Morocco Grand Tour

royal horses and guards in rabat
camel ride in moroccan beach
camel ride in merzouga desert
tourist taking photo souvenir in fes city
moroccan man outside hassan II mosque
mausoleum mohammed V rabat
TOTAL TRIP:

14 Days Itinerary

TOUR TYPE:

Private

PLACES VISITED:

Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, Merzouga, Essaouira

DEPARTURE DATES:

Flexible dates

Overview

The Morocco Grand Tour itinerary is a fantastic way to explore the country and experience its diverse cultural and natural beauty. The trip offers a comprehensive route covering various destinations such as the North of Morocco, the Imperial Cities, the Sahara Desert, and the south of Morocco.

Traveling in reverse direction can be a smart move if you’re starting and ending your trip in Marrakesh, as it can save time and make the logistics easier. The itinerary can also be adjusted to fit your schedule, ranging from seven to fifteen days or more.

The North of Morocco is known for its picturesque blue city of Chefchaouen and its stunning coastal towns. The Imperial Cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakesh are rich in history, architecture, and cultural experiences. The Sahara Desert offers a unique opportunity to explore the sand dunes and experience the nomadic lifestyle. Finally, the coastal town of Essaouira is famous for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and vibrant arts scene.

The Morocco Grand Tour itinerary promises an unforgettable journey, taking you on a circuit to see the best that Morocco has to offer.

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DAY 1 Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca! Not only is it home to the tallest minaret in the world, the grand Hassan II Mosque, but also it offers an array of must-see sights. Hosting 80,000 worshippers, the mosque is open to visitors and worshippers alike. Take a stroll through the Hobous, or New Medina, and explore its vibrant art deco architecture and traditional craft markets. And if that wasn’t enough, the magnificent Boulevard de la Corniche and Beach Promenade will make you feel like you’re in Morocco’s own take on Miami! Spend the day exploring Casablanca and taking in all of its best sights and sounds.

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DAY 2 Rabat – Chefchaouen

Begin your Moroccan escapade at Rabat, the country’s capital. Delight in the splendor of the Bab Oudaia, an entrance to the 12th-century Kasbah des Oudaias. Enjoy the serenity of the Andalusian Gardens and the beauty of the Hassan Tower. Afterwards, take a drive to Chefchaouen and discover the Plaza Outa el-Hammam and its delicious food. Don’t miss out on the chance to climb the city walls for a picturesque view. Marvel at the view from the rooftop of your hotel, taking in the mesmerizing sights of the Blue City. Finish the day off with a mesmerizing sunset at the white Spanish Mosque.

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DAY 3 Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fes

Start your day with the sun rising in the Meknes streets and enjoy a peaceful hour. For those seeking a detour, Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has plenty to offer with its merchant homes, temples, and colorful mosaics. Afterward, the medina of Meknes, much smaller and more intimate, is the ideal place to explore the Imperial City. To cap off the day, take a hike up a small hill to the Merenid Tombs at dusk and marvel at the city’s skyline. Then, make your way back to your riad in the medina.

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DAY 4 Fes City Tour

Take a guided tour of Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city, and discover its timeless beauty. Start at the Bab Boujeloud gate to see the 9th-century Al-Qarawiyyin University and its neighbor, the Al Attarine Madrasa. Stroll through the meandering alleys and pause to appreciate the artistry of authentic Moroccan crafts while admiring the Chouara Tannery below. Climb to the top of a leather shop and watch as men practice an age-old process. Travel to Fes el Jdid to get a birds-eye view of the city and explore the Jewish quarter and cemetery.

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DAY 5 Fes – Erfoud – Merzouga Desert

Start your day bright and early and make your way towards the Middle Atlas mountain range. Journey through the majestic cedar forests until you reach the desert region. Take the opportunity to explore the vibrant towns of Azrou, Midelt, and Erfoud. As you wander, marvel at the unique ksars, or fortified houses. Visit a nearby artisan collective to learn about the fossils discovered in the area. As the sun begins to set, you will arrive at Erg Chebbi. For the ultimate experience, hop on a camel and go for a ride, before settling down to watch the amazing sunset from the top of a sand dune. Listen to the sweet sounds of traditional Berber music, and the rustling sand, for an unforgettable journey!

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DAY 6 Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorge

Experience the thrill of the Sahara Desert! Get your morning started by renting a sand board and having a go at descending some of the dunes. Afterwards, take the Erg Shibi tour and immerse yourself in traditional drumming and dancing. Make sure to stop in Rissani and check out the grand gate entrance and the quaint donkey parking lot. Tinerhir is another must-see spot, boasting a river oasis of buttes, mesas and plateaus. Finish off your trip with a visit to the extraordinary Todra Gorge – a 300 m deep ravine. If you’re a morning person, don’t miss the chance to witness a stunning sunrise that you’ll remember forever.

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DAY 7 Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Kasbah Aït Benhaddou

Start your Saharan adventure by witnessing the stunning colors of an early morning sunrise. Rent a sandboard and join a tour with Erg Shibi to explore the sand dunes as the sun continues to rise. If a more adrenaline-filled experience is desired, rent a quad bike for an exciting ATV ride south to Khemliya. Visit the traditional village and then make your way through the acacia forests, picking up a box of dates in the Draa Valley. Be sure to plan some time to visit Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO site and the most renowned kasbah of Morocco. Stay the night in the old town and check out the tranquil streets during the evening hours. An entry fee may be required to some of the kasbahs, but the remarkable views of the Ouarzazate Valley are surely worth it!

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DAY 8 Aït Benhaddou – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech

Your journey today will offer you remarkable views of the High Atlas mountain range. After climbing to the summit, you can explore the unique Argan Oil Cooperative of Taddert. As you make your way back down, the landscape transforms and reveals majestic river valleys. Finish your trek in the lively city of Marrakech and take in the atmosphere at Jemaa el Fna Square. Take a break at one of the cafes and bask in the entertaining spectacle.

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DAY 9 Marrakech City Tour

Take a journey through Marrakech, the ancient “Red City”. Start your adventure at the renowned Jemaa el-Fna Square and unfold the magic as you explore the bustling souks in the north of the city. Don’t forget to visit the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, the Saadian Tombs, the majestic Bahia Palace, and the tranquil El Badi Palace. Take a break from the hustle and bustle with a relaxing ride in a calèche, a horse-drawn carriage. In the evening, the medina comes alive with a variety of street performers, acrobats, and vendors selling all sorts of tasty snacks and drinks. Catch the best view of the activity from the many restaurants and cafes overlooking the square. Wander through Marrakech’s historic sites, and relish in its vibrant culture.

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DAY 10 High Atlas – Overnight in Berber Home

Travellers looking to escape the crowds of Marrakech should head to the small town of Amizmiz, located just an hour south of the city. Here, hikers can join a mountain guide to explore the High Atlas Mountains at their own pace. Traverse picturesque mule paths and trails, passing farmers and shepherds tending to their mules and goats. Take in stunning views the further up you climb, stopping to share a traditional lunch with a local family to learn about life in the area. Continue your hike in the afternoon and eventually arrive at a homestay to enjoy a home-cooked meal with a friendly family. Revel in the serenity of nature and take away lasting memories.

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DAY 11 Amizmiz – Marrakech

Say your farewells to the family after you eat breakfast, then decide if you want to keep going with another day of hiking or to come back to Marrakech. The evening will be spent in Marrakech regardless of what you choose.

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DAY 12 Marrakech – Essaouira

Journey west from Marrakech and experience the undulating hills and unique argan forests. If you’re lucky, you might come across some goats eating argan fruit in the trees, a common sight when vegetation is not plentiful. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Essaouira, a place of serenity compared to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Follow the Skala de la Kasbah, an 18th-century rampart that looks out over the Atlantic and is defended by old brass cannons. Don’t forget to take a taxi to the end of the beach, Diabat, a place of pilgrimage for fans of Jimi Hendrix. When you’ve had your fill of this site, take a walk back to Essaouira to indulge in a scrumptious seafood meal.

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DAY 13 Essaouira – Casablanca

Venture to Casablanca, and while there, take the opportunity to discover the gorgeous beach towns that line its coastline. Immerse yourself in the culture of the area and stay the night, enjoying all that Casablanca has to offer.

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DAY 14 Casablanca – Airport

If your schedule permits, why not take the opportunity to experience the renowned sights of Casablanca during your stay?

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Highlights

  • The medinas and souks in Marrakech and Fes are some of the most vibrant and colorful in Morocco, filled with a maze of narrow alleys, historic buildings, and bustling market stalls. Visitors can explore the souks to shop for handicrafts, spices, and textiles, and marvel at the intricate tilework and architecture of the medinas.
  • The Moroccan desert is a vast and varied landscape, with sand dunes, rocky outcroppings, and hidden valleys. Visitors can explore the area on camelback, ride ATVs or take a 4×4 tour, visit traditional kasbahs, and experience the beauty and solitude of the desert.
  • The High Atlas mountains offer some of the most stunning scenery in Morocco, with snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and small Berber villages. Visitors can hike through the foothills of the mountains, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and experiencing the local culture and way of life.
  • Staying with a local Berber family is a great way to experience Moroccan hospitality and learn about the local culture. Visitors can enjoy a traditional meal of tagine, couscous, or other local specialties, and spend the night in a traditional Berber house or tent.
  • Essaouira is a charming coastal town with a historic medina, a picturesque harbor, and a relaxed vibe. Visitors can climb the ramparts for stunning views of the town and the ocean, wander through the narrow alleys of the medina, and enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants along the harbor.

What's included

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • knowledgeable certified tour guide
  • Private English speaking driver
  • Premium class accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & some dinners
  • Entrance fees to historical sites/museums
  • Departure transfer

Prices

Prices are on request and depend on your chosen accommodation, services, and the time of travel.

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