Discover the vibrant tapestry of Morocco on our 12-day tour to Morocco: ‘Morocco in Full’ expedition. Immerse yourself in the rich history, diverse landscapes, and unparalleled hospitality of this captivating country. Unravel the essence of Morocco in a meticulously crafted odyssey. Join us on an extraordinary adventure where each day will unfold a new chapter in Morocco’s enchanting story. Prepare yourself for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary and invites you to discover the extraordinary facets of this North African gem. le’s start the tour 12 days tour to Morocco: “Morocco in full”
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Upon arrival at Casablanca airport, our team will await you at the terminal. An English-speaking driver will collect you in a private vehicle, initiating the exploration of the entirety of Morocco without delay.
Our initial stop will be in Casablanca, the country’s largest city. Specifically, we will visit the Hassan II Mosque, which stands as the tallest mosque not only in Morocco but also in the entirety of the Islamic world, boasting a minaret that towers around 200 meters high. However, it is not simply a matter of interest as it happens to be one of the few mosques that is open for public visits in the country. Therefore, we will make use of this opportunity to explore and acquaint ourselves with this Muslim holy site constructed from top-notch materials like various marbles and granites.
Subsequently, we will proceed to our next destination, Rabat, after admiring this contemporary architectural gem situated on an artificial peninsula along the Casablanca coastline. Rabat has been the capital city of Morocco since 1912 and is recognized as one of the Imperial Cities. This designation provides insight into the grandeur of some of its structures, including the Hassan Tower built in the late 12th century. During that same period, construction commenced on the Kasbah of the Oudayas, a fortified wall complex from where one can appreciate stunning panoramic vistas of the city, its coastline and nearby Salé.
You can explore all of this and more at your leisure. Later, retire in comfort at a centrally located riad in this city, recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to wander the medina and its souk, or venture outside to other intriguing locales like the Mohamed VI Museum of Contemporary Art.
Day 2: Rabat – Chaouen
After breakfast at the riad in Rabat, we will depart early morning and head northward. Our objective is to arrive in Chaouen with ample time for exploring this alluring little town. The journey will take around 4 hours by road, with the final part winding gently through the Rif Mountains.
Sandwiched between two of them sits Chaouen (also known as Chefchaouen or El Aaiún). Its medina is characterised by narrow, steep and sinuous streets, which exude a unique charm thanks to the distinctive light blue colour that embellishes the walls. The town boasts an intriguing kasbah that now serves as an ethnographic museum, and opportune vantage points to appreciate the verdant surroundings and the town’s hamlet.
It remains a place where ancient customs and lifestyles endure, coupled with exceptional artisanal skill in textile production. Upon returning from exploring the medina, your riad will be conveniently situated in the town’s historic centre.
Day 3: Chaouen – Volubilis – Meknes- Fez
On the third day of this itinerary, following breakfast at the riad, we shall depart from the Rif Mountains and proceed southwards to explore two places that are intriguingly distinct from one another. These destinations will provide us with an opportunity to comprehend the entirety of Morocco’s diversity and splendour. Our initial stop transports us to the Roman Empire, to be precise, one of its most significant cities in North Africa, located in the province of Mauritania Tingitana. We are discussing Volubilis, an archaeological site of immense worth as it conserves colonnades, mosaics, and monumental arches, among other elements that provide insight into its historical significance. Due to this, it is classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
We will subsequently proceed to Meknes, another Unesco-recognized site. It is also regarded as one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities as it was designated the capital in the late 17th century by Sultan Moulay Ismail. During the complimentary tour of the historic medina, you can appreciate its mausoleum, fortifications, and impressive gates, such as Bab Mansour.
Finally, at the end of the day, we will reach Fez, providing an opportunity for an unguided stroll. Here, you can have your first encounter with this historically rich city and peruse its craft shops, which are renowned for their quality within and beyond the country’s borders. After a fruitful day, unwind in a riad located in the medina and wake up refreshed for the next day’s guided tour.
Day 4: Fez – Visit
To fully understand all the intricacies and wonders of Fez, it is imperative to have the guidance and support of an accredited local guide. That is exactly what we offer on the fourth day of our tour. Following breakfast at the riad, you will meet our guide for an English-language tour of the city’s grand medina, recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Our guide will tailor the tour based on your preferences and abilities, ensuring that your time is optimized to your satisfaction. Thus, several notable sights to explore are the renowned madrasas in the city, including Bou Inania and Attarine. Also worth visiting is the Karaouine Mosque, which is home to one of the world’s oldest universities. The Nejjarine Square is another attraction, featuring an ornate eighteenth-century fountain bearing the same name. Additionally, a must-see spot in Fez is its tanners’ quarter, where leather production perseveres just as it did in past centuries.
It may prove to be challenging to explore all the highlights of Fez in a single morning. So, an afternoon filled with visits to what’s missed could be an excellent alternative. The Golden Gates of the Royal Palace or the Jewish quarter (Mellah) can be intriguing options to consider. One can also plan an indoor excursion to museums like Dar Bahta, Borj Nord, and Nejjarine, among others. After a busy day, one can unwind at night in the same riad in the city centre.
Day 5: Fez – Ifrane – Erfoud – Merzouga Desert
The fifth day of this itinerary is lengthy, but nevertheless, it presents an alluring opportunity for those seeking to explore the ins and outs of Morocco completely. Commencing soon after breakfast at the riad in Fez, we will depart following the road.
The initial destination will be the charming Ifrane, a town of distinction not only on this itinerary but also across the country. Situated at an altitude higher than 1,700 metres, the town’s environment boasts luxuriant greenery as a result of the considerable snowfall it receives during winter time. Moreover, its roofs are elegantly sloping, giving the town an even more picturesque air. It is no wonder why it is referred to as “the Moroccan Switzerland”.
In this mountainous setting, we will explore the Ifrane National Park, also known as the Monkey Forest. The park is named after the sizeable community of Barbary macaques that inhabit this protected natural area, the largest in all of Morocco. The park’s lush, verdant forest, tinted with the red hue of its cedars, is another one of its key attractions. These trees serve as an ideal environment for the survival of these primates, which are the only species to live in freedom north of the Sahara.
Day 6: Khamlia – Nomads – Camp
On the sixth day, immerse yourself in the authentic beauty of the Merzouga desert. Begin with the mesmerizing sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes, a magical spectacle found nowhere else in the world. After breakfast and the return of camels to Merzouga, freshen up with a shower at the camp or hotel, depending on your package.
Embark on a journey to Khamlia, known as the ‘village of the black,’ reflecting its history with sub-Saharan African inhabitants brought through the slave trade. Descendants of these communities passionately preserve the music of their ancestors, particularly the Gnawa genre, recognized as part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Witness a captivating performance showcasing their percussion rhythms and mystical dances.
Continue the adventure in 4x4s along one of the region’s most spectacular tracks, a route familiar to the legendary Paris-Dakar rally. Encounter coal mines, abandoned French and Berber villages, and reach elevated points offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Erg Chebbi dunes. The day unfolds with echoes of music and the thrill of desert exploration
In order to get to know the inhabitants of this part of Morocco in depth, we will also have the opportunity to visit a settlement of semi-nomadic people who continue to use the land and maintain the traditions of the past. They will tell us about their experiences of life in the desert and will welcome us with hospitality during our meeting. Afterwards, we will go to the hotel where you will have dinner and spend the night, located in another suggestive corner of the Merzouga desert.
Day 7: Merzouga – Todra – Ouarzazate
On the seventh day, bid farewell to the Merzouga desert and the Erg Chebbi dunes. After breakfast, venture into other unique facets of the Moroccan desert. Explore Rissani’s charming medina and vibrant market, capturing the essence of daily life. Journey over 150km to the Todra Gorges, renowned among climbers for its captivating rocky formations. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes from the winding road.
Continue through the Dades Valley, part of the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, featuring Berber fortresses, palm groves, and traditional communities. Explore the Valley of the Roses, known for its rose production, adding a special hue to the surroundings, especially in spring.
End the day in Ouarzazate, often referred to as the Hollywood of Morocco due to its prestigious film studios. Discover the Taourirt kasbah, once the residence of Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech. Dinner and relaxation await at a comfortable hotel, preparing you for the next day of our journey.
Day 8: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Essaouira.
On Day 8, start with breakfast in Ouarzazate, then visit the Ait Ben Haddou ksar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its traditional Berber architecture. Next, explore the Telouet kasbah before crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass at over 2,200 meters. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes and picturesque Berber villages on the descent.
Continue towards Marrakech, but the journey doesn’t end there. Take the motorway to Essaouira, the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic.’ Arrive in the early afternoon, allowing time for an initial exploration of this coastal gem. Spend the evening in a charming riad in the heart of the medina. This marks the end of the day and a preview of the delightful experiences awaiting in Essaouira
Day 9: Essaouira
After breakfast in your riad, you will have a free day in Essaouira. Essaouira is one of the few towns to have this honour on this route, which covers the whole of Morocco, and it has more than enough reasons for it. In fact, its historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and it is here that you will find the main monumental attractions of this coastal town, which used to be a Portuguese colony under the name of Mogador. This is easy to understand in places such as the imposing fortress of La Scala and the gates of the old wall. It is a setting that recalls the strategic importance of this enclave, where many scenes from the Game of Thrones series were filmed. Its fishing port retains its charm, as do other places and corners of the medina, such as the clock tower.
You can also devote part of the day to activities, for the city has the space and the professionals. Many of these take place on the coast. Essaouira is a good place for kitesurfing and windsurfing, for example, as it is a windy coastline. Another option is to ride a horse or camel along the sandy beach, an experience that is always magical thanks to the nobility of these animals and the beauty of the landscape that surrounds them. And if what you want is simply a refreshing swim in the summer season, this will be the best opportunity you will have in this circuit.
Our staff will be able to help and advise you on what to do and how to book any activity in Essaouira. In the evening, you will return to your riad in the medina.
Day 10: Essaouira – Marrakech
On this tenth day, we travel to the city where this tour ends: Marrakech.
After breakfast at a riad in Essaouira, our driver will transport you to the vibrant red city of Marrakech, arriving in the morning. With almost the entire day at your disposal, you can explore Marrakech at your own pace, considering that the following day includes a guided tour of the city in the morning. Tailor your day to your preferences—visit significant landmarks like the El Badi Palace, wander through charming spots like the Majorelle Gardens, or secure tickets for esteemed museums such as the Marrakech Museum or the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Feel free to indulge in a day of shopping, knowing that there won’t be additional city travels, allowing you to carry less with you. This day is yours to shape as you desire.
You can visit the more traditional souks of the medina or other areas with more modern shops, such as Gueliz.
Whichever option you choose, you will enjoy a refreshing night’s rest in a riad in the historic centre.
Day 11: Visite – Marrakech
On this tour, Marrakech is the perfect conclusion to almost two weeks of travel. We will therefore devote the whole morning to discovering its charms through a guided tour. Our official guide will be waiting for you after breakfast, which will be served in the riad.
Discover UNESCO treasures in the medina, such as the Kutubia mosque, the Ben Youssef medersa, the Bahia palace and the Saadian tombs. Here you will find stunning Islamic art, intricately decorated with tiles, marble, cedar wood and lavish materials. Wander through vibrant souks and visit iconic Place Jemaa el-Fna. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or try something new. Consider a visit to a traditional or modern hammam for rejuvenation. Return to your medina riad for a serene evening, marking the end of this unforgettable journey Wander through the lively souks and visit the iconic Place Jemaa el-Fna. Enjoy a free afternoon to unwind or experience something new. Consider a visit to a traditional or modern hammam to rejuvenate after a day of exploration. Return to your riad in the medina for a relaxing evening, marking the end of this memorable journey.
Day 12: Marrakech – Airport
It is time to say goodbye after getting to know Morocco. This last day begins with breakfast at the riad. You will then be transferred to Marrakech Airport. Our driver will pick you up at the agreed time and take you to the airport in a private car. You will arrive at the terminal on time. As we bid farewell, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the trust you’ve bestowed upon us. We sincerely hope that you’ll choose us once again for your future tourist experiences in the enchanting land of Morocco. Until we meet again, safe travels and cherished memories await you. it’s the end of our tour 12 days tour to Morocco: “Morocco in full”
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Comfortable private transport with air conditioning
- English speaking driver/guide
- Sandboarding in the desert
- Camel ride
- Air Tickets