Discover Morocco as never before with our Morocco Imperial Cities and Sahara Tours which includes the 4 Imperial Cities and the South of Morocco plus Essaouira in 14 days.
Day 1 : Casablanca Airport to Casablanca
On your arrival at the airport, you will be met by your driver and tour guide who will drive you to your hotel.
After having some rest, enjoy a welcome dinner to Morocco and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca to Rabat
After breakfast, you will have a tour of one of Casablanca’s most famous attractions, the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the largest in the world.
Afterward, explore the Old Medina in City Center,
Then take a one hour drive along the highway to Rabat, Morocco’s Capital and one of the four Imperial Cities.
After a rest, visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Tour Hassan plus the Medina (Old Town).
Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 : Rabat to Fez
After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour in Rabat to see one of the oldest monuments in the city, the Chellah, a medieval fortified necropolis, and one of the newest, the Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art which opened October 2014.
Then we will drive to Fez, one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco and its spiritual and cultural capital.
Once you arrive, you will be taken to your hotel or riad for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 : Guided tour of Fez
After breakfast, begin your Fez sightseeing tour from Fès el Jdid.
Visit the historical sites such as the Royal Palace, one of the oldest and largest in Morocco, the Mellah or Jewish Quarter, originating from 1438, and the landmark Marinid Tombs dating back to the Marinid Dynasty.
Later, we will enter the winding, old walled city of Fes el Bali, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981.
Here you will visit the historical sites such as the magnificent Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the medieval University of Karaouiyne plus the leather tanneries which have been in use for 1000 years and more.
Return to your hotel or riad and have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 5 : Trip from Fez to Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Meknes
After breakfast, we will continue our Morocco Imperial Cities & Sahara Tours driving to Volubilis, which is considered to be one of the best-preserved excavations in Northern Africa dating from the Roman Empire, and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This archeological site provides you an opportunity to explore a whole city of Roman ruins. There are partially excavated townhouses with ancient mosaic floors intact.
Then drive to the charming whitewashed city of Moulay Idriss, considered the holiest city in Morocco. It was here that Moulay Idriss 1 arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam. A new royal dynasty was started with him.
Head to Meknes, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Bab Mansour Gate, and the Bab Berdieyinne Mosque.
At the end of the day after returning to Fes, relax with a Turkish bath (Hamman) and massage.
Then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 : Fez to Merzouga
After breakfast, depart Fes and drive to Merzouga through the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Drive through an everchanging landscape over the winding roads through forests, verdant mountain villages and arid plains before you reach the oasis in the South. Then head into the desert.
There will be ample opportunity for picture taking.
Upon arrival, head straight to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 : Guided Tour of Merzouga
Today, after breakfast, enjoy a tour of the village, the mud flats and massive sand dune, Erg Chebbi, which rises to about 770 feet.
After lunch, prepare for your overnight stay in the desert. Embark on a camel ride in the late afternoon to watch the sunset setting beyond the massive dunes.
Relish a delicious fire-cooked dinner, and spend the night camping out under the stars.
Day 8 : Merzouga to Ouarzazate
Today, wake up before dawn to observe the exquisite sunrise in the desert rising in the East behind the dunes.
Then pack up and ride your camel back to your hotel where you can shower, have breakfast and get ready for your next adventure.
Then we will be heading to Ouarzazate.
It city is considered to be the Hollywood of Morocco and where Hollywood directors go if they want to shoot a biblical film.
Both Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones were filmed there.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Cinema plus one of Morocco’s most impressive monuments, Taourirt Kasbah.
Upon your arrival, drive to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 : Ouarzazate to Marrakesh
Today’s destination, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is well preserved and one of the most spectacular sights in the South of Morocco.
Then follow the winding and picturesque Tizi-n-Tichka Pass through the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 10 : Guided tour of Marrakesh
After having breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, also known as the ‘Red City’.
The red color is pervasive as many buildings were constructed from local ochre sandstone.
You will have an opportunity to explore a number of historical palaces, museums and sites in the city, such as The Walled Medina of Marrakesh, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
See the former palaces of the Sultan which have been rebuilt and restored and are rich in history and cultural heritage.
Enjoy all the festivities in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeema el Fnaa Square.
Visit the artist’s landscape of the Majorelle Garden and the Bahia Palace and more.
Return to your hotel or riad for dinner and have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 11 : Marrakesh to Essaouira
After breakfast, depart Marrakesh for Essaouira, a beautiful Moroccan coastal town.
Much of the ride is along the highway but as you approach Essaouira, look for the goats eating the fruit in the trees.
After your arrival, head to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 12 : Guided tour of Essaouira
After breakfast, head out for a sightseeing tour of the picturesque Medina (Old Town) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site plus a number of historical attractions including Simon Attias Synagogue built in 1882, the Galeries Frederic Damgaard and Ben Youssef Mosque.
In the late 1960’s and early l970’s, Essaouira was part of the ‘hippie trail’.
Artists, such as Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens visited here, leaving a mark on the cultural tourism of the city.
Today it is Morocco’s windsurfing capital and is also well known for fishing.
Return to your hotel or riad for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13 : Essaouira to Casablanca
After breakfast, return to Casablanca and enjoy the Atlantic coastline.
After a short rest in your hotel, visit the Old Town and then take a drive along the beachfront also known as the Corniche.
Have dinner at Rick’s Café, a famous landmark in Casablanca.
Return to your hotel for a final overnight stay.
Day 14 : Transfer to Casablanca Airport
After having breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport.