Phone: (607) 756-8676
Our Experience, Your Discoveries
We want to show you the world, and to have you truly inspired by it - exploring its breathtaking diversity. Our enthusiasm is stronger than ever to reach out and expand your horizons.
We hope you accept this invitation and join us on one of our journeys so that our experience becomes one of your many discoveries.
The Best of Morocco
This nine day tour of Morocco includes the highlights of Marrakech, Fes, and the kasbahs amidst the Atlas Mountains.
Day 1: U.S.
You will depart on an overnight flight to Casablanca.
Day 2: Casablanca - Marrakech
On arrival in Casablanca you will be met by a local guide and driven to Marrakech. You will have your first introduction to this famous city, with time in the late afternoon to rest and relax. (L, D)
Day 3: Marrakech
Marrakech follows the beat of an African drum. This imperial city has been almost continually occupied since Neolithic times, and was once the Berber capital. Traveling back in time 2,000 years, there are snake charmers, magicians, acrobats, and dancers, delighting children and adults alike. This morning you will stop to visit the exquisite Majorelle Garden. It is part of the former residence of French artist Louis Majorelle, now owned and beautifully renovated by couturier Yves St. Laurent. In among the floral smorgasbord is what was Majorelle’s deep-blue villa, which is simply breathtaking. The afternoon will be spent exploring more of Marrakech, the Djemaa el Fna Square and ancient Souk, home to a maze of Berber rug vendors, dried fruit and spice stalls, leather and ironworkers’ shops. There is a wonderful Berber pharmacy you can visit. Capturing a glimpse of daily life, as you stroll the narrow streets; perhaps seeing a young boy taking his family’s bread to the community bakery, veiled women carrying bags of food for the next meal, or children playing in the streets. (B, D)
Day 4: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Skoura
Driving south from Marrakech, you cross the High Atlas Mountains at 7,400 feet, with panoramic views of arid mountains and lush oases shadowing the rivers far below. Continuing on to one of the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbahs in the whole Atlas region; it has been used for scenes in films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth. Lunch will be served with the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou in view; UNESCO has designated this as a World Heritage Site. The destination for the evening, a renovated Kasbah hotel provides and ideal location. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Skoura – Tinerhir
This morning you can relax amongst the gardens and veranda of the hotel or take a leisurely walk through a small palm grove leading to the gorgeous site of Amerhidil, a Kasbah located on the opposite side of the river. Then departing through the “Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs”. You enter the stunning Dades Gorge, filled with unusual red rock formations and fascinating villages and Kasbahs. Overnight Tinerhir (B, D)
Day 6: Tinerhir - Midelt
Resuming the drive through the Todra Gorge, where soaring cliffs and massive walls interrupt the path of the sun. There will be time for hiking and watching the enthusiastic rock climbers. (B, L, D)
Days 7 - 9: Midelt – Fes
There will be stops enroute to Fes, with tomorrow being a full-day guided tour of Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city and the center of culture and religious learning. Fes is arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco, as all the great dynasties have left their mark on the city; it has, however, retained its Arab identity. The medina, Fes el-Bali, is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world. Its narrow winding alleys and covered bazaars are intricate in their design and are awash of brilliant colors – a veritable assault on the senses as you squeeze past recalcitrant donkeys and submit to the sounds and smells of this jostling city. The dye makers, hills of spices, vats of tanners, and palaces of merchants will beckon us. During a visit to a tannery you can watch the tanners as they work in the varied colors of this land. (B, D)
Day 10: Fes - Casablanca
Today you will have an option of visiting the Roman Ruins of Volubilis or the Oudaia Kasbah in Rabat, a delightful whitewashed Andalusian village built by refugees, combining winding city streets, public gardens and iridescent blue and white houses. Arriving in Casablanca in time to freshen up before enjoying a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Casablanca - Home
This morning you will be returned to the airport for flights home. (B)
Tour land cost: $0 US Dollars based upon minimum of paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.
Single room supplement: Please contact us for more details about the single room supplement. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.
Note: The land costs on international tours is based upon current exchange rates. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the land cost.
Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds
A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic programs) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.
Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, film or processing, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties.
Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.
Fitness and Health
If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).
You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.
Subject to Change
This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best this destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. Above is a summary of typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.