Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Upon arrival at Casablanca airport, your first step is a panoramic drive via the town of Casablanca to view the Royal Palace, Anfa, the residential space and the Marabout of Sidi Abderrahman (a holy shrine constructed on a rocky outcropping within the Atlantic ocean to which girls journey from throughout Morocco in the hunt for miracles) and discover the romantic beachfront with its world well-known retailers, eating places and nightclubs. We are going to go to the well-known Hassan II Mosque, one of the most important mosques outside of Mecca. Then we depart to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. You stroll in the bustling Medina, then visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Nice Mosque, the unfinished Hassan Tower ; it’s the counterpart of Marrakech’s Koutoubia Mosque and the Giralda Cathedral in Seville, Spain, all of which have been constructed by the Almohad Dynasty and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum.
Day 2: Rabat – Volubilis –Meknes-Fez
After breakfast, we depart Rabat and journey to 2 vital and sites close to Fez. Arriving in Meknes we discover the outdated UNESCO World Heritage listed metropolis, the magnificent Bab Mansour Gates and the mausoleum of Moulay Ismael, the second ruler of the Moroccan Alouite dynasty, whose imaginative and prescient had such a long-lasting impression on this Imperial Metropolis. Probably essentially the most valuable construction of Meknes is the 40km of fortifications that create a metropolis inside a metropolis. Additionally, we’ll make time to go to the Sahrij Swani. Believed to be constructed within the 17th century and enclosed inside its personal partitions, the basin served as an enormous reservoir to provide water to homes, mosques, Hammams and for irrigation utilizing an ingenious system of canals and waterwheels. We break for lunch after which proceed our tour of the fascinating close by ruins of this former Roman outpost that dates back to the 3rd century BC. Though largely destroyed by an earthquake, most of the columns, ceramics and ground plans of magnificent buildings stay to supply a long-lasting reminder of what life may have been like in this opulent metropolis. After that you go to Volubilis, you’ll proceed to Fez by way of the Rif Mountains, you will be in Fez within the afternoon.
Day 3: Fez
Breakfast at your lodge. The entire day might be dedicated to the sightseeing of Fez, the oldest cultural and religious imperial metropolis of Morocco, which was built in 790 B.C by Moulay Idriss II. you can begin exploring the religious capital of Morocco. The previous Medina of Fez el Bali – one of many largest medieval cities of its kind in the world – presents a real appreciation of the variety of Moroccan tradition. Through the morning, our skilled information will share lots of the metropolis’s hidden treasures and structure with you as your gaze is pulled left and proper with the motion and sounds of this piece of dwelling historical past. You’ll see the Royal Palace gate and the walled Jewish quarter from the 14th century. Earlier than lunch there might be time to see the Attarine Museum, Najjarine fountain and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss after which we go to a neighborhood tile-making cooperative then ascend to an outstanding vantage level to take pleasure in an exquisite panoramic view of the previous Medina of Fez.
Day 4: Fez –Ifran –Erfoud-Merzouga
After an early breakfast, we head south in the direction of the Center Atlas Mountains with the summer time retreat and winter resort of Ifrane and the city of Azrou which takes its title from the big volcanic outcrop within the centre of the city. As our journey continues, we move by way of a forest of mighty cedar timber. You’ll get to take pictures of the Cedar Gourand, reputed to be round 800 years outdated. We break by way of the mountains on the Tizi Ntalghamt Go and observe the magnificent Ziz Gorges, carved by way of volcanic rock, as we head in the direction of Midelt the place we pause for lunch. The surroundings is altering always and also you’ll begin to see hints of the desert panorama as we method town of Er-Rachidia.We pause for lunch at Midelt then proceed by way of the verdant Ziz Valley, peppered with Berber villages – and on to Erfoud after which Rissani, the birthplace of the Alaouite dynasty and ancestral residence of Morocco’s present royal household. Subsequent, we cross a lunar-like panorama with the majestic Saharan dunes on the horizon earlier than arriving at an auberge on the sting of the desert at Merzouga. Right here, you possibly can test your most important baggage in to your room and, with an in a single day bag containing your fundamental necessities, start the 1.5 hour camel trek which takes you to a Berber camp in the course of the Erg Chebbi dunes having fun with a spectacular Saharan sundown on the way in which. Our Berber guides is not going to solely put together a luxurious, conventional meal but additionally invite you to hitch in with their particular model of music and leisure, till the ultimate embers of the campfire fade away underneath a cover of stars.
Overnight (under Nomadic tents)
Day 5: Merzouga –Erfoud-Tinhir-Mgouna-Ouarzazte
After an early start to catch the dawn over the dunes, your camels are ready to help you return to the auberge at Merzouga the place where you may take a bath, change and take breakfast. We depart for the Todra Gorge, en route passing probably the most wanted dates in Morocco, that are grown between Rissani and Erfoud. As we climb into the Excessive Atlas Mountains and through Tinghir we start our method to the very best and narrowest gorges in Morocco. There might be ample time to discover and take pictures, in addition to having fun with a drink or lunch at one of many eating places within the adjoining valley. there’s the choice of a hike by the patchwork of fields the place you’ll uncover a previous mud village and meet a few of the locals who will welcome you and assist you to be taught extra about their tradition and their existence. Refreshed and impressed, we set off for extra of nature’s wonders within the Dades Gorge, together with the mind-boggling rock creations of the Tamnalt Hills. We proceed to the Valley of the Roses and the city of Kella M’Gouna, an essential centre for the rose rising cooperatives all through the valley. We proceed our journey by the Dades Valley, also referred to as the road of one Thousand Kasbahs – and also you’ll quickly uncover why. There are quite a few alternatives to cease en path to take some superb images. We break for lunch with an opportunity for a refreshing hike within the valley earlier then we proceed to Ouarzazate – the “Hollywood of Africa”.
Day 6: Ouarzazate- Ait- Ben Haddou- Marrakech
Depart for Marrakech and in your method, you’ll go to the “seat” of Glaoui tribal energy, Kasbah Taourirt, thought-about as some of the lovely kasbahs in Morocco. Proceed the journey to the great fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, essentially the most spectacular fortress village within the south of Morocco and the movie making village the place many nice movies had been shot. Proceed to Marrakech by the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m) the best road over the Atlas Mountains.
Day 7: Marrakech guided city tour
After breakfast, you can begin exploring the “Crimson Metropolis of Morocco”. Our skilled tour guides will make sure that you go to the most important sites of cultural and historical curiosity and accompany you all through the morning as we discover the magic and mystique of Marrakech. We start in the Medina, contained inside the metropolis’s large 12th century sandstone partitions and go to the Saadian Tombs that remained undiscovered and preserved for a whole lot of years. Close by, is the Badi Palace – now largely in ruins however nonetheless deserves a stroll round – and the Bahia Palace, dating back to the 1800s. As we make our method in the direction of the Jemaa El-Fna sq., we go to the Ben Youssef Koranic Faculty and the Dar Si Saïd Museum which gives an inspiring glimpse into Moroccan historical past with its assortment of artifacts together with woodcarvings, musical devices, weapons, carpets, clothes, pottery and ceramics. Approaching Jemaa El-Fna sq., it quickly turns into apparent why this uncommon location is a UNESCO World Heritage. With its origins as a buying and selling set up and the city’s public area for beheadings – and adjoining the biggest conventional Berber market in Morocco – you possibly can nonetheless really feel the historical past and the rhythm of this melting pot of cultural range. Impromptu market stalls compete with storytellers, snake charmers, monkey trainers, acrobats, magicians and musicians on your consideration. We get pleasure from lunch with a panoramic vista of the Sq. beneath.
Day 8: Marrakech
Day at leisure, enjoy it on your own… ( optional Excursion to Ourika valley & Fantasia dinner show)
Day 9 :Marrakech – Essaouira
The road from Marrakech to Essaouira will take you through an area which essential trade is the cultivation of Argan bushes. Native cooperatives produce oil from the bushes, and the oil is used each in beauty merchandise and in cooking. As soon as you are in Essaouira, you will note a well-preserved Portuguese fort dating back to the 17th century and the massive fishing fleet. Essaouira is known for its annual pageant of “Gnaoua music”. The town is a really welcoming and engaging metropolis with a lovely outdated Medina which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site that by no means ceases to seduce its guests. The attractiveness of Essaouira is mirrored in its stunning structure, cultural treasures, curving sandy seashores, and beautiful mixture of ocean view, Essaouira’s highlights embody: Place Moulay El Hassan, The Skala, the outdated Portuguese harbour, the ramparts, the Jewish district and the outdated Medina.
Day 10: Essaouira
Day at leisure, enjoy it on your own… ( optional cooking class or spa & Hammam)
Day 11: Essaouira – Casablanca
From Essaouira you’ll drive alongside the coast to Casablanca by means of scenic oceanside villages, together with a lot of resort cities equivalent to Walidia, which is known for its oysters, and El Jadida, the place many Moroccans come to benefit from the lovely seashores in summer time. At the end of the day we are going to arrive to Casablanca at your resort. Within the night get pleasure from eating places close to the port or have a pleasant stroll within the old souk to seek out one souvenir to take home with you.
Day 12: Casablanca Airport
After breakfast, private transfer to Casablanca airport for your departing flight.