Our Kingdom of Morocco Tour (Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Amellago, Dades, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca) takes you up the Atlantic coast to Rabat, and on to Tangier. Explore the Rif Mountains and the enchanting blue mountain town of Chefchaouen before continuing to Fes, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. From Fes, travel through the Middle Atlas to the majestic Sahara desert, to our family in the Berber heartland of Amellago, and over the dramatic Tichka Pass to Marrakech. Head back to the Atlantic coast and the vibrant seaside town of Essaouira, before ending your tour in Casablanca. A truly wonderful tour to experience all the Kingdom of Morocco has to offer.
Our Kingdom of Morocco Tour can be modified from 10-20 days or more depending on your time and what you would like to see.
DAY 1: Casablanca
Arrive at Mohammed V International Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Casablanca. Overnight in Casablanca.
DAY 2: Casablanca – Rabat (95kms)
Tour Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial capital and largest city. Visit Mohammed V Square which lays claim to some of the city’s most impressive architecture, the majestic Hassan II Mosque, the Habbous District, the central market, and the residential districts of Anfa and Ain Diab, famous for their gardens, beaches, terrace cafes and restaurants. Continue to Rabat. Your sightseeing in Rabat will include the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries. Overnight in Rabat.
DAY 3: Rabat – Asilah – Tangier (249kms)
Depart Rabat for Tangier along the stunning coastal road. Visit Asilah, a beautiful coastal town with its whitewashed houses, blue walls and doors, and many murals. Tangier, the gateway to Africa from Europe, has always been an international melting pot. Take a tour of Tangier and explore the bustling medina, and city surrounds, and enjoy the stunning vista where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet. Overnight in Tangier.
DAY 4: Tangier – Chefchaouen (110kms)
Depart Tangier for the enchanting mountain village of Chefchaouen, passing through the green valleys of the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen is famous for its vivid blue rinsed houses and is popular for both tourists and Moroccans, particularly in the hot summer months. Explore Chefchaouen, with its winding lanes and narrow alleys which are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works, such as woollen items, intricate embroidery, and goats cheese; all native to the North and not found anywhere else in Morocco. Relax in the square, visit a local farm or hike in nearby parks. Overnight in Chefchaouen.
DAY 5: Chefchaouen – Fes (200kms)
Depart Chefchaouen for Fes. This scenic drive takes you from high in the Rif Mountains to Ouezzane, and on through rolling and fertile hillsides back to Fes.
DAY 6: Fes
Explore Fes, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. Your cultural and historic tour will take you through the 2000 year old living medina; a labyrinth of narrow lanes alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys and mules transporting their loads. Visit the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. Finish your tour with a visit to Fes Jdid, and the revered Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fes. Overnight in Fes.
DAY 7: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Erfoud (410kms)
Depart Fes for Erfoud. Watch the landscape change as your journey takes you through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains, passing through Ifrane, a well-known ski resort town created in 1929, and Azrou, an important centre for Berber artisans. Relax over lunch in Midelt. Continue to Erfoud, via Errachidia, and the Ziz valley dotted with palm trees, fortified villages, and Berber farming communities. Overnight in Erfoud.
DAY 8: Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga (60kms)
Explore the small desert town of Erfoud and Rissani. Head to Merzouga, the Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara desert, and take a camel to begin your Moroccan desert adventure! Watch the sunset over the majestic Sahara dunes, and spend the night in an oasis in a Berber tent. Overnight in the desert oasis.
*If a camel trek is not really your thing, you can still experience the magic of the dunes by staying in a hotel right at their edge.
DAY 9: Merzouga – Goulmima – Amellago (214kms)
Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. After returning by camel to Merzouga, head to Amellago through Gris Valley, the Heart and the Soul of Imazighen (Berbers), to meet our family. Time it right and see traditional harvests of the wheat, olives or almonds. Overnight in Amellago, Gite Haut Atlas.
DAY 10: Amellago – Todra – Boumalne Dades (169kms)
Continue your adventure through the High Atlas Mountains on route to the magnificent Todra gorges, where the towering canyons reach heights of 250 metres. Picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey. After exploring Todra, continue to Boumalne Dades, through its snaking road lines, amazing rock formations, small cultivated fields with silver birch along the river bed, and pass dozens of predominantly seventeenth century kasbahs made from the local red mud. Overnight in Dades.
DAY 11: Boumalne Dades – Kelaat M’Gouna – Skoura – Ouarzazate (111kms)
Drive through Kelaat M’Gouna where a rose festival is held every May. Drive on to Skoura, a small village on the north side of the road which probably has the most beautiful palm grove in southern Morocco with dozens of inhabited and uninhabited kasbahs. This whole region is called The Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 12: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech (203kms)
After an early breakfast, set off to Marrakech via the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, used for more films than any other location in Morocco; including, Lawrence of Arabia and The Gladiator. Continue to Marrakech, via the stunning Tichka Pass (2260m) which offers dramatic panoramic views in the heart of the Atlas Mountain chain. Overnight in Marrakech.
DAY 13: Marrakech
The entire day is devoted to exploring the famous city of Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial city which has for centuries been an important stop for traders and travellers. Your tour will include the Menera Gardens, the famous Jardin Majoralle, the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 77 metre high minaret dominating the centre of Marrakech.
In the afternoon visit Djemaa El Fna Square, the centre square of the medina which comes alive at night with local storytellers, musicians, entertainers, snake charmers and the scent of delicious food being grilled over hot coals. Overnight in Marrakech.
DAY 14: Marrakech – Essaouira (160kms)
Depart mid-morning for the city of Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. A welcome respite from the bustle of Marrakech, relax over a freshly caught fish lunch, stroll through the serene squares, browse artisan shops and galleries, and observe the handicrafts of the ’tuya’ wood found only in Morocco. Overnight in Essaouira.
Day 15: Essaouira – Safi – El Jadida – Casablanca (270kms)
After breakfast depart to Safi, a former Portuguese fortress famous for its sardines, pottery and ceramics. Continue, via the picturesque coastal road, to Oualidia, a serene fishing village. Enjoy lunch while you gaze out over the tranquil natural seawater lagoon, separated only by a sandbar from the wild waves of the Atlantic. Continue to El Jadida, a former Portuguese colony, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Casablanca. Overnight in Casablanca.
Day 16: Casablanca
Transfer to Mohammed V International Airport for Departure.
Suggestions for amending your Kingdom of Morocco Tour:
- Go directly from Casablanca to Tangier (exclude overnight stay in Rabat)
- Go directly from Rabat to Chefchaouen (exclude visit to Tangier)
- Go directly from Rabat to Fes (exclude visit to Tangier and Chefchaouen)
- Add extra day to relax in Chefchaouen
- Add extra days in Fes to explore Fes more or take a cooking class
- Break the journey from Fes-Erfoud by stopping overnight in Midelt. This will shorten the day’s driving time and allow you to take more time on your journey, maybe taking some time to explore the cedar forests of Ifrane and Azrou. An overnight stop in Midelt is a good option in the warmer months (June-Sept)
- Go directly from Merzouga to Ouarzazate (exclude visit to Amellago)
- Add extra days in Marrakech to explore Marrakech
- End your tour in Marrakech
- Add extra days to relax in Essaouira
- Complete your Kingdom of Morocco Tour by returning directly to Casablanca from Marrakech
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