The most famous cities of Morocco tours are undoubtedly the four imperial cities Fes, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. On this tour, you will find extensive information on the main sights, history and other facts of these cities, as well as an informative introduction to the country of Morocco. You will journey through beautiful green forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains, before you get on your camel for a 2-hour trek out to the Oasis in the Sahara desert, where you will spend the night in Berber tents under a night sky full of starts… in typical Moroccan fashion
Day 1: Casablanca
Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met and transferred to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on time, you could choose to have an optional tour of the Hassan II mosque, or take a stroll through the medina and Mohammed V Square.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fes
After breakfast, you will leave towards Fes. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and some time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch, you will continue on to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Overnight in hotel/riad.
Day 3: Fes
After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruits, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the King’s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. For lunch, you will eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will complete the tour and return to your hotel/riad for the evening.
Day 4: Fes – Midelt – Erfoud – Merzouga
After an early breakfast, you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through beautiful lush forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. We continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing through Kasbahs and palm groves we head towards the adobe colored city of Er-Rachidia before arriving in the late afternoon at Merzouga, a city on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert. Then later in the afternoon, saddle on your camels for your journey across the desert during a beautiful sunset for about 2 hours, to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent, under a night sky full of stars, Berber music and delicious food prepared for you by your guide. A night you will not forget.
Day 5: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge
After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4x4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud, you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges. In the afternoon, you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorge, with sheer cliffs of 985 feet high. The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades, passing by the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight right in the heart of Dades Gorge lined by the red and mauve rocks. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Dades Gorge – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After an early breakfast, you will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate in Authentic morocco. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, one of the jewels of Morocco is Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered… usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Benhaddou. In the afternoon, you will head over the Atlas Mountains via Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2,260m) towards Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue the tour to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous square Djemaa el-Fna, one of the spectacular attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) filled with mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, ceramics, hand-made leather goods, and tantalizing food stalls.
Day 8: Marrakech – Essaouira
You will travel today to the seaside gem of Morocco. Situated along the Atlantic Coast, the Medina of Gnaoua (formerly “Mogador”), is a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of the most enchanting places in Morocco. Explore Essaouira’s old medina and surroundings which boasts impressive examples of Moorish and European architecture, or take the opportunity to relax by the beach.
Day 9: Essaouira – Casablanca
Transfer to Casablanca Airport.