Dreaming of Morocco
11 nights/12 days
November 11-22, 2021 WAITLIST
January 27 – February 8, 2022
Welcome To Morocco
You will arrive in the beautiful and modern city of Casablanca for your grand women-only tour. Casablanca is known as Morocco’s economic capital but takes you back to the roaring 20’s! You will be met upon arrival, by a private driver who will transport you to our fabulous boutique hotel. As everyone arrives, we will have free time to tour the Hassan II Mosque. It is one of North Africa’s most elaborate mosques, and the 3rd largest in the world. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting of our lovely hotel with a hammam or massage. We will gather as a group for a welcome reception and dinner.
Queen for a day!
After enjoying a traditional Moroccan breakfast, our personal driver will lead us as we set off for Fes. While traveling there, we will enjoy a short break in the capital city of Rabat. This city is truly fit for royalty, and serves as the King’s home. Along with lunch, we will have more time to explore this remarkable city. Enjoy the views from this coastal community, or head out to find some bargains at the local carpet shops or from vendors selling wool ponchos. We will then set out again for Morocco’s spiritual capital of Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city.
After eating breakfast, your guided tour begins of Fes. This walled-in city is one of the world’s largest, complete with narrow streets of unique spices, fresh fruit, genuine Moroccan artwork and exquisite Berber carpets for sale. Along with shopping for some of these traditional specialties, we will take a royal visit to the King’s Palace, the Jewish Quarter, and additional historic sites. We will be led by an experienced guide to view the local potters at work, to visit the interesting tanneries, and shop for items which are original to this region of Morocco. Breaking for a bite to eat, you will step into history as you witness first- hand what it is like to eat inside one of the medina’s traditional restaurants. After savoring the local delicacies, we will return to our Riad for an evening cooking class. It is one thing to sample the wonderful Moroccan food, but yet another to learn the secrets behind the ancient preparation and secret ingredients that make it so unforgettable.
We will have an early start after breakfast and head to the archaeological site of Voulibis, an ancient Roman city. It was considered one of the most beautiful in all of Africa during its hey day and was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. It is a new addition to this itinerary and a must visit! We will return to Fes for an evening on your own. There are some fantastic dinner recommendations for those who want to gather and continue on!
A Road Less Traveled
Today is a long travel day. After an early breakfast we will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding our way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as we cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, we will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. On arrival at our desert hotel, a hot shower or dip in the swimming pool (depending on the weather) will be a treat after the long drive.
Rock the Kasbah
Still recovering after a long trip across the beautiful mountain range, take time this morning to enjoy your breakfast at a leisurely pace, for the morning hours are all about relaxation. Enjoy your time at the Kasbah, or even doing some sightseeing around the small desert communities. To spice up your afternoon, we take it up a notch when we climb into a 4-wheel drive, headed toward the one-and-only Sahara Desert sand dunes. Part of our day will include an hour ride by camel, just in time to catch an awe-inspiring sunset. This is the time of adventure, as you spend the rest of the night in a luxury Berber tents for an unforgettable experience.
Todra Gorges / Dades Gorges/ Skoura
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
After breakfast, we will return by 4x4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud we will set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges. We will have lunch with a local Berber family and visit their local carpet showroom. In the afternoon, we will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. We will stay the night in Skoura before we cross the High Atlas Mountains. We will end our day with an unforgettable dinner served in our lovely hotel situated in the middle of the palmerie.
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stars, Stories and a Cup of Tea
After an early breakfast we set off to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, it is one of the finest jewels of Morocco. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered…usually off the beaten path. And we will search and find! In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator.
After lunch, we will head over the mountains to Marrakech. Once in Marrakech, we will check into our riad and then head off to the Jemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits. The square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.
After breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. This city should be on every traveler’s bucket list. It is amazing! You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, we will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Jemaa el-Fna. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) of Marrakech. You may also choose to take a break by spending the rest of the late afternoon in a luxurious Marrakech spa. Be pampered from head to toe, with some traditional Moroccan treatments. The choice is yours!
This day is on your own! You can take this special day of relaxation for spa treatments, shopping or lounging in the riad. We can arrange a visit to Marjorelle Gardens, a 12 acres botanical garden saved by Yves Saint-Laurent. There are several museums and some high end shopping! There will be choices for some of you who would rather spend the morning taking part in the Moroccan traditional of henna. You may choose to get henna tattoos from one of the local artists on your hands and feet, for a temporary reminder of the beauty and originality of the region. Enjoy this day before we meet for traditional Moroccan dancing and an evening in the Medina.
You will have a free morning before we make our way back to Casablanca. Would you like to experience an early morning balloon ride? After enjoying a leisurely lunch, we will set off for Casablanca, where you we will then check back into our boutique hotel. To top off our amazing journey in Morocco, we will toast our farewell at Rick’s Café for dinner. The piano bar and feeling like you just walked into the movie Casablanca will be a magical ending to our fabulous time in Morocco.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Hotels, Tents and Riads
Each superior tent includes its own private basic-style bathroom with a western style toilet, running water, a basic shower. Dinner will be served under the stars (weather permitting). In the morning we will enjoy breakfast at the tents before we will head meet up with your 4×4 driver to return us to Erfoud.
Nestled in private sand dunes off the beaten path, this modern, white- canvas tent experience mixes modern luxury with a rural desert experience! With its white linen beds and tasteful, chic décor, this Deluxe Tent experience is the most luxurious in the region.
The private camp is located about 15 minutes south of the main Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which makes this experience feel more exclusive and protected from large tourist groups. Each deluxe tent has a simple, Western-style bathroom built from cedar wood and equipped with toilet, shower, and sink. With this experience, you will enjoy a 30 -60 minute camel ride through the sand dunes to see the sunset and back 30 minutes to the luxury camp.
WHAT IS A RIAD? As travelers looking to experience authentic Moroccan hospitality, we always stay in Riads. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house, located within an ancient medina (walled city), which is designed around a central courtyard and/or garden. These beautiful homes have been restored to reflect time-honored Moroccan décor, yet to also provide guests with many of the modern amenities found in 4 and 5 star hotels. Some are family owned, some belonged to Royal families but all are fabulous in their own way!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN MY RIAD EXPERIENCE?
As you approach a Riad from one of Morocco’s narrow, labyrinth streets in the medina, you will likely notice that each door in the grey stone and plaster walls looks fairly similar. As you pass from the bustling streets, through the nondescript exteriors and into the central courtyard/gardens of a Riad, you will be delighted by the tranquil, elegant beauty you find within.
Riads are often described by visitors as “diamonds in the rough!” The courtyard is the heart of the house and all of the rooms and stairways are connected to it. In most Riads, the courtyard is left open to the sky, which permits fresh air and sunlight to enter. Some Riad courtyards are filled with orange, lemon, or olive trees and plants of many varieties, while others may be centered on a tiered, tiled fountain surrounded by potted plants. Some of the larger Riads have small swimming pools within the courtyard space.
MASTERPIECES OF THE MOROCCO MEDINAS MOROCCO
BOUTIQUE STYLE HOTELS
In addition to the spacious central courtyards and inviting shared rooms, most riads have only six to eight bedrooms of traditional design with ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom is a unique size and shape, with its own distinct features. Some riad rooms are positioned to open onto or overlook the central courtyard, while those situated on the higher floors may look out over the city. Some may boast access to the riad’s rooftop terrace. Moroccan riads are rather infamous for their narrow, winding staircases, which most often lead from the Riad’s courtyard and shared spaces to the bedrooms located inthe higher floors. If climbing multiple flights of narrow staircases sounds problematic to you, you will want to request a ground level room. Throughout your Riad stay, you will enjoy attentive, personalized service by the Riad staff. As most Riads are quite small, the hospitality is intimate. It is not unusual for the Riad’s owner or manager to greet you upon arrival and for the staff to offer you a welcoming glass of mint tea.
Take a look at the pictures from Morocco 2019 and 2020: https://www.facebook.com/pg/herdreamvacation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2304840313063790
Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive “cancel for any reason” travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals, drinks, & personal spending or taxes.
*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*
Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. Guests will receive an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.
If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
Please note that this tour is limited to 8 women. sanitary and safety precautions are implemented for your protection by all vendors.
Your Total Cost: $5995
Private single room, boutique hotels, luxury riads, glam camping,
meals and tours where indicated, private transportation