The Magic of Morocco Tour

Private tours in Morocco

Morocco is one of Africa’s most geographically, culturally, and socially diverse areas. Morocco possesses some of the highest mountains laced with fertile plateaus and plains giving way to the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is also home to the rare red cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains and Argan trees in the Anti Atlas, which are unique to Morocco.

The mélange of cultures, including African, Berber, Jewish, Islamic, and European, is added to the influences of the early Egyptians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans, making the history and culture of Morocco undeniably fascinating and remarkably exceptional.

Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat

Deluxe cultural tour of Morocco

Arrive in Casablanca.
Driver will transfer you to Rabat.
Guide will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour of Rabat.
Highlights of Guided Tour of Rabat:

  • Mellah/Jewish Quarter
  • Moorish Gardens
  • Oudaya Museum
  • Hassan Tower
  • Mohamed V Mausoleum
  • Royal Palace
  • Necropolis of Chellah

Stop for mint tea at traditional teahouse!

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Once you land at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, your guide will meet you at your arrival gate to take you immediately to check-in to your hotel in Rabat. This is a wonderful short drive of about 45 miles through the lush farms and exotic plants.

You will spend your day discovering the delights that Rabat has to offer. Your guide will take on a historical and lively tour of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah in the Heart of the city starting at Place Sidi Makhlouf. The 12 century ramparts are best seen from this landmark. Walk up to Bab Chellah in the medina and cross Sidi Fateh St. This will lead you to the traditional Souk Laghzel (Yarn market). Your guide will introduce you to the importance of this guild on textile role in the Moroccan society.

Later, you will cross to the citadel of the Oudaya Kasbah entering from its 12th century main gate to explore an extraordinary Medieval Moorish marvel overlooking the delta of Bourgreg River. You will have the opportunity to visit the old-fashioned Moorish gardens, stop in a traditional coffee house for mint tea, and in between explore the Oudaya museum of tribal arts and crafts. A docent will introduce you to traditional Berber Textiles.

You will continue your quest exiting the Oudaya Kasbah and up the hill to visit the Hassan Tower and Mohamed the V Mausoleum, an emblem of the real Moroccan architecture at its finest. You will reach the Royal Palace and the Necropolis of Chellah at the end of your tour. Finally, you will return to the hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Once you land at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, your guide will meet you at your arrival gate to take you immediately to check-in to your hotel in Rabat...

Hotels:

3 Star: Hotel Nouzha
4 Star: Hotel Chellah
5 Star: Contact us
Hotel details

Day 2: Rabat - Volubilis – Moulay Idris – Fez

Depart from rabat to fez
Driver and Guide will transfer you from Rabat to Fez
Visit Noteworthy Places
Visit the Panoramic Views of Fez

  • Meknes Volubils, Moulay Idriss
  • Gates, Ramparts and Jewish quarter
  • Dinner and acomodation in your Hotel
  • Lunch in a Berber restaurant in Meknes

Stop for mint tea at traditional teahouse!

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Today is the day of time travel! This journey will take you from imperial Rome to the ninth century A.D. Unlike the movies, this temporal voyage will take almost the entire day. (Of course there will be stops along the way.)

The first stop will be the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis was a critical city in the imperial Roman department of Mauritania (modern day Morocco, and the Western Sahara) during the reign of Caracalla. Volubilis is impressively well preserved and the genius of Roman urbanism is still intact. The two central integral streets in every Roman castrum, the Cardo and Decumanus, are prominent. The cardo is the boulevard which runs north-south and the Decumanus, east-west. The intersection of the two is the heart of every roman city. There you will find the ruins of the ancient forum.

Jumping forward in time and just few minutes away is the venerated citadel of Moulay Idris of Mount Zerhoun, founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar. This citadel is considered to be both the cradle of Sufism to Moroccan society as well as the first Islamic capital for the premier Arab dynasty. The Holy Moroccan city was created primarily for the indigenous population that migrated with Moulay Idris from the Middle East.

You will drive around 15 miles to the next stop, the imperial city of Meknes. Meknes is a 17th Century city built by Moulay Ismail to rival Fez. It is also considered to be the Versailles of Morocco. .

Finally, you have reached your destination, the ninth century city of Fez. In the evening, you will get a taste of the greatest Medina in the world . You will visit the sights on the outside of ancient walled city, including the ramparts, the gates, and the Borjs (Moorish Forts). After this introductory guided tour to Fez, you will dine in your hotel and prepare for day three: Fez Medina!

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Enjoy a day exploring principal historic sites of Morocco to Fez visiting Meknes, Volubilis, and Moulay Idris...

Hotels:


4 Star: Hotel Tghat or similar
5 Star: Riad Dar Dmana
Hotel details

Day 3: Fez (Medina)

visiting Morocco guided tour

Meet your lacal guide
Walking tour of the Medina

  • The Blue Gate Boujloud
  • Medersa Bouanania
  • Mausoleum Moulay Idris
  • Attarine and Souks
  • Quaraouiyyine Mosque
  • Tanneries and Silk dyers
  • Seffarine square and Nejjarine Fountaine
  • Visit other Museums and monuments!

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    Your guide will meet you in the morning at the lobby of your hotel to take on a city tour exploring the marvels of Fez. Undeniably fascinating, Fez stimulates the senses with its haunting yet beautiful sounds, visual splendor, and evocative smells. The most ancient of the imperial capitals and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is reminiscent of a city suspended in time, unfazed by the constantly evolving world outsides of its walls. Fez owes nothing to the Western world, save electricity. Time spent in Fez will reveal much about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan, providing an unparalleled learning experience to those who cross its path. Your morning will be spent visiting the Medina. Our specialized guide will take you on a historic discovery of the city of Fez starting at the King’s Palace and its Meshwar with ramparts and majestic gates. Next, you will explore the Jewish quarter, a 15th century citadel with all its Moorish maze architecture and medieval glory. Visits to Sephardic synagogues and mausoleums of holy Rabbis will be the highlights of this part of town. Then, we will drive to the Merinides hill to visit their necropolis. Here you will enjoy the best panoramic view on the old walled Medina, brimful with its countless minarets to call for the prayers in a city that has responded to these calls for 12 centuries. Drive down the hills to the gate of Bab Guissa to leave your vehicle and enter an ancient world. Fez has preserved its Medina as it was centuries ago. Not even a bicycle is able to be used as tool of transportation. Only donkeys, mules and horses are able to help moving all what the city produces and needs as supplies. The first guilds you will immediately encounter are the cobblers, the saddlers and black smiths interlaced by some caravansaries for tribesmen who come from the surrounding areas to trade and supply their needs. Down the hill to Juteya you will encounter all sorts of crafts but noticeably carpenters and leather workers as one of the traditional tanneries is not far. This walk will lead you to El Ashabine square with its variety of activities. From there, you will wind your way to the Sgha square which will lead you to Attarine then Souk el Henna and the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the founder of Fez. Next to it, you will visit the Nejjarine square with its famous fountain, its guild of carpentry and the museum of folk arts at the Fondouk. You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great Mosque university of Al Quarrawiyyine, passing by Shemma’ine, the market of dried fruits. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of book binders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passerby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouani and the shrine of Sidi Ahmed Tijani. You will end your walk at foundouk Lihoudi where a local Fez family will host you for traditional mint tea in their home. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations. .

    Full Day devoted to the walking guided tour of ancient Medina of Fez...

    Hotels:


    4 Star: Hotel Tghat or similar
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 4: Fez - Azrou - Afourar

    Depart from Fez.
    Driver and Guide will transfer you to Afourar via the Atlas Mountains scenic road.
    Stops in natural sites and nomadic camps.
    Lunch in Khenifra Berber town

    • Ifrane, Azrou, Beni Mellal
    • Monkeys Habitat
    • Berber Souks and farmers Markets
    • Cedar forest of the Middle Atlas Mountains
    • Visit Natural Springs of Asserdoune

    Stop for mint tea at traditional teahouse!

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    You will spend your day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains’ Berber villages, wards, and nomadic settlements. Covered with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou.

    Azrou is an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Your driver will take a little detour in a cedar forest to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Barbary apes. This may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family at its temporary encampment. As nomads are very hospitable people, whenever we encounter them we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents.

    At Khenifra, the Middle Atlases give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. You will reach the village of Afourer in the afternoon. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

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    Enjoy a day exploring vistas across the Atlas Mountains south to Afourar visiting Ifrane, Azrou and Khenifra...

    Hotels:


    4 Star: Hotel Hotel Afourar
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 5: Afourar - Marrakesh


    Historic City tour of Marrakech
    Highlights of the Historic visit

    • Visit the Menara Gardens
    • Jewish quarter and Bahia Palace
    • The Saadian Dynesty necropolis.
    • The Medina and the souks with Jamaa el Fna Square



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    After breakfast, you will descend the Atlas Mountains finally arriving in the foothills which overlook the magnificent oasis city of Marrakech Alhamra. Some of the aforementioned stops will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets.

    You will devote your afternoon to the exploration of Marrakech’s many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert.

    Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

    Historic visit of the enticing city of Marrakech, 11th century Medina...

    Hotels:

    3 Star: Hotel Mogador
    4 Star: Hotel el Andalous
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 6: Marrakech / Telouat

    Travel to Telouat Valley Berber Villages
    Highlights of the day Excursion to Telouat Valley:

    • visit the Kasbah Palace of Pasha Glaoui
    • Stop at the Tes-in-Tichka Pass
    • Berber Museum of traditional Jewelry
    • Cliff hunging villages
    • Dinner in hotel

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    In the morning, you will venture into the High-Atlas Mountains, to visit the Telouat fortress. The fortress is what remains of a stronghold belonging to the Berber chieftain El Glaoui (the Lord of the Atlas). You will stop for lunch in Taddert, eating at the highest pass in Morocco, Tizi n’Tishka. In the afternoon, you will return to Marrakech to visit the private art and craft collection of Riad El Fenn. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

    Enjoy a day exploring the beauty of this Berber valley of Cliff hunging villages in the Atlas Mountains...

    Hotels:


    4 Star: Hotel El Andalous
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 7: Marrakesh


    Continue exploring the marvels of Marrakech
    Highlights of the Historic visit

    • Visit the Kasbah and gates
    • Jewish quarter and Talmudic Schools
    • Medersa Ben Youssef
    • The souks with Jamaa el Fna Square



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    You will spend your morning visiting the Mellah, the Synagogue, the Koranic School, and various Marrakech bazaars. You will have the afternoon to yourself. After sundown you will have the opportunity to enjoy the overwhelming beauty of Marrakech by night in a Renaissance horse carriage. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

    Historic visit of the enticing city of Marrakech, 11th century Medina...

    Hotels:

    3 Star: Hotel Mogador
    4 Star: Hotel el Andalous
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 8: Marrakesh - Essaouira


    Travel from Marrakech to Essaouira
    Highlights of the Historic visit

    • Visit the Skala
    • The Old Jewish Quarter
    • The Old Port
    • The souks and Art Studios



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    You will begin your day by traveling to Essaouira (Mogador), a picturesque city with a rich history. With a fascinating antiquity, Essaouira was occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, supplied essential purple dyes to the Romans, absorbed the sophisticated Jewish arts of silversmith, and spent centuries as a Portuguese enclave. Despite the obvious influence of these civilizations, Essaouira has managed to remain a small, authentic Berber town. Alive with the breath of fresh air provided by the Atlantic, Essaouira is a jewel nestled in the ragged coast, with a vast expanse of empty sands trailing back along the promontory towards the South. After an introductory tour, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

    Historic visit of the enticing city of Essaouira, 12th century Medina...

    Hotels:

    3 Star: Hotel Des Iles
    4 Star: Hotel Mogador
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 9: Essaouira - Taroudant


    Travel from Essaouira to Taroudant
    Highlights of the Historic visit

    • Visit the Medina
    • The Old Jewish Quarter
    • The Old ramparts and Gates
    • The souks and guilds



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    In the morning, you will travel to Taroudant, where you will feast on a typical Berber tagine lunch, seated high above a banana plantation. You will pass through forests of the indigenous Argan and Thuya trees, where you may see the region’s notorious tree-climbing goats. You will break for afternoon tea at the Hotel Gazelle d’Or, Morocco’s most exclusive resort. Finally, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at the Palais Salam, formerly a Pasha’s guest house, nestled into the city’s massive walls.

    Historic visit of the enticing city of Taroudant 12th century Medina...

    Hotels:

    3 Star: Hotel Des Ramparts
    4 Star: Hotel Salam
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 10: Taroudant


    Historic City Tour of Taroudant
    Highlights of the Historic visit

    • Visit the Medina
    • The Old Jewish Quarter
    • The Old ramparts and Gates
    • The souks and guilds



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    You will spend your morning touring the city of Taroudant. Surrounded by red ochre walls, Taroudant is one of south Morocco’s most ancient cities, with its rich bazaars reflecting a strong tradition of arts and crafts. Visiting this elegant imperial city is like discovering the classic Marrakech of the 1940s. You will conclude your day with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

    Historic visit of the enticing city of Taroudant 12th century Medina...

    Hotels:

    3 Star: Hotel Des Ramparts
    4 Star: Hotel Salam
    5 Star: Contact us
    Hotel details

    Day 11: Taroudant - Agadir - Home

    Travel to Agadir Airport

    • Transfer to the Airport
    • Assistance with luggage
    • Flight back home

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    In the morning, our driver will take you to Agadir airport to catch your flight back home.

    Enjoy a day Traveling back home...

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    What is included:

    Land Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
    10 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
    Breakfast and dinner daily
    Services of English-speaking guides
    Entrance fees to monuments and museums

    What is not Included:

    Round trip flight*
    Tips for drivers and guides
    Traveler's insurance
    Personal Spending

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