15 Days Highlights of Morocco

Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you'll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts and warm hospitality. Morocco is a storied country, that has, over the centuries, woven its ties to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East into whole cloth. Its mixed Arab and Berber population forms a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one, taking the best of its traditions and weaving the pattern anew – from the countryside to the city, from the call to prayer from the mosque to the beat of local hip hop. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveller looking for spice and adventure.

Location

Day 1 
Destination: Casablanca
Meals included: None


Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco.
On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday.
Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time.
Group arrival Transfer:

  • included


Included Activities:
• Welcome meeting

Accommodation:
Hotel le casablanca or similar

Day 2 
Destination: Moulay driss - Fes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Today travel to Moulay Driss that holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. It was here that Moulay Idriss arrived in 789 and brought Islam to Morocco. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local guesthouse.
Afterwards, travel to the living museum of Fes for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation:
Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa or similar.

Day 3 
Destination: Fes
Meals included: Breakfast


This morning, meet your local guide to explore the old city of Fes. Start by Fes el Jadid including the Jewish quarter, royal palace and ceramics factory to Fes el Bali including Medresse el Attarine and souks, tanneries. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy time at leisure.

Included Activities:
• Guided walking tour of Fes.
• Maderassa entrance.
• Foundouk nejjarine entrance.

Accommodation:
Palais ommeyad suites & spa or similar

Day 4 
Destination: Erfoud
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


Today, Leave Fes and head to Ifrane, the Switzerland of Morocco. Have a short break then continue to the Market town Midelt, originally built as a base for mining in the area and is nestled in the high plains surrounding the Moulouya River, between the Middle and High Atlas mountain. It's a perfect spot to break up the journey to Erfoud, a city known as “the Door to the Desert’’

Included Activities:
• Ifrane stop
• Midelt stop

Accommodation:
Palais du desert or similar

Day 5 
Destination: Merzouga
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Morning is at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or enjoy a spa treatment.
For lunch enjoy a 4WD day trip to Rissani to experience and taste a local dish called Madfouna, it is stuffed bread with meat, vegetables, spices and local herbs (vegetarian option is available). After lunch continue to Khemlia village where you will listen to music known locally as Gnawa music.
Afterwards, head to Erg Chebbi for the start of your camel caravan to watch the sunset in the dunes (about an hour camel trek). Overnight, stay in tents in the dunes where you can enjoy the silence of the desert and the sky full of stars. Dinner and overnight stay in a private tent.

Included Activities:
• 4WD ride to Rissani and Khemlia.
• Madfouna lunch.
• Tea at village Khemlia.
• Dinner at camp.

Accommodation:
Merzouga luxury desert camp or similar

Day 6
Destination: Todra-Dades
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


After breakfast, drive to Dades Valley, on route visit Todra Gorge, a massive trench that rises over 250 meters to form one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco, then continue to Dades for the night.

Accommodation:
Hotel Xaluca Dades or similar

Day 7 
Destination: Ait Benhaddou
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


Leaving the Dades Valley today, set off on the fabled ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’. The first stop is at Skoura Oasis, home to several privately owned kasbahs. Continue to the UNESCO protected heritage Site Kasbah Aït Benhaddo. Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai. Movie buffs may recognize it from Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth. Enjoy a walk in the old town and make your way to the top hill to enjoy a great view of the sunset. Afterwards visit local association and learn the tea making secrets of Berbers at the exclusive demonstration.

Accommodation:
Ksar Ighnda or similar

Day 8
Destination: Ouirgane
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


Leave Ait Benhaddou after breakfast and drive to Imlil the home of small Berber villages. It is the most breathtaking part of the Atlas Mountains. It is a great place to marvel at the majestic scenery and panoramic views with mount Toubkal in the background.

Accommodation:
Demaine de la roseraie or similar

Day 9 
Destination: Ouirgane
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today you will have the chance to explore the region and visit Berber villages and learn about the traditional Berber culture (approximative 2 hours walk). Afterwards, you will walk back to your accommodation and you will have a delicious lunch. Use the afternoon at leisure, your local guide will recommend some easy walk around the dam or enjoy at your leisure a Hammam Massage.

Included Activities:
• Ouirgane hike tour

Accommodation:
Demaine de la roseraie or similar

Day 10 
Destination: Essaouira
Meals included: Breakfast


After breakfast leave to Essaouira the charming old Portuguese fishing port overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the road stop in a local vineyard where you will be able to taste different kind of Moroccan wine.

Included Activities:
• Wine tasting at Val d’Argan.

Accommodation:
Ocean Cote Opera Sea View or similar

Day 11 
Destination: Essaouira
Meals included: Breakfast


Today is at leisure. Perhaps enjoy shopping in the souks and several fine art galleries or relax along the beach.

Accommodation:
Ocean Cote Opera Sea View or similar

Day 12 
Destination: Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


Leave Essaouira today and drive to Marrakech, the exotic city with a special touch of European modernity.
In the evening, join a local foodie tasting tour in Djemma el Fna. This is one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. It’s declared a UNESCO 'Masterpiece of World Heritage' in 2001 for bringing urban legends and oral history to life nightly, Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square.

Included Activities:
• Medina Foody Tour.

Accommodation:
Opera Plaza or similar

Day 13 
Destination: Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast


After breakfast meet your local guide and start your morning tour of the old medina of Marrakech. Cross the famous Mellah quarters with its unique architecture and walk along the Bahia palace from the 19th century, a masterwork of the authentic Islamic, Moroccan architecture. This beautiful mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Afterwards head towards the famous Souks of Marrakech crossing one of the typical districts of the old city called Medina.
You will stop afterwards by the famous Koutoubia mosque for an exterior view. Later visit the tropical gardens of French painter Jacques Majorelle, which are now owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
The rest of the day will be yours to maybe continue exploring the city.

Included Activities:
• Guided tour of Marrakech.
• Bahia Place visit.
• Majorelle gardens.

Accommodation:
Opera Plaza or similar

Day 14 
Destination: Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


Today is at leisure. Check with your tour leader the optional activities you can book.
This evening it's common for the group to enjoy a Farewell dinner at Al Fassia restaurant run only by women.

Accommodation:
Opera Plaza or similar

Day 15 
Destination: Marrakech airport
Meals included: Breakfast


There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Group departure Transfer
• Included