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Majestic Morocco

CASABLANCA, MARRAKESH, DADES, ERFOUD, FEZ & RABAT

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Price: from $2,599

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this amazing journey with our majestic Morocco travel itinerary. Reserve by August 31, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited for our Morocco tours so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tours of Morocco include
  • 1 night in Casablanca
  • 3 nights in Marrakesh
  • 1 night in Dades
  • 2 nights in Erfoud
  • 2 nights in Fez
  • 2 nights in Rabat
  • Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca)
  • Koutobia Minaret (Marrakesh)
  • Jemaa El Fna (Marrakesh)
  • Essaouira Medina 
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Todra Palmeraie Gorge (Erfoud)
  • Erg Chebbi Desert
  • Camel Ride in the Dunes
  • Royal Palace (Rabat)
  • Round-trip airfare from JFK via Royal Air Maroc or Iberia Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Morocco ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Oct 3

Oct 15 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299

Oct 17

Oct 29 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299

Nov 14

Nov 26 $ 2799 $ 2899 $ 3199

Dec 24

Jan 5 $ 2799 $ 2899 $ 3199

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Jan 16

Jan 28 $ 2599 $ 2699 $ 2999

Feb 6

Feb 18 $ 2699 $ 2799 $ 3099

Mar 6

Mar 18 $ 2999 $ 3099 $ 3399

Mar 20

Apr 1 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299

Apr 17

Apr 29 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299

May 3

May 15 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations to visit Morocco can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1

Depart USA.
Your unforgettable journey to visit Morocco begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight to Morocco.

Day 2

Arrive Casablanca.
A morning arrival in Casablanca, one of the largest and most important cities in all of Africa, where you’ll be greeted at the airport by your tour director. With its origins dating back to 7th-century BC, Casablanca is the economic and cultural capital of Morocco and home to a wide variety of influences – from French to Spanish to Portuguese to Arab to British. After departing the airport, enjoy a guided tour, starting with a visit to exterior of the enormous and ornate Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa and the third largest in the world. Travel through Casablanca’s residential areas on your way to city center where you’ll see some of the city’s other highlights, including Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter, and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Then, arrive at your upscale hotel where you will have an orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner. Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel (D)

Day 3

Casablanca/Marrakesh.
After a sumptuous breakfast, travel to Marrakesh, the “Red City”, a majestic place filled with palaces, gardens, markets, and mosques. Your afternoon tour of the city starts with a visit to the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, where approximately 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty found their final resting place.  Your fascinating city tour will also include the Koutoubia Mosque with its iconic minaret and the stunning Bahia Palace. You’ll then enjoy one of the highlights of any trip to Marrakesh – walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Medina with its palm readers, snake charmers, acrobats, and musicians before arriving at the spectacular Jemaa El Fna. Evening at leisure. Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel (B)

Day 4

Essouira Excursion.
This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to Essaouira, a charming and exotic seaside town on the Atlantic coast. En route to Essaouira, visit the Marjana Cooperative where you’ll observe the extraction of Argan Oil, the demand for which has increased significantly due to its use in both cosmetics and western cuisine. Essaouira, with its beautiful fortified walls and busy fishing harbor, is known as the “Windy City of Africa” and has preserved a truly Moroccan charm. You’ll walk along the city walls north of Moulay Hassan Square and then continue on Skala de la Ville where you will enjoy an unmatched view of the city’s port and its beautiful collection of bright blue fishing boats. Explore the Medina, where artists continue to hone their crafts just as they have for centuries and merchants in the many souks (or markets) will have plenty to offer, including spices and jewelry. Return to Marrakesh for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 5

Marrakesh.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Marrakesh to explore at your own pace. We recommend a half-day optional tour where you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. Prior to the cooking demonstration and included lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum located in the 19th-century Dar M’Nebhi Palace, known for its spectacular variety of Jewish, Berber, and Muslim artifacts. You’ll also visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by French expat Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s when Morocco was a protectorate of France. Evening at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion through the streets of Marrakesh on a horse-drawn carriage followed by an authentic Moroccan dinner with live music and bellydancing. (B) 

Day 6

Marrakesh/Boumalne Dades.
After breakfast, bid farewell to Marrakesh and journey across the High Atlas Mountains and the spectacular Tichka Pass on your way to Boumalne Dades. Stop for a brief tour of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A giant fortification, it is a unique example of pise clay architecture and one of the filming locations for several films and TV shows, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Enjoy lunch on your own before arriving in Dades, located at the edge of the Sahara Desert, where you’ll be swept away on your orientation tour by the magnificent canyons and breathtaking landscapes. Arrive at your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy an included dinner. Xaluca Hotel (B,D)

Day 7

Boumalne Dades/Erfoud.
Today, travel to Erfoud, widely described as an “oasis” in the Sahara Desert. Along the way, marvel at one of Morocco’s most visited natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge, with dramatic 985-foot high walls that will make for spectacular photographs along your walking tour, so be sure to have your camera ready! Continue on to Erfoud, the gateway to the desert, where you’ll check in and relax with dinner at your deluxe hotel. Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud (B,D)

Day 8
Sahara Desert Experience.
After breakfast, enjoy an unforgettable, full-day included excursion through the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. You’ll begin by discovering the town of Rissani, formerly a caravan center and still an important commercial center in the region, with a large and vibrant souk at its center.  Then, head into the desert via a 4×4 caravan and discover various small villages until you reach Tissardmine, a serene village where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before ascending to the peak of Erg Chebbi. This stunning view of the vast surrounding desert will take your breath away, and you’ll trade automobiles for camels for the authentic Moroccan travel experience. One of the highlights of the trip, a journey through the Merzouga dunes on camelback, should leave you with memories that will last a lifetime (and amazing pictures as well)! Return to your upscale hotel after sunset and enjoy an included dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9

Erfoud/Fez.
Today, journey through the beautiful Middle Atlas mountain range, with its thick woods filled with lush cedar and oak trees en route to Fez. Along the way, you’ll pass through Ifrane, a picturesque ski town, and Azrou, an important market center sitting at the junction of the roads Fez, Meknes, Midelt and Khenifra. As you enter Fez, there is a breathtaking view of the ancient city from a hill overlooking the medina. Barcelo Hotel (B)

Day 10

Fez.
A full day is devoted to exploring Fez, the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and the oldest of the imperial cities. With the help of a local expert, tour the Fez el Bali Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Life here takes place as it did centuries ago in one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortified cities in the world. Wander the famous souks known for authentic Moroccan carpets and ceramics. Dine at a traditional riad for a light lunch within the medina.  You will also have the chance to visit the Nejjarine Fountains and Museum and the 14th-century Attarine Medersas (a place of education). In the afternoon, visit Fez Jdid, the modern district of the city, where you’ll explore the Jewish Quarter and the Royal Palace. (B,L)

Day 11

Fez/Rabat.
After breakfast, drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and fifth largest city. En route, visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its wonderfully-preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. Then continue with a visit Meknes and see the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, featuring marble columns taken from Roman ruins and ornate zellij mosaics. The balance of the day at leisure. Le Diwan Rabat Hotel (B)

Day 12
Rabat.
Following breakfast, spend the morning touring the many fascinating historic sites in Morocco’s coastal capital of Rabat. You’ll see the 19th-century Royal Palace and the city’s “Gate of the Winds” (also known as Bab Rouah). Visit Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque that was originally intended to be the world largest.  Construction started in 1195 and then came to a halt in 1199 after Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour passed away. Continue on to the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the mid 12th-century, where you’ll walk through the French-colonial gardens and explore the fortress built to shield royalty from attacks. Your tour of the capital city will conclude at Chellah, a necropolis and the site of the ruins of Roman town known as Sala Colonia. The balance of your day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. (B,D)

Day 13

Depart Morocco/Arrive USA.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Casablanca for your return non-stop flight. Your memorable journey on your Morocco tours come to an end as you arrive back in the USA later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your  Morocco travel itinerary more complete and memorable, your tour director will offer two optional tours.  Rates are in US Dollars, payable in cash only, and are based on a minimum number of participants. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Marrakesh

Couscous Cooking Demonstration and Museums, Palace, & Gardens with Lunch ($69 per person, including lunch)
On this half-day optional tour, you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. We recommend a half-day optional tour where you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. Prior to the cooking demonstration and included lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum located in the 19th-century Dar M’Nebhi Palace, known for its spectacular variety of Jewish, Berber, and Muslim artifacts. You’ll also visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by French expat Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s when Morocco was a protectorate of France.

Marrakesh

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride & Authentic Moroccan Dinner ($65 per person, including dinner)
Enjoy an optional excursion through the lively streets of Marrakesh on a horse-drawn carriage. You’ll then arrive at your authentic Moroccan restaurant, where you’ll enjoy live music, bellydancing, and of course, delicious Moroccan cuisine.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Morocco and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date Airline Depart Return

2017: Sep. 5, Oct. 3

Royal Air Maroc 9:00PM 6:00PM

2017: Oct. 17

Royal Air Maroc 9:00PM 6:30PM

2017: Nov. 14

Iberia Airlines 8:30PM 7:00PM

2018: Jan. 16, Feb. 6

Iberia Airlines 5:30PM 7:00PM

2018: Mar. 6

Iberia Airlines 5:30PM 8:00PM

2017: Dec. 24
2018 Apr. 17, May 3

Royal Air Maroc 9:00PM 5:30PM

 

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Royal Air Maroc and Iberia Airlines do not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments. 

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.

CLIMATE

The temperature in Morocco ranges from the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s in the fall and spring, ranges from the mid 60’s to the mid 90’s in the summer, and ranges from the mid 40’s to the mid 60’s during the winter.

CLOTHING

Some religious sites may require more conservative attire (no sleeveless tops, no short skirts, no shorts).

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

You may dine at either the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a local hotel is about $15-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals, but not all restaurants will.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. You may also withdraw local currency from an ATM machine. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.

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by Eva W, on smarTours
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Would someone who has just returned from the Moroccan tour please contact me, I will be going in October and have some questions. As you have been there, you would be the best person/people to talk with. Would most appreciate it. My email address is eva.w@videotron.ca Thank you.

by Bill Mahon on smarTours

My wife and I had a terrific time touring Morocco in May for two weeks. Tour guide Safi was amazing. He took great care that everyone had the best possible experience every single day. I can't say enough good things about this kind man. His understanding of Moroccan history and the countryside added so much to the experience.

This was the first organized tour we have taken, after doing a lot of travel on our own over the years. We were both happy we did the Smartours excursion and learned so much more and saw more than if we had arranged this ourselves.

Morocco is a wonderful country, the people were friendly and the hotels Smartours arranged for our group were so unique and memorable.

by Martha on smarTours

I just returned from my Morroco tour and have to say what a great trip! Our tour guide, Safi, was probably one of the best guides I've had. The tour gave a great overview of the country, and the hotels were excellent.

by Marilyn Anthony on smarTours
Superb Tour - especially the Guide

This tour covered most of Morocco and gave us a great overall view of this interesting country. Our tour guide, Larby, was a walking Wikipedia and if there was a question he could not answer, he would research it and answer the following day. He was more than a tour leader - he was a friend and a caregiver and one could not have a better or nicer leader. Hotels and food were excellent and SmarTours went above and beyond when the workers at our hotel in Fes went on strike and they not only moved us to a better hotel just down the street, but also took us out for a meal the next day. The care and consideration for us was amazing. The extra activites offered were interesting and reasonable and the help we were offered to arrange personal appointments was timely and helpful. The best was naturally the camel ride. The high point of the tour.

I can highly recommend this tour to everyone interested in seeing a highly interesting country, a bridge between so many cultures.

by Janet Elie on smarTours
Morocco Beyond Expectations

People do not realize how special Morocco is or how wonderful the people are until they take this tour. All of our stops in Morocco were amazing and gave us a very diverse understanding of the country. Larbi, our guide made it so special with his knowledge and his care of each one of us to make our trip beyond expectations.

by Mary Ellen Newman on smarTours
Morocco

I also was on the Nov 1-13,2016 Morocco tour. It was marvelous. Our guide Larbi was extremely well informed and friendly to all. He went out of his way to help people get the most out of the trip by helping people see what was important to them . Anytime he did not know the answer to one of our questions, he promptly found the answer. I learned so much about the country - the history, the food, the customs and saw much of what the country has to offer. A great trip!

by Rhea Valerie Allen on smarTours
Awesome Experience

We just returned from the Majestic Morocco Tour ending November 13 and we were truly overwhelmed with the experience. The tour guide Larbi El Mahdar was incredible, he was gracious and kind and his goal appeared to be ensure that our visit was a success! and he accomplished that. His knowledge was great, he helped each individual as if they were the only person on the trip. He was a great representative for Morocco as we referred to him as the "Minister of Tourism" throughout the trip. Our entire trip was enjoyable due to the accommodations and the way he handled each person's unique need. Thank you Larbi for ensuring our trip was a great experience!

by Jean Gamber on smarTours
Incredible Experience

We just finished our tour an hour ago and I have to write and rave about this wonderful experience. Everything exceeded our expectaions. We have taken close to 20 SmarTours trips and this will be a favourite. Our guide, Larbi El Mahdar was superb. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge, so helpful and patient, anticipated potential problems and solved them before they could happen. He was always happy and kind (even after answering the same question repeatedly). The tour was filled with diverse interesting sites and experiences. The evening camel ride and sunset in the Sahara was incredible. Hotels, meals, and the bus are pleasant, comfortable, and excellent.

by Patricia Burns on smarTours
Morocco 10/4/16

This was my 13th trip with smarTours and it was wonderful, thanks in no small part to our tour director Larbi. He made sure that we were well-informed and comfortable -- in the hotels, the souks, and on the road. What a fabulous visit to a wonderful country!

by Linda Shanbeck on smarTours
Marvelous tour of Morocco

The smarTours Majestic Morocco tour was an excellent way to see the highlights of Morocco. Our tour director, Khalid Lamdiro, had an encyclopedic knowledge of everything about Morocco, was an entertaining speaker, and took excellent care of those on the tour.

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