Highlights of Morocco
From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Epic landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly colored and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local shops. Morocco’s cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh.
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Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival into Casablanca
Today your flight arrives into Casablanca. On arrival you are met by a representative of the airport where special arrangements have been made for you to pass through immigration formalities and clear customs. Afterwards, meet your Abercrombie & Kent representative, who escorts you to your deluxe vehicle and professional driver. You are then transferred to your hotel to start your unforgettable visit to Morocco.
Your sightseeing this afternoon includes a visit of Hassan II mosque, the landmark and the highlight of the city, Mohammed V square, the United Nations square and the Arab League Park. During a stroll in the Quartier Habbous discover a modern version of a medina.
Overnight at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche.
Day 2: Travel from Casablanca to Fes
This morning you will enjoy more touring of the city before transferring by road to Fes.
Travel distance: 293 kilometers (183 miles)
Journey time: Approximately four hours, not including stops.
You will spend two nights at Riad Fes.
Day 3: Touring Fes
Take a step back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to Fes El Bali, the world’s largest living medieval medina-city and the cultural heart of Morocco. Explore some of the 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks that make up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter. The medieval Medina is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4: Travel from Fes to Erg Chebbi – Overnight in the Sahara Desert
Today, travel into the desert, passing through the impressive Atlas Mountains and discover the Tafilalet region, famous for its savory dates and gorgeous scenery.
Travel distance: 400 kilometers (250 miles)
Journey time: Approximately seven hours, not including stops
Upon arrival to Erfoud, head south while travelling by four-wheel drive vehicle amongst the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi en route to your tented-camp site.
On arrival, enjoy a reception with mint tea. Marvel at the stunning sunset while enjoying the peacefulness and tranquility in the luscious orange wilderness.
After returning to the camp from your camel ride, take time to settle into your nomadic tented accommodation before savouring a mouth-watering dinner served around a campfire or in a tent – complete with traditional entertainment. A sparkling starry sky will be awaiting for you before you retire to your tent and let the sounds of the Sahara lull you to sleep.
Day 5: Travel from Erg Chebbi to Skoura
Today travel overland to Skoura, a small city nestled on a gorgeous palm grove and located near to Ouarzazate, which was once a stopping point for African traders en route to the cities of Morocco and Europe.
Travel distance: 265 kilometers (166 miles)
Journey time: Approximately four hours, not including stops
Spend two nights at Dar Ahlam Skoura.
Day 6: Dar Ahlam Skoura
Situated in the Skoura Oasis, which was once part of the sultan’s private hunting ground, Dar Ahlam will leave even the most committed sybarite overwhelmed. Originally a 19th century Kasbah, the property lives up to its name – “house of dreams” – by featuring a subtle mixture of tastes and styles that allow it to blend in with the desert surrounds. Dar Ahlam is known for its personalized service, especially its romantic dinners in the secluded gorge.
Spend your day at leisure and enjoy the multiple activities suggested by Dar Ahlam.
Day 7: Travel from Skoura to Marrakech
Today, leave the Skoura palm grove to travel through stunning Atlas Mountains until you reach the thrilling and colorful city of Marrakech.
Along the way, stop in Ouarzazate, a city that was once a stopping point for African traders en route to the cities of Morocco and Europe, and the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou – the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbah in the whole of the Atlas region.
Continue towards Marrakech. Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Red City – just a few of the nicknames Marrakech has acquired over the years.
Spend two nights at La Mamounia Hotel.
Day 8: Exploring Marrakech
Today, discover the Mysteries of Marrakech and the city’s architectural attractions, the majority of which are located inside the Medina, the old walled section of the town.
Explore the labyrinthine souks and perhaps indulge in some shopping! Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles, clothing and Moroccan handicrafts. This maze of colorful alleys and small squares is home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.
Next, explore Jemaa El Fna, the city’s main square, along with Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and the Jewish Quarter.
Day 9: Travel from Marrakech to Asni
This morning, discover Marrakech’s famous, beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city.
In the afternoon, unearth another side of Morocco, the gorgeous Atlas Mountains – North Africa’s greatest mountain range – and experience two different worlds: traditional Berber and modern luxury.
Travel distance: 50 kilometers (31 miles)
Journey time: Approximately one hour, not including stops
Along the way, admire the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and the little Berber villages nestled in the hills. Discover the villages of Asni and Imlil in the foothills of Djebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain range.
Spend two nights at Kasbah Tamadot.
Day 9: Kasbah Tamadot
Kasbah Tamadot sits in an idyllic location nestled among the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains, creating an immense sense of privacy. The property is the former home of Luciano Tempo, who filled it with beautiful antiques of Arabic, Oriental and Indian origin. The Kasbah was then purchased by Sir Richard Branson in 1998 and wonderfully restored to become one of the most luxury properties in Morocco. Tamadot is full of peaceful courtyards, hidden staircases, landscaped gardens and breathtaking views. Many of the staff members come from the surrounding Berber villages, giving you a sense of staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel. Luxury rooms and suites are all individually-decorated using traditional Moroccan furnishings and antiques whilst the restaurant, bars and outdoor infinity pool all offer stunning panoramic views.
Optional: Soft hike in the Atlas Mountains with a Tea Break at the Berber House
Day 11: Departure from Morocco
Today, bid farewell to Morocco as you depart for Marrakech airport, where your international departure flight awaits.
Your pickup time from the hotel will be reconfirmed to you by phone, the day prior to your departure.