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Experience North Morocco Tour

Start Casablanca
Finish Casablanca
Days 9
Theme Adventure
From $1275 USD
Group Min 4
Group Max 18
North Morocco Adventure

North of Morocco is till our days less traveled and less explored despite its unsurpassed natural and cultural beauty.  The captivating intellectual depth and social diversity are just one of many unsurpassed qualities of this Morocco hiking and trekking vibrant cities and villages you are about to encounter in this adventure experience hand-picked for 2019 small groups and private expeditions.

This is a nine days in-depth cultural and active small group tour to discover the history, the rich architecture, exotic culture and cuisine of this breathtaking North African country. We will take you on this hiking adventure expedition in a small group touring the most interesting and vibrant cities like Rabat, Chefchaouen, Tangier, Meknes, Volubilis, Fez, followed by trekking the Atlas Mountains which lead you to the best man-made oasis, namely Marrakech.  All of these unique natural and historic highlights in Morocco are classified as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.  You will also explore unsurpassed sightseeing and discover the back roads to daily rural markets far away from tourist attractions. Our best assets are our well trained, scholarly educated guides and tour leaders who will make your tour a memorable Morocco experience.  Our staff work with pride and integrity to show you the best of their Moroccan culture and heritage to give you the best Morocco tour you are looking for whether you travel with a small group or in a private expedition. Join in the spirit of exploring a hiking area not know to other adventure travelers. We guarantee you a small group budget tour with extraordinary encounters with villagers and mountain dwellers. Our small group adventure tours are hand-picked and never exceed 12 hikers to make it a unique and intimate experience.

on this 2020 active tour, you will trek Morocco natural landscapes visit small Berber villages and shop in traditional markets very much like a Moroccan. Buy your gifts, souvenirs, and local goods straight from artisans at their workshops and guilds, not from the tourist traps.  Learn the art of bargaining, we will teach you the best skills to shop freely in Morocco souks. It is the best way to save money, get good deals and sustain local communities with your contribution to small or large purchases.  Visiting the traditional markets in Morocco can be a delight as you will encounter goods of all trades to take back home, but you need help to be more educated on quality and costs.  we are here to assist you with our best ability to advise on best artisans and places where you can have good deals and authentic goods, no tourist traps with us.  That is how we perceive responsible and sustainable tours to Morocco otherwise we are like the others who are in it just for the money.

An Adventure as lovely as it gets

  • Visiting during the day every one can do, but opening opportunities for travelers to immerse in the culture by visiting highly regarded sacred places like an overnight visits to Moulay Idriss were prohibited to non-Muslims until 2005. Experience a home stay with a charming local family; spontaneous opportunity can be created right on the spot when often you are invited to a cooking demonstration by the ladies of the house.

  • Enjoy plenty of time to practice your photography among the vivid blue and bright white washed houses of Chefchaouen and other northern villages

  • Enact a glorious medieval era still in full function today in the Medina of Fes. Enjoy walking cobbled stone small streets of the medina with best of local guides to show you the way while others are completely lost or visit the strict minimum.

  • Encounter a place called Rabat (Gathering place) a collage of history and architectural remnants from the Phoenician era to most of Art Deco. Literally Enjoy the Oudaya fortified citadel and its botanical gardens, a lovely place to relax and sip a mint tea at the Arab Café.

  • Where else on earth would you encounter drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and old medicine men in one place? Only in the best man made oasis called Marrakech with its joy to life and nights to celebrate.

A year around tour roaster works for you?

  • This adventure and cultural tour is running even in Ramadan which will take place from 14 May to 12 June, 2018. This is a special time to explore Morocco with a different perspective unique to this Sacred month for Muslims around the world. The Ambiiance is unique. Schedule might be a little different, morning are a bit slow but everything is open for you to visit adding night activities special for this month. Markets and streets entertainments could not be better. Pubs are the only places that close for Ramadan, however bars in hotels serve drinks to non Muslims.

  • On this Morocco last day of the trip, we offer you a ride to Tangier on the legendary Marrakech Express train.

  • In Memory of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young you can use this ride overnight to Tangier. The train has four-berth couchette compartments with upper and lower bunks on each side, so you may be sharing a confined space with people outside of your travel group. Overnight trains are a great way to meet the locals, as well as ensuring you get maximum time in various destinations.

  • There are some steep steps up to walk to old city of Ouazzane and Chefchaouen on Day 2, but your guide will take the easiest alleys to visit these two cities completely nestled on hilltops of the Atlas Mountains. If you need assistance to walk up we can hire a mule for you so you will not miss this experience in your tour.

  • Best cost and best services guaranteed compare with all other tour planners in Morocco. All hand-picked, top notch guides to give the best Morocco hiking experience.

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Itinerary

Our guide will meet you at your arrival gate at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca and check you in to your hotel in Rabat, a smooth 45-mile drive. Guided historical and cultural tour of the capital city will feature some monuments but mainly Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the Oudaias Kasbah, and of course, we will walk through the vibrant market of Souika; a place of all trades. Enjoy the first day of your adventure trip to Morocco. Dinner and lodging will be in your hotel with your small group.

Travel in the morning with your small group tour to explore the region of the Jebala Rif Mountains.  Your first stop will be at the holy town of Ouazzane.  Visit its old Moorish quarter then, the mausoleum of Moulay Abdellah Cherif a big highlight of this town.  We will break for lunch to savor some of the best mountaineer specialties in a typical Moroccan restaurant nice and clean.  Continue on your adventure tour climbing the Rif Mountains to the picturesque city of Cheefchaouen.  Visiting these typical mountain towns and Berber villages are in reality a hiking journey in Morocco. Chefchaouen, the Blue city is considered to be one of the best blue towns in the Mediterranean Bassin. Enjoy your guided tour of Chefchaouen with our local guide then retreat to your hotel for dinner and accommodation.

As soon as you arrive in Tangier, your guide will meet you at the ferry landing to welcome you and take you on a day city tour of Tangier, the Kingdom of Morocco and the continent of Africa all at once, in one place.  Your guide then will take you a historic tour exploring the marvels of a three-thousand-year-old city of Tangier.  Your tour starts with a panoramic view of the city, followed by a walking tour of the little souk, where you’ll enjoy the spice markets, and a walking tour of the Medina (old quarter) then the Kasbah (old fortress), where you will discover Morocco's rich architecture. Stop to see the snake charmer and visit one of the local bakeries to try some tasty fresh Moroccan bread.

You will be introduced to the Moorish Market to learn the art of bargaining, enjoy shopping at a typical bazaar, where you’ll see many types of carpets and handicrafts. Your lunch will be served in a traditional Moroccan restaurant for great Tagines and Couscous.  A belly Dancer will be there dancing on live music in a frame of a thousand and one night.

After a short stop at Cape Spartel, where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea mixing together, you are invited for a typical mint tea ceremony at its best.  Then later visit the mythic landmark called Cave of Hercules and stop at an Atlantic dune, where you have the option to ride a camel.  Your guide will take you back to Chefchaouen for dinner and overnight.

We will take the back roads visiting few day markets of villages outside of mass tourism.  Souk Larbaa will be one of these villages. We will continue to the farmer market of the  9th century ancient Roman city of Volubilis, followed by the citadel of Moulay Idris nestled at Mount Zerhoun.  Lunch will be in the village square to taste some of the most authentic staples at typical Moroccan eateries.  The next stop the Versailles of Morocco, just 15 miles away, a guided historic tour of the 17the century Imperial city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune, then, of course, Meknes built by Moulay Ismail to rival Fez where you will stop for the night.  We will not miss the El H’dim Square and afternoon auction market. Continue exploring the marvels of Northern Morocco Tour with your guide to reach the Fez, the heartbeat of Morocco.

Full day will be devoted to your historic walking tour of the Medina of Fez.  The most ancient of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world.

Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path.  Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina.  Our specialized guide will take you on a historic discovery of the city of Fez starting at the King’s Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates, each gives to a major souk specialized in its trade dominated by a local guild.

Nere we are in a real medieval city, not even a bicycle is able to be used as a tool of transportation. Only donkeys, mules and horses are able to help to move all that the city produces and needs as supplies.

The first guilds you will immediately encounter are the cobblers, the saddlers and blacksmiths interlaced by some caravansaries for tribesmen who come from the surrounding areas to trade and supply their needs.  Down the hill to Juteya you will encounter all sorts of crafts but noticeably carpenters and leather workers as one of the traditional tanneries is not far.  This walk will lead you to El Ashabine square with its variety of activities. From there, you will wind your way to the Sagha Square which will lead you to Attarine then Souk el Henna and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the founder of Fez. Next to it, you will visit the Nejjarine square with its famous fountain, its guild of carpentry and the museum of folk arts at the Fondouk. The best market here is the Merktan, second-hand goods of mainly what is artistic or antics.

You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great Mosque university of Al Quarrawiyyine, passing by Shemma’ine, the market of dried fruits. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of bookbinders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passerby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouan a medieval warehouse.  You will end your walking tour and retreat to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Depart in the morning to Marrakech stopping at Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains of Ifrane and Imouzzer Kandar, evergreen Cedar and oaks capped mountains. You will also make a stop at an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes, located at a major junction of nomadic and villagers routes. We will also stop at Azrou, the hub of tribal textiles, here you will see Berber locals trade rugs, kilims, saddlebags, embroidered capes and all sorts of textiles where the Middle Atlas ranges give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. You will arrive at Marrakech in the late afternoon, where you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Your local guide will meet you in the morning at the lobby of your hotel to take you walking visit to historic and artistic Marrakech. You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites tour, then the afternoon to auction markets of principal goods crafted in Marrakech.  We will take you to guilds auctions of goods before they reach the shelves of Bazaars and shops.  We will teach you how to bargain and how to be part of this traditional market without an intermediary.  Shopping in Marrakech has become a bit of a challenge, one has to be a bit vigilant. Nevertheless, you find all imaginable arts and crafts in the souks. Goods you can buy from guilds, coops or directly from the artisans in their workshops. The touristy shops have their networking that is not sustainable at all and does not benefit the artisan by any means.

You will begin your day with an excursion to the Ourika Valley>, where you will visit the traditional Berber Souks, as well as some workshops. After lunch, you will visit the Berber Museum of Arts and Crafts to learn about the dwellers of these mountains and their products before you discover their workshops and sophisticated, hand-made products. You will return to Marrakech for dinner at a festive Moroccan Restaurant.

Enjoy a brief Casablanca tour if the time allows it before heading to the airport for flight back home.

Inclusions

  • Eight night accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in chauffeured vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking guides & tour leader
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Rabat: Hotel Zohor, one night
  • Chefchaouen: Hotel Casa Hassan, 2 nights
  • Fez: Hotel Batha, two nights
  • Marrakech: Hotel Ibis, three nights