13 Day Morocco In Depth Tour

Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Merzouga, Tinghir, Ouarzazate, Dades, Essaouira, Marrakech
Round trip airfare from JFK, 11 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing

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Special Features
  • Guaranteed Arrival (With minimum 2 passengers)
  • Mosque of Hassan II
  • Royal Palace in Casablanca
  • Mohammed V Mausoleum
  • Hassan II Tower
  • Bab El Mansour Gate
  • Jamaa Al-Karaouine
  • Dades Valley
  • Jemaa el Fna Square
  • Koutoubia Minaret
  • Bahia Palace
  • Saadian Tombs
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Friday - Departure from USA

  • Board your international flight from the USA to reach Morocco in the next day. 2 Meals will be served on board of the flight.
DAY 2: Saturday - Arrive to Casablanca (00h45min)

  • Arrive to Casablanca airport and transfer to the city for a brief sightseeing that includes the old French quarter of Habous, outside the Hassan II Grand Mosque. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the citys major landmark, it is a showcase of the very best Moroccan artisanship: handcarved stone and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings and exquisite Zellige (geometric mosaic tile-work) abound. (Inside tour is available with extra cost). Continue to your hotel for dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel in Casablanca.
  • Meal: Dinner
DAY 3: Sunday - Casablanca, Rabat, Fes (03h35min)

  • After breakfast, depart overland towards Rabat, driving along the main highway which links these two major cities. Embark on a city tour which highlights Rabats cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat most famous site is the Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of the great mosque built in the beginning of 12th century. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king, then the Oudaya Kasbah, which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world, and within its walls youll explore a delightful Moroccan garden. At the conclusion of your sightseeing, you continue overland to Fez (approximately a 3 hours) drive to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 
  • Overnight in the hotel in Fes. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4: Monday - Fes, City Tour

  • Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world - Fez El Bali (Old Fez) - the cultural heart of Morocco. You explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open air markets) that make-up the labyrinth of the citys old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. Your day of sightseeing also includes visits to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain with elaborate tile-work mosaics. The nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) has been converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts.
  • Also the Bouanania Medersa. The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. You also visit Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinide Dynasty in the 13th century. Here you see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the Mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 
  • Overnight in the hotel in Fes. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5: Tuesday - Fes, Volubilis, Meknes, Fez (01h40min)

  • Journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the amazing mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Continue to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Meknes is replete with fantastic historical sites, from minarets to museums, to enormous mosaic doors and royal golf courses. Among the most popular attractions are the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Nejjardine Mosque and Grand Mosque (outside visit) as well as the Bab Mansour, Bab Lakmis, and Bab Berdaine gates.
  • Return to Fes for dinner and overnight.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6: Wednesday - Fes, Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Marrakech (08h10min)

  • Transfer to Marrakech, Todays journey will take you towards the Middle Atlas Mountains through Imouzzer, the first village between Fez and Ifrane, then Azrou, an authentic Berber village where the locals still live and work like their ancestors, Next, stop in Ifrane enjoy the flower-lined paths and the French-style architecture of this quaint little ski resort.
  • Drive through the cedar forest and maybe see some of the Barbary apes leaping from the higher branches. Continue through the Holm Oak and Cedar forest, then into the limestone area of the Middle Atlas then south west towards Beni Mellal for a lunch break (lunch on your own) before heading west to Marrakech for dinner and overnight
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7: Thursday - Marrakech City tour

  • The &ldquoRed City,&rdquo the imperial city, the capital of the mid-southwestern region, Marrakech is Morocco&rsquos most popular tourist destination. Since the 11th century, when it was built, Marrakech has been a political and cultural powerhouse, serving as the capital for three of Morocco&rsquos greatest dynasties. Until the French rule, &ldquoMarrakech&rdquo were even used interchangeably to refer to both country and city. Marrakech has got lots to brag about. But it&rsquos not all historical palaces and mosques&ndash&ndashthough there are plenty of those, rest assured. Look out of any window in Marrakech and you will find a postcard view: clay-red houses squared away far and wide, with palm trees sprouting everywhere in between, gardens bursting out of courtyards, and the High Atlas Mountains as a soothing purple back. It&rsquos no wonder French fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent found so much inspiration there. In recent years, 
  • Marrakech has created an international airport, a world-class soccer stadium, and an annual film festival, adding modern flare to its natural and historical offerings. In short, if you&rsquore going to Morocco, Marrakech is the right passage. Let&rsquos marvel first at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. The Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Your next stop is at the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. It was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, exhibiting artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. Later you visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakechs main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the citys fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for a dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and overnight
  • Dinner at local restaurant in Marrakech
  • Overnight in the hotel in Marrakech.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8: Friday - Marrakech, Skoura, Dades (05h40min)

  • As you leave Marrakech, ahead into the High Atlas Mountains. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago, to bring into Marrakech gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara. You will be crossing Tizi n Tichka pass, at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass you will get an amazing panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the houses of its indigenous villages. Later, you take a detour to visit Ait Benhaddou then skirt past Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (own expense). Onto yet another lush area, nested between the deserted crest and the desolate plateaus: Skoura palm grove. Then, our trip reaches Kelaa des Mgouna, famous for the nearby Valley of Roses and Rose Festival, where at the end of a 3 day celebration usually held in May, a local girl is crowned Rose Queen. The most looked after product is eau-de-rose and two factories in the area distil and export the product. Further on, Boulmane Dades follows, the starting point to explore the spectacular Dades Gorge, a lush carpet set against the massive rocks and quite popular among those interested to trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9: Saturday - Dades, Tinghir, Merzouga (03h35min)

  • Back on the road, our first stop is Tinerhir (Tinghir), with its extensive palm grove, the ksours built into the rocky hills above it and its mysterious decaying Jewish quarter. Tinghir has been for generations a stop for nomadic Berber tribes travelling from the mountains north of it towards the desert during the winter months. A rather inconspicuous hidden gem is the 19th century adobe mosque nested within the old crumbling ksour, a heaven for photography enthusiasts. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinghir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystalclear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing color to magical effect as the day unfolds. Its 300 meters (1000 feet) high 
  • walls are home to more than 150 bolted routes and at any time of day you can catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the gigantic walls. Before reaching Merzouga where the tarmac ends, we pass Erfoud and Rissani. In Erfoud we may stop for a visit at Musee des Oasis (optional) if time allows. Rissani used to serve as last stop on the great caravan routes south and gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as 1800&rsquos. Before it, the caravan trade and the most important city in Morocco was Sijilmassa, the ruins of which lie opposite Rissani. From its gates, Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus left Morocco to embark on their illustrious journeys across the Sahara into African countries. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance you glimpse the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.  NB: you can stay in a desert camp with round trip 4x4 transfers from Erfoud.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10: Sunday - Merzouga, Alnif, Tazarine, Zagora (04h00min)

  • Enjoy an optional sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga (see rates below). Return to your Riad for breakfast before transferring to Zagora via the Amazigh villages of Alnif and Tazarine. The road to Tazzarine sees almost no traffic, providing a scenic link between Tafilalet and Draa Valley. Aside from the landscape, fossils and prehistoric rock carvings are this region&rsquos main attraction. The scenery grows wilder as you approach Tazzarine, set in a grassy oasis surrounded by bare mountains. Continue to Zagora. Famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco. Dinner and overnight in your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight in Zagora
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11: Momday - Zagora, Agdez, Ouarzazat (02h35min)

  • After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Zagora including some of the oldest villages in Morocco. Stop by Tamegroute to visit the village&rsquos famous library, which houses ancient Koranic scripts dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pottery section of Tamgroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. Lunch stop at Agdez (on your own) then continue the trip to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12: Tuesday - Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech (03h55min)

  • Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, optional visit to the Film studios. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the regions most exotic Kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope. Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating city of Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13: Wednesday - Marrakech, Departure

  • After breakfast, we will assist you to Marrakech airport for your return flight.
  • Meal: Breakfast

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  • American and/or Canadian Citizen does not need visa to travel to Morocco, just a valid passport.
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Tips to tour manager and driver

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