14 – 24 October 2020
(ONLY 1 Twinshare place left)
Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs. Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define the home of the Maghreb. This magical tour will give you a glimpse of the friendliness, vibrancy and flavour of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot.
The terrain of Morocco has informed my dreams since I was a child, as a magical and wondrous place. I would like to invite you to join me on an enchanted journey to re-awaken the magic in your life, through listening to the heartbeat of Morocco. By staying in the Medina and engaging with these ancient cities rhythms and customs. Being mystically transported, (or just woken up) by the call to prayer, drinking mint in the souks, finding exquisite restaurants, walking through beautiful gardens and staying in the Sahara desert under a million stars. We visit romantic Casablanca with its rich history and traditions. Explore the colourful city of Chefchaouen and the medieval city of Fez, seeing amazing architecture, spice markets and tanneries, take a camel ride to our camp in the Sahara and stay in cosmopolitan Marrakech, let the Magic begin ……
This Inspirational Journey is for you if:
You want to explore an ancient and magical place.
You want to travel to an exotic location, but perhaps wouldn’t do it on your own.
You adore learning about different cultures and peoples.
You really enjoy eating Moroccan food and trying new things.
You are excited to explore the souks and medinas with all their colour and vibrancy.
You want to visit the place that “Casablanca” and “Gladiator”was filmed.
Two nights in an historic Kasbah has you imagining Arabian Nights.
A nights in the desert glamping under the stars sounds like heaven to you.
As the sun set on another magical day in this red country, you watch the merchants in their Djellaba close up shop for the day and you wander past small coffee houses and colourful lantern displays back to your welcoming Riad.
Entering this hidden exotic space, you make your way to your room which can only be described as romantic, complete with lush soft furnishings and a Moroccan tiled bathroom.
Resting onto the day bed in your room, you can’t help smiling about the delightful day you just had walking through the gardens, shopping for perfumes and handmade gifts, visiting a museum, eating in charming restaurants, and exploring with your amazing new friends!
Ah…the delights of Morocco! During our trip we will be staying in a selection of modern hotels and charming Riads, as well as a rustic fortified city and camping in the Sahara Desert!
Discover Historical Casablanca, Colourful Chefchaouen, Ancient Fez, Saharan Nights and the Magic of Marrakech!
Day 1 – 14 October Casablanca
Casablanca’s handsome Mauresque buildings, which meld French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style, are best admired in the Downtown area. Visitors who spend time here are sure to get into the local swing of things and realise that this old pirate lair is looking towards the future, embracing the European-flavoured urban sophistication that has underpinned life here for the past century.
Our first day has been set aside just to arrive and rest after the long flight. We will meet at the hotel foyer for dinner at 6pm and head to the seaside for dinner (if you have arrived by then), but mostly this day has been set aside to collect people from the airport, (it is 1 hour from the airport to the hotel) to give people time to adjust after the long flight, settle in, relax, sleep, take a walk so you are bright and ready to meet at 8am the next morning for breakfast!
*If you are arriving early in the day you can catch a taxi (or walk it is 3.5km) to the largest shopping centre in Africa, Morocco Mall! This will certainly take a few hours. If you require extra nights accommodation we can arrange this and your airport transfer for $200AUD.
Drive Time from airport to accommodation – 1 hour
OVERNIGHT – Casablanca
Day 2 – 15 October – Casablanca to Chefchaouen
This morning we visit the the imposing Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world; and the old Church of the Sacred Heart, in neo-Gothic style as well as the place Mohammed V, inspired by art deco and with beautiful portals and immaculate facades.
After this we will head to Rabat, capital of Morocco for a harbour side lunch and then continue on to Chefchaouen, the famous blue city.
Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. While tourism has definitely taken hold, the balance between ease and authenticity is just right. The old medina is a delight of Moroccan and Andalusian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta El Hammam and its restored kasbah. Long known to backpackers for the easy availability of kif (cannabis), the town has rapidly gentrified and offers the prefect photo opportunity.
Drive Time – 5 hours
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Chefchaouen
Day 3 – 16 October – Chefchaouen – Fez
After breakfast and a tour of Chefchaouen we will then drive to Meknes, a city known for its Imperial past.
We will visit Volubilis. Sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Its most amazing features are the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ, and it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. Volubilis is about 33km north of Meknes and a four hour drive from Fez
Drive Time – 3 hours
Then onto Fes and arriving in time for a delicious dinner in our romantic riad in the old quarter.
An ancient breeding ground for scholars and artisans, imams and gourmands – Fez is a supremely self-confident city with a historical and cultural lineage that beguiles visitors. And there is something intangibly raw about a place where 70,000 people still choose to live in the maelstrom of a medina so dark, dense and dilapidated that it remains the world’s largest car-free urban area. Donkeys cart goods down the warren of alleyways as they have done since medieval times, and ruinous pockets loom around every corner – though a government drive to restore Fès el-Bali to its former glory is spurring changes.
Fez’ medina can seem like it’s in a state of perpetual pandemonium; some visitors fall instantly in love and others recoil in horror. But its charms are many. Seemingly blind alleys lead to squares with exquisite fountains and streets bursting with aromatic food stands, rooftops unveil a sea of minarets, and stooped doorways reveal the workshops of tireless artisans.
Drive Time – 3 hours
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Fez (This accommodation is a 10 minute cobblestone walk in the old medina)
Day 4 – 17 October – Fez
Join in for an optional morning meditation session and then after a leisurely breakfast todays tour starts at Bab Boujloud, the ornate blue gate leading into the medina, and Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. We will visit the university of Al-Qarawiyyin, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the medina. UNESCO has named it the oldest continuously functioning educational institution in the world. We will also pass other schools such as the Madrasa Bouanania built by Sultan Abu Inan Faris and the Madrasa Al-Attarine created by Sultan Uthman II Abu Said. Onto the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and see the traditional tools used by craftsmen, also the Berber carpets and musical instruments. We will visit the tannery, the largest tannery in Africa. Visit the Mellah or Jewish Quarter and the old Ibn Danan Synagogue, dating from the 17th century. After the Medina we will go outside the Medina walls to the main gate of the Royal Palace where you’ll see craftsmen at work and you’ll enjoy the view of the large plaza and its palm trees.
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Fez Old Town
Day 5 – 18 October – Fez to Marrakech
Thismoring we visit a small village outside Fes, Bhalil and meet people who are still living in ancient caves, some families for more than 12 generations.
We then catch our flight to Marrakech, and at around 12.20pm make our way to our accommodation becoming excited along the way for tomorrow we are exploring Marrakech! Afternoon for exploring the local Bahia Palace and Mellah area.
Meals – Breakfast
Fez to Kech 12.20pm arrive 1.20pm Air Arabia (15 kilos checked baggage internal flights and 7 kilos hand luggage)
7.30pm have dinner at Comptoir Darna – Belly dancing restaurant (*Self Pay)
OVERNIGHT – Marrakesh
Day 6 – 19 October – Marrakech
10am Explore Marrakech – A day of sites, walk through the medina, stop at the herbologist for all your lotions and potions, head to a french patisserie for a coffee and cake, sustenance before we make our way to the Badi and Bahia places, both located in the Jewish quarter. Before heading back to our accommodation to freshen up and head out to the Katoubia Mosque, which has the largest minaret in the Muslim world, before hitting Jma El Fna, the most famous square in Morocco with its snake charmers, food stalls and general mayhem. Free time to wander and have dinner.
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Marrakesh
Day 7 – 20 October – Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou
This morning we visit the Marjorelle Gardens and Yves St Laurent Museum, (where we will have lunch). Along the way we can see the modern part of Marrakech Guilez, outside the medina walls and soak in the vibe for a modern and cosmopolitan Marrakech.
In the afternoon we head to my favourite artisan markets! On this tour with Tammie, you’ll shop for real-deal souvenirs like leather, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil. Free time to wander before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Ait Ben Haddou!
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Ait Ben Haddou
Day 8 – 21 October Ait Ben Haddou
Wake up in magical Ait Ben Haddou – Partake in an early morning stretch/yoga class on the terrace as the sun rises overlooking the valley. This impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will take a morning tour with our local guide “Ali Berber” to visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Alexander’ and ‘The Mummy’.
In the afternoon there is free time to wander lane-ways, shop for carpets and jewelry head to a quaint little coffee shop or read your book by the pool.
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Ait Ben Haddou
Day 9 – 22 October Ait Ben Haddou – Sahara
This morning we make our way via four wheel drive to our Sahara Camp. We will arrive in the afternoon in time to relax before setting out on our sunset camel ride. Then watch the stars come out before dining in the salon and then being joined by our local guides “The Berbers” for some drumming around the camp fire. Enjoy a peaceful nights sleep in total silence, ah bliss. *Please note there are no showers during this part of the journey. Each tent has an ensuite attached with a comfortable eco toilet, (bucket with seat and sand, it does not smell). You also have fresh water to watch with and brush your teeth and drink, its really very comfortable for camping and if only for one nights most people find it fine.
*Optional extra cost for the camel ride approx $40AUD.
Meals – Breakfast & Dinner
OVERNIGHT – Camp Adounia – Sahara
Day 10 – 23 October Sahara to Casablanca
Have a leisurely start to the day or join us for a not too early yoga/meditation class, and then take some time for yourself after breakfast to enjoy the peace of this place which you may never visit again. Mid morning we drive to the Pottery collective in Tamagroute for you last bit of shopping and to fill your last amount of baggage allowance with ceramics! This afternoon we will lunch and relax at Kasbah Zagora, here you can indulge in an optional Hammam and or massage, just the ticket before your flight home tomorrow.
Meals – Breakfast
OVERNIGHT – Casablanca Airport Riad
Day 11 – Casablanca Tour Concludes
Wake up close to the airport in our comfortable Riad, spend the day by the pool, until your need to head to the airport for your next flight. Please make any international return flights home for after 1.30pm just in case our evening flight changes and we have to catch one the following morning, this is just a back up.
**Please note that some flights have not been released as yet and flight schedule do change. We will stay as close as possible to this itinerary however flights to the Sahara often only go 3 times a week, meaning our program may have to change to accommodate this. Nothing will be lost from the program however just moved around.
Its always sad when a good thing comes to an end, but this creates space for our next great adventure. Tammie xx
NB* Trip Starts in Casablanca and ends in Casablanca so please arrange your flights accordingly. Please arrive on start day at anytime, there are no activities planned for this day, please do not arrive a day early. Please arrange your departure flight on the last day for after 1.30pm to allow for any changes to the schedule.
⇒ 2 nights Casablanca (last night near airport)
⇒ 1 night Chefchaouen
⇒ 2 nights Fez
⇒ 2 nights Marrakech
⇒ 2 Night staying at a Kasbah – Enroute to Sahara
⇒ 1 Nights Camp in the Sahara Dessert (all meals included)
⇒ Flights from Fez to Marrakech and either flights from Marrakech to Zagora and Ouarzazate to Casablanca or combination of driving in 4WD and flying depending on flight availability.
⇒ All Breakfasts included
⇒ Airport transfers – arrival to Casablanca and departure from Casablanca
⇒ Private vehicle throughout with travel guide
⇒ Guided walking tours throughout with a licenced professional guide
⇒ Shopping and sight seeing with Tammie
⇒ Horse and carriage ride to Marjorelle Gardens
⇒ Optional yoga, dance and meditation class
Optional extra’s (additional cost)
⇒ Spa treatments and visit to the hammam
⇒ Camel Ride
What is not included
⇒ Airfares to and from Casablanca
⇒ Some Lunches and Dinners (prices for these can vary from very cheap to western prices depending on where you are eating)
⇒ Personal purchases (The shopping is fabulous in Marrakesh, leave space in your bags girls!)
⇒ Drinks and alcohol purchases (we can bring beer and wine to the desert also!)
⇒ Tipping, we suggest $25 per person per day and collect this at the beginning of the trip to be distributed amongst out drivers, hotel staff and guides.
⇒ Travel Insurance (which is compulsory)
If you want to make the most of your adventure you can join us after this trip for our Ancient and Enchanting Egypt trip
If you choose to join us in Egypt you will require two extra nights accommodation which we can arrange for you, single is $240AUD and twinshare $280AUD per night, as well as flights from Casablanca to Cairo, approx. $400AUD.
You can add Egypt to the Moroccan tour on the reservation form
The Trip Notes on this link are always the most up to date version. When booking a tour in advance things can change, please always refer to these notes on the website as the most recent version of trip notes for your tour.
You have two payment options for this trip. To pay a $750 non refundable, non-transferable deposit and the remainder 75 days prior to the start of the retreat or to organise a payment plan.
Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.
If you pay via PayPal you can use your credit card.
Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $750 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be retained. For between 75 days and 45 days, 50% of the final payment, this is in addition to the non refundable, non-transferable deposit will be forfeited. For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us. Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you. This is why travel insurance is compulsory.
Entry Requirements – Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. You will also have to show your air ticket as proof of onward travel.
Visa Requirements – Australian citizens will receive a 90-day Visa on Arrival upon entering the country and do not need to apply for the Visa beforehand.
Arriving in Morocco:
Arrivals – Casablanca airport – Mohammed V International Airport (IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) is an airport located in Nouasseur, a suburb 30 km south-east of Casablanca. Traffic can be bad, and it can take an hour by car to reach Casablanca city from the airport.
Please depart the airport through the only exit and find this sign in the picture below. It does not matter which gate you arrive to there is only one exit from the airport. Your driver will be waiting here with a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find your driver please contact our local guide Aziz on +212663440592.
HOTEL where you are staying – Club Val d’Anfa Casablanca – Address: Angle Boulevard De L’océan Atlantique et، Boulevard De La Corniche Ain Diab، Casablanca 20180, Morocco. Phone: +212 5227-97070
We do not recommend arriving early to Casablanca as we have provided one nights accommodation complimentary just for arrivals on the 14th of October. If you choose to arrive earlier that the 14th of October please note that no guides will be available to assist you and check in at hotels is 2pm. Extra nights’ accommodation are charged at $250AUD per room and airport transfers before the 14th are charged at $25 per person. Please note we cannot arrange additional accommodation for after this tour.
Departures – Casablanca – please book your departure flight for the last day after 1.30pm.
We do not recommend arriving early to Casablanca as we have provided one nights accommodation complimentary just for arrivals on the 14th of October. If you choose to arrive earlier that the 14th of October please note that no guides will be available to assist you and check in at hotels is 2pm. Extra nights accommodation are charged at $250AUD per room and airport transfers before the 14th are charged at $25 per person. Please note we cannot arrange additional accommodation for after this tour.
To add Egypt to your Morocco Tour you will require 2 extra nights accommodation in Egypt after the Morocco tour has concluded on the 24th and 25th of October 2020 and a flight from Casablanca to Cairo.
A flight from Casablanca to Cairo is around $400AUD
We suggest booking –
Royal Air Maroc
AT9410| Operated by EgyptAir
CMN Casablanca Mohamed V.CAI Cairo
Arrives: Sat, 24 Oct 2020
Journey duration: 4h 50
Extra nights accommodation in Cairo will cost $240 for a single per night and $280 for a twinshare including airport transfers. We can book your extra nights accommodation and airport transfers for you.
The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco ,however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries. The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of 1000DH. You can also use Euros in most hotels and shops, it is widely accepted. It is recommended to bring some Euros with you, perhaps €200 to get you started and other currencies we can change close to the hotel in day one in Casablanca. If you require cash straight away arriving in Morocco please use the ATM at the airport not the money changer as they can be dishonest. If they do have Moroccan Dirhams at your airport before you leave it is not recommended to get more than 1000 Dirhams as being a closed currency they do not like you to bring money in and out of the country. Usually up to 1000 is accepted but we cannot guarantee this.
Do not change money at the Casablanca airport (they are terrible!)
Do bring Euros
Do not bring Australian Dollars
Do bring credit cards and use ATM’s