Day 1 – Arrive in Casablanca
Get settled in to your hotel and enjoy a brief city tour before a good night sleep. Be ready for your journey to begin in the morning.
Day 2 – Casablanca to Meknes
After breakfast you will set out first to Rabat, where you can see 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. 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 Volubilus, located very nearby.
Led by a local expert you will be guided around in 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 in 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 is busy of touring around in Fes. 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.
Walk through the narrow streets of the souks, crafts, food stalls, lighting stores, and mosques. Visit the worlds oldest continuously operating university, Al Qarawiyyin, founded by a woman in 859.
Tour the cities famous tannery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bou Inania Medrassa founded in 1351. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Witness the restorations that are happening all around you with scaffolding rising up to restore old homes and new riads.
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 landscape along the way.
Through the cedar forest and a national park keep your eyes open for a chance to see Barbary apes (Macaque) 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 lunch time and then continue on through the High Atlas Mountains.
Travelling along the Ziz Valley you will see the Tafilalt Oasis which is the largest palm grove in Morocco before heading into the flatter and stonier plains leading up to the desert.
After a stop for tea, you will board your camels for a camel trek into the desert where you will enjoy the evening at a camp with dinner prepared for you by nomads.
Day 7 – Sahara Desert (Merzouga) to Ait Ben Haddou
Today you will leave your Sahara camp 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. Heading through Erfoud towards Tinejdad, the landscape is still very dry and you will see mounds of the old irrigation system called “khettaras” before arriving in Ait Ben Haddou for the night.
Day 8 – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah to Essaouira
Today, you will leave Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah behind and make your way to the coast of Morocco to the port city of Essaouira.
Along the way you will see many authentic Berber villages, and stop into 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’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel in Essaouira, then explore the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress; see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Visit the harbour and see the fishermen as they come back in with their daily catch and if you choose you can enjoy 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 time on your own.
Day 10 – Essaouira to Marrakech
Enjoy a morning at leisure. You will head back to Marrakech after lunch. Tonight you will have the choice of restaurants or perhaps you will enjoy an evening in Jmaa 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, Volubulis, Meknes
- Admission to attraction 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 boys
- Gratuities for driver and guide