Experience the splendor of Morocco on the Grand Tour from Casablanca, a two-week journey that delves deep into the country's rich culture, fascinating history, and breathtaking landscapes. Traverse through the lively metropolises of Marrakech and Fes, each brimming with bustling bazaars, intricate architecture, and age-old traditions. Indulge in the exquisite Moroccan cuisine, a tantalizing array of flavors sure to delight every palate.
This comprehensive tour also takes you beyond the city limits to the majestic Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara Desert, offering a contrast of environments and experiences. Wander through the time-worn medinas, barter for unique treasures in the vibrant souks, and marvel at the grandeur of numerous mosques and palaces that dot the country.
The adventure doesn't end here. Embrace the unique opportunity to ride a camel across the Sahara's undulating dunes. Try your hand at sandboarding, an exhilarating sport that will get your adrenaline pumping. As night falls, unwind in a traditional Berber tent or indulge in a luxurious stay in a desert tent, under a sky illuminated with countless stars.
With an array of experiences to offer, the 15-day Moroccan tour promises an engaging, immersive, and truly unforgettable journey through one of the world's most captivating countries.
Day 1 : Touchdown in Casablanca
Your Moroccan Grand Tour commences with your driver guide welcoming you at the airport and accompanying you to your lodgings in Casablanca. Enjoy a peaceful night in a traditional Moroccan riad or hotel.
Day 2 : Journey from Casablanca to Rabat, ending in Asilah
Start your day with a hearty hotel breakfast before we head to the majestic Hassan II Mosque, Africa's second-largest mosque situated on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey continues to Rabat, Morocco's capital and one of its four royal cities. Here, we'll explore the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V's Mausoleum, and the historical Kasbah of Oudaya, which boasts a medieval Andalusian-style village and breathtaking views of the mouth of the Bou Regreg, Morocco's longest river. Next, we venture to Asilah, an idyllic artist town nestled on the Atlantic Ocean. Relish a tranquil walk along the beach or wander through the ancient medina encased by a city wall. Your day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel or riad.
Day 3 : From Asilah through Tangier to Chefchaouen
Today we dive into history and myth as we visit the Grotto of Hercules en route to Tangier. Learn the legendary tale of how Hercules outsmarted Atlas with the cave's significant role. After pausing at the historical lighthouse at Cape Spartel where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet, we take a brief tour of the Medina in Tangier before heading inland to Chefchaouen. There, amidst the Rif mountains, we'll guide you to your hotel or charming riad for the night.
Day 4 : Exploration of Chefchaouen, the Blue City
After breakfast, venture through Chefchaouen, named after the two visible peaks Djabal Kelaa and Djabal Meggou, reminiscent of sheep horns. Get lost in the enchanting blue-washed houses and narrow alleys of this mountainside town. Optional visits to nearby waterfalls and fountains or a sunset viewing at the high mosque's plateau may be arranged. Retire to the same hotel/riad for the night.
Day 5 : Travel from Chefchaouen to Volubilis, then Meknès, ending in Fez
Today's journey starts with a drive to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its preserved mosaics, age-old columns, temples, and house outlines. From there, we travel to Meknès, another royal city boasting magnificent monuments built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century, often compared to France's Louis XIV. Our day concludes in Fez, where you'll rest in a traditional Moroccan riad adorned with mosaics (Zalij tradition).
Day 6 : Fez City Tour
Post-breakfast, embark on a guided tour of the medina in Fez, one of the world's largest walled cities. Visit the royal palace, tanneries, Medersa Al Attarine, Nejjarine Fountain, and the world's possibly oldest university, al-Qarawīyīn. Wander through narrow streets filled with spice stalls, Berber carpets, and traditional crafts before returning to your riad for the night.
Day 7 : From Fez to Midelt, ending in Merzouga
After breakfast, we traverse the Middle Atlas, admiring picturesque forests, dramatic cliffs, and Berber villages en route to the Merzouga Desert. Midway, we'll pause for lunch, likely in Midelt, before continuing through the Ziz Valley and the town of Erfoud. Upon arrival in Merzouga, enjoy a one-hour camel ride into the desert, culminating with a breathtaking sunset over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Your night will be spent in a luxury nomad tent.
Day 8 : Merzouga 4*4 Excursion
Today's adventure involves a 4×4 excursion through the Erg Chebbi dunes. We'll visit the local Morocco National Auto Museum, constructed by a wealthy Saudi Arabian sheikh. During a break with the Gnawa musicians in Khamlia, you'll gain insight into the ancient traditions of this population group that migrated from West Africa centuries ago while enjoying traditional tea and drum music. Our journey continues towards Mefiss, where Berbers mined eyeliner coal for years and where the French army resided during colonial times. We'll also explore vast plains known for their fossil finds and stop at a local restaurant for a traditional Berber pizza – the Madfouna. Another night will be spent in a nomad tent.
Day 9 : Journey from Merzouga to Rissani, then Todgha Gorges, ending in Dades Gorges
Awake early to climb a nearby dune and witness a stunning desert sunrise. After a traditional Berber breakfast, we depart for Rissani to explore the local market, frequented by nomads from across the region. Discover the bustling market stalls, haggle for treasures, and get an unfiltered glimpse into the lives of the locals. We then proceed to the imposing Todra Gorge, followed by the road of 1000 Kasbahs to the Dades Gorge, passing river oases, red mountains, and bizarre rock formations along the way. Here you will check into your accommodation for the night, which includes dinner.
Day 10 : From Dades Valley to Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou, ending in Marrakech
In the morning, we leave Bomalen Dades, heading towards Marrakech. We traverse the High Atlas mountains, crossing Morocco's highest road pass, the TiziN’Tichka, standing at 2260 m. above sea level. We arrive in Marrakech by evening, where you'll rest in a riad or hotel.
Day 11 : Marrakech Guided Tour
Today's guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco, will reveal the Menara Gardens, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and other hidden treasures. Post-lunch at Jemma El Fna square, a top Marrakech attraction, we'll visit the splendid Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Majorrele Garden. The day concludes with exploration of the souk, bursting with fresh fruit, spice mountains, Berber carpets, and a myriad of local products. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 12 : From Marrakech to Essaouira
Post-breakfast, we embark on our Grand Tour Morocco, heading west to the quaint Atlantic town and port of Essaouira. En route, we might spot goats perched on argan trees. In Essaouira, we'll visit the fishing port, old city walls, and ancient Portuguese fortress with cannons. A stroll through the old medina concludes the day, followed by a night's stay in a riad or hotel.
Day 13 : Free Day in Essaouira
Today is reserved for relaxation. Meander through the medina's alleyways, visit artist museums, or take a long beach walk, either locally or on the beautiful sandy beach of Sidi Kawki, 30 km from Essaouira.
Day 14 : Return to Marrakech or Casablanca
After your free day in Essaouira, we'll make our way back to either Marrakeck or Casablanca, depending on your preference. Here, we'll check into a hotel or riad for the night to prepare for your departure the next day.
Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport
On the final day of the tour, we will accompany you to the airport in preparation for your flight home. This marks the end of your Grand Tour of Morocco. We hope that you enjoyed this immersive journey through the country's rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture, and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.