Day to Day Itinerary:
DAY 01. Casablanca airport – Rabat
Meet and greet at Casablanca airport, then transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities. Check in at your hotel then start a short tour of wonderful city. Begin with the Kasbah of the Udayas. This kasbah is a fortification constructed on a hill, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Kasbah of the Udayas was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Overnight in Rabat
Day 2: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes (B)
After breakfast, continue the city tour of Rabat. Stop first at Mohammed V Mausoleum. This Mausoleum is home to the tombs of the current king's grandfather, King Mohammed V, and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. Inside the mausoleum, mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum, stop at Hassan Tower, which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque. The construction of the site began in 1195. Transfer to Meknes, the fifth largest city of the kingdom. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), before it was relocated to Marrakesh. The city tour of Meknes includes the massive Bab El Mansour gate. Stop to take pictures there. Enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant. The city tour of Meknes will include also the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Continue along to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis where you will have a guided tour. Transfer to Fes for overnight
Day 3: Fes (city tour) (B)
Enjoy a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in
the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. The next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval centre of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns and musical instruments. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. In the medina you will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world’s first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school). Overnight in Fes.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Erfoud – Merzouga (BD)
After breakfast, leave Fes heading to the heart of the desert. Stop first at Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. The town experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. Continue through many Amazigh (Berber) villages before getting to Midelt where you will stop for an optional lunch. Leave through Ziz River, passing through a series of fortified villages before getting to Erfoud. Enjoy an optional 4x4 transfer to the heart of the sahara desert. Dinner and overnight in a charming auberge by the dunes.
NB: optional overnight in a standard or deluxe desert camp (tents).
Day 5: Merzouga – Tinghir (BD)
Enjoy an optional early morning sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to the auberge for breakfast before driving to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous, 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Walk above the Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Optional lunch a local restaurant, then enjoy an afternoon tour of the old village and a short walk in the oasis. Dinner and overnight in Tinghir.
Day 6: Tinghir – Dades – Kellat M’Gouna – Ouarzazate BD
After breakfast, transfer to Ouarzazate along Dades Valley and Kelaat M’Gouna. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages, palm groves, and with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape to the south. Dades valley is known as valley of figs. Optional lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Kelaat M’Gouna, a large village which is famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Transfer to Ouarzazate, also known as “Morocco’s Hollywood,” for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech B
Begin city tour of Ouarzazate with Taourirt Kasbah, which is considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. Next, visit the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Continue on to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The village is a great example of earthen clay architecture that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is an iconic landscape immortalized in such films as “The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)”, “Jesus of Nazareth (1977)”, “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)”, “Gladiator (2000)”, “Son of God (film) (2014)”, etc. After the visit of Ait Ben Haddou, transfer to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tiz In Tichka pass for overnight.
Day 8: Marrakech (city tour) B
Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech after breakfast. The morning begins with a visit to the Kotoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest mosques in the world. The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses arrays of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech – Casablanca B
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca. Enjoy an orientation tour beginning with an outside visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Your last stop is Mohammed V Square in the city center. Overnight in Casablanca.
Day 10: Casablanca airport B
After breakfast, we will assist you to Casablanca airport for your return flight.