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Morocco Grand Tour -16 Days

This 16 days Morocco grand tour includes the best of Morocco. If you want to learn about Moroccan culture, history and landscape diversity, then do not hesitate to take this tour.


You will explore the Moroccan imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Marrakech. Spend wonderful two nights in Morocco's famous blue city, Chefchaouen. Visit the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert, the valleys and the gorges, the ocean and the countryside. Meet Berber people and enjoy their warm hospitality while learning about the beautiful culture of Morocco. 


This 16 days grand tour of Morocco starts and ends in Marrakech. It can also start and end in Casablanca or Tangier depending on your flights schedule. 

16 Days Morocco Grand Tour Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech - Welcome to Morocco

Upon arrival in Marrakech airport, you will be picked up by our of our Morocco tour guides (driver) and drive towards the old Medina of Marrakech where your riad is located and includes bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Marrakech Guided Tour

After breakfast, your local guide will meet you in your riad and take you on a private guided tour around the most interesting monuments in Marrakech including the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Its 225ft masterpiece minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every corner of the city.


Marrakech is the home of beautiful palaces such as the 19th century palace of El Bahia with its Andalusian and Moorish architecture. It has a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, Andalusian and Moorish architecture and many hidden antique treasures.


You will also visit the historical Saadian Tombs; built by Saadian Sultan, Ahmed el Mansour in the 16th century. It has a beautiful design with soaring domed ceilings, intricate wood carvings, imported marble statuary and colorful tile mosaics.


Next, we will tour the Koranic School, Medersa Ben Youssef; the largest Medersa in North Africa. It is a theological college - once boarding approximately 900 students for religious study. It was built in the 16th century. Its Moroccan architecture, Moorish archways, rectangular courtyard and colorful mosaics make it one of Marrakech's most picturesque buildings.


After lunch, we will visit the Djemaa El-Fna, Marrakech's main square and open air theater...Snake charmers blast oboes to calm hissing cobras, henna tattoo artists beckon to passersby, musicians play, and so much activity....You are sure to be entertained!


Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 3: Marrakech to Essaouira

After breakfast in your riad, we will leave Marrakech and head towards the Atlantic coast and to the laid-back beach town of Essaouira (formally Mogador).


Today, we are going to drive through the land of Argan trees. If you are lucky, you might come across goats climbing trees to eat Argan fruit.. Here, you have the option to visit a women's co-operative where they produce Argan oil. We will arrive Essaouira around 11 am and start exploring the city.


Essaouira is an exotic town with its fortified walls, fishing harbour and seagulls screaming over the town. It became a UNISCO's World Heritage in 2001 thanks to its 18th century fortified Medina. It was once occupied by French and Portuguese, which influenced the way it looks today.


Because of its small size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s "Jewel of the Atlantics”. Our visit includes

The Skala Frtress, the 18th-century seafront ramparts, along the coast to see Thuya wood carved by artisans.


Walk through the alleys of the Medina and view hundreds of handicrafts.

Visit to the Jewish headquarter, and enjoy sunset at the beach.


Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 4: Essaouira to Ouarzazate via the high Atlas mountains and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

A beautiful drive towards Ouarzazate. Today, you will experience glimpse of the High Atlas mountains with its beautiful Berber villages and green lush forests. Stopping for panoramic views along the way till you reach the 17th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. Today, the Kasbah is a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and home to a population of five families. It was once an important stop along the caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. It was also a set for many international films and TV shows, like Game of Thrones, Laurence of Arabia, and Gladiator.


After your visit to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, you will have lunch in a local restaurant before you continue the journey towards Ouarzazate - “the Hollywood of Africa” with its beautiful landscapes that attracted many world class movie producers. Here, you have the option to visit the Atlas Film Studios, considered to be the largest film studio in the world. Located in an exotic, red desert scenery. There is also an amazing Kasbah in the center of the city called Taourirt Kasbah that you might be interested to visit or at least take a picture. The Kasbah was built by the person who built Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, whose name is Thami El glaoui - one of the most powerful chieftains who controlled southern caravan routes to West Africa and was given extensive power by the French during colonial rule in exchange for keeping the southern tribes subdued.


Later on, you can have free time wondering the city center before you check into your riad includes bed, dinner, and breakfast.

Day 5: Ouarzazate - Skoura - Rose Valley - Dades Valley

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk within the Birds Valley and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to the Dades Gorge where you enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” and the standing Kasbah of Kasbah Ait yul. After that we’ll drive to the hotel. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Dinner bed and breakfast.

Day 6: Dades Valley to Merzouga Desert and Erg Chebbi Dunes via Todra Gorge and Canyons

After a delicious breakfast in your riad, you will start traveling towards the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara desert. Along the way, you will notice how different the scenery is compared to what you experienced the first day of the trip. Today, the scenery will be more like a rocky desert with its wonderful, old, muddy Berber villages and palmeraies providing you with many photographic opportunities. You will stop for short hike in Todra gorge; One of the most spectacular canyons in the world and the most popular rock climbing destination in Morocco.


After lunch in a local restaurant, we will continue our journey towards Erfoud, known as the fossils city, and is a great introduction to Moroccan archaeology. Here, you have the option to visit one of Erfoud's fossil museums to learn about Moroccan fossils and the process they go through before locals use them to make items such as tables, plates, and more...


You will arrive to Merzouga desert by 4 pm. Your camel guide will have your camels ready to take you on an adventure into the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi; the highest dunes in Morocco (2400 ft). You will enjoy beautiful scenery, an amazing sunset and the quietness of the Sahara desert before you reach your Sahara desert camp. Overnight includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 7: Explore the Sahara desert - Camel Ride and Sahara Desert Camping

We would recommend waking up early in the morning to walk up the dunes to watch what might be the best sunrise of your life. After showering and breakfast in the camp, you will leave the Erg Chebbi dunes to embark on another adventurous day towards Fes via the breathtaking Ziz Valley; one of many oases that dot Morocco’s desert-like landscape, and the Middle Atlas mountains. You will be stopping for panoramic views along the way. Lunch will be taken in Midelt (the Apple City) before we journey deep in the middle Atlas mountains to Azrou; a Berber town with magnificent views of cedar and pine forests. Here, you will be able to see and hand-feed Barbary Macaque Monkeys living in the Cedar Forest, the largest forest in Morocco.


Our adventure continues to Ifrane, a town built in the 1930s by French Colonialists. It is tidy, modern, and feels more like Switzerland with its red-roofed houses, blooming flower beds and beautiful parks, all kept impeccably tidy.


Arriving the medieval city of Fes around 5 pm. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 8: Explore the wonders of Fes Medina

Today, we are going to explore Fes, the spiritual capital and the oldest city of Morocco. Our knowledgeable, local guide will show us the best that this medieval city has to offer. Most of our guided tour will be within the Medina with its narrow alleys and traditional markets (souks); our guide will ensure we discover sites with cultural and historical interest such as the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University, one of Africa's largest mosques and possibly the oldest University in the world, this mosque is the spiritual heart of Fes and Morocco itself. It can take up to 20 000 people at prayer.


An other 14th century landmark of Fes is Medersa Bou Inania, the finest of Fes' theological colleges which was renovated few years ago, and the results are amazing: elaborate zellij and carvedplaster, beautiful lattice screens and massive brass doors.


After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the Tanneries; one of the cities most iconic sights and where leather is produced. We then stop at the Royal Palace gate; a stunning example of modern restoration. You will walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah” and visit the pottery cooperative... In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy medieval Fes and take in its beautiful atmosphere while interacting with the locals. Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 9: Free Day in Fes

Today will be free. You can explore more of Fes by yourselves. Take in the beautiful atmosphere of the Medieval Medina and its wonders. Go out and interact with locals. Take a cooking class with a Moroccan chef and learn about Moroccan cuisine or Enjoy a Hammam Spa to relax and freshen up... Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast.

Day 10: Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes and Volubilis

After breakfast, we will head towards the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins with its beautiful Mosaics dating back to 3rd century BC. Lunch will be taken in Meknes, one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour around the highlights of Meknes including the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, the grandest of all Moroccan imperial getaways. The gate is well preserved with lavish Zellij and inscriptions across the top. It was completed by Sultan Moulay Ismail (the founder of Meknes) in 1732.


You will then have time to explore the heart of Meknes Medina; Pl el-Hedim, the large square facing Bab El-mansour; Originally used for royal announcements and public executions, it's a great place to set and watch the world go by - kids playing football, hawkers selling miracle cures, and promenading families... Later on, you will leave towards Chefchaouen via the Riff mountains. Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 11: Exploring Chefchaouen

If you are familiar with Instagram or Printest, then you have seen thousands of pictures of Morocco's famous blue city, Chefchaouen, called also "the Blue Pearl of Morocco"


This beautiful city is unique from other Moroccan cities. It is located in the heart of the Riff mountains - the surrounding landscape is amazing. The city was once occupied by the Spanish Jews and Moors in the 15th century which strongly influenced its architecture; its white washed walls, blue doors and windows are only part of its allure. Load up your cameras because this quiet, relaxed and so ridiculously pretty town creates a tranquil and photographic setting...


Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 12: Chefchaouen to Tangier

After breakfast in your riad, we will leave towards Tangier, the bride of the north as Moroccans call it. 


Tangier is just 14km from Spain and it is Europe’s gateway to Africa. Did you know it has the first American public property outside the United States and it was home to William S. Burroughs? The property is called now as the American Legation;  a beautiful building is created in the Moorish-style stucco. It was presented to the United States by Sultan Moulay Sulliman in 1821 and was home to the United States Legation and Consulate for 140 years. It fell into disrepair at one point, but today it is home to the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies.


The guided tour will take you to the most unique sites of Tangier, beauty of nature, meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, panoramic views over Tangier and Southern coast of Spain. You will get to know great stories and secrets of Tangier Medina, experience the daily Moroccan life style, see traditional costumes, local markets and learn about religion, history, traditions and great Moroccan food.


You will visit Cap Spartel and the Caves of Hercules; Located just nine miles outside of Tangier, Cap Spartel sits at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, about 1000 feet above sea level. 


Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 13: Tangier to Rabat

After breakfast in your riad, we will start traveling to Rabat taking the coastal route enjoying panoramic views of the see. Arriving the political capital of Morocco, Rabat, around 11 am. Here, you will visit the 12th century Kasbah of Oudaias which occupies the oldest part of the city. It provides wonderful views over the ocean from its cliff-top perch. You will wonder through its calm alleys and whitewashed houses built by refugees from Spain. The main door of the Kasbah is elaborately decorated with a series of carved arches. Inside the Kasbah, there is Mosque el-Atiqa, the oldest mosque in Rabat, built in the 12th century and was restored in the 18th century. You will also find a number of Art Galleries, Andalusian Gardens, and a national jewelry museum containing a beautiful collection of Roman and Islamic jewelry found in different regions of Morocco.


Next, you will explore the Hassan Tower, Rabat's most famous landmark. it was built by Sultan Yacoub El-Mansour who died before it was finished. He intended a 60m-tall minaret, but the tower was abandoned at 44 m. Otherwise, it would have been the second largest mosque of its time, after Samarra in Iraq. We will also visit the marble Mausoleum of Mohamed V; built in traditional Moroccan style. Its decoration gives off an air of tranquility.


Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.

Day 14: Rabat to Casablanca

After breakfast in your riad, we will explore more of Rabat and spend few hours taking in this historical city. Later on, we will drive for one hour and a half before we reach Casablanca, the economical capital of Morocco. Here, we will visit the amazing Hassan II mosque; the world's third-largest mosque and has the tallest minaret in the world (210m high). It was designed by a French architect named Michel Pinseau. The mosque accommodates 25,000 worshipers inside and 80,000 in the courtyard and the squares around it. It is one of the fewest mosques that non-Muslims are allowed to enter.


After our visit to the mosque, we will head to the Cornish where you will have dinner. The Cornish is a broad line bordering some of the finest restaurants in town and the best night clubs. This is the place where the locals spend time with their families having fun and relaxing.


Overnight in your hotel overlooking the sea.

Day 15: Casablanca to Marrakech

After breakfast in your riad, you will travel back to Marrakech. Arriving around 12 pm. Have the rest of the day free and enjoy Marrakech by yourselves. If you are interested, we can arrange a cooking class or a Hammam Spa for you for a complete Morocco experience. Overnight in your riad include bed and breakfast. 

Day 16: Departure

You will be transferred to the airport in Marrakech for your flights. End of your Grand tour of Morocco - 16 days/15 nights.

INCLUSIONS

  • 16 day private transport in an air-conditioned 4x4 or mini-van.
  • 15 nights in authentic Moroccan riads.
  • All breakfasts and few dinners as per itinerary.
  • Multi-lingual driver (guide) for the entire trip.
  • Official Local guides in Fes, Tangier and Marrakech.
  • Camel trekking through Erg Chebbi dunes along with an overnight in a Sahara camp.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Lunches.
  • Airfare (Flight Tickets).
  • Beverages (Drinks).
  • Tips for guide, drivers.
  • Travel insurance.

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