Morocco Essence to Sahara

TMR102: 10 Days Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fez - Erfoud - Ouarzazate - Marrakech - Essaouira - Marrakech/Casablanca
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca, Airport pick-up
Welcome to "the Garden of North Africa" - Morocco! Our experienced representative will meet you at the Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) with a paging board and it takes around 1 hour to transfer you to hotel. The rest of the time is free for you. You can recover from the jet lag or stroll around to get familiar with the surroundings.

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, where you can enjoy a large number of white buildings and the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Accommodation: Hotel Club Val d'Anfa
Day 2 Casablanca half day tour, Private transfer to Rabat
After a bumper breakfast at the hotel, your English speaking driver will take you to start your today's best Morocco tours from the Hassan II Mosque. As the largest mosque in Africa, it is one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter. The scenic spot guide will take you to visit the Prayer Hall, Minaret Hall, Ablution Hall, Hammams and Swimming Pools, which show you the excellent craftsmanship of Moroccan. Afterwards, we'll leave for Old Medina and Mohamed V Square.

Lunch will be on your own arrangement and your driver is also glad to provide some recommendations. After lunch, we will drive about 87 km (54 miles) for 1h to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Stay overnight in Rabat.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: ONOMO Hotel Rabat Terminus
Day 3 Rabat guided half day tour, Private transfer to Fez and stop by Meknes
In the morning, the local guide will take you to visit the splendid appearance of the Royal Palace, which is a typical Arab-style building, mainly used as a political conference center to meet the heads of other countries. Then, head for the unfinished Hassan Tower - built by the Almohad Dynasty since 1196, where you can see 312 stone pillars and the well-preserved Hassan Tower.

The next stops are the Mausoleum of Mohamed V with white walls and green tiles, and the Odayas Kasbah Scenic Area which features picturesque gardens and a museum. Inside the museum, you will admire jewelry, musical instruments and national costumes of all generations of Morocco. Besides, there is a high viewing platform for you to overlook the sea view and the old port of Rabat in Odayas Kasbah.

After finishing the Rabat tours, drive about 3 hours to the historic city - Fez, Morocco's third-largest city. On the way, we will visit a world cultural heritage, Royal City of Meknes, and the historic Lahdim Square and Bab Mansour established in the 11th century. After that, visit the ancient Roman site, Ruins of Volubilis, about 30 km (18.6 mi) north of Meknes. Continue driving for about 1 hour to reach Fez, check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Barcelo Fes Medina
Day 4 Fez guided full day tour
Today your guide will lead you to stroll around Fez ancient city, the center of religion, culture and art in Morocco for over 1,000 years. The highlight of today's best Morocco tours is the Old Medina, whose history can be traced back to the end of the 8th century. With more than 9,000 lanes, the Old Medina is the only city in the world without buses or cars. Horses and donkeys are important means of transport.

Afterward, visit an ancient Seminary, the Attarine Madrasa with Arabic architectural style and see the Quaraouiyine Mosque from the outside, which is the second largest mosque in Morocco. Next, visit the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Fontaine Nejjarine and the Jewish Mellah. For the rest of the day, you are advised to stroll through the narrow alleys in this ancient city for further exploration on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Drive from Fez to Erfoud & Sahara Desert camel riding (422KM, 6-6.5H driving)
In the morning, we will drive to Erfoud town - the Door to the Sahara Desert. You can enjoy the fascinating natural scenery and the magnificent Atlas Mountains on this 6.5-hour bus ride. On the way, we will pass the Ifran small town, a famous skiing resort in Atlas. The lunch will be arranged in a Berber village called Midelt, which is located in the foothills of the Eastern High Atlas Mountains.

After reaching Erfoud, store your luggage at hotel and we'll take a 4×4 vehicle to the Sahara Desert, where you can enjoy the camel-riding and sand-sliding. The highlight of your desert tour is to appreciate the glorious sunset in the boundless desert. We'll stay overnight at a Berber camp. In the evening, a bonfire party and a delicious dinner will be specially arranged for you!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Bouchedor Luxury Tent or similar
Day 6 Private transfer from Erfoud to Ouarzazate with Todra Gorge
The sixth day's best Morocco tour package starts with Todra Gorge. We will go back to Erfoud first, and then drive about 2 hours to the Todra Gorge to explore the limestone canyon landscape. Known as one of the ten most beautiful canyons in the world, its towering cliffs reach up to 300m (1,312 feet), and its narrowest part is only about 10m (33 feet). Next, we will have a short break at the Skoura Oasis and then drive 2-2.5 hours to Ouarzazate.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Chamaa
Day 7 Private transfer from Ouarzazate to Marrakech with Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast, we will leave for another imperial city - Marrakech, known as "Pearl of the South" and "Land of the God". On the way, make a short stop at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This village, famous for its red clay brick buildings and ancient fortresses, is the shooting location of many famous movies, such as The Mummy and Game of Thrones. Later, drive about 4 hours to reach Marrakech and check in.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riad Azra Marrakech
Day 8 Marrakech guided half day tour
Today's itinerary starts with the Koutoubia Mosque, a landmark and the tallest building in Marrakech. Built in 1195, this mosque is different from other temples. The mud of the temple's minaret is mixed with many precious spices. So far, the mosque still exudes a strong fragrance. Afterwards, we will visit the El-Bahia Palace with Islamic-style carvings and mosaics, and the Saadian Tombs famous for the luxuriant wooden carved ceiling. The next stop is the holy Ben Youssef Medersa, the largest Qur'an school in North Africa. In the rest of the day, you can have a leisurely exploration of the souks.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 Excursion to Essaouira from Marrakech
After breakfast, we will drive to the coastal city Essaouira, taking 3 hours. Essaouira enjoys adorable climate of mild winter and cool summer. During the trip, we will admire the charming scenery of Essaouira, including the ochre-colored walls, Moulay Hassan Square, the amphitheater, the narrow streets of the old Medina and broad sandy beaches. At lunch time, you can enjoy a fresh fish meal at a local restaurant by yourself. Afterwards, we will visit the local market, the treasures of jewelers and witness Berber women making Moroccan oil. We will return to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 Departure from Marrakech/Casablanca, Airport see-off
Today, your 10-day best Morocco tour package draws a happy ending here. After finishing the breakfast, your driver will escort you to Marrakech (15-minute bus ride) or Casablanca (2.5-hour bus ride) airports for your return flight. We wish you a happy journey home and look forward to serving you for your next trip!

Meals: Breakfast
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