We will begin our 10-day Morocco holiday with a guided city tour in Marrakech. We can also call this city is also “the red city or city palms' '. It is an ancient imperial city in western Morocco famous with its mosques, palaces, and gardens. Our guided tour will start with a visit of Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Badiaa Palace with many other interesting points.
After lunch, we will have a stroll around the famous world square of Djamaa El-Fna. Where we can fascinate with the snake charmers and the tastiest fresh overcrowding orange juice. Then we will proceed to explore the souk “market”, and get the chance to see the local artisans lamp. And taste the scents of all spices. Our last leg on the Marrakech tour will end at the spectacular Koutoubia mosque. Which built in the 12th century. It has a large square with a garden that illuminates with light during the night.
Overnight in Marrakech
After breakfast, we will leave Marrakech and drive to Essaouira. Where we will visit Essaouira’s port city - the fortified rampart of the old city in Essaouira. Used to be a set in the prevalent series Game of thrones. This port was previously known as Mogador with its wonderful blue boats. Here we’ll take some time to enjoy the charming sight of Essaouira.
Next, we will move to visit the great and vibrant square of Moulay El Hassan. Before we move to explore the smallest streets of Essaouira city. Which are filled with fantastic local artisans’ handicrafts. On our route, we will visit the Berber women association. Which produces Argan oil, and visit the tiny workshop. Specializes in ornate paid work using Thuya wood “a local conifer”. During our tour, we’ll enjoy a fresh fish lunch in the souk ( Market) with the locals. After that, we can come along for a walk over the beach. And during the sunset for the most unbelievable view.
Overnight in Essaouira
On this day, we’ll drive from Essaouira to Casablanca, to visit the modern city and the home of the finance business and industries in Casablanca. This city is located in the center of western Morocco about 95 km south of Rabat. Casablanca is an economic country’s capital that has a special place in the state of Morocco, and it includes the largest Airport in Morocco.
Our visit to Casablanca will begin with a visit of Mohamed V square and the visit of the astonishing mosque of Hassan II which was built by Bouygue, designed by Michel Pinseau, and completed in 1993. Hassan II mosque is the second largest mosque that has the second world’s tallest minaret at 210 meters in Africa after the Algiers grand mosque.
Overnight in Casablanca
Today we will move from Casablanca to Rabat. The political and administrative capital of the Morocco kingdom was founded in the 10th century as Ribat “ fortified monastery ”. It was named Rabat Al-Fath by Yacub El Mansour, the 3rd caliph of the Almohad caliphate in the 12th century. In Rabat, we will see the magnificent mausoleum of Mohamed V which is a Royal tomb located in front of Hassan tower.
Our visit of Rabat will include the Sultan Yacub El Mansour spot, and the Kasbah of Udaya as a colonial heritage, also we’ll explore the old city of Rabat with the smallest streets and take our look at the colorful fishing boats along the river. After the visit of Rabat, we will travel to Chefchaouen where we will spend our night.
Overnight in Chefchaouen
The art of this new day is Chefchaouen. This blue city is a charming place with strong Andalusian connections. Chefchaouen is the most stunning town in morocco. There were many Jews and Moors who fled during the Spanish Inquisition. The visit to Chefchaouen includes a short hike to the ruins of a Spanish mosque to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view, and a visit of Ras El-Ma where we’ll discover the source of the freshwater of the city, which is the mountains. After that we’ll take a stroll through the great Kasbah and garden, next we’ll have time to walk along the old city and enjoy the quiet streets with the local people.
Overnight in Chefchaouen
Today we will leave the blue Pearl city and head into the Middle Atlas Mountains, continuing to Volubilis. This ruined roman city is the best preserved archaeological site in morocco. Declared by UNESCO as the world heritage site in 1977, it is featured by many amazing mosaics saved in situ. Volubilis is about 33 km north of Meknes. Continuing our way to Meknes; the sixth largest city in Morocco that’s worth the visit, we will see the magnificent Bab El Mansour, the king’s tomb site at the heart of the medina; what remains the imperial city. After we visit Meknes we will continue our tour in Fes where we’ll spend our next two nights.
Overnight in Fes
Today we’ll enjoy a full-day city tour with an official guide and during our tour, we’ll see every ins and outs of this city. First, we’ll explore the splendid city of Fes and its great medina “ Fes-El Bali ”. So we’ll start the day at the Royal palace and walk over the old Jewish quarter, across one of the towers Borj and visit the cemetery Bab-Fettouh to enjoy the panoramic view of the white sea houses of the medina.
After that we’ll come to Bab Boujloud, the gate that leads to the inside medina, then we’ll move to see the oldest and most famous Tanneries in the world, here we can have a lookout to see the workers as well as they’ll be glad to tell you about the different steps of their work.
After having lunch in the medina we’ll visit the Nejjarine museum; the place of wooden crafts and arts and then we’ll continue to explore the traditional tools, furniture, carpets, and musical instruments. Last but not least, we’ll visit some of the spectacular ancient buildings such as the Medersas of Bou-Inania, Al Attarine, the religious school of Quran studies, Al-Karaouine mosque, AL-Karaouine university as the oldest continually operated university in the world, also we’ll visit an important historic monuments “ Idriss II tomb ”.
Overnight in Fes
Today we will leave Fes city and travel toward Merzouga desert, passing through Ifran with its chalet-like houses called the Switzerland of Morocco. Then continue to the queen of the Medium Atlas; Azrou city. This city is well known for its Atlas cedars forest populated by Barbary apes, after that we will move to Errachidia, Passing through many Kasbahs and palm groves we head towards the adobe-colored city of Er-Rachidia and Erfoud. Later on, the scenery will change as well as we start seeing the golden dunes from the road.
The great sand oasis of Merzouga desert; is an amazing area of polite, apricot, colored sand extensions as far as the eye can see. Here we will head off into the vastness of the Sahara dunes on a camel caravan guided by a local guide. The manly camel is a desert life pole over the centuries, being used to ship precious cargoes from Sub-Saharan Africa to the trading ports of the Mediterranean coast. We can ride or walk alongside as we reach the pace of the caravan led by Berber guides and marvel at the awesome spectacle of the desert and the quietness that comes with it.
As the sun sets, we will proceed to our comfort and luxury private desert camp. The desert camp sits between the golden sand dunes of the Sahara and which gives the impression of being calm in the vast African desert. While enjoying the comforts of Saharan camp, we will enjoy a traditional dinner prepared by local people and followed by Berber music and a campfire under the starry African sky.
Nothing compares to the millions of stars, silence, and tranquility of the Sahara desert at night. Later on, we will go to rest in luxury private tents, the tents are all en-suite with a king-sized bed feeling like stepping back into one of the stories from the Arabian nights.
Overnight in Merzouga – Desert Camp
Today we will wake up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise of Merzouga desert Sahara, after we have breakfast and shower, we will make our trip onward to Dades. Passing through the Berber village of Tinjdad, then we will head into the magnificent Todra gorge. Called the Grand Canyon of Morocco “ Tinghir ”, we will see its fantastic rock walls that change colors to magical effects as the sun hits it. These 300-meter cliffs of limestone shaped weirdly and 15 meters separated from each other.
We can enjoy our time in the gorge where we can meet the Nomads. Many deserted Kasbahs, nomadic brick villages, and green oases. Later on, we will continue our route to explore Dades valley with its charming upper view before we continue to our hotel for the night.
Overnight in Dades
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Marrakech. Passing through the valley of roses; the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. Acres of Persian roses grown and harvested here to create rose water. And creams, in addition to soaps prized throughout Morocco and the world. Continuing along the road of thousand Kasbah. Skoura oasis to Ouarzazate, “ the gate of the desert ” built-in 1928 by the french. Ouarzazate is a site on the highland at 1160 m, where the Daraa rivers join with astonishing splendid valleys. It’s the starting point of excursions to “ Dades ”, the East oasis, the road to the South, and the Anti-Atlas Mountains. It is above all, Ouarzazate is an open door to the exciting adventures of the great south.
Continue to explore the UNESCO heritage Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah. Declared by UNESCO in 1987, this Kasbah is where several famous films and series have made. Such as, Gladiator(2000), Sahara(2005), Babel(2006), Game of Thrones (2011). This fortified Ksar is located in the province of Ouarzazate in the Draa Tafilalet region of Morocco. Next, we will continue along The highest road in the Atlas mountains. Tizi n’Tishka pass to finally reach Marrakech where our Morocco Tour or vacation will be over.
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