Mystical Marrakech & Casablanca, Morocco
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BUCKET LIST BECKONINGS - MYSTICAL MARRAKECH & CASABLANCA
This is a ThirdHome tailored private or small-group journey (ideal for 4-8 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 11 nights/12 days delving into mystical Morocco, from its historic ancient cities and Roman ruins to its hypnotic desert climate and rich culture. Sleep under the starts within a luxurious tented camp in the Saharan desert amid stunning Erg Chebbi dunes; walk through the fascinating Red City and visit Yves Saint-Laurent's private garden and museum; explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Meknes and Volubilis; ride on camel-back and embrace life like a local absorbing the ancient traditions, rich heritage and culture of the past and present in this gorgeous region of the world. Enjoy luxury boutique accommodations throughout this journey.
MYSTICAL MARRAKECH & CASABLANCA Journey Itinerary in brief:
DAY 1: ARRIVE CASABLANCA
Arrive in Casablanca, where, after clearing customs and immigration, you are transferred to your hotel. Settle in and spend the rest of the day at leisure in this romantic city, its exotic setting the inspiration for the eponymous, 1942 Humphrey Bogart film. Gather tonight for a special cocktail reception with your small group fellow-travelers. Overnight at a small luxury boutique hotel of your choice.
DAY 2: RABAT & FEZ
Begin the day exploring the port city of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest metropolis and its industrial hub. Visit the stunning Hassan II Mosque, which accommodates up to 25,000 worshippers; 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 Mohammed V, the founder of modern Morocco and 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 hosted local dinner. Overnight at Palais Faraj Suites & Spa. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 3: FEZ & THE 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 center 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. Evening at your leisure. (Breakfast & Lunch included)
DAY 4: VOLUBILIS & MEKNES (Historical Cities)
Journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the bestpreserved 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 amazing 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, visit Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Its impressive monuments recall the splendor of a fortified city, first built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail, to rival the court of his contemporary, Louis XIV of France. See the monumental Bab Mansour gateway — considered one of the finest great gates of Morocco — as well as the Granaries and the massive Royal Stables, which were built to accommodate 12,000 horses. Enter Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum, one of the few shrines in Morocco that non-Muslims may visit. Return to Fez for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 5: ERFOUD & DESERT OASIS
Travel to small, desert-fringed Erfoud, stopping for lunch in Midelt en route and marveling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Settle into your hotel, set amid dunes and lush vegetation, with the remainder of the day to spend at leisure. Gather for a wonderful dinner this evening. Overnight at the Kasbah Hotel Chergui. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 6: MERZOUGA & SAHARAN DESERT DUNES
This morning, discover the fortified desert town of Rissani. Continue to the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi by 4-wheel-drive vehicle, where an authentic reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. Erg Chebbi’s stunning dunes can reach up to 500 feet high, creating an otherworldly landscape. Experience it like a local on camel back as the sun sets over the dunes, and then 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 Sahara lull you to sleep in your luxury desert camp oasis. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
DAY 7: OUARZAZATE & 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” and make a stop to visit an amazing, small private museum that houses exhibits showcasing local art, culture and history, before proceeding to Ouarzazate and your delightful oasis of a hotel. Overnight at Le Berbere Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 8: OUARZAZATE & DOOR OF THE DESERT
Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. 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. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 9: OUARZAZATE & THE ROAD TO MARRAKECH
Today, proceed to the fascinating “Red City” of Marrakech and settle into your luxurious hotel. Enjoy a Chef’s Table experience tonight at your exquisite hotel's restaurant, when you meet with the chef to discuss delicious secret ingredients of authentic Moroccan cuisine. Overnight at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 10: MARRAKECH & RED CITY EXPLORING
Begin unearthing the mystical side of Marrakech, starting in ancient Medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret and Dar Si Said; housed in a palace, it is among the most beautiful of its kind in the world. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. 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 explore the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks. Late afternoon and evening at your leisure. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 11: MARRAKECH & SECRET GARDENS
Ride Like a Local this morning — by horse-drawn carriage — to the secret Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by design legend Yves Saint- Laurent. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend a special farewell dinner with entertainment by a local gnaoua band. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
DAY 12: DEPART MARRAKECH
After breakfast, transfer to the Marrakech airport and board your international flight home (OR) consider extending your stay with an Essaouira Post-Tour Excursion noted below.
** OPTIONAL ADD-ON: Consider extending your stay longer for 2-3 nights to experience Essaouira and its ancient medina filled with artisans workshops and boutiques; drive along the dramatic coastline spending a few days at leisure. **
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Casablanca & Marrakech
Additional FeesPLEASE NOTE:
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Casablanca, Rabat & Fez
- Desert Oasis & Saharan Dunes
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