1001 Arabian Nights Morocco

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $4,780 per person

Pack your bags and hold on to your magic carpet for a 1001 Arabian Nights Adventure to Morocco’s Imperial Cities & The Deep South of the country. Prepare yourself for 12 days of incredible culture, breathtaking vistas and fabulous cuisine. Visit Imperial Rabat, UNESCO Fes, the Roman ruins of Volubilis along with ancient ksars and kasbahs. Silk Road Treasure Tours guarantees an exotic interlude to modern life with a trip to Morocco. Imagine a journey where you can wander through Andalusian gardens, majestic palaces, covered markets, and palmeries on your own private, curated tour. Enjoy stays at charming boutique riads and hotels, Camel trek through the Sahara Desert and overnight in a luxury desert camp. Morocco is the perfect destination for couples, families, and friends looking to enhance their global experiences. There's no better place to start than this northeast corner of Africa. Create a memorable travel experience with Silk Road Treasure Tours!  A friendly destination with warm, hospitable people, Morocco should be on everyone’s bucket list. Just an hour from Spain and 7 ½ hours from New York City, Morocco guarantees has everything  for intrepid and luxury travelers alike. A former colony of France, Portugal and Spain, Morocco remains a hidden jewel with exotic cuisine and majestic landscapes of mountains, rivers, valleys, desert and farmland. Moroccan cuisine is the culinary star of North Africa a diverse and delicious blend of Imperial and trade influences. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, the architecture of Morocco is also a mélange of Arab, Berber, Moorish, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences. Travel to Morocco with Silk Road Treasure tours and enjoy all that Morocco has to offer on your own private, concierge tour.

At a Glance

Duration

11 Days

Priced From

$4,780 per person

Departures

  • January 22-February 1, 2019
  • April 10-20, 2019
  • May 4-14, 2019
  • May 15-25, 2019
  • June 23-July 3, 2019
  • August 8-18, 2019
  • September 17-27, 2019
  • November 9-19, 2019

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Casablanca
  • Day 2-4: Rabat Rise - Fes
  • Day 5: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt
  • Day 6:  Merzouga Rise - Sahara Desert
  • Day 7-9: Merzouga Rise - Skoura - Dades Valley - Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Telouet – Kasbah Telouet- Marrakech
  • Day 10: Marrakech
  • Day 11: Marrakech – Casablanca Departure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca

Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, the world's second largest religious building. Situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers, its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 meters. On Fridays, the mosque is open to non-Muslims and the promontory offers lovely views overlooking Casablanca in the residential Afna quarter.
Overnight in Rabat

Day 2: Imperial Rabat, Meknes, and the Roman Ruins of Volubilis

Learn all about historic Rabat during your morning tour of its beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues, and green spaces. Your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah.  Next, take the road to Meknes an onn arrival, enjoy a panoramic view which includes a splendid look at the soaring minarets of the old Islamic medina. Explore the old Medina and Bab el-Khemis where the Jewish past still echoes around every corner. Continue to the Royal Stables and Agdal Reservoir. The Royal Stables are an amazing site as this massive stable yard was constructed to comfortably house no less that twelve thousand royal horses. Visit the archaeological site of the Roman ruins of Volubilis, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and internationally acclaimed as the location for Scorcese's film, The Last Temptation of Christ.  

Overnight in Fes.

Day 3:  Fes Historical Tour

Begin your day in Fes, the oldest working medina in the world that many refer to as a living museum. Visit The 14th Century Palace Gates of the King. The Royal Palace in Fes is one of the oldest and largest in Morocco. Next visit the Mellah, the old Jewish quarters. Tour the sacred Jewish Cemetery and the Tomb of Solica. Visit the Ibn Danan Jewish Synagogue.
Explore the dyers' souk of silk, wool and cotton. The dyers' market, located along Rue de Teinturies is the best place to see the centuries old process still in use, th dying vats range in shades of brown and black to turquoise, fuchsia, and orange. Visit the following sites in the afternoon: The Tannery, Weaver's Cooperative, Mausoleum (Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani), and the University of Kairouine. Founded in 859 this university is one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world and is considered the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world. The Zaouia Moulay Idriss mausoleum and Nejarine Square finish off this busy round of sightseeing.   
Overnight Fes.

Day 4: Fez Food Tour

Morning Fez Food Tour – a Culinary Experience in the Backstreets of Fes
Visit a number of different food souks for an opportunity to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives, and more. At the honey souk taste an array of delicious wild honeys, discuss their flavors and health-giving properties, and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. Investigate traditional cooking methods by visiting a furnatchi, where the water for the communal bathhouse (“hammam”) is also heated, and a 400-year-old furan communal oven and bakery. Discover the world of spices plus the secrets of the tea den under the  guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller. Learn to bake your own bread in a 400-year-old firan with the baker. Take your hot bread to the honey souk to try it with 8 artisanal wild honeys, aged butter or khlia, or spicy dried beef. Shop and fill up a terra cotta tanjia urn, and bury it in the hot ashes of the furnachi for a rich and spicy Moroccan casserole.
Afternoon at leisure or visit the palaces and Andalusian Gardens
Overnight Fes.

Day 5:  A Journey through the Middle Atlas

A Journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, passing Ifrane, known as “Little Switzerland,” Midelt, Erfoud (the Capital of Fossils), and Rissani, arriving in Merzouga for a sunset guided camel trek for your own Arabian Nights in the legendary Sahara. Enroute to Merzouga, we will stop to see the cedar tree forest and the local barbary monkeys of Ifrane. We'll also see the American- Moroccan University and have lunch during our journey in the Ziz Valley or similar local town, arriving before sunset.  Visit the Musicians of Khemlia in Merzouga, a century-old Gnaoua group that performs ancient trance music. Tea and nuts will be served. At sunset in the desert, go by dromedary camel 45-60 minutes over the mystical Erg Chebbi Dunes for fabulous photo opportunities and to camp overnight at an oasis in our luxury tent.  Your Tuareg guide will share some of the secrets of the Sahara as you prepare for a sky full of stars. 
Overnight in a luxury tent camp in Merzouga.

Day 6:  Sahara Desert Visit

Sahara Desert visit and then departure to the Saghro Mountains for lunch in a Berber Village en route to Skoura. Walk the desert dunes and explore the unique landscapes of the Sahara on your own in and around Merzouga. Visit the Saharan Desert towns of Rissani and the capital of fossils, Erfoud. Visit the old ksars and then continue to the village of Ait Ouzzine, located in N’kob, nestled within the Middle Atlas Mountains. Aït Ouzzine is a Berber village inhabited by over 300 families who live in beautifully painted crenulated kasbahs with their own henna fields, water wells, livestock, and gardens. This peaceful village is tucked away along an impressive desert route connecting the Draa Valley and Rissani. Visit with a local Berber family, sip tea in the Sagro Mountains, and dine on home mande couscous. Explore the village and fields on foot to see traditional Berber life. 
Drive through the Draa Valley back to Ouarzazate or the Skoura Palmeraie before sunset.  The Draa Valley is the route of the old caravans that once transported dates and other goods from the Draa Region to Marrakech.  
Overnight Skoura

Day 7:  Ouarzazate, Skoura, Excursion to the Dades Valley

Visit Skoura and its “Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs.” Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves which provide great views of the Atlas Mountains alongside desert landscapes. It is renowned for the cultivation of roses. Palm groves were laid out in the 12th century by the Almohad Sultan Yacoub el-Mansour and named after its original inhabitants, the Berbers of the Haskourene tribe. The most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here in the rocky oasis, many still inhabited. Continue towards the perfumed Valley of Roses, just north of El Kelaa Des Mgouna. The journey will then take you through the Dades Valley which covers 125 km between Ouarzazate and Boumalne du Dadès in the High Atlas Mountains. Once you reach Boumalne you notice the limestone cliffs with the uniquely shaped erosions, superb scenery and the valley’s pise (windy roads). Driving along you will pass acres of flowers, fertile fields, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours. At the bottom of Gorge of Boumalne Dadès, there are ruined hilltop Kasbahs and valley floor gardens.  
Overnight Skoura.

Day 8: Skoura: Visit the Adobe Village of Ait Benhaddou

Just outside of Ouarzazate lies the picturesque village of Aït Benhaddou, situated in Souss-Massa-Draâ on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodom and Gomorrah. For the more recent Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. In recent years, more controlled restoration has been carried out under UNESCO auspices as Aït Benhaddou once served as the former caravan route between through the Atlas Mountains between the Sahara and Marrakech. Your guide will lead you on a private tour through this Berber village of towered and crenulated kasbahs that once guarded the lucrative caravan route. After visiting Ait Benhaddou, continue on the road to Marrakech.  
Overnight in Marrakech

Day 9: Marrakech Historical Tour

The Moroccan Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Koutoubia, Historic Sites, Monuments, the Grand Medina and its Lively Souks
Visit the Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears the name of its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist (born in Nancy, France, in 1886). Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer and in 1947 opened his gardens to the public. Marilee is also known for his magnificent ceiling painting at La Mamounia. This luxury hotel boasts exquisite gardens and famous guests.  As a collector of unique plants from five continents, Majorelle left his gardens to the designer Yves Saint Laurent. This original French creation is one of the most beloved areas in Morocco.  Visit the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens next, then shop in the Old Spice Market, explore the El Bahia Palace and the The Saadian tombs.
Overnight in Marrakech

Day 10: Marrakech Cooking Class and Afternoon at Leisure

The cooking workshops will be conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from La Maison Arabe’s Moroccan restaurant and are held at the hotel. Small groups of no more than 10 participants work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), working with modern equipment. At the end of each workshop, participants dine on the meal they have prepared. A typical half-day workshop includes an appetizer and a main dish or a main dish and dessert.   Afternoon at leisure – Option to Visit La Mamounia Gardens or Le Museum Photographie.

Evening visit to Djemaa El Fna Square for an adventure at dusk. Beneath the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in the city center of Marrakech lies Djemaa el Fna, a UNESCO-recognized city square. As the sun sets, the real excitement starts. Enjoy a bowl of steamed escargots in a local spice broth and other local delicacies! Enjoy the nightlife here with Gnaoua trance-healers, Andalous musicians, and exotic snake charmers. With its wild and colorful characters, Djemaa el Fna will bewitch you into thinking you truly are in a land of Arabian fantasy!

Day 11 Marrakech Excursion to the High Atlas Toubkal Region

After breakfast at your Riad, depart Marrakech by 4x4 and head south toward
Imlil. Imlil is a small, peaceful village in the high Atlas Mountains. Options include a 2-3 hour hike in the Atlas. Enjoy lunch and tea on Kasbah Toukbal’s terrace with its magnificent views of Toukbal,and surrounding villages.
Overnight in Marrakech

Day 12: Marrakech – Casablanca Departures

Driving time for Casablanca departures 3 hours; for Marrakech departures 1 hour

Land Tour Costs

From $4,780 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

not available

Scheduled Departures

  • January 22-February 1, 2019
  • April 10-20, 2019
  • May 4-14, 2019
  • May 15-25, 2019
  • June 23-July 3, 2019
  • August 8-18, 2019
  • September 17-27, 2019
  • November 9-19, 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Tour the Grand white Mosque in Casablanca
  • Explore breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage sites, majestic palaces,  glorious houses of worship, and visit the Roman ruins at Volubilis and Ait Benhaddou’s adobe village
  • Learn how to make a tajine and other Moroccan specialties in a hands-on, half-day cooking class up with a “dada” chef
  • Shop for rugs, leather, and other Moroccan specialties at shops vetted by us for quality and value
  • Sip mint tea and eat couscous and kebabs at a lunch with a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Indulge in a special gastronomic welcome dinner
  • Enjoy the secrets of Moroccan cuisine on a guided Fes food tour
  • Experience the spectacular natural beauty of Morocco in its mountains, desert, and coast
  • Overnight in a luxury desert camp in the Sahara Desert
  • Discover the Skoura Palmeraie and Valley of 1000 Kasbahs
  • Enjoy Marrakech, the Paris of Morocco

 

Visited Countries

Morocco

Visited Cities & Places

Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Rissani, Skoura, Marrakech

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Turkey

Reading Lists

HISTORY   
Morocco That Was – By  Water Harris
Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua  –  By Gavin Maxwell

FICTION & NON- FICTION  
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams – By Tahir Shah
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca – By Tahir Shah
The Spiders House – By Paul Bowles
The Sheltering Sky – By Paul Bowles (Book & Film)
The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco –  By Richard Hamilton

MOROCCAN MUSIC
Andalusian Music from Fes By Abdelkrim Rais
Jilala: Sufi Trance Music from Morocco By Jilala
Berber Blues By Cherifa
The Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar
Baptism of Solitude – By Paul Bowles and Bill Laswell (Spoken Word)
Arabic Groove – Putumayo World Music
Rough Guide to North African Café
Rough Guide to Arabic Café

FILMS SHOT IN MOROCCO
Othello (Orson Welles)
The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring (James Stewart)
Lawrence of Arabia, starred Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif
The Jewel of the Nile directed by Lewis Teague, starred Michael Douglas
Kundun directed by Martin Scorsese
Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, starred Russell Crowe

What's Included

  • Ground Transportation - Private, English Speaking Driver /Multilingual in English, Arabic, French, Berber
  • Transport in Luxury 4x4 Land Cruiser or H-1 for Imperial City & Desert Travel
  • Licensed, Expert Local Historical Guides – Experts in History, Culture, Architecture, Religion, Art & Gardens
  • Local Site seeing Tours/ Historical Guides in Rabat, Fes, Volubilis, Marrakech, & Kasbah Guides
  • All Monument & Palace Entrance Fees
  • Camel Trek & Camel Trekking Guide
  • Accommodations As Agreed Luxury Bivouac in Sahara Desert Camp
  • Water & Cooler in Vehicle/ Welcome Basket
  • Dinner Reservations & Concierge Services/ Upon Request
  • Meals As Agreed: Breakfast Daily, Lunch with a Berber Family or at the foot of the Todra Gorge, Dinner at your Guest House in Skoura, Dinner in the Sahara Desert
  • Fes Souk Tasting Tour
  • Cooking Class in Marrakech with a Daada Chef

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Meals unless otherwise noted
  • Beverages
  • Purchases
  • Gratuity

Visited Countries

Morocco

Visited Cities & Places

Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Rissani, Skoura, Marrakech

Suggested Extentions

Treasures of Turkey

Reading Lists

HISTORY   
Morocco That Was – By  Water Harris
Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua  –  By Gavin Maxwell

FICTION & NON- FICTION  
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams – By Tahir Shah
The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca – By Tahir Shah
The Spiders House – By Paul Bowles
The Sheltering Sky – By Paul Bowles (Book & Film)
The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco –  By Richard Hamilton

MOROCCAN MUSIC
Andalusian Music from Fes By Abdelkrim Rais
Jilala: Sufi Trance Music from Morocco By Jilala
Berber Blues By Cherifa
The Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar
Baptism of Solitude – By Paul Bowles and Bill Laswell (Spoken Word)
Arabic Groove – Putumayo World Music
Rough Guide to North African Café
Rough Guide to Arabic Café

FILMS SHOT IN MOROCCO
Othello (Orson Welles)
The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring (James Stewart)
Lawrence of Arabia, starred Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif
The Jewel of the Nile directed by Lewis Teague, starred Michael Douglas
Kundun directed by Martin Scorsese
Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, starred Russell Crowe

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10001 Arabian Nights Morocco Tour

An 12 day tour available as scheduled group tour.

Scheduled Departures

  • January 22-February 1, 2019
  • April 10-20, 2019
  • May 4-14, 2019
  • May 15-25, 2019
  • June 23-July 3, 2019
  • August 8-18, 2019
  • September 17-27, 2019
  • November 9-19, 2019

Land Tour Costs

From $4,780 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

not available

 

 

 

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