Magical Morocco Adventure II

May 9 - May 22, 2025

Casablanca • Rabat • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fez • Merzouga • Ouarzazate • Marrakech

Magical Morocco Adventure II

May 9 - May 22, 2025

Casablanca • Rabat • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fez • Merzouga • Ouarzazate • Marrakech

Magical Morocco Adventure II

May 9 - May 22, 2025

Casablanca • Rabat • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fez • Merzouga • Ouarzazate • Marrakech

Magical Morocco Adventure II

May 9 - May 22, 2025

Casablanca • Rabat • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fez • Merzouga • Ouarzazate • Marrakech

Magical Morocco Adventure II

May 9 - May 22, 2025

Casablanca • Rabat • Tangier • Chefchaouen • Fez • Merzouga • Ouarzazate • Marrakech

Get all your information on Olivia's upcoming Magical Morocco Adventure II.

Day Description Arrival Departure
Friday, May 9, 2025 Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca! Also known by its Arabic name, Dar al-Bayda, and sharing its name with the 1942 film that made it famous, Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and is the known for its fascinating architecture from Art Deco to modern styles. Casablanca has a vibrant art and cultural scene with an abundance of Art Deco villas that now are home to many galleries and museums around the city.

Upon arrival, you will be met once you step off the plane and will be escorted through customs and immigration, passing by the long lines, and into baggage claim. After you have claimed your luggage, you will be escorted out to your driver and vehicle for your transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax at the hotel or explore the city on your own. This evening you will step back in time as you are transported to the golden age of Casablanca and enjoy a welcome dinner at the famous Ricks Café. Overnight at the Barcelo Anfa Casablanca Hotel.

Saturday, May 10, 2025 Casablanca / Rabat

After breakfast at the hotel, you will gather your things and depart for a full day’s adventure in Casablanca and Rabat.

The morning will begin with a half-day tour of Casablanca with your first stop at the undisputedly must-see site, the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest functioning mosque in Africa and is the 7th largest in the world, completed in 1993 by over 10,000 of the finest craftsmen. It is the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims may visit. Your guide will take you through the mosque for a deeper look at the intricate work and history of this incredible structure.

Next you will board your coach for the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Established in 1997, it is the only museum devoted to Judaism in the Arab world and is known for the abundance of rich culture, artifacts and traditions left behind when the Jewish people left Morocco in the 1960s.

Departing Casablanca, you’ll head for Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and French colonial heritage. The remainder of the day will be spent on a city tour of Rabat where you will visit The Royal Palace (this site will be explored from the outside as it is not allowed to enter the palace), Hassan Tower & Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of Oudayas and a cultural tour of the Medina. Dinner and overnight at the Fairmont Residences La Marina Hotel.

Sunday, May 11, 2025 Rabat / Tangier

This morning you will depart for Tangier, a northwestern city located on the Strait of Gibraltar, that is a captivating blend of cultures and influences. The city's medina, with its narrow streets and whitewashed buildings adorned with blue accents, creates a striking visual contrast against the blue sky. The vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow found in the bustling markets, or souks, awaken the senses and ignite the artistic spirit within.

Tangier has long been a haven for writers and literary minds seeking inspiration and refuge. From the legendary Beat Generation writers like Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs to the famous Moroccan writer Mohammed Choukri, Tangier's literary scene has left an indelible mark on the world of literature.

You will spend the day enjoying the highlights of Tangier starting with a visit to Cape Spartel. A promontory rising over 1,000 feet above sea level, Cape Spartel is the most northwestern point of mainland Africa and sits at the entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar. Below Cape Spartel are the Caves of Hercules, an archaeological cave complex. The Caves of Hercules complex has two openings, with one facing the sea and the other facing land. The one facing the Mediterranean Sea was carved by waves and resembles the shape of Africa, while the one facing land was carved by the local Berber from the rock.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be nourished and ready to continue your city tour of the old Medina and the Tangier American Legation Museum, the first American public property abroad and the only US National Historic Landmark located in a foreign country. Dinner tonight is on your own at your leisure. Overnight is at the Fairmont Tazi Palace.

Monday, May 12, 2025 Tangier / Chefchaouen

Today, you will board your coach departing Tangier, after breakfast, for Chefchaouen. Known for its striking, blue-washed buildings and its calming charms, Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 AD. Today, you will visit the remarkable Talassemtane Women’s Cooperative, created in 2004 in the city center of Chefchaouen. This cooperative is made up of six young women who are experts in textile crafts and traditional products. The cooperative creates innovative products made with a high level of quality. Santander Bank, as part of their social and economic development initiative intended to support women's employment and community development, chose the Talassemtane Women's Cooperative as one of their nine Moroccan projects because of their commitment to helping women.

This afternoon you have free time to visit the Kasbah in the center of town, with its breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the tower. Meander up to the town’s waterfall, where locals meet to chat and do laundry and where you can dip your toes in the water at one of the riverbank’s small coffee shops. Even if there’s no time to hike into the nearby mountains, take the short walk up the hill to the old Spanish Mosque and observe the sunset over the charming Blue Village. Dinner and overnight will be at the Lina Ryad & Spa.

Tuesday, May 13, 2025 Chefchaouen / Fez

After breakfast we depart Chefchaouen and drive through the Moroccan countryside towards Fez stopping in Volubilis and Meknes along the way.

First, you will be introduced to Volubilis, a once thriving Roman city, dating back to the 3rd century BCE, which lies on a rich river valley with the dark Zerhoun mountain ridge as a backdrop. It served as the capital of the Roman province of Mauretania Tingitana, and its strategic location along the trade routes brought wealth and cultural influences from across the empire. Here you can soak in the history of the area as you see some of the most preserved mosaics of the Roman era in Morocco.

Your next stop will be at one of the finest vineyards in the area where you will do a tour and tasting, exploring the five essential steps of wine tasting: sight, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor. This will be followed by a lovely lunch at the vineyard.

Then we invite you to step into the glorious city of Meknes, a hidden gem in Morocco that boasts a rich cultural heritage and architectural splendor. Meknes' doors are more than mere entrances; they are gateways that transport us to a bygone era. The city's historic walls and grand gates, such as Bab Mansour and Bab El-Khemis, stand as testaments to Meknes' strategic importance and its storied past. Adorned with intricate carvings, ornamental details, and towering arches, these doors evoke a sense of grandeur and invite us to delve deeper into Meknes' fascinating history.

Afterwards, transfer to the city of Fez. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sahrai.

Wednesday, May 14, 2025 Fez

Welcome to Fez, Morocco’s cultural capital! Founded in 781 AD, Fez is one of the most preserved medieval Islamic cities in the world as well as the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Take in this bustling city with mule-drawn carriages speeding through the alleyways, and where local pharmacies carry mysterious canisters of roots, flowers and powders. Fez is well known for its tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare Moroccan leather, which is used in a variety of goods from clothing to bags and other handicrafts.

This morning you will enjoy a pottery demonstration workshop to learn the traditional techniques used by local potters. After learning about the traditional pottery techniques of Morocco, you will visit the Dar El Makhzen Palace (the Royal Palace) for pictures and to take in the beautiful architecture, and stone and tile work that adorn the Palace’s façade.

You will then enter the old city to visit the medieval medina. When you stroll beneath the famous blue gate of Bab Boujeloud, you are seemingly transported 1,000 years back in time. The bustling cafés and outdoor markets quickly give way to quiet narrow streets. You will visit the inside of one of the religious schools Bou Inania or Attarine Medresa (School in Arabic).

This afternoon you will enjoy lunch with a local family as they welcome you into their Riad. You will have the opportunity to learn about their traditions and life in Fez while feasting on a traditional Moroccan meal. The riad is a 439-year-old family heritage. Mr. Rachid will host you with his family (wife and 4 children) to enrich your knowledge of the lifestyle in Fez through different generations.

After lunch, you will visit Foundouk El-Nejjarine, an 18th century roadside inn transformed into a museum dedicated to the wooden arts and crafts typical of Morocco. Following your visit to Foundouk El-Nejjarine, you will continue your day with a visit to one of the famous tanneries, which produces much of the city’s renowned leather. Few who visit a tannery are left underwhelmed. The sight of dozens of men, many waists deep in dyes, working at a trade few outside this world could see, is a sight to behold.

Before returning to your hotel, you will make one last brief stop to view the campus University of Al-Karaouiyine, founded in 895 CE. The founder, a woman named Fatima al-Fihri, used her inheritance to form a large mosque for her community with an associated school, known as a madrasa. Her intention was to give back to the community that had welcomed her family. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Sahrai.

Thursday, May 15, 2025 Fez / Merzouga

After breakfast, you will depart towards Merzouga passing by the mountainous town of Ifrane, often referred to as "Little Switzerland" or "Morocco's Switzerland". It is a picturesque town nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. This charming destination offers a unique blend of Moroccan and European influences, making it a must-visit for travelers seeking a tranquil and culturally rich experience. Throughout the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains that surround Azou live the Barbary macaques, also known as Barbary apes. This is one of the few places in the world where you can see these playful and charismatic monkeys in their natural habitats!

After lunch, you will continue to Erfoud, a captivating desert oasis town located in southeastern Morocco, considered a gateway to the Sahara Desert. From here, you will be transferred to the sandy dunes of Merzouga in 4x4 vehicles. After arriving at your desert camp, you will settle in before going on your sunset camel ride into the Sahara—if time does not allow for the camel ride, it will be at sunrise tomorrow. Later, you’ll dine under the starry night of desert at The Sandy Tents camp.

Friday, May 16, 2025 Merzouga

Today you climb into 4X4 vehicles and start your journey by driving over the same terrain and tracks that past drivers of the Paris Dakar Rally have traveled on. Amongst the many countries that the race takes place in, Morocco is said to be the most challenging and consequently a highlight due to its unforgiving, yet adventurous terrains.

Along the way into the Fossil Mountains, you will stop to visit and have tea with a nomadic tribe before continuing on your way onto Khamlia, a small village located on the edge of the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, distinguished by its residents of Gnawa and Berber ethnic origin, who reflect a strong history of ritual spirituality like music, dancing and healing. You will enjoy a Berber lunch made by the locals of Khamlia and have time to explore this desert village.

Tonight, back at camp, you will enjoy a wonderful dinner under the stars while listening to the rhythmic sounds from the folklore group of Khamlia village that have come to share the Gwana music of tribal sounds emanating from their drums and castanets. You will also take part in a special tradition hosted by henna tattoo women. Henna tattoos are a traditional way that Moroccan women beautify their hands and feet, particularly for special occasions and celebrations. Whether simple or intricate, Moroccan henna designs and styles can vary from one part of the country to another. It is a way of the south to welcome the guests and wish them a happy and comfortable life.

Saturday, May 17, 2025 Merzouga / Erfoud / Ouarzazate

The journey from Merzouga to Ouarzazate offers a mesmerizing tour through the heart of the Sahara Desert and its stunning surroundings. As you depart Merzouga by 4x4, you make a stop in Rissani, a town steeped in history and culture. Explore its vibrant market, known for its spices, textiles, and crafts. Your journey continues through the palm groves of Tinjdad and the lush Todra Valley in Tineghir. Here, you can take a scenic walk through the Todra Gorge, where towering cliffs frame a narrow canyon, providing breathtaking photo opportunities.

Passing through the captivating Dades Valley, known for its winding roads and dramatic rock formations, you will stop at various viewpoints to capture the stunning landscape on camera. Then, it’s onto Kelâat M’Gouna, known for its rose festival, followed by the splendid Skoura, an amazing desert oasis.

In the afternoon, arrive in Ouarzazate, often called the "Hollywood of Morocco" as it is a coveted filming location for numerous movies and TV series. Visit the impressive Kasbah Taourirt and the nearby Atlas Film Studios to see where films like Gladiator and Game of Thrones were shot. Dinner and overnight at the boutique Riad Ksar Ighnda.

Sunday, May 18, 2025 Ouarzazate / Marrakech

Your adventure begins with the Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunning example of a well-preserved kasbah. This ancient, fortified village is a must-visit, as it has served as a backdrop for many famous films and TV shows. Explore its winding alleys and admire the mud-brick architecture.

The road trip from Ouarzazate to Marrakech promises a captivating journey through the High Atlas Mountains and historic sights. On the way, you'll ascend the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass. The winding road takes you through the majestic High Atlas Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged terrain. Stop to enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal at a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue your drive to Marrakech, one of Morocco's most vibrant and iconic cities. Dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carre Eden.

Monday, May 19, 2025 Marrakech

Marrakech is a vibrant city known for its rich history and unique blend of cultures. This enchanting destination offers a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and tastes. Visitors can explore the bustling Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its labyrinthine streets, colorful souks, and stunning palaces like the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret and the medina with its Jewish quarter. Lunch will be at Dardar Rooftop Restaurant which offers unrivaled views of the Koutoubia Mosque and medina.

In the afternoon, visit the city’s iconic square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, where you can witness snake charmers, street performers, and indulge in Moroccan street food. Your guide will take you through the many of alleyways of the old medina decorated by hundreds of souvenir bazars and handicraft workshops that display a colorful contrast between traditional wear, authentic Moroccan sensory experience. Dinner will be at your leisure this evening. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carre Eden.

Tuesday, May 20, 2025 Marrakech

After breakfast at your hotel, you will take your turn at learning how to cook Moroccan cuisine. You will travel outside of the city to Kitchen Garden for a cooking class with Chef Tarik—a captivating journey into the heart of Moroccan cuisine. Held in the enchanting backdrop of Marrakech, this class combines the essence of Moroccan culture with the art of cooking.

Chef Tarik will introduce you to the vibrant world of Moroccan spices and ingredients, many of which are sourced locally from the bustling markets of Marrakech. The class itself is a hands-on experience, where you'll learn to prepare iconic Moroccan dishes like tagine, couscous, and pastilla. Chef Tarik's expertise shines as he guides you through the intricacies of Moroccan cooking techniques, such as slow cooking in clay tagines and creating the perfect blend of spices.

Finally, you'll sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, savoring the rich flavors and spices of Morocco. It's an authentic culinary adventure that not only teaches you to cook Moroccan cuisine, but also immerses you in the country's vibrant traditions and flavors.

After your delicious lunch, you will be off on an unforgettable Atlas Mountains excursion known to be the best way to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the wild nature. Taste an authentic Moroccan Mint Tea paired with Moroccan Pancakes with the local inhabitants of the Berber villages to explore their culture and lifestyle. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carre Eden.

Wednesday, May 21, 2025 Marrakech

For today’s program after breakfast, you will immerse yourself even more in Moroccan culture through two craftsmanship workshops. Starting with carpet weaving, you will learn about the specific technical and aesthetic Moroccan carpets according to the different regions. A part of the workshop is also devoted to the wool (the essential raw material in the carpets manufacturing), and to its fascinating preparation works (cleaning, spinning, tint).

After becoming experts on Moroccan carpet weaving, you’ll move to another organic workshop where you’ll be learning about and making Argan oil. Morocco is the only country with abundance of Argan trees growing in the western side of the Atlas Mountains. During this workshop, you’ll discover the myriad of uses and health benefits of Argan oil, as well as learning the history of the craftsmanship and the effects on the rural communities. Finally, you’ll get a chance to make the Argan oil yourself, providing you with a personal glimpse into the process.

You’ll have some free time to get lunch at a restaurant of your choice, and later you can choose to indulge in a traditional hammam to recover from the long-distance road trips. You can also opt to spend your free time shopping or participating in other leisure activities of your preference.

Tonight, you will go out one last time with your new Olivia friends to Palais Dar Soukkar, for a spectacular show and farewell dinner. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carre Eden.

Thursday, May 22, 2025 Marrakech

After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. May the memories of this once-in-a-lifetime trip fill your soul for years to come!

*Itinerary is subject to change.