Day 1 - Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive in Casablanca, where, after clearing customs and
immigration, you are transferred to the city’s newest luxury
hotel, designed with contemporary styling and traditional
Moroccan accents. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in
this exotic setting, the inspiration for the eponymous, 1942
Humphrey Bogart film.
Day 2 - Rabat & Fez
Begin the day in the port city of Casablanca, Morocco’s
largest metropolis and its commercial hub. Visit the
stunning Hassan II Mosque, which accommodates up to
25,000 worshipers; its minaret stands as the tallest religious
structure in the world. Then, travel to the Moorish city
of Rabat, capital of Morocco, to visit the Mohammed V
Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco,
grandfather of the current king. View the Mauresque-style
Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah, along with its scenic Andalusian garden. Continue to Fez for a special cocktail
reception followed by a welcome dinner hosted by A&K.
Day 3 - Fez
Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco.
Founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss I, this
imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval
learning. Stroll the labyrinthine old quarter, with its
9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks, on a market visit
of exceeding authenticity. Watching local craftsmen in
action — working with bronze and pottery — makes for an
engaging artisan visit as well. Next, proceed to the intricately
detailed 14th-century Karaouine — one of the oldest, still-functioning
universities in the world, and Nejjarine Square.
You also see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish
quarter) in Fez el-Jadid.
Day 4 - Volubilis
Journey overland to explore Volubilis, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved
Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches,
basilicas and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with
iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest
treasures, however, are the mosaic floors of former family
dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming
animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and
a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Upon
completing this glimpse into antiquity, proceed to a winery
outside Meknes for lunch set among the region’s sun-bathed
vineyards and olive groves. Return to Fez with your evening
Day 5 - Erfoud
Travel to small, desert-fringed Erfoud, pausing for lunch
en route and marveling at everyday life as you pass Berber
villages, endless date palm plantations and the majestic Atlas
Mountains. Settle into your hotel, with the remainder of
the day to spend at leisure. Gather for dinner this evening.
Your gourmet meal is prepared with locally sourced, organic
Day 6 - The Sahara
This morning, discover the fortified desert town of Rissani. Continue to the desert dunes of the Sahara by four-wheel-drive
vehicle, where a reception with mint tea and pastries
awaits at your nomadic tented camp. The stunning reddish-hued
sand dunes can reach up to 500 feet high, creating an
otherworldly landscape. Experience it like a local on camel
back. As the sun sets, celebrate your unforgettable desert
foray with a Scenic Sundowner. Return to your camp for a
traditional meal before a campfire, along with distinctively
Moroccan entertainment. Then, slumber in comfort as the
sounds of the desert lull you to sleep.
Day 7 - Ouarzazate
Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for African
traders travelling to the cities of Morocco and Europe. En route,
absorb views of the High Atlas’ southern slopes, intersecting the
Dades Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees.
Travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to Ouarzazate
and your delightful oasis of a hotel.
Day 8 - Ouarzazate
Begin the day in Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French
garrison in the 1920s. Today, it is a regional trade center,
known for its pottery and carpets. See the Tifoultoute Kasbah,
a majestic 17th-century fortress featuring a panoramic view
of the valley of Ouarzazate and the High Atlas Mountains.
Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs,
some of which have been featured in famous films, including
Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Day 9 - Ouarzazate
Journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday
life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating “Red City” of
Marrakech, where you settle into your luxurious hotel.
Day 10 - Marrakech
Today, begin to unearth the secrets of Marrakech, starting in
the medina, the old walled section of town that is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including
the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Then visit the Dar Si Said Museum, which was originally built as a palace in the late 19th Century by the brother of the Grand Vizier of Marrakech, and houses a fine collection of antique carpets, unique doors, weapons and jewelry. Afterward,
visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled
with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians performing at every
turn. You may also wish to stroll the city’s fabled, labyrinthine
Day 11 - Marrakech
Begin your day at Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden
created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later
restored by design legend Yves Saint Laurent. Stop at the
Yves Saint Laurent Museum nearby, for an
up-close look at some of the famed designer’s creations. This
afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Learn to Cook with Moroccan Spices with a cooking
demonstration and tasting.
Explore the Souks of Marrakech with an expert guide,
walking narrow streets lined with centuries-old shops.
Enjoy a Private, Guided Walk of the Jewish Quarter,
once a thriving center of religious freedom and tolerance.
Tonight, attend a special farewell dinner with entertainment
by a local gnaoua band.
Day 12 - Depart Marrakech
Transfer to the Marrakech airport and board your
international flight home, or join an Essaouira Post-Tour