Day 1: Casablanca Med V airport – Transfer to Rabat
Upon arrival to Casablanca; the biggest city of the Kingdom; you will have a driver waiting for you in front of the airport, depending on your flight timing you will make a stop at Hassan II Mosque where you will meet a fascinating example of the Moroccan architecture, then you will continue to Rabat for a visit of the Moroccan Capital’s Landmarks. Overnight in a Riad/Hotel in Rabat.
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Moulay Driss – Volubilis – Fes
After breakfast, you will make a 1h30 journey to Meknes, one of the imperial cities of Morocco, the former capital, and the site of the Sultan Moulay Ismail’s granaries. You will make several stops by the Bab Mansour, Lahdim Square, Bab Lakhmis, Habs Qara, and the Jewish cemetery before heading to Moulay Driss to enjoy the panoramic views over the lush plains, agave plants, and olive trees. A visit to Volubilis; Walili in Arabic language, here we go for an hour guided walking 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. Overnight in Fes with breakfast in a Riad in the medina.
Day 3: Fes – Exploring the city with a local guide
A full-day guided tour is scheduled here in Fez, you will meet a local guide at your riad and go on combined historical & new town exploration. The Medina is the intellectual capital of the kingdom and was considered Mecca of the west and Athena of Africa. It is the 3rd biggest city in the country after Casablanca & Rabat with a population of approximately 1 million. This city is a former capital and one of the country’s four imperial cities. Fez comprises three distinct parts, Fes el Bali which is the oldest part surrounded by a big wall, where are more than 9000 narrow streets and allies. Fes-Jdid or the new Fez, home of the Mellah the Jewish quarter, and the Ville Nouvelle the newest section of Fez created during the French occupation. Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medina of Fes is the largest in the world. Among its narrow streets and allies, the oldest university in the world is located; The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859. This University is still operating nowadays.
Day 4: Fes – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)
After breakfast, you will be collected by your driver and head to the desert. You first drive towards the south via the Berber town of Ifran which means caves and it is nicknamed in Morocco as a little Switzerland since it is a very green town and a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco because of its high altitude at 1665 meters. Ifrane is very known as well by The Brotherhood private 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. Lunch could be scheduled in a Berber village called Midelt that is situated on the foothills of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. From a vast plateau, you start crossing up those tough mountains, which are still settled by a big Berber community. The landscapes here include palm tree oases at Jbel Ayachi (at 3747 m) before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud that are famous for their 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. Heading up to the red-colored sand dunes of Merzouga via Rissani, the hometown of the Alaouite dynasty where Moulay Ali Cherif started to unify Morocco under his red flag at the beginning of the 17th century. You will be impressed by the huge sand dunes of Merzouga appearing from the horizon. Where you will spend the night in a Berber camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the tallest sand dunes in Morocco.
Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani – Todgha Gorges – Skoura
Early wake-up to enjoy the fascinating sunrise, you ride back the camels to the hotel in the dune line, for a quick shower. 35 km from Merzouga you will stop to visit the traditional market of Errisani and possibly the Mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a crossroads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan center. 127 km from Errisani the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges are situated beyond the central High Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of Colorado, with its high plateaux, its gorges, and great canyons, and its peaks sometimes splintered by erosion. The area is populated by the Berbers. Also, you can enjoy a hike among those fabulous canyons, you go along the road of 1000 Thousand Kasbahs, since there are enormous kasbahs on both sides of the road, you pass a town called Boumalen situated on the edge of Dades valley which raises in the High Atlas mountains, giving life to a huge Berber community by its rich agriculture. Along this road, another valley called the valley of roses appearing with the green color of its Alfalfa plants, olive trees, fig-trees, and grapes once you arrive in Skoura Palmary you will spend the night with dinner and breakfast at a Riad/Hotel.
Day 6: Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – the Atlas Mountains – Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will head to Ouarzazate which is mainly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent Kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. One of those buildings is Taourirt Kasbah, which belongs to the 17th century. Ouarzazate is also named the Hollywood of Africa simply because it has been noted as a film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their movies like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) and Babel (2005). 35 km from Ouarzazate there is the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou, built in the 11th century. Once upon a time, this Kasbah was the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and has some beautiful examples of Kasbahs, which unfortunately sustain damage during each rainstorm and windstorms. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village on the other side of the river; however, eighth families are still living within this Kasbahs. You will cross the high atlas mountains and the Tizi N’tichka pass to reach Marrakech for an overnight with breakfast in a Riad/Hotel.
Day 7: Marrakesh, Full Guided City Tour
A full-day guided tour is scheduled in Marrakesh. Again you will meet with a local tour guide of Marrakech along with your driver to give you an insight into this beautiful city. This Red town was the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. Marrakesh is situated near the foothills of the snow-peaks of the High Atlas Mountain. Like all the old cities, Marrakesh comprises both an old fortified city The Medina, and a very modern city called Gueliz built during the French occupation. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square is full of storytellers, water sellers, dancers, snake charmers, and musicians. During the night the square turns into a huge open-air restaurant.
As part of your Marrakech guided tour, you will see The Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century in the reign of the Almoravid Dynasty, the Bahia Palace, and the Madrassa Ben Youssef. You will go among narrow streets and alleys in the ancient city. You pass by “seven saints” during the reign of Moulay Ismail. The tombs of several renowned figures were moved to Marrakech to attract pilgrims. Marrakech was dominated in the first half of the 20th century by T’hami El Glaoui, “Lord of the Atlas”, and Pasha of Marrakech. Still, there is a house called Dar Pacha El Glaoui from where he used to rule the whole southern parts of Morocco.
Day 8: Marrakesh – Casablanca Med V airport
After seeing and discovering all the different colors of the Moroccan Kingdom, you will be transferred to Casablanca or Marrakech airport to attend your flight.
CLASSIC MOROCCO TOUR 7 NIGHTS, WHAT′S INCLUDED
- Transportation in private licensed SUV 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 & Fes Sightseeing guided 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 for sunset
- Local Taxes