Morocco 13 Days / 12 Nights
Day 1 Casablanca
Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by one of Experience It! Tours’ representative. You will be transferred by shuttle bus to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. There will be orientation and then time to see some of the city, perhaps including a visit to the Hassan II, one of the world’s biggest mosques
Day 2 Rabat / Fes
After breakfast, we will leave by van towards Fes. On route, we will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, for lunch and a time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. After lunch we will continue on to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco.
Day 3 Fes
After breakfast we will begin our guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. We will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places we will experience. For lunch we will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch we will complete the tour and return to our hotel for the evening.
Day 4 Volubilis / Meknes
After an early breakfast, we will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubolis. We will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Lunch will be taken in Mulay Idris, one of the holiest cities in Morocco. After lunch, your guide will take you on a bus tour of the imperial city, Meknes.
Day 5 Fes
In the morning the group will visit a beautifully restored castle and hear a lecture on Moroccan artesian, given by one of Fes’ finest craftsmen. We will enjoy a barbeque lunch at the old restored palace. After lunch, our host will entertain questions on current events, religion or politics.
Day 6 Erfoud
After an early breakfast we will begin our ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding our way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as we cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, we will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. On arrival at the Kasbah Tizmi in Erfoud, a hot shower or dip in the swimming pool (depending on the weather) will be a treat after the drive.
Day 7 Sahara Desert
Most of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel or taking a walk into the small but interesting desert town. In the afternoon, we will head off in some 4-wheel drive vehicles across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes. We will set off by camel for a 2-hour trek out to the oasis where we will spend the night in Berber tent.
Day 8 Todra Gorges/ Ouarzazate
From Erfoud we set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to Ouarzazate. We will stop to take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. We will stay the night in Ouarzazate before we cross the High Atlas Mountains.
Day 9 Marrakech
After an early breakfast you set off to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, it is one of the jewels of Morocco. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered…usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator. Lunch can be taken at Ait Ben Haddou.
After lunch, you will head over the mountains to Marrakech. Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. The famous Djemaa el-Fna, is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square. Dinner can be taken in the hotel or in the square.
Day 10 Marrakech
After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. Dinner will be served in the hotel
Day 11 Essaouira
After breakfast, you will set off to the coastal city of Essaouira, a picturesque fishing town, lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south, Essaouira has become one of Morocco’s most popular coastal towns. Many of the countries wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home. Lunch will be served in one of the restaurants in the medina. After lunch, you will continue your tour of Essaouira, a high light being an optional camel ride on the beach. You will return in the evening to Marrakech where dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 12 Essaouira / Casablanca
Your last day of travel will take you back to Casablanca. You will enjoy the beautiful ride a long the coast with a visit to El Jadida and Safi (depending on time) Lunch will be found along the way and you will have dinner at the hotel or in a nice restaurant in the city.
Day 13 Casablanca / Depart
Meals which are marked
Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
Driver / Guide / Cook fees
Mules for carrying packs
Entrance Fees to historical sites (except Hassan II Mosque)
Does not include:
Airfare / Drinks / Personal Spending /Tips for guides and drivers /Travel Insurance
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