Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen
Upon arrival at Casablanca airport.
you will met with your Private driver and go to visit the Great Mosque Hassan II where you will meet a fascinating example of the Moroccan architecture. It is the largest mosque in the kingdom and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It stands on a promontory looking out on the Atlantic, and has space for 25,000 worshippers. Its minaret is the tallest one in the world at 210 m. You will leave Casablanca the economic capital of the Morocco, to the political one Rabat, where we will see the Oudaya Kasbah and its beautiful gardens, This Kasbah of the Oudaya is located at Abou Regreg river. Then continue to Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco. You will have some time to explore the medina on your own. Overnight in Riad with breakfast.
Day 2: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fes
After your breakfast, you will travel south via Ouazzan towards Fes. Before that, you will have the chance to travel back to the 3rd century by visiting one of the most important archaeological site in the kingdom. It is Volubulis, Walili in Arabic language, an attractive roman city or what we call the ruins of Volubilis, which was listed as a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1997. We MAY onward to Meknes depending on time, where your discovery includes visits to the main historical monuments of Meknes, starting with the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727).Then we go to the granaries, built in 1600. They were ingeniously designed. Tiny windows, massive walls and a system of underflow water channels kept the temperatures cool and air circulating. He didn’t store food for humans, but grain and hay to feed his 15.000 horses. You will stop as well to get pictures of the Bab Al Mansour the Great gate, built in the 11th century. Meknes has been greatly impacted by the Moorish style building. It is now the fifth biggest city of the kingdom since it has a good economy, based mainly on agriculture, olives and wine. The continue to Fes where you will overnight in a Riad with breakfast.
Day 3: Fes sightseeing.
After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and driver for your Fes sightseeing tour, the Medina of Fes is one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the King’s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience. You will be dropped off at your Riad at the end of the tour. Enjoy your evening exploring the medina and the hustle bustle of the street stalls. Overnight in Riad with breakfast.
Day 4: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Erg Chebbi Dunes.
You will begin the day traveling towards the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests of Cedar, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Continue on mountain roads overlooking the wide flowing Oued Ziz. Passing Kasbahs and palm groves we pass through the adobe colored city of Er-Rachidia and arrive in the afternoon to Merzouga, saddle on your camels for your journey across the desert during a beautiful sunset to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent, night full of stars, Berber music. A night you will not forget.
Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes, possibly the best moment of your desert experience. Then we begin our travel to Alnif, heading towards the volcanic Jbel of Saghro of dramatic rock formations and gorges, where you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades, passing the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight in the heart of Dades Gorge, with dinner and breakfast.
Day 6: Dades gorge- Rose valley – Ouarzazate-Ait Benhaddou-Tizi N’tichka Pass-Marrakech
After your breakfast you will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate. We will arrive to the center of Moroccan roses and rose products. Then continue your trip via the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs, passing the Skoura palm oasis before arriving in Ouarzazate. Visit the UNESCO heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered… usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Benhaddou. In the afternoon, we cross over the High Atlas mountains towards Marrakech. Yet, We will visit the Kasbah of Telouet which was occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan travellers. It sits in the village of Telouet nestled outside the Onilla Valley. The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some have gotten lost exploring the dilapidated Kasbah. Drop off in Marrakech around 5:30 PM at your Riad.
Day 7: Marrakech sightseeing
After breakfast at your leisure, you will have part of the day to explore Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. Some of the main sights include Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle garden, Ben Youssef Madrassa and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Late in the evening, we will drive to Casablanca. Overnight in hotel with breakfast.