“ For me, Morocco is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.” -Maya Angelou
20 Night Morocco Grand Tour an Authentic travel, true experience!
Discover the whole Morocco on this 20-night grand tour. Read the history of Morocco inscribed on the walls of the imperial cities of Marrakesh, Rabat, Meknes and Fez. Go to the Great Tour of Morocco, and discover: 15 cities ans sites listed UNESCO world Heritage.Relax on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coast. Climb the sand dunes in the Sahara desert with a camel trek and spend a night in a bivouac between the sand dunes. Visit museums, historical monuments and let yourself get lost in the alleys of Medinas and souks and more…
All accommodation in 4 stars hotels, charming Riads and 1 night in Bivouac in Berber tent in desert or under the stars!
What the big deal?Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (for the part that did not meet your expectations and did not keep our promises) because we exceed your expectations!
“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
“The kingdom of dreams hosts its visitors. They willingly give themselves up to whoever wishes to love them. But he does it in successive layers, accumulating impressions and memories in a modest embrace that sharpens the senses. From Tangier to the Great South, from Marrakesh to Agadir, from the lazy waves of the Mediterranean to the sand dunes of the southern regions, it is not one Morocco that you meet, but Ten, Twenty, Thousand Morocco each preserves its traditions, its customs , its way of life and its identity”. Si Abdelhadi EL ALAMI Grand Professional and Expert of Moroccan Tourism ( L’Eternel Espoir )
Daily Breakfast and 4 Dinners.
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!
Option: This Morocco Great Tour of morocco is available in 5* hotels and luxury Riads
What To Expect in this Morocco Grand Tour
Day 1: Arrival Casablanca airport
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
Casablanca the romantic city Arrival at Casablanca airport, welcoming by your Guide & transfer at your hotel in Casablanca.
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
“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) After breakfast at hotel, you will have a short city tour of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco; it is the heart of commerce and industry, you will visit Hassan II mosque built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Later on, you will depart to Rabat. Stopping for lunch then having a sightseeing tour of the administrative capital of Morocco. You will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassane Tower, the minaret of incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler, Yaacoub al-Mansour. You may also visit The Kasbah des Oudayas, white houses with blue painted parapets located near to the Atlantic, Kasbah Oudaya: 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, riyads 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.
Day 3 : Tangier –
Tangier It is in the North of Morocco that the Mediterranean Sea marries the Atlantic Ocean, but nobody knows how to say where finishes Europe and where begins Africa and the legend does not say that it is here that Hercule having dug the Strait of Gibraltar would have based in these rocky cavities before achieving the eleventh of twelve works: the picking of the golden apples of the garden of Hesperides? Hercules kicked off the list of luminaries. It is believed that he rested in a cave on the nearby Cap Spartel coast before undertaking his 11th labor in the quest to be granted immortality and atone for killing his six sons while under the spell of the Goddess Hera. His task was to steal 3 golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides, the Nymphs of Evening who tended the magical trees behind a high wall. He tricked Atlas in to picking them for him while he held up the world, giving Atlas a much needed break. He tricked Atlas again into taking the job of supporting the World while he adjusted his cloak, and took off with the apples. The high mountains that cross Morocco were named for the beleaguered god Atlas. The lore of the garden and golden apples of the Hesperides Nymphs inspired the design of many Renaissance gardens in Italy imbued with a link to the divine. But that is what Tangier is all about, the junction between two worlds. It is one of those cities you can get stuck in, like all of the odd and intriguing mix of people that have wound up living here at some point in their lives. The stories you hear are the stuff of legends. To this day, Tangier, and the rest of the North of Morocco continue to immortalize their myth of refuge for spies, writers, poets and artists of any edge as well as other ghosts who always haunt places: Alexander Dumas, Truman Capote, Jean Genet, Joseph Kessel, Paul Morand, Tennessee Williams, Tahar Benjelloune, Larbi Yacoubi … Writers’ endless list which gives to the North of Morocco and to the city of Tangier a mysterious halo. Led by Paul Bowles, the artists of the Beat Generation stayed in Tangier from 1950s. On the other side of the sea, Tangier, city of all perils, full of adventurers, lends itself to their quest for this “slow disruption of all the senses”dear to Rimbaud. Other Americans had pre-ceded them in the white city and sent them Tangier echoes, fresh mint perfumes, lemon, kif, hashissh adventure perfumes: Jane and Paul Bowles as well as William Seward Burroughs, that Ginsberg and Kerouac met in the United States in 1944. After breakfast in hotel depart for Tangier, arrival and you will start your visit by a city overview at the vantage point of the Colline de Bella-Vista, the Grand Succo, a popular nighttime square, then you will visit the Caves of Hercules, and Cape Spartel. Night in hotel in Tangier.
Day 4 : Tetouan / Chefchaouen (the blue city) (UNESCO world heritage)
After breakfast in hotel, depart for Tetouan“Tétouan gives you habits. It is an essential condition to live there and sleep peacefully. In fact we have the choice between habits and anxiety”
Tetouan she is listed UNESCO world heritage in 1997. Cultural visit: Tetouan served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. After the Reconquest, the town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which reveal clear Andalusian influence. Located between the folds of Mount Dersa, it is considered universal heritage of humanity by Unesco, given the great historical and artistic value of its medina. Tétouan is the Moroccan city with the largest Andalusian identity in Morocco. Even today it retains the elements of this culture both in its architecture and in its gastronomy and customs. Tétouan also has a district with its own architecture from the mid-twentieth century and which is considered one of the most beautiful of its kind, Ensanche. The Medina of Tétouan has seven doors and an infinity of routes, the rich Andalusian heritage of its architecture makes it one of the most prominent medinas in Morocco. Mosques, Souks, zawiyas and bazaars intertwine to make visiting this Medina an unforgettable experience. Then departure for the blue city of Chefchaouen.
Chefchaouen Medina “Chefchaouen is like a drug, magic, tragic, and addictive.” free visit of chefchaouen, Chefchaouen is a popular tourist destination given its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish border. Chefchaouen is a quaint place to hike, relaxing shop. It offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular. The countryside around Chefchaouen has a reputation for being a prolific source of marijuana and the region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Hashish is subsequently sold all over town,(is prohibited by law) Night in guest house.
Day 5 : Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes (UNESCO world heritage)
Volubilis “Beauty is everywhere, I’m like a man who dreams, the Romans are at my doorstep” Jean Delacroix en 1832 After breakfast, route for visiting Volubilis, the westernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. Wonderfully isolated, set amongst gorgeous rolling hills and olive groves, it is a haunting sight, silent and almost ghost-like. Here our guided tour will ensure you appreciate Volubilis’ historic importance and its stunning mosaics: The Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stretched out over 40 hectares, are the most well preserved ruins in Morocco.The Romans began building the city of Volubilis around 40AD in order to keep control of this North African region which was successively occupied by the Greeks, Berbers, Jews and the Carthaginian merchants. In the second and third centuries, the region began to develop more rapidly when the Romans began cultivating grain. The victory Arch, facing the main route and built in 217 in honor of the Roman emperor Caracalla, formally had a bronze chariot. Continuation for Meknes MEKNES, the 16th century capital whose ruler, Moulay Ismail, modeled himself on France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV. After plundering his entire country he opened his amazing palace decorated with the most intricate colorful stucco work, huge beautifully detailed bronze doors and stunning mosaics ” Additional sightseeing includes Bab El Mansour, considered as the finest gateway in Morocco First we will pass through the triumphal arch. Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the medina and the kasbah. Visit guided the granary, the stable hanging more the 12000 horses, the Bab Mansour gate, most shoted gate in Morocco. Night in hotel or Riad.
Day 6 : Meknes – Fez (UNESCO world heritage). (Fez is Ranked 7th place award Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best to destinations in the world 2023 by TripAdvisor)
Fes : “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on FEZ.“ After breakfast depart for Fez the rest of the day will be devoted to discovering Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle-Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. Mind your backs for the passing of the only transport-mule or donkey! The haunting sound of the call to prayer resonates over the traditional rooftops whilst skilled artisans noisily beat metal into pans and intricate metal-ware as they have for centuries. . Guided Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous souks.
Day 7 : Fez – Midelt
Midelt “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them” – Jo Walton
Today early morning, you will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifran “Moroccan Switzerland”and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Goraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents alongside the way. You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Rest of the time in your own leisure at hotel, accommodation & dinner at a hotel.
Day 8 : Midelt – Sand dunes in Merzouga
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, you see nothing, you hear nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Merzouga Desert After breakfast, continuing our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907m) while enjoying the panoramic views. You will also cross Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water. Continue our drive to Erfoud, you will have stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palmeraie along Ziz River. Arriving Erfoud and crossing the off road to reach the hotel situated on the foot of the dunes. You will experience a camel ride to reach the desert camp in the middle of dunes where you will spend the night, enjoy your evening, dine under the stars and sleep in luxury Nomad Berber tent.
“There is a time when it is no longer daytime, and it is not yet night! It is only at this time that we can begin to see things…. or our Life” Charles BOBIN
In the late evening you climb a sand dune to admire the millions of stars until you see a shooting star pass by, and at this moment you make a wish which will certainly come true and everything will be fine for you after your return. “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
Day 9 :Merzouga – Todra gorge (canyons)
Desert de Merzouga, Errachidia, MarocTodra Gorge (And in the middle flows a river) Waking up by the call of your guide very earlier to watch the sunrise then enjoying breakfast. You will trek back to your hotel where you can have hot shower and get ready for the new journey. We will depart to Rissani, you will have a visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and you may also investigate the Souk (local market) with the opportunity to see the Fondouks where donkeys gather. Continuing on our drive toward Tinjdad passing by Erfoud “the capital of marble fossil”.You will view the Khatarat (Canal irrigation system) on our route. Our next stop is in Tinjdad where you will have lunch. Later on,you will have the chance to stop for a panoramic view of the river. Continuing on the road alongside the river to reach the gorges where you will hike/Walk on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 meters). Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel or Riad
Ouarzazate The Cinecitta Today you will travel to Ouarzazate via Boumalne du Dadès, El-Kelaâ M’Gouna and Skoura. We will continue our road to reach El-Kelaâ M’Gouna where you will enjoy your lunch. “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.“ Later on, continuing our drive to Ouarzazate while enjoying the views of Valley of Roses, the road of one thousand Kasbahs and Skoura palms groves. Finally you will arrive to Ouarzazate, you will visit the Cinema museum. Dinner and spend the night at the Hotel
Day 11 : Ouarzazate – Ksar Ait Ben Haddou – Agadir (UNESCO world heritage)
“Wherever you go Morocco becomes a part of you somehow” – Anita Desai
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou This morning after breakfast you may visit the Atlas films Studios before we head to the village of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will visit the exotic Kasbah named after it. This Kasbah is situated on a hill along the fertile Ounila River; it becomes famous due to its role in hosting numerous films such as: The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator, The Queen of Desert.You will have a break for lunch. Afterward we continue to Agadir, chek in at your hotel
“The beach is calling and I must go.” After breakfast, panoramic tour of Agadir, we visit the Kasbah, the Souk. Rest of the day at your disposal for relaxing in the beach
Day 13: Agadir
“I followed my heart and it lead me to the beach.”
After breakfast, free day you do what you want: Beach, shopping or loose some money in the 3 Agadir Casino (at your risk)
Day 14: Agadir
Agadir “All I need is a good dose of vitamin sea.” Breakfast and free day for relaxing or to do what you want ( Beach?) or optional excursions.
Day 15: Agadir – Essaouira (UNESCO world heritage)
“Her beauty is to be guessed on her face upset by the wind, the mist of the ocean and her loves which are leaving.” T.G.
Essaouira ” Is a very good place…to lose yourself“ “They was told me about this magical land, this land where you spend your life dreaming. I did not understand, They said that there was paradise., The wind they said had come there to celebrate the tumultuous engagement of the land and the sea. They were talking about the wind that bends the rays of the sun on the ramparts of the city which mixes the sea spray with the smell of cedar.They spoke of strange sensations, of the fullness of an unusual happiness and exhilarating vertigo, of a waking and absolute dream”. I have crossed seas, oceans and shores. The road was long. My trip was an ethereal dream where the craziest images jostled in my head (…) there she was: the sea, the islands, a wide bay and, between sand and rocks, between land and sea, between ramparts and scrub-land, between dream and reality: Essaouira! Unreal! These are the words of Rachid Haloui. Architect, visual artist, photographer, he is also a poet.Rachid El Haloui. After breakfast, departure for the coastal city of Essaouira , the old Portuguese city. You may visit an Argan factory run by women and get to know about the process of making Argan oil. You will explore the port of the Coastal tourist town of Essaouira. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch in the medina. The afternoon is at your leisure for a personal exploration; you can swim and relax on the beach. spend the night in a Riad
Day 16: Essaouira
Essaouira After breakfast, free visit of Essaouira Day at your disposal
Day 17: Essaouira – Marrakesh (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE)
Marrakesh: “If in Marrakesh were my stories, i would live there” After breakfast, route for Marrakesh the red city, arrival and check in at your hotel and time at your disposal, night in hotel
Day 18: Marrakesh
They was told me about this magical 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!
After breakfast, guided tour of Marrakesh: Visit of the Medina and its multicolored souks where the art of negotiation is done around a glass of mint tea and to end on a high note, visit the famous Jemma el Fna square, an open-air theater, invaded at dusk by acrobats, monkey and snake trainers, musicians, storytellers, Hene tattoo artists, fortune tellers and one of the great street food places in Morocco!
What Jemaa el Fna place? (an UNESCO world 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. Return to the hotel.
Meet the difference
You visit the Medina and its multicolored souks where the art of negotiation is done around a glass of mint tea:
A real labyrinth where the crowd snatches you, then brings you into the game of rays of light. In a maze of shady streets, we cross the copper souk where dinandiers hammer the metal ancestral way. In the souk of the dryers, they dry large skeins of wool with rich colors, stretched from one wall to another on poles. And At the carpets souk, it soled at auction to the highest bidder. And the potter’ssouk presents tajine dishes, glazed pottery and beautiful ceramics. We also cross the souk of jewelers, leather-workers and cabinetmakers. In the end the spice souk, there, the scents of saffron, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, orange blossoms daze the senses. Further on the shelves of apothecaries line up amber, musk, henna pots, jasmine or rose extract vials. And to end on a high note, visit the famous Jemma el Fna square. An open-air theater, invaded at dusk by acrobats, monkey and snake trainers, musicians, storytellers, Henne tattoo artists, fortune tellers of good fortune and one of the great street food places in the Morocc
Rest of the time at your disposal, night in hotel
Bahia Palace Marrakesh
Day 19: Marrakesh
Breakfast and free day: optional excursions or Cabaret dinner live show
Day 20: Marrakesh – Casablanca
Casablanca after breakfast, departure to Casablanca, where you will spend the night. overnight at your 4* hotel.
Day 21: Transfer Casablanca airport
Casablanca “Anyone who is used to travel knows that there always comes a day when hi have to leave” Paulo Coelho After breakfast and according to your time flight, transfer to Casablanca airport.
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