Tour 12 Day from Casablanca
Day 1: Arrival at Casablanca airport
Arrival at Casablanca airport. Meeting and transfer to Rabat with the option of visiting the Hassan II Mosque through a guided walking tour and lunch in Corniche (coastal area). We will spend the night in a Riad in the old Medina (walled city).
Day 2: Rabat – Chefchaouen
After breakfast, our trip begins in the political capital of Morocco: Rabat, to explore the most prominent sites of the same, if time permits: Chellah necropolis, Royal Palaces, (with the possibility of entering), Kasbah of Oudayas, Hassan tower and tombs of the royal family. We will drive to Chefchaouen via Ouazane with stops along the way to drink something and fresh air. We will spend the night in a Riad in the old Medina (walled city).
Day 3: Tourist visit Chefchaouen
After breakfast at your Riad, you can start exploring Chefchaouen’s Medina; a beautiful unique city with its white walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, this city was occupied by Spain and the influences of Spanish civilization and architecture can still be seen. You will also have the opportunity to meet locals and walk through this beautiful Medina. We will give you as much time as possible to walk around this small and relaxed “Blue Village” painted in blue tones. Lunch in one of the cafes in the Central Square. We will spend the night in our Hotel / Riad.
Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez
After spending two nights in the blue city of Chefchaouen, we will drive along the Rif Mountains via Ouazane, with a short stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis (free time to walk and explore). Our trip will take us to the famous imperial city of Meknes to discover the highlights of it, starting with the Bab al Mansour Gate, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the granaries Sahrej Souani and the prison that was built to house the sailors Christians captured at sea by Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). After a Moroccan meal at the top of one of the terraces of the Medina, we will drive to Meknes, the ancient ruins and mosaics (free time to walk), the local guide is optional. We will continue our route to Fez to spend the night in a Riad in the Medina.
Day 5: Fez city tour with local guide
After breakfast, a local Fez guide will accompany you on your tour to explore the oldest imperial city in Moroccan history. Our visit will include, if time permits: Medersa (Koranic school), Attarin or Bou-Inania, Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded by Fatima Bint al-Fihria in the ninth century AD. C. Fountain and museum of Nejjarine. Bab Boujloud, the blue and green door. Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II. Tanneries of Chouwara and have the feeling of having stepped back in time. The water clock dating from the fourteenth century A.D. Souks Traditional ceramics and Merenid Tombs. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy the streets of the old medina. Overnight accommodation in a Riad.
Day 6: Fez – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga
Pick up at 8 in the morning at your hotel or Riad, transfer to Ifrane (Moroccan Switzerland) our first stop to enjoy the city with its completely European style. Along the route we will cross the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas where you can often see the barbary macaques, while we will enjoy the contrasts of the landscapes, we will stop at Midelt, famous for its apple trees, to eat at a local restaurant or Do some shopping (vegetables and fruits) and have a picnic by a river. Our trip will continue to the gorges of the Ziz Valley, with its palm procession, while we will pass through many typical Berber villages that arrive in the city of Erfoud to visit a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing with the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, an incredibly beautiful expanse of undulating dunes, also known as the Merzouga Dunes. Camel ride watching the sunset and spending the night in Berber tents (haima) in the middle of the dunes. Dinner and night in a Bivouac (camp).
Day 7: Sightseeing tour through the desert – Rissani – Nomads
In the morning we will visit the town of Khamlia, famous for its Gnawa music; originally from the great African Sahara. We will visit some desert mines and share a mint tea with Berber nomads in an oasis of palm trees. We will drive through the black desert (Hamada) and along the roads of the DAKAR Rally. Then we will go to Rissani, where you can walk through the most authentic and traditional souk in Morocco, and the largest in southern Morocco. It is sold with all kinds of crafts, food and animals. Market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. We will eat madfouna (Berber stuffed pizza) at the home of a local family. We will return to the dunes of Merzouga in the afternoon, where we will ride camels to spend the night in a camp equipped with music in the middle of the Sahara. This is a great opportunity to make beautiful pictures of sunset and sunrise. At this time, we will explore the secrets of the Sahara and its unlimited horizons. We will spend the night in nomadic Berber tents.
Day 8: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
You can get up early to enjoy the first rays of sun over the desert. Enjoy your breakfast at the camp and get on your camel to return to the lodge to meet your driver. The itinerary will take us to the Todra Gorges to enjoy its wonderful views of its canyons while we will walk them on foot. We will continue our way through Berber and palm groves, we will stop en route to eat at a local restaurant. We will cross the administrative city of Boumalen to reach the Dades Gorges, where our trip will end in a charming hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 9: Gorges of the Dades – Valley of the Roses – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
Today, after breakfast, we will drive along Kelaa Mgouna (Valley of the Roses) where highly scented roses bloom in the hedges during April and May, at which time to buy a bouquet of roses. Then we will continue to Ouarzazate, known for its movie studios, which host many international film productions and is also known as the “Hollywood of Morocco.” We follow the route along the Ounila Valley and only 40 km from the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, we will see the Kasbah of Telouet, an ancient route of the Sahara caravans over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It was the seat of power of the El Glaoui family, King Moulay Hassan gave them the political power of Morocco south of the High Atlas Mountains. The Glaoui were almost as powerful as the Sultan himself. You can still visit the palace, but it is increasingly damaged and slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was being done to restore the property. If you have the opportunity on Thursday, visit a traditional souk in the Atlas village. Food in the Atlas Mountains. We cross the Tizi-n-Tichka once more to reach Marrakech late in the afternoon / early evening. We will spend the night in a Riad in the Medina of Marrakech.
Day 10:: Marrakech city tour with local guide
The city tour includes the following key sites, if time permits, based on a half-day or full-day excursion: souks, Jewish quarter (Mellah), Bahia Palace, minaret and gardens of the Koutoubia, tombs Saadianas, Ben Youssef Koranic school (Medersa), apothecary (Berber pharmacy of spices, herbs and oils) and Majorelle Gardens with a beautiful museum of Amazigh costumes and jewels (Berber). Half day free to enjoy the night in Jamaa el Fna square. Accommodation in the Riad.
Day 11: Essaouira day trip
Departure from Marrakech early in the morning (8 a.m.) to travel a distance of 160 km and 2: 30h. by car from Marrakech. Essaouira is a small coastal city with the most fascinating features of the Atlantic coast: walls that divide the old city into several districts. Surprise with its straight streets, designed by a Frenchman. After visiting the port with its bronze cannon, take a walk through the medina and souks to explore the carpentry shops dedicated to cedar sculpture. You can enjoy a lunch made with seafood. Argan tree woodwork is unique in this region. Enjoy the advantages of this day trip to cool off and explore the Medina of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Essaouira is a very charming and colorful city, located on the Atlantic coast, about two and a half hours from Marrakech. It is an ideal place for those who want to relax, have contact with people or experience the authenticity of the old Portuguese city of Mogador. On this day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira you will have the pleasure and opportunity to visit and discover a women’s cooperative that manufactures the wonderful argan oil, a guided tour of the Skala du Port, the municipal market, the Mellah (Jewish quarter) , Jewels of the Medina and a craft complex. Return to Marrakech in the afternoon. We will spend the night in a Riad in the Medina.
Day 12: Marrakech – Departure from Casablanca
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca airport by highway and exit. End of our services.