Africa

A Taste of Morocco Itinerary

Duration
12 Days Itinerary
From
USD $2,395 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca. Morocco’s largest and most modern city is famed for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and European-style architecture.

We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Casablanca to Marrakech

The most popular of Morocco’s imperial cities, Marrakech is a fascinating city with many sights to uncover. The ochre stucco buildings, paired with dry, rocky plains and a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, makes for a stunning city filled with an endless amount of photo-worthy opportunities.

This morning we embark on a tour of Casablanca. We visit the Central Market and Aindiab Esplanade before stopping at Morocco’s largest mosque, Hassan II Mosque. We tour inside this impressive mosque; its sheer size and intricate interior details are sure to impress. The city’s Habous Quarter, an area of the city featuring a mix of French and Moroccan architecture, is our last stop in the city before we drive to Marrakech.

Special Experience

We arrive in Marrakech in the early evening before making our way to dinner at Al Baraka. We experience and enjoy the atmosphere of Marrakech’s main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, as we pass through a wondrous mix of food, music and entertainment, getting a taste of this fantastic city. Delicious traditional Moroccan dishes are served at Al Baraka, paired with a vibrant atmosphere and traditional décor, making for one memorable experience.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 3
3

Marrakech: the red royal city

We discover the beauty and the magic of the red royal city today as we embark on a full day sightseeing tour. We begin at the 16th century monument site of the Saadian Tombs, that were sealed up until 1917 when they were rediscovered. Decorated with detailed carvings, colourful tiles and Arabic scripts, the tombs are as beautiful as they are fascinating. Next, we visit the stunning Bahia Palace which functions today as a Royal Palace. We uncover the beauty of the Palace’s architecture, learning more about the country’s cultural heritage. We stop for lunch at Ksar Hamra restaurant before visiting the Koutoubia Mosque and Majorelle Gardens.

The rest of our afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore Marrakech at our own pace.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 4
4

Skoura: a desert oasis

We journey to Morocco’s south today, to the city of Skoura. A beautiful desert oasis, Skoura’s lush valley of palm groves and string of incredible whole and ruined kasbahs will transport you back in time. Surrounded by desert lands, Skoura is a slice of paradise in this harsh environment.

After breakfast we embark on our journey to Skoura, travelling along the way through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass. More than 7,400 feet above sea level, the Tizi n’Tichka Pass offers stunning views of impressive landscapes in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. We stop at Ait ben-Haddou, walking through the Ksar and eating lunch at the top before continuing on to Ouarzazate. Here, we visit two Kasbahs before arriving in Skoura.

The rest of our evening is at our own leisure.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]    

Day 5
5

Skoura to Merzouga

Merzouga, often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Sahara’ is a sand dune paradise, home to some dunes that rise 1100 feet high. The stunning scenery is best at sunrise and sunset and is easily admired by a camel ride.

After breakfast we take some time to tour Skoura visiting its lush palm groves, and Morocco’s most coveted Kasbah, the Amridil. Built in the 17th century the Kasbah will give us an insight into the fascinating traditions of Kasbah life. Our small group then travels to Merzouga, stopping along the way in Boumalne. A relatively small town, Boumalne is known for its Muslim cemetery; the site of the domed shrine of Sidi Daoud. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before we continue to Merzouga. Our accommodation for the next two evenings is within a traditional Moroccan Kasbah, where we enjoy dinner together tonight.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]    

Day 6
6

Merzouga: the Jewel of the Sahara

Special Experience

Today we rise before the sun for a magnificent start to the day, sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara Desert. We share the tranquil and stunning experience with our small group; don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We return to our Kasbah for breakfast before a journey to Khamlia, a small desert village where we enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional home setting accompanied with local Gnaoua music. We move on to Tissardmine, another traditional village, for lunch amongst the palm trees before returning to our Kasbah for the rest of the afternoon and an evening at leisure.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Merzouga to Fez

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Fez is an architectural highlight of Morocco. With one of the most intact and impressive medieval cities in the Arab world and a French-planned new city (ville nouvelle), the contrast between old and new will intrigue and fascinate you as you explore the city. Discover centuries-old crafts and trades on display in the souks, colourful bazaars that are a shopper’s delight, and learn more about the wonderful Moroccan culture.

We bid farewell to Merzouga after breakfast this morning and make our way to Fez. Along our journey we stop in the small village of Midelt and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Fez in the early evening.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 8
8

Fez: a Moroccan delight

Today we explore the sights, tastes and sounds of Fez in a full day tour of the city. We discover the famous medieval medina, meandering through its narrow lanes and seeing the many colourful traders. We visit the Islamic learning centre, Bounania, the Kairaouine Mosque and the fountains of Carpenters Square. We stop at Fez’s iconic tanneries, taking in the sights (and smells) of the process of producing world-class leather items, before making our way to a pottery factory. Lunch today is at a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the medina.

The rest of the day is at our leisure to explore, shop and unwind in this fascinating, unique city. 

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 9
9

Middle Atlas Mountains: crisp air and natural beauty

Our small group explores the picturesque Middle Atlas Mountains today in a day excursion from Fez. The Middle Atlas Mountains are an escape from bustling Fez, with stunning woodland, crisp air and a tranquil atmosphere.

Special Experience

Becoming increasingly well-known for its artisan cheese industry, we visit one of Morocco’s leading boutique fromageries, Immouzer Fromagerie, for a cheese making demonstration and tasting. Located on a serene private property in the Middle Atlas Mountains, we learn about the art and process of cheese making, engaging with the local makers and indulging in the delicious cheese.

We enjoy free time for lunch before continuing to the Ifrane National Park, often referred to as Morocco’s Switzerland. Known for its abundance of Atlas cedar trees, the Ifrane National Park offers stunning scenery and natural landscapes for our small group to enjoy and explore. Before we return to Fez, we have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Morocco’s local macaques in the town of Azrou.

[Breakfast]

Day 10
10

Fez to Chefchaouen

One of the most stunning and photographable cities in Morocco, Chefchaouen will take your breath away. With its buildings painted in various shades of blue, wandering the streets of the city feels like a dream.

Our small group departs Fez this morning for Chefchaouen, making a stop in Meknes, one of the kingdom’s Imperial cities founded in the 11th century, along the journey. In Meknes we visit the Royal Stables, originally built to house no less than 12,000 horses, and the impressive Bab el Mansour Gate. Continuing to Volubilis, we are guided through a tour of the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Dating from the 3rd century BC, Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa.

We arrive in Chefchaouen in the early evening and enjoy dinner at our hotel.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 11
11

Chefchaouen: a city painted in shades of blue

Explore the wonder of Chefchaouen today on a walking tour of the city. Marvel at the stunning blue buildings, meander through the narrow streets and discover the sights and sounds of this unique city.

We have the afternoon at our own leisure before meeting our small group for a farewell dinner.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Chefchaouen to Tangier

After breakfast this morning, we are transferred to Tangier where our tour concludes. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the wonder and magic of Morocco.

[Breakfast]

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