Arts & Crafts of Morocco



Arts & Crafts of Morocco

Meknes is a fortified city in northern Morocco, known for its enormous gates of Bab Mansour; the most impressive and famous in Morocco. The colourful and detailed mosaics are still clear to see above the entrances and the marble columns are from the nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis. In the heart of the city is Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the king who designed the city, and ruled the country for 55 years. 

Begin in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, with a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, a showpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship. Travel to Rabat, Morocco's sophisticated seaside capital. Then via Meknes to Fez, the cultural and gastronomic heart of Morocco. Continue to the High Atlas Mountains and stay at Kasbah Tamadot, one of Morocco's most acclaimed luxury resorts. Set again to the Atlantic Coast to Essaouira before ending tour in Marrakesh.

And, visit best insider craft ateliers to shop for exclusive products.

What We Love
  • Visit Essaouira, a whitewashed port on the Atlantic coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore “Old Fez” and Roman ruins at Volubilis, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Explore a medieval necropolis, French colonial architecture, and Rabat’s best museums.
  • Start in Atlas Mountains and visit the Kasbah of the landmark kasbah of Udayas.
  • Visit Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks and upscale restaurants.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour and designed for maximum outdoor experience.
  • Exclusive tour; guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.

Arts & Crafts of Morocco

Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Casablanca/ Morocco Begin in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, with a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, a showpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Also visit local museums and galleries that support the city's thriving contemporary arts scene.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 – Artisans Tour
Fez Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. During private touring, explore Fez el-Bali ("Old Fez") and its medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops. Meet local artisans who specialize in geometric zellij tilework and mosaics, and see leather artisans working at the city's renowned open-air tanneries.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Experience Arabic Calligraphy
Fez Morning meeting with leather dyers. Afternoon private tour, including private calligraphy workshop. During a private calligraphy workshop, learn to write the graceful, flowing lines of Arabic script.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Visit Heritage Sites
Fez If desired, spend a day touring major Roman ruins at Volubilis and the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites with unique design elements.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Luxury Resort
High Atlas Mountains Next to Rabat, Morocco's sophisticated seaside capital. Stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary. Also see French colonial architecture, and shop for some of Morocco's best carpets in the souk (market).

Continue to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot, one of Morocco's most acclaimed luxury resorts. Designed like a traditional Moroccan fort, the hillside resort has beautiful grounds and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 6 – Pottery Tour
High Atlas Mountains Half-day tour of local markets and villages, including meeting with Berber women's weaving cooperative. Also take a workshop with a master potter to learn how Morocco's distinctive conical tagine cookware and earthenware serving dishes are created.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 7 – Atlantic coast
Essaouira Spend the next two nights in Essaouira, a whitewashed port and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Atlantic coast. En route, visit an argan oil producer, and learn about the unique process for creating this treasured local product. During private touring in Essaouira, explore the impressive fortifications and medina, and sample fresh seafood at stalls lining the port. Also meet with a wood craftsman to see how local thuya wood is transformed into unique marquetry boxes and other decorative objects.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 8 – Woodcraft Tour
Essaouira Morning meeting with master wood craftsman. Afternoon at leisure or option for flexible touring and shopping
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Marrakesh Conclude with four nights in Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks, and upscale shops and restaurants. During private touring, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 10 – Stucco Class
Marrakesh Morning medicinal herbs workshop. Afternoon private stucco class. If desired, also visit museums such as the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts. Take an insider tour of the vast souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Also visit the spice souks, which are stocked with locally harvested saffron, cumin and other ingredients, and learn about traditional plant-based medicine from a local herbalist.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Dyeing & Weaving Class
Marrakesh Morning dyeing and weaving lesson. Later relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favourite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses). Tonight, explore Djemaa el-Fna, the city's lively main square, which transforms each evening into a multisensory pageant of energetic street performances and tantalizing food stalls.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 12 – Mosaics Class
Marrakesh Morning mosaics class. Afternoon flexible craft-focused shopping and touring. Throughout the tour, there will be opportunities to visit Morocco's best insider craft ateliers to shop for one-of-a-kind finds such as boucherouite rugs made of colourful textile scraps, leather pouf ottomans in rich colours, babouche leather slippers and brass lanterns incised with arabesque motifs.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Morocco Take a private transfer to the airport in Marrakesh or Casablanca and connect with your onward flight.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There Royal Air Maroc run direct scheduled flights daily from London Heathrow to Casablanca, and twice-weekly flights to Tangier, and British Airways fly from Heathrow to Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir. In addition to these, EasyJet from Gatwick and Manchester, and with Ryanair from Luton and Stansted. EasyJet also fly from Gatwick to Agadir, Ryanair from Stansted to Fez serve Marrakesh and Agadir from Gatwick and Manchester. Flights typically take around three and a half hours.

When to go Due to the varied geography, the best time to travel Morocco depends greatly on where you are going. In general, spring (April and May) is the best weather across Morocco. In the Saharan region--and to a lesser extent the plains cities--midsummer should be avoided. However, the hottest months are lovely for a visit to the coastal cities, like Essaouira and Rabat. Winter months are very cold in the mountains, which can be hard since many hotels don’t have heating. Desert days are warm and clear during the summer, but temperatures at night can plummet. It is important to consider Islamic holidays when you travel to Morocco.