18 DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 – CASABLANCA / RABAT
Pick up from Mohammed V airport. While in Casablanca, you will stop at
the Great Hassan II Mosque, the third largest Mosque in the world. You will
visit the interior of the Mosque, before having lunch at Le Pilotis restaurant
& lounge, the best seafood restaurant and Mediterranean cuisine overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean.
You will then continue to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. In the afternoon,
you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rabat featuring the Mohammed V
Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the outside of the Royal Palace and the
DAY 2 – RABAT / CHEFCHAOUEN
We will drive north of Rabat to visit the Exotic Gardens at Bouknadel. After
we will drive through the Rif mountains towards Chefchaouen, The Blue
City of Morocco. Overnight in the Riad in the heart of the hill town.
DAY 3 - CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast you will prepare yourself for the tour of the Medina of
Chefchaouen. This tour will feature the old part of the hill town and a visit to
the famous Kasbah. After an independent lunch at a local restaurant you will
continue your visit to the waterfalls at Rass EL Mae. Where you will see
ladies doing laundry and washing up. Late afternoon and evening will be
free to spend at your leisure. Dinner in the Riad and overnight.
DAY 4 – CHEFCHAOUEN / MEKNES / FES
Today you will start your drive towards Fes. After making several stops to
enjoy the countryside views along the way, and arrive to the Imperial City of
Meknes, also known as "the Moroccan Versailles". Meknes, with its
monumental gates and city walls, was founded at the end of the 17th century
by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. Lunch in Meknes. The highlights will include
Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai"
Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and
stables. Make our way to Fes. Check in. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – FES MEDINA TOUR
After breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing the city of Fes,
the spiritual capital of Morocco. Step back six centuries into the medieval
Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques,
towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. Narrow openings
into private worlds reveal architecture of peaceful courtyards filled with
carved cedar, brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and delicately carved stucco
ornaments. Lunch will be at Palais Nejjarine, a beautiful Arab palace. After
lunch, we will visit the Attarine and Abou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine
fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. In the
afternoon, we will visit the countless souks, the famous tanneries and Fes
Jdid. Overnight at the Riad.
DAY 6 - FES
Today you can choose what you want to do. Spend more time in the souks or
take a cooking class or take a day trip to Sefrou and Bhalil where you will be
invited to lunch with my family. Back to Fes. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – FES / AZROU / MIDELT
After enjoying your breakfast we will make our way through the amazing
middle Atlas Mountains. First we will do the circuits of lakes including the
Aoua lake then through the cedar woods to the town of Ifrane. After we will
do Azrou and the Berber village of Ain Leuh. From there we will drive
through one of my favorite places in the region and Morocco which is the
Oum Rbia river and the mountains of Bekrit. Then we will continue till the
Berber village of Itzer. Arrival to Midelt later in the day.
DAY 8 – MIDELT / ERFOUD / MERZOUGA
Today we will start crossing over another mountain chain in Morocco which
is the Eastern High Atlas. After passing the Talghomt pass we will be in the
grand canyons of Morocco. Arrival in the city of Errachidia then to Erfoud
before reaching the village of Merzouga in the Sahara Desert. Rest for a
while and enjoy some desert tea. Take your camel ride to the luxury camp in
the heart of the sand dunes.
DAY 9 – MERZOUGA / ERFOUD / TODRA / DADES
Early morning wake-up to view the awe inspiring sunrise off the Merzouga
dunes followed by breakfast then 1 hour camel ride. Drive through Rissani
and Erfoud to Todra Gorge. After Lunch you will enjoy your hike in the
gorge. Then to Dades valley where you will stay overnight.
DAY 10 – DADES / ROSE VALLEY / QUARZAZATE
After breakfasts we will drive through the scenic Dades valley till we reach
the Gorges from there we will go to the Boutaghrar valley to visit the
nomads in their dwellings. Lunch at Mgouna where the valley of roses is
located. Later drive to Skoura then to Ouarzazate.
DAY 11 – QUARZAZATE / MARRAKESH
After breakfast, departure to the Ait Ben Haddou village where you will visit
the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. Lunch at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before
we continue via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (7,415 ft / 2,260 m) and Taddert to
Marrakesh. Check in, Dinner and overnight stay at Riad.
DAY 12 – MARRAKESH MEDINA TOUR
Sightseeing of Marrakesh nicknamed The Pearl of the South, featuring a
visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, Dar Si Said, Museum of
Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the
magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyard sand
fountains. After lunch on your own, you will visit of the Djemaa-el-Fna
Square where fortune-tellers, acrobats, vendors, snake charmers and
magicians put on a never-ending show. In the evening entertainment dinner
show at Shahraman restaurant before returning to the Riad for overnight
DAY 13 – MARRAKESH GARDENS TOUR
Sightseeing of the private gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and the private
Islamic Art Museum. Drive along the city ramparts dividing the town into
the oldest and the newest parts of Marrakesh. The afternoon is free to spend
as you wish me at your disposal. dinner at Al Fassia restaurant and overnight
at the Riad.
DAY 14 - MARRAKESH
Free day in Marrakesh.
Optional Cooking class.
DAY 15 – MARRAKESH / TAROUDANT
We will go to the city of Taroudant which is known as the little Marrakesh.
After we will arrive there we will have a walking tour of its medina then go
to the Riad.
DAY 16 – TAROUDANT / AGADIR
Departure to the beach resort city of Morocco. Take it easy and enjoy the
DAY 17 – AGADIR / ESSAOUIRA
After breakfast you will depart for the romantic seaside town of Essaouira.
After arrival and check-in, a sightseeing tour of the city will feature
Essaouira's typical Portuguese harbor portraying influences of both Moorish
and Portuguese design. Highlights will include the fishing harbor and the
Skala (the Battery) left by the pirates. Optional: 1 hour Sea Tour by boat.
The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 18 – CASABLANCA AIRPORT
After breakfast, we will visit the Hassan II mosque then depart to
Mohammed V airport.