Our 14 day custom tour of and Tour from Casablanca covers Marrakech,Rabat ,Meknes and Fez, the desert, Ouarzazate and the Atlantic coast over a two week travel .
The itinerary picks up the ancient caravan route ( this side of Sahara) after stopping in Marrakech ,Meknes and Fez, the most intriguing imperial cities. It also entails a 5 hour drive across the Sahara. It reaches Ouarzazate, the ‘little Marrakech’, to then follow the Atlantic coast along deserted beaches and turqoise waters and unveil the unique architecture and farniente of Essaouira or to-die-for sea food of Tassourt. The pace is carefully balanced and ample time for relaxing and leisure has been thought of .
The myriad of landscapes is only matched by the diversity of cultures and their heritage: Arab, Berber, Touareg, Jewish, Portuguese and French. From suspended- in- time fishing villages to Berber adobe palaces, desert oases and Portuguese fortresses to millennia- old Arab medina and still- running university, this is Morocco’s a-thousand-and-one faces’ tour. Tour from Casablanca offer the opportunity to sleep in Moroccan Riad and Kasbah to better savor the traditions of the local culture and take you to discover the flavors of Moroccan cuisine and nightlife of the North African capitals with some dinners at local restaurants.
Welcome to Morocco! an arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel is included. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner in Casablanca ”. Overnight – Casablanca.
Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We then have the option of visiting the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshipers at any one time. We then head straight to Rabat to enjoy the evening atmosphere of Morocco’s capital city. Overnight – Rabat
We will spend the morning in Morocco’s capital city Rabat to visit Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal Palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities Meknes to enjoy some free time. Overnight – Meknes .
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to Chefchaouen for a guided tour this afternoon. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled Medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare. Overnight – Chefchaouen .
Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning – relax at the hotel or spend your time exploring this beautiful city. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before moving on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. Overnight – Fes.
Today we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We’ll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. Overnight – Fes
Today is time to relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes, we enjoy a stunning drive rewarded by top Moroccan views, cross the Mid-Atlas mountains region. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquile mountain setting. Stop in Azrou to look out for Barbary apes and nomadic shepherds on the scenic, journey between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Independent lunch in Midelt, we journey over Ziz River through a series of fortified villages made by clay, then to Erfoud and Rissani, head out to towards the the Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga. The dunes are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres! Transferring to our camels we trek into the Sahara for a night at our Berber Camp. Tonight enjoy a local meal, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. Overnight – Erg Chebbi sand dunes .
Tour around most spectacular desert sand dunes in Morocco, located in the beautiful Merzouga desert. Listen Gnaoua spiritual music live show. Visit the nomads thier tent and share some real moments with them, we will head on to see some natural fossilized animals on rocks, we will visit Rissani, the holy city of Rissani, a site where the ancestors of the Alaouite Dynasty are buried in the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif, with it’s authentic Souk (market) and have a Berber pizza for lunch, then back to the Kasbah to get some time to relax and shower…you can go and visit a Berber family in their house… and if you missed the sunset of the previous day, you still have the chance t0 catch it…Tonight is a live music show by a local famouse band (if you got the chance!!) .
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. There’s time to explore the gorge, from its plunging depths to dizzying heights. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Then, journey to Dades valley, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colorful fruit and nut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. Overnight – Dades valley .
If you’re feeling adventurous, there is the option to rock climb, make the short journey through Dades valley, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit and nut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. The ”Thousand kasbah route” takes us through the rose vally, a visit to Skoura oases with it’s authentic 17 century kasbahs, then continue to Ouarzazat, “the Hollywood of Africa” and a visit to its cinematographic museum. After lunch we tour the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. Overnight – Ait Benhaddou : at Ksar Ighnda .
After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, our journey will continue. Todays drive offers panoramic views as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful old city and fishing village is located within 15th century Portuguese fortifications. Just outside the town great beaches and an Atlantic surf beckon .
Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial cities. You will have the option to take part in horse trekking or quad biking. Overnight – Essaouira .
After breakfast. We drive from Essaouira back to Marrakech this morning, to explore the last of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina & Djemaa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Overnight – Marrakech .
Breakfast, make sure you packed you luggage. Enjoy a morning tour of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century, where Saadian royalty found their final resting place. Your tour also includes the Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful Bahia Palace, as well as the opportunity to shop for Moroccan spices and herbs. Finally, end the tour by walking through the medina, getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their craft before arriving at the Jaama El Fna Square.Visit the Majorelle Gardens and the Marrakesh Museum. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at 12 noon. Marrakech, Transfer to airport .