Escape to Essaouria Tour - October 1 - 9, 2018

Come join us as we spend an incredible 8 nights exploring the souks, squares and shops of Marrakech, before saying goodbye and making our way to the Atlantic coast where we'll explore the beauty of the cities that dot the landscape along the ocean.

Day 1 -  Arrivals at Marrakesh airport (RAK) and transfer to the beautiful Riad where we'll stay during our time in Marrakech. We will enjoy dinner together in the Riad (Traditional Moroccan house).

Day 2 - After breakfast, we'll take a private tour of the old medina, souks and historic monuments. We'll stop for lunch before taking some time for shopping in the Medina. In the afternoon, we’ll travel to Jardin Majorelle, created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and renovated by Yves Saint Laurent, in the afternoon. After the gardens we will have dinner back at the Riad.

Day 3 - After breakfast, we will bid farewell to Marrakech for a few days. Traveling comfortably to the coast we'll explore the beautiful city of Essaouira. We'll take our time exploring this laid back city, enjoying the best it has to offer. Lunch will be at a local oceanside seafood market where we'll choose our food and watch as they prepare it for us. After lunch, the medina awaits. Smaller and much less hectic than Marrakech, it provides and opportunity for leisurely strolls through the beautiful, white washed buildings and for shopping. After a bit of shopping, we'll take a short ride over to Mogador Island to enjoy a leisurely ride along the beach on camels. Then we'll head to the Riad to relax before dinner.

Day 4 - After breakfast, we leave Essaouria for Agadir. A newly rebuilt city, after being destroyed by a major earthquake in 1960, only a few remnants of it's history remain, but it's still known for it's laid back atmosphere. We'll take a hike above the city to see the remains of the Kasbah, one of the only remaining examples of medieval architecture left in the city. One of the few buildings not destroyed by the earthquake, it's position provides a stunning view of the city below. Taking some time to stop in the medina, which is a replica of the original built using traditional construction methods and materials, we'll enjoy lunch. We'll head to our Riad to relax before dinner, spending the night there.

Day 5 - After breakfast, we’ll leave for Tiznit. This little known town is best known for it's beautiful culture and is also one of the best places for traditional, locally made silver Berber jewelry. We'll spend some time wandering around the market and souk taking in the local Berber culture. After having lunch, we'll visit La Plage Blanche. This is where the desert meets the sea. This gorgeous white sand desert ends at the Atlantic Ocean and is the backdrop for a beautiful beachside break.

Day 6 - After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to the coast and head back to Marrakech where we'll enjoy lunch at the Riad where we started our adventure. We'll spend the rest of the afternoon shopping before heading back to the Riad to relax before dinner.

Day 7 - We will escape the city for a day tour to of the three valleys that lie at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. We'll depart for Ourika where we'll see a number of Berber villages. We'll continue on to the village of Siti-Fars where we will enjoy a traditional breakfast. After breakfast we'll drive through the Atlas Mountains to Plateau Kik, which is a beautiful area surrounded by green fields in the winter months. We'll stop for lunch at Agrgor and stop to see the dam at Lalla Takerkoust. Afterwards we'll head back to Marrakech.

Day 8 - Free day, time for shopping in Marrakech, We’ll enjoy a free day to roam, have lunch in the big square, Jemma El Fna. On our final night together, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and entertainment to end the night.

Day 9 - Sadly, we'll say our farewells and transfer to the Airport.

Price: $1995 based on double occupancy, $2395 Single occupancy 

What's included:

  • 2 Airport transfers
  • 3 meals per day (except travel day to/from Marrakech from home country.)
  • Locally owned luxury accommodation while on the tour. 
  • Private transportation while on the tour
  • Private guided tours
  • Time for shopping
  • Entry into historic sites, museums and gardens
  • Fun, incredible experiences and lots of bonding time!

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • All tips
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Activities or food on free days
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers/transportation for activities on free days

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance can be divided into 2 equal payments, with final payment due 2 months before the trip date. 

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit and subsequent payments are a commitment and each payment becomes non-refundable at the time it is received. If you cancel prior to 2 months before the start of the trip and your reserved spot can be transferred to another person, we will refund any previous payments less the $500 deposit. No refunds or transfers will be available after your final payment.

*By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to the above Cancellation Policy and to purchase your own trip insurance.

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Architecture Tour of Marrakech and the Sahara - October 15 - 25, 2018

The Architecture of Morocco is heavily influenced by Spain, France, Islam during the Idrisid period and the Berber culture. Originally ruled by the Berber clans, it was originally known as the Berber Kingdom of Mauritania. The Berber people, who have inhabited Morocco since prehistoric times, have had a strong influence on the ancient architecture and remain an important part of the country’s cultural heritage. We’ll explore all of these aspects, and more, that make up the rich architectural history of Morocco.

Day 1 - Arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, settle into your Riad, relax and have time for dinner.

Day 2 - We’ll take a private guided tour to see several buildings of architectural importance including Dar Si Siad, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and a private tour of the Heritage Museum that is still owned by a family who has opened it up to the public. We’ll stop for lunch before continuing on our tour of Dar Si Said and the streets of the Medina where we'll learn about the history of the architecture of the old city and it's different areas. There are architectural jewels that are present within every twist and turn of the Medina. After our tour we’ll head back to the Riad to prepare for dinner.

Day 3 - Continuing to explore Marrakech we will spend time at Almoravid Koubba, a 12th century building and last remaining example of Almoravid architecture. The site includes a large cistern, remnants of fountains and a beautifully restored dome. We'll enjoy a private tour, explaining the history of the complex and it's importance in Marrakechi history. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Maison de la Photographie Museum which houses a beautiful collection of vintage Moroccan photography. We’ll learn about the history of the house before stopping for tea on the terrace which overlooks the medina. To complete our day we’ll stop at the Jewish Quarter, the walled city was one separated from the rest of the city and contains a spice market, gold souk and Jewish cemetery. We'll stop for lunch along the way, during our tour. After concluding our tour, we'll head back to the Riad to relax before dinner and prepare to leave for the desert.

Day 4 - We’ll say goodbye to Marrakech and head to Ait Ben Haddou near Ourazazate. This ancient ksar (group of fortified Kasbahs) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and jewel at the gateway to the sahara. We’ll get a private tour of the site and explanation of the history of this fascinating city, which is still inhabited by a few families. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, we'll continue on to the Dades Valley where we’ll spend the night at Dar Jnan Tiouira.

Day 5 - After breakfast in the beautiful Dades Valley, we’ll get a tour of Dar Jnan Tiouira from the owner Mastapha who took 12 years to build using traditional construction methods and materials. Before going to Zagora we'll stop at Todgha Gorge, a series of limestone river canyons (wadi) in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. After leaving the gorge we’ll continue on to Zagora, located in the Draa River Valley, stopping along the way to visit the old Quranic Library located in a tiny town called Tamagroute. The library houses over 4000 old manuscripts and was prized for it's intellectual, religious and historical importance. We’ll enjoy lunch, dinner and spend the night in Zagora.

Day 6 - You can’t come to Morocco and not see the desert! We’ll make our way to Merzouga and the surrounding areas, one of two of the major deserts in Morocco and enjoy the gorgeous great sand dunes in the sunset, a delicious dinner, traditional music and a night under the desert sky.

Day 7 - We’ll spend our last day in the area surrounding the desert by exploring Iriki Lake to see the prehistoric rock engravings of Ait Ouaazik. Found throughout the Sahara, rock art in Morocco is mostly found in the Atlas Mountains and the desert area to the south and east. Most of the engravings depict life and animals in the region. We'll stop for lunch before heading to our last stop in the desert for the night. 

Day 8 - We’ll say goodbye to the desert and head back to Marrakech. 

Day 9 - Free day. Time for shopping in Marrakech, We’ll enjoy a free day to roam, have lunch in the big square, Jemma El Fna. On our final night together, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and entertainment to end the night.

Day 10 - Sadly, we’ll say goodbye to Morocco.

Price: $2195 double occupancy, $2595 single occupancy

What's included:

  • 2 Airport transfers
  • 3 meals per day (except travel day to/from Marrakech from home country.)
  • Locally owned luxury accommodation while on the tour.
  • Private transportation while on the tour
  • Private guided tours
  • Time for shopping
  • Entry into historic sites, museums and gardens
  • Fun, incredible experiences and lots of bonding time!

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • All tips
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Activities or food on free days
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers/transportation for activities on free days

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance can be divided into 2 equal payments, with final payment due 2 months before the trip date. 

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit and subsequent payments are a commitment and each payment becomes non-refundable at the time it is received. If you cancel prior to 2 months before the start of the trip and your reserved spot can be transferred to another person, we will refund any previous payments less the $500 deposit. No refunds or transfers will be available after your final payment.

*By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to the above Cancellation Policy and to purchase your own trip insurance.

Drop us an email to sign up or get more information! 

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Architecture Tour of Marrakech and Fes - November 1 - 10, 2018

Day 1 - Arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, settle into your Riad, relax and have dinner.

Day 2 - We’ll take a private guided tour to see several buildings of architectural importance including Ben Yousef Madrasa, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, and a private tour of the Heritage Museum that is still owned by a family who has opened it up to the public. We’ll stop for lunch before continuing on our tour of the medina. After our tour we’ll head back to the Riad to prepare for dinner.

Day 3 - Continuing to explore Marrakech we will spend time at Almoravid Koubba, a 12th century building and last remaining example of Almoravid architecture in Marrakech. The site includes a large cistern, remnants of fountains and a beautifully restored dome. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Maison de la Photographie Museum which houses a beautiful collection of vintage Moroccan photography depicting life and the people of Morocco. We’ll stop for tea on the terrace which overlooks the medina. We’ll stop at the Jewish Quarter, the walled city was one separated from the rest of the city and contains a spice market, gold souk and Jewish cemetery. Jardin Marjorelle will be our final stop of the day and is a must when visiting Marrakech because of it’s importance as a museum and botanical gardens. Created by French Orientalist Artist Jacques Marjorelle, it features a Cubist villa designed by French architect Paul Sinoir.

Day 4 - After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to Marrakech and head to Fes. Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and was founded in 8th - 9th centuries during the Idrisid dynasty. We’ll stop along the way for lunch and sightseeing in the Atlas Mountains. 

Day 5 - Fes is home to one of the largest surviving medinas on earth, Fes el Bali, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll learn the history of this unique place and while in the medina we’ll tour Madrasa Bou Inania, one of the best examples of Merenid architecture, which showcases the work of master artisans from the 14th century with intricately carved woodwork, stucco and zellige tile work. We’ll also explore the layout of the old medina, the streets and smaller derbs (alleyways), historic gates, smaller buildings and Madrasa el-Attarine. Madrasa el-Attarine is another great example of Merenid architecture that we will spend time admiring.

Day 6 - The Mellah (old Jewish Quarter) of Fes is home to the Aben-Danan Synagogue, which we’ll visit along with the cemetery and museum. We’ll then head above the city to see the 16th century fortress of Borj Nord before visiting Volubilis, the former Mauritanian capital founded in the 3rd century B.C. as part of the Roman empire.

Day 7 - We will leave Fes for a few hours to explore Bhalil, a fascinating little village with beautiful cave dwellings, still inhabited, that date back to the 4th century. Along with the cave houses, the village is home to many colorful houses and a network of bridges that dot the landscape. After leaving Bhalil, the city of Meknes will be our final stop for the day. Once there, we’ll visit Bab Mansour, an imperial gate leading into the city, the mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail and the Museum of Moroccan Art.

Day 8 - After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to Fes and head back to Marrakech. 

Day 9 - Free day. Time for shopping in Marrakech, We’ll enjoy a free day to roam, have lunch in the big square, Jemma El Fna. On our final night together, we’ll enjoy a beautiful dinner together.

Day 10 - We’ll say goodbye to Morocco, until next time!

Price: $2195 double occupancy, $2595 single occupancy

What's included:

  • 2 Airport transfers
  • 3 meals per day (except travel day to/from Marrakech from home country.)
  • All accommodation while on the tour
  • Private transportation while on the tour
  • Private guided tours
  • Time for shopping
  • Entry into historic sites, museums and gardens
  • Fun, incredible experiences and lots of bonding time!

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • All tips
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Activities or food on free days
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers/transportation for activities on free days

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance can be divided into 2 equal payments, with final payment due 2 months before the trip date. 

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit and subsequent payments are a commitment and each payment becomes non-refundable at the time it is received. If you cancel prior to 2 months before the start of the trip and your reserved spot can be transferred to another person, we will refund any previous payments less the $500 deposit. No refunds or transfers will be available after your final payment.

*By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to the above Cancellation Policy and to purchase your own trip insurance.

Drop us an email to sign up or get more information!