Morocco is a land of vast deserts and snowcapped mountains, sacred mosques, imposing fortresses, spirited markets, and many World Heritage sites. Explore all of this and more on this popular tour.

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 Sand dunes of Morocco  Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca  Ait ben Haddou  Colorful architecture in Rabat  Traditional spices in a Moroccan bazaar  Traditional tile decoration in Morocco  Roman ruins of Volubilis  Roman mosaics at Volubilis  Traditional architectural design in Fez  Entrance to the Royal Palace, Fez  Smithsonian travelers relax on the sand dunes. Credit: Amy Kotkin  Berber village in the Atlas Mountains  Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech  Djemaa El Fna at dusk, Marrakech

Splendors of Morocco

From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

14 days from $6,079 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Morocco is a land of vast deserts and snowcapped mountains, sacred mosques, imposing fortresses, spirited markets, and many World Heritage sites. Explore all of this and more on this popular tour.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was an amazing trip to an exotic land. The Sahara alone is worth the trip, but to see Fez and the mountains on the same trip, in the same country is amazing. Truly a sublime experience that I will always treasure. 

- Melanie P.

Our trip wasn't a "trip" rather, it was an experience! Every logistical detail was attended to with complete professionalism. The quality of our accommodation, travel, and restaurants as well as entertainment and education was unrivaled. I have told all my friends how impressed I was with this experience! 

- Kristina P.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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La Tour Hassan

Rabat, Morocco

Dating to 1914, the 140-room La Tour Hassan represents Rabat's last surviving hotel to be constructed using traditional Moorish-Andalusian design. The citadel-style hotel stands inside a fortress wall at the center of the city and features three restaurants, three bars, fitness center with Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Sahrai

Fez, Morocco

Opened in 2014, Hotel Sahrai is a contemporary hotel located on the southern hills overlooking the Fez medina, and a short drive from this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Designed to resemble the architectural layout of the medina, the 50-room boutique hotel features a restaurant and bar, fitness center, Jacuzzi, spa with massage treatments, sauna, steam room, outdoor pool, tennis court, terrace, and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone. 

Number of nights: 3

Riad Fes (March 2, 2021 departure only)

Fez, Morocco

The elegant Riad Fes sits in the heart of Fez, and lives up to its name with a number of lovely interior courtyards (or riads) offering a tranquil retreat from Moroccan city life. The hotel has recently been restored, and boasts comfortable common areas with intricately detailed archways and tilework, a fine dining restaurant, riad bar and lounge, wine bar overlooking the swimming pool, and rooftop bar with an expansive view of the city. Other amenities include a spa and wellness center with a range of treatments (some at additional cost), fitness center, gift shop, library, laundry service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary Moroccan style and have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Le Palais du Désert Hotel

Erfoud, Morocco

Set on the outskirts of the city of Erfoud, this new 44-room kasbah-style hotel offers a traditional Moroccan desert setting surrounding a courtyard.  The hotel features two restaurants and bar, Internet access, laundry/dry cleaning services, full spa, health center, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Le Berbere Palace

Ouarzazate, Morocco

A traditional Moroccan-style hotel, the Berbere Palace offers guests a host of contemporary amenities including three restaurants, two bars, Fitness Center, swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, tennis courts, terraced garden, and library. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial Hotel

Marrakech, Morocco

Sitting on the edge of the city at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains and within easy reach of the Medina and Djemaa el Fna Square, the Sofitel boasts three restaurants and a bar; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; ATM; fitness center with gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and solarium; Turkish bath; and two outdoor pools. Air-conditioned guestrooms have private bath with hairdryer, terrace or balcony, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hyatt Regency Casablanca

Casablanca, Morocco

This 255 guest room hotel is conveniently situated in the center of Casablanca in United Nations Square, close to the Old Medina, Habous Quarter, and the central market. The hotel has multiple restaurants and lounges, spa, and fitness center. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, phone, and internet access.

Number of nights: 1

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was an amazing trip to an exotic land. The Sahara alone is worth the trip, but to see Fez and the mountains on the same trip, in the same country is amazing. Truly a sublime experience that I will always treasure. 

- Melanie P.

Our trip wasn't a "trip" rather, it was an experience! Every logistical detail was attended to with complete professionalism. The quality of our accommodation, travel, and restaurants as well as entertainment and education was unrivaled. I have told all my friends how impressed I was with this experience! 

- Kristina P.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

A Year in Marrakesh
By: Peter Mayne
Peter Mayne (1908-1979) is to Morocco what Peter Mayle is to Provence or Lawrence Durrell to Greece. This 1953 classic in a new edition captures the very essence of the people and place. Having already learned to appreciate Muslim life when he was in Pakistan, Mayne bought a house in the labyrinthine back streets of Marrakesh. He wanted to settle there, not as a privileged visitor in a hotel or grand villa, but as one of the inhabitants. He learned their language, made friends, took part in their festivals, and wrote their letters. This is not a travel book in the accepted sense of the word-it is a record of personal experience in a region of foreign life well beyond the tourist's eye. Mayne contrives in a deceptively simple prose to disseminate in the air of an English November the spicy odors of North Africa; he has turned, for an hour, smog to shimmering sunlight, woven a texture of extraordinary charm.
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
By: Fatima Mernissi
”I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco...” So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth—women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. Dreams of Trespass is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.
Morocco - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Simple Guides)
By: Jillian York
Morocco is a land of spectacular scenery, with a rich history, and heady with tantalizing scents and colorful sights. The call of the muezzin seems to draw people from every corner of the globe. In 1956 Morocco gained independence from French colonial rule and was jolted into the 20th century. Today it is a country in transition—a unique blend of Arab, African, and European ways of life. The teeming cities have an air of sophistication and joie de vivre, but life in rural areas has stayed much the same. And while the cities are highly westernized, tradition and religion still play a vital role in the everyday life of most people. With rapid change came problems. Lack of opportunity and high unemployment resulted in a “brain drain” as educated Moroccans made their way abroad, and a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam started gaining ground among the urban poor. Even so, as technology becomes widespread and the world shrinks further, Morocco today is coming into its own. Culture Smart! Morocco describes the way the country’s past has shaped its present, advising tourists and business travelers on what to expect and how to behave in different situations.
DK Eyewitness Morocco (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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