18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

Duration:
18 Days / 17 nights
Transport:
4x4 / minivan
Tour Type:
Cultural Tour, Desert Tour
Group size:
2 /20
Location:
Accommodations:
Hotels - Riads - Desert Camp
Languages:
English / Spanish

18-Day Best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca: Private 18-Days Itinerary Showcasing Morocco’s Highlights, Including the Sahara Desert and Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Taroudant, Essaouira, Fes, and Atlatic coast.

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Highlights: 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

→ Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca - Africa's largest mosque, stunning oceanfront location, intricate craftsmanship. → Blue City of Chefchaouen - Enchanting blue-painted streets, tranquil setting in the Rif Mountains. → Imperial City of Fes - Ancient medina, Bou Inania Medrassa, world-renowned leather tanneries. → Roman Ruins of Volubilis - Well-preserved Roman ruins, surrounded by lush valleys and hills. → Sahara Desert Experience - Camel trekking, luxury desert camp, spectacular sunsets, traditional Berber hospitality.
→ Todra and Dades Gorges - Dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs, picturesque villages. → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Iconic UNESCO World Heritage site, famous ancient earthen architecture. → Essaouira - Coastal charm, lively medina, beautiful beach, rich history. → Cultural Encounters - Engage with local traditions, tea with Berber nomads, explore traditional crafts in local markets.

Schedule: 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CASABLANCA

DAY 2: CASABLANCA – RABAT

DAY 3: RABAT - ASILAH - TANGIER

DAY 4: TANGIER - TETOUAN - CHEFCHAOUEN

DAY 5: CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – FES

DAY 6: FES SIGHTSEEING

DAY 7: FES – MERZOUGA

DAY 8: MERZOUGA

DAY 9: MERZOUGA – OUZINA DESERT

DAY 10: OUZINA – DADES VALLEY

DAY 11: DADES VALLEY – OUARZAZATE

DAY 12: OUARZAZATE – AIT BEN HADDOU - TAROUDANT

DAY 13: TAROUDANT - AGADIR - ESSAOUIRA

DAY 14: ESSAOUIRA SIGHTSEEING

DAY 15: ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH

DAY 16: MARRAKECH – SIGHTSEEING

DAY 17: DAY TRIP TO OURIKA VALLEY

DAY 18: DEPARTURE TO MARRAKECH AIRPORT OR CASABLANCA AIRPORT

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Tour overview: 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

Live on a 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca odyssey through the heart of Morocco, where ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes converge in a symphony of colors and cultures. Begin in Casablanca, where the majestic Hassan II Mosque kisses the Atlantic, and journey through the storied streets of Rabat, the serene blue of Chefchaouen, and the historical grandeur of Meknes. Wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes, feel the magic of the Sahara under a starlit sky, and traverse the dramatic Todra Gorge. Marvel at the fortified beauty of Aït Benhaddou, the lush valleys of roses, and the coastal charm of Essaouira. Conclude your adventure in the bustling, vibrant soul of Marrakech, where every corner tells a tale of ancient mystique and timeless beauty. This journey is a tapestry woven with moments of wonder, offering an intimate glimpse into the soul of Morocco.

Itinerary : 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, meet your driver outside the airport for a seamless transfer to downtown Casablanca (Drive time: 45 minutes). Your adventure begins with a visit to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world open to non-Muslims. This marvel of modern Moroccan architecture can accommodate up to 105,000 worshippers and is the result of the dedicated work of hundreds of expert craftsmen from around the country, many of whom donated their labor.

Enjoy your evening and rest overnight in a comfortable hotel in Casablanca.

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat

Our 18 days Morocco Grand Tour from Casablanca strat by gvisiting the Hassan II Mosque, a stunning architectural marvel and one of the largest mosques in the world. The mosque is remarkable for its location, built on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. The guided tour of the mosque takes an hour and offers an insightful introduction to Moroccan craftsmanship and religious architecture.

After the mosque visit, we will continue our journey to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. In Rabat, you'll settle into a beautiful riad located in the heart of the medina. You will have the evening free to wander the narrow streets, soaking in the local atmosphere and getting a first taste of Moroccan life.

Day 3: Rabat - Asilah - Tangier

Begin your day by visiting Rabat, Morocco’s current capital city. Start your exploration with a visit to the Hassan Tower, an unfinished minaret commissioned by Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur in 1199. Originally intended to be part of the largest mosque in the world, the tower stands half-finished at 140 feet instead of the intended 260 feet, accompanied by some partial outer walls and 348 columns.

Across from the Hassan Tower is the Mohammed V Mausoleum, housing the tombs of Mohammed V, the current king’s grandfather, as well as the king’s father, Hassan II, and his uncle, Prince Abdallah. This mausoleum is considered a masterpiece of Alaouite architecture, featuring white walls and a green tiled roof.

Next, travel north to the charming seaside town of Asilah. Known for its beautifully preserved Portuguese fortifications, Asilah boasts a whitewashed medina with striking blue trim. Stroll along the town’s ramparts, enjoy ocean views, and relax in one of its many cafes.

Continue your journey toward the Mediterranean Sea, arriving in Tangier by evening. Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.

Overnight in Tangier.

Day 4: Tangier - Tetouan - Chefchaouen

The forth day of our 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca will start by pick uping you from your hotel/airport/ port and drive to Chefchaouen. First, we will go to Tetouan, popularly known as "The White Dove" due to the pigmentation of most of its buildings.
Once there, we will visit its main places of interest, such as the Moullay El Mehdi Square, the Spanish Ensanche, the Jewish Quarter or Hassan II Square, where the majestic Royal Palace is located...
Next, we will drive to the unmistakable and famous city of Chefchaouen. Once we arrive, we will be immersed in the intense blue of the houses and streets of its Medina, which you can walk around during your free time. Later, we will walk together from the main square of Chaouen to the Hammam where our accommodation is located.

Day 5: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Fes

Today, you’ll get beck on the road and head back to Fes. First, you’ll pass throught the charming town of Ouazzane (pronounced Wazzan), a small city in the north central Morocco, located in the southwestern edge of the “Rif mountains”. It was founded as a religious community in the year 1727, and till this day it is still considered as a holy place. Moreover, Ouazzane is known also for being a green city with it’s breathtaking nature and green painted walls.

Then, you’ll continue your journey south through the fertile lands towards the middle Atlas mountains. The next stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, located between the imperial cites of Fes and Meknes on a fertile plain sorrounded by wheat fields. Volubilis is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the country where the diversity of scenery, architecture, and culture at the site is sure to impress. The more you explore Volubilis the more you get a sense of its scale and completeness, it’s easy to imagine what life was like in the city’s heyday when you can see the extensive ruins of a capital building, thermal baths, a forum and a abundance of columns.

Next up is Meknes, the Moroccan Versailles which was founded at the end of the 17 th by moulay Ismail, where the Jewish presence is evidenced by Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era as well as Greek inscriptions that still appear in local Synagogues and a place of pilgrimige where the tomb F Rabbi David Benmidan (the Patron of Meknes) is located.  Afterwards, you’ll continue to Fes where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight at your riad.

Day 6: Fes Sightseeing

Fes, this 13th-century imperial city, is a tapestry of multicultural history that promises to enchant its visitors with unexpected surprises. Within the medieval walls of the wonderfully chaotic medina, you’ll embark on a journey back in time. Wander through the labyrinth of thousands of alleys, immersing yourself in the largest car-free urban area in the world. Here, towers of spices, traditional handicrafts, and bustling hammams beckon to be explored.

Your adventure will take you to the world-famous tanneries of Fes, where you’ll discover hundreds of earthen pits filled with vibrant dyes, creating a mesmerizing patchwork of color. You’ll also explore the pottery quarter of Fes, home to Morocco’s most prized ceramics. Learn about the intricate processes that go into this ancient craft, and perhaps find a unique piece to take home as a memory.

After lunch, you’ll delve into the city’s renowned madrasas, or Islamic schools. Visit the Bou Inania Madrasa, an iconic religious building located in the heart of the medina. This stunning site, one of the few holy places in Fes open to non-Muslims, is a testament to the city’s rich architectural and spiritual heritage.

As the day draws to a close, let the timeless charm of Fes envelop you as you rest at your riad.

Overnight at your riad.

Day 7: Fes – Merzouga

Departing Fes, we travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains, passing Ifrane, known for its Swiss-like architecture and snowfall. Near Azrou, in the cedar forests, you may encounter Barbary apes. Continue over the Tizi-n-Talghemt pass to the Ziz Valley, renowned for its palm groves and Ksars (fortified villages).

We will then pass through Errachidia and Erfoud, famous for its date festival and fossils. Our journey continues to Rissani and finally to the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. Here, you will ride camels to your luxury desert camp, where you can climb the dunes to watch a spectacular sunset. Dinner will be served at the camp, followed by a night under the stars in a private tent with all comforts.

Day 8: Merzouga

Today, you have two options to explore the desert. You can either take a full-day camel trek, enjoying lunch prepared by your camel man amidst the dunes, or opt for a half-day 4x4 tour around the Erg Chebbi dunes. Visit Khamlia village to experience traditional Gnawa music and share tea with nomadic Berbers. Return to the camp for dinner and an evening of music around the campfire. Spend the night in your private tent.

Day 9: Merzouga – Ouzina Desert

After an unforgettable night in our berber camp, if you get up early enough, you will be able to admire the other charming postcard of our 18 days Morocco Grand Tour from Casablanca, the impressive image of the sunrise in the Sahara and the sunrise between the dunes.

After living this magical experience in the desert, we will get back on the back of our camels to return to the lodge.

We will continue our route around 10 am, we will make the panoramic tour of the dunes of Erg Chebbi and then continue to the village of Mifis where we will visit the mines of lime and barytes, until we reach the village of Khamlia, between Merzouga and Taouz. In the area it is known as "the village of the blacks".

A village where the inhabitants are called Gnawas, musicians of sub-Saharan origin, who will delight us with music and dances, while we savor a mint tea, where in addition to enjoying their Gnawa music, originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, we will have the opportunity to taste the famous Berber pizza.

For lunch, we will head to the village of Khamlia. Then we will continue to Taouz, where we will enter to begin our journey through the famous track of the old Dakar Rally, a journey in which we will enjoy breathtaking views where we will also have the opportunity to see some wonderful rock engravings. We will go to the village of Jdaid and in the afternoon we will arrive at the Ouzina desert.

Accommodation  in berber Kasbah with dinner and breakfast

Day 10: Ouzina – Dades Valley

After breakfast, our journey continues through the town of Rissani, once the thriving center of the ancient Sahara caravans. We'll traverse a semi-desert landscape until we reach the oasis of Tinghir, a truly stunning location in Morocco. Following the Todra River, we'll arrive at the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges, towering over 300 meters high. Take some time to explore the village and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Continuing our 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca adventure, we'll embark on the route of the Thousand Kasbahs, arriving at the picturesque Dades Valley, where we will spend the night in Kasbah or Hotel.

Day 11: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, visit the Dades Gorges and then travel off-road along the Boutaghrar piste to meet Berber nomads in their caves. Continue through the Valley of the Roses, visiting Kasbah Amredhil in Skoura.  In the afternoon, we'll reach Ouarzazate, known as the "Hollywood of Morocco." Here, we'll visit the Taourirt Kasbah, considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in the country. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at a charming riad.

Day 12: Ouarzazate – Ait ben Haddou - Taroudant

After breakfast, we'll head to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, one of Morocco’s seven World Heritage sites and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, with some buildings dating back to the 17th century. From there, we drive through the stunning Ounila Valley, a route filled with twists and turns, vibrant rock and soil hues, Berber villages, gardens, and smaller Kasbahs.

After a guided tour, we'll begin our journey through the stunning Atlas landscapes.

Our route will lead us northward to the region of Taznakht, where you'll have leisure time to savor the delectable Berber cuisine. Following a delightful lunch, we'll continue our voyage to Taliouine, renowned as the saffron city, nestled in the province of Taroudant.

As we proceed, you'll uncover the hidden treasures of Morocco's awe-inspiring interior. Your adventure of today will conclude with a drop-off by our driver at your riad in Taroudant.

Day 13: Taroudant - Agadir - Essaouira

Travel to Essaouira via Agadir, passing through the rugged Atlantic coastline. Explore the protected forests of argan trees and arrive in Essaouira, where you can choose between traditional riad accommodation or a luxury boutique hotel. Overnight in Essaouira.

Day 14: Essaouira Sightseeing

You will have the day free to explore Essaouira. The beach is a nice place to walk or run. It's also a great place to enjoy a sunset horseback ride. Some locals offer camel rides on the beach. For the sport-oriented traveler, Essaouira is home to some wind and kitesurfing schools. Beyond the beach, you can spend hours in its charming medina: it is worth exploring artisans, small shops, hidden corners and the occasional terrace where you can enjoy a relaxing mint tea. Tonight can be a good time to enjoy a plate of fresh local fish as fishing is one of the strongest sources of economy in this region.

Accommodation in a riad with breakfast.

Day 15: Essaouira – Marrakech

After breakfast, we drive to Marrakech. The route offers beautiful coastal and countryside views. Upon arrival, check into your riad and spend the rest of the day exploring Marrakech at your own pace.

Day 16: Marrakech – Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring Marrakech. Visit Djemaa el Fna, the Majorelle Garden, the Koutoubia Mosque, el Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Medersa, the Saadian tombs, and the Mellah. Experience the vibrant culture, colors, and history of the city. Overnight in a riad.

Day 17: Day trip to Ourika Valley

The Ourika Valley is located in the High Atlas Mountains, just a short drive from Marrakech. The valley is known for its beautiful landscape, with the Setti Fatma waterfalls being a major attraction. There are also several Berber villages located in the valley, where visitors can learn about traditional Moroccan culture and way of life.

A day trip to the Ourika Valley is a great way to experience the beauty of the region and get a taste of traditional Moroccan culture. Our tour operator makes it easy to experience all that this beautiful region has to offer.

During your day trip, you'll have the opportunity to explore the valley and its stunning natural beauty. Hike through the mountains and valleys, taking in the panoramic views and spotting local Berber villages along the way. You'll also visit the famous Setti Fatma waterfalls, where you can take a refreshing dip in the pools at the base of the cascades.

After a day of exploring, you'll enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch, complete with delicious local dishes and refreshing mint tea. And, when the day is over, you'll return to Marrakech, feeling rejuvenated and inspired by your experience in the Ourika Valley.

Day 18: Departure to Marrakech airport or Casablanca airport

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight and end of our 18 days the best of Morocco Tour from Casablanca.