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Morocco | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Fez, Atlas Mtns, Marrakech, Sahara | Morocco (10 days)

Blue Parallel

Fez, Morocco To Casablanca, Morocco

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2019

Morocco | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Fez, Atlas Mtns, Marrakech, Sahara | Morocco (10 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Fez, Morocco
Hotel Sahrai None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Flight arrival in Casablanca. You will be greeted outside of the airplane by VIP personnel who will assist you with immigrations. Outside of the baggage claim area, greeting by your personal Blue Parallel host and private transfer to Fez (approx. 3 hours).

After settling into your accommodations, enjoy recommended refreshments on the lookout terrace of your hotel, as the sunsets over the city of Fez.

Founded in the 9th century, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains - date from this period. The Fez medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area. Amongst the many monuments it cherishes is Al-Qarawiyyin, which was founded in AD 859 by a woman, and is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world.

Enjoy your first Moroccan meal at La Maison Bleue. This is a family owned palace set in the old town of the medina of Fez. Within its incredible interior riad setting, you will enjoy a delicious home-made Moroccan meal of various delicacies, warm and cold salads, and fluffy couscous. A live band or musician will accompany the meal.

Day 2
Fez, Morocco
Hotel Sahrai Breakfast, Snack

With your private guide, visit the stunning gates of the royal palace located outside the old city, followed by the city’s Jewish quarter called the Mellah where you will visit the Jewish cemetery and synagogue. Drive through El Andalus, a neighborhood of the old city characterized by Andalusian architecture. Later, enjoy lunch at Riad Number 9. This restaurant is located in an 18th century bourgeois residence with a rooftop terrace boasting sweeping views over the medina.

In the afternoon walk through the narrow streets of Fez, the largest living urban UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the medina’s many historical and religious highlights, as well as its elaborate souks. Visit the famous leather tanneries and experience them from above on a lookout terrace. Visit historical highlights such as the world’s oldest university, the leather tanneries, the Karaouine, the Bouanania Mederesa, the Foundouk Nejjarine museum and the venerated shrine of the founder of Fez, Moulay Idris II. Later, experience a private tea celebration with a typical Moroccan “Fessy” family in their family riad that dates back to generations in the family.

In the evening. return to your hotel followed by a recommended dinner at one of your hotel’s restaurants, depending on your interest. Your hotel has a gourmet Relais de Paris restaurant as well as a Moroccan restaurant.

Day 3
Asni, Morocco
Kasbah Tamadot Breakfast, Snack

Greeting by your host at your hotel lobby and private transfer to the airport for a private flight to Marrakesh. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by your host and continue by private vehicle transfer to Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s retreat in the Atlas Mountains (approx. 2 hours).

Upon arrival at Kasbah Tamadot,you will be assisted with check-in as you enjoy refreshments on the lookout terrace of the property overlooking the Asni Valley. Enjoy dinner reservation on your hotel’s outdoor patio. The cuisine at the Kanoun Restaurant is prepared with organic ingredients grown on the property. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of Berber dishes and local specialties of the Atlas culinary traditions.

Day 4
Asni, Morocco
Kasbah Tamadot Breakfast

Choose from one of the two recommended outdoor activities:

Option 1 – Downhill Mountain Biking

Enjoy mountain biking through the Ouirgane Valley and the Mount Toubkal National Park (approximately 3 hours). You will bike through Berber villages in the valley and enjoy refreshments at one of the remote mountain villages, rarely visited by tourists. The ride ends with a magnificent view over the Tasekourt dam and you will transfer back to Kasbah Tamadot by private 4x4 vehicle. An expert guide, a backup vehicle, and first-rate equipment will be provided as needed.

Option 2 – Hike to a Berber Village

With your expert guide, hike through the Valley of Asni to a small, Berber village tucked in the mountains. Passing the eucalyptus and olive groves you will make a gentle ascent into a nearby village where you can see the traditional Berber homes from the outside. This is a great way to experience the local culture. You will meet a Berber family and your guide will introduce you to their alternative and simple lifestyle. Enjoy a sweet cup of tea as you take in the views of the mountains. This activity can take up to 2 hours.

Return to the Kasbah for delicious recommended lunch, followed by relaxation at the property’s amenities. Relax in your own tented pavilion as you take in the sun and the beautiful views, or enjoy a stroll through the property’s lush gardens and different orchards. Recommended dinner at your hotel in the evening.

Day 5
Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia Breakfast, Dinner, Snack

Greeting by your host and private transfer through the scenic valley of Ourika to Marrakesh (approx. 1.5 hours) and check-in to the legendary Mamounia Hotel, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch at its beautiful pool pavilion. This exquisite gourmet buffet serves a wide variety of dishes from all over the world, including an excellent selection of meat and seafood. Enjoy your meal as you take in the Marrakesh sun.

Spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the many modern amenities La Mamounia has to offer: the large swimming pool, the spacious gym with garden views, the vast lush gardens, the olive grove, the tennis courts, the heated indoor pool and the legendary invigorating spa all make up for a fantastic afternoon at leisure.

Later, close to sunset, venture out to the legendary Jamaa el Fna square with your expert guide. A famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, this square is the largest and oldest square in the continent. Get a taste of Morocco’s infamous magical side with the snake charmers, amazing acrobats, authentic story-tellers, magicians, joker monkeys, and peddlers of traditional medicine. Walk through the dozens of smoky food stalls to get a close look at some the country’s most exotic dishes. Later, refresh with a glass of Moroccan mint tea on a café terrace with the sun setting over the bustling square. For dinner, private transfer to Bo-Zin, which is known for its exquisite and varied gastronomy, fusing different cuisines of the world, as well as for its fun atmosphere, upbeat music, and sleek, modern setting.

Day 6
Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia Breakfast, Dinner

Introduction to the “Red City” with your expert guide who will take you through the various phases of Marrakesh’s history by visiting the city’s most celebrated highlights, including: The Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the Mederasa Ben Youssef. Following the tour, enjoy lunch in the tranquil patio of Dar Moha. This restaurant boasts beautiful riad architecture and is an oasis of calm located in the old city.

Return to your hotel to spend the afternoon at leisure and enjoy the many modern amenities La Mamounia has to offer.

Early in the evening, take part in a private cooking class at La Maison Arabe, a riad in the old town of Marrakesh. La Maison Arabe is an ancient riad refurbished into a luxury property. The cooking class will be conducted by a traditional Moroccan chef and he/she will teach the participants how to prepare typical Moroccan dishes. A translator will be provided along with modern cooking equipment. Following the class, dine on the cuisine you have prepared.

Day 7
Rissani, Morocco
Private Luxury Desert Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will then be greeted by your host and privately transferred to the airport in Marrakech to board your private helicopter for your flight to Zagora. This private helicopter ride will take you above the majestic High Atlas Mountain range (the highest peaks of North Africa!), over the vast rocky desert dotted by oases, leading to the massive Sahara Desert. You will be amazed at the drastic changes in scenery as you fly over this spectacular region. Arrive in Zagora and continue on by 3.5 private vehicle transfer to your private desert camp, surrounded by dunes. Your private desert camp offers an experience of a lifetime. You will be able to enjoy the celebrated golden dunes of the Sahara Desert in your own remote tented camp, surrounded by a sea of sand. You will be the only guests in the luxury camp, i.e., the fully staffed luxurious camp is exclusive for your party and will provide you with every comfort and fulfill any need you may have during your stay. Enjoy delicious Saharan tea and aperitifs on top of the dunes with a jaw-dropping view of the desert. Enjoy a light walk with your guide on dune tips and retreat to your private tent. Dine on an exciting clay-oven BBQ around an open fire in the evening, and take in the spectacular desert night sky dotted with bright constellations.

Day 8
Ouarzazate, Morocco
Dar Ahlam Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private 5 hour vehicle transfer to Dar Ahlam, located in the Skoura valley. Enjoy a private gourmet picnic lunch under olive trees with your feet in a flowing stream under the table. Dar Ahlam’s executive chef specializes in French-Moroccan fusion and uses organic home-grown ingredients to create delicious and beautifully presented gourmet dishes. Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the property’s outdoor swimming pool. In the late afternoon, private transfer to Ksar Ali. Upon reaching your exclusive and intimate tea setup, take in the spectacular 360° views of the Skoura valley and oasis. Moroccan tea ceremony followed by gourmet aperitifs as the sun sets in the background. Later, enjoy a delicious themed dinner at Dar Ahlam.

Day 9
Ouarzazate, Morocco
Dar Ahlam Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a nature walk through the Skoura oasis with your expert guide and meet pottery craftsmen of the oasis who will show you a demonstration of traditional pottery making. Later, gourmet picnic lunch overlooking the lake and Kasbah ruins. Relax under the canopy tent in the shade and sit on traditional pillows as you dine on delicious Moroccan cuisine and your waiter serves cool Rosé wine. Relax at the property's swimming in the afternoon.

In the evening, private transfer to Sidi Fla for a memorable candle-lit dinner in your own exclusive setting surrounded by ancient rock formations. You will arrive as the sun is setting and accentuating the many colors of the ancient rock formations that surround you. Experience this stunning candle-lit gourmet dinner, alongside a gentle stream flowing by. There will be dim candle lamps surrounding you to make for a memorable and magical experience.

Day 10
Casablanca, Morocco
None Breakfast

After breakfast, greeting by your host and private transfer to the Ouarzazate airport (approx. 40min) for your flight to Casablanca (approx. 1hr). Flight arrival at Casablanca International Airport. Greeting by your host and VIP airport assistance with check-in for your international flight home.

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Discover the exotic Kingdom of Morocco: begin by exploring the medieval streets of Fes, historical Jewish cemetery and synagogue and neighborhoods characterized by Andalusia architecture. Next, fly by private plane to Marrakech and head to the Atlas Mountains. With your expert guide, bike or hike through the lush valleys of Berber farmlands and enjoy traditional hamaam treatments. Continue on to the vibrant Red City of Marrakesh, wander through its spice markets and enchanting square and traditional marketplaces. Next, private helicopter flight to Zagora, continue on by vehicle transfer to the celebrated golden dunes of the Sahara Desert in your own fully staffed tent camp. Then, head to the tranquil Dar Ahlam property, located in a tranquil palm grove in the heart of the Skoura Oasis.

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