‘Morocco is like a tree whose roots lie in Africa but whose leaves breathe in European air. Profoundly traditional & strongly drawn to the modern world. It is this double sided, seemingly contradictory disposition that gives Morocco its cultural richness’- King Hassan II.
2018 Morocco Everlasting Experience 16 Days – April/May Itinerary
We are off, on Morocco Everlasting Experience beginning in Marrakech & ending in Cassablanca.
Full itinerary below.
20th April 2018 Friday
Arriving into Marrakesh I will meet you. We transfer to our riad where you have time to relax after your long flight.
Overnight Marrakesh 3 nights.
21st April Saturday
Relaxed start to the day, roof top riad breakfast where you absorb the sounds of Marrakesh life. This morning we have a local to guide us on a ‘no shopping -get your bearings’ walk through souks & the medina, taking time to really see, enjoy & photograph the best that Marrakesh has to offer as we travel on foot down the medieval alleyways & along some of the oldest & most famous streets.
22nd April Sunday
This morning we make our way for breakfast at Marrakesh’s landmark hotel La Mamounia, renowned for a prestigious past & its Arabic-Andalusian culture. Since 1923 La Mamounia’s history stretches as far back as the 12th century, when it stood protected behind the medieval ramparts of Marrakesh.
23rd April Monday
Riad roof top breakfast then we are off to the Atlantic coast. Our 3 hour drive west takes us through the Souss Plain, the only place in the world where argan trees grow. We visit a women’s Argan Oil Co-Operative to see the positive empowering impact the co-operative has created. Great to see that the women who work so hard to produce the argan oil are the ones who benefit. Essouria, the present city was built in the 18th century known as the ‘Wind City of Africa’.
24th April Tuesday
Early breakfast & farewell to Essouria. We travel south east approx 4 hours into Tahanaout Valley stopping at a weekly Berber market on our journey.
25th April Wednesday
Relaxed morning , breakfast of freshly sourced produce from the kasbah. This morning an option, a one hour trek to a local village passing the eucalyptus & olive groves you will make a gentle ascent into a nearby village with its traditional Berber homes. Early lunch at kasbah then we depart to travel onto Rose Valley, being free to make stops on the way, taking the famous Tizi n’Tichka pass to Ouarzazate, reaching the summit at 2,260 m altitude. This is where the Atlantic-influenced climate comes to an abrupt end. From here on, you’ll discover a more Saharan climate, the contrast is striking! We stop to view the world-renown Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou. We enjoy 2 nights at one of my favourite places, with a view that never fails in natural beauty. Enjoying Moroccan mint tea, sit back & take it in.
26th April Thursday
Sun rise stretch – salute to the sun- for those who wish. This flourishing valley, lying beneath an ochre canyon, is incredibly beautiful landscape. Today we wander through the valley oasis, irrigated by the Asif M’Goun oued – river – that begins in the snow covered mountain range nearby, whose summit Ighil M’Goun Mountain is fourth highest mountain in Morocco standing at 4,071 m. Rose Valley inhabitants practice subsistence farming on small plots of land, primarily growing wheat, alfalfa for livestock, fruit trees & birch trees that are used for timber.
27th April Friday
Early breakfast overlooking Rose Valley, travelling today east through Dades Valley we will see remarkable kasbahs. In the past Berbers built built these kasbahs in vicinity of gorges with defence purposes, providing a high vantage point to watch for approaching & unwanted guests. Generally, they look like mud castles, coming in many shapes & sizes, with walls made of layered dirt & stones. We wander through a palmire in the Dades Gorge, spring in the valley is brimming with flourishing nature, you’ll admire beautiful scenes of orchards, escape amidst gardens of almond, fig, date palms, poplar & walnut trees. On the other side of the oued – river -explore the ruins of an ancient kasbah, a landscape steeped in mystery & melancholy. Late afternoon we arrive in Mergouza a Berber village in the Sahara Desert, camera’s poised to take in a spectacular sunset.
28th April Saturday
Relaxed hotel breakfast. Today, keep those cameras ready, we visit the oasis of Merzouga, villages in the area & onto the desert lake Sirji. Continuing our day, meeting Bedouin families in nearby villages & enjoy tea in their tents at Kem Kem. Afternoon we mount camels to reach our Berber tents, we cross the dunes & discover the secrets of the sea of sand. There you can appreciate the silence of the desert & its natural beauty, a masterpiece as the sun sinks & the full moon glows. A delicious desert feast is prepared for us in this unique setting.
29th April Sunday
This morning waking to dawn rays over the Sahara dunes we relish a traditional nomad breakfast in our Bedouin tents, remount the camels crossing the dunes once more on our return journey to our hotel, refresh here for the day ahead.
30th April Monday
Early morning start after breakfast. Fabulous Fes is our destination today. Our travel of approx 4 hours takes us through terrain covered in forests of oak, cork & giant cedar, the Middle Atlas mountains are a beautiful & relatively little-visited region.
1st May Tuesday
Our riad rooftop unveils a sea of minarets, enjoy a relaxed breakfast & morning taking in the panorama of ‘the lost city’.
2nd May Wednesday
Relaxed breakfast with time for last minute shopping in the medina. We depart fabulous Fes & head north. On our drive to Chefchaouen we pass thousands of acres of wheat fields. Morocco is a top producer in Africa meeting the continents increasing needs.
3rd May Thursday
Today is a free day for you to enjoy as you like. Options of enjoying a local hammam, walking above the old town to the Spanish mosque touching on the history of Spanish Morocco – 1912 to 1956 – , photography. This town has many stories & hidden finds, a few hours with a tour guide can be a fun. You will learn about the majestic walls & gates of the town that has seen Spanish administration, see signs of early life here through the flour mill, enjoy the company of locals around the medina’s beautiful natural water spring. Evening free.
4th May Friday
Early breakfast, on the road south to view Voloublis, a partly excavated Roman city, Roman Empire’s most southern outpost. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC. Its prosperity was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors, unearthed for us to view. We arrive into the city of Meknes to enjoy a free afternoon. The option of relaxing over a long lunch, taking a guided walk around the area or journey 22 klms south of Meknes to tour Morocco’s wine region. In recent years the French have developed Meknès into a successful wine region. Today 30,000 acres of land in Morocco contribute to wine production, selling over 40 million bottles within Morocco & abroad. Evening free.
5th May Saturday
Relaxed breakfast & onto Casablanca on the Altantic coast. Arriving mid afternoon giving you free time. Hassan 11 Mosque completed 1993 is the largest mosque in Morocco standing on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Its minaret is the world’s tallest, 60 stories high. Here in Casablanca ‘lets do drinks’ at Rick’s Cafe to close our Morocco Experience. Evening free.
6th May Sunday
Breakfast on your final day, free to fill the hours before your departure.
Few more details . . .
The accommodation I have selected has a story to it, 5 & 4 star riad’s, dahra’s with one 3 star unique mountain top guesthouse, all places I have personally selected.
The cost of $6787 is per person in twin share accommodation. Costs would be higher for a single traveler, invite someone to join you & have fun together.
For road travel our small bus & 4 x 4 vehicle is with a professional driver who I use regularly.
April/May is spring, weather is warm with clear sunny days followed by mild evenings & mornings. In the Atlas mountains the evening & mornings are cool.
Maximum of 8 people on tour plus myself, your companion.
Your trip cost, $6787 covers:
- Ros to welcome you on arrival in Marrakesh at relevant airport
- 13 days private vehicle with local driver
- 16 nights accommodation twin share with breakfast
- 5 dinners
- you as my guest for Marrakesh Full Moon roof top feast
- entry to 2 sites
- 2 locally guided walking ‘ no shopping- get your bearings’ tours
A deposit of $900 with the Booking Form is required to confirm your booking. Final payment due on or before February 20th. Receipts will be issued at all times. See Terms & Conditions for details.
Extras costs for you
- Taxi cost on your departure from Hotel to Casablanca airport. Approx. $25 per car
- Meals [other than all breakfasts, 6 dinners] & drinks. Meals can vary from $8 to $25 ex alcohol
- Alcohol is not available everywhere, when served in restaurants is it expensive.
- If you wish to partake in ‘options” e.g. cooking class, wine tasting excursion, spa/hammam experience’s etc etc
- Tip for our driver at the end of Morocco Bound approx. $10 per person.
- Shop around for special return flights Brisbane to Marrakesh, approx. $2000 economy
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this trip. I require you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. Your policy also is to cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment & loss of luggage & personal effects. See Terms & Conditions for more on compulsory Insurance.
- Depending on your departure times out of Casablanca you may need a hotel on 6th May, I can assist.
- If you want to do more in Morocco I suggest to add extra days after our trip finishes on 6th May. I am happy to pass on what I know of the places you may wish to visit.