Moroccan Secrets

Morocco Secrets tour encompasses the best that Morocco has to offer in order to discover the varied aspects of Moroccan life on this fascinating tour. You’ll experience the varied landscapes and appreciate its evocative culture, geography and rich history. In the north you’ll explore the best of ancient yet flourishing Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fez, as well as the Roman ruins at Volubilis. Heading south you’ll enjoy great scenery in the Anti Atlas, the magic of the desert and the spectacular Dades Valley, which is lined with crumbling Kasbahs to breathe the fresh air of the oases and lush palmeries. Next it’s on to the vast swathes High Atlas Mountains, before finishing off in the delights of magical Marrakech.

Program Itinerary:

Casablanca - Rabat

Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of the country, your Morocco tour begins with welcome by your driver. After a brief tour of the highlights of the city will include an exterior visit of the Hassan II Great Mosque, then we proceed with a visit of the popular Mohammed V square, the United Nations Place, the residential district of Anfa and the surroundings of the Royal Palace before strolling along the Corniche boulevard the night life of the city line up with private and public beaches. Followed by independent lunch, departure to Rabat, Morocco’s present-day capital and principal royal residence. Time free at leisure to rest and freshen up. Later on, our sightseeing will feature the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum to admire the magnificent architecture of the burial place of the two previous kings of Morocco, the 12th C unfinished mosque the Hassan Tower, sister of the Giralda in Seville and the Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech. End up the tour with the visit of the 12th C fortified Kasbah of Oudayas and its beautiful Andalusian garden. Overnight in Rabat.

Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

After breakfast, departure to Fez via Meknes city known as “the Moroccan Versailles” which was founded at the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail and a former capital whose medina walls are adorned with exquisite gates considered among the best preserved in the Islamic world. Further into the countryside lays the sacred whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, the burial town of the founder of Islam in Morocco and where the first Arab dynasty was founded in 787 AD. After optional lunch followed by a visit to the near-perfectly preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis to explore the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Then we continue to Fez the intellectual and religious heart of the nation. Overnight in Fez.

Fez City Tour

Enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast. Then the tour is off to explore the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city of Morocco, one of the best examples of a preserved medieval city. Fez, founded in the 9th century, has been little unchanged since then. A certified guide is available to help you navigate the serpentine souks and its medieval medina, a UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, tiny squares, colorful honeycomb vats of the tanneries and artisan workshops to observe various craftsmen performing their work reminiscent of ancient techniques. Admire Fez’s Royal Palace and 14th century Mellah (Jewish Quarter), the largest in Morocco. Optional lunch followed by the visit of the Qarawiyyin University the oldest in the world and the sumptuous Nejjarine square and its beautiful fountain before finishing our tour by climbing the Merenids Tombs, which open onto a stunning panorama of Fez. Overnight in Fez.

Fez - Ifran - Erfoud - Merzouga dunes

Driving inland, you will cross the Middle Atlas mountain range, well known for its ski resort station, surrounded by cedar, oak and pine forest terraced farms, and sienna mud-brick Berber villages, crossing the small city Ifran, often called the “Moroccan Switzerland” a very beautiful city with very charm European style houses. During this trip, you will see the beautiful landscapes of the mountain where the Berber tribes, the original inhabitants, have lived for centuries. Have optional lunch in Midelt, the city of the Apple Festival and then continue you journey through palm-filled gorges of the Ziz River heading south across the flanks of the Middle Atlas and passing through many Berber cities and villages to stay on the edge of the Sahara close to the great shifting sand sea of Merzouga. This is the chance to explore the stunning sand dunes to take a camel ride led by a Bedouin guide robed in the flowing blue garb of the Tuareg people and camp in nomad tent in a beneath the innumerable stars of the clear desert sky, or in a comfortable hotel in searing summer months. An experience not to be missed is to watch the sunset from the spectacular Merzouga dunes, an energizing location in the midst of the huge every-changing golden dunes, where you will feel a liberating peacefulness. Overnight in Merzouga.

Erfoud - Tinghir - Mgouna - Ouarzazate

After breakfast, continue the tour via Dades valley and its road of a thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan-trading route. Reaching Mgouna, a big village famous for its roses and its Annual Rose Festival attended by hundreds of people from all parts of the world. Continue to the Oasis of Tinghir via Tinjdad road. Visit the magnificent Todra canyons to marvel at the natural force that carved this quiet Berber oasis and rock-climbing haven, continue to Ouarzazate Morocco’s Hollywood where you be following the road of the thousand Kasbahs and the Dades Valley. Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel. We will enjoy our visit in Morocco’s Hollywood, with its cinematographic studios offers an extremely appropriate environment for the biggest films shooting, we visit the magnificent Taourirt Kasbah together one of the few remaining Pasha Glaoui residences. This Kasbah is recently restored and receives thousands of people during the folkloric festival of the city every year. Later we set forth towards the north alongside the Ouarzazate valley to the magnificently exotic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, declared, and rightly so, a world heritage site. Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most spectacular sights. This fortified village is a Unesco world heritage site and the backdrop for famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia not to be missed in the Atlas ranges the largest mountain chain in Africa, set upon a rock above a reed-strewn assif, commanding the area for miles around. This Kasbah had long controlled the route to Marrakech until the French blasted a road through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain (2260 m). Continue to Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech.

Marrakech City Tour

After breakfast, we will have a full day guided city tour of Marrakech. Most famous of all imperial cities and capital of Morocco several times, an ancient oasis city of weathered pink buildings and orange groves, known for its beautiful climate, charming position at the feet of the high Atlas Mountains, its nice gardens and mostly for its outstanding square in the heart of the medina. In the morning you will enjoy the tour of the main monuments of the city, including the beautiful 12th C Koutoubia mosque the fascinating Andalusian style of the 19th C Bahia Palace the interesting 16th C Saadian tombs and Menara gardens. After lunch, you will discover the mysteries of the medina and its fascinating local souks, then enjoy your time witnessing the carnivalesque public square Djemaa el-Fna square come alive at sunset and wander around the snake charmers, storytellers compete for an audience, water sellers, monkey players and acrobats. Overnight in Marrakech.

Marrakech - Eassaouira

In the morning, departure to the seaside town of Essaouira, ancient Portuguese fortress where windsurfers frolic near the fringe of silvery beach and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Explore the old fortress ramparts, dream on the beach or browse artisan shops and unusual open medina where you will discover craftsmen specializing in the highly prized wood marquetry of thuja. Overnight in Marrakech.

Marrakech - El Jadida - Casablanca

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Casablanca via El Jadida city the medieval city occupied by Portuguese in 1506, proclaimed world heritage of Unesco in 2004.. We will follow the road that parallels the Atlantic Coast. We will make a stop at Safi, city which was Portuguese and later the residence of the French Consul in Morocco. Today it is a fishing port and a city known for its ceramics. In this city you will be able to see a Castle on the sea, a fortress of the 16th century, a vault a white palace of the 18th century. Continuation by the Coastal road and its splendid sights. Stop at Oualidia city for fish menu lunch. Then we will have a short visit of El Jadida city, called Mazagan which is famous for its resort beach. This city keeps the print of its Portuguese roots. Overnight in Casablanca.

Casablanca - Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, private transfer to airport and assistance with return flight formalities.

Tour Details

10 Days / 09 Nights
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Package Includes:

01 night hotel accommodation in Rabat, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

02 nights hotel accommodation in Fez, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

01 night at a Bedouin camp in Merzouga dunes.

01 night hotel accommodation in Ouarzazate, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

03 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

01 night hotel accommodation in Casablanca, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Luxury private A/C car at disposal.

4WD ride by Merzouga Dunes.

Private English speaking driver/guide.

Daily breakfast at your hotel.

Government-certified tour guides in Fez and Marrakech.

Monuments / Museums entrance fees.

Airport transfers.

Taxes.

Assistance by one of our representatives.

Excludes

Entrance fees for Hassan II Mosque.

Lunches / dinner / Drinks during meals.

Tips for the Guide/Escort, the driver and his assistant,porters, hotels, etc.

International round-trip airfare.

Optional services.