Multi-Day Tour | Private

Tea in the Sahara (12 days)

Heritage Tours

Fès Le Nouveau, Morocco To Marrakech, Morocco

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Fès Le Nouveau, Morocco
Palais Amani None

Arrival Casablanca.

Drive inland through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Fes, where you will feel like you have stepped back six centuries into a medieval world.

Day 2
Fès Le Nouveau, Morocco
Palais Amani Breakfast

Highlights of your day: explore the tastes and smells in countless souks and the vibrant colors in Fes’ famous tanneries. Stop by the Bou Inania Medersa (Koranic university), the Foundouk Nejjarine, which has an excellent museum, and the shrine of Moulay Idriss II.

Head to the outskirts of Fes and enjoy a hike and picnic on Mt. Zalagh, where you’ll get to see the city spread below you at a distance.

Day 3
Fès Le Nouveau, Morocco
Palais Amani Breakfast

Explore the nearby ruins of Roman Volubulis. Dine as the Romans did with a picnic lunch overlooking the mysterious shapes of the ancient city.

Continue to Moulay Idriss (the holiest Muslim site in Morocco) and imperial Meknes, whose stables once held 12,000 horses.

Day 4
Erfoud, Morocco
Xaluca Maadid Breakfast

Make your way south from Fes to the edge of the Sahara and the Tafilet Oasis, the last stop on the trans-Saharan trading route before Timbuktu.

Day 5
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Private Desert Encampment Breakfast

A 4x4 will take you to your private desert encampment.  Climb the dunes to watch the unbelievable desert sunset before indulging in a delicious traditional Berber dinner.

Spend the evening losing yourself in the beauty of the Saharan sky.

Day 6
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Hotel Ksar Ighnda Breakfast

Wake early and ride up the dunes to watch the sun emerging from the east.

Journey west to Todgha Gorges, where you will hike through dramatic red rock cliffs before continuing to Ouarzazate.

Day 7
Erfoud, Morocco
Villa des Orangers Breakfast

Spend the morning at the UNESCO-restored Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (the setting for such movies as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia). Wind your way through the mountain pass of Tizn Tichka en route to Marrakech.

Spend the evening with your guide, strolling through the frenetic Djemaa el Fnaa, the greatest square in all of Africa.  We will tell you our favorite place to enjoy tea and something sweet.

Day 8
Marrakech, Morocco
Villa des Orangers Breakfast

Highlights of your day: the Musee de Marrakech, housed in the sumptuous, 19th century Mnebhi Palace.  Walk from souk to souk, browsing shops that sell everything from exotic spices to, carpets, jewelry, copper and much more.

Day 9
Marrakech, Morocco
Villa des Orangers Breakfast

Highlights of your day: breathe in the floral-scented air of the Majorelle Gardens, visit Marrakech’s famous dead at the opulent Saadien Tombs, and explore the fascinating Dar Si Said Museum of traditional crafts.

Day 10
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Kasbah Bab Ourika Breakfast

Depart Marrakech and climb into the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains where life moves at a slower pace, and the virtues of family and hospitality to strangers are held in high regard.

Spend the day swimming, biking or visiting a local Berber market.


Kasbah Bab Ourika

Day 11
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
None Breakfast

Hike away the morning with a local mountain guide and support mules until you reach your luxurious picnic, perched high above the landscape. You may even be invited into a local home for mint tea.

Day 12
Marrakech, Morocco
None Breakfast

Drive to Marrakech.

Depart.

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Description

**A private, 13-day, 12-night exploration of the majestic Moroccan landscape.


3 Nights – Fes  |  1 Night – Erfoud  |  1 Night – Sahara Desert

1 Night – Ouarzazate  |  3 Nights – Marrakech  

3 Nights – High Atlas Mountains

HIGHLIGHTS

• A refreshing hike and picnic on Mt. Zalagh (Fes).

• Dine outdoors, overlooking the majestic ruins of Volubulis (Fes).

• Desert encampment under the open, starry sky of the Saraha.

• Adventure into the High Atlas Mountains with mules and local expert.

• Horseback ride through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains.

About Us

Heritage Tours sets the standard in custom-designed private travel to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and sub-Saharan Africa. You are invited to experience the magic of some of the world’s most exciting destinations with an authenticity of experience and insider access that is normally unattainable.

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Perfect from the start

By: Betsy


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

From the time we got off the plane, and were ushered through customs, until the minute we were escorted back on the way home, each part of our Moroccan experience was perfect!  The driver and guide were professional and attuned to our needs and wants throughout the 10 days.All the hotels (except one) far exceeded our expectations. (The one hotel was experiencing a sewer issue-not our travel agency fault)The restaurant recommendations were all wonderful!Overall an amazing trip!  Memories of a lifetime!   
Travel Advisor:  Kim Davis-Smith

Very helpful, created a great trip for us

By: Scott and Rebecca


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2014

Jane put together a great trip for us and made everything fantastic.  From helping us create out itinerary, to adjusting based on our feedback, to getting us great places to see and stay, and to just making it VERY EASY and VERY RELAXING for us.    Everything was great.   Really enjoyed all the places we saw and the places we stayed.   Lisbon and Barcelona were our favorites for places to visit.  Morocco was a great mix of 3 different place with Marrakesh, then the mountains, and then the ocean.   And quite frankly we were very spoiled being picked up every where and transported to hotels and on tours.   Couldn’t have been any easier.  Thanks for putting this all together and making it such a great experience and great memories for us.  
Travel Advisor:  Jane Martz

Great way to travel

By: NYFAM


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

We had never travelled with a guide or driver before, preferring to be a bit more spontaneous. We loved both our guide and our driver from Heritage-- we learned SOO much; easily went in and out of places that we either wouldn't have found, or known of, or been able to handle logistically (ie parking). It was fun to spend time with both driver and guide; we enjoyed their company, and they could not have been more accommodating when we wanted to skip something, add on, etc. We also loved the accommodations booked thru Heritage- all quite comfortable, clean, and with plenty of character. We will certainly consider Heritage for another trip in the future.
Travel Advisor:  LuAnn Frisina

Beyond outstanding

By: LICcouple


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Heritage made sure the details -- big and small -- were handled thoughtfully. Our guides and driver made the 25th anniversary vacation to Morocco very special. Michael Diamond, Amine and Alae, and all their co-workers are amazing. It was a major travel event for us and Heritage made sure it would be trouble free, fun and educational,
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

fun day

By: sunsfanatic


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2016

Good whole day private tour of Lisbon with good guides and a fun itinerary including motorcycle side-car ride and foodie tour. Did not get to private castle we were supposed to see, however.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Great guides and itinerary

By: Farmington Hills couple


Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2016

Definitely would use Heritage Tours again. Guides were knowledgeable, organized and fun! The itinerary they suggested was perfect. Hotels were unique and comfortable with great locations. Wonderful to take a vacation where all logistics were arranged. Can't wait to see Morocco with them next!
Travel Advisor:  Roseann Konke

A good way to see Spain

By: Pistoleros


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2016

We had very good local guides in a number of cities. The itinerary called for us to walk or drive around much of the northeast of the country. We wanted to see architecture and sample the restaurants. We especially enjoyed the Basque country, where it helps immensely to have a native educate you about the area. During the week, we needed to make a slight adjustment to one of the planned excursions. Heritage did it readily. We would happily work with Heritage again.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

Great trip to morocco

By: Sjsugs


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Great guide, great hotels, well planned and executed.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Morocco

By: Ingrid


Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

In a word - wonderful! Our private guide, Driss, and driver Zayd, made our first Moroccan experience over and above what we expected. I was a bit skeptical about being in a car with two strangers for ten days because there is a lot of driving if you want to really see the country. However, any doubts were erased immediately as we all fell in a comfortable, relaxed relationship. They both provided incredible insight and knowledge while maintaining the right balance of fun and adventure. One of the best things about Heritage Tours is their flexibility and Driss and Zayd were more then willing to alter our schedule when we wanted and suggested new things based on what they learned about us. Driss also knows all the best local places to shop and eat! Originally we planned the trip thinking we would only be going to Morocco once but now we're looking forward to returning and will absolutely use Heritage, Driss and Zayd again.
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Good guides and knowledgable driver

By: Mae


Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2017

Very friendly guide with vast knowledge of the local history. He was a little hard of hearing and we had to repeat our questions a lot. They screwed up our VIP treatment at the airport and left one of the passengers off the list so we had to wait a long time to get through airport security. We probably could have done it faster the regular way and wasted our money.
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

AMAZING Tour Group

By: Kelli


Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

My husband I could not have been more happy with our experience with Heritage Tours and specifically our guide, Rehad. We enjoyed and appreciated the luxury vehicle, the knowledge and expertise of Rehad. I highly recommend Rehad and Heritage Tours!
Travel Advisor:  Jessi Cook

Sensory overload in Morocco

By: Kent D


Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Our travel agent linked us up with Heritage for our trip to Morocco. We utilized their tour guide (Saeed) and driver (Moncef). Both were incredible men; professional, knowledgeable and experts in their trade. The itinerary Heritage put together was absolutely amazing. Jaw-dropping hotels, great restaurant recommendations and one of a kind experiences while we were in Morocco. We've traveled to all 7 continents and this trip was one of the best we've had.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Kenya

By: Zinnia


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Excellent! Accommodations were wonderful and all details were handled and the trip was very smooth. Only detail we didn’t enjoy was the restaurant choice the last evening before our long journey home. A quieter, more relaxing atmosphere would have been more enjoyed.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Hicks

We found a little paradise in Morocco

By: Jacqui


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Heritage tours did a wonderful job arranging tour guides for us in Marrakech, a trip to the Sahara via Dar Ahlam and a coupe of days of relaxation at Kasbah Tamadot in the high Atlas Mountains. In our 8 day trip there, we fell in love with Morocco in large part because of the care taken arranging this trip. In addition to amazing tour guides, Heritage is there for you the entire time. They provide a cell phone when you arrive, which has the numbers of the guides, drivers and main office programmed in. Our guide made it clear from the first day, that he was available to us whenever we needed him. The trip to the dessert was phenomenal, and we would never have been able to plan it on our own. When we embarked on this journey, we thought this would probably be our only trip to Morocco. By the time we left, we were already talking about when we could return. When we do, we will be sure to make our plans with Heritage!
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Fabulous Tour Guides

By: Christine


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

We have used Heritage tours on several occasions and each time have been thoroughly impressed with our guides. They are full of wonderful information from fun facts to historical details. They are flexible - working with you to create time that is of interest to you. We also love that they take you to places that are not alway touristy so you can really see the cities or places from a local perspective. We would HIGHLY recommend Heritage Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen