The Experience

 
 

introduction

The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is the first and only travel experience designed for black women who appreciate the comfort of a group and the option to socialize, but value self-guided exploration, intimate reflection and luxe indulgences. It's where the core principles of self-care and travel meet to create an experience like no other. 

Created by PARLOUR in 2015, The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is grounded in the fact that there is NO group itinerary or “group think behavior,” we give you the locale, luxe accommodations, an insider guide to the region, exclusive discounts, events, offers and much more—you create the experience YOU wish to have! Come solo, come with a friend, leave with memories that will last beyond a lifetime.

For our 2019 experience, since we have just a few days in each city, we designed a trip that strikes a perfect balance between a group itinerary that allows for us to safely and expertly explore each locale and plenty of free time that encourages solo exploration. 

Joining us in Morocco for her second time as trip co-host is none other than one of our original travel mavens, Africa Miranda. As a busy lifestyle influencer, beauty entrepreneur and committed world traveler, Africa is your favorite travel friend’s favorite travel friend and will be hosting a series of events and experiences for you to enjoy!

 
 
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The experience

We want you to explore it all! All of the below is included in the cost, with most tours & activities being completely optional should you want to explore on your own.
**Note this itinerary is subject to change - a final itinerary will be sent to confirmed travelers only

  The Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca

The Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca

Thursday, June 13th. CASABLANCA

Arrivals + Rest.  After your flight and clearance of customs, our representatives will be awaiting you in the arrivals hall to whisk you to the hotel. Check into the hotel. Rest. Stunt on the 'gram, you made it!


Friday, June 14th. CASABLANCA

Explore + MeetJoin PARLOUR for a half-day tour of Casablanca, to include the Hassan II Mosque the second largest mosque in the Islamic world after the Masjid al- Haram in Mecca. Then we will journey through  the elegant residential district of Anfa with its green parks and art deco villas and continue on to visit the exterior of the Dar el Makhzen, or the King’s Palace, with its magnificent doors, and then the New Medina of Fez for local shopping and exploring.  Finally we journey on to the Mahkama du Pacha and to the Mohammed V Square for the remainder of the tour.

That night, both Shannon and Africa will officially welcome you at our private, #TravelFly Solo Welcome Happy Hour at the hotel!

Included meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner is on your own and at your leisure.

  Wine tasting on the way to Fez at the Château Roslane

Wine tasting on the way to Fez at the Château Roslane

Saturday, June 15th. CASABLANCA to FEZ

Taste + See. After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we set out overland for Fez with a few stops on the way. First for lunch and wine tasting at Les Celliers de Mekenes, one of the leading vineyards and producers of Moroccan wine. With the Atlas mountains in the background, we will indulge in their celebrated varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rose and Vin Gris and then head on to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Imperial City of Meknes and the Roman ruins of Volubilis

At Mekenes, we will be greeted by the  beautiful Bab Mansour, or gateway and then continue on to El Heri es Souani, the granary of huge vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers.  

At Volubilis you will see ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns where you’ll have a real sense of Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent medieval Berber town.   The site contains the Mansion with the famous mosaics of the Labors of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and Baths of Forum.

Soon after we will arrive in Fez, one of the cultural souls of Morocco and check in to our hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast + Lunch.
Dinner is at your leisure, explore the taste of Fez on your own!

 A spice merchant in the Medina of Fez

A spice merchant in the Medina of Fez

Sunday, June 16th. FEZ

The Mystical Medina. In the morning we will explore the Medina, starting at the King’s Palace with it’s majestic walls and gates. From there, we will set out to one of the hills surrounding the Medina for the best view of this centuries old city within a city. 

Afterwards, we will journey into the old medina, an ancient world where only donkeys, mules and horses can help move everything the city produces and needs as supplies. See dyers, tanneries and leather workers, weavers, metal works and pottery.

Self Care + Sisterhood.** In the early evening, Africa + Shannon invite you to sit down for a fireside chat at our hotel where they will discuss Africa's new book Step Up, Step Out And Shine, self-care lessons and how their sisterhood has not only fulfilled them personally, but benefitted them professionally. ** This is a completely optional event.

Included meals: Breakfast.
Lunch + dinner
is on your own and at your leisure., explore more of the culinary and social side of Fez!

I loved the effort the team put into the location,group events, and gift bag. The photographer at the reception was a surprise magic touch! Everyone was personable and friendly, and I can’t wait to do it again!
— A #TravelFlySolo18 Guest
 The streets and doors of Chefchaouen

The streets and doors of Chefchaouen

Monday, June 17th. FEZ to CHEFCHAOUEN

The Blue City. After breakfast, we set out for Chefchaouen aka The Blue City aka simply, Chaouen. Located in the Rif Mountains, leather and weaving workshops line the cobblestone streets.

The shady main square of Place Outa el Hammam is dominated by the 15th-century Kasbah, constructed by Sultan Moulay Ismail. In the 1920s the fortress was used as a prison and now houses the Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum. The octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque rises nearby. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Fez.

Included meals: Breakfast + Lunch.
Dinner is at your leisure, one last evening to see Fez on your own before departing!

 Dinner in the Agafey desert

Dinner in the Agafey desert

Tuesday, June 18th. FEZ to MARRAKECH

Jetset To Desert Luxury—And Camels! After enjoying breakfast, some leisure/lunch time and checking out of our Fez hotel, we will head to the airport and board our short, one-hour Air Arabia flight to Marrakech. But why go straight to the hotel when we can go straight to the Agafey Desert outside of Morocco for dinner under the stars at a luxury desert camp?! 

The Agafey Desert Luxury Camp is inspired by the traditional Berber style, meaning that there is no electricity, rather thousands of candles to create a unique magic, and exquisite cuisine served  under tents with breathtaking views of the surrounding desert with plenty of opportunities for sundown portraits, camel rides, and personal reflection as we enter the last phase of our adventure.

Afterwards, we will head back in to Marrakech and check into our hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast + Dinner. Lunch is on your own and at your leisure.

 Inside the Majorelle Gardens of Marrakech

Inside the Majorelle Gardens of Marrakech

Wednesday, June 19th. MARRAKECH

#BlackGirlMagic in Marrakech. After breakfast, we will meet our local guide in the lobby and set out for a day tour of Marrackech. Key sights will include the legendary Menara and Majorelle Gardens which house the Museum of Islamic Art, the Berber Museum and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, dedicated to the late the fashion icon who once owned the garden. We will also explore the Saâdien Tombs, the stunning Badi and Bahia Palaces, the Marrakech Museum of Art and then on through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways making up the cool, colorful and aromatic souqs of Marrakech. We will finish in the legendary Djmaâ el Fnaâ Square where entertainers, healers, merchants and more make for a buzzy, unforgettable scene before heading back to the hotel.

After some rest and personal time, we will once again meet downstaits and head out for one of PARLOUR's signature events—The #TravelFly Grand Farewell Dinner at the legendary Comptoir Darna!** A 'must-do' in Marrakech, we will enjoy a multi-course meal, delicious cocktails/wine and a live music and belly-dancing show. Comptoir Darna is known for their modern, global takes on classic Moroccan dishes and for one of the best nights out in Marrakech. As you arrive to a special farewell gift from PARLOUR, we will raise a glass to a phenomenal trip and if you choose, dance the night away after dinner or chill on the patio with hookah and good conversation. The perfect goodbye. ** This is a completely optional event.

Included meals: Breakfast + Dinner.
Lunch
is on your own and at your leisure!

 Inside the souk in Marrakech

Inside the souk in Marrakech

Thursday, June 20th. MARRAKECH

Your Marrakech. This is your day. After breakfast, set out to explore beauty of Marrakech on your own. A full guide will be provided to confirmed travelers from PARLOUR.

Included meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner is on your own and at your leisure—make the best of your time with our guide!

 The Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens of Marrakech

The Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens of Marrakech

Friday, June 21st. MARRAKECH

To Leave...Or Stay? After breakfast and some leisure time, our team will be on hand to whisk you to the airport and you will begin your journey home...or you can choose to extend your trip and use the day to see more of Marrakech on your own. Extensions must be booked in advance.

Included meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner is on your own and at your leisure—make the best of your time with our guide!

 Jemaa El-Fna Square aka one of the best food courts in the world!

Jemaa El-Fna Square aka one of the best food courts in the world!

Saturday, June 22nd. *MARRAKECH

A Stylish Goodbye. After breakfast we will say our last farewells for those who chose to stay, with our local team ready to take you to the airport with enough time for some duty free shopping!

Included meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner is at your leisure if applicable.

* This is an optional, one day extension that is an additional cost. Please refer to our pricing page for details.

 
I loved all aspects of the trip and farewell dinner. However, my favorite thing was being in the company of so many positive black women. We need more of that....I’m living #MyBestLife in my black skin. I truly thank you PARLOUR.
— A #TravelFlySolo17 Guest