Morocco is a land of contrasts. From the Mediterranean coast line through mountains to the Sahara Desert, this dramatic land has hosted visitors for centuries. Many of these imparted their own style and flavour to Morocco and this 11 day itinerary allows you to sample a great many of these influences. The food, culture and architecture of Roman, Berber, French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and African influence can all be found along the way during this fascinating tour.
- Spend a night in Ouarzazate – the Door to the Sahara Desert.
- Visit the Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou Village featured in many movies including "Gladiator" and the "Prince of Persia".
- Explore the myriad of eateries amongst the medieval alleyways of the Fez Medina.
Day 1: Casablanca (D)
Upon arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport you will be warmly welcomed to Morocco by our local operator and escorted to your hotel. Your accommodation is reserved for one night with dinner and breakfast included. The remainder of the day is at leisure to unwind and absorb the colourful local atmosphere.
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat (B D)
Following breakfast you will be met by your expert local guide who will uncover Casablanca’s hidden gems. This city gained even more fame following the release of the movie Casablanca starring Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. View the exterior of the great Hassan II Mosque and visit the Mohamed V and United Nations Squares, Central Marke,t the Habbous Sector, and the original old city quarters of Anfa. Then meander along the Aïn Diab Coast soaking up the aromas of many amazing restaurants. Embark on the enchanting journey to Rabat, the white imperial city. A delightful mix of past and present, this city was founded in the 12th century and contains many wondrous sites. Late afternoon check-in at your hotel in time for dinner.
Day 3: Rabat - Meknes - Fez (B D)
After breakfast depart for Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities in Morocco. Journey overland via the Roman ruins of Volubilis famed for their amazing preservation and stunning mosaic floors. Then onto the sacred town of Moulay Idriss before continuing to Meknes. Known as “the Moroccan Versailles”, Meknes was founded late in the 17th century and contains some of the world’s best examples of Maghreb Architecture. Marvel at the beautifully preserved mosaic gate, Bab Mansour, before visiting Hari Souani and the enchanting old medina. Dinner is included with both nights at your hotel in Fez.
Day 4: Fez (B D)
Discover Fez, the cultural and spiritual heart of Morocco. Visit the Medersas Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. Continue after lunch with a trip back in time to the medieval Medina where you will see craftsmen breathing new life into their age-old methods. A program of renewal has seen a myriad of eateries take up residence amongst the medieval alleyways. From the traditional tagine to contemporary artisanal delicacies inspired by the local produce and many spices found in the medina there is something for everyone. Return to your hotel for dinner – if you still have room!
Day 5: Fez - Midelt - Erfoud (B D)
Early departure to Azrou, a charming Berber town famed for its handicrafts nestled at the crossroads of the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains. Continue on via Midelt Ziz River and a series of fortified villages. Arrival in Erfoud, an oasis town in the Sahara Desert and location for films such as "James Bond", "The Mummy" and "Prince of Persia". Dinner is provided at your hotel.
Later this afternoon is an optional excursion by Land Rover to the Merzouga Dunes, an impressive drifting chain of sand dunes that can reach 160m and seem to have escaped from the much larger dune field across the nearby border in Algeria. The Erg Dunes are a magical landscape and offer a scene of constant change as sunlight transforms them from pink to gold to red. An optional camel ride can be arranged (and paid) locally. (Supplement applies)
Day 6: Erfoud - Tineghir - Ouarzazate (B D)
Breakfast and departure to the oasis town of Tineghir via Rissani, home of an enthralling fossil and mineral museum. Visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar and drive via the Tinjdad Road to the stunning Todra Gorge famed for its many impressive canyons and escarpments. This afternoon continue on to Ouarzazate – the Door to the Desert - via El Kelâa M’gouna and the Dades Valley. Dinner is provided at your hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 7: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech (B D)
After breakfast visit Ouarzazate with Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Then depart to Aït Benhaddou Village on the ancient caravan route which once gave temporary respite for up to 1500 camels and people as they undertook the 1800km journey from Timbuktu to Marrakech. Visit the ancient Kasbah which has been featured in many movies including "Gladiator" and "Prince of Persia". Continue via the Tiz-In-Tichka Pass (2260m) and Taddert to Marrakech. Dinner is provided at your hotel in Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech (B L)
Explore the wonders of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city in Morocco. Known as the “Pearl of the South”, you will visit the Saâdian Tombs, the Koutoubia Bahia Palace, and the Menara Gardens with their delightful pavilion that sits above a reflective pool. Later visit the souks (markets) and explore the latticework of winding streets and Djemaâ El Fna Square. This district, famed for its entertainment, features storytellers, snake charmers, fire-eaters and more.
Day 9: Marrakech - Essaouira (B D)
After breakfast depart to Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador via Chichaoua. Visit this city which has a typical Portuguese harbour with fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese art. You are reserved for dinner and overnight at the Atlas Essaouira Hotel and Spa.
Day 10: Essaouira - Oualidia - Casablanca (B D)
After breakfast depart to Casablanca via El Oualidia. This afternoon drive along the Atlantic Coast to reach the charming harbour of El Jadida for an orientation tour. Continue to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight at the Idou Anfa Hotel.
Day 11: Casablanca (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Airport greeting
- Return airport transfers
- 24/7 local support network
- All other transfers as specified in itinerary
- Tourist class hotels with private facilities
- Daily buffet breakfasts
- Other meals as specified on itinerary
- Overland journeys in modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Highlights as specified in itinerary and additional hidden gems as identified by local guides
- Professional licenced guides - multilingual unless confirmed otherwise
- Entrance fees to all highlights when required
- Porterage at all hotels
- Morocco Travel Notes - as issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
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