Morocco - Journeys Rediscovered Ladies Immersion Small Group Tour
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Immersion Tour Unique to Journeys Rediscovered
“Morocco – Ladies Immersion Small Group Journey”
Small Group Tour of no more than 12
Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen – Fes – The Sahara – Atlas Mountains – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
13 days/12 nights
- 1 night accommodation in Rabat
- 2 nights accommodation in Chefchaouen
- 3 nights accommodation in Fes
- 2 nights accommodation in The Shara Desert
- 1 night in Dades Valley
- 3 nights Marrakech
- Breakfast daily at hotels
- Other meals & tastings included as per itinerary at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
- All private transfers
- All activities included as per itineraryEntrance fees
- Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide
Contact Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).
Boutique 4- 5 star accommodation & Luxury Camp. Twin share. Single Supplements available.
Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).
Boutique 4- 5 star accommodation & Luxury Camp. (Twin share, single supplements available.)
Day 1 – Casablanca/ Rabat: After exiting immigration, customs, and baggage claim, you will be greeted by your private guide and driver just outside the airport. From the airport, you’ll drive for 1.5 hours north to the capital city of Rabat. Once you arrive in the city you’ll check-in at your riad to freshen-up.
After freshening up, you will check out the city’s key sights with a lunch break (not included): First off, you’ll stop at the Chellah necropolis. Established originally as a Phoenician colony, the ruins feature remnants of Roman settlements from the 2nd century, and early Arab rebuilds as early as the 7th century. From the Chellah, you’ll head to the Yacoub al-Mansour Esplanade which is home to two must-see monuments: First, the King’s Mausoleum, which was built in 1971 and which houses the remains of the late king Hassan II, Prince Abdallah, and their father King MohamedV. In front of the Mausoleum, you will find the Hassan Tower, an incomplete red sandstone minaret which began construction in 1195AD. The next stop in your visit will be the Kasbah des Ouadayas, an Almohad fortress built in 1150AD. After sightseeing the Kingdom’s capital, you can take a stroll through the winding blue streets in the Ouadayas, and enjoy a mint tea at Cafe Maure overlooking the Bou Regreg River.
Once you come back from your visits, you will have dinner included at the riad and an evening at leisure to relax.
Day 2 – Chefchaouen: Have a leisurely morning and then head out for the 5-hour drive to Chefchaouen with lunch included en route. Upon arrival at Chefchaouen, you’ll check-in to your property. A bit before sunset, you’ll have the option to do a hike up to the Spanish Mosque for some incredible views (~45 mins uphill). The group will meet up for dinner back at the riad.
Meals included:B L D
Day 3 – Chefchaouen: Exploring the Blue Pearl of Morocco. Known for its signature powder-blue walls and its calming charms, the village was founded in 1471AD. You will be met by a local photographer who will be with you and your guide for what should be a great morning of discovery! He will lead you to his favorite haunts as well as the signature locations of Chefchaouen, starting with the Kasbah in the center of town offering breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the tower. You can also meander up the town’s waterfall, where locals meet to chat and do laundry, where you can relax with your toes in the water at one of the river bank’s small coffee shops! Throughout your morning, you’ll be led by an amazing guide who will show you the town’s best spots in the blue village!
When the guided tour ends, you’ll have lunch included in the medina. Then have some free time to go shopping. The rest of the afternoon & evening is at leisure.
Meals included:B L
Day 4 – Nzala Women’s Cooperative & Welcome to Fes: After breakfast, you’ll depart for a 4.5 hour drive to Fes with stops en route at the Nzala Women’s Cooperative. The cooperative is dedicated to helping local female artisans gain economic independence by selling their designs online and in larger shops. You’ll join some of the women of the cooperative for a special home-cooked meal and discussion about the cooperative, their designs, and women in Morocco more generally. The ladies will be happy to show you some of the intricately embroidered homegoods they design and you can do some shopping to support their cause if you’d like.
After lunch at the cooperative, you’ll continue to Fes, arriving in the late afternoon and checking-in to your riad! Enjoy a welcome mint tea and have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner tonight is included at your riad.
Meals included:B L D
Day 5 – Fes: After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a jam-packed day of touring with your guide! Founded in 781AD, Fes is now considered the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Beware of mule-drawn carriages that speed through the alleyways, and check out a local pharmacy with its mysterious canisters of roots, flowers and powders. Your day will also include stops at the medina’s Jewish quarter, the medersas, and the legendary tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare Moroccan leather which is then used in a variety of goods from clothing to bags and other handicrafts. In addition, you’ll also stop by the world’s oldest and longest operating learning institution, the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859AD. Lunch will be included in a local restaurant.
Your dinner tonight is included but we’ll be happy to offer some tasty meal recommendations!
Meals included:B L
Day 6 – Craft & Design in Fes: This morning you’ll have a leather bookbinding workshop with a local artisan. Learn first the history and techniques of producing leather. Then try your hand at etching some designs and stitching the notebook together. You’ll walk away from the workshop with a cute new souvenir and a better appreciation for Moroccan artisanship. Lunch and the afternoon is on your own. You can go shopping or get a hammam at the riad. This evening you’ll have a special dinner at Dar Romana, a gourmet Moroccan-French restaurant.
Meals included:B D
Day 7 – Into The Sahara: Your day begins as you embark on an early morning scenic drive that will lead you to the golden dunes of the Sahara! The drive includes several scenic stops along the way including at the Cedar Forest to see some Barbary Monkeys and in the Ziz Valley with its spectacular palm oases. Your drive will take a total of roughly 10 hours including a lunch stop and other sightseeing en route. It ends at your riad on the edge of the dunes. You’ll have dinner and then rest after a long day.
Meals included:B L D
Day 8 – Camels & Sand Dunes: After breakfast, you’ll head south of Merzouga further into the Sahara to the village of the village of Khemliya. This ancient desert village is thought to have been founded by escaped slaves who also brought the special Gnawa music with them. Khemliya has always been an important place for Gnawa as some of the best-known Gnawa musicians have lived hear over the years. You’ll head to a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy a special interactive Gnawa performance. If you’d like after lunch, you can drive to Mfis to see where they mine Baryte crystals and also do some of the most impressive fossil excavations.
In the late afternoon, you’ll head back to Merzouga where the paved road ends and sand dunes begin. You’ll hop out from the car and onto the camels that will take you on a beautiful path through the tall sand dunes arriving into your luxury camp. Mint tea will be served as you arrive, after which you’ll have some time to enjoy the camp and contemplate the peaceful quiet of the Sahara. Dinner is included at the camp will be served at your convenience, followed by a campfire and some live music by the camp’s staff who will perform tribal music for you. You can then enjoy the starlit sky before going to sleep in the comforts of your well-appointed tent.
Meals included:B L D
Day 9 – Kasbahs & Gorges: Fresh from your Saharan adventure, this is the day you’ll explore the mesmerizing rock formations and twisty roads of the gorges of the Atlas Mountains! Your day begins with optional sandboarding and sunrise over the dunes in your luxury camp, followed by a hearty breakfast and a departure from your camp heading towards Rissani and Sijilmassa, and you’ll continue onto Tinghir for lunch. After lunch included en route, you’ll continue onto Ouarzazate where you’ll check-in at your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner for that night is at your property.
Meals included:B L D
Day 10 – Marrakech: Fresh from a good night’s sleep, you’ll start the day at the ancient fortress of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before heading to the beautiful ochre city of Marrakech. A UNESCO world heritage site located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, the fort of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. The fort is a mainly collective grouping of dwellings, with imposing defensive walls that are reinforced by angle towers and pierced with a baffle gate. It is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques.
After lunch near the Kasbah, you’ll continue towards Marrakech on one of the most scenic drives you’re likely to take in your life, venturing through the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains and back down on the other side into the dry flat plains of Marrakech. You should expect to arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon to Marrakech and have some time to freshen up and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Meals included:B L D
Day 11 – Marrakech: We won’t judge you for wanting to linger at your breakfast table, but we hope you’ll be ready to tackle your jam-packed day of sightseeing in Marrakech! Your day will break up into a morning and afternoon block, with a stop for lunch in between (which is not included). In the morning, you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque (the iconic sight of Marrakech), the Bahia Palace (a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture), and the Saadian tombs. Afterward you will head to the medina for lunch, followed by afternoon visits of the medina and the souks.
As you walk through the medina, you will also see the Jewish quarter and delve into the myriad pathways of the Souk. The term Souk refers to the markets, and the markets of Marrakech are located in a serpentine set of alleyways with twists and turns that can confuse even frequent travelers to the city! Our expert guide can give you an overview of how the souk is laid out and where the different sections are located, each focused on a different set of goods (Clothes, spices, lamps, shoes, traditional crafts, etc). As day turns to night, you’ll head to D’jemaa El Fna square for a spectacle unlike any other - with snake charmers, musical performances, and henna artists combining for a circus of activity. You will have dinner (not included) and the evening at leisure to relax.
Meals included:B L
Day 12 – Marrakech: Marjorelle Gardens, YSL Museum & Moroccan Tangine Cooking Class. Your day will begin with your driver picking you up from your riad to head for the Majorelle Gardens. Global fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent made his 2nd home in Marrakech for many decades, and his vision drove every detail behind the lush Gardens, accompanied by a small but must-see Berber Museum! After your visit to the Majorelle Gardens, you can head next door to the Yves Saint- Laurent Museum, which honors the fashion icon’s love of Marrakech and builds upon the collections housed at the Majorelle Gardens. The building itself is a work of art and houses a permanent collection of some of YSL’s best-known designs along with rotating installations dedicated to themes about which he cared. Taking your time to enjoy the gardens and the two museums which should take no more than 3 hours in total, so you’ll be done with your visit by 1pm. After lunch, you’ll have some free time to either keep exploring the city on your own or to enjoy a hammam spa appointment (extra cost).
In the evening you’ll gather back together for a special farewell dinner: a Moroccan Tagine Cooking Class! Accompanied by a local “dada”, or expert cook, and with the help of an English translator, you will dig into all of the key components of a Moroccan meal, starting with how to prepare the famous Moroccan mint tea. Next, you’ll sample some tasty local bread and here all about how we cook traditional Moroccan bread. From there, the hands-on portion of the course begins as you will prepare two different staples of Moroccan starters, a tomato and cucumber salad and a 2nd salad using eggplant (please note: the exact salads may change depending on the day’s ingredients). After that, you’ll finally learn to prepare your main course, the famous Moroccan Tagine of chicken with preserved lemons. While your tagine is cooking over the fire, you’ll also prepare Moroccan cookies with almond paste. The class ends with a dinner where you eat your very own masterpiece! The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Meals included:B D
Day 13 – Marrakech: After breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and drive to Marrakech airport (0.5 hour) or Casablanca Airport (3 hours drive) for your departure flight.
Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.
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Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group – Ladies Immersion Journey of Morocco will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.
Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.
Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.
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