About This Trip
On this 9-day tour, you'll experience some of Morocco's greatest natural and cultural attractions. Land in Casablanca and then transfer to Rabat for a historical city tour to explore the mosques, palaces, and souks. Visit the Meknes imperial city and Roman Ruins of Volubilis on the way to Fez. Afterward, you will head towards the Sahara Desert. Take a camel ride across the sand dunes and see the breathtaking sunrise before going to visit the UNESCO Ait Ben Haddou. End your tour in Marrakech to discover its Moorish architecture, intimate gardens, and colorful souks.
- 1CasablancaArrival, Discover the City at Your Own Pace
- 2RabatKasbah des Oudaias, Hassan Tower, The Mausoleum of Mohammed V
- 3Rabat - FezMeknes Old Medina, Roman Ruins of Volubilis
- 4FezChouara Tannery, Al Attarine, Al-Karaouine, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, Souk Nejjarine, the Mellah
- 5 - 6ErfoudSahara Desert Tour, Road Trip Through the Middle Atlas Mountains
- 7OuarzazateUNESCO Ait Ben Haddou
- 8 - 9MarrakechKoutoubia Mosque, El-Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Medersa, Jardin Majorelle Garden, Jemaa el-Fna Market
Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca
Welcome to Casablanca! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a personal English-speaking driver and then be transferred to your hotel. On the way, you will pass through the landmark of Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours for free. You can either rest or get out to explore Casablanca city on your own.
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat
After breakfast, take a private vehicle to Rabat, the capital of Morocco that owns plenty of charm. Visit the UNESCO-listed Kasbah des Oudaias first, which was originally constructed in the 12th century for defense purposes. Nowadays it becomes a popular sight with blue and white walls, exotic gardens and some seaside cafes.
Next, explore the Hassan Tower, the nearby Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Royal Palace. The Hassan Tower was intended to be built as the largest minaret in the world but stopped as the patron Yaqub al-Mansur died. You can visit the incomplete minaret while learning the story behind it. As the tour draws to an end, make your way to explore the bazaars in the old medina of Rabat.
Day 3: Imperial City of Meknes and Roman Ruins of Volubilis
Head out to Meknes after breakfast. As one of the four imperial cities in Morocco, Meknes may not as much famous as the others, but it has its own attraction and beauty. Take some time to explore the ancient medina for an authentic experience of the traditional Moroccan lifestyle.
Not far from Meknes, lies Morocco's best-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis. Wander the expansive complex, exploring the still-intact columns of former buildings, large merchant homes, temples, and the colorful mosaics. Afterward, continue your journey to Fez for overnight.
Day 4: Fez: Explore the Imperial City and Medieval Medina
Wake up in this oldest imperial city of Morocco and start your Fez tour today. Passing through the iconic portal of the Blue Gate, you will enter the ancient medieval-style Medina of Fez. Make a pleasant visit to the Chouara Tannery known for its leather products and then walk along the winding alleys and bustling streets to explore the dazzling handicrafts.
In the afternoon, visit the 14th-century Al Attarine Madrasa and the world's oldest existing and continually operating university of Al-Karaouine. Afterward, take a trip to the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, the Souk Nejjarine, and the Mellah (old Jewish quarter).
Day 5: Fez - Erfoud, Riding Camel in Sahara Desert
Leave the busy city behind and take a private vehicle to Erfoud for your Sahara Desert Safari. Over the high mountain pass of Col du Zad (about 2,178m over the sea level), you will pass through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains and see many Berber villages made up of traditional mud-brick buildings.
Stop at Midelt, also known as the Apple City, for lunch and then continue your journey to Erfoud. Take a 4x4 vehicle and be driven into the desert of Merzouga. Ride a camel into the dunes, try sandboarding and immerse yourself in the golden dunes at sunset. Return to Erfoud for the night.
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Day 6: Erfoud - Ouarzazate
Todra Gorge is a lovely stop along the route to Ouarzazate. Enjoy your time for some photographs of the red cliffs with an average height of 400 meters or take a short walk at the end of the Todra Gorge to get an impressive view of the huge rock walls. Afterward, make a short break at the Skoura, one of Morocco's most picturesque oases. Continue on your journey to Quarzazate and have a nice stay there.
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Day 7: Ouarzazate - Marrakech, Visit Ait Ben Haddou
Today's highlight is the UNESCO Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient fortified village (ksar) along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. With the unique architecture and peculiar scenery, this mud city is the movie set of many popular movies, such as Game of Thrones. You will spend some time visiting the city and don't miss out to climb up to the Granary to have a panoramic view of the whole village. The amazing scenery will make you feel like you are in a medieval African movie. Drive to Marrakech for a stay.
Day 8: Marrakech City Highlights
In the lively and passionate city of Marrakech, you will explore the magnificent historical buildings and have the chance for a pure Morocco experience. The Koutoubia Mosque will be your first stop. Continue with the El-Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Medersa, and Jardin Majorelle Garden. These buildings are the top-ranked attractions in Marrakech you shouldn't miss. Each of them has its own special characteristics waiting for your exploration.
You are free to visit the Jemaa el-Fna market in the late afternoon, the biggest and most bustling souk in Morocco. When the sun goes down, the market becomes more beautiful and active with various performances, activities, and stalls. Stroll around the market to find some interesting souvenirs and taste street food or fresh fruit.
Day 9: Marrakech, Departure
Your amazing tour of Morocco will end today. Say goodbye and head to the airport for your onward flight home.
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