Real Morocco Tour (12 Nights)
 
from-casa-real-morocco-tour-mapOur Real Morocco Tour (Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Merzouga, Dades, Taliouine, Agadir, Essaouira, Marrakech ) takes you from Casablanca to Rabat, and on to Fes, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities.  From Fes, travel through the Middle Atlas to the majestic Sahara desert, through small Berber villages and the Valley of a Thousand Kasbah.  Explore Taliouine and its saffron fields, and then leave the desert and mountains behind and enjoy the vibrant but relaxing coastal towns of Agadir and Essaouira as you return to Marrakech.  Combining Imperial cities, mountains, desert and ocean, this tour takes you to the real Morocco!
 
DAY 1: Casablanca
Arrive at Mohammed V International Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Casablanca.  Overnight in Casablanca.
 
DAY 2: Casablanca – Rabat (95kms)
morocco-rabat-towerDepart Casablanca for the Imperial city of Rabat.  Your sightseeing in Rabat will include the Mechouar (the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the majestic Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering fabulous views, as well as being home to Moroccan artisan galleries.  Overnight in Rabat
 
DAY 3: Rabat-Meknes –Fes (203kms)
Depart Rabat for Fes.  Along the way stop in Meknes, visiting the medina which is surrounded by a triple thickness of 40km long walls which preserves one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; the Royal Stables of the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail, and the Jewish Quarter.  Continue to Fes.  Overnight in Fes.
 
DAY 4: Fes
morocco-fes-archExplore Fes, the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities.  Your cultural and historic tour will take you through the 2000 year old living medina; a labyrinth of narrow lanes alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys and mules transporting their loads.  Visit the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque.  Finish your tour with a visit to Fes Jdid, and the revered Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fes.  Overnight in Fes.
 
DAY 5: FesIfraneAzrouMideltErfoud (410kms)
Set off early for the Middle Atlas Mountains, passing through the towns and villages of Ifrane, Azrou and Midelt.  Continue on the road following the spectacular Ziz Valley and watch as the scenery evolves from mountain to the rocky desert-scape of the Sahara.  Overnight in Erfoud.
 
DAY 6: ErfoudRissaniMerzouga (60kms)
morocco-sahaAfter breakfast explore the small desert town of Erfoud and Rissani.  Head to Merzouga, the Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara desert, and take a camel to begin your Moroccan desert adventure!  Watch the sunset over the majestic Sahara dunes, and spend the night in an oasis in a Berber tent.  Overnight in the desert oasis.
 
*If a camel trek is not really your thing, you can still experience the magic of the dunes by staying in a hotel right at their edge.
 
DAY 7: MerzougaBoumalne Dades ( 251kms)
Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes.  After returning by camel to Merzouga, depart for Ouarzazate.  Your journey will take you through the dramatic canyons of the Todra Gorge, and stunning valleys and ravines of Boumalne Dades.  Overnight in Boumalne Dades.
 
DAY 8: Boumalne DadesOuarzazateTazenakhtTaliouine (284kms)
morocco-saffron-house-taliouineDepart Dades for the south’s saffron region!  Drive through Kelaat M’Gouna where a rose festival is held every May.  Drive on to Skoura, a small village on the north side of the road which probably has the most beautiful palm grove in southern Morocco with dozens of inhabited and uninhabited kasbahs.  This whole region is called The Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Continue to Ouarzazate, and to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, used for more films than any other location in Morocco; including, Lawrence of Arabia and The Gladiator.  Pass through Tazenakht, an important centre for Berber carpet weaving, before arriving in Taliouine.  Overnight in Taliouine.
 
DAY 9: TaliouineAgadir (208kms)
Explore Taliouine and visit the saffron museum, or time your visit for the saffron harvest festival in October.  Depart for the coastal city of Agadir, passing through the town of Taroudant in the Sous Valley, known for its beautiful ramparts and Berber artisan crafts.  Relax and explore beautiful Agadir.  With its stunning beach and corniche, souks, historical kasbah and plentiful cafes you can be as busy or relaxed as you want.  Overnight in Agadir.
 
DAY 10: AgadirEssaouira (173kms)
morocco-agadir-sunsetDepart Agadir for Essaouira, a wonderfully relaxed coastal fishing town where you can explore Phoenician, Berber, Portuguese, Jewish, and French past in the well-preserved architecture, small alleyways and enchanting medina.  Stroll through the serene squares, browse artisan shops and galleries, and observe the handicrafts of the ’tuya’ wood found only in Morocco, or head down to the port to check out the day’s catch. Overnight in Essaouira.
 
DAY 11: Essaouira– Marrakech ( 177kms)
Depart for Marrakech via the scenic inland road with the forest of the Argan trees (sometimes with goats!) which only exist in this region of the world.  Stop off at Argan oil cooperatives along this relaxing drive.  Overnight in Marrakech.
 
Day 12: Marrakech
morocco-marrakech-foodExplore the famous city of Marrakech, the ‘southern pearl’ of Morocco, and second oldest Imperial city which has for centuries been an important stop for traders and travellers.  Your tour will include the Menera Gardens, the famous Jardin Majoralle, Bahia Palace, and Saadian tombs.  Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 77m high minaret dominating the centre of Marrakech.  Continue to one of the centre attractions of Marrakech; Djemaa el-Fna, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakech.  Relax at one of the many cafes surrounding the square to take in all the sights.  Continue on and explore the varied and colourful souks.  Overnight in Marrakech.
 
Day 13: Marrakech
Your tour ends. Transfer to airport.



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