Morocco April/May 2023

A$5,399
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A$5,399
NEW

At the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of culture and custom.

You can feel it in the bustle of the crowded souqs and you can taste it in every aromatic tajine. It’s floating in the air above the High Atlas Mountains and it’s caught in the grains of the endless Sahara. It’s a vibrancy, an urgency, an assault on the senses.

It is the essence of Morocco. Play it again, Sam.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Friday 28th April

CASABLANCA (D)

Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure, before our welcome dinner that evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Tour Host. If you arrive with time to spare, then a visit to the art deco Villa des Arts is well worth it. This gorgeous gallery dates back to the 1930s and holds numerous exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan and international art. Or discover a unique and fascinating part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host.

Accommodation: Your own room at Gray Hotel or similar


Day 2 – Saturday 29th April 

CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES (B)

After breakfast Casablanca beckons and we set off on a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, this extraordinary monument was the late king’s most ambitious project and his legacy to the city. Its 200m-high minaret is the tallest in the world. Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Next we take a drive to Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. Spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean, before we continue on to Meknes (approx. 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Tafilalet & Spa or similar


Day 3 – Sunday 30th April

MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FES (B/L)

This morning is free to explore Meknes. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at a friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later we board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. We’ll take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Don’t forget your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Next, we head to Fes, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming—a visual and pungent feast for the senses—with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel l’escale or similar


Day 4 – Monday 1st May

FES (B/D)

Today we enjoy a walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques.  Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. We’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the  iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialty—the famous chicken pastilla!

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel l’escale or similar


Day 5 – Tuesday 2nd May

MIDELT (B/D)

Today we leave the intensity of the city behind for the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains. We drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery—fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes—to the small town of Midelt (approx. 3.5 hrs). Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and is nestled between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains at an elevation of just over 1,500m. It’s a perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara, and is a great base for some easy walks. Many of the locals are Berber, and the town can offer an insight into their way of life. After lunch, stretch your legs for a few hours on an easy walk in the nearby hills. Be prepared for some astonishing views of the Atlas Mountains, with snowy peaks almost touching the sky. Wander through plantations of apple trees on the way back to your accommodation for a relaxing evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Taddart or similar


Day 6 – Wednesday 3rd May

MERZOUGA DESERT (B/D)

This morning there’s time to haggle for carpets (mainly Kilims), take another refreshing walk, or visit a nearby Franciscan convent where local girls and women learn weaving, tapestry and embroidery before we set off on our journey to Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco.
An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150m in height. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20km from the Algerian border this really feels like frontier country. We’ll take a 4WD and enjoy a spectacular Saharan sunset along the way. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight, we’ll camp in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while we sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, drumming, Bedouin stories and some dancing under the stars.

Note: The camp is set up for private use of our group. We’ll enjoy the comfort of private tents, with proper size standing beds, coffee table and chairs. Each tent has a private shower and toilet provided. While there is also a dining tent provided, most travelers prefer to dine outside, under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided for warmth and comfort. The entire camp is set up by our crew while you relax and enjoy the mighty Sahara Desert.

Accommodation: Your own luxury tent at Golden luxury camp or similar


Day 7 – Thursday 4th May

TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY (B/D)

This morning we drive to Todra Gorge (approx. 4.5 hrs), a massive trench that rises over 250m to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so today we’ll take a short walk through the sheer cliffs, before continuing on to the beautiful Dades Valley, where we’ll stop for a break and have some time to take in the remarkable scenery—sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind.

Accommodation: Your own room at Xaluxa Dades Hotel or similar


Day 8 – Friday 5th May

AIT BENHADOU (B)

Today we head to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take us past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. We stop for for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Then we head to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon, why not enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco’s most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.

Accommodation: Your own room at Riad Ksar Ighnda or similar


Day 9 – Saturday 6th May

MARRAKECH (B)

Today we drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. The scenery through the High Atlas Mountain pass is magnificent, and there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo along the way. This evening, we head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Enjoy a dinner on this magical square with your new friends on one of the outdoor street food vendors and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

Accommodation: Your own room at Opera Plaza Hotel or similar


Day 10 – Sunday 7th May

MARRAKECH (B)

After breakfast we set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most  beautiful palaces in the world, or head back into the medina and watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco.

Accommodation: Your own room at Opera Plaza Hotel or similar


Day 11 – Monday 9th May

ESSAOUIRA (B)

Today we head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has se-duced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm. Join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cozy yet historical and has a great view. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey!

Accommodation: Your own room at Palais des Remparts or similar


Day 12 – Tuesday 9th May

CASABLANCA (B/D)

This morning there’s time for a walk by the beach or to admire the medina before departing to Casablanca where you’ll spend your last night on this magical journey. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Gray Hotel or similar


Day 13 – Wednesday 10th May

CASABLANCA (B)

After breakfast our tour ends as we transfer to the airport for our flight home, or onwards for further adventures. Alternately we can organise for you to stay for a night or more longer in Casablanca if you wish.

 

TOUR PRICING $5,399 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES AND TAXES

TOUR DATES: 28TH APRIL – 10th MAY 2023

Gray Hotel

Gray Boutique Hotel Casablanca offers a 600 m² spa and elegant suites with views over the Triangle d’Or district of Casablanca with its many boutiques. It is located 25 km from Mohamed V Airport. ach air-conditioned suite offers a balcony and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available and the restaurant Gray Lounge serves a range of local and international specialties. Upon arrival guests receive a welcome drink and they can relax in the lounge bar. Relaxing body treatments are available in the hotel’s spa, and guests are free to visit the gym. Other services include a foreign exchange bureau. The Hassan II Mosque is only 2 km from this boutique hotel. The hotel is 8 minutes by car from Casa Port Train Station and a 7-minute car ride to the Royal Anfa Golf course.

 

Hotel L’Escale

Art Deco Inspiration….. is what makes us that bit more special and unique. The hôtel l’escale has recently opened his doors in January 2017.

At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez,The hotel L’Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property. Decorated with original artwork, large windows allowing to admire exciting street views. A very warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The hotel L’Escale. Feel like home in one of our elegant rooms, rich in glamour and timeless elegance, will be equipped with the best entertainment facilities and stocked with luxurious toiletries. Family-friendly hotel we take special care of our younger guests. You can be sure that your whole family will receive our unparalleled service throughout your stay. Featuring Free WiFi, a Restaurant and Free private parking is available on site, The hotel L’Escale offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Let us make your stay special.

 

Hotel Taddart

Off the N13 highway, this relaxed hotel is 7 km from the town of Midelt. The warm rooms feature free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Suites add sitting areas and separate bedrooms, as well as minibars. There’s a bar, plus a restaurant serving international and Moroccan fare. Amenities include a pool, a steam room and a fitness center, as well as a spa with a sauna and a hot tub. There’s also a garden and a terrace.

 

Golden Camp

Golden Camp is a family-run camp and each of the team members are carefully chosen to guarantee the best service for our clients. All our staff is multilingual in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian languages.

All the team that forms the Golden Camp welcomes you to make your stay unforgettable. From the Reservations Department, to the staff of the Camp we will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. You can contact us at any time.

 

Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda

On the edge of the desert and just a few kilometres from Ouarzazate, the Ksar Ighnda hotel provides a luxurious and authentic setting, ideal for a relaxing holiday. Rooms are spacious and locally designed with modern comforts including private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, minibar. After relaxing with a cocktail in the hotel bar, enjoy a delicious meal made from fresh local produce in the hotel restaurant. The Ksar Ighnda hotel offers a unique spa experience with a hammam and a hot tub, amid a peaceful landscape setting.

 

Opera Plaza

State of the art of an authentic and pure culture was born the Opera Plaza Hotel that brings together all the necessary elements for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable cities in the world. Authenticity and beauty come together in this place full of magic to give you the opportunity to discover the beauty and the endless charm of the red city. Majestically spacious rooms and suites with comfortable contemporary character and a sleek design, you can spend magical nights sleep. The art of hospitality of our hotel also means a magnificent cuisine in its restaurant, the invigorating treatments offered in the Hammam and spa with the most delicious and refreshing cocktails in the bar. The Opera Plaza Hotel is also an ideal partner that will crown your successful meetings and will take care of providing you with modern infrastructure and a dedicated team of professional organizers. Moreover, this takes a more human dimension through its cohesive team of helpful members, dedicated and discreet that makes your event at the Opera Plaza Hotel wonderful memory.

 

Palais Des Ramparts

Palais des remparts is a luxury hotel, built into the ramparts of the ancient medina of Essaouira. The hotel has recently been refurbished to represent authentic and classical forms of the medina, decorated and furnished in the style of local, traditional Moroccan architecture.

Weather
While the coastal areas have a pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round, inland the temperature is hotter, drier and continental in nature. From October to April it averages 30C during the day and 15C at night in the lowlands. The southern desert areas are extremely hot and dry most of the time, though the nights can get very cold. The mountain regions are cool to cold in summer and it usually snows from December to March.

Currency
Morocco’s basic unit of currency is the dirham (dh). It is divided into 100 centimes (c). Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes). There are usually foreign exchange shops in the seaports and airports of Morocco. Traveler’s checks can be quite useless as they can only normally be exchanged at the bank which makes them an inconvenience for the average person in Morocco. Many of the classier hotels support credit cards and most major banks have ATM machines.

Electricity
The current in most of Morocco is 220v. Sockets have two round pins so bring an adaptor for your laptop, mobile phone chargers etc.

Visas

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements can change at any time and some countries may alter their COVID-19 testing entry requirements. Please contact your relevant Visa authority for the most up to date information applicable to you.

Australians and citizens of the United States, Canada and New Zealand, require a passport but no visa for entry into Morocco, and can stay as a tourist for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before your date of entry. Visa requirements do change, and it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home.

In Morocco, entry formalities are fairly straightforward, though you will have to fill in a form stating personal details, purpose of visit and your profession. In the past, Moroccan authorities have shown an occasional reluctance to allow in those who categorize themselves as “journalist”; an alternative profession on the form might be wise.

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in your own room
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch,
    D=dinner, S=supper)
  • Return group transfers from airport to hotel
    at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

At the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of culture and custom.

You can feel it in the bustle of the crowded souqs and you can taste it in every aromatic tajine. It’s floating in the air above the High Atlas Mountains and it’s caught in the grains of the endless Sahara. It’s a vibrancy, an urgency, an assault on the senses.

It is the essence of Morocco. Play it again, Sam.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Friday 28th April

CASABLANCA (D)

Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure, before our welcome dinner that evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Tour Host. If you arrive with time to spare, then a visit to the art deco Villa des Arts is well worth it. This gorgeous gallery dates back to the 1930s and holds numerous exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan and international art. Or discover a unique and fascinating part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host.

Accommodation: Your own room at Gray Hotel or similar


Day 2 – Saturday 29th April 

CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES (B)

After breakfast Casablanca beckons and we set off on a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, this extraordinary monument was the late king’s most ambitious project and his legacy to the city. Its 200m-high minaret is the tallest in the world. Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Next we take a drive to Rabat. Rabat’s history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. Spend a few hours strolling through the city’s old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean, before we continue on to Meknes (approx. 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Tafilalet & Spa or similar


Day 3 – Sunday 30th April

MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FES (B/L)

This morning is free to explore Meknes. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city’s now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at a friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later we board a private minibus and travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. We’ll take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Don’t forget your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Next, we head to Fes, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming—a visual and pungent feast for the senses—with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel l’escale or similar


Day 4 – Monday 1st May

FES (B/D)

Today we enjoy a walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques.  Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. We’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the  iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialty—the famous chicken pastilla!

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel l’escale or similar


Day 5 – Tuesday 2nd May

MIDELT (B/D)

Today we leave the intensity of the city behind for the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains. We drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery—fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes—to the small town of Midelt (approx. 3.5 hrs). Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and is nestled between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains at an elevation of just over 1,500m. It’s a perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara, and is a great base for some easy walks. Many of the locals are Berber, and the town can offer an insight into their way of life. After lunch, stretch your legs for a few hours on an easy walk in the nearby hills. Be prepared for some astonishing views of the Atlas Mountains, with snowy peaks almost touching the sky. Wander through plantations of apple trees on the way back to your accommodation for a relaxing evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Taddart or similar


Day 6 – Wednesday 3rd May

MERZOUGA DESERT (B/D)

This morning there’s time to haggle for carpets (mainly Kilims), take another refreshing walk, or visit a nearby Franciscan convent where local girls and women learn weaving, tapestry and embroidery before we set off on our journey to Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco.
An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150m in height. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20km from the Algerian border this really feels like frontier country. We’ll take a 4WD and enjoy a spectacular Saharan sunset along the way. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight, we’ll camp in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while we sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, drumming, Bedouin stories and some dancing under the stars.

Note: The camp is set up for private use of our group. We’ll enjoy the comfort of private tents, with proper size standing beds, coffee table and chairs. Each tent has a private shower and toilet provided. While there is also a dining tent provided, most travelers prefer to dine outside, under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided for warmth and comfort. The entire camp is set up by our crew while you relax and enjoy the mighty Sahara Desert.

Accommodation: Your own luxury tent at Golden luxury camp or similar


Day 7 – Thursday 4th May

TODRA GORGE – DADES VALLEY (B/D)

This morning we drive to Todra Gorge (approx. 4.5 hrs), a massive trench that rises over 250m to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so today we’ll take a short walk through the sheer cliffs, before continuing on to the beautiful Dades Valley, where we’ll stop for a break and have some time to take in the remarkable scenery—sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind.

Accommodation: Your own room at Xaluxa Dades Hotel or similar


Day 8 – Friday 5th May

AIT BENHADOU (B)

Today we head to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take us past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. We stop for for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Then we head to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon, why not enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco’s most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.

Accommodation: Your own room at Riad Ksar Ighnda or similar


Day 9 – Saturday 6th May

MARRAKECH (B)

Today we drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. The scenery through the High Atlas Mountain pass is magnificent, and there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo along the way. This evening, we head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Enjoy a dinner on this magical square with your new friends on one of the outdoor street food vendors and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

Accommodation: Your own room at Opera Plaza Hotel or similar


Day 10 – Sunday 7th May

MARRAKECH (B)

After breakfast we set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most  beautiful palaces in the world, or head back into the medina and watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco.

Accommodation: Your own room at Opera Plaza Hotel or similar


Day 11 – Monday 9th May

ESSAOUIRA (B)

Today we head westwards towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has se-duced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm. Join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cozy yet historical and has a great view. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey!

Accommodation: Your own room at Palais des Remparts or similar


Day 12 – Tuesday 9th May

CASABLANCA (B/D)

This morning there’s time for a walk by the beach or to admire the medina before departing to Casablanca where you’ll spend your last night on this magical journey. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Gray Hotel or similar


Day 13 – Wednesday 10th May

CASABLANCA (B)

After breakfast our tour ends as we transfer to the airport for our flight home, or onwards for further adventures. Alternately we can organise for you to stay for a night or more longer in Casablanca if you wish.

 

TOUR PRICING $5,399 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES AND TAXES

TOUR DATES: 28TH APRIL – 10th MAY 2023

Gray Hotel

Gray Boutique Hotel Casablanca offers a 600 m² spa and elegant suites with views over the Triangle d’Or district of Casablanca with its many boutiques. It is located 25 km from Mohamed V Airport. ach air-conditioned suite offers a balcony and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available and the restaurant Gray Lounge serves a range of local and international specialties. Upon arrival guests receive a welcome drink and they can relax in the lounge bar. Relaxing body treatments are available in the hotel’s spa, and guests are free to visit the gym. Other services include a foreign exchange bureau. The Hassan II Mosque is only 2 km from this boutique hotel. The hotel is 8 minutes by car from Casa Port Train Station and a 7-minute car ride to the Royal Anfa Golf course.

 

Hotel L’Escale

Art Deco Inspiration….. is what makes us that bit more special and unique. The hôtel l’escale has recently opened his doors in January 2017.

At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez,The hotel L’Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property. Decorated with original artwork, large windows allowing to admire exciting street views. A very warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The hotel L’Escale. Feel like home in one of our elegant rooms, rich in glamour and timeless elegance, will be equipped with the best entertainment facilities and stocked with luxurious toiletries. Family-friendly hotel we take special care of our younger guests. You can be sure that your whole family will receive our unparalleled service throughout your stay. Featuring Free WiFi, a Restaurant and Free private parking is available on site, The hotel L’Escale offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Let us make your stay special.

 

Hotel Taddart

Off the N13 highway, this relaxed hotel is 7 km from the town of Midelt. The warm rooms feature free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Suites add sitting areas and separate bedrooms, as well as minibars. There’s a bar, plus a restaurant serving international and Moroccan fare. Amenities include a pool, a steam room and a fitness center, as well as a spa with a sauna and a hot tub. There’s also a garden and a terrace.

 

Golden Camp

Golden Camp is a family-run camp and each of the team members are carefully chosen to guarantee the best service for our clients. All our staff is multilingual in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian languages.

All the team that forms the Golden Camp welcomes you to make your stay unforgettable. From the Reservations Department, to the staff of the Camp we will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. You can contact us at any time.

 

Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda

On the edge of the desert and just a few kilometres from Ouarzazate, the Ksar Ighnda hotel provides a luxurious and authentic setting, ideal for a relaxing holiday. Rooms are spacious and locally designed with modern comforts including private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, minibar. After relaxing with a cocktail in the hotel bar, enjoy a delicious meal made from fresh local produce in the hotel restaurant. The Ksar Ighnda hotel offers a unique spa experience with a hammam and a hot tub, amid a peaceful landscape setting.

 

Opera Plaza

State of the art of an authentic and pure culture was born the Opera Plaza Hotel that brings together all the necessary elements for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable cities in the world. Authenticity and beauty come together in this place full of magic to give you the opportunity to discover the beauty and the endless charm of the red city. Majestically spacious rooms and suites with comfortable contemporary character and a sleek design, you can spend magical nights sleep. The art of hospitality of our hotel also means a magnificent cuisine in its restaurant, the invigorating treatments offered in the Hammam and spa with the most delicious and refreshing cocktails in the bar. The Opera Plaza Hotel is also an ideal partner that will crown your successful meetings and will take care of providing you with modern infrastructure and a dedicated team of professional organizers. Moreover, this takes a more human dimension through its cohesive team of helpful members, dedicated and discreet that makes your event at the Opera Plaza Hotel wonderful memory.

 

Palais Des Ramparts

Palais des remparts is a luxury hotel, built into the ramparts of the ancient medina of Essaouira. The hotel has recently been refurbished to represent authentic and classical forms of the medina, decorated and furnished in the style of local, traditional Moroccan architecture.

Weather
While the coastal areas have a pleasant Mediterranean climate year-round, inland the temperature is hotter, drier and continental in nature. From October to April it averages 30C during the day and 15C at night in the lowlands. The southern desert areas are extremely hot and dry most of the time, though the nights can get very cold. The mountain regions are cool to cold in summer and it usually snows from December to March.

Currency
Morocco’s basic unit of currency is the dirham (dh). It is divided into 100 centimes (c). Centimes exchange hands at market places more often than dirhams. This money is available in 10c, 20c, 50c, 1dh, 5dh, 10dh (all coins) and 10dh, 20dh, 50dh, 100dh and 200dh (all notes). There are usually foreign exchange shops in the seaports and airports of Morocco. Traveler’s checks can be quite useless as they can only normally be exchanged at the bank which makes them an inconvenience for the average person in Morocco. Many of the classier hotels support credit cards and most major banks have ATM machines.

Electricity
The current in most of Morocco is 220v. Sockets have two round pins so bring an adaptor for your laptop, mobile phone chargers etc.

Visas

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements can change at any time and some countries may alter their COVID-19 testing entry requirements. Please contact your relevant Visa authority for the most up to date information applicable to you.

Australians and citizens of the United States, Canada and New Zealand, require a passport but no visa for entry into Morocco, and can stay as a tourist for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before your date of entry. Visa requirements do change, and it’s always advisable to check the current situation before leaving home.

In Morocco, entry formalities are fairly straightforward, though you will have to fill in a form stating personal details, purpose of visit and your profession. In the past, Moroccan authorities have shown an occasional reluctance to allow in those who categorize themselves as “journalist”; an alternative profession on the form might be wise.

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in your own room
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch,
    D=dinner, S=supper)
  • Return group transfers from airport to hotel
    at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

 

 

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20 out of 10!

The trip was just great - I can't really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10s - I gave her 20/10. Trish, Canada/Alaska

Excellent trip

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Kate, Canada/Alaska

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I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

I had a fabulous time

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone and am very interested in the Scandinavia  tour at the end of 2017.

Cathy, Adelaide - Canada/Alaska May 2016

Great holiday

What a great trip! I experienced so much and participated in all that was offered. I had read and reviewed as much as time allowed me but was not prepared for what the trip gave me and that is a better understanding of the beautiful people of both countries. - Lesley on Vietnam/Cambodia

In good company

I thought the suggestions for optional things to do, in the "free" time were very good. So good, we really ended up with very little free time. So much to do! - Mary on Vietnam

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

Fantastic first experience!

Extremely well organised with fabulous guides throughout - especially in Vietnam! First holiday with your company and certainly not the last. - Glenys on Vietnam

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Can’t stop talking about my experience

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Best holiday I’ve been on!

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Well organised

Fun, well organised and a really great group. Barbara on Vietnam/Cambodia

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together.

Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

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I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
The ship & crew were fantastic & the excursions were very good, I couldn't fault anything. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.  Peter

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Opportunity to experience

I have had the opportunity to experience things I would never had done by myself.  Solo travellers is a fantastic concept and use of social media has been a great way to share and keep in touch with friends and family. Judi

I need not have worried

Being my first tour and a senior member, I admit I was apprehensive but I need not have worried. It was great and I was very well looked after.  Can’t wait to go to Kenya with Two’s a Crowd.  Maureen

Smooth and seamless

A memorable trip of a lifetime, a wish fulfilled.  A fascinating cultural country steeped in history which I found totally enthralling.  Two’s a Crowd service was smooth and seamless.  Pam

A wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and gave me a better understanding of these countries. I had a great time with new friends, we had a good bunch and Leonie was the perfect host. Eric

Value for money

Value for money and outstanding co-operation from your staff and tour operators. Joan

Safe and secure and totally looked after

An awesome adventure for my first time overseas alone.  Leonie was excellent and both guides were also fantastic.  At all times I felt safe and secure and totally looked after.  Melinda

Well done Two’s a Crowd.

Leonie was an excellent host, the ideal person. I never felt any pressure to  be involved in every activity so I could explore alone during free time. Having 2 or 3 nights in most places was great – you could rest up or party. Well done Two’s a Crowd. Jenny

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