highlights of Morocco 17 days
Day 1: Casablanca – marrakech
first of all we have to visite The Hassan II mosqueis which the largest outside of Mecca ,Then we will head out towards Marrakesh. There you will be delighted by the dancers, snake charmers, jugglers, narrators, and singers and acrobats as well as enjoy a refreshing orange juice in the famously place in Mrakkech “Jame el fena “ . Spend the night in a riad that fits your type of accommodation.
Day 2: Marrakesh Sightseeing:
After breakfast, you will have a full day tour of Marrakech with a local guide around the city ramparts and the secrets places. You will visit the Koutoubia Minaret, the Majorelle Gardens, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, kaftans, leatherwork, carpets, chests and doors. Spend the night in the same accommodation.
Day 3: From Marrakesh to Essaouira:
Following breakfast, 2 hours and half driving would take us to explore the beauty of the Atlantic . The start is from the charming seaside haven of Essaouira to explore its port and to enjoy the most fresh seafood lunch; also you will be devoted to bathing and relaxing on the beach of this coastal city. On the fortifications of the old town you’ll be able to trace Portuguese, French and Berber architecture. Its whitewashed houses, cool breezes, relaxed atmosphere along with its friendly cafes, numerous craftsmen and the delicious fresh fish would make this a charming place one of your highlights. Overnight in a Riad at the magical Medina.
Day 4: Essaouira – Agadir – Lgzira beach :
After your breakfast, the beginning of our Moroccan costal journey is continuing along the costal road from Essaouira to Lagzira, in which you will be visiting the beach of Sidi Kaouki, Taghazout where you have an opportunity to wind surf, you will also enjoy your lunch when breathing the air of the Atlantic enjoying it at the beach of Agadir. After lunch we will be driving to Lagzira via the town of Tiznit and place Mechouar, Tiznit city is known by the capital of the Moroccan Berber jewelry. After that we continue to one of the most famous beaches called Lagzira, Overnight at the Atlantic.
Day 5: Sidi Ifni – Guelmime – Tantan – Louatya:
Following breakfast will be continued towards Sidi Ifni which was a Spanish colony, then to Guelmim to explore one of the biggest weekly camel market in Morocco, but wait!!! Before we arrive to Guelmime, there is an opportunity to discover another beach which is considered the longest and widest one that Morocco has to offer. Lost in Saharan dunes and facing the Canary Islands, this heavenly site was named Playa Blanca by Spanish explorers. The region is home to all kinds of extraordinary landscapes, between ocean and desert, from mountains to oases. Now we are in Guelmime which is home to camel market. When hippies “discovered” certain types of colorful African trade beads there in the 1960s, these became known as “Goulamine beads” though they were actually manufactured in Europe, primarily in Venice, Italy. The journey is still continuing towards Tantan where the longest river in Morocco (Daraa River ) flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight at Louatya beach .
Day 6 : Louatya – Khenifiss national park:
Today we will pass 130 km driving south, now everyone is excited to camp at the Khenifiss national park. Its the biggest lagoon at the Moroccan coast, and the inland portion, located on desert plateaus. The lagoon is also an important bird nesting ground. Ruddy Shelduck, Marbled Duck, and Audouin’s Gull inhabit the lagoon permanently, and a big number of species migrate here in winter. Every year, about 20,000 birds stay in the lagoon area in the winter season including the Flamingo. Additional to a large area of sand dunes facing the ocean, here you will be sailing in a boat for 1 hour to arrive the area of sand dunes where spending the whole day camping and enjoying the real Moroccan beauty of the nature.
Day 7: Khenifiss – Tafraout:
Let’s drive north east after having breakfast at the camp, North East means missing the ocean and exploring the Atlas mountains, since the Atlas Mountain is divided into three main ranges, High, Middle and the Anti Atlas, our journey will be taking us to the small Berber town Tafroaut via Guelmime, the Anti Atlas and the valley of Amlen!; The Berber town is known by its national Festival of Almonds because of the wide spread not only of the Almond trees but also the unique Agran tree; additional to the leather slippers. Nestled in an enchanting valley, Amlen near Tafrouat is ideal for walking activities, Overnight in Tafroaut.
Day 8: Tafraout – Ait Baha – Argan national park – Taroudant:
After breakfast, you will be travelling to Taroudant via Ait Baha, today you will be experiencing an amazing landscape of the Atlas mountains, you will be stopping in a beautiful lake in which you will be watching the Berber kids swimming, the ladies washing the carpets, and the goats climbing the trees and eating the nuts of Argan . Your journey is continuing via the National park of the Argan, here you will be taking amazing photos, Overnight in Taroudant.
Day 9: Taroudant – Ait ben Haddou – Ouarzazat – Rose valley – Dades gorges:
Following breakfast, you will be travelling to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou. Situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River, This beautiful example of southern Moroccan architecture has been used as a backdrop for over 20 famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of thrones, The Mummy, and Gladiator. We pass by Ouarzazat one major Berber city in southern Morocco known as the Hollywood of Africa and by the rose valley and overnight in a hotel in the Dades Gorges.
Day 10: Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Merzouga:
After 8:00 morning in we leave the Dades gorges and head to Todra gorges Gorge via Tinghir and the lush valley of Todra where you will have a little hike along the narrow and high cliffs of Todra. Aftwards, we contiue to Merzouga via the dramatic stony desert and the palmeries of Erfoud (capital of the fossiles) and Rissani known for its largest market in the south. In the afternoon we arrive to Merzouga desert where you get ready and accompanied by a camelguide to go for an authentic camel trek experience of around 90 minutes where you can catch the sunset in the heart of the Erg Chebbi dunes and spend a memorable night with millions of shiny stars, enjoy a Berber dinner, drum party and sleep in a traditional nomadic tent.
Day 11: Merzouga -Midelt :
After you wake up early to watch the sunrise, you will ride your camels back to your hotel for taking a shower and eat breakfast. Then we continue to the next village to explore Rissani and the local market, visiting some Kasbahs in the area, have lunch with local Berber family, then continue to Midelt via the high Atlas and the beautiful Ziz valley of palm trees, then to Midelt, the city that located between the two ranges of the Atlas mountains, as well as known by the apples, Overnight in a hotel in Midelt.
Day 12: Midelt – The cedar forest – Ifran – Voulibulis – Meknes:
Since you have explored the Anti and the High Atlas, Today is time to explore the Middle Atlas Mountain while driving to the forest of the cedar trees where you will have chance to feed the Barbary monkeys in their natural habitat. Afterwards, you will continue to Visit Ifran, the Switzerland of Morocco. The journey continues to visit Volubilis, a Roma ruin dated back to the 3rd century BC where you will see the most beautiful mosaics in Morocco. A 30 minutes drive would take us to Explore and Enjoy Meknes. Meknes is known by the Ismaili capital since it was the capital of Morocco in the 17th century during the reign of the King Ismail. In this city you will explore the square entertained by story tellers, musicians and snake charmers, you will also see the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Granary, the Sahrij Souani basin and the famous Gate of Bab Mansour. Overnight in a riad in the heart of the medina in Meknes.
Day 13: Journey to Fes – Fez sightseeing:
50 minutes drive to Fes from Meknès. After your arrival you will look into Fes and your visit will start by walking in the narrow alleys of the Medina, the Royal Palace, the Jewish headquarter, and the first built Mellah in Morocco. Proceed your visit to El-Attarine Souks where the craftsmen offer the visitor a non-stop spectacles. Leaving El-Souk through the gate with its green decoration and blue fences, moving towards the amazing Moroccan Museum with its marvelous contains of Art; then optional lunch at El-Medina. Next is a visit to the new city in the afternoon. Overnight in Fes.
Day 14 : Fez – Ouazen – Chefchaouen:
After breakfast you will leave for Chefchaouen via Ouazen . After a short time you will be exploring another range of the Mountain in Morocco, which is the Rif Mountains at the foothill of Chefchaouen. Enjoy Chefchaoen by walking in the beautiful blue alleys, Chefchaouen is well known by goats cheese, don’t miss some. Overnight in a riad in Chefchaouen.
Day 15: journey to Tetouan and Findeq :
Today is devoted to discover several things, including, the two hours trail between Chefchaouen and Tetouan via the Riff. Furthermore, you will explore Tetouan which was rebuilt by the Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which reveal clear Andalusian influence, at the same city you will also look into one of the beautiful Medinas of Morocco that is bestowal as a UNESCO world heritage. 35 km from Tetouan would take us to the small city Fnideq. The city is located on the Mediterranean coast in the Riff region. Overnight in a hotel in Fnideq.
Day 16: Journey to Rabat:
Following breakfast, we will be driving through the high way to Rabat, in the afternoon you will be exploring Rabat by visiting the Mausoleum, walk in the Kasbah Oudaya ( UNESCO heritage site) and see the Hassan Tower. Overnight in the Medina of Rabat.
Day 17 :
Transfer to the airport and of the tour.