Would you like to travel all over Morocco, from north to south and from east to west, from the interior to the coast, from the high mountains to the deepest desert? That is precisely what this tour offers you, one of the longest and most complete in our catalog. With it, you will discover not only the most imposing monuments and the most beautiful natural corners of the country, but also the most ancestral traditions. Undoubtedly, the best option for those who are not satisfied with a superficial knowledge of a destination, but want to get to the true soul of the territory and its people.
On this tour that covers all of Morocco, you will discover the most spectacular monuments and the most picturesque cities, both large and small. In fact, we will take you to all the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the country. This is the case in the cities of Essaouira, Marrakech, Meknes, Rabat, and Fez, as well as the monuments and historical sites of Ait Ben Haddou and Volubilis. In addition, we will take the opportunity to visit other small towns that, although they do not have that recognition, are very interesting for any traveler. This is the case of Chaouen or Tamnougalt, among others. And since this circuit begins in Casablanca, we will take the opportunity to visit the imposing mosque of Hassan II, one of the largest in the world.
On this tour, we will not only delight with historical and picturesque buildings, far from it. We also give great importance to the natural landscapes that are spread throughout Morocco, in some cases really wild and unspoiled. The best example of this is the Sahara desert, to which we will dedicate several stages of the tour. But we can also apply it to the mountain ecosystems, both in the High Atlas and the Middle Atlas. In the latter case, we will enter the Ifrane National Park, of great ecological value. And in 16 days there will also be time to learn first-hand about local traditions and ways of life: folk music, elaboration of local products, coexistence with desert dwellers, and a long etcetera.
16 days are enough to cover practically all of Morocco. Or at least, to reach its most interesting tourist, natural and monumental places. That is the duration of this tour, which starts in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech.
This comprehensive tour of Morocco begins at Casablanca airport. Upon arrival, our English-speaking driver will greet you at the terminal and provide private transportation to downtown Casablanca. Without delay, we’ll start by visiting the city’s most significant landmark: the Hassan II Mosque. Beyond its impressive architecture, this mosque is one of the few open to non-Muslims, granting us a chance to explore its stunning interior adorned with intricate Islamic design and high-quality materials.
Following our mosque visit, we’ll journey to Rabat, located less than 100 km from Casablanca. You’ll have free time to explore Rabat’s captivating attractions, many of which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Must-see sites include the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Hassan Tower, and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Your accommodation will be at a riad in the city center, conveniently positioned for easy access to the historic medina, allowing you to explore at your own leisure.
After enjoying a complimentary breakfast at the riad in Rabat, we will set off for one of Morocco’s most captivating cities: Chaouen. Covering around 250 kilometers to the northernmost part of the route, we’ll arrive to find the medina nestled between the Rif Mountains, characterized by its unique topography filled with slopes and charming nooks that enhance its allure.
Our stay in this charming town will span two nights, allowing the first day to serve as an introduction. We’ll explore its picturesque streets, many of which are adorned in white and blue hues. Feel free to explore at your own pace, taking in the stunning panoramic views around the medina. This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit local craft shops specializing in leather, wool, and other traditional materials, along with the town’s modest art galleries that showcase the work of innovative artists. You’ll spend the night in a medina riad, ensuring a comfortable rest.
The third day of the tour will commence with breakfast served at the riad in Chaouen. Once energized, you’re free to embark on a journey of exploration within the city. With the day at your disposal, you can dedicate more time to discovering Chaouen’s key attractions and landmarks. Take the opportunity to visit its impressive kasbah, now transformed into an ethnographic museum, or explore the historic wall gates that have stood the test of time. Make sure to begin and conclude your explorations at the central square of the city, Uta el-Hammam. As the day winds down, return to the cozy medina riad for a relaxing evening.
Starting the fourth day of the journey, a delicious breakfast will be served at the riad. Our day ahead is rich in cultural landmarks. The initial highlight is Volubilis, the most significant Roman archaeological site in Morocco and one of North Africa’s most impressive. It showcases the ruins of a significant ancient city, offering a glimpse into its civilization through surviving features such as mosaics, columns, arches, and urban structures.
After exploring Volubilis, our journey takes us to Meknes, which flourished between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. During this period, under the rule of Sultan Moulay Ismail, it became the capital of the kingdom. Many of its landmarks, including the city gates and the mausoleum of the sultan, date back to that era. This historical significance has led Meknes to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As the day progresses, we will reach Fes, a highly significant destination in Moroccan tourism. Fes boasts a wealth of attractions, which we will leisurely explore the following day. This first day in Fes will grant you free time to acquaint yourself with the city. Stroll at your own pace, as your riad accommodation is situated within the medina, allowing for convenient exploration on foot.
Fes stands out as one of the most captivating cities in all of Morocco, largely due to its illustrious history. Centuries ago, it served as a cultural and spiritual hub for the Islamic world, a legacy that persists to this day. Following breakfast at the riad, you’ll rendezvous with our official guide for a comprehensive exploration of this city, also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the morning, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the medina’s primary attractions. This will encompass visits to significant madrasas, such as Bou Inania and Attarine, as well as experiences at Nejjarine Square with its ancient fountain. The itinerary might also include Karaouine Mosque and its renowned university. With our insightful explanations, you’ll gain access to the medina’s souks and artisan neighborhoods, including the tanners’ district, unraveling their mysteries.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy, providing an excellent opportunity to further explore notable sites such as the Mellah (Jewish quarter) or the Golden Gates of the Royal Palace. You might also spend time shopping for local handicrafts, which play a vital role in the regional economy. Many consider the craftsmanship here to be the finest in all of Morocco. As evening falls, you’ll return to your medina riad to unwind and rest.
After spending several days exploring the northern regions, it’s time to journey south and venture into the Moroccan desert. Begin your day with an early breakfast at the Fez riad, and then hit the road with our driver and private vehicle. Our first destination is Ifrane, a town renowned for its alpine appearance, featuring charming gabled buildings set amidst a lush, green landscape. Often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa,’ Ifrane experiences considerable rainfall and snowfall during the winter months.
Close to Ifrane lies Azrou and the National Park known as the Monkey Forest or Cedar Forest. This area is abundant with both these elements, creating a harmonious ecosystem, though not without its challenges. The endangered Barbary macaques find refuge among the branches of the ancient conifers that are emblematic of Moroccan flora.
We’ll then journey through the Middle Atlas and traverse the Ziz Valley, home to the Ziz River. The landscape transitions into a drier terrain, but still adorned with expansive palm groves. Embracing this scenery, we’ll cover a considerable distance until we reach Erfoud, famous for its dinosaur fossils and prehistoric remnants.
Shortly afterward, we’ll arrive in Merzouga, a quaint town that lends its name to the surrounding desert. Here, we’ll park our vehicle and mount camels (one per person) for an expedition through the vast Erg Chebbi dunes, the largest in Morocco. Our destination is a Berber tent camp, where we’ll be greeted with tea, enjoy dinner, and find repose beneath the awe-inspiring expanse of stars in the desert sky.
A remarkable advantage of this 16-day itinerary is the opportunity to dedicate multiple days to exploring Morocco’s key attractions. Take, for instance, the Merzouga desert: Following breakfast at the campsite, we’ll venture through the arid landscape in 4×4 vehicles. Our destination is Khamlia, often referred to as the ‘village of the blacks.’ Here, we’ll connect with the local inhabitants, descendants of former slaves who have preserved the cherished traditions of Gnawa music. Recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, this unique folkloric expression will come alive through a captivating live performance.
Subsequently, we’ll navigate tracks accessible only by specialized vehicles like our own. Our route leads us to the Ouzina desert, nestled in the vicinity of a small village. This remote locale lies away from the popular tourist trails, offering an abundance of charm. Upon arrival, the locals will extend their hospitality with a tea ceremony. Following this, we’ll bear witness to one of Morocco’s most remarkable spectacles: the sunset over the sand dunes.
As night falls, we’ll retire to a desert hotel, where dinner will be served. The evening will also feature another musical treat, this time showcasing Berber rhythms. This immersive experience will ensure a night of both cultural enrichment and tranquility.
The eighth day of the tour commences with the equally captivating sunrise over the Ouzina dunes, ranking among Morocco’s most splendid spectacles. Rise early to witness this unparalleled dawn unfold. Following this, indulge in breakfast and a refreshing shower before we resume our desert expedition. Our journey takes us across the desert, promising adventure as we traverse sand rivers, engage with Berber communities, and navigate rocky hamadas that dot the landscape.
This route leads us to the Jebel Kem Kem mountain range, near Alnif. Crossing the Mharch Pass, we’ll enter the Draa Valley, one of Morocco’s largest, famed for the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, where impressive fortresses appear in succession.
Our accommodation for the night will be within one of these kasbahs, or more specifically, a ksar, which is a fortified hamlet. This unique experience allows you to immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Tamnougalt ksar. Recently renovated and constructed from adobe in the 19th century, this ksar offers a glimpse into the region’s history. As you explore its winding alleyways, you’ll encounter members of the remaining Berber tribes. The evening will conclude with rest in areas seamlessly integrated into the ksar, where dinner will also be served.
Continuing the adventure on the ninth day, we’ll begin with breakfast at the Tamnougalt ksar. Our path leads us through the Draa Valley, connecting to the Dades Valley. Along this route, we’ll encounter a unique Moroccan gem, the Todra Gorges, situated close to the charming village of Tinghir.
The Todra Gorges are awe-inspiring rock formations, featuring towering walls that can exceed 200 meters in height at certain points. These natural wonders attract climbers from around the globe. Our exploration will encompass both walking and driving, providing a comprehensive understanding of the gorge sculpted by the gentle Todra River over countless millennia.
Our journey by car will lead us through the Dades Valley, and nestled within one of its picturesque villages, you’ll find the riad that will host your dinner and become your retreat for the ninth night of this remarkable 16 days tour from Casablanca.
Commencing our tenth day, we’ll partake in a customary breakfast at our accommodation, the riad nestled within the Dades Valley. Following this, we’ll hit the road once again, embarking on a journey through the captivating landscape of this region. Our route will meander through quaint villages, kasbahs, palm groves nestled between arid hills, and expansive stretches of hamadas.
Ouarzazate, often regarded as the desert gateway for those approaching from Marrakech, will serve as our focal point for the day. In this circuit, Ouarzazate presents two prominent attractions. First, the Kasbah of Taourirt, situated on the outskirts, once served as the castle residence for the Lord of the Atlas and Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui. Its grandeur is evident in the intricate interior decorations of select rooms and the defensive adobe architecture of its exterior. Ouarzazate’s film studios constitute the other significant highlight, having hosted the filming of Hollywood blockbusters like Lawrence of Arabia. If the group is interested, a visit to the studios can be arranged.
The following highlight on our route is the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified Berber village that has famously doubled as a spectacular movie setting, including scenes from Game of Thrones. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, celebrated for its magnificent adobe construction that seamlessly merges with the landscape. Upon our return to Ouarzazate, we’ll conclude the day by spending the night in a local hotel, affording us the opportunity to delve deeper into both the interior and exterior of this captivating city.
After breakfast at the hotel in Ouarzazate on the eleventh day, we’ll resume our journey, this time heading towards the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Nestled within this mountain range lies another kasbah, Telouet, which shares historical ties with the Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui. As a result, you’ll notice several common intricacies between Telouet and the previously visited Taourirt kasbah.
In close proximity to Telouet lies the Tizi n’Tichka pass, a prominent route for crossing the High Atlas. Positioned at an altitude exceeding 2,200 meters, this pass offers an ideal vantage point for indulging in breathtaking panoramic vistas. The scene encompasses snow-capped peaks that retain their wintry allure for a significant portion of the year, alongside quaint mountain villages dotting the slopes.
This picturesque landscape will accompany us for a substantial portion of the descent on our way to Marrakech. The journey to the Red City won’t be lengthy, allowing you ample time to explore and enjoy the afternoon at your own pace. It’s a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Marrakech’s vibrant atmosphere and acquaint yourself with its historic center, proudly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As one of Morocco’s primary tourist magnets, Marrakech boasts a plethora of attractions. Consequently, the circuit designates two and a half days for your exploration, complete with three nights of accommodation. Regardless of the specifics, you’ll be lodged in a riad within the medina, providing convenient access to Marrakech’s monuments, museums, and other captivating attractions.
During the first of the two full days in Marrakech, you’ll embark on a guided tour, which is the optimal way to uncover the hidden gems of this captivating city. The tour will commence in the morning, following a delightful breakfast at the riad. This guided expedition will take you through the heart of the medina, allowing you to explore its primary attractions. Stops on the walking tour may encompass the iconic Jemaa el-Fna square, the renowned Koutoubia mosque, the exquisite Bahia Palace, the historic Saadian tombs, and the captivating Ben Youssef Madrasa.
In the afternoon, the schedule is left open, granting you the freedom to expand your exploration to other sites of historical and artistic significance. You might consider visiting attractions such as the El Badi Palace, the Marrakech Museum, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, or the enchanting Majorelle Gardens—an exceptional botanical gem nestled within Morocco. Our knowledgeable guide will offer tailored recommendations based on your preferences, ensuring you make the most of your afternoon discoveries.
The thirteenth day of this tour is dedicated entirely to Marrakech, offering you a full day of freedom. This presents an excellent opportunity to engage in various activities within the city or its vicinity, including optional excursions.
Another appealing choice is to indulge in a day of local shopping, especially as the journey approaches its conclusion. Marrakech boasts the most extensive array of shops in Morocco, encompassing traditional crafts, contemporary designers, and prominent brands—particularly in districts like Gueliz. This day allows for exploration, relaxation, and the chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant shopping scene that the Red City has to offer.
As this comprehensive tour spans across Morocco, it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the enchanting Atlantic Coast and the captivating city of Essaouira. As we approach the final days of our journey, we will set off from Marrakech after enjoying breakfast at the riad. Our English-speaking driver will accompany you in a private vehicle on the route towards the city often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at an argan oil cooperative, where you can learn about the production of this distinctive Moroccan product.
Known as Mogador during the Portuguese era, which saw the establishment of a significant trading hub, Essaouira still retains remarkable monuments from that era (15th century). The city’s historic medina and its undeniable charm have earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The awe-inspiring fortifications also doubled as a filming location for the popular series Game of Thrones.
During this initial day in Essaouira, you’ll have the chance to explore the maritime fortress, the gates of the city walls, and the picturesque fishing port. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the ancient quarter, centered around the Moulay Hassan square. For your stay tonight and the following night, you’ll find comfort in an exquisite riad located within the heart of this historic district.
As we approach the final stretch of this comprehensive tour of Morocco, the penultimate day will continue our exploration of Essaouira. Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the riad in the heart of the medina. With the entire day at your disposal, you’re free to tailor your activities to your preferences. There’s a variety of options available, and our team will be on hand to assist you in making the best choice.
For those who enjoy water activities, the coast of Essaouira offers opportunities such as surfing, kite surfing, and more. Alternatively, you might opt for a unique experience like horseback or dromedary rides along the sandy beaches, or even take a refreshing dip in the ocean waters. The city’s rich local folklore adds another layer of attraction, especially for those who were captivated by the Gnawa music in Khamlia. Essaouira is known as a hub for Gnawa musicians, so you’ll have the chance to enjoy more performances and delve deeper into this distinctive musical genre. Whether you choose adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, this day in Essaouira will surely leave you with memorable experiences to cherish.
As this comprehensive 15-day tour of Morocco draws to a close, the final day is all about wrapping up your journey. Begin the day with a satisfying breakfast at the riad in Essaouira. Depending on the schedule of your return flight from Marrakech airport, the program includes a smooth transfer by road from the doorstep of your accommodation in Essaouira directly to the terminal at Marrakech airport. This journey will take approximately two and a half hours, ensuring a comfortable and timely arrival for your departure.
As you bid farewell to the beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality of Morocco, you’ll carry with you memories of the diverse experiences you’ve enjoyed throughout the tour. The journey may be ending, but the hope remains for future adventures, with the possibility of exploring more parts of Morocco with the assistance of our agency. Until then, this farewell serves as a “see you soon” for the next chapter of your travels. Safe travels and best wishes for your onward journey!
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