Morocco should not be visited in a hurry, every street corner, every small town and every city is unique and full of pleasant surprises. Exotic as it gets, Morocco has everything for any taste. Choice of 4 star to 5 star to luxury Riads makes Morocco a destination to remember a lifetime for every one. Call us for private programs to fit your interests, travel dates and budgets.
12 Days Morocco- Travel the Kingdom like Royalty
CASABLANCA, RABAT, CHEFCHAOUEN, FES, MERZOUGA, OUARZAZATE & MARRAKECH
Morocco should not be visited in a hurry, every street corner, every small town and every city is unique and full of pleasant surprises. Exotic as it gets, Morocco has everything for any taste. Choice of 4 star to 5 star to luxury Riads makes Morocco a destination for every one. Call us for private programs to fit your interests, travel dates and budgets.
Day 1 – Arrive Casablanca and drive to RABAT and TANGIER
Arrive Casablanca Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you with a welcome sign with your name at the arrivals area. Drive to Tangier (approximately 3 hours drive) BANYAN TREE TAMOUDA BAY
Day 2 : TANGIERS- TAMOUDA BAY- CHEFCHAOUEN EXCURSIONFull day tour of blue Medina of Chefchaouen.
lunch arranged RIAD DAR CHEFCHAOUEN
Day 3, Tangiers - Ouazzane – Sidi Kasem – Meknes – Fes
Today we drive to Fes via Ouazzane, Sidi Kassem and Meknes. Ouazzane , also spelled Wazzan , city north central Morocco. It Lies at the southwestern edge of the Rif Mountains. Ouazzane is situated on the northern slope of Mount Bouhelal. It was founded in 1727 as a religious community on the site of a village named Dechra Jabal al Rihan. Continue driving to Meknes, visit to this former Imperial city of Morocco: the old ramparts; the Agdoul Basin, which was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; the Moulay Ismail stables, granaries, and House of Water (Dar el Ma), which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed, and water the sultan’s 12,000 horses; Bab el Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, one of the few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims; and the intrigue of the Meknes landscape.
Day 4: Full-day tour in Fes.
Today full day discovery of the mediaval city of Fes. Fes was founded soon after the Arab invasion of North Africa and Spain at the end of the 8th century, and is the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. It was founded by Moulay Idriss, the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. Moulay Idriss, a charismatic leader, died in 791 and left his son Moulay Idriss II to establish Fes, the new capital. Since its foundation, Fes has experienced a long history of transitions between dynasties and protectorates during which the Fes Medina underwent many changes and growth. Today, the Medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage site remains one of the largest living medieval cities in the world.Then visit to the Chourara or the Tanner’s Quarters, is the most lively and picturesque souks in Fes. The tanneries are often located near watercourses like the Wadi Fes and at a distance from residential areas due to the strongly unpleasant smells they produce. See the wide array of leather work, a tradition of Fes,
RIAD AL AMINE FES
Day 5 : Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Midlet – Errachidia – Erfoud - Merzouga.
Early start this morning for a full-day drive to southern Morocco. Drive through cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains to Erfoud. Erfoud, situated among the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, is one of the largest oases in Morocco. Ancient stories tell that the biggest dunes of Morocco, Erg Chebbi, were created as a result of God's punishment of local wealthy families that while having an enormous feast--eating couscous, meat, fruit and washing hands with milk--refused to help a poor woman and her children by letting them join the party.From that time on, continuous sand storms and extreme heat have brought the sand to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, with their highest point at 160 meters (480 feet).
Check-in, dinner and overnight at your Kasbah.
1 night half board at KASBAH TOMBOUCTOU- MERZOUGA
Day 7 : Merzouga village – Khamlia – Nomads Oasis.
Meet with your guide and being 4x4 drive for a day safari into merzouga golden dunes, visit the world famous slaves village of “KHAMLIA”, For hundred of years the village of Khamlia has been occupied by a mixture of Arabs, Berbers and different tribes of Sub-Saharan origin. In Khamlia today the greater tribe is the Bambaras. Also called the Gnawas, descendants of the slaves from Sub-Saharan Africa that were brought to this region hundreds of years ago. They play a type of music known as Gnawa de Khamlia or Gnaoua Music. Slaves from Senegal, Sudan and Mali brought it here and the tradition has remained. The music is of great spiritual importance to them and plays a fundamental part of their daily lives.
1 night Half board under the stars in the GOLDEN DUNE OF MERZOUGA – LUXURY CAMP
Settle into your deluxe tent and then enjoy a sunset camel ride over the dunes.Experience Berber life first hand as you pass the night under the vast Saharan sky. Your accommodations will include a Berber tent with quality sheets and blankets. The tent will be furnished with a Moroccan wood chest, a table with a copper lamp, leather poufs, copper candlesticks, and a mirror. Bottled water, glasses, and candles are supplied. The ground will be covered with runners, then covered again with ancient Moroccan rugs.There will be a large Berber dining tent with a low table and comfortable low seats, tablecloth, nice plates, stemmed glasses, silvery crockery. There will be a silver set for a tea ceremony, Tas Ouidou for the traditional hand washing before dinner, a mejmar (kettle on a high stand), candlesticks, incense burner, Mrach (traditional rosewater sprinkler), and leather poufs.There will be a separate kitchen tent with equipment to prepare dinner and breakfast. Sanitary facilities: within each sleeping tent, there is a separate area for the shower and the toilet, there is also a washbasin. A pathway between your tent and the sanitary facilities will be made with rugs and lit by oil lamps.There will be a bonfire between the tents, and the whole bivouac area will be lit with candle lanterns and oil lamps.
Dinner and overnight under the stars in Bedouin tent.
Day 8 : Merzouga – Tinghir – Boumalne dades – Kalaa de Mgouna – Skoura – Ouarzazate.
This morning you will depart for Skoura through the beautiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley. Along the way, you will visit Tinghir, a former military outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove and the route into the awesome Todra Gorge “at the ends of the earth” between 300 meter (900 feet) cliffs. Farther on there is a holy spring said to cure sterility in women. Laer continue to Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administrative center at the foot of the gorge of a dry riverbed followed by a series of Kasbahs (huge adobe fortified houses), to El Kelaa de Mgouna and Skoura. The palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gardens. Roses for making perfume are the specialty of El Kelaa de Mgouna .Paris, the famous perfume by Yves Saint Laurent, is made from extract of these roses. Continue driving to Ouarzazate and on arrival transfer to your choice of Riad
1 night Half baord at KSAR IGHNDA AIT BEN HADDOU
OR OPTION TO UPGRADE TO KASBAH KAMADOT - A luxury VIRGIN Resort
Day 09 : Ait Ben Haddou – Tizi N’Tichka - Marrakech
Ouarzazate is a former outpost of the Foreign Legion and has now become an important center for the film industry due to the quality of its light and unpolluted atmosphere. Your private driver will take you to see first the Taourirt Kasbah, the Film studios in Ouarzazate then continue on the way to explore the ancient Kasbah complex of Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th century structure, declared by UNESCO to be an historical treasure.A photographer’s wonderland, Ait Ben Haddou is still home to five families.Recent movies made at Ait Ben Haddou include "Gladiator" (2000), directed by Ridley Scott; and "Alexander" (2004), directed by Oliver Stone.Afterwards drive past scenic views of mountains and semi-desert terrain topped by Kasbahs and adobe homes.
On arrival in Marrakech transfer to
YOUR CHOICE OF RIAD
VILLA DES ORANGERS
RIAD EL FENN
Day 10 : Full day sightseeing tour to Marrakech- Full-day guided tour to Marrakech.
Marrakech dates back as far as the year 1070, and several monuments stand out as landmarks in the course of its history. First of all, you will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, sister tower to Seville's Giralda, the minaret of which has become the symbol of the city. Then visit the more recently built Bahia Palace (19th century), which is often inhabited by His Majesty's guests, and its succession of rooms finely decorated in Arabic style, and gardens and "Riad" planted with orange and jasmine trees. BBQ lucnh in a nice restaurant in Marrakech. This afternoon, you will visit to the Majorelle's botanical gardens & Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Majorelle’s Botanical Gradens is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”, now belong to the French fashion designer Yves St Laurent - host a large variety of trees, plants and flowers from different countries of the world and a lovely small museum of Moslem Arts, with its walls in the now famous “Majorelle’s Blue” colour.
A new museum dedicated to the life and work of French fashion icon YVES SAINT LAURENT has opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO, the building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle – the home acquired by Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. With a large permanent exhibition space designed by scenographist Christophe Martin showcasing the collections of it's namesake, the museum also features temporary exhibition spaces, a research library and archives, an auditorium, bookstore, and a terrace café. Informed by the archives of Saint Laurent, Studio KO were "struck by curves running alongside straight lines; by the succession of delicate and bold forms." As a result, the façade of the building appears as "an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks," forging patterns that "recall the weft and warp of fabric.
Your journey ends at the renowned Djemaa El Fna Square, a popular entertainment area where at the end of the afternoon, storytellers, snake charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers appear to entertain the crowd in a scene that is pure street theater. Conclude the day with a sunset drink ( not included ) overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square.
Day 11: Marrakech – Asni – Imlil - Marrakech.
After breakfast, depart for full day touring in the countryside including a short stroll at the foot the majestic High Atlas mountains, South East of Marrakech. On the way to the mountains, you can see old water mills and cross the village of Tahnaouet. Then continue to Asni village where the Saturday weekly market will take place, then proceed to Imlil village.
The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness, which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries. Arrival in Imlil, meet and greet by local mountain guide and mules then depart Imlil towards Tacheddirt passing by the Tizi N’Tamatert pass (2279m). This stage allows us to visit numerous villages of the Massif Nimnane to discover the agricultural traditions of the Mountain Berbers, the irrigated terraces reaching up high along the banks of the valley. The major canal lies between the brown of the mountains and the green of the cultivation. Enjoy a visit to a Berber local family and have a typical late breakfast with, then continue walking to the Kasbah Toubkal for a Moroccan Berber lunch on the roof overlooking the magnificent tops of Toubkal.
Return drive to Marrakech - One hour
Overnight at you Riad.
Day 12 : Marrakech Airport
Morning transfer to Marrakech airport for flight home
Breakfast at your hotel Meet with your English speaking driver then transfer in time to Marrakech Airport for your flight home.
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