Morocco Family Holiday to Enjoy Historical Sights and Shopping Bazaars

  Family of 3 visited Morocco in June 2018

“I am bringing my mum and dad from China as they are visiting me in the UK. I would like to take them to Morocco for a short visit and sightseeing. I would like to travel between 2 cities and enjoy historical sights and shopping bazaars. My parents are elderly so physical outdoor activities would not be suitable”

Larbi Anzal, a local specialist from Morocco, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary.

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Grand Tour: Casablanca, Fes, Sahara Desert, Oases, Marrakech

Day 1: Arrival into Casablanca
Day 2: Casablanca to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis
Day 3: Fes: Exploring the Imperial City & Medieval Medina
Day 4: Over the Middle Atlas to the Desert: Erfoud, Merzouga & the Sahara
Day 5: Erg Shibi Tour, Khamliya Village, Gnawa Music, Todra Gorge Dades Valley and Ouarzazate
Day 6: Oaurzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the High Atlas, Marrakech
Day 7: Marrakech: Exploring the Red City and Departure

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Larbi Anzal
Hello, it is very nice to receive yourinquiryy regarding a personalised trip to Morocco. It is a most colorful, lively, fascinating and stimulating country.

My name is Larbi and I am a Moroccan, born and bred. I have been working in tourism services for 18 years now. I know my country very well and can readily assist you in developing an ideal tour. You can read more about me in my Profile.

You have plenty of time to visit and explore the two most attractive imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakech in south central Morocco and Fes in North.

You my like to visit Chefchaouen (the "Blue City") is a smaller but delightful town (also in the northern area).

You don't say where you are entering/leaving Morocco but I will assume, for the moment, arrival will be in Marrakech and departure from Fes to allow us to get the ball rolling.

Here is a rough draft of a possible itinerary for you to consider:-

Day 1, Jun 18th: Arrive into Marrakech and transfer to your Riad in the medina near Jamaa El fna square.

Day 2, Jun 19th: Day in Marrakech to visit the mean sites and the souks.

Day 3, Jun 20th: Morning in Marrakech and then on to Casablanca (to break down the long distance between Marrakech and Fes).

Day 4, Jun 21st: Morning in Casablanca (visit the Hassan second mosque) and then on to Fes.

Day 5, Jun 22nd: Day in Fes.

Day 6, Jun 23rd: Departure day from Fes.

How does that sound? I very much hope that this appeals. But, of course, it can be tweaked and adjusted; this is just an initial proposition for you. Is there any chance that you could add an extra day or two?

Of course, if you plan to arrive into/depart from different places, just let me know and I can adjust your routing.

I look forward to learning your thoughts on the above and how, hopefully, you would like to advance you tour planning with Anzal Tours.

Once we have the framework for you ideal tour's itinerary then I can prepare a bespoke and much more informative Trip Plan, describing each day's features, sceneries and experiences.

Is it 4* or 5* accommodations that you would like?

Many thanks for your enquiry, it is very much appreciated. I hope we can work together to create a very special and memorable tour for you.

Kind regards, Larbi

Hi Larbi, it is so nice to see your detailed reply. I am very impressed. Thank you. 

In terms of the trip length, I was actually thinking 5-7 days, not longer than that. I do like your choice of cities as I read online that Fez is a very beautiful city with a rich history background and obviously the famous Casablanca from the movie. 

I am happy with the city of departure and return as well, I am flying from Manchester, UK.

In terms of accommodation, it is a bit tricky for me, as I am bringing my parents for the trip and their stomach do not adjust to foreign food very well, they will not going to be able to tolerant dining out 3 times a day therefore, I was hoping that I could maybe find some accommodations with kitchen facility so that they can cook something simple for themselves. 

I am not too sure how much is this trip going to cost therefore, it would be great if you could provide me with some ideas to assist me in deciding the level of accommodation.

I thank you for your assistance in advance!

Kind regards

Larbi Anzal

Thank you very much for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. Anzal Tours offers a very personal, bespoke service to our travelers as we wish that their tours are the best they can be. It will be very nice to create for you and your family a most memorable Morocco trip. Let's set to work!

I note that 5-7 days is a good trip length for you. I am also pleased that you like the suggested draft itinerary. It is 6 days and I can work on costing it for you. I will base it on 3* accommodations first of all but, of course, if you wish 4* (or 5*!) then I can advise you of that cost too, later.

If you wish to add another day to make it a 7 day tour, you could EITHER add in an extra day whilst staying in Marrakech and take a day trip into the High Atlas; wonderful scenery and amongst very interesting Berber villages OR you could have an extra day in Fes and visit Meknes (and Imperial City)) and Volubilis (an ancient Roman settlement). Just let me know if you would like this.

Regarding food, not a problem. Certainly, in Marrakech I know a lovely riad in the Medina where you could prepare your own evening food, if you wish. I will therefore cost your accommodation on bed and breakfast only. I am sure that I can find similar for you when in Fes.

Casablanca, however, might be a bit trickier to get facilities to prepare your own food so perhaps one night of evening meal, bed and breakfast would be needed - is this OK?

You can always have a nice breakfast each day and take only a light lunchtime snack in a cafe to limit your exposure to a lot of Moroccan food (which is tasty!).

It is not a problem to be arriving in the early evening in to Marrakech Menara Airport, don't worry; we will take good care of you from arrival to departure.

OK, I very much hope that the above is encouraging. I will now begin to work on calculating a cost for your trip.

Many thanks for coming to Anzal Tours (via Kimkim); I really hope we can work together to create your ideal trip.

Kind regards, Larbi
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