Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains. From the bustling souks of imperial cities and meandering lanes of old medinas, travel into the heart of Morocco without foregoing comfort. Get off the beaten path while exploring mudbrick kasbahs and conquering Saharan sand dunes by 4x4. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your guide, you'll be free to experience Morocco's Roman heritage and Islamic grandeur in style.
DAY 1 – CASABLANCA / RABAT While in Casablanca you will stop at the Great Hassan II Mosque. Then to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. There you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rabat featuring the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the outside of the Royal Palace and the Ouddaya Kasbah. DAY 2 – RABAT / MEKNES / FES After breakfast you will depart for the Imperial City of MeknesThe highlights will include Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Lunch will be at Palais M'nebhi in Meknes. After lunch you will depart for the ancient Roman city of Volubilis for a guided tour of the ruins. Departure and drive to Fes. DAY 3 – FES MEDINA TOUR After breakfast the entire day will be devoted to seeing the city of Fes, Step back six centuries into the medieval Medina with its narrow and cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering green glazed minarets and crumbling fondouks. After lunch we will visit the Attarine and Abou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque.Day 4: Fes / Erfoud / Merzouga departure to Erfoud through the scenic, wooded Middle Atlas Mountains region. Stop in Azrou to visit a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Lunch will be at the Ayachi Hotel before continuing to Midelt (an important mining center) and the Ziz River through a series of fortified villages characterized by fascinating southern architecture. Arrival in Merzouga. Day 5: Merzouga/Ouarzazate.Early morning wake-up to view the awe inspiring sunrise off the Merzouga dunes followed by an 1 hour camel ride. After breakfast, you will travel to Ouarzazate via the Todra gorges.Day 6: Ouarzazate / Marrakesh departure to the Ait Ben Haddou village where you will visit the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. Lunch at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before we continue via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass.DAY 7/8 – MARRAKESH Sightseeing of Marrakesh,featuring a visit to the 16th century Saadian Tombs, "Dar Si Said" Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace with its extraordinary tiles, opulent courtyard sand fountains. After lunch on your own, you will visit of the Djemmaa-el-Fna Square where fortune-tellers, acrobats, vendors, snake charmers and magicians put on a never-ending show.Day 9: Marrakesh / Essaouira Transfer to the coastal town of Essaouira for an overnight. Day 10: Back to Casablanca departure to Casablanca via El Jadida with a stop at El Oualidia . Day 11: Airport transfer.