Day 01: Arrival to Casablanca
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Casablanca. Day 02: Casablanca - Rabat
After breakfast, we take a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque; this is open to non-Muslims and has an incredible interior, well worth visiting. It is the third largest Mosque in the world and can house 25,000 people inside. We will stop for a lunch break in a highly recommended restaurant before taking the road north to Rabat, the capital city and administrative centre of Morocco. In the afternoon, you will have a sightseeing tour of the most important monuments to include; the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the Ouddaya Necropolis and the outside of the Royal Palace. Accommodation in Rabat.
Day 03: Rabat - Chefchaouen
We leave the city of Rabat, crossing the river to the old city of Sale and then to visit the Exotic Gardens at Bouknadel. After that, we will drive through verdant landscapes and villages to the rugged mountains that hide the famous blue city; Chefchaouen. Overnight in a Riad in the heart of the blue medina. We recommend dinner in the vibrant and atmospheric square. Day 04: Chefchaouen
After breakfast, you will take a guided tour of this magical blue city. The medina of Chefchaouen is divided into neighbourhoods, each from a different time and history. You will visit the old Kasbah and the small winding streets with their blue steps and buildings. After lunch, which we will give you some great suggestions of places, the tour takes you to the Ras el Maa, a waterfall where the women go to wash their clothes in purpose built wash houses. The remainder of the day is free to explore by yourselves, do some shopping and take lots of photos in this charming medina. Accommodation the same as the previous night.
Day 05: Chefchaouen-Meknes- Fes
We leave the mountain location and drive south to discover the Imperial city of Meknes; the countryside here is particular lovely with rolling fields, winding rivers and pretty wildflowers. Meknes was founded in the 11th century by the Almoravid dynasty and then in the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail brought Hispanic-Moorish architecture to this city. It has perhaps one of the largest Bab´s or gateways in the country;Bab Mansour is a work of fine mosaic.Also the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the old granaries and horse stables, the Dar Jamai Museum and the Swani Basin, as well of course as the medina and ramparts are places to visit. We leave Meknes and drive to the next Imperial city; Fes, the capital of culture, gastronomy and spirituality. Overnight in a fancy traditional Fes style riad with half board.
Day 06: Fes Medina Tour
Today is devoted to the discovery of Fes with a local knowledgeable guide. With his help, you will visit some of the true gems of this ancient mediaeval medina, with more than 9000 streets in a labyrinth of artisan workshops, ancient mosques, fountains, medrassas and foundouks, there is much to see and easy to get lost doing it. You will also get to see the famous Tanneries with the best of leather work, the pottery cooperatives where the intricate zellig work is done as well as the painstaking work of decorating the pottery, the weavers that make sabra silk throws and fabrics, the metal workers and many other wonderful sights. Overnight in the same riad.
Day 07: Extra day in Fes
Today is a free day, you can spend it as you wish, perhaps tale a cooking class, or do some shopping, visit the new city or just relax.
Day 08: Fes-Azrou- Midelt
After enjoying your breakfast, we leave the city and take the road for the mountains. These mountains are home to the great cedar forests, and are very picturesque in winter when the snow comes. In spring and summer the lakes are full of fish; we will travel through this region visiting Dayet Aoua, the towns of Ifrane and Azrou and make our way south to the village of Ain Leuh. You may also see the indigenous Barbary Monkeys that live in this part of the Middle Atlas Mountains. One of the most spectacular places is the Oum Rbiaa or sources of the rivers; here the full power of nature is present, waterfalls from snow meltare the source for the many rivers that flow from here. This is an idyllic picnic spot and home to the Barbary eagles. We drive through the Bekrit mountains and continue on to reach Midelt where we spend the night with half board.
Day 09: Midelt- Erfoud - Merzouga
Today the landscapes and countryside change many times, from rugged mountains of the eastern High Atlas, to canyons and rivers, vast palm groves and valleys until the vast Sahara desert begins. We pass through the fossil region of Erfoud and Rissani, before arriving in the village of Merzouga. A welcome mint tea awaits, as are our camels, ready to take us to our desert camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Nomad style accommodation is reserved for this night, dinner and Berber music and a vast African sky full of stars.
Day 10: Merzouga- Erfoud-Todra- Dades
After an early wake up call, you can watch the sunrise, the colours changing as it moves across the dunes, the silence as we ride the camels backing to Merzouga; all make for wonderful unforgettable moments. In Merzouga you can take a shower and enjoy the breakfast before we depart for Rissani. In Erfoud we can stop to visit a fossils museum and workshop which houses many interesting finds. We continue then to Tinghir and up in the Todra Gorge where we will have lunch and you can enjoy a hike in this vertical wonderland. We drive back down the valley where you can see the adobe villages and kasbahs along the Dades Valley. Overnight with half board in the valley.
Day 11: Dades- Rose Valley - Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we have a different adventure for you; to see a different lifestyle. After a drive along the valley we will go up into the Dades Gorge; this is a really unique landscape with rose coloured rocks that have eroded to look like fat monkey fingers. In the valley old kasbahs stand amongst fertile fields. Further up the gorge we come to a town calledBoutaghrar and it is here that we have come to visit the nomads that have made their homes in caves. After a lunch break down in the valley, we continue along the Valley of the Roses and to the palm grove of Skoura, then to the cinema city of Ouarzazate where we will spend the night in half board.
Day 12: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
A relaxed start and depart after breakfast to visit the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This fortress ksar stands alone and is perhaps better known for its use in some well-known blockbusters like the Gladiator. You will have time to walk amongst its walls and up to the top to see why it is an important location. It is also on the salt route the caravans used to Timbuktu. After a lunch break, we take the mountain road across the High Atlas mountains to Marrakech, over the high pass of Tizi n´Tichka at 2260 metres and down the windy road to the plains below. The medina will be your location for the night in a typical riad with half board.
Day 13: Marrakech Medina tour
Today is dedicated to a guided tour of the Imperial city of Marrakech; The intricate work at the 19th century Bahia Palace, the 16th century Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia mosque and the Dar Si Said museum are a few of the recommended sights. The Tiskiwin African and Berber Museum is also well worth a visit. In the afternoon a wander through the souks and alleyways of the medina and the UNESCO Djemma el Fna; the place of the dead and an ancient meeting place for caravans and storytellers, now the snake charmers, fruit sellers and acrobats, the Gnaoua musicians and food stalls fill the square every night to entertain the masses who come from near and far to experience this unique place. Overnight in the same riad.
Day 14: Marrakech Gardens Tour
A visit to Marrakech should include its gardens as they have a place in history too; the Majorelle Gardens with its distinct blue décor and Berber Museum, the Menara Gardens and a drive along the ramparts that surround this 1000 year old medina; 19 km of adobe wall still stand to protect this historic place. The rest of the day is free to explore, shop and soak up the atmosphere. Overnight in the same riad.
Day 15: Marrakech
Today is a free day; you can take a cooking class, or perhaps you would like to go quad biking or take a day trip to the mountains for lunch in a typical gite and a short hike , or perhaps just relax. ?
Day 16: Marrakech- Taroudant
Today after breakfast, we leave Marrakech and travel to the city of Taroudant which is known as little Marrakech; it has similar styled ramparts. After we arrive there we will have a walking tour of its medina before going to the Riad.
Day 17: Taroudant - Agadir
We are off to the beach today, we are driving to the Atlantic coast and the resort city of Agadir where you will time to enjoy the beach and relax in the sun. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 18: Agadir - Essaouira
After breakfast, we continue along the Atlantic seaboard as we drive past Argan Forests to the charming medina of Essaouira with its blue and white doors and buildings. This coastal town has many reminders of its history where invading countries have left their mark; Portuguese architecture as well as Spanish cannons along the bastions, influences both Moorish and Hispanic. You can have a tour of the medina, its fishing port and fortified walls. The rest of the day is free to explore and enjoy some of the fresh fish and seafood. Overnight in a riad or hotel in the medina.
Day 19: Essaouira
Today is a free day to enjoy, go to the beach, windsurf, go horse-riding or camel riding along the sand, relax and soak up the atmosphere and discover the unique crafts and galleries in the narrow streets.
Day 20: Essaouira- Oualidia
After breakfast, we will depart from Essaouira continuing along the coast to the seaside village of Oualidia. This is a very picturesque part of the country with huge views across the sea. You will have time to explore as we will stay the night in Oualidia. ?
Day 21: Oualidia- El Jadida- Casablanca
We are going to discover another coastal medina, also with 16th century Portuguese architecture. This UNESCO heritage site of El Jadida or Magazan has an interesting Cistern in a gothic style. Its long sandy beach is a bay of great natural beauty. Following the departure of the Portuguese in 1769, the then abandoned fortress was revived in the 19th century and became a multicultural and multi faith society and commercial centre. After a visit here and a lunch break, we will drive north to Casablanca. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 22: Casablanca Airport
After breakfast, we will visit the Hassan II mosque then depart to Mohammed V airport in time for your flight.