10 Days - Departs Daily Year-round on a Private Basis
Find yourself in the tranquility of the Sahara with Morocco private guides. Uncover the abundant imprints left by ancient civilizations. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and geography of Morocco. Breathe the fresh air of the oases, explore mystical Berber villages, and lose yourself in fascination with each casbah as you let the spectacular gorges and serene dunes become backdrops for your memories of Morocco. Morocco private guides combine the best of ancient yet flourishing Imperial cities with the magic of the desert and spectacular mountain vistas with idyllic beaches.
Your Morocco tour begins with welcome by your Morocco travel guide cum driver upon your arrival at Casablanca. After a brief tour of the highlights of Casablanca, travel by private car to Rabat, Morocco’s present-day capital and principal royal residence. Recuperate from your Morocco private guide tour amid the trees and flowers of the city’s tranquil gardens or its fabulous beaches. Continue on to Meknes, a former capital whose medina walls are adorned with exquisite gates considered among the best preserved in the Islamic world. Further into the countryside lays the holy city of Moulay Idriss, a scenic whitewashed town where the first Arab dynasty was founded in 787 AD. Just beyond is revealed the near-perfectly preserved ruins of Volubilis, a thriving Roman settlement until the 4th century. Then your Morocco private guide will take you to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of the nation. Tour Fez el-Bali ("Fez the Old") and its medieval medina (old town), a UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, tiny squares, and artisan workshops. Visit centuries-old mosques and universities, see the multi-colored vats of the open-air tanneries, and shop for traditional wares made from copper, ceramics, and leather. Also ask your Morocco private guide to let you visit Fez el-Djedid ("Fez the New"), built in the 13th century. Admire Fez’s Royal Palace and mellah (Jewish Quarter), the largest in Morocco.
Then head over the Middle Atlas Mountains, as you travel through fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms, and sienna mud-brick Berber villages. Perhaps feed wild Barbary Apes en route. Morocco private guide will offer you lunch in Midelt, a sleepy village bursting with colorful minerals and fossils on display by roadside vendors. As you head toward central Morocco, traveling past dramatic escarpments, plunging ravines and palm-filled gorges of Ziz Valley, you approach the oasis region of Erfoud, a desert outpost where hand-loomed Berber rugs are bargained for over mint tea. Nearby Merzouga is the point of departure for your Sahara Desert immersion. Explore the mystical landscape with Morocco private guides as you ride on camelback, led by a Bedouin guide robed in the flowing blue garb of the Tuareg people, through the stunning sands. As night falls, delight in a Moroccan feast cooked in the elements. Sleep in a nomad tent beneath the innumerable stars of the clear desert sky, or in a comfortable hotel in searing summer months. Awake with the sunrise to watch the colors of the desert change before your eyes. Continue your journey through the Dadès Valley and its Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan-trading route. Ask your Morocco private guide to stop in the Todra Gorge to marvel at the natural force that carved this quiet Berber oasis and rock-climbing haven. Overnight in Ouarzazate, a thriving trading post and Morocco’s modern-day Hollywood. Next, traverse the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in Africa. Stop en route at the fortified village of Ait ben Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage site and the backdrop for famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia.
Arrive at Marrakech, an ancient oasis city of weathered pink buildings and orange groves. Morocco private guide will tour you the fascinating local souks (markets), stunning palaces, lush gardens, and historic monuments. Witness the carnivalesque public square Djemaa el-Fna come alive at sunset as water sellers, snake charmers, magicians, and storytellers compete for an audience. Morocco Travel agency will offer you to take an excursion to the seaside town of Essaouira, a former Portuguese settlement where windsurfers frolic near the fringe of silvery beach and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Explore the old fortress ramparts, browse artisan shops, or dream on the beach. Back in Marrakesh; celebrate the conclusion of your Morocco private guides tour by dining at a centuries-old former palace.
Itinerary Overview of Morocco tours
DAY 1: Casablanca – Rabat
Private escorted highlights of Casablanca . Transfer to Rabat for highlights and overnight.
DAY 2:Rabat – Meknes – Moulay Idris – Volubilis – Fez
Depart Rabat. Continue private touring, visiting Meknes , Moulay Idris, and Volubilis before continuation on to Fez for two-night stay.
DAY 3: Fez
Full-day private touring.
DAY 4 : Fez – Middle Atlas – Erfoud
Private transfer to Erfoud via Middle Atlas Mountains and Ziz Valley.
DAY 5: Erfoud – Merzouga
Morning private touring. Afternoon private transport to Merzouga. Private camel caravan to dunes. Overnight in nomad tent (hotel in summer).
DAY 6: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate
Private transfer through Dadès Valley to Ouarzazate. Visit Todra Gorge enroute.
DAY 7: Ouarzazate – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakesh
Private transfer via the Tizi n’Tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Visit Ait ben Haddou en route. Arrive Marrakesh in evening with your Morocco private guide for three nights.
DAY 8: Marrakesh
Full-day Morocco private guides escorted shopping and sightseeing.
DAY 9: Marrakesh – Essaouira – Marrakesh
Private excursion to Essaouira.
DAY 10: Depart Morocco
Private transfer to Marrakesh or Casablanca airport.