6 nights/ 7days at $900 per person shared room and $1200 per person for private room. Morocco has it all! Join us to experience amazing architecture, breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, and savory cuisine. All that is missing is you! A full description of our Happy tour can be found in the itinerary section of the booking link below. You will be happy to know that we have secured rooms at beautiful 4 star properties for your overnights and we will utilize the best local guides to ensure your trip will be memorable. There is also time to do some exploring and shopping on your own. There are also some optional tours during our stays such as sand surfing, and dune buggy rides for those adrenaline junkies. Our special night under the stars of the Sahara desert will include a camel ride and a stay at traditional Berber tent. Dinner and live music will also be included in this epic night! Your Happy Ambassadors for this trip will be Heather Gardner and Wayne Snyder. These two happy veterans along with our local guide will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime!
Wonders of Morocco
A Tour to the desert and magical cities
Day 1: Casablanca
After arriving at the airport of Casablanca, our guide greet you and welcome you to the country. We will have a meet and greet at our hotel at 5pm.
After the trip by plane, it may be pleasant to walk outdoors through the corniche. You can also have some coffee and try the delicious traditional pastry in the park “de la ligue Arab”, the biggest park in the city of Casablanca, or have some soda by the sea.
For the fans of cinema, you can visit Rick’s café, which attempts to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion built against the walls of the Old Medina of Casablanca, the restaurant – piano bar is filled with architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the film: curved arches, a sculpted bar, balconies, balustrades as well as beaded and stencilled brass lighting and plants that cast luminous shadows on white walls.
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Day 2: Casablanca – Volubilis – Meknès – Fes
In the morning, we head towards Fes, stopping by the imperial city of Meknes.
Sultan Moulay Ismail dreamed of making Meknes the most splendid of the cities of North Africa, hence its nickname of "Versailles of the Maghreb". Here we will visit the main points of interest with a professional guide which will tell you the rich stories and legends of Meknès and present the city. Nearby it is possible to do a wine tasting: a unique experience for the lovers of wine and impossible to repeat in any other part of Morocco.
We can visit the roman ruins of Volubilis, one of the
best preserved roman sites of the world. For a long
time, Volubilis was the principal roman administration center in the North Africa outside of Egypt.
Toward the end of the afternoon, we arrive in Fes, where we will still have time to see the city in its splendor, bathed in the soft light of the afternoon. We will take a short panoramic tour of the city.
Suggestion (dinner): The "Café Clock" in Fes has a varied and very original menu having dishes such as camel burger, among many other options that you will not find easily elsewhere. It also has an interesting cultural offer, with sessions of stories of ancient Morocco narratives, cinema, among others. The location is central and within the medina and close to your accommodation.
Alternatively, Restaurant 44 is inside the Medina, and has a phenomenal view and is also close to your accommodation.
Do not forget to taste the "pastilha", the culinary specialty of Fes.
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Day 3: Fes
We will spend the morning and part of the afternoon visiting medina de Fes, described by Paul Bowles as "an enchanted labyrinth protected from time”. You will be assigned an extra guide who is thoroughly familiar with this city, so that you can discover it deeply: its corners, traditions, stories and history.
The labyrinthical medina de Fes has more than 9000 streets that create a magical environment between light and shadow. It is considered as a World Heritage Site.
Fes was once the capital of Morocco, and it has
Fatimid, Andalusian, Arabic and Jewish influences.
The city reached its peak in the 13th century, and it
became a center of knowledge, with one of the world’s oldest universities.
You will be able to visit the most important palaces, the Jewish quarters, the Madrassa (old school and university from the 13th century) and the Quoranic school. Furthermore, you will visit the authentic handicraft of Fes and its work of leathers. You can buy original leather products very cheaply near the place of production, where ancient methods are still used.
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Day 4: Fes – Ifran – Erfoud – Merzouga (dunes of the Sahara)
We will leave in the morning to visit the magical cedars’ forests of Azrou and Ifran where you will be dazzled with its spectacular native nature. The atmosphere is calm, clear and rich in nature’s scents.
On our journey we will make a brief stop in Midelt, a small town between the High and the Middle Atlas, an exceptional location to watch the exuberant mountain landscape. During our journey, it may be possible to see monkeys and other typical animals of these forests.
On the way we pass by Erfoud and the Ziz Valley, a fertile and exotic Valley and a paradise of calm not
disturbed by large touristic groups. Try the dates that grow in this region, and that are unique in its size and flavor.
At the arrival in Merzouga you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan tea as a welcome ceremony. After that it's time for ridding a camel through the desert for about an hour to reach a comfortable berber tent where you will spend the night under a blanket of stars in the sky. There you will be served an unforgettable dinner.
After that there is music around a fire where people can sing, play a traditional instrument and dance around the fire. Then the silence of the night will fall and you won't hear anything besides your own voice or that of your companions'.
Overnight in traditional Berber Tent https://www.desertcampamanar.com
Day 5: Merzouga – Ouarzazate - Marrakech
Watching the sunrise between the dunes is a moment you will never forget; The morning freshness of the desert is also unique. Return to the support hotel by making the camel ride back from the camp. After the breakfast which is taken in a hotel at the gates of the desert, it is time to leave for the imperial city of Marrakech.
We will pass by the Valley of the Draa where you can know a beautiful oasis and relax in its freshness.
In Ouarzazate you can discover the ancient wall, the
fortification of Kasba Taouirt and the palace of the
Pasha Glaoui. You can visit the movie studios of
Ouarzazate, which are the most important in North Africa, that have been used in films such as the famous "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Gladiator".
We arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon, in time to dine at the fantastic Jemaa el Fna Square, a market under open sky, where the mixture of scents, songs and shows are inebriating and where the tourists and locals often merge and dine side by side. You can experience the best of Moroccan street cuisine, among a variety of different sandwiches, teas. There are various stalls with a different specialty, and of course, the typical dishes, from Tagine to Couscous. All at Moroccan prices. It is an experience not to be missed.
Day 6: Marrakech
On this day, we will visit Marrakech, the red city of Morocco and the cosmopolitan centre of the country. The intense scent of spices, the colorful and exotic atmosphere, the small corners and secrets of its history and its surprising architecture make this city the most desired and visited city of Morocco.
During the day you will be accompanied by a touristic guide / historian exclusively dedicated to the city of Marrakesh, so that you can enjoy the best the city has to offer.
The attractions are multiple: the Bahia Palace (opulent building from the 19th century), the Ben Youssef Medersa (old Muslim university), Majorelle’s gardens, etc. In this unforgettable day you will be
able to visit all of them. Enjoy also the Souk (traditional market), where the commerce, the city’s main activity, is chaotic.
Ben Youssef Medersa: This Islamic faculty from the 12th century was ordered by the sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf of Morocco. Today it is a museum that can be visited. The interiors are wonderful, all decorated and its architecture is exquisite.
Bahia Palace: This incredible palace from the 19th century was extravagantly built to be the best of Marrakesh. It has an enormous garden, a central courtyard and several rooms amazingly decorated with works from artisans that purposely came to Marrakech from Fez to work.
Majorelle Gardens: This is the only botanical garden in Marrakesh. It was projected by Jacques Majorelle and it belongs to Yves Saint-Laurent and Bergé Pierre since 1980. Enjoy a walk surrounded by exotic plants from all over the world.
Suggestion – Marrakech is worth it and it illustrates the environment of the 1001 nights better than any other city in the world. Consequently, we recommend two places to have dinner:
1 – Dar Ersalam: This dinner is served in a magnificent Arabic palace, recently restored, where there are live shows, such as belly dance.
2 – Chez Ali: Dinner served under tents, where various Moroccan folk groups perform. After that, there is the main show of the traditional "Fantasia" in the central arena. "Fantasia" is the name given to the different equestrian shows that simulate military assaults. Inheritance of Arab-Turkish-Berber equestrian art this spectacle sometimes accompanies the most important festivals in Morocco, such as weddings, births or other religious festivals.
Day 7: Marrakech
Depending on the departure time and location of your flight, you may still have some time to make the last purchases or visit some points of interests.
Conquer and let yourself be conquered by the city of Marrakech. You can walk freely through the city, find wonders in the fabulous Medina or souk (traditional market) or visit the other monuments of the city or in the nearby, among which stand out:
Koutoubia Mosque: Without any doubt this is the
most famous and most photographed monument of
Marrakesh. The Koutoubia Mosque was built on the
12th century and was a model to the Seville’s Giralda and Hassan’s Tower in Rabat.
Saadian Tombs: These tombs from the 16th century were ordered by Ahmad al-Mansur and in there were the bodies of around 60 members of the Saadian Dynasty originated from the valley of the Draa River, on the south. Curiously the tombs were only founded in 1917, being now one of the most visited monuments in Marrakesh.
La Menara: This garden of Marrakesh is located 2 km away from the Jemaa el-Fna Square and it is the favorite place for all the Marrakech to walk on a Sunday afternoon. These gardens were built in the 12th century, but the recent layout is from the 16th century.
La Koubba almoravid: This rare almoravid building from the 12th century was ordered by Ali Ben Youssef from Morocco in 1106. You can visit the complex and see a water reservoir for cleaning before the prayer, with a impressive roof.
After that, we will take you to the airport, where we say goodbye with certainty to have made new friends and have unforgettable experiences and memories!
Included with your excursion:
Transportation from and to the airport;
Private transportation by 4x4 car or MiniVan, with air conditioning. All our cars are licensed by the Government of Morocco and have insurance for our customers;
Accommodations with breakfast;
Dinner in Merzouga;
Official guide of the cities of Marrakech and Fes;
Camel Ride in the desert;
1 night in Berber camp on a half board basis (dinner included).
Not included with your excursion:
R/T airfare to Casablanca
Drinks, snacks and other meals other then listed above
Tickets in Museums;
Extra activities such as cuisine workshops, Henna tattoos, hot air balloon, sand surfing,
Trip Insurance ( I use Berkshire and you can obtain a free qoute by clicking here https://www.bhtp.com)
Terms in Conditions
A $200 deposit is required to secure your room. The deposit becomes non refundable 90 days before departure which is February 23rd 2019. Full payments are required 60 days before departure. Payments made within 60 days are final. Should you cancel 60 days before our departure I will make every effort to find someone to take your spot. If I do find another guest I will forward you your final balance. Pre payments are required months in advance to secure hotel rooms and tours. You Can't Steal My Happy is not responsible for trip cancelations due to miss airline connections, weather or medical. Everyone who attends a You Can't Steal My Happy Trip is required to sign an electronic liability release form.
Getting to Morocco
This trip begins and terminates in Casablanca. We recommend you arrange late afternoon flights on the last day of our trip which is May 22nd. For a list of airlines that fly into Casablanca please click on this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_V_International_Airport