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Imperial Morocco – A Small-Group Luxury Tour

Discover Morocco - a country of dizzying diversity, epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, Saharan dunes and mazes of medinas - on this 10-day luxury small group tour (maximum 16 travellers). Stay in luxurious style at some of Morocco's most opulent hotels like the Four Seasons, Sofitel and Riad Fes - a majestic Moorish palace that sits under the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Hotel group. Includes daily breakfasts and gourmet lunches, three unforgettable dinners including one night at the romantic and iconic Rick's Café in Casablanca, a traditional hammam experience, a hands-on cooking class, private transportation, expert local leaders plus insider experiences and more.

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Discover exotic Morocco with this tailor-made, small-group luxury tour specifically designed for discerning travellers. Visit unique locations, immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture and take a sensory journey across this mystical land through the ancient, bustling cities of Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech and the spectacular Spanish Colony settlements along the coast of Northern Morocco. Explore cities, sweeping deserts and Kasbahs while staying in the most luxurious hotels in the country.

What You'll Love...

Five-star accommodation - Stay in Moorish palaces, luxury desert camps and stunning coastal towns

Your days will be filled with adventure, and your nights will be filled with luxurious comfort during this incredible tour.

Your five-star experience will start at the Four Seasons Casablanca, the city’s largest luxury hotel. With magnificent Atlantic views, the hotel blends sand-coloured architecture with modern Moroccan elegance.

While travelling to Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, enjoy two nights at the Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa. With its exclusive location, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa hotel is the undisputed leader in luxury resorts in Tamuda Bay.

Your three nights at Riad Fes will amaze you. This majestic palace is an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture and is part of the opulent Relais & Chateaux group. Located in the heart of the ancient city it offers an outstanding combination of modern and traditional décor, reminiscent of the Arabian Nights, with marble bathrooms and mesmerising views. Relax on the beautiful panoramic terrace taking in the incredible scenery, take a dip in the pool or end your day with a visit to the relaxing hammam.

Last on the list of your five-star accommodation is the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial, a remarkable palace offering elegance in a privileged location in the city. With a majestic Moorish facade and spectacular fountains, you will spend the last few days of the tour in a Junior suite, adding some extra charm and luxury to your Morocco tour. This five-star, unique hotel combines the French 'art de vivre' with the splendors of Marrakesh.

The Experiences & Sights – Smell the spices, soothe your soul in a hammam and indulge in centuries old traditional cooking techniques

“Here’s looking at you, kid!" – Get ready to roll out your best Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman impersonations as you start your tour in the fascinating city of Casablanca with a dinner at the famous Rick's Café, a restaurant and piano bar designed to recreate the bar made famous by the classic 1942 film 'Casablanca'. Casablanca is not just a heritage stop, it’s a forward-facing city too, with glitzy new urban design and impressive architecture.

Leave the city behind and head out on an experience like no other at Chefchaouen, an artsy, blue-coloured mountain village and one of the most spectacular towns in Morocco. Indulge in an organic lunch with a difference at Dardara farm where Mediterranean flavours and Moroccan ingredients meet in this new concept of ecological cuisine, which uses only local produce.

Discover Meknes, also known as "the Moroccan Versailles", a city with monumental walls and gates. Wine connoisseurs will love this stop over, which includes a wine tasting at the ‘’Les Célliers de Meknes” – Morocco’s pioneer estate in wine making.

Get lost in a seemingly endless maze of markets in the Marrakesh Medina where the souks comprise of tiny retail stalls situated down alleyway upon alleyway. The further you explore, the more interesting they become. Try bartering for everything from carpets and textiles; cooked snails and spices; cotton, clothing, kaftans and blankets.

After the blast of the bazaar soothe your stresses way with a visit to a traditional wood-burning furnace of a Moroccan hammam. Try a scrub with black soap using a traditional scrub glove (known as a 'kessak) which removes dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling smooth and silky soft.

Escape to the outskirts of Marrakech and take part in a hands-on farmhouse cooking class, exploring the traditions of Moroccan cuisine using aromatic local spices. Enjoy an afternoon of hand-made delicacies on a terrace surrounded by views of the stunning Atlas Mountains. After sipping mint tea in the company of a Berber family, you finish off this incredible tour with a caliche (horse-drawn carriage) to one of the city's best restaurants.

Your package includes

  • Nine nights in luxury hotels including one night in a Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Casablanca, two nights in a Superior Room at Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa, three nights in a Deluxe Room at Riad Fes, three nights in a Junior Suite at Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial.
  • A selection of gourmet experiences including breakfast daily, eight bespoke lunches and three memorable dinners. Dine at the famous Rick's Café in Casablanca , enjoy a Roman picnic lunch, a traditional lunch with a local family in Fes, a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch with views of the Atlas Mountains, a Moroccan tea experience with a local family and much more – plus you have the opportunity to explore the many traditional and modern eateries of Morocco during your leisure time.
  • Expert English-speaking local guides, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
  • Return airport transfers and Fast-Track assistance on arrival at Casablanca Airport
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • A traditional hammam experience
  • Hands-on cooking class and Berber market visit
  • Small group sizes of just 16 people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour

Tour Extension

Experience the unbelievable Sahara desert where you will stay in an ultra-luxe desert camp. Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, take a camel ride along the sand dunes and reach the spectacular Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, where you can relax like royalty and gaze at the ever-changing colours of the desert and the canopy of stars in the night sky. You'll also discover one of the most-famous filming locations in the world with a visit to Morocco's impressive UNESCO World-Heritage Site of Ait Bendaddou. Known as Ksar, the site is formed by a group of ancient earthen buildings, and has featured as a star location in many Hollywood movies, from 'Lawrence of Arabia' to 'Gladiator'.

This extension will also see you staying in sumptuous accommodation, with one night at Ksar El Kabbaba, a traditional Ksar surrounded by lush gardens where you can while away the hours in a hammock hanging between olive and pomegranate trees and soak up the ambience of Morocco’s ancient culture.

  • Transportation in a private four-wheel drive, with a driver and an English-speaking local tour leader with expert knowledge of all the sites you'll visit throughout the tour
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • One way flight from Errachidia to Casablanca

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for select departure from Casablanca

Departure Dates from Casablanca:

6 May 2018

9 September 2018

23 September 2018

7 October 2018

21 October 2018

4 November 2018

17 March 2019

7 April 2019

14 April 2019

21 April 2019

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Four Seasons Casablanca

Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa

Riad Fes

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Ksar El Kabbaba (Desert extension only)

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp (Desert extension only)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Please note that the tours departing on 09th of September, 23rd of September, 7th of October and 21st of October will be staying at Hotel Sahrai Fes in a Junior Suite (instead of Riad Fes).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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Day 1 – Casablanca

On arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport you will be met as you exit the plane and will enjoy Fast- track assistance through customs. Transfer to Casablanca Four Season Hotel where the rest of the day (depending on your arrival) is at your leisure.

This evening you meet your guide and the rest of your group for dinner at Rick’s Café.

Accommodation: Four Season Hotel Casablanca

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 – Casablanca – Asilah – Tangier - Tamuda Bay

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Hassan II mosque for a guided tour. Afterwards depart for Asilah a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Its ramparts and gateworks remain fully intact and it is known as being a ‘hangout for the world’s artists’ because of the beautiful frescoes painted on the house walls and the various art exhibitions held in the city.

After a relaxing lunch on the beautiful waterfront, enjoy a tour of the city before continuing to Tangier. Located on the Maghreb coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel, Tangier is a fascinating Moroccan city. It has many of the things that travellers love, a sense of exotic mystery, interesting history, beautiful vistas, unspoiled beaches - an uncontrolled mix of North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France. After enjoying a tour of the city and taking in the whitewashed hillside medina, you will arrive at your hotel in Tetouan – the stunning Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa - your home for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 – Chefchaoun

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue and white-washed Andalucian town nestled in the Rif Mountains. Leather and weaving workshops line its steep cobbled lanes and the small winding alleyways and squares are a hub of activity where the women of the surrounding Rif Mountains come to sell their handmade products. Start your tour in the shady main square of Place Outa el Hammam where you will find the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon. The kasbah of Chefchaouen belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail. It is fairly simple without architectural surprises however it is surrounded by gardens on the interior and exterior. Inside the Kasbah, you will find the ethnographic museum containing antique weapons, musical instruments, and photographs of the old town.

After a chance to explore this beautiful city, drive up in the Rif Mountains to the heart of the Jbala country. Here you will enjoy learning about this unique culture and its traditions as well as an organic lunch with a difference at Dardara farm. A blend of Mediterranean flavours and Moroccan ingredients this is a new concept of ecological cuisine with produce used from the garden and the surrounding villages.

Arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon for an evening of leisure.

Accommodation: Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 4 – Tetouan – Meknes – Fes

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Fes via Meknes, also known as "the Moroccan Versailles". Meknes, with its monumental gates and city walls, was founded at the end of the 17th century by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. Here you will enjoy visiting the Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the old granaries and stables. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at ‘’Les Célliers de Meknes” – Morocco’s pioneer estate in wine making.

Arriving in Fes in the late afternoon – the rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Riad Fes

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5 – Fes

After breakfast, the morning will be devoted to exploring the city of Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Step back six centuries into the medieval Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. Narrow openings into private worlds reveal architecture of peaceful courtyards filled with carved cedar, brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and delicately carved stucco ornaments. Today’s lunch will be with a family in the medina. Here, you will enjoy a real Moroccan meal the “fassi” way.

The best way to end the afternoon is with a relaxing hammam before an evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Riad Fes

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6 – Fes – Voloubilis – Fes

After breakfast, depart for the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins of Volubilis. Located below Zerhoun mountain, these ruins overlook spectacular views of the valley and hills and out to the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Following your visit, enjoy a Roman picnic lunch (if weather allows) before some time to explore Moulay Idriss and its narrow streets and heading back to Fes.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon before an evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Riad Fes

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 – Fes – Rabat – Marrakech

After breakfast, depart for Marrakech with a stop en route in Rabat the capital of Morocco. Another incursion in time arises from the solitary and romantic Chellah, where the Merinide monarchs rest to the beautifully sculpted Hassan Tomb. Bab Er-Rouah, the gate of winds, is the most beautiful and magnificent monument giving direct access to the Hassan Tomb and the famous tomb of the late king Mohamed V, who fulfilled Morocco's independence. After lunch in the Marina of Rabat, continue to Marrakech - your home for the next 3 nights.

After check-in, the evening will be at your leisure and a good opportunity for an evening walk around the vibrant Djemaa El Fna square, a site for an endless parade of performers and entertainers at night.

Accommodation: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8 - Marrakech

After breakfast, join your guide and explore Marrakech like a local. An intimate and exclusive exploration of the Medina opens up the the social quarters of the city, where people live, cook their bread in the local bakeries, go for public hammams and send their kids to the local schools. Visit a traditional bakery where Moroccans have been baking their bread, tagines and pastille for centuries. Next visit a traditional Wood-burning furnace of a Moroccan hammam, it wasn’t long ago that it was very uncommon for people to have their own shower or bath in their homes. Water, and especially hot water was a precious commodity before the era of hot water heaters. In Morocco a practical solution was created to get around this difficulty - the hammam. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant which offers Moroccan cuisine with a modern twist.

This afternoon, visit the Bahia Palace and discover the city’s renowned gardens of Menara and Koutoubia, finishing off at the beautiful Jardins de Majorelle and the new YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) museum. Returning to the hotel, the evening is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9 – Cooking Class and Berber Experience

After breakfast, head to the Berber villages on the outskirts of Marrakech and take part in a hands on Farmhouse Cooking Class. Explore the flavours and traditions of Moroccan cuisine and learn to identify aromatic Moroccan spices, cook a full Moroccan meal with classic side dishes before enjoying the fruits of your labour on a terrace surrounded by views of the Atlas Mountains. You’ll also get to visit a village souk to buy some of the ingredients needed for the class. After lunch, continue towards Amezmiz, for traditional tea with a berber family.

This evening, transfer to dinner by traditional caliche (horse drawn carriage), a fitting farewell to Morocco and your group.

Accommodation: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 – Tour end

Your tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

13-DAY EXTENDED TOUR

Day 10 – Marrakech - Atlas Mountains – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura

This morning you will be collected from your hotel in Marrakech and set off east toward Ouarzazate via Tizi N’Tichka Pass through the High Atlas Mountains. The panoramic views and magnificent landscapes dotted by small Berber villages typical of the region, are perfect for photo stops along the way.

Visit the UNESCO World-Heritage Site of Ait Bendaddou. This Kasbah is perhaps the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco. Built on a hilltop, Ait Benhaddou inspired many movie makers and films such as Gladiator or Lawrence of Arabia. The view from the upper heights of the Kasbah is awe inspiring and worth the required climb through winding, narrow streets. You will continue to Ouarzazate where Morocco’s version of Hollywood movie studios are found, also a good opportunity to stop for lunch (optional).

After a small break, continue through the Skoura, an extensive Oasis of palm groves - a beautiful mix of greens and reds and pinks - where you will see the beautiful Kasbah Amrhydil - dating from the 17th century. Reaching the hotel in the late afternoon - the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Accommodation: Ksar El Kabbaba

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 – Skoura – Boumalne – Tineghir – Erfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast you will explore the Rose Valley where Morocco’s most celebrated roses are grown and are used for making the country’s fine rosewater. Each May 3000-4000 tonnes of roses can be gathered in a single week from these valleys and when the harvest is over the town hosts a festival to celebrate with local music, dancing and exhibitions of local crafts.

Visit the Dades Gorges, taking the road of 1000 kasbahs through the colourful Berber villages of the Dades Valley. Stop at Tineghir to take in it's beautiful palm groves before continuing to the Gorge of Todra where you will enjoy an easy trek along the 300-metre canyons. Afterwards, head to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga - in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Here you will take a camel ride while watching the sunset over the dunes.

Spend the night at a beautiful traditional luxury camp and enjoy the Sahara dunes under shooting stars by the campfire. Locals will entertain you with traditional music and songs.

Accommodation: Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 12 – Erg Chebbi

Today you will enjoy a full day in the desert. After breakfast, your experienced cameleer will share the serenity and silence of the desert during you camel ride into the red dunes of Erg Chebbi. Around midday, enjoy four wheel driving through the desert before stopping for a picnic in the dunes.

This evening you can enjoy star gazing and the tranquility of the Sahara Desert.

Accommodation: Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 – Tour end

This morning after breakfast you will transfer to the airport in Errachidia for your flight to Casblanca, where your tour ends on arrival.

The tour begins in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech (extended tour ends in Casablanca).

Your international flights are not included in your package. Flights to Casablanca from Australia will typically take a minimum of two stops and approximately 24 hours, departing from most major cities with Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and various other airlines.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 24 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each travellers responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.

Tour guide was brilliant. Best tour we have been on. Hope to come back to Morocco one day because of tour.
- G&D Williams Sep 2017
Exceptional guide with expert in depth knowledge. Will recommend this tour to our friends.
- J. Macaulay Oct 2017
A very special introduction to Morocco. We will definitely come back. Luxury Escapes lived up to expectations and more. We will use you again. Special mention to Mustapha and Medi they are the best!
- R&J Fien Nov 2017
Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial: I'm a fan of the Sofitel brand, and the Marrakech edition was spectacular. The lobby was so inviting, as well the pool-side restaurant that was available for lunch. I even enjoyed the hotel's spa and hammam. Although I've stayed in a riad before, the Sofitel will always be the choice for this city. Also, it's located in the new city and for those visiting for the first time it would be a better choice since the medina might be overwhelming for some.
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Ksar El Kabbaba: Stunning hotel and gardens, lovely service, delicious dinner. Was so beautiful I wish we could have stayed another night! Highly recommend!
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Riad Fes: We visited Riad Fes for the second time to take lunch. Lunch was served by the fountain which provided an exotic back drop. The service was attentive but not over bearing. The Relais et Chateaux branding was evident with the attention to guest needs at the forefront. The riad is conveniently placed but genuinely in the medina of Fes. I highly recommend.
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Four Seasons Casablanca: Our last stop on a trip through Morocco and a perfect end to the trip. Beautiful, peaceful, and well appointed. Great service, lovely room and views. Might be my favourite Four Seasons anywhere.
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Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Hotel & Spa: My new go to in Morocco, pleasantly surprised with the offerings. It was a spontaneous trip with a friend and the staff could not have been better at catering to all our needs, even getting the chef to come back to make us a meal. Can’t wait to be back.
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Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: We had a fantastic stay for 2 nights. The staff, the food and the landscape made for a special experience. The camel sunset ride is the best way to end your day . Make sure you pack a warm coat as the nights are cold.
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