palace featuring a blend of Islamic and Moroccan styles of architecture. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the souks at the heart of the old city that offer a variety of wares for visitors to browse through. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity; Fixed Time; Fitness Level: Easy;)
English Speaking Local Guide
Mercedes Vito with driver For your day in Marrakech a Mercedes Vito with driver will be at your disposal for additional comfort.
You will be transferred from your hotel to Marrakech Airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,390 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,090 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Fes: Cultural Delights of Meknes
Fes: Fes Fantastic Heritage Tour
Fes: English Speaking Local Guide
Merzouga: The Nomad Life of Merzouga
Merzouga: Camel Trekking in Merzouga
Agdz: Desert Splendors of Ait Benhadou
Marrakesh: Magical Marrakech Discovery
Marrakesh: English Speaking Local Guide
Marrakesh: Mercedes Vito with driver
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines and champagne are not included.
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
What our guests say about this trip
Enchanting Travels provided an outstanding personal experience for our family. We were treated to highlights that we could not have been able to achieve by ourselves and were well looked after throughout the whole journey. Superb tour manager, guide and driver.