DAY 1 : ARRIVAL CASABLANCA
You arrive at Casablanca airport, where we will meet you and drive to the hotel.
DAY 2 : CASABLANCA - RABAT - ASILAH - TANGIER
After breakfast we will start our day with a short tour in Casablanca, a crowded metropolis of Morocco and a place of strong contrasts. From the outside we will see the Hassan II Mosque, Morocco's largest mosque, before taking the road to Rabat – the capital of Morocco – where we will visit the most significant monuments of the city, in particular the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Hassan Tower, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and walk the Oudaya Kasbah which is situated strategically near to the Atlantic coast. Continue to Asilah, a charming town with whitewashed buildings situated idyllically on the ocean. We will pass through the narrow streets of the Medina, where the stories of the ancient peoples who reigned here in the past, from the Phoenicians to the Romans, up to the Spanish and the Portuguese. Arrival in Tangier where you can have dinner and prepare for the next day’s activities.
DAY 3 : TANGIER - THE RIF MOUNTAINS, TETOUAN AND CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast we will start our day with a visit to Tangier, a city strategically located on the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the most important places in the Mediterranean. We will walk through the alleys of the center, enjoying the atmosphere of the past when, towards the beginning of the 20th century, the city enjoyed a lucky period of splendor. Tangier in 1923 was declared a neutral zone without taxes and thus attracted many traders, businessmen and inevitably famous artists who spent long periods of stay here: from Matisse to Dumas, from Majorelle to Delacroix. In the afternoon with the off-road vehicles we enter the green and mountainous Rif Region, away from mass tourism. We will discover the villages of Tetouan and Chefchaouen, authentic whitewashed jewels of white and blue, magnificent villages set in the mountains Dinner and night stay at the hotel in Chefchaouen.
DAY 4 : CHEFCHAOUEN - VOLUBILIS - MEKNES - FES
After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. In Meknes, another significant imperial city in Morocco, known as the Ismaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. After lunch, your journey continues to the Roman city of Volubilis, where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original mosaics, Roman road, and city layout. As you travel through the Moroccan countryside we will pass by the Holy City of Moulay Idriss for a photo opportunity. You’ll get to Fes at the end of the afternoon and check in to your riad within the Medina.
DAY 5 : FES, THE LABYRINTH OF THE MEDINA
Breakfast in your riad, and then start an explorative journey of the Medina where you will visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants of the place know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries. After lunch you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fes includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes. In the afternoon we will visit the new city for a drink. At the end of the visits return to the riad for a relaxing night .
DAY 6 : FES - IFRANE – MERZOUGA AND CAMEL TREK
Breakfast. Departure towards South East towards the dunes of the Sahara. Along the way we will appreciate enchanting landscapes and various landscapes. Along a mountain road we reach Ifrane, a delightful place characterized by an Afro-alpine climate, the forests of fir and cedar scent the air. Continuation towards Midelt and Errachidia; the plateau at the foot of the Chain of the Middle Atlas is arid and rocky, the vegetation is scarce and changes as we approach the desert. A luxuriant palm grove hides the cultivated patches of land near the Ziz river, while on the horizon there are impressive golden sand dunes when the sun goes down. You’ll arrive at Merzouga at the end of the afternoon – to be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man to explore within the sand-sea of Merzouga. Overnight will be at our desert camp, where you will have your dinner. Half board.
DAY 7 : MERZOUGA - TINGHIR - GORGES OF TODRA - DADES GORGES - BOULMANE DU DADES
Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Next you will trek back to the village of Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in your hotel, you’ll leave for Rissani , Tinghir, and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as « monkey toes » . Dinner and night stay in a local hotel .
DAY 8 : DADES – OUARZAZATE - MARRAKECH
After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazat. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, « the rose city », to purchase rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continue to Marrakech via the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Built by Et Hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the 18th century, now the Kasbah is a house of many Glaoui people.
Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your hotel in Marrakech and having dinner at a local traditional restaurant
DAY 9 : MARRAKECH WITY TOUR AND THE CHARM OF THE SOUTH
After breakfast you will start exploring Marrakech « the red city of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you explore the sites of historical and cultural interest including the Saadian Tombs, , the Bahia Palace , the Koutoubia Mosque and the Old Spice Souk .Discover the historic Ben Youseef Coranic school and visit the Majorelle Gardens , one of the most fascinating gardens in Morocco. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to walk through the picturesque souks and through the artisans workshops, before reaching the magnificent Djemaa El Fna Square, the pulsating heart of the city that turns into a unique stage where snake charmers, acrobats, merchants and rows of stalls that cook every type of dish acts as perfectly untidy actors in pure Moroccan style. Half board including dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 10 : MARRAKECH AIRPORT DEPARTURE
After breakfast, departure from Marrakechairport. This ends your Morocco Travel experience.