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Majestic Cultures of Mystical Morocco

Step into the mystical and vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Encounter its vast history within its four extraordinary Imperial Cities.

Dates

Fri Oct 2 – Sun Oct 11, 2020 Mon Oct 5 – Wed Oct 14, 2020

Location

Morocco

Cost

$/SOLD OUT

Deposit

$500/Person

explore FOUR enchanting imperial cities

Step into the mystical and vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco and encounter its vast history within its four extraordinary Imperial Cities. Distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences, Morocco opens its ancient and new world wonders to all who visit. On a walking tour of Fes, discover one of the holiest cities in the world with an insider to learn its mystical lore and stroll the ancient souks (markets) selling tempting hand-crafted artisan wares. Venture out through the Sahara Desert into a luxurious and magical Berber glamping tented-oasis. While in the Sahara, cross dunes by camelback with a Berber guide and visit a local farmer and wandering nomadic community. Relax in the Dades Valley, a mountain paradise below the High Atlas mountains that has panoramic views sprinkled with friendly Berber villages. As the Adventure continues, explore Dades Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, and journey the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou fortress. Wander the mesmerizing labyrinth paths of Marrakech’s medieval quarters of its Medina. Encounter authentic Moroccan hospitality and taste the myriad of flavors of Morocco during an interactive cooking class and culinary workshop at a women’s cooperative. During this memorable Adventure, you will walk in the footsteps of Yves St Laurent through the floral paths of the Jardin Marjorelle that inspired the designer. Experience a festive finale dinner at an opulent historic palace. Enchanting Morocco welcomes all Adventurers on an extraordinary journey filled with rich history, heartwarming people, memorable ambiances and breathtaking Saharan hues.

This is a private THIRDHOME small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 18.  Our group size is kept small, allowing this Adventure to be a more engaging and rewarding experience for participants. On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the culture of Morocco in an authentic and more intimate way. 

Who Can Participate

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, along with their family & friends ● Age requirement 14+ 

Activity Level

To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

Highlights

  • Encounter the four historic Imperial Cities of Morocco (Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Rabat)
  • Experience the diverse Arabic, Islamic, Jewish and African cultures
  • Enjoy a traditional Moroccan welcome dinner in Casablanca
  • Explore the cobbled alleyways of history in ancient Rabat & Meknes
  • Visit the artisan marketplace in Fes on a walking tour of the Medina
  • Partake in an authentic Moroccan dinner at a Riad with a local family
  • Engage in a culinary workshop and market shopping with a local woman’s co-op
  • Venture out in 4WD vehicles into the Sahara Desert
  • Sleep under the stars in a Berber glamping oasis in Royal Tents
  • Caravan by camelback through the serene sand dunes
  • Visit a local farmer and wandering nomadic community
  • See the majestic Atlas Mountains and Dades Gorge, known as Morocco’s “Grand Canyon”
  • Journey the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs to the UNESCO site of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou fortress
  • Finale Moroccan Marrakech Dinner in an opulent palace
  • Choose to add an optional Premium Experience! Enjoy a sensory-immersive exploration of the Marrakech by Night tour. Details can be found at the bottom of this Adventure page.

OCT 2-11, 2020 TRIP IS SOLD OUT

OCT 5-14, 2020 TRIP IS SOLD OUT

WAITLISTS BEING ACCEPTED

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ARRIVAL TO CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – TOUR BEGINS

On this captivating Adventure through a land of centuries-old culture and customs, discover Morocco, the “Land of Sunset” and “Gateway to Africa”. Your journey begins this evening in the scenic harbor city of Casablanca, as you join your fellow travelers in a culinary dining experience filled with the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger in a traditional Moroccan group dinner.  Overnight accommodations at Barcelo Anfa Casablanca. (Dinner included)

CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES – FES

After breakfast, depart Casablanca for a memorable road trip into three extraordinary ancient cities – Rabat, Meknes and Fes. The first stop will be to gaze upon the intricate artistry of colorful ceramic tile and hand-carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. We continue onward to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to visit the historical landmarks of the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This epitome of modern Moroccan design and its ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations represent the remarkable craftsmanship that was fit for Moroccan kings and royal family members. Then, it’s on to Meknes, an imperial city and UNESCO World Heritage site, where we will tour the ancient door, the significant monument of Bab El Mansour. We will continue on the tour to visit the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis. Arrive at a Riad just in time for dinner, prepared by local women known as ‘dadas’. Dine on traditional Moroccan cuisine from family recipes passed down through many generations. Overnight accommodations at Riad Yacout. (Breakfast and dinner included)

FES EXPLORATION

After breakfast, discover enchanting Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. With a UNESCO protected medina, it is one of Morocco’s top medieval gems. Learn its history as a government seat, and step into its lore filled with philosophy, medicine and religion. Step back in time on an eye-opening exploration of the centuries-old Medersa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th-century medina, wander in the alleyways and stalls of this ancient marketplace. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as artisan craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colorful vats. Enjoy the late afternoon and evening free to relax and explore as you wish.  Overnight accommodations at Riad Yacout. (Breakfast included)

FES – IFRANE – ERFOUD – SAHARA DESERT GLAMPING

Depart Fes after breakfast and journey across some of Morocco’s most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, we will pause in the charming town of Ifrane to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. We will continue onward to the oasis town of Erfoud, known as “The Door to the Desert”.  Embark on a 4×4 vehicle journey across the dunes to a luxurious tented Berber camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert near Merzouga. Enjoy a memorable group dinner in the Berber cultural tradition. Overnight accommodations at Xaluca Luxe Bivoaucs Belle Etoile. (Breakfast and dinner included)

SAHARA DESERT GLAMPING

Rise early, enjoy breakfast, and watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin the day by traversing the dunes to the Oasis of Hassi Byed.  Here you will have the opportunity to meet with a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before traveling to a nearby village to experience traditional North African Gnawa music. Continuing onward, enjoy a local lunch and encounter with a nomadic community that travels across the desert with the changing of the seasons. Return to camp in the late afternoon, as the sun sets over the dunes. This evening, reflect on the serenity and beauty of the desert under a tapestry of twinkling stars. Overnight accommodations at Xaluca Luxe Bivoaucs Belle Etoile. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

SAHARA DESERT – TODRA GORGE – BOUMAINE DU DADES VALLEY

In the morning, caravan via camelback to the edge of the desert and marvel at the sunrise over the sand dunes as it illuminates the horizon in extraordinary hues. Return to the camp and in the new days’ light enjoy breakfast and then begin the journey by vehicle to one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, the Todra Gorge.   We continue onward to marvel at Morocco’s “Grand Canyon,” Dades Gorge, and Boumalne du Dades, where the golden sun lights up the gorge’s river valleys, palm sanctuaries and burnished mud-brick homes. This evening, enjoy a delicious local Moroccan meal together with the group.  Overnight accommodations at Hotel Xaluca Dades. (Breakfast and dinner included)

BOUMAINE DU DADES VALLEY – UNESCO KSAR OF AIT-BEN-HADDOU SITE – MARRAKECH

Following breakfast, journey down the rugged less-traveled “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles along this ancient trading route. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover this remarkable group of earthen buildings surrounded by high defensive walls and corner towers. This striking Moroccan architecture was erected during pre-Saharan habitation in the region. We will continue onward to a stop at a local cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. This meandering trail of varied hues of green and dense patchwork of palms, olives and fig trees will reveal colorful field flowers, pink roses and red poppies. The ochre-hued turrets of kasbahs in the remote village and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the backdrop make for a stunning photo opportunity. The journey continues along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages before arriving in the exotic city of Marrakech. This evening, relax and enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight accommodations at Es Saadi Palace Hotel.  (Breakfast included)

MARRAKECH EXPLORATION & YOUR CHOICE EXCURSION

This morning enjoy breakfast and set out to explore Marrakech. Marvel at its majestic mosques and palaces, bustling souks and artisan studios. Visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a distinct blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. We will continue onward to explore the vibrant Jewish Mellah, the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque and pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. This afternoon its “Your Choice” to choose an excursion you desire to experience – opt into a visit to the Jardin Majorelle gardens and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase beauty and ingenuity of Morocco’s cultural heritage (OR) opt to explore the Musee Yves Saint Laurent and gain an inside-look at his studio where you will discover how the colors and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. This evening, consider adding the optional Premium Experience, a Marrakech At Night Tour. Overnight accommodations at Es Saadi Palace Hotel.  (Breakfast included)

MARRAKECH FULL-DAY EXPLORATION

Following breakfast, join a local women’s cooperative in an interactive Moroccan cooking class. Tucked away into a secret posh era of time, visit Le Jardin, a complex of stately architectural Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces filled with gardens. Here we will source our own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country’s most celebrated fragrant dish prepared in ceramic or clay cookware: the tagine. Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA – TOUR ENDS

After breakfast, board the bus for a group transfer back to Casablanca in the morning. You will be dropped off at the airport to connect with your return flight home. (Breakfast included)

EXPLORE CASABLANCA LONGER

Would you like to extend the Adventure with an additional night on either end of the tour in Casablanca? Please inquire pre and post nights at group rate. Accommodations are provided at the Barcelo Anfa Casablanca Hotel.

Accommodations

Enjoy 4 and 5-star boutique accommodations throughout the Adventure at the following properties:

  • Barcelo Anfa Casablanca (Casablanca)
  • Riad Yacout (Fes)
  • Xaluca Bivouacs Royal (Sahara Desert Glamping)
  • Hotel Xaluca Dades (Boumaine du Dades Valley)
  • Es Saadi Marrakech Palace (Marrakech)

What’s Included

  • 9 nights in deluxe and luxury accommodations (4 and 5-star) throughout group itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Small-group deluxe bus transportation where applicable in each destination
  • 17 group meals including 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
  • In-destination itinerary tour transportation
  • Insider expert guides

What’s not Included

  • International airfare
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Optional activities on your own
  • Premium Experiences
  • Pre or post extensions outside of the group tour
  • “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance at $395 per person (refer to pricing details)
  • Additional pre and post nights in Casablanca

OPTIONAL Premium Experience

Add this Premium Experience in Marrakech

Marrakech by Night Tour | $95 per person | Duration: 3 Hours – With a local insider guide, embark on an exploration of the bustling Jemaa el Fna main square and market of Marrakech, as it comes alive at night. Prepare for a sensory overload as you walk through the square on this immersive guided tour – smell the intoxicating culinary creations from the diverse culinary food stalls and listen to the rhythms of local musicians and entertainers. Storytellers often have crowds around them listening to ancient tales passed down from generations. Enjoy time on your own to explore the square. Perhaps you will visit one of the local fortune tellers to have your future told to you or listen to the hypnotic tunes of the snake charmers. Later, enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant off of the square and toast to your evening in Marrakech.  Please note a minimum of 5 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

Adventure Pricing

$2699 per person based on Double Occupancy

$3249 Single Occupancy

DEPOSIT REQUIRED to Confirm Booking: $500 per person (non-refundable)

Final Payment Due:  June 15th, 2020 

Adventure is non-refundable after final payment. This Adventure requires 18 people to operate at the price quoted. An increase can occur if trip operates with less participants.

OPTIONAL “Cancel for Any Reason” Travel Insurance: $349 per person

Insurance is required to be purchased at time of deposit. Collette Tours has partnered with TripMate Travel Insurance for this Adventure, offering a special group tour rate of $349 per person for coverage. Click here to learn more about what’s covered. Collette Tours reserves the right to modify or change itinerary accommodations and/or tour routing if conditions beyond their control require such alterations thereof due to unforeseen circumstances.

Adventure is non-refundable after final payment.THIRDHOME strongly recommends the purchase of travel insuranceClick here to view the THIRDHOME Adventures Terms and Conditions.

This Adventure is provided in partnership with Collette tours.

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