Explore Morocco’s stunning imperial cities on a tour from Casablanca, and experience the country’s most striking landscapes, architecture and traditional cultures. Walk through millenia-old ruins and discover Morocco’s historic capitals; visit Fez’s imposing monuments, then immerse yourself in the thriving life of the medieval medina.
In Casablanca, you will explore the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque outside Mecca. Continuing to Rabat - the capital of Morocco - we visit the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah before you check in to your overnight accommodation in a riad at the heart of the Medina.
* Pick up from your hotel in Casab;anca
* Transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle
* An experienced English speaking driver / guide
* Camel ride in Merzouga desert
* Accommodation in desert camp and hotels
* Drop off at your hotel in Marrakech / Casablanca
NOT INCLUDED :
All lunches and soft drinks
Tips and anything not mentioned in program
DAY 2: RABAT - ASSILAH - CHEFCHAOUEN :
After breakfast we will drive to Chefchaouen via the city of Asilah. Asilah is known for it annual festival for the art - most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world. Your visit includes the Skalla fortress. If time permits, we will have a drive through Tangier. Afterwards you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight in a traditonal riad.
Today we travel to Fes via Ouazzan to Volubilis, the well preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC. Here you will see the most beautiful Mosaics in Morocco. We will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire. After that we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco where we see the gate Bab Mansour. Our visit includes also the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. We continue via the highway to Fes. Overnight accommodation at a fancy riad in the medina.
DAY 4 : FES :
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring Fes the “the Sprititual City of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina and its alleys; visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest - including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Medrasa Bouanania, the Tanneries and the Najjarine fountain. After lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative. In the afternoon, we will drive you to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation at the riad .
DAY 5 : FES – AZROU - MIDLET - ZIZ VALLEY - MERZOUGA :
Today we travel to Ifran, referred to as "the Switzerland of Morocco", and then to Midlet and the Ziz Valley. We will drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud, and then Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Arriving in Merzouga hotel.
DAY 6 : MERZOUGA DESERT AND THE CAMEL TREK :
Today you’ll visit the Gnawa people to experience their music and lifestyle. We will drive in desert area where you will have the opportunity to meet the nomad families. We may also visit the souk in Rissani, a traditional town which was the origin of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravans trading as far as Timbuctou in Mali. In the afternoon you will start your guided camel ride, led by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Overnight at our desert camp where you will have your dinner.
Early in the morning our camel guide will wake you up to watch desert sunrise. Afterwards you will trek back to the village of Merzouga. After breakfast in riad, you’ll leave for the Dades Valley, visiting Todra Gorges - the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. We will have an optional hour’s hike through the fields where you will enjoy visiting an old mud village. On through Dades Valley you will have the opportunity to see majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as "monkey toes". Overnight accommodation will be in your hotel with dinner.
DAY 8 :DADES GORGE – NOMAD CAVES - ROSE VALLEY - OUARZAZATE :
Today we travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. Today you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile “Rose valley” and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater. Continuing on to Skoura and the birds valley, you’ll visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area followed by some light hiking in the valley and a stop for lunch then we continue to Ouarzazate - “the Hollywood of Africa”- whose geography and beautiful landscapes have attracted many world class movie producers. Overnight accommodation in riad.
DAY 9 : OUARZAZATE - AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH- MARRAKECH :
After breakfast in your riad, you will travel to Marrakech via the dramatic Tizi Ntichka Pass. Today you’ll stop at the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. The largest Kasbah in Morocco, was built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains, at the end of the 19th century to be one of his stops during his long trading routes to Timbuctu in Mali. Now the Kasbah houses many of the Glaoui family members. After visiting t the Kasbah, your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka in the high Atlas mountian before to arrive to Marrakech. Night in a Riad in the oldest medina.
DAY 10 : MARRAKECH :
Guiedd tour in Marrakech "the Red City of Morocco”. We explore most of the sites with historical and cultural interest - including the famous Jemaa El Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian tombs; the Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, then in the afternoon visit the Majorelle Gardens, and have a short visit to the new city of Marrakech . Overnight accommodation will be at the same riad.
DAY 11 : CASABLANCA AIRPORT :
After breakfast in your riad, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight.