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Morocco Private Expedition
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9 days

from $6,755 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($4,595 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites with a private guide, from the medina of Marrakech and the historic city of Meknès to the heart of lively Rabat.
  • Stay in the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World built from the ruins of a medieval kasbah.
  • Sip traditional mint tea in the home of a Berber family living in the High Atlas Mountains.
  • On a private tour, discover Fez's ancient maze of colorful markets and mosques.
Itinerary

Walled clay villages and palaces clad in ornate tiles, colorful medinas where piles of spices and barrels of olives beckon, Berbers that carry on timeless ways of life high in the mountains—this is the enchanting mix that is Morocco. Get an insider’s perspective on this fascinating country, exploring alongside private guides. Wander the ancient lanes of Fez, examine the mosaics at the ancient Roman site of Volubilis, experience Berber hospitality in the High Atlas Mountains, and cap off the trip in magical Marrakech.

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca/Fez

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Arrive in Casablanca, where you’ll be met for your private transfer to Fez. In the heart of Fès el Bali, the old walled city, turn down a narrow lane and step through the threshold of an unassuming portal to discover the ornate courtyard of your traditional Moroccan guesthouse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, soaking up the vibrant colors and intoxicating scents of the medina’s ancient maze of covered bazaars.

Day 2: Fez

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Delve deeper into Fès el-Bali on a private guided tour of this World Heritage site. Peruse the medina’s markets and craft workshops and stroll the arcades of Al-Karaouine, the longest continually operating university in the world. Contrast the twisting lanes of the old quarter with the plazas and palaces of Fez el Jdid, or “New Fez,” a district built during the Marinid dynasty in the 13th century. Admire the opulent entrance to the Royal Palace, the one-time imperial seat of the city. Then take a stroll atop the old town walls, stopping at the Blue Gate to see its intricate mosaic design.

Day 3: Meknès/Volubilis/Rabat

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Today, discover two World Heritage sites with a private guide. The medieval walled city of Meknès served as Morocco’s imperial capital in the 17th century and features grand, tiled gateways and mausoleums. Outside of the city are the partially excavated Roman ruins of Volubilis. Admire the well-preserved mosaic floors of this city, dating back to the third century B.C. Arrive in Rabat and step through the spectacular Moorish gate of the oceanfront Kasbah of Ouadaya before visiting the stunning marble Mausoleum of Mohamed V.

Day 4: Marrakech/High Atlas Mountains

Journey into the High Atlas Mountains, stopping for lunch in Marrakech. Continue to the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and your home for the next two nights. Perched on a hilltop amid the soaring peaks of Toubkal National Park, this stunning retreat was built from the ruins of a kasbah and celebrates the customs and traditions of the local Berber people. National Geographic guests at the lodge have an exclusive invitation to enjoy a village walk with a local staff member, followed by a traditional mint tea in his or her home.

Day 5: High Atlas Mountains

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This morning, set out to explore the slopes of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. On a range of hikes, walks, and donkey rides, discover a landscape of vast plateaus carved by deep ravines, waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs. Meet with a Berber family in the village, and then settle into the cushions and carpets of the lodge’s traditional restaurant to savor local specialties.

Day 6: Aït Ben Haddou

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Travel through the canyons of the High Atlas Mountains to the Kasbah Telouet, a deserted fortification on an age-old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. Within faded and crumbling walls, encounter the unexpected grandeur of the palace's ornate interior before continuing to the ancient village of Aït Ben Haddou. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, meandering enchanting narrow lanes lined with adobe houses.

Day 7: Marrakech

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Drive to legendary Marrakech, a cultural melting pot of Berber, African, Mediterranean, and Arab influences. Discover hidden neighborhoods as you venture into artisan quarters and souks off the beaten path. Then immerse yourself in the magic of Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s lively main square. Listen to the tales of storytellers, warm up to fire-eaters, and delight in the beguiling music of snake charmers as you wander through this enchanting plaza.

Day 8: Marrakech

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Visit Marrakech’s cultural and historic highlights on a private full-day city tour. Start at Koutoubia Mosque’s iconic minaret tower and then stroll through the lavish colonnades and courts of the Bahia Palace. Continue to the Saadian Tombs, the final resting place for the Saadian royal family. Pass through the imposing Bab Agnaou Gate, the entrance to the royal Kasbah. End your day at the Majorelle Gardens, a collection of exotic plants set among elegant ornamental ponds and a colorful art deco villa.

Day 9: Marrakech/Depart

Transfer to the Marrakech airport and catch your international flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven or slippery terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Excursions include city walking tours, visits to ancient sites, and easy hikes, with options for more strenuous hikes. Please note that several days on this itinerary have driving transfers of 4 hours or more, including two 6-hour transfers.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, you’ll stay in accommodations selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character, including Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Expedition Team
Top private guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and local experts will meet with you along the way as described in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Sep 1-Dec 31, 2019
  • 2 People $8,225 AUD ($5,595 USD)
  • 4 People $7,196 AUD ($4,895 USD)
  • 6 People $6,755 AUD ($4,595 USD)

  • date Jan 1-Jun 30, 2020
  • 2 People $8,225 AUD ($5,595 USD)
  • 4 People $7,196 AUD ($4,895 USD)
  • 6 People $6,755 AUD ($4,595 USD)

  • date Sep 1-Dec 31, 2020
  • 2 People $8,225 AUD ($5,595 USD)
  • 4 People $7,196 AUD ($4,895 USD)
  • 6 People $6,755 AUD ($4,595 USD)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities