Morocco from $2,498

Marrakesh - Essaouira - Casablanca
9 days - 7 nights
US departure date: August 14, 2021
Marrakesh land tour start date: August 15
Casablanca return date: August 22

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What's Included?

The land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • 7 nights at 4 or 5 star hotels, 2-share accommodations with private bath/shower
  • Airport transfers with purchase of AESU group airfare
  • Ground transportation by private motor coach as per itinerary

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Activities, Admissions & Sights

  • Guided visit to Palais Bahia in Marrakesh incl. admission
  • Camel ride in the Agafay Desert
  • Guided visit to Majorelle Gardens, Yves St. Laurent and Berber museums incl. admission
  • Tagine cooking class, led by an expert chef
  • Wine tasting with lunch at local vineyard near Essaouira
  • Guided visit of Essaouira’s walled medina, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • ATV ride on Essaouira beach
  • Guided visit to Hassan II mosque and plaza incl. admission and much more…

Plus:

  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes

If Marrakesh is not on your wish list of travel destinations, you have not paid attention to social media trends. While the ‘Red City’ soared to the top of the world’s bucket list, it has retained its original character. Castle ruins sink into the sand where ocean waters wrap around historic embankments. Whitewashed walls of coastal cities shine brightly against cobalt water and the golden desert sand. Legendary storytellers tell tales of flying carpets and mysterious princesses. Discover snake charmers and camel caravans, enchanting palaces, and mouth-watering Moroccan cuisine. The country’s mystique is endless and always fascinating.

• Airport transfers in/out included with purchased AESU group airfare • Welcome dinner and orientation • Half-day city tour of Marrakesh, guided by a local historian • Admission to Palais Bahia and Palais Badii • Excursion to the Agafay desert • Camel ride • Gourmet Moroccan dinner with stunning desert views • Admission to and guided tour of Majorelle Gardens, YSL Museum and Musee Berbere • Tagine cooking class with an expert chef • Home-cooked dinner • Visit and tour of a Moroccan winery • Lunch of Moroccan specialties including local wines • Tour of Argon oil women’s cooperative • Argon oil sampling • Tour of Essaouira’s walled medina, UNESCO World Heritage site • ATV ride on the beach • Guided visit of Hassan II Mosque and Plaza • Farewell dinner at Rick’s Cafe

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Optional Hike in the Atlas Mountins incl. Berber lunch
$145

This day will mark your introduction to a very different component of Moroccan culture: the Berber way of life in the High Atlas Mountains. After breakfast, your driver will take you to meet your expert mountain guide in the village of Imlil (1.5 hours drive). He will accompany you throughout your day. We will provide walking sticks, rental hiking boots if needed, as well as a mule for you to ride in case you get tired during the hike. The typical route is a 3-hour moderate difficulty climb into the Atlas Mountains where you see phenomenal landscapes and learn all about the local culture, history, and fauna / flora from our mountain guide. The payoff to the hike comes when you settle down in the terrace of a local family home with a stunning view of Mt Toubkal. A warm mint tea awaits you as sit down at a local family-run restaurant. The lunch break leaves plenty of time to admire the view, and you'll return back on a different route (typically 2 hours) to be back in Marrakech around 6pm.A minimum of 15 paying participants is required to operate this optional excursion. Times may change, check with your tour director overseas for actual times.

Optional Hammam Spa Experience
$135

Head to the decadent Spa at La Maison Arabe for a very special and quintessentially Moroccan experience. You’ll enjoy the Royal Hammam experience. Hammam means “spreader of warmth”, and walking into a Hammam is like walking through time in a spacious and ornate sanctuary, a quiet retreat in an atmosphere of half-light, silence, seclusion and heat. Silence is an integral part of the cleansing process and helps the body and spirit liberate itself from excess and the superfluous. The Hammam traditional ritual involves several steps to cleanse, detoxify, and help you relax. You’ll experience one of the world’s most ancient traditions, a black-soap cleanse, followed by a cascading cold-water rinse. This prepares your skin for an invigorating scrub, which leaves you soft and free of accumulated toxins and impurities. After another rinse, a Ghassoul mask of Moroccan volcanic clay is applied to the body, face and hair. The last step of this centuries-old practice of purification is the relaxing massage using pure oils, Morocco’s precious youth elixir!
The optional activity includes a 45 minute body scrup and massage with approx. 30 minutes of additional leisure time at the spa. Round-trip transportation is also included.

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What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.

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Meals

Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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Hotels

We stay in 4 or 5 star hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting.

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. All land package rates are based on two people sharing a room. If traveling solo and not wanting to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender travelers. If a share cannot be arranged a single supplement will apply.

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ATLAS MEDINA HOTEL & SPA, Marrakesh

The hotel Atlas Medina & Spa is surrounded by a 12 acre garden in the heart of Marrakech’s Hivernage Square. Air-conditioned rooms feature a private bathroom, TV and free Wi-Fi throughout. Guests have access to Atlas Medina’s swimming pools and garden with palm trees, as well as spa access available for an additional fee.

HOTEL SOFITEL ESSAOUIRA MOGADOR GOLF $ SPA, Essaouira

The 5-star Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa hotel is located on the Gary Player Golf Course. It features two swimming pools and a fitness center. e, features 2 swimming pools and a fitness center. It offers stylish villas and suites.The rooms are decorated in natural, soft colors and equipped with a mini-bar, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access and a terrace. Guests can relax by the pool or explore Essaouira. The historic museums and beaches are only 2,950 feet away. The hotel provides free transfers to the medina.

HOTEL BARCELO ANFA CASABLANCA, Casablanca

The hotel Barcelo Anfa Casablanca features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. This 5-star hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.

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Start In MarrakeshEnd In CasablancaLand Only
2021
Aug 15  Aug 22$2498

Or call 800-638-7640 to speak with a travel expert

If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, and do not want to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender traveler. If no travelers are available to share, a single supplement of $825 will apply.

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AIRFARE

Gateway Cities

Fly into Marrakesh
Return from Casablanca

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 120 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 120 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click “Get a Quote” button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 120 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late reservations, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

PAYMENT PLAN: pay a little at a time and make your trip more affordable.

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction with no fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 90 days before departure.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. (Check if trip insurance is offered directly by your Alumni Assoc.) If not, you can get a quote and purchase online through Trip Assure. See the insurance link on AESU's website under Travel Tools or copy this link into your browser: https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=AESU3922MD

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