Itinerary

Day 1 - Sat Casablanca

Transfer from the Casablanca Airport to your hotel. In the afternoon, begin your tour of Casablanca and see one of the city's most important landmarks-Hassan II Mosque, a jewel of Moroccan architectural heritage. Enjoy dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2 - Sun Casablanca/Rabat/Fes

To the northeast of Casablanca lies Rabat. This coastal city is the second largest metropolis in Morocco. It is home to Hassan Tower, a minaret planned to be the tallest in the world until the death of Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour in 1199 ceased construction. Visit the green-roofed Mohamed V Mausoleum, the filigreed arches of the Royal Palace, and the ruins of the Chellah Necropolis before leaving Rabat for Fes. (B, D)

Day 3 - Mon Fes

The whole day is dedicated to the city of Fes, the medina and the souks. Tour the Attarine Medersa (ancient university) and Nejarine Plaza with its magnificent mosaic fountain and ornate wood sculptures. Take lunch in the medina and then visit the leather and carpet factories. Afterwards, stop at the esplanade of the Royal Palace to take some pictures in front of its sumptuous Golden Door. Then travel to the Merenid Tombs vestiges and taken in a marvellous view of the city and its oldest ramparts. Finish the day with a visit to pottery factories. (B, D)

Day 4 - Tue Fes/Meknes/Volubilis/Fes

Leave the bustle of Fes behind for Meknes, the medieval capital of Morocco. Tour El Hdim Square, the old doors of Bab Lakhmiss, the beautiful horseshoe arches of Bab Mansour, the royal stables at Heri es Souani, and the mausoleum of Moulay Ishmail, one of the greatest figures in Moroccan history. Travel a short distance to Volubilis, an ancient Roman city. Visit the ruins of grand homes and temples, antiquities that withstood the looting of Moroccan rulers whose salves hauled away stones for the construction of Meknes. Continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, dedicated to Imam Moulay Idriss. Then return to Fes in the evening. (B, D)

Day 5 - Wed Fes/Midelt/Errachidia/Erfoud/Merzouga

Depart for Erfourd through the cedar forest of the High Atlas Mountains. Pass Ifrane, a village whose cottages and ski station earned it the nickname "the Moroccan Switzerland." Take lunch at the El Ayachi Hotel in Midelt; then continue towards Errachidia by crossing the mountains in Talghoumt at an altitude of 6,256 feet. Arrive in Erfourd and transfer to a 4X4 vehicle that will take you past the dunes of l'Erg Chebbi to Merzouga. (B, D)

Day 6 - Thu Merzouga

Surrounded by the beauty of the desert, set out on camelback through the dunes and brush to your desert camp. Admire a beautiful sunset and enjoy a savoury dinner and show by the Blue Men of Morocco. Spend the evening under the desert stars in nomad tents. (B, D)

Day 7 - Fri Merzouga/Tinghir/Ouarzazate

Rise early to see the sunrise over the desert, and then depart for Erford in 4x4 vehicles. Pass through Rissani, the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty whose ancestors are the current Moroccan royal family. Spend a free afternoon in Tinghir and investigate the craggy canyons that make up the Todra Gorges. Arrive in Ouarzazate by the end of the afternoon. (B, D)

Day 8 - Sat Ouarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou/Marrakech

Leave Ouarzazate for a Hollywood experience, right here in Morocco! Begin a silver screen tour at Touarirte Kasbah, a large cinema studio. See Tiffoultoute Kasbah, a 300 year old fortification that was converted into a hotel for the cast and crew of the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Finally, visit the famous Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location in famous shows and movies like Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and, of course, Lawrence of Arabia. In the afternoon, climb 7,412 feet to the Tizi n'Tichka pass through the High Atlas Mountains to connect to Marrakech. (B, D)

Day 9 - Sun Marrakech

Spend your day exploring exotic Marrakech. A guided tour will introduce you to the old city, its foundation, and almost thousand year history. Visit historical landmarks including the Bahia Palace and the royal necropolis of Saadian Tombs. After lunch, tour the Jemaa El-Fna Square in the heart of the city where bursts of incredible spontaneous entertainment are commonplace. Finish your tour at the foot of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, whose silhouette inspired the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Then discover the souks, or open air markets, and trades of carpenters, babouchiers, and dyers. (B, D)

Day 10 - Mon Marrakech

Spend this full day at leisure to relax, explore Marrakech on your own, or join an assortment of optional excursions. (B,D)

Day 11 - Tue Marrakech/Casablanca to USA (or extend your stay)

Transfer at the Marrakech Airport for your departure. (B)

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