Twelve Days Morocco Grand Tour
Twelve Days Morocco Grand Tour ,Morocco Grand Tour gives you the possibility to discover Morocco’s imperial cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and this Casablanca big tour continue to discover south Morocco, you enjoy the camel ride in Merzouga Sahara desert, then Casablanca desert tour continue to Marrakech via Gorges, Oasis, Palm groves, Kasbah, in Marrakech you have opportunity to visit Atlas mountains and Essaouira Atlantic coast, this Moroccan grand trip ends in Marrakech.
Rabat City Morocco
Fes City Morocco
Meknes City Morocco
Merzouga Desert Morocco
Ait Ben Haddou
Atlas Mountains Morocco
Clarification about the Morocco Grand Tour :
To give you an overview of the tour, here are some highlights:Sunrise Camel Riding: Experience the magic of Saharan dunes as you embark on a camel ride at sunrise.
Hands-on Workshops: Engage in workshops that cover various aspects of Moroccan culture, including Moroccan cuisine, traditional crafts like mosaic and zellij gypsum carving, and even musical instruments.
Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the local culture by listening to the enchanting call to prayer of the muezzin and exploring the narrow alleys of Fez’s ancient medina, the world’s oldest intact medieval city.
Private Lectures: Attend informative lectures on Moroccan history, religion, and society to deepen your understanding of the country.
Vibrant Marrakech: Discover the bustling souks and main square of Marrakech, where you’ll encounter captivating sights like snake charmers, belly dancers, Gnawa musicians, acrobats, and henna tattoo artists.
Scenic Hike: Embark on a scenic hike through the Berber mountain village of Imlil and explore the lush Ourika Valley, where you’ll have the opportunity to share a traditional Moroccan tea experience with a local Berber family.
Optional Return Trip: For those seeking further adventures, we can provide suggestions for your return trip, such as renting a riad in the coastal town of Essaouira.
By offering these diverse experiences, our Moroccan tour aims to fulfill your dreams and create unforgettable memories
Arrival at Casablanca Airport and Transfer To Hotel
This day is dedicated to meeting you and providing a private transfer to your hotel, where you can relax after your flights.
Casablanca, which translates to “white house” in Spanish, started as a modest trading post and eventually grew into one of Africa’s largest cities under French influence. As Morocco’s commercial metropolis, Casablanca embodies the contrast between western modernity and eastern tradition. It both challenges and confirms the concept of orientalism, as described by Edouard Said.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a private tour of Casablanca, which includes a visit to the renowned King Hassan II Mosque. This mosque stands out for its fame, advanced technological features, and the exceptional quality of its artistry and craftsmanship. The interior of the mosque can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers, while an additional 80,000 people can gather in the outside courtyard! As for your accommodation, you have the option to choose the Hyatt Regency – Deluxe Room (5 stars)
From Casablanca via Rabat to Fez
Today begins with breakfast, and then we will drive to Rabat, the inviting capital city known for its lush green parks, tree-lined boulevards, and charming medina or old walled city. Rabat has impeccably preserved remnants of its Moorish history. During our visit, we will stop to admire the impressive 12th-century minaret of Hassan II, which dominates the skyline of Rabat. We will then proceed to the nearby Mausoleum of Mohammed V, a magnificent monument that showcases traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and is guarded by elaborately dressed royal guards.
After enjoying lunch, our journey continues to the cliff-top Kasbah des Ouadayas, a fortress that served as the Almohad citadel in medieval Rabat. Guarded by an impressive arched gate, the Kasbah features a palace and Andalusian gardens. From the broad terrace, you can savor the breathtaking views of the river and sea.
Our next stop is Chellah, a remarkable historical and natural site. We will visit the medersa or Koran school, where you can admire the towering minaret and observe various bird species such as black storks, herons, egrets, and ibises. These birds inhabit the dense vegetation surrounding the ruins. After the sightseeing, a private transfer will take you to Fez, where you will stay in a luxurious riad or a 4 or 5-star hotel.
Let’s explore FEZ
On this day of your Morocco Grand Tour, you will have the opportunity to step back in time and immerse yourself in the Middle Ages as we visit Fes El Bali, also known as Old Fez. Considered the world’s largest living medina and the cultural heart of Morocco, this city has a rich history dating back to the 8th century. Throughout the centuries, Fez has experienced significant transformations. It flourished as a result of skilled Muslim and Jewish immigrants from Andalusia and Tunisia, who settled here. The wise sultans of Fez expanded the caravan trade with West Africa and established numerous madrasas, contributing to the city’s prosperity. Remarkably, both Moses Maimonides and Pope Sylvester II studied at Al-Karaouine, Fez’s ancient and still-functioning university, which holds the title of the oldest university in the world!
Your private tour will encompass the exploration of both Old Fez and New Fez. The latter, known as Ville Nouvelle, was built during the 20th century under French influence. Noteworthy highlights include the Bou Inania Medersa, Bab Bou Jeloud, the ethnographic museum of Dar Batha, and the picturesque Nejjarine Square with its beautiful fountain. We will also visit a former hotel, now transformed into a museum showcasing intricate mosaics and carpentry artifacts. In New Fez, established by the Merinid Dynasty, you will have the opportunity to see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas, bustling souks, and the Mellah, the historic Jewish quarter known for its distinctive Andalusian architecture and two synagogues.
Tonight, we will head to Riad Al Kantara, where you can choose between attending a private lecture or participating in a hands-on workshop on traditional Moroccan crafts such as mosaics and gypsum carving, or traditional music and instruments like Aoud, Hajhouj, Quanun, and Rebad. Alternatively, you may opt to visit an upscale hammam, a traditional public bath. If you choose the lecture option, topics may include the Five Pillars of Islam, the Jewish historical experience in Morocco, or insights into Moroccan society, including family structure, the role of women, and recent changes in family law. One of the captivating lectures available is on the most influential leaders in Moroccan history and the similarities and differences between the Arab and Berber people.
From Volubilis via Meknes to Fes
In The morning after your breakfast, you are meant to be privately transferred to Meknes, another imperial city of Morocco. Your tour is around the palace, granaries, and stables of the great Moulay Ismail, who ruled Morocco for 55 years and who managed to expel the British, Ottoman Turks, and Spaniards with the help of his highly-trained army of 150,000 slaves from West Africa. The ruler is a Blackman and he enslaved black people themselves. Moulay Ismail’s palace was meant to equal French King Louis IV’s palace at Versailles. The city walls of Meknes stretch for 16 miles and are interspersed with ceremonial, fortress-style, and utilitarian gates. The most spectacular gate is Bab Mansour, named after the architect, a Christian slave, who converted to Islam. Also, peer into his lavish mausoleum.
After halting for lunch at Relais de Meknes, you’ll take the short drive to Volubilis, the site of the largest and most well-preserved Roman remains in Morocco. The capital of the Roman province of Mauritania, Volubilis was a key Roman outpost that sent vast quantities of olives, wheat, and lions to Rome. The evocative remains include a Roman olive factory and the luxurious House of Orpheus; nevertheless, the greatest treasures are the sophisticated mosaic floors, which have been excellently preserved. You have a Free evening in Fez
Ifrane – Ziz Valley – Erfoud (Sahara Desert)
Our journey takes us further into the enchanting desert landscape. We will guide you through the captivating sights, starting with the popular mountain retreat and seasonal ski resort of Ifrane. Passing through the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountain ranges, we will venture into the breathtaking Ziz Valley. This valley is a true oasis, brimming with lush vegetation, including an astonishing number of approximately 2 million date palm trees. It carves its way through an otherwise arid region of desert canyons and remarkable plateaus, resembling the majestic tepuis. Along the valley, you will come across a series of kasbahs, fortresses constructed to safeguard families in what was once a lawless land until the 1930s.
Upon arriving in Erfoud, you will have the opportunity to relax and perhaps take a refreshing swim in the pool. As night falls, you will be captivated by the mesmerizing desert sky, adorned with countless stars. This evening, you will embark on a camel trek through the dunes, enjoying a sunset journey that lasts approximately one hour. The trek will lead you to the camp where authentic Berber tents await, providing an unforgettable overnight experience complete with a delicious dinner and enthralling Berber folklore music.
Exploring Merzouga and Camel Trek
Your day starts with a delightful breakfast that we consider an essential part of your experience. Before embarking on your camel trek and spending the night at the desert camp, there are exciting discoveries awaiting you. You will have the opportunity to visit the Gnawa people, who have an intriguing origin as slaves brought from Sudan. This encounter will introduce you to their unique music and fascinating way of life. Nearby, you can also explore the picturesque Merzouga lake, home to a variety of beautiful birds. Additionally, a visit to the nomadic thread house is highly recommended, where you’ll find an array of authentic Berber handicrafts at more affordable prices compared to the bustling cities.
As the afternoon unfolds, it’s time for your camel trekking adventure. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will venture into the mesmerizing sea of golden sand in Merzouga. Enjoy the captivating landscapes and, in the evening, savor a delicious dinner right in front of the tent where you will spend the night, creating unforgettable memories under the starry desert sky.
From Merzouga via Todra Valley, Dades Valley to Ouarzazate
Early in the morning, we’ll transfer you to the dunes in a four-by-four vehicle for an exciting adventure. Get ready to embark on a camel trek through the majestic dunes. Your Berber guide will skillfully guide the camels using various techniques, such as clicking sounds and carefully marking steps in the sand, ensuring they follow the desired path to achieve the intended outcome. As you reach the top of a towering, windswept dune, take a moment to soak in the serene atmosphere and witness the breathtaking colors of the sunrise painting the sky.
After your camel trekking experience, we’ll visit a charming Gnawa village before continuing our journey to the oasis city of Ouarzazate. This city holds great strategic importance as it serves as a gateway to all corners of Morocco and beyond, connecting various routes to Europe. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at a small private museum where you can admire fascinating exhibits showcasing the local art, culture, and history. Our adventure continues as we explore the magnificent Todra Valley and Gorge, with picturesque Berber villages nestled on either side of the lush palm groves that cut through the rugged brown desert landscape. We’ll pause for a delightful lunch before traveling along the scenic southern slopes of the High Atlas range and passing through the enchanting Dades Valley, renowned for its fragrant roses. Our journey culminates in reaching Ouarzazate, a city rich in history and allure
Ouarzazate via Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech
We have your breakfast first. Then sightseeing follows in and around Ouarzazate, a town that for centuries was the main trading center for people residing in the Atlas, Draa, Dades, and Todgha valleys. The modern town was built by the French in the 1920s as a garrison town to protect its commercial interests. Since the 1960s, Ouarzazate has been a major movie-making center of global attention.
Your tour will include the Taourirt Kasbah, built by the Glaoui brothers, who were the region’s most powerful tribal leaders at the turn of the century. Then we continue to Ait Benhaddou. More recently, as the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbah in the Atlas region, Ait Ben haddou has played a major role in motion picture history, featuring in “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Jesus of Nazareth”, “Gladiator” and “The Mummy”. We again stroll around the village and perhaps pick up a pyro-aquarela (fire-burned watercolor) painting. On your way back to Ouarzazate, you may visit the Atlas Film Studios if you are interested. After the visit to the Kasbah, we continue to the highest mountain pass in Morocco, Tichn’Tichka (7,400 ft), built by the French to replace the main caravan route connecting the north and south. Lying at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, and framed by the red desert. Marrakech is an enchanting ochre-colored city that is a marvel of sights and sounds, with its minarets, labyrinthine souks, lush green gardens, palaces, and honey-combed alleys. This afternoon, you will visit the Jardin Majorelle. It is originally owned by an acclaimed landscape painter, Jacques Majorelle, the electric-blue villa and garden were bought and expanded by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s. You are going to enjoy the impressive garden and small museum of Islamic art.
Let us explore Marrakech!
Your own customized or planned tour of Marrakech can begin with a visit to the stunningly beautiful Ben Youssef Medersa, a former Quranic boarding school. It is where 900 students also studied algebra, law, and astronomy. Ir is originally founded in the 14th century by the Merenids. This medersa was once the largest in North Africa and remains one of the most beautiful ones. The exquisite zellij patterns and cedar carvings epitomize the Islamic emphasis on decorative arts, not representational art, to inspire reflection.
You will then take a walk through the old medina and labyrinth of souks. This maze of colorful alleys and small squares is home to a confusing number of stalls and ateliers specified to specific crafts. Finally, you find yourself in the famous Djemaa el Fna, the city’s main square. No one is really certain how it came into being, but over the last 1,000 years, the square has become the heartbeat and meeting point of Marrakech, where fire eaters, mime artists, snake charmers, and street musicians perform on a daily basis.
Just opposite the square, you find the Koutoubia Mosque. Built in the 12th century, the very impressive Koutoubia minaret served as inspiration for the architects of the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. We continue to the Maison Tiskiwin, which features the highly educational and beautifully presented private art collection of Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint. It takes an imaginary journey throughout Morocco and southward to Timbuktu, learning about the clothing, art, jewelry, carpets, and leatherwork of the Berber and Touareg tribes in each region.
Other highlights will include the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, with its green courtyards, incredible painted woodwork ceilings, and exquisite gypsum zellij carvings. Tonight, you’ll dine at Palais Souleiman, where you can also enjoy listening to Andalus and Gnawa music. The palace once belonged to one of Marrakech’s last great chiefs, Caïd Layadi, and its extraordinary architecture has been well-preserved.
The high Atlas Mountains
On this day you enjoy a full-day private excursion to the Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s greatest mountain range. You stop at the picturesque village of Asni before continuing to the Berber village of Imlil. It is where you’ll enjoy a short hike or mule ride to Kasbah Toubkal. From which you’ll enjoy wonderful views of Toubkal Mountain, the highest peak in North Africa. You’ll then proceed to the Ourika Valley for scenic hiking and tea with a rural Berber family. Finally, we return to Marrakech.
11th Day :
DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA
In the Morning after breakfast, we pick up you and drive to Essaouira. It is a charming port city with warm, engaging people, a rich art and music scene, a laid-back, attractive medina, and wide sandy beaches. The city’s colorful history has historically featured the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Portuguese and French. Essaouira’s free-trade status and the influx of European, Jewish, Arab, Berber people, and ex-slave West African immigrants have helped the city prosper. The varying origins of Essaouira’s inhabitants created its unique character, as evidenced by its folk traditions and art. Even today, the most famous of Morocco’s artists, musicians, and intellectuals originate from Essaouira! Mashallah this is a common belief.
In the afternoon, you enjoy a special tour of the port, souks, and French-designed medina. Then we stroll along the narrow winding streets lined with artisan workshops, whitewashed houses, and colorful shops. You will also come across the Mellah, the sizeable old Jewish quarter, as well as the 16th-century fortress built by the Portuguese to protect their commercial base of Mogador.
Then you ramble through the captivating souks and peruse an art gallery or two to see the highly distinctive Gnawa paintings. Moreover, we head to the large working port to see the brightly painted fishing trawlers and look out to the îles Purpuraires. It is named after the much-prized purple dye that was extracted from the islands’ mollusks by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians. You can grab a tasty seafood or tagine dish and stroll over to the lovely beach to watch windsurfers. In the Afternoon we will drive back to Marrakech.
If you have a late flight then you may visit souks for last-minute shopping or more colorful photos. Private airport transfer for your return flight and wish you had spent memorable moments with us.