The Essence of Morocco
8 days / 7 nights
Discover the essence of Morocco's history, culture, architecture, landscapes, cuisine and more on this journey through the four imperial cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh, and the breathtaking Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert.
Day one : Arrive in Casablanca and drive to Rabat
9:00 AM : Flight
10:00 AM : Half Day Tour of Casablanca
1:30 PM : Lunch
2:30 PM : Drive to Rabat
4:00 PM : Arrival in Rabat and check-in to hotel
Day two : Tour of Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis and Fez
8:00 AM : Tour of Rabat
12:00 PM : Tour of Meknes
1:30 PM : Wine Tasting & Lunch
4:00 PM : Tour of Volubilis
5:00 PM : Arrival in Fez and check-in to hotel
Day three : Full day tour of Fez
Day four : Drive from Fez through the Middle Atlas mountains to Merzouga (Sahara desert)
8:00 AM : Drive to Merzouga through the fertile valley of Saiss, up to Ifrane (a ski resort), then ascending the High Atlas Mountains to enter the legendary Ziz valley
3:00 PM : Arrive in Merzouga
3:30 PM : Camel Safari, Sahara Desert
Day five : Merzouga to Ouarzazate
8:00 AM : Drive from Merzouga to Ourzazate across a series of oases
11:00 AM : Stop at Tinghir, a stunning oasis at the foot of the High Atlas mountains
11:30 AM : Visit Todra Gorge and Valley of the Roses
1:15 PM : Arrive in Ouarzazate
1:30 PM : Lunch in Ouarzazate
Day six : Ouarzazate to Marrakesh
9:00 AM : Tour of Ait-Ben-Haddou
1:00 PM : Drive through the High Atlas mountains
5:30 PM : Arrive in Marrakesh and check-in to hotel
Day seven : Full day tour of Marrakesh
Day eight : Return home from Marrakesh
Key sights to see
Located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Casablanca is the country’s largest city and busiest port. The city is most famous for the King Hassan Mosque, the largest functioning mosque in Africa, and the 1945 romantic film called Casablanca, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Founded in the 12th century, Rabat is the most recent of the four imperial cities of Morocco, and Morocco’s political and administrative capital since 1955, when the country achieved independence from the French. It has a well preserved medina, a clean central beach, and an intact kasbah.
Founded in the 11th century as a military settlement, Meknes is the third imperial city of Morocco. The most famous attractions in the town are the grandiose Bab el-Mansour gateway, the medina, and the nearby towns of Volubilis, Morocco’s most famous ancient Roman archaelogical site, and Moulay Idriss, named after the country’s most venerated saint.
Volubilis, commonly considered to be the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauritania, and an important Roman outpost, is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, it is famous for the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ. There is also a small on-site museum.
Founded in the 8th-9th century CE, Fez is the oldest of the four imperial cities of Morocco. The city has several architectural jewels including the two old medina quarters and the Royal Palace. It is also famous for the Choura tannery, one of the oldest tanneries in the world, dating back to the 11th century.
Located on the edge of the Sahara desert, Merzouga serves as the gateway to the famous Erg Chebbi sand dunes that shimmer in glowing hues of gold and red. The spectacular desert landscapes, a carpet of stars at night, and the warmth of the traditional Berber villages, make Merzouga and Erg Chebbi an unforgettable destination.
Ouarzazate (war-zazat), nicknamed the “door of the desert,” is home to the ‘Ouallywood’ movie studios where several famous films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the Gladiator (2000) were filmed. It is also very close to the historic ksar (fortified village) of Ait Benhaddou, a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture.
Founded in 1070, Marrakech is the second of Morocco’s four imperial cities. It is famous for its colorful souks, Moorish architecture, intimate gardens, boutique hotels, mouth-watering cuisine, and many architectural jewels. The central medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the world famous Plaza Jamaa El Fna is typically buzzing with activity.
Exciting and memorable things to do
Great places to stay
Set in an orange grove, La Villa Mandarine offers contemporary, individually decorated rooms, with a private balcony offering views of the gardens. The hotel also has a restaurant that serves a range of cuisine, an outdoor heated swimming pool, massage room and hammam, and fitness room. The beach is only 20 minutes away.
Located in the iconic sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert near Merzouga, the Sahara Majestic Luxury camp offers 360 degree views of the desert, luxury private tents, and multiple activities like camel safaris, ATV/quad rides on the dunes, sandboarding and traditional music and dinner by a campfire.
The Temple des Arts aims at providing a unique and unforgettable experience combining Luxury hospitality and the world of Cinema, given its proximity to the famous Ouarzazate Film Studios. The hotel has 7 rooms and suites, each of them being unique in concept and setting, a Spa, 2 restaurants, and a Hollywood-style swimming pool.
Since opening in 1946, La Maison Arabe has achieved a legendary status in Marrakech. Ideally situated in the medina, the hotel includes 32 rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces, 3 restaurants, a piano bar, a world-famous cooking school as well as a new spa including a traditional hammam.
- Airport pick up in Casablanca
- Some Meals & Beverages