Original Travels | 2023
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Seasons: Winter, Spring, Autumn | Days: 9 | Level: easy
Explore the best of Morocco's culture, history, and natural beauty on this itinerary. Immerse yourself in the imperial cities, such as Rabat, Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes, and discover their rich history and vibrant souks. Visit traditional Berber villages to learn about the local way of life and culture. Hike through the stunning Atlas Mountains and take in the breathtaking views. Indulge in the atmosphere of the Sahara Desert and sleep under the stars in a luxurious camp. Experience the country's rich cultural heritage through visits to historical sites and monuments, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Get ready to be captivated by Morocco's unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
Arrive at Casablanca airport where you will be greeted by your driver and begin your journey to Chefchaouen. If your flight schedule permits, you may have the chance to explore the sights of Casablanca before making your way to Chefchaouen.
Go for a guided tour of the blue city of Chefchaouen, where you'll be enchanted by the stunning blue-washed buildings and narrow winding streets. Explore the vibrant markets filled with traditional crafts and immerse yourself in the local culture. Then, head to Volubilis, the ancient Roman city that's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the well-preserved mosaics and marvel at the history that's still visible in the ruins. Next, visit Meknes, a city known for its rich history and grand architecture, including the grand gates of Bab Mansour and the Heri es-Souani palace. Finally, end your tour in Fez, the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco, where you'll discover the ancient medina, filled with intricate mosaics and beautiful palaces.
Experience Fez with a Local Touch. This tour offers the opportunity to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Fez with a knowledgeable local guide. You'll wander through the ancient medina, filled with intricate mosaics and beautiful palaces, and learn about the city's rich heritage as you visit historic sites such as the Bou Inania Madrasa and the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque. Your guide will share personal stories and local perspectives that bring the city to life, making your tour a truly immersive experience.
The drive from Fez to Merzouga Desert via the Atlas Mountains is a beautiful and unforgettable journey. The route takes you through the stunning Atlas Mountains, where you can see breathtaking views of the rugged landscape and traditional Berber villages. Along the way, you will stop in towns like Ifrane, known as the Switzerland of Morocco for its alpine architecture and cool climate. You will also visit the Ziz Valley, a lush oasis dotted with palm trees and traditional adobe villages. As you approach Merzouga, you will see the shifting sand dunes of the Sahara Desert rising up in the distance. Once you arrive in Merzouga, you will take a camel trek into the heart of the desert and spend the night in a traditional Berber camp under the stars.
Follow your local guide and enjoy an adventure through the vast expanse of the Moroccan Sahara. Explore the dunes on a Jeep tour or an exhilarating ATV adventure, and witness the stunning desert landscape from a unique perspective. Meet the nomadic tribes that call the Sahara home and share a cup of traditional mint tea with them, gaining insight into their ancient traditions and way of life. Don't miss the chance to taste the delicious Medfouna Berber pizza, a local delicacy that will leave your taste buds wanting more. As the day comes to an end, enjoy the breathtaking sunset on the dunes and gather around a campfire with music, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
After breakfast, your driver will take you on a 5.5-hour journey to Aït Benhaddou, a historic village on the Sahara-Marrakesh caravan route that has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. You'll break up the drive with stops at Rissani, Tinghir, Todra Gorge, and the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, where you can explore the region's rich culture, traditional music, and stunning landscapes. The Dadès Valley, home to fragrant rose bushes and the annual Rose Festival in May, offers a unique insight into the local industry of perfumed water and oil. Before arriving in Aït Benhaddou, you'll also visit Ouarzazate, known as Morocco's Hollywood, and explore its famous movie studios and history of film production. Finally, you'll reach Aït Benhaddou for your overnight stay.
From Aït Benhaddou, you'll make a four-hour drive northwest to Marrakesh, following mountain roads in the High Atlas. After crossing over the scenic Tizi n'Tichka Pass, you'll arrive at Taddert, where you can tour an olive-oil cooperative and sample some products. Leaving the mountains behind, you'll descend into the foothills and deserts before reaching Marrakesh. Once you've checked into your hotel, take some time to relax before heading out to explore the lively Jemaa el-Fna square in the early evening. Here, you'll find musicians, performers, snake charmers, games, food stalls, and more. Spend some time browsing the vendor stalls or people-watching from a nearby café.
Marrakesh, known as the "Red City" for its distinctive buildings, is Morocco's second-largest metropolis and a bustling center of culture and commerce. This morning, embark on a 5.5-hour guided tour to discover the captivating sights, sounds, and smells of Marrakesh. Start with a visit to the 19th-century Bahia Palace's beautiful courtyard and gardens, followed by a trip to the Koutoubia Mosque, which dates back to 1147. You'll meander through the medina's historic gates and explore the twisting alleyways of the souks and hidden fondouks. Your expert guide will lead you to the best souks, such as Souk el Attarine for spices and Souk Smata for handmade babouche slippers. Afterward, head to Jemaa el-Fna Square, the city's landmark plaza, to browse market stalls, street food vendors, and performers. In the evening, follow your nose back to the delicious food stalls or relax in one of the many rooftop cafés above the square, taking in the atmosphere below.
Today marks the end of your memorable visit to Morocco. Your driver will take you from the hotel to the airport for your flight home. It's time to bid farewell to this enchanting country and cherish the memories of your time here. Wishing you a safe and comfortable journey back home.