(14 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Fez, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, High Atlas Mountains
This is the ultimate luxury tour of Morocco, featuring fascinating cities, ancient ruins, Berber villages, kasbahs and the beautiful Sahara Desert. Several transfers are by private air charter in order to access the country’s leading luxury properties quickly and easily.
Start in Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. 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. 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, take a day excursion to tour major Roman ruins at Volubilis and the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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.
Continue 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. 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.
Next, transfer to Ouarzazate, and stay at a luxury resort designed like a kasbah (traditional fort). Enjoy private touring of regional highlights such as Ait Benhaddou, a spectacular ksar (fortified village) and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also see evocative locations used in filming notable movies and TV shows, and browse souks for local handicrafts such as patterned carpets.
End the tour in the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot, one of Morocco’s most acclaimed luxury resorts. The hillside resort has beautiful grounds and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. During your stay, enjoy private visits to local Berber villages and markets, as well as time to relax at the resort pool and spa.