Our 12-day tour departing from Casablanca is the ideal way to experience everything that Morocco has to offer. From the vibrant city of Marrakech to the breathtaking Sahara Desert, you’ll get to experience it all. You’ll have plenty of time to unwind and take in the cuisine, culture, and friendliness of the nation. You will travel to the most desirable locations in Morocco throughout these 12 days. The journey begins in Casablanca, where you can meet our staff at the airport or your accommodation. Then we will travel to Marrakech, Essaouira, the Moroccan desert, Fez, Chefchaouen, Rabat, and all the lovely places in between.
Starting City: Casablanca
Ending City: Marrakech / Casablanca
Itinerary: Casablanca, Blue city, Volubilis, Fes, Sahara desert, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech
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Reach the airport in Casablanca. After checking in at your hotel and settling in, we'll take a quick tour of Casablanca, the most cosmopolitan city in Morocco and the country's commercial center. One of the biggest mosques in the world, the Hassan II Mosque, will be our next stop.
After breakfast at your accommodation, travel toward Rabat, Morocco's capital and one of the continent's imperial capitals. The majority of the city's attractions will be covered by us. Old Medina, Shalla, Hassan Tower, and Oudaya. We'll travel to Chefchaouen following the lunch break (the blue city). It is one of the world's most attractive and appealing towns. You'll have some alone time. Overnight in Chefchaouen.
After breakfast, we'll stroll around its calm streets, where unhurried life continues as it has for generations, and take in the city's view from the observation deck perched on a mountain. You will have free time to go on your own walks and to shop. In the late afternoon, we'll visit the Spanish mosque and take in the breathtaking sunset that happens there in the late evening. Overningnt in Chefchaouen.
Check out after breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Chefchaouen, which takes around 3 hours, to Volubilis. We'll go to the Volubilis ruins, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and were built in 400 BC. It is one of the most well-preserved Roman-era structures in North Africa. The remains are spread out over a vast region among lovely green fields. It has grand palaces, administrative buildings, and mosaic-adorned bathrooms. The next stop is one of the imperial cities, Meknes. Before moving on to Fez for the night, we will take a brief city tour and a lunch break.
After breakfast, go sightseeing in the Kingdom's center of culture and religion. When you visit the former capital of the Kingdom of the Sultans from the Merinid and Alaouite dynasties, you will experience the enchanted atmosphere of a medieval oriental city, stroll through the winding, narrow streets of the ancient Medina, and become familiar with the numerous historical and architectural monuments that adorned it. The majority of these structures are superb illustrations of Moorish architecture. The Bu Inanya mosque, the madrassas (Muslim universities), Nejarin Square, and the fountain will all be on your itinerary. Your current location is the handicraft district, where leather and ceramic artisans practice the techniques passed down from their great-grandfathers and grandfathers, whose trade secrets have been carefully passed down down the generations. The still-existing Jewish neighborhood will be our next stop. It demonstrates how the two communities—Muslims and Jews—coexist.
The journey to the desert will begin today. After breakfast, we check out and drive to Merzouga. It is one of the longer drives—roughly a 7-hour one—but we will enjoy the trip because of the varied scenery. We'll stop in Ifrane along the route because it boasts a European-style environment and climate, parks with lakes and chalets, a ski resort, and a lot of snow in the winter, earning it the moniker "Moroccan Switzerland." On our way to Azrou from Ifrane, we will have the opportunity to see the magnificent Atlas cedars and feed the wild monkeys. The monkeys are sociable and enjoy being fed by humans. Stop for lunch in Midelt. Our route will next pass through the Ziz River's canyon and valley, and as we get closer to Er-Rashidiya, the scenery will turn desert-like. We'll spend the night in Merzouga.
After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, we'll meet the 4x4 driver to go on an expedition across the dunes. We'll then have tea with some nomads in the desert to see how they make a living there. We'll visit Khamilia later to take in Gnaoua's performance. Upon arriving in the tiny settlement of Merzouga at the base of the white sand dunes, Afternoon camel rides will take us to the camp in the desert, where there are cozy beds, private bathrooms, and showers. We'll eat a Moroccan dinner, play drums by the fire, and listen to Berber music in the desert at night. Enjoy the stars in the clear sky as well. In the camp for the night.
We will rise early to witness the dawn over the magnificent and serene sand dunes. You'll remember this incident as one of your most vivid memories of Morocco! We will return to Merzouga's village after breakfast and go on to Dades. We will travel by Rissani along the way, where you may visit "The Fossil Factory" and examine the numerous fossils that this area is so abundant in. We will pause for a panoramic photograph approximately three hours later not far from the charming town of Tinghir, which is situated in the heart of a sizable palm oasis. The renowned Todra Gorge will be our next stop. Here, we'll take a stroll and eat lunch at a nearby restaurant.. We will continue our journey through the amazing village of Dades. Overnight in Dades.
We will travel to the Dades gorges today in a brief detour before continuing on to Ouarzazat. We'll go by Mgouna, where the annual rose festival is held. We'll keep traveling till we reach the Skura oasis. It is a lush palm oasis that is traversed by numerous rivers. Drive another 30 minutes from Skura to Ouarzazate. This city is frequently referred to as the "Hollywood of Morocco" because it served as the backdrop for numerous historical films. One of the city's historical sites is the Kasbah Taurirt. After visiting the Kasbah, we can go to the Cinema Museum and the Atlas film studio. After that, we'll take a short trip to Ait Ben Hadou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws lots of tourists because it served as the location for filming Game of Thrones. Following our hour-long visit, we will travel to Marrakesh through the highest point in the Atlas Mountains, Tizi n-Tishka, which is 2260 meters above sea level (3.5-4 hours excluding stops). We'll stop for pictures along the route. This road, which gives views of the ancient kasbah ruins and verdant river valleys with adobe villages, is one of the most beautiful in all of Morocco. We shall next proceed in the direction of Marrakech. You'll have some time alone while we rest in the motel.
The entire day will be spent to exploring Marrakesh, the "Pearl of the South," after breakfast at the hotel. The city acquired a significant number of museums and architectural landmarks as a result of its status as one of the Kingdom's capitals under the rule of the three Moroccan sultanate rulers. The city's monuments are all works of art. The Koutoubia Mosque, the Manara Pavilion surrounded by olive groves, the tombs of the Saadian sultans, the Bahia Palace, El Badii Palace, and the Majorelle Gardens are just a few of the sites that will be the focus of the morning's exploration. You will visit the most vibrant market in Morocco and the well-known Jemaa El Fna plaza after lunch. This is a genuine outdoor theater where you can catch snake charmers, healers, sorcerers, fruit vendors, and vendors of rare spices.
We have other possibilities, including taking a day excursion to the Ozoud waterfall, which is among the highest in North Africa. There, we may take in the scenery and the area's pristine ecology. The second choice is to prepare ready for a mountainous adventure. We'll go on a hiking excursion in the Imlil highlands. We will have a local guide there to help us make the most of our tour and explore the village. The Imlil waterfall hike, one of the simpler ones in the area close to the waterfall, can be done after visiting the museum in the Toubkal National Park.
Before being transferred to the airport for your journey back to your country, you will have some free time.