Morocco Vacation Itinerary

Morocco Vacation Itinerary

Morocco Vacation Itinerary

Morocco Vacation Itinerary, through my extensive travel around morocco working for many years as a tour leader and curating customized itineraries that suits each traveler, I think this is one of the best itineraries that allow you to see as much as possible while traveling from a city to another.

The estimated minimum days is 10 days, the ideal is between 12 and 15 days to really enjoy some places a little longer and visit surrounding areas, Please find below the best  Morocco Vacation Itinerary starting and ending in Casablanca or Marrakech (the two main airports In Morocco with flight connections all over the world)

Morocco Vacation Itinerary in 11 Days :

DAY 1  FROM CASABLANCA / MARRAKECH TO  RABAT

DAY 2  RABAT – CHEFCHAOUEN

DAY 3 CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – FES

DAY 4  EXPLORE FES

DAY 5 FES – MIDELT – ZIZ VALLEY – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA SAHARA

DAY 6 : MERZOUGA – RISSANI – TODGHA GORGES – DADES GORGE

DAY 7 : DADES GORGE – AIT BENAHDDOU – MARRAKECH

DAY 8 : MARRAKESH, FULL GUIDED CITY TOUR

DAY 9 : ESSAOUIRA DAY TOUR

Day 10 MARRAKECH — ATLAS MOUNATINS 

DAY 11 TRANSFER FROM IMLIL TO CASABLANCA AIRPORT 

DAY 1  FROM CASABLANCA / MARRAKECH TO  RABAT

On the first day of this Morocco, Vacation Itinerary starts from the airport in the morning according to your flight details and we drive to the city center of the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city Casablanca situated in the center-west portion of the nation on the Atlantic Ocean, we will take a short visit to the splendid Hassan II Mosque: a breathtaking landmark of Casablanca with the tallest minaret at 210m.  Driving from Casablanca to Rabat, a visit to Hassan Tower + Mausoleum of Mohamed V is scheduled, a unique complex of Moroccan royal history, where Morocco’s past meets its future. After we visit the fortified neighborhood of Kasbah of the Udayas with its white and blue-washed streets and Visit the Andalusian Gardens. overnight in Rabat.

Activities:

–Inside visit to Hassan 2 Mosque

– Rabat – Guided Walking Tour – Chella – Oudaya – Hassan Tower

Day 2  RABAT – CHEFCHAOUEN

Morocco Vacation Itinerary

After breakfast we will drive through the fascinating rif villages to the blue pearl Chefchaouen.We will start exploring this beautiful blue town situated in the rif mountains south of the Mediterranean coastline in northwest Morocco. First we will visit the kasbah of Chefchaouen,  small but charming back to between the 15th and 16th centuries AD, Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the medina, the shops in the square selling woven goods and small sweets, and, most importantly, tasting the town’s famous goat’s cheese.  Alternatively, you might prefer to get out of town and enjoy a short hike in the surrounding hills.

Activities : 

– Guided walking tour Chefchaouen

DAY 3 CHEFCHAOUEN – VOLUBILIS – FES

The next stop will be  The world heritage site VOLUBILIS.  Established before the Christian Era, at a time when the area was part of Mauretania, Volubilis was considered the administrative center of the kingdom of Mauretania and also one of the most remote cities within the Roman Empire, located in the far southwestern region, then we continue to the holly town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune that give a great into traditional Moroccan life and arriving by evening to Fez where you will spend the night in a nice authentic riad.

Activities: Guided walking tour Volubilis

DAY 4  EXPLORE FES

After breakfast, you will have a sightseeing tour where you can Walk through high-walled streets, watch the daily procession of mourners entering the tomb of Fez’s founder Moulay Idriss II. the medina of Fez is Founded in the 9th century and is home to the oldest university in the world which makes it the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Mederassa Bou Inania, the tanneries, and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th-century inn. return to your hotel to spend the night and enjoy a delicious Moroccan dinner.

Activities: Guided walking tour Fes – Fondouk Nejjarine – Mederassa Bou Inania – Alqarawyin University

– Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 FES – MIDELT – ZIZ VALLEY – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA SAHARA

Morocco's sahara desert

After breakfast, we will start our long driving day to Merzouga Sahara desert crossing the Atlas Mountains,on the way we will pass through the clean and the most modern city in the country Ifrane arriving to the trailing edge of the Cedar Forest to – Azrou – a city located on a steep hill through a variety of woods to the famed cedar forests inhabited by endangered Barbary monkeys. We will have lunch in a berber village before driving down the curves and join the pre-Saharan zone passing first by Errachidia and Erfoud  famous for its pottery and the interesting fossil quarries in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet then From a vast plateau you will get impressed by the huge sand dune of Merzouga appearing from the horizon,  you will ride camel to explore inside the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi, one of the most fascinating sights you will ever see. spend the night in a berber desert camp and enjoy the stars.

– Included Activities : Meet Nomads – Camel Trekking 

 

DAY 6 : MERZOUGA – RISSANI – TODGHA GORGES – DADES GORGE

From merzouga we continue our journey towards rissani that was the location of the famed desert capital, Sijilmassa, between the 14th and 18th centuries, where fortunes in gold and slaves were traded via caravans crossing the sahel. We will  have a short visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and possibility to explore the Souk (market) and the Fondouks where donkeys gather. then we will drive through the Dades Valley towards$the great canyons of Morocco Todgha Gorges situated beyond the central high Atlas Mountains. Here, the contrasting landscapes remind visitors of the Colorado, with its high plateau. we will go along the famous road of 1000 kasbahs, driving  through The Dades Valley where will visit the Dades gorge & valley. and we head to the Berber family for Lunch, cooking course, a walk to discover the valley and spend some time with the Berbers before we head to our hotel near the Valley.

 

–  Activities:

Guided walking tour Dades – Guided walking tour of the valley and Gorge – Carpets co-operative – Visit underground irrigation channels – Errissani Markets

 

DAY 7 : DADES GORGE – AIT BENAHDDOU – MARRAKECH

Aït Benhaddou Kasbah has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987,this Unesco-protected red mudbrick ksar (fortified vilage) built in the 11th centuryand used to be  a strategic stop for caravans of camels, , often numbering hundreds, on the trans-Saharan trade route from the Sudan to Marrakech carrying gold, silver and slaves and returning with salt,Afterword we will  head to Marrakech via the tizin’tichka pass .we’ll stop to visit the town of Telouet and its ancient 17th century Kasbah then we’ll continue exploring the tIzin’tichka road especially its great landscape of Berber’s villages. Overnight in a local riad in the medina of Marrakech.

–Activities: Visit Skoura – Visit Cinema Museum – Visit Studios –

DAY 8: MARRAKESH, FULL GUIDED CITY TOUR

 

Welcome to Marrakech or “the red city ” situated near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountain, In Marrakech  Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge as t is two parts one is the old town called “medina” where you will visit with your local guide the interesting monuments of the city like the “Koutoubia mosque”,” the Bahia palace” and the famous square Jama lfna.The other part is the new modern town “Gueliz” built during the French occupation.

 Activities :

Guided walking Tour of Marrakech – Bahia Palace – Souks – Jamaa lfna & Koutoubia

DAY 9 : ESSAOUIRA DAY TOUR

Essaouira known also as Mogador is on the Atlantic coast 170 km from Marrakesh. enjoy a relaxing day at your peace in this beautiful seaside city where there are plenty things to do including water sports such as kitesurfing and windsurfing, exploring the fishing markets for fresh seafood and traditional souks of the small medina of Essouira. On the way to Marrakech  there is a chance to stop and take pictures of goats on argan trees by the road and visit Organic Argan oil cooperative that is a form of social and organizational associations that give visitors a great chance to witness the products being made. In rooms adorned with Argan trees, women use ancient tools to hand press oil from the kernels. it is interesting to see the process like an open air museum.

–  Activities:

Visit Argan Co-operative – Free time to Explore Essaouira

Day 10 MARRAKECH — ATLAS MOUNATINS 

After breakfast, we drive to the High Atlas Mountains across some of the most beautiful valleys to the villageof Imlil dominated by MOUNT Toubkal the highest peak in North Africa 4167m… Start a soft hike or ride a mule, to one of the highest and most picturesque berber villages. meet the local Berber people who are the earliest inhabitants of Morocco and discover their way of life and culture. during this hike you will admire breath-taking mountain sceneries.

Enjoy a traditional typical lunch in a Berber home or picnic. Overnight in Imlil in Local Guesthouse.

The High Atlas Mountains, which often dominate the skyline to the south of Marrakech, have always played an important role for the city not least with regard to commerce. Whilst Marrakech is in itself a fascinating city, a whole new experience awaits those who venture south into the mountains.

With several peaks above 4000 meters, the Central High Atlas is part of a larger chain of mountains that spreads from the Atlantic Coast in the west to the Algerian border in the east. The mountains are home to the indigenous Berber (or Amazigh) people who have inhabited Morocco for at least 5000 years. The Berbers live in small clusters of earthen adobe houses which cling precipitously to mountainsides and are often only accessible by mule or foot. A trek in the High Atlas will offer more than a glimpse into a way of life that has barely changed for centuries and where traditional values and hospitality have been mostly unaffected by the outside world.

— Activities

Walking & Trekking

DAY 11 Transfer from Imlil – Casablanca airport 

After breakfast in Imlil and relaxing time drive back to  Casablanca Airport. The end of Morocco Vacation Itinerary

DO YOU HAVE 2 OR 3 MORE DAYS ??

Extra Night in the desert- Visit Nomads- 4×4 Tour to khamlya (on day 6 )

Exploration 4×4 & Camel Trek for sunset) Throughout the sand dunes we go for a drive on these fabulous landscapes on the edge of the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand dunes in Morocco. We will see plenty of nomadic black tents in the middle of nowhere. We shall stop by a nomadic family to have tea and see what a nonadic life looks like. We go on our drive and let’s discover the nomadic life of Touareg people by visiting Alkhamliya, a village where nothing has been changed through centuries. Either we lunch here in Alkhamliya village or we go back to our hotel and lunch there. At night you spend the night in the desert camp and enjoy a wonderful stars view.

Activities :

4X4 TOUR

Meet Nomads and Lunch with Berber Pizza at Gnaoua house

Extra Night In Marrakech 

To explore more in Marrakech add one nights to spend full two days while the first day is for exploring souks and monuments, second day you can visit more interesting places, secret gardens, have a relaxing time in a spa and try the Moroccan hammam, enjoy the sunset from a medina rooftop with the big square view. Visit agafay desert,

Less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s souks, past a landscape that flows from urban sprawl to rural farmland, sits the Agafay Desert, one of the closest natural expanses to the city. Visiting the Agafay Desert is a good option if you would like to gaze at some sand dunes and desert, but don’t have the time to travel all the way south to where Morocco borders Algeria.

Experience the incredible beauty of the Agafay Desert, not too far from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in a desert tent with panoramic views of the dunes and the Atlas Mountains.

 

What’s included 

– A very comfortable and air-conditioned Vehicle

– Fuel for the entire journey

– English speaking Driver/ guides during the tour

– Inside Visit to Hassan 2 Mosque

– All nights accommodations in charming Riads 

– Camel trekking

– Berber music and animation

– Dinners and Breakfasts during the tour ( vegetarian welcome ) check itinerary for details

– Breakfast daily

– Marrakech, Fes, Rabat, Volubilis city sightseeing with local guides

– Pick up & Drop off at Hotels / Airport

– Visit Oasis Museum

– Visit Essaouira

– Trekking Atlas Mountains

– Real-life experiences

“What’s not included

– Flights & Travel insurance

– All Lunches – ( Some Dinners, See itinerary)

– Drinks

– Tips & gratuities for your guides and driver

– Extra, Monuments Entrances

Visited places in Morocco Vacation Itinerary

– Rabat & Casablanca

– Chefchaouen

– Fes Medina

– Volubilis

– Tizi n’Tichka Pass

– Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

– Ouarzazate

– Dades & Todra gorge & Valley

– Valley of roses & Ziz Valley

– Errissani Traditional Markets

– High Atlas Mountains

– Berber villages

– the Sahara Desert

– Atlantic ocean

Travel experiences in Morocco Vacation Itinerary

– Moroccan Culture & People, Food & History

– Berber Culture

– Camel trekking

– Berber music and animation

– Sleeping in desert camp

 

 

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