Blue Moroccan Adventure

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  • October 15 – 24, 2022*
  • Morocco
  • Morocco
  • October 15 – 21, 2022*
  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • 8 – 12 Guests

Overview

A trip to Morocco can feel like a step back in time. From the bustling medina of Marrakech to the traditional Riads in Fes, Morocco is known for its timeless, unique heritage and style. Life in Morocco is very much a mix of cultures–as a coastal country in North Africa, Morocco welcomes a mix of Arabic, French, Spanish, and Indigenous Berber influences. A visit to this lively and vibrant destination will most definitely open your eyes to a new world of enchantment and wonder.

Highlights included

  • Visit Rabat’s famed Hassan Tower and Mausoleum
  • Experience a photoshoot in the “blue city” of Chefchaouen
  • Explore Fes’s winding ancient medina
  • Stay in traditional Riads in Fes and Marrakech
  • Connect with Jewish history and heritage in Fes
  • Tour the souks of Marrakech with a guide
  • Experience a Hammam scrub and spa treatment
  • Enjoy a Moroccan Tagine cooking class
  • Take part in a craft workshop with local artisans
  • Discover the mystical Djemaa el Fna Square at night

Morocco’s Mediterranean location ensures mild temperature, with averages between 53 °F (12 °C) in the winter and 100 °F (38 °C) in the summer. October is one of Morocco’s most temperate months, with temperatures ranging from 66 °F (19 °C) to 75 °F (24°C). Morocco will certainly make one of the best trips for women we can possibly imagine.

*Our trip to Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, & Marrakech will be 6 to 9 nights of Moroccan enchantment depending on what you choose. This luxury trip for women will make you discover the marvels of this magical country.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, October 15th, 2022  

Today we’ll arrive at the Casablanca International Airport. After customs and baggage claim, we’ll be welcomed to Morocco by our driver and guide. Our driver/guide will accompany us throughout our stay in Morocco and will be able to answer any questions about the country. From Casablanca, we drive directly to Morocco’s capital, Rabat to begin our Moroccan adventure.  (1 hour drive time)

Overnight stay in Riad Kalaa, a renovated traditional Riad (guesthouse) decorated in true Moroccan style. Tonight, we’ll dine simply but in true Moroccan style outside in the courtyard of our Riad.

Included Meals: D

Day 2: Sunday, October 16th, 2022

Today, we will explore Rabat’s highlights beginning from the old medina. By day we’ll visit the Chellah necropolis. From the Chellah, we’ll head to the Yacoub al-Mansour Esplanade, which is home to two must-see monuments: the King’s Mausoleum, which was built in 1971 and houses the remains of the late king Hassan II, Prince Abdallah, and their father King Mohamed V. In front of the Mausoleum, you will find the Hassan Tower, an incomplete red sandstone minaret which began construction in 1195 AD.

We’ll then wrap up our visit of Rabat at the Kasbah des Oudayas, an Almohad fortress built in 1150 AD. From the Kasbah des Oudayas, you can stroll through the winding blue streets, and enjoy a Moroccan mint tea at the Cafe Maure overlooking the Bou Regreg River.

After a wonderful morning in Rabat, we will then embark on the 4 ½ hour drive to Chefchaoeun. Following the drive and a quick introduction to the beautiful blue city, we will then have dinner at our quaint Riad.

Overnight Stay at Riad Cherifa.

Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 3:  Monday, October 17th, 2022

After breakfast at the Riad, we’ll embark on our guided exploration of Chefchaouen. Known for its signature powder-blue walls and its calming charms, Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 AD and has recently become world-famous for its cerulean streets.

Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a great afternoon of discovery. Your guide will lead you to her favorite haunts as well as the signature locations of Chefchaouen, starting with the Kasbah in the center of town offering breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the tower. All throughout your you’re the professional photographer we’ve hired will unlock the village with his or her photographer’s eye, showing you how to take gorgeous shots as well as taking several pictures of you and the group which will quickly become your treasured souvenirs.

After you capture some memorable photos, you can meander up to the town’s waterfall, where locals meet to chat and do laundry, and you can relax with your toes in the water at one of the riverbank’s small coffee shops. On the way down, wander the medina and discover its hidden charms, which reside in its small size and friendly inhabitants.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, and we’ll meet up for a delicious dinner all together in a local restaurant in the village called Casa Hassan where you might want to try the lamb tagine, the vegetable couscous or a freshly grilled fish.

Overnight stay at Riad Cherifa.

Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

After another delicious breakfast at our Riad, we will bid farewell to the “Blue Pearl” and head over to Fes, Morocco’s ancient cultural capital. Founded in 781AD, Fes is now considered the world’s largest car-free urban zone, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage site!

After about a 4-hour drive stopping along the way for lunch, we will check into our accommodation for the evening, Riad El Amine. Tonight, you’ll enjoy some sunset cocktails on the roof with snacks (first round on is us!) especially after the dry city of Chefchaouen. Then we’ll sit down to a proper Moroccan spread complete with all the freshest market ingredients. We will need a full night’s rest before our action-packed visit to Fes in the morning!

Overnight stay at Riad El Amine.

Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

After breakfast, we will begin our exploration of the ancient city of Fes beginning with the bustling medina, followed by a visit to the souk and old Jewish quarters. Watch for mule-drawn carriages that speed through the alleyways!

While in the medina we’ll check out a local pharmacy with its mysterious canisters of roots, flowers, and powders! A trip to Fes is really like a step back to medieval times, so make sure to take in all of its unique sights, smells, and sounds to completely immerse yourself into the wonders of Morocco.

Our day will also include stops at the medina, the Medersa (old school) you’ll also stop by the world’s oldest and longest operating learning institution, the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859AD.

Afterward, we’ll explore the legendary tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare Moroccan leather which is then used in a variety of goods from clothing to bags and other handicrafts. We’ll spend the afternoon making our way through the winding streets before dinner.

Here in Fes, you will have the opportunity to taste a meal at a local restaurant of your choosing, and our guides will definitely have great recommendations!

After a productive day of touring the cultural epicenter, you’ll return to your Riad and have the rest of the evening at leisure.  After dinner, we will head back to Riad El Amine for another great night’s sleep.

Overnight stay at Riad El Amine

Included Meals: B, L

Day 6: Thursday, October 20th, 2022

On Thursday, we will wake up to a wonderful breakfast and have a morning at leisure to enjoy more of the city. For those more inclined to a little pampering, we have a hammam spa trip planned to get you both scrubbed and relaxed.

Hammam means “spreader of warmth”. Walking into a hammam is like walking through time in a spacious and ornate sanctuary, a quiet retreat in an atmosphere of low-light, silence, seclusion and heat. Silence is an integral part of the cleansing process and helps the body and spirit liberate itself from excess.

A traditional hammam ritual involves several steps to cleanse, detoxify, and help in relaxation. A true Moroccan hammam experience will make you feel as if you are on a Luxury Women’s Trip. And you are! You’ll experience one of the world’s most ancient traditions, a black-soap cleanse, followed by a cascading cold-water rinse. This prepares your skin for an invigorating scrub, which leaves you soft and free of accumulated toxins and impurities. After another rinse, a Ghassoul mask of Moroccan volcanic clay is applied to the body, face and hair.  The last step of this centuries-old practice of purification is the relaxing massage using pure oils, Morocco’s precious youth elixir!

After a little pampering and a tasty lunch, we will get creative with a DIY craft workshop with a local artisan. Here, you will be able to learn ancient craft techniques first-hand such as leather bookbinding by some of the country’s most skilled artists! Then, we will have another exquisite meal in town before heading back to Riad El Amine for the night.

Overnight stay at Riad El Amine.

Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Friday, October 21st, 2022

On Friday after breakfast, those ending their trip here in Fes will head back early to the Casablanca airport for departure (4-hour drive). For those choosing to extend their trip to include a portion in Marrakech, we will head to the Ochre city and check into our Riad, La Maison Arabe. There, we will have dinner and a good night’s rest.

Optional Trip Extension to Marrakech

Day 7: Friday October 21st, 2022 Extension

Guests extending their trip will stop in Casablanca for lunch for a quick visit before continuing to Marrakech. Upon arrival we’ll check into our stunning hotel and enjoy dinner there.

Overnight stay at La Maison Arabe.

Included Meals: B, L, D (for guests extending) B only for guests departing that day

Day 8: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 [Extension]

Today we will begin our exploration of Marrakech, one of Morocco’s most enchanting destinations.

After breakfast, you’ll start at 9am for your jam-packed day of sightseeing in Marrakech! Your day will break up into a morning and afternoon block, with a hearty lunch in between. In the morning, you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque (the iconic sight of Marrakech), the Bahia Palace (a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture), and the Saadian tombs. In the afternoon, you’ll delve into the myriad pathways of the Souk.

We will have a guided expedition through the city’s medina, souk, and artisan quarters. In the evening, we will visit to the famous Djemaa El Fna square, where you can encounter incredible performers, musicians, and even snake charmers! Dinner tonight will be a guided tasting by an expert local foodie enjoying tastes, snacks and drinks all around the square, what could be more fun? Don’t worry we’ll have time to sit down and relax as we go.

Overnight stay at La Maison Arabe.

Included Meals: B, L

Day 9: Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 [Extension]

After breakfast, we will have a lovely self-guided visit of the Yves-Saint Laurent museum and a stroll through the magical Majorelle Gardens. After our garden visit, we will have a light lunch and then head to our Tagine cooking class!

Tagine is one of Morocco’s most famous cuisines and is a staple of any Moroccan household or restaurant kitchen. Get ready to experience the wonders of Moroccan cooking and taste your wonderful creations for dinner. After the class, we will then head back to our accommodation for the night at La Maison Arabe.

Overnight stay at La Maison Arabe.

Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Monday, October 24th, 2022 [Extension]

After breakfast, we will head directly to either Casablanca or Marrakech airports for departure. The ride will take either 1 or 2 ½ hours depending on from which airport you are flying. Sadly, all good things must come to an end.

GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

NOTE -> Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: 49,700 Moroccan Dirham
Marrakech extension cost: 24,500 Moroccan Dirham (Approx $2,750 USD) – minimum of 4 needed to go

 

  • * All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. Everyone gets their own fabulous room! If you’re traveling with a friend/relative, or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organize double occupancy at a reduction in cost. Please inquire.
  • * All our trips are priced in the home currency of the trip’s location; however, we will invoice you in the equivalent USD calculated at the exchange rate at the time of invoice.
  • Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in standard double rooms
  • Hotels specified or of similar standard
  • Hammam Experience
  • A tagine cooking class
  • All entry fees, museum visits and guides
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary.
  • All included meals and breakfasts with a glass of wine and beer when available (one city is dry)

What’s not Included?

  • Two Meals on your own, day 5 & 8
  • Cost of beverages throughout the tour (except what’s mentioned above)
  • Expenses of a personal nature – telephone calls, extra spa treatments, laundry, souvenirs etc.
  • Any other services not specified above
  • Tips, Gratuities & Porters
  • Travel insurance – highly recommended, medical travel insurance is required for anyone over 50 years of age

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