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Northern Morocco: Chefchaouen, Fes & the Rif Mountains Small Group Tour

Discover Northern Morocco's rich culture, landscapes, and cuisine. Visit the Jewish Museum in Casablanca, stroll through Chefchaouen's "blue city" and Fes's medina. Explore Tangier's Kasbah and souks, hike to Imsfrane Cathedral, surf at Taghazout, and enjoy traditional cuisine. Immerse yourself in the Rif Mountains with a homestay. Adventure awaits, from Roman ruins to rugged treks this trip has it all.

Northern Morocco: Chefchaouen, Fes & the Rif Mountains Small Group Tour

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DEPARTURE DATE: October 8, 2024
Countries Visited: Morocco

OVERVIEW

Bursting with culture, beautiful landscapes, and mouth-watering food, northern Morocco is an absolute must for curious explorers. Walk through the photogenic "blue city" of Chefchaouen and wander the maze-like medina of Fes. Stay active by hiking to the natural rock formation of Imsfrane Cathedral and do a yoga session at sunset. Savour the traditional cuisine with open air picnic lunches and in family homes, providing unforgettable opportunities for new connections with the communities you visit. In the north, adventure is everywhere you look.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: The Geluxe Collection
With perfectly paced itineraries, one-of-a-kind accommodations, and comfort at their very core, these premium active trips are adventure at its finest.

Service Level: Upgraded
Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10

Age requirement: 18+

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 8, 2024from $3,749 CADPer Person
October 8, 2024from $3,749 CAD - (single share program)Single Traveler
October 8, 2024from $5,158 CAD - (own room)Single Traveler

What's Included

  • 8 night escorted small group coach tour ( maximum 16 guests )
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
    Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation walk in Chefchauoen
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Guided tour of Meknes
  • Walking tour through the historic medina of Fes including a visit to the tannery
  • Visit the Ain Asserdoun natural spring
  • Sunset yoga class in Bin El Ouidane
  • Hike to the Imsefrane Cathedral
  • Have lunch with a local Berber family and learn how to make their traditional bread
  • Set off in a kayak or a boat at sunset from Bin El Ouidane
  • Visit Ouzoud Waterfall
  • Marrakech medina guided walk including Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa square
  • Farewell dinner
  • Departure transfer
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Oct 8Casablanca
2Wed Oct 9Chefchauoen
3Thu Oct 10Chefchauoen
4Fri Oct 11Fes
5Sat Oct 12Fes
6Sun Oct 13Bin El Ouidane: Through the Atlas Mountains
7Mon Oct 14Bin El Ouidane: Imsefrane Cathedral
8Tue Oct 15Marrakech
9Wed Oct 16Marrakech

Day 1 – Casablanca: An Immersion into Morocco

Allow your imagination to run wild, dreaming of kasbahs, medinas, and exotic lands as you make your way from the airport to the hotel. A bustling seaport, Casablanca is a mix of old and new with a blend of architectural styles and yet singularly Moroccan. We welcome you to Morocco, and invite you to bring your imagination to life as you explore the country’s diverse landscapes and delicious food.

Arrive to Casablanca at any time and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow group members at the welcome meeting in the evening and get all the important information about the adventure ahead. Afterwards, head to a nearby restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner with new friends.

Airport Transfer: Casablanca–Anfa Airport – Casablanca
Sit back and scan the scenery during your included arrival transfer.

Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment – Meet Your CEO and GroupEvening
Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don’t forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation:
Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

Grand Mogador Hotel Casablanca (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 – Chefchauoen: The “Blue City”
See the landscapes change as you head north, past farmland and through small villages and watch for large stork nests on the tops of buildings and mosques. Fall in love at once with the charm of Chefchauoen as you arrive with picturesque alleyways and shades of blue in all directions.

Drive to Chefchauoen with a stop in Souk El Arbaa for lunch. Take a CEO-led orientation walk through Chefchauoen and enjoy a free evening to choose from one of the many great restaurants or join the CEO at their local favourite.

CEO-led Walk Around Chefchaouen 2h
Begin your time in Chefchaouen with a CEO-led walk around the town and stroll through the mesmerizing streets where beauty seems to appear around every corner in a place adorned in shades of blue.

Private Vehicle Casablanca – Chefchaouen 6h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation
Hotel Esmeralda Chefchaouen (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 – Chefchauoen: Your OMG Day

Let your interests and energy level guide you today as you have the choice of 2 fantastic and different hikes in the Rif Mountains. The range is known for its narrow valleys, rivers and waterfalls with incredible views and lush scenery. There are so many great hiking options and we’ve picked our two favourites for you to choose from, both of which allow you to experience local culture and dramatic views.

Choice of 2 different hikes, both including a delicious lunch. Return in the mid afternoon for some time to explore the “blue city” on your own. Later if you are up for it join your CEO for a walk up to the Spanish Mosque to see the sun set over Chefchaouen.

Free Time Chefchaouen Afternoon
Spend a free afternoon on your own in Chefchaouen. Discover the Medina, wander the blue alleys, and try more specialties of the region at the local market, like goat cheese. Visit the Kasbah of Chefchaouen, a treasure trove of cultural heritage in Morocco. As the day begins to close opt to go with your CEO and watch the sun set from the Spanish Mosque.

Your OMG Day: Rif Mountain Hike or Akchour Hike
Option 1: Lace up your hiking boots and trek through the Rif Mountains, passing small waterfalls on the way to the Spanish Mosque where there will be panoramic views of Chefchaouen. As you continue through the mountains you will pass plantations and will stop in at a local gîte for a delicious lunch. You will eat in the guest house owned by a family and will be served tea and a traditional meal.

Option 2: Begin this hike from Akchour and head towards the grand waterfall. Trek through scenic landscapes of cedar forests, rugged gorges, cascading waterfalls, and see the inspiring “God’s Bridge”. This natural stone arch spans gracefully over the nearby river. The hike to the top of the falls will take about two hours. There will be a 30-minute break at the top and time to jump in for a swim if you’d like, then the final stretch to “God’s Bridge.” This is the spot where the group will have a picnic lunch. *Note that in the hot summer months this waterfall may be dry*

Accommodation
Hotel Esmeralda Chefchaouen (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 – Fes: Volubilis and Meknes

Morocco is a land of beautiful landscapes and today as you make your way from the Rif mountains to the plains of Fes you’ll experience why. Pass through traditional villages and lush farmland, see rural life unfold as you prepare yourself for the next experience, ready to discover Roman ruins and Imperial cities.

Travel from Chefchauoen to Volubilis for a guided tour of the best Roman ruins in Morocco. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a G for Good project that supports a local women’s project. Visit the Imperial city of Meknes then continue to Fes in the evening.

Private VehicleChefchaouen – Volubilis 3h30m Morning
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Volubilis Guided Tour Volubilis 1h-2h
Listen to a certified local guide explain life in the Roman Empire at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the impressive, well-preserved Roman ruins. Peer into old bathhouses, marvel at the still-present mosaic floors, and gaze up at towering marble pillars. Hear stories about life in this Roman city that will leave you in awe of just how far their empire stretched.

Private Vehicle Volubilis – Meknès 1h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the comfort of your private vehicle between Volubilis and Meknès with a stop at Planeterra project (AFER).

Your G for Good Moment: Mhaya Village Community Lunch
Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This G Adventures lunch program provides access to education opportunities and healthcare services. The proceeds from this lunch program help support vocational training for rural women, allowing them to support their families and children. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and meet some of the women that are part of this program.

Meknès City Tour Meknès 1h-2h
Enjoy a guided visit of the Imperial City of Meknes. The least visited of the Imperial cities; Meknes has a unique feel to it. Visit the Bab Mansour historic landmark, and 18th-century Bab El Khmiss, the ornamental gate to the city. Wander the bustling souk to browse the vast array of clothes, spices, handicrafts, and of course food. The visit also includes stops at Dar Jamai: The National Museum of Music and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

Private Vehicle Meknès – Fès 1h30m
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation
Nour Plazza Fes (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 – Fes: The Medina

Walking through the maze-like medina in Fes is like stepping back in time. Brush shoulders with the locals going about their shopping as people here have done for the past thousand years. Make way for the occasional donkey and embrace the frenetic energy within the market, it is beautiful chaos like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

Experience the medina up close, your CEO will take you through the historic medina famous for its colourful tanneries, stay close by and see if you can remember your way as you are guided through the maze of streets. End the morning with a special lunch at a traditional riad. Later choose to spend more time in the Medina or return to the hotel to freshen up. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy.

Free Time Fès Evening
Spend a free evening on your own in Fès.

Fès Medina Guided Tour Fès 7h
Follow a local guide through the Fès medina, one of the world’s largest medinas with more than 9000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. See buildings in the medina that date back to the 9th century; there are 350 mosques in the medina that are still in use today.

Enter through one of the great gates into the chaos. Explore the artisans’ quarters as well as the many carpenters, bakers, butchers, and spice sellers. Visit the mausoleum and the Al Qarawiyin University.

A highlight of the tour is the view of the famous Fès tannery from the balcony of a leather shop, where you can observe the men hard at work treating and dyeing the different hides. Take some time to shop for leather goods before returning to your hotel.

Medina Lunch Fès
Indulge in a delicious meal for lunch within the embrace of a charming Riad set within the ancient walls of the bustling Medina you just walked through.

Accommodation
Nour Plazza Fes (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6 – Bin El Ouidane: Through the Atlas Mountains

Another day of gorgeous scenery is on the menu. Wind your way from the plains back into the Middle Atlas mountains, an area not often explored by tourists, here you find a very authentic Morocco. Stop at viewpoints, villages and to stretch the legs with photo opportunities around every corner. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of the lake as you approach Bin El Ouidane and settle into the serene lakeside hotel in the evening.

Drive from Fes to Bin El Ouidane with a stop for a picnic lunch along the way as well as a visit to Ain Asserdoun. Take part in a sunset yoga class before dinner at the hotel.

Sunset Yoga at Bin El Ouidane Bin El Ouidane 1h

Stretch those limbs after travelling all day and partake in a sunset yoga practice at Bin El Ouidane.

Private Vehicle Fès – Bin El Ouidane 7h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the comfort of your private vehicle en route to Bin El Ouidane with stops along the way.

Picnic Lunch & Visit to Ain Asserdoun 1h
During the drive to Bin El Ouidane stop with your CEO to gather some fresh produce, bread, and other treats for a picnic lunch with the group. Enjoy your meal, take in the stunning views, share a moment of togetherness. The group will also make a stop at hidden gem, Ain Asserdoun, a natural spring boasting crystal-clear, azure waters.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Your OMG Stay Widiane Resort

Day 7 – Bin El Ouidane: Imsefrane Cathedral

Immerse yourself into the natural and beautiful landscapes on a hike to a massive natural rock formation resembling a cathedral. Sculpted over eons by wind and water, this geological wonder showcases the Earth’s history, with layers of sedimentary rock narrating tales of ancient seas and shifting continents. Take yourself even deeper into the culture with a delicious lunch in a family home.

Hike to Imsefrane Cathedral and have lunch with a local Berber family, learning how they make their traditional bread. In the evening, choose to set off in a kayak or in a rowboat to view sunset on the lake near the hotel.

Private VehicleBin El Ouidane 3h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Imsefrane Cathedral Hike 3h
Hike to Cathédrale Imsfrane and marvel at a natural environment resembling a cathedral carved by nature. There are towering rock formations sculpted through time by wind and water. It’s the perfect hike to ponder the history of Earth and think of tales of ancient seas and shifting continents. Cathedral Imsefrane provides not only a physical challenge but also a chance to connect with nature’s tranquility as you breathe in the desert air. The hike is considered moderate and the path to the top is rocky terrain.

Your Foodie Moment: Lunch with a Berber Family
Sit down for tea and lunch in the home of a hospitable Berber family. After eating, you will learn traditional bread-making techniques from members of the local family and build a stronger understanding of the culture through their culinary heritage.

Sunset Boat or Kayak Ride 1h30m
After arriving at the hotel head out on the water by kayak or boat to enjoy the lake during sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Your OMG Stay Widiane Resort

Day 8 – Marrakech: Into the Souk

Another natural wonder awaits you at Ouzoud Waterfall on the way to the bustling city of Marrakech. Throw yourself into the city’s ancient historical sector and the lively marketplace full of souvenirs, hopeful shopkeepers, and food stalls for you to practice your bargaining skills. Marrakech brims with energy, history and beautiful architecture and epitomizes Morocco’s diversity in cultures, people and delicious food.

Drive to Marrakech with a stop at and short walk at the Ouzoud Waterfall. Take a guided walking tour through the city’s historic medina and visit the Saadian Tombs. Enjoy a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.

Ouzoud Waterfalls Visit Ouzoud Falls 2h
Travel to North Africa’s highest multi-tiered waterfalls. At a height of 360ft (110m), the Ouzoud Falls are named after “the act of grinding grain” in Berber culture.

Private Vehicle Ouzoud Falls – Marrakech 2h30m
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Marrakech Medina Guided Tour Marrakech 2h30m
Enjoy a city tour visiting the souk to seek out colourful spices, the Saadian Tombs – a complex of sepulchers and mausoleums that house the remains of Saadian Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Ed Dahb, and the grounds of Bahia Palace where you can marvel at the intricate decoration as you wander through the grand courtyard.

Private VehicleBin El Ouidane – Ouzoud 1h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation
Kenzi Rose Garden Marrakech (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 – Marrakech

Today your adventure comes to an end, but the memories made during your time in Morocco will live on.

Depart at any time.

Departure Transfer Marrakech – Marrakech Menara Airport
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport at the end of your adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast

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