Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Enjoy total immersion into Moroccan and Berber cultures with front-of-the-line access to museums and historical sites, stay in an A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp set amid Saharan dunes, ending with three nights in lively Marrakech.

Journey Overview

Uncover vibrant, colourful and exotic Morocco, jewel of North Africa and one of the world’s most stylish and fascinating destinations. Journey from the coastal port city of Casablanca inland to medieval Fes, the Atlas foothills and the Saharan desert reaches, to sensuous, legendary Marrakech, where snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and acrobats bring Djemaa el-Fna Square to life. Explore labyrinthine souks full of treasures, savour mouth-watering cuisine, marvel at ancient medinas, bustling kasbahs and towering minarets, and relax in elegant hotels.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover all that exotic Morocco has to offer, from the historic cities in the north to the mysterious desert
  • Experience the Sahara in style when you sleep under the stars at an A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp amid the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Stay in the fascinating “Red City” at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech, your home for three nights
  • Visit Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, a garden created by an artist and later restored by design legend Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Explore Meknes and Volubilis, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to unveil Morocco’s unique culture and past
  • Embrace life like a local with a ride on camel back and by horse and carriage
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco.

Arrive in Casablanca, where, after clearing customs and immigration, you are transferred to the city’s newest luxury hotel, designed with contemporary styling and traditional Moroccan accents. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in this exotic setting, the inspiration for the eponymous, 1942 Humphrey Bogart film.
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca

Day 2: Rabat & Fez | Ancient Traditions, Rich Heritage.

Begin the day in the port city of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest metropolis and its commercial hub. Visit the stunning Hassan II Mosque, which accommodates up to 25,000 worshipers; its minaret stands as the tallest religious structure in the world. Then, travel to the Moorish city of Rabat, capital of Morocco, to visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco, grandfather of the current king. View the Mauresque-style Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah, along with its scenic Andalusian garden. Continue to Fez for a special cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner hosted by A&K.
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Fez | Timeless Medieval City.

Explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. Founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss I, this imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning. Stroll the labyrinthine old quarter, with its 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks, on a market visit of exceeding authenticity. Watching local craftsmen in action — working with bronze and pottery — makes for an engaging artisan visit as well. Next, proceed to the intricately detailed 14th-century Karaouine — one of the oldest, still-functioning universities in the world, and Nejjarine Square. You also see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fez el-Jadid.
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa | Meals: BL

Day 4: Volubilis | Roman Ruins & Lunch at a Vineyard.

Journey overland to explore Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Upon completing this glimpse into antiquity, proceed to a winery outside Meknes for lunch set among the region’s sun-bathed vineyards and olive groves. Return to Fez with your evening at leisure.
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa | Meals: BL

Day 5: Erfoud | Desert Oasis.

Travel to small, desert-fringed Erfoud, pausing for lunch en route and marvelling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless date palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Settle into your hotel, with the remainder of the day to spend at leisure. Gather for dinner this evening. Your gourmet meal is prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients.
L’Hotel by Chateau de Sable | Meals: BLD

Day 6: The Sahara | Into the Desert Dunes.

This morning, discover the fortified desert town of Rissani. Continue to the desert dunes of the Sahara by four-wheel-drive vehicle, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. The stunning reddish-hued sand dunes can reach up to over 150 metres high, creating an otherworldly landscape. Experience it like a local on camel back. As the sun sets, celebrate your unforgettable desert foray with a Scenic Sundowner. Return to your camp for a traditional meal before a campfire, along with distinctively Moroccan entertainment. Then, slumber in comfort as the sounds of the desert lull you to sleep.
A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Ouarzazate | Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.

Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for African traders travelling to the cities of Morocco and Europe. En route, absorb views of the High Atlas’ southern slopes, intersecting the Dades Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees. Travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to Ouarzazate and your delightful oasis of a hotel.
Le Berbère Palace | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Ouarzazate | Door of the Desert.

Begin the day in Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, it is a regional trade centre, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Tifoultoute Kasbah, a majestic 17th-century fortress featuring a panoramic view of the valley of Ouarzazate and the High Atlas Mountains. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs, some of which have been featured in famous films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Le Berbère Palace | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Ouarzazate | Crossing the High Atlas Mountains.

Journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating “Red City” of Marrakech, where you settle into your luxurious hotel.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Marrakech | Exploring the Red City.

Today, begin to unearth the secrets of Marrakech, starting in the medina, the old walled section of town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Then visit Dar El Bacha, home to the pasha of Marrakech in the early 20th century. Afterward, visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also wish to stroll the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech | Meals: BL

Day 11: Marrakech | Design Your Day

Begin your day at Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by design legend Yves Saint Laurent. Stop at the recently opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum nearby, for an up-close look at some of the famed designer’s creations. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Learn to Cook with Moroccan Spices with a cooking demonstration and tasting.
  • Explore the Souks of Marrakech with an expert guide, walking narrow streets lined with centuries-old shops
  • Enjoy a Guided Walk of the Historic Jewish Quarter, once a thriving centre of religious freedom and tolerance.

Tonight, attend a special farewell dinner with entertainment by a local gnaoua band.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech | Meals: BD

Day 12: Depart Marrakech.

Transfer to the Marrakech airport and board your international flight home.
Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:15 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 11.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
Long drives should be expected on this itinerary. This is the only way to experience the magical scenery that this exotic country has to offer.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Four Seasons Casablanca

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Situated on the oceanfront, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is a sleek resort-inspired escape. It boasts magnificent views of the Atlantic. ... Read more

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fes

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Allow the Palais Faraj to take you back in time a thousand years, this grand building with its sumptuous designs and bespoke furniture ha ... Read more

A&K Exclusive Desert Camp, Sahara Desert

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

A convoy of 4x4 vehicles takes all the equipment necessary to the dunes of Merzouga. Traversing the rocky, flat-baked sand bordering the ... Read more

Le Berbère Palace, Ouarzazate

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Built in Kasbah style, Le Berbére Palace is a desert oasis of cool shady terraces and traditional Moroccan hospitality, with fragrant a ... Read more

Four Seasons Marrakech

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

The Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is located across from the Menara Gardens and just a short walk from the ancient walls of the medina. O ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 29, 2020
Price AU$10,860pp Single Supplement AU$3,905 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jan 25, 2020 - Feb 5, 2020
Price AU$10,860pp Single Supplement AU$3,905 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 12, 2020
Price AU$11,585pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 8, 2020 - Feb 19, 2020
Price AU$11,585pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 26, 2020
Price AU$12,165pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Feb 22, 2020 - Mar 4, 2020
Price AU$12,165pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 29, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020
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Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 18, 2020
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Mar 10, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
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Mar 14, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020
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Mar 21, 2020 - Apr 1, 2020
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Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 8, 2020
Price AU$13,035pp Single Supplement AU$5,065 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 15, 2020
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Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 22, 2020
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Apr 14, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020
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Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 29, 2020
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Apr 25, 2020 - May 6, 2020
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Apr 28, 2020 - May 9, 2020
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May 2, 2020 - May 13, 2020
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May 9, 2020 - May 20, 2020
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May 12, 2020 - May 23, 2020
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May 16, 2020 - May 27, 2020
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May 26, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020
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May 30, 2020 - Jun 10, 2020
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Jun 6, 2020 - Jun 17, 2020
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Aug 29, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020
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Sep 5, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
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Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020
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Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
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Sep 19, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
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Sep 22, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020
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Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 7, 2020
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Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
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Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 21, 2020
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Oct 13, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020
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Oct 17, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020
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Oct 20, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
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Oct 24, 2020 - Nov 4, 2020
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Oct 31, 2020 - Nov 11, 2020
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Nov 7, 2020 - Nov 18, 2020
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Nov 14, 2020 - Nov 25, 2020
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Nov 21, 2020 - Dec 2, 2020
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Nov 28, 2020 - Dec 9, 2020
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Dec 5, 2020 - Dec 16, 2020
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Dec 8, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020
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Dec 12, 2020 - Dec 23, 2020
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Dec 19, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020
Price AU$13,035pp Single Supplement AU$5,065 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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