Morocco Tour (PRIVATE), 8 to 20 days
MOROCCO ON A PRIVATE BASIS (Trips from 8 to 20 days)
Djoser can also arrange a private tour to Morocco for two or more people for one week or three weeks! Enjoy the assistance of a private driver and wonderful local guide who will make you feel most welcome.
The most famous cities of Morocco are undoubtedly the four imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, Marrakech and Meknes. On this varied tour you have plenty of time to explore them. Peruse at your leisure along palaces and mosques, enjoy the Orient in the medina and sit on a terrace meet friendly Moroccans. With 8 days you can visit the Imperial cities along the east cost. If you have longer, you can explore the further reaches, including visits to the outer regions, a desert safari, where you can stay in (comfortable) bedouin tents, take a camel ride, and enjoy the dramatics sunsets in the desert. Finish your trip relaxiing on the beach in Essouira with its many historic sites.
On your private tour, you may choose to stay in hotels with modern amenities and/ or include nights in traditional riads, with signature courtyards, and an exotic and intimate atmosphere.
We have included a sample 8 day program for your consideration. Pricing will depend on your preferences of lodgings, dates, and number of participants. Please contact us with your particulars.
- Rabat - Volubilis - Meknès - Fès
- Fès - Azrou - Kasbah Tadla - Beni Mellal
- Beni Mellal - Cascades d'Ouzoud - Marrakech
For private trips, we provide the land program, including airport transfers at arrival and departure.
Day by day
EXAMPLE PROGRAM 8-DAY PROGRAM
Day 1 Casablanca- Rabat
Day 2 Rabat
In this example of a short program, upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be transferred to the city of Rabat. the capital of Morocco. It is the most western city of the country. Rabat has broad avenues with benches, international chic shops and modern restaurants giving it a sophisticated flair. Here are the palaces of Mohammed VI and the seat of parliament.
Take a look at the impressive Hassan Tower, the old castle and the mausoleum of Mohammed V. The beautiful old medina is a feast for the eyes. The old Kasbah des Oudaïa is one of the nicest places in Rabat. From a terrace you have a beautiful view of the city and ocean. On the outskirts of Rabat lies Chellah, a complex of ancient Roman and medieval ruins, surrounded by gardens populated by storks.
Volubilis and Meknes
Day 3 Rabat - Volubilis - Meknes - Fès
Across the Rif Mountains we drive to Fès via Volubilis and Meknes. Volubilis was the most remote town of the former Roman Empire and the administrative center for this part of Roman Africa. In the 18th century,Volubilis was damaged because Sultan Moulay Ismailhad the city demolished to provide building materials for the construction of palaces in nearby Meknes. Nevertheless, the relics and especially the immense columns and colorful mosaics are stunning.
Meknes is the fifth largest city in Morocco. In the early 17th century, Meknes was still a small provincial town, which the sultan transformed into an impressive city with a wall of 24.8 miles long, twenty ports and more than fifty palaces. Even the monumental city gate Bab El Mansour is well worth seeing. Volubilis and Meknes are both on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Day 4 Fès
Day 5 Fès - Azrou - Kasbah Tadla - Beni Mellal
Fes is the oldest royal city and also the religious center of Morocco. The old walled part of the city, Fez el-Bali, was founded in the 9th century it’s old identity has remained remarkably in tact. Donkeys are still the primary mode of transportation. Look where you're going, because the muleteers not keep! The medina is a cacophony of sounds and smells. Merchants have their wares displayed in stalls and on the ground.
Wandering through the streets you pass mosques, Koranic schools and ancient palaces. You will end up in various neighborhoods with craft artisans. Newly dyed wool strands hang overhead in the streets providing a colorful backdrop. Relax on a terrace and sip a glass of mint tea or a dine at one of the many restaurants while watching the local activities of on the streets.
Fès has so much more to offer. The impressive Al Karaouine Mosgue in the middle of Fes el-Bali, should not to be missed. The mosque dates back to 859 and is one of the oldest and most famous mosques in the western part of the Muslim world. The prayer hall can accommodate twenty thousand worshippers.
Add the impressive Merinid tombs to your list with a magnificent view of Fès el-Bali and the Spanish-Moorish Dar Batha Museum. We sleep two nights in Fès. You can relax in the garden by the pool at our hotel. You can also visit a traditional hammam where you can have a wonderful “scrub down” and experience total relaxation. The ride from Fès to Marrakech takes you through the Middle Atlas with bare rocks and cedar forests. Ifrane is a resort area in Azrou. Located at 3000 ft it has a pleasant climate. We delve into the cedar forests home to macaques (monkeys). Halfway down the road to Marrakech lies the fortified town of Beni Mellal amidst olive groves. The kasbah of Sultan Moulay Ismail, perched high above the city, was a defense structure.
Dag 6 Beni Mellal - Ouzoud – Marrakech
Dag 7 Marrakech
Day 8 Marrakech
From Beni Mellal we drive further south and we leave the main road to travel through the mountains to the Cascades d' Ouzoud. The waterfalls are popular with day-trippers and picnicking in the spring is spectacular. Marrakech lies at the foot of the High Atlas and because of the color of the houses it is called the "red city". Within the walls of the largest medina in Morocco is the Koutoubia Mosque with its distinctive square minaret from the 12th century. The Djemaa el-Fna Square is the most famous square in Africa and the junction of the medina, It has a unique oriental atmosphere. In the food stalls, chefs prepare their own specialties.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the souk, you can take a leisurely strpll;; through the city, hire a carriage to explore ,or find tranquility in one of the beautiful gardens. You an also explore the city by bike. You can find your last souvenirs in Marrakech before your trip comes to an end.
For private tours, we will private your transfer to the airport.
Dates and prices
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
Included in our Morocco PRIVATE tour package: airport transfer, land program, hotel accommodation including breakfast, excursions according to program, guide assistance.
According to preferences, we can build in the cost for some other meals and activities.
Excluded in our Morocco tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and entry fees for excursions that are not designated in your customized program, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance,.
Please call us to discuss your particulars so we can quote a trip for you.
Accommodations & Meals
Accommodations - During our Morocco tour we stay in cozy, comfortable hotels with Wi-Fi. Most hotels have a pool. Everywhere there is a shower and toilet and a number of hotels has air conditioning. We use hotels selected on the location, facilities and attractions in the area. Breakfast is included.
For private trips we can arrange additional nights staying in traditional, atmospheric riads, with their signature inner courtyards, hanging lamps and intimate feeling.
Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)
|Marrakech||Ryad Mogador Opera Hotel|
Meals - Breakfasts at the hotels during our Morocco tour are included in the price. They usually consists of (rod) bread, butter and jam or honey. The food in Morocco is varied, good and not expensive. You pay between $7, - and $12, - for a meal.
The Moroccan tajine is famous, a stew of meat and vegetables; you can order this for little money in every restaurant and terrace. Also couscous you found in all varieties and price ranges. In addition, the French colonial rule left its mark in the menu. Besides bread at breakfast you will fid “Salad Niçoise” often served. Typical Arabic are the many salads, which are often served as a side dish. Popular are also skewers with meat, a kind of Moroccan satay.
Flights & Transportation
For private trips, we provide the land program, including airport transfers at arrival and departure.
Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:
Note: Immediately after the Dutch participants arrive in Casablanca they will go to Rabat. You can either join them or arrange you own transport to Rabat.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
On private trips, you will be transported by private car and driver.
Included in price of our Morocco Private Tours
- Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
- Local English-speaking guide
- Transport by private car
- Hotel or riad stays at standards according to your preferences
- Breakfasts typically included.
- Selected activities, according to your preference.
When you book a trip
- 20% deposit upon booking (Non-refundable) Payments by charge card or check are accepted
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
While you are traveling
|ATM Machines:||Widely available|
|Credit Cards||Accepted most places|
|Types of Cash Accepted:||A few dollars for emergencies. Small denominations. Undamaged bills newer than 10 years old|
Tipping your guide is appreciated. The amount is up to you but keep in mind, you do not need to tip the same amounts as you would in the United States.
**You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.
Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip.
Some of the things that you may do on a short program might be an exploration of royal cities, Volubilis and Meknes, a visit to a Hammam, a stop in Beni Mallal amidst olive groves. In Morocco there are other excursions are definitely worth seeing for example a city tour of Fez, led by a guide, which include a nice view point and a visit to several tanneries. You can learn lots about the history of this city. A visit to the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh is a must. In Marrakech visit the square and the souks, or opt for a walk through one of the beautiful parks and gardens. It is also possible to explore the city by bike.
When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.
Travel documents needed
Morocco tourist visa needed - NO Consulate link
Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA.
Health Issues & Insurance
Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.
When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.
Most people are recommended to get
- Vaccination against DTP and hepatitis A
Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
On our private tours an experienced local guide will assist you throughout your trip, with the exception of beach stays in Essouira, for example. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.
Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.
Climate & Geography
Morocco has a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers. The mountains and the sea temperature is different from that of the interior: in the mountains it is cooler and at the sea, the climate is milder.
In spring and autumn it can be chilly in the mountains and you need a sweater or jacket. Summers are hot in Morocco, but also dry, allowing the heat to be tolerated more easily than a moist heat.. In the mountains and the sea, it is also cool in the summer, so you need a sweater.
Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org
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•Begin your reservation process by filling in this TRIP INFO REQUEST and send to us via the website. We will confirm dates and prices, and answer any questions you may have about the trip.
•Download and complete the BOOKING FORM including all participants passport information and payment information. Email a PDF, scan, or clear photo of your completed BOOKING FORM to firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants over 18 should sign the form.
• A deposit of 20% of total costs will be due upon booking in order to hold your place on the trip. The balance will be due 90 days prior to departure.
• Payments can be made by personal check or ACH wire transfer (domestic wire only). We will send you wire instructions.
• Upon receipt of your form, we will email you a receipt and confirmation of your booking.
• If paying by check, make check out to DJOSER, INC., Mail to Djoser, Inc. – Bookings 420 N. Oakland Drive, #6, Pasadena, CA 91101.
Questions? Call Luke Neal 484-995-2964. (West Coast)