10 Days History Tour Itinerary For Morocco: Meander Across The Streets And Sand Dunes Of Morocco
Architecture, History, Desert
Discover the scenic and authentic beauty of Morocco, visiting its beautiful green gardens, huge towers, captivating fountains and spectacular huge gates along with the beautiful mosques and attractive mausoleums.
Arrive at Casablanca International Airport and get picked up by your Moroccan tour guide.
Visit Hassan II Mosque, the second biggest mosque in the Muslim world after Mecca and experience the Cornish coast before departing for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Visiting Rabat is a good opportunity to travel through time. Rabat has two sides to it; a historic and a modern one. Once you are scroll through this city, it will unveil its both faces for us to see the historic part of the capital, which is the Mausoleum, the Hassan tour and the Oudaya Kasbah.
Then, walk in the wide and modern streets of the new city to pass by the parliament and the green gardens.
Overnight at your hotel in Rabat.
Start your journey to the heart of the blue pearl of Morocco “Chefchaouen”. Situated in the Rif Mountains, it represents a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave. Founded in 1471 as a small fortress, which still exists to this day, by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami, is one of the most visited cities in Morocco. Chefchaouen is considered as a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments, woven blankets and the goat cheese native to that area. This blue town is a delightful escape which gets its distinctive charm from all the other Moroccan cities by its palette of blue and white buildings. Wander around its fascinating blue streets.
Get picked up to head to Volubilis, the Roman ruins, dating to 25BC, where some of the original mosaics are very well preserved, as well as the Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the village holding the Mausoleum of the very first Muslim Sultan in Morocco as well as Maghreb.
Continue to Meknes, the Ismaili capital of Morocco, was built by the current dynasty, the Alaouite as their very first capital in their early days as unifiers of Morocco. Its walls are built to sustain the cannons of the local and regional powers seeking to seize control of Morocco. See the famous gate ‘Bab Mansour’ that was designed by a Portuguese captive in Meknes. This captive served as the architect of the Sultan Moulay Ismail designing the Sahrij Souani Bassin.
Then, visit the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, the founder of the city. Once your tour is over, head to the east to Fez, where you will be spending the night.
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Get picked up by your Moroccan tour guide from your hotel around 9:30 AM and spend a good quality of time away from the hustle and bustle of the narrow streets and the crowded places. Visit the beautiful panoramic views of the old Fes city and its tremendous fascinating Gates.
First, visit the fascinating Royal Palace “Dar Al Makhzen”, where you will see its marvellous entrance gates, and Giant Brass knockers made by special artisans.
Discover the spectacular golden doors, beautifully painted ceilings, and intricate mosaic works.
Proceed to “The Mellah”, the Jewish quarter of Fes, to feel its rich history and take in the spectacular architecture.
Visit the Aben Danan Synagogue, and the antique boutiques before strolling through its wide central square, where you can find every sort of entertainment.
Next, move to the stunning Jnane Sbil gardens to get some pure air away from the noises of crowded streets. Wander through the green landscapes to see the most charming trees and roses, and the captivating centred fountains made with beautiful unique Moroccan tiles representing the magical Moroccan charm hidden in every corner of the old city.
Reach the famous El Batha Palace, the 19th-century Royal palace that was converted to a museum in 1916 with your Moroccan tour guide.
Visit the Ancient Museum to see some excellent collections of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts.
Afterwards, continue to the Southern tower of Fes (Borj South), where you will take the most magical panoramic pictures of the Old Medina of Fes from the high hills and enjoy the captivating view of the green landscape of Fez City.
Proceed to one of the cooperatives of artistic Moroccan traditional ceramics, pottery, and spectacular tiles, before heading to the Merenids tombs where you will discover the historical and spiritual sides of the authentic City.
Finally, visit “Bab Boujloud”, the magnificent Blue entry of Fes Medina, with splendid Moroccan ceramics and outstanding marble work.
Start travelling to Merzouga via Ifrane and Midelt. During this journey, experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains. During today’s trip, get a great glimpse on the lakes, high cedar forests and the white peaks of the Atlas Mountains.
Travel through the Tizi n’ Talghamt Pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rocks.
Then, continue along the luxuriant Ziz Valley, stopping for panoramic views along the way for an opportunity to take pictures of the biggest oasis in North Africa. Drive through welcoming Berber villages to Erfoud throughout the journey.
Arrive at the edge of the Erg Chebbi dune line to meet your desert guide and start your camel trek across the sand dunes to sleep under the stars in a deep desert camp. Attend their daily parities around a fire camp where you will be having an exotic dinner with the locals.
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Wake up early to catch the marvellous sunrise from the stunning Saharan dunes before heading to Boumalen Dades positioned at the periphery of a desert plateau, at the outlet of the upper Dades Valley. Throughout the way, you will be stopping by “El Khetarat”, a natural reserve water system for the locals. (For an internal visit of the sites an extra charge may be applied) .
Continue to Tinghir, where you will visit the groves and then, head into the Todra Gorge. The limestone cliffs seem like an opening carved through the Todra Assif, which has spectacular peaks diving to the bed of the river. The peaks rise up to 300 meters above the Todra, which meanders from its source in the High Atlas mountains. Before getting to Boumalen Dades and as an additional surprise, stop by some mesmerizing sights of the surrounding desert.
Dinner will be served in your Riad or Hotel.
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Head to the Dades Valley to arrive in Morocco’s Valley of Roses, The kalaat Magouna which is the home of roses supplying the majority of Morocco’s perfume needs.
Then, travel past the Skoura palm oasis and drive towards Ouarzazate city which is also called the Hollywood of Morocco and Africa, where countless films and shows are shot and among these films we find; Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and Gladiator.
Afterwards, make a stop to discover more about The Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. Once you are done with this exotic tour of some of the best sightseeing of the Moroccan desert, head to Marrakech where you will be spending the night via Tichka Pass.
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Start by exploring Marrakech or ‘‘the Red City of Morocco”.Your Moroccan tour guide will ensure that you see the most important places of the historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs, the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi and the Jewish quarter known as The Mellah.
Sightsee the famous square of Jamai’ El Fna, a folk gathering of locals and natives seeking spicy street food and entertainment.
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant near the square and then, visit Majorelle gardens, The Menara and the Koutoubia.
Return to your hotel.
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Move to your next destination, Essaouira, three hours from Marrakech, having many cultural and natural sightseeing to offer.
Stop on the way at this fabulous spot with tons of argan trees. You will also see plenty of goats crawling all around the trees which create a funny yet interesting view depending on the weather or the presence of the shepherds.
Proceed to the sunlit pedestrian main square where you can enjoy a coffee or a mint tea. then, walk through the Skala.
Enjoy at the fishing port of the city which offers a breathtaking view of the Portuguese ramparts. Fresh fish and mouth-watering seafood are always available in case you want a taste of it. Essaouira is full of local musician instruments, as well as unique and exotic jewellery markets. During your tour, you will get the chance to enjoy this charming artist colony around its lovely white-washed and blue shuttered houses, numerous galleries all around the hidden streets of the old part of the city and thuya wood workshops.
Drive back to Marrakech for overnight.
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After breakfast, get picked up to the airport for your departure flight.
Private Official Tourism Transportation (A/C vehicle).
Professional tour driver
Pick up & drop off.
Local guides in Fes, Marrakech.
Flexible and customized stops.
Mineral water in the car.
Entrance fees to monuments
Know before you go
You will get a professional tour driver and assistant, who can provide tours all over Morocco. The driver uses official tourism transport on the tours.
The driver can book luxury or standard camp with a guided camel ride for an additional cost if guests request the services.
The driver is not a licenced guide but can get local guides if guests request their services in every city.
Essaouira is at once familiar and exotic with its fortified walls, fishing harbour and seagulls soaring and screaming over the town. At first, it seems as though this could be a town in Brittany or France due to its Portuguese style. Essaouira used to have the name “Mogador” by sailors and traders. It is well known for its Gnaoua festival held around the month of June. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. The modern name means "the little rampart" as a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city. Essaouira is often dubbed the “ Jewel of the Atlantic’’, Windsurfers love this coastal city; clean waters and it’s Atlantic Trade winds that have ensured the large-scale operators stay out and the character stays in.
Tour includes the following highlights: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen- Fes – Meknes/Volubilis – Midelt - Ziz Valley-Erfoud- Merzouga – Erg Chebbi - Rissani - Todgha Gorges-Boumalen Dades–Ouarzazate– Marrakech – Essaouira.
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We visited Morocco in June of this year and traveled cross-country with Aziz who was our driver and an informal guide (we also had official guides in Fez and Marrakech). Our trip was unforgettable, in large part because of Aziz. He is kind, knowledgeable, a very good driver, and he is passionate about his country and his job. We loved everything: the sights, the history, the food, and the unbelievable hospitality of Moroccan people. Aziz drove us around in a comfortable car with bottled water, almond cookies, Moroccan dates, and free wi-fi available all the time. He was with us all the time, day and night, and he made sure that we had a safe and enjoyable journey through his beautiful country. Traveling with Aziz is definitely the best way of exploring Morocco. Thank you. Vlada, USA
We had a wonderful experienced with Mr Abdelaziz during our travel and walking tour at Chefchaouen, Morocco. He make our travel experienced really enjoyed and meaningful. Punctual, value for money, he brought us to the street that how people in Chefchaouen doing their daily routine, we really love it because we had an opportunity to take a unique photo and record a special video of the Chefchaouen people.Thank you for great hospitality....Aziz Riadi
We had Abdelalziz as our driver from Fes to Chefchaouen. He's prompt when meeting us at our Riad and very professional too! He had been accommodating to our needs and comfort throughout the journey.
Abdelaziz is fluent in english, easy to converse with and had been informative in sharing just about anything related to Morocco. A splendid and pleasant service from him! We really enjoyed our time with him. Thank you very much âziz! Hope to see you again soon ⭐
Knowledgeable and professional, Abdelaziz is an excellent driver and communicator. He engaged with us throughout the entire journey to Chefchaouen and even stopped to show us scenic highlights. We're truly touched by his hospitality. Thank you Abdelaziz!