Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca - Explore
Greetings from Morocco! A private driver will take you to your hotel after you land at the airport. Prepare to explore the bustling imperial city of Casablanca after settling into your lodging.
Take a tour of the Hassan II Mosque to start. The world’s tallest minaret can be found on this magnificent mosque, which also features some of Morocco’s finest architectural designs. The opulent interior is decorated with ornate ceilings, wood, marble, and carved stone. Being the only mosque in Casablanca that is accessible to the general public, it is unquestionably a must-see.
After your mosque tour, stroll through the city’s historic district and stop for lunch whenever you like. The medina quarter is home to a large number of cafes and eateries. Visit the Central Market, the Habous Quarter, or the Royal Palace to continue exploring.
Day 2: Travel to Rabat - Visit the Town of Salé
On this day, you’ll travel to Rabat, the capital and seat of the Moroccan royal family. When you arrive, you’ll see the Hassan Tower monument, one of the Almohad Dynasty’s most magnificent structures. The Hassan Tower is a 12th-century abandoned project that was intended to be an affixed minaret to Mohamed V’s mosque and mausoleum but was never finished. The 145-foot (44-meter) red sandstone tower and about 200 columns are left standing today.
Enjoy your lunch alone. Although there are many restaurants and cafes in the area around the tower, your driver can give you a recommendation.
You’ll travel to the nearby city of Salé in the afternoon for a tour of the historic Madera. Observing the beautiful architecture and Moroccan handicrafts is an unforgettable experience. The city’s two walled neighborhoods, Bab Antara and Bab Mellah are also accessible. Tonight, eat dinner on your own using your guide’s suggestions.
Day 3: Drive to Fes - Stop in Meknes and the Roman Ruins at Volubilis
Meet your driver after breakfast to begin the day’s trip to Fes. Meknes is your first stop; it’s a charming city with a smaller medina, so you can move more slowly without worrying about pushy shopkeepers. Your driver will guide you through the Ville Impériale district, where you can visit the Royal Stables, the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the Bab al-Mansour gate, and various gardens and palaces.
You’ll travel to Moulay Idriss, a hillside town that from a distance resembles a sitting camel, after enjoying Meknes. The Idrisid Dynasty was established in this town, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789 after he fled Mecca because of religious and tribal conflicts. It is the oldest town in Morocco. The town is home to Morocco’s only circular minaret. You’re on your own for lunch, but your driver can recommend places.
Volubilis is the last stop before Fes. The best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco can be found at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a pleasant diversion from driving. You can explore the vast complex’s expansive merchant homes with temples and vibrant mosaics while wandering around with a guide.
One of Morocco’s four imperial cities, Fes, is where the day ends, where you can unwind and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Day 4: Explore the Imperial City of Fes and its UNESCO Medina
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you to begin your exploration of the medina in Fes. This UNESCO-protected old quarter is teeming with charming lanes and congested streets. You will be able to observe both the minute details of daily life and the grandiosity of the madrasas and palaces thanks to your local guide’s sharing of untold tales and showing you secretive areas of the medina. Your guide will give you many suggestions for lunch and dinner so you can experience Fes from a local’s perspective.
You can enjoy Fes’ artisanal side in the afternoon. The city is a center for Moroccan arts and crafts, allowing you to meet artisans and learn about the significance of their professions. You’ll go to tanneries and mosaic studios to see how old-fashioned techniques are still used in contemporary crafts.
Return to your riad for a brief break. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or returning to the medina’s streets to put what you’ve learned about Fes to the test.
Day 5: Day Trip to Ahinajen Berber Village
Get up early because your morning will be spent in the Middle Atlas Mountains’ Berber village of Ahinajen. You’ll travel the entire distance in a neighborhood souk van or, like the locals, a pick-up truck. You will eat lunch with a village family when you arrive.
Head down the valley after lunch to observe and talk to the farmers as they work in their fields. The family’s livestock is traditionally tended by women and kids, which results in exciting family dynamics. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with local culture and an eye-opening experience for rural life in the Atlas Mountains.
You’ll stop at Sidi Bousghin’s tomb back to Fes. Here, you can take in a breathtaking panoramic view of Sefrou and the Middle Atlas Mountains covered in snow. You can choose to eat dinner in either Sefrou or Fes, depending on the time.
Day 6: Drive to Marrakech via Beni-Mellal and the Atlas Mountains
You’ll meet your driver after an early breakfast to begin a long journey from Fes to Marrakech. The Atlas Mountains are traversed during this eight-hour journey, which is quite beautiful. You’ll stop at a few old Berber villages along the way, an almond farm, and the fabled Barbary Apes in the mountains. Take a break for lunch in Beni-Mellal.
You’ll be prepared for the commotion and clamor of vibrant Marrakech after all the tranquility of the mountains.
The main square, Jemaa el Fna Square, comes alive each evening with musicians, performers, snake charmers, games, food stalls, and more. After settling into your lodging, go there. Numerous cafes surround the square, where you can sit and take in the action while dining if you prefer to take in the excitement from a distance.
Day 7: Discover the Medina of Marrakech - Evening Food Tour
On your second day there, you’ll meet your local guide for a walking tour of Marrakech’s breathtaking old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The charming souk (marketplace) with its endless displays of djellabas (traditional clothing), brightly colored babouches (sandals), intricately designed lanterns, mounds of exotic spices, and the buzz of local life can be enjoyed as you meander the narrow streets. Within the city’s rose-colored walls, your enthusiastic guide will enthrall you with historical tales and tales of the medina and its souk.
After lunch, return to your lodging for a short rest before your evening activities. You’ll start your 3-hour guided food tour of the Marrakech Medina at 6 o’clock, during which you’ll sample regional fare and beverages.
Day 8: Day Trip to Ourika - Hike to a Waterfall
Your day trip to the Ourika Valley departs after breakfast. Take a quick, scenic drive into the Atlas Mountains foothills from Marrakech. The road curves along the Ourika Valley through a string of charming mountain towns.
Your tour will continue to Setti Fatma, a popular weekend getaway for many Moroccans. This fascinating region, known for its lovely streams, seven waterfalls, imposing cliffs, and lush valleys, still engage in medieval agricultural practices. Take a stroll around the valley and admire the lush terraces and Atlas Mountains in the distance.
You will take your local guide on a hike to the first waterfalls in the early afternoon. This is a fantastic way to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle and relax outdoors. After the hike, you’ll have lunch in a nearby restaurant with a stunning view of the mountains.
In the evening, you’ll arrive back in Marrakech, where you’ll have time to finish your city exploration and find a restaurant for dinner.
Day 9: Travel to Essaouira - Stop at an Argan Oil Farm
After breakfast, you’ll set out for Essaouira, a town famous for its top-notch surfing beaches. The 3-hour route travels through vast, rolling plains with stunning scenery. You’ll enter a distinctive forest as you near Morocco’s western coast. Argan trees only thrive in this ecosystem. You can visit a group of local women who produce argan oil—famous for its superior health and beauty benefits—by taking a brief detour. You shouldn’t be shocked if you spot goats munching on the argan tree fruits up in the branches. It’s a beautiful sight!
When you arrive in Essaouira, enjoy exploring the old medina area and the impressive seawalls. In Essaouira, one of Morocco’s best-preserved Jewish neighborhoods, Jewish heritage is strongly felt. It is a beautiful illustration of a coexisting community and a fascinating location.
The Essaouira harbor is the city’s commercial hub and a must-visit location for anyone interested in learning about the regional cuisine. Numerous fishermen bring their catches ashore each morning to sell in the nearby market. You can get some of the freshest fish for lunch, grilled or fried, at several natural food stands just outside the harbor. You can either order fish directly from the stalls or order fish the old-fashioned way by purchasing it at a nearby market and hiring a cook to grill it for a small fee.
After lunch, settle into your opulent riad lodging. Return to the medina to take advantage of Essaouira’s vibrant nightlife and evening atmosphere.
Day 10: Drive to Casablanca via the Atlantic Coast and Portuguese Ports
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on day ten before heading to Casablanca. Today’s route travels along a beautiful coastline and two fortified Portuguese cities. You will tour the eerily lovely Portuguese cistern in the city of El Jadida at the first stop. You can stroll the ramparts along with visiting the Church of the Assumption.
The next place is Azemour, which has, in the past, inspired a lot of Moroccan artists, some of whom have chosen to settle here. Despite being close to Casablanca’s modern art market, Azemour’s way of life is still very traditional. There is plenty of artistic inspiration in the decaying 16th-century medina wedged between the Oud Er-Rbia (Mother of Spring River) and the ocean.
After you arrive in Casablanca, check into your lodging and leave for a quick lunch. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to the medina and the mosque Hassan II, which boasts the world’s tallest minaret. The only mosque that is accessible to the general public and offers interior tours is a fantastic structure that showcases the best of Moroccan architecture.
Following your tour, spend the evening and dinner however you like. The medina district of Casablanca is home to many delicious eateries and comes alive at night with different energy.
Day 11: Depart Casablanca
It’s time to bid beautiful Morocco farewell. You might be able to squeeze in some last-minute sightseeing in Casablanca or a cup of tea at one of the city’s classic cafés, depending on the time of your departure flight. You’ll travel to Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca to catch your flight when the time comes.