Tour Itinerary: Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tours From Rabat 10 Days 9 Nights
Day 1: Airport Rabat
Upon arriving to Rabat airport, you will be transported to your raid for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2: Rabat – Casablanca
The day will begin with a traditional Moroccan breakfast, after which we will begin visiting all the monuments the Moroccan capital has to offer, starting with the crenellated walls of red ocher with a total length of 5 km, built under the ruling of sultan Yacoub El-Mansour to bestow a very unique feeling to the city. Next on the list is the kasbah of Oudaya dated in the 12th century followed by a visit to the Tower of Hassan II. What characterizes the tower is that each of its walls is decorated differently with 3 shades of pink and a shade of grey from facing the sea breeze. Next to the tower are the remains of an old mosque and the mausoleum of Mohammed V that is a magnificent example of typical Moroccan architecture and furniture from all over the world. After that back to the new town to visit the Royal Palace which was the official residence of King Mohamed VI as well as have a peak at the adjacent necropolis of Chellah, built in 1339 to house the tombs of the dynasty Merinide. After we are done touring the political capital during our Morocco Imperial Tours we will head to the economic capital of the country, Casablanca. Dinner and over night at the Hotel.
Day 3: Casablanca – Marrakech
Following breakfast you will be given a quick tour of the financial capital, Casablanca. We will take you to the Square of the United Nations, the Boulevard Mohamed V, the Anfa, the corniche and the famous Great Mosque Hassan II, Lunch at the restaurant, and then you will continue the Morocco Imperial Cities tour, Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 4: Marrakech City Tour «Full Day»
Day 4 is fully dedicated to exploring the pink city and we have designed the trip to immerse you in all the history and culture it has to offer. Following your breakfast we will take you to the very picturesque Koutoubia square and mosque crowned with copper globes. Walk around the bustling streets and take in all the bakeries and mosque, Next on the list is the Medrassa ben Yousef, the crown jewel of Moorish architecture and the largest theological college in Northern Africa. On our list also is Bahia Palace. Enjoy exploring the lavish rooms and lush gardens in this monumental landmark. At sunset you will get to visit Djemaa El Fna square, a local gathering of musicians, story tellers, snake charmers and entertainers with performing monkeys and is a great chance to interact with the locals before having dinner and sleeping back in the hotel.
Day 5: Marrakech – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley
We will depart from the hotel and make our way to the next destination in our Imperial Cities from Marrakech. We will cross the High Atlas Mountains through the the Tizi ‘n’ Tichka (at 2260m above sea level). On our way we will visit the local Argan oil cooperative being run by a group of Berber women then tour Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world Heritage site and the biggest Kasbah in Morocco. After lunch at the Kasbah we will pay a visit to Hollywood of Africa, Ouarzazate then we’ll cross the road of 1000 Kasbahs and stop in Kalaat Mgouna and the valley of roses. Our final destination for the day will be Dades gorge. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 6: Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga Dunes & Camel Trekking
Following breakfast in the riad, we’ll visit the rock formations known as the monkey’s toes then we will head to Tinghir and Todra valley. We will get to enjoy the picturesque view of the Berber villages filled with mud houses that are scattered in the valley. At the gorge we will pass the red cliff, a favored spot for rock climbers. We then proceed to Erfoud & Rissani where we’ll enjoy lunch before leaving for Merzouga. We will have a camel trek prepared for us there, after a hot cup of mint tea we will ride our camels into the Dunes to watch the sunset and reach our nomadic camp where we have dinner and sleep in tents under the desert sky.
Day 7: Merzouga Desert – Ziz Valley – Ifrane – Fez
You will be woken up early to catch a sunrise that will make the whole Morocco Imperial Cities and Desert Tour worthwhile. We will head back to the riad for breakfast and a quick shower before crossing the rocky pathways of Ziz Gorges, and the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt to reach Ifrane. Along the way we will make a stop, one in Zaida where we will enjoy a tasty barbeque and some mint tea and the other in the Berber village of Azrou to visit the cedar forest and meet its friendly monkey inhabitants. After spending some time in Ifrane we will make our way to Fes to book into a hotel to spend the night.
Day 8: Fez City Tour « Full Day »
Today will be all about touring the oldest of the imperial cities, Fes. Founded back in 808 AD, it was considered the country’s first political, cultural & religious Capital. We will first be greeted by the Golden doors of the Royal palace after that we will reach the highest point of the city to observe the ancient medina from above. The rest of the day will be spent touring the streets, exploring the mosques and visiting the madrassas. We will also visit the artisans who were taught in Spain and have maintained the Andalusian style prosperous in Fez for many years giving the city the title of “city of the artisans”. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9: Fez - Chefchaouen - Fez
By 7 am our driver will have picked you up to transport you to “the true jewel of Morocco”, Chefchaouen to meet our guide for the day. A city of characteristic design with white washed walls and blue doors and tile covered roofs and is beloved for its open terrace cafes. Visit the grand Tarik-Ben-Ziad mosque with a distinctive Minaret inspired by Torre de Oro in Seville. Pay a visit to the Kasbah and the Andalusian gradens at the city’s center. Visit the 11 crenellated towers that host an ethnographic museum built in what used to be a dungeon! The welcoming locals will also teach you about the many oil mills and craftsmen shops scattered around the city. The city is also renowned for its basket weaving and pottery art work. Lastly before departing back to the hotel in fez, shop around the bustling souks for a taste of everyday local culture and a souvenir to take back home.
Day 10: Fes Airport
Following your breakfast and according to your flight schedule we will be transporting you to the airport to wish you a safe flight hoping that we have given you the best Moroccan experience ever.