Escape to Morocco - April 2 - 11

Come join us as we spend an incredible 9 nights exploring the souks, squares and shops of Marrakech, before hopping into our desert 4x4s to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we make our way through the High Atlas Mountains. We'll be exploring the ancient desert cities of Ouarzazate, Skoura and Zagora that serve as the gateway to the vastness of the Sahara. We'll explore ancient palaces, centuries old libraries, crumbling kasbahs, meet nomadic tribes and then make our way across the sahara (which literally means desert), before heading back to Marrakech. 

Day 1 -  Arrivals at Marrakesh airport (RAK) and transfer to Riyad to spend the night. Night Dinner in a Riad (Traditional Moroccan house).

Day 2 - After breakfast, we'll take a private tour of Marrakech and historic monuments, then lunch in the souqs. We’ll travel to Marjorelle Gardens in the afternoon to explore before heading back to the Riyad for dinner.

Day 3 - After breakfast, we will bid farewell to Marrakesh for a few days. Travelling comfortably in a 4x4 vehicle to Ouarzazate, we will have lunch in Ait bin Haddou. Travel along the scenic High Atlas mountains, passing through Tich’n’Tichka at an altitude of 2260 meters. We will continue to our final spot of the day in Skoura where the beautiful villagers will make us their guests and have dinner. We’ll spend the night at a Kasbah (old fortress) TBD, that will give us a glimpse into life in rural southern Morocco.

Day 4 - After breakfast in the Kasbah, we’ll explore Skoura by hiking the track of the Palmeraie before heading to our next stop, Zagora. We’ll enjoy lunch enroute to Zagora and once in Zagora visit the old Ksar (Palace) of adobe, Amzerou dating back five centuries, where we’ll also have the chance meet to meet some local people. After a day of exploring, we’ll head to our final stop of the day in Zagora and spend the night.  

Day 5 - After breakfast, we’ll leave Zagora for the vast palm grove of the Draa Valley, and on to Tamgroute to visit the Quranic library. This ancient library houses more than 4000 manuscripts from the 11th century. Continuing to cross the palm grove of the Draa Valley until we start our beautiful and quite bumpy ride to the sand dunes in our 4x4. We will stop along the way for a desert picnic before crossing the Sahara (great desert) to our home for the night. The desert camp is where we’ll enjoy a camel ride, free time to enjoy the giant sand dunes, sunset and dinner at Chigaga in a luxury Camp.

Day 6 - After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to the Sahara and make our way to Iriki lake. We will then visit the gravure rupestres or prehistoric rock engravings before having lunch in Foum Zguide.  

Day 7 - We will spend the day exploring the gravure rupestres or prehistoric rock engravings before having lunch in Foum Zguide. We’ll spend one last night in the gateway to Sahara before leaving for Marrakech in the morning.

Day 8 - We’ll say goodbye to the desert and go directly back to Marrakech for dinner. Spending night in the Riad.

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 at the Riad.

Day 10 - Sadly say our farewells and transfer to Airport.

Price: $1495 is based on double occupancy, all inclusive. Does not include airfare.

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Escape to Morocco - October 1 - 10, 2018

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Architecture Tour of Southern Morocco - 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 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 Dar Si Said and the streets of the Medina. 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. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Maison de la Photographie Museum which houses a beautiful collection of vintage Moroccan photography. We’ll stop 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.

Day 4 - We’ll say goodbye to Marrakech and head to Ait Ben Haddou in 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. After leaving the valley 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 Erg Chigaga, 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 in Marrakech.

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

Price: $1695, double occupancy, all-inclusive. Does not include airfare, alcohol, tips or activities done on the free day in Marrakech.

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Architecture Tour of Northern Morocco - 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 - Enjoy a free day in Marrakech.

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

Price: $1895, double occupancy, all-inclusive. Does not include airfare, alcohol, tips or activities done on the free day in Marrakech.

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