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The Magic and Mysticism of Morocco a tour in April 2024 – the sooner you book, the better accommodation we can
secure for you, especially as April is peak tourist season in Morocco.

A maximum of 10-12 people per tour.

 

 

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We are pleased to offer the following 13 day/12 night Mystic tour in April 2024, starting in Fez, going via the desert and finishing in Essaouira
(with an optional extra private tour in Tangier beforehand).
Cara will accompany you.

This tour is at a slightly quieter pace than our Aromatic and Artist Footsteps tours of 2023. This itinerary gives you a bit more time to contemplate, meditate and absorb. However you can always do more in the free time available should you want to.

Bookings close: December 1, 2023

Precise prices TBA closer to the dates.
Pricing table at the conclusion of this post, together with
early bird options, to be completed by April 1, 2023.

 

Please read our blog posts here, for example about traditional accommodation, to have some idea of what you are in for, so your expectations equate with reality.

NOTE: The tour starts around the end of Ramadan, and there may need to be some slight adjustment arising from local celebrations at that time.

The Pre-tour (optional extra)

April 7-10

 

April 7, 2024: Tangier (Sunday)

Arrive Hotel La Tangerina (or equivalent). We can organise your pick up if required and will secure the best room available. Only breakfast every morning is included. For more about the hotel access their website here.

An old and well-known hammam forms part of this hotel.

April 8, 2024: Tangier (Monday)

Meals: Breakfast (B)

Half-day guided tour of Tangier. The guide we usually use is a film and ancient history buff (he’s a part-time actor) and quite well known around the Kasbah. It makes for a bit of a different and interesting tour from the usual. If you want a few tastes of Tangier along the way, such as Tangier’s chickpea pancakes, be sure to mention that to him. Ask him about good places to eat, as lunch and dinner are not provided while you are in Tangier. Suggest he point them out to you during the tour.

April 9, 2024: Tangier – Asilah – Tangier (Tuesday)

Meals: B

Full day in the nearby seaside town of Asilah. We will arrange for you to be driven there and back. We will provide you with some suggestions to do there as it is a relaxed, arty seaside town. (We may be able to plot these for you on our GINA-GO safety app. Restaurants and art change all the time, but our information for you will be current up to about two weeks before you arrive.) No appointed guide in Asilah; just your driver for the day there and back, whom you may not see in-between. If you would like a lunch in a local home, we could pre-arrange it. However, as it is a seaside place with numerous cafe choices, this might not be what you want.

There is also a famous garden or two near Asilah. Ask your hotel reception for more detail.

April 10, 2024: Tangier – Fez (Wednesday)

Meals: B

We will arrange your drop off at the Tangier train station (your first class train tickets are available at the front desk of your hotel) travelling to Fez to join the first day of the Mysticism Tour.
Unfortunately, catching a train to Fez means you don’t see Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl of Morocco. So if you prefer to be driven from Tangier to Fez via Chefchaouen, let us know when you book. Note that the price might change and the journey will be longer.

 
For the fee for the 3-day pre-tour optional extra please see the pricing table at the conclusion of this itinerary and assumes that there are at least two of you, travelling together and sharing a room.

Magic & Mysticism tour of Morocco

April 10-22

Fez

April 10-12

 

April 10, 2024: Fez (Wednesday)

Meals: Dinner (D)

You’ll be picked up from the train station or airport and taken to Dar Seffarine (or equivalent) which is a circa 600-year-old riad protected by a UNESCO world heritage listing. Included are breakfast every morning of the tour and dinner as specified below. For more information about the riad access their website here.
On this first night in Fez, we’ll invite you to a special welcome dinner at the riad, or nearby.

April 11, 2024: Fez – (Thursday)

Meals: B & D

Today’s mystic highlight: Sufi dancing.

After breakfast, an artisan tour of the ancient medina and (time and interest allowing), a tour of the modern university which was formerly a madrassa that taught Islamic sacred laws and beliefs. Lunch at Café Clock (not covered), often a hub of cultural activity such as live music
and traditional dance, that is located adjacent to the old Water clock. Afternoon free. Restaurant dinner that evening features Sufi dancing entertainment.

Sufi dancing is believed to create a connection to the Divine through dance and chants.

As the end of Ramadan is around this time, the medina will be busy during the day and the restaurants full of guests, celebrating. Please be prepared to be a bit flexible as a result.

April 12, 2024: Fez – Volubilis – Moulay Idriss Zerhoun – Fez (Friday)

Meals: B & Lunch (L)

Today’s mystic highlight: Mosaics of the ancient Gods of Rome at Volubilis.

Today we will take a day trip 1.5 hours to and from Volubilis, a former Roman settlement with rather well-preserved mosaics depicting mythical scenes and characters. We’ll also visit Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, approximately 5 km away from Volubilis. It is the site of the tomb of Idris 1, the first Moslem ruler of Morocco. Today it is a simple, picturesque country town. Time also for a coffee or Moroccan tea and a restroom pitstop . Then, it is on to a hearty picnic lunch provided in an olive grove, with wine; the only time wine is covered by the tour fee on this tour.

In April the fields should be full of poppies in northern Morocco

Return to our riad in Fez. The evening free for you. You might want to go to a traditional Moroccan restaurant with dancing and music as entertainment, or you might want to go to a famous French-influenced restaurant, simply eat at the riad, or even arrange for just a quiet snack in your room. Remember, we will have had a day out exploring and a really hearty lunch in the olive grove. Up to you . Best to decide where you want to dine in the morning before we leave for our day trip, and let the appropriate people know. We are on Moroccan time, and the festive atmosphere of the end of Ramadan will still dominate the mood in the medina.
Please note that the itineraries for April 11 and 12 may be swapped around closer to the date, or even once in Morocco, depending on the circumstances of Ramadan in 2024.

Erfoud – The Dunes – Merzouga or Hassilabied

April 13-15

 

April 13, 2024: Fez – Errachidia – Erfoud (Saturday)

Meals: B & D

Today we fly from Fez to Errachidia and then drive to Erfoud in the desert known for its date production and for fossils. Stay at La Rose du Desert (or equivalent); bungalow standard or better. Welcoming barbeque in their palm garden and breakfast the next morning are included. Unfortunately, the hotel’s domain name appears to have been grabbed by someone else during the pandemic. However, there are some lovely photographs on Trip Advisor. (There are also some photographs of our principal Cara in the garden of La Rose du Desert, in some of our other bespoke itineraries).

April 14, 2024: Erfoud – The Dunes (Sunday)

Meals: B & D

Today’s Mystic highlight: the African drums by the firelight.

Depart Erfoud for the dunes – possibly look at the fossil museum on the journey. Quick stop off at our luxury riad or Dar in the village of Hassilabied near Merzouga to drop any excess baggage, have a tea and freshen up before enjoying a camel ride into the dunes. Stay overnight at a Luxury Camp (your bags will be waiting in your tent) where dinner and breakfast are included. Listen to music that is the heartbeat of Africa.
Further details of accommodation in the desert can be provided upon request.

There is a strong musical tradition in the desert, carried on in large part by the descendants of the Moroccan slave trade.

April 15, 2024: The Dunes – Merzouga or Hassilabied (Monday)

Meals: B & D

Today’s mystic highlight: the desert, which Albert Camus described in his short story L’Hote as a “psycho-paysage” and which Dali depicted as the “maternal” that gave us the psychological structures we navigate as we make the journey of life.
Also, storytelling of the stars.

A Moroccan carpet of stars, with no pollution to hinder visibility.

Return to the riador Dar in Merzouga or Hassilabied, the adjoining village. Elect to do a tour of the desert, where you can choose to see abandoned villages, ancient animal engravings, an oasis, gigantic art installations that recall Chirico’s influence on the surrealists, and drink a tea (perhaps with acacia sap) with the nomads. Or you can stay at the riad, lounge around the pool, learn how to cook a tagine with the riad cook and have some local ladies give you henna tattoos for a small fee. Dinner (and breakfast the next morning) at the accommodation is covered.
That evening, weather and light permitting, there will be a telescope on the roof of the Dar or nearby and a storyteller to explain the Amazigh (or Berber) stories of the stars.

Valley of the Roses – Marrakech

April 16-19

 

April 16, 2024: The Dunes – Valley of the Roses (Tuesday)

Meals: B & D

Today’s Mystic highlight : Visit the fortune teller at Rissani markets who inhales the fumes of the Chebbi mineral (women only).

Drive from the Dunes, stop for a while at the famous Rissani markets to visit the apothecary, see some historical remnants of the Moroccan slave trade, as well as, circumstances permitting, a soothsayer for the ladies. Then onward to Kasbah Itran (or equivalent) high above the Valley of the Roses on the outskirts of Kelat M’Gouna. The Kasbah Itran website is here.
Dinner is covered as it is a little too remote for any alternative, as well as breakfast.

The French perfume houses buy most of the rose oil of Morocco.

April 17, 2024: Valley of the Roses – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech (Wednesday)

Meals: B & D

Today’s Mystic highlight: Tibetan bowl and gong meditations at the riad (your option)

Drive to and explore the world heritage site Ait Ben Haddou, and later on to our riad, Wellness Riad Nahla (or equivalent) in Marrakech. We cover all breakfasts on Thursday to Sunday, and lunch or dinner as specified below.
It will have been a long, albeit interesting, day travelling so dinner at the riad is pre-arranged. Please note only vegetarian and vegan is served at this riad.

April 18, 2024 : Marrakech – Ourika – Marrakech (Thursday)

Meals: B & L

Today’s Mystic highlight: Visiting the Garden of the Soul (Anima Garden)

Today we take a day trip to Ourika to visit the Garden of the Soul: Anima Garden, with lunch cooked by a chef and served in the garden. We will as a group liaise with our guide on the day about other activities. These might include a visit to a local herbalist, drinking tea at a table placed in a mountain stream as our feet cool off in it; it will all depend on time available, weather and group consensus.
Evening is free. However please leave eating at the night markets for tomorrow night!

Anima Garden has some established artists’ works on display.

,April 19, 2024: Marrakech (Friday)

Meals – B & D

Today’s Mystic highlight: Marrakech has a strong tradition of oral storytelling. Today we will be listening to a story teller recount a Moroccan folktale (In English of course).

Guided tour of the Marrakech medina, with lunch and a folktale. Afternoon is free. (Below is an image of a storyteller and his avid listener, in Marrakech).

Our final dinner in Marrakech is a guided food tour of the night markets. Our guides are a husband and wife led team, who have appeared on Netflix in a documentary about Moroccan food. This will be an experience not to be missed and much better quality than anything any of us could attempt by ourselves! If it is cool enough there may be a special red and spicy tea, unique to Marrakech, for sale at the markets, for us to try.

Essaouira

April 20-22

 

April 20, 2024: Marrakech – Essaouira (Saturday)

Meals: B

Transfer by car to the old Portuguese port town of Essaouira.
Stay at Riad Malaika or equivalent. Relax and get yourself settled in. Free afternoon and evening. You might want to do some of the things we mention in our Day Tour of Essaouira facts sheet available to clients. It is safe and easy to navigate: with a beachy, arty vibe – bit like Byron Bay. All breakfasts are included.

The riad website is here.

In Essaouira you will see the Star of David in many places and learn about its Jewish history.

April 21, 2024: Essaouira (Sunday)

Meals – B & D

Today’s Mystical highlight: Visit the naïve art reflecting the spirituality and mystic belief system of the artist-fishermen of Essaouira. We’ll take you on a tour of some specific artists who best reflect the authenticity and ancient spirituality of this place.

There are so many nice cafes in Essaouira. We hesitate to recommend one in particular. However, there is one just footsteps from Bab (“Gate”) Doukla, outside the medina ramparts called Helle Compana. It is nestled within an old chapel of the Christian cemetery and run by an Algerian called Malik, who is a French chef and bio-connoisseur. We think it looks fabulous.
Departure Dinner: We will host a special “A bientot” dinner for the group tonight.

April 22, 2024 Departure (Monday):

Meals: B

Airport transfer. As at the time of preparing this itinerary, there are direct flights to the UK from here. Essaouira’s airport is an international one.

 

The fee per person for this tour is to be inserted in the table below by April 2023.
To secure your place in the tour and the Tangier optional extra, make a 30% deposit upon book-in, as set out in our diary notes below.

Et voila, the end of an adventure of a lifetime!
Or maybe just the first instalment?

Please note that quoted prices do not include drinks, entrance fees to venues, meals not specified to be covered, airfares to and from Morocco, tips and personal expenses or anything else not specifically included.

April 2022

Your diary checklist

October 1, 2023:

Payment of $500, to secure accommodation, especially at the unique Dar Seffarine, Fez (Refundable if tour does not proceed, but on no other basis) and to cover the non-refundable airfare from Fez to Errachidia.

December 1, 2023:

Bookings close
(30% deposit payable to secure booking, less $500 already paid).

December 1, 2023:

Early bird discount for payment in full.

February 1, 2024:

Final payment due.

Note: all prices are shown in Australian dollars.

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