Kasbahs & Caravans

A country more exotic and enticing is hard to find. Morocco blends the best of Arab civilisation with an appealing climate and some of the world’s most dreamy hotels.

Journey Overview

A country more exotic and enticing is hard to find. Morocco blends the best of Arab civilisation with an appealing climate and some of the world’s most dreamy hotels. On this journey, take in the fascinating history of imperial Fes, the mysterious Kasbahs of the Dades Valley, A&K’s exclusive desert camp and the charms of Marrakech.

Journey Highlights

  • Step back in time on a ramble through the ruins of ancient Volubilis
  • Wander through the beguiling souks and colourful tanneries of Fes
  • Sleep Beodouin style in A&K's Exclusive Desert Camp
  • Drive to hilltop Berber village for a traditional tea ceremony at dusk
  • Admire the exquisite creations of one of the world's great designers at the Museum of YSL
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca

Arrive to a private Meet & Greet and transfer to the hotel.

Four Seasons Casablanca

Day 2: Casablanca - Fes

After an orientation tour of Casablanca including a visit to the Hassan II Grande Mosque, head east to Capital city of Rabat where you will have a short tour of the city including a visit to the Mohamed VI Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. After lunch continue to the historic city of Fes, the largest living medieval medina-city and cultural heart of Morocco.

Palais Faraj | Meals: BL

Day 3: Fes

Embark on your private city sightseeing tour starting in the UNESCO World Heritage medina including a visit to the famous Tanneries of Fes. Continue to New Fes, built in the 13th century, where you see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas (schools), bustling souks and the old city wall.

Palais Faraj | Meals: B

Day 4: Fes - Meknes & Volubilis - Fes

Visit the ruined Roman city of Volubilis where excavations have revealed many fine mosaics, some prominent public buildings and high status houses. Continue to Meknes, another of the imperial cities and one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate. Then head to Chateau Roslane, one of Morocco’s best known wineries for a 3 course lunch with paired wines.

Palais Faraj | Meals: BL

Day 5: Fes - Erfoud

Today you travel to Erfoud, a small town on the edge of the desert. Stopping in Midelt for lunch en route (own arrangement). The latter part of your journey is filled with stunning scenic views of endless palm plantations, Berber villages and the spectacular Atlas Mountains. Later today you arrive at your hotel located in a very quiet area on the outskirts of Erfoud, on a site that brings together the largest and most spectacular dunes in Morocco.

Palais Masandoia | Meals: BD

Day 6: Erfoud - Erg Chebbi

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in and around Erfoud, with a private vehicle and guide at your disposal. Erfoud is one of the largest oases in Morocco. At East Fort, there are splendid views over the Ziz Valley and the surrounding desert. Inspect Erfoud's quarry, where fossils have been found indicating that this part of the world was once beneath the sea. Fossil mining is a growing industry in this part of Morocco, and the rocks excavated are used to produce beautiful decorative objects ranging from crockery to furniture.

In the afternoon, head south by 4WD vehicle over the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi to your tented campsite. The tents are of the traditional “Caidal” style with colourful carpets, comfortable bedding and private facilities. On arrival in camp, you are greeted with mint tea and pastries, before a camel ride into the Erg Chebbi dunes. Return to camp for a mouth-watering dinner served under the stars by the camp fire.

A&K Desert Camp | Meals: BD

Day 7: Erg Chebbi - Skoura

After a stunning desert sunrise travel through the Dades Valley on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs reaching your hotel in Skoura, in the foothills of the Atlas, late afternoon.

Dar Ahlam | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Skoura

Relax at your hotel, a converted 19th century Kasbah, in picture postcard surrounds or explore the Palmeraie.

Dar Ahlam | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Skoura - Marrakech

Travel to Marrakech today, stopping en route in Ouarzazate and the UNESCO listed fortified city Ait Benhaddou, one of the best preserved kasbah-towns in the Atlas and location for many feature films.

Mandarin Oriental | Meals: BL

Day 10: Marrakech

Get a taste of exotic Marrakech today when you delve into the mysteries of the medina, the old walled section of the town, where most the city’s architectural attractions lie. Explore the labyrinthine souks, looking for treasures and bartering hard. Souk Smarine is a maze of colourful alleys dominated by textiles, clothing and handicrafts – a shopper’s paradise.

Next up, your visit to the Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Gardens), originally designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle. After taking up residence in Marrakech, Majorelle transformed the property's existing garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, exotic plantings and enormous sculptural cactii. Take time to wander through this peaceful haven before visiting the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum. The renowned fashion designer first visited Marrakech in 1966 and the museum is dedicated to his couture and the country that so inspired him. After careful selection by his partner Pierre Bergé the museum exhibits more than 5,000 of his designs and 15,000 accessories.

Wind up in famous Djemaa el-Fna Square where there’s time to soak up the vibrant atmosphere – snake charmers, musicians, storytellers, acrobats and stalls of dried fruit, nuts and orange juice vendors.

Mandarin Oriental | Meals: B

Day 11: Marrakech

Day at leisure. Perhaps an optional visit to the Atlas Mountains, a cooking class, food tasting or spa treatment (additional costs apply).

Mandarin Oriental | Meals: B

Day 12: Depart Marrakech

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Four Seasons Casablanca

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Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fes

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A&K Exclusive Desert Camp, Sahara Desert

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Dar Ahlam, Skoura

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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