With this comprehensive tour, unearth the heady allure of Morocco’s bustling urban hotspots – from glamorous Casablanca, Marrakech and regal Fes to the dreamy small town of Chefchaouen and coastal Essaouira. Enjoy desert safaris in the Sahara and adventure amid the towering summits of the High Atlas mountains.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 1CasablancaFrench Colonial Heritage, Iconic Architecture, Bustling Port City
1 - 2RabatUNESCO World Heritage site, Hassan Tower, Ancient Roman RuinsRiad Kalaa, Villa Mandarine
2 - 3ChefchaouenTurquoise City, Medina and Mosques, HikingLina Ryad & Spa
3 - 6FesRoman Ruins, Rich Cultural Heritage, SouksPalais Amani
6 - 8MerzougaSahara Dessert, Dunes, LandcapesDesert Luxury Camp
8 - 9OuarzazateGateway to 1000 Kasbahs, Sahara Desert, Taourirt KasbahRiad Ksar Ighnda
9 - 11High AtlasTraditional Berber Architecture, Jbel Toubkal Mountain, TrekkingKasbah du Toubkal
11 - 14MarrakechAncient Medina, Souks and Cuisine, Artisan HeritageRiad Slitine, La Villa Des Orangers
14 - 16EssaouiraCostal Town, Seafood, Souks (markets), Old townSalut Maroc
16 - 17CasablancaFrench Colonial Heritage, Iconic Architecture, Bustling Port CityGray Boutique Hotel & Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 1

International Arrival

Transfer from Casablanca Airport to your Hotel via Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca

0 Days

Casablanca – the very name conjures up romantic images of a French colonial past, not to mention the wartime classic. Set up by the French as a key commercial port in Morocco, it’s old French legacy is reflected in its handsome Mauresque buildings.

Day 1 - 2

Drive from Casablanca to Rabat (40 km, 1 hrs)

Rabat

1 Day

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 City Highlights
Rabat, the capital of Morocco, is also its second largest city. Set by the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, discover an important center for the textile, food processing and construction industries in Morocco. With an interesting history of piracy until the 18th century, there is much to see in Rabat, right from the walled medina at its bustling heart to intricately carved mosques, mausoleums and Kasbahs set alongside palm-lined boulevards.

Hotel Options
Riad Kalaa – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Villa Mandarine – Opt 2
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 2 - 3

Drive from Rabat to Chefchaouen (250 km, 4 hrs)

Chefchaouen

1 Day

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

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
Lina Ryad & Spa – Opt 1
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 6

Drive from Rabat to Fes (75 km, 2.5 hrs)

Fes

3 Days

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

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.)

Souks And Streetside Flavors Of Fez
Tantalize your taste buds with this exciting street food tour that takes you through the vibrant souks and alleyways of Fes in the company of a gastronomic expert. Check out three different food souks where you will find a variety of traditional Moroccan street food such as dried meats, soups, spicy potato cakes, spicy sardines, milawi, Moroccan bread, olives, and puff pastry. Taste many kinds of wild honey at the honey souk as your expert tells you all about its health benefits and importance in Moroccan cuisine as well as in Islamic culture. Catch a glimpse of traditional cooking methods during your visit to a furnatchi or traditional Moroccan stove, which is also used to heat the water for the communal hammam bath. See a 400-year-old furan or communal oven, and a bakery, before you move on to the world of spices and their various uses, all under the able guidance of your expert. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal Included: Food samples; Fitness Level: Easy;)

Ancient Ruins Of Meknes & Volublils
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, visit a local farm for lunch. The dishes will be based on recipes from the first-century Roman cookbook Apicius as well as farm recipes documented by the Roman historian Cato the Elder. On finishing your meal 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
Palais Amani – Opt 1
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Fes to Merzouga (460 km, 7 hrs)

Merzouga

2 Days

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

Visit To Khamila Village

Hotel Options
RoomMain Camp
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast and Dinner)
StyleCamp
Day 8 - 9

Drive from Merzouga to Ouarzazate (367 km, 5 hrs)

Ouarzazate

1 Day

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.

Hotel Options
Riad Ksar Ighnda – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast and Dinner)
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 11

Drive from Ouarzazate to High Atlas Mountains (240 km, 5 hrs

High Atlas

2 Days

High Atlas mountain range of Morocco, invites you on an exciting trekking vacation. The region offers you a visual treat with the majestic countryside dotted with walnut and cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see.

Included Activities

Trekking Up The Atlas
Go on a trek up the Toubkal, the highest peak of the great Atlas Mountains. Begin at the Kasbah du Toubkal, a mountain retreat perched on a hilltop. Trek for about two hours, following a steep mule trail, till you reach the Tizi M’zik mountain pass. Take as many breaks as you wish to rest along the way and to enjoy the glorious views. See the small villages on the sloping hillsides, near the agricultural terraces and fruit orchards – indicators of the community of Berber people living in the area. Enjoy the scent of the surrounding juniper forests, the beauty of the mountains and the spectacular views of the Imlil and Azadane valleys as you reach Tizi M’zik mountain pass. (Half Day; Morning Activity; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate, as it involves trekking through a short but steep trail).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 11 - 14

Drive from High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech (80 km, 2 hrs)

Marrakech

3 Days

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;)

Hotel Options
Riad Slitine – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 16

Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira

Essaouira

2 Days

Essaouira, a picturesque coastal town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is yours to discover. This easygoing fishing port dating back to the 17th century is where Orson Wells filmed Othello!

Included Activities

Sights and Sounds of Essaouira
Go on a guided walk through Essaouira, a charming coastal city built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Enjoy the laid back vibe that makes Essaouira so different from cities such as Marrakech. Roam the medina, passing by stark white buildings while your guide provides interesting trivia – such as the fact that Essaouira was one of the locations for the Orson Welles movie Othello. Visit some of the city’s landmarks, such as the 18th century synagogue, the Jewish cemetery and the fortress. Savor a meal of fresh fish cooked before your very eyes at the fishing port. Later, explore the street full of thuya handicrafts – thuya is a tree indigenous to the region and Essaouira is renowned for carved woodwork. The city also has a small souk you can visit. Finally unwind with some fun activities on the beach, choosing between windsurfing, kitesurfing, camel riding, horse riding and quad bikes. (Half Day; Morning/Evening Activity; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Salut Maroc – Opt 1
RoomMalika Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 16 - 17

Drive from Essaouria to Casablanca (160 km, 5 hrs)

Casablanca

1 Day

Casablanca – the very name conjures up romantic images of a French colonial past, not to mention the wartime classic. Set up by the French as a key commercial port in Morocco, it’s old French legacy is reflected in its handsome Mauresque buildings.

Hotel Options
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe Garden View Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 7,100 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 8,220 /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 17 days / 16 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Rabat: Rabat City Highlights
    • Chefchaouen:  Medina Magic in Chefchaouen
    • Fes: Fes Fantastic Heritage Tour
    • Fes: Souks and Streetside Flavors of Fez
    • Fes: Ancient Ruins of Meknes & Volublils
    • Merzouga: Visit to Khamila Village
    • High Atlas Mountain: Trekking up the Atlas
    • Marrakech: Magical Marrakech Discovery
    • Essaouira: Sights and Sounds of Essaouira
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Souks, Spices and the Sahara

17 days $ 7,100 / person

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