Venture into the Sahara by 4x4 and camel for an unforgettable overnight stay at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp that includes dinner and live Moroccan music.
Explore Fez el-Bali, Morocco’s cultural heart, on a guided walk through its winding alleyways and past its myriad souks.
Share lively conversation with a female professor over dinner and freely discuss the role of women in modern Morocco.
Tread the ancient Roman paths of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to marvel at soaring arches and vivid, well-preserved 2,000-year-old mosaics.
Discover Marrakech at its most authentic, taking in the sights, sounds and scents of its UNESCO-listed medina.
Visit local artisans whose works still reflect the influences of Morocco’s historic Roman, Moorish and Berber cultures.
Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
After arrival in Casablanca, transfer to your luxurious Four Seasons accommodation, which boasts contemporary style with traditional Moroccan accents. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this exotic setting, the inspiration for the classic 1942 Humphrey Bogart film of its namesake.
Casablanca - Rabat - Fez
Start your exploration in the port city of Casablanca, Morocco’s bustling commercial hub. Visit the vast Hassan II Mosque; its minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. Then, travel to the capital city of Rabat to visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco. View the Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah, along with its palm-dotted Andalusian garden. Continue to Fez for a special cocktail reception. Then, sit down to a welcome dinner, joined by a female professor to discuss the role of women in modern Morocco – an A&K-exclusive experience.
Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Founded in the eighth century by Idriss I, this imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning. Stroll the labyrinthine old quarter, with its 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks, on a market visit of exceeding authenticity. Proceed to the intricately detailed Karaouine. Built in 859 AD, it is one of the world’s oldest still-functioning universities. You also visit Nejjarine Square before continuing to Fez el-Jadid (New Fez), home of the Royal Palace, madrasas (Islamic schools) and mellah (Jewish quarter).
Journey overland to explore UNESCO-listed Volubilis, home to some of North Africa’s best preserved Roman ruins. With triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, it’s brimming with iconic Roman architecture. Perhaps its greatest treasures are the mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Next, proceed to a winery outside Meknes for a memorable chef’s-table lunch amidst sunbathed vineyards and olive groves. Return to Fez for an evening at leisure.
Travel to the small, desert-fringed town of Erfoud, pausing for lunch en route and marvelling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless date palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains. After the day’s scenic drive, settle into your hotel before gathering for dinner this evening. Tonight’s meal is prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients.
This morning, discover the fortified town of Rissani. Continue into the desert dunes of the Sahara – which reach up to 150 metres high – at first by four-wheel-drive vehicle, then by camel as the locals do. Arrive at your nomadic tented camp, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits you. As the sun sets, celebrate your unforgettable desert foray with a scenic sundowner. Return to your camp for a traditional meal before a campfire, along with distinctively Moroccan entertainment. Then, drift off in comfort to the sounds of the Sahara.
Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for African traders travelling to the cities of Morocco and Europe. En route, absorb stunning views of the High Atlas's southern slopes, intersecting the Dadès Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees. Travel along the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’ to Ouarzazate and your delightful oasis of a hotel – the five-star Le Berbère Palace.
Begin the day in Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, it is a regional trade centre, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Kasbah of Tifoultoute, a majestic 17th-century fortress featuring a panoramic view of the valley of Ouarzazate and the scenic High Atlas Mountains. Continue to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs, some of which have been featured in famous films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the ‘Red City’ of Marrakech, where you check in to your luxurious hotel: the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. Situated across from the Menara botanical gardens, this elegant, 16-hectare resort is replete with palm-fringed pools and Moorish gardens. Enjoy a rejuvenating night’s sleep, ready to explore the fascinating city surrounds in the morning.
Today, begin to unearth the secrets of Marrakech, starting in the medina, the old walled section of town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia Minaret. Then visit Dar Si Said Museum, originally built as a palace in the 19th century. Afterwards, visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, acrobats, dancers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also wish to stroll the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks.
Begin your day at Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by design luminary Yves Saint-Laurent. Stop at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum nearby for an up-close look at some of the famed designer’s creations. This afternoon, choose one of these Design Your Day® activities:
Option 1: learn to cook with Moroccan spices during a cooking demonstration and tasting.
Option 2: explore the souks of Marrakech with an expert guide, walking narrow streets lined with centuries-old shops.
Option 3: enjoy a guided walk of the Jewish Quarter, once a thriving centre of religious freedom and tolerance.
After 11 nights exploring Morocco’s storied kasbahs, souks, mosques and mountains, it’s time to depart. Transfer to the Marrakech airport and board your international flight home. Alternatively, join an Essaouira post-tour extension to discover more of this fascinating country’s attractions.
Splendours of Morocco Escorted Tour
- Group Size: Max 18
- Holiday Length: 11 nights
- Price Guide From: £6,010pp
- Holiday Type: Escorted tour
- English-speaking Resident Tour Director® and local guides
- Hand-selected luxury accommodation
- Airport meet and greet with private transfers
- Travelling Bell Boy® luggage handling
- Breakfast in bed on selected days
- Full breakfast daily; selected lunches and dinners
- Your choice of activity on Design Your Day®
- Traveller’s Valet® laundry service
- Internet access
- Entrance fees, taxes and all gratuities except Resident Tour Director
- 24/7 A&K on-call support
- Guaranteed departures with just two guests