Start in Casablanca and end in Marrakesh! With the In-depth Cultural tour Highlights of Morocco, you have a 15 days tour package taking you through Casablanca, Morocco and 9 other destinations in Morocco. Highlights of Morocco includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
- Lose yourself in the medieval medinas of imperial Fes
- Embark on a camel safari through the Sahara Desert
- Meet the locals and sleep in a Bedouin desert camp
- Sip mint tea and savour Moroccan dishes in Marrakech
- Marvel at Todra Gorge and the High Atlas Mountains
Once you arrive to Casablanca your driver will pick you up and take you on a tour to the Hassan ll mosque which is considered to be the largest religious monument in Morocco and the 7th in the world with the tallest minaret at 210 meters.
Once your tour is over we will be heading to Rabat where you will be spending the night and getting the chance to relax and get ready for your next destination.
Dinner is served at your hotel or riad.
Today’s journey is full of excitement and rich of knowledgeable adventures since we will be going through the imperial cities of Rabat and Meknes before we get you to Volubilis or the ancient roman empire.
After breakfast your guide will pick you up from your hotel or riad to take you on a guided tour of the fascinating sites of Rabat that includes its spacious avenues, the Kasbah of Oudaya, the Royal palace, the Hassan Tower majestically overlooking the Bou Regrag River, the historical minarets, the breathtaking domes, as well as the countless green spaces.
Once your guided tour is finished you will be taken back to your hotel so you can get your luggage, then take the road to Meknes which considered to be the achievements of one of the supreme Sultans in the history of Morocco, “Moulay Ismail”.
Through this visit you will be getting the chance to discover all what this imperial city has to offer with its several tall minarets, massive extension of walls and monumental gates passing through Bab el Khemis and the old medina to get to the Islamic cemetery which takes us to the entrance of the old Mellah or like it’s known “the Jewish Quarter”, and before leaving Meknes we will be stopping by one of the most important and beautiful gateway of the city which is Bab el Mansour.
Before we arrive to Fes we will be stopping by the Roman ruins of Volubilis or as it’s referred to it now by “Oualili”.
It was recently recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site for its breathtaking archeological sites standing still and proving the greatness of the Roman Empire ornamented with stunning mosaics and colorful strips.
Dinner will be served in your hotel or riad in Fes.
Today after breakfast in your hotel or riad you will have your private guide taking you on a guided tour of the old medina of Fes which will be one fascinating experience on its own since the old medina is the largest and oldest dynamic square in the world, even bigger than the one in Marrakech like many think it is.
It is standing still and very alive like you will witness with your own eyes once your tour begins.
You will be given the opportunity to visit the royal palace which is the oldest and largest in Morocco, then head to the Jewish quarter.
Something fascinating about this place so called “Mellah” is that it is officially the first Jewish quarter in Morocco and its fortified walls are standing still until now a days.
During your tour you will be given a whole historical idea concerning the Jewish dynasty that has lived in this imperial city starting since the 14th century and more specifically since the year of 1438 when the first Mellah was officially established.
Once our Jewish quarter presentation is over we will be heading to discover more about the fascinating old medina of Fes and our next stop will be the Tanneries after we cross the fruits and vegetables outdoor market while witnessing the locals buying their daily needs for their delicious cooking then we take you to the Quaraouine University which is the Oldest existing, Continually operating and the first degree Awarding educational institution in the world according to the UNESCO and Guinness World Records, after words we head to The Moulay Idriss Mausoleum then to the Nejarine Square.
Our exploration of the old part of the medina of Fes doesn’t stop here so we will take you through the Attarine streets where you will be captivated by the diversity of the scents of oils and spices, you will also get the chance to witness a demonstration of the making of modern and traditional carpets and scarves in a local carpet manufacturing before we take you to The Madrasa Bou Inania widely acknowledged as a great example of the Merinid architecture.
Once your tour is over we will take you back to your hotel or riad in Fes where you will be having dinner and spending the night.
Today after breakfast we will be expanding our visit to the imperial city of Fes through the Batha Museum located in a magnificent 19th-century summer palace and rehabilitated to a museum in 1916, the Batha Museum houses a great collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts, historical and artistic artifacts which include fine woodcarving, zellij and sculpted plaster.
It also has some fine embroidery representing the Fassi culture, colorful Berber carpets and antique instruments.
Afterwards we will be heading to the Jnan Sbil Garden as a break before we take you back to your Riad or hotel.
Dinner will be served in your riad or hotel in Fes.
Today’s journey will be taking you to a whole new level of travelling and fun since our next destination is the Sahara desert and specially Merzouga where you will be spending the night.
On our way to Merzouga we will be passing by the Middle Atlas by stopping at Ifran which considered being the Little Switzerland of Morocco, we will be making a quick stop at the cedar forest or the home of the monkeys where you will get the opportunity to take some amazing pictures and have a pretty charming experience with the monkeys then we continue on road to Midelt and Erfoud (well known by the amazing fossils).
You will be arriving to Merzouga right before the end of the day where you will have about an hour of camel trekking along the desert enjoying one of the best sunsets you will encounter in your life to finally arrive to Erg Chebbi Dunes where you will be spending the night around a great dinner while enjoying a local folkloric band around a fire camp.
You will be spending the night in a Berber tent in Erg Chebbi.
After breakfast we will be heading to Skoura where you will be spending the night.
You will get the chance to wonder around the beautiful endless desert surrounding your camp before we take you to your hotel In Merzouga to take your breakfast and get ready for today’s journey.
Once on road we will be hitting the heart of Jbel Sarhro called the Todgha Gorges where you will be having lunch with a local Berber family and getting you the chance to live one typical neighboring experience.
All along the way we will be stopping by Erfoud the capital of fossils then Rissani to make your journey even richer and fascinating.
Your driver will be making multiple stops so you can enjoy the small villages and all what they have to offer.
Depending on our time and also the weather we might be making a quick stop at a small village called Ait Ouzzine to enjoy a sip of tea with the locals but we might have to continue our journey and skipping this step but of course your day will be full of excitement and other fun stuff to experience.
Afterwards your driver will be taking you through the Daraa Valley on road to Sekoura Palmary so you can catch sunset.
This road is used to be the way the old caravans used to transport dates and other dried fruits and handcrafts jewels to Marrakech
After breakfast you will have the opportunity to discover more about Skoura and what is has to offer, you will get the chance to find out more about the Valley of roses
Skoura is a beautiful fertile Oasis, 35 km east of Ouarzazate in the Dades valley, or Valley of a thousand Kasbahs as it is known.
Running along the edges of its two seasonal rivers, its appearance can be deceptive as it runs mainly to the north of the main road, However once you get off the road you discover that Skoura is very large and that what appeared to be just a line of trees is actually a huge and flourishing oasis, perfect for long peaceful and mesmerizing walks.
Your tour will continue onward to the Valley of roses where you will get to enjoy some time with the locals and learn more about this fascinating place and how this small region is actually the main producer of Rose water you find all over the Moroccans cities and villages and which is used for other products as well as hand and body soaps, cream, oil, perfumes and dried rose flowers.
Once your tour is over you will be taken back to a riad in the heart of Sekoura where you will be spending the night and enjoying a nice charming dinner to get you ready for your next day.
Today’s journey takes us to another side of the Moroccan Sahara before we get you to Marrakech or the pearl of Morocco where you will be spending the night and having dinner.
After breakfast in your riad in Sekoura we will be heading to Ouarzzate through the Tizin Tichka pass, making a stop at the Ait ben Hadou Kasbah so you can enjoy more of the vast Moroccan desert.
Nicknamed the door of the desert, Ouarzazat is primarily occupied by Berbers who constructed many of the prominent Kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known.
It has become an important holiday destination in Morocco and a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and Ait Benhaddou that has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which you will be visiting today as well.
The Ouarzazate studios area is one of the largest movie studios in the world in terms of land and a famous location for film making which has invited many international companies to work here and film several historical movies including Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel and Asterix & Obelix.
And by arriving to Marrakech your desert experience is officially over, but only to open a door to a new experience within the imperial city of Marrakech where you will be spending the night and having dinner.
After having your breakfast in your hotel or riad you will have your guide picking you up and taking you on one amazing historical tour of Marrakech which includes the Majorelle Gardens, El Koutoubia Mosque, the Jewish Mellah or quarter, and The Saadians Tomb to end your tour with.
So like it was mentioned above, your tour will start by the Majorelle Garden which 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 delightful garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
In 1947 he opened his gardens to the public and, through this period he also painted a glorious ceiling at The Mamounia hotel.
Afterwards we will be heading to The Koutoubia Mosque which is the largest one in Marrakesh; the mosque is ornamented with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, and decorative arches with a large plaza overflowing with magnificent gardens.
Once we finish with this historical mosque we will head to the Jewish quarter or Mellah Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, your guide will be walking you through this entire district and giving you a full resume concerning the history of this area personifying the Jewish culture and presence in Morocco.
Your tour will continue on to the Saadian Tomb which dates back to the Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603) and which were only discovered in 1917.
Once discovered they were restored by the Beaux-Arts service and because of the beauty of their decoration, they have been a major attraction for visitors in Marrakech.
Once your tour is over you will head back to your Riad or Hotel and have the rest of the day free to wonder around the streets of Marrakech or just relax.
After your breakfast you will have one great experience to end this tour.
It will start by a cooking class to learn a part of the Moroccan cuisine and how to make your own Moroccan traditional dishes once back at home.
A professional chef will be taking you to the market where all the locals go and get their daily basic needs of vegetables, fruits and also spices.
It will be one great adventure for you to walk the streets of the old market and buy all you need for the dish you will be preparing at your place of residence.
The same food you will be preparing will be served for you as your dinner or lunch.
The choice is yours.
You will have the rest of the evening to wonder around Jamaa El Fna which is the main square and market place of Marrakech, recognized by the UNESCO used by locals and tourists.
During the day it is mainly occupied by orange juice stalls, water sellers with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups.
As the day progresses, the entertainment changes and you start seeing more snake charmers, story tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines.
Once it becomes late the square becomes more of a food market with different aromas coming from all over the corners, or for the adventure you can enjoy a bowl of steamed snails in a local spice broth.
Enjoy the nightlife of Gnaoua music and we assure you that this place will simply amaze you.
You will be spending the night at your hotel or riad in Marrakech In order to get ready for our next journey to one amazing sea side sight of Morocco which is Essaouira where you will get to enjoy a one of a lifetime experience.
After breakfast your driver will be picking you up and taking you on to your next step which is Essaouira where you will be having dinner and spending the night.
It takes about 3 hours to get to our next destination so the drive won’t be too long but with your driver you will get to enjoy the trip even more because first of all we will be making a stop at the winery of Ounagha for lunch at this restaurant with a panoramic view before you get to be a part of a wine tasting if you are up to it.
Once your exotic lunch is over we will head the road to Essaouira where you will be spending the night.
You get a free evening to wonder on your own in the streets of Essaouira.
Once you get to enjoy your breakfast in your hotel or riad you will get the chance to go for a walk with your private guide around the streets of the old medina of this city and discover all what it has to offer.
Once called Mogador by sailors and traders, Essaouira is well known for its Gnaoua festival held around the month of June.
It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city.
The modern name means “the little rampart” as a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city.
During your tour you will get the chance to enjoy this charming artist colony around its lovely white-washed and blue shuttered houses, numerous galleries all around the hidden streets of the old part of the city and thuya wood workshops.
Your tour will take you through the sunlit pedestrian main square as well where you can enjoy a coffee or a mint tea then through the Skala.
You will also get to enjoy the fishing port of the city which offers a breathtaking view of the Portuguese ramparts.
Fresh fish and mouth watering seafood is always available in case you want a taste of it.
You won’t be disappointed if you are after local musician instruments also because Essaouira is just full of them, as well as unique and exotic jewelry markets.
Your guide will also be taking you on a tour to discover more about the Jewish culture within the walls of Essaouira but it is optional, depends on the time and on your own interest.
Free evening to wonder on your own in the streets of this beautiful pearl of Morocco and it is highly recommended for you to catch the sunset, considered to be one of the best sunsets in the world.
After breakfast we will be heading to Casablanca where you will be spending the night but before we get there we will be making a stop at El Oulalidia which is an exotic runaway sight from the business of the city.
You will enjoy this stop very much and get to send you refreshed to your last stop which is Casablanca where you will be spending the night and having dinner
After your breakfast at your riad or hotel your driver will be picking you up and driving you to the airport.
We hope you enjoyed our companionship and we hope we will get to see you again.
- Hotels 13 nights
- 14 Breakfasts
- Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
- Professional English Speaking Driver
- Entrance Fees to historical sites
- Professional Guides in Casablanca,Rabat,Volubilis,Fez
- Marrakech and Essaouira
- Portage Tips
- Lunch Drinks
- Personal Spending