Wild, fascinating and unlike anywhere else, Morocco is sensational, and our 18-day, small-group tour is scheduled for April 2019.
We’ll start off in Casablanca, visit Rabat and Fes, with its World Heritage listed medina, tour the ancient ruins at Volubuilis, where lions, elephants and slaves were once sourced for the Colosseum in Rome, cross the Atlas Mountains to spend a couple of nights among the majestic dunes and Berber nomads of the Sahara, drive through the Valley of the Roses, stroll through the the Garden of Eden in the Ourika Valley, visit the old slave trading port of Essaouira and finish in the fabled city of Marrakech.
We’ll taste the world’s best dates, visit mud-walled kasbahs, take in villages that might have come straight from the Book of Job, hear the strange and intoxicating gnaoua music, see some wonderful gardens, troll through the labyrinthine souks of Marrakech and stay in some beautiful small hotels.
Small and slow. That’s what defines our tours. Maximum 10 curious travellers, experiencing the wonders of our world – and we don’t gallop. Long bus rides, one-night hotel stops – that’s not our style. We don’t just dip a toe in, we like to immerse ourselves in the places we visit. We’ll dine in some truly amazing places – street food as well as fine contemporary dining. We’re not into box-ticking, bucket-list travel. Happy discoveries often come by chance. Magic can’t be planned, and our itinerary leaves plenty of room for magic to happen. There’s time to wander about, to browse, taste and to shop, or take a cooking lesson, and since we’ll be staying in some truly fabulous hotels we’ll make sure you have time to enjoy them.
In preparing this itinerary Liz and I made two trips to Morocco, one in April 2017 and another in 2018. We’ve tried and tested the hotels, the experiences, the restaurants we’re including. I even spent four hours riding a camel through the Sahara, Liz too the Jeep option for the sake of balance. All in the name of research.
While you can do Morocco on your own, if you want to get the most out of the experience you need a guide. Morocco is a rich and multi-layered experience and it’s difficult to penetrate or even appreciate what you’re seeing without an expert eye. That applies even if you have conversational French, the main European language. Having said that, you don’t need a guide all the time. Wandering around in Fez and Marrakech on our own was a delight, although in both places we had a guide show us the highlights when we first arrived.
We’ve chosen calm hotels. Even in the labyrinth of Fes medina, we stay in a riad that was once a palace with a very large central garden. Their rooms are big and quiet, they have nice pools and some have spas. They’re pretty and stylish, comfortable, relaxing and small for the most part, but we’re not aiming to dazzle you with luxury. But you’ll like them, that’s a promise, and our itinerary gives you time to enjoy the pleasures of each.
April 03 – April 19, 2019
$8099 AUD per person on a twin-share basis. Non-refundable deposit $500 AUD dollars when you book
Full payment by 60 days before trip departure.
Single person Supplement $1850 AUD
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