Five-Star 'Imperial Cities and Desert' Tour of Morocco
Discover exotic Morocco in five-star luxury at some of the country's top rated hotels (including two Sofitels) while journeying through fascinating locations with a small group and expert local tour guide. Explore Casablanca and Marrakech, dine at the iconic Rick's Cafe, taste local delicacies, visit five UNESCO World Heritage-Listed sites, wander through traditional souk markets, share stories by the fire at a luxury desert camp, ride camels over majestic sand dunes, sip tea with the locals and much more for only $3,999 per person (twin share), valued up to $6,075 per person. Watch the tour video below.
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Luxury Escapes is proud to present the first of our tailor-made small group tours (maximum of 16 per group) specifically designed for discerning travellers wanting those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Visit unique locations, immerse yourself in another culture, indulge in gourmet delicacies and experience breathtaking moments around the world in high style and five-star comfort.
You're invited to experience the highlights and hidden gems of Morocco with our premiere 10-day ‘Imperial Cities and Desert’ tour. Take a sensory journey across this mystical land, through the ancient, bustling cities of Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech, through the spectacular Merzouga Desert and over the High Atlas Mountains, all while enjoying five-star hotel and luxury camping accommodation, accompanied by a carefully selected English-speaking local guide, with all transportation between cities, guided sightseeing and entrance fees, select meals and more for only $3,999 per person (twin share), valued up to $6,075. Watch the tour video below.
Stay in some of Morocco's finest hotels including Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche (the #1-rated hotel in Casablanca), the widely acclaimed Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, the luxurious Hotel Le Berbere Palace and the five-star Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial.
Known for its kasbahs and medinas, souk markets filled with the aroma of exotic spices, sand dunes dotted with camels, and miles of coastline lined by quaint fishing towns, it's no surprise that Morocco has been used as the backdrop for a number of famous movies including The Mummy, Gladiator, Troy, Spectre and Sex and the City 2.
Tours depart from Casablanca and end in Marrakech, with departure dates available on 22 April 2017, 13 May 2017, 16 September 2017(SOLD OUT: updated 5/12/16 10:27am), 7 October 2017 (SOLD OUT: updated as of 22/11/16, 1:35pm), 11 November 2017 and 2 December 2017 (SOLD OUT: updated as of 24/11/16, 12:02pm). Due to popular demand, an additional October departure date has been added: 28 October 2017.
Check out the extended 12-day tour below, with an additional two days of private touring, and don't forget to watch the video, below, and browse the 'Gallery' tab for a sneak peek at your upcoming adventure.
Begin your ‘Imperial Cities and Desert Tour’ of Morocco in the fascinating city of Casablanca, the commercial heart of Morocco, where you can marvel at the sight of the massive, awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque - third largest in the world. Dine at the famous Rick's Cafe, a restaurant and piano bar designed to recreate the bar made famous by the classic 1942 film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart. On the way to the city of Fes take your taste buds on a gourmet safari with a tasting tour in Meknes where you'll sample local delicacies including olives, figs and mint tea.
On arrival in Morocco's cultural and spiritual hub of Fes you will explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fes Medina; the old-quarter in the centre of the city which is the largest medina in the world and dates back to the 9th century. Plus visit the exotic Bou Inania Madrasa – a building which functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque – and the 9th-century Kairaouine Mosque, which is one of Africa's largest and is recognised as the spiritual heart of the city.
Taking a day trip from Fes, visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis where you will get the chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics and Roman roads before heading for a Roman-style picnic lunch featuring traditional recipes at a nearby farm.
Journey on to the small village of Merzouga and en route stop at the Berber town of Azrou and the nearby Cèdre Gouraud Forest, a woodland area of cedar trees in the Middle Atlas Mountains inhabited by groups of wild Barbary Macaques. After lunch in Midelt, a commercial centre famous for its production of apples, continue over the mountains via the Tizi-n-Talremt pass and onward through the palm-tree-speckled Ziz Valley and oasis town of Erfoud, known as the ‘Gate of the Sahara Desert’.
Learn about life in the desert over tea with a local Berber family, before reaching your award-winning luxurious campsite in Merzouga. Here you’ll discover traditional gourmet recipe secrets and savour dinner under the stars before waking the next day for a sunrise camel ride amongst the dunes, four-wheel-driving in the desert and delicious lunch in an oasis followed by dinner and stories around the campfire.
Next, your tour will take you to the mesmerising city of Ouarzazate to view the incredible kasbahs and buildings that the city is famous for. On the way to Ouarzazate you'll travel via the magnificent Dades Gorge, the road of the thousand Kasbahs, the Valley of Roses with its kasbahs and ksours, and the beautiful palm grove of Skoura where you’ll visit the iconic Kasbah of Amerhidil which appears on the country's 50-dirham note.
Travel through the Atlas Mountains and via the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Benhaddou – which has served as the backdrop for numerous Hollywood films – before rounding off your tour in Marrakech, where you will enjoy an evening walk of the vibrant Djemaa El Fna, guided tour of the old city, visits to the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and Museum of Photography and a horse-drawn carriage ride (calèche) to the city’s renowned gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent jewellery museum.
See the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more information.
Your Package Includes
Five-star accommodation throughout the tour, with one night at the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, three nights at Hotel Sahrai in Fes, two nights at the award-winning Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, one night at Hotel Le Berbere Palace in Ouarzazate and two nights at Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial.
Select meals throughout the tour including ten breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners – dine in the traditional medina in Fes, enjoy a Roman picnic lunch of traditional recipes at Volubilis, dine under the stars in the Merzouga desert, and more – plus you have the opportunity to explore the many traditional and international eateries of Morocco during your leisure time.
Return airport transfers from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport and to Marrakech Menara Airport.
All sightseeing, entrance fees and tipping as per the itinerary.
Small group sizes of just 16 people max for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour.
Transportation in a private Mercedes Benz Viano, or similar, with a driver and an English-speaking local tour leader with expert knowledge of all the sites you'll visit throughout the tour.
Private Tour Extension
Want to extend your Moroccan adventure with an unmissable private tour of the coast? Upgrade your package and enjoy an additional two days in Morocco in a private group of just two people, for a total of only $5,299 per person (twin share), valued up to $7,190.
Essaouira is a picturesque fishing city that's weathered appearance adds to its charm and allurement. During the day the city's artistic community open the doors to quaint galleries and shops located down narrow lanes and alleys, while at night the local fishermen sell delicious seafood street food at vibrant fishing stalls.
In addition to the above itinerary, this extended tour option also includes two nights at the Palais l’heure Bleue and an additional two lunches.
This unique tour extension will take you to an Argan oil production farm to witness how this popular oil is used to produce nutritive, cosmetic and medicinal properties, and discover the lesser-known facets of Morocco with a visit to a Moroccan winery for lunch and a private cellar wine tasting. A local expert will also show you the sites of the city which include the beautiful medina, souk and shops, while introducing you to talented local artisans along the way. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing lunch on the vibrant port before your departure to Marrakech the following day for your onward journey.
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Valid for select departure dates from 22 April 2017 to 2 December 2017.
Departure Dates from Casablanca: Valid for tours that start on 22 April 2017, 13 May 2017, 16 September 2017(SOLD OUT: updated 5/12/16 10:27am), 7 October 2017 (SOLD OUT: updated as of 22/11/16, 1:35pm), 11 November 2017 and 2 December 2017 (SOLD OUT: updated as of 24/11/16, 12:02pm). Due to popular demand, an additional October departure date has been added: 28 October 2017.
Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. Flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Casablanca on your chosen departure date.
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.
Twin share package: Is valid for ONE PERSON over the age of 18 (twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES.
Single traveller package: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge of AUD$1,545 for the 10-day tour or AUD$2,750 for the 12-day tour applies, payable directly to Luxury Escapes.
Guests must aged 18 years or older.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.
Connecting rooms may be available on request (strictly subject to availability).
Maximum tour capacity is 16 guests and minimum tour capacity is two guests.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
Essaouira extension tour will be for two people, except guests who have paid the single traveller surcharge will enjoy a private Essaouira tour on their own.
Tipping and gratuities are included in the package.
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.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.
Package cannot be split.
Multiple packages cannot be purchased or combined.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
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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Redemption instructions can be found on your booking confirmation.
Tours begin in Casablanca and end in Marrakesh. Regular stopover flights are available with Qantas, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Singapore Airlines with an approximately flight time of 24 hours.
Please note that flights are not included in your package.