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12-Day culture tour from Casablanca

Day 1 : Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes

Today starts with a transfer from your hotel to visit the Hassan II Mosque before departing to Rabat (the capital). In Rabat we’ll visit the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower. Then, we’ll depart to Meknes where we we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the square opposite the Bab el Mansour gate. After dinner, we’ll retire to a local hotel.

Day 2 : Meknes – Volubilis – Fes

After breakfast in Meknes, we’ll take a tour of the city, including The El Hdim square, Bab el Mansour (a massive gate which holds the entrance to the old city and the Jewish quarter), the Royal Granaries & the city rampart. Then we’ll travel to Fes through Volubilis, where we’ll stop to visit the Roman ruins and Moulay Idriss mausoleum (part of the holy town and an important place of pilgrimage where the founder of Morocco’s first dynasty is buried). We will continue on to Fes where we stay overnight.

Tour Casablanca - Chefchauen
Tour Casablanca - Fes
Tour Casablanca - Marrakech
Day 3 : Fes

We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, snaking through its alleys and narrow streets. We’ll begin sightseeing at the Royal Palace gate, followed by the Jewish headquarter where the first Mellah ever was built in Morocco, during the 16th century. We’ll ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region.

We’ll also visit the Tanneries, the Attarine museum and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch you’ll visit many different cooperatives and then, experience a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes before ending the night at your Riad.

Day 4 : Fes – Ilfrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga

Your tour continues with a drive to Azrou where we’ll stop to explore the cedar forest, home of the Berber Apes. Our drive, from there, carries on past Midelt and the Ziz valley with a quick lunch/drink stop in Erfoud, continuing through Rissani and finally reaching Merzouga. Once there, we’ll trade in our 4x4 for camels (optional), guided by an experienced camel guide, and explore the region of Erg Chebbi. It’ll take us around 90 minutes to reach the campsite, once there, we’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset over the dunes and once dark, our dinner will be served around a campfire. This night will be spent in Berber tents in the desert.

Day 5 : Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani – Erg Chebbi

Today we will explore the desert region around the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. You’ll have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the marvelous contrast of the desert.  We will visit the black village of Khamlia; where we’ll indulge in the music of the Gnawans. For lunch we’ll delight in a traditional Berber Pizza in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the late afternoon we’ll ride on camelback to watch the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional Tagine dinner, drink delicious local mint tea, and listen to traditional Berber music around a campfire while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.

Day 6 : Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges

We’ll fetch an early start to catch the sunrise over the dunes before arriving at a local hotel to freshen up. After breakfast we’ll head through Rissani and Tinghir to Todra gorge; the highest and narrowest gorge in Morocco. After lunch at the gorge, we’ll drive through the Dades valley enjoying the view of the geological feature known locally as “Monkey Toes”. We’ll stay overnight in Dades valley, including a complimentary dinner and breakfast the next morning.

Day 7: Dades Gorges – Ouarzazatte – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakesh

After breakfast, we’ll continue our tour towards Ouarzazatte through the path of a thousand Kasbahs (fortress) stopping at Kalaat Mgouna, the center of the Valley of Roses, famous for its annual Rose Festival.

We’ll continue to the Unesco World Heritage site, the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for being used as a filming location for Hollywood movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and for the famous HBO series Game of Thrones.

We’ll then take the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass to Marrakesh, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 8 , Day 9: Marrakech guided tour

Today we’ll have a guided tour of Marrakesh. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of the city including the famous Jamma el Fna square, Kotubia mosque, the souks, palaces, and museums. We’ll also explore parts of the city such as Gueliz, The Menara Gardens and Marjolle.

Tour Casablanca - Marrakech
Tour Casablanca - Marrakech
Tour Casablanca - Oaurzazade
Day 10 , Day 11 : Marrakech – Essaouira

After breakfast, we’ll take the Tizi-n-Tichka Mountain pass through Marrakech, bringing us closer to the Atlantic coast, where Essaouira, the Pearl of the Atlantic, is located. In the afternoon we check in at a local riad, and then head out to watch the sunset from the Murallas (walls that fortify the city), an experience you can’t miss. In the evening, we’ll be treated to a dinner of the freshest fish in the city, and later take an evening stroll through its quiet and picturesque setting. The next day you’ll get a chance to explore the ancient city  ‘Mogador’ (Essaouira), a name given by the Portuguese. Rated as one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Atlantic, its medina is a canvas of blue and white surrounded by lengthy beaches and the ancient citadel walls of the Portuguese colonial époque. We’ll spend both nights at a local Riad.

Day 12 : Essaouira – Marrakech (Casablanca)

This morning after breakfast in Essaouira, we can relax during the early part of the afternoon before departing to Marrakech, arriving around 4pm, where our tour ends.

What’s included on your private tour :
  • Pick up and drop off in Tangier / Marrakesh (at your hotel, airport or any other place)
  • Private transfer by comfortable A/C 4x4 vehicle
  • Experienced English speaking guide / driver
  • Breakfast and dinner
What’s NOT included on your private tour :
  • Lunch/drinks consumed during the tour
  • Plane ticket to and from Morocco
  • Entry fees to monuments / museums
  • All that isn’t mentioned on the itinerary

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