Full Day by Day Itinerary
Casablanca – Rabat
While in Casablanca visit Mohammed V square and the impressive mosque of Hassan II.
Next we will explore the Imperial City of Rabat, including 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.
Rabat – Asilah – Tangier
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.
Overnight in Asilah.
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.
Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
After your breakfast in the riad, our authentic journey will start with a scenic drive that will take us from high in the Rif Mountains through the fertile agricultural hills to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, an open-air museum.
Volubilis is not as spectacular as the Roman sites on the Mediterranean rim, but it is still a relaxed way of experiencing 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 lunch, we take a glimpse of Bab el Mansour and enjoy a visit of Moulay Ismail’s shrine.
After the visit in Meknes, we will drive directly to Fes city where you will spend the night.
A Full Day to Explore Fes
After visiting the economic capital Casablanca and the political one Rabat, you will go for another adventure through the intellectual capital of Fes which was considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa.
It 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 are more than 9000 narrow streets and alleys. Fes-Jdid or the new Fes, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fes created during the French occupation.
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.
Overnight in Fes.
Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Gorges- Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
After the breakfast we will leave Fes and travel to Merzouga.
We’ll pass through Ifrane for the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are located, a perfect photo opp of wilderness in Morocco.
Enjoy lunch in a small Berber village of Zaida.
Continue through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt to arrive to the small town of Rich, Erfoud.
Here we experience the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet and then continue to Merzouga.
Overnight in a hotel in Merzouga.
Merzouga – Berber Families – Black Desert
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 visit the village of the Khamlia, originally home to slaves from Sudan, to experience their music and culture.
Our next stop is the panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border.
You will visit the sites of black volcanic rocks before continuing on to reach the panorama near Yasmina lac (if there’s water in) where you will view the scene of the dunes in addition to the nearby lake (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, and 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.
Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate
Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert before 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.
We’ll stop for a panoramic view of the Kasbah of Taourirt, and another photo stop near the Atlas Film Studios.
Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou -High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
This morning after breakfast in the hotel, we depart to Ouarzazate via Skoura.
We 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 enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in the village.
Continue our drive to Marrakech over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude).
Overnight in Marrakech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.