• Morocco
  • 15 Days

A Cultural Journey through Morocco

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 15 days; 14 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Casablanca
Morocco is such an attractive and exotic country due to its cultural, ethnic, and geographical richness on one side and its safety, good infrastructure and openness towards the West on the other side. Throughout history, Morocco has been the gateway into Africa. Morocco off the beaten track trip will take you unique places where to explore the exotic Morocco and emmerse in the local culture. You will start from Casablanca and visiting the Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the world. Then move to exotic Marrakesh, then to the land of argan oil in Essaouira. Continue to the high Atlas and down to the routes of the trades caravan and the route of 1 thousand kasbahs. Continue to the Golden Dunes of Sahara Desert. Then to the capital of dates in Morocco. Head up to the middle Atlas and then the Rif. A trip that will leave you with unforgettable memories and joyful experiences.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

comfortable


Physical activity

light


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains
  • Ocean
  • Desert
  • Forest
  • Village Life
  • Pastoral

Practicalities

  • For all ages
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Camping
  • Meditation
  • Permaculture
  • Indigenous culture
  • Stargazing

Your Local Expert

Fatima Habte

I'm a Moroccan woman from the Rif Mountains living in Chefchaouen North Morocco. I'm Morocco off the beaten track and travel specialist and offer wide personalized planning services for each traveler in exploring the best of Morocco. I guarantee that travelers will find an authentic connection to Morocco. Out of passion for the people and my culture, I guarantee travelers an exceptional authentic experience.

The Journey

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco

DAY 1: CASABLANCA- MARRAKESH (242km) Pick up Casablanca airport by our driver and depending on arrival time, visit of Hassan II mosque Casablanca's landmark building designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is a extravagant symbol not only of the city, but also of Morocco itself. Hassan II Mosque II is one of the largest mosques in the world with a gigantic glass floor for over 24000 worshippers. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 meters. Its location looking out to the Atlantic gives it an exceptional beauty. Intricately carved marble pieces, vibrant mosaics and zellige tile details pay honor to traditional Islamic architecture, and yet still manage to feel contemporary. After the visit you driver will be at your disposition to suggest where you can have lunch. Transfer to Marrakesh. B&B accommodation in a boutique riad in the Marrakesh medina.read more

Day 2

Marrakesh souks and art

DAY 2: MARRAKESH GUIDED HISTORICAL VISIT Breakfast at your riad and set off to explore the fascinating city of Marrakesh. First, visit the magical Majorelle Gardens designed by Jacque Majorelle and preserved by Yves Saint Laurent. Its blue and yellow colored paths make of it an attractive garden with various ponds, cacti, and plants. Later visit with the old Medina on foot. In Djemaa el Fna, you will visit the famous 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. The guide will take you through the intricate streets and alleys of the Djemaa el Fna. Enjoy the smells of food and explore the souks specializing in, handmade shoes product. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Marrakesh’s tasty restaurants. After lunch explore the El Bahia Palace which is a set of gardens located in Marrakesh. It was built in the late 19th century, planned to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2-acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards. Visit the Saadian Tombs are mausolea in Marrakesh which date to time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum includes the burials of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. Evening free to explore Marrakesh on your own. Your private driver will be available to escort you to a variety of restaurants we recommend. B&B accommodation in a boutique Riadread more

Day 3

Explore the former fishing village and Argan oil forest

DAY 3: MARRAKESH -ESSAOUIRA- MARRAKESH Breakfast at your Riad and start your journey to the former Portuguese fishing village of Essaouira. Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The navy blue of its sky, its rosy ochre ramparts, and white and blue painted houses make up of it a perfect piece of art. Its medina is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah. Behind its walls, protected from the wind, a timeless world persists. Old brass guns line the walls overlooking the Atlantic and watch over the old town. On your way to Essaouira explore wide variety of landscapes, great biodiversity, and rich cultural heritage. Explore the world’s largest area of Argan forest a national treasure where to see goats hanging calmly on the top of Argan trees. Here you can enjoy unspoilt natural surroundings, where Argan, almond, and olive trees grow wild side by side. And while you’re in the area, you can visit the Argan oil cooperative and admire the know-how of the women as they work at extracting Argan oil and appreciate the traditional hospitality of Berber culture Upon arrival enjoy local gastronomy at the fishing port. Settle yourself down on a sofa or perch yourself on a pouf and share a delicious tajine or couscous. The Souiri cuisine is best known for is its fresh fish. Essaouira is a city of fishermen and makes the utmost of what the ocean provides. Visit of the medieval town Essaouira with its lovely white-washed and blue houses and learn about the local tradition and enjoy the fresh seafood. Visit Essaouira Thuya wood workshops, rare commodity found only in Essaouira. Wander along the ramparts and visit painter’s galleries where watercolors gleam from canvases. Visit silver jewellery shops, a craft that owes its existence and fame to the Jewish silversmiths of the 18th century. Essaouira is famous for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts many visitors in June. It also has a wide beach for surfing called Plage de Safi. Visit Moulay Hassan Square which is the liveliest place of Essaouira located in the medina, not far from the city walls and port, an ideal location for enjoying a glass of mint tea. Sit back on one of its café terraces and watch the casual comings and goings of the passers-by. In the afternoon drive back to Marrakesh, B&B accommodation in a Boutique Riadread more

Day 4

High Atlas Mountains

DAY 4: MARRAKESH-KASBAH TOUBKAL IN IMLIL After breakfast drive to Imlil. Imlil is a small beautiful village known for its amazing beauty and magnificent landscapes and stunning valley which attract a lot of visitors. You will absolutely appreciate the different ascents and descents of the mountains bordering the entrance to the great Moroccan Atlas. Imlil is the starting point of most hikes; it is a beautiful place for those who would like to walk in the Massif Toubkal in the high Atlas. Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa. Arrival to Kasbah Toubkal at lunch time. After that you can relax and enjoy the panoramic view from the Kasbah terrace. Later enjoy a traditional Hammam. B&B accommodation in the Kasbah Toubkalread more

Day 5

The high Atlas Mountains

Rise and have your breakfast, then explore the rustic life in Imlil village. You will walk arround the area to explore the everyday life of the local among the walnut trees, apples trees and almond trees. Have lunch with a local family. Later visit women workshops to discover how they make Berber jewelry. B&B accommodation in Kasbah Toubkal.

Day 6

The route of one thousand Kasbahs

DAY 6: IMLIL - TIZI N'TICHKA PASS -- AIT BENHADDOU – OUARZAZATE-SKOURA Rise and have breakfast. Start your journey towards Skoura to explore its famous Kasbahs and the Caravan Routes of Morocco. Kasbahs are great rise colored citadels standing proudly on the hillsides, defying anyone who passes to ignore them. These are the far famed kasbahs of the Moroccan south, residences built from adobe, a mixture of clayey earth and straw, their architecture of striking originality and rare elegance. Morocco’s kasbahs retain all their poetry, serene in their power and living witness to the victory and apogee of the mountain culture that brought them into being. Perfectly adapted to their natural surroundings, they are also an expression of the social life of a sedentary mountain people. Standing eternal, they are southern Morocco’s dearest heritage. You will pass the olive and almond fields of the Oued Zat as you ascend to the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260-meter-high) that will take you through spectacular mountainous land. Along the road you will see panoramic sights of the High Atlas Mountains as well as rich valleys, colorful villages, and striking geology. Explore The majestic Taourirt Kasbah listed as a national heritage monument. It was built in the 19th century and was the Pasha of Marrakesh ‘s largest residence. Its architecture, with its many crenellated towers, geometric motifs, and interior richly attired in painted stuccowork and cedar wood, is a marvel to behold. The Kasbah has just been restored throughout, and now houses exhibition galleries, a library and an Amphitheatre. Explore The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. A revelation of pure beauty listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ait Ben Haddou Ksar is a stunning work of architecture overlooking the Ounila Valley. A graceful ensemble of adobe kasbahs, this one of the oldest and most impressive ksars in all morocco. The earliest of its buildings, a granary standing on the hilltop, dates back to the 11th century. The village gradually grew up around it over the course of the centuries, adding houses, more granaries, cowsheds, a well, and protective surrounding wall. Architecturally, this museum village located some 30km from Ouarzazate, is without parallel. Its outer walls sport few shutters and only two doors, making sure that its inhabitants knew who was coming and going, while inside, a public square, a mosque, a koranic school and the village residences jostle for space. Immortalized in such films as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Babel” and “Indiana Jones” , this magnificent fortress stands radiant and untouched by time, an uncut diamond shining proudly forth from its rocky setting. Explore the Kasbah Amridil, originally built in the 17th century, which is one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. It has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for an insight into the ancient traditions of kasbah life. B&B accommodation in a nice riad in Skourread more

Day 7

Oasis and valleys of Morocco

DAY 7: SKOURA - ROSES VALLY - NOMAD’s VALLEY - BOUMALNE DADES VALLEY & GORGE- SKOURA Breakfast at your Riad and drive to explore Skoura oasis and the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Skoura is an abundant haven with enormous palm groves, almond and olive trees that offer gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains along with desert sceneries. The palm groves were placed in the 12th century by the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour. The most stunning Kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here. The Valley of Roses, just north of El Kellaa M’Gouna is for certain an enjoyable trip. You will stop for a visit of the cooperative producing various products of roses: rose water hand and body soaps, oil, crème fragrance. The annual Rose Festival is a perfect time of the year to visit. Your journey will lead you to the breathtaking Valley of Nomads located in Boutaghrar located at 40km from Rose valley Kellaa M’Gouna. The stunning valley where nomads still live in caves will allow you to travel back in time. The valley is surrounded by Mount M’Goun which is the second highest mountain in Morocco with astonishing views of earthy scenery. A stop for refreshment and depending on time continue to the Dades Valley that covers 125 km between the Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley is located in the high valley of Dades that is scattered with Oasis, palm groves and Kasbahs. Carved through the walls of the High Atlas Mountains by the Dades River, Dades Gorge is an exceptional natural beauty. It has spectacular views which is best seen in the morning when the sun reaches the bottom of the canyon. Driving along you will pass fertile agricultural fields of fruits and almond trees, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant offering local Moroccan food and a panoramic view. Relax and sip mint tea while contemplating the remarkable valley view. Continue your discovery of the Dades Valley and Gorge after lunch. Dinner and accommodation at a nice Riadread more

Day 8

Camel ride Golden Sahara Dunes

DAY 8: DADES VALLEY - TODRA GORGE - ERFOUD - RISSANI – MERZOUGA Breakfast at your riad. Your journey to the Todra Gorge, Erfoud, Rissani, and Merzouga starts. You will first visit Todra Gorge which is the canyon of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains close to Tinghir. Your driver will take you through picturesque roads to reach the Todra Gorge which extends to Tinghir. Todra Gorge is a spectacular site with gigantic red rock walls that changes its color with the effect of the sunlight. Explore the fossil sites located at 13km from Erfoud to Merzouga where you can see the fossilized stones dating to a very ancient geological era. You will continue to Rissani, a desert town from the ancient Alawi Dynasty to discover the old Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the first King of the Alawi Dynasty. On your way to Merzouga, a stop at Khamlia, the village of Gnawa to enjoy the charming music of Gnawa After that, another expedition will be waiting for you: a camel trek or drive along the dunes of the golden Sahara Desert to enjoy sunset over the majestic Erg Chebbi Dunes. Once you reach the heart of the Sahara, a warm welcome at your luxury camp where you will spend the night under the huge sky full of bright stars. Dinner and overnight in the luxuray campread more

Day 9

Dates Oasis

DAY 9 : ZIZ VALLEY Rise early morning have your café and start a camel ride to see the sunrise. Back to your camp for breakfast and shower and drive to the dramatic Ziz Gorges and valley where the Oued Ziz brings life to the last southern valley of the Ziz and the Tafilalte oases. The Ziz Gorges are a series of gorges on the upper course of the Ziz River. They are defined by two gates at the southern and northern ends. At the southern end is the Hassan Addakil dam and lake. Nearby is the Tunnel de Légionnaire built by French colonial troops in the 1930s in order to create a passageway to the Ziz Gorge. The gorge was formed by the Ziz River cutting through the Atlas Mountains. Ancient fossils are commonly excavated and sold in the area. The Ziz valley, presents a spectacular sight of a dense canopy of palms visit the women coops, chat with the women and have lunch with a Berber family at Aoufous village in the Ziz Valley. They will demonstrate how they originate date products. Later you will visit a local family and have tea with our local host at his family’s traditional Moroccan home. This is your chance to learn about Moroccan family life. The Ziz valley is the biggest date-producing region in Morocco. And you will be surprised to see there are 283 recognized varieties of date grown in the country, the most delicious (and expensive) of which are known as Mejhoul. B&B accommodation in hotel.read more

Day 10

From the desert to the Middle Atlas

DAY 10 : ERRACHIDIA – FES Get up early, have breakfast, and take a sunrise camel ride or 4x4 drive back to Merzouga. Depart Merzouga and drive to Fes passing through Ifrane and Azrou located at a strategic crossroads between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas On the way, a stop for lunch in Midelt in the Middle Atlas Mountains, known for apples. Continue to Ifrane which is located in the middle atlas in a national park that was established in October 2004 due to many reasons such as the existence of remarkable species in the territory, the presence of internationally important ecosystems, and the increase of human activity and resource exploitation. With its unique architecture, cedar forest and temperature, Ifrane becomes an appealing destination. Next, continue your drive to Fes and arrive in the early evening. B&B accommodation at boutique Riad in Fesread more

Day 11

Explore the oldest medina in the world

DAY 11 / FES After your breakfast start your first part exploration journey of the magnificent Fez old medina. It is a real labyrinth left intact since the Middle Ages. It has been classified as a world heritage in 1981 by UNESCO. Fez medina is considered the largest medina in the Arab world and surrounded by 24 kilometers of walls. The medina encloses 9500 houses, 176 mosques, 83 mausoleums, 11 madrasas dating from the Merenids dynasty and 40 hammams. The medina also encloses magnificent palaces. Enter the old medina of Fez, through the bleu gate known as Bab Boujloud dating to the 12th century. The name is a vernacular corruption of the expression "Bou Jnoud", meaning a parade ground or military square, referring to the large square known as Place Bou Jeloud just outside and to the west. It is also located near the site of what used to be one of the main citadels of Fes el-Bali, the Kasbah Bou Jeloud. Stroll the Talaa Kebeera shortly after Bab Boujloud and continues on through the much of the medina. Many different shops, souks and sights are located just off this main road. Though often crowded by locals and tourists alike, it is a nice taste of old Fez. Continue to The Madrasa Bou Inania founded in AD 1351–56 by Abu Inan Faris. It is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture. Visit Nejjarine Museum on your way. This well-restored former Fondouk – a place where traders took lodgings and stored and sold their goods during the 18th century – is now home to the Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts. Opened in 1998, the museum allows visitors to marvel at such artefacts as craftsmen’s tools, prayer beads, ancient chests, and musical instruments. Visit (from outside) the Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II, a religious shrine containing the tomb of Idris II who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828. He is the main founder of the city of Fes and of the first Moroccan Islamic state. In this place your will encounter amazing shops selling candles and locals Fessi sweets altogether with various fragrances used for religious and special events. Visit Kissaria Serrajine, where an irresistible range of silks, brocades, braided trimmings, embroidered slippers and kaftans awaits you coming. Along the streets you can see a fabulous expertise at work. Continue to Seffarine known for its Boilermakers, coppersmiths, glazed ceramic workshops marked by the famous cobalt blue of Fez. All is a fascinating world of craftsmanship Visit the famous Quaraouiyine University, the oldest existing, constantly operating. It the first degree-awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records. Quaraouiyine University is referred to as the oldest university that was founded by Fatima al-Fihria in 859 with an associated madrasa, which next became one of the principal spiritual and educational centers of the historic Muslim world. It was incorporated into Morocco's modern state university system in 1963. Visit the Al-Attarine Madrasa close to the Al-Quaraouiyine. It was built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323. The madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market. Visit the Glaoui palace and the Mokri Palace where to admire the fine work of the woodcarvers or the delicate lines of the wrought iron sculptured with surgical precision. After enjoying your lunch continue your visit by visiting Fez tanneries referred to as the Chouwara tanneries. The tanneries, made of numerous ditches filled to the brim with a incredible variety of pigments, process skins for production of sleep, cow and goat leather in the traditional manner. Look down at the proceedings from a neighboring rooftop terrace-a giant artist’s palette in all its colorful splendors. Visit the Pottery area and you will come across several scattered shops of ceramic around the medina, each with its own specialty. Some sell fountains, others tilework, etc Continue to Fes Jdid starting by the Royal Palace, the main monument of Fez el-Jdid. It offers impressive views over its finely carved doors. The creation of Fez el-Jadid marks the full development of the city and the climax of Moorish art illustrated by the construction of magnificent buildings. Next visit The Mellah, Jewish Quarter founded after the sixteenth century by the Sultan to protect the Jewish community in the city is crossed by the main street, a lively street gathering all kinds of businesses: jewels, upholstery, fabrics. The houses of the Mellah differ from Muslim houses by the windows looking on the outside and their wooden and wrought iron balconies. Later drive to Borj Nord from which you can have gorgeous views of Fes. At night, the old city’s walls and ramparts are lit up and you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. The Borj is a fort built in 1582 by the powerful Saadi sultan Ahmad al-Mansour to defend the city from external attacks. It was modeled after the Portuguese Forts in the 16th century. The Borj is considered the largest defense structures around the city of Fez. Today, the fort is open to public as the Museum of Arms. Finally return to your riad, B&B accommodation.read more

Day 12

Explore the Blue City

DAY 12 / FES – MEKNES - MOULY DRISS – VOLUBILIS - CHEFCHAOUEN Breakfast at your Riad and drive to After your breakfast your driver will take you visit Meknes .Visit the magnificent gateway of Bab el-Mansour the main gate between Meknes' Medina and Imperial City districts. Bab el-Mansour is an enormous and highly picturesque edifice with intricate architectural style of zellige tiling and carving work. It is one of North Africa's best examples of persisting gateways. Continue to Place Hedim the main square in the old part of the city. The Bab Mansour gate faces onto Place Hedim, the main square in the old part of the city. Place Hedim is much smaller than Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna square and also much less interesting. However, there will likely be a few people selling things, charming snakes and running games Visit Sahrij Souani , built by Moulay Ismail, is located in the imperial city, northwest of the granaries. It is a hydraulic structure that measures 148.75 m by 319 m and has a maximum depth of 1.20 m. The lake was constructed to guarantee the supply of water, in times of siege or drought, to the palaces and mosques of the town, as well as to the public baths, homes, gardens and the orchards that surrounded the town and provided for its daily fruit and vegetable requirements. Continue to Moulay Idriss, the oldest town in Morocco, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789, having fled Mecca because of religious and tribal conflicts. It is located at twenty kilometers north of Meknes, set on a rocky peak overlooking the Oued Erroumane Valley and the plain upon which the Ancient Romans built their city of Volubilis. This holy town holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. It was here that Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam, and starting a new dynasty. In addition to founding the town named after him, he also initiated construction of Fez, continued later by his son, Moulay Idriss II. After that continue to Volubilis. Located in the foothills of the Zerhoun Massif, Volubilis takes its name from the Berber word Oualili, the name for the colorful flower of the convolvulus, a plant to be found in abundance in the region. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997, Volubilis is Morocco’s largest archaeological site, with a full 18 hectares open to the public. The site owes its fame to the countless mosaics that decorate its ancient dwellings including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors. Volubilis is regarded as the ancient capital of the Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania. It developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber and Phoenician-Carthaginian settlement before being the capital of the Berber kingdom of Mauretania. Continue to Chefchaouen, B&B accommodation inread more

Day 13

The blue city

DAY 13 / CHEFCHAOUEN Breakfast at your hotel, then visit the bleu pearl of the north of Morocco classified as 6th most beautiful cities of the world. In the beautiful Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a gorgeous labyrinth of blue-on-blue buildings that has an amazingly photogenic radiance. Chefchaouen was established in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid for defense reasons against the Portuguese expansion in the north of Morocco. It was inhabited by the Moorish and Jewish people who were exiled from Spain during in the early 15th century. Wander the Medina alleys and lapping up all that colorful Andalusian architecture. It's a peaceful, easygoing town and a great place to recharge if you've been amid the cities for a while. Lunch at a charming restaurant in the medina. Visit the fortress the first building established by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471. Dine in a charming restaurant, B&B accommodation in a nice riad.read more

Day 14

Hiking in the National park of Talassemtane

After breakfast, drive to Akchour to hike to God's Bridge and waterfall in the national parc of Talassemtane. Back to Chefchaouen, B&B accommodation in a nice Riad.

Day 15

Transfer to Casablanca airport

After breakfast, drive to Casablanca airport, Maa salam Morocco

Included

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    B&B accommodation in nice Riads in double rooms

  • Transportation

    Private Car and driver all the trip

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    Guided tours

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    Lunch and dinner are not included

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