11 days trip around Morocco from Rabat
Day 01: meet in Rabat:
Upon your arrival at the airport of Rabat, our driver will be at your disposal waiting to meet you. Once we meet, we pick you up and drive to Casablanca. When we arrive to the economic capital of the country, we will cover the main sites with historical and cultural interest – including Hassan II Mosque. Overnight in a lovely hotel.
Day 02: Casablanca – Marrakech:
After your first lovely Moroccan breakfast, we meet you at the lobby and drive to Marrakech. Our journey will take us via the motorway. Once in Marrakech, we will visit the interesting sites outside of the old medina. Majorelle and Menara Gardens are among the sites we will cover during our short sightseeing. A promenade through the new part of Gueliz is inevitable.
Day 03: Marrakech sightseeing:
After breakfast, a morning guided tour of Marrakech “the Red City of Morocco” will be dedicated to explore the beautiful secrets of Moroccan lifestyle. We will ensure that you see all the sites with historical and cultural interest, including the Koutoubia Menaret; the Saadian tombs; the beautiful Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. Finally, end up the morning by walking through the medina alleys -getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their crafts before arriving at the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, and then in the afternoon visit the Majorelle Gardens, and have a short tour at the new city of Marrakech. Spend the night in a fantastic riad.
Day 04: Day trip to Essaouira:
In the morning we meet you in the reception going into a very fantastic nice trip discovering the sceneries of “Mogador” Essaouira. Along the road we will see a lot of Argan trees and goats climbing the trees. In order to have idea about the process of making oil, we will stop in women argan cooperative “optional”. During this tour you explore the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. This Morocco-Portuguese town is the favorite of wind and kite surfers due to the shallow waters. Essaouira is typical of many small fortified Moroccan townships. In the past it was considered to be one of the most essential ports in Morocco, and still in certain manners. Essaouira is a world heritage city. Around 03pm we take our way back to Marrakech.
Day 05: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Ait Benhadou Kasbah – Dades Valley:
Upon our departure time, our assistant will be waiting at the lobby of your accommodation to pick you and start our journey. We meet you and leave Marrakech for our destination Dades Valley. Our journey will take us through High Atlas Mountains with panoramic overview. We will cross the mountains to arrive to Kasbah Ait Benhadou, a UNESCO heritage and a backdrop of many movies filmed in the area such as Gladiator and The Mummy… The kasbah is a group of mud houses surrounded with a wall for defensive reasons. Later on, we carry on our trip via the city of Ouarzazate nicknamed as the Ouallywood of Africa due to its studios. Additionally, we go ahead further south driving via the oasis of Skoura, Rose & Dades Valley. Check into our hotel.
Day 06: Bomalne Dades – Todra Gorges – Merzouga:
After having your breakfast, we re-start our trip to Sahara Desert. We will have to visit and see Todra Gorges which is a fabulous natural site worthy to see and have a walk through. After so, we make it to Sahara Desert via Erfoud, known to be the capital of dates and fossils. As we arrive to Merzouga, we shift the vehicle for dromedaries and get ready for adventure. The dromedaries will take us across Erg Chebbi dunes enjoying the sceneries of the area. The sunset view on top of the dunes will be the best experience ever. Arrive to the camp in the middle of dunes, we receive you with a cup of tea as hospitality. Dinner and breakfast will be served in your luxury camp. The tents are well equipped with all needs.
Day 07: Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Ifran – Fes:
Early in the morning, the camel guide will wake you up to watch what may be the best sunrise of your life, enjoying the sun out of the dunes. You could not fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast, we will start our journey to Fes. We will drive through the fascinating valley of Ziz that provides us with a great picturesque view. Our journey continues with a drive through the UNESCO preserved Cedar Forest of the Middle Atlas. The forest hosts a colony of endangered Barbary Apes which you might see and feed. We carry on with our trip passing via remote mud villages scattered along the road. We stop for lunch in Midelt. Along the trip, we will come across barbarian atlas apes in the huge cedar forest, then passing through the beautiful city of Ifran or Switzerland of Morocco as the Moroccans call it. Arrive at Fes and check for our hotel.
Day 08: Fes day tour:
Right after having our lovely Moroccan breakfast, we meet you at the reception by 09am and take you to enjoy a full day sightseeing tour in Fes which is the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities. During our exploration, we will cover the main attractions with historical and cultural interests. The University of Al Karaouine was founded in Fes by a woman named Fatima al Fihri in 859. This site might be the oldest degree-granting university in the world. The medieval city of Fes El Bali “Old Fes” remains complete and unspoiled. Our sightseeing tour includes as well a visit to the exotic Bou Inania Medrasa “Koranic school’. Our journey offers wonderful photos from the main gate as well as famous souks. In the afternoon you can visit Fes El Jadid “New Fes”. Overnight in a charm riad.
Day 09: Fes – Volubilis “Roman ruins” – Meknes:
After your breakfast in Fes, you will be picked up and start your day trip from Fes to Meknes and Volubilis Roman remains with a wonderful drive through the magical green surroundings countryside. Within an hour drive, we arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Roman ruins in Volubilis.
Volubilis is the ancient Roman city spread over a wide area, offering beautiful views over the valley, the green fields, and the hills. Here, we highly recommend official guide to provide you with local history and knowledge as the site has a fascinating historical background. As we finish with the sightseeing of the site, we drive to visit the holy town of Zerhoun, located on the hillside above the ruins. The mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is not open for non-Muslims but still the main square has a lot to offer.
Afterwards, our journey continues to Meknes which is one of the four imperial cities in Morocco along with Fes, Rabat and Marrakech. In Meknes, we will be able to visit Sidi Said Mosque, The Royal Palace, The Tomb of Moulay Ismail as well as to hang out throughout the old medina of Meknes and its souks. Overnight in Meknes.
Day 10: Meknes – Rabat:
Right after your breakfast, we pick you up and drive to Rabat. Once in Rabat, we start our private city tour. Enjoy a comfortable sightseeing experience in an air-conditioned vehicle that takes you to all the major historic sites in this green city. During your tour, we will ensure to cover all attractions with culture and history interests including visit Mohamed V Avenue, the Kasbah of the Udayas, the Royal Mausoleum, and Hassan Tower. Take a stroll in the medina and get a feel for local life. Once we have worked up an appetite exploring the city, savor a Moroccan lunch in a traditional restaurant. After lunch, we check into our hotel.
Day 11: Transfer to Rabat airport:
Upon your flight schedule, we transfer you from the riad to the airport in time for the check-in before the flight. End of our services.