Let the wonders of this unique and exotic country work their magic! Immerse yourself in the richness of Moroccan culture and history and take in the beauty of this country’s diverse landscapes. Oceans, mountains, deserts and more: this tour is for the explorer in you! Along the route, meet Moroccan people, discover their delicious cuisine, and learn about a life and lifestyle that is at once ancient, exotic, and totally modern.
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DAY 1: Arrival Marrakech
We’ll meet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodations to rest, relax, settle in. You can begin your exploration of the “Red City” on your own, or relax until late afternoon. Then visit Djemaa el Fna Square and be entertained by the musicians, snake-charmers, and fortune-tellers. You can have dinner at one of the food stalls in the square or at your riad.
DAY 2: Marrakech
Enjoy a full-day guided walking tour of the Red City! Marrakech is the fourth and final Imperial City on your tour. You will tour the medina and see all the major sites, including the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech Museum, El Badi Palace, and Saadian Tombs. Along the way, you’ll experience the colorful souks and visit the tanneries. Complete the day with an evening ride through the city on a horse-drawn calèche!
DAY 3: Casablanca
Depart for Casablanca after breakfast, and arrive in time for a walk along the oceanside promenade and a delicious lunch. Catch the tour of the Hassan II Mosque at 2:00pm. It takes about an hour, and the interior is amazing. This is one of only two mosques in Morocco that allow non-Muslims to enter. Then we’ll tour you to other sights such as La Corniche, Sacre Coeur Cathedral, Arab League Park, and Mohammed V Plaza. Discover some of this cosmopolitan city’s best dining this evening!
DAY 4: Rabat
Travel to Rabat this morning. It’s about an hour from Casablanca, and is Morocco’s current capital, and the second Imperial City on your tour. After lunch, take a self-guided walking tour the old and new cities. If you prefer, we will drive you from one sight to the other as you like, as they are some distance apart. Visit the Hassan Tower, the Kasbah des Oudayas, Musee des Oudayas, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and Chellah.
DAY 5: Rabat
Enjoy a free day in Rabat today. Consider exploring this modern city’s excellent galleries and museums. Be sure to visit the excellent Archaeological Museum with its fine collection of prehistoric, Roman, and Islamic artifacts.
DAY 6: Meknes
Travel today to Meknes, the third Imperial City on your tour. Use the afternoon to take a guided walking tour or the city’s key sights. The medina is an excellent introduction to the old traditional life and lifestyle of Morocco, and not as busy as those in Fes and Marrakech. You’ll visit Bab Mansour, the Bou Inania Medersa, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, Dar Jamai Palace, Zaouia of Sidi Mohammed ben Aissa, Habs Kara and Heri el-Souani (the Royal Granaries).
DAY 7: Fes
After breakfast, travel in the direction of Fes. Along the way, stop for a guided tour of the fantastic Roman ruins at Volubilis. In the afternoon, visit a ceramics factory where the “zellij” tiles and the famous “Fes Bleu” pottery are made by hand, using centuries-old techniques. End the day with some relaxation: enjoy a hammam at your riad, perhaps?
DAY 8: Fes
Beautiful Fes is the fourth and final Imperial City on your tour. Use this day to take a full-day guided walking tour of the medina, and see the major sights including the Andalusian Mosque, Attarine Medersa, Bab Boujeloud, the Bou Inania Medersa, the Fontaine Nejjarine, the Musee Nejjarine des Arts et Metiers du Bois (Wood Arts and Crafts Museum), Kairaouine Mosque, Place Seffarine, and the Terrasse des Tanneurs. Discover the traditional multi-course “Fassi” dinner to top off this amazing day!
DAY 9: Midelt
Depart in the direction of the Sahara Desert this morning. You’ll travel through some amazing scenery! Visit the “little Switzerland” city of Ifrane. Also pass through the cedar forest near Azrou, habitat for the wild Barbary monkeys. Some of them have been “spoiled”: they are very tame, and will take fruit or nuts delicately from your fingers. Overnight at a country inn in Midelt.
DAY 10: Erfoud/Merzouga
Today’s the day: the Sahara Desert! You will pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Ziz Valley with its stark rocky outcrops and dense palm oases before reaching Erfoud, Rissani, and Merzouga. You may choose to relax around your hotel pool this day, or you might like to discover your inner nomad on the back of a camel!
DAY 11: Erfoud/Merzouga (Tent Camp)
Explore the desert cities today: visit their markets, discover Morocco’s fossil record at Erfoud, and the restored Kasbah at Rissani. Later in the afternoon, we’ll transport you to your tent camp among the dunes, where your camp hosts will prepare a delicious traditional dinner for you!
DAY 12: Ouarzazate
Leave the desert today, and begin your drive towards Marrakech. Your destination today is Ouarzazate. En route, you’ll visit the Todra Gorge at Tinghir, Dades Valley at Boumalne de Dades, then travel the Route des Kasbahs down through the Valley of Roses, and visit the Thousand Palms Oasis at Skoura.
DAY 13: Marrakech
Return to Marrakech today. Before you leave Ouarzazate, tour the historic Kasbah Taourirt or the Atlas Studios where numerous major popular movies have been made. As you leave Ouarzazate, you’ll visit Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, the classic example of red pisé (rammed earth) architecture. Then you’ll ascend into the Atlas Mountains, crossing the amazing Tichka Pass. Stop at the village of Taddart to visit a Women’s Co-operative where cosmetic and culinary argan oil products are made.
DAY 14: Marrakech
Free day to complete your exploration of Marrakech and prepare for your departure.
DAY 15: Departure Marrakech
We’ll transport you to the airport at your convenience.