Morocco package tour: Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech

Morocco package tour: Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech

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Trip Overview

Experience all major highlights of Morocco in one trip. Go from vibrant medina of Casablanca immortalized by the eponymous Hollywood movie to the high spirituality of Fes to the Atlas mountains and on to the ephemeral beauty of Marrakech.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.35 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star hotels and riads
    11 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private transfers
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 8 sightseeing tours
    1 camel ride
  • MEALS
  • 11 buffet breakfasts
    3 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca - Morocco's largest city and in fact one of the largest and most important hubs in entire Africa! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Day 2

Casablanca City Tour

Following breakfast at the hotel, you check out and meet your driver who takes you to the major highlights of Casablanca.

Upon arrival, the first thing that immediately catches your eye is the Hassan II Mosque. You see (from the outside) this second largest religious building in the world, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. The mosque overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is famous for its 210-meter minaret (the tallest in the world) and a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshipers.

  • *Note: A charge-free visit inside the Hassan II Mosque as part of an organized group tour can be scheduled only at specific times. Keep in mind that a certain dress code is required: modest clothing that covers shoulders and legs. Contact your travel specialist for details.
     
  • Optional city tour: Guided Casablanca City Tour
    Together with your guide, you explore the highlights of Casablanca, visit the Mohammed V Square, walk along the beautiful Atlantic waterfront Ain Diab, and stop at the Jewish Museum in Casablanca.

You are then transferred back to your hotel where you stay overnight.

Day 3

Exploring Rabat & Transfer to Fes

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and continue your Moroccan discovery. Your driver first transfers you to Rabat, which is the official capital of Morocco and the residence of the King.

Your driver makes stops by Rabat's main attractions, so you have time to take pictures and see the sights. You get to enjoy its Imperial heritage and view the La Tour Hassan Tower. Moreover, you enter the medieval fortified necropolis called Chellah Necropois and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V (entrance tickets included).

You then continue driving to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. It is a very well-preserved medieval Islamic city that gives you the feeling of traveling back in time. Today's streets of Fes look similar to the way they were in the 8th century, with high walls defending the courtyards inside from the midday heat of the sun.

In about three hours, you arrive at the city center where you check-in your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4

Highlights of Fes

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and begin your exploration of Fes - the Moroccan city with one of the largest medinas (walled sections of the city) in the world.

During your 5-hour guided tour, you see the 14th-century gates of the Royal Palace, the Mellah Jewish quarter and the old Fes Medina with traditional markets, including the renown dyers market and tanneries where leather is tainted in an array of colored dyes.

You enter the ancient Bou Inania Medersa founded in 1351 AD, pass the Pottery & Zellij Tile Cooperative, the Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani mausoleum. Then the 859 University of Kairouine - a leading spiritual and educational center, and the mausoleum of the founder of Fes - Zaouia Moulay Idriss.

Also, you get to enter the Madrassa El Attarine, Dar Batha Museum, Madrasa Es Sahrij. Your final stop is the Nejjarine Square where you enter the Fondouk El Nejjarine.

After the tour, you return to your riad. The rest of the day is at your leisure, you are welcome to join our optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Moroccan cooking class
    Today you are taken out to shop for spices and have a unique chance to learn about the art of using them. After all the ingredients are carefully picked out and purchased, you return to the kitchen at the riad and prepare a perfect dish according to a traditional Moroccan recipe.

Day 5

Exploring Volubilis & Meknes

After breakfast at your hotel, you meet your driver and set out to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Upon arrival, you meet your guide who shows you the 2000-year-old ruins, adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. You also enjoy tea at a small café.

You driver then takes you to the imperial city called Meknes, where together with your local guide you explore its major highlights. You start at Bab Mansour, pass the triumphal arch, enter Place El-Hedime - Square of Ruins.

You then visit the Musée Dar Jamaï - Moroccan art museum, enter the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the former gardens of the Royal Palace. You also see the El-Mansour gate, decorated with mosaics, and visit the Olive market.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Fes. The rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 6

Transfer to Merzouga

Early in the morning after breakfast, you check out from your hotel and meet your driver. Today you are leaving Fes and heading to the Middle Atlas Mountains. During your 7,5-hour trip, you pass incredible wilderness scenery: rocky sun-baked plains, clad mountains, deep canyons and the scenic Ziz valley. If you are lucky you may even spot Barbary Apes in the Azrou hills.

Approaching the great "sand sea" of Merzouga, you see a beautiful area of fine apricot-colored sand as you pass a unique petite desert town called Erfoud known as the "Gate of Sahara Desert". Upon arrival in Merzouga, you check in to your hotel and have dinner. The rest of the day is free.

Day 7

Camel Caravan in the Sahara

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and prepare to explore the enchanting Sahara Desert.

In the afternoon, you head off into the vastness of the dunes on a camel caravan accompanied by camelteers. During the 1-hour transfer, you can ride a camel or walk alongside as you slip into the pace of the caravan led by Berber guides and marvel at the spectacle of the desert and the solitude a silence that comes with it.

  • *Note: A camel ride can be replaced by a 4x4 transfer to the camp. Extra charge may apply based on the number of travelers.

You then arrive at the Berber camp where you have dinner. One of the today's highlights is the overnight spent in a deluxe Berber tent.

Day 8

Exploring Todra Gorge

Today you wake up at dawn to see the sun lighting the sand dunes into life. You return to Merzouga from the oasis in the desert to have breakfast.

  • *Note: Facilities to take a shower are available upon request.

Around noon you meet your driver, who transfers you from the desert to the spectacular gorge of Todra - one of the most breathtaking sights in Morocco. The gorge was carved by the Todra river that formed cliff-sided canyons in the mountains. The final 2000 ft of the gorge are stunning as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, which is as little as 30 ft wide in areas with sheer and smooth rock walls.

After taking a break and enjoying the Todra, your journey continues in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Skoura Oasis you check-in your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Day 9

Driving to Marrakech

Following breakfast at the hotel, you continue your trip. During the exciting 4,5 hour trip, you pass a charming city called Ouarzazate.

Then on to the 15th-century Ait Ben Haddou that is probably the best-preserved fortified Kasbah in Morocco. You get to visit this former trading post set on the banks of a river. It is recognized by its walls of red earth, slit windows and crumbling towers. The location was even used in Hollywood movies such as the Gladiator.

Your dramatic drive of Tizi and Tichka, with the magnificent views of numerous Berber villages, snow-capped mountains, and green valleys, finally brings you to Marrakech in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, you check-in your downtown hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 10

Marrakech City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, you set off on an exhilarating sightseeing tour of Marrakesh with your guide and driver. During your 5-hour tour, you see the highlights of the old city.

You begin your walking tour in the old quarter of Marrakech where you visit the 19th century Bahia Palace, covered with colorful tile work, marble and see its eight-hectare gardens with fountains.

Your next stop is the Sadiaan Tombs - marble tombs for the Saadian dynasty, which you get to enter. You then explore the souks, abundant in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes, and tanneries. Then on to the labyrinth of streets and alleys of the Djemma.

In the afternoon you venture into the new city and visit the Majorelle Gardens - a magical petite garden estate designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 11

Trip to Essaouira

After breakfast, you enjoy a 2,5-hour trip to the beautiful coastal city of Essaouira, known as the Jewel of the Atlantic for its characteristic blue doors, white houses and authentic old town atmosphere.

Upon arrival to this former Portuguese fishing village, you have time to see the most interesting city attractions and take a walk through the alleys of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage - Essauria Medina, viewing hundreds of handicrafts, including Thuya wood carvings, on your own.

We advise taking a stroll along the town’s sunlit pedestrian main square, Place Prince Moulay el Hassan and the Skala du Port fishing harbor, that offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts. You are then transferred back to your riad in Marrakech.

Day 12

Departure from Marrakech

This is the last day of your Morocco tour. After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your driver who transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you enjoyed your Morocco experience and we'll be looking forward to seeing you on our tours again!

  • Optional extension:
    If you would like to continue your journey, we recommend extending the tour in Spain. Marrakech has very convenient links with Barcelona and Madrid. Contact your travel specialist to arrange your extension in Spain!


Hotels

11 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels and traditional riads

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Premium accommodation in downtown hotels in Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga, Skoura Oasis & Marrakech;
  • Overnight in a deluxe tent in a Berber tent camp;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Dinners according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Professional English-speaking guides as per itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Cell phones with local SIM cards (for contacting guides and drivers in case of an emergency);
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

What's Included

  • Visit to the coastal city of Essaouira
  • Exploration of High and Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Exploration of High and Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Exploration of the Sahara Desert
  • Travel to major cities of Morocco
  • Camel ride & night at Berber camp

What to Know

  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,059
Deposit $612
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,359
Deposit $672
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,059
Deposit $612
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,359
Deposit $672

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