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Discover the imperial cities and the North of Morocco
Morocco · 10 locations · 10 days
Last update: 20 Jun 2020
Citizens of countries not included in the list below must apply for a visa to travel to Morocco. Citizens of countries marked with an asterisk (*) do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Citizens of the other countries included in the list do not need a visa for Morocco for stays of up to 90 days.
European Union countries
United Arab Emirates
Last update: 14 Jul 2020
Morocco cautiously re-opens its borders to the outside world as from 15 July, but only to Moroccan nationals and foreign residents of the kingdom. Only two airlines are authorised to carry out flights between Morocco and some selected destinations, including France, but at a prohibitive price.
“The prices are simply too much. It’s as if we’re paying for the airlines’ losses during the lockdown,” 49-year-old Hassan told RFI after spending the last few days trying to book an air ticket from Paris to Marrakech.
Hassan, a butcher of Moroccan origin, owns his own business and works in and around Paris. He regularly travels, on low cost carriers, to Morocco. But this is the first time he said he is seeing such high prices. “Last year I paid 560 euros for a Paris-Marrakech return ticket for three people. This summer, for the same period, I will have to pay over 4,000 euros,” he said.
Royal Air Maroc, Morroco’s national airline and the low cost Air Arabia Maroc are the only two airlines allowed to carry flights to and from the kingdom. But not all of Morocco’s airports are opened to travellers. Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, Marrakech Oujda, Nador and Tangiers are the only ones operational at the moment.
“There are many Moroccans living in France who told me they will not be able to go visit their families as they usually do each summer,” Hassan added.
After 14 July midnight, Moroccan borders will re-open, four months after suspending all flights and passenger ship traffic. But the government insists it is “an exceptional operation” only for Moroccan nationals and foreign residents of the kingdom.
Despite the high prices, most flights on the two airlines appear to have been booked.
Tourists are not yet allowed to visit Morocco and Air France indicated that it may resume flights to Morocco in September but only towards three airports and if restrictions are eased down.
No entry without Covid tests
Travellers to Morocco will be allowed on board upon presentation, at the airport, of negative results for two Covid-19 tests – virology and serology – done 48 hours prior to take off. The same rule applies to people travelling by sea.
In France the virology test, or PCR test as it is known in the country, costs 54 euros and is fully subsidised by the government if prescribed by a doctor for patients showing symptoms.
Serology tests cost between 10 to 25 euros and are reimbursed, by the national social security agency, under certain conditions only.
The government in Morocco has extended the health emergency until 10 August because of clusters of Covid-19 outbreak and, on 13 July, it announced a return to lockdown measures in the northern port city of Tangiers.
At the moment, only passenger ships from the ports of Sète in southern France and that of Genoa in Italy are authorised to dock in Morocco. People used to crossing the Mediterranean from Sète to Morocco told RFI that the current prices are higher than what they usually pay.
“I think Morocco is trying to limit the number of people allowed into the country,” Hassan said.
Upon your arrival in Marrakech, our tour guide will welcome you and escort you to Riyadh. If time permits, you will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this fascinating country during a visit - on your own initiative - to the Suks. Visit the square Djemaa El Fna (on the famous jugglers' square the musicians, snake charmers and acrobats offer an impressive atmosphere). Every evening chefs are installed in the square where you can taste the rich variety of local specialities. You will spend the night in the Riad Marhbabikoum guest house.
Day 2: Marrakech- Half day sightseeing
After breakfast, you will visit the Pearl of the South with a local guide: the Badii Palace, the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia mosque (from the outside). The afternoon is at your disposal to enjoy the activities/facilities of the riad. You can also visit a museum, get lost in the fascinating souks or simply experience the daily atmosphere of the medina (old town). Overnight stay at the Riad Marhbabikoum Guest House.
Day 3: Marrakech - Afourer - Fes
Departure from Haouz towards Khenifra and road through the Middle Atlas Mountains via Azrou and Ifrane. In the evening we arrive in Fes. Overnight stay at the Hotel Zahrat Aljabal.
Day 4: Fes
Fez, the pearl of the Arab world, is the spiritual, intellectual and cultural capital of Morocco. The day is dedicated to visiting this prestigious city. In the morning, Fez el-Bali with its medina and its souks, the zaouia of Moulay Idriss, the medersa, the village of Nejjarine with its beautiful fountain, the museum of Nejjarine for wooden handicrafts and the Fassi workshops for handicrafts. After lunch at the Fez El-Jedid: mellah, entrance to the Royal Palace, pottery complex and tower of the city wall. After the excursion, return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel Zahrat Aljabal.
Day 5: Fes– Meknes– Ouazzane – Chefchaouen
Today you'll visit Meknes, the capital of Ismaili. The local guide will take you on a tour of the tombs of Moulay Ismail. This is one of the rare Moroccan sanctuaries. Afterwards, you will continue to Volubilis, the Roman ruins near Moulay Moulay Idriss Zarhoun, famous for the tomb of Idris I, who was the first person to introduce Islam to Morocco. Afterwards you will leave for Chefchaouen. On the way you will have a lunch break. Afterwards, you will take the road to Ouzzane via magnificent landscapes and panoramic views and through the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight stay at the Hotel Madrid.
Day 6: Chefchaouen-Tetouan-Tanger
Today you will explore this blue city located in the Rif mountains. Its name is derived from a Berber name: "Chief Chaouen" which means "look at the horns". We will also visit the akshour waterfalls and then you will continue to Tangier via the Rif mountains. Overnight stay at Hotel Fredge.
Day 7: Tanger-Rabat
The tour continues today with the discovery of the city of Tangier. Your visit will include: Medina, the Cave of Herculis and Cape Spartle. Later you'll head towards Rabat via the motorway. Overnight stay at Hotel le Musee
Day 8: Rabat-Marrakech
Visit to the political and administrative capital on the Atlantic coast: entrance to the Royal Palace with its esplanade, Chellah (Merinid necropolis of the XIIIth century), Mohammed V mausoleum (pavilion made of white marble crowned with green tiles), Hassan Tower (12th century) and Kasbah of the Oudayas (first royal residence) with its gardens in Spanish-Moorish style. Departure for Marrakech by the motorway. Overnight stay in the guest house Riad Marhbabikoum.
Day 9: Marrakech
Free day at leisure. Overnight stay in Guesthouse Riad Marhbabikoum.
Day 10: Marrakech
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your Riad and then accompanied to the airport for your return flight.
The standard price covers a shared room with two beds. Paired travellers are accommodated in shared rooms. Solo travelers will share a room with another traveler of the same sex.
$1,600.00 per person
This price covers a private room for travelers. This option can be selected during the booking process.
The price includes
Comfortable vehicle with an experienced driver / guide throughout the trip. (Day 3 to Day 8
Bed and Breakfast
Entrr fees of the monuments mentioned
One bottle of mineral water a day per person
The price doesn't include
Lunch and Dinner
Personal Travel Insurance
Full refund (100%)
Up to 31 days before the trip
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Up to 21 days before the trip
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From 20 days before the trip
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