Complete Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert, and Magic Coast
Itinerary: Casablanca – Rabat – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes – Merzouga Desert – Erg Chebbi – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley- Skoura – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Sous Massa – Essaouira – Coast – Marrakech
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Upon arrival, we will greet you at the airport and drive to Casablanca and then to Rabat. In Casablanca you will see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest outside of Mecca and experience the coastal “Cornish” seaside. Afterwards, we will leave to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.Here, you will see the Hassan Tower, the Oudaya Kasbah before you check in to your riad. Overnight accommodation will be in a riad at the heart of the Medina. Overnight Riad Kalaa. Bed and Breakfast. (BB).
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco, known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to Volubilis, the Roman ruins, dating to 25BC where some of the original mosaics are still in very good shape, explore the site and continue to Fes via the foothills of the Rif Mountains. Get to Fes at the end of the afternoon. Check in to your riad at the heart of the Medina. Overnight riad dar Cordoba. (BB)
Day 3: Exploring Fes
After breakfast in your riad , you will start exploring the oldest city in Morocco, walking in its alleys and small streets. Our visit starts by visiting the Royal Palace gate, the Jewish headquarter,the first Mellah ever built in Morocco, built during the 16th century. We will ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region, the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit the tiles cooperative and then experience a wonderful panoramique view over the whole Medina of Fes.In the afternoon, we will visit the new city “La ville nouvelle” for a drink. Overnight accommodation in the riad Cordoba BB.
Day 4: Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Midelt (265km)
After breakfast in your riad, you will leave Fes travelling towards Ifran, a beautiful mountains village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” and then on to Midelt. During this journey you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at Azrou, a Berber village in the middle of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbary apes. After sometime within the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. In Midelt you will be accommodated in a luxurious hotel, Hotel Taddarte. Dinner Bed Breakfast. (DBB).
Day 5: Midelt – Errachidia – Ziz Valley – Merzouga (240km)
After breakfast in your hotel you will travel to Merzouga via Errachidia and Erfoud. You will be travelling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, taking in views of the High Atlas plateau, you’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of Errachidia, here you will have lunch and enjoy the Berber hospitality. Afterwards, you will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud and Rissani.
Arrive at Merzouga on the afternoon. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad. Overnight at Auberg du Sud (BDB).
Day 6: Merzouga area and the Camel trek
After breakfast in your riad, you will start an explorative journey of the area before you camel trek and spend the night at the desert camp. Today, you’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. On the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the golden sand sea of Merzouga . Dinner in front of the tent where you will spend the night. (the camp is equipped with flush-toilets). (BDB).
Day 7: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
Your camelman will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the riad, you’ll leave for Rissani , Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley. Hotel Xalucadades. o Chez Pieer (BDB)
Day 8: Dades Gorge – Bouthaghrar Skoura – Ouarzazat (140km)
After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazat. 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, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continue to Skoura and the birds valley; visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area. After some hiking in the valley stop in a restaurant, overlooking the whole valley, for lunch. On to Ouarzazate , “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. .. Overnight accommodation will be in a local riad. Overnight Dar Chamaa. (BDB)
Day 9: Ouarzazat – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Taroudant
After breakfast in your riad, we’ll head to Taroudant via Taznakht, visiting Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The former is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the beginning of the XXth Century, it used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech., now one of the UNESCO heritage site. On to Taliouine, the capital of Safran in Morocco, you have the option to visit he Safran co-operative. If your visit coincides with the Safran harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber people with their families harvesting the Safran in their fields. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, here you will see the ramparts and walk within the small alleys in the Medina. Taroudant is always referred to as “The little Marrakech” because its walls look just the walls of Marrakech and has the influence of the Saadian dynasty , which built both walls of either city during the 16th century . Overnight at Riad El Aissi. (DBB)
Day 10: Taroudant – – Sous Massa – Essaouira
Breakfast in the riad, and then head for Essaouira, travelling via Agadir . Our first stop will be at Agadir , a resort city which used to be a very big tourist destination for many years. After lunch and small walk at the Promenade, you will continue to Essaouira . The coastal road offers beautiful scenery, an area famous for the Argan trees; here you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food they can’t find on the ground. After several stops along the coast we get to Essaouira on the afternoon. Overnight accommodation at a riad in the Medina. Riad La Maison du Sud. (BB).
Day 11: Exploring Essaouira
Breakfast at your riad, and then start exploring the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira is known for its strong winds most of the year so it is known as the “City of the wind” thus it attracts wind surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics”. Our visit includes the Mellah – the Jewish headquarter, and the beach. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the second week of June, so if your trip coincides with this, you have the option to extend your stay for an extra day. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, bought fishes ‘cooked to order’. On the afternoon, you have free time to walk and explore by yourself. Overnight accommodation in riad at the Medina. Overnight La Maison du Sud. (BB).
Day 12: Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast in your riad, depart for Marrakech. On our way – since this is the land of Argan culture – this is an opportunity to visit the women’s co-operative of Argan oil where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. After several stops to take photographs, you will continue your travel to Marrakech and check-in to your riad.After dinner you will enjoy walking within the famous square of Jemaa Elfna, entertained with magicians, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers.Overnight in a Riad in the Medina. Overnight Riad Oriontale o Riad Marana (BB)
Day 13: Exploring Marrakech
After breakfast in the riad , you can start exploring Marrakech ” the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure that you see the most important sites of historical and cultural interest, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. After Lunch at a restaurant near the square, you will walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. On the afternoon, you will have some free time to wonder by yourself and see Marrakech as you like. Overnight Riad Oriontale o Riad Marana (BB)
Day 14: Marrakech – Marrakech
Free Day in Marrakech , mybe having massage or shopping ,,etc
Day 15: Marrakech – Airport.
Today, depending on your departure time, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight.
The tour ends at the airport.
- We can suit this tour for your interests, all ages, any size of group or any other criteria to create a very unique personal travel experience.
- This tour can be completely suited to your circumstances and travel ideas.
- All the tours are in private exclusive (sole use) transport just for the people of each tour (no tours in a group). We use modern Toyota 4×4 vehicles perfectly equipped with music device, air-conditioning and heating for your complete comfort.
- We can also offer a private and a luxury version of this tour.
- Since all our programs can be modified according to your requirements or needs, please contact us and we will send you the tour rates according to your requirements.
- In our tours, you set the dates!
- Contact us and tell us when you want the tour.
- Transfers (from-to port/airport) if specified in the tour description
- Lodging with half-board ‘breakfast and dinner’ except in the following cities: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, Meknes, Chefchaouen, and Essaouira where only ‘lodging and breakfast’ is included
- Camel trek and Nomad tent camp with half board (if this activity is specified in the tour)
- Vehicle expenses (4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with air conditioning/ heating and music device)
- Meals out of the specified in ‘included’ section
- Official local guides
- Drinks and meals out of specified in ‘Included’ section.
- Other extra expenses such as laundry, telephone, tips, or entrance tickets to monuments or places you visit