Morocco – June 2018


June 12: Depart Cape Town 6:05pm on Emirates.

June 13: Arrive Casablanca via Dubai at 12:55. Kathy will arrive from Seattle.
Drive to Marrakesh.
Remainder of day to settle in and explore the Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the medina.
Overnight Riad Dar al Assad

June 14: Morning walking tour of the medina. You will have the afternoon to
further explore. A visit to a Hammam, have a massage, it is a real treat.
There is a reat shop selling essential oils and pure Argane oil.
Overnight Riad Dar al Assad

June 15: Early departure for a day trip to the coastal fishing village of Essaouira.
There will be a walking tour and we will stop for lunch. There are loads of restaurants serving terrific fresh fish.
We will stop at one of the co-op Argane oil factories run by the women of the area.
Overnight Riad Dar al Assad

June 16: Morning tour of Marrakesh and a visit to the Majorelle Gardens.
Created by the famous artist Jacques Majorelle and last owned by
Ives St. Laurent who is buried there.
Overnight Riad Dar al Assad

June 17: Free day in Marrakesh.
Overnight Dar al Assad

June 18: Early departure for our desert trip. Drive over and through the Atlas mountains
heading towards the Sahara. We will arrive at Kasbah Ait ben Moro for 1 night.
There is a pool to cool yourself. Enjoy a nice walk in the Palmeries in the late
afternoon. The Amerihidl Kasbah nearby does tours.
Overnight Kasbah Ait ben Moro

June 19: We will continue our drive into the Sahara visiting the Todra Gorge. We will be stopping for some lunch along the road then continue on to our desert camp.
Our first night at this camp you can travel on camels into the desert for an overnight in a deluxe tented camp…or you can stay at the base camp with me.
Overnight Dunes camp…Nomad Palace

June 20: Return to the base camp and have breakfast. You can spend time by the Pool or whatever you like today. The quiet of the desert is so restful.
Overnight Dunes Camp…Nomad Palace

June 21: We will leave very early in the morning for the long drive to Fez.
We will be stopping for lunch along the way.
Fez is the oldest Imperial city in the world.
Overnight Riad Ibn Battouta

June 22: Today is a morning walking tour of the medina.
The Sacred Music Festival will be having late afternoon and evening concerts while we are in Fez. You can check the program for other activities happening while we are there.
There will be little structure in Fez to allow for attending the concerts.
Tonight is the opening night of the festival.
Overnight Riad Ibn Battouta

***My friend Helen will take orders for concert tickets and deliver them to our Riad. We pay her through Pay Pal. I will forward the concert schedule once it is finalized.

June 24: Free day for optional concerts. Cooking classes are available at
Restaurant Clock. Eat what you cook for your lunch.
Overnight Riad Ibn Battouta

June 25: Optional trip to Volubilis with lunch at….
The Roman ruins of Volubilis are a World Heritage site.
Overnight Riad Ibn Battouta

June 26: A free day…more concerts
Overnight Riad Ibn Battoua

June 27: After breakfast an early drive to the Blue city of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Settle in and take time to wander and have lunch in one of the many restaurants in the square.
Overnight Casa Hassan

June 28: Morning walking tour of Chefchaouen. You will have a free afternoon to explore and or shop in this wonderful blue city. You can have lunch in one of the many outdoor restaurants in and around the square.
Overnight Casa Hassan

June 29: After breakfast an early drive to Casablanca. After our hotel check-in
you can explore Casablanca.
We will go to the famous Rick’s Café for dinner.
Overnight Hotel Maamoura

June 30: Free morning then transferred to the airport for our flight at 2:30pm.

July 1: Arrive Cape Town via Dubai at 11:35am

Included: All hotels with breakfasts and 5 dinners are included. 1 at the Kasbah, 2 at the Desert Camp, and 2 in Chefchaouen. All transport, transfers, tours and entrances, some tipping.

Excluded: Concert tickets, most meals, travel insurance, visas, items of a personal nature.

While in Morocco
Our group days will begin after breakfast.
If it is a day tour I will have our guide arrive at about 9:30am.
If it is a moving on day it will start earlier.
Please be considerate of the others and arrive on time. Constant waiting around for the same people does cause aggro in the group.
Sometimes you just can’t help it, but please don’t make it a habit.
When we are moving on please have your luggage packed and ready to be
picked up in plenty of time so the van can be loaded.
Luggage is carried in and out of the medina’s in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, and Fes by carts.
We will be travelling in the same vehicle the entire time.
We will stop daily for water so be aware of your supply. We will buy at grocery shops
to keep our costs down. We can buy cool drinks and snacks then as well.
We can stock up on dried fruit and nuts in the medina’s for the road.
There will be a cool box for the van.
There will also be a CD player on the bus so bring along road music if you want.