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Our 15-Day Morocco Grand Tour allows you to explore the Imperial Cities, Historic Districts, and Medieval Medinas of the High Atlas, Middle Atlas, and Anti-Atlas Mountain Regions, as well as Morocco’s various sceneries. Tour the distinctive flora and animals with your Berber guide and spend the night in an Oasis. Visit Moroccan palaces and antique crenulated Kasbahs. Discover the mysteries of the Bedouin tribes and the Moors.
Our Morocco Grand Tour includes the vibrancy of Marrakech, the legacy of Fes, and the majesty of Merzouga and Moroccan Sahara, and much more!
Our Morocco Grand Tour begins when we meet in Casablanca to take you to Rabat. In Casablanca, you will see the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque after Mecca.
Continuing to Rabat – the capital of Morocco, you will see the Hassan Tower and walk to the Oudaya Kasbah before you check in to your overnight accommodation in a Riad at the heart of the city’s Medina.
After breakfast in your Riad, we will drive to Chefchaouen via the city of Asilah. Most of the drive will be by the coast. Our first stop will be in Asilah, where you will have the opportunity to explore the city.
Asilah is known for its annual festival for art – most of the walls of the Medina are painted by various famous artists from all over the world.
Your visit includes the Skalla fortress, where you will experience a wonderful view of the Medina and the ocean on our Morocco Grand Tour. If time permits, we will have a tour of Tangier to get a feel of the city. Afterwards, you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, “The blue city of Morocco”.
An overnight stay awaits you in a Riad.
After breakfast in your Riad, you will explore Chefchaouen “The blue city of Morocco”. Situated at the footstep of two high mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city that has white-washed walls and blue doors and windows.
Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore, there is much influence from the Spanish civilization and Moorish architecture. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the city on this Morocco Grand Tour. This provides the opportunity to wander around unguided or just enjoy some time to yourself. You will sleep in a Riad for the night.
After breakfast in your Riad, we will take you to Fes via Ouazzane and the Roman site of Volubilis. After a couple of hours’ drive, you will get to Volubilis, the well-preserved Roman empire dating to 225 BC, where you will see the most beautiful mosaics in Morocco dating back to the 3rd century BC. Here, you will have a guided tour of the site and learn a lot about the Roman Empire.
After that, we travel to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco. In Meknes, we see the fascinating gate Bab Mansour built by Sultan My Ismail, the granary, and the Sahrij Souani that is used for irrigation and plantation. Your visit also includes the Mulay Ismail Mausoleum. We then continue via the highway to Fes. Overnight accommodation awaits you in a Riad in the old Medina of Fes.
After breakfast in your Riad, you will explore Fes “the Spiritual City of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning discovering the Medina and its alleys and visiting most of the sites with cultural and historical interest – including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Madrasa Bouanania, the Tanneries, and the Najjarine fountain.
After lunch, we will drive you outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate. You will walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, and then visit the pottery cooperative. In the afternoon, Morocco Grand Tour shows around one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes.
Later on, you will go back to your Riad to sleep in for this night of the Morocco Grand Tour.
After breakfast in your Riad, you’ll travel southeast to Merzouga via Midelt and Errachidia. Your first stop will be at Ifran, “the Switzerland of Morocco”, and then to Merzouga via Midlet and the Ziz Valley. During this journey, you’ll experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. Stopping at the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco –, you will see the Barbarian apes.
You’ll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city of ErRachidia. After lunch in Midelt, your journey continues along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way.
We will drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud, and then Rissani, the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Upon arriving at Merzouga at the end of the day, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your Riad.
After breakfast in the Riad, you will start an explorative journey of the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, which are originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga that have birds scattered around it.
You may also visit the souk in Rissani, which used to be the hometown of the ruling family in Morocco and the meeting place of the Caravans trading as far as Timbuktu in Mali. Here, you will see a lot of men hooded and women veiled.
In the afternoon, you will start your guided camel ride, led by an experienced camel man to explore the sand sea of Merzouga. You will spend the night at our desert camp where you will also have your dinner. For your convenience, the camp is equipped with flush toilets.
Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up to watch what will be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you will trek back to the village of Merzouga where you will get to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in your Riad, you’ll leave for the Dades Valley, visiting Todra Gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco.
After lunch within the valley, you will have an optional hour’s hike through the fields where you will visit an old mud village, meet locals and learn about the culture. In Dades Valley, you will have the opportunity to see majestic sandcastles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. You will stay for the night at a hotel overlooking the Dades valley.
After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaa M’gouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaa Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over.
Continue to Skoura and the bird’s valley. Visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved Kasbah in this area. After lunch, you will have some time for hiking within the valley and then continue to Ouarzazate – “the Hollywood of Africa”-whose geography and beautiful landscapes have attracted many world-class movie producers. You will sleep at a Riad for this night of the Morocco Grand Tour.
After breakfast in your Riad, we’ll head to Taroudant via Taznakht and visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Built during the beginning of the XXth century by T-Hami El Glaoui -one of the last Berber chieftains -, Benhaddou Kasbah used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the sub-Saharan countries to Marrakech. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. On to Taliouine, the capital of saffron in Morocco, you have the option to visit the Safran co-operative.
If your visit coincides with the saffron harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber people with their families harvesting the saffron in their fields. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, where you will see the ramparts and walk within the small alleys in the Medina. Taroudant is always referred to as “The little Marrakech” because it was built by the Saadian dynasty who used it as their capital before they moved to Marrakech in the 16th century. You will sleep in a Riad for the night.
After breakfast in the Riad, we head to Essaouira, traveling via Agadir. Our first stop will be Agadir, a resort city that has been a very big tourist destination for many years. After lunch and a small walk along the Promenade, you will continue to Essaouira. The coastal road offers beautiful scenery as it is an area famous for the Argan trees. Here, you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food than they can find on the ground. After several stops along the coast, we get to Essaouira in the afternoon. Your accommodation for the night will be at a Riad.
On your free day of the Morocco Grand Tour in Essaouira, you are free to do whatever you want in the city. But, here are our suggestions: Essaouira has witnessed several civilizations, most notably the Portuguese occupation, which put its stamp on most of its architecture, yet it remains a little town rich in history. It is also known as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics” because of its majesty and striking blue doors and washed walls.
Start your exploration of the city by visiting the Skala Fortress and the Thuya wood carved by artisans. Walk through the alleyways of the medina, where you will witness hundreds of handicrafts. You can also visit the Mellah, the Jewish headquarters, and the beach.
After breakfast in your Riad, we drive to Marrakech where you will meet your local English- speaking guide to start sightseeing in Marrakech, the imperial city of the South. You will visit the Koutoubia Mosque and admire its tower, the Majorelle Garden: a botanical garden with varied plants, the 16th-century Saadian Tombs: all decorated in colorful mosaic tiles, and the 19th-century Bahia Palace with its beautiful eastern Architecture.
You will have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have time to explore the fascinating Souks and the narrow alleys around Djemâa El-Fna Square. In the evening, you will be enchanted on this Morocco Grand Tour with snake charmers, singers, acrobats, dancers, narrators and storytellers. You will end the night in a Riad.
The plan for this day of the Morocco Grand Tour is to join a cooking class with a local chef in Marrakech. Get ready to experience with exotic spices, herbs, and dried fruits that have been infused into the delectable flavor of Moroccan meals. Moroccan cuisine relies heavily on spices such as cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, saffron, white pepper, red chile, and cloves.
When you arrive at your station, the lovely Moroccan chef will teach you all you need to know with simple instructions. Not only that, but you will have specifically created individual workstations, making the training simple, enjoyable, and enlightening. After you’ve finished preparing a traditional Moroccan meal, relax on the patio and enjoy a beautiful food day in Marrakech.
After an early breakfast in your Riad, we will drive you to Casablanca. You will catch your flight back home in Airport Mohammed V.
That ends our Morocco Grand Tour. We hope you’ve enjoyed this one!
We will design an inspiring private Morocco Grand Tour for you, show you Morocco’s best-kept secrets, and arrange for you to shop in lovely boutique and stay in tidy Riads and hotels. We make memories that will last a lifetime!