Ancient Wonders in Morocco

  • destination Morocco
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1395,- pp

This 15-day trip takes you along the cultural and natural highlights of the country. Morocco is a country with a diverse character; it consists of modern cities, vast desert plains and high mountain peaks. During this fully arranged trip through Morocco you will stay in unique and high-quality accommodations.

Your journey starts in the economic heart of Morocco, Casablanca. After visiting the Hassan II Mosque, you will set off towards the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fez. Here you will visit historical buildings such as the Bab Mansour and various UNESCO sites. In addition, you travel towards the vast plains of the Sahara where you will experience the magnificence of the desert.

After the dusty desert you will reach the highest point of North Africa. You zigzag through the Atlas Mountains and will spend the night in a Kasbah. When leaving the Atlas Mountains, you will arrive in Marrakesh, the bustling metropolis in the middle of Morocco. This city has a unique character because of the countless sights and experiences you can undertake there. At the end of your trip you have a few more days to relax at the beach of the Atlantic coast.

You can make this trip through Morocco with your own rental car or with a private driver!

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Itinerary

Flight to Casablanca, Morocco including airport transfer

When arriving in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by one of the representatives of Arabescape.com who will welcome you. Subsequently the driver takes you to your accommodation.

Depending on your flight, you might still have time to visit the famous Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. This is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest in the world. The religious building is half built over the water, which provides a spectacular view. From the mosque you can take a nice walk on the cornice (the boulevard). A nice and easy start of your journey.

Casablanca - Rabat including transfers and train

This morning you will pick up the rental car and drive to the royal city of Meknes, formerly known as Miknasa. In Meknes you will find the old granaries of the Heri Es-Souni and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Afterwards you walk to the Bab Mansour, an old city gate which you can find in the spectacular city center.

From Meknes, you head towards Moulay Idriss, a special place for the Moroccan community. This is the place where the origin of the Islam in Morocco can be found. At the end of this day you will drive to Fez where you will spend the night.

Rabat - Meknes - Fez pick up rental car

This morning you will pick up the rental car and drive to the royal city of Meknes, formerly known as Miknasa. In Meknes you will find the old granaries of the Heri Es-Souni and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Afterwards you walk to the Bab Mansour, an old city gate which you can find in the spectacular city center.

From Meknes, you head towards Moulay Idriss, a special place for the Moroccan community. This is the place where the origin of the Islam in Morocco can be found. At the end of this day you will drive to Fez where you will spend the night.

Fez including city tour

Today, you wake up in magical city of Fez and have all day to discover the center. Fez is one of the Imperial cities and also one of the largest cities in the country. Although, when you walk through the narrow streets of the Medina and the bazaar, Fez does not feel like a city of millions.

Fez is a melting pot of cultures, religions and populations which have settled here over the centuries. Due to this diverse population, the city offers various Islamic as well as Jewish buildings and historical sites.

In Fez we suggest you visit the Royal Palace, the ancient tanneries and the Bab Mellah district. In the evening it is possible to eat with a local Moroccan family. This will give you a glimpse into the lives, traditions and customs of the locals.

Fez - Ifrane - Midelt - Erfoud

We suggest you wake up early today as it will be a long day of travelling. You will drive from beautiful Fez towards the extensive Merzouga desert and leave in the early morning. In the late afternoon you arrive in Erfoud for your overnight stay.

Located in the Sahara, Erfoud is one of the largest oasis towns on the edge of the desert. This makes Erfoud a very important city in the area.

Tomorrow the real desert adventure begins: you will travel deep into the Sahara.

Erfoud - Rissani - Erg Chebbi including transfer to desert camp

This morning you will have enough time to visit Rissani. If you have the chance, visit the market on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. In the afternoon you will be picked up with a jeep and transferred to the desert camp. The thrill of being surrounded by the endless desert is incredible and the silence is overwhelming. You can take a short walk to the dunes and enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

Erg Chebbi is the desert region in the east of Morocco. The area is about 25 km from north to south and the widest part is 8 km from east to west. The sand dunes can reach a height of 150 meters. Tonight you will sleep in a Bedouin tent.

Erg Chebbi - Todgha Gorge - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate

After this amazing desert experience you drive towards the eastern part of the Atlas Mountains and visit the Todgha Gorge today. This beautiful canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular ones. The gorge was created thousands of years ago when the Todgha and Dades rivers flowed over the rocks. The river created a passage by erosion. Today, a cold river still flows over the bottom of the gorge, but no longer as big and powerful as it used to be.

On the way to Ouarzazate you can stop at the Dadès Valley where you can go for a hike.

Ouarzazate - Aït-Ben-Haddou - Ourika

Start the day with a visit to one of the most special monuments in Ouarzazate, the Taourirt Kasbah. It dates back from the 18th century and has been renovated several times since. The exterior of this mud kasbah is dominated by the red color and looks like a large fortress.

You can also visit the Cinema Studio Atlas, this was the first major film studio in North Africa. The site is spread over 20 hectares and offers all necessary services and equipment for productions: exterior and interior sets, production offices, workplaces, stables with trained animals and accommodation.

Leaving Ouarzazate, you head to Aït-Ben-Haddou, a well-preserved kasbah used as the decor for many historical films. For example, scenes from Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ and Gladiator were shot here. This kasbah is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

As you drive further, you will enter the mountains. Your route starts with an amazing road through the mountains from Tizi-n-Tichka. Through numerous curves you reach an altitude of 2260 meters. The road may be closed due to snowfall in and around the winter months. From this point you will head to Ourika today, where you will spend the night on a mountain peak in the amazing kasbah de Ourika.

Ourika optional hike in the mountains with guide

This day is at leisure. Go for a hike in the area or stay in the beautiful kasbah to relax.

Ourika - Imlil - Marrakech hand in rental car

From the beautiful Ourika valley you continue towards Imlil. This small village is located at the end of the paved road and is close to the Toubkal Mountain, the highest mountain in North Africa with 4167 meters. Imlil has developed itself into a popular embarkation point for rock climbing and trekking.

After getting an impression of the local life of the mountain inhabitants, it is time to continue your journey to the vibrant heart of Morocco: Marrakesh.

Marrakech including city tour

Today you wake up in a thousand and one night fairy tale. You have two days to explore Marrakesh, so you have plenty of time to see the highlights. Like many North African cities, Marrakesh is divided into two separate parts: the Gueliz (the modern French-built city) and the Medina (the old city).

The first morning we have arranged a city tour with a guide. He will show you the way in and around the city center. The tour starts at the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in the city and famous for its minaret. Afterwards you go to the Djemaa el Fnaa square, the most famous square of Morocco. Everything comes together at this square, from delicious eateries to snake charmers and musicians. A unique experience.

In addition, it is possible to take a look at real Islamic life in Marrakesh. In the city center you can visit the madrassa, a Koran school. The gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and the Bahia Palace are also recommended. We are happy to give you some more information about what to see and where to eat.

Marrakech - Essaouira including city tour

From the hustle and bustle in Marrakesh you continue your way to Essaouira, a charming seaside town on the west coast of Morocco. In Essaouira you can visit the charming artists’ quarter where you will find beautiful white houses with blue shutters, art galleries and delicious fresh fish. Take a walk along the Prince Moulay el Hassan square and past Skala du port, the fishing port.

Essaouira

Today is at leisure. You can choose to relax or go for a walk. Another option is to drive towards Agadir, along the way you will find many Argantrees. The oil extracted from the trees is used in many beauty products like hair-oil or shampoo.

Essaouira - Marrakech - Flight home including airport transfer

This is the end of your round trip in Morocco. Depending on the departure time of your flight home you still have some time at leisure. You will be picked up by a local employee of Arabescape.com at your accommodation in Essaouira. The driver takes you to the airport in Marrakesh for your flight home.

Accommodation

Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

MarrakechThis hotel is just a few minutes away from the famous Djemaa el Fna Square. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by various palm trees.

Le Medina Essaouira Hotel

EssaouiraLe Medina Essaouira is located on the coast of Essaouira. The hotel also has its own outdoor swimming pool.

Kenzi Basma Hotel

Casablanca This hotel is centrally located in Casablanca. The city's highlights are just a few minutes' walk away.

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Details & Prices

Ancient Wonders in Morocco

  • destination Morocco
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1395,- pp
Included
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Overnight stays in selected hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Private city tour in Fez
  • Private city tour in Marrakech
  • Car rental and transfers as mentioned in program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Other excursions
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