Since Morocco has a lot to offer, this 15-Day Morocco Tour takes use of it all. Starting in Marrakech in the north of Morocco, travel along the Atlantic coast and the imperial towns of Rabat and Meknes before arriving in Chefchaouen, Morocco’s stunning Blue city.
The 15-Day Morocco Tour continues south from Volubilis to Fes, with its spectacular medieval Medina, for an outstanding camel trek in the Moroccan Sahara Desert and an overnight stay in a Berber camp.
Leaving the Sahara desert, travel west through the Todra Gorge, then across the high Atlas highlands to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. Finally, return to gorgeous Marrakech in time to wander around this amazing city.
On the first day of the Morocco Tour, a transfer from Marrakech airport is included. Your first night will be spent at our gathering, where we will eat a traditional meal. You will stay in Marrakech for the night.
In the morning we head up to Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We will have the choice of seeing the magnificent Hassan I mosque, which boasts the world’s highest tower and is the third biggest mosque, holding 25,000 worshippers at any given moment.
An overnight stay of the Morocco Tour awaits you in Casablanca.
On our Morocco Tour, we depart immediately after breakfast for Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, where we will spend the morning touring the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, Royal Palace, and Chellah. After lunch, we’ll go to Meknes, the third of our Imperial cities, for a tour of the city.
After breakfast, we’ll go on a tour of the Roman remains at Volubilis, Morocco’s greatest ancient monument. The building, which is UNESCO-listed, dates back to AD40 and formerly dominated the whole Roman province of Mauritania.
In the afternoon, we’ll go to Chefchaouen for a guided tour. Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains, has a magnificent blue gateway and a white-walled medina that was formerly a Berber garrison. The hub of Chefchaouen is the main plaza, which has the Kasbah (constructed in the 18th century), a prominent mosque, and cafés serving genuine cuisine. The crowded market offers a mix of traditional Moroccan food and tourist fare.
An overnight stay is scheduled in Chefchaouen.
In the morning, take advantage of your free time in Chefchaouen by exploring the city or relaxing at the hotel. After that, we’ll have a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before heading to Fes in the afternoon.
Fes is the world’s oldest and biggest medieval city, with a dizzying blend of odors, noises, and sights in its medina. Follow one of the five themed tourist circuits to get around. There are several mosques and castles to see, but keep in mind that only Muslims are permitted to enter Moroccan mosques. We will sleep in Fes for the night.
On this day of the Morocco Tour, we start on a fully guided tour of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and Medina, and learn about the city’s interesting history. Later, we’ll return to the hotel to prepare for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a local restaurant.
Stay at a local hotel/Riad in Fes.
In the morning, we cross the Middle Atlas to Midelt. This is a lovely alpine setting. A calm alpine environment surrounded by massive pine trees. After the rush and commotion of Fes, this is a terrific place to unwind and rest.
In the afternoon, we’ll go on a short trek. This mountain is where we will spend the night of our Morocco Tour.
On this day of our Morocco Tour, we have a beautiful drive, followed by a delicious Moroccan lunch and an afternoon of relaxation and swimming. It’s time to drive to the desert and Merzouga, where we’ll transition to camels for a night in the desert at our Berber Camp.
We enjoy local cuisine, music, and an unforgettable night out beneath the Saharan skies. We will sleep in a Berber camp for the night.
We leave the desert and head to Todra Gorge. This 1000-foot-deep ravine is surrounded on all sides by towering limestone cliffs and is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We’ll stop for an early lunch at the Berber co-op, where you can see and buy real, handcrafted Berber rugs, kilims, and carpets.
The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, strolling through the Palmerie, or participating in our optional Rock Climbing excursion. Todra’s allure rests in its shifting colors as the sun moves from east to west. An overnight stay awaits you in Todra Gorges.
We say our goodbyes to Todra on our way to Ait Benhaddou via Ouarzazate. We’ll stop for lunch along the route and have the option of taking a visit to the Ouarzazate Film Studios, which have produced films including Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Living Daylights.
Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site on a hill along the Ouarzazate River, contains magnificent examples of Kasbahs, some of which are still inhabited. We have a guided tour of the famed Kasbah and village this afternoon. This is the location where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. (A tour is provided.) Ait Benhaddou is where you will stay for the night.
This day’s trip over the high Atlas Mountains on our route to Essaouira is extremely breathtaking. A vibrant fishing village surrounded by 15th-century Portuguese defenses, with fantastic beaches and surf. Relax on the beach or visit the UNESCO-listed medina, which features a variety of souks and woodcarving enterprises. You’re unlikely to get lost because every city gate leads to the Medina.
The beach is directly in front of Medina, and there are several cafés with terraces, both of which are great for unwinding for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound, as do the artist’s shops – buy a carpet or a Thuya wood sculpture, or lounge on the beach drinking a mint tea as the sun sets, a welcome respite from the Imperial cities’ hustle. Stay in Essaouira for the night.
Follow your Morocco Tour to the most prominent landmarks in Essaouira, such as the ancient fish market and harbor, and the old medina, where the maze of lanes is lined with heavy wooden doors and whitewashed buildings. Explore the 16th-century walls of Essaouria, which provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Following the guided tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at your leisure and relax on the beach. An overnight stay will be in Essaouira.
We’re heading back to Marrakech from Essaouira this morning to experience the final of Morocco’s four Imperial cities on our tour. Set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakech.
The Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville, is its major pride and landmark. According to a legend, after the third of them was built, the sultan had his architect’s eyes cut off, lest he design another more magnificent tower elsewhere.
No trip to the city is complete unless you see the city’s UNESCO-listed medina and Djema-el-Fna, an outstanding gathering, and marketplace. Stay in Marrakech for the night.
After a guided city tour in the morning, we have the afternoon free to explore the city more, rest by the pool, and/or participate in any of the optional activities.
Sleep in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech for the last of this Morocco Tour.
Your 15-Day Morocco Tour comes to an end after breakfast.
Join us for 15 days full of fun, exploration, and warmth among Moroccan landscapes. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.