–Day 1 : Casablanca – Rabat
Begin your tour of Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial capital and largest city.
Visit the majestic Hassan II Mosque.
Travel to Rabat where you will spend the afternoon visiting the sights of the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries.
Overnight in Rabat.
Depart Rabat for Tangier along the stunning coastal road.
Visit Asilah, a beautiful coastal town with its whitewashed houses, blue walls and doors, and many murals.
Tangier, the gateway to Africa from Europe, has always been an international melting pot. Take a tour of Tangier and explore the bustling medina, and city surrounds, and enjoy the stunning vista where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet.
–Day 3 : Asilah – Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen
Depart Asilah for the enchanting mountain village of Chefchaouen, passing through the green valleys of the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen is famous for its vivid blue rinsed houses and is very popular for both tourists and Moroccans, particularly in the hot summer months.
Explore Chefchaouen, with its winding lanes and narrow alleys which are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works, such as woolen items, intricate embroidery, and goats’ cheese; all native to the north and not found anywhere else in Morocco.
Relax in the square, visit a local farm or hike in nearby parks.
Overnight in Chefchaouen.
–Day 4 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
After your breakfast in the riad, our authentic journey will start with a scenic drive from high in the Rif Mountains through the fertile agricultural hills to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, an open-air museum.
Volubilis, although not as spectacular as the Roman sites on the Mediterranean rim, is still a relaxed way of envisaging an important part of Moroccan history. We will shift our way to Meknes, the fourth of Morocco’s imperial cities and the 17th century heritage where we will stop for lunch and hang around the historical huge walls of the medina.
After launch, take a glimpse of Bab el Mansour and enjoy a visit to Moulay Ismail’s shrine. After the visit in Meknes, we will drive directly to Fes city.
Overnight in Fes.
–Day 5 : A Full Day Of Exploring Fes
After visiting Casablanca, the economic and business center of Morocco, and the political capital of Rabat, you will go for another adventure through the intellectual capital of Fes, considered the Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa.
Fes is the most populated city in country after Casablanca, with a population of approximately 1 million. Fes is a former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. It is comprised of three distinct parts,
- Fes el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where there is a labyrinth of more than 9000 narrow streets and alleys. Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and alleys, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859. This University is still operating today.
- Fes-Jdid or the new Fes, which is still a few hundred years old, home of the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, Batha Museum and the Jnane Sbil gardens.
- Ville Nouvelle, French for new city, constructed under the French Protectorate era in the first half of the 20th century.
Overnight in Fes.
–Day 6 : Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Gorges- Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
After the breakfast we will leave Fes and travel to Merzouga, passing through Ifrane to arrive to the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are located.
This will be a great time to stop to take photos of wilderness in Morocco.
We will enjoy lunch in a small Berber village of Zaida.
We will then continue through the Atlas Mountains, enjoying the landscapes of Midelt to arrive to the small town of Rich, Erfoud.
Here we will feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet and then continue to Merzouga.
Overnight in a hotel in Merzouga.
–Day 7 : Merzouga – Berber Families – Black Desert – Merzouga
After breakfast, we will explore the tiny villages around Erg Chebbi dunes such as Hassi Labied, Merdani , Khamlia, and M’fis .
On our way to Khamlia, we expect to meet locals showing their desert foxes. You may also encounter desert reptiles and mammals along the way.
We will visit the village of the Khamlia, originally home to slaves from Sudan, to experience their music and culture.
Our next stop will be the panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border. You will have the chance to visit the sites of black volcanic rocks before continuing on to reach the panorama near Yasmina lac where you will enjoy the scene of the dunes in addition to the nearby lake (if there’s water in springtime). Not far away there is the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations, including flamingos.
You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities.
Return to Merzouga prior to sunset to mount your camel, explore inside the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi.
Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Enjoy dinner and music under the stars.
Overnight desert camp.
–Day 8 : Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert, then have breakfast.
After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can shower.
Then we depart to Ouarzazate via the stunning valleys and gorges of Todra.
Stopping for a panoramic view of the Kasbah of Taourirt then another photo stop near the Atlas Film Studios.
–Day 9 : Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou -High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
This morning after breakfast in the hotel, we depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura.
We will visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, used for more films than any other location in Morocco; including, Lawrence of Arabia, The Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
We will stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the village and then continue the drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude).
Overnight in Marrakech.
–Day 10 : Marrakech Guided Tour
Today you will have a private guided tour of Marrakech Medina with an official guide from Marrakech. You will see the famous Mosque of Koutoubia, the Medina and its souks, and explore some more of Marrakech’s secrets: Ali Ben Youssef Koranic school, the Saadian the Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens.
Overnight in Marrakech.
–Day 11: Marrakech – Essaouira
Depart Marrakech for the seaside town of Essaouira.
Enjoy the relaxing drive and the views of argon oil cooperatives along the way to this UNESCO World Heritage listed city.
Essaouira is known as the windswept fishing port, with broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliffs. It has long been a popular destination, especially during the summer as it has wonderful ocean breezes.
Overnight in Essaouira.
–Day 12 : Essaouira
Spend the day in Essaouira.
Take in the small but lively medina, stroll along the ramparts or beach, or visit the port to see the daily catch. The Gnaoua Music Festival is held in Essaouira in June.
Overnight in Essaouira.
–Day 13 : Essaouira – Safi – Jadida – Casablanca
Depart Essaouira for a stop in Safi, a previously Portuguese occupied town. Famous as the center of sardine exports, Safi is perhaps most well-known for its pottery.
Arrive in El Jadida, a small port city, formerly controlled by the Portuguese, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Enjoy an ocean view lunch before heading out to Casablanca.
Overnight in Casablanca.
–Day 14 : Casablanca – Airport
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.