CLASSIC MOROCCO TOUR Casablanca to Marrakech

11 Days/10 Nights

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Highlights:

* Take in the culture through a visit to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca to admire its massive structure and the fine decoration

* Travel back to the old days in the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat

* Search out for some cultural experience in the complex labyrinth of Fez Medina

* Visit the majestic Bab Mansour Gate with a pot of Meknes’ renowned mint tea

* Take your time exploring the history of Morocco with a scenic climb to the top of Ait Benhaddou

* Take a visit to the crowded Jemma el-Fnaa and experience the traditional activities in Marrakech

* Enjoy a camel trek through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi towards your camp in the middle of the Sahara Desert.


ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel to relax after a long flight and get ready for your Classic Morocco Tour with us.

Day 2: Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel

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After Breakfast, we will begin our tour in Casablanca, the heart of Commerce and Industry in Morocco. We will visit the Hassan II mosque, the biggest mosque outside of Mecca, built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean and the Cornish before heading to Rabat. In Rabat, we will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler. After lunch, we will begin our drive to Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains. We will explore the simply beautiful city of Chefchaouen where everything is set dramatically climbing up the mountains. Load up your cameras! Its blue-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, and mountainous backdrop create a tranquil and photographic setting.

Day 3: Exploring Chefchaouen

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After breakfast in your riad  at 9am, we will explore Chefchaouen (known as the Blue City of Morocco). Located at the footstep of two higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful and unique city with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain and Portugal. Therefore, there is much influence from the Spanish and Moorish architecture. this is your chance to meet up with local people, walk around the markets and feel the charm of this unique city.

Day 4: Chefchaouan-Volubilis-Meknes-Fez 

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After breakfast at 9am, we will depart to Volubilis and explore the ruins of this Roman city. You will visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss (a place of pilgrimage for Moroccans). After, we will continue to Meknes where you will explore the Medina of Meknes with its beautiful Tomb of Moulay Ismail, The Granary, The Square of Lehdim, and the Gate of Bab al Mansour. You will have the opportunity to explore the souks and relax in one of the Square’s cafés. In the afternoon, we will head to the city of Fez where you will discover one of most important royal cities of Morocco and stay the evening.

Day 5: Explore Fes

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After breakfast at 9am, we will visit the most breathtaking places in Fez. This will include the medina (the old city), its ramparts, and alleys. We will view the famous medieval tanneries and tour the Karaouine Mosque, which was founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri. This Mosque is considered the most magnificent and historic religious attraction in the city. After lunch, we will see the Merenid tomb that is in the rim of the valley. We will explore the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa and other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Neijarin Fountain. We will also view the Fondouks (the place where the donkeys and their owners meet) and visit the souks (markets) where handcrafted merchandise and edible goods, as well as copperware and pottery are sold.

Day 6: Fez-Midelt-Ziz valley-Erfoud-Merzouga

After breakfast in your riad, we will leave Fez traveling towards the south of Morocco via the high and middle atlas mountains passing by beautiful small Berber villages like village of Ifran, a beautiful mountain village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco.” Next, we will also stop at the cedar forest, considered the largest forest in Morocco, where you can see and hand feed Barbary apes (Berber monkeys). After the forest, your journey continues to Midelt along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. You will be traveling 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 we will have lunch and enjoy Berber hospitality. Afterwards, we will travel along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way to Erfoud (the fossils and dates City) where you may want to visit a local fossil shop. Then we will continue to Merzouga dunes (also known as Erg Chebbi dunes). 

Day 7: Sahara area, Camel Trek&Desert Overnight 

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Today, we will visit Gnawa people – originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s also the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. Afterwards you’ll leave for Rissani – once called Sijilmassa and the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, smelling the spices, vegetables and cloths all for local sale. After a pizza lunch in Rissani, we’ll travel back to your Riad where your camel awaits you. After a glass of mint tea, and guided by an experienced camel man, you’ll begin your camel safari exploring within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you’ll spend the night.

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After breakfast at 9am, our excursion will take us through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border where you will have the chance to take photos and see the black volcanic rock. We may meet nomadic families and see their nomadic lifestyle. Next, we will pass close to tiny Berber villages like Tamrdanite before we reach Khamlia. In Khamlia (very little village in desert) you will enjoy spiritual Gnawa music (Gnawa are a Sufi order in Morocco who identify with decedents of formerly enslaved West Africans). On our way to the hotel you will be enchanted with the view of Lake Ait Sareji, which attracts pink flamingos and many other birds. Once at the hotel, we will get ready for our camel trek into the heart of the desert at 4pm. Once on our camel trek, heading to the bivouac, we will see the spectacular sunset through the dunes. We will enjoy tantalizing Berber cuisine, listen to our desert hosts playing drums under a starry night, and sleep in a traditional camel hair tent in the calm and tranquility of the beautiful Sahara. Dinner in oasis.

Day 8: Merzouga-Rissani-Erfoud-Tinjdad-Tinghir-Dades 

The camel trekker will wake us up at dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the desert, then we will return to the camp to have our breakfast. After breakfast, the camel trekker will us back to the Auberge to have a shower and refresh our body. Next, we will drive to Rissani for lunch via the Ksours and kasbahs of Tafilalet. We will visit the Zaouia of moulay, Ali El-Charif, the mausoleum of the dynasty Glaoui founder, and enjoy a walk to discover the local market and traditional souks in Rissani. Then we will drive to Tinghir, passing by Erfoud and Tinjdad. After, we will continue toward Tinghir where you can walk/hike between the gorgeous oasis palm trees.  Overnight in Dades valley.

Day 9: Dades Gorge-Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah-Marrakech 

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After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive through Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities for photos. Our first stop will be at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to see products made of rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Then to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa.” Here you have the option to visit the studios to see props used in some movies you might have watched, such as “Gladiator,” “Jewel of the Nile,” “the Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Sahara.” Then we move on towards the Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site since 1997. The kasbah was built during the 18th century by Berber Chieftains named as Thami El Glaoui. Today, only few Glaoui people still live there. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.

Day 10: Explore Marrakech

After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.

Day 11: Transfer to the airport

After you breakfast, and depending on your flight details, we will drive you to the airport in Marrakech ( or Casablanca) . Tour ends

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Our tours prices vary, depending on the number of people in your party; adults, kids or days, itinerary, package, season and the accommodations you choose. While all our prices are reasonable in comparison to the quality of services we offer.


What is included and not included in our tours pricing ?


Included:

• 11 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.

• 10 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.

• All breakfasts, and few dinners

• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.

• English - speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.

• Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.

• All Other Taxes.


Not Included:

• Lunches.

• Dinners in places like Fes,Marrakech,Chefchaouen,Casablanca, and Marrakech

• Airfare (Flight Ticket).

• Beverages (Drinks).

• Tips for guide, drivers.

• Travel insurance.


Please, name the tour that you are interested in or just tell us how many days you want to travel with us, and we will send you the best quote for you.
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