15-Day Mediterranean Morocco Tour: Tangier, Al Hoceima & Imperial Cities
Explore Morocco's Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines with this 15-day itinerary. From Casablanca, head northward along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Spanish colonial sites and Roman ruins of Laracche and Lixus, and the quiet beaches of Asilah. Wander through brightly-painted towns, enjoy the views while hiking the Rif mountains, and relax by the sea in Al Hoceima and Masdar Bay.
- Explore the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen
- Sample freshly caught fish straight from the sea in Al Hoceima
- Soak in hot springs en route to Fes at Sidi Harazem
- Learn about Moroccan winemaking traditions in the Guerrouane region
- Wander through Morocco's best-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis
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Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Rabat expand_more
- Your private driver will pick you up from the airport when you land in Casablanca today. Directly check into your accommodations in Rabat. After your flight, you'll have the evening free to relax or you might think about venturing out a little on your own.
- Visit the Hassan Tower and the Chellah, a fortified medieval necropolis and archaeological site, as you stroll through Rabat. The Chellah, which was initially constructed as a Phoenician trading post and repurposed by various empires over thousands of years, is a fantastic introduction to the area's archaeology.
Day 2: Explore 3,000 Years of Antiquity on the Way to Asilah expand_more
- The following day, take a leisurely tour from Rabat to Asilah along the Atlantic Coast. Visit the Spanish and ancient Roman ruins at the mouth of the Loukkos River.
- Check out Lixus first, a beautifully preserved Roman city with breathtaking views. Then, cross the river to the once-Spanish town of Larache, where you can enjoy a seafood lunch between the Plaza de Espaa's arches, explore an abandoned fortress, and go to the archaeology museum.
- You can reach the Msoura standing stones by taking a brief detour inland. The Mauritanian kings are thought to have constructed Msoura, which has 167 monoliths arranged in an ellipse around a burial mound, in the third or fourth century BCE. You'll arrive in Asilah in the late afternoon. Asilah was a fortified Portuguese port in the 15th century, and its architecture is from that era. Asilah is now a laid-back artist community well known for its pristine beaches and profusion of street art. Spend the rest of the day exploring and eating.
Day 3: Hercules Cave & Cap Spartel expand_more
- Follow the Atlantic Coast until you reach Cap Spartel, which is Africa's northwestmost point, and continue along a nearly uninterrupted chain of broad, sandy beaches.
- Ask your driver to stop anywhere you'd like to go swimming or boating in the ocean if the weather is nice. Tahaddart Beach is the first beach you'll pass after Asilah. Due to the fact that you can rent paddle boats at this beach and the fact that it is great for families with young children, Moroccan families on summer vacation frequently frequent the area.
- Visit Cap Spartel Park once you arrive there. This mountain covered in pine trees offers scenic drives, hiking trails, a picturesque lighthouse, and eateries where you can enjoy lunch while looking out at the ocean.
- Visit the Hercules Caves after that. These caves have been used by humans for a very long time, and according to legend, Hercules slept here on his way to the Garden of the Hesperides (in the ruins of Lixus). The nearby Achakkar Beach is surrounded by cliffs on both sides, making it a protected, beautiful, and well-liked swimming location. You'll travel to Tangier later on today for your last stop.
Day 4: See Tangier on a Self-Guided Tour expand_more
- The medina (old town) of Tangier is genuinely magical and brimming with tourist attractions, from glimpses of traditional life to the more material rewards of the souks (markets). Wander through the medina to begin your self-guided tour, then investigate the American Legation Museum. In December 1797, George Washington established the first diplomatic mission to Morocco in this lovely palace. Today, it serves as a museum that protects both Moroccan and American cultural traditions.
- Then, proceed to Petit Socco. This city square, which is located where the forum of the former Roman city of Tingis once stood, used to be inhabited by numerous famous authors and wealthy people. The old kasbah can be found if you climb the hills above the medina (fortification). Beautiful views of the Mediterranean can be found here, along with the interesting Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures, which houses artefacts, antiques, and statues from the region.
Day 5: Tetouan & the Rif Mountains expand_more
- After breakfast, proceed in the direction of Chefchaouen. You'll pass through Tetouan along the way, a gem of a city tucked away between the Rif Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient medina of Tetouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, appears to have remained largely unchanged for many years.
- Continue on to Chefchaouen, a blue wonderland. Everything is a combination of soft pastel blue and deeper, more striking hues, including the walls, doors, windows, stairways, alleyways, and archways.
- Explore the town at your own pace after checking in at your riad (a traditional home with a courtyard). Place Outa el-Hammam, the city's central square is a great place to people-watch. You can also find the local way of life by exploring the tiny alleyways leading away from the busier tourist areas.
Day 6: Hike the Rif Mountains & Wander through the expand_more
- The morning light makes the blue buildings of Chefchaouen glow. To see the sunrise over the mountains from the Spanish Mosque, you might want to get up early. You can take this opportunity to stroll through the peaceful town since many stores don't open until 10 am.
- Continue on to a guided hike in the Rif Mountains after that. You can hike to God's Bridge and the Akchour Waterfall from here, and you can also explore the area's natural rock formations.
- When you return to Chefchaouen, spend the evening unwinding or exploring the medina.
Day 7: Leave Chefchaouen and Travel to Al Hoceima expand_more
- As you explore Chefchaouen's streets in the early morning peace and quiet, you can take unhindered pictures. Next, proceed north through the Laou River Gorge's limestone cliffs. Along the cliffs, keep an eye out for barbary apes. When you get to the coast, go into Oued Laou. Take note of the distinctive local clothing, particularly the hats.
- Visit the area and have lunch in the port city of El Jebha. You can reach Marsdar Bay's famous crater by walking for two hours roundtrip (or by hired fishing boat), where you can swim and explore one of Morocco's more remote beaches.
- Continue past the Al Hoceima National Park's mountainous coastline, which serves as a refuge for rare marine and avian wildlife. Visit the tiny port of Bades to see the famous Spanish military outpost of Peón de Vélez de la Gomera if you want to take a side trip to explore the park.
- You'll soon arrive in Al Hoceima, a lovely town surrounded by cliffs and covered in whitewash. The culture of Al Hoceima is a synthesis of Spanish and Rifi Berber influences. You can hear Rifi Berber being spoken as you stroll past the town's old villas (Tarifit).
Day 8: Visit Al Hoceima and Relax by the Sea expand_more
- Explore Al Hoceima in the morning. Begin with the old town, which is perched on the cliffs above the bay. The region was developed by Spanish forces, and it still has a colonial vibe. A short hike will take you to a clifftop overlook from where you can observe fishermen working in rowboats and, on a clear day, see the mountains of Spain in the distance.
- Before proceeding to the port for lunch, pause for a coffee and marvel at the breathtaking scenery. All day long, fishermen bring in their catches, and you can purchase fresh fish next to the water to be cooked in a restaurant right around the corner.
- You'll be taken to Sfiha Beach after lunch. Swim and stroll along the beach while admiring the magnificent Spanish island fortress of Peón de Alhucemas. Spain still has a military presence on this island as well as two other nearby ones that were ceded to it in 1559.
- Once you've finished at Sfiha Beach, head back to Al Hoceima and spend the remaining time there relaxing and exploring.
Day 9: Transfer to Fes via Taza expand_more
- Enter the imperial heartland of Morocco and leave the dry, sunny Mediterranean coastline behind.
- After passing through the breathtaking Tizi Ouasli Pass, which spans the Rif mountains, you'll enter the High Eastern Rif, which has a climate noticeably colder than the Mediterranean Sea. Up until the city of Aknoul, you'll pass by almond and pine plantations. This tranquil town is the hub of northern almond farming. The entire landscape is draped in white and pink blooms in April. Take a break for coffee and visit the monument honouring the Rifi revolt, which contributed to the end of the protectorate era.
- After leaving Aknoul, travel across the Tizi n'Tada Pass, which is characterized by thick pine forests and deserted French military outposts, and then descend into a region of rocky, desolate valleys. Southward travel continues until you come to a mountain opening. You will stop for lunch and tour the clifftop medina in the mountain city of Taza.
- Enter the highway from Taza to get to Fes quickly. Before continuing on to Fes, you'll pass the town of Sidi Harazem, where you can take a hot springs bath.
Day 10: Explore the Imperial City of Fes expand_more
- After breakfast, meet your tour guide to begin your day of medina exploration in Fes. There are many arms-width alleyways and donkey-width roads in this UNESCO-protected medina. Your tour guide will tell you mysterious tales and take you to the medina's secret spots.
- You will see both the beauty of Fes' madrasas (religious schools) and palaces in addition to the details of daily life. Additionally, you'll meet local artisans to learn about the significance of their professions and their history. You'll also visit tanneries and mosaic workshops to see how traditional manufacturing techniques are still applied today.
- Return to your riad in the late afternoon to unwind before concluding the day with a bath in a genuine Moroccan hammam (traditional bath).
- Discover the origins of the hammam and indulge in a restorative experience at one of Fes' most popular spa destinations. Most hammams offer a variety of services, such as massages, baths, and a wide range of treatments using ingredients that are sourced locally, like argan oil.
Day 11: Tour a Winery in the Guerrouane Region expand_more
- Go on a fun-filled and opulent day trip outside of the city today when you travel to Morocco's distinctive Guerrouane agricultural region, which is located just outside of Fes. With a winery tour and private tasting, you can spend the day learning about the region's crops, history, customs, and flavours. Moroccans have been growing and enhancing wine grapes for mass production since the Roman era. Jewish communities in the area are thought to have started the winemaking tradition, which was later developed by French settlers. Vintners and growers concentrate on red blends, rosé, vin gris (a rosé-like beverage made from red grapes), and the regional brandy mahia (water of life).
- Guerrouane is the agricultural centre of Morocco, where favourable weather conditions for orchard fruits like apricots, plums, and oranges as well as the prized grapes of the area combined with good soil, rain, and sun. Coteaux de l'Atlas 1er Cru, Morocco's sole AOC wine, is produced in this undiscovered gem.
- Sit down for an afternoon of wine-tasting flights featuring various regional styles after a fun and educational vineyard tour.
- After that, spend the evening in Fes. Relax in your riad's courtyard while enjoying your favourite bottle of the day's wine find.
Day 12: Day Trip to Meknes and the Roman Ruins at Volubilis expand_more
- Leave early for your day trip to Meknes, making a stop at the Volubilis Roman ruins along the way. Despite only being an hour's drive apart, Meknes and Fes are very different places. The medina in Meknes is smaller, less crowded, and has less pushy shopkeepers than the one in Fes. Before stopping for lunch, take a tour of the Ville Impériale, the medina, the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the Royal Stables.
- After that, proceed to Volubilis while passing through Moulay Idriss. You can tour the most well-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco at Volubilis. Large merchant homes with visible heating systems underneath, temples, and a large number of vibrant mosaics in good condition can all be found at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Explore the ruins in search of candid moments for pictures and memories. After your exploration is complete, return to Fes for dinner and the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Day 13: Travel from Fes to Marrakech expand_more
- Return from Fes via Rabat and Casablanca, stopping in the latter city for lunch along the way. Profit from your vantage point on the water by enjoying some incredibly fresh Atlantic fish prepared with Moroccan flair.
- Return to the road after lunch and drive across the plains to Marrakech, also known as the "Red City" due to the vermillion-hued clay used to build its structures. Arrive at your riad and relax for the remainder of the afternoon.
- Early in the evening, Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's central square, comes to life with musicians, performers, snake charmers, games, food stalls, and other activities.
- Take part in the show and sample the treats being sold by street vendors. A café with a view of the square is another option if you want to take in the show while enjoying a delicious meal. No matter what type of dining experience you select, Marrakech is known as Morocco's culinary capital, so you can expect to be spoiled with delicious flavours. Enjoy!
Day 14: Marrakech Medina & City Tour expand_more
- Take a tour of Marrakech's breathtaking old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after breakfast. You can find displays of djellabas (traditional robes), colourful babouches (slippers), intricate lanterns, exotic spices, and the bustle of life in the maze-like lanes in Marrakech's vibrant souk.
- Your tour guide will enlighten you on the history and legends of the souk, the mellah (Jewish quarter), and the medina, which are all located inside the city's rose-pink walls. After the tour, have lunch at a neighbourhood eatery.
- Continue your private tour in the afternoon to discover more of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace, and El Badi Palace. Marrakech has some of the best food in the nation, especially street food, which you definitely shouldn't miss. The majority of the top chefs who serve the Moroccan royal family are from this city.
Day 15: Half-Day Morning Medina Tour, Depart Marrakech expand_more
- Take a half-day tour to explore Marrakech one last time in the morning before heading to the airport for your departure after lunch. Happy travels!
- Pick-up & Dropoff at your Hotel or Airport
- Transport in a private 4×4 car or minibus with A/C Fuel
- English / Spanish Speaking Driver-Guide
- 9 Nights Accommodation in hotels/Riads/Camp
- Camel ride in the Sahara desert ( a Camel Per person)
- Meals: Dinners, Breakfast
- Local Guides: Fes, Marrakech
For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -Refund of 50% of the tour price.
|1 To 20||EUR 3000 Per Person|
|1 To 20||EUR 2000 Per Person|
This is a group tour
|Private Tour Price||EUR 3000|
|Maximum no. of people||10|