Exotic Morocco

(11 Days / 10 Nights )

Our 10 nights “Exotic Morocco” tour is VERY SPECIAL! In this tour, you will visit some of the most exotic places in Morocco including fortified (inner walled) cities locally known as old medinas. You will also discover UNESCO Cultural heritage sites.

In this trip, you will explore Marrakech, Paris of the Sahara as Winston Churchill once described it. In this amazing city, you will visit historical monuments dating back to the 11th century and you will enjoy wonderful time at the world famous Jemaa El Fna Square… 

Our Exotic Morocco Tour is also your way to the High Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages. You will drive through green valleys, kasbahs and gorges to get to the heart of the Sahara desert. In the desert, you will enjoy magical sunset and sunrise camel ride over the golden sand dunes. You will spend a night of a lifetime in a Luxury Desert Camp under the watch of the bright stars…

In Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco, you will visit an old medina built in the 9th century and you will enjoy wonderful time wandering through the busling souks…Chefchaouen, the Blue City, is an offered BONUS for this trip. From Chefchaouen, you will drive through Tangier, the pearl of the north of Morocco and the country’s main gate to Europe. In Tangier, you will be at a stone’s throw away from the Strait of Gibraltar. You can always cross the Mediterranean Sea from Tangier to Spain by booking your ferry ticket with Toudgha Voyages…

If you are looking for a wonderful vacation which is second to none, think our “Exotic Morocco Tour”…

Cities covered in this tour

Detailed Itinerary:

Arrive at Casablanca airport, the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city. Warm reception by your English speaking driver/guide, then transfer to the hotel. Check in at your hotel to relax. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Optional dinner. Overnight in Casablanca.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the city tour of Casablanca. Begin with an inside visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and one of the largest mosques in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Your next stop is Mohammed V Square. Enjoy sometime at leisure at Morocco Mall. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Late in the afternoon, transfer to Marrakech, “Paris of the Sahara” as Winston Churchill once described it. Optional dinner. Overnight in Marrakech.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech. Stop first at the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Stop next at the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Visit Madrasa Ben Youssef after that. This Coranic school is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142). Madrasa Ben Youssef is the largest in all of Morocco. Stop next at the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue the tour with the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activities by storytellers, snake charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines.Your last stop is the bustling souks in the old medina. Optional dinner. Overnight in Marrakech.

Breakfast in the hotel. Leave Marrakech through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate. Stop at the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The village is a great example of earthen clay architecture that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is an iconic landscape immortalized in such films as “The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)”, “Jesus of Nazareth (1977)”, “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)”, “Gladiator (2000)”, “Son of God (film) (2014)”, ect. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Ouarzazate, also known as “Morocco’s Hollywood”. Stop at the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Visit Taourirt Kasbah, which is considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Ouarzazate.

Breakfast in the hotel. Leave Ouarzazate, heading to the heart of the Sahara desert. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route. Stop first at Kelaat M’Gouna, a big town which is famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Continue to Dades which is known as valley of figs. Dades valley featured prominently in a 2012 advertisement for the Cadillac CTS. Leave Dades to Tinghir. The drive is spectacular, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape.  Tinghir is a gorgeous 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Stop at the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Thanks to its robust rock sides with many uneven surfaces, Todra Gorge is popular among rock climbers. More than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8 have been bolted in the canyon. Todra Gorge was featured on the premiere of the United States reality showExpedition ImpossibleOptional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Merzouga, which is the heart of the desert. Enjoy a sunset camel ride to your charming desert camp by the dunes. Dinner in the Desert Camp. Overnight in Merzouga.

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Fes, which is the spiritual capital of Morocco. The drive takes your through many Amazigh (Berber) villages and along the Ziz valley. Arrive at Midelt, a Berber town in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas mountains ranges. Midelt is one of Morocco’s principal cities for the mining of several minerals. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop first in Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. The town experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. Late in the afternoon, arrive to Fes. Optional dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Fes.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the guided city tour of Fes. Begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco. Continue with a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. Your next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, which is the first university in the world and the world’s foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859, and, since then, it has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. In the medina, visit also a Merdersa, which is a Coranic school. Complete the city tour of Fes with the leather Souq and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. Optional dinner. Overnight in Fes.

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Meknes, “Moroccan Versailles” and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Bab El Mansour gate was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732. Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese. Continue to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis, a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO. Volubilis was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, and from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Chefchaouen, the “Blue City” and one of the most majestic places to visit in Morocco. Optional dinner. Overnight in Chefchaouen.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the city tour of Chefchaouen. Start your tour with the kasbah of Chefchaouen. This kasbah belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail (1645 – 1727). Stop next at Plaza Uta el-Hammam, which is the cobbled main square in town and where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits. Transfer to Tangier, the pearl of the north of Morocco and the country’s main gate to Europe. Enjoy the city tour of Tangier. Stop first at the old town, locally called “The medina”. Visit the American legation, Dar El Oued Makhazen Kasbah, the Mendoubia Gardens, and the Grand and Petit Socco. Transfer to Cape Spartel after that, the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Spartel was known to the Greeks and Romans as the “Cape of the Vines”. Visit the Cave of Hercules, which is Africa’s most north-westerly promontory with a strange sea window shaped like a map of Africa. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the country’s imperial cities. Optional dinner. Overnight in Rabat.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the city tour of Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Casablanca. Optional dinner. Overnight in Casablanca.

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Casablanca airport for your flight back home.

No Surprises !