Day 1 : Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
Before departing for Rabat, we will pick you up from your hotel to visit the Hassan II Mosque. The Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower are all worth seeing in Rabat. Then we travel to Meknes, where we will eat dinner in a restaurant overlooking the square directly across from the Bab Mansour gate and stay in a local hotel.
Day 2 : Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
We will take a tour of Meknes after breakfast, including El Hdim Square, Bab El Mansour, the massive gate that serves as the gateway to the old city and Jewish quarter, the Royal Granaries, and the city rampart. Then we’ll travel to Moulay Idriss, a holy town and important pilgrimage site where the founder of Morocco’s first dynasty is buried, via Volubilis, the Roman ruins, and Moulay Idriss, the holy town and important pilgrimage site. We’ll continue to Fes, where we’ll spend the night.
Day 3 : Fes
A guided tour of Fes will take you to the Médersas Attarine, Fontaine Ennajarine, as well as the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the Karawiyin Mosque. This tour includes a visit to a tannery and a ceramics cooperative where you can see traditional Moroccan crafts. You will spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating medina before dining at a nearby restaurant in the evening. We stayed in a local riad/hotel in Fes for another night.
Day 4 : Fes – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga
After breakfast, we’ll travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga. We’ll travel through Ifrane, Morocco’s “Switzerland,” and the cedar forests of Azrou. You can feed the monkeys by hand here. On our way to Merzouga, we’ll stop in Midelt for lunch before following the Ziz River through the valley and stopping to see the Ziz Gorges. We also pass through the cities of Erfoud (where fossil products may be seen), Rissani, and finally the Merzouga desert.
Day 5 : Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani – Erg Chebbi
Today, we’ll travel to the desert area of Erg Chebbi to see the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We’ll take a circuit of the desert dunes, giving you the chance to see the nomads’ way of life as well as the desert’s incredible shifting contrasts. We’ll go to Khamlia’s “black village” to see and hear Gnawa musicians. In the ancient capital of Rissani, we’ll have typical Berber pizza for lunch. We’ll ride camels in the afternoon to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in a desert camp. We’ll eat a traditional tagine meal, sip delicious local mint tea, and listen to traditional Berber music while gazing at the stars and rising moon in the incredible Sahara desert.
Day 6 : Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
Our camel guide will wake you up early this morning to see the sunrise in the Merzouga desert. After that, we return to the village on camels. After a shower and breakfast in the riad, we will travel to Rissani, Tinghir, and the Todra Gorges, Morocco’s highest and narrowest gorge. We can walk inside the valley, and after lunch in the gorge, we’ll head to the Dades Valley, where we’ll see sandcastles and the “monkey toes” rock formations. We stay in a local hotel in Dades Gorges for dinner and breakfast.
Day 7: Dades Gorges – Ouarzazatte – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After breakfast, we begin our Desert Sahara Tour and drive to Ouarzazate, passing through the Thousand Kasbahs. We’ll make a pit stop in Kalaat Mgouna, the heart of the Rose Valley, where we can tour the local rose cooperative. Then we continue our private Morocco tour to Ait Ben Haddou, a local kasbah founded in the 19th century by Et Hami El Glaoui. At 2260 meters, we reach the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass in the High Atlas Mountains. Then it’s on to Marrakech…
Day 8 , Day 9: Marrakech guide tour
We’ll go on a guided tour of Marrakech today. You can visit the city’s key attractions and landmarks, such as the popular Jamma el Fna square, the Koutoubia mosque, souks, palaces, and museums. We also visit Gueliz, a new neighborhood in the capital, as well as the gardens Menara and Marjolle. We stay in a local hotel in Marrakech for the next two nights, with dinner and breakfast included.
Day 10 , Day 11 : Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast, we will travel to Essaouira, a picturesque and coastal town on Morocco’s southwest coast. We will have the chance to see goats scaling the argon trees along the way. In Essaouira, you will have the ideal opportunity to dine on delicious fish in a nearby restaurant. We’ll also visit a nearby souk. We stay in a nearby riad/hotel in Essaouira for the next two nights.
Day 12 : Essaouira – Marrakech (Casablanca)
We will spend the morning relaxing in Essaouira before departing early afternoon for Marrakech, where we will arrive at about 4 pm and conclude our tour.