Morocco, where riding a camel over dunes while the sun shimmers dramatically on the horizon is not an unusual thing. It’s where tagines come spiked with saffron and argan. Carpet merchants haggle in the bazaars and Berber tribesmen herd goats on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains.
This tour is basically the answer to all your Lawrence of Arabia-type fantasies (right down to the swirling white djellabas). You’ll stay in historic Riads, camp beneath the Saharan stars and enjoy some classic Maghreb hospitality (usually featuring plenty of couscous).
Whether it’s the wind-battered port town of Essaouira, the crumbling Kasbahs or oases of the deep desert, ‘exotic’ doesn’t come close.
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Prices per person|
|Independent Tour||Best of Morocco||12||Contact us||On application|
Best of Morocco
Travel to Morocco and visit the best of the country’s attractions from Casablanca to Marrakech. From the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara. From the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await you.
Observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape.
|Day 1: Arrive Casablanca||Arrive Casablanca where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Assistance with check-in. Casablanca is the financial capital of the country, with a bustling commercial activity and is an important African seaport.
Hotel: Hotel Novotel Casablanca City Center, 3 nights
|Day 2: Casablanca||
Your day is free at leisure. The heart of the city is the Place des Nations Unies and from here the city's main streets branch out, including the Aves des FAR, Ave Moulay Hassan I, Ave Hassan II and Boulevard Mohammed V.
|Day 3: Casablanca||Free morning. In the afternoon enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. You will have the opportunity to see the Hassan II Mosque, without doubt the most important mosque in the Islamic world after Mecca.|
|Day 4: Casablanca - Marrakesh||Departure for Marrakesh. Afternoon free. The focal point of Marrakesh is the Djemaa el Fna, a huge square in the old part of town. Late in the evening, rows of open food stalls are set up and entertainers take to the streets. The Souks of Marrakesh are some of the best in Morocco, producing a wide variety of high-quality crafts, including brass plates, leather work, woodwork and carpets.
Hotel: Riad Chergui, 2 nights
|Day 5: Marrakesh||This is the city that enchants the visitor and Marrakesh requires a full day tour to completely appreciate all the sights. Your city tour will be relaxed and enjoyable. You will see the Koutoubia minaret, twin sister of the one in Sevilla, the Saadian tombs, the Palace of the Bahia, the Medersa and naturally, the incomparable Djemaa el Fna square. Here you will find musicians, dancers, snake charmers and everything imaginable.|
|Day 6: Marrakesh - Beni-Mellal - Fes||Departure via Beni-Mellal, a small town situated 625m above sea-level in the heart of the Middle Atlas mountain range enjoying superb scenery and interesting road stops all the way. Optional lunch in Beni Mellal. Continue through Azrou, a relaxed Berber town, and the village of Immouzer du Kandar as well as Ifrane, resort town of wealthy Moroccans. Continue your journey to Fes.
Hotel: Riad El Yacout, 2 nights
|Day 7: Fes||Full day tour of Fes with local guide, the religious, artistic and intellectual centre of Morocco. Visit the Medina, the Cherratine and El-Attarine Medersas (beautifully decorated buildings dedicated to religious study), the Karaouiyne University and the Nejjarine Fountain. After lunch there is a tour of the many souks, the dyers and tanners quarter and the Mechouar of the Royal Palace.|
|Day 8: Fes - Meknes - Volubilis - Rabat||Continue to Meknes and city tour with local guide including the Bab El Mansour Gate, Hari Souani stables and the old Medina. Continue to the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis. Departure for Rabat. Panoramic tour with driver including the exterior of the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the mausoleum of Mohammed V (grandfather of the present King) and the Hassan Tower, remnants of the minaret which was destroyed in the 1755 Lisboa Earthquake and which is today the city's landmark.
Hotel: Riad Dar El Kebira
|Day 9: Rabat - Chefchouen||Departure for Chefchaouen. Chefchouen is a delightful town in the Rif Mountains. It was founded by Moulay Ali ben Rachid in 1471 as a base from which to attack the Portuguese in Ceuta, the town prospered and grew considerably with the arrival of Muslim refugees from Spain.
Hotel: Riad Dar Meziana, 2 nights
|Day 10: Chefchouen||Your day is free at leisure. In Chefchouen it is possible to stroll easily around the town visiting the Medina. The Medina is easy to find your way around in. The houses are blue-white painted and many have ground-floor rooms crowded with weaving looms.|
|Day 11: Chefchouen - Tangier||A free morning to enjoy Chefchaouen before heading north to reach Tangier. Time to explore Tangier with your driver OR free afternoon at the hotel. Perhaps explore Tangier including the Medina, "Grand and Petit Socco", the Kasbah square overlooking the ocean and the Spanish coast, and the Hercules' grottoes at Cape Spartel.
Hotel: Raid La Tangerina
|Day 12: Depart Tangier||Transfer to Tangier airport for your flight out of Morocco.|
|Meals:||11 breakfasts, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Driver / Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|