This 11 day Morocco itinerary highlights the best of the country including Fez, the Sahara Desert, and Marrakesh. With your private driver, you will see the real Morocco...
Day 1: Casablanca
Upon arrival and assistance by your driver at Mohammed V Airport. Check-in your hotel, and whenever you are ready we can start the sightseeing tour of Casablanca. “Principal city in Morocco and capital in all but administration” Casablanca, home to the famous Hassan II Mosque which boasts one of the largest minarets in the world – truly a striking image. Casablanca is the economic hub of Morocco with one of the busiest ports in Africa. We will bring you to visit the Hassan II Mosque, the Habous district, and the Royal palace. Optionally you can enjoy a seafood lunch in the Corniche, by the seaside.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
After breakfast, you will leave towards Fes. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King. Here, past meets present as you pass the contemporary parliament building with a view to the old medina of Rabat and the Kasbah of Oudayas. While here we will make a visit to Oudayas, a traditional residential fortress, from which we will look out upon the Atlantic and the historic city of Salé. After that we will make a visit to the Hassan Tower and mosque. For lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal imperial city. After lunch you will continue on to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco.
Day 3: Fes – Guided tour of the Medina
After breakfast , We will have a full-day tour of the city of Fes, starting with an enjoyable drive across the Hills of Fez, A visit to the King’s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. The Holy City (Medina) is surrounded with walls and gates. Fes does not reveal its secrets easily, they need to be discovered little by little, with reverence. Only in this way can the splendors of Medrsa architecture be fully appreciated. Only in this way will the call of the Medina tempt you. Winding and twisting up and down the hills, with history and stories in every alley, home, nook, and cranny, it would be easy to become overwhelmed with the sights, smells, and sounds of this place. We will guide you through, showing you the homes of many years of Islamic scholarship at the Karaouiyne University, Bou Inania Madrasa, Attarine Madrasa, and others. Fes is indeed the religious capital of Morocco, with beautiful mosques at every turn of the head. Surrounding these places of historical interest are the shops of craftsmen who have learned from the many generations before them the methods of implementing their crafts. You may choose to shop for something here that captures the feeling of Fes for you to enjoy for years to come. There is so much on offer, from ornate silver to luxurious jellabas, traditional slippers to impressive tile work. There is something for people of every taste to admire or bring home. For lunch you may choose to eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch you will continue the tour and return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 4: Fes – Excursion to Volubilis, Moulay Idriss and Meknes
After breakfast, you will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Visit also the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head back to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco.
Day 5: Fes – Atlas Mountains – Midelt – Merzouga
Depart Fes after breakfast and start heading to the famous South of Morocco. Visit the forested hillside city of Ifrane built in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village, today a popular ski resort area. Then continue to Azrou, famous town for woodwork. Near Azrou you will also encounter in the cedar forests many colonies of Barbary apes that will keep you amused. Then continue towards Midelt, travelling through the spectacular Ziz Valley passing palm groves and green valleys. Then father South the scenery will change into the dry, desert looking.
Day 6: Merzouga – The Sahara Desert – Camel Trek
After breakfast in your Kasbah Hotel, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about the desert life, afterwards you visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, There play Gnaoua music, you will learn about them and enjoy their music. In the afternoon, you will head off in some 4-wheel drive vehicles across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes. You will set off by camel for a 2-hour trek out to the oasis where you will spend the night in Berber tents ***this could be optional if you would prefer to return to the hotel to sleep***
Day 7: Sahara Desert – Tinerhir – Todra Gorges – Dades Oasis
Wake early and climb a dune to sit or to take some nice pictures. Have a shower and after breakfast, transfer to Dades Gorge with a detour at Tinerhir famed with its beautiful palm grove, and Jewish quarter. Visit Todra Gorge, the highest oasis valley gorge in Morocco with 300m sheer cliffs and a mouth just 20m wide, Dades Gorge is next. Another great spot for trekking and climbing with the sheer coloured rock everywhere. Dinner and Overnight in a bueatiful Kasbah Hotel in Dades oasis
Day 8: Dades Oasis – Roses Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After an early breakfast you set off to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. You will visit one of the jewels of Morocco – Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered usually off the beaten path. After lunch, you will head over the mountains to Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech – Marrakech Guided City Tour
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market).
Day 10: Marrakech – Casablanca
Your last day of travel will take you back to Casablanca where you began your voyage 10 days before.
Day 11: Casablanca
Breakfast and transfer to the Airport of Casablanca for departure.
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