Day 1 - Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Gather
tonight for a special welcome reception and dinner at a local
Day 2 - Casablanca
Explore the towering Hassan II Mosque, a wildly intricate
building that holds 25,000 worshipers. Soaring above the
ocean, its minaret stands as the tallest religious structure
in the world. Proceed to a winery outside Meknes for a
memorable lunch set among the region's sunbathed vineyards and olive groves. Next, head to the city of Meknes. A
UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Morocco's imperial
cities, it was built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan
Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fez, arriving at day’s end at your
boutique hotel set on a scenic hilltop.
Day 3 - Fez
Step back in time into ancient and remarkably untouched Fez
el-Bali (“Old Fez”), the cultural heart of Morocco. Wander
among the 9,000 lanes, alleys and souks that shape its old
quarter, where locals conduct their day-to-day business.
Later, discover Fez el-Jadid (“New Fez”), home to the mellah,
the old Jewish quarter, with its wrought iron-decorated
windows and carved wood balconies. Tonight, dine at a
traditional Moroccan riad with a female professor who leads
a fascinating discussion about the role of women in modern
Day 4 - Rabat
After breakfast, drive to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site and home to Morocco’s largest and most impressive
Roman ruins, with excellently preserved mosaics. Continue
to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, and view the 12th-century
Moorish Hassan Tower. Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum,
dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco, and visit
Oudayas Kasbah; its gate is considered among the most
beautiful in the Moorish world.
Day 5 - Marrakech
Drive to Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon. Considered
the “Pearl of the South,” Marrakech was once the capital of
an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal, and is known
as the “Red City” for the distinctive hues of its brick buildings.
Day 6 - Marrakech
Discover Marrakech’s ancient medina, the old walled section
of the city. Explore the Dar Si Said (Museum of Moroccan
Arts), a former palace. Continue to El Badi Palace and view
the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, a landmark Islamic
religious structure in Marrakech. Stroll through Djemaa
el-Fna square, where fire-eaters, mime artists and street
Day 7 - Marrakech
Today, choose to remain in Marrakech or enjoy a full-day
excursion to the High Atlas Mountains. Admire majestic views
of snow-capped peaks as you hike to a picturesque village and
spend time with local Berbers in their homes. Learn about
daily life while savoring traditional Berber bread and mint tea.
Afterward, have lunch before returning to Marrakech. Your
farewell dinner tonight is held at a luxurious former palace.
Day 8 - Depart Marrakech
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.