From Casablanca to Marrakech: A 12-Day Tour of Morocco
If you’re looking for an exciting and immersive way to experience Morocco, our 12-day tour from Casablanca to Marrakech is the perfect adventure for you. From exploring iconic landmarks to discovering hidden gems, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the magic of Morocco. Join us as we embark on a journey through the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history of this beautiful country.
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From Casablanca to Marrakech: A 12-Day Tour of Morocco
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca and Hassan II Mosque.
On the first day of your 12-day tour of Morocco, you will land in Casablanca and visit the iconic Hassan II Mosque. This stunning mosque is one of the largest in the world and features intricate details and beautiful architecture. We will have the opportunity to explore the mosque and learn about its history and significance in Moroccan culture. After our visit, we will check into our hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Rabat and Chellah Necropolis - Chefchaouen and the Blue City.
On the second day of our tour, we will travel to the capital city of Rabat. Here, we will explore the Kasbah of the Udayas, a picturesque fortress overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We will also visit the Chellah Necropolis, an ancient Roman and Islamic burial site with stunning gardens and architecture. We will then head to the charming town of Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue City. This town is famous for its blue-painted buildings and narrow streets, creating a picturesque and unique atmosphere. We will explore the town and visit the Kasbah Museum, which showcases the history and culture of the region.
DAY 3: VOLUBILIS - MEKNES - FEZ
We will say goodbye to Chefchaouen and head south toward the Roman ruins of Volubilis, which occupies a prominent historical position, where there are many important Roman sites in the Maghreb and North Africa. Historians agreed that its history dates back to the first two centuries AD because of the Roman monuments it contains, such as the public square, the triumphal arch, and the ancient Roman court.
Meknes is one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities but is less visited when it comes to tourism. This city was built by the Alawi king Moulay Ismail at the end of the seventeenth century to be the capital of his kingdom. which he tried to make like European capitals, to the extent that it was likened to French Versailles. But the city lost its importance in the eighteenth century by losing its status as the political capital of the Alawites, where the city of Fez took This privilege instead.
We will visit the water reservoir of Heri Essouani, The Gate of Bab Mansour, and Lehdim square.
Overnight in Fes Medina.
DAY 4 : FEZ MEDINA GUIDED TOUR
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet up with you in your Riad and give you an idea about the daily schedule. Here we go! we start exploring the Medina of Fez.
The founding of the city dates back to the end of the eighth century AD; Where the city arose on the right bank of Wadi Fez in the Andalusian neighborhood in 789 AD. The Medina has nine thousand of streets and alleyways! but your Fes born-bred guide will reveal the city’s most special parts.
You will get to visit the King Palace, The Mellah Jewish Quarter, The Ceramic Complex, The Koranic School Mederssa Bou Inania, Fondouk Nejjarine, the tanneries, and the various craft souks.
DAY 5 : FEZ - IFRANE - MIDELT - MERZOUGA
DAY 6: 4X4 TOUR AROUND THE DUNES - CAMEL TREKKING & OVERNIGHT LUXURY CAMP
Exploring the day around the sand dunes, the morning stop at the Slave’s village of Khamlia and assist at the local Gnaoua music performance, mint tea will be served for everyone. Stop at the Kohl mine near Mephis village.
Lunch at Nomad family place, Local Berber Pizza (Madfouna) will be served. Getting back to the hotel around 2 pm. Free time to use the pool or enjoy the magnificent views and atmosphere.
Later we meet our Camels for a 1-hour trek or 20 min on a 4×4 into the Dunes to reach the Luxury desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Camel for everyone and additional Camels are provided to carry your luggage.
The Camel trekking is usually prior to the sunset, allowing you to enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the Dunes. Once we arrive at the Luxury Desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious hot mint tea and we spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes, also beside the warmth of the campfire built by the local Touareg, especially for you. Get to enjoy locally cooked meals (special diets are catered for), a drum party, and story swapping.
Overnight in a private Double or triple Luxury tent with toilet and shower in.
Day 7: MERZOUGA - ALNIF - DRAA VALLEY - OUARZAZATE
After a traditional Berber buffet breakfast, We start our journey through the Draa valley and over the Low Atlas Mountains, Until you see the Draa valley, you can’t fully appreciate the amazing feat of Morocco’s existence. Before the Almoravids could conquer territory all the way up to Barcelona, and Saadians could monopolize the sugar trade, first they had to get past unassailable gorges, mud-brick watchtowers, and fiercely autonomous oases. Yet this desert landscape still seems wildly adventurous.
After crossing the Ait Sawen pass over the Low Atlas Mountains, we would reach our Guest House in Ouarzazate, have Dinner, and overnight.
DAY 8: OUARZAZATE – CINEMA STUDIOS – KASBAH OF AIT BENHADDOU – TELOUET - TIZI N TICHKA PASS - MARRAKESH
After Breakfast at Riad, we head to visit the Cinema Studios in Ouarzazate known as ‘Ouallywood’ movie studios. It provides a compelling, fascinating setting for a film set in Tibet, Ancient Rome, Somalia, and Egypt, making for a sufficient summary. Ait Ben Haddou is a great example of one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco. If you’ve seen Gladiator, Alexander, or Lawrence of Arabia, the setting for all these movies, might sound familiar.
The Castle is built on the side of the mountain so as to control the most precious good of the area: the river flowing beneath. Its adobe houses intertwine with each other giving place to mysterious passageways and intricate light patterns.
A hide-and-seek paradise, the summit can be reached via a variety of narrow cobbled paths. The views from the granary at the top are breathtaking.
After the visit, we head to Unila Valley to reach Telouet. The beauty of the valley winding down the road is indescribable. Once the principal residence of “Lord of Atlas” Pasha el Glawi.
Telouet housed his courts, stables, mosques, and numerous slaves at the time Pasha was having tea with W. Churchill. He founded the first bus company in Morocco. A visit is highly recommended if you want to admire the splendor of this modern dynasty and the contrast between the abandoned exterior and the lavish interior.
Then, this time embark on the journey back across the High Atlas. The French Foreign Army has paved a route through these mountains. The route zigzags through steep valleys and mountain peaks. Arriving in Marrakech around 6 pm.
DAY 9: MARRAKECH – GUIDED TOUR OF THE CITY :
Full-day sightseeing tour in Marrakech to explore the Medina, souks, monuments, and Gardens. We will provide you with a guided tour of the `Pearl of the South` escorted by your driver and our professional local guide to see all its highlights: The main square of Djemaa El Fna, the constant flow of show biz celebrities owning properties here, its massive foreign residents’ community or its geographical location, Marrakech is smaller, yet much more famous than its counterpart Fes.
There is no other Moroccan city that boasts such a demographic diversity: Arabs, Europeans, and Berbers have always blended with the Touareg populations north of the Sahara and the Black Africans whose ancestors worked at the court of the Sultan in a city always known for being a passage point for caravans coming through its gates from the 4 corners of Africa. Highlights include Bahia Palace, Koranic school Ben Yussef, Souks, Saadian Tombs, the legendary Hotel Mamounia, and the Majorelle Gardens (once the property of a certain Yves Saint Laurent).
DAY 10 & 11: MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA
Essaouira, the city of wind, the land of love and coexistence in Morocco. Once referred to as Mogador because of its story through the Portuguese in the fifteenth century.
We start a journey of 2 hours from Marrakech to Essaouira, driving through the Largest Argane forest Worldwide, a great opportunity to visit one of the Women Argan oil cooperatives.
Essaouira was Morocco’s main harbor for centuries where gold, precious wood, sugar, and slaves were traded internationally.
The African slaves left their music behind and its streets still resonate with the hypnotic rhythms of Gnawa. Even local people still talk about the short visit of certain Celebrities like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens in the ’70s.
Essaouira is an ideal place to relax, wander in the Medina or by the beach, and admire the different crafts and activities. Essaouira’s real charm comes from the fact that tourism hasn’t yet spoiled the town, which remains a hive of activity; where fishermen and boatbuilders get on with their daily activities as they have done for centuries. In the afternoon we recommend visiting the Skalas (sea bastions): Skala de la Ville and Skala du Port with their impressive collection of 18th-century European brass canons.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE CASABLANCA :
We say goodbye to each other after 4 hours journey from Essaouira to Mohamed V Casablanca airport. We may spend a night in Casablanca according to your outbound flight time.. We hope you enjoyed your 12 days tour from Casablanca with us!