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This private Morocco trip takes you into the cultural heart of the North. Start off in the bustling bylanes, riads and souks of Marrakech, where you can explore Arab and Jewish architecture and other landmarks on a guided tour. In Ouarzazate, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert, take a personalized tour of the UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou for fantastic shots of one of Hollywood’s favorite landmarks! Next, ride across the sand dunes of the Sahara in Merzouga on the back of a camel. Take time out to become acquainted with the local Berber people and their customs with an expert to explain the intricacies to you.

Your next stop is Midelt, the tiny little trading town famous for its authentic Berber weaves and pleasant climate. Continuing on to Fes, discover its ancient medina, mosques, and art, and 1300 years old heritage on a completely customized excursion. With the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and the holy Moulay Idriss nearby, take a day out to explore these landmarks on a personalized expedition. Next, the blue city of Chefchaoen beckons with its Moroccan and Andalusian flavors and bustling medina. Finally, end your tour at Tangier by the Strait of Gibraltar, exploring its art and culture, and aura of romance that has inspired artists for centuries.

You can customize this private Morocco trip to suit your exact preferences, interests, and pace. Get in touch with us for a seamless and obligation-free itinerary.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4MarrakechAncient Medina, Souks and Cuisine, Artisan HeritageRiad Slitine, Riad Adore
4 - 5OuarzazateGateway to 1000 Kasbahs, Sahara Desert, Taourirt KasbahRiad Ksar Ighnda, Le Berbere Palace
5 - 7MerzougaSahara Dessert, Dunes, LandcapesImperial Glory Lodges, Desert Luxury Camp
7 - 8MideltMarket Town, Berber Culture, Tarik Ibn ZyadHotel Taddart
8 - 11FesRoman Ruins, Rich Cultural Heritage, SouksLa Maison Bleue, Riad Fes
11 - 12ChefchaouenTurquoise City, Medina and Mosques, HikingRiad Chérifa, Lina Ryad & Spa
12 - 14TangierDar el Makhzen, Tangier American Legation Museum , Cape Spartel , Caves of HerculesLa Maison de Tanger, El Minzah Hotel Tangier
14 - 15RabatUNESCO World Heritage site, Hassan Tower, Ancient Roman RuinsRiad Kalaa, Villa Mandarine

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  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Marrakech Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Marrakech

3 Nights

Marrakech, with its aura of mystery and exoticism, begs to be explored! From its humble origins as a garrison of the Almoravid desert warriors, Marrakech today is a vibrant city where modernity meets tradition.

Included Activities

Magical Marrakech Discovery
Set out with your private guide to unravel the wonders of the red city! With its exoticism and aura of mystery, Marrakech enjoys legendary status as a tourist attraction. It has the unique distinction of being the city after which the country is named. On this tour, visit the famous Koutoubia Mosque dating back to the 12th century which is also the largest in the city. Listen to your local expert explain the origins of this mosque and its prominent minaret. Afterwards, head over to the Saadian Tombs situated near the Kasbah Mosque. Gaze in wonder at the Italian carrara marble used across the mausoleum. Next, explore the 19th century El Bahia Palace featuring a blend of Islamic and Moroccan styles of architecture. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the souks at the heart of the old city that offer a variety of wares for visitors to browse through. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fixed Time; Fitness Level: Easy;)

English Speaking Local Guide

Jewish Tour of the Medina
Accompany your guide to the 16th century Ibn Lazama Synagogue – it is of immense significance in the Jewish history of Morocco and is still visited by the faithful. Head over to 16th century Miara Cemetery which is used till date. Not only is this the only Jewish cemetery in town but it’s also the largest in the country! See the congregation halls and the stone tombstones with Hebrew inscriptions laid across three layers of burial grounds. Stroll through the mellah (Jewish quarter) in the city to discover tall, mud brick buildings that adorn its streets. Stop by the many small synagogues that dot the winding alleyways of the old walled medina, learning interesting tidbits about each from your guide. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fixed Time; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Riad Slitine – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Riad Adore – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 5

Your chauffeur will drive you from Marrakech to Ouarzazate in a private vehicle (Duration: 6 hrs)

Ouarzazate

1 Night

Ouarzazate is known as a Gateway to the Sahara Desert. Ouarzazate boasts a rich history of being the converging point for African traders in the past who sought to reach the northern cities in Morocco and Europe.

Included Activities

Desert Splendors of Aït Benhaddou
The spectacular site of Aït Benhaddou is yours to discover on this trip to a UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Located in the southern foothills of the High Atlas in the province of Ouarzazate, the historic structure of Ait-Ben-Haddou is built as a ksar, a pre-Saharan, fortified group of dwellings native to southern Morocco. Thread your way through the red mud houses that get its vivid hue from dark red pisé and some of which still sport traditional decorations. Soak in the exotic setting which has made many a Hollywood movie come alive and is best captured by your camera under the slanting rays of the sun. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time: Morning/Evening; Duration: 4-5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Riad Ksar Ighnda – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast and Dinner)
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleGuest house
Day 5 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Ouarzazate to Merzouga in a private vehicle (Duration: 5 hrs)

Merzouga

2 Nights

Sitting on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a network of sand dunes that is 3 miles wide and 31 miles long, the remote hamlet of Merzouga is the ideal gateway for camel safaris in the dunes.

Included Activities

Camel Trekking in Merzouga
Ride across sandy dunes on the mighty camel, which has been the backbone of desert life for thousands of years! These docile creatures used to ferry cargo from sub-Saharan Africa to the trading ports of the Mediterranean coast. Today, they are your reliable modes of transport across all terrains to get around Erg Chebbi. It might take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be enjoying your leisurely ride as you traverse the grand, sprawling desert on camelback. Camel trekking in Merzouga is an essential activity for your Moroccan desert adventure! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs (including travel to activity); Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate)

The Nomad Life of Merzouga
Enjoy lunch or tea with the local Berber people of Merzouga, who are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Visit a local family and interact with members of this traditional community on their home turf. Learn more about the unique and ancient Berber culture through your interaction with villagers. Your guide would be happy to familiarize you with Berber etiquette and cultural nuances so that you can truly make the most of the experience. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Evening; Duration: 3 hrs (including travel to activity); Private Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
RoomTent
Meals
StyleLodge
RoomMain Camp
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast and Dinner)
StyleCamp
Day 7 - 8

Your chauffeur will drive you from Merzouga to Midelt in a private vehicle (Duration: 4 hrs)

Midelt

1 Night

The commercial town of Midelt lies on the high plains bordered by the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Basking in a temperate climate, Midelt hums with the energy of a modern settlement nestled by fragrant orchards and swaying wheat fields.

Hotel Options
Hotel Taddart – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 8 - 11

Your chauffeur will drive you from Midelt to Fes in a private vehicle (Duration: 4-5 hrs)

Fes

3 Nights

Fes, or Fez, the grandest royal city created by Morocco’s early Muslim rulers in the 9th century, is the country’s cultural capital and spiritual heart.

Included Activities

English Speaking Local Guide

Fes Fantastic Heritage Tour
Traverse through 1,300 years of Moroccan heritage as your guide leads you across the most beautiful medina in Morocco. In the beautiful city of Fes, gaze in awe at the exquisite examples of Islamic art and architecture. Walk through the narrow streets flanked on either side by bustling souks occupied by tailors, artists, and traders selling a variety of wares. Saunter past cafes that lead to outdoor markets, the covered bazaar, and quiet squares where you can spot children at play and donkeys at work transporting supplies. The world’s largest car-free urban space and a prominent UNESCO World Heritage site, the medina is where you will find a large number of spectacular mosques, tanneries, and fountains. Accompany your guide into some of the mosques that permit non-Muslims to enter, so you can get a closer look at the intricate stucco and tile work inside. Explore the new medina, the medersa or Islamic educational institute, and the iconic Bab Boujloud or Blue Gate, which is a great place to indulge in people watching! Stop by the picturesque fountain at Place Nejjarine before you make your way to the mellah (Jewish quarter) for a glimpse into the city’s Jewish heritage. Browse through some of the souks of Fes before you decide to call it a day. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please note that non-Muslims are not allowed insides many of the mosques.)

Ancient Ruins of Volubilis and Holy City Moulay Idriss
Make a trip to Volubilis to see the remnants of an ancient Roman city. Situated near the city of Meknes and dating back to the third century BC, Volubilis has an illustrious past. Explore this historic city that was once the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania and later came to be ruled by the Romans. Look at its many Roman-style structures that have been excavated and restored, making it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Observe the temple and the basilica, the triumphal arch, and the mosaic flooring from excavated structures, among other things. Once you are done walking amid the ruins, you can head to the sacred town of Moulay Idriss. A prominent pilgrimage center of Morocco, Moulay Idriss also offers picturesque views of the surrounding hilly terrain, providing you with a great setting to end your tour. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate).

Hotel Options
La Maison Bleue – Opt 1
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Riad Fes – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 11 - 12

Your chauffeur will drive you from Fes to Chefchaouen in a private vehicle (Duration: 3-4 hrs)

Chefchaouen

1 Night

Traditional Moroccan and Andalusian flavors rise from the kitchens of this extremely pretty highland village, painted with dreamy turquoise walls and red-tiled roofs.

Included Activities

English Speaking Local Guide

Medina Magic in Chefchaouen
Roam the old medina of Chefchaouen, a city tucked away in the Rif Mountains. Originally a fortress town, Chefchaouen is now a thriving tourist hub, although quite different and relaxed compared to other tourist centers such as Marrakech and Fez. Observe how its houses and buildings are painted in cool blue hues, a facet of the city that has given it a distinctive look and feel and also elicited much traveler interest. Walk through the narrow winding alleys of the medina, surrounding yourself in blue. Pass by little cafes and restaurants, and shops selling various trinkets. If you are an early riser, do remember that mornings between 7 and 8 am is a great time to appreciate the beautiful effect of the sunlight on the blue walls, and to take in the quiet appeal of the medina before the crowds set in. (Half Day; Morning /Evening Activity; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy).

Hotel Options
Riad Chérifa – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Lina Ryad & Spa – Opt 2
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 12 - 14

Your chauffeur will drive you from Chefchaouen to Tangier in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs)

Tangier

2 Nights

Manning the Strait of Gibraltar on the Maghreb coast, Tangier has been a prosperous trading port for centuries. Its potent combination of exotic beauty, one-time status as an ‘international zone’ and crossbreed history had lent it a mysterious air of adventure and romance for ages.

Included Activities

English Speaking Local Guide

Highlights of Tangier
Explore Tangier, a crossroads of cultures and former playground of renowned artists and writers. Begin with a short drive passing by the 17th century Sultan’s palace, celebrities’ homes, and the modest tomb of Ibn Battouta, and head to Cape Spartel overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. Enjoy bird watching and camel riding in the garden surrounds, and experience the dramatic caves of Hercules below the lighthouse. Back at Grand Socco, trace the itinerary of Henri Matisse, and settings of his famous paintings. Next up, navigate the quaint labyrinthine alleys of Medina, filled with crafts workshops selling an assortment of vibrant souvenirs. Take a break to savor Moroccan dishes, and enjoy entertainment by Andalusian musicians and belly dancers. Visit the Tangier American Legation, an elegant five-story museum featuring photographs and artifacts. Later, hanging out at Kasbah, play Parcheesi amid smoke clouds and drink mint tea with locals. Finally, admire the centuries-old trees at the Mendoubia Gardens, with its lanes flanked by colonial buildings. (Half Day; Time: Morning and Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomSuite 1
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 15

Your chauffeur will drive you from Tangier to Rabat in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs)

Rabat

1 Night

Rabat, the charming capital of Morocco, was granted its UNESCO Heritage site status in 2012. Standing at the confluence of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic, it’s an elegant fusion of Islamic heritage and French colonial legacy.

Included Activities

Rabat’s City Delights
Recently granted UNESCO World Heritage status, the city of Rabat is yours to discover! Named after the Arabic word ‘ribaat’ meaning ‘fortified place’, the capital of Morocco has a long and rich history behind it. Begin your tour at the medina, where you will find the Hassan tower, an unfinished minaret from the time of Yaqub al Mansur, who wished to build the largest mosque in Rabat. An important figure in the construction of Rabat, the city walls and restored Kasbah of the Udayas on your itinerary, stand testimony to Mansur’s efforts. Next, explore the Chellah, also the ruined Roman city of Sala, which boasts ancient monuments and buildings. Also a fortified Muslim necropolis where the Merenid dynasty are buried, the Chellah is one of the best archaeological sites of modern day Morocco. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning and Afternoon; Duration: 2-3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Riad Kalaa – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Villa Mandarine – Opt 2
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

You will be transferred from your hotel to Rabat Airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,090 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 15 days / 14 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Marrakech: Magical Marrakech Discovery
    • Marrakech: English Speaking Local Guide
    • Marrakech: Jewish Tour of the Medina
    • Ouarzazate: Desert Splendors of Ait Benhaddou
    • Merzouga: Camel Trekking in Merzouga
    • Merzouga: The Nomad Life of Merzouga
    • Fes: English Speaking Local Guide
    • Fes: Fes Fantastic Heritage Tour
    • Fes: Ancient Ruins of Volubilis and Holy City Moulay Idriss
    • Chefchaouen: English Speaking Local Guide
    • Chefchaouen: Medina Magic in Chefchaouen
    • Tangier: English Speaking Local Guide
    • Tangier: Highlights of Tangier
    • Rabat: Rabat’s City Delights
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines and champagne are not included.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Northern Morocco: Heritage Cities and Desert

15 days $ 4,990 / person

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