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MOROCCO ITINERARIES

 

Morocco is nothing less than spellbinding. Style and symbolism ooze

from all areas of this North African jewel. Few destinations offer such diverse options geographically and culturally. Discover medieval history, artistry and architecture, alongside modern metropolises. From beaches to deserts to the High Atlas mountains,

you’ll explore by camel and mule, and Morocco will capture your heart.

ITINERARY FOR FAMILIES

WITH TEENAGERS

 

Special Activity:

PRIVATE, OUTDOOR

COOKING CLASS

Head to a small village (about 40 minutes from Marrakech) and enjoy a private, outdoor cooking class hosted by a local chef. Learn about Moroccan spices, including Ras al Hanout, the definite spice of Moroccan cuisine. Bake bread the Moroccan way using a traditional earthen wood-fueled stove. Prepare a tagine, a version of the classic Moroccan stew. Your organic vegetables are gown in the garden on site! While your tagine is cooking over the fire, take a walk (about 20 minutes) across a wide valley, where sheep graze, wild cactus fruit grows and life goes on untouched by nearby Marrakech.

 

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

 

 

  • Visit Rabat, the current political capital of Morocco, as well as neighboring Salé, were once notorious as havens to the feared Barbary pirates, who terrorized Atlantic and Mediterranean trade, capturing prisoners to hold them for ransom.
  • Tour of Rabat begins at the ancient necropolis of Chellah. A thriving city for nearly 1,000 years, Chellah’s ruins date back to the Roman through the Islamic periods and are a special favorite of bird-watchers.
  • Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V.
  • Step back six centuries into the medieval world of Fes
  • Spend an afternoon, exploring with our expert photographer
  • Stop at Gallery 127 and the David Bloch Gallery, two trend-setting spots. Visit La Maison de la Photographie. In addition to the exhibit, the maison has a lovely rooftop café. Check out the Musee Boucharouite, a small museum dedicated to a folk style of handmade rugs from rural Morocco.

 

ITINERARY FOR ADULT ONLY

TRAVELERS

 

Special Activity:

PRIVATE DESERT ENCAMPMENT

IN THE ZNIGUI DUNES

Drive south through the scenic cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains, following the green Ziz River valley, until it ends at the Sahara desert. Soon after, you will arrive at the Tafilet oasis. The Tafilet Oasis was the last stop on the trans-Saharan trading route before Timbuktu. This oasis is also the home of the dynasty of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, the Alaouite dynasty, which has ruled Morocco for the last four centuries. Upon arrival in Erfoud, leave the world behind as you continue by 4x4. Venture further towards the legendary dunes of remote Znigui. These dunes are constantly shifting with the considerable desert winds. Spend the night at your private desert encampment.

 

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Step back six centuries into the medieval world of Fes
  • Spend an afternoon, exploring with our expert photographer
  • Head to a small village (about 40 minutes from Marrakech) and enjoy a private, outdoor cooking class hosted by a local chef.
  • Stop at Gallery 127 and the David Bloch Gallery, two trend-setting spots. Visit La Maison de la Photographie. In addition to the exhibit, the maison has a lovely rooftop café. Check out the Musee Boucharouite, a small museum dedicated to a folk style of handmade rugs from rural Morocco.

 

ITINERARY FOR FAMILIES WITH

CHILDREN UNDER 12

 

Special Activity:

FANTASIA AT CHEZ ALI

Take in a Fantasia at Chez Ali tonight. This folkloric show features traditional music, displays of horsemanship, and fireworks!

 

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Explore the colorful souks (marketplaces) of Marrakech.
  • Visit the medieval Medersa ben Youssef (koranic university) – one of the finest Islamic monuments in North Africa.
  • Visit Djemaa el Fnaa, the greatest square in all of Africa – and perhaps in all the world. It was once the ultimate destination for traders from places as diverse as Venice, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.
  • Head into the souks for a drum-making workshop. Learn how traditional Moroccan tom-tom drums are made and make your own drums as a family.
  • Visit the tropical Majorelle Gardens
  • Visit the enchanting streets and alleys of laid-back Essaouira.
  • Camel trek among the dunes.
  • Enjoy a windsurfing lesson.
  • Head to Terres D’Amanar in the village of Tahanoute. Try their challenging tree climbing and ropes course (complete with safety harnesses).
  • This morning, enjoy a two-hour guided hike with a local mountain guide. Mules will be along if you wish a ride!

 

 

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Morocco special:

 

GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK

 

Giving back option: Al Karam aims to improve the life of poor children in Marrakech who are born into a life of begging, haggling and stealing. The Al Karam Association supports a home for street children in emergency situations and provides activities and education for children living on the street. This allows them to discover independence in their personal development as well as freedom of choice.

 

Giving back option: The American Foundouk, was founded in 1927 and provides veterinary care to the working donkeys of Fes medina. Spend time helping the veterinarian. The American Fondouk is a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to providing people-to-people aid through offering free veterinary care for the hard working donkeys, mules, and horses of Morocco. Treating working animals in the developing world is considered to offer a significant contribution towards safeguarding the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community, both in the towns and in the countryside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving back option: The Fes Children’s library is a recently established lending library in the under-served Medina. Spend time teaching the kids to count in English!