Immerse yourself in the exotic colours and cultures that define Morocco. From the hustle of the medina in Marrakech to the seaside splendour of Oualidia, we camp in style by the Atlantic ocean for 3 nights being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves under the milky way. Then onto romantic Casablanca with its rich history and traditions. We will explore the blue city of Chefchaouen and the medieval city of Fez, seeing amazing architecture, spice markets and tanneries. This northbound tour lets you soak up the extravagant sights and revel in the hidden delights, with the bonus of a 3 night beach break to relax, unwind and just be.
Discover colourful Marrakech, Oualidia, Casablanca, Chefchaouen and Fez
Day 1 – 26 October 2018 – Marrakech
If you are arriving a day before the start of the trip, extra nights accommodation can be purchased for $110AUD single and $140AUD twinshare. Only 1 extra night is available as the Riad is booked prior to that with our previous group of adventuring women! You can however join us for the Magic in Morocco trip, 7 night adventure before this one, which includes, 4 nights in Marrakesh, 2 nights Sahara and 1 night at the Kasbah en-route to the Sahara. if you join both trips we will include your accommodation on the night of the 25th October in your package. You can view the details here.
An early bird optional tour will commence on the morning of the first day the 26th for $50AUD, some walking is involved. Tour includes the following sites:
Visit Bahia Palace
See Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech
Stop at the Saadian Tombs
If you are not arriving early please ensure your flight arrives by 1pm so you have time to get to the the Riad and ready yourself for introductions at 4pm (includes afternoon tea).
At 5.00pm we will walk to the famous El Fna square to witness the night spectacle of snake charmers, storytellers, merchants and stalls. Yes initiation by fire, lets jump straight in!
7pm have dinner at Le Salama in the main square with a picturesque roof top terrace. See the sunset over the ancient city.
Our Marrakech Riad
Arriving in the mystical Medina of Marrakech, you will be transported to an ancient past, staying in the old walled city within walking distance to the souks, hammam and cafes. This is an exotic boutique hotel where peace and tranquility sit within the hustle and bustle of Medina life.
Our Riad has 9 rooms over 3 floors floor, all decorated to create individual experiences. A number of special French and Moroccan antiques furnish the bedrooms together with hand woven Berber Carpets and Moroccan artifacts sourced locally. Some rooms have a double and single bed for twin-share options. NB* Please note the single beds for this 1 night are quite narrow.
The salon is ideal for sipping a cocktail before leaving for dinner, or dining inside on the roof terrace with wonderful views. After shopping you can rest in the courtyard. Or retreat to one of a number of common areas, including the courtyard shaded by palms, these areas are wonderful for breakfast, writing, reading or relaxing.
Other riad facilities, include a pool, cooling and heating in rooms, spa room for massages and free Wi-Fi.
Our aim is to make you feel as if you are staying with good friends. Our excellent English-speaking staff are here to serve and cook for you with minimal disturbance.
Day 2, 3 & 4 – October – 27 – 29 – Marrakech to Oualidia (3 hours)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of fresh orange juice, fruit, yoghurt and pastries before spending the morning wandering through the souks in Marrakech (I hope you left space in your bags for some shopping!) After lunch we depart Morocco for the delightful resort town of Oualidia, (Walidiya) which spreads around a gorgeous crescent-shaped lagoon fringed with golden sands and protected from the wild surf by a rocky breakwater, to our beach escape.
Our home for the next 3 nights this gorgeous beach camp sits on the unspoilt Atlantic Coast of Morocco, here we can walk on the beach, go on a lagoon safari with its prolific bird life, swim in the sea, take a private surf lesson, gallop along the beach, do yoga, dance, meditate, chat with new friends or just enjoy reading your book on a bed of cushions. The meals are delicious, fresh and all included for this part of the trip!
Day 5 – October – 30 Oualidia to Casablanca (3 hours)
After a leisurely breakfast we head to 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.
Guided Tour – This afternoon we take a leisurely walk around the Habous district, where the small squares and narrow streets show a fine example of contemporary city planning mixed with the maze-like streets of the traditional medina. Going towards United Nations Place and the majestic Mohammed V Square we will then head to the lively Central Market and the Royal Palace.
After this we will explore the colorful Habous Quarter and the Mehkma (Tribunal). Visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque – Dar Beida as the Moroccans call it even now. Named “White House” by a group of Spanish and Portuguese sailors who marveled at the white houses facing the ocean in the Anfa district, today Casablanca is a bustling city of boulevards and modern infrastructure.
Ending with a pleasant stroll through the residential area of Anfa and shop if you like in the newly built Morocco Mall on the seafront.
Day 6 – November 1 – Casablanca to Rabat (1 hour)
Morocco’s political and administrative capital may be short on top-drawer tourist attractions, but it compensates with plenty of charm. The ville nouvelle’s palm-lined boulevards are clean, well kept and relatively free of traffic – a blessed relief for those who have spent time in Casablanca. There’s a clean central beach, an intact and evocative kasbah, and an attractive walled medina that is far less touristy than those in other large cities. All in all, the city is a good choice for a short sojourn.
We will start our trip in the capital with a visit the Kasbah des Oudaias, followed by a trip to the medina for some late afternoon shopping.
Day 7 – November 2 – Casablanca to Chefchaouen (4.5 hours)
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 Andalucian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta el-Hammam and its restored kasbah. This is a great place to relax and explore. Many photo opportunities abound! Our accommodation is 100m from the blue gate, so you can spend the afternoon wandering the old medina.
Day 8 & 9 – November 3 & 4 – Chefchaouen to Fez (3.5 hours)
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.
Guided Tour – Starting 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.
Journey ends in Fez after breakfast at 10am.
Included in your package is transport back to Casablanca airport (3 hours) where you can catch a flight back to Marrakech or depart directly from Casablanca to your next destination or home.
We hope you have had a fabulous time travelling with us and we can’t wait to see you again on our next adventure together 🙂
(9 Nights/10 Days)
Start point Marrakech – End point Casablanca
9 Nights Accommodation, (Marrakech, Oualidia, Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen and Fez)
Transport throughout trip with English speaking guides
Airport transfers – Marrakech and Casablanca
All meals at beach camp
2 Guided walking tours with local guides at Casablanca and Fez
Yoga, dance, personal development and meditation classes at the beach
Lunches and Dinners
Tips – we recommend $10AUD per day tip to be divided between drivers and beach camp staff