Day 1: Casablanca Med V airport – Transfer to Casablanca City Centre (Hotel)
Upon your arrival to Casablanca airport, our Tour leader will assist you to get your bags before taking you to your hotel. After check-in, you will have the time to relax before a tour meeting. It depends on your arrival time, if available we will go sightseeing.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
We will depart at 08:00 for a city sightseeing of Casablanca. It is the economic capital and the biggest city, all over the kingdom, here more than 7 million people. Here we will visit the second biggest mosque in the world after Mecca. It is the Hassan II mosque, one of the best highlights all over the country. Then we continue to Rabat the current capital of Morocco. Where we will have lunch before going on and visit the Oudaya gardens, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II, and Hassan Tower which is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat begun in 1195 AD. After we finish we drive to Meknes on the express road. On the way, you will get fascinated by the thousands and thousands of olive trees on the two banks of the road. Meknes was one of the imperial cities in Morocco; the former capital and the site of Sultan Moulay Ismail’s granaries. We stay at our hotel in Meknes.
Day 3: Meknes – Moulay Driss – Volubilis – Fez
After breakfast, we will go on our discovering visit to the main historical monuments of Meknes. We will start with the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). Then we go to the granaries, built in 1600. They were ingeniously designed. Tiny windows, massive walls, and a system of underflow water channels kept the temperatures cool and air circulating. He didn’t store food for humans, but grain and hay to feed his 15.000 horses. We will stop as well to get pictures of the Bab AL Mansour the Great gate, built in the 11thcentury. Meknes has been greatly impacted by the Moorish-style building. It is no the fifth biggest city of the kingdom since it has a good economy, based mainly on agriculture, olives, and wine. We will lunch here in Meknes, where we will try the Moroccan delicacy Camel burger for lunch. After lunch, we will drive towards Fes. On the way, we will travel back to the 3rd century by visiting the most important archeological site in the kingdom. It is Volubilis, Walili in the Arabic language. here we go for an hour guided tour through this attractive roman city or what we call the ruins of Volubilis, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. After we finish visiting Volubilis we drive to our hotel in Fes.
Day 4: Fes, Full Guided City Tour
This is a whole day guided tour to Fes, starts at 9:00 till 5:00. Fes is the fourth biggest city and the former capital of Morocco, it is one of the country’s four “imperial cities,” the others are Rabat, Marrakech, and Meknes. It comprises two distinct parts, the oldest section or the Medina and the Ville Nouvelle which was created by the French between 1912-1956the French-created, newest section of Fes. It is a mosaic city since it is consists of plenty of cultures, Islamic, Andalusia, Jewish, Berber, French…
This oldest section of Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Medina is the largest and the most amazing labyrinth in Africa and the world’s largest contiguous car-free urban area, where no cars are allowed to drive there. Karts and donkeys are the only means of transportation in its narrow and mingled streets and allies, more than 9000 narrow streets. Among that labyrinth of alleys, we will visit the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859, we return to our hotel more night in Fes. The visit of Fes is really fascinating by knowing and discovering its incredible history along centuries. A lot of amazing and fascinating things about Fes will stick to your mind forever. When we finish visiting Fes we drive back to our hotel.
Day 5: Fez – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga (hotel at Dune Line)
This is a bit long day journey since we will drive for more than 400 Km. But still, a wonderful day where we will drive through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains to the peaceful and beautiful town of Ifran home of Brotherhood university, established in 1997 by The King of Morocco Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia Fahd. Where all classes are taught in English It is an international university. We stop for lunch in a rural village Midelt which is located on the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. From here we start to drive throughout the High Atlas Mountains and along Ziz valley one of the longest valleys all over the kingdom. Continue past the former French Foreign Legion outpost of Errachidia, one of the largest oases of palm trees in Morocco. Before arriving to the town of Erfoud; which is famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries. Fossils are a major industry in Erfoud, some 350 million years ago the region around Erfoud was a part of the huge ocean. From Erfoud, we drive towards Errisani, a small sleepy town. The Alaouite dynasty founder Moulay Ali Cherif is buried here. From this small town, he started to unify the Moroccan tribes in the 17thcentury. From Erissani, we drive 35 km before we arrive at our hotel, which is located just on the dune line. We stay in our hotel tonight.
Day 6: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi Dunes (Sahara Desert Exploration 4×4 & Camel Trek for sunset)
Here in the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi, we start at 10:00 or earlier and go on a drive throughout the sand dunes. While driving on these fabulous landscapes we will see plenty of nomadic black tents in the middle of nowhere. We shall stop by a nomadic family to have tea and see what a nonadic life looks like. We go on our drive and let’s discover the nomadic life of Touareg people by visiting Khamlia, a village where nothing has been changed through centuries. Either we lunch here in Khamlia village or we go back to our hotel and lunch there. After a nape, we go on a camel ride to meet one of the most fascinating sights we will ever see, the superb sunset in the middle of the high sand dunes of Merzouga (Erg Chebbi). Tonight we stay in a Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.
Day 7: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges
After breakfast, we drive to Rissani. It is the town where the Alaouit dynasty (The Royal Family) started to unify Morocco in the 17th century. We will visit the Mausoleum of the Alaouit dynasty founder Moulay Ali Cherif. From here we start driving towards Ouarzazate but before we will stop for lunch in Todgha gorges the biggest and the most fascinating canyons all over the country. Here we can enjoy an hour walking around those fabulous canyons and get thousands and thousands of pictures because it is really something.
Day 8: Todgha Gorges – Dades Valley – Ouarzazate
From the great canyons, we drive to Ouarzazate via the valley of roses. Here we find what we call the Damaskina rose which had been brought from Syria by pilgrims who used to go to Mecca on foot. So on their way back they brought this rose and plant it here in this valley. There are many rosewater factories in the area, where they produce different cosmetic products. If time allows, we can stop by one factory to see what the different steps of evaporating and purifying the rose water are and what the different products of this good-smelling rose are. Meanwhile, on the road, we will go for a quick tea with a nomadic family that still living in caves. We will pass by a sleepy small village called Skoura, which is located just in the middle of the palm trees. And now there are a lot of Kasbahs transformed into Riads and guest houses by French owners. We continue to Ouarzazate the night.
Day 9: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
A visit to Morocco’s film capital, Ouarzazate. Here we will see different old sets for many famous movies like Babel, Hidalgo, Gladiator Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven…and other hundreds of famous movies. After this African Hollywood tour of almost an hour, we drive for 30 Km to get to the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou which was first built in the 11th century and was named by UNESCO in 1992 as a world heritage site. Explore the streets of this clay Kasbah at a relaxed pace and have some tea with the family that still living there looking after the Kasbah. Here more than 300 families, then have lunch there. After lunch, we drive to Marrakesh throughout the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Where hundreds of superb Berber villages scattered on the mountains. This unexpected and fascinating presence of houses that are made from mud and straw; in the middle of nowhere; with the satellite dishes on roofs. All this makes you feel that nothing has been changed in life here through thousands of years. Meanwhile donkeys and mules still the main means of transportation among these high and tough mountains, since there are no accesses for cars and tracks.
Day 10: Marrakesh, Guided City Tour
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city includes the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, the Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the famous Koutoubia Minaret, and the magnificent Bahia Palace. After lunch at the hotel, we continue to Djmaa-el-Fna Square, the heart of Marrakesh. Tonight, dinner and folklore show at “Fantasia Chez Ali,” serving typical Moroccan cuisine, family-style in lavishly decorated tents amidst music, local entertainment, and an equestrian show. Explore the tantalizing spice market and dine al fresco at a footstall in Djmaa el-Fna, or escape the buzz of the city in the shaded rooms of the Bahia Palace, a superb example of ornate Muslim architecture. After visiting the busy parts of Marrakesh we will head to the most beautiful and well-designed gardens all over the country: The famous Majorelle gardens founded in 1982.
Day 11: Marrakesh – Casablanca Med V airport or Marrakech airport
Transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca according to your flight details or even fly from Marrakech if your flight is scheduled to leave from Marrakech.
THE BEST OF MOROCCO TOUR, WHAT′S INCLUDED
- Transportation in private licensed 4WD or Minibus with A/C, fuel throughout the tour
- English speaking driver
- Accommodations in typical Moroccan hotels, Kasbahs, Riads and Inns with Ensuite rooms, air conditioning/heating
- Half Board – 2 meals each day Dinner & Breakfast except where listed B.B, (Vegetarians are welcome)
- Marrakesh, Volubilis & Fes Sightseeing Tours with Local guides
- Possibility to upgrade accommodations category with extra cost
- Swimming stops (April to September), we select hotels that have a swimming pool facility for this period
- Walks & Explorations for example in Ait Benhaddou, Desert sand dunes & Gorges
- Night at Erg Chebbi desert dune in a nomad tented camp (possibility to upgrade to Luxury camp)
- Erg Chebbi Camel Trekking tour at sunset
- Local Taxes