Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Experience the spectacular scenery, mystical culture and history of Morocco on this fascinating 14-day journey. The privately guided tour introduces you to medieval cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and dunes of the Sahara Desert. The cultural and artistic heritage of Morocco dates back over a thousand years with its African, European and Arabic influences. Explore this exciting destination of historical and colourful culture, traditions and imperial cities. Travel through Berber villages, trek in the Atlas Mountains and climb the dunes on the edge of the vast Sahara Desert. Stroll through the fascinating souqs and barter with the local shopkeepers, dine on the world famous and cuisine.
Day 1 - Casablanca to Rabat
On arrival at Casablanca Airport you will be met and taken on a city tour before driving to the capital, Rabat. Visit the gardens of the Royal Palace, Mohamed V Mausoleum, the antiquities of the Museum and fort of Oudaya.
Set along the lively Rabat medina in a restored, 19th-century building, this old-world boutique riad is less than a 9-minute walk from both the Kasbah of the Udayas and the popular garden at the Museum of Oudayas. Featuring polished decor, the 9 individually decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minifridges and safety deposit boxes, plus en-suite facilities. Breakfast can be enjoyed on a patio. Other amenities include a terrace, an outdoor pool and an interior courtyard, plus a restaurant and a spa.
Day 2 - Fez
This morning travel to Fez via Meknes and Volubilis with sightseeing enroute. (B)
The riad has been restored using traditional details and techniques with craftsmen from the city’s medina, and the result is a small luxury haven with four rooms, three suites and a small swimming pool, all with a finely-honed balance of décor and style. Although Riad le Salama is typically small in room numbers, it is big in the space that it gives to guests. The spacious ambience is a luxury found in few riad hotels whatever the price. The pool too is a feature that is understandably rare in the centre of a Moroccan city.
Day 3 - Fez
Spend the day in this medieval city with its history and culture. Discover colourful souks, mosques, a medieval school and local artisans. (B)
Day 4 - Fez
Drive to Bhalil, an old Berber Village, to meet the locals still living traditionally in caves. Continue to Sefrou, an old fortified Jewish town dating back to pre-Islamlic times before the 8th century. Return to Fez and overnight. (B)
Day 5 - Erfoud
Today drive through the Atlas Mountains to Erfoud. (BD)
With a stay at Palais de Desert in Erfoud, you’ll be in the suburbs and close to Municipalile Erfoud and Zerktouni Mosque. This 4 star bed and breakfast is convenient to Royal Palace of Erfoud. Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and bidets.
Day 6 - Sahara Desert
Visit nearby Rissani, a former caravan centre, followed by a tour of the fossilised marble factory. Drive on to the Saharan dunes of Merzouga for your stay in a private desert camp. Enjoy an evening of traditional musicians, local food and a night under canvas. (BD)
Day 7 - Skoura
This morning enjoy the sunrise over the dunes, before driving to Erfoud and towards the magnificent valley of Todgha with its spectacular gorges, oasis and old fortified villages. The journey continues to the valley of Dades, known as the valley of roses, and on to Skoura. (BD)
The Jardin de Skoura was brought to life by the French owner, Caroline, who spent 20 months restoring this wonderful laid back retreat from an old farm ruin. She brings with her a long history of working in the travel industry and the service, food and attention to detail are second to none. This is the perfect place for a laid back break away from the more tourist populated areas around Marrakech. Jardin de Skoura has eight Rooms in total. The five Standard Rooms are all simply, stylishly and traditionally decorated with quirky objects and rich colours and all have a seating area. Please note that Zitouna and Haaneb interconnect and are perfect for families. The three Suites, Seguia, Jnan and Atlas are all spacious with separate sitting rooms and the largest, Atlas, has a private terrace. All have air-conditioning.
Day 8 - Skoura
Day at leisure. (B)
Day 9 - Atlas Mountains
Travel through the Ouarzazate region, a spectacular area, to the UNESCO protected site of Ait Benhaddou and preserved Berber architecture. This afternoon drive through the Tizi N’Tichka Mountain pass to Marrakech. (B)
The Kasbah Toubkal is an extraordinary venture, the product of an imaginative Berber and European partnership. There is a shared belief that the beauty of the Toubkal National Park should be accessible to all who respect it. To this end the Kasbah has been transformed using traditional methods, from the home of a Feudal Caid into an unprecedented haven; one that provides a variety of accommodation and event possibilities to meet differing requirements. The Kasbah is a welcoming environment for those seeking comfortable mountain refuge, and for those who wish for superb rooms in a stunning setting. The Kasbah Toubkal is not a hotel in the traditional sense, it is more an extension of the hospitality that stems from the home of the Berbers who run it.
Day 10 - Atlas Mountains
Day at leisure. (B)
Day 11 - Marrakech
This morning drive to Marrakech. (B)
The Palais Sebban was constructed around the magnificent residence of Caíd (governor) Sebban. Located in the centre of the medina, closed to the Jemaa El Fna Square (about 2 minutes on foot) this 19th century palace has conserved all the authenticity of its three patios, its roofs made of painted wood, its frescoes in carved plaster. The Riad offers 15 traditional suites and rooms with all the modern comfort and tradition. Different pieces, of great historic value, have been fitted into spacious rooms and suites, furnished with oriental antiques. A refined cuisine lets you taste the traditional Moroccan dishes, the restaurant of the riad – under the direction of a pair of chefs, French and Moroccan – completes the magic of the riad. You can find all the famous dishes (couscous, Tagine, Pastilla) The terrace has a fantastic view over the Medina of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
Day 12 - Marrakech
Enjoy a guided city tour and its historical sites of the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna Square. (B)
Day 13 - Marrakech
Day at leisure. (B)
Day 14 - End of Ultimate Morocco Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Casablanca Airport where the tour ends. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Due to extremely high temperatures in the desert, this area is to be avoided between late May and early September.