If you have only a short time to visit Morocco, we have a nice plan to help you see the highlights. This 7 day, 6 night trip from Casablanca to Marrakech is just the ticket to see both Fes and Marrakech, and also experience the majestic Sahara desert.
Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Casablanca. Visit the exterior of Hassan II Mosque (time permitting) or enjoy a tour of the interior (time permitting).
Today you will travel out of Casablanca to Rabat, about 1 hour to the north. You will enjoy a city tour of Rabat including some of the main highlights such as Hassan II tower, the Chellah, the Medina and Kasbah Oudayas overlooking the ocean and the sister city of Sale. After you will travel to Meknes for a tour of this former Imperial Cities Royal Palace and stables as well as the famous granary. Once you have seen the sights of Meknes and enjoyed lunch in the Medina, you will travel next to Fes where you will enjoy a nice dinner in your riad.
For your city tour of Fes you will meet a local guide who will walk with you through the Medina of the old city with its narrow alleys and bustling life.
You will visit the Jewish Quarter, (mellah) and the yard of the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest in the country. From there you will also visit the famous tanneries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and and the Quaraouine mosque which is considered the oldest university in the world founded by a woman in 859.
The first stop of the day will be in Ifran, the "Switzerland of Morocco” just a short distance from Fes. You will then journey over the Middle Atlas Mountains and its famous cedar forest, hopefully catching a glimpse of the native Barbary apes (macaques). Lunch will be in Midelt and then you will go along the magnificent Ziz Valley, stopping along the way to capture beautiful photos. You will pass through the Berber villages of Erfoud and Rissini before arriving in Merzouga where you will head directly into the desert and your camp for the night. Enjoy a spot of Moroccan tea and then hop on your camel for a trek into the nomad camp where you will stay for the night.
Awake just before the sun so you can climb the nearest dune and start your day with natural beauty. Take a peaceful camel trek back to the base camp for breakfast and a quick shower then head off into the south of Morocco. Passing through Rissini and Tinghir, you will come to Todgha Gorge. You will have a chance to stop and do some walking here and have a spot of lunch. You’ll then travel to Dades Valley with its winding switchbacks up the gorge and witness the natural phenomena of amazing rock formations called “monkeys toes”.
Leaving Dades Valley towards Kelaat M’Gouna and Ouarzate this morning, you will travel the route of a thousand kasbahs and have lots of opportunity to take some amazing photographs. Stop along the way in the Roses Valley to pick up some natural rose water or oil, and then continue on to Ait Ben Haddou. This is the largest kasbah in Morocco. It was built by Et Hamid El Glaoui in the 18th century. After exploring the streets and hills of Ait Ben Haddou, go into the High Atlas Mountains to pass over Tizi n’ Tichka pass for more spectacular views. Stop on top of this highest pass in Morocco (2260 m) and then down into the foothills of Marrakech where will spend you last night enjoying dinner in Jemna el Fna Square.
Today you will depart from either Marrakech or if you have the time, you can go to Casablanca airport (CMN) which is a 3 hour drive from Marrakech. Your driver will leave at any hour in order to help you get to the airport on time.
The Price Includes:
- * Airport transfers;
- * Safe and comfortable air conditioned vehicle;
- * English speaking professional driver/guide;
- * 6 nights accommodation in a double/twin room with breakfast;
- * Dinner in the Sahara and Dades Valley;
- * Camel trek in the desert;
- * Admission to all historic monuments (except Jardin Majorelle @ 70 dh per person and Hassan II Mosque @ 120 dh per person);
- * Local city guide for private tour in Fes.