“I’m a man of simple tastes, I’m always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde
Explore Morocco, in this 12 Night Best Tour of Morocco. Visits all four imperial cities—Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat—as well desert towns. Highlights include a night in Bivouac in the desert, the souks of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh, and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Ait Ben Haddou, Volubilis.
Tour Name: 12 Night Best tour of Morocco
Place to visit in this 12 Night Best Tour of Morocco: 4 Imperial Cities, Desert, Valley of roses, Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, High Atlas mountain
What should you go for? For the Sun, For the Light, For the change of scenery, for good food?
“Perhaps the logical question to ask at this point is: Why go? The answer is that when a man has been there and undergone the baptism of solitude he can’t help himself. Once he has been under the spell of the vast luminous, silent country, no other place is quite strong enough for him, no other surroundings can provide the supremely satisfying sensation of existing in the midst of something that is absolute. He will go back, whatever the cost in time or money, for the absolute has no price”. Paul Bowls
Itinerary of 12 Night Private Best tour of Morocco
“Wherever you go Morocco becomes a part of you somehow” – Anita Desai
Day 1 : Arrival Casablanca airport
Casablanca : Arrival, welcoming by your driver and transfer to your Casablanca 4 stars hotel.
“Oh, a kiss is still a kiss in Casablanca Please come back to me in Casablanca I love you more and more each day as time goes by”. Bertie Higgins
For those looking for a taste of old Hollywood glamour, an optional trip to Rick’s Cafe is a must. This beautiful bar and restaurant was inspired by the Rick’s Cafe from the film Casablanca and the decor does its best to live up to it. Serving American, French and Moroccan food, head along on a Sunday to enjoy the evening jazz session and pop up to the 1st film for a free screening of the legendary film. You don’t meet SAM the pianist but certainly you listen the famous song “As time goes by”.
Day 2 : Casablanca/ Rabat / Chefchaouen
“The past is buried deep within the ground in Rabat, although the ancient walls in the old city are still standing, painted in electrifying variations of royal blue that make the winding roads look like stream-lets or shallow ocean water.”― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise
Rabat : ( Unesco world heritage) Breakfast in the hotel then Visit the richly decorated Hassan II mosque (12€ payable in spot) , and departure for Rabat, , capital of Morocco. listed a UNESCO world heritage in 2012: the site is the product of a fertile exchange between the Arabo-Muslim past and Western modernism. With the Almohade Dynasty (XII Century) the Rabat site is going to start a continuous extraordinary historical journey full of radiance and activity. This, however, did not prevent the city from going through a phase decline, as of 1253, with the advent of the dynasty of Almoravids who had chosen the city of Fez for a capital. In 1609, the Moriscos who were chased away from Spain during the Reconquista started arriving massively in Rabat, which gave the City a new lease of life. The new comers occupied the present location of the Medina which they endowed with a new enclosure they would henceforth call «the Andalusian Wall », and which took the name of the new Sala (Salé) .. In 1912, Rabat became the Capital City of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Marshal Lyautey, the first Resident Genearal, made of it the administrative and political capital of the Protectorate. With the architect and urbanist Henri Prost, the two men performed most of the new part of the city (ville nouvelle) both within and without the Yaacoub El Mansour confines in the Medina continuum. Visit: – King Palace : The construction of the royal palace of Rabat began in the middle of the 19th century on the ruins of an ancient palace. Also called Dar El Makhzen, majestic and protective, the building is a fine example of Moroccan art. Surrounded by an enclosure, its main entrance overlooks a vast esplanade, the Mechouar, is used for the outdoors royal ceremonies. – Mohammed V mausoleum; Right in front of the Hassan Tower stands the mausoleum Mohammed V, a monument of unparalleled beauty. Its construction began in 1962 and ended in 1971. This monument is dedicated to the memory of the late monarch Mohammed V, beloved by the people who have always considered the symbol of the Liberation of the Nation. In the mausoleum one can also see the tomb of his successor, Fire Hassan II… – Hassan Tower: The Hassan Tower is considered as the symbol of Rabat, it is one of the most famous sites of the kingdom. The Hassan tower remains the only vestige of what was to be, at the instigation of the Almohad sultan Yacoub Al Mansour (12th century), the largest mosque in the Muslim world. This oversized project was not going to survive, at the death of the latter, in the year 1199,.. – Kasbah Oudaya: .Within a fifteen minute walk from the Rabat City Center stands the Casbah of the Oudayas at the Bou Regreg estuary, a real fortress dating back to the XII century. With its monumental Almohade portal, the Kasbah is a gripping site which offers the visitor a never seen before beauty that encompasses the Andalusian style garden, a museum, some riads and some mosques. The Andalusian influence is omnipresent with the uniformly lime covered walls, the dominant blue colored doors and the wrought iron windows … Inscribed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO, the Kasbah of the Oudayas has become for a good number of both Moroccan and world artists a haven of peace and inspiration. Visitors are seduced by the site’s beauty, just as they are by its soothing calm. Doubtless, the Kasbah’s greatest attraction remains the famous Moorish Cafe. The Kasbah Oudaya on the seafront where Robinson Crusoe was locked up before escaping to Brazil. optional lunch then departure for the Chefchaouen the Blue City. Overnight in Riad or guest house. The accommodation in Chefchaouen is simple, typical, clean and comfortable.
Day 3 : Chefchaouen / Volubilis / Meknes ( Unesco world heritage)
“Chefchaouen is like a drug, magic, tragic, and addictive.”
The blue city
After breakfast in hotel, free visit of the picturesque of the blue city of Chefchaouen,
Chefchaouen is located at the foot of the djebel Mezedjel, with horn-shaped ridges from which it takes its name, built at an altitude of 600 m at the foot of the Kelaa and Meggou mountains, in the Rif range. Known for its limestone walls with a bluish and sometimes ocher circle, it was founded by Sheriff Ali ibn Rachid Al-Alami between 1471 and 1480. The city is today an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It’s easy to get lost in the alleys of the city to fall completely in love: among its small souvenir shops, its blue walls that have become emblematic of the city today, its surrounding mountains that give you the impression of being nestled in the heart of ‘a cocoon of beauty that captivates you. The city and its regions have important historical and natural potentials that make it a very popular region with tourists. The city is a true delight for tourists, visiting it is incredible if only for the moving contrast between the blue of its walls and the mountainous landscape that dominates it.
Departure for Meknes, before arriving in Meknes guided visit the roman ruins of Volubilis: She built by the roman in 40 AD.Volubilis it built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century B.C. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Guided visit and route for Meknes listed by UNESCO world heritage.
“The beautiful is everywhere, the beautiful runs the streets, I’m stunned by everything I see” Eugene DELACROIX describing Meknes in 1832.
Mausoleum Moulay Ismail
Guided tour of Meknes: The granaries, the stables that housed 12,000 horses. The water basin that could meet the needs of the city for 6 months in the event of a siege and the famous Bab el Mansour gate, the most photographed gate in Morocco. Overnight in Meknes
Day 4 : Meknes / Fez (Unesco world heritage)
Medina of Fez : “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on FEZ.“
Breakfast: Day dedicated to the historical guided visit of Fez: When entering Fez, you enter through the door both sacred and veiled in mystery, because Fez is the city of Moulay Driss, its patron saint, to whom you must ask for hospitality.
“Get lost in the holy city”
The all day is devoted to the guided tour of Fez. A jewel of Arab-Moorish architecture with its labyrinthine alleys and its shops where you can find everything: (silk, handmade carpets, silverware, ceramics, spices and famous tannery etc…) You well take optional lunch in an 19th century palace in the Medina. Return to the hotel and time at your disposal to relax. Optional outgoing to Moroccan evening, diner and entertainment. Please advise in advance.
Day 5 : Fez / Midelt
Midelt: Travel through the middle Atlas, drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents alongside the way. Overnight in Midelt (you can skip Midelt to Erfoud)
Day 6 : Midelt / Errachidia / Erfoud / Merzouga
Bivouac in Desert
Merzouga Desert Breakfast, depart to reach the desert camp in the midle of dunes where you will spend the night, dinner include around the campfire under the stars and sleep in Nomad Berber tent in desert.
“Immediately when you arrive in Sahara, for the first or the tenth time, you notice the stillness. An incredible, absolute silence prevails outside the towns; and within, even in busy places like the markets, there is a hushed quality in the air, as if the quiet were a conscious force which, resenting the intrusion of sound, minimizes and disperses sound straightaway. Then there is the sky, compared to which all other skies seem fainthearted efforts. Solid and luminous, it is always the focal point of the landscape. At sunset, the precise, curved shadow of the earth rises into it swiftly from the horizon, cutting into light section and dark section. When all daylight is gone, and the space is thick with stars, it is still of an intense and burning blue, darkest directly overhead and paling toward the earth, so that the night never really goes dark. You leave the gate of the fort or town behind, pass the camels lying outside, go up into the dunes, or out onto the hard, stony plain and stand awhile alone. Presently, you will either shiver and hurry back inside the walls, or you will go on standing there and let something very peculiar happen to you, something that everyone who lives there has undergone and which the French call ‘le bapteme de solitude.’ It is a unique sensation, and it has nothing to do with loneliness, for loneliness presupposes memory. Here in this wholly mineral landscape lighted by stars like flares, even memory disappears…A strange, and by no means pleasant, process of reintegration begins inside you, and you have the choice of fighting against it, and insisting on remaining the person you have always been, or letting it take its course. For no one who has stayed in the Sahara for a while is quite the same as when he came”. Paul Bowls
Day 7 : Todra Gorge
“In the middle flow a river”
Todra Gorge Depart via Rissani, to Tinghir. Continuing on the road alongside the river to reach the Todra gorges (canyon) where you will Walk on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 m) Dinner & overnight.
Day 8 : Tinghir / Valley of Roses / Ouarzazate (Cinecitta)
Valley of the Roses The life cycle of a rose can be related back to our own lives. We go through phases of growth, pruning and rough winters that can leave us bare but in the end, we (like roses) will regrow and prosper again. Depart to Ouarzazate via the Valley of roses and Kasbah, the Skoura palm groves, you will arrive to Ouarzazate, visit the cinema museum and check in at your hotel
Day 9 : Ouarzazate / Marrakesh ( Unesco world heritage)
After breakfast depart for Ksar Ait Ben Haddou a an world heritage listed by Unesco where many movies shouted here, than continuation for Marrakesh via the High Atlas mountains and Berbers villages. Arrival in hotel and times at your disposal. Night in hotel or Riad
Day 10 : Marrakesh: “If in Marrakesh were my stories, i would live there”
I have been told of an oasis city that the sun floods with its light and does not leave until it is entrusted to the moon. A city where the olive trees, orange trees and roses of its gardens rival paradise. Colors, atmosphere, perfumes, smiling and welcoming faces. A city of lights, a happy city that knows how to welcome its guests and make them happy. This city is Marrakesh! And if Marrakesh were my stories, i would live there.
Marrakech Breakfast, day dedicated to Marrakesh visit: Bahia palace, Majorelle garden,( 12€ payable in spot), the souks and Jemaa el Fna square. What’s Jemma el Fna square listed UNESCO world Immaterial heritage? “Agora, theatrical performance, point of convergence: open and plural space, vast field of ideas, peasants, shepherds, roundworms, merchants coming from bus stations, taxi ranks, drowsy car rental stops: merged into an idle mass, absorbed in the contemplation of the daily hustle and bustle, supported by license and heedless of the terrain, in a continuous and capricious movement: immediate contact between strangers, oblivion of social constraints, identification in prayer and laughter, temporary suspension of hierarchies, joyful equality of people. ” Juan Goytosolo. Late, you have an a optional Moroccan evening or Cabaret dinner live show (50€/person except drink). Night at hotel.
Day 11 : Marrakesh
Marrakesh Meet the unexpected and let you lost by yourself in the Marrakesh Medina After breakfast you have a free day for relaxing, shopping or to do what you want. Optional excursions it’s available.
Day 12 : Marrakesh or Casablanca
Casablanca After breakfast, free morning to do what you want, and depending your time flight, departure to Casablanca and overnight or stay in Marrakesh in your hotel, and transfer to Casablanca airport for your return flight.
Day 13 : Airport Transfer
Casablanca “Anyone who is used to travel knows that there always comes a day when hi have to leave” Paulo Coelho After breakfast, from Casablanca hotel or Marrakesh hotel (2h30 by high way), transfer to Casablanca airport for you return flight. Free cancellation, no questions asked We understand that plans change and the unexpected can happen, so you can cancel your experiences up to 10 days before they start!
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