Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Fez
Your 10 days Casablanca travel tour will start with a pick up from the airport in Casablanca. Should you arrive in Casablanca early in the morning you will have the opportunity to visit the mosque of Hassan ll which was completed in 1993 and is one of the largest mosques in the world. Strolling the coastline of Casablanca. Following the tour of Casablanca you will continue to Rabat, which is the capitol of Morocco. While in Rabat you will visit Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. After the tour of Rabat you will continue to the city of Fez, the oldest city in Morocco. Arriving in Fez you will relax in your Riad or Hotel for the evening.
Distance: 291 km (180.819 miles)
Day 2: Exploring Fez
Enjoy the sights of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. A local licensed historical guide will accompany you as you discover each of the two old Medinas, the largest which is Fes El Bali. In 1981 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fes El Jedid, the old city, which was built by Merinids. The former has so many fascinating historical sites such as: Al_Qarawiyyin, which dates back to 859 AD, and is the oldest continuous functioning madrasa (Old School) in the world. The Ancient Tanneries where you can witness the tanners incredible labor of making Babouches (Moroccan Slippers) as well as wallets, handbags and a host of leather goods. You will have the opportunity to stroll throughout the Souks (Old Markets) in the Old city of Fez.
Day 3: Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Merzouga
Today’s adventure will begin with a drive to Merzouga. You will pass through the city of Ifrane, which is considered the coldest place in Morocco. Ifrane is also known as the Switzerland of Morocco because of the housing architecture and snowfall that blankets the town in the winter months. Continue your journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Cedar forest in Azrou, which is 3940 feet in elevation. Here you will have the opportunity to feed the endangered Barbary (Macaque) Monkeys. You will then continue to travel the scenic roads through the Atlas Mountains, stopping for lunch and heading to Ziz the valley of palm groves. Continuing to Merzouga, there you will hop on your camel for an hour and a half, having dinner and enjoying Berber Music. After the festivities you will hop back on your camel and head back to the hotel.
Day 4: The tour of the Sand Dunes – Camel Trek and Night at the Berber Camp
This morning after breakfast you will go off-roading to discover Merzouga, the same road used in the famous Paris-Dakar Rally, reaching the Quarry area where you will learn how the locals extract fossils from the heart of the earth.
You will visit the nomads who still live in tents which are made from camel wool, there you will learn about the life of the nomads while sipping on a warm cup of mint tea.
You will continue crossing the desert capturing the different faces of the dunes and black volcanic rocks. You will pass through small villages to Khamlia Village, where the locals from Africa still practice their traditional Gnawa Music. After the village you will stop for lunch, having Berber Pizza. After lunch you will visit the lake of Merzouga. From here you will return to your hotel to relax and have dinner, followed by breakfast the following morning.
Day 5: Meraouga – Todra Gorges – Tinghir – Boumaln Dades
After an anticipated brilliant sunrise and breakfast, you will explore fortresses, valleys, palmeries and gorges. You will visit the wells that were used as irrigation in the 17th century, and a breathtaking view of the Toda Gorges. From here you will head to the highest oasis in Morocco, with mountains as high as 300m (1000 feet). You will travel through the city of Tinghir while making your way to Boumaln Dades where you will relax for the evening in your hotel.
Day 6: Boumaln Dades – Ourzazat – Ait Ben Haddou
Following breakfast your excursion will begin by traveling through the Valley of Roses where the festival of Roses is celebrated at the end of May each year. You will continue onward to Skoura, oasis of palm groves. From here you will head to the city of Ouarzazate which is known as the Hollywood of Morocco because of the Cinema Studios. Not far from the Cinemas you will stop by the Kasbah of Taourirt. The journey continues to the most famous Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah where many movies were filmed such as Game of Thrones and Gladiator. After touring the Ait Ben Haddou Kabah you will rest in your hotel in the Village of Ait Ben Haddou for the evening.
Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou – Essaouira
Good Morning! Today you will take the snaky road of Tichka Pass through the High Atlas Mountains where you will reach an altitude of 2,260 m above sea level. It is the highest mountain pass in Northern Africa. Tichka Pass lies between the Sahara desert and the red city of Marrakech. Following this scenic drive you will continue through the red city of Marrakech and on to the city of Essouira which lies on the Atlantic West Coast of Morocco.
Day 8: Essaouira – Marrakech
The exploration begins today in the city of Essaouira, also known as “Wind City of Africa”, excellent for wind surfing and sailing. You will visit many fascinating sites, including the sea port where the seamen uncover the catch of the day. Stroll the sandy beach that stretches way to the south. The laid-back atmosphere of this town, the dramatic ramparts and the sandy beach have together created an attraction for artisans and hippies for years. Essaouira has a bohemian feel quite different from the rest of the country. Back in the 1950’s Orson Wells stayed at the Hotel des lles during the filming of “Othello”. This picturesque town of Essaouira was the home of many other film productions. Jimmy Hendrix’s song “Castles Made of Sand” was written two years prior to his visit to Essaouira.
When the tour of Essaouira is complete you will travel back to Marrakech for the evening.
Day 9: Exploring Marrakech
After breakfast you will explore the city of Marrakech. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words MUR (n) AKUSH which means “Land of God”. Marrakech lies at the foothills of the breathtaking Atlas Mountains. You will visit some of the most fascinating sites of Marrakech, starting with the Tombs of Saadians, Palais Bahia, Garden Majorelle, the Kotoubia Mosque, and ending the day in the square of Jamaa Lafna and the Souks. The square of Jamaa Lafna is overflowing with shops, crafts, entertainment and a host of restaurants.
Day 10: Transfer to Casablanca
Transfer to the Airport, depending on the time of your departure.