You will discover Morocco from North to South, West to Est. you will visit all the spectacular Imperial cities and cross all the mountain ranges of Morocco; your tour guide will lead you around all the highlights of the country and capture the beautiful diversity of landscape and architecture, you will learn about the history and culture and daily lifestyle in Morocco and more waiting for you.
You will meet your English speaking guide and driver at Casablanca Airport; he will drive to your Accommodation in the largest city of Morocco, with about 3, 35 million populations according to the 2014 statistics. After the check at your accommodation, you can have a walk through the city and dining in a nice restaurant; with the help of your guide that will be with you for the next 2 weeks.
Today your driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation at 9:30 am to start your adventure tour by visiting the big Hassan the second Mosque, the second largest Mosque in Africa and the 7th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s second tallest minaret at 210 meters (689 ft). Then you will continue on the Atlantic beachside of Ain Diab to see the walls of the old city and the Rick’s Café which was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the classic movie of Casablanca, it’s also a nice place to have lunch before you leave for Rabat city where you will spend the second night, about 1H30m drive.
You will start your journey with a half day city tour in the capital city of Morocco by a knowledgeable local guide from the city. He will lead you to discover the Kasbah of Oudaya, the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Shellah Kasbah and the Royal Palace. You will have lunch in a restaurant after seeing all the highlights of the city and take the highway towards Tanger city.
After breakfast you will explore Tanger city; it has a highly individual character, a product of its location at the gate to the Mediterranean Sea and the meeting point of Africa and Europe. You will visit Tanger Holy Spirit Cathedral, the Historical Museum Dar El-Makhzen, the archaeological Caves of Hercules and the African continent’s extreme northwest corner Cape Spartel where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea are linked. In the afternoon you will drive to Chefchaouen (the blue town of Morocco) about 2 hours drive.
Today is a leisure day free of driving, you have a full time at the town to explore by visiting the heart of the city Uta el-Hammam square, the Great Mosque (with a curious octagonal tower) and the Kasbah (containing a garden, a museum and an art Gallery). Leaving the Medina (old city) to the most famous point Ras El-Maa waterfall, where the sound of the water and the green hills provide a great dose of fresh air.
After a nice breakfast in your accommodation, you will drive through the stunning Rif Mountain range towards the attractive Volibilis preserved Roman ruins in North Africa and learn more about the history of the Romans culture with a local guide. From here you will have a 10 minutes drive to discover the holiest Islamic town Moulay- Idriss built by Moulay-Idriss- I in 788, open just for Muslims, but it gives to visitors an excellent impression just by taking a look at the hallway of the town and its panoramic view from the top. After the two visits, we will drive to Meknes Imperial City, where a local guide is waiting for you to explore Bab El Khamis Gate, the Place El Hadim (the square of Destruction), and the finest Bab Mansour gateway in North Africa, the Mausoleum of Molay Ismail and the Heri Es-soani Granary. You have one hour drive via the highway to Fes city.
Guided tour of the medina in Fez is a great way to get an inner look into the culture and history of the city. Your guide will take you through the medina of Fes, one of the world’s largest walled cities.
You will meet your guide at your accommodation to explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and much other classic art and souvenirs of Morocco. You will visit the Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihri, and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860. Entry is not permitted to non-Muslims. See the fountains including the Nejjarine Fountain, the Medersa (Koranic schools) founded as early as the 13th century. The Batha Palace which is now a museum of arts and Moroccan traditions and the Chouwara tanneries, the Souks including Souk Attarine, one of the liveliest in the city and Bab Boujloud with its green and blue ceramics. After the tour, you will walk back to your accommodation with your guide.
You will wake up early this morning to drive to the Saraha Desert of Merzouga by crossing the Middle Atlas range. Today your first stop will be in the Moroccan little Switzerland which is known for the lion sculpture and its European architecture style. We continue to cross the biggest green cedar forest in Morocco and get a stop opportunity to see the free Barbary apes in the forest. You will have lunch in Midelt town, which links the High Atlas Mountains and the Middle Atlas range. After the lunch break we depart towards the second largest palm grove oasis in Morocco, the Ziz oasis here is the last stop before the most beautiful and fabulous sand dunes of Merzouga (Erg Chebbi), 150 meters high. Up on arrival to the hotel, you pack a small bag for the night in the camp, your luggage stays at the hotel and starts your camel ride to capture magical sunset in the middle of the dunes and spend the night at camp with tents.
You will wake up early this morning to catch the spectacular sunrise at the top of the dunes before you ride the camels back to the hotel, where breakfast and a deserved nice hot shower await. We leave to the hotel to the small village of Khamliya, where the Berber nomads will perform a show of the typical Sudanese exotic dance. Then we drive to visit the local Market of Rissani (Sunday; Tuesday; Thursday) and cross the most mysterious Anti-Atlas Mountain towards the Tudra gorges. Here you will face one of the most impressive oases in the country, and sense a beautiful contrast of the landscapes. you are going to walk through the spectacular gorge where rocks towelling above 300m, while the passage is only 30m wide; famous for rock climbing. After the walk, we take The Road of thousand Kasbahs to reach Dades gorges.
From Dades Gorges we will take an off road jeep track to visit a nomad family that live in caves, have a Berber mint tea with them and see how nomads make their living in the middle of nowhere. We will keep driving on the same track to reach the rose valley which is known for its roses that get blooming from April to May. After then we take The Road to Skoura, a small oasis of palm groves and olives and Ouarzazate city the gateway to the desert and Hollywood of Africa, where you can visit the film studios. We continue forwards to the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the birthplace of numerous films, including The Mummy, The Gladiator, 7 Days in Tibet, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great and Babel.
You will start your day with a nice walk to the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. You will drive along Asif Ounila Valley to visit another beautiful Kasbah; the Talouet Kasbah that was once served as a palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. We continue our way through the High Atlas Mountains towards Marrakech via Tizi n’Tichka pass 2260m, one of the most beautiful roads of Morocco. There will be some stops for nice panoramic pictures along the way.
Today you will meet your local guide at your accommodation and walk to discover beautiful Medina of Marrakech. Your guide will be with you for a half-day tour to explore the colourful souks and visit the historical monuments like the Ben Youssef Madrassa, the world-famous Jemaa El Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia and Badii Palaces.
After lunch you driver will pick you from the old city; to visit the Majorelle garden of Y ves Saint-Laurent which is located in the new city of Marrakech.
Today you are at leisure, you driver is at your disposal in case you want to go somewhere around Marrakech city.
Today you will drive to the Atlantic Ocean with different roadside villages, olive groves, and goats on the argan trees, stop along the way to visit a women’s argan oil cooperative, and see how argan kernels are processed into cooking oil and cosmetics. Upon arrival to Essaouira, you will have a short walk to your accommodation. After the check in at your hotel you can enjoy a nice walk through the cobblestone streets of the Portuguese medina, a onetime international seaport that linked Morocco with world-wide trading networks. Browsing the tiny shops and markets of the medina, you can try fresh fish and seafood in one of the restaurants at the beach side. You will have the afternoon at leisure.
Today you will have the Airport transfert to Casablanca depend on your flight time.
Mountains-Desert Tours is an expert travel company managed by official tour Guides originated from generous South-Eastern Morocco; this experienced small team provides an extremely full authentic travel experience of Morocco.