Morocco has many layers to explore. Its long history has seen Berbers, Roman invasions, Islamic conquests, and European colonization, all of which have left architecture, traditions, and lifestyle. We offer 16 days grand tour of Morocco to imperial cities, coastal, South, and desert from Casablanca is a must-see tourist tour intended for a people seeking discovery and culture balanced steps and a pleasant pace for a thorough approach to Morocco. The Atlas Mountains, dotted with tiny villages, the beautiful beaches cities of the coast, and the big dunes of the desert in Sahara and the old Medina of the imperial cities.
Our private tour begins with a transfer from the airport to your hotel in Casablanca, where you’ll be offered a complimentary meal. Today depends on the time your arrival; given the time we may explore a handful of Casablanca’s touristic features such as the Hassan II mosque, Moroccan Mall shopping center and a nearby beach area.
Today starts with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque before departing to Rabat (the capital). In Rabat, we’ll visit the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower and of course its souks and medina. Then, we’ll depart to Meknes where we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the square opposite the Bab el Mansour gate. After dinner, we’ll retire to a local hotel.
From Meknes, you’ll head out to visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing to Fes where we’ll spend the night at a local Riad – Hotel.
We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, snaking through its alleys and narrow streets. We’ll begin sightseeing at the Royal Palace gate, followed by the Jewish headquarter where the first Mellah ever was built in Morocco, during the 16th century. We’ll ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region. We’ll also visit the Tanneries, the Attarine museum, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you’ll visit many different cooperatives and then, experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes before ending the night at your Riad.
The day begins with a drive towards the Atlas Mountains stopping to visit the village Ifrane, where we’ll get a chance to explore the famous cedar forest, home to the Berber apes. We’ll then continue through the Tiz Ntalghamt Mountain Pass and the Ziz Gorge (here we can stop for pictures and lunch) to Midelt. From Midelt we’ll continue through the Ziz Valley to Er-Rachidia, in the Southern Province before retiring to the traditional village of Erfoud where you’ll spend the night.
After breakfast, we’ll leave for Rissani where we’ll stop for lunch before continuing to Merzouga in the late afternoon to a local hotel with restaurants and a swimming pool. Before the sun sets, you may want to take a wonderful walk around the nearby dunes of Erg Chebbi. It’ll take us around 90 minutes to reach the campsite after that, once there, we’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset over the dunes and once dark, our dinner will be served around a campfire. This night will be spent in Berber tents in the desert.
After breakfast and a refreshing dip in the pool, you’ll travel via 4×4 some nearby caves where natural fossils can be found. After exploring the caves, you’ll be taken to the small and ancient village of Tissrdmin, where many movies have been filmed. You will then pass through the Black Desert, which adopted the name due to the presence of volcanic stones, where we’ll share tea with a local Tuareg family. We’ll also explore the desert region around the Erg Chebbi desert dunes where you’ll have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the marvelous contrast of the desert. We’ll later pay a visit to the black village of Khamlia; where we’ll indulge in the music of the Gnawa. For lunch, we’ll delight in a traditional Berber Pizza in the ancient capital of Rissani, and in the late afternoon, we’ll ride on camelback to watch the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. Upon arrival at the camp, we’ll have a traditional Tagine dinner, drink delicious local mint tea, and listen to traditional Berber music around a campfire while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.
We’ll fetch an early start to catch the sunrise over the dunes before arriving at a local hotel to freshen up. After breakfast, we’ll head through Rissani and Tinghir to Todra gorge; the highest and narrowest gorge in Morocco. After lunch at the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades valley enjoying the view of the geological feature known locally as “Monkey Toes”. We’ll stay overnight in Dades valley.
After breakfast, we’ll continue our tour towards Ouarzazate through the path of a thousand Kasbahs (fortress) stopping at Kalaat Mgouna, the center of the Valley of Roses, famous for its annual Rose Festival. We’ll continue to the Unesco World Heritage site, the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for being used as a filming location for Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and for the famous HBO series Game of Thrones. We’ll then take the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass to Marrakesh, where we’ll spend the night.
Today we travel from Ouarzazate to Taroudant; this Berber town developed in turn of a market located in the southern region of Morocco. Noted for local crafts (jewelry, carpets, pottery, etc.), Taroudant is located on the route of the caravans (used for trade). It has said to resemble a smaller and less-chaotic Marrakesh. We’ll spend this night at a local Riad – Hotel.
From Taroudant, you will continue to Tafraoute, a delightful city, sheltered from the hot African weather by granitic rocks that surround it, a spectacle of nature that allows you to experience this unique part of Morocco. You will continue along this route to Agadir where you’ll spend the night.
We’ll continue today towards the Atlantic coast where Essaouira, the Pearl of the Atlantic, is located. In the afternoon we’ll check in at a local Riad and then head out to watch the sunset from the Murallas (walls that fortify the city), an experience you can’t miss. You’ll get a chance to explore the ancient city ‘Mogador’ (Essaouira), a name given by the Portuguese. Rated as one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Atlantic, its medina is a canvas of blue and white surrounded by lengthy beaches and the ancient citadel walls of the Portuguese colonial époque. In the evening, we’ll be treated to a dinner of the freshest fish in the city, and later take an evening stroll through its quiet and picturesque setting.
Today you’ll get the chance to discover Essaouira for yourself. Essaouira has a rich historical background as well as a very touristic appeal due to its annual music Festivals. Located by the ocean, its blue and white port is a center of commerce for the local fisherman. There, you’ll find some of the freshest seafood in all of Morocco. You may want to have lunch at the local restaurants that reside near the port, where you can pick the fish of your preference to be prepared to your liking.
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart to Marrakesh, where you’ll spend the night at a local Riad – Hotel.
Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakesh. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the famous Jamma el Fna square, Koutoubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as Gueliz, The Menara Gardens, and Majorelle.
This morning after breakfast in Essaouira, we can relax during the early part of the afternoon before departing to Marrakech or Casablanca, arriving around 6 pm, where our tour ends.