(10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Essaouira, Marrakesh, Fez
On this tour, visit three of Morocco’s most interesting cities, and stay at deluxe ryads (traditional guesthouses) in the center of each town.
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to Essaouira, a whitewashed port on the Atlantic coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During private touring, learn about the town’s long and diverse history of trade, and explore its impressive fortifications and medina (old town). Perhaps also sample fresh seafood and browse galleries specializing in local art and handicrafts. 4 h 48 min (364 km)
Next, drive to Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks (markets), and upscale shops and restaurants. During private touring, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. See important historic monuments and districts, including the Jewish quarter, Koutoubia Mosque, and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. If desired, also visit museums such as Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts. 2 h 43 min(184 km)
Take an insider tour of the massive souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Also visit the spice souks, which are stocked with locally harvested saffron, cumin and other ingredients. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favorite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses).
One night, explore Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s lively main square, which transforms each evening into a multisensory pageant of energetic street performances and tantalizing food stalls. If desired, visit the best boutiques and galleries in Gueliz. One day, take a private excursion to the High Atlas Mountains to visit local villages and a Berber market. There will also be time to enjoy your luxurious resort, one of the most exclusive hotels in Morocco.
Next, visit Rabat, Morocco’s sophisticated seaside capital. Stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary. Also explore a medieval necropolis, see French colonial architecture, and discover the city’s best museums and galleries. 3 h 24 min(323 km)
Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco, and stay in a luxury ryad in the heart of the medina. During private touring, explore Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”) and its medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops. 2 h 17 min(206 km)
See centuries-old mosques and universities, as well as the open-air tanneries. If desired, also visit studios where artisans create traditional carpets, copperware, leatherwork, ceramics and zellij tilework. Also tour Fez el-Djedid (“New Fez”) to see the Royal Palace and explore the mellah, the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco. If desired, spend a day touring major Roman ruins at Volubilis and the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 3 h 12 min(290 km)
Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakech