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.
Overnight in Casablanca at
Day 2: Casablanca - El Jadida - Safi - Essaouira
Explore the coast of Morocco with its deserted beaches,
fresh fish and delicious cuisine and genuine cities.
Our first stop is El Jadida, a small port city, formerly
controlled by Portugal, which is now a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Formerly called Marzagão, this city has a
Manueline cistern (built by the Portuguese in 1514 for
storing water), one of its greatest attractions. You can
also see the chapel of S. Sebastião and the façade of
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, a Manueline style
church whose façade has recently been recovered (but
not inside the church).
Then we continue to a lovely coastal town, Safi.
Although it has a castle and an old cathedral of the time of the Portuguese, it is best known for being the ceramic
capital of Morocco.
In Safi you can visit various ceramics manufacturing workshops, painting workshops and respective ovens. The
National Ceramic Museum is housed in a huge building on one of the slopes of the city.
Then, we will leave for the fresh and artistic coastal city of Essaouira. This city has a family style of cosmopolitan life,
and is the most artistic city in Morocco. Here you can meet new people, find all kinds of fresh produce, visit art
galleries and its charming Medina.
Overnight in http://www.essaouira-garance.com
Day 3: Essaouira
Essaouira is one of the loveliest cities in Morocco and it is
also a multicultural artistic centre that has captivated
people like Jimi Hendrix, Orson Welles and Bob Marley.
With a fresh ocean breeze that is permanently invading
all the corners of its medina, the city of Essaouira stands
out by its urban life, culture. Highlight for its gastronomy,
based of fresh fish and in the use of argan oil.
Essaouira Medina was built on the 18th century and it is
one of the few in the world that had in facto an
architectonic planning. It was by then that the city was
given the name of Essaouira, which literally means
Nowadays the city is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is the favourite place of most Moroccan
artists and musicians. The city is also the stage of the famous music festival Gnoa, an old spiritual art form of the
North-African Islamism. http://www.essaouira-garance.com
Day 4: Essaouira - Agafay Desert
Leave the bustling city of Marrakech behind and watch
the landscape change as you move through rural
farmland into the Agafay desert, by going off road and
driving through a completely different scenery of stone
desert, barren light brown plateau. On this tour you
spend the day exploring the rocky terrain in the foothills
of the Atlas Mountains, visiting Takerkoust lake built as a
dam where Marrakech gets its electricity from, also
seeing a number of villages spread across the desert and
learn how the traditions of Berber life.
After arriving in Agafay desert, you can enjoy the
beautiful landscape during a camel ride. After that, you
can have some activities in the desert. For those who
crave adventure, you can do activities like scavenger hunts and other challenges with these 4x4 motors in theAgafay
desert. The ride can be between 2 to 3 hours.
Finally, enjoy the sunset and the dinner under a blanket of stars in the sky. http://www.scarabeocamp.com
Day 5: Agafay Desert – Marrakech
Wake up see the sunrise in the desert, and let the first light
of the day show you the wide space of the desert.
After breakfast, we will depart for Marrakech. Marrakech
is known as the red city of Morocco, where nature and
civilization blend, with Berber, Andalusian, Arab and
European cultural influences.
The first impression of this intense, vibrant and lively city is
usually unforgettable: snake enchanters, a colorful market
and a city full of surprises.
We can visit some points of interest outside the Medina here, such as:
Majorelle Gardens, 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.
You can also explore the wonderful souk, the largest Berber market in the country, and stroll through La Menara, a
garden located 2 km from the Jemaa el-Fna square and the locals' favorite spot for a Sunday afternoon walk. These
gardens were built in the 12th century, but the present construction dates back to the 16th century.
The day can end with dinner at the fantastic Jamaa el Fna square, where the mix of smells, music and spectacles are
inspiring, and where tourists and locals often merge and dine side by side. Here 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. http://riaddevincispa.com-riad.com
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.
Overnight at http://riaddevincispa.com-riad.com
Day 7: Marrakech - Casablanca
Depending on the time of departure there may be time to
make some last purchases in the traditional Marrakech
market or visit some points of interest nearby.
Then transfer to the airport of Casablanca for departure. We
say goodbye, with the certainty of having made new friends
and taking the best that Morocco has to offer as well as the
memories of an unforgettable trip. Good trip back with a
heart enchanted with this magical country! We should be back in Casablanca by 3pm so please plan you flights accordingly on the last day.
Included with your excursion:
Private transportation with air conditioning during all the trip. All our cars are licensed by the Government of
Morocco and have insurance for our customers.
. All our cars are licensed by the Government of Morocco and have insurance for our customers;
English speaking guide;
Accommodations with breakfast;
Dinner in Agafay;
Official guide of the cities of Marrakech;
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
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