Learn about Moroccan culture and art on this 11-day expedition and marvel at the diverse landscapes that fill this incredible country. Visit the imperial cities of Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fesand Meknes, and contemplate the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and both the Atlantic and Mediterranean waters.
Casablanca: Enjoy a tour of the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca and admire the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.
Tangier: Known as the gateway to Europe due to its proximity to Spain, Tangier has an interesting cultural diversity and a rich, enchanting past.
Meknes: Visit Meknes and see the ancient city gates of Bab Mansour and Bab El-Khemis, as well as the granaries of Moulay Ismail.
Fez: Catch sight of Fes and admire the magnificent Moulay Idriss Zaouia, explore the historic Jewish quarter and let the panoramic views from the Royal Palace and fortifications amaze your eyes.
Erfoud: Ascend high into the Atlas, discovering ski resorts, former French colonial outposts and bustling market towns en route to this impressive oasis in Sahara.
Tineghir: Explore the surprising desert and admire the dramatic surroundings of Todra Gorge.
Ouarzazate: Visit the fortified village of Kelaat M’Gouna as well as the captivating Taourirt Kasbah in charming Ouarzazate.
Ait Benhaddou: Check out the home to one of the most famous kasbahs that have been used as a location for dozens of Hollywood movies.
Marrakech: Visit lively Marrakech and admire the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the beautiful Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, Agdal Garden, and the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa market.
- Operated with Bilingual: English-French or Dutch-speaking guide during the whole tour
Selected board basis:
- Half-board basis: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners.
- Full-board optional basis: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners.
- Air-conditioned bus during the tour
- Private Transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa.
ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:
- Admission to all museums and monuments mentioned in the itinerary: Panoramic tour of Casablanca with visit exterior of Mosquee Hassan II & the corniche of Casablanca; Panoramic tour of Rabat & visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas; Panoramic tour of Tanger, Caves of Hercules and Cape Spartel; Panoramic tour of Meknès: Visit of Volubilis; Fes: Fès el Bali, Nejjarine Fountain, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss Zaouia, the Mellah, exterior of Royal Palace, panoramic view the fortifications of the north; Ouarzazate: visit of Kasbah Taourirt, Kasbah; Ait Ben Haddou; Marrakech, Jmaa el Fnaa square, visit to Moroccan herbalist, Koutoubia mosque exterior, Bahia Palace, Heritage Museum.
- Tips in hotels and restaurant
- Meet & Greet on day 1.
- Visas and international flights, and airport taxes (clients pay directly)
- Driver/guide tips
- Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
- Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature such as drinks
- Once you have collected your luggage, the driver will be waiting for you outside the airport, in front of the arrivals exit holding a sign with your name. Please do not leave the pick-up area without having met the agent/driver first
- Unmarried couples with Moroccan nationality, please inquire about locale legislation concerning accomodation.
- Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice, including possible change of hotels and/or itinerary
What do I need to bring?
Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings in Morocco. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
Day 1-2 Casablanca:
- Standard Hotel Category = Best WesternToubkal or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Farah or similar 5*
Day 3 Tangier:
- Standard Hotel Category = El Oumnia Puerto or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Royal Tulip City Center or similar 5*
Day 4-6 Fez:
- Standard Hotel Category = Zalagh or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Ramada or similar 5*
Day 7 Erfoud:
- Standard Hotel Category = Palm’s Club or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Palais du Désert or similar 5*
Day 8 Ouarzazate:
- Standard Hotel Category = Ouarzazate le Riad or Le Fint or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Berbére Palace or Similar 5*
Day 9-10 Marrakech:
- Standard Hotel Category = Zalagh Kasbah or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Adam Park & Spa or similar 5*
Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.
Day 1 : ARRIVAL CASABLANCA
Once you have landed and collected your luggage, meet your driver/agent in the arrivals hall – he will be holding a board with your name on it. Then comes the transfer to your hotel, where you will check in before enjoying dinner and spending your first night in the city of Casablanca.
Day 2 : CASABLANCA
After breakfast at the hotel, go out and spend the morning exploring this fascinating city at leisure before joining the tour for an optional lunch. After lunch, discover the economic capital of Morocco with a guided panoramic tour that takes you to see the central market, the charming Habous district, the Royal Palace, Mohamed V Square, the residential area of Anfa, and the exterior of the majestic Hassan II mosque, which stands imposingly by the sea and the Corniche, Casablanca’s coastal walkway.
Day 3 : CASABLANCA – RABAT – TANGIER (340km – 3.5 hrs)
Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel and follow the Atlantic coastline northwards until reaching the capital city of Rabat. Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of the city and contemplate its Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower before wandering through the Casbah of the Oudayas to lose yourself in the beauty of its famous gardens. Make a stop for an optional lunch before driving along the breath-taking coastal road to Tangier. Along the way, pass by the Caves of Hercules and Cape Spartel, where legend has it that Hercules separated Africa from Europe. This is the point where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic mix and mingle. Once in Tangier, check in at the hotel before dinner.
Day 4 : TANGIER – CHEFCHAOUEN – FÈS(399km – 4.5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by an outing to the medina to discover the birthplace of Ibn Battuta, a famous 14th century traveller and writer. Then visit the old town and see the Grand and Petit Socco (squares), the Grand Mosque, the souk, the former palace of the Sultan Moulay Ismail (exterior) and the Mendoubia Gardens. Then it’s time to hop into the coach and continue to Chefchaouen. Visit the mesmerising medina and winding alleys of this charming blue and white village, reminiscent of the small Andalusian villages of southern Spain. Chefchaouen is part of the territory protected by UNESCO’s Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, so take advantage and admire the surroundings. Continue the visit to Ras el Maa, the water source that supplies Chaouen with drinking water, and then check out the wash houses where locals hand-wash their laundry. Continue afterwards towards the hilltop Bouzaafer Mosque. End your day with a trip to Fes, where you’ll check in at your hotel for dinner.
Day 5 : FES – MEKNES – VOLUBILIS – FÈS (140km – 2.5 hrs)
Discover Meknes’ imperial heritage after breakfast at the hotel in Fes. Such was the grandeur of the city erected by Moulay Ismail, that Meknes became known as the ‘city of a hundred minarets’ and is today a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. See the imposing city walls and the beautifully decorated gates of Bab Mansour and Bab El-Khemis; the vast El-Hedim Square After an optional lunch in Meknes, take to the road and drive northwards to the hilltop holy village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, which is named after a great-grandson of the prophet Mohammed credited with bringing Islam to Morocco. The village is also home to Morocco’s only cylindrical minaret. Continue to the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis; originally built by the Phoenicians, the city came into its own during the Roman Empire and the well-preserved Arch of Caracalla still stands. The remnants of a temple and basilica are also still visible, as are many magnificent mosaics that hint at the wealth and opulence of Volubilis in its heyday. The final leg takes you back to Fes for check in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 6 : FÈS
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a day exploring the fascinating city of Fes. Boasting more than 12 centuries of history, as well as a medina that is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and the oldest university on the planet, Fes is a multifarious city renowned for the splendour of its faded glory. The medina, Fes el Bali, is a vast network of winding alleys hemmed in by ancient walls. Despite being car-free, the bustle, noise, shouting, and the smells of tanned leather, oriental perfumes, barbecues and sweet pastries create a sense of movement and vibrancy that draws you deep into its soul. Head to the Nejjarrine fountain and smell the cedar from the carpenters’ district. The alleys are lined with places of study or prayer such as madrasahs or the magnificent mausoleum of Moulay Idriss Zaouia, the most important saint’s shrine in Morocco. After lunch in the medina (optional), continue through the rustic narrow streets of the Mellah, the former Jewish district, and head to the outskirts to see the Royal Palace and enjoy the extraordinary panoramic view of the whole city offered by the fortifications of the north. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 7 : FÈS – MIDELT – ERFOUD (450km – 6 hrs)
Depart after breakfast at the hotel and climb from the 400 metres above sea level of Fes into the Middle Atlas, with altitudes of more than 2,000 metres. Admire the contrasting landscapes of imposing massifs – solid masses with unusual rock formations – and hills covered in dense cedar forests. The route passes along Ifrane, a picturesque ski resort at 1,650 metres, famed for its European-style country cottages with sloped roofs. Pause for lunch (optional) in Midelt, a former French colonial outpost, and take to the road in the afternoon, passing through the market town of Er-Rich and Tizi N’Talghomt until finally reaching Erfoud. Here you’ll check in and have dinner at the hotel or choose from a number of optional experiences to enjoy, including experiencing a special nomadic life and spending the night under a tent in the desert, or an excursion of the Merzouga Dunes, a great place from which to snap picks of the sunrise and sunset from the top of the dunes (optional tours not included).
Day 8 : ERFOUD – TINEGHIR – OUARZAZATE (340km – 5.5 hrs)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing from Erfoud and going on a scenic journey to Tineghir and the dramatic Todra Gorge. Alternatively, there’s an optional pre-dawn excursion to the dunes of Merzouga to experience sunrise over the first big hills of the Sahara (not included, to be paid to guide). En route, pass through the oasis of El Jorf, where a large palm grove stands in contrast to the colours of the town’s adobe homes and the sands of the desert, and the market town of Tinejdad, before arriving in Tineghir. Continue to the Todra Gorge, a 15-minute drive away from the town. A small stream still flows through this spectacular canyon, at times only 10 metres wide, and which has steep walls as high as 160 metres. There’s an optional lunch stop in Tineghir before departing for Ouarzazate via the Dade’s Valley, also known as the ‘valley of one thousand casbahs’. Stop at the fortified village of Kelaat M’Gouna, a fragrant oasis in the heart of the ‘valley of the roses’ before arriving at today’s final destination: Ouarzazate.
Day 9 : OUARZAZATE – AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH (205km – 4 hrs)
After breakfast, visit the Taourirt kasbah, which was one of the bastions of T’hami El Glaoui, the powerful lord of the Atlas during the final decades of French colonial rule. Head then to Ait Ben Haddou, home to one of the world’s most famous casbahs, and a site that has been used as a location for dozens of films. For centuries, this oasis on the banks of the River Oued Ounila was a key hub on the trans-Saharan trade route and that legacy is writ large on the weather-beaten walls of the casbah, which is crowned by the ruins of a fortified granary. Wander through this beguiling UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site before enjoying an optional lunch in front of the casbah – a magical experience that will linger long in the memory. Continue to Marrakech for check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 : MARRAKECH
Discover Marrakech after a delightful breakfast at the hotel. The historical visit of the city is a journey marked by the various stages of its construction: the famous Koutoubia Mosque, everlasting proof of Hispano-Moresque art, with a 70-metre-high minaret, the Bahia Palace and its garden lined with orange trees, cypress, jasmine, splendours of cedar tree domes and the marble columns in the Saadian Tombs. Fill up on lunch at the hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure, enjoying the beauty of Marrakech, or pick an optional excursion like Traditional Hammam: an invitation to experience the traditional ritual of the Moroccan Hammam (hydration of the skin, body scrubbing, herb masks…), relax and enjoy a mint tea and a 30-minute massage with oil. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a typical dinner show in an old palace located in the Medina of Marrakech (optional for half-board basis).
Day 11 : MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA
Check out after one last breakfast at the hotel before hopping onto your transfer to Casablanca airport at whichever time suits you best to catch your scheduled flight.