What To Expect:
Morocco Travel Tour Highlights
From Casablanca to Marrakech there is no better way to intimately know Morocco than to lose yourself in the raucous bazaars, sleep beneath the desert stars, and literally dig your hands and feet into the landscape. This is the journey of a lifetime that begins in Casablanca, winds through the countryside to Fès, on through Erg Chebi desert and the Atlas Mountains to end in Marrakech. You’ll drive through orange and lemon tree groves, wildflower fields, olive vineyards and remote villages on your way to the enchanting city of Fès. In Fès you’ll explore the extensive textile souks, experience the tannery quarter (where ancient leather practices are still in use), hunt for the finest babouches (traditional leather slippers—those found in Fès are famed for their superior quality and fine designs), and marvel at the stunning woodcarving, mosaic tile work, and carved plaster at the Bou Inania Medersa. While there, you’ll stay at the enchanting Riad Fes—a lavish homage to traditional Moroccan décor in the heart of the ancient Medina. Adventure begins when you set-out for Ifran where you’ll experience Morocco’s burgeoning hiking and climbing scene. Follow faint paths to your luxury tented camp for sunset camelback rides, surfing the dunes, and whiling away the evening with a Bedouin feast and impromptu music around the campfire. When the road narrows to a slit between the canyons at Todra Gorge, climbing enthusiasts will have their opportunity to scale the vertical rock face before continuing on to the oasis of Dar Ahlam: a restored 19th-century kasbah that unexpectedly blossoms with extensive gardens, a hammam, spa, and world-class cuisine in the middle of the desert. From here, head through the Atlas Mountains, stopping in alpine villages to shop for authentic Berber carpets, picnic beside waterfalls, and trek through the lush Toubkal National Park. You’ll stay in the Berber “tented” suites at Kasbah Tamadot. Found in a small village at the foothills of the mountains, Kasbah Tamadot manages to be luxurious while remaining true to the local culture. The journey ends in spectacular fashion in Marrakech at La Villa des Orangers—a sophisticated retreat for your time in the bustling city. You’ll wander the centuries-old alleys to visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the El Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, before losing track of time looking for lanterns, jewelry, slippers, textiles, teas, oils, and carpets in the city’s famed souk—one of the best in the world.