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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for morocco: Expect Mountains, Sahara & Imperial Cities

Atlas Mountains, Erg Chebbi, Fez, Toubkal, Imlil, Marrakech, Dadès Gorges, Todgha Gorge, Volubilis, Meknes, Rabat

Culture Tour
History Tour
Desert Tour

Combine the best of everything – cities, villages, mountain, desert, music, food, shops and the coast, plus opportunities to do community services and some fun adventure activities along the way! Expect plenty of interaction with the friendly Berber tribes’ people of North Africa. Learn their unique drumming, practice the language and taste the delicious food. 

DAY 01


  • Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Marrakech Airport, you will be met by a Premium Morocco Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday and that there will a Welcome Meeting with your leader tonight.

  • Transfer to a hotel to spend the night.

DAY 02

Marrakech — Imlil — Azib n Tamsoult

  • Transfer from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains: 1:30 minute drive to Imlil (1740m), the famous starting point for mountaineering trips.

  • Discover the area and hike up to Tizi-n-Mezzik mountain pass (2489m).

  • Enjoy the magic view of Imlil area and Azzaden valley.

  • Field lunch prepared by the cook in the middle of a juniper forest.

  • After lunch, walk down the valley of Azzaden to the summer village ofTamssoult (2250m).

Overnight in the refuge or camp. 5 hours of walking.

DAY 03

Azib n Tamsoult – Agelzim Mountain pass – Toubkal Base camp

  • Today involves a fairly stiff climb out of the Azzadene Valley to the Toubkal Refuge via Ighouliden waterfalls and over the Aguelzim Mountain pass at 3,560m. Lunch will be taken with spectacular views over the Atlas Mountain Range.

  • Spend overnight in the Toubkal Refuge (Niltner Hut) where you’ll likely be sharing a bunk room with other trekkers tackling Toubkal early the next morning. 7 hours walk

DAY 04

Toubkal base camp – Toubkal Summit – Toubkal base camp — Imlil – tamatert guest house

  • Up early for the climb up Toubkal (4,167m) from where, clouds allowing, you’ll have wonderful views over the Atlas Range and the Sahara Desert.

  • Then, go a long way back down past the refuge and the well-worn path back to Imlil. This is a fairly long day with 9-11  hours of trekking, involving 900m up then almost 2,500m back down to Imlil!

  • Back to Imlil for an overnight stay.

DAY 05

imlil – Ait Benhaddou – OUARZAZATE– DADES GORGE

  • This morning after breakfast, set off in a comfortable private A/C Vehicle for a circular 3 Day Desert Tour journey through the Saharan landscapes of both the Hamada (stone desert) and Erg (dune desert).

  • The first visits include High Atlas mountains, discover traditional Berber villages and Terraces, drive up the spectacular Tichka Pass 2260m high.

  • Drive down the valleys to Ait Benhaddou, the most spectacular UNESCO Site in southern Morocco.

  • Walk to discover the Kasbah where Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia and many other movies were shot, and discover the beautiful Berber Architecture.

  • Eat lunch in a local restaurant and set off for Ouarzazate, the largest Saharan center, Moroccan Hollywood.

  • Visit the Cinema Museum.

  • Grab an opportunity to shop in a supermarket and cash machines, before continuing to Skoura Palmery where an ancient Kasbah once held treasures of the silk route in desert oasis terrain.

  • Join the valley of roses, stop to see one of many families with an opportunity to buy rose water & beauty products made from roses which local Berber grow and celebrate each year in May!

  • Followed by a visit to the spectacular Dades Gorge where steep walls hundreds of feet high tower above. A relaxing and highly scenic tour day with stunning views of this mystical land.

Accommodation in a comfortable hotel Car: 8 hours -Walk/Ait Benhaddou kasbah

DAY 06

Dades Gorge – Todgha Gorge – Erg Chebbi dunes

  • Start the day by a visit to the spectacular Todra Valley and Gorge, the most spectacular palm valley and Canion in the Sahara.

  • Walk in the gorges and get plenty of photo opportunities.

  • Drive to Touroug for lunch in the stone desert.

  • After lunch, visit old underground irrigation channels dating app to 12th to 17th century, and discover this magical irrigation system.

  • Get you some scarves for the Sahara & then cross Sijilmassa, Morocco’s king ancestors town, famous for being the most important Caravans carrefour in the history.

  • Then continue your Day 2 of your Saharan exploration as you make your way through the far reaches of Morocco’s eastern perimeter to within 20 km of Algeria’s border where you encounter the magnificent Erg Chebbi dune landscape. Morocco’s most famous Saharan dunes are just breathtaking and transforming to the soul.

  • On foot or camelback, you have the option to travel into the remote dunes until your Nomadic style camp hidden in the dunes.

  • An evening sunset climb to one of the higher dunes is customarily followed by dinner and perhaps a campfire experience and Berber songs and storytelling can be arranged. 

Breakfast and dinner included. Accommodation in a desert camp.

DAY 07


  • Before sunrise, you will be woken up to climb the sand dunes for fantastic photo opportunities.

  • Then make your way back to the hotel for showers and breakfast before setting off for Fez.

  • En-route, pass through Erfoud, the Ziz palm Valley, Meditlt, and the cedar forests.

  • Visit the macaque monkeys of Azrou, and stop in Ifrane for a short walk to enjoy and discover the most beautiful town in Morocco.

  • Arrive in Fes after a long drive.

DAY 08


  • The old city of Fes el Bali is home to perhaps the greatest of all medinas.Descending into its labyrinthine alleyways is like stepping back to the Middle Ages.Donkeys wander the streets and the smell of spices fills the air.With a local guide, navigate narrow streets alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, mosques and colourful local characters.Explore the different speciality sections of the Medina that are known for specific types of food – from natural butter and fats to pastries, to crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses.It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will stay in elegant, riad-style accommodation on the edge of the huge, well-preserved medieval old city – the mother of all medinas.Today head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world’s most fascinating and confounding old [sensitive content]dieval Fes was one of the world’s great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish.Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown.Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the speciality sections that divide the souk.Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, the smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages.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 in the late afternoon and enjoy a memorable dinner of one of the city’s signature dishes, the salty and sweet pastille.

DAY 09

Fez – Volubilis – Meknes – Rabat_marrakech

  • Today, visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis where you walk with a guide or without a guide to enjoy the beauty of the ruins, considered most preserved Roman-Berber era ruins, witnessing the prosperity of North Africa!

  • Then carry on to Meknes, for some photo opportunity.

  • After the visit of Bab Mansour, Lahdim square, and the granaries, make your way to Rabat the capital of Morocco.

  • Visit the Oudaya Kasbah, and enjoy the charming garden of Challa, surrounded by walls and beautiful defensive gates, built between 1310 and 1330.

  • Later, stop at Mohamed V Museum built-in 1972, and visit the tombs of Moroccan kings Mohammed V, who died in 1962, Hassan II who died in 1999, the tomb of Moulay Abdullah the uncle of Mohammed VI and Hassan Tower which was built in the 12th century.

  • Take the high way to Marrakech.

DAY 10

Explore Marrakech

  • Morocco tour continues, today you will meet a professional Moroccan guide who will take you through must-see attractions of the North Africa “Old Medina Marrakech”. The guide will help you get the most out of your visit to this world-renowned city, such as Madrassa ben Youssef, Mosque- ben Youssef, Marrakech Musem, Palace Bahia and Badie Place.

  • And then after your lunch with him, the guide will take you to visit the Menara garden, Majorelle garden, etc.

  • After a long tour, you’ll be happy to unwind in your riad. 

DAY 11

airport Marrakech

  • Transfer to the airport. End of the service. 

  • 980 USD Per Adult
  • English speaking guide and cook

  • Muleteers and mules for luggage

  • Camels in Sahara

  • Hotels or riad with half board

  • Full board on trek, coffee and tea

  • Transport: from airport to airport

  • Mess, cooking

  • Travel insurance

  • Soft/alcoholic drinks

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Mineral water and soft drinks

  • Lunch in trip from Imlil to Marrakech

  • Entrance fees 

  • 11 Days Toubkal Sahara and Imperials Cities

  • Morocco is a land of contrasts – where Africa meets Europe and the Middle East adds its own flavour. Considered a moderate Islamic state, Morocco opens its doors to everyone regardless of ethnicity, religion or political status. From ancient philosophers and scholars to Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix, Morocco has hosted many! If you're looking for a colourful and diverse experience, this is the place. From the wild markets of Marrakech to the snowy peaks of the Atlas, the silence of the Sahara and pristine beaches of the Atlantic, Morocco is simply amazing. The journey combines the best of everything – cities, villages, mountain, desert, music, food, shops and the coast, plus opportunities to do community services and some fun adventure activities along the way! Expect plenty of interaction with the friendly Berber tribes’ people of North Africa. Learn their unique drumming, practice the language and taste the delicious food. The tour will fill your week with a lifetime of memories and educational experiences that are second to none.

  • Notes: Please be aware that some of the travellers in Marrakech are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Premium Tours trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Premium Tours. These guides are in no way connected to Premium Morocco Tours and cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. Strongly advise customers not to join any tour offered by unauthorised guides. Premium Tours assesses the safety of all optional excursions offered by tour leaders. If you would like more information on the excursions available, please contact before you travel or see the Premium Tours.

  • Experience the climb of the highest peak in North Africa, Mount Toubkal summit 4167m (13600fit), get stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys & Berber villages, meet the Berber guided & muleteers go for this adventure of your lifetime. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa and is a trekking peak involving no climbing. Two days involve walking in crampons holding an ice axe for security (Nov to April ). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but involves some easy scrambling and snow slopes. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north and the start of the Sahara to the south. All around are the jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching as far as you can see in every direction.

Atlas Mountains, Erg Chebbi, Fez, Toubkal, Imlil, Marrakech, Dadès Gorges, Todgha Gorge, Volubilis, Meknes, Rabat

Culture Tour
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