Morocco Imperial Cities and Sahara Trip

Cultural Trip

You can mix luxury with mild activities in a complete 15 days discovery tour of Morocco. You will visit major cities of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, Day Markets and more importantly the Sahara desert. These diverse landscapes with contrast between sedentary and nomadic life makes this tour a complete discovery and best tour in Morocco. Explore ancient cities, day markets, unique oases and Kasbahs enjoying activities unique to Morocco.


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Morocco offers the ultimate quest for those in search of new horizons. To travel to Morocco is to take a journey that will forever change your perspectives and perceptions. With its ever-changing natural beauty and intricate rich history and culture, Morocco is the ideal catalyst for the curious and open-minded. Visit Morocco major cities, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Azrou, Midelt, Erfoud, Rissani, Merzouga, Tinghir, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Essaouira, Safi and El Jadida with the Majestic Atlas Mountains and the Sahara and more, walking, hiking, and trekking exploring best historical and cultural aspects of Morocco! Join in the spirit of an explorer an expedition you will keep for a lifetime. This tour is a small group escorted by the best Berber guides Morocco has to offer. It can be done in a luxury package tour or moderate like we are presenting it now, even budget using guesthouses, inns and small boutique hotels with great amenities. In other words, this Morocco in-depth cultural expedition is offered to all sorts of travelers.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Casablanca

Upon your arrival at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, you will meet your guide, who will take you immediately to check in at your hotel. That afternoon, you will explore Casablanca, the largest port of the Maghred, and “capital in all but administration.” You will conclude your day with dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat

In the morning, you will depart for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Styled in a spaciously elegant European grid, yet slightly self-conscious of its modernity, Rabat has an ancient legacy that spans hundreds of generations. Each civilization that has inhabited the city has left its mark, resulting in a wide variety in architectural styles including those from the Phoenician and Roman eras. You will spend your day discovering the delights that Rabat has to offer, ending with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 3: Rabat – Meknès – Fez

You will travel to Meknes on an excursion that embodies a large part of Morocco’s early history. First, you will travel through Volubilis, Morocco’s Roman provincial capital, and then hiking the cobblestone streets of Moulay Idris hills, a creation of the country’s premier Arab dynasty. You will then continue onward to Fez, where you will be provided with dinner and accommodations at your hotel.

Day 4: Fez

Undeniably fascinating, Fez stimulates the senses with its haunting yet beautiful sounds, visual splendor, and evocative smells. The most ancient of imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outsides its walls, owing nothing to the Western world save electricity. Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path. Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina. You will break for lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant and will continue to explore and shop for the remainder of the day.

Day 5: Fez – Azrou – Midelt – Erfoud

You will spend your day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains’ Berbers. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlases will appear oddly un-Moroccan. You will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlases, Azrou, an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes that is located at a major junction of mountain routes. At Midelt, the Middle Atlases give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. You will stop in Midelt for lunch, enjoying the dramatic sight before you. You will then continue to Erfoud, one of the most delightful southern regions consisting of a dry, red belt of the desert with a sudden drop into the lush valley of Ziz, with copious date palm groves and flowing streams. You will conclude your day with dinner at your hotel.

Day 6: Merzouga Dunes – Rissani – Tinghir

With its indescribable beauty, watching the sun as it rises over the spectacular Merzouga dunes is an experience that should not be missed. Afterward, you will eat breakfast with the Tuaregs and continue onward, transported in Land Rovers, to explore the ancient, holy oasis of Rissani, the prehistoric fossils present throughout the desert. You will then Continue your adventure expedition to Tinghir.

Only 15 kilometers from Tinghir, you will find the Todras, the highest, narrowest gorges in the region. You will travel through the Dadès valley, wherein the spring, thousands of Persian roses bloom in hedgerows, filling the air with their heavenly perfume. You will also see the thousands of Kasbahs scattered along the Dadès River, majestic sandcastles with a visually appealing, timeless beauty. Your day will end with dinner and other accommodations at the Hotel in Tinghir.

Day 7: Tinghir – Ouarzazate

You will explore hiking and trekking the Dades Valley, traveling through El Kelaâ De Mgouna and Boumalne to view the inimitable natural vistas and unusual rock formations. You will then continue onward to Ouarzazate, where one large oasis intercepts the flow of water between the Dadès, the Drâa valleys, and the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Visit Rosewater and natural cosmetic distilleries in the valley of Megouna. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

You will spend most of your day en route to Marrakesh, exploring the legendary Kasbah of Aït-Benhaddou, a renowned architectural marvel, and stopping in Taddart and Tizi Tishka pass, at an altitude of 11,000 feet. The pass divides the mountains into two distinct facets: the harsh, stark side acting as a shield that protects the hinterland from the harsh, dry expansion of the Sahara, and a lush side, soft and evergreen, which collects the moisture from the Gherbi winds of the Atlantic Ocean. You will arrive in Marrakech, a city of pleasure for both visitors and locals, where southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring their goods to market and find a variety of entertainment. To tourists, the city is a feast for the imagination, full of incomparable beauty, situated before the towering mountains that provide a thrilling backdrop. After a visit to the bustling Jemaa El Fna square, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 9: Marrakech

You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, including the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice, constructed in 1866 for the dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is adapted to the desert life. Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which lay walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. You will then return to your hotel for the night.

Day 10: Marrakesh – Ourika Valleye

You will begin your day with an excursion hiking to the Ourika Valley, where you will visit the traditional Berber Souks, as well as the Jewish shrines. After lunch, you will discover the workshops of the local artisans, enjoying their sophisticated, hand-made products. You will return to Marrakech for dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 11: Marrakech – Essaouira

You will begin your day by traveling to Essaouira (Mogador), a picturesque city with a rich history. With fascinating antiquity, Essaouira was occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, supplied essential purple dyes to the Romans, absorbed the sophisticated Jewish arts of silversmithing, and spent centuries as a Portuguese enclave. Despite the obvious influence of these civilizations, Essaouira has managed to remain a small, authentic Berber town. Alive with the breath of fresh air provided by the Atlantic, Essaouira is a jewel nestled in the rugged coast, with a vast expanse of empty sands trailing back along the promontory towards the South. After an introductory tour, you will conclude your day with dinner in your hotel.

Day 12: Essaouira – Casablanca

You will travel to Casablanca, stopping at El Oualidia for a seafood lunch. You will continue onward to El Jadida, where you will visit the citadel, evidence of the 11th-century Portuguese occupation. Finally, you will arrive in Casablanca, having completed a journey that has led you through immeasurable antiquity. You will conclude your day with a farewell dinner and spend the night at the Hotel.

Day 13: Casablanca – Flight back home

In the morning, you will travel to Mohamed V Airport for your transatlantic return flight back home.

What is included:

  • Round-trip flights between New York and Casablanca via Royal Air Maroc
  • 13 Nights accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in an air-conditioned, chauffeured vehicle
  • Services of English-speaking guides and tour leader
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • 12 Nights accommodation in 4 or 5 star hotels

Hotels Used:

  • Casablanca: 2 nights, Hotel Basma or similar
  • Rabat: 1 night, Hotel Safir or similar
  • Fez: 2 nights, Riad Dar El Masmoudi or similar
  • Tinghir: 1 night, Hotel Bougafer or similar
  • Ouarzazate: 1 night, Belere Kenzi or similar
  • Marrakesh: 3 nights, Grand Imilchil or similar
  • Essaouira: 1 night, Hotel Riad el Madina or similar
  • Merzouga: Bivouac over the dunes, 1 night
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