Morocco Imperial Cities with Desert Taste Tour
This Morocco imperial cities and desert tour will take you to explore the famous Imperial Cities and Morocco Desert on this unforgettable 9 days adventure visiting Rabat, Fez, Atlas Mountains before traveling south to Marrakech, the desert in Ouarzazate and more!
- Arrival: Meet and assist by our representatives at airports.
- Transportation: All airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Accommodation: 01 night in Rabat with bed and breakfast.
- Accommodation: 02 nights in Fez with bed and breakfast.
- Accommodation: 01 night in Merzouga with bed, dinner, and breakfast.
- Accommodation: 01 night in Ouarzazate with bed, dinner, and breakfast.
- Accommodation: 03 nights in Marrakech with bed and breakfast.
- Sightseeing: Local English speaking guides in Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fez, and Marrakech.
- Monuments: Panoramic visits of Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou, Camel Ride in the desert.
- Transporation: 4X4 transfers to the desert of Merzouga.
- Monuments: admission fees as per the itinerary.
- Daily Mineral bottled water in the car.
- Service charges and local taxes.
- International Airfare
- Morocco Entry Visa
- Meal or drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Personal spending
- Optional activities
Day 1 : Arrival to Casablanca - Transfer to Rabat
As you land in Casablanca, our local driver guide will welcome you in front of gate 2 outside the airport. You will drive up north to Rabat, capital of Morocco; you will be taken to check-in at your hotel where you will be spending the night.
Overnight in: Rabat.
Day 2: Rabat - Meknes -Volubilis - Fez
After breakfast, be prepared for a guided tour of Rabat, it will revolve around uncovering the history of Rabat. The tour includes a visit to Chellah and Kasbah Ouddaya. Free time afterward to stroll around the souks and bazaars in the old medina of Rabat. Then, continue to “Café Maure”, on the bank of Bouregrag River, to enjoy a Moroccan Tea time with mint tea alongside some Moroccan goodies like: “Kaab Ghazal” and “Ghariba”.
Then we will head to Fez. En route, we will be making a stop by Volubilis and Meknes. The archeological site of Volubilis is listed by the UNESCO as a worldwide heritage. A specialized guide will walk you around the remains of the Roman and Berber cultures that once occupied it. Afterward, the trip will continue to the Imperial City of Meknes, one of Morocco’s lesser-visited. It was built by Moulay Ismail and was conceived to be the ‘Versailles of Morocco’. Once you meet your local guide, you’ll be able to visit the famed gate of Bab El Mansour, and Lhri. These sites are the main beating veins of the city. We will then continue our way to Fez.
The more to know: Kaab Ghazal means in Arabic the hoof of the dear, and along with Ghariba and Mint Tea are symbols of Moroccan hospitality.
Overnight in: Fez.
Meals: Breakfast, Tea break.
Local experience: Café Maure Overlooking Abouregrag River.
Day 3: Fez Exploration day
After breakfast, start your guided city tour of Fez, once the capital of the kingdom before 1912. Your visit today will revolve around exploring Fez the Medina which is a World Heritage Site, according to the UNESCO, and it was founded in the 9th century and it is home to the world's oldest university.
Your local guide will show you around the major sites like Bou-Inania and AttarinMedersa, the tanners, Ess-Seffarine Square, Moulay Idris's tomb, El-Nejjarine square, and the cabinet makers’ souk, the Hebrew district ‘Mellah’. In your schedule, you will have a pottery workshop with a pottery master so that you get to have a full Moroccan experience. After lunch at a local restaurant, you are free to either choose to go back to your hotel or stroll in the narrow alley of the old town on your own. Fez is a rich city; therefore we encourage you to take the day to discover it
The more you know: each October Fez held one or the largest and well known Sufi festivals with performers from around the world
Overnight in: Fez.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Local Experience: Pottery workshops.
Day 4: Fez - Ifrane - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, we will be heading towards Erfoud through Ifran and Midelt. Erfoud will be our gateway to majestic Moroccan Sahara. it is well known among archeologist due to fossil dating back to hundreds of years. Upon arrival, you will head off for a once lifetime time Adventure drive in 4-wheel vehicles across the barren and sand dunes. Enjoy the beautiful sunset along the way to the camp in Merzouga
The more you know: Erfoud is well known for “Medfouna” which translate to the buried. It is a Berber calzone filled with meat. Do not mess it! catch a flight back home.
Overnight in: Merzouga.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Local Experience: The desert camp.
Day 5: Merzouga - Erfoud - Ouarzazate
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes on the back of a camel. Then travel today between Erfoud and Ouarzazate with English speaking driver. En-route, stop in the Todra Gorge, These gorges are located just southwest of Tinerhir and some 110 km (65 miles) from Ouarzazate. After some stunning photos, you will continue the drive to Ouarzazate. Before reaching there, you will make a stop in Skoura - one of Morocco's beautiful oases. At first glance from the road, it resembles a sort of thin, long, oasis but if you have a chance to explore it, you will notice it is rather large and impressive.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Local experience: Camel ride.
Day 6 : Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
After Breakfast, meet your driver guide in front of the hotel because ….
“Lights, Camera, Action!”
Here are some of our favorite catchphrases that maybe we do not get to say. However, today you’ll have the chance to visit the Atlas studios home of some of the world’s most loved films and series like the Mummy, Gladiator, Asterix and Obelicx and of course “ embrace yourself “ Game of Thrones. So make the best of it. En route enjoy the dramatic Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass and Ait Ben Haddou – the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Once arrival Marrakech, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace or relax at your hotel
Overnight in: Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech Tour
Today you will get the chance to wake up and live Marrakech, a dream of many, so be sure to make the best of it. After your breakfast, our local guide and driver guide will be waiting for you to start a guided city tour of the “Ochre City”. We will visit first in the morning the Majorelle Garden which was named after the French painter, Jacques Majorelle who dedicated a lot of effort and passion to this art piece. After Majorelle let’s continue after it to Menara and though the name in Arabic translates to “lighthouse”, it is actually a pavilion with a basin and a garden of orchards and olive groves. We will be heading afterward to the Koutobia Mosque and through the Jewish quarter called Mallah. After lunch at a local restaurant, finish your visit with a carriage ride or “Koutchi” to Jamaa El Fnaa.
The more you know: Marrakesh is known for being holy, Moroccans call it “the land of the seven men” who were huge religion and Sufi scholars that gave their lives for knowledge and worship
Overnight: in Marrakech.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Local experience: Kotchi(Horse Carriage Tour)
Day 8: Get your own Marrakech Adventure
Breakfast, then Free day in Marrakech. Because all good stories start with a lot of courage, today you get a free day at Marrakech to discover it on your own and have one of those fascinating “once in Marrakech ….’’ Stories
Overnight : In Marrakech.
Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Marrakech - Casablanca
Wake up and enjoy a lovely 8: at your hotel before heading to Casablanca to catch a flight back home.