Explore the mystical cities of Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and Essaouira. Visit a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains and ride a camel through the vast Sahara desert.
Even though Morocco is merely an hour away from Europe, it feels a whole world away. Starting from Casablanca and experiencing 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 of Sahara Desert.Get a Quote Now
- Private Transportation in air conditioned vehicle
- English Speaking Driver/Guide
- Licensed national and/or city Guides in Major Cities
- 4×4 Tour of Erg Chebbi
- Camel Trek
- Overnight Stay in Berber Tents
- All Entrance Fees
- 13 Nights of Accommodation
- 13 Breakfasts
- 1 Dinner
- Airfare to Morocco
- Transportation to Marrakech if arriving in another location (can be arranged for a supplement)
- Travel and/or medical insurance
- Dinners and any additional food/drink costs if not specified
- Any incidental expenses
- Tips to driver, guides, Riad/hotel staff.
Day 1 : Arrival (Casablanca) - Rabat
You will meet your driver at the Casablanca airport. Time allowing, you may visit the King Hassan II Mosque then transfer to Rabat. After you check in to your hotel, you will visit the Mausoleum of the Royals and the unfinished Hassan Tower. You will also visit the King’s Palace Gardens and Kasbah Oudaya.
Day 2 : Rabat - Meknes - Fes
Right after breakfast, you will drive to the second imperial city of Morocco. You 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 Sahrij Swani and the city’s granary which was used to store food and water. Located in Meknes is also the mausoleum of the longest reigning sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail. Before heading to Fes our last stop will be the El Hedim Square.
Day 3 : 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 will 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, you’ll visit a clay cooperative workshop where artisans will demonstrate how they handcraft Moroccan mosaics and other pottery. Here, our driving tour ends and you 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. You will explore the Moulay Idriss 2nd Mausolee to see its cedar-wood doors and richly decorated vestibule. You will end your 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 4 : Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Midelt
This day’s drive from Fes to Midelt will be an exciting one. You will pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the city of Ifrane, nicknamed the Switzerland of Morocco. The charming town is known for its Alpine climate and high altitudes of 1,665 meters (5,460 feet). You will head to Azrou Forest – the biggest cedar forest in Africa, where you may have the opportunity to feed the rare Barbary Macaque monkeys. You will end your day in Midelt and check in to your hotel.
Day 5 : Midelt - Errachidia - Merzouga
After breakfast, you will drive to Merzouga via Errachidia and Erfoud. You will travel through the fascinating Tiz N’ Talghamt pass and Ziz Gorge. Break for lunch with a Berber family in one of the villages with a stop to visit the vast palm plantations of the Ziz Valley. After the visit, you will continue towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga where you end your day in the tents in the middle of the dunes. You will enjoy the sunset in a magic setting.
Day 6 : Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud
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 at the hotel. After a quick shower, you will start your day by an opportunity to meet nomads, have tea and try their local dish called “madfouna” or nomad pizza. After that you will visit the gnawa musician village to take part of their culture and music. Your day will end at a nice riad in Tinghir, where you will spend the night.
Day 7 : Tinghir - Dades Valley
Tinghir: home to a series of limestone river canyons Todgha Gorges: one of the narrowest and highest roads in Morocco. You will visit the Jewish Quarter with a short walk through local gardens. You will have lunch in the special rest area in the Gorges then we drive to the Dades Valley to visit the clay castles and the rocky “Monkey Toes”. You will spend the night at a local Inn in the valley.
Day 8 : Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate
You continue your trip to the road of a thousand kasbahs. You stop in Kelaat Mgouna; the rosy city where an annual festival of roses is celebrated. You will have the opportunity to buy the natural rose water the nomads use on their linens to keep a fresh smell for a long time. You will take the best shots of natural beauty of oases along the way. In Skoura, you will visit Kasbah Amridil: a well maintained 15th century clay mansion. You will have a tour of the palmeraie oasis on horseback. After lunch, we carry on to the Hollywood of Africa and the city of silence. Ouarzazate has attracted famous producers and actors. A natural landscape that does not need special preparations for renowned movies and shows such as Gladiator, The Mummy, and Game of Thrones.
Day 9 : Ouarzazate - AitBenhaddou - Taroudant
After breakfast, we take the road to AitBenhaddou Kasbah, a must see UNESCO heritage site. This largest fortress used to belong to the last chieftains of the last century. You continue to Taliouine, the town of Safran. Then you continue to Taroudant, nicknamed “the little Marrakech” as it resembles Marrakech’s ramparts and Saadians dynasty architecture. You will wander in the souks of the medina and interact with the people. Dinner will be at a public restaurant then you spend the night at the hotel.
Day 10 : Taroudant - Agadir - Essaouira
After breakfast, you will have a short walk along the seaside promenade and then we will head to Essouira. The city is known for its Argan oil processed by women cooperatives. The women of the cooperatives grind the pit of argan nuts to extract much-sought-after argan oil. An oil that is known to have many beneficial properties and is used for both culinary and cosmetic purposes. On the road, you may also get to see the tree-climbing goats that are attracted to these special Argan trees. Your coastal trip ends at Essaouira in the afternoon; dinner and a night in a riad.
Day 11 : Essaouira
You will have a guided tour of the city right after breakfast. Essaouira is the windy city that attracts surfers all year long. The local guide will take you to the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks, the Mellah, and the Thuya wood carving workshops. You will then have fresh fish for lunch followed by free time at the beach.
Day 12 : Essaouira - Marrakech
You depart to Marrakech in the morning. On your way, you will stop to visit the Argan cooperatives and stop for photo taking of the goats climbing the trees. As soon as you arrive in Marrakech, you check in to the Riad. After break in your room, we will take the tour at the world known place J’amaa Elfna and most animated square -frequented by snake charmers, monkey entertainers, fortune tellers, food stalls, and musicians. Wrap up your day with free time.
Day 13 : Marrakech
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 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
Price in US$:
- Based on double occupancy and per person
- For Single Rooms; additional supplement fee will be applied
|Tour Level/Hotel rating||2 People||3 People||6 People||Supplement for a Single Room/per|
|3 Star Level (Double occupancy)||$2,940pp||$2,730pp||$2,520pp||+$400|