Deserts and Empires - 10 Days

This is the ultimate Morocco tour covering every site and city worth seeing in Moroccco. From Tangier in the north to the Sahara in the south and everything in between.

Overview

This tour is the complete Morocco. From Sahara to Sea, from North to South and everything in between

Highlights

  • Marrakech
  • Fez
  • Casablanca
  • Essouira

Itinerary

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Upon arriving at the Casablanca Airport and after clearing passport control and customs, you’ll be met by the driver who will be with you during your entire visit to Morocco.

From the airport, it’s a 2-hour drive south to your first stop, El Jadida.  Built during the age of exploration, the small walled citadel of Mazagan was a stop on the Portuguese route to India.  Explore the ramparts of this small and wonderfully preserved old city on your own before heading to the underground cistern. (admission included).

Then it’s a 4-hour drive further south to Essaouira.  On arrival, you check into the Riad Mimouna deep in the heart of the old city and the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Today take some time to explore Essaouira and when you’ve had your fill, head back to your driver and start the 3-hour transfer to Marrakech.  Arriving in the late afternoon, you’ll check into the Riad Azoulay and then have the rest of the evening to get acquainted with Marrakech.  We recommend heading to the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can find every flavor of Morocco in a festival atmosphere with aggressively helpful cooks and servers.

Day 03 :
Marrakech

After breakfast at the Riad, your guide will meet you for a 4 hour guided tour of Marrakech (with admissions included).  You’ll walk the Medina (Old City) and not miss a site.  From the Saadian Tombs to the Madrasa and everything in between.  After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore Marrakech.  Take a carriage ride to the Menara Gardens with its olive groves and a massive artificial lake.  Or head to the Majorelle Gardens for a rest from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

After breakfast at the Riad, you’ll check out and be met by your driver for the adventure south.  For 4 hours, you’ll wind your way up and over the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass.  Descending the mountains, you’ll arrive at Aït Benhaddou.  A fortified village from the 11th century, this massive site and current UNESCO world heritage site held the key to Marrakech, situated along the ancient trans-Saharan trade routes.  As you cross the bridge over the river, you’ll walk the historic twists and turns to the very top with an incredible view of the valley.

A short drive away from Aït Benhaddou is Atlas Studios.  Here you’ll take a guided tour of movie soundstages and backlots before heading 1 hour east to Skoura, where you’ll have dinner and spend the evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

Have breakfast at the Riad before checking out and meeting your driver for a day of outdoor adventure.  Today’s journey will take you along the Valley of Roses (center for rosewater production) before briefly veering off to see the Todra Gorge.  A quick walk through the gorge with its 500-foot cliffs towering on either side before rejoining your driver and continuing the journey east.  In 3 hours, the mountains and hills give way to flat windswept desert as you reach Erg Chebbi, the edge of the Sahara.

You’ll check into the Auberge Dunes D’or and have a moment to relax before going on a camel caravan into the dunes to watch the sunset.  Then back to the Auberge for dinner and the evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast and checking out of the Auberge, your driver will take you north.  The rolling dunes slowly drop away as you travel higher into the green Middle Atlas Mountains.  Streams, forests, and (if you’re lucky) a troop of Barbary Apes await as you pass through Midelt before ascending 7 hours later into Fez.

Marrakech may be the party city of Morocco, but Fez is its cultural soul.  When you see the medina from above, it looks empty and lifeless.  But when you arrive, you see the old city abuzz with life, hidden from above by its narrow streets.  One of the world’s largest labyrinth cities, just venturing into the Fez Medina is an experience of a lifetime. Fortunately, just outside the famous Blue Gate is your Riad.

After a long day of traveling, the luxury of the Riad el Yacout embraces you like an old friend.  After checking in, you’ll have dinner and the rest of the evening on your own.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 07 :
Fez

Your day starts with breakfast at Riad El Yacout before being met by your guide.  For the next 5 hours, you’ll be taken on a walking tour of the Fez Medina.  From outside the Medina, the old city looks dead and lifeless, but once you enter the narrow streets, you’ll feel the living heartbeat of the city.  Crowded with people going about their lives as mules carry goods to and from the shops and markets, you can’t help but be swept up in the energy of this ancient city.  History and culture are around every turn, and your guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

After the tour, the rest of the day is yours.  If you’re adventurous, head back into the Medina, or stay at the Riad, swim in the pool, or enjoy an afternoon relaxing.

After breakfast, your driver will meet you for a day spent exploring the sites outside of Fez.  After a 1.5 hour drive, you’ll arrive at the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Originally founded in the 3rd century BC, Volubilous grew to become an important outpost of the Roman Empire.  Explore the ruins on your own or upgrade for a private guided tour.

After Volubilis, it’s a short drive to the Imperial City of Meknes.  Your self-guided tours include the Heri es Souani granary and stables (one of the labors of Hercules), the Prison de Kara, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

After the tours, you’ll be brought back to Fez, and the rest of the day is yours.

You’ll have breakfast and checkout of the Riad for your next day of adventure.

Your driver will take you west for 2.5 hours to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, where you’ll see the Hassan Tower, the Royal Tombs, and pirate fortress Kasbah of the Udayas.  From there, it’s a short 1-hour drive to Casablanca, where you’ll check into your hotel for the night.

Enjoy your last breakfast in Morocco and an easy start to the day.  Check out of the hotel and go sightseeing in Casablanca.  The Frech Art Deco district is just the start before moving on to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque for a tour (closed on Fridays).  After the tour, the driver will take you to the Casablanca airport for your flight out.

Breakfast

Includes

Includes

  • Private transfers
  • Guided tours of Marrakech and Fez
  • Accomidations
  • Meals as listed

Excludes

  • Tips
  • Porterage
  • Meals not list

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Deserts and Empires
Group Discount Available 16% Off
From $1,200.00 $1,000.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • All transfers are in a private, shouffered sedan or van (depending on group size)
  • For groups of 2 to 8 (contact us for larger groups)