15 Days from Casablanca Morocco Grand Tour:
day 1: Casablanca " Rabat"
Upon arrival, we'll pick you up and drive to Casablanca where you'll visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest outside Mecca and experience the coastal Cornish seaside. Afterwards, we'll leave for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Here, you'll see the Hassan Tower, the Oudaya Kasbah before checking in to your Riad at the heart of the Medina. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad
Day 2: Rabat “ Assilah “ Chefchaouen
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 it annual festival for the 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. If time permits, you will have a drive through Tanger to get a feel of the city. Afterwards you will continue over the foothills of the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen. Overnight at Casa Perleta or similar.
Day 3: Exploring Chefchaouen
After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring the Chefchaouen, The blue city of Morocco. Situated at the footstep of 2 higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city, with its 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 civilisation and Moorish architecture. In the afternoon you will have your own time. This provides the opportunity to wander around unguided or just enjoy some time to yourselves. Overnight in Casa Perleta or similar. (BB).
Day 4 : Chefchaouen “ Volubilis “ Meknes
After breakfast we will leave chefchaouen and drive to volubilis where we will explore the roman ruins and learn about the archeological site of Moroocan history after the visit we will take the road to meknes city where we will stop for lunch and have a small tour around the historical old medina , bab el mansour and enjoy a visit of moulay ismail's shrine before spending the night.
Day 5 : Meknes “ Fez
After a morning break fast departure from Meknes to reach the oldest city in Morocco, Your full-day will be in Fez with a guided tour to discover the medina and the famous Souks of Fes. Next, you will visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Fes. Moreover, your tour will include a visit to the tannery and the ceramic cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts.
Day 6: Fes “ Azrou “ Midlet “ Ziz Valley “ Merzouga
After breakfast in your riad, you'll start travelling southeast to Merzouga via Midelt and Errachidia. Your first stop will be at Ifran, referred to as œthe 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 “ where you may well sight Barbarian apes. You'll notice how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Er Rachidia. 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. Arriving in Merzouga at the end of the day, you'll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check in to your riad. Half-board. (HB)
Day 7: Merzouga area and the Camel trek
After breakfast in the Hotel you can start exploring the area. You'll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle, whilst not far away there's the lake of Merzouga with its bird populations. You may also want to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. In the afternoon it's time for your camel trek, guided by an experienced camel man as you set off to explore within the sand sea of Merzouga. Dinner is in front of the tent where you will spend the night the camp
Day 8: Merzouga “ Todra Gorges “ Dades Valley
Your camelman will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life after which you'll camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga admiring the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes “ changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the Riad, you'll leave for Rissani, Tinghir and Todra gorges “ the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Lunch in the heart of the gorge precedes a drive through the Dades Valley, where you'll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as œmonkey toes. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad.
Day 9: Dades Gorge “ Ouarzazate
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, œthe rose city, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing on to Skoura and the dirds valley you'll visit the Kasbah Ameridil, a well-preserved kasbah in this area. After some hiking in the valley lunch is in a restaurant overlooking the whole valley. The tour continues to Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies, you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last temptation of Christ. Overnight accommodation will be in a local Riad.
Day 10: Ouarzazate “ Taroudant
After breakfast, we'll head to Taroudant via Taznakht, stopping at Taliouine to visit the Safran co-operative. If your visit coincides with the Safran harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber women with their families harvesting the safran in their fields. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, where you'll see the ramparts and walk within the small alleys in the Medina. Taroudant is often referred to as the little Marrakech because most of its walls were built by the Saadian dynasty in the 16th century before they moved to the great œRed City.
Day 11: Taroudant “ Essaouira
After breakfast we'll head for Essaouira, travelling via Agadir, where we'll stop for lunch. Agadir has a large beautiful beach and has been a big tourist destination for many years. There we'll take a small walk on the Promenade before continuing to Essaouira, the coastal route offers beautiful scenery, an area famous for the Argan. Along the way you'll see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees in the quest for riper food. Your overnight accommodation is at a Riad in the Medina.
Day 12: Essaouira “ Essaouira
Breakfast is in your Riad, before a tour of the town. You'll visit the Skala Fortress, the port, the souks and see Thuya wood carved by artisans, walking through the alleys of the medina and past the hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira is known for its strong winds most of the year so it is known as the City of the wind thus it attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilisations “ including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture “ however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco's Jewel of the Atlantics. Our visit includes the Mellah “ the Jewish headquarter, and the beach. There is an annual festival of œGnawa music, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the third week of June, so if your trip coincides with this, you have the option to extend your stay for an extra day. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, bought fishes cooked to order. The afternoon's free to walk and explore by yourself. Overnight accommodation is in Riad in the Medina.
Day 13: Essaouira “ Marrakech
After breakfast in your Riad, we'll depart for Marrakech. On our way “ since this is the land of Argan culture “ there's an opportunity to visit the women's co-operative of Argan oil where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. After several stops to take photographs, you will continue your travel to Marrakech before checking in to your Riad. After dinner you will enjoy walking in the famous square of Jemaa El fna, entertained with magicians, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers. Overnight be in a Medina based Riad.
Day 14: Exploring Marrakech
After breakfast, you can start exploring Marrakech the red city of Morocco. Your guide will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palace of El Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. Lunch is at a restaurant near the square, then in the afternoon you can visit the Majorelle Gardens and Koutoubia tower. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad.
Day 15: Marrakech “ Airport Transfer
Today, depending on your departure time, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight..