11 Days Classic Morocco Tour, exploring casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga desert, Dades gorges, Skoura, Ait benhdou, Essaouira, the end tour in Marrakech.
11 Days Classic Morocco Tour
11 Days Classic Morocco Tour, Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco. You will be welcomed and accompanied at the airport and then will be conducted to your hotel in Rabat, where you will do the check in and relax for the afternoon. Depending on the time, you can choose to have a visit to the Medina (old city) where you will find stone and white washed buildings, dark-wood studded doors, the Great Mosque, entirely rebuilt in the late 19th century; the Hassan Tower, dominating the skyline with its intricate stonework; the Mohamed V Mausoleum housing the onyx tomb of the late king; and then, the ramparts of Mechouar encircling the Royal Palace. At the end of the day, we’ll back for the night in a hotel.
In the morning, after breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Meknes and stop for a short time to see the Volubilis in Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco. It is known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco. You will also visit the famous gate of Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to Volubilis, the Roman ruins, dating to 25BC where some of the original mosaics are still in very good shape, you will explore the site and continue to Fes via the foothills of the Rif Mountains. We will go to Fes at the end of the afternoon and check in at our riad at the heart of the Medina, before dinner and night.
The entire day will be dedicated for sightseeing in Fes, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, founded in 790AD. We’ll visit the medieval Medina; the Karaouiyne Mosque, whose central aisle is embellished with elaborate floral and Kufic script carved into the plaster; and the colorfully tiled Nejjarine Fountain. Don’t miss the fascinating Islamic universities, including the Abou Anania and the Attarine. Finally, we will browse the souks (markets) of Fes, the most fascinating in all of Morocco.
Morning departure from Fes to Midelt affording dramatic views of the High Atlas Mountains and modern, urban Errachidia on your way to Erfoud for afternoon check-in at your hotel. The remainder of your day is free. If you prefer, stay for one night with the Bedouins in a tent on the dunes of Merzouga, with thousands of stars filling the sky.
After breakfast in your riad, you will be taken in an explorative journey of the area before the camel trek to the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far from our location there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities.
On the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by our experienced camelman to explore the golden sea sand of Merzouga. In the end of the day, we’ll return for dinner in front of the tent, where you will spend the night (the camp is equipped with flush toilets).
We’ll wake up early in the morning and go on a camel trek to watch the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully do a camel trek back to the village of Merzouga. Along the way, you can not miss the unique beauty of the spectacular sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, changing their colors as daylight progresses. After breakfast in the riad/hotel, we’ll leave to Tinghir, via Rissani, and Todra gorges, the highest narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. We will spend the night in a fancy hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
After breakfast in the hotel, we will travel through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of thousand kasbahs providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best shots of the trip. This day you will have the opportunity to meet Berber Nomads in their caves and then you will enjoy the fertile Rose valley and the rock formations along the way. We’ll stop at Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make you smell good for a long time. We will continue to Skoura and the birds valley; visit the Kasbah Ameridil, which is preserved kasbah in this area. After some hiking in the valley, we will stop in a restaurant for lunch, overlooking the whole valley. After lunch we’ll drive to Ouarzazate , “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. We will spend the night in a local riad.
We will go to the marvelous kasbah of Ait Benhaddou where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed and then we’ll visit another Kasbah called Telouet. At the end of the afternoon we will back to Marrakech crossing the pass of Tizi-N-Tichka (2260 meters) with its beautiful landscapes. We will spend the night in a Riad in Marrakech.
You will enjoy an entire sightseeing day in the fascinating and beautiful Marrakesh, a city blending Berber traditions with Arab renaissance and Western influences. We will find the Tombs of the Saadien Kings, the Dar Si Said Museum, housed in a 19th century palace, the Agdal, Menara Gardens, and the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, towering above the city. Also we’ll explore the Bahia and Bedii Palaces, and the tanners’ and dyers quarters. The visit to Marrakech will be complete after a stop at the Djemma El Fna Square, home of spice sellers, storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters, acrobats, musicians and much more… Dinner and night will be in your hotel.
After the breakfast, we will depart to Essaouira. The main entrance to this splendid city’s harbor was built in 1184 and it is called the Porte de La Marine and it is truly an architectural marvel. Sit back, relax and let the beauty of the sandy bay that sweeps to the south of this enchanting town and the wooded hills which dominate the eastern skyline captivate you.
We will return to Marrakech for dinner and night in our Hotel .
After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport for your departure home, hoping you are taking the best memories of Morocco with you.
Tour includes: 11 Days Classic Morocco Tour
→ Tour 4×4 / minibus with AC and Driver
→ Camels rides
→ One Night in the desert (Nomads Tent)
→ Clothing for the trip Camel in Desert
→ Meals in the middle of the day
NOTE: If the tour that we propose does not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to fit your needs and requirements.