15 Day Contemporary Classical Tour
Contemporary Classical Tour
In a 15 day Morocco tour, our guides and driver will be in your service from your arrival to your departure. You will have the time to discover the real Morocco, with fascinating experiences from the north to the south. High-quality Moroccan meals will be served throughout your journey. This tour will enable you to experience and enjoy authentic Morocco as it was and is today.
- Pick up from Casablanca airport
- 4×4 car, fuel, English speaking driver.
- Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou visit
- Camel treks at sunset and at sunrise
- 1 night in a luxury tent in a desert camp
- Breakfasts, evening meals at leisure in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, & Fes
- Hotel in Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Boumalne dades, Quarzazate, Marrakech
- Personal purchases, drinks, lunch, tips, Flights, Services not mentioned above.
Arrival in Casablanca
Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our professional driver and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time and preference, we can do some sightseeing that first day.
Casablanca to Rabat
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Mosque Hassan 2, one of the largest and most spectacular mosques in Africa, with a minaret of 210 meters. We will tour some of the street art along the water in Casablanca. After your visit, we will drive to the capital of Morocco, Rabat, for the second night.
Rabat to Chefchaouen
In the morning we will start our Rabat visit with a full morning of sightseeing. Kasbah Of Loudaya is a historic fortified military camp located in Rabat and built in the twelfth century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage. We continue to the Kasbah of Challah, the fascinating site of a Merinid necropolis located on the site of an ancient city in the present city of Rabat. We then proceed to the Hassan Tower. In the 12th century, the tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with its mosque, also intended to be the world’s largest. When al-Mansur died in 1199, construction on the mosque stopped and it remains frozen in time.
After visiting Rabat’s spectacular monuments and taking in some street art, we take the road to Chefchaouen (the blue city), through the scenic Rif Mountains. Your night will be spent in a comfortable riad.
A free day in Chefchaouen
Visit the square, walk the beautiful blue medina, or take a hike in the mountains.
Chefchaouen to Fes Via Volibilus and Meknes
After breakfast in your riad in Chefchaouen, we will drive through another scenic route across the Rif Mountains. On this day you will see wonderful UNESCO World Heritage sites. A fertile green landscape will show us the way to Volubilis. Volubilis is an ancient Berber and then Romanized city, the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. The Roman ruins are extensive and remarkably intact – we will explore them with an expert guide. Then on the banks of the wadi Rhoumane river and near Meknes, we will have an hour’s visit to the holy city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun with a local certified guide. We will continue on our way to Meknes for lunch and a tour. Meknes has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1996. In Meknes, we will explore historic sites like the gate of Bab Mansour, Sakkar prison, Hedim Square, and the immense royal stables.In the late afternoon we drive to Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco. Night at a riad inside the old medina.
You will spend a full day both inside the old medina and viewing the Fes medina from the hills that surround the old city. A professional guide will be with you to tell you stories of this fascinating medina.
Fes to Merzouga
We will depart at 08h00 am from your riad and drive to Merzouga. On the way to the biggest dunes in the world, we will stop by Ifran, a beautiful city constructed by the French before Moroccan independence. Located in the Middle Atlas, at 1713 meters above sea level, Ifran is a ski resort. We then continue through the forest of Azrou where you can see – and photograph – wild monkeys. We then drive to Merzouga, going by way of Morocco’s apple capital, Midelt, where we will have lunch.
The drive from Midelt to Merzouga is a series of fascinating landscapes, with stops for photos. Arriving in Merzouga, you will meet your camel and guide for a one-hour ride through the dunes to your desert camp for the night. Dinner will be served in a large year-round tent, under the stars with local music of the Tuareg people. Accommodations are in luxury year-round tents with full facilities.
Merzouga to Boumalene
In the early morning, we share the sunrise over the top of the dunes, eat breakfast and then head back from the camp by camel. We drive toward Boumalne Dades, stopping by a canal built in the 17 century…which remains in use. We stop in Tinguir for a walk in the Moroccan grand canyon, named Todgua Canyon. The road winds beside the spectacular Todra Valley, before we arrive at your hotel in Boumalne Dades. Your hotel is located in the front of the valley to ensure that you have the best panoramic view of the entire valley
Boumalne to Quarzazate
From Boumalen to Ouarzazate we cross the Boumalne Valley, to arrive at the Rose Valley. Here you will meet the Berber women who make authentic rose water. The roses and their products are most special and provide work for the Berber women and men. After driving 45 kilometers, we will stop in Skoura. Here, in this quiet little village dotted with palm tree groves, you will find one kasbah that stands out from the rest. The Kasbah Amridil, originally built in the 17th century, is one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. It has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for insights into the ancient traditions of Kasbah life. It is now a short drive to Ouarzazate, the second Hollywood and production site of many adventure films. At the cinema studios, you can take a tour of all the sets of the Hollywood movies made here. Overnight at a quality hotel in Ouarzazate city.
Quarzazate to Marrakech
The departure will be 08h00 am from your hotel. On the way to Marrakech, we will visit one of the most beautiful and famous Ksars (fortified Berber villages) in the south of Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a ksar (Ighrem, in Berber) listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, in the province of Ouarzazate.
You will have enough time to visit the Ksar and have lunch before we begin our drive-through and over the High Atlas mountains. At the top, we will begin our drive down through an incredible mountain landscape with spectacular views – until we arrive at your riad in Marrakech.
It is time to discover the red city with a local certified guide. The guide will take you to the Koutoubia Mosque, Palais Bahia, Jemaa El Fna Square, Saadian Tombs and Majorelle Garden. Marrakech is named the “red city” or the “ocher city” about the red color of a large part of its buildings and houses. The walk inside the old medina of Marrakech is an opportunity to discover the nerve center and the historical heart of the city of Marrakech. The guide will point out street art as you walk through the old medina. At the end of your visit, our local guide will take you back to your riad in the medina to enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day trip to Ourika Valley
After your breakfast in your riad, we will drive for 30 KM into the Atlas Mountains for walking and hiking among the 7 waterfalls of Ourika Valley. The Ourika Valley is primarily populated by people of Berber language and Chleuh dialect. Despite its proximity to Marrakech, it is still considered a relatively preserved valley, both in its nature and in its traditional mountain lifestyle. Our lunch will be served next to the big river so we can enjoy untouched nature and Berber food. In the evening you will be back in Marrakech.
Other options for your day include visiting Marrakech’s wonderful gardens, a Marrakech street art tour, a visit to an hammam, a yoga class, a cooking class. Your day is your choice. Just let us know.
Marrakech to Essaouira
After 3 amazing days in Marrakech, it’s time to visit the Atlantic Ocean. You will enjoy the beach life and fresh fish in Essaouira city. The region of Essaouira was inhabited since antiquity by Berber natives, then by Phoenicians, and then by the Romans. From the sixteenth century that the site was occupied by the Portuguese, who in 1506 built a fortress and ramparts which still stand. After we reach your riad, you have will free time to enjoy the medina, ramparts, fishermen’s harbor, and the beach. You don’t need a car in Essaouira. Walking is always the best way to discover it.
Free day in Essaouira
An opportunity to walk or ride the beach, check out the fish market and explore the medina.
We will drive you to Casablanca for your plane.