Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

Discover exotic Morocco, from the timeless walled city of Fes to the bustling medina in Marrakech, viewing local Berber life in the ruggedly beautiful High Atlas Mountains and staying at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp.

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

  • Venture into the Sahara by 4x4 and camelback for an unforgettable overnight stay at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp that includes dinner and live Moroccan music
  • Explore Fes el-Bali, Morocco’s cultural heart, on a guided walk through its winding alleyways and past its myriad souks
  • Share lively conversation with a female professor over dinner and freely discuss the role of women in modern Morocco
  • Tread the ancient Roman paths of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to marvel at soaring arches and vivid, well-preserved 2,000-year-old mosaics
  • Discover Marrakech at its most authentic, taking in the sights, sounds and scents of its UNESCO-listed medina
  • Visit local artisans whose works still reflect the influences of Morocco’s historic Roman, Moorish and Berber cultures
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco

Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your luxurious accommodations, designed with contemporary styling and traditional Moroccan accents. Enjoy 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 & Fes | 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 palm-dotted Andalusian garden. Continue to Fes for a special cocktail reception. Then, sit down to a welcome dinner, joined by a female professor who converses with you about the role of women in modern Morocco, an A&K-exclusive experience.
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Fes | Timeless Medieval City

Explore Fes el-Bali (Old Fes), the cultural heart of Morocco. Founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idris 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. Proceed to the intricately detailed Karaouine. Built in 859 AD, it is one of the oldest still-functioning universities in the world. You also visit Nejjarine Square before continuing to Fes el-Jadid (New Fes), where you see the Royal Palace, madrasas (Islamic schools) and mellah (Jewish quarter).
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. Next, proceed to a winery outside Meknes for a memorable Chef ’s Table lunch at an on-site restaurant set among the region’s sunbathed vineyards and olive groves. Return to Fes, 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. After the day’s scenic drive, settle into your hotel before gathering for dinner this evening. Tonight’s 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 into the desert dunes of the Sahara, at first by four-wheel- drive vehicle, amid stunning reddish-hued sand dunes that reach up to 500 feet high, creating an otherworldly landscape. Then, switch modes of transport and Ride Like a Local, camelback, to your nomadic tented camp, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits you. As the sun sets over the Saharan dunes, 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 stunning views of the High Atlas Mountains’ 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 Kasbah of Tifoultoute, a majestic 17th-century fortress featuring a panoramic view of the valley of Ouarzazate and the scenic High Atlas Mountains. Continue to Ait 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 check in to 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 Si Said Museum, originally built as a palace in the 19th century. Afterward, visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with acrobats, dancers 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 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 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, or join an Essaouira Post-Tour Extension. 
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.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Four Seasons Casablanca

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)

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 (2022)

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A&K Exclusive Desert Camp, Sahara Desert

Splendours of Morocco - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2022)
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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

Four Seasons Marrakech

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 15, 2022 - Jan 26, 2022
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Jan 22, 2022 - Feb 2, 2022
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Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 16, 2022
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Feb 19, 2022 - Mar 2, 2022
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Mar 5, 2022 - Mar 16, 2022
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Mar 13, 2022 - Mar 24, 2022
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Mar 20, 2022 - Mar 31, 2022
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Mar 27, 2022 - Apr 7, 2022
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Apr 12, 2022 - Apr 23, 2022
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Apr 19, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022
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Apr 23, 2022 - May 4, 2022
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Apr 30, 2022 - May 11, 2022
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May 7, 2022 - May 18, 2022
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May 14, 2022 - May 25, 2022
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May 17, 2022 - May 28, 2022
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May 28, 2022 - Jun 8, 2022
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Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 5, 2022
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Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 12, 2022
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Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 19, 2022
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Oct 15, 2022 - Oct 26, 2022
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Nov 6, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022
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Nov 15, 2022 - Nov 26, 2022
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Nov 19, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022
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Nov 22, 2022 - Dec 3, 2022
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Dec 3, 2022 - Dec 14, 2022
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Dec 6, 2022 - Dec 17, 2022
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Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 21, 2022
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Dec 17, 2022 - Dec 28, 2022
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