12 days Sahara and Imperial Cities
1st Day : Arrive at Mohammed V International Airport - Casablanca City Center
After getting your luggage, please proceed through the main exit door. Once outside, look for someone holding a sign with your name on it. He is your guide for your Morocco tour. You are to be taken via a 60-minute drive to your hotel in Casablanca city center. You have the rest of the evening to yourself.
2nd Day : Casablanca – Rabat
In Casablanca tour you will see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest one outside of Mecca and experience the coastal Cornish seaside. Afterwards, we will leave to explore Rabat. Here you will see the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, before you check in to your riad in the Medina. Overnight at Riad.
3rd Day : Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco, known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to the Roman city of Volubilis, where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman road, and city layout. As you travel through the Moroccan countryside we will pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. You’ll get to Fes at the end of the afternoon and check in to your riad within the Medina. Overnight at riad.
4th Day : Full day exploring Fez
Please be in the lobby at 9:00am. Along with your driver, your tour guide should be there ready for you. You are to be provided with a full day’s walking and driving tour of Fez. It served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries. You will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fes includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation at your riad.
5th Day: Fez – Cedar forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Merzouga Desert
After breakfast in your riad, you will leave towards the southeast following the Caravan roads to Merzouga. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at the Cedar forest, the largest one in Morocco, over the Middle Atlas Mountains– where you may well sight Barbarian apes. You will continue through the large open high desert, and notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Er-Rachidia. Your trip continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley and the Tafilalet date palm grove, famous for date cultivation. This area is the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. You’ll arrive at Merzouga at the end of the afternoon – to be welcomed with love.
* You have option to spend a night in a Riad or a Camp that is well equipped.
6th Day: Explore Merzouga area – Camel trek and overnight in luxury desert camp
After breakfast you will start an explorative journey of the Sahara Desert. You’ll visit the Gnawa people – originally slaves brought from Sudan -to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Sahrij in Merzouga (not available always as it can be dry if there is no rain for long time), with its bird populations. You may also visit the souk in Rissani , a traditional town which was the origin of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravans trading as far as Timbuctou in Mali. Here you will see a lot of men hooded and women veiled. In the afternoon you will mount your camel trek, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sanddunes of Merzouga. Overnight will be at our luxury desert camp, where you will have your dinner. For your convenience, the camp is well equipped.
7th Day : Merzouga Desert – Toudra Gorges – Palm Groves of Tinghir – Dades valley
Early in the morning, you have option to awake for sunrise or be lazy and sleep more. After breakfast in the camp, you’ll leave for Rissani or Arfoud , Tinghir, and Toudra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
8th Day : Dades Valley – Kasbah Amridil – Palm Groves of Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazat. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continue to Ouarzazate via the Amridil Kasbah, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century, now the Kasbah is a house of many Glaoui people. At night you will stop in Ouarzazat .
9th Day : Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Tizi n’Tichka Pass – Marrakech
After an early breakfast in the riad, we start our journey to reach the ksar (fortified village) of Ait Ben Haddou where we will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous films have been shot in this spectacular stage, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz…etc.
After visiting the kasbah we´ll go to Marrakech, we´ll see Tizi Ntichka port,that. with 2.260m is the highest point in our country that you can drive in. We´ll enjoy beautiful landscapes from the view points on the way and make some stops to take pictures of the berber villages, at the end of the afternoon and check in to your riad within the Medina. Overnight at riad.
10th : Day trip to Essaouira
You are to make a day trip today. Please be in the lobby at 08:30am. Your driver should be there ready for you. You are to be taken via a 3-hour drive to the coastal town of Essaouira. En route, however, you are to make two stops. The first stop is at a café. There you can purchase refreshments as well as use the bathroom. The second stop is at a small factory where you can see the production of a local plant oil called argan. It is great for the skin and hair. Going from the café to the small factory, hopefully at some point you will see goats standing on the top of trees. They are often, but not always, there. You should be inside the town of Essaouira around 11:30am. Walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. This “City of the Wind” attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic”. Lunch will be free in the medina or in the port. In the afternoon you will travel back to Marrakech. Overnight at riad.
11st Day : Marrakech Tour
Please be in the lobby at 9:30am. Your tour guide should be there ready for you. You are to be provided with a full day’s walking tour of Marrakesh, you will enjoy a the sites with historical and cultural interest, including the Koutoubia Menaret; the Saadian tombs; the beautiful Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. Finally, end the morning by walking through the medina alleys -getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their crafts before arriving at the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. In the afternoon visit the Majorelle Garden & Yves Saint Laurent Museum . Say goodbye to your local tour guide. You have the rest of the evening to yourself. Overnight accommodation in your riad.
12nd Day : Marrakech – Airport
Today your Morocco tour with us ends. Please be in the lobby 3 hours before your airplane depart time. Our driver should be there ready for you. You are to be taken via a 30-minute drive to Menara Airport in Marrakech or 3-hours drive to Mohammed V International Airport.
* We’re flexible so an Airport in whole Morocco is acceptable for us (so choose the best one for your comfort)