Imperial Cities and Desert
Casablanca Grande Mosque Hassan II
Volubilis ForumArea
Meknes Medina Wall Gate
Fez Doors of Royal Palace
Fes Fontaine Nejjarine
Todra Gorges
Merzouga Dunes
Ouarzazate South Kasbah
Marrakech The Souks
Marrakech Fruitman
Imperial Cities and Desert

Imperial Cities and Desert

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Private Holiday
Private transportation and private sightseeing with local guides as per itinerary
11 Days ex Casablanca
Departs Daily

Embark on a captivating exploration of Morocco, traversing from the Imperial cities to the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Sahara Desert. This extraordinary itinerary unfolds from the cosmopolitan Casablanca to the historical wonders of Fez, across the majestic Atlas Mountains, and into the mystical Sahara, culminating in the enchanting allure of Marrakech. Immerse yourself in the essence of Moroccan culture with accommodation in meticulously chosen Riad properties where available, offering both charm and authenticity. With a dedicated private driver, this tour promises an unparalleled journey, ensuring you return from your holiday with enduring memories of a lifetime.


  • Explore Morocco’s economic hub, Casablanca, known for its modern architecture and vibrant atmosphere
  • Immerse yourself in the charm of the blue and white town, Chefchaouen, renowned for its picturesque streets and vibrant market
  • Step back in time at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and discover the historical treasures of Meknes
  • Uncover the rich cultural heritage of Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its labyrinthine medina and stunning architecture
  • Experience the unique culture of Berber villages, encountering traditional customs and hospitality
  • Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Sahara Desert, camping under the stars
  • Witness the breathtaking landscapes of Erfoud, explore the towering Todra Gorge, and marvel at the stunning rock formations in Dades Gorge
  • Visit the cinematic city of Ouarzazate, home to film studios and the famous Kasbah Taourirt
    Discover the UNESCO-listed Ait Benhaddou, a well-preserved ancient mud-brick fortress and a popular filming location
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Marrakech, exploring its bustling souks, historical sites, and lively Djemaa el-Fna square

Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator and transferred to your hotel where accommodation has been reserved for one night. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Casablanca – Chefchaouen (B)

Explore the Economic Capital with visits to the Habous district, Royal Palace, Mohamed V square, Anfa residential area, and the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque. Afterward, journey to Rabat, the Administrative Capital, and discover the Royal Palace (Mechouar), Ouadayas Garden & Kasbah, Mohamed V Mausoleum, and Hassan Tower Mosque.   Optional: experience a fish lunch at MarinaSla. Leaving Casablanca, your journey then unfolds to Chefchaouen, renowned as one of Morocco's most charming destinations. The blue and white town unveils itself with two-story houses, round roof tiles, numerous mosques, and sanctuaries. Chefchaouen exudes tranquillity, inviting leisurely strolls through cobblestone streets and daydreaming in shaded squares while savouring coffee in a Moorish café. The old city stands out as one of the most picturesque in Morocco.

Day 3: Chefchaouen - Fez(B)

Begin the day at a leisurely pace with a tour of Chefchaouen, celebrated as one of the most exquisite cities in the Rif mountainous massif. Known for its Medina with shady alleys, whitewashed houses adorned with blue turquoise doors, wrought iron windows, and tile-covered roofs. An optional early lunch provides the opportunity to savour Chefchaouen's renowned goat cheese. Depart for Meknes, with a stop at the Roman site of Volubilis. Later explore Meknes, the Ismailian capital boasting the longest ramparts in Morocco (40 km). Highlights include the iconic Bab Mansour gate, the Royal Stables, and the Jewish quarter. Journey south to Fez, a city brimming with historical and architectural treasures.

Day 4: Fez (B)

Embark on an enthralling expedition through Fes, unraveling its cultural treasures. Commence with the majestic Royal Palace, steeped in historical opulence. Explore the intricate beauty of either Attarine or Bou Anania Medersa, showcasing exquisite Islamic artistry. Experience serenity at the Nejjarine Fountain, a masterpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship. Marvel at the exterior of the Moulay Idriss mausoleum and the Karaouine Mosque, delving into their spiritual significance. In the afternoon, delve into the labyrinthine wonders of the Medieval Medina and its lively souks. As you navigate narrow alleys, feel the heartbeat of this ancient city, where history seamlessly blends with everyday life. Indulge in authentic Moroccan flavours, a gastronomic delight amidst the bustling surroundings. Each corner tells a story, and the essence of Morocco resonates in the intricate details of its markets and streets. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Midelt – Erfoud (BD)

Today, embark on a captivating and picturesque journey through the Atlas Mountains, offering one of the most intriguing drives. Traverse Berber villages, witnessing their pastured animals and vibrant traditional attire. Pause for a brief visit to the Alpine town of Ifran, nestled amid cedar trees. The next destination is Midelt, renowned for fossils and local Berber handicrafts. Continue the scenic drive along the Ziz River, passing through lush oases adorned with over a million date palm trees before arriving into Erfoud for the night.

Day 6: Erfoud - Merzouga (BD)

This morning explore the "Gateway to the Sahara," immersing yourself in its bustling markets and fossil workshops. Witness artisans transforming ancient marine fossils into exquisite crafts. After a Moroccan lunch (optional), venture to Rissani, steeped in history. Navigate vibrant souks, bargaining for spices and handmade treasures, and visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif. Culminate the day with 4wd adventure into the Sahara Desert, arriving at your luxury desert camp. Experience a camel ride along the sand dunes of Merzouga and this evening relish a special dinner with local entertainment, followed by an overnight stay in luxury tents with private facilities. Overnight Camp Chebbi.

Day 7: Merzouga – Tinghir - Ouarzazate (BD)

Wake to witness the captivating sunrise over the sand dunes. Following the morning sunrise and a hearty breakfast, travel by 4WD to Erfoud. Continue travelling south through Tinejdad, with a captivating stop at Todgha Gorge to marvel at its breathtaking views, then proceed to Dades Gorge, a standout attraction in southern Morocco. Both gorges offer the flexibility to either take a leisurely walk or simply admire the awe-inspiring natural wonders shaped by water over centuries. The journey also leads through numerous Berber villages, presenting opportunities to pause and immerse in the local Berber way of life. Continue the adventure to Ouarzazate, traversing the road of the 1000 Kasbahs and passing through Kalaat M’Gouna. Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, embark on a city tour, including a panoramic photo stop at Kasbah Taourirt and a visit to the Cinema studio. In the late afternoon, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech(B)

Embark on a journey to explore Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned as the most spectacular fortress in southern Morocco. This ancient stronghold has served as a captivating backdrop for numerous iconic movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Troy, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones. Wander through the Berber village, surrounded by towered and crenulated Kasbahs that once safeguarded the lucrative caravan route. An optional lunch at a local restaurant adds to the experience. Continue the adventure towards Taroudant, passing through Tazenakht, where panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains unfold, accompanied by glimpses of fertile valleys, vibrant blue and red clay villages, and striking mineral landscapes. Check in at your Marrakech hotel for a three-night stay.

Day 9: Marrakech (B)

The entire day will be spent exploring Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial city known as "the Ochre city." The historical itinerary encompasses Menara Garden, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia, and Dar Si Said Museum. An optional lunch adds to the experience. In the afternoon, delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the souks, handicraft quarters, and the renowned Jemaa El-Fna Square, offering non-stop entertainment. Consider an optional dinner with a show to round off the day. Overnight Marrakech.

Day 10: Marrakech (B)

This morning there will be a visit to Majorelle Gardens and YSL museum. The afternoon is at leisure for optional activities or relaxing at your hotel.

Optional Activities (surcharges apply):
Cooking lesson in a traditional riad with a professional chef, followed by lunch, eating what you have cooked.

Excursion with your driver and guide to Ouirgane through the Atlas Mountains and visit the Berber villages, have a mint tea ceremony and Berber bread with olive oil with the family in top of the mountains, you will teach how to prepare a mint tea yourself.

Day 11: Marrakech – Departure (B)

After breakfast transfer to Marrakech Airport for your onward flight.


  • Airport arrival and departure transfers with assistance
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels and riads with private facilities; 1 night luxury tent with private facilities
  • Breakfast daily; 3 x dinners (Merzouga / Erfoud / Ouarzazate)
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe minivan with English speaking driver at disposal during the entire tour
  • Transfer by 4WD car from Erfoud to Merzouga Camp and return to Erfoud
  • Sightseeing and visits as per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides during visits (2-4 passengers). For parties of 6+ passengers services of private guide throughout.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments during the visits
  • 30minute Camel Ride in Merzouga for sunset or sunrise in the desert
  • VAT taxes
  • 24/7 support in Morocco
  • Assistance of local representatives
  • Morocco Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Porterage
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the following or similar:


First Class:  Gray Boutique Hotel

Deluxe Class: Gray Boutique Hotel


First Class: Lyna Riad & Spa

Deluxe Class: Lyna Riad & Spa


First Class:  Riad Algila

Deluxe Class: Riad Fez - Relais & Chateaux

Merzouga Dunes

First Class:  Luxury Camp Chebbi

Deluxe Class: Luxury Camp Chebbi


First Class:  Xaluca Maadid

Deluxe Class: Xaluca Maadid


First Class: Dar Chamaa

Deluxe Class: Dar Chamaa


First Class:  Riad Slitine / Dar Sido

Deluxe Class: Riad Kinza

Private touring in Morocco
On our private tours of Morocco, touring is by private air-conditioned car with a driver. Arabic and French are the main languages spoken in Morocco with English the 3rd and not often spoken language. Your driver will have some English capability, but is not a licensed professional guide and communication maybe basic at times. It is important that if you have any issues in communicating that you contact the local representative office.
English speaking local guides will be organised by the driver in each city (as specified in your itinerary) in order to provide a more thorough commentary about the city they are a specialist of. Local guides will also help you should you require more information or recommendations on local restaurants or attractions. Please remember that Morocco is a large country and some days of touring will necessitate long periods of driving. There also may be times when, due to road conditions, the itinerary may vary slightly.  
If you prefer the services of a full time guide who will accompany you throughout your private holiday, please request this option.  
Morocco has a tradition of a multi course lunches, heavier and longer than what we are used to in New Zealand. If you prefer to have a lighter and quicker lunch, please ensure this is explained to your driver.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain from these activities in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and cafes in hotels will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time and is usually not served until after sunset and some riads and other locations may not serve alcohol at all during this period. In 2024, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Sunday 10th March. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.
Riads are traditional town houses typically build around an open courtyard. They offer a unique and authentic style of accommodation and usually feature less than 10 rooms. They are generally family-run properties with limited staff undertaking multiple roles and duties. Depending on their standard Riads may not offer all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern hotel. I.e. the Wi-Fi internet access may be limited, there may not be a lift and the breakfast is usually more limited in choices and does vary from Riad to Riad. But the unique and charming atmosphere and the location in the heart of the Medina make up for it. During the Ramadan period, services are more restricted in riads. If you prefer the full services offered by 5 star international hotels, please request an alternative itinerary on this basis.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are available in some destinations for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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