2024 Morocco Kingdom of Light Tour with Tim Taggart

Dates September 3-13, 2024
Destination Lisbon, Portugal; Rabat, Morocco; Chefchaouen, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Merzouga, Morroco; Marrakech, Morocco; Casablanca, Morocco
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,399
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Embark on an unforgettable tour to Morocco the Kingdom of Light. Journey through the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures of Morocco!

Begin in Rabat, the modern yet culturally rich capital, where you can explore historic sites like the Kasbah of the Udayas and the Hassan Tower. Move on to the enchanting blue-hued streets of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. The UNESCO World Heritage city Fez awaits with its ancient Medina and vibrant souks, offering a maze-like experience full of history. Merzouga beckons as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, where camel treks await under the starlit sky. In Marrakech visit historic sites like Bahia Palace, and the lively Jemaa el-Fnaa square showcase Morocco's rich cultural tapestry. Conclude your journey in Casablanca, a modern coastal metropolis boasting the iconic Hassan II Mosque and a dynamic cityscape. Throughout your travels, embrace local customs, find treasures in markets, and savor the diverse cuisine. Morocco's landscapes, ranging from the Sahara Desert to the Atlas Mountains, promise a rich tapestry of experiences, as you engage with the warm hospitality of the Moroccan people on an inspiring journey.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Kim Meyer, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6315
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Tour ID #9224I03

OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR: August 31-September 4, 2024
OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR: August 31-September 4, 2024


August 31: Arrive in Lisbon from home city. We will have dinner tonight at a local restaurant and then head to our hotel for the night.

September 1: Walking tour of Lisbon. Highlights of the day include: Rossio Square, old Central Train Station, eating nata pastry, Commerce Square, and visiting Castelo de São Jorge. 

September 2: Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais. Visit the romantic towns Sintra & Cascais. These idyllic towns offer views of lush forests, gardens and grand palaces. 

September 3: Today we discover two amazing Portuguese cities: Nazaré and Óbidos from Lisbon. These towns will transport you to a medieval atmosphere. Visit traditional restaurants, old cathedrals and spectacular castles. 

September 4: We take our Flight from Lisbon to Casablanca, Morocco and take a 1-hour bus ride to meet the rest of the Morocco group in Rabat and where our captivating adventure to Morocco the Kingdom of light begins!

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Airfare estimated price $299 (Lisbon to Casablanca, Morocco) 

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Overnight Flight: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
Overnight Flight: Tuesday, September 3, 2024

US to Rabat, Morocco

We take our Overnight Flight from our home Cities to Rabat Morocco where our captivating adventure to Morocco the Kingdom of light begins. Travel through a land of centuries old culture and customs and discover the “Land of Sunset” and “Gateway to Africa” the Place they call Morocco.

Meals : In-flight
Day 1: Wednesday, September 4, 2024
Day 1: Wednesday, September 4, 2024


Arrive in the afternoon in Rabat Airport, the fascinating capital of Morocco! Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of this city, where ancient wonders and modern developments harmoniously coexist. Today we will have an orientation tour of the UNESCO-listed Kasbah of the Udayas and the intriguing Chellah Necropolis, showcasing centuries of Moroccan heritage. Admire the iconic Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, reflective of the city's historical significance. Experience the blend of tradition and modernity as you stroll through the streets, discovering the Royal Palace and government institutions. After an unforgettable day through time and culture, we check into our hotel and have dinner.

Tonight's Hotel: RIVE Hotel 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Thursday, September 5, 2024
Day 2: Thursday, September 5, 2024

Rabat - Chefchaouen

Our adventure begins with breakfast at our Rabat hotel, getting ready for an exciting journey to the enchanting Chefchaouen. As we transfer to this picturesque town nestled in the mountains, be prepared to be captivated by the unique charm of Chefchaouen. The town's distinctive feature is its walls, painted in a soothing pale turquoise that often resembles the tranquil hues of ice. Our exploration continues with a captivating tour of the medina, where narrow alleys and vibrant marketplaces reveal the local way of life. After a morning filled with discovery, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. As the day ends, we'll retreat to our hotel for a delightful dinner and a comfortable night's accommodation, ready to embrace the wonders that await us on the next leg of our journey.

Tonight's Hotel: Parador Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Friday, September 6, 2024
Day 3: Friday, September 6, 2024

Chefchaouen - Fez

Our Tour continues as we bid farewell to the captivating Chefchaouen, after breakfast at our hotel. Our next destination is the Historic city of Fez, many compare Fez to the old walled city of Jerusalem. Fez holds a significant place as one of the world’s revered cities, known for its spiritual importance in Christianity. As we explore Fez, we will discover its religious diversity and cultural richness. Home to the prestigious Qaraouiyne University, considered the oldest continuously operating educational institution. Fez has been a center of learning and spiritual exploration for centuries. The city’s medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases a maze of narrow winding streets, ancient churches, and traditional institutions contributing to the spiritual fabric of Fez. You will be embraced by the vibrant atmosphere of this sacred city.

Tonight's Hotel: Menzeh Zalagh Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Saturday, September 7, 2024
Day 4: Saturday, September 7, 2024


Embark on a day of cultural immersion as Day 4 unfolds in the mesmerizing city of Fez. After breakfast at our hotel, we dive into the heart of the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. Our exploration begins with a visit to the Bounania Mederssa, followed by an awe-inspiring journey to the renowned tanneries, where traditional methods of leather production unfold before our eyes. The Famous Islamic University of the Qaraouiyne Mosque invites us to delve into the city's scholarly heritage. As we navigate the labyrinthine alleys of the medina, we'll encounter the vibrant souks, bazaars, and the exquisite Nejjarine Fountain, a testament to the city's architectural splendor. Our adventure continues with a visit to Fez Jdid and the iconic Bab Boujeloud, immersing ourselves in the historical tapestry of the city. Lunch at a local restaurant offers a chance to savor the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. In the afternoon. Our exploration extends to witnessing the meticulous process of ceramic making and other local artistry. The day concludes with a delicious dinner and a restful night at our hotel.  

Tonight's Hotel: Menzeh Zalagh Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Sunday, September 8, 2024
Day 5: Sunday, September 8, 2024

Fez - Ifeane - Errachidia - Merzouga

Today promises a journey through diverse landscapes and cultural wonders. After breakfast at our Fez hotel, we set out for Erfoud, traversing the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains with a stopover in the charming ski resort town of Ifrane and the picturesque Azrou. Our scenic route offers splendid views and diverse terrain. A local restaurant provides a lunch break. After lunch we will continue our adventure to Erfoud. We'll pass by fortified villages showcasing distinctive pre-Saharan architecture, adding a touch of cultural richness to our journey. When we reach Erfoud, we transition to 4x4 vehicles for the transfer to Merzouga, a gateway to the mesmerizing Sahara Desert. The late afternoon is dedicated to experiencing the magic of the desert as we embark on a thrilling 4x4 excursion to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes of Merzouga. Tonight, we have dinner and settle into our hotel accommodations, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the desert, ready for the next chapter of our Moroccan adventure.

Tonight's Hotel: La Belle Etoile Deluxe Tent Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Monday, September 9, 2024
Day 6: Monday, September 9, 2024

Merzouga - Erfoud - Tinghir - Marrakech

We rise early to witness a breathtaking sunrise amidst the dunes of Merzouga. Our mode of transport is the iconic camel, adding an authentic touch to our desert adventure. Following this enchanting start, we enjoy breakfast at the tent, in the tranquility of the desert surroundings. Our journey continues as we return to Erfoud by 4x4, with a special visit to a Berber family along the way, providing a glimpse into the local way of life and traditions. From Erfoud, we set out for Tinghir, renowned for its palm groves, where a delicious lunch at a local restaurant awaits. The afternoon brings us to the spectacular Todra Canyon. Marvel at the awe-inspiring scenery as we explore this natural wonder. As the day progresses, we transfer to Boulmane de Dades, where our evening includes dinner and comfortable accommodation at our hotel. Reflect on the day's adventures amidst the picturesque surroundings. 

Tonight's Hotel: Kenzi Azghor Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Day 7: Tuesday, September 10, 2024
Day 7: Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

Today after breakfast at the hotel we explore the captivating city of Ouarzazate. The adventure unfolds with a visit to the historic Kasbah Taourirt, offering insights into the region's rich history and architectural marvels. Our journey continues to the renowned Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, the most famous kasbah in Morocco, celebrated for its cinematic appearances in numerous blockbuster movies. After lunch at a local restaurant, we transfer to Marrakech via the scenic Tizin Tichka Pass, providing breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains. The road to Marrakech promises diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. We arrive in the vibrant city of Marrakech, where dinner awaits us at the hotel. Enjoy a comfortable night's accommodation, ready to immerse ourselves in the lively atmosphere and cultural wonders of Marrakech the next day.

Tonight's Hotel: El Andalous Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Day 8: Wednesday, September 11, 2024


Our day in Marrakech, the "red pearl" and imperial city, begins with a breakfast at our hotel. Our journey through this vibrant city encompasses a rich tapestry of historical and cultural landmarks and includes an entrance to the Tombs Saadiens, offering a glimpse into Morocco's royal past. We proceed to the Bahia Palace, known for its stunning architecture and lush gardens, followed by visits to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque and the scenic Menara Gardens. A lunch at a local restaurant provides a moment of relaxation before we resume our exploration in the afternoon. The bustling Djemaa el Fna square is where we witness the vibrant pulse of Marrakech. Engage with snake-charmers, storytellers, acrobats. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the square. The journey continues through the enchanting souks and the historic medina, offering a sensory experience of the city's unique charm. Tonight, we will gather for a delicious dinner in our hotel

Tonight's Hotel: El Andalous Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Thursday, September 12, 2024
Day 9: Thursday, September 12, 2024

Marrakech - Casablanca

Today we transition from Marrakech to the dynamic city of Casablanca. After breakfast at our Marrakech hotel, we embark on a scenic journey to the economic capital of Morocco. Upon arrival in Casablanca, our exploration begins with a visit to the iconic Hassan II Mosque. The mosque, partly built over the ocean, offers a captivating view, making it a symbol of architectural brilliance. Our tour continues to the Mohammed V Square, a central hub in the city. Lunch at a local restaurant provides an opportunity to savor Casablanca's culinary delights. The afternoon unfolds with a visit to the central market, where the vibrant atmosphere showcases the local way of life. We explore the traditional quarter of Habous, known for its distinctive architecture, before venturing into the residential area of Anfa and enjoying the scenic Corniche. We will enjoy a dinner at our hotel, surrounded by the dynamic energy of Casablanca.  

Tonight's Hotel: The New Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Friday, September 13, 2024
Day 10: Friday, September 13, 2024

Casablanca - Casablanca Airport - Home City

We begin our last day in Morocco with breakfast at our Casablanca hotel, enjoying the final moments of our Moroccan adventure. Following breakfast, we transfer to the airport, marking the end of our exploration. Departing with wonderful memories of the rich cultural tapestry, historical landmarks, and natural wonders of Morocco, our flight takes us to our respective destinations, bidding farewell to this enchanting country.

Meals : Breakfast, In-flight

Price Includes:

  • 10 days/9 nights at hotels listed in itinerary 
  • 9 Buffet breakfasts
  • 9 Dinners at hotels (buffet or 3 courses set menus)
  • 9 Lunches at restaurants
  • Transportation with Deluxe comfortable A/C coach
  • Native English-speaking guide throughout the program
  • Local guides for sightseeing where it is necessary for group from 20 pax.
  • Porterage luggage at hotels
  • Tips at hotel’s restaurant
  • Tips for driver, bus assistant and guide
  • 4X4 transfer from Erfoud to Merzouga camp and return (1 vehicle for 6 Pax)
  • Camel ride for sunrise

Price DOES NOT Include:

  • Roundtrip air to and from Morocco - Group air TBD
  • Personal extras such as drinks, telephone, laundry…
  • Porterage luggage at airport
  • Any other service not clearly mentioned above or in the itinerary 

Pricing Options:

  • Double Occupancy - $2,399 per person
  • Triple Occupancy - $2,399 per person
  • Single Occupancy - $2,709

Payment Terms:

  • $500 deposit per person at time of booking
  • Final Payment due on June 4, 2024
  • Cash Discount of $70 per person (inquire for more details)

Pre-Tour of Lisbon, Portugal

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Day 1: Saturday, August 31, 2024 - Arrive in Lisbon

Today we arrive in Lisbon. We will relax with a free afternoon in the city with time to unwind and explore the history and culture. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2: Sunday, September 1 – Tour of Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. We begin with a walking tour of Lisbon. There’s a lot to see amid the hustle and bustle of the city of the 7 hills. Walk through the cobblestone streets as your guide tells you about the history of the capital. Taste some of the best Portuguese treats—like the famous nata pastry—and hear about the culture of fado music. We start your tour at Rossio Square and visit the heart of both old and new Lisbon. Your local guide explains how an earthquake destroyed the city in the 1700s. See the obelisk in Restauradores Square and the intricate neo-Manueline architecture of the old Central Train Station. Then the elegant neighborhood of Chiado awaits you with its old cafés, boutiques, and theaters. You will have time to indulge in the famous nata pastry. Continue walking to and admire the heart of the city: Baixa – Downtown, that was completely rebuilt after the earthquake of the 18th century, obeying new rules of urbanism and anti-systemic architecture, based on extremely innovative solutions for its time. 

Wander through a maze of small squares and narrow alleyways in the Moorish neighborhood Alfama, where time seems to have stopped hundreds of years ago. You learn about fado, a Portuguese music genre, as you walk by Fado restaurants tucked in between alleys and winding streets. We’ll stop at an old wine bar for included tapas. Snap some beautiful photos and then walk to your last stop, the majestic Commerce Square, the former entrance hall of the city. After an included lunch we will visit the Castelo de São Jorge the most recognized of Lisbon's major attractions, St. George's Castle commands a glorious position near Alfama on the crown of a hill overlooking the Portuguese capital. 

This is one of Lisbon's most popular tourist destinations. Its impressive battlements, engaging museum, and fascinating archaeological site combine to make the castle a rewarding experience for the whole family, and kids especially will love clambering over the sturdy walls and towers that encircle the grounds. There's been a stronghold on this site since the Iron Age, but it was a castle that the Moors defended against invading Christian forces before finally being overrun in 1147 by Afonso Henriques. The victorious king built the Aláçova Palace, home to subsequent monarchs until a new royal residence was constructed near the river (The palace foundations form part of the excavations seen today). Then back to our hotel for free time and relaxing before a dinner on own.

Day 3: Monday, September 2 – Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais 

The romantic charm of Sintra and Cascais is on full display as you get to know these idyllic towns. Your guide shows you the lush forests, gardens, and grand palaces that combine with the coastal beauty of Cabo da Roca to form some of the most beautiful scenery in Portugal. Once we meet our guide, a drive in a comfortable coach takes you out from your hotel and into the fairytale landscape of the Sintra hills. Your first stop lets you step into the colorful Romanticist castle of Pena Palace, where you can admire the views over Lisbon from its balconies and explore the elegant halls of a fortress considered one of Europe's most beautiful. Next, you head downhill to visit the postcard-worthy village of Sintra, known for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture and delectable pastries. Browse for some charming souvenirs before you move on to Cabo da Roca, where you can admire the sea from the westernmost point on mainland Europe. 

The last leg of your journey takes you along the coastal road to the mouth of the Tagus, with a stop at the village of Cascais along the way. Learn about the history of exiled kings and World War II espionage as you explore the peaceful fishing village, and then follow the magnificent Avenida Marginal for a look at the Estoril coast as you head back to Lisbon. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Tuesday, September 3 – Two Cities in One Day: Nazaré & Óbidos

Get comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle as we start our journey toward the town of Óbidos, where we will start with a guided tour accompanied by our expert local guide. Completely surrounded by ancient walls and preserving all its medieval charm, Óbidos is one of the most famous and visited places in Portugal, a must-see in the surroundings of Lisbon. The narrow-cobbled streets that can be seen in Óbidos will immediately transport you to a medieval atmosphere. These streets are home to perfectly preserved old houses, historic buildings, important monuments and, dominating the historic center in the highest part of the village, the Castle of Óbidos, declared one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. You will start at the village main gate, and then discover amazing narrow streets outside of the beaten track. Walk along Rua Dereita, the most famous street, full of stores and traditional restaurants and get to the castle of Óbidos. It can be said that it is one of the best preserved and largest fortresses of the country, being listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. From where you will clearly see the great wall of Óbidos, another of the town’s great symbols.

Continue the trip heading to possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal, Nazaré, where we will visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become world-famous for the giant wave that hits its coast every winter and attracts lots of surfers from all over the world. Then walk through O Sitio, where the famous streets present a collection of religious buildings and are a hugely popular site for pilgrims from all around the globe. Hike your way up to the summit, where you'll find medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas and statues. At the end of our tour, we will return to the center of Lisbon.

Day 5: Wednesday, September 4, 2024 – Lisbon to Rabat, Morocco

We take our Flight from Lisbon to Casablanca, Morocco and take a 1-hour bus ride to meet the rest of the Morocco group in Rabat and where our captivating adventure to Morocco the Kingdom of light begins. Travel through a land of centuries old culture and customs and dicscover the “Land of Sunset” and “Gateway to Africa” the Place they call Morocco.