Luxe On A Budget Tours:

morocco

07 - 15 September 2019

Walk through the Red City's ancient palaces and souks, relax on its popular beaches, or have an adventure on the Sahara Desert...

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Morocco's rich culture is shaped by diverse influences; they all add to the unique traditions and customs of the country.

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Morocco is truly a place where mystery and magic await.

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Tour Highlights

  • In-depth tours of the Imperial Cities

  • Delight in the souks of the Red City

  • Experience the High Atlas Mountains

  • Luxury desert camp in the Sahara desert

  • Ride the Erg Chebbi desert dunes at sunset

  • The themed Luxe On A Budget desert party

  • Professional group camera / videographer 

tour details

There are thousands of reasons to explore this majestic country.  Morocco conjures images of mysterious adventures, culinary adventures, and expert negotiating in the markets.  This luxe trip welcomes those who are bold and filled with a sense of intrepid wonder and  a taste for the unexpected.

Day 1 : Casablanca

Arrive in Casablanca, check into Park Suites Hotel & Spa, get refreshed and rested with a fun, cultural dinner in the town centre.

 

 

Day 2 : Casablanca to Chefchaouen

The day starts with a visit to the Mosque of Hassan II, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. The mosque is located on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It can be seen as an imposing building where classical and modern styles are perfectly integrated. With room for 25,000 worshippers and its minaret of 210 meters, this is the second largest mosque in the world. Next, we are heading to the administrative capital of Morocco where most of the embassies are situated. This makes Rabat the second most important city of Morocco. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean and at the mouth of the river Abouregreg. We visit the wonderful Kasbah of Oudaia and lunch at a lovely cafe overlooking the sea.

After this, we visit the Hassan Tower which is the Minaret of an incomplete mosque and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This site was added to UNESCO world heritage in July 1995. We drive further to Chefchouen and spend the night in Hotel Tedar, a gorgeous traditional Riad.

 

 

Day 3 : Chefchaouen - Meknas - Fes

 

After a tasty traditional breakfast, our journey begins. First of all, we'll begin our trip by crossing the streets lined with blue and white houses, where you'll explore new highlights, culture, traditions, and values of native people. Chefchaouen is a wonderful destination for admiring the Rif Mountains as they provide a unique landscape that can't be found in other Moroccan cities.

 

During this fascinating walk trip to the blue city, we'll enjoy the panoramic landscape and clean air. Before our arrival to the heart of Chefchaouen. In addition to that, we'll discover the famous plaza Uta el-Hammam in the heart of the medina that is surrounded by traditional cafes and restaurants.

 

Next, we'll lead you to see The Kasbah, a refurbished castle with a beautiful garden, a small ethnographic museum and art gallery.

 

After discovering all that Chefchaouen has to offer, we drive to the beautiful city of Meknes. Meknes was the old capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). That’s why it’s one of the imperial cities. The origin dates back to the 8th century, where the Kasbah was inhabited by a Berber tribe called Meknasa. The Almovarids founded a fortress in the 9th century. Following visits are planned during the day :

 

  • Bab Mansur which is one of the biggest gates of Moulay Ismail and the most important in North Africa. It is classified as the most beautiful gate in the world.

  • HRI Souani which is the most famous historical monument in Meknes located in the northern part of the Royal Palace

Later on, we continue on the road to Fes and overnight in Riad Le Sucrier de Fes - a riad in the old Medina of Fes

 

 

Day 4 : Fes

 

Our day trip in Fes starts with a walking tour to discover this city. It is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Rabat,

Marrakesh and it’s one of the four imperial cities. It consists of three separate parts: Fes-Jdid (New Fes), Fes-Ebali (Old Fes) and the Nouvelle Ville (the French created this newest section of Fes).

After a walk in the Medina, we will visit the most important monuments in the city, such as:

  • The University of Al Karaouine founded in 859 which is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world

  • The Leather-dyeing pits.

  • The Merenid Tombs

  • AL-Attarine Madrasa

 

Day 5 : Fez to the Sahara Desert (Merzouga)

 

We will set off early in the morning to Ifrane, known by Moroccans as the small Switzerland of Morocco. Afterwards, we cross the biggest cedar forest of the Middle Atlas and have a photo-stop opportunity of the native monkeys in their natural habitat. We drive over the Tizi n Talghamt pass to arrive in Midelt (famous for its apple trees) where we have a lunch break before continuing the journey to the valley of Ziz and to finally arrive at the end of the day in Merzouga desert. A truly opulent night under the dazzling African stars awaits you as we check into our 5* luxury desert camp lodgings at The Orient Desert Camp, deep in the heart of the Merzouga desert. Dinner is a lavish traditional Moroccan dinner around a white-hot campfire and the revelries will continue with a signature themed Luxe On A Budget Tour party.

 

Day 6 : Merzouga sightseeing tour and Camel ride

 

Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will make a tour of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the nomadic way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the of the desert. We will visit the village of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional Berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.

 

Day 7 : Tamsahlte - Ouarzazate - Ait ben Haddou - Marrakech.

 

On the way to Marrakech, we will pass the village of 45 kasbahs where you have a splendid view over the village.

Continue the way to cross the north part of the Draa valley which is considered to be the longest valley in Morocco with its 240 km of the palm grove and Berber villages.

 

The valley we are driving through was an important road for the caravans of traders. We continue along the stunningly beautiful road to Ait Ben Haddou where we have lunch. This is the most famous fortified Kasbah in Southern Morocco and is listed by UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch, we visit the Kasbah. This has been used as the backdrop for many Hollywood films, as it built on a hill you can walk to the top and have a beautiful view over the mountains, the desert and kasbah's verdant terraced gardens which were also used as an ideal film location for films such as Gladiator and Alexander the Great,

 

At the end of day, we cross The High Atlas Mountains to arrive at Riad First in Marrakech.

 

 

Day 8 : City Guide Marrakech 

 

Today, we will meet our certified city guide at your accommodation where our day of excitement and discovery begins. di We will visit the Koutoubia Mosque. Koutoubia is one of the most beautiful Masjid in Marrakech. The mosque is built in the 12th century and with its minaret of 70 meters high, it is a symbol of this red city.

 

After Koutoubia Mosque,  we start walking to the kasbah where the Tombs of the Saadieden are located. Here are buried 4 sultans and 62 relatives from the powerful dynasty of the Saadieden. We will continue to exploration by visiting the famous Jemaa el Fna Square and Souks, finishing our day at Palace Bahia.

Day 9 : Airport return

All good things must come to an end and such, our time in Morocco is over! Check out at the specified time and we will depart for the airport unless alternative plans have been arranged.

book this tour if:

  • You love an Instagram ready location - the architecture is breathtaking!

  • Shopping in the souks sounds exciting; who's ready to buy spices?

  • You're ready to relax in stunning accommodations

  • Visiting the Sahara Desert is on your bucket list

also included:

  • 9 days / 8 Nights Accommodation (dinner and breakfast included)

  • 2 nights stay in a Luxury Desert Camp in the Sahara desert

  • Cities guide ( Casablanca, Rabat, Meknas, Fes and Marrakech.

  • 4 x 4 Vehicle (approved by Moroccan Ministry of Tourism)

  • Group videographer (additional charge for personal use)

  • Camel trek in Sahara desert

  • English speaking Driver / Guide 

  • Fuel charges

  • Airport transfer

not included:

  • International flights

  • Visa and passport fees

  • Travel and contents insurance

  • Activities not listed above

  • Drinks and lunch 

  • Personal expenses including tips

morocco

7-15 September 2019 | £850 | £150 deposit

Monthly payment plan available; last payment due 4 weeks prior to departure date

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