Treasures of Morocco - Premium Adventure

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Few places on earth match the cultural diversity of Morocco. Join this Premium Adventure to discover the best of it, while staying in a carefully selected accommodation portfolio, which includes traditional riads and a luxury desert camp. We tour diverse cities, including seaside Casablanca, the imperial powerhouse of Fez, and electric Marrakech. And we journ...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate

Highlights

    • Discover the culturally rich cities of Casablanca, Marrakech and Fez
    • Visit the Unesco-listed Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ksar of Ait Benhaddou
    • Take a camelback ride through the Sahara
    • Experience a traditional hammam
    • Join a cookery class and enjoy the results
    • See the High Atlas Mountains and have lunch with an Amazigh family
    • Spend two nights in Riad El Yacout in Fez, once a wealthy merchant's home
    • Stay for a night in Riad Madu, or Riad Chebbi luxury kasbah-style hotels in the Sahara

What's this trip about?

    Few places on earth match the cultural diversity of Morocco. Join this Premium Adventure to discover the best of it, while staying in a carefully selected accommodation portfolio, which includes traditional riads and a luxury desert camp. We tour diverse cities, including seaside Casablanca, the imperial powerhouse of Fez, and electric Marrakech. And we journey into the Sahara, where we navigate dunes on camelback and stargaze around a campfire. Village visits, kasbah tours, lunch with an Amazigh family and a relaxing hammam session complete a perfectly balanced adventure that captures the best of Morocco in style.From Casablanca to Marrakech, discover the many wonders of this enchanting north African kingdom

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range16 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityCasablanca
End CityMarrakech

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Africa
  • Morocco

Attractions

  • Marrakech
  • Skoura

Activities

  • Culture
  • Nature

Trip includes

    • All breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners
    • Tipping for all hotel, local staff and drivers
    • Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise and customer service
    • Free arrival and departure transfers for everyone

Itinerary

Day 1 Start Casablanca

The adventure begins in the port city of Casablanca. Depending on flight arrival times, your expert leader will meet the whole group for a welcome briefing either this evening or tomorrow morning. There will be information about this meeting at the reception desk. Accommodation: Gray Hotel (five-star)

Day 2 Hassan II Mosque; Volubilis ruins; Moulay Idriss; Fez

This morning, before leaving Casablanca, we visit the Hassan II Mosque, which has a soaring 655ft (200m) minaret and a sliding ceiling to enable the sea breeze to cool the building. We have a guided tour of the Mosque and the stunning ablutions hall with a local speci...

Day 3 Explore Fez

Fez is the intellectual and religious centre of Morocco. Founded more than 1,000 years ago, it is the oldest of the Imperial cities in the kingdom with many mosques and madrasas (theological colleges). It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. This morning...

Day 4 Drive to Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara

We start early for a full day of travelling to the Sahara with a journey through superb scenery and plenty of stops along the way. Our journey takes us over the Middle Atlas, through the picturesque Ziz Valley to the Hamada, a flat, stony desert gradually approaching ...

Day 5 Village cultural experience; ride a camel at a Saharan camp

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day (with perhaps another dip in the pool). Later this morning, we travel by 4×4 to Khamlia village for a wonderful cultural experience watching a Gnawa music show and eating a traditional lunch of Medfouna, a surprising take on pizza. T...

Day 6 To Skoura via the Todra Gorge

Leaving the desert, we head towards the little town of Skoura. En route, we pass through the Todra Gorge, sheer cliffs rising dramatically on either side of the road. We take a short walk through this gorge so you can appreciate its majesty and take photos. Following ...

Day 7 Skoura, the palm grove capital of Morocco

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then join the leader on a guided walk through the palm groves of sleepy Skoura. Dotted around the palm, fig, birch and tamarisk trees are some of the most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco, the largest of which is the Amerhidil Kasb...

Day 8 Journey to Imlil village via Ait Benhaddou

Leaving Skoura, we rejoin the main road and drive west along the 1,000 Kasbahs Road via the desert city of Ouarzazate and onto the well-preserved ksar (fortified village) of Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most spectacular in the Atlas, an...

Day 9 Walk to Aremd and Sidi Chamharouch; evening hammam

Imlil is the starting point for trekkers climbing Mount Toubkal, the tallest mountain in North Africa. Our own hike takes us to the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (king of the jinns), an important pilgrimage site. We start from our hotel, climbing for about 40 minutes to...

Day 10 Over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech

This morning, we travel over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Along the way, we stop at a women’s argan oil cooperative where we see a demonstration of how this multi-use oil is produced. There is also an opportunity to purchase a range of products which make fo...

Day 11 Marrakech cooking class; free time

We start the day with a trip to the local market to purchase ingredients  before embarking on a cookery class of recipes to impress your friends when you get home. Enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch. This afternoon, take free time to see more of Marrakech. You ...

Day 12 End Marrakech

We’ve scaled dunes on camelback, eaten lunch with an Amazigh family and toured the greatest cities in Morocco. But after breakfast, this tour draws to a close. Speak to your sales representative if you’d like to extend your stay in Marrakech and explore the city further.

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Last Updated: 4/12/2024
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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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It is all about adventure. That is what Exodus was founded upon and what the company is still all about. Discovering countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts and jungles; exploring this amazing planet we all live on.

At Exodus, we know what makes you tick when it comes to holidays. It’s a desire shared by so many others. A yearning to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they’re all about. This means delving into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to its unique identity. At the same time, we always remember that we are only guests. So we travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise our impact, to ensure that every Exodus holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.

This is a philosophy we take with us around the world, helping you reach some incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across over 90 separate countries. We also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as we possibly can, making it simple for you to experience a very different holiday.

Exodus started life on 4 February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.

All our office staff have a passion for travel and adventure, and between us we’ve notched up experience that spans 171 different countries. That’s not all. In their former lives, our team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus – so no-one is better placed to create tours that appeal to a wide range of specialist interests.

Their care in putting all the details in place really shines through too. Extensive planning, research, fact-finding and training are a sign of our commitment to providing a holiday where your enjoyment, value for money and safety come first. It’s a telling reason why we remain one of the leading worldwide adventure tour companies. It is no exaggeration to say that our tour leaders can make a world of difference to the enjoyment of your holiday – so we choose them carefully. The result is that, in 2013, 93% of our clients stated that their leader exceeded their expectations. Where possible, we train and employ local leaders because they can provide invaluable insights that enrich the trip. What’s more, this investment in local staff really helps us benefit both them and their community.

Why we love this operator
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Logistics

What's excluded

    • Tip for the tour leader
    • Travel insurance: Exodus travel insurance policy
    • Visa or vaccinations

Accommodation

,The accommodations are all handpicked and some are unique places to stay on this Premium Adventure. We spend four nights in traditional riads, three nights in kasbah-style hotels, three nights in 4-5 star hotels and one night in a luxury desert camp. Feature nights on this trip are as follows. Fez: Riad El Yacout (nights 2 & 3) Originally the home of a wealthy merchant this riad was lovingly restored by Fassi craftspeople and reveals Arab-Andalusian architecture with decorative columns. Merzouga: Riad Madu or Riad Chebbi (night 4) Riad Madu This is a Kasbah-style stay in the Sahara. The word madu mainly means respect, which embodies the philosophy of this family-run hotel Riad Chebbi Kasbah-style stay in the Sahara with rooftop terrace overlooking the desert. Sahara Camp (night 5) Jannat Luxury Camp  Jannat Luxury Camp is located in the middle of the quiet sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. A small experienced crew work on making your stay memorable. The chef creates tasty Moroccan specialities and after dinner you can enjoy the star filled skies. Worth knowing The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance; however, we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice. Single supplement is available on this tour About riads Riads are traditional Moroccan homes, generally in the old part of the city or medina, where the wealthiest people would historically live. They’re typically built around a central corridor with windows facing an internal courtyard (external windows are rare). Most have a rooftop terrace where breakfast is served. A night in a riad is an authentic Moroccan experience; however, riads do not have hotel-style facilities. Additionally, the rooms are not standardised and come in different sizes and shapes. Riads  are built to keep sunlight to a minimum in order to keep the interiors cool in the extreme summer heat. In winter they become a cosy haven.
Cancellation policy

The cancellation policies of this trip when booked through Travelstride are determined by the stated policies of the tour operator - Exodus Travels.

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel a confirmed booking you must notify Travelstride in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by Travelstride and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

If You Cancel Your Holiday
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead name or your travel agent must be received at our offices. 

Since we incur costs in canceling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows (see also the exceptions below): 

  • More than 42 days - No cancellation fee. Deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original booking. Any remaining balance will be refundedThis excludes all non-refundable costs as set out in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 41 and 21 days (inclusive) - No cancellation fee. Balance and deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original bookingThis excludes all non-refundable costs as further explained in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 20 and 15 days (inclusive) - 80% of the holiday cost
  • 14 days or less; or failure to join the holiday (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Certain trips may involve different cancellation charges; you will be advised if this is applicable to your holiday during the booking process.For Polar holidays, the following cancellation charges will be made for all Polar holidays. Period before departure in which you notify us: 

Cancelation charge

  • More than 133 days - Deposit only
  • 133 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Notes (i) Your deposit is non-refundable, even if the cancellation charge calculated is lower than the deposit amount paid; (ii) If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges; (iii) certain travel arrangements may be subject to higher cancellation charges and could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements from the moment the booking is confirmed.

If You Change Your Booking

If, after our Booking Confirmation has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the lead name or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of $60, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration (including those charged by third party suppliers who provide the component parts of your booking).  You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply to this booking, by giving us notice in writing at least 7 days before departure provided that the new lead passenger accepts the transfer and these Terms and Conditions. Both you and the new traveler are responsible for paying all costs we incur in making the transfer. Please bear in mind that certain airlines and other transport providers treat changes as a cancellation and charge accordingly, up to 100% of the cost for that part of the arrangement. Where applicable these charges will be passed on to you.

If We Cancel Your Booking

Exodus reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants ,logistical problems, a Force Majeure Event (as defined in Section 8), or any other circumstances that may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of Exodus’s liability without any further obligation on Exodus’s part. Exodus is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including non-refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other trip-related expenses.

If We Change Your Booking

  1. Changes to the price. We can change your holiday price after you’ve booked, only in certain circumstances. Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.

  2. Changes other than the price. It is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking. If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your accommodation to another of the same or higher standard. If we are forced by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package you will have the rights set out below.

    2.1 - We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative holiday, where we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be canceled.

    2.2 - If you choose to accept a refund then that is the only liability we have and we will not be liable for any further sums, compensation or otherwise and you are advised to adequately insure yourselves against cancellation for any reason

Please note that insurance premiums and amendments charges are not refundable in any circumstances. 

Once you have put down a deposit for a tour, you are unable to cancel and re-book within a promotional period and we reserve the right to amend the pricing on any new booking you make within that time. If you cancel a tour and book the same tour under a promotional code, we reserve the right to decline the booking.

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Where possible, we will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us.

For more additional details, see the booking conditions of TruTravels at the following web address: https://www.exodustravels.com/us/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions.

Travel Insurance
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Meals Included
There are 11 breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners (one of which is a cooking class) included on this trip. There’s a welcome dinner at our riad in Fez, and home-cooked lunches when we stay in the Sahara and the High Atlas. We also have an included dinner at our lodge in Skoura to sample their homegrown produce. In Marrakech, try creating local delicacies in a master cooking class and then enjoy the results. Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced – kebab and bread is approximately 72 Moroccan dirhams (US$7). In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from 310 dirhams (US$30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost 80-155 dirhams (approximately US$8-US$15) not including drinks. Local beer, wine and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian cous cous, tajine or omelettes, particularly during the more rural sections of the trip. If you have any special dietary requirements inform your sales representative in plenty of time before the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (ie coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some food items with you from home.
Age Requirements
16 years and up
Additional Information
Five nights in traditional riads, two nights in kasbah-style hotels, three nights in 4-5 star hotels, one night in a four-star desert camp Travel by private minibus and camel Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Minimum age: 16
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