Imperial Morocco & Beyond

  • For many travellers, Morocco is a dreamy escape into a world of kasbahs and imperial cities. Dig a little deeper and discover the local way of life, where meals are shared and cherished and the landscape evolves from dramatic craggy valleys to the winding streets of ancient medinas.

    Exceptional Experiences

    • Cooking class and tasting trail in Fes' medina
    • Hot air balloon flight over the Sahara and Atlas Mountains
    • Traditional hammam in Marrakech
    • Trek in the Atlas Mountains with an experienced local mountain guide followed by afternoon tea with a Berber family in their home in a traditional Berber village
    • Private hidden gems tours of Jemaa el fna

    Itinerary

    • Day 1 Casablanca

      Morocco’s biggest city is the perfect place to start your journey. You will be greeted by your tour leader and transferred to your hotel. Sample your first mint tea of the trip and perhaps enjoy a hammam at the hotel before a group dinner at Rick’s Café.

      Accommodation: 
      Art Palace Hotel & Spa
    • Day 2 Meknes ~ Fes

      Gaze up at Morocco’s largest mosque, the Hassan II Mosque and explore Casablanca. Depart for Fes, stopping at Meknes along the way to wander the markets and sample olives, wine and mint tea.

      Accommodation: 
      Riad Fes
    • Days 3 Fes

      Explore medieval Fes, including the tanneries and Royal Palace of Fes. Stop for lunch at the medina before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour leader will be on hand to offer suggestions or you can make your own discoveries.

      Accommodation: 
      Riad Fes
    • Day 4 Volubilis

      Tour the medina with a local chef, gathering ingredients for a cooking class. Dine on the fruits of your labour and savour the flavours of Morocco. This afternoon visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis. At the height of the city’s power it was estimated that around 20,000 people lived here. Enjoy sunset drinks and nibbles before an evening of leisure.

      Accommodation: 
      Riad Fes
    • Days 5 Marrakech

      Drive to Marrakech and check into your refurbished 19th century hotel. You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a visit to a traditional hammam. Spend your evening wandering through the healers, snake charmers, astrologers and acrobats of Djemaa el Fna.

      Accommodation: 
      Les Jardins de la Medina
    • Day 6 Marrakech

      Immerse yourself in Marrakech with a tour of the souq, Bahia Palace and The Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, a photography museum housing original photographs taken in Morocco between 1870 and 1950. The afternoon is yours before dinner at Al Fassia, a restaurant run entirely by women.

      Accommodation: 
      Les Jardins de la Medina
    • Day 7 Marrakech

      Float above the palm tree groves, dunes, the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains in a hot-air balloon. Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading out on a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Majorelle gardens. Dinner tonight is at Le Foundouk.

      Accommodation: 
      Les Jardins de la Medina
    • Day 8 Ourika Valley

      Depart for Ourika Valley, the gateway to the Atlas Mountains and your home for the next two nights. The day is free to make your own discoveries. Visit nearby waterfalls or simply unwind by the swimming pool and enjoy your surroundings.

      Accommodation: 
      Kasbah Bab Ourika
    • Day 9 Ourika Valley

      Hunt for souvenirs at the Monday Market in Tnine Ourika and set off on an afternoon trek with a local mountain guide. Pass through Berber villages and olive groves before a picnic lunch and tea with a local Berber family.

      Accommodation: 
      Kasbah Bab Ourika
    • Day 10 Marrakech

      Your tour ends after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions

All accommodation, private transportation, the services of an exceptional local leader & local guides at some sites, are included in the price of Reserve tours. Please see below for all other inclusions relevant to this itinerary.

What's included in the cost
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include a hot air balloon & horse-drawn carriage.
  • Snacks and refreshments along the way.
  • Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
  • Airport meet and greet service.
  • Departure transfer.
Not included in the cost
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities

Visit the Contact us page for help with booking flights and extra accommodation, or organising visas, transfers and insurance.

Prices

The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.

Group price:
US $5695
  • Art Palace Hotel & Spa - Casablanca

    Upon being handed the key to your suite at the Art Palace Hotel, you will discover that it is not adorned with a room number but the name of a famous historical figure. This is because each of the 25 suites has been inspired by an international icon, a person who has left their mark on the passing of time, a character in a story or an admired celebrity. We have chosen this boutique hotel for its central location and modern touches such as a Nespresso machine, DVD player and iPod docking station in each suite plus a swimming pool and permanent art gallery. You can also unwind with a variety of treatments on offer at O-Zen spa (don’t miss the rhassoul mud wrap) with its luxurious stone waterfall and marble hammam.

  • Les Jardins de la Medina - Marrakesh

    Our favourite aspect of this riad is that despite its size, you never lose the feeling of intimacy and connection with your surroundings. From the outside, high walls give no hint as to the expanse of lush greenery you are about to encounter. Step inside to sprawling gardens planted with centuries old palm, orange and olive trees; and grounds dotted with hammocks and shaded sofas along with a heated swimming pool. This former Royal Palace is situated in the Kasbah quarter, just a few minutes from bustling Djemaa el Fna and its colourful souks. Book a treatment at the hammam and spa to lose yourself in a pampering session of ancient treatments and rituals. Each of the 36 rooms has a view of the gardens and features air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, DVD player, wi fi, minibar and safe.

  • Riad Fes - Fes

    What better introduction to this part of the world than waking to panoramic views of the sun rising over the Fes Medina and Atlas mountains? This is just one of the many reasons we’ve chosen Riad Fes, with its unsurpassable location in the sought-after Zerbtana quarter of the medina. There is no shortage of space inside, thanks to a fusion of three riads offering four distinct patios linked by stairways and even a lift (a true rarity here). Escape the bustle of the city with a dip in the pool, an invigorating hammam or sunbaking among the orange, lemon and bay trees on the rooftop terrace. When the sun goes down, head to the stylish Andalous patio with its ornamental strip pool, giant lanterns and chic bar.

  • Kasbah Bab Ourika - Ourika Valley

    The beauty of this hotel is that it perfectly reflects our commitment to sustainable travel without sacrificing style. Perched over Isk-N-Tanoumiri National Park, it was designed just a few years ago but feels as if it has always been part of the landscape. The peaks of the Atlas rise to the north, the hills of the Salt Natural Park are scattered to the east and lush terraces of Ourika Valley stretch to the west. All this a mere 45 minutes from Marrakech!

    All water is recycled and used in the garden, the village of Nectarome supplies toiletries, a biodigester system produces electricity and even the salt is sourced from the mines below. By utilising rammed earth for building (a traditional Berber technique_ there is no need for insulation or air-conditioning. Touches of luxury abound, such as the underfloor heating (generated by solar power), fine linens and private terraces in each of the 15 rooms. You’ll fall in love with the furnishings sourced by designer Romain Michel-Meniere. But never fear, most of what you see (including leather chairs, sofas, pillows pottery, lanterns, and rugs) can be purchased. You’ll feel instantly rejuvenated after a dip in one of the pools, a siesta on the terrace or a wander through the lavender-scented gardens. No wonder Fodor’s has announced it as one of the top one hundred hotels in the world. 

  • Imperial Morocco & Beyond

    Getting there and away

    To compliment your journey, we recommend adding Golden Sahara or Essential Essaouira to the beginning or end of your tour.

    Our Taste of Andalucia and Champagne & Provence journeys are also often booked with this tour.

    Private & tailor-made journeys

    All of our itineraries can be taken as a Private Journey. Simply choose the dates that suit you, and your travelling companions, while we take care of all the arrangements. We can also amend this itinerary to suit your needs and interests. The only limit is your imagination! Contact a Reserve Specialist to start planning your ultimate journey.

    Guaranteed departures

    We want you to be able to book your Reserve journeys with confidence, which is why every itinerary has at least one guaranteed departure date. This means you can plan your journey ahead of time and take advantage of airfare sales knowing that the tour is guaranteed to run. For this tour the guaranteed departures are:

    05 Oct 14 ~ 14 Oct 14

    03 May 15 ~ 12 May 15

Price from:
US $5695

Essentials

10 Days
Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.

Scheduled Departures

16 May 14 - 25 May 14
07 Sep 14 - 16 Sep 14
05 Oct 14 - 14 Oct 14
09 Nov 14 - 18 Nov 14
08 Mar 15 - 17 Mar 15
05 Apr 15 - 14 Apr 15
03 May 15 - 12 May 15
06 Sep 15 - 15 Sep 15
Guaranteed departure date

Maximum passengers: 12

Private Journeys

Private Journey departures available on request.

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