Day 3 | Friday, 24 January

Marrakech

Day at leisure for independent exploration of Marrakech.

Image: Koutoubia Mosque

Day 4 | Saturday, 25 January

Atlas Mountains

Early departure for a journey to Quarzazate, located just south of the High Atlas. Lunch and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ait Ben Haddous  Kasbah. Overnight in a riad near the reservoir lake of the dam. 

Image: Ait Ben Haddou Village

Day 5 | Sunday, 26 January

Essaouira

Mid-morning departure for Essaouira. Stop for lunch en route. A brief visit to the Essaouira Medina before continuing on to Dar Boutazert.

Image: Marrakech souk

Itinerary
Day 0 | Tuesday, 21 January

Marrakech

Arrive Menara Airport Marrakech where you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.

  • Day and evening at leisure.

  FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins and ends in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

Arrival in Marrakech should be on Tuesday, 22 January in order to join the tour which begins on Wednesday, the 23rd.

Day 1 | Wednesday, 22 January

Marrakech

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the medina, souks and sites of antiquity such as Koutoubia Mosque and the El Bahia Palace.

A drive to the New Part of the city, the Gueliz District abundant with art galleries to be visited.

Tea at La Mamounia hotel and garden before visiting Le Jardin Secret.

Image: Al Bahia Palace

Day 2 | Thursday, 23 January

Marrakech

Visit to Jardin Majorelle, home of artist Jacques Majorelle transformed into a public garden with a museum of Berber antiquities by designer Yves Saint Laurent. The excursion includes the Yves Saint Laurent Museum that opened in 2017.

 

Indulge the senses while exploring Djemaa el Fna Square into the evening at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Image: Jardin Majorelle

MOROCCO

Marrakech, 

Atlas Mountains 

& Essaouira

22-29 January 2020

8 Days | 9 Nights 

 

 

 

TOUR HOSTS |GUIDES

Led by a destination specialist and local English-speaking guide/s as required by the itinerary; plus an art collector-consultant in Marrakech and Essaouira.

MARRAKECH, one of the former imperial cities of Morocco, is like no other place on earth. It is a major economic center and the medieval, walled medina dates to the Berbers who have been around for at least 4000 years.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina is a maze of densely packed alleyways with souks selling everything from textiles and pottery to jewelry and spices. Marrakech is home to palaces, beautiful gardens, art galleries and Mosques. The minaret of the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque is a Marrakech landmark. 

 

Located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech offers plenty of warm and sunny days during the winter months and makes a perfect January getaway. While the evenings can be chilly, the average day offers 7 hours of sunshine. 

In contrast to the intense atmosphere of Marrakech, the beach city of Essaouira, or "little picture" in Arabic, is more relaxed. Its bright blue and white medina is easier to negotiate and the souks coexist with the young Moroccan designers.  

from US$4395 per person

TOUR # | 20MOR-RAK-E

Day 6 | Monday, 27 January

Dar Boutazert

A day of leisure at Dar Boutazert to spend among orange and olive trees with a panoramic view that includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas mountains. Relax in the large living room or one of the gardens. Enjoy a swim in the pool or view the extensive, private art collection.

Image: Dar Boutazert

Day 7 | Tuesday, 28 January

Essaouira

Discover the Portuguese fortifications and the harbor. Wander through the old medina, visit art galleries and boutiques, before returning to Dar Boutazert to relax before a sumptuous farewell dinner with our hosts. 

Image: Building in Essaouira

 

Day 8 | Wednesday, 29 January

Marrakech

Return journey to Marrakech after lunch. Check into hotel. The hours remaining in Marrakech at leisure.

Image: Fantasia Horseman

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Rooms are subject to availability on the date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property will be offered.

 
The word 'riad' means garden but it is applied to town houses built round a central courtyard. Technically it should have some plants in four planting beds and a central fountain. Otherwise it is called a Dar, or house.  
  • Riads and Dars tend to have fewer rooms in number and therefore category and personal selections may not be available.

  • As each guest room in a riad is normally decorated and exclusively furnished, choice of twin, full or queen bed may not be available.

  • While one may request a room preference as to smoking or non-smoking, there may be no such categories on a property as there is an extraordinarily high number of local and visiting smokers.

 
Marrakech

RIAD ALADDIN

Days 0-3 | 4 Nights

21-24 January

RADISSON BLU

Day 8 | 1 Night

29 January

Atlas Mountains

RIAD LES TOURMALINES

Day 4 | 1 Night

25 January

Essaouira

DAR BOUTAZERT

Days 5-7 | 3 Nights

26-28 January

TOUR DETAILS

INCLUDED

  • Land travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle/s

  • Private arrival and departure transfers based on flight arrival and departure times 

  • Hotel accommodation | 9 Nights

  • Services of experienced host/s and English-speaking local guide/s as required by itinerary; excluding times allotted for independent activities.

  • All admissions

  • All state taxes

  • MOBILE PHONE Morocco provides arriving passengers with a complementary sim card. If your mobile is not unlocked, you will be provided with a mobile for personal use for duration of tour; excluding usage charges. Traveler is responsible for loss or damage to phone, accessories; sim card. 

  • MEALS

    • All breakfasts in hotels

    • Lunch, Atlas Mountain excursion (1)

    • All meals during stay at Dar Boutazert

    • Tea at La Mamounia hotel (1)

    • Bottled water throughout

    • Meals include soft drinks or juice, coffee, tea

PLEASE NOTE

  • Rooms are subject to availability on the date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property shall be offered.

  • This exclusive itinerary is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, excluding staff and guide/s. A minimum of six (6) participants is required. Tour is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years. 

 

  • Activities require that you be in good health and have the ability to walk reasonable distances and be able to stand for extended periods as in museums and while visiting outdoor sites. Pack comfortable walking shoes that have been broken-in.

  • It may be necessary to slightly amend the program according to local conditions.

  • Out of respect for the culture, women should be modestly attired.

NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS, Passport & Visas

  • Meals other than hotel breakfast except where specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Wine and other alcoholic drinks, room service à la carte orders, snacks and beverages; personal items, telephone calls, Internet and valet/laundry service and those items/services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Expenses incurred in making additional/alternative, individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the Tour.

  • Fees and other items and services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Gratuities and porterage.

PRICING

Hotel & Land Tour Package

TOUR# | 20MOR-RAK-E

A US$500.00 deposit is payable at     

the time of booking confirmation.

Tour rates are subject to change. All prices are based on exchange rates, hotel and land costs at the time of  pricing and are therefore subject to possible increase prior to the time of full payment. TWH cannot be held responsible for fluctuations in calculating refunds due to tour cancellations.

 

FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins and ends in Marrakech, Morocco.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Travelers must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.

  • Visas are not required for Americans visiting for less than 90 days. Visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco website for the most current visa information.

  • Travelers are responsible for their own passport and visa requirements and obtaining individual travel and medical insurance.​

  • Tours With Hart Inc. reserves the right to decline final tour confirmation without proof of insurance.

  • The U.S. State Department strongly recommends supplemental insurance covering medical evacuation.

Per Person

Double Occupancy

US$4395

Single

Supplement

US$480

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco 

1601 21st Street NW            

Washington DC 20009

www.embassyofmorocco.us                   

T 202 462 7979 | F 202 462 7643 

Consular T 202 499 1046 

 

US State Department      

www.travel.state.gov

Quick Facts

MOROCCO

travel.state.gov

Passport Validity

  • Must be valid at time of entry         

  • Securely, carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times to have proof of identity and U.S. citizenship readily available, if needed.

  • Blank Passport Pages                                              At least one blank page required for entry stamp.

  • Tourist VISA                                                                Not required for stays under 90 days.                Visit the website of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco for the most current visa information.

  • Vaccinations                                                                 None

 

Safety & Security  | Local Laws                                 Refer to U.S. State Department website.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.

 

Customs                                                                         Travelers must declare large quantities of U.S. dollars brought into the country at the port of entry. The export (and import) of Moroccan currency (dirhams) is prohibited; however, Moroccan currency may be converted back into U.S. dollars prior to departure only if the traveler has a bank or money transfer receipt indicating dollars were exchanged for dirhams while in Morocco. 

 

Moroccan customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation    into or export from Morocco of items such as firearms, religious materials, antiquities, business equipment, and large quantities of currency. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, DC, or the Consulate General in New York for specific information concerning customs requirements.

 

US-MOROCCO RELATIONS                                           Morocco formally recognized the United States in 1786 by signing a treaty of peace and friendship. Full diplomatic relations began in 1905. Morocco entered into the status of a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, and normal diplomatic relations were resumed after U.S. recognition of Moroccan independence in 1956. The two countries share common concerns and consult closely on regional security and sustainable development. Morocco is a strong partner in counterterrorism efforts, and it works closely with U.S. law enforcement to safeguard both countries’ national security interests.

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