Morocco·October 15 - 22 2024

Northern Moroccan Adventure

Journey to Rabat, Tangiers, Fes, Chefchaouen and magnificent Marrakesh.

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Overview

A trip to Morocco can feel like a step back in time. From the bustling medina of Marrakech to the traditional Riads in Fes, Morocco is known for its timeless and unique heritage and style. Life in Morocco is very much a mix of culture. As a North African coastal country, Morocco welcomes a mix of Arabic, French, Spanish, and indigenous Berber influences. A visit to this lively and vibrant destination will open your eyes to a new world of enchantment and wonder. We’ll start in Casablanca, then head to Rabat, Tangiers, Fes and Chefchaouen. If you want the perfect ending to your adventure, book the trip extension to magnificent Marrakesh. We’'ll take the time to meet the women of Morocco and learn about the Moroccan lifestyle. Of course, we’ll head to the markets for the incredible shopping. You’ll experience a traditional hammam ritual, and we’ll have a cooking class in a Riad. Mosques and Palaces will fill your days, ubiquitous mint tea will relax you, and on our last night we’ll throw a party like you’ve never seen. You’ll dress in stunning traditional dress before the music, dancing and feasting begins. This experience is the Morocco of your dreams. Discover the real Morocco and soak in the ambiance of this exotic, otherworldly place. It will surely live in your dreams forever. October is one of the best times to visit Morocco, with temperatures ranging from 66 °F (19 °C) to 75 °F (24°C).

Highlights

Visit Rabat’s famed Hassan Tower and Mausoleum

Visit Rabat’s famed Hassan Tower and Mausoleum

Take a sunset trip to the Cave of Hercules in Tangier

Take a sunset trip to the Cave of Hercules in Tangier

Participate in a professional photoshoot in the “Blue City” of Chefchaouen

Participate in a professional photoshoot in the “Blue City” of Chefchaouen

Explore Fes’s winding, ancient medina

Explore Fes’s winding, ancient medina

Connect with Jewish history and heritage in Fes

Connect with Jewish history and heritage in Fes

Opt for a traditional Hammam scrub and spa treatment

Opt for a traditional Hammam scrub and spa treatment

Explore the mystical Djemaa el Fna Square at night

Explore the mystical Djemaa el Fna Square at night

Learn to cook an authentic Moroccan tagine in a hands-on cooking class

Learn to cook an authentic Moroccan tagine in a hands-on cooking class

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Casablanca

Day 1: Monday, October 14th, 2024 - Casablanca Pre Trip Extension

This afternoon, you will arrive at the Casablanca airport where one of our representatives will greet you and transfer you to Le Casablanca Hotel. After checking in and settling into your comfortable accommodations, you'll have some time to relax.

In the evening, we'll head to the iconic Rick’s Café for dinner. Inspired by the classic movie "Casablanca", this charming restaurant offers delicious Moroccan cuisine in a nostalgic atmosphere.

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Dinner

Not Included

Lunch

Breakfast

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Casablanca

Day 2: Tuesday, October 15th, 2024 - Casablanca Pre Trip Extension

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. As one of the largest mosques in the world, this architectural marvel offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is renowned for its stunning design.

After we visit the mosque, we'll transfer to the Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses where we'll join the rest of our fellow travelers and begin the main journey together.

Included

Breakfast

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Rabat

Day 1: Tuesday, October 15, 2024

Our trip starts in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. You should fly into Casablanca International Airport. After customs and baggage claim, our driver and guide will welcome you to Morocco and drive you to Rabat (approx. 1 hour driving time).

Upon arrival, we'll check into the luxurious Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses. Here, you'll have time to relax and settle into your elegant surroundings, perhaps taking a stroll through the hotel's lush gardens or enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool.

In the evening, we'll gather for a delightful welcome dinner at our charming riad. This will be a perfect opportunity to meet fellow travelers and savor the exquisite flavors of Moroccan cuisine, setting the tone for the unforgettable experiences that lie ahead on our Moroccan journey.

Included

Dinner

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Rabat

Day 2: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

This morning, we will explore Rabat’s highlights, starting at the Chellah Necropolis. From Chellah, we’ll head to the Yacoub al-Mansour Esplanade, home to two must-see monuments. The King’s Mausoleum was built in 1971 and houses the remains of the late King Hassan II, Prince Abdallah, and their father, King Mohamed. Construction on the Hassan Tower, an incomplete red sandstone minaret, started in 1195 AD.

We’ll wrap up our Rabat visit at the Kasbah des Oudayas, an Almohad fortress built in 1150 AD. From the Kasbah des Oudayas, we’ll head to lunch at Dar Naji, a Moroccan restaurant not to be missed. Look out for the tea-pouring performance at the end of the meal!

This afternoon, we’ll embark on the 4.5-hour drive to Tangier. After checking at the Riad Mokhtar, we’ll dine on the property.

Included

All Meals

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Tangier

Day 3: Thursday, October 17, 2024

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to the American Legation Museum. Fun fact: Morocco was the *first* country to recognize the USA’s independence in the 1700s! We’ll tour the museum, have lunch, and walk through Tangier’s blue-and-white medina before heading to Cap Spartel in the late afternoon. 

The drive along the coast is not to be missed. The cape is spectacular at sunset. We’ll get to see both the cape and the Cave of Hercules, with an Africa-shaped opening that leads out to the sea.

After a day of excursions, the rest of the evening and dinner are at your leisure. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Barceló Tanger

Included

Breakfast, Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Chefchaouen

Day 4: Friday, October 18, 2024

This morning, we’ll head off to the famous blue city of Chefchaouen (approx. 3 hours driving time). The plan is to take a guided tour of the town. Known for its signature powder-blue walls and calming charms, Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 AD and has recently become famous for its cerulean streets.

Our guide will take us to favorite haunts and Chefchaouen signature locations, starting with the Kasbah in the town center. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the tower. After lunch in the medina, a professional photographer will join us to take shots of us in the blue streets!

After some memorable photos, you’ll have free time to wander up to the town’s waterfall or through the hidden charms of the medina. We’ll meet later for a delicious dinner. Note: Chefchaouen is a dry city with no alcohol. 

Our overnight stay is at the Lina Ryad & Spa.

Included

All Meals

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Fes

Day 5: Saturday, October 19, 2024

After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to the “Blue Pearl” and head to Fes, Morocco’s ancient cultural capital. Founded in 781 AD, Fes is now the world’s largest car-free urban zone and a UNESCO World Heritage site!

The drive is about 5-hours, so we’ll break it up with a stop en route at Volubilis, Roman ruins outside the city. We'll have lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

We’ll check into our riad and enjoy a group dinner. We’ll need a good night’s rest before our action-packed visit to Fes in the morning!

Our hotel for the next days the Riad El Yacout.

Included

All Meals

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Fes

Day 6: Sunday, October 20, 2024

After breakfast, we’ll begin our exploration of the ancient city of Fes. A trip to Fes is like a step back in time, so take in all of its unique sights, smells, and sounds.

Our day will include stops at the medina, the Medersa (old school), and the legendary tanneries, where ancient techniques are still used to prepare the Moroccan leather used to produce a variety of clothing, shoes, and bags. We’ll also stop by the world’s oldest learning institution still operating, the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859 AD.

We’ll break for lunch in the medina and continue the tour of the souks and artisan quarters afterward.

You’ll have this evening to yourself. Take the opportunity to try a meal at a local restaurant. Your guide will have great recommendations!

Included

Breakfast, Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Fes

Day 7: Monday, October 21, 2024

We’ll have a leisurely breakfast and a relaxed morning to enjoy more of the city.

For those more inclined to a little pampering, we planned an optional hammam and spa experience to get you scrubbed and relaxed. The traditional hammam ritual involves several steps to cleanse, detoxify, and relax. Experience one of the most ancient traditions, a black soap cleanse, followed by a cascading cold-water rinse. This prepares your skin for an invigorating scrub, leaving your skin soft and free of accumulated toxins and impurities. After another rinse, a mask of Moroccan volcanic clay is applied to the body, face, and hair.  The last step of this centuries-old purification practice is a relaxing massage using pure oils, Morocco’s precious youth elixir!

After a tasty lunch, we’ll get creative with a DIY craft workshop led by a local artisan. Learn ancient craft techniques firsthand from the country’s most skilled artists!

We’ll conclude our stay with a farewell dinner before returning to our riad for the night.

Included

All Meals

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Fes-Casablanca

Day 8: Tuesday, October 22, 2024

After breakfast, those ending their trip here in Fes will bid farewell to new friends and all the sights and sounds of the past week’s adventures. 

We’ll transfer you back to the Casablanca Airport for your departure flight. It’s a 4-hour drive, so please make your return flight for the late afternoon or evening to ensure plenty of time to get to the airport and for customs and security. 

For those continuing on the Marrakech trip extension ... onward!

Included

Breakfast

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Marrakech

Day 1: Tuesday, October 22, 2024 - Marrakech Trip Extension

If you've extended your trip, you’ll head to the Fes Airport to catch the domestic flight to Marrakech. We’ll check in at our fabulous hotel – La Maison Arabe

We'll then enjoy a self-guided visit to the Majorelle Gardens and YSL Museum. The gardens are filled with exotic plants and trees from across the world. Next door, you'll find the YSL Museum, home to the original work of the internationally renowned designer. Once we’ve made our way through the gardens, we’ll check out the museum and learn more about Yves Saint-Laurent.

In the evening, we’ll head to the famed Djemaa el Fna Square, which comes alive at night. Storytellers hold audiences captive; juice vendors call out the flavors, and live musicians perform in the middle of the square. After our visit, we’ll return to La Maison Arabe for a delicious dinner.

Included

Breakfast, Dinner

Not Included

Lunch

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Marrakech

Day 2: Wednesday, October 23, 2024 - Marrakech Trip Extension

After breakfast, we'll head out to explore Marrakech’s old city. Our guide will take us on a walking tour of the most notable monuments, followed by a lunch break in the medina. We’ll wander around the souks, browsing through every imaginable good, from spices and shoes to carpets. The guide can help you negotiate the best prices for goods that catch your eye!

After exploring the medina, we’re off to a tagine cooking class! This class is hands-on and taught by an expert chef, who will walk us through how to make a traditional tagine. After prepping our tagines and side salads, we’ll enjoy our homemade creations for dinner!

Overnight Stay at La Maison Arabe 

Included

All Meals

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Marrakech

Day 3: Thursday, October 24th, 2024 - Marrakech Trip Extension

Bid farewell to your new friends, driver, and guide. If flying home from Marrakech, the airport is a short drive. If you're returning from Casablanca airport, it's a ~4.5-5 hour drive, so please make your departing flight in the late afternoon or evening to ensure plenty of time to get to the airport and for customs clearance and security.

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Sofitel Jardin des Roses

Sofitel Jardin des Roses

Located in the heart of Rabat, the Sofitel Rabat Jardin Des Roses is set on a luxurious 7-hectare estate featuring three pools and a mini-golf course. 

Barceló Tanger

Barceló Tanger

Barceló Tanger Hotel, newly renovated in 2022, offers a luxurious stay in Tangier with its prime beachfront location and modern amenities.

Lina Ryad & Spa

Lina Ryad & Spa

Lina Ryad & Spa surrounded by magnificent cerulean mountains and nestled in the heart of the medina, this luxurious riad enjoys a privileged position in one of Morocco’s most unique destinations. 

Riad El Yacout

Riad El Yacout

Riad El Yacout is your unforgettable destination of dreams in the warm city of Fez. 

La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe

Experience the soul of Moroccan hospitality at the legendary La Maison Arabe, a luxurious riad hotel set in the heart of the ancient medina of Marrakech. 

Hosts

Jessica Fulton

Jessica Fulton

Meet Jessica Fulton, your trip host based in Tampa, Florida. With an unwavering passion for travel, Jessica immerses herself in diverse cultures to create meaningful experiences. Balancing her life, she juggles a tech career by day and embraces the joys of motherhood to two children and two lovable doodles. Eager to share the enchantment of Morocco, Jessica looks forward to embarking on this exciting journey with you. Follow Jessica's adventures on Instagram. 

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Price

Base Trip - Private Room

Base Trip - Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$6,595

Base Trip - Shared Room

Base Trip - Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$5,995

Optional Trip Extensions

3-Day Trip Extension to Marrakech - Shared Room

3-Day Trip Extension to Marrakech - Shared Room

For those who’d like to spend a bit more time in Morocco, come join us as we explore the magnificent city of Marrakech.

FROM$2,745.00/pp

3-Day Trip Extension to Marrakech - Private Room

3-Day Trip Extension to Marrakech - Private Room

For those who’d like to spend a bit more time in Morocco, come join us as we explore the magnificent city of Marrakech.

FROM$3,355.00/pp

Add Ons

Stay one night longer in Marrakech

Stay one night longer in Marrakech

Includes one night at La Maison Arabe and transportation back to the airport

PRICE$525.00

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Arrive on the 13th in Casablanca

Arrive on the 13th in Casablanca

Includes transfer from the CMN airport and one night at Le Casablanca Hotel

PRICE$465.00

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Pre Trip Extenstion to Casablanca and Airport transfer

Pre Trip Extenstion to Casablanca and Airport transfer

Includes transfer from the CMN airport, one night at Le Casablanca hotel, Dinner at the iconic Rick’s Cafe and a visit to Hassan II Mosque...
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PRICE$950.00

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Unique culture, Desert Sahara and delicious foods.

Northern Morocco

Immerse yourself in the exotic colors and cultures that express the flavors of Morocco. From the imperial cities of Fes and Rabat to the vibrant town of Chefchaouen, the rich history and traditions of this ancient land await. 

Northern Morocco

What's Included

What's Included

Airport transfers on start/end date of trip

A registered country guide, driver and host to look after your every need

All hotels

All meals specified in the itinerary

All activities, entrance fees and transportation in country, as specified

Hammam & Spa experiences

Your international airfare

Airport transfers before or after trip start/end date

Fes to Marrakech flight (if taking the extension)

Souvenirs & shopping

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Reviews

Just back from Morocco with Girls Guide to the World. I was seeking solo travel to a place I had never been and wanted to delve into culture, history, flavors and get local while feeling safe and relaxed. This was just the ticket. Girls Guide took care of all the logistics and hit all the bases. We saw the highlights and got to experience local culture as well. The trip was well organized while also allowing for some flexibility in the schedule. I loved it and highly recommend. - Kerry O, Denver, CO

2023 Trip Attendee

I cannot recommend highly enough my travel experience to Morocco with Girl's Guide. As a working mother of small children, it was gift to just sit back and experience/enjoy as opposed to working through every nitty gritty detail of an adventurous trip. Every choice made by Girls' Guide in terms of dining, accommodations, and how we spent our precious time was luxurious yet also respectful and inclusive of the culture. I was especially appreciative of the additional thoughtful focus on supporting female owned businesses and non-profits/charitable entities that provide support to local women. I just cannot wait to go on the next trip with Girls' Guide--my only problem is choosing where!! - Leigh S, Roanoke, VA

2021 Trip Attendee

I had an exceptional experience on my trip to Morocco with Girls Guide. The planning and guiding were executed with a keen eye for detail which made some of our adventures on this journey truly magical. When the group absolutely loved a destination, we asked to stay a bit longer. Our wish was so easily granted! Our guides were wonderful and knowledgeable and made us feel safe and welcomed to his country. Beatriz P., Melbourne FL Due to the resources and knowledge held by our host/guide this trip was effortless for me and full of memorable happenings and lovely pictures.

2021 Trip Attendee

FAQs

Fly into Casablanca International Airport (CMN)

The trip officially starts on October 15th but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Morocco, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will book your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room until the trip starts.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

The weather in October is beautiful. Temperatures are a high of 82F and a low of around 60F.

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Northern Moroccan Adventure

Morocco· October 15 - 22 2024· 7 nights