Experience the Marvels of Morocco: A 10-Day Journey through History, Culture, and Scenic Landscapes
Embark on a captivating 10-day adventure through Morocco, where you’ll be immersed in the rich tapestry of its history, vibrant culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. The Best of Morocco tour offers a perfect alternative for those seeking a comprehensive experience when time is limited.
Discover the fascinating blend of Moroccan history, culture, and natural beauty as you traverse this enchanting country. From imperial cities to ancient ruins, bustling markets to serene desert landscapes, this journey will leave you with unforgettable memories.
If you’re unable to undertake the extensive Morocco Grand Tour, the Best of Morocco itinerary presents an ideal opportunity to explore the highlights of this captivating nation.
Join us on this immersive 10-day expedition, where every moment will be filled with the wonders of Morocco’s history, cultural heritage, and breathtaking scenery.
Upon your arrival at Casablanca International Airport, our team will warmly greet you. We will then embark on a scenic drive from Casablanca to Rabat, the captivating capital of Morocco. In Casablanca, you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, renowned as one of the largest mosques in the world, and enjoy the charming coastal promenade. Following that, we will continue our journey to Rabat, where you will explore the historic landmarks of the city, including the iconic Hassan Tower and the picturesque Oudaya Kasbah. Finally, we will assist you in checking into your chosen hotel or riad.
After a delightful breakfast at your hotel or riad, we will set off towards Fes, making fascinating stops along the way. Our first destination is Meknes, an imperial city known for its rich history. Here, you will have the opportunity to admire the grandeur of Bab Mansour, a magnificent gate, and explore other notable sites such as the Sahrij Souani Bassin and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. Following a delicious lunch, we will proceed to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing remnants of this UNESCO World Heritage site, marveling at the remarkably preserved mosaics, Roman roads, and city layout. As we continue our journey, we will pass by the sacred city of Moulay Idriss for a memorable photo opportunity. Finally, we will reach the enchanting city of Fes in the late afternoon, where you will be checked into your chosen hotel or riad.
Start your day with a delectable breakfast at your hotel or riad before embarking on a captivating exploration of Fes, the cultural and spiritual heart of Morocco. Accompanied by an experienced guide, delve into the labyrinthine streets of the Medina, uncovering hidden gems known only to the locals. Fes boasts a rich heritage as the former capital of Morocco for over three centuries and is home to the prestigious University of Al Karaouine, the world’s oldest operating university. Your guided tour will include visits to the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains, and the vibrant Tanneries. After a delightful lunch, you will have the opportunity to admire the exterior of the Royal Palace and wander through the renowned Jewish quarter, the Mellah, where you may choose to visit one of the few active synagogues in Morocco. A visit to a traditional ceramic factory will provide insight into the local craftsmanship, followed by a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Fes Medina. In the afternoon, we will explore the modern part of the city before returning to your hotel or riad for a restful overnight stay.
After enjoying a satisfying breakfast at your hotel or riad, our journey continues southeast toward the captivating destination of Merzouga. Along the way, we will pass through picturesque landscapes, including the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains. Our first stop will be at the Cedar Forest, the largest forest in Morocco, where you may have the chance to spot Barbary apes in their natural habitat. Following a delightful lunch in Midelt, we will venture through vast expanses of high desert, gradually immersing ourselves in the mystique of the Sahara as we approach the city of Er Rachidia. As we continue, marvel at the lush Ziz Valley and the renowned Tafilalet date palm grove, known for its date cultivation and historical significance as the ancestral home of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Finally, we will arrive at the mesmerizing Merzouga, where a refreshing glass of mint tea will welcome you before checking into your selected hotel or riad.
Awaken to a delightful breakfast in the comfort of your hotel or riad, and get ready for an immersive exploration of the Merzouga region. We will begin by visiting the Gnawa people, descendants of Sudanese slaves, to experience their unique music and learn about their way of life. Adjacent to the village, the serene Lake of Merzouga awaits, offering an opportunity to observe various bird species. We will also visit the vibrant souk in Rissani, a traditional town renowned for its historical significance as the birthplace of Morocco’s ruling family and as a bustling trading center along ancient caravan routes that stretched as far as Timbuktu in Mali. The souk provides an opportunity to witness the local culture, with hooded men and veiled women creating an intriguing ambiance. Returning to the village of Merzouga for a restful afternoon, we will prepare for a mesmerizing camel trekking experience through the golden sand dunes of Merzouga. Accompanied by an experienced camel guide, you will witness a captivating sunset over the desert before arriving at our desert camp, where a delicious dinner awaits you. For your comfort, the camp is equipped with modern amenities, including western bathrooms.
Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to witness a breathtaking sunrise that promises to be one of the most memorable moments of your journey. After savoring a scrumptious breakfast at the camp, we will trek back to the village of Merzouga, allowing you to appreciate the unique beauty of the ever-changing Erg Chebbi sand dunes in different lighting conditions. Once in Merzouga, we will resume our adventure by driving towards Todra Gorges, the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. Indulge in a delightful lunch amidst the dramatic scenery of the gorge before continuing our journey through the picturesque Dades Valley. Along the way, you will encounter impressive sand castles and fascinating rock formations known as “monkey toes.” Your overnight accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel or riad nestled within this captivating region.
Following a satisfying breakfast at your hotel or riad, we will embark on a scenic drive through the captivating Dades Valley, famously referred to as the “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs.” This remarkable route provides numerous opportunities for capturing some of the most breathtaking photographs of your journey. We will make a stop in Kalaat Mgouna, known as the “Rose City,” where you can purchase rosewater, a delightful souvenir that will bring the fragrant memories of your trip long after it ends. Our journey will then continue to Marrakech, taking us through the iconic Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. This historical fortified village, built by the Glaoui dynasty, offers a glimpse into the rich history of the Berber people. Crossing the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass, which stands at an elevation of 2260 meters and traverses the High Atlas Mountains, we will finally reach Marrakech. You will be checked into your comfortable hotel or riad, where you can relax and rejuvenate.
After a delightful breakfast at your hotel or riad, embark on a guided tour of Marrakech, often referred to as the “Red City of Morocco.” Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will explore the city’s historical and cultural sites, including the Koutoubia Menaret, a remarkable minaret that dominates the city’s skyline. Visit the Saadian Tombs, a stunning burial site of the Saadian dynasty, the Bahia Palace with its exquisite architecture, and the Ben Youssef Coranic School, an architectural masterpiece showcasing the rich Moroccan heritage. Conclude the morning with a leisurely stroll through the bustling alleys of the medina, where skilled artisans display their crafts. The journey culminates at the renowned Jamaa El Fna Square, a vibrant hub filled with enchanting performances by magicians, storytellers, tooth-pullers, and food vendors. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant near the square, and in the afternoon, explore the beautiful gardens of Majorelle and take a short tour of Gueliz, the modern district of Marrakech. After dinner, you have the option to experience the lively atmosphere of the square, indulging in the captivating ambiance. Spend the night in your chosen hotel or riad, soaking in the essence of Marrakech.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast in your hotel or riad, and embark on a day trip to the charming coastal city of Essaouira. The journey takes approximately two and a half hours, allowing ample time to explore the city’s enchanting sites. Upon arrival, visit the Skala Fortress, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the intricate Thuya wood carvings crafted by local artisans and wander through the narrow alleys of the medina, where a myriad of handicrafts awaits your attention. Essaouira, known as the “City of the Wind,” attracts surfers from around the globe and has witnessed the influence of various civilizations throughout its history, including Portuguese occupation, reflected in its architectural style. Admire the characteristic blue doors and washed walls that have earned Essaouira the title of Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantic.” As part of the day trip, you will also visit a women’s cooperative to learn about the production of Argan oil, renowned for its culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal properties. Indulge in a Moroccan-style lunch, savoring freshly caught fish prepared at the local fish market. In the afternoon, we will make our way back to Marrakech, where you will spend the night in your hotel or riad.
Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel or riad, and our driver will transport you to Casablanca or Marrakech airport for your departure flight. As you bid farewell to Morocco, cherish the memories of your unforgettable journey.
Your tour concludes at the airport.
The fee includes the following for the whole tour:
Where appropriate, the fee also includes:
During the tour, you will need to pay for Lunches. Drinks. Tips.
We are flexible and all the tours can be modified to suit your specific needs and interests. If you have a different route in mind please let us know and we will offer a tour tailored to your specific requirements.
Please contact us by e-mail or telephone as detailed on the page. We will then be able to discuss and agree on an itinerary that suits you. When you wish to confirm the booking a 20% deposit will be required at least two weeks before the start of your tour.