10-day tour to Morocco
If you wish to explore the Imperial Cities of Morocco while still visiting the desert, this is the right tour for you. You will have the opportunity to experience the cities, the Sahara Desert, and more.
Day 1: Casablanca
Upon arrival and pick up from Casablanca, you will head out to your hotel. You will visit the city, including Hassan II mosque, one of the world’s biggest mosques outside of Mecca.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Fes
After breakfast, the group will leave by van towards Fes. Along the way, you will stop for lunch at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, and enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch, there is an optional visit of Volubilis, and explore the 2000-year-old ruins and conjure up life during the Roman Empire. You will continue on to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco.
Day 3: Fes – Guided tour of the Medina
After breakfast, we will begin our guided tour of Fes Medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. You will explore its narrow streets, lined with stalls selling fresh fruit, rows of tall spice cones, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. The King’s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will get to experience. Lunch can be had in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After that, you will continue your tour and return to your riad for the evening.
Day 4: Fes – Atlas Mountains – Erfoud
After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. You will have the opportunity to explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, tall spice cones, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. There are more places to explore including, the Kings Palace, the tanneries and potters, to name a few.
You will have lunch at a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. Following that, you will complete your tour and return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 5: Sahara Desert and the region
You will spend most of the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the desert town. In the afternoon, you will head off in a 4×4 vehicle across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes. You will begin your camel trekking journey for 2 hours out to the oasis. You will spend the night and have dinner in Berber tents. If you prefer, you can return and sleep in the hotel.
Day 6: Merzouga – Todra Oasis – Tinehr – Dades Valley
The great ‘sand sea’ of Merzouga, a beautiful area of fine apricot and colored sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. After breakfast, you will return to Erfoud. From there, you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges – the highest oasis in Morocco. Its walls are 3 meters high.
You will have your lunch by the gorge, then continue your journey towards the other majestic Gorge Dades, passing the bizarre rock of Tamnalt Hills.
Overnight right in the Dades Gorge lined by the red and mauve rock.
Day 7: Dades – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakesh
Carved over centuries by the Dades River, enjoy the views of the Dades Gorge and the striking colors of the red and mauve rock that towers above the road. You will be passing the Rose Valley, which smells of roses in spring. We will continue on to the palm oasis of Skoura where we visit an important site – Kasbah Amerhidil. It is featured on the Moroccan banknotes. Then a short drive to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou, a well-preserved Kasbah with its dramatic walls of red earth, slit windows and crumbling towers.
It is a magnificent example of a traditional stronghold and a chosen location for Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of Nile and Gladiator.
AIt Ben Haddou sits upon a lofty pinnacle of rock overlooking a river. Dating from the 15th century, its importance as a trading post gradually waned, and today’s inhabitants eke a living from farming.
Next is the dramatic drive to the High Atlas Mountains, the views get more and more majestic. Upon arrival to Marrakech, you will check in to your hotel and then head out to the Djemaa el-Fna; the center square of the medina, predominantly occupied by magicians, acrobats, snake-charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines, etc. The Djemaa el-Fna is one of the center attractions of Marrakech, coming alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits.
Enjoy a cup of mint tea at a café on the roof top terrace with a spectacular aerial view. The square is well worth a visit. Dinner can be had in the hotel or in the square.
Day 8: Fully Guided City Tour of Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco, to explore the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue your tour with visiting the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (public market). Lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. Dinner will be served in the Riad.
Day 9: Marrakesh: Free day
This is your leisure time to spend on any chosen activities. You can go to the Hammam or take cooking classes. In addition, you can relax in a horse-drawn carriage, or go on a day trip to Essaouira or other destinations.
Day 10: Marrakesh – Airport
Departure from Marrakech airport.
- Full-time Air-conditioned Transportation
- Gasoline, road tolls, parking fee, language support.
- Full-time Professional English Speaking Driver
- Driver’s meals + taxes
- Pick up from your Hotel/riad + drop off at your hotel/riad
- lunch + local guide
- Personal Spendings
- Travel Insurance