11 Days Tour of Morocco – Casablanca to Marrakech
Discover the best of Morocco on this 11-day tour. The tour starts from Casablanca.
Day 1 – Arrive in Casablanca
Check in to your hotel first and enjoy a short city tour with a certified city guide before going to sleep. Be ready to start your journey in the morning the next day.
Day 2 – Casablanca to Meknes
After breakfast, you will set out first to Rabat and then take a sightseeing tour of Morocco’s capital. Where you can see the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, and the remains of the Hassan Tower, the minaret of the incomplete mosque. Its construction began in 1195 and was intended to be the largest minaret along with the largest mosque in the Muslim world. You can also visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. Then you will drive to Meknes for a city tour of this once Imperial city.
Day 3 – Meknes to Chefchaouen
You will head first to the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, located very nearby.
Led by a local expert you will be guided around the ruins that date back to the 7th century in a village where it is thought that over 20,000 people once lived.
Following your tour you will get on the road heading to Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl, a city set in a picturesque mountain setting and famous throughout the world for its blue-washed buildings.
Day 4 – Chefchaoeun to Fes
Enjoy the peaceful medina of this blue city nestled on the side of the Rif Mountains.
Following a peaceful lunch, you will set out towards Fes, your destination for the day.
Day 5 – Fes
Today you will discover the magic of the ancient imperial city of Morocco. This 1200-year-old city has made a huge impact on history as an important and self-confident city, where new and old live in perfect harmony. With a local guide, you will be treated first to a panoramic view of the cities sprawling old medina, tucked between rolling hills and the largest urban car-free zone in the world. With over 900 named streets you will be thankful for having your guide as soon as you enter the delicious sense of the medina.
Here you will stroll through the narrow streets of the souks, crafts, food stalls, lighting shops, and mosques. Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating university, Al Qarawiyyin, founded in 857-859 by Fatima al-Fihri.
Visit the city’s famous tannery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bou Inania Madrassa founded in 1351. Enjoy the sights and atmosphere of the old medina.
Day 6 – Fes to the Sahara Desert (Merzouga)
Today you will leave the city of Fes and the north of Morocco and travel south to the Sahara Desert. You will notice an incredible change in the landscape along the way.
Through the cedar forest and national park near Azrou, keep your eyes open for a chance to see Barbary apes (Macaca Sylvanus) and Berber horses. You will pass by beautiful pastures and nomad houses that give way to increasingly high mountain peaks and deep valleys. You will come upon Midelt and its vast collection of fossils at lunchtime and then continue on through the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Later we travel through the Ziz Valley where you will see the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest palm grove in Morocco with fortified kasbahs, before entering the flatter and rocky plains leading to the desert.
After stopping for a Moroccan mint tea, you will take a camel ride through the desert to the camp where you will enjoy sunsets and an evening with dinner prepared for you by nomads.
Day 7 – Sahara Desert (Merzouga) to Ouarzazate
Today you will leave your Sahara camp early and travel along a spectacular route called “The 1000 Kasbahs Valley” where there are literally thousands of Kasbahs, some in ruins and some still in use. As you go through Erfoud towards Tinejdad, the landscape is still very dry and you can see hills of the old irrigation system called “khettaras”. Once we reach Tinghir, we take the direct road to the gorges. You will visit the Todra and Dades gorges before heading to Ouarzazate for the night.
Day 8 – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah to Essaouira
Today, we leave Ouarzazate behind and drive to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will head to Essaouira, which is famous for its beautiful Portuguese-style buildings and beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast of Morocco
Along the way, you will see many authentic Berber villages, and stop in Marrakech for lunch before heading out to the Atlantic coast.
On the way to Essaouira, you will have the opportunity to stop to see an Argan Cooperative where women work each day to extract argan oil from the locally grown nuts and where they make argan oil products for food and beauty products.
Day 9 – Essaouira
You will enjoy a nice breakfast at Essaouira Hotel and then explore the city. You will visit the old Portuguese fortress of Skala and see the thuya wood carved by artisans. Wander the alleys of Medina and see hundreds of handicrafts. Visit the harbor and watch the fishermen return with their daily catch and if you wish you can enjoy a lunch of freshly bought fish “cooked to order”. In the afternoon you will have some free time to wander around, go to the beach and enjoy the time alone.
Day 10 – Essaouira to Marrakech
Enjoy a free morning. You will head back to Marrakech after lunch. Tonight you will have the choice of restaurants or perhaps you will enjoy an evening in Jemaa El Fna Square with dinner in the famous food tents and a walk past the street performers, snake charmers, and all sorts of other oddities that occupy the square on any given evening.
Day 11 – Marrakech
Today you will have a city tour with a guide for the morning and then the day is yours to consume this amazing city in the heart of Morocco and we are happy to help you create it.
Day 12 – Departure
Today you will finish your tour after breakfast at the hotel.
Included in your tour:
- All breakfasts
- All transportation
- English speaking guide
- City guided tours – Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira, Volubilis, Meknes
- Admission to attractions and museum fees
- Dinner in Merzouga and Ait Ben Haddou
- Camel Trek in the desert
Not Included in your tour:
- Dinners unless otherwise noted
- Travel Insurance (although mandatory)
- Gratuities for restaurants, helpers, porters, city guides, and camel guides.
- Gratuities for driver and guide
Please contact us if you are interested in this tour.