Fes Boujloud

Exotic Morocco

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This is a 10 Days and 9 night Tour starting from Casablanca and ending in Casablanca.

Tour can be further customized to start or end in different cities. Tour also can be customized for any specific travel dates, travel interest and budget.


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  • Reviews 8 Reviews
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      10 Days and 9 Nights
    • Activity Level Moderate
      3/8
    • Private
    All about the Exotic Morocco.
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    This private journey will capture the dramatic contrasts of the imperial cities and the breathtaking scenery of the Atlas mountains and the Merzouga Dunes of the Sahara. Abundant imprints left by ancient civilizations offer a fascinating look at the uniqueness of Morocco. Spend a night in the Sahara desert under the beautiful stars of the Merzouga Dunes and wake up to watch one of the world’s most stunning sunrises.

    The extreme contrasts and splendor of the region make Morocco a magical place of romance, legend and secrecy. However you choose to experience Morocco, your journey will be one you will treasure for a lifetime. We have included three choices for accommodations to suit your needs.


    Highlights:

    • Rabat : 1 Night
    • Fes: 2 Nights
    • Merzouga: 1 Night
    • Ouarzazate 1 Night
    • Marrakech 3 Nights
    • Essaouira: 1 Night

    Exotic Morocco Tour Itinerary Map
    Casablanca – Rabat – Fes – Merzouga – Ouarzazate -Marrakech – Essaouira
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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
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    • Ground Luxury Transportation Throughout the Trip
    • Multilingual Guide/Driver throughout the Trip
    • Official Local Guide in Fes
    • Official Local Guide in Marrakech
    • Admissions to monuments and sightseen as Indicated on the program
    • Greeting, assistance and transfer to/from airports by Gateway2Morocco’s staff
    • Deluxe Sahara Desert Camp and Camel Trekking
    • Dinners as indicated on the program
    • Diners are always and only included in the following places : Ouarzazate, Merzouga, Erfoud, Zagora, Dades Gorge, Tinghir
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    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
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    • Extra stay pre/post tour
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • All drinks
    • Flight from and to Morocco
    • Lunches except if indicated otherwise
    • Dinners other than indicated on the program

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    1. DAY 1 CASABLANCA / RABAT
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      Arrival at Casablanca Mohammed V airport. Welcome, assistance and transfer to join the group for a sightseeing tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. We will visit the exterior of the Hassan II Great Mosque, one of the Islamic world’s greatest monuments, followed by a visit of the Place Mohammed V, the United Nations Square, and the surroundings of the Royal Palace before strolling along the Ain Diab corniche. Independent lunch in a restaurant of one’s choice (suggestions will be provided to this effect) followed by departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. In Rabat we will visit the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and Place des Oudayas. Late in the afternoon, check-in at your hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

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    2. DAY 2 RABAT / MEKNES / FES
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      After breakfast, we will depart for Fes with a stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss I, where the founder of Islam in Morocco is buried. Independent lunch and departure to Meknes or ”the Moroccan Versailles” which was founded at the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail. Highlights will include Bab Mansour, Hari Souani and the old medina. Continue to Fes and check-in at your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

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    3. DAY 3 FEZ FULL DAY
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      The whole day will be devoted to the sightseeing of Fes, the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city of Morocco, founded in 790 B.C by Moulay Idriss II. Highlights will include the Medieval Medina, the Medersas (an Islamic teaching university), the El Qaraouiyyin Mosque and the sumptuous Nejjarine fountain. Independent lunch followed by a visit to the ”Arabian House” to observe various craftsmen performing their work reminiscent of ancient practices. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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    4. DAY 4 FES / MIDELT / MERZOUGA
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      After an early breakfast, we will depart for Erfoud through the Mid-Atlas Mountains region. Stop in Azrou to visit a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Independent lunch and continuation to Midelt (an important mining center) and to the Ziz River through a series of fortified villages characterized by fascinating southern architecture. Upon arrival to Erfoud, we will continue to to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and Merzouga, estimate arrival 4pm. once there we will be off for 1hour and half of a camel ride to your chosen Berber Camp.

      Gateway2Morocco offers both basic camp and luxury Camp options.

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    5. DAY 5 ERFOUD/ TINEGHIR / OUARZAZATE
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      With an early morning to see the beautiful sunrise, a delicious breakfast in the middle of the dunes, followed by a camel ride back to the hotel, we will depart  to Tineghir via the holy city of Rissani, a site where the ancestors of the Alaouite Dynasty are buried in the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif. Visit of the ruins of Ksar Abbar, a Kasbah that dates from the 17th century. Continuation through the Tinjdad road full of sumptuous Kasbahs and palm groves. Independent lunch followed by a visit to the Todra Gorges with their impressive bare escarpments. We then continue to Ouarzazate via El Kella M’Gouna and the Dades Valley. overnight stay in Ouarzazate.

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    6. DAY 06 OUARZAZATE / MARRAKESH
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      After breakfast, we will visit Ouarzazate with the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs, followed by our departure for the Alit Ben Haddou village. After your independent lunch, we will visit the ruins of the ancient Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. We then continue on via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (7,1410ft / 2,260m of altitude) and Taddert to Marrakesh. overnight stay in Marrakech.

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    7. DAY 7 MARRAKESH
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      Today will be devoted to the sightseeing of Marrakesh, the second oldest imperial city known as the ”Pearl of the South” and home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Garden. We will return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we will explore the souks and the world’s famous Djemaa El Fna place which offers various entertainments (story tellers, acrobats, snake-charmers, magicians, etc.). Later on, a Diffa Fantasia dinner will be provided under caidal tents at the famed ”Chez Ali” restaurant. Enjoy the fantasia spectacle that includes camel and horse shows, folkloric troops from different Moroccan regions and belly dancers. Return to your selected accommodation for overnight stay.

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    8. DAY 8 MARRAKESH FREE DAY
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      After breakfast, free day at leisure. Your driver/guide will be available for your activities. Suggested dinner at the famous Yacout restaurant with traditional Moroccan music and entertainment.  Overnight at your selected accommodation.

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    9. DAY 9 MARRAKESH/ ESSAOUIRA
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      After breakfast, we depart for Essaouira. Arrival and independent lunch, followed by a sightseeing tour of the city with its typical Portuguese harbor that portrays both Moorish and Portuguese art. Highlights will include the fishing harbor and the Skala (the Battery) left by the pirates. Optional: 1 hour Sea Tour by boat. Check-in, dinner and overnight stay.

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    10. DAY 10 ESSAOUIRA / MARRAKECH
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      After breakfast, departure to Marrakesh International airport and assistance with all the boarding formalities. End of our services.

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    Tour Accommodation Options
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    BASIC ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 3* CATEGORY)


    • Casablanca:                             Dar Diafa
    • Rabat:                                       Riad Marco Andaluz
    • Chefchaoun:                            Riad Zaitouna Chaouen
    • Fes:                                           Riad Ahlam
    • Erfoud:                                    Hotel Xaluca
    • Merzouga:                               Basic Berber Camp
    • Dades Gorge:                          Auberge Babylon
    • Ouarzazate:                             Riad Dar Chamaa
    • Marrakech:                              Riad Samsli
    • Essaouira:                                Dar Sahil   

    DELUXE ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 4* CATEGORY)


    LUXURY ACCOMMODATION OPTION: ( 5* CATEGORY)


    • Casablanca:                             Four Seasons Casablanca  
    • Rabat:                                       La Tour Hassan
    • Chefchaoun:                            Lina Ryad & Spa
    • Fes:                                           La Maison Bleue Batha
    • Erfoud:                                     Hotel Xaluca
    • Merzouga:                                Luxury Berber Private Camp
    • Dades Gorge:                          Hotel Xaluca Dades
    • Ouarzazate:                            Le Temple des Arts
    • Marrakech:                             Riad Kniza
    • Essaouira:                               Sofitel Essaouira
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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Tour general inclusions
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    • Ground Luxury Transportation Throughout the Trip
    • Multilingual Guide/Driver throughout the Trip
    • Official Local Guide in Fes
    • Official Local Guide in Marrakech
    • Admissions to monuments and sightseen as Indicated on the program
    • Greeting, assistance and transfer to/from airports by Gateway2Morocco’s staff
    • Deluxe Sahara Desert Camp and Camel Trekking
    • Dinners as indicated on the program
    • Diners are always and only included in the following places : Ouarzazate, Merzouga, Erfoud, Zagora, Dades Gorge, Tinghir
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    Tour general exclusions
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    • Extra stay pre/post tour
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • All drinks
    • Flight from and to Morocco
    • Lunches except if indicated otherwise
    • Dinners other than indicated on the program

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    We offer private tours to individuals, families, and groups. Our private tours include a wide range of activities from cultural explorations, archeology, honeymoon, to exhilarating outdoor adventures (Atlas Mountain Trekking, Camel riding, desert expeditions, and much more).

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    Our tours are simoply amazing, they are fully private, so you will be travelling only with your family, group or partner alond with our certified tour manager theoughout teh entire journey.

    You will have full flexibility throughout teh program and our team is very eager to exceed all your expectations.

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    Absolutely. Most of our private tours include a mix of Riads and hotels. It is important to keep in mind that Riads are much smaller than a regular hotel and therefore an early booking is strongly recommended. Riads sell out very quickly and if we are unable to secure availability, we will offer the next available Riad of the same quality standard if available.

    We have also carefully selected a list of our preferred partners and categorized them from Basic to luxury and can be found under Accommodation options tab.

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    You will have a certified English speaking group leader throughout the duration of the tour, commonly known as the tour guide, who will not only provide explanations of the various sites but who will also facilitate all communications with any other constituencies. In addition, all hotel staff speaks English.

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    Clearly, there are several advantages of choosing a guided tour. For many people, the fact that their trip is already planned represents a huge relief. We handle all the logistics of your tour from accommodations, ground transportation, sightseeing, meals, to greeting you at the airport with assistance with all the formalities. During the tour, we can also offer optional excursions to nearby points of interest by local guides, so that you may experience even more of what the region has to offer. In addition, our tours come in a variety of comfort levels and lengths to suit your preferred traveling style and budget. You can choose from a budget 4-star hotel to a world class residence known as a Riad. Another value of taking a guided tour is the cost. If you were to handle all the logistical details of your trip, you will most likely end up paying a lot more since we have preferred tariffs with our suppliers. Most people with little knowledge of the region see a great value in taking a guided tour.

    A private tour is an excellent option for you to explore the region at your own pace. Basically, you decide everything from choosing the length of your journey, selecting the hotel to opting for the type of cuisine of your choice. We have found that most of our travelers who opt for a private tour are quite knowledgeable of the region. Almost half of them have visited Morocco in the past and are back to explore a certain aspect of the country. A typical custom tour includes a private limousine with the assistance of one of our experienced English speaking driver/guide, sightseeing and accommodations. Typically, a private tour will cost you more than if you opt for a scheduled tour. Clearly, if you are very familiar with the region and don’t mind the extra bucks, a private tour may be the most ideal means to discover Morocco at your own pace.

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    Our tour leaders will always provide options for nightlife. These options vary from location to another. In other words, you will have different option in cities such as Casablanca, Marrakesh with casinos and disco entertainment sites. In remote locations such as the Moroccan Sahara, you will experience a more traditional entertainment nightlife with the Berber while enjoying a peaceful night under tents.

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    Morocco has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Moroccan people are known for their hospitality and they will make you feel very welcome.

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    No. Many women in Morocco dress just like they do in the States. You can wear anything you want. The only exception is on tours of the Mosques. To enter you will need to dress conservatively as you would to enter a church here Ð no shorts, tank tops, etc. As in any country, you should use discretion with your attire if you want to avoid unwanted attention.

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    Although not required, we recommend that our tour participants purchase a standard travel insurance policy through our partnership with Travelex Insurance Services. This is an affordable and comprehensive travel protection program that covers you for unexpected events that could cause you to cancel or interrupt your vacation, unexpected delays, medical assistance, loss of or damage to baggage.

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    No vaccinations are required. The tap water in the cities is safe to drink, but mineral water is recommended.

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    If you wish to use electric equipment purchased in the United States, you will need a converter and adapter. (Standard outlets are 220V, 50HZ though110V may be found in older constructions.)

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    The official written language is Arabic. The main spoken language is Moroccan Arabic, an Arabic dialect that often includes French and Spanish words. French is very widely spoken throughout the country and often used to conduct business. There are also three Berber languages: Tarifit, Tamazight, and Tashelhit.

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    That all depends on how many Moroccan treasures you wish to bring home. Remember that on all of our scheduled group tours, the cost of your trip includes round transportation, 2 meals a day (excluding alcohol beverages), hotel accommodations, and entries to all sightseeing. Typically, people bring anywhere from $500 on up.

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    Credit cards are preferred over traveler’s cheques. You can also withdraw cash from any ATM in all major cities.

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    In Morocco it is custom to barter for purchases. We’ve found that some people enjoy this intrinsic part of Moroccan way of life while others may not. The first step in this process is for you to explore what many merchants have to offer before grabbing the first rug that you like. Spend some time touring the medina and compare prices in order to make an informed decision. Many people have asked whether they should allow their tour guides to barter for them. Our tour guides are government certified and although you could be better off letting your tour guide barter for you knowing that he or she will earn a commission on the sale price, we recommend that you do not involve them in this process. Typically, the vast majority of our travelers handles this process by themselves or seek assistance from a friend or from another tour member.

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    Gateway2Morocco.com has earned a reputation of excellence since its inception as a leading US based tour operator dedicated to delivering outstanding tour packages to Morocco. At Gateway2Morocco.com, our commitment constitutes an integral part of our mission as a travel organization that values integrity and professionalism. We work hard to ensure that your memories of Morocco will be ones you will treasure for a lifetime.

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    Overall Rating
    5/5
    Adam Derek
    Reviewed On 21/11/2017
    5/5

    Thanks Brahim for putting a great family journey for us! Morocco was lovely! We really enjoyed our time wih the guide. He was always on time and we were very comfortable with him. My kids are now writing him a thank you card. We will definitely explore another family trip with you for next year. May be spend more time in the south! Best regards. Adam and Elaine

    Valeria Ribeior
    Reviewed On 03/02/2017
    5/5

    Hi Brahim, Thank you so much for helping us plan the trip to Morocco. We had a wonderful time, everyone really enjoyed. All restaurants and hotels were very good, we loved the Marrakesh Hotel L' Mansion they are very nice and the place was beautiful; thank you for the great choices. The thing that really made the trip, though, was Fettah. He was extremely informative, kind, flexible --overall one of the best tour guides we've had of all places we traveled. He was very knowledgeable about the places we visited, gave us great tips, and was a delight to travel with. Once again, thank you very much for the help! We will definitely recommend you to our friends! All the best, Valeria

    Marti Burth
    Reviewed On 13/01/2017
    5/5

    Dear Brahim, This is written to thank you for what I hope will be our ‘first’ trip to Morocco (March 28-April 7). We had a great time with such a variety of places to see, beautiful countryside (far more variety than either of us expected), and important historical places. The beautiful architecture and tile work is even more magnificent in person than it is in pictures. We liked all the places we stayed, and Villa Mandarine was inside and out the most beautiful – art, architecture, furniture, gardens and peacocks! – even though it was not “traditional,” but the gardens and openness and light were fantastic. My favorite places were Jamaa Al Fna (I could go every night and look and look, Essouira and Al Fassia (the women-owned and operated restaurant in Marrakech). Marti’s favorites were Volubulis and the guide and tour of the Fez medina (all the others too), and Oudaya Kasbah in Rabat. Farid, our driver, was a big reason the trip was so enjoyable. The guides he selected for the “big places” were knowledgeable, and, for two of them, even willing to engage in philosophical discussions of fatalism, which they, not we, initiated. He was an excellent driver, and knew all the best toilets, and, as two American women, one of whom has knees that do not bend, this was essential. He also led us to many great, but very simple, places to eat on the road. After he found out we liked harissa, we always had it with lunches. The first day, he gave us our choice of eating at a “real restaurant” or a gas station where many Moroccans eat, which he said was “simple but good,” We chose the gas station, and thus were introduced to the Afriquaias, which we not only didn’t mind but actively liked, along with street kefta grills. Farid also quickly observed and understood Betty-Carol’s difficulties with walking and especially with steps. He immediately acquired a stepstool for the car, and called ahead to all the places we were staying to be sure that we would have a room on the ground floor or that there was an elevator. He and your Morocco manager had quite a struggle with this a Palais Sebban in Marrakech, which initially said that they didn’t have any rooms on the ground floor, then said they were the owner’s, then said they’d have to get special permission, etc. Farid and your manager eventually prevailed. Moreover, once we got into our room, we found that there were four rooms on the ground floor, all around a courtyard of their own and all accessible by an entrance with only 1 step, and all routinely for rent. We thought you should know how difficult the Palais Sebban made this, and how persistent Farid was until he got what we needed. Farid also foresaw the difficulties Betty-Carol would have walking in the medinas, and for Marrakech and Essouira arranged for a wheelchair. This was a tremendous help, meaning that Betty-Carol was able to see many places that she greatly enjoyed but would otherwise have had difficulty getting to. We cannot tell you how much we appreciated the trouble he took to assure that we, and especially Betty-Carol, got the most out of our trip. We are sure than anyone who has Farid as their driver will have a great trip and a good experience of Morocco.Marti Burt and Betty-Carol Sellen

    Jeffrey Caren
    Reviewed On 18/09/2016
    5/5

    Hi Brahim, We had a fabulous trip. The tour met every expectation generated by the Itinerary. Our driver Fharid exceeded expectations. He was skilled, attentive, friendly and extremely accommodating. He assured everything ran smoothly. He was a great ambassador for Morocco. I had left my camera battery charger home. Fharid voluntarily went to more than six shops in Marrakesh until he could find a replacement. I also want to thank you for accommodating us with a last minute hotel change. Jeffrey

    Linda Randall
    Reviewed On 22/07/2016
    5/5

    Bill & I arrived in Dallas last night after visiting with relatives in Palermo, Sicily for the week. The rest of the family is still there for a few more days. Our Morocco tour went off without a hitch. You did a great job making sure we were well taken care of and our personal tour manager and guide, Idriss, made the trip that much more memorable with his knowledge and gracious handling of our group. We will not hesitate to recommend you both to our friends. Again, thank you so much for all the care you took to make our visit to Morocco one we will not soon forget. We are available anytime as a reference for your company. Our very warmest regards,Linda Randall

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