12 Day Morocco Tour
12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 1: Arrival / Casablanca / Rabat
Upon arrival in Casablanca, we will be met and then transferred to Rabat, the "Imperial Garden
City" and also the administrative capitol of the kingdom. Check in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes
After breakfast we check out and begin our sightseeing of Rabat. Our tour includes the Kasbah
of the Oudayas, the Hassan Tower and Mosque, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum and the
Mechouar - the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace. Afterwards we depart Rabat
for Meknes, the "Moroccan Versailles," founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay
Ismail, a contemporary of France's Louis XIV. Our exploration of this area includes the Bab El
Mansour, considered to be the finest gateway in Morocco, the Hari Souani, the Moulay's
stables, and the new and old Medinas. We will continue to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and
tour the site, then continue to Fes for overnight.
Day 3: Fes (sightseeing)
This morning, explore Fes, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, known for its spiritual and
educational contributions to Moroccan culture. Visit the Medieval Medina, the religious Islamic
universities known as Merdersas, the Karouine Mosque and the Nejjerine Fountain. We will
also see the traditional tanneries, and walk through the narrow passageways of the medina and
shops, then visit a local pottery shop to see the traditional method used to create all the
beautiful tile and pottery you will see everywhere in Morocco. Overnight in Fes.
Day 4: Fes / Ifrane / Midelt / Erfoud / Merzouga
After an early breakfast depart for Erfoud. Along the way, as we pass through the mountainous
terrain, stop at the mountain resort and university town of Ifrane, then continue on to Midelt
and the Ziz River valley through fortified villages and on to Erfoud. From Erfoud we will transfer
into 4x4 vehicles and head into the dunes of Merzouga for overnight at a desert camp at the
edge of the Sahara.
Day 5: Erfoud / Tinghir / Boumalne
After breakfast at the camp we will return to Erfoud then continue on to the oasis city of
Tinghir, known for its lushness and roses that it produces. It is also a the place to begin our
exploration of the Todra Gorge, with its ice-cold river cutting through the towering sheer rock
walls of the mountains. We will explore the gorge then continue to the Dades Valley (Red
Valley) and Boumalne for overnight.
Day 6: Boumalne / Kalaâ M'Gouna / Ouarzazate
This morning we depart for Ouarzazate, stopping to visit the city of Kalaâ M'Gouna, famous for
it's roses. This is the center of rose water production in the country and in May there is a rose
festival. The city has over 4000 km of rose hedges! After our visit here we continue on to
Ourazazate for overnight
Day 7: Ouarzazate / Aït Ben Haddou / Marrakech
After breakfast spend some time exploring Ouarzazate before departing for Marrakesh. Visit
the kasbahs of Tifoutout and Taorirt, then on to Ain Ben Haddou, another majestic kasbah,
nestled in the midst of a forest of almond trees. Continue on through the Tiz-In-Tichka Pass at
2260 meters, enjoying spectacular mountain scenery and views of the valleys below. Arrive in
Marrakesh for overnight.
Day 8: Marrakech (city tour)
Today we will have a full day exploring Marrakesh, sightseeing throughout this historic city
including Koutoubia, the Menara and garden, the Saadien Tombs, and the Bahia Palace. Lunch
at the hotel. This afternoon, walk through the colorful souks with their wealth of treasures, the
famous Djemaa El Gna Place filled with fascinating characters, fire eaters, teeth pullers, fortune
tellers, spice - nuts - incense merchants, story tellers, snake charmers, and tame monkeys, to
name a few!
Day 9: Marrakech
We will have another day in Marrakesh with free time for shopping or exploring on your own.
Overnight in Marrakesh.
Day 10: Marrakech / Essaouira
After breakfast depart for Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. Stop along the way at Magador and
Chichaoua. Essaouira is an excellent example of a Portuguese port and is an exotic blending of
Moorish and Portuguese art and architecture. Traders and artists have gathered here since the
18th century. We will have a city tour on arrival. Possibly we may see some goats in the trees
here! Overnight in Essaouira.
Day 11: Essaouira / Oualidia / El Jadida / Casablanca
After breakfast depart for Casablanca. Our first stop will be at Oualidia then we continue on to
El Jadida, another former Portuguese stronghold with a spectacular 1100 square meter
underground reservoir, for a tour before continuing on to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight in
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport for our flights home.
- Accommodation on half board for 5 nights at hotels and on bed and breakfast for 6
nights at Riads
- A deluxe air-conditioned minibus at disposal according to t he above-mentioned
- A qualified English speaking guide for the whole tour
- 4x4's with drivers for the roundtrip transfers to the Dunes
- Entrance fees to monuments (external visit of Hassan II Mosque)
- Portrage of luggage, taxes and services
- Our full assistance
- Drinks during meals
- Lunches, snacks, water
- Personal expenses and extras
- Tips for guide and driver - we recommend about $8 for the guide and $4 for the driver,
per person, per day
- Trip insurance
Hotels & Riads (depending on availability):
- Rabat: Chellah Hotel
- Fes: Palais Shehrazade
- Merzouga Dunes: Bivouac
- Boumalne: Xaluca Dades
- Ouarzazate: Berbere Palace
- Marrakesh: Riad Amina
- Essaouira: Riad Mimouna