Throughout the centuries, Morocco’s four capital cities have come to be known as imperial cities. With rich histories and an abundance of monuments, each city has its own unique character.
(9 days, 8 nights)
Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy)
Available Anytime – $1880
Single supplement – $375
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Prices available for 3- or 5-star hotels upon request.
- Four-star hotels with private facilities
- Service charges and hotel taxes
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Touring by private, air-conditioned vehicle (model depends on group size)
- English-speaking driver/guide throughout tour
- Camel excursion
- Meals where indicated
- Luggage handling
Price Does Not Include:
- Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Meals not listed
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Tips and anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Day 1: Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca, where you will be met at the airport and assisted to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Casablanca was founded as a Berber city in the 7th century AD. The port was later used by the Phoenicians and, still later, the Romans. Today Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and serves as the chief port and industrial center of modern Morocco. In the early 15th century, the town became an independent state and emerged as a safe harbor for pirates and privateers, causing it to be targeted by the Portuguese, who destroyed the town in 1468. The Portuguese used the ruins to build a military fortress in 1515. The town that grew up around it was called “Casa Blanca,” meaning “White House” in Portuguese. Today the city is referred to by natives as “Casa.” (D)
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez
After breakfast, visit the Hassan II Mosque. The mosque was completed in 1993 and stands as the seventh-largest mosque in the world, boasting the world’s tallest minaret at 60 stories high. This magnificent edifice can hold up to 105,000 worshipers. Following your visit, you will depart for Rabat.
The city of Rabat lies on the Atlantic Ocean and was built as a fortress to launch attacks into the Iberian Peninsula. Rabat is a city of historical monuments. During your time there, visit Oudaias Castle, Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower. Then continue to the city of Meknes, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Meknes achieved its greatest splendor thanks to Mulay Ismail Sultan, who in the 17th century designed the beautification of the city. Continue 27 kilometers from Meknes to find the ruins of the Roman city, Volubilis, with its beautiful mosaics. Continue to Fez, where you will overnight. (B)
Day 3: Fez
Fez is the third largest city in Morocco, complete with two Medinas. It remains a car-free urban area. After breakfast, a local guide will take you to the medina of Fez el Bali, which is the world’s largest existing medieval site. The medina was given World Heritage protection by UNESCO, and its timeless souks and alleys have not changed since the Middle Ages. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 4: Fez – Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Merzouga
From Fez, you’ll head to the alpine village-like city of Ifrane, also known as the Little Switzerland of Africa. Ifrane is located in the Middle Atlas region and is a favorite ski resort at an elevation of 5,460 feet. Just south of Ifrane, you’ll travel to Midelt, stopping en route at the famous cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. The forests are home to one of the last communities of Barbary ape, a species of monkey that can only be seen here and in Gibraltar. Continue to the stunning valley of Ziz, passing through limestone gorges which are lined with tall date palms and dotted with adobe houses. In the afternoon, travel to the Great Merzouga Erg Chebbi, where you will leave your 4×4 and ride on a camel into the heart of the desert. The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and span an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 10 kilometers from east to west along the Algerian border. Here you will spend the night in a Berber tent. (B, D)
Day 5: Merzouga – Ramlia Oasis
Wake up early to admire the sunrise in the dunes of Merzouga, returning afterward to a good breakfast. Later, explore the dunes of Erg Chebbi by 4×4, then drive along the Paris-Dakar Rally track to Ramlia Oasis. Overnight at Hotel Kasbah Ramlia. (B, D)
Day 6: Ramlia Oasis – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, you will drive to the small town of Alnif, a paradise for fossil hunters and home to the earliest trilobites which dwelt in an ancient sea. Your route continues to the Todra Gorge, a massive fault dividing the high Atlas Mountains with spectacular colorful rock walls. Local nomadic Berbers still live here and frequent the gorge along with their camels and donkeys, just as they have done for generations. The road continues to Tinerhir at the center of the most attractive oases in Morocco, which measure approximately 30 kilometers long by 4 kilometers wide, and are surrounded by adobe villages and rugged, barren mountains. This remains one of the most famous natural sights of Morocco. From here you will head to the Ouarzazate-the so-called “door to the desert.” Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 7: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, depart for the Dades Valley and the “road of a thousand Kasbahs.” Along the way you will pass through the Berber village of Skoura Boutaghar, located in the heart of a spectacular valley of palm trees. In the afternoon you will continue towards the UNESCO site of Aït Ben Haddou Ksar. The ksar is an architectural wonder of layers of earthen dwellings inside defensive walls, located on an ancient trade route. You will then cross the High Atlas Mountains via the imposing Tizin Tichka pass. Continue on your way to Marrakech, which sits in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and is the home of the legendary Arabian Nights. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Day 8: Marrakech
After breakfast, you can start exploring Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco,” after which the country is named. The city extends majestically above the Atlas Mountains. Its history is connected to a number of successful dynasties, with a tradition seeped in politics, economics, and culture. Marrakech is also a show city where you can find a 24-hour party, such as the famous Jamaa el Fna square. For several decades, this square has made the most incredible popular theatre, complete with snake charmers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, fortune-tellers, actors, and more. Marrakech’s many interesting sites to visit include Medersa Ben Yussef, the Menara, the Dar Si Said Museum, the Agdal Garden, the Saadian tombs, and Badi and Bahia Palaces. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 9: Marrakech Departure
Today you will be transferred to Marrakech airport for departure. (B)
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