Grand Tour of Morocco 15 Days 14 Nights / Morocco Tour from Tangier / Atlantic Coast and Imperial Cities/ Tour from Tangier Includes Night in the Desert of Merzouga / Morocco Tour Packages / North and South Morocco Excursion / Sightseeing Morocco Tour
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN TANGIER
We will pick you up at the port of TANGIER and drive to RABAT; this city is an interesting mixture of the historical traditions of the past and of modernity established in the present. Depending on the time of arrival we can make the first contact with the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: RABAT - CASABLANCA - EL JADIDA
After breakfast we will visit the city which is protected by several walls, the medina of Rabat reflects the soul of the ancient city, with its splendid carpets, the artisans of metalwork and the many craftsmen who exercise their art under the gaze of the passers-by. We will be able to visit the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower among others. Our trip will continue to Casablanca; the economic capital of the country, and taking into account that the name is a synonym of love, is an attractive destination. Casablanca is a large modern city where we will make a panoramic tour of the neighbourhood of Anfa, the park of the United Nations, the Boulevard de la Corniche and the spectacular Hassan II Mosque (there is an extra option to visit inside). Our next destination is EL JADIDA where we will make a visit to the old Portuguese fortress and visit the citadel that until today retains its charm and original structure, typically medieval. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 3: EL JADIDA - SAFI - ESSAOUIRA
Our tour continues toward SAFI; known for its pottery, its medina is completely surrounded by the old Portuguese walls, open to the sea the medina climbs toward a small hill where the imposing defensive bastion of the Kechla stands and from where it dominates the whole city.
Our journey continues along the coast to the coastal city of Essaouira, located in a small rocky platform by the sea. The personality of the medina of Essaouira is different from other medinas as its orderly layout of streets that give it its own character. Its main business is fishing, so you cannot miss the colourful and lively spectacle of boats returning to port, and savour the incomparable freshness of good fish. Another feature of Essaouira is its immense fine sandy beach of about 10 kilometres; a haven for its tranquility. A city that without any doubt will leave you with unforgettable memories. Dinner and accommodation in a Riad.
Day 4: ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH
Today and after a good breakfast we will take the highway for Marrakech (about three hours), passing the Argan forest on the way. We will have the rest of the day free to start discovering this ancient city. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel
Day 5: MARRAKECH GUIDED TOUR
After breakfast this morning, we will discover the charms of Marrakesh from the hand of a guide, with its medina full of history, the colourfulness of its maze of narrow streets, the delights of the souks and the bustling Jemaa El Fna Square will be some of the key points of this visit.
The Menara Gardens; a mirror of the Muslim Paradise on earth, this peaceful garden is special for walking and its charm is located in the central area around a huge artificial pond, the legend tells that these gardens were used by the sultans for their dating.
The Saadian Tombs; one of the most visited places of Marrakech, were opened to the public in 1917, the year in which they were discovered. In the same garden you can see more than 100 tombs decorated with mosaics, in them are buried the bodies of the servants and warriors of the Saadian dynasty.
The Bahia Palace; a palace and gardens built with the intention of being the biggest palace of all times and residence of the former Vizier, it includes a patio decorated with a central basin and surrounded by rooms.
The Koutoubia Mosque; one of the most representative monuments of the city, it stands out because of its 69 metre high minaret making it the tallest building in the city and a recognisable landmark.
Djemaa El Fna Square; you will be surprised by its enormous dimensions in spite of being placed in the centre of the Medina with a maze of narrow streets and alleyways leading off. You will also be surprised when the square completely changes its scenery by day as a fabulous souk and at night it turns into a swarm of food stalls where people gather around for dinner. This night will be a special dinner with a show and hotel accommodation
Day 6: MARRAKECH - TELOUET - AIT BENHADDOU - OUARZAZATE
We will depart after breakfast and continue our tour crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the pass of Tizi n'Tichka at 2,260 m of altitude; the highest drivable mountain pass of North Africa. We will make some stops so you have the opportunity to take pictures and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and Berber villages that we will encounter along the journey. We will take a side road to visit the Kasbah of Telouet built by the Pasha of Marrakech: Thami el Glaoui, the Kasbah of Telouet shows the simplicity of the Berber architecture and retains a reception room where you can appreciate the simple interior ornamentation of the Moorish Alcazabas.
Our next stop will be Aït Benhaddou; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated on a hill and next to the Ounila River, it was the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, this small town with extraordinary beauty, which typically consists of overlapping houses and surrounded by a wall, is also well known for the filming of many famous movies such as Gladiator, Obilex etc…, we will eat lunch here and continue our journey toward Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 7: OUARZAZATE - DRAA - OUARZAZATE
Today after breakfast we will head toward the Draa Valley; a desert landscape, although the palm groves and the kasbahs beside the river form a spectacular contrast of striking colours. It is one of the most fascinating and exotic destinations because of the environment, culture, architecture and without doubt, a very different way of life from Europe; a real source of surprises. The kasbahs and ksour (fortified villages) are very attractive for travellers.
In the afternoon, we return to Ouarzazate where we will visit the oasis of Fint, located only 10 km from Ouarzazate; this could very well be the desert garden, where a barren and desolate landscape changes quickly and without warning to a place of lush green vegetation and so full of life, a hidden corner that is quite beautiful to admire. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8: OUARZAZATE - SKOURA - DADES
In the morning we go to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, a wonderful place to wander through the old streets and above all offers a few unexpected corners, with a beautiful and old souk. Our tour will continue to the Skoura Palm Grove that at first sight doesn't seem interesting, but that hides a treasure that appears little by little when we approach; the oasis and its 700,000 palm trees hides a myriad of Kasbahs made of adobe inhabited by Berber families, discovering its ochre walls between a maze of palm trees is one of the most impressive experiences provided by this area. We will continue toward the Valley of Roses located at the foot of the High Atlas, an area where Damascus roses are grown and undoubtedly the most important and interesting crop; some 30 km of continuous cultivation of roses amongst splendid greenery, nestled at the foot of a canyon of ochre tints, offering a spectacle of absolute beauty and forming one of the most memorable sights. Our journey will continue through the Dades Valley by dirt track, a delight for the eyes to contemplate the kasbahs and observe how the scenery changes at every bend of the road. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 9: DADES - TODRA GORGE - MERZOUGA
Today after breakfast we will drive to the Todra Gorge, a spectacular place, feeling pinched between these rocks is a fabulous experience, its mountains are over 300 meters in height, the crystalline water of the river runs throughout the year, its high walls are a paradise for rock climbers; truly it is a marvel to visit. We will continue the tour through the Palm Grove of Tafilalet; the second largest oasis of the African continent, a real oasis of vegetation surrounding the river where the villages with adobe houses are surrounded by the river and where its people lead a quiet life .the last part of our trip today takes us to the foot of the wonderful dunes of Erg Chebbi; the highest in all of Morocco, where you will be able to have a first contact with the desert. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10: MERZOUGA - ERG CHEBBI - MERZOUGA
You are already in the desert! …enjoy the magic of the dunes. Very early, before it gets too hot, we take our 4x4 for the real desert tour, we pass by the Sriji Dayet; Lake of the Flamingos, depending on the winter rainfall as to how high the water level is, there may be many birds that migrate here, mainly flamingos. We visit the village of Khamlia with a population of 334 inhabitants of the Gnaoua and Berber ethnic group, they originate in sub-Saharan Africa and moved to Western Sahara, where they began to settle along with nomadic Berber people, they are warm, friendly and quiet, and due to their culture, music is an important part to them, Khamlians invite you to enjoy their hospitality, to take a glass of tea and to listen to the Gnaoua Music while resting in the wonderful landscape of the desert dunes. Our adventure continues between the dunes where the Paris-Dakar rally passed, home to many of the semi-nomadic families that live in the area in this sea of sand and stone, this will be an adventure that you will be able to enjoy every second!! We return to the hotel and in the middle of the afternoon the camels will lead us to the heart of the desert; a journey of an hour and a half to watch the sunset among the dunes, a spectacle of tranquility! We will spend the night in a nomad camp (haimas) where we will be able to enjoy the stars and the sun as it rises through the dunes. An experience you will never forget ever. Dinner and overnight at the haimas in the middle of the desert.
Day 11: MERZOUGA - ERFOUD - ZIZ - MIDELT
We get up very early to be able to witness another great show that the dunes offer us of the Moroccan Sahara; the rising of the sun. We ride the camels back to the hotel where you can take a shower and enjoy a well-earned breakfast.
Our tour continues to Rissani where we will stop to visit the bustling market, where there is a special parking place to leave the donkeys that the locals use to carry their products such as crafts, food, animals etc. to sell in the market; this amazes all travellers and tourists who pass through this city. We travel on to Erfoud, known for its fossils and minerals. We can make a stop so you can visit a workshop where they craft beautiful furniture and many items from these ancient lifeforms. We will cross the Ziz Valley; a vast valley in all its splendour, a natural area surrounded by canyons with the peculiar reddish sand and the impressive palm grove that stretches for miles and miles. There is a panoramic spot where we will make a short stop to relax while we take a tea taking in its magnificent views. We will continue toward MIDELT for night.
Day 12: MIDELT - AZROU - FEZ
Today we will continue on the road toward the legendary cedar forest where we will make a stop to discover the attentive and curious gaze of the Barbary monkeys that live there. We will arrive in Ifrane which is located in the mountains of the Middle Atlas Mountains; an oasis of freshness and vegetation with its lakes and fountains, wide avenues, green spaces and European-style Alpine roofs evoking thoughts of Switzerland; hence it is often called the Switzerland of Moroccan, here you will discover an unknown face of North Africa. The lakes are abundant in this region located in the heart of the Cedar forests. We will continue our journey to Fez in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation in Riad.
Day 13: FEZ GUIDED TOUR
Today we are going to visit this ancient city from the hand of a guide; the oldest, richest, cultural, religious, spiritual and mysterious of the four imperial cities of Morocco, where you can see that much of it has not suffered the passage of time.
The views that define Fes are:
- Chouara Tannery: it is the most extensive and best known of the four traditional tanneries that are still alive in the heart of the medina of Fez,
- Karaouine Mosque: The most important and one of its greatest architectural complexes.
- Bab Boujloud; the most important gate to the Medina, the oldest and most charming in the entire city.
- The Royal Palace of the 14th century is one of the largest and most ancient in Morocco, although you cannot visit inside; it is worth visiting to contemplate its seven gates.
- Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss: A shrine dedicated to Moulay Idriss, king of Morocco between the years 807 and 828, one of the founders of Fez.
- Seffarine square: located in the heart of the Medina, and where one of the oldest professions of Fez still continues; the craft of metalworkers.
- Madrassas; Old Koranic schools, which sometimes house resident students, in Fez there are three, the only one that can be visited is the Medersa Cherratine, which is different from the others because its functional style is a little ornate.
The rest of the day will be free for you to stroll along its streets and souks. Dinner and accommodation in Riad.
Day 14: FEZ - MEKNES - CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast, we depart for Meknes where the restaurants and the terraces have been installed in the areas where in the past, public executions were witnessed. We will visit its main monuments such as:
Bab el-Mansour: it connects the square with the old Imperial City of Moulay Ismail. Its construction was completed in 1732.Museum Dar Jamaï: It is one of the most interesting museums of Morocco. It is located in a beautiful building with a central courtyard and has very good decor.Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail: One of the keys of Meknes. Here is the tomb of Sultan that marked the origins of Morocco.Medersa Bou Inania: From the top, great views are obtained of the city. Its interior is very similar to the madrassas of Fez.
As-Sufara Koubbat: Great crypt used as a store of food. It is located in the Plaza de Armas.
Heri es-Souani: Under this name are the royal stables of Moulay Ismail, with capacity for 12,000 horses. It is a huge building and is quite interesting
After lunch we take the highway to CHEFCHAOUEN, where we arrive in the afternoon. This is a charming relaxed town located between the slopes of two mountains and surrounded by fields of crops that further highlight the white and blue of its homes. Being out of the traditional tourist circuits gives it an irresistible charm with its cobbled, narrow streets with its endless flights of stairs, the traditional white and blue houses with their reddish coloured tiles. You can wander aimlessly through the narrow and often steep alleys to discover hidden corners, patios, doors of all styles, flights of stairs that are lost after a bend, blue colour painted floors the same as the walls of the houses; no doubt you will discover one of the most photogenic cities of Morocco. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 15: CHEFCHAOUEN - TANGIER
Today after breakfast and at the appointed time you will be transferred to the airport/port, and end of our services.