Ladies Essence of Morocco Tour

 Magnificent Morocco!

Just hearing the name brings up vibrant images of an ancient and rich North African culture and traditions.

Moorish, Arab and Amazigh architecture will be a feast for the eye, whilst exotic souqs selling colourful and traditional djellabahs and pointy babouches line the streets of this majestic destination .

Culturally, traditionally, and historically compelling, Morocco has always been one of the world’s most incredible travel destinations. A country loved by female travellers, with a preference for travelling in a group.

Savour the irresistible but delicate taste of many different spices and textures that make up Moroccan cuisine.

This diverse country stretches from its vast Atlantic coastline to the snowy tops of the mighty Atlas Mountains.  Spring transforms the deep green valleys into a kaleidoscope of colours, blanketed in wildflowers for as far as the eye can see.

All this, combined with the largest desert on earth, the Sahara, makes Morocco an irresistible traveller’s dream.

FAST FACTS

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Group Size: Max 10 Ladies (sharing)
Limited Single Supplements Available & upon request ONLY.
Feel free to book Solo!
Destination: Morocco
Accommodation: Various Hotels, Riads and a Luxury Desert Tented Camp
Includes: All  Breakfasts, three lunches & two dinners.
All planned activities, excursions & local transfers.
Excludes: International flights, visas, soft drinks & alcoholic beverages, tips and anything not specified in the itinerary.
Interests: Sightseeing, Moroccan Culture, Cuisine, History, Curio shopping, and fun!
The Tour is led by Linda Ricketts, an experienced South African guide, passionate and very knowledgeable about Morocco.

Your SOUTH AFRICAN  Hostess Linda

Day of arrival

Welcome to Morocco & Casablanca!

Welcome in Morocco!

Arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, meet your transport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free time to relax or explore the surroundings. *If your flight arrives early, we will have time in the afternoon for an optional tour of the Hassan II Mosque.

A meet-and-greet group dinner at a local restaurant will follow an official overview of our tour. Overnight at Hotel Moroccan House

-Meal plan: none

 

Day 2

Casablanca to Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we will depart to Chefchaouen via Rabat, where we will enjoy a short visit to the Hassan Tower (Minaret of an incomplete 12th-century Mosque) and the mausoleum of Mohammed V. We will continue to the 50 Shades of Blue City – the Pearl of Morocco – Chefchaouen. Local lunch will be along the way. On arrival, we will check into our riad, followed by a short orientation tour of the Place Outa el Hammam and main souks, with free time to explore. Dinner will be at a local restaurant of your choice. Overnight at Riad Dar Yakout

-Meal plan: breakfast

Day 3

Chefchaouen

After breakfast, the rest of the day is free to explore and get lost in the blue souks and alleyways. Visit the old Kasbah (Alcazaba) and Mellah (Jewish) area, get scrubbed in a local hammam, explore the Outa el Hamam square (live Amazigh music at night) or just stroll around the colourful medina and tiny shops. We will have a late afternoon hike to the site of an old unused Spanish Mosque to enjoy a breath-taking view of the blue city while listening to the Call to Prayer. Lunch and dinner will be at local restaurants of your choice. Overnight at Riad Dar Yakout

-Meal plan: breakfast

Day 4

Chefchaouen to Fes

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the blue city and depart to the ancient Imperial city of Fes. Our journey will be interrupted by an hour’s visit to the magnificent and well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis (UNESCO World Heritage site) at the foot of Jebel Zerhoun, followed by a local lunch. In Fes, we will check into our riad, followed by an optional local family 4-course pastilla dinner, Amazigh music and an opportunity to play dress up in elaborate Moroccan kaftans and djellabah. Overnight at Riad al Makan or similar

-Meal plan: breakfast

Day 5

Fes

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the blue city and depart to the ancient Imperial city of Fes. Our journey will be interrupted by an hour’s visit of the magnificent and well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis (UNESCO world heritage site) at the foot of Jebel Zerhoun, followed by a local lunch. In Fes, we will check into our riad, followed by an optional local family 4-course pastilla dinner, Amazigh music and an opportunity to play dress up in elaborate Moroccan kaftans and dlellabah. Overnight at Riad al Makan or similar

– Meal plan: breakfast

Day 6

Fes to Merzouga

Today is a long drive with an early start at 7am. We will depart to Merzouga through Ifrane, Morocco’s Swiss village complete with ski slopes, for a coffee stop. Our next stop will be the Azrou cedar forests to view and feed the Barbary monkeys. Our lunch will be on a family-run apple farm near Midelt. We will follow the desert road and admire the great expanse and panoramic views of the Gorges du Ziz. Upon arrival at the desert town of Merzouga, we will don our turbans and embark on an exciting and memorable sunset camel safari into the orange desert dunes to our luxury desert camp. On the way, ample time will be allowed for your sunset photo memories of a lifetime! We will have mint tea on arrival and enjoy a traditional dinner with ethnic (traditional North-African) drumming, singing and dancing around the fire, while at the same time gaze in awe at the shimmering silver of the stunning milky way. Overnight in Merzouga desert at Golden Camp

Meal plan: takeaway breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Merzouga to Ksar Aït Ben Haddou

After early sunrise breakfast, we will depart back to Merzouga village via 4×4 transport and leave for our new destination – the crumbling ancient Ksar Aït Ben Haddou (UNESCO world heritage site). We will have a short stop at the Khettaras (ancient underwater system), and continue to Todra Gorge with a picnic lunch to eat while strolling through the orange limestone gorge and cliffs, Dades Valley, Rose Valley, Skoura and Ouarzazate. In Rose Valley, we will have a short stop at a women’s rose products co-operative to learn how rose oil products are made from the thousands of roses harvested here yearly in April/May (Opportunity to buy locally-produced rose oil products). We will check into our riad with free time to relax. Overnight at Hotel la Rose de Sable

-Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 8

Ksar Aït Ben Haddou to Marrakech

After breakfast, we will visit the local women’s carpet co-operative to learn how hand-woven Amazigh carpets are woven on the loom (An opportunity to buy coveted locally-made Amazigh carpets). We will follow the bridge to the ksar and visit the small, charming shops hidden around unexpected corners, explore the crooks and crannies of the crumbling structure and have refreshments on the carpeted terrace. For the brave and fit, it’s a short walk upstairs to the top wall with magnificent views of the ksar. A highlight is to see how the famous coffee/tea fire paintings are created! We will depart to the magical Imperial red city of Marrakech by crossing the stunning and scenic Tizi n’Tichka high Atlas Mountain pass with more than 800 turns. We will stop at a local women’s argan oil co-operative for a traditional argan oil-making demonstration (an opportunity to buy organic argan oil products). Lunch will be barbequed kebabs in a local village on the pass. Arriving in Marrakech, we will check into our riad, followed by a short orientation tour of the famous Jemaa el Fna, a labyrinth of medina alleyways, souks and Mosques. Enjoy free time for the rest of the late afternoon and evening to explore. A rooftop dinner at a restaurant of your choice is highly recommended! Overnight at Riad Zahri

-Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

Day 9

Marrakech

Today we will discover and explore the wonders of exotic Marrakech! After breakfast, we will visit the famous Jemaa el Fna, followed by a visit to the souks, to discover the secret spices that make all Moroccan dishes delectable and delicious. Time to learn the art of bargaining your way through the magnitude of magical traditional products and enjoy a fabulous day of shopping and exploring! For those interested, Marrakech offers a variety of fabulous palaces and gardens to explore. Local lunch in the souks. Optional organic henna hand tattoo! Our farewell dinner will be a lively evening of street food in the famous Jemaa el Fna, while opening yourself up to its noisy, busy, vibrant, and magical nightlife. Overnight at Riad Zahri

-Meal plan: breakfast

Day of Departure

Marrakech to Casablanca

After breakfast, we will depart back to Casablanca with drop off at the Mohammed V International airport at a time suitable to your flight departure schedule

 

END OF YOUR TOUR