Imperial City and Desert Tours

Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks

¿Qué está incluido?

• HOTEL. 4 stars AND RIAD 650 euro per person
• Half Board - 2 meals each day
• Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
• Driver Guide
• Entrance Fees to historical sites Hassan II Mosque)
• Excursion fees (Volubilis / Camel Trek)
• Portage Tips


12 días

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Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca الدار البيضاء

Casablanca Mosque Hassan Morocco Tour
Casablanca, economic capital and commercial center of Morocco. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transported to your hotel (ryad) in Rabat. Depending on your arrival time, you may have an opportunity to visit Casablanca. Stroll through the city’s Habous district, exploring the Mechouar, ceremonial meeting place outside the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Square and Corniche of Ain Diab, and the Hassan II Mosque, with the world’s tallest minaret. “Casablanca” (made famous by the movie of the same name) is Morocco’s largest city and its chief port—one of the largest ports in the world. (And, the country’s primary naval base.)

The city’s original name was Anfa. Built by the Phoenicians and later settled by the Berbers, the term is still used for the old residential area. The modern name ‘Casablanca’ is Spanish for “white house.” Locals often refer to their city as “casa.” Originally settled by the Berbers by the 7th Century BC, the city was used as a port by the Phoenicians and the Romans, and later the French, whose language is still used by many Moroccans.

For late arriving flights, you will go straight to your ryad in Rabat, where we begin our tour in the morning. There will be time on the last day of the tour to visit Casablanca.
More about Casablanca.

• Dinner: At your hotel (ryad)
• Accommodation: Rabat

Day 2: Rabat Fés, Volubilis, Meknes, Fes

Rabat Hassan Tower Morocco Tour
Rabat, administrative capital of Morocco and the “Imperial White City.” After a short tour of Rabat, where you will see the Mechouar of the Royal Palace and the 12th century Hassan Tower and its Esplande, we will continue on to Meknes, Morocco’s youngest Imperial City.

Volubilis Morocco Tour
En-route, we will stop to explore Volubilis, a UNESCO site of Roman ruins dating from 100 B.C. when this was the capital of Roman Africa and called Mauritania Tingitana. Our day ends at Fés, where we will enjoy a Folklore Show with dinner, when you will visit with your tour guide about attractions you wish to experience on your visit to Morocco.

UNESCO Archaeological site of Volubilis,

• Dinner: Welcome dinner with Folklore show and visit with your guide.
• Accommodation: Fes (2 nights)

Day 3: Fés فاس

Fes Al-Qarawiyyin Univ. Morocco Tour
Courtyard, Al-Qarawiyyin Univ. (Wikipedia) Click to enlarge
Fés, intellectual and religious capital of Morocco, and Imperial City founded in 808 by Maulay Indriss II. Some say it is the “most imperial city of Morocco.” Spend the day exploring palaces and monuments and educational institutions such as Bou Inania Madrasa built by Marinid Sultan Abu Inan Faris in the 14th Century, Al-Attarine Madrasa, and the University of Al-Karaouine, founded in 859 and considered the oldest university in the world.

Souq market Morocco Tour
Food baskets at a souq.
(Steve White) Click to enlarge
Other stops may include the Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, a shrine honoring Fes’ founder, the fascinating “water clock” at Dar al-Magana (connected to the Bou Inania Madrasa school), and Jewish Aben Danan Synagogue. Your guide will also introduce you to the largest Souk (open-air marketplace) in Morocco and Africa.

UNESCO site, Medina of Fez

• Dinner: At your ryad

Day 4: High Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages, Ziz River Valley

Djebel Toubkal Atlas Mountains Morocco Tour
Travel through the Atlas Mountains, where you will visit Ifrane, a ski village (established by the French when they occupied Morocco), and known as the Switzerland of Morocco. It is the place where the lowest temperature (-24c) has ever been recorded in Africa. The native population of the Atlas Mountains, however, is mostly Berber, and we pass through several Berber villages.

Ziz Valley Morocco Tour
These mountains are home to a number of plant and animal species unique to Africa, some only found in Morocco. In the cedar forests of Azeou you will feed apples and peanuts to Morocco’s Barbaray Macaque (tailless monkeys).

As you travel through the mid-Atlas Mountains, you descend through the Ziz River Valley, of dramatic geometric contrast with lush palmaries (palm forests) nestled beneath high cliffs. Some call this area the ‘Grand Canyon of Morocco.’

Our final destination today is the Ziz River Valley, where we will spend the night in a Berber family kabash and learn about the traditions of the area.

• Dinner: At your ryad
• Accommodation: Ziz River Valley

Day 5: Merzouga, Moroccan Sahara
We spend the day and the night in the desert near Merzouga, in the heart of the Moroccan Sahara (Southern Provinces). Our guide and a Berber family are our hosts as we explore Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s largest sand dune. Stretching over 22 kilometers and reaching 150 meters high in places, the Erg is part of a contrasting panorama, the shifting sands of the huge dunes are offset by black volcanic rock, forests of palm, white salt beds, and the lake in Merzouga, where you may see pink flamingos. Here we meet the camels that will carry us on our overnight expedition. We spend the night in comfortable Berber tents and enjoy a campfire dinner under the stars.

Day 6: Atlas Mountains, Todra Gorge, Dadés River Valley, Ouarzazate

Togra Gorge Morocco Tour
Back to the High Atlas. Leaving the desert dunes behind, once again we ascend through the Atlas Mountains which rise through central Morocco from its northern border near the Mediterranean Sea to the southwest coast.

Our mountain journey today again takes us through small Berber and Arab villages, where inhabitants still practice a traditional lifestyle. We stop at Todra Gorge where sheer, 300-meter cliffs tower above narrow canyons (wadi) separated by only 10 meters in the narrowest passages! Another stop is the adjacent Dadés River Valley, a lush green oasis in the rocky desert. We will have an opportunity for some climbing and hiking, a nice change from the rocking camel ride of the day before.

Quarzazate Morocco Tour
Quarzazate, the “Hollywood of Morocco,” and our final destination today, is the location where many famous films have been made, including “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), ” Gladiator” (2000), and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011).

Our final stop today is the Kasbah Taourirt where we spend the night at our ryad.

• Dinner: at your ryad
• Accommodation: Quarzazate

Day 7: Quarzazate, Marrakech

Alt Benhaddou Kasbah Morocco Tour
Quarzazate this morning, where we visit a film studio if time permits. Then we begin our scenic drive again across the High Atlas, following the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. We stop to visit and photograph many Berber villages and kasbah, such as the Ait Ben Haddou. This fortified city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been used for many films, including “Jewel of the Nile” in 1985, and most recently “Prince of Persia.”

We continue following the old caravan route through the mountains, finally reaching our evening destination, Marrakech, the third largest city in Morocco. It is a regional economic capital and combines both a modern city and older medina.

• Dinner: at your ryad
• Accommodation: Marrakech (3 nights)

Day 8: Marrakech

Marrakech Morocco Tour
Marrakech, known as the “Ochre City” and “the Pearl of the South,” is the third largest and most important former Imperial City in Morocco. Situated at the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, this beautiful city is filled with myriad sights, scents, and sounds, with lush gardens of fruit and olive trees, palms, giant bamboo, yucca, and many fragrant flowers, colorful traditional Islamic architecture, and the largest traditional Berber market (souk) in Morocco and one of the busiest squares in Africa, Djemaa el Fna.

Marrakech souq Morocco Tour
Here, we will be entertained by dancers, storytellers, acrobats, snake charmers, musicians, fortune tellers, and fire eaters. This is a wonderful place to do some souvenir shopping!

Bahia Palace Morocco Tour
In the old, fortified city (medina,) we will also visit the lovely 19th century Bahia Palace and Gardens. The palace is an outstanding example of Islamic architecture. After stops at the Madersa Mosque and the Saadian tombs, we tour Majorelle Garden.

Majorelle Garden Morocco Tour
This lovely 12-acre Botanical Garden, cobalt blue villa, and former studio of French painter Jacques Majorelles was once owned by Yves St.Laurent. Also located here is the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech.

Marrakech, known for its lovely gardens and the vibrant, exciting souq and special entertainment in the evening, is a highlight of your trip. Your next stops, after leaving the mountains, will be to visit coastal villages.

• Dinner and Entertainment: Spectacular Marrakech dinner held under the Royal Khaima Berber tents. ‘Fantasia’ show with famous Berber horsemen in ‘Battle on Arab Horses.’
• Accommodation: Marrakech (3 nights)

Day 9: Marrakech Optional Excursions

A day of options! Spend the day relaxing in Marrakech, do some extra shopping, return to the souq to enjoy the entertainment, or take one of the optional day-trip excursions. The day is yours for discovery and exploration. In the evening we will depart for a short drive to the coastal town of Essaouira where we spend the night.

Marrakech Morocco Tour
• Walking Garden Tour. Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to capture the essence of Islamic and Moroccan styles, it has a two-acre garden and rooms opening into courtyards. El Badi Palace, presently undergoing restoration rebuilding the pools and gardens. Majorelle Gardens, 12-acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden with a lovely blue villa once owned by Yves St. Laurent. Ask your guide for additional gardens you might want to visit in this beautiful city.

ATV 4×4 day-trip from Marrakech travel through Berber villages, where you will see traditional activities such as weaving, sample mint tea, and tour the lovely valley of the Ourika River Valley, with many waterfalls and rare plants. Lunch will be with a traditional Berber family. You should have an opportunity to view some of the kasbahs (old forts) in the area.

• Dinner: At your ryad
• Accommodation: Marrakech

Day 10: Essaouira الصويرة

Essaouira Morocco Tour
Essaouira. Relax by the sea and explore coastal fishing towns with beautifully designed fortifications and Kasbah areas. Portuguese ramparts and red walls surround Essaouria and neighboring towns. Occupied since prehistoric times, Essaouira has a fascinating history which includes remnants of Phoenician, Roman, and Portuguese settlements. The medina is home to many small arts and crafts businesses (notably ‘thuya’ wood carving using roots of the native Tetraclinistree), which have been practiced in Essaouira for centuries. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to watch the craftsmen at work, and later, stroll along the beach.

• Dinner: At your ryad
• Accommodation: Essaouria

Day 11: El Jadida, Casablanca الدار البيضاء

Casablanca Morocco Tour
Early departure for Casablanca. Stop along the way at El Jadida, previously known as Mazagan (by the Portuguese who controlled this city from 1502-1769), and a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the combined influence of European and Moroccan cultures. The Manueline Church of the Assumption is one of the city’s highlights.

Arriving in Casablanca, spend the afternoon exploring Morocco’s largest city, on this your last formal tour day. Many Moroccan and international companies are headquartered here. Casablanca is also the largest port in Africa, facilitating import and export for various industries. You will find several museums and gardens. The modern city offers many shopping opportunities for last minute gifts and souvenirs before you leave tomorrow. Ask your guide for suggestions as you travel toward this city.

• Dinner: Farewell Dinner with your guide and other tour guests
• Accommodation: Casablanca

Day 12: Departure from Casablanca

You will be picked up at your hotel and transported to the airport.

Tour ends
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