Highlights of Morocco from Marrakech – 14 Days
$ 3.220,00 PP
Even though Morocco is merely an hour away from Europe, it feels a whole world away. Starting from the medina of Marrakech to the sea of dunes in the Sahara, you will be captivated by the beauty of Morocco’s landscape and fascinating cities. This tailored, privately guided tour will help you immerse in the Moroccan culture in cities, towns and oases. It will take you to experience the exotic food and music. Explore the mystical cities of Marrakech, Casablanca, and Fes. Visit a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains and ride a camel through the vast Sahara.
|Day 1 : Arrival to Marrakech
Your driver will greet you at the airport then transfer you to your Hotel/Riad. After your check in, you have the rest of the day for yourself. Relax in your room or request your driver as needed.
|Day 2 : Marrakech guided Tour
After breakfast, you will meet a certified local guide who will lead a walking tour of the Red city. You will visit Bahia Palace, built by Bahmad Grand vizir of Marrakech. As you discover the palace, you will enjoy the incredible mosaics and stucco styles while hearing some interesting stories about the 4 wives and 24 concubines. The next sight is the extraordinary architecture of Saadian Tomb, royal necropolis of 17th century. Visit the famous souks of Marrakesh and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling marketplace. The large souk carries a variety of goods; from spices to traditional clothing and handmade artisanal crafts, there is something for everyone. You will have the opportunity to exercise your haggling skills while purchasing unique hand crafted items. You will finish your tour at Jamaa El-fana, the most animated square in Marrakech-frequented by snake charmers, monkey entertainers, fortune tellers, food stalls, and musicians. Wrap up your day with free time.
|Day 3 : Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Daddes Valley
At 8am, we start our trip to Daddes via the gigantic Tizi’NTichka cols which is the famous winding mountain-side road. We will make stops along the way in the scenic overviews. We’ll have lunch followed by a walking guided tour at the must see world heritage site Ait Benhadou. We continue our tour with the Hollywood of Africa in Ouarzazate to discover the film studios of well-known movies like The Mummy, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones. Arrive in Daddes valley to end your day by checking into your hotel for dinner and rest for a fresh start in the morning.
|Day 4 : Daddes Valley Tour
After breakfast, we will go off-roading to Boutghrar. Weather allowing, we may enjoy the hospitality of the nomads in their cavern dwellings. We will continue through the Rose Valley with a stop at a local rose water extraction cooperative and follow up with a visit to a neighboring open-air market. We’ll return to your hotel for dinner and rest.
|Day 5 : Daddes Valley - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga
Meet your driver in the hotel lobby as we continue to Tinghir to visit the Jewish Quarter with a short walk through local gardens. After a short drive we’ll find ourselves in Todgha Gorges, home to a series of limestone river canyons. As we continue our drive we’ll visit the “khattarat” – one of the oldest irrigation systems in the world. Our final stop will be in Merzouga, where we’ll switch from car to camelback for a trip through the dunes and night of music under the stars.
|Day6 : Merzouga - Rissani - Midelt
Wake up early for a sunrise on the dunes which will be followed by breakfast and a short break before our camelback ride to meet the driver. Along the road to Midelt, we will stop at Errissani to visit the market and enjoy a local treat “madfouna” – a nomadic style pizza. In the same area we will visit a local Fossil Museum, which is known for containing some fossils dating back 500 million years ago. Through the Ziz Gorge we will pass through the Atlas Mountains to spend the night in Midelt.
|Day 7 : Midelt - Ifrane - Fes
After breakfast, on our way to Fes, we will stop for a photo shoot in Azrou Forest – the biggest cedar forest in Africa. You will have the opportunity to feed the rare macaque monkeys that live in the forest. Afterwards, we will drive to the Switzerland of Morocco. Ifrane is a beautiful city known for its alpine climate and popularity with skiers. Our drive will then end in Fes, the 1st imperial city, where we will spend the night at a local riad.
|Day 8 : Fes Guided Tour
The medieval medina of Fes is one of Morocco’s top cities in producing handmade crafts; in fact many of the ancient methods are still in use today. After breakfast, you meet our local certified guide who will start the tour by visiting the King’s Palace. We’ll drive to the Southern Tower – the highest point of the city for a panoramic view of the Old Medina. Following this, we’ll visit a clay cooperative workshop where artisans will demonstrate how they handcraft Moroccan mosaics and other pottery. Here, our driving tour ends and we embark on a walking tour beginning with three historic monuments. Al-Qarawiyyin University is the first university in the world. Built by Fatima Al-Fihri in the 8th century, it is one of the city’s most admired monuments. Madrassa Bou Inania was built by Sultan Bou Inan in the 1350’s and stands as the most architecturally refined of Fes’ theological colleges. It is known for its massive brass entrance doors and its interior courtyard which contains a masterpiece of elaborate zellige tile work. e will explore the Moulay Idriss 2nd Mausolee to see its cedar-wood doors and richly decorated vestibule. We will end our day by visiting the leather tannery district of Fes where you will see local leather experts work goat, camel, and cow hides in small stone vessels filled with different colored dyes.
|Day 9 : Fes - Volubilis - Meknes
Savor a morning of free time to relax or to continue exploring the thousands of pedestrian alleyways in the Medina. After lunch we will venture to the archeological site of Volubilis. These roman ruins are well preserved and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We will continue driving to the last imperial city of Morocco. Meknes is recognized by its tall ramparts and large gates. Bab Mansour is one of the most impressive gates in the whole of Morocco. We’ll carry on for a stop at SahrijSwani and the city’s granary which was used to store food and water. Located in Meknes is also the mausoleum of the longest reining sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail. Before checking in to our hotel, we’ll visit the El Hedim Square.
|Day 10 : Meknes - Chefchaouen
You will start our drive to the Blue Pearl where we will spend the night. Chefchaouen’s color originates from a Moorish tradition of dyeing fabrics. The city interconnects Berber, Muslim, and Jewish culture with those of Moorish Spanish exiles.
|Day 11 : Chefchaouen
After breakfast, we will begin our day in the lovely medina to discover the ‘blue pearl’ of the Rif Mountains on a full-day tour and explore the vivid lanes of a remarkable city to experience the town’s street life and visit the market where craftsmen sell distinctive Riffian handicrafts. You will visit the 18th-century kasbah and linger in the bustling cafés of the main square and the well-preserved mellah -home of a vibrant Jewish community. If you'd prefer to explore the outside of the city, the certified guide will take you for a hike through the small villages that connect the valleys and ridges of the nearby Rif Mountains.
|Day 12 : Chefchaouen - Tangier
After breakfast, we drive to Tangier through the Rif Mountains. Upon our arrival, you will meet the local certified guide to walk you through the history of this international city. Home of Dar El Makhzen (Palace of the Sultan), Tangier is the last point in Morocco from which you can see Spain and Gibraltar. An entrance to Africa at the edge of two seas: the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. The city has an old Medina that dates back to the 15th century. A conglomerate of residential and commercial alleyways, the Medina offers first-hand experience of the Moroccan life-style and culture. Its big fortified doors speak of a history of self protection. An hour after sunset, the doors used to be closed to protect the old Medina. You will check in to the hotel in Tangier and you will have your free time.
|Day 13 : Tangier - Assilah - Rabat
After breakfast, we will drive to Hercules cave in the Atlantic Ocean. Then we carry on to visit the Portuguese built city. Asilah is nicknamed as the city of arts or the open museum. It is known for its annual music and arts festivals and mural-painting competition that brings artists from around the world. As you wander around the old Medina, you will see the colorful marks on the walls. After lunch, we start our drive to Rabat. Upon our arrival, we will visit the Mausoleum of the Royals and the unfinished Hassan tower. We will also visit the King’s Palace gardens and Kasbah Oudaya. Wrap up your day with a group meeting and prepare for the departure.
|Day 14 : Departure
This is the end of your journey with good memories and warm wishes, we hope to serve again soon in Morocco. Your driver will transfer you to the departing airport for a safe flight.