The Classic Morocco Tour - 11 days/10 nights

from Casablanca to Marrakech or back to Casablanca


Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, your private driver will greet you at the airport and escort you to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax. Depending on your arrival time, you may enjoy a tour of the Hassan II mosque one of the most elaborately designed mosques in North Africa! Overnight in your hotel (B)


Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you will leave towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco in the Rif Mountains. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch you will continue on to Chefchaouen for the night. (B)


Day 3: Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, you will have a tour around the highlights of blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif Mountains. (B)


Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes.

After breakfast, you will leave towards the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning stepping back in time exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. (B)


Day 5: Fes sightseeing escorted by an official local guide.

You will begin your guided tour of the old Medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the royal Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. For lunch you will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch you will complete the tour and return to your hotel for the evening. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant. (B)


Day 6: Fes – Ifran – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga Dunes.

Today, we will leave Fez and travel towards the south of the country via the  middle atlas mountains passing by beautiful small Berber villages like village of Ifran, a beautiful mountain village, referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco.” On to  Cedar forest, the largest forest in Morocco, where you can hand feed Barbary apes (Berber monkeys). The journey continues along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. Lunch in Midelt, ThenYou will be traveling through the fascinating Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge. You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the beautiful 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). You will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your rooms (BD)


Day 7: Tour of the dunes and Camel Trek

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. (BD)


Day 8: Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

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. (BD)


Day 9:  Dades Gorge - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech.

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...(B)


Day 10: Marrakech Guided Tour

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.... Overnight in your riad located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. (B)


Day 11: Departure

You will be taken to the airport in Marrakech or to Casablanca for departure depending on your flights' details. Tour ends at the airport.

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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.


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 as per itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Airfare (Flight Ticket).
  • Beverages (Drinks).
  • Tips for guide, drivers.
  • Travel insurance.

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